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News Briefs September 25, 2013

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,138 As of Sept. 24, 2013, at least 2,138 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,772 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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South Korea rejects Boeing, says F-15 not good enough

Posted September 25, 2013 by Hyung-Jin Kim

South Korea Sept. 24 rejected Boeing’s bid to supply 60 fighter jets in the country’s largest-ever weapons purchase even though it was the sole remaining bidder, and said it would reopen the tender. Boeing had offered its F-15 Silent Eagle, but South Korean critics have said the warplane lacks state-of-the-art stealth capabilities and cannot effectively…

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DOD identifies Navy casualties

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The Department of Defense announced Sept. 24 the death of two sailors who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Search, rescue efforts for MH-60S aircrew suspended

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Search and rescue efforts for the remaining two crew members involved in a U.S. Navy MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crash were suspended Sept. 23 at approximately 3 p.m., Bahrain time.

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Headlines September 23, 2013

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Business: Sikorsky S-97 Raider begins final assembly - Sikorsky will begin final assembly of its S-97 Raider helicopter prototype this week, according to company officials. That puts the helicopter manufacturer, which is competing for the Army’s Armed Aerial Scout program, on track for a first flight at the end of 2014.   Defense: No mid-October paycheck…

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News Briefs September 23, 2013

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Intercontinental missile test-launched from California The U.S. Air Force has launched an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile from the California coast in a test flight. The Minuteman 3 blasted off around 3 a.m., Sept. 22 from an underground silo at the Vandenberg Air Force, 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles. It was supposed to travel 4,200…

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Headlines September 20, 2013

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News: Air Force general wants simpler weapons quicker - The three-star general who heads the secretive U.S. Special Operations Command is pressing arms makers to speed up the development of new weapons and move toward greater standardization of aircraft and sensors.   Business: Lockheed Martin girds for combat jet choices as Dutch back JSF - Lockheed Martin…

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News Briefs, September 20, 2013

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President Bush to host golf tournament for wounded veterans Former President George W. Bush will participate in the third Warrior Open golf tournament scheduled to be held next week in North Texas. The George W. Bush Presidential Center announced Sept. 18 that 24 wounded U.S. military members will play in the tournament in the Dallas…

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Navy commander, two others charged in bribery scheme

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A Navy commander, a Naval criminal investigator and a defense contractor have been charged with conspiracy in a bribery scheme to gain millions in international port contracts, federal prosecutors said. Leonard Francis was arrested this week in San Diego, Cmdr. Michael Misiewicz was arrested in Colorado, and NCIS Supervisory Special Agent John Beliveau II was…

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Military chiefs called to task on spending issues

Posted September 20, 2013 by Pauline Jelinek

The head of the House Armed Services Committee on Sept. 18 told the nation’s top military brass that their credibility is on the lineî if they don’t give greater details about how budget cuts will affect national security. ìGentlemen, for two years you or your predecessors have come to this committee describing the consequences of…

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