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News Briefs Nov, 17, 2014

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Second stealthy destroyer starting to take shape The second of three stealthy destroyers under construction in Maine is starting to take shape. The Navy says it has completed the hoisting of the 1,000-ton composite deckhouse onto the 610-foot hull of the future USS Michael Monsoor. It took four cranes to complete the job Nov. 14….

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Hagel: United States needs game-changing military innovation

Posted November 17, 2014 by Robert Burns

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – Wary of a more muscular Russia and China, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Nov. 15 the Pentagon will make a new push for fresh thinking about how the U.S. can keep and extend its military superiority despite tighter budgets and the wear and tear of 13 years of war. Hagel announced…

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Headlines November 14, 2014

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News: Pentagon reconsidering ground troops as Islamic State, al Qaeda join forces – President Obama’s top military advisers revealed Nov. 13 that the administration is rethinking whether to deploy combat ground troops in the fight against the Islamic State, as signs emerged that the terrorist group may be setting aside its differences and is working with…

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News Briefs Nov 14, 2014

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U.S. troops returning from Africa head to isolation The Pentagon says about 80 troops returning from the Ebola mission in West Africa arrived in the U.S. Nov. 13 and will be isolated for 21 days at a base in southeastern Virginia. Rear Admiral John Kirby is the Pentagon press secretary. Kirby says they will be…

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Headlines November 12, 2014

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News: U.S. Air Force discussing A-10 compromise with Congress – The U.S. Air Force is trying to work out a compromise with Congress to retire a percentage of the A-10 fleet in order to move maintainers to the F-35 joint strike fighter, according to two service officials.   Business: Obama funds to fight in Iraq to…

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News Briefs Nov 12, 2014

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California candidate leads in race after death A candidate for a seat on a Central California board may win his race, despite having died last month in a small plane crash. Kern County Elections Chief Karen Rhea told the Bakersfield Californian Nov. 10 that votes are still being counted, but 68-year-old Michal Hill is a…

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Cosmic first: European spacecraft lands on comet

Posted November 12, 2014 by Frank Jordans

DARMSTADT, Germany – Hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, a European spacecraft made history Nov. 12 by successfully landing on the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet — an audacious first designed to answer big questions about the universe. The landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko required immense precision, as even the slightest error could…

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Headlines November 10, 2014

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News: President Obama authorizes 1,500 more troops for Iraq – President Obama Nov. 7 authorized up to 1,500 more U.S. troops to join the training and advise-and-assist mission in Iraq against Islamic militants, the White House announced.   Business: Industry girds for a ‘maverick’ armed services panel – “He’s coming for all of us,” said the serious…

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News Briefs Nov, 10, 2014

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Air Force IDs pilot in fighter jet crash Air Force officials have identified the pilot who was killed in an F-16 fighter jet crash. Officials said late Nov. 7 that Air Force civilian pilot Matthew J. LaCourse, 58, of Panama City Beach, Fla., was piloting the jet when it crashed into the Gulf of Mexico…

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Headlines November 7, 2014

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News: More than 600 reported chemical exposure in Iraq, Pentagon acknowledges – More than 600 American service members since 2003 have reported to military medical staff members that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq, but the Pentagon failed to recognize the scope of the reported cases or offer adequate tracking and…

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