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News Briefs October 10, 2014

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Australia launches first airstrike in Iraq An Australian jet fighter has made the country’s first airstrike against an Islamic State target in Iraq since the Australian government committed its air force to combat missions, defense officials said Oct. 9. The Australian Defense Force did not say what type of facility had been attacked or where…

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Judge rules for Boeing in whistleblower lawsuit

Posted October 10, 2014 by Roxana Hegeman

Three former workers at the Boeing plant in Wichita, Kansas, who filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the aircraft maker and one of its suppliers failed to show Boeing defrauded the U.S. government in a $1.6 billion contract, a federal judge ruled Oct. 8. U.S. District Judge Monti Belot summarily ruled in favor of Boeing and…

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Headlines October 6, 2014

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News: Canada at war: Vote to launch combat mission against ISIS passes 157-134 in House of Commons - One by one, Conservative MPs in the House of Commons led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper voted late Sept. 7 to join the war in Iraq, passing a controversial motion that clears the way for Canadian CF-18s to…

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News Briefs October 8, 2014

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U.S. general: $750 million military cost in Liberia The Army general who commands U.S. troops in Africa says U.S. military efforts against the Ebola crisis in Liberia are expected to cost $750 million over six months. Gen. David Rodriguez tells reporters at a Pentagon news conference that a very small number of highly trained troops…

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F-15 crashes, pilot safe on ground

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An F-15D Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing at Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath, England, crashed at approximately 3:28 p.m. local time Oct. 8 while conducting a combat training mission. One person was on board the aircraft at the time and ejected safely. A board of qualified officers will investigate the accident. Additional details will…

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Headlines October 6, 2014

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Business: U.S. Army selects Bell, Sikorsky/Boeing to build prototypes for next generation helicopter program - The U.S. Army has picked designs from Bell Helicopter and a Sikorsky/Boeing team to continue development of Joint Multi-Role high-speed rotorcraft designs. Air Force works to replace JSTARS fleet - The Air Force is looking at a range of airframes from Gulfstream…

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News Briefs October 6, 2014

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One Airman dead, two remain missing at sea One U.S. airman is confirmed deceased and two more are missing after they were washed out to sea from the northwest coast of Okinawa at about 3:45 p.m., Oct. 5. An airman that was found by the Japanese Coast Guard and pulled from the sea was later…

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Headlines October 3, 2014

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News: Army chief talks new deployments; ‘grave’ readiness concern - Soldiers will soon see new deployments and rotations to hot spots around the world, even as the Army slashes its active-duty force to fit a tightening budget.   Business: U.S. State Department opens door to maritime defense weapon sales to Vietnam - The United States will allow…

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News Briefs October 3, 2014

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Six implicated in National Guard bribery scheme Six people were implicated Oct. 1 in contract-rigging schemes involving the bribery of National Guard officials, and three individuals have pleaded guilty, prosecutors said. The Department of Justice unveiled the charges the individuals face in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Court documents show…

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Search, rescue ops conclude unsuccessfully for missing aircrew

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MANAMA, Bahrain – U.S. forces in the North Arabian Gulf concluded a search and rescue operation for a missing U.S. Marine Corps aircrew member today at 3 p.m., GMT, after efforts to locate him were unsuccessful. The Marine is presumed lost at sea. The Marine aircrew member went into the water Oct. 1 when the…

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