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News Briefs May 11, 2015

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Philippines, Japan to hold naval drill in South China Sea The Philippine navy chief says a naval drill that Japan and the Philippines will hold in the South China Sea May 12 should not be a cause for concern for China, which is embroiled in territorial disputes with the two countries. Vice Adm. Jesus Millan…

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Military plane crashes in Spain, killing four crew members

Posted May 11, 2015 by Harold Heckle

A military transport plane crashed near Seville airport in southwestern Spain May 9, killing four crew members and injuring two seriously, officials said. The crash of the Airbus A400M, that was undergoing flight trials at the airport, raised questions about the security of the new, propeller-driven transport aircraft. Airbus said in a statement that four…

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Another major defense company interested in N.D. drone park

Posted May 11, 2015 by Dave Kolpack

FARGO, N.D. — The nation’s first unmanned aircraft business park currently under construction in North Dakota has a second major defense contractor interested in setting up shop. Linden P. Blue, the CEO of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., plans to visit in July to look into Grand Sky, a 1.2 million-square-foot park located on Grand…

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Headlines May 8, 2015

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News: Administration seeks to alter bill that has caused furor in Iraq – The Obama administration has launched a campaign on Capitol Hill aimed at scrapping a legislative measure that has outraged the Iraqi government and led a senior Shiite cleric to threaten the mobilization of a powerful militia that could threaten U.S. troops.   Business:…

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News Briefs May 8, 2015

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Bill reforms programs providing military equipment to police Two Missouri lawmakers are introducing legislation to reform federal programs providing military equipment to police, addressing concerns raised by those who believe that police overreached during protests in Ferguson by using armored vehicles and high-caliber weapons in a military-style response. On May 7, Sen. Claire McCaskill introduced…

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SpaceX capsule soars with dummy in first test of crew escape

Posted May 8, 2015 by Marcia Dunn

SpaceX chalked up another big test flight May 6, firing a capsule into the air to try out its new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts. No humans were on board, just a life-size dummy, for the first-of-its-kind flight. The whole thing lasted just 1½ minutes, but represented a huge milestone in SpaceX’s effort to…

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Headlines May 6, 2015

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News: President nominates Gen. Joseph F. Dunford as Joint Chiefs chairman – President Obama nominated Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford May 5 as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, calling the commander of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan “a proven leader.”   Business: U.S. Air Force says may revisit rocket plan if firms do…

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News Briefs May 6, 2015

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NATO to briefly move command headquarters A top NATO commander says the alliance will briefly move an allied joint force command headquarters to Romania as NATO continues to hone its ability to react to Russia’s moves in Ukraine and other security challenges. U.S Navy Adm. Mark E. Ferguson III, commander of the Allied Joint Force…

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SpaceX demonstrates astronaut escape system for crew Dragon spacecraft

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A loud whoosh, faint smoke trail and billowing parachutes marked a successful demonstration May 6 by SpaceX of its Crew Dragon spacecraft abort system – an important step in NASA's endeavor to rebuild America's ability to launch crews to the International Space Station from U.S. soil.

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Headlines May 4, 2015

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News: Authorization Bill a prelude to U.S. spending showdown – The House Armed Services Committee handed the Pentagon and U.S. defense sector a victory by surgically protecting weapon programs and authorizing extra war funding – but a showdown with the White House looms.   Business: Canada plans major sub-life extension – Canada has begun work on a…

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