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News Briefs June 26, 2015

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NATO plans follow-up Afghan presence after Resolute Support NATO defense ministers are reassuring Afghanistan’s government that it can count on the alliance’s continued help after its military training and support mission, called Resolute Support, ends. Alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said June 25 that ministers committed their governments to maintaining “a civilian-led presence” in Afghanistan, which…

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Headlines June 24, 2015

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News: Pentagon placing gear in Eastern Europe – The Pentagon will place approximately 250 tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles and self-propelled howitzers throughout six countries that are close to Russia, the department announced June 23.   Business: U.S. Air Force wants improved day-night F-22 Raptor helmet by 2020 – A long-running effort to provide F-22 Raptor…

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Headlines June 22, 2015

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Business: Sikorsky bids, M&A talks shake up air show – Even with jets roaring overhead, the loudest blast in the defense sector during the Paris Air Show came from United Technology Corp.’s acknowledgement that it has multiple bids – at attractive levels – for subsidiary Sikorsky Aircraft, makers of the US Army’s Black Hawk helicopter….

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News Briefs June 22, 2015

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Vets fight to add names of 74 sailors to Vietnam Memorial A group of Navy veterans is trying to persuade the U.S. military to add the names of 74 sailors to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The sailors were killed when their destroyer, the USS Frank E. Evans, was cut in half in…

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Headlines June 19, 2015

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News: Top U.S. officials consider bigger American role in Iraq – The nation’s top defense officials left open the possibility June 17 that the U.S. military may play a more active role in the fight against Islamic State extremists, by joining Iraqi forces on the front lines to help direct airstrikes. Air Force may send…

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News Briefs June 19, 2015

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Russia to get 40 new intercontinental missiles this year President Vladimir Putin says the Russian military will receive 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles this year capable of piercing any missile defenses–a blunt reminder of the nation’s nuclear might amid tensions with the West over Ukraine. Putin made the statement June 16 at the opening of…

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Airbus edges Boeing in orders race at Paris air show

Posted June 19, 2015 by Greg Keller and Jamey Keaten

Europe’s Airbus glided past Boeing to take top overall honors in their annual competition to sell commercial jets at the Paris Air Show. The U.S. plane maker, however, inked more deals for wide-body planes. As the final tally came down June 18, the two archrivals together booked more than $107 billion in orders and commitments…

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Headlines June 15, 2015

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News: Arlington burial approved for Guardsman killed in crash – Army Secretary John McHugh has approved an exception to policy that will allow a Louisiana Guard soldier killed in a March 10 helicopter crash to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, officials announced June 12.   Business: Bomber contract loser won’t lack work, Air Force’s…

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News Briefs June 15, 2015

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Minister: U.S. weighing placement of army equipment in Poland Poland’s Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak says the U.S. will “soon” take a decision to place heavy army equipment in warehouses in Poland for decades to come. Poland believes its security is threatened by Russia’s hostile actions in eastern Ukraine and is seeking permanent U.S. and NATO…

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Headlines June 12, 2015

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News: Trainers intended as lift, but quick Iraq turnaround Is unlikely – Obama’s plan does not call for small teams of American troops to accompany Iraqi fighters onto the battlefield, to call in airstrikes or advise on combat operations. Nor is it likely to significantly intensify an air campaign in which American warplanes have been…

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