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Headlines June 1, 2015

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News: U.S. bombers hold fire on Islamic State targets amid ground intel blackout – Nearly 75 percent of U.S. bombing runs targeting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria returned to base without firing any weapons in the first four months of 2015.   Business: Pentagon wants large-scale, international F-35 block buy – The Defense Department wants…

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Headlines May 29, 2015

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News: U.S. Army chief opens door to embedding U.S. troops with Iraqi forces – After the fall of Ramadi, the Iraqi Security Forces need military and political leadership, Gen. Raymond Odierno says.   Business: No acquisition strategy yet for LCS frigates – Details of the new Littoral Combat Ship frigate program’s acquisition strategy are still being reviewed,…

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Headlines May 27, 2015

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News: U.S. Air Force certifies SpaceX for military launches – SpaceX has been certified for military space launch, the U.S. Air Force announced May 26. The long-awaited announcement is a game changer, with SpaceX becoming only the second provider cleared by the service to launch national security payloads into orbit.   Business: Northrop Grumman CEO issues…

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Headlines May 22, 2015

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News: Second Marine killed in Hawaii Osprey crash identified – Marine Corps officials have identified the second Marine to die as a result of the May 17 MV-22B Osprey crash as Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Determan of Maricopa, Ariz.   Business: Israel defense exports plunge to seven-year low – Israeli defense sales last year plunged to their…

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News Briefs May 22, 2015

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Ukrainian officer hit with third charge in Russia A third charge has been filed against a Ukrainian military officer who has been behind bars in Moscow for nearly a year over the deaths of two Russian journalists in Ukraine. Nadezhda Savchenko, who worked as a spotter for Ukrainian troops fighting separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine,…

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Headlines May 20, 2015

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News: Top secret X-37B space plane blasts off on fourth mission – One of the most mysterious craft ever to go into orbit blasted off on a top secret mission this morning.   Business: R&D budget request rises for U.S. Special Operations – The leadership of U.S. Special Operations Command said the force and its acquisitions –…

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News Briefs May 20, 2015

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North Korea ‘many years’ from developing submarine missile A top U.S. military officer says North Korea is many years away from being able to launch ballistic missiles from a submarine. But vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. James Winnefeld, said May 19 such missiles could eventually present a hard-to-detect danger to…

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House panel approves $578.6 billion for defense spending

Posted May 20, 2015 by Deb Riechmann

The House panel that decides defense spending approved a $578.6 billion blueprint May 19 that fully funds a 2.3 percent pay raise for military men and women, prevents the retirement of the A-10 aircraft that protects ground troops and funds the U.S. fight against terrorism. The spending bill, which mirrors the broad defense policy bill…

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News Briefs May 18, 2015

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Military leaders gather in Hawaii to talk amphibious skills Amphibious military capabilities are on the agenda as the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy host defense leaders from around the Pacific in Hawaii this week. The first-of-its kind meeting comes as territorial disputes over islands grow more heated in the region. U.S. treaty allies Japan and…

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Headlines May 15, 2015

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News: Six Marines dead as chopper found in Nepal – Nepalese rescuers May 15 found three bodies near the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared earlier this week while on a relief mission in the earthquake-hit Himalayan nation, and officials said it was unlikely there were any survivors from the crash.   Business: Study…

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