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News Briefs – January 30, 2013

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Italy backs off on military assistance in Mali Italian Premier Mario Monti says Italy is backing off its commitment to assist France’s military campaign against Islamist fighters in Mali because his caretaker government lacks political support on the issue during the run-up to national elections next month. A proposal to send three transport planes and…

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News Briefs March 4, 2013

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NORAD may shed 24-hour alert sites in Virginia, Minnesota NORAD is considering taking two of its 18 Air Force sites off 24-hour alert, saying it will save millions of dollars without compromising its ability to defend against 9/11-style attacks. A Government Accountability Office report released Feb. 28 said the North American Aerospace Defense Command might…

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U.S. delays. missile test as tensions rise

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The U.S. Defense Department has delayed an intercontinental ballistic missile test that had been planned for next week at an Air Force base in California amid mounting tensions with North Korea, a senior defense official told The Associated Press. The official said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel decided to put off the long-planned Minuteman 3 test…

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Headlines May 8, 2013

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News Air Force sidelines 17 nuclear missile officers; commander cites ‘rot’ in system The Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control — and, if necessary, launch — nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings, including a remarkably dim review of their unit’s launch skills. The group’s deputy commander said…

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News Briefs June 12, 2013

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Air Force admits error on support The U.S. Air Force is admitting giving out wrong information on public support for basing the F-35 fighter jet in Burlington, Vt. In a revised draft environmental impact statement, the Air Force said last month it had received 913 public comments on the proposal to base up to 24…

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Headlines July 17, 2013

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Defense The world on the brink of war: Pictures of military science from 1913 show America feared deadly bomb showers even before battle had begun A fascinating collection of illustrations shows how America keenly observed Britain and Germany as the countries prepared for the first world war – long before the United States was drawn…

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Headlines August 14, 2013

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Business Textron Systems eyes rising foreign demand for drones, weapons Textron Systems, a unit of Textron Inc , says strong demand from the Middle East and Asia for unmanned systems, ground vehicles and smart weapons will help expand foreign sales to about half of the division’s total revenues in coming years. Israeli drones over Brazil’s…

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News Briefs September 16, 2013

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Study recommends $453 million Los Angeles River restoration A federal study recommends spending $453 million to restore part of the concrete-line Los Angeles River to nature – but critics say it doesn’t go far enough. The Army Corps of Engineers on Friday unveiled four options for restoring an 11-mile stretch of the river, a flood…

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Headlines October 17, 2013

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News: Ranger’s unconscious salute inspires, captivates a grateful nation - There’s tough. There’s Marine Corps tough. And now there’s an entirely new category: Injured, hooked-to-tubes, unconscious — but still saluting — Army Ranger tough.   Business: Pentagon withholding payments from six weapons makers - The U.S. Defense Department is withholding payments from six arms makers for problems…

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Headlines November 20, 2013

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News: U.S.-Afghanistan reach security pact, with no apology - The United States and Afghanistan Nov. 20 reached a draft agreement on a crucial security pact, a day before thousands of Afghan elders are set to debate whether to allow U.S. troops to stay in the country after 2014.   Business: Bombardier strikes CSeries deal with Iraqi…

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