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Headlines August 7, 2013

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News: How Buck McKeon created a global drone enterprise A U.S. lawmaker helped create the drone industry – and has reaped the benefits. A drone reportedly flew over North Dakota last year, taking pictures of a meth lab. The drone’s flight log was released in July in response to a lawsuit filed by the Electronic…

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News Briefs August 7, 2013

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Manning’s max possible sentence cut to 90 years U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning’s possible sentence for disclosing classified information through WikiLeaks was trimmed from 136 years to 90 years Aug. 6 by a military judge who said some of his offenses were closely related. The ruling was largely a victory for defense attorneys, who had…

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Savings, reprogramming enable furlough reduction

Posted August 7, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Savings and the ability to reprogram funds made possible Aug. 6 announcement by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that unpaid furlough days for about 650,000 civilian employees are being reduced. Hagel signed a memo cutting furlough days for about 650,000 Defense Department civilian employees from 11 to six. This means that for most employees, the furlough…

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Headlines August 5, 2013

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Business EADS urged by investor to sell Dassault Aviation holding European Aeronautics, Defense and Space Co. (EADS) should sell its holding in Dassault Aviation SA, maker of the Rafale combat jet, because the stake valued at about $5.3 billion is a poor investment, the TCI fund said. Ultra Electronics targets China airliner by adapting weapons…

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News Briefs August 5, 2013

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Army Fleet Support to lay off 70 in August An Alabama company that supplies aviation support to the U.S. Air Force at Fort Rucker is planning to lay off 70 employees this month. The Dothan Eagle reported Saturday that Army Fleet Support is laying off employees to align its staffing with flying hours. Spokeswoman Lisa…

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HH-60 helicopter crashes near Camp Hansen, Okinawa

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A Kadena Air Base, Japan,-based HH-60G Pave Hawk†helicopter crashed in the Central Training Area near Camp Hansen, Okinawa, at about 4 p.m., Aug. 5. U.S. fire and rescue crews are responding to the scene of the mishap. There were at least four people on board. Three of the four have been accounted for and are…

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Headlines August 2, 2013

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News Canceling F-5 said to be among Pentagon options Canceling the $391.2 billion program to build Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet is among options the Pentagon listed in its “strategic review of choices if forced to live with automatic budget cuts, according to people familiar with Defense Department briefings. Pentagon to investigate allegations of waste,…

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News Briefs August 2, 2013

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Air Guard pilot ejects after jets collide Two Air National Guard fighter jets collided midair, forcing one of the pilots to eject into the sea and be rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter a few hours later off the Virginia coast, officials said Aug. 2. The other pilot involved in the collision was able to…

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Pentagon review reveals best, worst case, Hagel Says

Posted August 2, 2013 by Karen Parrish

DOD photograph by Glenn Fawcett Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel answers a question on the Strategic Choices Management Review during a news conference at the Pentagon, July 31, 2013. Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., right, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined Hagel for the briefing. The Pentagon will reduce funding for major…

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Headlines July 31, 2013

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News European aerospace group to adopt ‘Airbus’ name as civil aircraft demand soars The parent company of European jet maker Airbus says its profit soared in the first half and it has announced a corporate shakeup to give new prominence to its civil aviation division.   Business Boeing pressed to refund $13 million in parts…

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