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News Briefs October 10, 2014

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Australia launches first airstrike in Iraq An Australian jet fighter has made the country’s first airstrike against an Islamic State target in Iraq since the Australian government committed its air force to combat missions, defense officials said Oct. 9. The Australian Defense Force did not say what type of facility had been attacked or where…

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News Briefs Nov, 10, 2014

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Air Force IDs pilot in fighter jet crash Air Force officials have identified the pilot who was killed in an F-16 fighter jet crash. Officials said late Nov. 7 that Air Force civilian pilot Matthew J. LaCourse, 58, of Panama City Beach, Fla., was piloting the jet when it crashed into the Gulf of Mexico…

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Lockheed to settle suit over retirement accounts

Posted December 19, 2014 by Jim Suhr

Lockheed Martin agreed Dec. 16 to settle a federal class-action lawsuit accusing the aerospace and defense behemoth of mismanaging the investment accounts of its employees and retirees, charging the investors high fees along the way. The tentative deal announced in federal court in Illinois’ East St. Louis averted an anticipated four-week trial in the 8-year-old…

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News Briefs January 26, 2015

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Navy wants to increase use of sonar-emitting buoys The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales. The Navy now wants to deploy up to 720 sonobuoys about 12 miles off…

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Headlines March 4, 2015

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News: Pentagon: Another BRAC will save money – Pentagon planners have a new pitch to lawmakers skeptical of a fresh round of base closings: We promise we’ll save money this time.   Business: China’s new C919 will begin test flights this year – China’s new superjet will take to the skies for the first time later this…

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News Briefs – July 16, 2012

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State home for veterans gets federal designation Arizona’s second residential home for military veterans now is eligible for federal funding. Gov. Jan Brewer’s office says the Arizona State Veteran Home in Tucson received a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs designation after passing a three-day inspection. Brewer’s office says the federal designation of the Tucson facility…

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Lost Johnny Carson film found at March AFB

Posted October 12, 2012 by by PO3 Will Gaskill

Once thought to be lost, a film reel containing clips of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, was discovered in a military visual information storage facility here and turned over to Jeff Sotzing, Carson's nephew, Oct. 1.

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nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle makes its maiden flight

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The nEUROn, Europeís unmanned combat air vehicle stealth technology demonstrator, successfully completed its maiden flight Dec. 1 from the Dassault Aviation companyís flight test base in Istres, France, in collaboration with the flight test personnel of the French defense procurement agency. The nEUROn was launched in 2005 by the customer, DGA, and involves France, Italy,…

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Headlines: January 16, 2013

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News Two Japanese airlines ground Boeing 787 Dreamliners after battery problems in cockpit lead to emergency landing in latest problem for new high-tech aircraft Two Japanese airlines have grounded their entire fleets of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner planes for safety checks. The move comes after one of the aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing…

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Panetta notifies Congress DOD preparing for furloughs

Posted February 20, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has notified Congress that the Defense Department is prepared to implement furloughs for civilian personnel in response to the threat of sequestration. In a memo to all employees, Panetta vowed to continue working with Congress to avoid sequestration, which would add $470 billion to the $487 billion in defense spending…

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