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Headlines August 21, 2013

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News Pentagon weights firing thousands under 2014 spending cuts The Defense Department may have to fire at least 6,272 civilian employees if automatic cuts known as sequestration slice $52 billion from its fiscal 2014 budget, according to a Pentagon planning document.   Business Lockheed eyes 40 percent savings on next F-35 logistics contract Lockheed Martin…

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News Briefs: August 23, 2013

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South Dakota flights resuming three days after B-1B crash Flights were resuming out of Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota Aug. 22, three days after a B-1B bomber crashed in a remote area of southeastern Montana, an Air Force official said. Two pilots and two weapons system officers safely ejected Monday morning before the…

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Retired NASA astronaut, research test pilot Gordon Fullerton dies

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C. Gordon Fullerton, who compiled a distinguished career as a NASA astronaut, research pilot and Air Force test pilot spanning almost 50 years, died Aug. 21. He was 76.

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Headlines August 21, 2013

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News: F-35 support costs fall 22 percent, Pentagon manager estimates A fleet of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighters will cost $857 billion over 55 years to operate and support, 22 percent less than previously estimated, according to the head of the Pentagon office developing the plane.   Business: 10 U.S companies profiting most from U.S. military…

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News Briefs: August 21, 2013

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,126 As of Aug. 20, at least 2,126 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,763 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of…

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Judge sentences Manning to 35 years confinement

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Army Pfc. Bradley E. Manning was sentenced at Fort Meade, Md., Aug. 21 to 35 years of confinement, reduction to the lowest enlisted rank, a dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of all pay and allowances for his July 30 conviction on a variety of charges related to publication of government information on the WikiLeaks website. Army…

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4 crew names released from B-1B bomber crash

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ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. (AP) _ The Air Force has released the names of the four South Dakota crew members who safely ejected from a B-1B bomber that crashed in Montana. Maj. Frank Biancardi II and Capt. Curtis Michael were the instructor pilots on board. Capt. Chad Nishizuka and Capt. Brandon Packard were weapons…

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Headlines August 19, 2013

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News: U.S., China to expand military exchanges amid rows over cyber security, territory The United States and China agreed Aug. 19 to expand military exchanges and exercises as part of efforts to build more stable ties, despite tensions over cyber security and East Asian territorial disputes.   Business: South Korea targets growing Asian defense market…

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News Briefs August 19, 2013

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17 punished for placing sex ads while deployed The Marine Corps says 17 people have been punished for placing ads on the Internet seeking sex while they were deployed to Afghanistan. The Los Angeles Times reports Aug. 17 those punished included 11 military personnel and six civilian employees of the Department of Defense. The ads…

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B-1 Lancer crashes in Montana

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A B-1B Lancer with the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., crashed near Broadus, Mont., during a routine training mission Aug. 19. A crew of two pilots and two weapon systems officers†were on†board. All four members of the aircrew safely ejected with some injuries. “We are actively working to ensure the safety of…

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