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Headlines July 8, 2013

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News In difficult year for Boeing, 777 crash may not be major setback The first fatal crash of a Boeing 777 jetliner July 6 may not pose much of a setback to the company, in part because design features of the plane helped prevent burning and break-up that could have led to greater loss of…

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News Briefs July 8, 2013

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Israeli F-16 fighter jet crashes; pilots unharmed The Israeli military says an F-16 fighter jet has crashed into the Mediterranean Sea after its two crew members safely ejected from the aircraft. The F-16 is the backbone of the Israeli air force. The two-seater F-16I is its latest and most advanced version. The military said the…

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Interceptor test failure is setback for National Missile Defense program

Posted July 8, 2013 by Peter W. Merlin

Photograph by Peter W. Merlin The GBI missile leaves the silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Like a belated Independence Day skyrocket, a Ground-Based Interceptor missile roared from its silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on the morning of July 5 as part of an integrated exercise and test of the Ground-based Midcourse…

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Headlines July 2, 2013

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Defense Fourth of July fireworks shuttered at key military bases Money woes have led at least three military bases to cancel Fourth of July fireworks, a move that will save up to $100,000, one general estimated. Army’s internal battle: Fight with GAO over battlefield intelligence system The Army’s vaunted battlefield intelligence processor is “difficult to…

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News Briefs July 1, 2013

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Jordan air force pilot joins Syrian rebels Relatives of a Jordanian air force pilot say he has joined al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front, which is fighting in Syria to oust President Bashar Assad. More than 300 Jordanians, some linked to domestic militant groups, have joined Syrian rebels fighting to overthrow Assad. But…

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Headlines June 28, 2013

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Business U.S. leads global arms exports surge Worldwide arms exports are surging. They’re up nearly 30 percent since 2008, according to a new report from defense analyst IHS Jane’s. Weapons exports totaled $73 billion in 2012, up from $57 billion four years earlier. Total worldwide defense spending in 2012 was $1.6 trillion.   Defense U.S….

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News Briefs June 28, 2013

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Luke AFB west of Phoenix to get 72 more F-35s The Air Force has decided to assign three additional squadrons of the new F-35 fighter at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz. The decision secures the future of the base 15 miles west of Phoenix as the current fleet of F-16s is retired. It…

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News Briefs June 26, 2013

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U.S. IDs Vietnam War soldier remains The Pentagon says it has accounted for a northern Michigan soldier whose helicopter was shot down during the Vietnam War. The POW/Missing Personnel Office said June 25 that Army Spec. 5 John L. Burgess of Suttons Bay was crew chief aboard the helicopter that crashed June 30, 1970. The…

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Headlines June 26, 2013

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News Army lays out plans to remove 80,000 soldiers; base communities brace for impacts The Army announced a massive restructuring of its force Tuesday, slashing 12 combat brigades and affecting military communities from Georgia to Washington state, as it prepares to cut 80,000 active-duty soldiers from its ranks over the next four years. Business Bombardier…

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U.S. senators seek cost cuts for F-35 fighter jet

Posted June 26, 2013 by Bradley Klapper Associated Press

Senators sought cost-cutting opportunities June 19 in the Pentagon’s $400 billion program for the next-generation F-35, a fighter jet with a troubled testing record that military leaders said America couldn’t afford not to build. Chairing the hearing, Sen. Dick Durbin lamented that the F-35 already has cost taxpayers billions more than what Congress signed up…

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