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Headlines – March 7, 2014

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News: DOD proposes revolutionary changes in retirement benefits – After years of silence on the intensely controversial issue of military retirement reform, the Pentagon on Thursday unveiled a detailed proposal for fundamental, far-reaching changes to the current pension system, Military Times has learned.  Senate rejects overhaul of military’s handling of sexual assaults – The Senate agreed March…

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Headlines April 18, 2014

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Business: Lockheed to Lose 17 F-35s Under Automatic Pentagon Cuts – Pentagon will cut 17 of the 343 F-35 fighters it planned to buy from Lockheed Martin in fiscal 2016 through 2019 unless Congress repeals automatic budget cuts, according to a new Defense Department report. DOD looking for ways not to break MH-60R helo deal – The…

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Headlines May 19, 2014

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News: VA’s top health official resigns amid scandal over delays in vets’ care – The Veterans Affairs Department’s top health official abruptly resigned May 16 amid the exploding scandal over delays in veterans’ care.   Business: Airbus looks to overseas, cyber to grow business – free-spending days of the mid-2000s are all but over for the defense…

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News Briefs June 25, 2014

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Putin withdraws request to use force in Ukraine Russian President Vladimir Putin asked parliament June 24 to cancel a resolution sanctioning the use of military force in Ukraine, a move his Ukrainian counterpart heralded as a practical stepî toward bringing peace to a region roiled by a separatist insurgency. Putin’s announcement came after pro-Russia rebels…

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Headlines August 1, 2014

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News: Military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds – An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and Congress said July 31 that President Obama’s strategy for sizing the armed services is too weak for today’s global threats. Defense industry funds flow to contenders for key House chairmanships – Four of the top…

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Headlines September 2, 2014

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News: Debris yields clues that pilot never ejected – When investigators were finally able to safely enter the crash site of an F-15C “Eagle” fighter jet on the afternoon of Aug. 27, they made a grim discovery that concluded more than 30 hours of searching – the pilot never managed to eject from the aircraft.  …

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Headlines October 6, 2014

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News: Canada at war: Vote to launch combat mission against ISIS passes 157-134 in House of Commons – One by one, Conservative MPs in the House of Commons led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper voted late Sept. 7 to join the war in Iraq, passing a controversial motion that clears the way for Canadian CF-18s to…

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News Briefs November 7, 2014

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Military Sealift Command consolidates headquarters The Navy has been given the green light to begin consolidating its transportation arm’s headquarters. The Navy said Nov. 6 it will move hundreds of Military Sealift Command staff from the Washington Navy Yard to Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia. The command’s headquarters has been split between the two locations…

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Headlines December 15, 2014

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News: Defense authorization bill heads to White House – Senate lawmakers finalized work on the $584.2 billion annual defense authorization bill Dec .12, putting in place a 1 percent pay raise for troops starting in January and limiting growth in housing allowance rates. Senators make final push for vets suicide-prevention bill – An effort to get a…

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News Briefs – September 12, 2012

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,980 As of Sept. 11, 2012, at least 1,980 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 1,652 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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