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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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Headlines June 24, 2013

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News Stunt plane crashes in Ohio; two dead A stunt plane crashed at an Ohio air show June 22, killing two people.   Business U.S. arms makers emerging hopeful in face of budget cuts The fallout of U.S. defense budget cuts was plain to see at last week’s Paris Air Show in a range of…

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News Briefs June 24, 2013

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Remains of missing Korean War soldier returned The remains of a U.S. Army soldier from Missouri who disappeared in Korea in 1950 have been identified and returned to his family in Arkansas. The remains of Cpl. Marvin Omans arrived by plane June 21 in Little Rock where they were met by his sister – Dorothy…

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Headlines June 21, 2013

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Business Boeing told to refund overcharges to Pentagon The Pentagon’s purchasing agency said Boeing must refund $13.7 million in excessive charges on spare parts, including a $10 device for which the defense contractor charged $2,286 apiece. Raytheon contests U.S. backing Lockheed anti-ship missile Raytheon, the world’s largest missile maker, is challenging a Pentagon plan to…

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