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News Briefs September 27, 2013

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Minuteman missile test-launched from California The U.S. Air Force has test-launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from California. The missile lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 3:33 a.m., PDT, Sept. 26 It was the second Minuteman launch from Vandenberg this week. The first was launched early Sunday. No details of the…

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DOD taking prudent steps in face of government shutdown

Posted September 27, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department is taking prudent steps to plan for a possible government shutdown Oct. 1, Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said in a memo signed Sept. 26. The deputy secretary believes there is still time for Congress to enact legislation to avoid a shutdown. The administration is willing to work with Congress to…

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Headlines September 25, 2013

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News: U.S. command in Afghanistan gives Army 60 days to fix or replace intel network – The Pentagon’s main battlefield intelligence network in Afghanistan is vulnerable to hackers — both the enemy or a leaker — and the U.S. command in Kabul will cut it off from the military’s classified data files unless the Army fixes…

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News Briefs September 25, 2013

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,138 As of Sept. 24, 2013, at least 2,138 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 1,772 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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South Korea rejects Boeing, says F-15 not good enough

Posted September 25, 2013 by Hyung-Jin Kim

South Korea Sept. 24 rejected Boeing’s bid to supply 60 fighter jets in the country’s largest-ever weapons purchase even though it was the sole remaining bidder, and said it would reopen the tender. Boeing had offered its F-15 Silent Eagle, but South Korean critics have said the warplane lacks state-of-the-art stealth capabilities and cannot effectively…

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DOD identifies Navy casualties

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The Department of Defense announced Sept. 24 the death of two sailors who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Search, rescue efforts for MH-60S aircrew suspended

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Search and rescue efforts for the remaining two crew members involved in a U.S. Navy MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crash were suspended Sept. 23 at approximately 3 p.m., Bahrain time.

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Headlines September 23, 2013

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Business: Sikorsky S-97 Raider begins final assembly – Sikorsky will begin final assembly of its S-97 Raider helicopter prototype this week, according to company officials. That puts the helicopter manufacturer, which is competing for the Army’s Armed Aerial Scout program, on track for a first flight at the end of 2014.   Defense: No mid-October paycheck…

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News Briefs September 23, 2013

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Intercontinental missile test-launched from California The U.S. Air Force has launched an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile from the California coast in a test flight. The Minuteman 3 blasted off around 3 a.m., Sept. 22 from an underground silo at the Vandenberg Air Force, 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles. It was supposed to travel 4,200…

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Headlines September 20, 2013

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News: Air Force general wants simpler weapons quicker – The three-star general who heads the secretive U.S. Special Operations Command is pressing arms makers to speed up the development of new weapons and move toward greater standardization of aircraft and sensors.   Business: Lockheed Martin girds for combat jet choices as Dutch back JSF – Lockheed Martin…

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