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News Briefs May 9, 2014

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U.K. looks to allow women in frontline combat roles Britain’s defense minister says women should be allowed to serve in front-line army combat units. Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said May 8 the army should be open “to all who can meet the standards required.” He said tough fitness rules meant “some roles will have limited…

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News Briefs June 13, 2014

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China, Japan blame each other for jet encounter China and Japan are blaming each other for a close encounter between military jets over the East China Sea. China’s defense ministry says Japanese F-15 fighters followed a Chinese TU-154 plane on regular patrol June 11 and got as close as 100 feet. It released two videos…

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News Briefs July 18, 2014

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Six F-16s damaged during July 8 storm in Vermont The Vermont National Guard says a total of six F-16 fighter jets were damaged during a severe thunderstorm on July 8. The Guard says the storm with high winds caused the hangar doors at the Burlington Air National Guard station to collapse inward and damage the…

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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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Iraq war contractor ordered to pay $85 million

Posted November 5, 2012 by Nigel Duara and Steven Dubouis

A jury Nov. 2 ordered an American military contractor to pay $85 million after finding it guilty of negligence for illnesses suffered by a dozen Oregon soldiers who guarded an oilfield water plant during the Iraq war. After a three-week trial, the jury deliberated for just two days before reaching a decision against the contractor,…

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Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, who led 1991 Operation Desert Storm, dies at 78

Posted December 28, 2012 by Richard Pyle and Lolita C. Baldor

Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who topped an illustrious military career by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991 but kept a low public profile in controversies over the second Gulf War against Iraq, has died. He was 78.

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News Briefs February 1, 2013

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Northrop Grumman fourth quarter net income falls 3 percent Defense contractor Northrop Grumman said Jan. 30 its fourth-quarter net income fell 3 percent, hurt by lower government spending. The Falls Church, Va.,-based company earned $533 million, or $2.14 per share, down from $548 million, or $2.09 per share, a year ago. The recent quarter’s results…

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Tennessee representative launches Congressional Range & Testing Center Caucus

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Feb. 26, U.S. Congressman Diane Black, R-Tenn., released the following statement announcing the formation of the bipartisan Congressional Range & Testing Center Caucus. “As the wife, mother and daughter of U.S. servicemen, I believe that our brave men and women in uniform deserve our utmost respect and the resources and support necessary to carry out…

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Headlines April 8, 2013

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Business Pentagon awards surge 71 percent in March as Congress eases budget blow The Defense Department announced contracts valued at as much as $39.4 billion in March, 71 percent more than the prior month, even as automatic federal budget cuts started taking effect. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/defense-contracts-surge-71-percent-in-march-as-congress-eases-budget-blow/2013/04/07/4deeb982-9c89-11e2-a941-a19bce7af755_story.html Lagardere to use private placement to sell EADS shares French media…

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Headlines May 10, 2013

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Business Boeing aims to keep building F/A-18 jets through 2020 Boeing could keep building its Super Hornet fighter jet and a modified electronic attack version through 2020, the company said, given prospects for over 200 foreign sales and what it sees as up to 150 more sales to the U.S. Navy. Bombardier says CSeries on…

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