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News Briefs June 5, 2013

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,097 As of June 4, 2013, at least 2,097 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 1,738 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Headlines June 5, 2013

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News White House promises veto of GOP spending plan The White House stepped in June with a veto threat against a House GOP plan to advance a round of 2014 spending bills that would ease sequester-imposed cuts on the Pentagon while forcing even deeper cuts on non-defense programs. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/03/white-house-promises-veto-gop-spending-plan/ House panel votes to stop DOD…

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Headlines June 3, 2013

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News Rejecting Obama’s plea, House GOP defense bill keeps Guantanamo open, restricts transfers Rebuffing President Barack Obama’s latest plea, House Republicans June 3 proposed keeping open the military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by barring the administration from transferring its terror suspects to the United States or a foreign country such as Yemen. Italy‚Äôs ruling…

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News Briefs June 3, 2013

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Study recommends F-16 transfer from Alaska base A draft Environmental Impact Study released by the U.S. Air Force recommends moving forward with a proposal to transfer a F-16 fighter jet squadron at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, Alaska, to Anchorage, Alaska. The Fairbanks Daily New Miner reports the 226-page study was released May 31….

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Headlines May 31, 2013

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Defense Kansas religion bill urges military to defend ‘Judeo-Christian tradition’ against alleged discrimination Republican lawmakers in Kansas want the state Legislature to call on the U.S. military to aggressively defend the “Judeo-Christian tradition” in the face of alleged discrimination by the Defense Department.   Veterans Shinseki on stopping homelessness: ‘The climb will get steeper’ Veterans…

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News Briefs May 31, 2013

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Hill AFB wins bigger F-22 Raptor assignment The Air Force is throwing more fighter-jet maintenance at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. That could help insulate the base from future national defense budget cuts, and Rep. Rob Bishop said it means 200 more defense jobs for Utah. The Air Force is announcing it will consolidate maintenance…

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Headlines May 29, 2013

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News Suspected U.S. drone crashes in Somalia A suspected U.S. drone has crashed in the southern Lower Shabelle region of Somalia, according to reports.   Business Pratt & Whitney finalizes $1 billion F-35 jet engine deal Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corps, said May 28 that has finalized a $1 billion deal…

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News Briefs May 29, 2013

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NATO service member killed in Afghanistan An insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan has killed a NATO service member, the coalition said. The U.S.-led military coalition says the service member died April 26 as a result of insurgent fire. It did not provide any other details. The death brings the number of international force members killed…

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Headlines May 24, 2013

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In the news….. Hurdles to closing Guantanamo just as high under new Obama plan President Obama announced measures May 23 to revitalize his failed first-term commitment to close the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, but the renewed effort faces the same steep political climb: To make it work, Congress would have to accept a…

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News Briefs May 24, 2013

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Air Force general vows to protect quality of weapons work The commander of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., says budget cuts are hitting the Albuquerque installation’s staff and operations but that the safety, security and reliability of the weapons themselves won’t be affected. Maj. Gen. Sandra Finan says…

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