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News Briefs December 28, 2013

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Nader says Boeing pressure on union ‘unseemly’ Consumer activist and failed presidential candidate Ralph Nader has some words for Boeing. In an open letter to Boeing CEO Jim McNerney Dec. 26, Nader said the company’s effort to squeeze worker pensions and pay is “unseemly.” He cited McNerney’s salary as one reason and the tax advantages…

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Headlines – January 31, 2014

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Business: Northrop profit, sales top view; eyes higher EPS in 2014 – Northrop Grumman, maker of surveillance drones and other military equipment, Jan. 30 reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings despite a drop in revenues and said share buybacks would drive earnings per share higher in 2014.  Raytheon fourth-quarter earnings beat estimates, foreign sales strong – U.S. arms maker…

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Headlines – March 10, 2014

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News: DOD budget: Expect big changes in five-year spending priorities – Just before Maj. Gen. Jim Martin, the U.S. Air Force budget director, walked into the Pentagon briefing room on March 4, an aide slipped him a note.  Boeing reports wing cracks on 787 Dreamliners in production – Boeing said March 7 that “hairline cracks” had been…

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Boeing to give California workers $47 million in back pay

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PALMDALE, Calif. – Boeing will pay $47 million to hundreds of current and former Southern California employees who are owed back pay and benefits, a union announced April 18. An arbitrator ruled against the aerospace giant in January and laid down guidelines for the payments and interest, but it took months to cull through records…

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News Briefs May 19, 2014

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Fire crews make progress on Camp Pendleton fires Marine Corps officials say fire crews are continuing to make progress in battling three fires at Camp Pendleton. Lt. Ryan Finnegan said May 18 that the largest fire has chewed through 15,000 acres and is 55 percent contained. Finnegan says another fire that started at a Naval…

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Air Force awards new combat rescue helicopter contract

Posted June 27, 2014 by SSgt. Carlin Leslie

The Air Force awarded a $1.28 billion contract for the initial engineering and manufacturing development phase of the new combat rescue helicopter to Sikorsky Aircraft Company on June 26. The contract also includes procurement of the first four of the program’s planned 112 aircraft. “Over the last 10 years, the Air Force has discussed upgrading…

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News Briefs August 1, 2014

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China allows foreign reporters at news conference Foreign reporters are being allowed to attend China’s Defense Ministry briefings for the first time, marking a small milestone in the increasingly confident Chinese military’s efforts to project a more transparent image. Restrictions still apply and there is no sign of an improvement in the generally paltry amount…

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Marine helicopter crashes in the Gulf of Aden

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A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit crashed at 2:00 p.m., Sept. 1, at sea in the Gulf of Aden as it attempted to land aboard USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19).

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News Briefs October 8, 2014

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U.S. general: $750 million military cost in Liberia The Army general who commands U.S. troops in Africa says U.S. military efforts against the Ebola crisis in Liberia are expected to cost $750 million over six months. Gen. David Rodriguez tells reporters at a Pentagon news conference that a very small number of highly trained troops…

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Headlines November 7, 2014

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News: More than 600 reported chemical exposure in Iraq, Pentagon acknowledges – More than 600 American service members since 2003 have reported to military medical staff members that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq, but the Pentagon failed to recognize the scope of the reported cases or offer adequate tracking and…

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