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Headlines August 1, 2014

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News: Military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds – An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and Congress said July 31 that President Obama’s strategy for sizing the armed services is too weak for today’s global threats. Defense industry funds flow to contenders for key House chairmanships – Four of the top…

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Headlines September 2, 2014

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News: Debris yields clues that pilot never ejected – When investigators were finally able to safely enter the crash site of an F-15C “Eagle” fighter jet on the afternoon of Aug. 27, they made a grim discovery that concluded more than 30 hours of searching – the pilot never managed to eject from the aircraft.  …

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Headlines October 6, 2014

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News: Canada at war: Vote to launch combat mission against ISIS passes 157-134 in House of Commons – One by one, Conservative MPs in the House of Commons led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper voted late Sept. 7 to join the war in Iraq, passing a controversial motion that clears the way for Canadian CF-18s to…

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News Briefs November 7, 2014

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Military Sealift Command consolidates headquarters The Navy has been given the green light to begin consolidating its transportation arm’s headquarters. The Navy said Nov. 6 it will move hundreds of Military Sealift Command staff from the Washington Navy Yard to Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia. The command’s headquarters has been split between the two locations…

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Headlines December 15, 2014

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News: Defense authorization bill heads to White House – Senate lawmakers finalized work on the $584.2 billion annual defense authorization bill Dec .12, putting in place a 1 percent pay raise for troops starting in January and limiting growth in housing allowance rates. Senators make final push for vets suicide-prevention bill – An effort to get a…

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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 13, 2013

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U.S. military weighs cutbacks in drone programs The Pentagon for the first time is considering scaling back the massive buildup of drones it has overseen in the past few years. It would be both to save money and to adapt to changing security threats and new areas of operation – such as east Asia –…

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Headlines: March 20, 2013

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News Pilot error one cause of 2012 Predator crash Pilot error and a propeller malfunction caused an armed MQ-1B Predator to crash into the Afghanistan countryside last fall, according to an accident report released today. Iraq war contractors fight on against lawsuits, investigations, fines Donald Rumsfeld declared war on the Pentagon bureaucracy on a quiet,…

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