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Headlines July 12, 2013

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News Lawmaker proposes bill to exempt Defense civilians from furloughs A Democratic congressman has introduced legislation to prohibit furloughs for civilian Defense employees, who face one of the heaviest burdens among federal workers under the government-wide spending cuts known as the sequester. Business Lockheed, Italy cancel ceremony at Italian F-35 plant Lockheed Martin and the…

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X-47B makes first arrested landing at sea

Posted July 12, 2013 by PO3 Brnadon Vinson

Navy photograph by PO3 Kevin J. Steinberg An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completes an arrested landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). The landing marks the first time any unmanned aircraft has completed an arrested landing at sea. George H.W. Bush is conducting training operations…

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United States to deliver fighter jets to Egypt

Posted July 12, 2013 by Lolita C. Baldor

The U.S. is moving ahead with plans to deliver four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt despite the ongoing debate about the military overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi and whether it legally constitutes a coup that could shut off aid to the country. Defense officials say senior administration leaders discussed the delivery and decided to let…

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Headlines July 10, 2013

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News Hagel outlines ‘abrupt, deep’ cuts of $52 billion ahead U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said July 10 that if faced with $52 billion in automatic cuts next year, the Pentagon would do its best to “seek management efficiencies and controls on compensation growth before making cuts to force structure, modernization and readiness.” Pentagon eyes…

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News Briefs July 10, 2013

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Subcommittee approves NASA reauthorization bill The Space Subcommittee July 10 approved a draft bill to reauthorize programs at NASA for two years, including a topline budget of $16.8 billion dollars for the agency, which is consistent with the requirements of the Budget Control Act. My goal is to ensure that Congress ñ and this subcommittee…

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Headlines July 8, 2013

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News In difficult year for Boeing, 777 crash may not be major setback The first fatal crash of a Boeing 777 jetliner July 6 may not pose much of a setback to the company, in part because design features of the plane helped prevent burning and break-up that could have led to greater loss of…

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News Briefs July 8, 2013

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Israeli F-16 fighter jet crashes; pilots unharmed The Israeli military says an F-16 fighter jet has crashed into the Mediterranean Sea after its two crew members safely ejected from the aircraft. The F-16 is the backbone of the Israeli air force. The two-seater F-16I is its latest and most advanced version. The military said the…

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Interceptor test failure is setback for National Missile Defense program

Posted July 8, 2013 by Peter W. Merlin

Photograph by Peter W. Merlin The GBI missile leaves the silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Like a belated Independence Day skyrocket, a Ground-Based Interceptor missile roared from its silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on the morning of July 5 as part of an integrated exercise and test of the Ground-based Midcourse…

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Headlines July 2, 2013

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Defense Fourth of July fireworks shuttered at key military bases Money woes have led at least three military bases to cancel Fourth of July fireworks, a move that will save up to $100,000, one general estimated. Army’s internal battle: Fight with GAO over battlefield intelligence system The Army’s vaunted battlefield intelligence processor is “difficult to…

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News Briefs July 1, 2013

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Jordan air force pilot joins Syrian rebels Relatives of a Jordanian air force pilot say he has joined al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front, which is fighting in Syria to oust President Bashar Assad. More than 300 Jordanians, some linked to domestic militant groups, have joined Syrian rebels fighting to overthrow Assad. But…

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