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US Air Force’s European consolidation results announced

Posted January 9, 2015 by Capt. Sybil Taunton

The Office of the Secretary of Defense announced the results of the European Infrastructure Consolidation review Jan. 8, which will realign several missions in U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa within seven years. Under the EIC, the Defense Department will divest three installations in the U.K., including realigning missions from Royal Air…

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Headlines January 7, 2015

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News SpaceX calls off rocket launch at last minute SpaceX hopes to try again Jan. 9 to launch cargo to the International Space Station, after a technical problem scrubbed a first launch attempt Jan. 6.   Business Babcock wins $1.4 billion British Army support deal Babcock International has been given a £900 million contract by…

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News Briefs January, 7, 2015

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SpaceX calls off launch to space station SpaceX called off its planned flight to the International Space Station Jan. 6 because of rocket trouble. The unmanned Falcon rocket was supposed to blast off before sunrise. But the countdown was halted with just over a minute remaining. The soonest SpaceX can try again is Friday morning,…

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Headlines January 5, 2015

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News Sierra Nevada’s NASA bid protest fails The U.S. Government Accountability Office Jan. 5 denied an appeal by Sierra Neavada Corp. Space Systems that sought to get its Dream Chaser space plane back in a NASA program.   Business New U.S. stealth jet can’t fire its gun until 2019 America’s $400 billion Joint Strike Fighter,…

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News Briefs January 5, 2015

Posted January 5, 2015 by timchisham

Navy considers more sonobuoys off Pacific Coast The U.S. Navy could significantly increase the number of sonobuoys it plans to deploy off the Pacific Coast. The floating, acoustic surveillance devices are used in anti-submarine warfare. The Oregonian reports that in a modified environmental assessment for Northwest training and testing, the Navy increased the number of…

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Headlines December 31, 2014

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News: DOD braces for political battle over military pay – The Pentagon is bracing for one of its biggest political battles in years as a blue-ribbon commission on military compensation and retirement nears the end of its two-year study and moves closer to releasing its proposals for change by Feb. 1.   Business: Defense 2015 preview:…

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News Briefs December 31, 2014

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German opposition urges probe into NATO ‘hit list’ German opposition lawmakers called Dec. 30 for an investigation into reports that the country’s army and foreign intelligence agency contributed to a NATO list of Taliban targets in Afghanistan, some of whom were killed. Citing NATO documents, German newspapers Der Spiegel and Bild have reported that Germany…

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Headlines December 29, 2014

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News: Newest U.S. stealth fighter ’10 years behind’ older jets – When the Pentagon’s nearly $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter finally enters service next year after nearly two decades in development, it won’t be able to support troops on the ground the way older planes can today. Its sensors won’t be able to see the…

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News Briefs December 29, 2014

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Iran’s army tests suicide drone in drills Iran’s army has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the army’s chief commander of ground forces, is quoted by Iranian state media Dec. 27…

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Obama, Hagel mark end of Operation Enduring Freedom

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President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel each issued statements Dec. 28 marking the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan. After 13 years of combat operations, Operation Enduring Freedom drew to a close today in a ceremony at the International Security and Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. “Today’s ceremony in Kabul marks…

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