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Headlines June 19, 2015

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News: Top U.S. officials consider bigger American role in Iraq – The nation’s top defense officials left open the possibility June 17 that the U.S. military may play a more active role in the fight against Islamic State extremists, by joining Iraqi forces on the front lines to help direct airstrikes. Air Force may send…

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News Briefs June 19, 2015

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Russia to get 40 new intercontinental missiles this year President Vladimir Putin says the Russian military will receive 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles this year capable of piercing any missile defenses–a blunt reminder of the nation’s nuclear might amid tensions with the West over Ukraine. Putin made the statement June 16 at the opening of…

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Airbus edges Boeing in orders race at Paris air show

Posted June 19, 2015 by Greg Keller and Jamey Keaten

Europe’s Airbus glided past Boeing to take top overall honors in their annual competition to sell commercial jets at the Paris Air Show. The U.S. plane maker, however, inked more deals for wide-body planes. As the final tally came down June 18, the two archrivals together booked more than $107 billion in orders and commitments…

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Headlines June 15, 2015

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News: Arlington burial approved for Guardsman killed in crash – Army Secretary John McHugh has approved an exception to policy that will allow a Louisiana Guard soldier killed in a March 10 helicopter crash to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, officials announced June 12.   Business: Bomber contract loser won’t lack work, Air Force’s…

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News Briefs June 15, 2015

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Minister: U.S. weighing placement of army equipment in Poland Poland’s Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak says the U.S. will “soon” take a decision to place heavy army equipment in warehouses in Poland for decades to come. Poland believes its security is threatened by Russia’s hostile actions in eastern Ukraine and is seeking permanent U.S. and NATO…

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Headlines June 12, 2015

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News: Trainers intended as lift, but quick Iraq turnaround Is unlikely – Obama’s plan does not call for small teams of American troops to accompany Iraqi fighters onto the battlefield, to call in airstrikes or advise on combat operations. Nor is it likely to significantly intensify an air campaign in which American warplanes have been…

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Headlines June 10, 2015

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News: Obama plan could send 1,000 more U.S. troops to Iraq – A day after President Obama was criticized for saying he lacked a “complete strategy” for training Iraqi troops, the White House tried gamely to explain June 9 what he really meant.   Business: U.S. Air Force to use new Lockheed spacecraft for next…

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Headlines June 8, 2015

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News: Russian bomber flights buzzing U.S. airspace doubled last year – The number of long-range Russian strategic bomber flights that buzzed U.S. airspace doubled last yaer from their norm, forcing American jets to frequently scramble and capturing the attention of hawks in Congress who believe the Kremlin is sending a veiled warning to President Obama to…

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Headlines June 5, 2015

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News: McCain, Reid spar over fate of Defense Bill – Two of the U.S. Senate’s old bulls squared off on the chamber floor June 4, trading barbs over the fate of a Pentagon policy bill. Ex-Pentagon official: Obama isn’t bluffing about Defense bill veto – President Obama is likely to follow through on his threat to veto…

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Report: Black Hawk pilots lost control, crashed in thick fog

Posted June 5, 2015 by Kevin McGill

A Black Hawk helicopter crashed last March, killing 11 servicemen, because two veteran Louisiana Army National Guard helicopter pilots got disoriented and lost control after failing to switch from visual-based to instrument-based flight procedures in a thick fog during a training exercise, the military said Thursday. The pilots, two other Louisiana guardsmen and seven Marines…

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