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News Briefs June 13, 2014

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China, Japan blame each other for jet encounter China and Japan are blaming each other for a close encounter between military jets over the East China Sea. China’s defense ministry says Japanese F-15 fighters followed a Chinese TU-154 plane on regular patrol June 11 and got as close as 100 feet. It released two videos…

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Headlines June 11, 2014

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News: House appropriators easily kill measure to save A-10 fleet - U.S. House appropriators June 10 killed an amendment that would have kept alive the Air Force’s A-10 fleet, becoming the first defense panel to endorse the service’s cost-cutting plan.  Friendly fire’ deaths in Afghanistan: Relatively rare, they draw attention - Friendly-fire incidents are responsible for only…

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News Briefs June 11, 2014

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Environmental agency criticize Kirtland proposal New Mexico environmental regulators are criticizing Kirtland Air Force Base’s proposal for cleaning up a massive underground fuel leak, saying it would threaten Albuquerque’s water supply. Kirtland’s plan centers on using a Kirtland water well to remove fuel-contaminated groundwater to keep it away from a neighborhood where municipal drinking wells…

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Headlines June 6, 2014

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News: U.S. sending advisers, military gear to Ukraine - A small team of American military advisers will soon head to Ukraine to assess that embattled nation’s “mid- and long-term needs for defense reform,” a Pentagon official said June 5.  Pilot unharmed in Super Hornet crash off California coast - An F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed into the water…

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News Briefs June 6, 2014

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Jet crashes into California homes but no injuries A military jet slammed into a Southern California neighborhood dense with homes and exploded in flames, but the pilot and everyone on the ground emerged unscathed, officials said. Moments after the pilot ejected to safety the afternoon of June 5, the Harrier jet went down in a…

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Headlines June 2, 2014

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Business: Pentagon seeks $211 million repayment from Pratt for accounting issue - The Pentagon is seeking $211 million from engine maker Pratt and Whitney for cost accounting problems on contracts dating back to 2005, according to a report released June 3.   Northrop wins $9.9 billion contract for B-2 bomber sustainment - Northrop Grumman has won a five-year…

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News Briefs June 4, 2014

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Pentagon: Russian fighter intercepted U.S. plane The Pentagon says a Russian fighter jet intercepted an American reconnaissance plane in international airspace over the Pacific in late April, prompting top officials to communicate their concerns to the Russian military. A Pentagon spokesman, Army Col. Steve Warren, said June 3 the Russian Su-27 fighter flew across the…

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Headlines June 2, 2014

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News: Military community reaction mixed to Bergdahl release - Though Americans may be celebrating the release of the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan by the Taliban, the reaction of the military community has been mixed at best.   Freed prisoners were battle-hardened Taliban commanders - They were among the Taliban’s most influential commanders – five men…

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News Briefs June 2, 2014

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Australia resettles more than 500 Afghan helpers Australia revealed June 1 that it had resettled in recent months more than 500 Afghans who had jeopardized their own safety by helping the Australian military in their war-ravaged homeland. The Afghans, mainly interpreters and their families, were granted refugee visas. Most were resettled in Australia since late…

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Headlines May 30, 2014

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News: Shinseki resigns amid VA scandal over veterans’ healthcare - Eric K. Shinseki resigned May 30 as secretary of Veterans Affairs taking responsibility for a scandal in the VA healthcare system over excessive waiting times and cover ups of what he called “systemic” problems.   Business: Army to seek Northrop refunds over inflated labor rates - The…

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