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Headlines March 9, 2015

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News: Public support grows for U.S. combat troops in Iraq – Americans may be moving beyond their war weariness.   Business: Close air support’ summit sparks nod to Textron’s Scorpion – Would Textron’s Scorpion, an all-composite aircraft designed to boast low operating costs, as well as be relatively cheap to procure, fit the bill, he was asked….

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News Briefs March 9, 2015

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Anti-drone protesters try to block pilots at Nevada air base Anti-drone protesters gathered to block access to a US Air Force base in southern Nevada. Officials said more than a hundred people assembled March 6 outside the Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs. Organizers said protesters stood or laid down on the road in…

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Headlines March 6, 2015

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News: IG: VHA misappropriated $92.5M for claims system – The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) misappropriated more than $90 million intended for medical support and compliance programs in order to build an automated claims processing system, according to an Inspector General report released this week.   Business: Gulf arms race fuels UAE push for defense industry – Soaring…

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News Briefs March 6, 2015

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Man charged with theft of military documents seeks release An engineer who worked for a defense contractor who’s been charged with attempting to travel to China with stolen documents on the development of advanced titanium for U.S. military aircraft is asking a judge to free him while he awaits trial. A hearing on Yu Long’s…

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Headlines March 4, 2015

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News: Pentagon: Another BRAC will save money – Pentagon planners have a new pitch to lawmakers skeptical of a fresh round of base closings: We promise we’ll save money this time.   Business: China’s new C919 will begin test flights this year – China’s new superjet will take to the skies for the first time later this…

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News Briefs March 4, 2015

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General: 8,500 Islamic State fighters killed in Iraq so far The U.S.-led military coalition in Iraq has killed more than 8,500 Islamic State fighters since its bombing campaign began in August, the top general overseeing the coalition said March 3. Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, the commander of U.S. Central Command, said the Islamic State, which…

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Headlines March 2, 2015

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News: Israel lobbies for more missile defense funds than Obama sought – For the second consecutive year, Israeli officials have asked the U.S. Congress to add more than $300 million to President Barack Obama’s budget request for their nation’s missile-defense programs.   Business: Inside one of the most intense, and unusual, Pentagon contracting wars – The much-anticipated…

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News Briefs March 2, 2015

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Italy resumes Navy exercise amid new tensions over Libya The Italian Navy is resuming exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, including near the coast of Libya, amid concerns about rapidly deteriorating security in the North African nation. The exercise began March 2 and includes anti-submarine, anti-aircraft and anti-ship training operations. The exercise was suspended for a…

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News Briefs February 27, 2015

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Ukraine will start pulling back heavy weapons in the east Ukraine’s military says it will start pulling back its heavy weapons from the front line with Russian-backed separatists as required under a cease-fire agreement. The Defense Ministry said in a statement Feb. 26 that it reserved the right to revise its withdrawal plans in the…

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Northrop Grumman’s AstroMesh reflector successfully deploys for NASA’s SMAP satellite

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The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory successfully deployed the mesh reflector and boom aboard the Soil Moisture Active Passive spacecraft, a key milestone on its mission to provide global measurements of soil moisture. Launched Jan. 31, SMAP represents the future of Earth Science by helping researchers better understand our planet. SMAP’s unmatched data capabilities are enabled…

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