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News Briefs June 17, 2013

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U.S. Marines land Osprey aircraft on Japanese ship A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft has made an unprecedented landing on a Japanese naval vessel off the California coast. The aircraft flew from San Diego to the Japanese ship Hyuga June 14 as part of an 18-day drill aimed at improving Japan’s amphibious capabilities. The…

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U.S. drops unarmed bombs on Great Barrier Reef

Posted July 22, 2013 by Rod McGuirk

Two American fighter jets dropped four unarmed bombs into Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park last week when a training exercise went wrong, the U.S. Navy said, angering environmentalists. The two AV-8B Harrier jets launched from aircraft carrier USS Bonhomme Richard each jettisoned an inert practice bomb and an unarmed laser-guided explosive bomb into the…

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B-1 Lancer crashes in Montana

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A B-1B Lancer with the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., crashed near Broadus, Mont., during a routine training mission Aug. 19. A crew of two pilots and two weapon systems officers†were on†board. All four members of the aircrew safely ejected with some injuries. “We are actively working to ensure the safety of…

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News Briefs September 27, 2013

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Minuteman missile test-launched from California The U.S. Air Force has test-launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from California. The missile lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 3:33 a.m., PDT, Sept. 26 It was the second Minuteman launch from Vandenberg this week. The first was launched early Sunday. No details of the…

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News Briefs November 1, 2013

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Navy kickback mastermind seeks shorter prison term The mastermind of a kickback scheme that cost the Navy $18 million is asking a judge to sentence him to a split term of prison and community service, rather than the more than 10 years behind bars that prosecutors are seeking. Ralph M. Mariano is set to be…

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Headlines December 6, 2013

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News: Arlington Cemetery wreath laying tradition faces donations shortfall – There may be a shortage of wreaths to lay on the graves at Arlington National Cemetery this year because corporate donors that help cover the cost are spreading their funds to include other veteran’s cemeteries across the nation, the Washington Post reported Dec. 5. Rocket with…

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Headlines – January 10, 2014

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News: Air Force crew members ‘made the ultimate sacrifice’ – The bodies of the four American air crew killed in a helicopter crash on the north Norfolk coast were removed from the wreckage today as their commander paid tribute to their ‘ultimate sacrifice.’ Captains Christopher S. Stover and Sean M. Ruane and TSgt. Dale E. Mathews…

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Headlines – February 12, 2014

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News: House votes to cancel cuts to military benefits – Acting to appease furious veterans’ groups, the House passed a bill Feb. 11 to undo about $6 billion worth of cuts to military retirement benefits.   Business: Singapore air show to focus on F-16s, F-35s – F-16 upgrade programs and F-35 deals in the region are expected…

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Headlines March 24, 2014

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Business: Lockheed Martin F-35’s software delayed, GAO says – Delays in testing critical software for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jet are threatening to delay the Pentagon’s most expensive weapon and boost development costs, according to congressional investigators.  Boeing U.S. tanker program seen $1 billion over budget – The U.S. Air Force on Friday estimated that Boeing’s development of…

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Headlines April 30, 2014

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News: House panel rejects benefits cuts in 2015 defense budget – In the first official congressional action on the Pentagon’s proposed 2015 budget, House lawmakers have rejected proposed cuts in housing allowances and commissary funding, as well as an overhaul of the Tricare system that would increase out-of-pocket costs for some beneficiaries.  New U.S. stealth jet…

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