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News Briefs August 13, 2014

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Iraq isn’t Syria: Congress on board this time Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers a year ago over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American war planes strike extremist targets in Iraq. Almost a week into it, the Obama administration’s emergency military action against Islamic State Sunni insurgents in northern…

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News Briefs September 17, 2014

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U.S. to assign 3,000 troops to fight Ebola The Obama administration is preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa to combat the Ebola outbreak that has overwhelmed local health care systems and drawn appeals for help from the region and aid organizations. The troops will supply medical and logistical support and boost…

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Solid rocket boosters arrive at Dryden for storage

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Two space shuttle solid rocket booster casings arrived at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center Aug. 29 after a transcontinental trip from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The inert boosters, each of which is more than 149 feet long and more than 12 feet wide, were hauled overland by a modified tractor-trailer rig. Now owned…

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News Briefs – October 22, 2012

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Iraq presses U.S. on need for faster arms deliveries Iraq’s prime minister has pressed the need for faster deliveries of American weapons to help arm his country’s military during a meeting with a senior U.S. defense official. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office said in a statement Oct. 18 the Iraqi leader made the request during…

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News Briefs – December 14, 2012

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,035   As of Dec. 11, 2012, at least 2,035 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,698 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a…

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News Briefs – January 25, 2013

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Symbol of Argentina’s decaying navy sinks in port Argentina’s defense chief says he’s ashamed over the sinking of a mothballed Navy destroyer, an incident that critics say reflects the abandonment of a once-proud fleet. The ARA Trinidad led Argentina’s 1982 sea war against Britain, but has long been used for spare parts. The Navy said…

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Headlines: February 27, 2013

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News Pentagon F-35 program chief lashes Lockheed, Pratt & Whitney The Pentagon program chief for the F-35 slammed its commercial partners Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney Feb. 27, accusing them of trying to “squeeze every nickel” out of the U.S. government and failing to see the long-term benefits of the project. Pratt rules out…

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News Briefs March 29, 2013

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US Army veteran charged with fighting with al Qaeda in Syria, using weapon of mass destruction A U.S. Army veteran is charged with conspiring with an al Qaeda group to wage war against the Syrian regime. Eric Harroun of Phoenix, Ariz., was charged March 28 in federal court in northern Virginia with conspiring to use…

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X-51A Waverider achieves history in final flight

Posted May 3, 2013 by Daryl Mayer

Air Force photograph by Bobbi Zapka The X-51A Waverider prepares to launch its historic fourth and final flight. The cruiser achieved Mach 5.1 traveling 230 nautical miles in just over six minutes making this test the longest air-breathing hypersonic flight ever. The final flight of the X-51A Waverider test program has accomplished a breakthrough in…

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Headlines June 7, 2013

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Business Goldman upgrades defense contractors Defense contractors including F-35 jet maker Lockheed Martin and missile supplier Raytheon were upgraded by Goldman Sachs Group. Airbus building A350 momentum as sales chief criss-crosses globe Airbus SAS is looking to build momentum for the new A350, with its sales chief criss-crossing the globe to chase orders while test…

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