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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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Headlines June 3, 2015

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News: $579 billion defense bill passed by House panel – House appropriators June 2 advanced a $579 billion defense budget bill for fiscal 2016 that Republicans lauded as a responsible step toward funding national security and Democrats decried as another step toward fiscal chaos. U.S. bears arms in India-China rivalry – Defense Secretary Ash Carter is expected…

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News Briefs June 3, 2015

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Army sergeant accused of taking bribes in Afghanistan An Army sergeant from Fort Campbell, Ky., has been accused of taking $100,000 and a Rolex watch in bribes from vendors seeking contracts in Afghanistan. A document filed June 1 in U.S. District Court in Paducah, Ky., charges 43-year-old Ramiro Pena Jr. with conspiring to commit bribery…

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Headlines June 1, 2015

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News: U.S. bombers hold fire on Islamic State targets amid ground intel blackout – Nearly 75 percent of U.S. bombing runs targeting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria returned to base without firing any weapons in the first four months of 2015.   Business: Pentagon wants large-scale, international F-35 block buy – The Defense Department wants…

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Headlines May 29, 2015

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News: U.S. Army chief opens door to embedding U.S. troops with Iraqi forces – After the fall of Ramadi, the Iraqi Security Forces need military and political leadership, Gen. Raymond Odierno says.   Business: No acquisition strategy yet for LCS frigates – Details of the new Littoral Combat Ship frigate program’s acquisition strategy are still being reviewed,…

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Headlines May 27, 2015

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News: U.S. Air Force certifies SpaceX for military launches – SpaceX has been certified for military space launch, the U.S. Air Force announced May 26. The long-awaited announcement is a game changer, with SpaceX becoming only the second provider cleared by the service to launch national security payloads into orbit.   Business: Northrop Grumman CEO issues…

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Headlines May 22, 2015

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News: Second Marine killed in Hawaii Osprey crash identified – Marine Corps officials have identified the second Marine to die as a result of the May 17 MV-22B Osprey crash as Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Determan of Maricopa, Ariz.   Business: Israel defense exports plunge to seven-year low – Israeli defense sales last year plunged to their…

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News Briefs May 22, 2015

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Ukrainian officer hit with third charge in Russia A third charge has been filed against a Ukrainian military officer who has been behind bars in Moscow for nearly a year over the deaths of two Russian journalists in Ukraine. Nadezhda Savchenko, who worked as a spotter for Ukrainian troops fighting separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine,…

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Headlines May 20, 2015

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News: Top secret X-37B space plane blasts off on fourth mission – One of the most mysterious craft ever to go into orbit blasted off on a top secret mission this morning.   Business: R&D budget request rises for U.S. Special Operations – The leadership of U.S. Special Operations Command said the force and its acquisitions –…

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