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News Briefs February 14, 2014

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Suspicious packages sent to U.K. army centers Bomb-disposal teams have been dispatched and streets cordoned off after suspicious packages were sent to several British Army recruitment offices in southern England. Counter terrorism police said packages were found Feb. 13 in the towns of Oxford, Slough and Brighton, while similar packages were found earlier this week…

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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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News Briefs February 12, 2014

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,169 As of Feb. 11, 2014, at least 2,169 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 1,791 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Headlines – February 10, 2014

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News: White House pushes budget hike - The White House and Pentagon, after weeks of back-and-forth debate, appear ready to expand the Defense Department’s budget starting in 2016.  Iranian warships will sail to U.S. maritime borders - Iranian warships dispatched to the Atlantic Ocean will travel close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time in a…

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News Briefs February 10, 2014

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Nellis airman jailed in Vegas child abuse case A Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., airman is being held in Las Vegas after he was accused of causing severe head and body injuries to his 3-month-old son. Records show 31-year-old Andrew Leach remained Saturday at the Clark County jail pending a preliminary hearing Feb. 20 on…

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Headlines – February 7, 2014

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News: Defense spending after 2015: It’s anyone’s guess - The powers-that-be must soon make a decision on how to cut military spending before sequestration returns in 2016.  Yeager in Sacramento court as part of lawsuit - Retired Air Force Brigadier Gen. Chuck Yeager could have thought of a few other things he’d rather be doing Feb. 4,…

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News Briefs February 7, 2014

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews protest pending Israeli draft Israeli police say thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews are blocking highways across the country to protest plans to enlist them in the military. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the simultaneous demonstrations Feb. 6 have caused large traffic jams. He says the demonstrators are clashing with police, who are dispersing them…

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Headlines – February 5, 2014

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News: HASC Race: Thornberry has edge in helping GOP candidates - One candidate to take the U.S. House Armed Services Committee gavel next year has donated vastly more to GOP political candidates than his rivals, and sources say that gives him a major edge. Lawmaker tries to block transfer of Guard Apaches, personnel cuts - In what…

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News Briefs February 5, 2014

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U.S. official: Snowden leaks lead to Pentagon change A top U.S. military intelligence official says the Pentagon will have to make costly changes to programs and personnel because of leaks by former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden. Defense Intelligence Agency chief Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn told Congress Feb. 4 that his agency has to…

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Report: U.S. troop morale higher in Afghanistan

Posted February 5, 2014 by Pauline Jelinek

U.S. soldiers had higher morale and suffered fewer mental health problems in Afghanistan last year as they handed off more duties to Afghans and saw less combat themselves, according to a report released Feb. 3. The Army report was drawn from a battlefield survey and interviews in June and July. It was the ninth time…

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