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Headlines April 21, 2014

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News: Former Ranger breaks silence on Pat Tillman death: I may have killed him – Almost 10 years after the friendly fire death of former NFL star turned Army Ranger Pat Tillman, a fellow ranger admits that he may have been the one who fired the fatal shot.   Business: Ship study should favor existing designs –…

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House rebuffs Pentagon on defense spending

Posted May 23, 2014 by Donna Cassata

The House May 22 overwhelmingly backed a $601 billion defense authorization bill that spares planes, ships and military bases in an election-year nod to hometown interests. Ignoring a White House veto threat, Republicans and Democrats united behind the popular measure that authorizes spending on weapons and personnel for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. The…

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News Briefs June 30, 2014

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SpaceX, Orbcomm want to launch satellites in July SpaceX and Orbcomm are hoping that it can launch six commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral early next month. Florida Today reports that the Air Force is reviewing a proposed July 14 launch date for approval. There is a backup date of July 15. The companies are eventually…

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Afghan attack kills US major general, wounds 15

Posted August 6, 2014 by Rahim Faiez and Robert Burns

KABUL, Afghanistan – A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire Aug. 5 on NATO troops at a military base, killing a U.S. two-star general and wounding some 15 people, among them a German brigadier general and a number of Americans troops, authorities said. The attack at Camp Qargha, a base west of…

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News Briefs September 9, 2014

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California contractor gets prison in tax case A Southern California military contractor who failed to report millions earned from providing services in Iraq has been sentenced to four years in federal prison. Prosecutors say Nadim Saifan Jr. of Huntington Beach, Calif., was sentenced Sept. 5. He pleaded guilty in May to attempted tax evasion. Authorities…

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Headlines October 10, 2014

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News: Northrop faked tests of GPS systems, whistle-blower suit claims – An employee of defense giant Northrop Grumman Inc. claims in a lawsuit that the company’s workers repeatedly took risky shortcuts and faked tests of navigational systems made for use in military fighter jets, drones and submarines.   Business: Former AgustaWestland head cleared of corruption charge,…

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Cosmic first: European spacecraft lands on comet

Posted November 12, 2014 by Frank Jordans

DARMSTADT, Germany – Hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, a European spacecraft made history Nov. 12 by successfully landing on the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet — an audacious first designed to answer big questions about the universe. The landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko required immense precision, as even the slightest error could…

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News Briefs December 19, 2014

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Trial set for ex-Navy engineer in military secrets case A former Navy civilian engineer is scheduled to stand trial next summer on charges of trying to steal aircraft carrier schematics. Media outlets report that 35-year-old Mostafa Awwad of Yorktown, Va., pleaded not guilty Dec. 17 to two counts of attempted exportation of defense articles and…

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Headlines January 28, 2015

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News: Panel will propose new military retirement system – The long-awaited report on military compensation set to drop Thursday will propose fundamental changes to military retirement and health care benefits, according to several people familiar with the report. Source: DOD to request $585 billion for fiscal 2016 – The Department of Defense is preparing to submit a…

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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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