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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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News Briefs June 2, 2014

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Australia resettles more than 500 Afghan helpers Australia revealed June 1 that it had resettled in recent months more than 500 Afghans who had jeopardized their own safety by helping the Australian military in their war-ravaged homeland. The Afghans, mainly interpreters and their families, were granted refugee visas. Most were resettled in Australia since late…

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Headlines July 11, 2014

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Business: F-35 engine fire may be one-time incident, U.S. says – The engine fire that led the Pentagon to ground its fleet of F-35 fighters may have been caused by an isolated flaw, according to the Defense Department’s top weapons buyer.  Window closing on F-35 appearance at RIAT – The F-35 joint strike fighter won’t be appearing…

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Headlines August 13, 2014

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Defense: Military families left without transportation over contractor glitch – It’s not quite reached the level of Veterans Affairs’ incompetence, but a new contractor in charge of moving military families’ cars as they transition from one site to another is failing miserably to perform, leaving some without transportation for as many as 30 days.   Veterans:…

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Headlines September 19, 2014

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News: McKeon on broader military authorization: Anything can ‘fail or pass’ – Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said if Congress returns after the midterm elections to weigh a broader military authorization for the battle against Islamic State, it might not pass. Defense contractor gets 7 years for giving secrets…

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Headlines October 20, 2014

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News: Navy grounds ‘Top Guns’ – The F/A-18s needs spare parts and in too many cases they’re being taken from brand new jets. This is a risk to national security and pilots’ lives.   Business: Boeing seeks revised schedule for U.S. aerial tanker – Boeing is revising its master schedule for developing the new U.S. Air Force…

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Headlines November 21, 2014

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News: Dempsey lays groundwork for larger 2016 defense budget – The top U.S. military official on Wednesday made the case for growing the base defense budget significantly over the $535 billion spending cap imposed by Congress for fiscal 2015.   Business: Boeing can bill $61 million that Pentagon withheld for months – The Pentagon withheld $60.5 million…

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News Briefs December 29, 2014

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Iran’s army tests suicide drone in drills Iran’s army has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the army’s chief commander of ground forces, is quoted by Iranian state media Dec. 27…

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Shifting of armored vehicles examined in fatal Afghan crash

Posted February 6, 2015 by David N. Goodman

A shifting of heavily armored military vehicles is being examined as a possible factor in the 2013 crash of a cargo plane in Afghanistan that killed six crew members from Michigan and one from Kentucky, the National Transportation Safety Board said Feb. 3. Its 86-page report is described as a summary of operational factors in…

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