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News Briefs February 11, 2015

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Pentagon No. 2 sounds alarm over tech erosion The Pentagon’s second-ranking official is sounding alarm bells about an erosion of America’s military technological edge and warning that a return to automatic budget cuts would be an ìunmitigated disasterî for the Pentagon. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work made the assertions Feb. 10 in remarks prepared for…

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Headlines February 9, 2015

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News Victims of 2009 Hood shooting to receive Purple Heart The Army will award the Purple Heart and its civilian counterpart to victims of the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, the Army announced Feb. 6. http://www.armytimes.com/story/military/2015/02/06/fort-hood-shooting-purple-heart/22982217/ Fitzhugh ‘Fitz’ Fulton, revered military and NASA test pilot, dies at 89 Pilot Fitzhugh “Fitz” Fulton Jr., known…

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News Briefs February 9, 2015

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U.S. shipload of weapons and ammunition arrives in Lebanon The U.S. ambassador to Lebanon says $25 million worth of military assistance has arrived in Beirut in the latest American aid shipment to Lebanon’s army. David Hale says the equipment includes more than 70 howitzers and over 26 million rounds of ammunition and artillery ìof all…

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SpaceX launch of observatory, landing test off until Feb. 10

Posted February 9, 2015 by Marcia Dunn

A deep-space observatory has to wait yet another day before flying. SpaceX called off the Feb. 8 launch attempt because of trouble with the Air Force rocket-tracking radar. The company targeted Feb. 9, but decided to wait until Feb.10 for better weather. That gives SpaceX time to replace a video transmitter on the first-stage booster…

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Headlines February 6, 2015

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News: A-10 warplane tops list for friendly fire deaths – The Air Force A-10 attack jet has killed more U.S. troops in friendly fire incidents and more Afghan civilians than any other aircraft flown by the U.S. military, according to data declassified and obtained by USA TODAY. Internal Navy email: Safety of Sea Dragons in question -…

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News Briefs February 6, 2015

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Box of live ammo falls from military chopper during training A box of live ammunition accidentally fell from a U.S. military helicopter during a night training exercise over populous South Florida. Miami-Dade police said the box was lost Feb. 4 over an area in the northwest part of the county. Authorities were urging anyone who…

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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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AF officials announce fiscal 2016 budget force structure changes

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Air Force officials released force structure changes resulting from the fiscal year 2016 President’s Budget, Feb. 6. The fiscal year 2016 budget will continue the Air Force’s divestment strategy presented in fiscal year 2015, but will re-phase the retirement of several weapons systems later into the Future Years Defense Program in order to retain critical…

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Headlines February 4, 2015

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News: White House adds $21 billion for modernization – The Pentagon has been conducting a “running reset” on its aircraft, ships, nuclear assets and ground vehicles over the past two years due to the limits placed on defense spending by the Budget Control Act, senior defense leaders said Feb. 2, but the fiscal 2016 budget request…

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News Briefs February 4, 2015

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POW/MIA command in Hawaii has new name The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in Hawaii now has a new name that reflects a merger of offices. The new agency is called the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. The change involves a merger between JPAC in Hawaii, the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office in Washington, D.C., and some functions…

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