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News Briefs May 18, 2015

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Military leaders gather in Hawaii to talk amphibious skills Amphibious military capabilities are on the agenda as the U.S. Marine Corps and Navy host defense leaders from around the Pacific in Hawaii this week. The first-of-its kind meeting comes as territorial disputes over islands grow more heated in the region. U.S. treaty allies Japan and…

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Headlines May 15, 2015

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News: Six Marines dead as chopper found in Nepal – Nepalese rescuers May 15 found three bodies near the wreckage of a U.S. Marine helicopter that disappeared earlier this week while on a relief mission in the earthquake-hit Himalayan nation, and officials said it was unlikely there were any survivors from the crash.   Business: Study…

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News Briefs May 15, 2015

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European officials sing ‘We Are the World’ at NATO meeting In a distinctly different note for a military alliance meeting, European officials ended a NATO meeting with a spirited rendition of “We Are The World.” Taking a break from issues such as the war in Ukraine and instability in the Middle East, NATO and other…

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Headlines May 11, 2015

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News: Airbus A400M aircraft crashes in Spain – An Airbus A400M military transport aircraft, which had been ordered by Turkey, crashed May 9 near the Seville airport, Airbus Defence and Space said.   Business: Firms to compete for Canadian ship program – European and U.S. firms will compete to win a multibillion-dollar contract to design the Royal…

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News Briefs May 11, 2015

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Philippines, Japan to hold naval drill in South China Sea The Philippine navy chief says a naval drill that Japan and the Philippines will hold in the South China Sea May 12 should not be a cause for concern for China, which is embroiled in territorial disputes with the two countries. Vice Adm. Jesus Millan…

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Military plane crashes in Spain, killing four crew members

Posted May 11, 2015 by Harold Heckle

A military transport plane crashed near Seville airport in southwestern Spain May 9, killing four crew members and injuring two seriously, officials said. The crash of the Airbus A400M, that was undergoing flight trials at the airport, raised questions about the security of the new, propeller-driven transport aircraft. Airbus said in a statement that four…

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Another major defense company interested in N.D. drone park

Posted May 11, 2015 by Dave Kolpack

FARGO, N.D. — The nation’s first unmanned aircraft business park currently under construction in North Dakota has a second major defense contractor interested in setting up shop. Linden P. Blue, the CEO of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., plans to visit in July to look into Grand Sky, a 1.2 million-square-foot park located on Grand…

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Headlines May 8, 2015

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News: Administration seeks to alter bill that has caused furor in Iraq – The Obama administration has launched a campaign on Capitol Hill aimed at scrapping a legislative measure that has outraged the Iraqi government and led a senior Shiite cleric to threaten the mobilization of a powerful militia that could threaten U.S. troops.   Business:…

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News Briefs May 8, 2015

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Bill reforms programs providing military equipment to police Two Missouri lawmakers are introducing legislation to reform federal programs providing military equipment to police, addressing concerns raised by those who believe that police overreached during protests in Ferguson by using armored vehicles and high-caliber weapons in a military-style response. On May 7, Sen. Claire McCaskill introduced…

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SpaceX capsule soars with dummy in first test of crew escape

Posted May 8, 2015 by Marcia Dunn

SpaceX chalked up another big test flight May 6, firing a capsule into the air to try out its new, super-streamlined launch escape system for astronauts. No humans were on board, just a life-size dummy, for the first-of-its-kind flight. The whole thing lasted just 1½ minutes, but represented a huge milestone in SpaceX’s effort to…

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