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Headlines May 12, 2014

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News: Marine jet crashes in Arizona desert; pilot OK - A Marine Corps Harrier jet crashed on tribal land south of Phoenix May 9, but authorities said the pilot was able to eject safely. Budget axe hovering over the military - House lawmakers have rejected most of the Pentagon’s proposed cost-saving measures for next year, raising serious…

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News Briefs May 12, 2014

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Hagel: Military should review transgender ban Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the military should continually review its policy barring transgender individuals from serving in the military. Hagel did not indicate whether he believes the policy should be overturned. However, Hagel says every qualified American who wants to serve the country should have that opportunity if…

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Marine Corps to review raid on law offices

Posted May 12, 2014 by Julie Watson

Military criminal investigators raided Marine Corps defense counsel offices at Camp Pendleton, Calif., opening files during a 21/2-hour search and potentially compromising scores of cases, the attorney who oversees Marine defense lawyers in the region said May 9. Investigators raided the offices May 2 in search of a cellphone tied to a case being tried…

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Headlines May 9, 2014

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News: HASC OKs $600 billion in 2015 DOD spending, nixes A-10 retirement plans - The House Armed Services Committee early May 8 unanimously approved a measure that would authorize just over $600 billion in 2015 US defense spending and block plans to retire the A-10 attack plane. VA orders national care review as critics’ frustration grows -…

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U.K. looks to allow women in frontline combat roles Britain’s defense minister says women should be allowed to serve in front-line army combat units. Defense Secretary Philip Hammond said May 8 the army should be open “to all who can meet the standards required.” He said tough fitness rules meant “some roles will have limited…

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Headlines May 7, 2014

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Business: Bomber-plane budget by U.S. Air Force projected to double - The service’s total budget for bomber production and upgrades will jump to about $9.5 billion in fiscal 2020 from less than $5 billion for the year beginning Oct. 1, according to a Pentagon document obtained by Bloomberg News. After that, spending would remain greater than…

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News Briefs May 7, 2014

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Hagel talks of tough defense choices after war U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says tough trade-offs are necessary as the military pivots from a 13-year war footing and comes under enormous budgetary constraints. In a speech to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs May 6, Hagel said those painful decisions include cuts to military pay,…

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U.S. military to assist in search for missing Nigerian girls

Posted May 7, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

About 10 U.S. Africa Command military personnel will be part of a U.S. team assisting the Nigerian government in their efforts to find more than 250 schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said May 7. President Barack Obama directed the formation of an interagency coordination and assessment…

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Headlines May 5, 2014

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News: DOD personnel costs could force program cuts - The first of several fiscal 2015 Pentagon spending bills began to come into focus last week, signaling something the defense sector has been lacking for years: Stability. But that could change dramatically in 2016.   Business: With lawsuits, mergers, U.S. space market primed for changes - A series…

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Japan split over revision to pacifist constitution Japan is marking the 67th anniversary of its postwar constitution with growing debate over whether to revise the war-renouncing charter in line with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push for an expanded role for the military. Abe’s ruling conservative party has long advocated constitutional changes but has been unable…

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