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News Briefs November 21, 2014

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Obama aide: U.S. should look at Ukraine military aid A senior aide of President Barack Obama says he believes the U.S. should consider giving Ukraine lethal, defensive military assistance to get Russia to think twice about its destabilizing behavior. Tony Blinken, the deputy national security adviser, cites serious violations by Russia of agreements not to…

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Two U.S. Navy ships collide in Gulf of Aden

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MANAMA, Bahrain – Two U.S. Naval supply ships collided in the Gulf of Aden Nov. 20 at 5:26 a.m., GMT, with no injuries to crew members. USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) and USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) collided as they were beginning an underway replenishment operation. Initial reports indicate only minor damage to both…

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Headlines November 17, 2014

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News: Fight over A-10 re-opens Hill, Air Force divide – After a relatively quiet summer, the battle for the future of the A-10 Warthog exploded in the last two weeks, reopening deep fissures between Congress and the Air Force that seem to show the two sides at a total stalemate. Chances for sequester relief fade as…

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News Briefs Nov, 17, 2014

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Second stealthy destroyer starting to take shape The second of three stealthy destroyers under construction in Maine is starting to take shape. The Navy says it has completed the hoisting of the 1,000-ton composite deckhouse onto the 610-foot hull of the future USS Michael Monsoor. It took four cranes to complete the job Nov. 14….

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Hagel: United States needs game-changing military innovation

Posted November 17, 2014 by Robert Burns

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – Wary of a more muscular Russia and China, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Nov. 15 the Pentagon will make a new push for fresh thinking about how the U.S. can keep and extend its military superiority despite tighter budgets and the wear and tear of 13 years of war. Hagel announced…

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Headlines November 14, 2014

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News: Pentagon reconsidering ground troops as Islamic State, al Qaeda join forces – President Obama’s top military advisers revealed Nov. 13 that the administration is rethinking whether to deploy combat ground troops in the fight against the Islamic State, as signs emerged that the terrorist group may be setting aside its differences and is working with…

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News Briefs Nov 14, 2014

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U.S. troops returning from Africa head to isolation The Pentagon says about 80 troops returning from the Ebola mission in West Africa arrived in the U.S. Nov. 13 and will be isolated for 21 days at a base in southeastern Virginia. Rear Admiral John Kirby is the Pentagon press secretary. Kirby says they will be…

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Headlines November 12, 2014

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News: U.S. Air Force discussing A-10 compromise with Congress – The U.S. Air Force is trying to work out a compromise with Congress to retire a percentage of the A-10 fleet in order to move maintainers to the F-35 joint strike fighter, according to two service officials.   Business: Obama funds to fight in Iraq to…

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News Briefs Nov 12, 2014

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California candidate leads in race after death A candidate for a seat on a Central California board may win his race, despite having died last month in a small plane crash. Kern County Elections Chief Karen Rhea told the Bakersfield Californian Nov. 10 that votes are still being counted, but 68-year-old Michal Hill is a…

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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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