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Headlines May 2, 2014

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Business: Airbus: U.S. Army’s extra Lakota helicopter buy boosts foreign sale potential - The U.S. Army’s decision to purchase 100 additional Airbus UH-72 Lakota helicopters for pilot training increases the potential for international sales of the aircraft, according to company officials. Levin asks Pentagon whether F-35 engine needs competition - Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin…

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News Briefs May 2, 2014

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Top two Pentagon intelligence officials quitting The Pentagon says the top two officials at its Defense Intelligence Agency are retiring. The departure of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as director of the DIA and David Shedd as his deputy was announced Wednesday by the Pentagon press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. Kirby said the two…

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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 April 30, 2014

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Midland, Texas,-based CAF moving headquarters to Dallas A vintage military aviation group known for its historic planes, air shows and education will move its headquarters from West Texas to Dallas. Officials with the nonprofit Commemorative Air Force on Tuesday announced plans to relocate to city-operated Dallas Executive Airport. The CAF is currently based at Midland…

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NASA Aeronautics set to premiere high-flying sequel

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NASA photograph by Lori Losey The HU-25C Guardian aircraft will look like this when it flies behind NASA’s DC-8 as seen in this image from ACCESS I flights in 2013. It’s the season for sequels. Not only in Hollywood, but over the high desert of California as well. For the second time in as many…

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Headlines April 25, 2014

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News: Russia plans new military exercise near border with Ukraine - Russian military officials said they plan to engage in a new series of military exercises near the Ukraine border in response to ongoing NATO training exercises in Poland.   Business: Zumwalt class costs have risen $2 billion in last five years - The cost of the…

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News Briefs April 25, 2014

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Germany puts military exports to Russia on hold The German government says it isn’t authorizing any exports of military goods to Russia at present “because of the current political situation,” leaving nearly 70 export applications on hold. The Economy Ministry replied to questions from the opposition Greens that “in critical cases” the government will also…

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Headlines April 23, 2014

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News: U.S. conducts spy flights over Russia - After a tit-for-tat series of delays, the United States conducted an Open Skies Treaty intelligence flight over Russian territory April 21, a State Department official said.  Army paratroopers heading to Poland after Russian annexation of Crimea - U.S. Army paratroopers are arriving in Poland to begin a series of…

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News Briefs April 23, 2014

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,177 As of April 22, 2014, at least 2,177 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. The AP count is one less than the Defense Department’s tally. At least…

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Australia lifts F-35 order from 14 to 72 fighters

Posted April 23, 2014 by Rod McGuirk

Australia announced April 23 that it had increased its order for F-35 Joint Strike Fighters by 58 to 72 to be fully operational by 2023 in a declaration of confidence in the troubled stealth war plane. The government expects the additional 58 U.S. jets, developed by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., will cost 12.4 billion Australian…

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