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Headlines December 19, 2014

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News: SpaceX’s attempt to land rocket on floating barge postponed – It’s set to be one of the most groundbreaking moments in humanity’s six decades of space exploration. Obama signs $1.1 trillion spending bill into law – President Obama signed the $1.1 trillion federal spending measure into law Dec. 16, officially ending any threat of a government…

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News Briefs December 19, 2014

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Trial set for ex-Navy engineer in military secrets case A former Navy civilian engineer is scheduled to stand trial next summer on charges of trying to steal aircraft carrier schematics. Media outlets report that 35-year-old Mostafa Awwad of Yorktown, Va., pleaded not guilty Dec. 17 to two counts of attempted exportation of defense articles and…

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Lockheed to settle suit over retirement accounts

Posted December 19, 2014 by Jim Suhr

Lockheed Martin agreed Dec. 16 to settle a federal class-action lawsuit accusing the aerospace and defense behemoth of mismanaging the investment accounts of its employees and retirees, charging the investors high fees along the way. The tentative deal announced in federal court in Illinois’ East St. Louis averted an anticipated four-week trial in the 8-year-old…

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Headlines December 17, 2014

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News: U.S. Air Force tanker platform slated for year-end debut – Boeing is planning for first flight of its 767-2C – upon which the U.S. Air Force’s new KC-46 tanker will be based – by year’s end, six months late. Northrop Grumman wins $657.4 million deal to supply drones to South Korea – Northrop Grumman has won…

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Headlines December 15, 2014

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News: Defense authorization bill heads to White House – Senate lawmakers finalized work on the $584.2 billion annual defense authorization bill Dec .12, putting in place a 1 percent pay raise for troops starting in January and limiting growth in housing allowance rates. Senators make final push for vets suicide-prevention bill – An effort to get a…

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News Briefs December 15, 2014

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Official: Afghan insurgents kill two U.S. troops An international military official has told The Associated Press that an insurgent attack on a convoy in eastern Afghanistan has killed two U.S. troops. The official says the attack happened by the Bagram air base in Parwan province near the capital, Kabul, late Dec. 12. The official spoke…

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Headlines December 12, 2014

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News: After dramatic day, House approves $554 billion for Pentagon – The U.S. House of Representatives Dec. 11 narrowly approved a $1 trillion government-wide spending bill, but only after shouting on the floor, the changing of votes and arm-twisting behind closed doors.   Business: Musk’s SpaceX closer to certification for launches, U.S. says – Billionaire Elon Musk’s…

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News Briefs December 12, 2014

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Polish leader hails purchase of U.S. missiles Poland’s defense minister says long-range missiles the country is purchasing from the U.S. are the most modern military equipment the country has ever purchased and that they are especially needed at this time of tension in the region. Tomasz Siemoniak spoke Dec. 11 at the signing ceremony for…

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Headlines December 10, 2014

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News: Chinese national accused of transporting U.S. Air Force program information – A Chinese national has been arrested while carrying sensitive proprietary information on titanium used in a U.S. Air Force program, most likely the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, according to the U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut.   Business: Boeing KC-46 tanker on track…

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News Briefs December 10, 2014

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Food service firms admit cheating U.S. military Several international companies have pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy for overcharging the U.S. military in connection with a contract to provide food and water to troops in Afghanistan. Court documents say the privately held firms fraudulently inflated the price of fresh fruits and vegetables and bottled water,…

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