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Headlines September 26, 2014

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News: F-35 jet combat ready next year, new Israeli order close – The first version of the F-35 fighter jet will be combat ready by mid-2015, despite an engine failure which still needs a fix, and Israel could sign a deal within months to buy more of the aircraft, program officials said Sept. 25.   Business:…

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News Briefs September 26, 2014

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Navy suspends most nuclear work at Virginia shipyard Two safety violations by civilian workers have prompted the Navy to suspend most nuclear work at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. The suspension of work on Sept. 13 affects the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and the submarines USS Maryland and USS Albany, The Virginian-Pilot reported. On…

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Headlines September 24, 2014

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News: Lawmakers reject Pentagon bid to spend war funds on F-35s – Lawmakers have rejected the Pentagon’s request to shift as much as $1.5 billion in war spending to buy eight new Lockheed Martin F-35 jets and 21 additional Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopters. Minuteman 3 test missile launches from California – The U.S. Air Force has test-launched…

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News Briefs September 24, 2014

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Minuteman 3 test missile launches from California The U.S. Air Force has test-launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The missile lifted off from Vandenberg at 7:45 a.m., PDT, Sept. 23 on a 4,200-mile flight over the Pacific to a target on the Kwajalein Atoll. The Air Force…

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Republic Of Korea approves procurement of Lockheed Martin F-35A

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The Republic of Korea finalized its formal selection of the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II aircraft for its F-X fighter acquisition program, announcing its intent to sign the Letter of Offer and Acceptance between the U.S. and Korean governments for 40†F-35A Conventional Take Off and Landing variant jets with initial deliveries beginning in 2018. “We…

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Headlines September 22, 2014

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News: U.S., Canadian jets intercept Russian planes –  The U.S. this week intercepted a half dozen Russian planes that got too close to U.S. airspace near Alaska, while Canadian planes intercepted two Russian bombers, NORAD said Sept. 20. Odierno: More troops in Afghanistan may get pink slips – More soldiers could learn while in Afghanistan that they…

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News Briefs September 22, 2014

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U.S. general: Arab nations needed in Iraq, Syria The top U.S. military officer says Arab countries need to take a more direct role in the U.S. military mission in Iraq before it can be credible and sustainable. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sept. 21 that President Barack Obama…

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Headlines September 19, 2014

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News: McKeon on broader military authorization: Anything can ‘fail or pass’ – Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said if Congress returns after the midterm elections to weigh a broader military authorization for the battle against Islamic State, it might not pass. Defense contractor gets 7 years for giving secrets…

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News Briefs September 19, 2014

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,203 As of Sept. 16, 2014, at least 2,203 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. At least 1,823 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Headlines September 17, 2014

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News: Pentagon open to U.S. ground troops in fight against Islamic State – The Pentagon’s top general opened the door Sept. 16 to the possibility that U.S. combat troops would be needed in Iraq, as he publicly laid out President Obama’s still-developing plans to combat Islamic State insurgents through U.S. air power and relying on an…

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