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Russian military raise the ante on missile defense

Posted May 4, 2012 by by Mansur Mirovalev

Russia’s top military officer has threatened to deal a pre-emptive strike on U.S.-led NATO missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe if Washington goes ahead with its controversial missile defense plan. President Dmitry Medvedev said last year Russia will retaliate militarily if it does not reach agreement with the United States and NATO. Chief of General…

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F-15E crashes in Southwest Asia

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An Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle crashed May 3 at 11:40 a.m. local time while conducting a routine training mission. Both crew members ejected safely. First responders have responded to the scene and more details will be released as they become available. Strike Eagles are dual-role fighters that perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. The cause…

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News Briefs May 3, 2012

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Pratt & Whitney boss sees long-term strength The president of Pratt & Whitney expects that the military and commercial aerospace business will improve, but not for a while. David Hess, president of the subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., told reporters at the company’s annual media day May 2 that sales are expected to double, to…

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Experts to make missile defense case at Moscow meeting

Posted May 3, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

At Russia’s international missile defense conference held in Moscow May 3 4, U.S. experts will make their case for the European missile defense plan “in a broader forum,” one of the delegation leaders said today. Ellen Tauscher, special envoy for strategic stability and missile defense at the State Department, said the United States welcomes the…

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Obama thanks service members in Afghanistan

Posted May 2, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

During his surprise trip to Afghanistan May 2, President Barack Obama found some time – between signing a strategic agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and delivering a speech to be broadcast back...

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Iran: U.S. stealth fighter deployment to UAE harmful

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Iran’s defense minister said April 30 that the deployment of American military stealth fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates will damage regional security, the semiofficial ISNA news agency reported. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi’s comments were the first official reaction to media reports of the recent deployment by the U.S. military of F-22 Raptors to the…

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Speckles, completes the last UAV flight in Iraq

Posted May 2, 2012 by by Chandra Lloyd

A 38-pound unmanned aerial vehicle with a 10- foot wing span takes center stage as being the last UAV to take off and land in Iraq. Dubbed Speckles, the unmanned aerial vehicle system was a collaboration of...

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes Norwegian debut in Oslo

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The Boeing 787 Dreamliner landed for the first time in Norway May 1, making Oslo the latest destination on its global Dream Tour. Over the next three days, guests and media invited by Boeing’s airline...

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ISS trio lands safely In Kazakhstan

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Three members of the Expedition 30 crew undocked from the International Space Station and safely returned to Earth April 27, wrapping up a five-and-a-half-month mission in space. Commander Dan Burbank of NASA and Russian Flight Engineers Anatoly Ivanishin and Anton Shkaplerov landed their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft in Kazakhstan at 6:45 a.m., CDT, after undocking from…

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U.S. to remove 9,000 Marines from Okinawa

Posted April 30, 2012 by by Robert Burns

About 9,000 U.S. Marines stationed on the Japanese island of Okinawa will be moved to the U.S. territory of Guam and other locations in the Asia-Pacific, including Hawaii, under a U.S.-Japan agreement announced April 26. The move is part of a broader arrangement designed to tamp down tensions in the U.S.-Japan defense alliance stemming in…

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