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U.S. warplanes bomb targets in northern Iraq

August 28, 2014

U.S. fighter planes conducted five airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq on Thursday, continuing a limited campaign aimed at helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces retake key territory and degrade the militants' capability.

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High school buddies followed similar path to jihad

August 28, 2014

Two high school buddies who loved to shoot hoops and crack jokes with their friends converted to Islam in early adulthood and were somehow recruited by terror groups to leave the United States and die for jihadist causes on separate continents.

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Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

August 28, 2014

The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified young conscripts stripped down to their underwear before meeting their deaths in the arid Syrian countryside.

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Votel takes helm of Special Operations Command

August 28, 2014

Army Gen. Joseph Votel has taken the helm of U.S. Special Operations Command located at MacDill Air Force Base.

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U.N. Security Council meets on Ukraine crisis

August 28, 2014

Alarmed members of the U.N. Security Council demanded Thursday that Russia remove its fighters from a new front in the Ukraine crisis, while the U.S. ambassador accused Moscow of having…

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Obama calls on other nations to fight Islamic State

August 28, 2014

President Obama on Thursday shunted aside speculation that he will soon expand the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic extremists into Syria, saying the military mission for now will remain focused…

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USAF chief: Pratt close to developing F-35 engine fix

August 28, 2014

Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney is close to performing tests on a potential design change for its F135 engine following a June incident that led to the devastation of an…

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Rep. Hunter: Islamic State just ‘guys in pajamas,’ not an ‘existential threat’

August 28, 2014

A GOP House member who served in Iraq says the Islamic State is not an 'existential threat' to the United States, striking a different tone than other Republicans.

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Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

August 28, 2014

President Obama played down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying 'we don't have a strategy yet' for degrading the violent militant group seeking to…

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China vows to respond to U.S. surveillance flights

August 28, 2014

China said Thursday it will continue responding to U.S. military surveillance flights off its coast, rejecting American accusations that one of Beijing's fighter jets acted recklessly in intercepting a U.S.…

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US Navy Issues RMMV Request for Proposal for LCS Modules

August 28, 2014

USNAVSEA released the RFP [FBO] for the Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle (RMMV) which integrates with the LCS MCM Mission Module. Responses are due by October 27. They seek up to 18…

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The Croatian Helicopter Swap Triangle: Mi-8s for UH-60s

August 27, 2014
The Croatian Helicopter Swap Triangle: Mi-8s for UH-60s

UH-60(click to view full) Croatia’s Jutarnji list reports that a proposed helicopter swap deal was discussed during an Aug 14/14 meeting between high-ranking Croatian defense personnel and a delegation from…

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Coast Guard fires on Iranian sailing vessel

August 27, 2014

A Coast Guard boat operating in the Persian Gulf fired in defense on an Iranian vessel Tuesday, according to a Defense Department statement.

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151 years after Gettysburg, a Medal of Honor recipient

August 27, 2014

Of the 3,487 men and one woman who have received the Medal of Honor, 644 have been awarded the nation's highest military honor posthumously.

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Military ethos vs. Individual honor: The Naval Academy’s Heisman conundrum

August 27, 2014

Allow Roger Staubach to, rather unofficially, carry the torch for Keenan Reynolds' 2014 Heisman campaign. From one Navy great to another.

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U.S. Coast Guard fires at Iranian boat in Gulf

August 27, 2014

The U.S. Navy says a Coast Guard vessel has fired in self-defense on an Iranian boat in the Persian Gulf, and that no Americans were wounded in the encounter.

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France Modernizes Its Aerial Refueling Fleets

August 27, 2014
France Modernizes Its Aerial Refueling Fleets

C-135FR(click to view full) In 2009, France’s DGA announced that they would be modernizing the avionics in the Armee de l’Air’s 11 C-135FR aerial tankers to the C-135FR RENO2 standard,…

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DOTE to Acquisition Community: Don’t Shoot the Messenger!

August 27, 2014

The Pentagon’s office for operational testing (DOTE) published an update to their presentation [PDF] explaining reasons behind program delays. Their main conclusion is well-known, self-protective, and true as long as…

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Afghan candidate pulls out of election audit

August 27, 2014

One of two men vying to become the president of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, pulled his observers Wednesday from an audit of the country's disputed election over concerns of widespread fraud…

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Vinson strike group heads to Middle East

August 27, 2014

About 6,200 sailors with the Carl Vinson carrier strike group departed San Diego Friday for a scheduled nine-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Central Command areas of responsibility.

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