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Thursday Defense Briefing

At least 48 Army captains serving in Afghanistan are among nearly 1,200 captains who have essentially been given pink slips forcing them to leave the military as part of the Army’s drawdown, service officials said Wednesday. – Military.com Administration officials … Continue reading

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Mid Week Defense Briefing

The Marine Corps began preparing its Special Operations component in earnest for life after Afghanistan last year, joining a war game overseen by U.S. Special Operations Command designed to assess how its elite troops could better fit into U.S. maritime … Continue reading

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Tuesday Defense Briefing

The administration is considering new sanctions against Russia following the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner in a rebel-controlled area of eastern Ukraine. – The Hill Army officials have withdrawn their intelligence network from a major testing exercise this fall … Continue reading

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Monday Defense Briefing

The Pentagon says 15 percent of the main Syrian chemical weapons on board the U.S. cargo vessel MV Cape Ray have been destroyed. – Associated Press The revival of the Pentagon’s storied F-35 alternative engine program is unlikely despite a … Continue reading

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Friday Defense Briefing

American officials, who said a surface-to-air missile was responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 on Thursday, said they suspected that the missile was either an SA-11 or SA-20, both Russian made. – New York Times The X-47B … Continue reading

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Tuesday Defense Briefing

Scientists working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA, are working on experimental .50-caliber ammunition that can adjust flight paths after being fired from a weapon. – Washington Post’s Checkpoint Pentagon officials are increasingly confident that … Continue reading

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Monday Defense Briefing

[The Army is] pushing through a variety of new acquisition projects, even as budgets get cut and Congress scrutinizes the numbers. And while it’s mostly multi-billion dollar contract competitions like the search for a new Armored Multi-purpose Vehicle that gets … Continue reading

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Thursday Defense Briefing

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that deep defense budget cuts keep him up at night. – The Hill Army Gen. John F. Campbell will face a nomination hearing Thursday to take over command of U.S. forces in Afghanistan … Continue reading

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Mid Week Defense Briefing

Soldiers in the heat of the summer want to roll their sleeves but cannot due to current regulations the Army Times reports. – Washington Post The F-35 joint strike fighter fleet remains grounded, even as the deadline to make two … Continue reading

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Defense Briefing Tuesday

A plan to start delivering F-16s to Iraq in September is on hold until the security situation improves, a U.S. official said. – Air Force Times Congress returns from its July Fourth vacation to a long list of high-profile, unfinished … Continue reading

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