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Japanese envoy in Jordan hopeful about release of journalist, pilot

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 02:00
A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both Japanese hostage Kenji Goto and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home "with a smile on their faces," as criticisms mounted Tuesday over the government's handling of the crisis.

'Lone soldiers' from US, other countries serve in Israel's army

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 01:38
It started as a vacation: Israel. Jake Fichman had never been there. That is why, only months after he returned from his trip in 2013, Fichman’s announcement to his family came as a surprise.

Texas clause limiting veterans' tuition benefits struck down

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 01:28
U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. ordered the University of Houston not to exclude the plaintiff, Keith Harris, from benefits under the Texas Hazlewood Act solely because he enlisted in the Army while living outside Texas.

Former Army sexual-assaults prosecutor found guilty of rape

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 01:10
A statement emailed to news media Monday was the first issued by the Army about the case and provided no details about the crimes for which Maj. Erik J. Burris was convicted, the number of victims or whether they included other military personnel.

USAID suspends awards to US contractor working in Iraq, Afghanistan

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 01:02
The main U.S. foreign assistance agency on Monday suspended awards to a non-governmental organization that has received more than $1 billion for its work in Afghanistan and Iraq the past nine years.

Obama leading delegation of US dignitaries to Saudi Arabia

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 00:57
President Barack Obama will lead a delegation of lawmakers, senior U.S. officials and two former secretaries of state to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to pay respects to the royal family following King Abdullah's death.

Former CIA officer is convicted of leaking secrets to reporter James Risen

Stars & Stripes - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 00:44
A federal jury Monday convicted former CIA officer Jeffrey A. Sterling of nine felony counts for giving a reporter details of a highly classified U.S. operation designed to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program.

Criticism of Netanyahu’s planned US speech mounts in Israel

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 22:49
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing growing criticism in Israel for a planned speech to the U.S. Congress about Iran, accused by his political rivals of damaging ties with Washington to promote his election campaign.

Texas woman will never forget her days as a World War II flygirl

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 22:40
On Dec. 7, 1941, Susie Winston Bain was returning to her University of Texas dormitory after a sorority meeting when she heard about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

EOD command master chief reassigned for misconduct

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 22:29
A command master chief petty officer was relieved of his duties Friday because of misconduct, Navy officials said in a news release.

Barely able to walk, injured Marine decides to have leg amputated

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 21:45
Lance Cpl. Duncan Mathis said it was an easy decision to amputate the lower portion of his left leg.

Female terrorists finding their place in Islamic militants' ranks

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 21:38
From bikini-clad beachgoer to veiled jihadist fugitive, the partner of Paris gunman Amedy Coulibaly underwent a startling metamorphosis that illuminates the dangerous potential behind militant groups’ efforts to increase their recruiting of female terrorists.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier's wife says she stabbed kids to keep them quiet

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 21:08
A Washington state woman accused of stabbing her three small children told detectives she cut the children's throats with a kitchen knife to keep them quiet for her soldier husband, a prosecutor said Monday.

Defense contractor to pay feds $2M to settle claims it inflated prices

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 20:51
Composite Engineering Inc. agreed to pay $2 million to end allegations that it artificially inflated the cost of materials and the amount of labor needed for spare parts for the Air Force Subscale Aerial Target program.

Canadian soldiers involved in 2 more firefights against Islamic State

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 18:50
The Canadians' efforts complement those of the U.S., which has conducted the majority of the airstrikes against the Islamic State. But in their new role, the Canadians are performing a task that so far the U.S. has been unwilling to do.

US drone strikes resume in Yemen — suspected al-Qaida fighters killed

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 18:35
An American drone targeted and killed several suspected al-Qaida fighters in western Yemen on Monday, the first U.S. airstrike after weeks of civil unrest that appeared to disrupt counterterrorism operations in the Arab nation.

GAO: Pentagon has no handle on personnel bloat

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 17:25
In a new report, the Government Accountability Office described an unwieldy personnel system that seems unable to account for the size of military and civilian staffs at several Defense Department headquarters.

At least 10 dead, 21 hurt in crash of F-16 jet at NATO training in Spain

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 17:21
A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed into other aircraft on the ground during NATO training in southeastern Spain on Monday, killing at least 10 French and Greek military personnel, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said.

Electric motorcycle would allow soldiers a stealthy approach to battle

Stars & Stripes - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 17:04
The U.S. military is hoping to field an electric motorcycle that would allow soldiers to quietly glide into battle, providing an element of surprise and potentially cutting down on roadside bomb attacks, according to a defense contractor hired to build the bike for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Contracts for January 26, 2015

DoD Contract Announcements - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 16:59
Contracts valued at $6.5 million or more are announced each business day at 5 p.m.
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