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Pentagon: Two arms programs face live-or-die review after costs jump

An unmanned U.S. Navy helicopter built by Northrop Grumman Corp and a precision ship-landing system built by Raytheon Co face mandatory reviews that could lead to their cancellation after quantity reductions drove unit costs sharply higher in 2013, the Pentagon announced on Thursday. Senior defense officials said the cost increases…

Military to ease restrictions on women in combat

The US military on Thursday will ease some restrictions on women in combat, opening up thousands of jobs that had been off-limits to female soldiers, defense officials said. The move marks a milestone for the American military, which has lifted prohibitions on women’s roles since the 1970s in incremental steps.…

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