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Defense Early Bird Briefs – April 3, 2015

 
Here are the descriptions and links to news from everything defense. Troops, military contracts, by branch of service, Congress, U.S. Senate and the Executive Branch, etc. 
I generally get this list every day before noon, and I will have it up on this site as soon as I can.
 
There is a lot of news coming out of our military and other defense issues, policies, etc. The editors over at the Military Times do a great job compiling the news by branch of service, by country, by industry contracts, by pending legislation in Congress or the Senate, and so one.
 
The following information was collected and compiled by the editors of the Defense and Military Times magazine. Known as the Early Bird Brief, this was edited by Oriana Pawlyk (opawlyk@militarytimes.com), and I present it here as it appears from my email.

TODAY’S TOP 5

1. Iran Agrees to Framework of Nuclear Deal
(New York Times) Iran and the world powers said here Thursday that they had reached a surprisingly specific and comprehensive general understanding about the next steps in limiting Tehran’s nuclear program, though Western officials said many details needed to be resolved before a final agreement in June.   

2. Saudi Air War Over Yemen Leaves U.S. on Sidelines
(Time) History makes it almost relaxing for the U.S. military to be sitting out the latest air war launched by Saudi Arabia against the Houthi rebels now occupying a growing chunk of Yemen.   

3. Kenya massacre points up country’s weakness against Somali militants(Los Angeles Times) It took just four gunmen to demonstrate Kenya’s impotence against the Somali militant group Shabab.   

4. Pentagon authorizes refueling help for Yemen campaign
(USA Today) The Pentagon has agreed to provide aerial refueling support for Saudi and allied pilots attacking Houthi rebels in Yemen, an expansion of the U.S. military’s role in the conflict, a Defense Department official said Thursday.   

5. More military tobacco restrictions likely
(Military Times) Raising tobacco prices and expanding tobacco-free areas on military bases are two options for discouraging use that will be presented to Defense Secretary Ash Carter by an advisory committee, according to a defense spokeswoman.  

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