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Virgin Galactic reaches space for a second time

In its fifth supersonic rocket powered test flight, Virgin Galactic reached space for the second time today in the skies above Mojave, Calif. At 8:07 a.m., PST, WhiteKnightTwo, the aircraft that lifts VSS Unity high enough to fire its motor, took off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in Southern California.

Business

Northrop Grumman selected to continue F-35 program mission critical work

Northrop Grumman Australia, a fully owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, welcomes the announcement of the assignment of maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade work for the multinational F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program to the Australian defense industry.

Defense

Special Operations leaders testify before Senate on SOF global posture

Calling the breadth and capability of the U.S. Special Operations Forces "astonishing," the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict discussed the global posture of the nation's special operations enterprise during a hearing on Capitol Hill, Feb. 14, 2019.

Defense

Army fields new handgun system to military police

The U.S. Army began fielding M17 and M18 Modular Handgun Systems to the Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood ,Mo., in December to replace the force's aging Beretta M9, a weapon that has been in use since the mid-1980s and is quickly reaching its serviceability limits.

Defense

Hill AFB Airmen, F-35 a lethal combo at Red Flag

The 388th Fighter Wing’s 4th Fighter Squadron wrapped up flying operations with the F-35A Lightning II in an exponentially more challenging exercise Red Flag, 19-1 Feb. 15 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.


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Headlines – February 22, 2019

Posted  February 22, 2019

News White House: 200 US troops will remain in Syria – “A small peace-keeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for a period of time,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.   Allies decline request to stay in Syria after US troops withdraw – As the deadline approaches for the withdrawal of U.S….

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News Briefs – February 22, 2019

Posted  February 22, 2019

New legislation bans Russian soldiers from using smartphones Russian lawmakers have approved a bill prohibiting military personnel from using smartphones on duty, a move intended to stop sensitive information from appearing on social media. The bill approved by the lower house Feb. 19 also forbids servicemen to post photos, videos and information about themselves, other…

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Virgin Galactic reaches space for a second time

Posted  February 22, 2019

In its fifth supersonic rocket powered test flight, Virgin Galactic reached space for the second time today in the skies above Mojave, Calif. At 8:07 a.m., PST, WhiteKnightTwo, the aircraft that lifts VSS Unity high enough to fire its motor, took off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in Southern California.

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Defense

Trump orders creation of Space Force, but within Air Force

Posted  February 22, 2019

President Donald Trump on Feb. 19 directed the Pentagon to develop plans to create a new Space Force within the Air Force, accepting less than the full-fledged department he’d wanted. Before signing a document instructing the defense secretary to draft proposed legislation, Trump said space is the “future” and the “next step.” “We have to…

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Defense

Navy returns to flying Union Jack

Posted  February 22, 2019

Navy photograph by PO2 Kaleb Sarten Quartermaster 2nd Class Taylor Miller, from Kent, Ohio, unfurls the union jack on the jack staff of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is undergoing a planned incremental availability during the maintenance phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan. The Navy released a NAVADMIN…

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