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News: More than 600 reported chemical exposure in Iraq, Pentagon acknowledges – More than 600 American service members since 2003 have reported to military medical staff members that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq, but the Pentagon failed to recognize the scope of the reported cases or offer adequate tracking and…

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News Briefs November 7, 2014

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Military Sealift Command consolidates headquarters The Navy has been given the green light to begin consolidating its transportation arm’s headquarters. The Navy said Nov. 6 it will move hundreds of Military Sealift Command staff from the Washington Navy Yard to Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia. The command’s headquarters has been split between the two locations…

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Headlines November 5, 2014

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Business: Sequester could kill shipyards, says CNO Greenert – Navy readiness won’t fully recover from the second-order effects of the 2013 sequester for another year, the Chief of Naval Operations said this morning – and if the Budget Control Act cuts (known as sequestration) return in full force for fiscal year 2016, the nation might lose…

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China develops laser system against drones Chinese engineers have successfully tested a laser weapon that can shoot down low-flying, slow-moving drones, state media reported Nov. 4. The Low Altitude Sentinel system can detect a small aircraft within a 2-kilometer (1.2-mile) radius and shoot it down within five seconds, the newspaper China Daily said, citing a…

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Tom McMurtry honored with FAA Master Pilot Award

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Retired NASA Armstrong research pilot Thomas C. McMurtry was honored by the Federal Aviation Administration Oct. 25 with the presentation of the agency's Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award during a ceremony before family, friends and associates at the AERO Institute in Palmdale, Calif.

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Posted November 5, 2014 by Diane Betzler

Photograph by Diane Betzler Members of the 17th Squadron Royal Navy Air Force attended the 25th Civilian Military Support Group Installation Dinner Oct. 23. The men are stationed at Edwards AFB and are the first British pilots to fly the F-35. “The F-35 is the future,” said Lt. Cmdr. Paret Thomson. He predicted the aircraft…

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NTSB holds final media brief

Posted November 5, 2014 by Rebecca Amber

Mojave, Calif. The National Transportation Safety Board held their final press conferences on the investigation of the SpaceShipTwo crash, Nov. 3 at the Mojave Air and Space Port. NTSB acting chairman Christopher Hart announced that almost all of the important parts of the space vehicle needed to complete the investigation had been located. Among other…

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Headlines November 3, 2014

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News: Marine veteran freed from Mexican jail – A Mexican federal district judge in Tijuana Oct.31 ordered the immediate release of a U.S. Marine veteran being held in Baja California on federal weapons charges.   Business: Work on ‘unique weapons’ for F-35 partners, EW tools on hold until Congress acts – Work on things like systems to…

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News Briefs November 3, 2014

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Despite spat with Russia Poles honor Soviet troops The diplomatic spat with Russia over Ukraine has not prevented Poles from placing hundreds of candles on the graves of Red Army soldiers killed in January 1945 while driving Nazi German troops from the city. Nov. 1 is All Saints’ Day in Poland and people visit family…

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Branson comments on SpaceShipTwo tragedy

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Virgin Galactic founder, Sir Richard Branson, commented on the SpaceShipTwo crash at a press conference Nov. 1, at the Mojave Air and Space Port.

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