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Headlines May 8, 2013

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News Air Force sidelines 17 nuclear missile officers; commander cites ‘rot’ in system The Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control — and, if necessary, launch — nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings, including a remarkably dim review of their unit’s launch skills. The group’s deputy commander said…

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News Briefs May 8, 2013

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Air Force says spending cuts hit combat aircraft Air Force officials say the across-the-board spending cuts have led the service to cease operations for one third of the bomber and jet fighter force. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Mark Welsh told a Senate committee that nine fighter units and three bomber…

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DOD cooperates with Congress on Benghazi probes

Posted May 8, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department has cooperated fully with Congress and the State Department on the investigation into the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that led to the death of four U.S. citizens, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said May 8. A number of panels on Capitol Hill are examining the incident, which occurred…

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Headlines May 6, 2013

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News Benghazi witness: US military response could have ‘scared’ off attackers, prevented mortar strike The U.S. military could have prevented one wave of the deadly attack on American personnel in Benghazi if fighter jets had been promptly deployed, a top diplomatic official who was in Benghazi during the Sept. 11 assault told congressional investigators.  …

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News Briefs May 6, 2013

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One German soldier killed, one wounded in Afghanistan The German military says one of its soldiers has been killed and another one wounded in fighting with insurgents in northern Afghanistan. It said May 5 the soldiers were accompanying an Afghan-led military operation in Baghlan province when they came under fire Saturday. It says the troops called…

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Headlines May 3, 2013

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News Solar-powered plane takes off for cross-country flight The first plane that can fly day and night powered only by the sun May 3 began a transcontinental journey that will reach Washington by mid-June. Solar Impulse, which lifted off from this World War II-era airfield shortly after 6 a.m., PDT, has room for only one…

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News Briefs May 3, 2013

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NASA, Navy sign agreement on carrier landings The Navy will pay NASA nearly $2 million a year to conduct field carrier landing practice at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Using the facility will allow the Navy to stop sending some Norfolk-based squadrons to Jacksonville, Fla. to conduct practice there. NASA announced details…

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X-51A Waverider achieves history in final flight

Posted May 3, 2013 by Daryl Mayer

Air Force photograph by Bobbi Zapka The X-51A Waverider prepares to launch its historic fourth and final flight. The cruiser achieved Mach 5.1 traveling 230 nautical miles in just over six minutes making this test the longest air-breathing hypersonic flight ever. The final flight of the X-51A Waverider test program has accomplished a breakthrough in…

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Former speaker of the house visits Nellis

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  U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard   Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; Brig. Gen. David Buck, United States Air Force Warfare Center vice commander; and Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Lofgren, USAFWC commander, walk into the USAFWC headquarters building, April 24 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev….

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News Briefs: May 1, 2013

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U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,077 As of April 30, 2013, at least 2,077 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,719 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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