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News Briefs May 18, 2012

Posted May 18, 2012 by

Army launches review of PTSD diagnoses The U.S. Army is launching a sweeping, independent review of how it evaluates and diagnoses soldiers with possible post-traumatic stress disorder following recent complaints that some PTSD diagnoses were improperly overturned. The Army says it is reviewing the diagnoses at all of its medical facilities going back to 2001….

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Historic battleship becoming Naval museum in California

Posted May 15, 2012 by

The USS Iowa was last actively engaged in conflict in the late 1980s, helping escort reflagged Kuwaiti oil tankers from the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz during the Iran-Iraq war. Some 25 years later, following years of being mothballed, the 887-foot long ship that once carried President Franklin Roosevelt to a World War…

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F-16 crashes at Utah Test and Training Range

Posted May 4, 2012 by

An Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, crashed at the Utah Test and Training Range at approximately 8:35 a.m. May 4. At the time of the accident, there was one person on board. The pilot successfully ejected and is being evaluated by…

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Navy nears power deal to help avoid California blackouts

Posted May 1, 2012 by by Michael R. Blood

The U.S. Navy is nearing a first-time agreement to curb electricity use at its sprawling San Diego-area bases if power runs short in Southern California this summer, a deal intended to diminish the threat of blackouts while the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant remains offline. The Navy is San Diego Gas & Electric’s largest customer,…

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Navy to auction off once-secret stealth warship

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A $50 million, once-secret stealth warship built nearly 30 years ago for the U.S. Navy is now set to be auctioned off for scrap. The Sacramento Bee reports that the auction for the 164-foot Sea Shadow will close May 4. The Sea Shadow was built by Lockheed Martin in 1985 in Redwood City, Calif., as…

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House puts its imprint on Obama’s defense budget

Posted April 30, 2012 by by Donna Cassata

Domestic military base closings are out. The Global Hawk drone is back in. A Republican-led House panel is putting its mark on President Barack Obama’s proposed defense budget, reversing several of the Pentagon’s wishes. Members of six Armed Services subcommittees, working April 26 and 27, clearly followed the adage of their chairman, Rep. Howard “Buck”…

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Boeing celebrates 50 years in Alabama

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April 30, Boeing celebrates 50 years in Alabama, where employees play a vital role in building and sustaining the United States’ space and defense programs. The largest aerospace company in the state of Alabama, Boeing maintains its Strategic Missile & Defense Systems headquarters in Huntsville, as well as its largest program, Ground-based Midcourse Defense. Huntsville…

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Boeing opens new navigation system repair line at Ohio facility

Posted April 26, 2012 by

Boeing marked the opening April 26 of a new Electrostatically Supported Gyro repair line at the company’s Heath, Ohio, facility. The new line increases the capability of the skilled workforce and equipment already in place for the repair and maintenance of the U.S. Navy’s Electrostatically Supported Gyro Navigator (ESGN, or Trident Navigation System). “As the…

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Dryden’s chief pilot flies first C-17 to Air Force Museum

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The U.S. Air Force’s first C-17 Globemaster III, known as the T-1 aircraft will soon become part of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Dayton, Ohio. NASA Research Test Pilot Frank Batteas, associate director for Flight Operations at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, was one of three…

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Enterprise flight over New York City moved to April 27

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NASA managers, in coordination with Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum officials, tentatively are targeting April 27, for the ferry of space shuttle Enterprise from Washington Dulles International Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Managers shifted the flight from April 25 to April 27 because of a large region of low…

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