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Navy completes F/A-18D jet crash investigation

Posted June 28, 2012 by

The Navy has finished its investigation into what caused one of its jets to crash into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach, Va. The Navy plans to release the results of its investigation at a news conference July 2. A redacted version of the investigation will be posted on a Navy website following the news…

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The nuts and bolts of the sequester

Posted August 8, 2012 by by Donna Cassata

Republicans and Democrats are sounding the alarm: The budget sequester is coming and we have to do everything to stop it. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says it will be devastating to the military. Manufacturers say it will mean the loss of tens of thousands of jobs. The White House fears cuts in everything from cancer…

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States compete to become FAA drone test sites

Posted March 27, 2013 by

It’s the land where Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, where the space shuttle fleet rolled off the assembly line and where the first private manned rocketship climbed to space. Capitalizing on Southern California’s aerospace fortunes, two rival groups want to add another laurel: drone test range. They face crowded competition. In search of an…

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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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News Briefs – August 27, 2012

Posted August 27, 2012 by

Ryan speaks out against military cuts   Republican Paul Ryan says Mitt Romney will prevent planned cuts to the U.S. military if elected president. The GOP vice presidential hopeful spoke to supporters Aug. 23 in Fayetteville, N.C., home to the Fort Bragg Army base and a large number of military families. Ryan warned of the…

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NASA DC-8 continues west Antarctic ice study

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NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory has two weeks of support remaining in the agency's sixth Operation IceBridge mission to study parts of the West Antarctica ice sheet and ice in the Bellingshausen, Weddell and Amundsen seas.

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News Briefs February 2, 2012

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Pilot error blamed for California Navy jet crash Pilot error is being blamed for the fatal crash last year of a Navy fighter jet near a Central California air base. Navy investigators say the plane’s pilot, 33-year-old Matthew Lowe, and weapons officer, 28-year-old Nathan Williams, did not execute a maneuver at the correct air speed…

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McKeon Honored with Prestigious Dwight D. Eisenhower Award

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Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, accepted the prestigious Eisenhower Award May 30. Given by the National Defense Industrial Association, the award recognizes leaders…

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Veterans’ gun rights sticky issue in defense bill

Posted December 5, 2012 by Kevin Freking

Should veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their own financial affairs be prevented from buying a gun? The issue, for a time last week, threatened to become the biggest sticking point in a $631 billion defense bill for reshaping a military that is disengaging from a decade of warfare. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., sought…

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Judge won’t block discharge effort against Marine

Posted April 16, 2012 by by Julie Watson

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ A federal judge denied a request Friday to block military discharge proceedings against a Camp Pendleton Marine who called President Barack Obama an enemy on Facebook. U.S. District Judge Marilyn Huff ruled the military has the right to respond to Sgt. Gary Stein’s online comments in a case that has called…

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