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Defense bill stalls over Democrat, GOP divide

Posted November 22, 2013 by Donna Cassata

A $625 billion defense bill that establishes military policy stalled in the Senate Nov. 20 as Democrats and Republicans struggled over how to move ahead on the massive measure. Republicans insist on an open process that would allow them to vote on amendments to the popular defense authorization bill that has become law every year…

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GAO reports counterfeit and bogus part numbers found on Internet purchasing platforms

Posted March 30, 2012 by

Suspected counterfeit and bogus part numbers, not associated with any authentic military-grade electronic parts, were discovered on Internet purchasing platforms, while being investigated by the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and the Government Accountability Office, an investigative arm of Congress. At the request of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, the GAO launched an investigation…

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Original 1972 space shuttle mock-up to emerge

Posted June 18, 2012 by

Just when it seemed all the space shuttles had been doled out to museums for display, it turns out there’s one more – sort of. A full-size mock-up built in 1972 by the shuttle contractor Rockwell has for years been under wraps in a dark and empty warehouse in Downey, Calif., a southeast Los Angeles…

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Air Force Association announces new president

Posted September 17, 2012 by

The Air Force Association Board of Directors have approved Craig R. McKinley, the 26th Chief of the National Guard Bureau, as the next AFA President. McKinley will be succeeding Michael M. Dunn, who retired after completing his term in the five-year position. “The AFA Search Committee conducted an exhaustive search for the right person to…

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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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Defense cuts could hit civilian workforce

Posted July 30, 2012 by by Donna Cassata

Tens of thousands of civilian employees in the Defense Department could receive warnings about potential layoffs four days before the November election if impending spending cuts aren’t averted, hitting presidential battleground states such as Virginia and Florida hard. The alerts would come in addition to any that major defense contractors might send out at the…

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President nominates 1st female Air Force Academy superintendent

Posted March 4, 2013 by

The president of the United States nominated Maj. Gen. Michelle Johnson for the appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment to serve as Air Force Academy’s 19th superintendent. If confirmed by the Senate, Johnson would become the first woman to hold the position. Currently serving as NATO’s deputy chief of staff for…

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N.M. officials: Spill could be as big as 24 million gallons

Posted May 24, 2012 by by Jeri Clausing

A decades-old jet fuel spill threatening Albuquerque, N.M.’s water supply could be as large as 24 million gallons, or twice the size of the oil spill from the Exxon Valdez, state environment officials acknowledged Tuesday. Officials previously estimated the spill from Kirtland Air Force Base to be about 8 million gallons. But state geologist William…

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News Briefs – August 23, 2012

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No injuries in MH-53 hard landing No one was injured when an MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 15 made a hard landing Aug. 22, following an engine malfunction. The hard landing at Bahrain International Airport caused damage to the tail section of the aircraft. Airport operations remain normal. The incident is…

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A look at the current $632.8 billion defense bill

Posted December 24, 2013 by AP

The comprehensive, $632.8 billion defense bill heading to President Barack Obama for his signature would crack down on sexual assault in the military, authorize combat pay for the troops and cover the cost of new ships, aircraft and weapons. A look at the legislation: * Authorizes $552.1 billion for the core budget, including $17.6 billion…

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