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U.S. bolstering missile defense

Posted March 18, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

The United States will add more ground-based ballistic missile interceptors to its arsenal to guard against increased threats from North Korea and Iran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced March 15. North Korean and Iranian missile capabilities have increased and the United States must stay ahead of that threat, Hagel said. Both have developed longer range…

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News Briefs May 31, 2012

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Air Force spaceplane aims for June landing An unmanned U.S. Air Force spaceplane that has been in orbit for over a year is coming back to Earth. The Pentagon’s experimental craft, which resembles a mini space shuttle, is slated to land at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The exact date depends on weather and other…

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Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, dies

Posted August 27, 2012 by by Lisa Cornwell

Neil Armstrong was a quiet self-described nerdy engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made "one giant leap for mankind" with a small step on to the moon....

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Utah air base could lose jobs with F-35 jets

Posted April 16, 2012 by

According to an Air Force study, Utah’s Hill Air Force Base could lose jobs under a plan to replace an aging fleet of F-16 fighter jets with the new F-35. A draft environmental impact statement, released April 13, says Hill would need from $18 million to $40 million in construction, depending on the number of…

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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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Northrop Grumman names vice president of Marine Systems

Posted November 7, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman announced Nov. 7 that Karen M. Campbell has been named vice president of the company’s Marine Systems business unit, effective immediately. In her new position, Campbell will have executive responsibility for all Marine Systems programs and products and provide executive leadership for Northrop Grumman’s Sunnyvale campus. The Marine Systems business unit is a…

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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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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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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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