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Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Oct. 31 during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California's Mojave Desert, witnesses and officials said.

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Boeing, Air Force demonstrate Minuteman III readiness in flight test

Boeing supported the U.S. Air Force’s successful flight test of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, which demonstrated the readiness of that system to deter nuclear threats.

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Raytheon Griffin C flight tests demonstrate in-flight retargeting capability

Raytheon has successfully completed flight tests of its Griffin™ C increased capability missile.

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Insitu announces ScanEagle 2 – the next generation of ScanEagle platform

From its booth at the Euronaval Exhibition and Conference in Paris, Insitu Oct. 29 announced ScanEagle 2, the next generation of its revolutionary ScanEagle platform. Leveraging lessons learned from more than 800,000 operational hours.

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‘Grim Reapers’ introduce Oceana to F-35C

The "Grim Reapers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 returned to Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., Oct. 28, bringing with them the future of Naval aviation.


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World War II airman identified

Posted  October 14, 2013

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Oct. 11 that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors Army Air Force 1st Lt. Robert G. Fenstermacher, 23, of Scranton, Penn., will be buried Oct. 18, in…

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Army live-stream of AUSA exposition to allow viewer participation

Posted  October 14, 2013

Many soldiers will not be able to attend the Oct. 21-23 event in person, due to lack of budget and restrictions on travel. However, the educational and professional development panels will be available to them online, and they will even be able to ask questions. “We look at the Army part of AUSA as a…

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Israeli defense minister visits Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Posted  October 14, 2013

The Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon visited the Lockheed Martin F-35 assembly line in Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 10 where the 5th Generation fighter aircraft is being built. This is the first time Minister Yaalon has been to the facility since the Israeli and U.S. government agreed in October 2010 to the Foreign Military…

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Most TRICARE beneficiaries meet ACA coverage requirements

Posted  October 14, 2013

The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to affordable health care coverage, lower costs, and improve quality and care coordination for all Americans. Under the health care law, people will have health coverage that meets a minimum standard (called ìminimum essential coverageî) by January 1, 2014,…

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Headlines October 14, 2013

Posted  October 14, 2013

News: U.S. nears agreement with Afghanistan on troops post 2014 - Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. Secretary of Defense John Kerry said they were close to completing a security agreement that would allow some U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014.   Business: Boeing’s Pentagon charges questioned in audits four times - Four times in…

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CFC suspended as shutdown continues

Posted  October 14, 2013

As a result of the government shutdown, the Department of Defense has indefinitely suspended the Combined Federal Campaign. The campaign was slated to start its official solicitation period Sept. 1 and run through Dec. 15. According to a memorandum released Oct. 9, CFC campaign activities are not excepted from furlough, nor are they appropriate activities…

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Lockheed Martin to deliver communications, transmission services To U.S. Army

Posted  October 14, 2013

The U.S. Army will soon be using satellite and terrestrial communications capabilities delivered in part by Lockheed Martin to support battlefield operations around the globe. Lockheed Martin was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to supply communications and transmissions systems to the U.S. Army’s Project Manager of Defense Communications and Army Transmissions Systems. Under this contract with…

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Civilian retiree identification card to be replaced

Posted  October 14, 2013

Retired Air Force civilians who use the Air Force Form 354, Civilian Identification Card, to access Air Force installations have until early 2014 – when the AF354 will be rescinded – to get a Department of Defense Civilian Retiree ID Card or other access credentials, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The AF354 was a…

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20th Air Force commander relieved of command

Posted  October 14, 2013

Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, relieved Maj. Gen. Michael Carey from command of 20th Air Force Oct. 11 due to a loss of trust and confidence in his leadership and judgment. Kowalski made his decision based on information from an Inspector General investigation into Carey’s behavior during a temporary…

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Boeing to Build fourth Inmarsat-5 Global Xpress Satellite

Posted  October 14, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. ñ Boeing will further strengthen Inmarsatís Global Xpress satellite network under an exercised option to build a fourth Inmarsat-5 spacecraft. Global Xpress will provide Inmarsatís government and commercial customers with mobile broadband connectivity on land, at sea and in the air. ìReceiving this option to our initial three-satellite agreement with Inmarsat positions…

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