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NTSB concludes SpaceShipTwo flight test accident investigation

Virgin Galactic photograph WhiteKnightTwo and the first SpaceShipTwo during a captive carry test flight over the Mojave Desert. MOJAVE, Calif.–The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded the investigation of the Oct. 31, 2014, Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo flight test accident. The NTSB is finalizing the final recommendations and probable causes. At the time of the accident,…

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U.S., Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria train together at Rapid Trident 2015

Under the hot Ukrainian sun, soldiers from the United States, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria rehearsed reacting to contact as part of their situational training during the multi-national Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, here, July 21.

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Astronaut Stephen Frick retires from NASA

Astronaut Stephen Frick has retired from NASA to accept a position in the private sector. Frick, who flew as both a shuttle pilot and commander, left the Agency July 13. Steve has been a great asset to the astronaut office and NASA, and we are sad to see him leave, said Chris Cassidy, chief of…

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Estonian, US forces receive new jump wings

Despite ominous clouds, which lingered from the day before, Estonian and U.S. Army paratroopers, began the day early to conduct the joint airborne operations exercise they had been planning two days before a drop zone near Nurmsi.

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Red Flag offers B-52 crews training that ‘can’t be beat’

As the sun blazes through the cloudless sky, a suffocating heat touches down on the Nellis AFB flightline. A B-52 Stratosphere from the 69th Bomb Squadron sits, awaiting pre-flight checks for its upcoming Red Flag mission.


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Another Combat King delivered

Posted  December 7, 2012

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andrew McMurtrie HC-130J Combat King II takes off for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., Dec. 5. Aircraft number 5709 is the sixth of 15 HC-130Js to be delivered to the U.S. Air Forceís Air Combat Command. Maj. Gen. Timothy Zadalis, Director of Intelligence,…

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Navy accepts delivery of future USS Arlington

Posted  December 7, 2012

The Navy accepted delivery of the eighth LPD 17 class amphibious transport dock ship, the future USS Arlington (LPD 24), from Huntington Ingalls Industries Dec. 7. Accepting delivery of Arlington represents the official transfer of the ship from the shipbuilder to the Navy and is a major milestone in the ship’s transition to operational status….

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Two local boy scouts earn the high rank of Eagle Scout

Posted  December 7, 2012

Two local youths transitioned from boys to young men when they achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America organization. Dylan Swenson and Ben Wright, both 17, shared the achievements that won them their hard-earned Eagle Scout rank Nov. 28, when they previewed their service projects at…

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ATK awarded production contract for the U.S. Navy’s multi-option fuze

Posted  December 7, 2012

ATK has received a five-year, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract from the U.S. Army Contracting Command for the production of the MK 437 Multi-Option Fuze, Navy. The contract has a maximum total value of $84.1 million. ATK has received the first order on this contract, for approximately $13 million. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in…

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Pentagon begins planning for massive budget cuts

Posted  December 7, 2012

The Defense Department has begun planning for the roughly $500 billion in personnel and program cuts over a decade that will be needed if Congress and the White House fail to reach a deal that would avoid the double hit of tax hikes and automatic spending reductions dubbed the “fiscal cliff.” Department spokesman George Little…

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New program executive for F-35 office

Posted  December 7, 2012

With a commitment to building on his predecessor’s foundation, a new leader took charge of the F-35 Lightning II program office at a Pentagon ceremony Dec. 6. A veteran of another complex defense acquisition program, the Air Force’s KC-46 tanker, Lt Gen. Christopher Bogdan assumed the watch from Vice Adm. David Venlet as the Program…

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NASA offers high school girls a chance to jump-start their future

Posted  December 7, 2012

NASA is offering high school junior girls from across the United States an opportunity to jump-start their future by participating in the Women In STEM High School Aerospace Scholars program for 2013. WISH participants will participate in online forums focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics, and complete online activities to qualify for a…

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CalVet hiring for West Los Angeles home

Posted  December 7, 2012

The Veterans Home of California in West Los Angeles has at least 20 full-time positions available now – and more positions are anticipated. The stunning, new state-of-the-art facility has the capability to care for 396 Veterans in two levels of care: a skilled nursing neighborhood with Memory Care; and an assisted living neighborhood. “The California…

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Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 MSE missile successfully intercepts tactical ballistic missile target during test

Posted  December 7, 2012

Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement successfully engaged, intercepted and destroyed a tactical ballistic missile target Dec. 6 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The first interceptor destroyed the target and the second PAC-3 MSE Missile self-destructed as planned. “Today’s flight test provided another example of how the PAC-3 MSE Missile has significantly expanded the…

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Fermi improves its vision for thunderstorm gamma-ray flashes

Posted  December 7, 2012

Thanks to improved data analysis techniques and a new operating mode, the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor aboard NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is now 10 times better at catching the brief outbursts of high-energy light mysteriously produced above thunderstorms. The outbursts, known as terrestrial gamma-ray flashes, last only a few thousandths of a second, but their…

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