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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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U.S., Canada expand Arctic cooperation, military training

Posted  December 12, 2012

The United States and Canada entered into two new agreements Dec. 11 that expanded their security relationship by promoting closer cooperation in peacefully opening the Arctic and in expanding their bilateral military training and exercise program. Army Gen. Charles Jacoby Jr., commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, joined Canadian Army…

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News Briefs December 10, 2012

Posted  December 10, 2012

Spaceplane mission gets green light United Launch Alliance has cleared the next launch of an Air Force X-37B reusable spaceplane to occur this week at Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., after concluding that it has sufficiently mitigated the chances of a booster anomaly repeating itself from a previous satellite launch. A ULA Atlas V rocket is…

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Afghan AF, NATO Air Training Command sign joint strategic flightplan

Posted  December 10, 2012

Maj. Gen. Abdul Wahab Wardak, commander of the Afghan air force, and Brig. Gen. Steven Shepro, commander of NATO Air Training Command-Afghanistan, signed the first-ever combined strategy into effect at a Nov. 28 ceremony at the NATC-A headquarters at the Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan. All three Wings and key leaders witnessed the ceremony. The…

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Northrop Grumman releases Version 2.0 of the U.S. Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System Software

Posted  December 10, 2012

Northrop Grumman has successfully released Version 2.0 of the U.S. Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System software. This release, recently tested at the Northrop Grumman Contractor System Integration Laboratory (C-SIL) in Huntsville, is an upgrade to the Version 1.0 release of April 2011. Notable new features include improved interfaces with Patriot, Sentinel…

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Pilot calls F-35 big leap in fighter capability

Posted  December 10, 2012

The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter jet will be a strategic deterrent for the nation because of its “huge leap in capability,” a Marine Corps pilot said. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Scott, commander of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wingís Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., recently told the Pentagon…

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Space launch vehicle core purchases balance needs with lower cost, competition

Posted  December 10, 2012

Purchasing core elements used to launch 28 rockets into space for National Security Space missions is the focus of negotiations between the Air Force and United Launch Alliance to establish a requirements contract, according to Defense Under Secretary Frank Kendall. The plan is to procure 36 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle cores over a five-year period,…

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‘Fiscal Cliff’ would challenge Army to maintain readiness

Posted  December 10, 2012

Knowing there’s a possibility the government will go over a “fiscal cliff” on midnight, Dec. 31, the Army recognizes some of the challenges it will face, but a senior leader said Thursday its priority will be to maintain readiness of the force. Like its sister services, the Army faces repercussions and adjustments that would follow…

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VA weeks to expand list of service-connected TBI effects

Posted  December 10, 2012

The Veterans Affairs Department is publishing a proposed regulation in the Federal Register that would change its rules to add five diagnosable illnesses that are secondary to service-connected traumatic brain injury. “We must always decide veterans’ disability claims based on the best science available and we will,” Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said. “Veterans…

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Army developing next-generation surveillance aircraft

Posted  December 10, 2012

Army scientists, engineers and program developers are making substantial progress building and integrating a technically sophisticated battlefield surveillance aircraft called Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System in a laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., service officials said. The initial task, now underway at Aberdeen’s Joint Test and Integration Facility, is aimed at engineering and…

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