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Virgin Galactic reaches space for a second time

In its fifth supersonic rocket powered test flight, Virgin Galactic reached space for the second time today in the skies above Mojave, Calif. At 8:07 a.m., PST, WhiteKnightTwo, the aircraft that lifts VSS Unity high enough to fire its motor, took off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in Southern California.

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Northrop Grumman selected to continue F-35 program mission critical work

Northrop Grumman Australia, a fully owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman, welcomes the announcement of the assignment of maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade work for the multinational F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program to the Australian defense industry.

Defense

Special Operations leaders testify before Senate on SOF global posture

Calling the breadth and capability of the U.S. Special Operations Forces "astonishing," the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict discussed the global posture of the nation's special operations enterprise during a hearing on Capitol Hill, Feb. 14, 2019.

Defense

Army fields new handgun system to military police

The U.S. Army began fielding M17 and M18 Modular Handgun Systems to the Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood ,Mo., in December to replace the force's aging Beretta M9, a weapon that has been in use since the mid-1980s and is quickly reaching its serviceability limits.

Defense

Hill AFB Airmen, F-35 a lethal combo at Red Flag

The 388th Fighter Wing’s 4th Fighter Squadron wrapped up flying operations with the F-35A Lightning II in an exponentially more challenging exercise Red Flag, 19-1 Feb. 15 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.


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News Briefs – February 15, 2019

Posted  February 15, 2019

Pentagon official assures Iraqis of limited U.S. military role The top Pentagon official assured Iraqi leaders Feb. 12 that the U.S. will stick to its limited military role in Iraq, a message aimed at recent talk by some Iraqi politicians of forcing a U.S. troop withdrawal. Pat Shanahan, the acting secretary of defense, said that…

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High Desert Hangar Stories: Tony LeVier and the wall

Posted  February 15, 2019

With all due respect to the rock group Pink Floyd, back in 1950 there were very few “bricks in the wall” known as the sound barrier. Today, a multitude of pilots have added their names to the fraternity of those that have gone supersonic, but let’s look back at when it was just a handful.

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Defense

Army engineers get hands-on with futuristic tiltrotor aircraft

Posted  February 15, 2019

Courtesy photograph From left: Army aerospace engineers Andrew Kreshock, Dr. Matthew Floros, Bell Innovation Team Manager Andrea Chavez, and Army aerospace engineer Dr. Hao Kang tour a Texas facility where aircraft manufactor Bell is working on its Joint Multi Role Technology demonstrator. Army aerospace engineers visited an aircraft manufactuer in Texas, to explore potential areas…

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Explore to flight: Educators launch a lunar buggy through engineering design process

Posted  February 15, 2019

NASA photograph by Elvia Valenzuela A group of educators participated in a workshop to learn how to use the Engineering Design Process to create, build and test a lunar buggy. A group of educators learned how to apply the Engineering Design Process into their classroom lessons and designed a lunar buggy at a workshop with…

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Defense

DOD unveils its artificial intelligence strategy

Posted  February 15, 2019

DOD photograph by Amber I. Smith Defense Department Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy and Air Force Lt. Gen. John N.T. Shanahan, the director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, hold a roundtable meeting on DOD’s artificial intelligence strategy at the Pentagon, Feb. 12, 2019. The Defense Department launched its artificial intelligence strategy Feb. 12 in…

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