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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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News Briefs – January 18, 2013

Posted  January 18, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,043 As of Jan. 16, 2013, at least 2,043 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,704 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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‘Gliding’ to space: A novel means of launching space satellites

Posted  January 18, 2013

NASA image Early artist rendering of the Towed Glider Air-Launch Concept, showing the towed glider following rocket launch. A notional tow aircraft is seen clearing the launch area. NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center is developing a novel rocket-launching technique called the Towed Glider Air-Launch Concept that could significantly reduce the cost and improve the efficiency…

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Business briefs – January 18, 2013

Posted  January 18, 2013

Raytheon establishes Global Business Services group Raytheon has established a new Global Business Services (GBS) group to build on the success of its well-instituted enterprise efficiency initiatives by applying proven service delivery practices more broadly across the company. Raytheon GBS brings together best practices of the company’s supply chain management, finance, information technology and human…

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Elbit Systems of America to provide U.S. Army with Skylark® I LE, Block 2

Posted  January 18, 2013

Elbit Systems of America, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., has been selected for award by the U.S. Army ACC-APG, Natick Contracting Division on behalf of the Small Unmanned Aircraft System Product Office. Elbit Systems of America was selected with four other companies to provide the full spectrum of SUAS products. The scope…

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War fighters discuss mission accomplishment at WEPTAC

Posted  January 18, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Brett Clashman Approximately 670 war fighters from across the Air Combat Command gathered Jan. 3 to 16 at the Weapons and Tactics conference, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., hosted by the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center. Attendees discussed ways to efficiently and effectively accomplish the Air Force mission with equipment…

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Lockheed Martin receives $90 million U.S. Army Apache M-TADS/PNVS performance based logistics contract

Posted  January 18, 2013

  Lockheed Martin has received a $90.6 million Performance Based Logistics contract from the U.S. Army for sustainment of the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) system. The firm, fixed price contract provides a comprehensive sustainment solution that enables mission readiness, reduces operation and support costs, and drives reliability and maintainability improvements….

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World War II soldier, character actor Charles Durning to be interred at Arlington

Posted  January 18, 2013

DOD photograph by PO1 Chad J. McNeeley Triple Purple Heart holder, Silver Star recipient and award-winning character actor Charles Durning, who died at 89 on Christmas eve of natural causes, will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Feb. 21, 2013. Pictured here, actor Joe Mantegna introduces World War II hero and Academy…

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Sikorsky, Boeing partner for Joint Multi-Role future vertical lift requirements

Posted  January 18, 2013

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., and Boeing signed a teaming agreement Jan. 13 to submit a joint proposal in response to the U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate solicitation for the Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator Phase 1 program. The JMR TD supports the Department of Defense’s Future Vertical Lift program…

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Sequestration will hollow out force fast, Dempsey says

Posted  January 18, 2013

The across-the-board spending cuts that would result if a “sequestration” mechanism in budget law kicks in March 1 will hollow out U.S. military forces faster than most Americans imagine, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Jan. 17. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said during a recent news briefing that if sequestration happens,…

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Lockheed Martin JLTV undergoes successful design review

Posted  January 18, 2013

Lockheed Martin’s family of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles successfully completed a top-to-bottom government design review in late December, well ahead of the first Engineering and Manufacturing Development JLTVs that will begin rolling off the assembly line this spring. The Design Understanding Review, which was held Dec. 18 through 20, assessed all elements of Lockheed Martin’s…

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