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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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NASA’s Kepler mission discovers 461 new planet candidates

Posted  January 7, 2013

NASA’s Kepler mission announced Jan. 7 the discovery of 461 new planet candidates. Four of the potential new planets are less than twice the size of Earth and orbit in their sun’s “habitable zone,” the region in the planetary system where liquid water might exist on the surface of a planet. Based on observations conducted…

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Panetta lauds nominees for defense secretary, CIA director

Posted  January 7, 2013

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Jan. 7 endorsed President Barack Obama’s nominee to succeed him at the helm of the Pentagon. Obama announced his nomination of Chuck Hagel as the next defense secretary at the White House today. The president also announced he has nominated John Brennan as the next CIA director. If confirmed by…

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Northrop Grumman names VP Cybersecurity/C4

Posted  January 7, 2013

Northrop Grumman announced Jan. 7 that it has appointed retired U.S. Navy Vice Adm. P. Stephen Stanley as vice president of Cybersecurity/C4, effective immediately. Stanley will report to Sid Ashworth, corporate vice president, Government Relations. In this role, Stanley leads the Cybersecurity/C4 portfolio in the company’s Government Relations organization. He and his team contribute to…

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Obama announces nominees for next defense secretary, CIA cirector

Posted  January 7, 2013

President Barack Obama Jan. 7 announced his nominations to serve as the next leaders of the Defense Department and Central Intelligence Agency. At a White House news conference, Obama announced his selection of Chuck Hagel to be next defense secretary and John Brennan as the next CIA director. If confirmed by the Senate, Hagel will…

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Northrop Grumman delivers Global Hawks to U.S. Air Force

Posted  January 7, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph by Alan Radecki Northrop Grumman recently delivered two new Global Hawk unmanned aircraft systems to the U.S. Air Force ahead of schedule. Global Hawk allows military commanders to receive high-resolution imagery, survey vast geographic regions and pinpoint targets on the ground. Northrop Grumman has completed early delivery of two Global Hawk unmanned…

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Infantry now shut to women; do they want it open?

Posted  January 7, 2013

If or when the Defense Department lets women become infantry troops – the country’s front-line war fighters – how many women will want to? The answer is probably not many. Interviews with a dozen female soldiers and Marines showed little interest in the toughest fighting jobs. They believe they’d be unable to do them, even…

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Boeing delivered 601 planes last year

Posted  January 7, 2013

Boeing said Jan. 3 that it delivered 601 planes last year, putting it on track to beat European rival Airbus as the top plane maker for the year. Airbus has beaten Boeing in deliveries in recent years, but Boeing is now cranking out its new 787 and a revamped 747 after delays for both aircraft….

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Posted  January 4, 2013

Business Airbus seen posting 900 orders, 580 deliveries for 2012; Global Hawk maker Northrop to skip Paris air show; Budget deal leaves U.S. defense sector in limbo;     International Russia poised for largest naval exercise for decades; Troops’ role changing as 2012 ends in Afghanistan; United Kingdom MoD pays £500,000 compensation to Afghan victims;…

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News Briefs – January 4, 2013

Posted  January 4, 2013

Pilot OK as California Air National Guard jet crashes   A California Air National Guard fighter jet crashed during a routine training mission but the pilot safely ejected. The Guard says the Fresno-based F-16C went down the afternoon of Dec .27 about 100 miles east of Fresno. The Fresno Bee reports that the pilot was…

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Boeing receives additional US Navy order for torpedo defense systems

Posted  January 4, 2013

Under a newly exercised option for the AN/SLQ-25C system contract, Boeing subsidiary Argon ST will continue to supply U.S. Navy surface ships with countermeasures that lure torpedoes away by mimicking a vessel’s propulsion system. The $8 million option covers production and delivery of eight new AN/SLQ-25C systems – commonly called “Nixie” – under the Navy’s…

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