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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 selects astronauts for first U.S. commercial space flights

Posted  July 10, 2015

NASA has selected four astronauts to train and prepare for commercial spaceflights that will return American launches to U.S. soil and further open up low-Earth orbit transportation to the private sector. The selections are the latest major milestone in the Obama Administration’s plan to partner with U.S. industry to transport astronauts to space, create good-paying…

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Boeing, Polish armaments group explore business opportunities

Posted  July 10, 2015

Boeing and members of its AH-64E Apache industry team – General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Longbow Ltd. – launched an initiative with Polish Armaments Group to explore opportunities for collaboration with Polish industry. More than 10 Polish companies participated in the two-day workshop with Boeing and its teammates to forge partnerships as part of…

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WWII Veteran, POW receives Presidential Unit Citation

Posted  July 10, 2015

A veteran from the greatest generation was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation with one oak leaf cluster by Sen. John S. McCain on Capitol Hill, July 7.

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Army to realign brigades, cut 40,000 Soldiers, 17,000 civilians

Posted  July 10, 2015

By the end of fiscal 2018, the active Army expects to have drawn down in size from 490,000 to 450,000, said Army officials during a press conference at the Pentagon, July 9. The service will also shrink the size of several brigade combat teams and will cut 17,000 civilian employees.

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Lockheed Martin completes 100th THAAD interceptor

Posted  July 10, 2015

Lockheed Martin delivered the 100th interceptor for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system in a recent ceremony at the company’s Troy, Ala., facility. THAAD is a key element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System and is highly effective at protecting America’s military, allied forces, citizen population centers and critical infrastructure from short- and medium-range…

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AF Vietnam veterans honored on Capitol Hill

Posted  July 10, 2015

Current and former service members, members of Congress, Vietnam veterans and Air Force senior leaders gathered in the Emancipation Hall of the U.S. Capitol in Washington July 8 for a Congressional Commemoration to honor those who served during the Vietnam War.

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Northrop Grumman to provide mission computer for USMC helicopter upgrades

Posted  July 10, 2015

Northrop Grumman was recently awarded a contract from Naval Air Systems Command to deliver its next-generation mission computer for Lot 12 of the Marine Corps’ H-1 helicopter upgrade program. Under this contract, Northrop Grumman will provide FlightPro™ Gen III mission computers for the UH-1Y and AH1Z aircraft. These aircraft are expected to be the first…

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Headlines July 8, 2015

Posted  July 8, 2015

News Home Depot has better cyber security than 25 U.S. defense contractors New rankings raise questions about the extent to which cybersecurity is a shared responsibility between government agencies and contractors. http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2015/07/home-depot-has-better-cyber-security-25-us-defense-contractors/116995/ Business F-22 Raptor structural retrofit to take longer, but availability hits 63 percent The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor may be the world’s greatest…

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News Briefs July 8, 2015

Posted  July 8, 2015

General Atomics plans to set up drone academy in Grand Forks North Dakota’s unmanned aircraft business and technology park is about to land a second major defense contractor, according to two members of the state’s congressional delegation. Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer announced July n6 that General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. has reached…

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Test flight completed after F-35B modifications

Posted  July 8, 2015

Air Force photograph by Alex R. Lloyd A Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II completes its first short takeoff and vertical landing check flight at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, June 18, 2015. The aircraft underwent a functional check flight following modifications at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex. The Ogden Air Logistics Complex completed an F-35B…

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