August 21, 2017

For Today’s Eclipse, All Eyes on the Sky

solar eclipse

Today, Monday, Aug. 21, Southern Marylanders will be able to see a partial solar eclipse and, at peak, a light shadow of the moon will cover 81 percent of the sun.

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Another Helo Goes Down in Pacific

Army UH-60 Black Hawk

An Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter went down Tuesday in the Pacific Ocean during a nighttime training mission off Hawaii.

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Japan Struggles to Accept Osprey Role After Recent Crash

Osprey

Despite strong local concerns about the safety of the US V-22 Ospreys at Okinawa, the Japanese Defense Ministry describes the aircraft as imperative for Japan’s defense.

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Is US Really Ready to ‘Fight Tonight’?

Ready to Fight Tonight

The US national security adviser says the US is taking action to resolve the nuclear threat from North Korea without resorting to military action, adding that the administration is prepared to deal militarily if necessary. Despite some challenges, the bomber fleet is ready, an Air Force official said. 

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Corps Orders Aircraft Safety Reviews

Marine Corps safety review Osprey

Marines order all aviation units to stand down for safety reviews; 19 Marines have died in two aircraft crashes since July 10.

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Iranian Drone Buzzes F/A-18 Preparing for Carrier Landing

F/A-18

An unarmed Iranian drone came within 100 feet of a US Navy warplane as it prepared to land on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf, despite repeated radio calls to stay clear. This was the 13th unsafe and unprofessional interaction between the US and Iranian maritime forces in 2017.

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Trump Threatens ‘Fire and Fury’ to N. Korea

Trump BRAC

The US is ready to use force if needed to stop North Korea’s weapons ballistic missile and nuclear programs, says President Trump, warning North Korea would be met with “fire and fury” the likes of which this world has never seen if it threatens the US.

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US Asked to Stop Osprey Flights in Japan

Osprey

Japan has asked the US to halt Osprey flights there after the US Navy and Marine Corps called off the search for three Marines who disappeared after an MV-22 crashed off the coast of Australia last weekend. Critics in Japan say the Osprey, which takes off and lands like a helicopter but can fly like an airplane, is unsafe.

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Trump Reviewing Drone Export Policy

Drone Export Policy

The Trump administration is launching a review of the US’s drone export policy. The expectation in the industry is that the administration will make it easier to export US-manufactured systems.

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DoD Gets Staffing Boost as Senate Confirms

DoD

Republicans and Democrats broke their stalemate this week and confirmed eight Pentagon appointees including the Navy Secretary and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition.

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