February 21, 2019

Private Spacecraft Heads to the Moon

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The first privately funded spacecraft is scheduled to launch Thursday from Florida to the moon. The aircraft is propelled by a Falcon rocket from Elon Musk’s space company SpaceX.

Question of Bias Disrupts Fitz’s CO Court-Martial

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The judge in the court-martial against the Fitzgerald’s former CO ruled the admiral who brought charges failed to remain neutral. Seven sailors drowned in the June 27, 2017, Fitzgerald accident.

Death-Defying F35 Maneuvers on Display

Long in coming, but now that it has arrived, the F35 fighter jet is winning over pilots and spectators with its death defying capabilities.

Baltimore’s Liberty Ship Needs a New Home

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The John W. Brown is one of only two fully operational Liberty ships, which transported vast numbers of military personnel and countless tons of cargo during the war — and the only one sailing regularly out of the port city where it was built, Baltimore, where it’s lease expires September 2019.

Tanks Emerge from Secret Norway Caves

Secret Norway Caves

The Marine Corps temporarily moved some of its M1A1 Abrams tanks holed up in secret caves in Norway to Finland to participate in an annual training exercise with Finland. The secret caves began as a Cold War era storage program designed to rapidly equip Marines for a fight with Russia.

Trump Considering Space Force in DoD

Big Pricetag for Space Force

President Trump, honoring Army for its football team and praising all five branches of the military, suggests discussions are ongoing about a sixth branch — a space force.

7th Fleet Cmdr. Relieved: All Collisions During Basic Duties

Four collisions in the Seventh Fleet this year — all occurring during basic ship handling duties — resulted in the commander of the fleet being relieved. As the Navy begins an extensive review and reset, a multinational search for 10 missing sailors from the latest collision of the USS John McCain locates some remains, aboard ship.

Acquisition Report Finds F-35 Costs Rising Again

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After years of cost reductions, the latest Selected Acquisition Reports finds the price of the next-gen joint strike fighters is up 7 percent to $406.5 billion.