Ungrateful Silicon Valley. General Dynamics Chairman and CEO Phebe Novakovic said Silicon Valley companies should do more to help the U.S. government and defense industry and show their gratitude for being part of a country that protects them and fosters an environment for them to succeed. ...

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SBIRS Deemed Operational. The Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite (GEO-4) has achieved Air Force Space Command operational acceptance, the service announced Thursday. The satellite provides worldwide infrared coverage and is successfully transmitting data to the ...

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Cochran Passing. Former Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) passed away May 30 at age 81. He served in Congress as first a House member then a senator for over 45 years, and eventually served as chairman of the Senate Appropriations and Agriculture Committees. Cochran was a Navy veteran who resigned from ...

Disaster Relief Deal Reached, But Shaky Road Ahead. The Senate on Thursday passed a $19.1 billion disaster aid package by a vote of 85-8, but the House failed to pass the bill before leaving for Memorial Day recess after Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) blocked what would have been a unanimous vote Friday. ...

T-X Market. Boeing officials see a potential for 2,600 new aircraft based off the company’s forthcoming T-X trainer jet worldwide, they told reporters in St. Louis this week. The Air Force is planning to request up to 475 T-X aircraft to replace its aging T-38s, but variants created for light ...