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Members of the US Air Force Honor Guard practice drill
movements prior to marching in the Gatlinburg Independence Day Parade in
Gatlinburg, Tenn., July 3, 2017.
An Air Force investigation found that a sheared rotary
crank and the boom operator’s failure to turn off a boom control switch
caused a KC-10 Extender’s refueling boom to completely fall off the
aircraft and crash into an Idaho field in November.
Three major Air Force acquisition programs saw greater
than 10 percent decreases in cost from 2015 to 2016, while the overall
F-35 program and key weapons acquisition program saw costs jump,
according to a new Pentagon report.
The US has both diplomatic and military options to respond to Russia’s violation
of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty within the scope
of the treaty itself, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen.
Paul Selva told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.
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