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Navy Grounds 175 Saudi Flight Students After Pensacola Attack


The Navy has grounded more than 300 Saudi military exchange students from flight training, the service said Dec. 10. The move comes after a Saudi student pilot killed three US sailors at Naval Air Station Pensacola, the Florida base where he was undergoing training.

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North Korea Tested Rocket Engine at Tongchang-ri, Says South Korean Defense Minister

Jane's Defence Weekly

South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo said on Dec. 10 that the test conducted by North Korea three days earlier at its Sohae Satellite Launch Station (also known as the Tongchang-ri or Dongchang-ri Missile and Space Launch Facility) was of a rocket engine: the first official confirmation by the South Korean government in this regard.

OPINION: The Pentagon Is Ignoring Small Innovators

Defense One

“That’s why I’m proposing a law to give promising small firms an advocate inside the Defense Department,” writes Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), a member of the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee.

US Tightens Space Debris Standards; Keeps 25-Year Cap

Breaking Defense

The long-awaited revision of the rules for managing dangerous space junk set new, more restrictive operational standards for US satellite operators—including the Pentagon. However, the new rules stop short of changing the central prohibition on the time post-mission debris can remain in orbit from the current 25 years.

A New Law Could Finally Force DOD to Compensate Troops Who Suffered from Military Doctors' Mistakes

Task and Purpose

The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act would allow service members to seek compensation when military doctors make mistakes that harm them, but they would still be unable to file medical malpractice lawsuits against the federal government. If the President signs the NDAA into law, it would mark the first time in nearly seven decades that US military personnel have had legal recourse to seek payment from the military in cases of medical malpractice.

Court Rules Vets Exposed to Radiation from 1966 Nuke Disaster Can Sue for Benefits

Air Force Times

An appeals court on Dec. 6 ruled that elderly disabled veterans who were exposed to ionizing radiation while cleaning up a 1966 nuclear bomb disaster in Spain are eligible to sue for disability benefits for their related illnesses in a class action suit. The US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims issued a 6-3 decision in the case Skaar v. Wilkie certifying the class of veterans, who have been denied disability benefits for illnesses they have suffered as a result of their service in Palomares, Spain.

Wisconsin Guard Leader Resigns in Wake of Sex Assault Review

Associated Press via 8 News Now

The commander of the Wisconsin National Guard agreed to resign at Gov. Tony Evers’ request Dec. 9, following the release of a scathing federal report that found the Guard defied federal law, regulations, and policies for years over the handling of soldiers’ sexual assault and harassment complaints.

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Commanding Space: The Story Behind the Space Force

CSIS Aerospace Security Project

This featured documentary from the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Aerospace Security Project and iDeas Lab highlights the history of space reorganization and showcases several perspectives of the Trump administration’s Space Force proposal.