Boeing’s spacecraft Starliner, developed to fly astronauts, failed to achieve the goal of its critical flight test for NASA, when it was launched to space on Dec. 20. Starliner was supposed to fly to the International Space Station, deliver cargo, and return safely—to demonstrate its capabilities and safety. But the spacecraft will not dock with the space station after its autonomous flight-control system misfired shortly after the launch, putting Starliner in the wrong orbit.
The Senate voted the evening of Dec. 19 to confirm three senior Pentagon officials before the end of the year.
The Pentagon has created a “Cadre of Pricing Experts” to identify pricing trends for spare parts and suppliers that should be monitored to prevent a continued “assault on the American taxpayers,” according to chief weapons buyer Ellen Lord.
The Pentagon has completed re-screening all Saudi students in US military training programs following a deadly Dec. 6 shooting rampage at NAS Pensacola, Fla., Defense Department officials announced Dec. 19. No indications of additional threats have surfaced, they said.
A new study looking into the prevalence of stalking in the rank-and-file paints a grim picture of a military already fraught with questions that suggest a toxic culture. The report from the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, titled “An Examination of Stalking Experiences During Military Service Among Female and Male Veterans and Associations With PTSD and Depression,” analyzed responses by 1,733 veterans in an effort to understand not only the rate of stalking during military service, but the impact these experiences have on mental health.
The Senate on Dec. 19 unanimously approved a measure that would make it harder for Veterans Affairs Department doctors disciplined for medical mistakes to get new jobs, with lawmakers in both parties saying it would bring more accountability to VA and prevent veterans from receiving poor care.
After learning about a lost African American cemetery on property that existed before MacDill Air Force Base was built in Tampa in 1939, leaders at MacDill have released a plan to search for any lost graves that might remain. 10News research has found dozens of death certificates as well as newspaper articles that show the cemetery that existed as early as 1902.