A nighttime rocket attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad injured one person and caused some material damage, staffers there said Jan. 27. The two staff members, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media, did not specify the injured person’s nationality or the severity of their wounds.
The imagery, taken Sunday by the commercial firm Planet and shared via the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, shows vehicles parked at a building used to assemble Iran's space rockets at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in northern Iran. A second group of vehicles is visible at a circular launch pad that was heavily damaged during failed launch preparations last year.
SpaceX has taken its protest of the Air Force Launch Service Agreement contracts to a California court. SpaceX is challenging the Air Force’s decision in October 2018 to award rocket development contracts to Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman, and United Launch Alliance.
All five crew members from a Navy MH-60S Seahawk helicopter were rescued when the aircraft crashed in the Philippine Sea on Jan. 25, Navy officials said. The aircraft, assigned to the amphibious command ship Blue Ridge, went down around 5:15 p.m. local time during routine operations, officials said in a news release.
The US conducted a turnover and dedication ceremony of a new C-130 hangar to the Nigerien Air Force at Nigerien Air Base 201 on Jan. 22.
Lockheed Martin has added Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to its board of directors, the company announced Jan. 24.
“It is well to remember that the real bill includes not just DOD spending but VA, intelligence, and more,” writes Patrick Collins, a former US European Command defence economist and a former Defense Intelligence Agency intelligence officer. “But those who would cut spending must also propose a new strategy.”
Tax season can be a dreaded time of year for many people, but the Defense Department's Military OneSource offers the MilTax program to ease filing stress for service members and their families. Active duty service members and their families, National Guard members and Reservists, survivors, and veterans who have left the service in the last 365 days all qualify to use the free MilTax program, which kicked off on Military OneSource on Jan. 22.
After a neighborhood was evacuated for nearly 24 hours when Stockton, Calif., police found apparent military explosives at a home, Travis Air Force Base officials said Jan. 24 the devices were replicas.