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The Department of Defense has decided to keep its air navigation secrets ... well ... secret. The DoD's National Geospatial Intelligence Agency will no longer allow the public to snoop in its aeronautical navigation publications and Web sites. The idea is to keep would-be terrorists from having "unfettered access to air facility data" and to prevent the DoD from competing with private-sector suppliers of similar information...

There's a building boom in Arkansas. Airports all over the state are expanding or renovating to provide much-needed hangar space. The current hangar shortage is so acute that some civic leaders are worried about the impact on businesses...

The Pentagon has reopened a $20 billion contract to supply air-to-air refueling aircraft. Boeing won the original competition but an investigation revealed hanky-panky in the bidding process. Airbus will be back in the race...

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