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  1. This Oct. 12, 2008, file photo shows a U.S. U2 reconnaissance plane taking off at the U.S. airbase in Osan, south of Seoul, South Korea. The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and helped avert the world's nuclear annihilation a half century ago. Defense cuts now threaten to knock the high-flying reconnaissance aircraft out of the sky. Lee Jin-man / AP

    Spy plane outlasts Cold War, but not defense cuts

    The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
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    USS Port Royal (CG 73) undocks from Dry Dock 4 in 2009 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. The USS Port Royal, along with the USS Lake Erie and the USS Chosin, is among 11 Navy cruisers that will be placed on reduced operating status while they are modernized. Liane Nakahara / Navy

    Navy cruisers go into 'laid up' status at Pearl Harbor

    A 20-year-old guided-missile cruiser will join two other ships in 'laid up' status at Pearl Harbor.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Russians inspect Montana nuclear launch facilities

    Russian nuclear inspectors visited the U.S. amid heightened tensions between the two nations to verify that 18 nuclear missile launch facilities had been demolished as part of a 2011 arms control treaty, Air Force officials said Monday.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Completion of the submarine North Dakota, seen Nov. 2 just before its christening ceremony, is being delayed to address design and construction issues. Navy

    Delivery of submarine North Dakota delayed to Navy

    Problems with a parts supplier and the need to modify certain design features led the Navy to announce Wednesday that the commissioning of the new nuclear-powered attack submarine North Dakota won't take place at the end of May as scheduled.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  2. William Shatner, who portrayed Capt. James T. Kirk in the 'Star Trek' TV series and movies, sent a letter and signed photo to the crew of the Zumwalt, a newly christened Navy destroyer. Courtesy Barbara Zumwalt

    Famous Capt. Kirk honors real one at ship christening

    Good luck, from one Capt. Kirk to another.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  3. Operators aboard Australian navy vessel Ocean Shield move the U.S. Navy's Bluefin 21 Artemis autonomous underwater vehicle into position for deployment. MCS 1st Class Peter D. Blair / Navy

    Navy's robot sub continues search for missing Malaysian jet

    A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet continued its second seabed search on Wednesday as up to 14 planes were to take to the skies for some of the final sweeps of the Indian Ocean for floating debris from the ill-fated airliner.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  4. An Army AH-64D Apache attack helicopter lands aboard the afloat forward staging base Ponce in 5th Fleet in 2012. The Army is considering expanding operations off Navy ships. MC1 Jon Rasmussen / Navy

    Army explores sea-basing helos

    The Army is considering certifying some of its attack helicopters to operate from ships — a mission historically conducted by the Marine Corps — as the service looks to broaden the role it would play in an Asia-Pacific battle.

    • Apr. 13, 2014
  5. Zumwalt leaving dry dock. Navy

    New destroyer Zumwalt christened in Maine

    The Navy on Saturday christened the first ship of its newest class of destroyers, a more than $3 billion, 610-foot-long warship sporting advanced technology and a stealthy shape designed to minimize its visibility on enemy radar and reduce the size of its

    • Apr. 12, 2014
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    An artist's conception of a joint high speed vessel at sea with railgun installed. The Navy will test such a combination this summer. Navy illustration

    Railgun tests from ship set for '16

    The Navy will display electromagnetic railgun prototypes on the joint high speed vessel Millinocket in San Diego later this summer, and a manually loaded, single-shot live-fire demonstration aboard the vessel is scheduled for 2016.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
  6. Marines and sailors go ashore in Florida during the 2012 Partnership of the Americas exercise. Marines embarked with the amphibious assault ship America will participate in this year's version of the multinational exercise in Chile. Cpl. Tyler Thornhill/Marine Corps

    Marines to set sail around South America

    Marines will help test a new Navy amphibious assault ship's capabilities on its maiden transit from the ship yard in Mississippi all the way around South America to its new home in the Pacific — and they'll make several stops to engage with military partn

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    2Lt. Krystin Shanklin, one of the BATMAN team leads. Researchers are testing Google Glass for possible use in combat zones. Richard Eldridge/Air Force

    Air Force R&D group experiments with Google Glass

    Combat troops could get a new tool in the utility belt, thanks to BATMAN.

    • Apr. 11, 2014
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    Army cadet Brian Petty, left, watches data on a computers with fellow cadets Wednesday at the Cyber Research Center at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. Mel Evans / AP

    Call of cyber duty: Military academies take on the NSA

    If Douglas MacArthur or Ulysses S. Grant went to the U.S. Military Academy today, they might be testing their defensive skills hunched in front of a computer screen.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  7. An AH-64 Apache assigned with the US Army Europe's 12th Combat Aviation Brigade prepares for departure during a March 28 exercise. Gen. Frank Grass, the National Guard's top general, appeared resigned to a plan that moves all of the branch's AH-64 Apache helicopters into the active Army. Spc. Glenn M. Anderson / Army

    Guard chief: 'Decision made' on shifting Apaches to active Army

    The National Guard's top general on Tuesday appeared resigned to a plan that moves all of the branch's AH-64 Apache helicopters into the active Army.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
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    A sailor aboard the dock landing ship Ashland signals to an MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (Reinforced) as it takes off Nov. 22 to deliver supplies to the Philippines during Operation Damayan. U.S. relief efforts were hampered by the lack of available amphibious ships, according to the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps. Gunnery Sgt. Ismael Pena / Marine Corps

    Paxton: Lack of ships hurt typhoon relief mission in Philippines

    After a super typhoon swept through the Philippines last year, U.S. Marines and sailors arrived to bring aid, evacuate survivors and work to limit the death toll, which had climbed into the thousands.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
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    West Point cadets work inside a cyber lab. West Point is forming a cyber warfare brain trust at the academy. U.S. Military Academy at West Point

    Cyber warfare research institute to open at West Point

    The Army's academy has established a cyber warfare research institute to groom elite cyber troops and solve thorny problems for the Army and the nation in this new warfighting domain.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
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    Marines want new technology for post-Benghazi crisis-response missions

    The Marine Corps is testing hand-held tablet computers designed to give ground troops real-time target intelligence while en route to a raid point, and officials say the technological leap will change how the service carries out crisis-response missions in hostile parts of the world.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  8. The Air Force plans to save $3.5 billion over the next five years by retiring all A-10s, like this one shown in southern Iraq. Alan Lessig/staff

    Air Force leaders stand firm on plans to cut A-10, C-130s

    Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James on Wednesday defended plans to scrap the A-10 fleet and retire roughly 40 C-130s to skeptical lawmakers who cautioned against making radical force structure changes too quickly.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  9. Military drone crashes in Pa.

    Military officials say an unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone, crashed near a central Pennsylvania school and a hotel.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
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    An Atlas 5 rocket is launched April 3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Daniel Dreifuss / AP

    U.S. defense weather satellite launched at Vandenberg

    A U.S. military weather satellite was successfully launched into orbit early Thursday, the Air Force said.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
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    U.S. secretly built 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest

    The U.S. government masterminded the creation of a 'Cuban Twitter' — a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks, The Associated Press has learned.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
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    Mine resistant ambush protected vehicles are loaded onto the USNS Pililaau in 2007 at the seaport of Charleston, S.C. US Army

    Source: Pakistan already has U.S.-made MRAPs, new deal in works

    While controversy swirls over reports that Pakistan may receive some of the excess Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles that the United States has sitting in Afghanistan, American and Pakistani officials are on the verge of completing a deal to send n

    • Apr. 2, 2014
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    An autonomous underwater vehicle sits Sunday on the wharf at naval base HMAS Stirling in Perth, Australia, ready to be fitted to the Australian warship Ocean Shield to aid in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Rob Griffith/AP

    Deep water search for jet could turn on robot subs

    Two miles down or more and darker than night, the ocean becomes a particularly challenging place for human searchers.

    • Apr. 2, 2014
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    Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles are unloaded in 2009 from the MV Marilyn Vessel in the port of Antwerp, Belgium. Pierre-Etienne Courtejoie/Army

    Pakistan, Afghanistan, India all want leftover U.S. MRAPs

    The U.S. military has more Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles in Afghanistan that it can bring home — and Afghanistan, India and Pakistan are locked in a three-way competition for them, a former senior defense official said.

    • Apr. 1, 2014
  11. Sikorsky pays $3.5 million over Army cost claims

    Helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has agreed to pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations it violated federal law and inflated the cost of spare parts to the Army, federal prosecutors said Monday.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
  12. A column of U.S. Army mine-resistant armored vehicles (MRAPs) and Afghan National Army vehicles pass through a village in 2009 during a joint patrol in the Jalrez Valley in Afghanistan's Wardak Province. Maya Alleruzzo / AP

    U.S. says seeking buyers for old military equipment

    The United States is trying to sell or dispose of billions of dollars in military hardware, including sophisticated and highly specialized mine resistant vehicles as it packs up to leave Afghanistan after 13 years of war, officials said Monday.

    • Mar. 31, 2014
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