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  1. Families watched as the destroyer Michael Murphy leaves Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on its first cruise, an independent Western Pacific deployment, on Monday. MC2 Tiarra Fulgham/Navy

    Destroyer Michael Murphy leaves on first cruise

    The destroyer Michael Murphy left Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Monday on its maiden cruise: an independent deployment to the Western Pacific that also marked a first for many of the ship's crew.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    The USS Detroit is christened Oct. 18 at the Marinette Marine Corp. shipyard in Marinette, Wis. Rick Gebhard / AP

    Future USS Detroit christened in Wisconsin

    The Navy has christened a warship named after Michigan's largest city.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
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    New Power Plant? The Air Force is looking at putting new engines on its B-52 fleet, but budget challenges will likely keep it from happening. Airman 1st Class Mozer Da Cunha/ / US Air Force

    Air Force strike chief urges B-52 engine replacement

    The head of U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command wants the service to consider installing new engines on its aging B-52 fleet, but budget realities could intervene.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
  2. The omniphobic-coated fabric significantly lowers dirt and dust attraction, and repels water, oil and many liquid chemicals. David J. Kamm/Army

    Army tests super-repellent uniform

    Army researchers have developed a no-stick, no-stain, no-stink coating that could all but eliminate the need for soldiers to wash their uniforms — and it's going commercial before it goes on your ACU.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
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    New Way To Thwart IEDs: JIEDDO and the US Army are testing out robots that may do a better job of keeping IEDs out of culverts than the low-tech bars in current use. Here, Marines in Afghanistan's Helmand province install a 'culvert denial system,' comprised of two metal-bar grates, in March. Sgt. Jessica Ostroska/ / US Marines

    JIEDDO, Army test underground robots

    The Army Research Lab and the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) have just wrapped up a critical new test of small ground and air unmanned assets aimed at detecting improvised explosive devices in culverts in subterranean environments, and officials s

    • Oct. 17, 2014
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    Lockheed Martin concept for a US Navy Small Surface Combatant. Lockheed Martin

    Hagel briefed on new Navy surface ship, but no decisions yet

    The Navy's senior leadership briefed top Pentagon officials Oct. 6 on proposals for a new Small Surface Combatant (SSC), but no decisions have been made, said the U.S. military's top spokesman.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
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    This June 16, 2012, file image from video made available by the Vandenberg Air Force Base shows an infrared view of the X-37B unmanned spacecraft landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The purpose of the U.S. military's space plane is classified, only fueling speculation about why it has been orbiting Earth for nearly two years on this, its third mission. The plane is expected to land this week at a Southern California Air Force base. AP

    Up in the sky, a mystery space plane — but why?

    What looks like a mini space shuttle, can fly itself for millions of miles and goes by the name X-37B?

    • Oct. 16, 2014
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    Planning for More: The first double V-hull Strykers arrive at Fort Carson, Colorado, in February. Money for a fourth brigade of the upgraded Strykers was not included in the original fiscal 2015 Army budget request. Army

    Army waiting for Hill OK to build upgraded Strykers

    The Army has found enough friends on Capitol Hill to fund a fourth brigade of double V-hull (DVH) eight-wheeled Stryker vehicles, service officials said.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
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    Decisions about the Future Fighting Vehicle program could lead to the Bradley, here being driven in east Baghdad, either being replaced or improved. Staff Sgt. Bronco Suzuki/Army

    Army explores its armored vehicle options

    Nearly a year after the Army canceled the Ground Combat Vehicle, officials defended the program as on-budget and called the decision to scuttle it a pragmatic move to improve further-along armored vehicle programs with available money.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    The F-35 joint program office (JPO) announced Tuesday evening that it has reached an agreement with engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney on two key milestones — identifying the root cause of an engine issue that caused a fire in June, and on a contract for the next lot of engines for the stealthy fighter. Air Force

    Pentagon, Pratt cut deal for F-35 engines, modifications

    The F-35 joint program office (JPO) announced Tuesday evening that it has reached an agreement with engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney on two key milestones — identifying the root cause of an engine issue that caused a fire in June, and on a contract for

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Soldiers in Alaska will test new gear this winter to include sleep systems, tentage and a team stove. John Pennell/US Army

    Army to test new jungle, cold-weather gear

    The US Army will launch two extensive gear tests in the coming months in two very different locales: the humid tropics of Hawaii and the harsh Alaskan landscape.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  3. The Obama administration is accelerating cybersecurity efforts within federal agencies and in the sectors responsible for critical infrastructure, said Michael Daniel, White House cybersecurity coordinator. Mike Morones

    White House working around cyber bill impasse

    The White House's top cybersecurity official said it's not more power the Obama administration is after — it's getting organizations involved to head in the same direction.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  4. Staff Sgt. Myles McCadney, 7th Military Information Support Operations Battalion (Airborne), highlighted results from psychological operations in Uganda. Mike Morones / Staff

    Army: Messaging leads to mass defections from Kony

    Defections from Joseph Kony's Army spiked in the summer of 2014, in large part due to U.S. messaging from the air and across the radio waves.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
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    DARPA is looking for smaller, lighter wearable night vision devices. Staff Sgt. Jerry Saslav / Army

    Next-gen night vision would enable troops to see farther, clearer

    The basic technology behind night vision gear has been in place for decades, though advancements in that technology have allowed soldiers to see farther and clearer in the dark.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  5. U.S. Marines arrive Thursday to take part in Operation United Assistance near Monrovia, Liberia. Some 90 Marines arrived on KC-130 transport planes and MV-22 Ospreys to support the American effort to contain the Ebola epidemic. The vanguard of a U.S. military force set about building a hospital for stricken health workers. John Moore / Getty Images

    U.S. troops build hospital in Liberia in Ebola fight

    The vanguard of a U.S. military force set about building a hospital for stricken health workers as Liberian lawmakers debated Friday whether to grant President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf more power amid the Ebola epidemic.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  6. Sgt. Joel Miick, left, and Spc. Michael Potts don gas masks while training Thursday with the rest of the 36th Engineer Brigade at Fort Hood on how to put on protective clothing and gloves. The brigade is set to deploy to Liberia as part of Operation United Assistance where they will be building temporary medical facilities in helping the country fight the Ebola virus outbreak. Kin Man Hui / AP

    Training changes as US troops head to West Africa

    Forgoing combat rifles and body armor, U.S. troops preparing to fight Ebola in Liberia were instead stepping gingerly Thursday into white germ-proof suits and pulling on thick, blue rubber gloves and gas masks.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
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    A Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile is launched from the littoral combat ship Coronado during missile testing operations off the coast of Southern California on Sept. 23. MC2 Zachary D. Bell/Navy

    Navy eyes new anti-ship missile

    It's been nearly 40 years since the Navy started its relationship with the Harpoon missile, but now the service seems to have eyes for another surface-to-surface anti-ship missile: A younger, more agile Norwegian.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  7. An Afghan Air Force G222, designated C-27A by the US government, at Kabul International Airport in July 2011. Staff Sgt. Matthew Smith/Air Force

    DLA junks multimillion planes for Afghan Air Force, sells scrap for 6 cents a pound

    Sixteen unusable transport aircraft that the U.S. government bought for the Afghan Air Force have been scrapped for pennies on the dollar, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
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    The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle taxis in a 2010 test. Air Force

    NASA: Secret X-37B space plane will use shuttle hangars

    NASA today confirmed long-known plans for a secretive military space plane program to take over the use of two former shuttle hangars at Kennedy Space Center.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
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    Sikorsky hopes to conduct the first flight of its newly unveiled S-97 Raider this year. The helicopter is roughly 11,000 pounds with room for six troops for combat assault missions; if those troops aren't needed, that space Sikorsky

    Sikorsky unveils prototype helo slated to replace Kiowa fleet

    Sikorsky unveiled its first S-97 Raider prototype Thursday, kicking off the test flight phase of the experimental helicopter program.

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  8. Suspected US drone strike kills 10 militants in Pakistan

    Two suspected U.S. drone strikes on Taliban compounds in a Pakistani tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Tuesday killed at least 10 militants, officials said.

    • Oct. 7, 2014
  9. U.S. military to put up tent at Liberia Ebola clinic

    Poor infrastructure, difficulties with equipment and torrential rains have slowed work for the U.S.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
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    An unmanned seven meter rigid hulled inflatable boat operates autonomously during an Office of Naval Research demonstration of swarmboat technology on Aug. 12 held on the James River in Newport News, Va. John F. Williams / Navy via AP

    Navy: Self-guided unmanned patrol boats make debut

    Self-guided unmanned patrol boats that can leave warships they’re protecting and swarm and attack potential threats on the water could join the Navy’s fleet within a year, defense officials say, adding the new technology could one day help stop attacks like the deadly 2000 bombing of the USS Cole off Yemen.

    • Oct. 5, 2014
  10. World Health Organization workers deal with a 2012 Ebola outbreak. Isaac Kasamani/AFP via Getty Images

    Pentagon opens Ebola-testing lab in Liberia

    U.S. troops opened an Ebola-testing laboratory in Liberia Thursday, the first of several medical facilities it has sent to battle the virus in Africa.

    • Oct. 3, 2014
  11. A Cougar 4x4 Medium Mine Protected Vehicle. Courtesy photo

    Tab for trucks Pentagon doesn't need could top $100M

    The Army and Marine Corps may have wasted more than $100 million returning vehicles from Afghanistan that they don't need over just a one-year period, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday.

    • Oct. 1, 2014

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