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  1. Holding Pattern: US Army Gen. Charles Jacoby, commander of US Northern Command, said it's 'virtually impossible' to make strategic decisions due to budget uncertainty. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images

    After months on back burner, sequester fears return

    For the past three years, US military officials have frequently voiced opposition to defense budget caps that went into effect in 2013.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
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    More than half of the US Air Force's F-16D fleet has been grounded after cracks were discovered in a routine inspection. Chad Bellay / Lockheed Martin

    Air Force grounds 82 F-16Ds after cracks discovered

    The Air Force has grounded over half of its F-16D Fighting Falcons, the service's Air Combat Command (ACC) announced Tuesday.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  2. An X-47B lands the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt. MCSA Alex Millar/Navy

    Navy flies manned, unmanned carrier jets together for first time

    It was one small button push for man and one giant catapult launch for the Navy's unmanned air combat program Sunday as the X-47B flew its first takeoffs and landings with F/A-18s on the aircraft carrier Roosevelt.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
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    Army researchers test 3-D printed chow

    It sounds like science fiction, but the Army is taking a real look at 3-D printing food, an idea that may lead to customizable meals for the battlefield with nutrient yields tailor-made to the individual service member, on demand.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  3. Agency details proposed missile defense site in Maine

    Building a missile defense site in western Maine aimed at protecting the East Coast would mean upgrading some roads, building housing and a backup power plant, and scattering missile silos to accommodate hilly terrain, a defense official said.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
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    Indicator proteins glow under ultraviolet light on the leaves of the nicotiana benthamiana plant, which is a close relative of tobacco, as a means to assess the success of bacteria spread Thursday at Icon Genetics in Halle, Germany. Icon Genetics has developed a process to produce proteins and enzymes via the nicotiana benthamiana plant that will be used in the production of antibodies for ZMapp, which is being heralded as a possible cure to the ebola virus. Sean Gallup / Getty Images

    Detrick lab to study Ebola treatment

    Researchers at the Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick are planning a study on an experimental drug that was given to two American aid workers to treat the Ebola virus.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  4. An MQ-1 Predator armed with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile flies a training mission. The Pentagon is seeking additional funding for the program. US Air Force

    Defense panels hold up $7M funding shift for Hellfire missiles for now

    Two US Senate committees are holding up $7 million in new monies for the missile that has been America's munition of choice against al-Qaida.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
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    The second production F-35 is flown during an airframe loads envelope expansion mission June 11. Tom Reynolds / Lockheed Martin

    Further restrictions lifted for F-35 test fleet

    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter test fleet will be able to fly six hours between engine inspections for weapon test and refueling missions, as restrictions on the fifth-generation fighter continue to ease.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
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    Hearings focus on missile defense site in Maine

    Pentagon officials are coming to Maine this week to discuss a proposal to build a missile defense site.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  5. An F-22 Raptor moves into position for midair refueling during Red Flag 14-3 in July. The newest generation of aircraft, such as F-22s and F-35s, cannot practice all of their capabilities at Red Flag, says Gen. Mike Hostage, the outgoing head of Air Combat Command. Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler / Air Force

    Hostage: Virtual training needed to address limits of Red Flag

    As fifth-generation fighters outgrow the Air Force's premiere combat training exercise, the service should look to virtual training for pilots to test the limits of the F-22 and F-35, the outgoing head of Air Combat Command said.

    • Aug. 10, 2014
  6. An F/A-18C Hornet strike fighter from Strike Fighter Squadron 15 lands aboard the aircraft carrier George H. W. Bush in the Persian Gulf on July 29. The carrier is carrying 44 strike fighters. MC3 Joshua Card / US Navy

    U.S. Naval forces on station in Gulf region

    US Navy and Marine forces already are on station in the Middle East, part of the US policy of keeping a carrier strike group and an amphibious ready group in the region.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
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    The Textron AirLand Scorpion doesn't yet have a buyer, but that hasn't stopped the plane from taking part in a major National Guard training exercise this week. Textron

    In a marketing coup, Scorpion joins Guard exercise

    The Textron AirLand Scorpion doesn't yet have a buyer, but that hasn't stopped the plane from taking part in a major National Guard training exercise this week.

    • Aug. 7, 2014
  7. In this handout provided by Samaritan's Purse, Dr. Kent Brantly, right, one of the two Americans who contracted Ebola, works at an Ebola isolation ward at a mission hospital outside of Monrovia, Liberia. Brantly arrived on U.S. soil after contracting the deadly disease and is showing signs of improvement as he is treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. A second American, Nancy Writebol, is expected to arrive in the U.S. for treatment as well. The two Americans worked for North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse, an evangelical Christian humanitarian relief organization, where they were treating Ebola patients at a Liberian hospital. Getty Images

    U.S. gov't, military had role in experimental Ebola drug

    Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year, thanks to a longstanding research program by the U.S.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
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    Fort Gordon, Ga., hosted a multiservice cyber exercise in June that included active-duty, National Guard and reserve troops. Staff Sgt. Tracy J. Smith/Army

    In supersecret cyberwar game, civilian-sector techies pummel active-duty cyberwarriors

    When the military's top cyberwarriors gathered last year inside a secretive compound at Fort Meade, Maryland, for a classified war game exercise, a team of active-duty troops faced off against several teams of reservists.

    • Aug. 4, 2014
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    A P-8A Poseidon assigned to Patrol Squadron 16 returns to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., on July 16, wrapping up its first operational deployment. Clark Pierce/Navy

    Poseidon completes debut deployment

    The inaugural deployment of the P-8A Poseidon is now in the books.

    • Aug. 2, 2014
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    Marines return from familiarizing themselves with a Kaman K1200, or 'K-MAX,' unmanned helicopter during initial testing in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in May 2011. The K-MAX may get shelved for good, now that it's returned from the combat zone. Cpl. Lisa Tourtelot/Marines Corps

    K-MAX cargo drone home from Afghanistan, headed to storage

    The Marines' unmanned cargo chopper is headed for storage now that its time in combat is over.

    • Aug. 2, 2014
  8. Photograph of the gas mask, storage can, and collection tag from our eBay listing where the item was rediscovered. Photo courtesy Presidential Pawn Shop

    Stolen WWI gas mask found in pawn shop

    A World War I gas mask stolen from the Wyoming Capitol and missing for almost a century is on display in Cheyenne again after a South Dakota pawn shop donated it back to the state.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
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    An F-35A from Edwards AFB, California, flies on Feb. 7. Lockheed Martin

    Welsh defends F-35, calls it 'the answer, the only answer, to ensure' air superiority

    Despite ongoing restrictions on the fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force's top general warned against being 'alarmist' when discussing the fifth-generation jet's engine.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
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    The Pentagon has relaxed flight restrictions on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet. Tom Reynolds / Lockheed Martin

    Some F-35 flight restrictions lifted

    The Pentagon has lifted some flight restrictions on F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, while inspections will continue for the foreseeable future, according to a Defense Department official.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
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    2 military satellites launched on Delta 4 rocket

    A Delta 4 rocket has lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying two satellites for the U.S. Air Force.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  9. Wyoming Air Guard looks to improve planes

    Wyoming Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner has joined other Guard leaders around the country in asking Congress to approve upgrades to older transport planes.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
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    The Norwegian frigate Fridtjof Nansen launched a Naval Strike Missile July 10 during a successful test near Hawaii. A US Navy littoral combat ship will conduct a test launch of the missile in September off California. Forsvaret

    LCS to conduct test of Norwegian missile

    The littoral combat ship USS Coronado will get a chance at an historic LCS first this fall when it launches a surface-to-surface missile in tests off Southern California.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  10. The wreckage of the SS Robert E. Lee rests on the floor at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico in this undated photo made available by the Ocean Exploration Trust. The U.S. vessel was sunk by a German submarine during World War II. AP Photo/Ocean Exploration Trust

    Surveys explore U-boat wreckage in Gulf of Mexico

    The photos taken nearly a mile under the Gulf of Mexico are so clear that small holes are visible in a lifeboat that may have gone down or been scuttled when a passenger ship was sunk by a Nazi submarine in 1942.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
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    Gen. John Campbell, the Army's vice chief of staff and nominee to lead U.S. forces in Afghanistan. John Milburn / AP

    Army intelligence system pulled from key test

    Army officials have withdrawn their intelligence network from a major testing exercise this fall because of software glitches, in the latest setback for the troubled system.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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    A convoy of PLS and M915 Army trucks gets a test at Fort Hood, Texas. Testers were sometimes in the driver seats, but the vehicles were operated robotically. Lockheed Martin

    Army working on taking the drivers out of its vehicles

    The Army and Marine Corps are pursuing futuristic driverless vehicle technology that would free troops to do other things like watch for ambushes and roadside bombs.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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