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  1. 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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    Hackers allegedly stole $100 million in intellectual property including software used in training Apache pilots. Here, an Army battle commander operates an Apache flight simulator. Terry Moore

    Hackers charged with stealing Apache training software

    Two members of what the Justice Department calls an 'international computer hacking ring' pleaded guilty to charges related to the theft of $100 million in intellectual property including software used to train Apache helicopter pilots.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
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    Brandon Bryant, 28, poses for a photo with his dog, Bayern, a Japanese mastiff, on Sept. 17 in Caras Park in Missoula, Mont. Bryant, a former sensor operator, manned the cameras for drone pilots at Air Force bases in Nevada and New Mexico for about five years. Bryant said he has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and that he still suffers from insomnia, depression and nightmares three years after he participated in his last mission. Lido Vizzutti / AP

    Emotional toll taxes military drone operators too

    President Barack Obama has assured Americans he opposes sending U.S.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
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    The epitome of stealth design, the destroyer Zumwalt is coming together at Bath Iron Works, Maine, and is expected to go to sea in the spring. At almost 16,000 tons, 610 feet long, about 81 feet abeam, the DDG 1000 is the largest destroyer in history. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    Meet the Zumwalt: The Navy's stealth destroyer will go to sea next spring

    The ship is plainly visible from Front Street, across the Route 1 bridge in downtown Bath. Nothing like this angular, almost hulking giant has ever been seen here, even after well over a century of shipbuilding at Bath Iron Works.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
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    Report: Iran builds surface-to-surface missile

    A news agency in Iran is reporting that the Islamic Republic has built a new surface-to-surface cruise missile capable of being launched from an airplane.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  2. The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departs Naval Station Norfolk on February 21, 2013. Navy / Getty Images

    Navy suspends most nuclear work at Norfolk

    Two safety violations by civilian workers have prompted the Navy to suspend most nuclear work at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
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    The Pentagon intends to take two F-35C models, shown here doing catapult launch tests at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, in 2013, to carrier trials in November. Lockheed Martin

    F-35 'on track' for carrier tests in November

    The F-35 joint strike fighter is on track to conduct trials aboard a US Navy aircraft carrier in November, but there are still variables as to what may be tested, the program's top official said today.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  3. Iran's deputy defense minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, poses with a newly made drone during an unveiling ceremony in Tehran. AFP/Getty Images

    Iran claims to have built an armed UAS

    The unmanned craft is equipped with missiles, according to a news agency.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
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    DARPA is looking for smaller, lighter wearable night vision devices. DoD

    DARPA seeks a better way to see in the dark

    An SBIR solicitation seeks smaller, lighter night vision wear.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
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    Corpsmen in California will soon receive a batch of 10 training dummies that writhe, bleed and ooze innards. Rob Curtis / Staff

    Pendleton corpsmen to get ultra-realistic combat trauma mannequin

    Corpsmen in California will soon have a new mannequin to help them train for tending to the grisliest of combat injuries.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
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    The MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system lands at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., on Sept. 18 after completing an 11-hour flight from California. Kelly Schindler/Navy

    Navy's Triton unmanned aircraft flies cross country

    The MQ-4C Triton is about 3,000 miles closer to the fleet after completing its first cross-country flight, demonstrating its potential to keep up with manned aircraft once it goes operational in three years.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  4. A new GAO report acknowledges attempts by the Pentagon to find ways to drive down sustainment costs of the F-35 joint strike fighter, but made it clear the agency disagrees with how the F-35 joint program office is moving forward on that issue. Lockheed Martin

    GAO questions F-35 sustainment estimates

    Sustainment estimates for the F-35 joint strike fighter may not be realistic and require further study before a plan is finalized, the government's watchdog wrote in a new report.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
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    An amphibious assault vehicle with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Ground Combat Element approaches Onslow Beach, N.C., in August. The Marines plans to upgrade AAVs while developing a smaller vehicle. Cpl. Mary M. Carmona / Marine Corps

    Marines upgrading, replacing amphibs under new strategy

    In line with the Marine Corps' new strategy document, 'Expeditionary Force 21,' future amphibious assaults could be launched 65 to 100 miles from shore, with small landing teams exploiting gaps in enemy defenses.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  5. Officials: U.S. drone kills 10 in northwest Pakistan

    A suspected U.S. drone fired four missiles at a vehicle carrying Uzbek and local militants in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border on Wednesday, killing 10 of them, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
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    Shipbuilders at Maine's Bath Iron Works have fired up one of the main turbines aboard the future USS Zumwalt, marking a milestone in construction of the stealthy warship. Navy

    Gas turbine fired up on stealthy warship in Maine

    Shipbuilders at Maine's Bath Iron Works have fired up one of the main turbines aboard the future USS Zumwalt, marking a milestone in construction of the stealthy warship.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
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    An F-22 Raptor displays its weapons bays in July. The Raptor took part in its first combat operation Monday over Syria. Staff Sgt. Jared Becker / US Air Force

    Analysis: Syria airstrikes introduce F-22's firepower to the world

    The F-22 Raptor has flown its first combat operation, a major milestone for the small air dominance fleet.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  6. President Obama is escorted by 89th Airlift Wing Commander Col. John Millard, as he transfers to from Marine One to Air Force One, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Tuesday for a trip to New York and the United Nations. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Manuel Balce Ceneta / The Associated Press

    Obama administration creates Korean land mine exception

    Three months after announcing its intention to largely comply with an international treaty banning land mines, the Obama administration on Tuesday carved out an exception for its stockpile of the weapons on the Korean Peninsula.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  7. F-22 Raptors from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, fly over Alaska May 26, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson) Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson / 3 Wing Public Affairs

    U.S. strikes inside Syria target two terror groups

    The U.S. military has launched airstrikes against two terrorist groups in Syria, using manned aircraft, drones and Tomahawk cruise missiles fired by Navy warships, according to U.S. Central Command.

    • Sep. 23, 2014
  8. The military services are developing specialized recruiting and training policies for the Defense Department's nascent cyber force, a new Pentagon report says. Tech. Sgt. Cecilio M. Ricardo Jr./Air Force

    As cyber force grows, manpower details emerge

    The military will need to expand its force of cyber warriors beyond plans for 6,200 personnel, and the individual services are hammering out the manpower-related details of precisely how to build that force from the ground up, according to a new Pentagon

    • Sep. 23, 2014
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    The Defense Department plans to stand up 133 operational cyberwarfare teams, an initiative that is fueling a tug-of-war between the active and reserve components that both want significant roles in that mission. Staff Sgt. Tracy J. Smith / Army

    Active, reserve components spar over 'sexy' cyber mission

    After months of bureaucratic battles, the Pentagon is finalizing a plan to give reservists a limited role in the evolving cyber force.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
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    Replacing the U-2 Dragon Lady with the unmanned Global Hawk is not optimal, but 'we'll make it work,' Air Combat Command chief Gen. Mike Hostage said. Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson / Air Force

    Air Combat Command chief reluctantly accepts Global Hawk over U-2

    While the plan to keep new, unmanned Global Hawks over the aging manned U-2 has support among top Defense Department officials, the top combat general in the Air Force says it is not the best military solution.

    • Sep. 21, 2014
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    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, foreground, flanked by Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, left, and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, announces the naming of a fast-attack submarine after the state of Vermont during a Sept. 17 ceremony in Burlington, Vt. The USS Vermont is the first U.S. Navy vessel to be named after the Green Mountain State in more than 100 years. Ryan Mercer / Burlington (Vt.) Free Press

    Newest attack sub named for Vermont

    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has named the 19th Virginia-class attack sub after the 'Freedom and Unity' state.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
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    A group of US congressmen are urging President Obama to support funding to develop a rocket engine that can lift the Atlas V launch vehicle and replace the Russian-produced RD-180 engine. Roger McCann/United Launch Alliance

    Congressmen to Obama: Support new rocket engine

    A bipartisan group of congressmen have written a letter to President Obama asking him to back funding for a new American-made rocket engine.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
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    A Boeing KC-46A prepares to refuel a B-1B bomber in flight in this artist's conception. The first flight of the KC-46 test aircraft has been pushed back to November. Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway / Air Force

    First flight delayed for KC-46A test aircraft

    The first flight of the KC-46A program's test aircraft has been pushed back until mid-to-late November, with the first next-generation tanker not expected to fly until April, the program's top officer said today.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
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    A conceptual image of the launch of the Counter-Electronics High Power Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP). NET Solutions Image/Air Force Research Lab

    Air Force expects to test counter-electronics missile in 2016

    On the convention center screen, an animated cruise missile flew over a shadowy cartoon city. A beam of high-power microwaves emitted from its nose and the target building went dark.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
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