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    Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney believes it could begin retrofit fixes by November for the engine issue that caused an F-35A to catch fire this summer. Tom Reynolds/Lockheed Martin

    Pratt: F-35 fix could begin installation before end of year

    Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney believes it could begin retrofit fixes by November for the engine issue that caused an F-35A to catch fire this summer.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  1. Man who tried to sell secrets to China sentenced

    A former Air Force employee who tried to sell classified information about a military satellite network to China has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  2. A tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey prepares to land aboard the future amphibious assault ship USS America. Navy

    Meet the 'mini-Marine carrier' set to revolutionize Corps aviation

    About 1,500 Marines and sailors have been busily testing the capabilities of the Navy's newest amphibious assault ship during a two-month transit in a region that rarely sees a warship of this size.

    • Sep. 7, 2014
  3. In this photo from February, members of the Box Elder County Sheriff's Office fly their search and rescue drone during a demonstration in Brigham City, Utah. Universities and colleges, such as Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, are developing academic programs focused on the technology to operate unmanned aerial systems. Rick Bowmer/ / The Associated Press

    Ohio college becoming leader in drone technology

    Officials with an Ohio community college say it has taken another step toward positioning itself as a national leader in drone technology research.

    • Sep. 5, 2014
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    The first multi-ship flight with all three F-35 variants on Nov.19. The US Air Force general in charge of the Joint Strike Fighter program is warning that there is a danger of missing deadlines if his test fleet of aircraft are not flying regularly by the end of September. Lockheed Martin

    F-35 head: Delays coming if test planes grounded through September

    The head of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is warning that there is a real danger of missing deadlines if his test fleet of aircraft are not flying regularly by the end of September.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
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    John Hall, president and CEO of Voxtec International, demonstrates his company's real-time translation system Sept. 3 during a media opportunity at the U.S. Southern Command headquarters in Doral, Fla. Wilfredo Lee / AP

    SOUTHCOM showing off new disaster-relief gear

    Drones, portable network systems and wearable, real-time translation devices are among the new equipment U.S. military officials hope will improve communications during disaster relief and humanitarian assistance missions.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
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    A Marine ties a tourniquet on an advanced simulator during a combat training exercise at Camp Johnson, N.C. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has long pressed for the military to use such simulators in place of live animals in medical instruction and survival training. Cpl. Bryce J. Burton/Marine Corps

    PETA presses Hagel to stop use of live animals in training

    Animal-rights advocates are asking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to end the use of live animals in military medical training.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
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    Officials say an engine fix is near at hand for the F-35, following a June fire. Matthew Short / Lockheed Martin

    USAF chief: Pratt close to developing F-35 engine fix

    Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney is close to performing tests on a potential design change for its F135 engine following a June incident that led to the devastation of an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
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    Engaging the Enemy: A Special Forces soldier fires a Carl Gustav after receiving small-arms fire in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on March 8. Spc. Sara Wakai/Army

    SOCOM orders more 84mm recoilless rifles

    Special Operations Command has signed a contract worth up to $187 million for the purchase of more Carl Gustav recoilless rifles and ammunition from Swedish defense firm Saab.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
  4. About 1,800 new laser dazzlers are expected to be fielded as the Marine Corps revises its array of non-lethal weapons. The new dazzler, called the Ocular Interruption System, will replace older versions like this one, shown attached to a machine gun. Wikimedia Commons

    Corps to field new lighter, smaller warning lasers

    The Marine Corps has awarded a multimillion dollar contract to two companies for the production of the latest addition to its suite of non-lethal weapons — laser dazzlers called the Ocular Interruption System.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  5. A prototype helmet with jaw protection and visor is undergoing testing. David Kamm / Natick Soldier Research

    Research raises concerns for new helmet design

    Tests by Navy researchers on a new Army and Marine helmet design, complete with a visor and a jaw protector, showed blast waves could bounce off the added components and produce unexpected pressure, according to a recent research paper.

    • Aug. 24, 2014
  6. 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
  7. 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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    Here's what every Marine should know about 3-D printed food

    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. 16, 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
  9. 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
  10. Marines from 2nd Light Amphibious Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, drive to a checkpoint during Cold Response 14, a multinational and multilateral exercise in northern Norway that brings together nearly 16,000 service members from 16 nations. Sgt. Tatum Vayavananda/Marines Corps

    Marines to load new prepositioning gear into Norway caves

    Climate-controlled caves in Norway will house a new stock of Marine military gear and vehicles in August, and Marines will return unusable equipment to the U.S.

    • Aug. 12, 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
  11. 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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    F-35B Lightning II joint strike fighter Operations Officer and Pilot Maj. Adam Levine from the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., preflights his jet before conducting a local training mission Sept. 18, 2012, over the Emerald Coast. DoD

    Corps' iPad-generation pilots will unlock F-35 capabilities

    The Marine Corps is preparing for a surge in the combat capability of the Navy-Marine air/ground expeditionary force. The first squadron destined for initial operational capability of the F-35B is the '

    • Aug. 7, 2014
  12. 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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    Unmanned aircraft were tracked and destroyed during Black Dart, a counter unmanned aerial systems demonstration run by the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization. The demonstration was designed to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the military's counter-UAS capabilities. Josh Stewart/Staff

    Modified UAVs raise concerns for infantry

    The next big threat to American forces might be a flying IED.

    • Aug. 2, 2014

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