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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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    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
  1. Mabus thanks Electric Boat for sub cost cuts

    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has thanked Electric Boat and its workers for helping drive down the cost of building big-ticket submarines.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  2. The crew of the cutter Hamilton take part in a ceremony on the flight deck at the Ingalls Shipbuilding yard in Pascagoula, Miss., Monday. The Hamilton is the fourth of eight planned ships in the Coast Guard's Legend-class of technologically advanced multi-mission cutters. PO3 Carlos Vega/Coast Guard

    Hamilton crew excited to get maiden voyage underway

    The crew of the national security cutter Hamilton stood the ship's first watch Monday, following a ceremony and celebration for the ship's delivery to the Coast Guard.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
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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
  3. Court says NCIS computer search was illegal, tosses porn conviction

    A federal appeals court has tossed out a man's child-pornography conviction and 18-year prison sentence because of illegal government surveillance.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  4. 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
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    The deckhouse and helicopter hangar for the second Zumwalt-class destroyer were built at a shipyard in Mississippi and arrived by barge at Bath Iron Works in Maine on Friday. The structure will house radar and sensors, along with the bridge and combat operations center. Navy

    Deckhouse for Zumwalt-class destroyer arrives in Maine

    A composite deckhouse for the second Zumwalt-class destroyer has arrived at Bath Iron Works in Maine.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  5. 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
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    The X-47B testing was an important step in the Navy's push to advance its aerial strike and surveillance technology. Service officials want to figure out where unmanned capabilities can enhance a carrier air wing's effectiveness. MCSA Alex Millar/Navy

    Unmanned jet completes successful week at sea

    The Navy's unmanned carrier jet program wrapped up a week of testing aboard the carrier Theodore Roosevelt on Aug. 24, flying the X-47B in a pattern with manned aircraft and testing the system's ability to operate aboard an underway flat top.

    • Sep. 7, 2014
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    Sailors assigned to Submarine Development Squadron 5 prepare Large Training Vehicle 38, an unmanned undersea vehicle at Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport, Wash. The drone is capable of line-of-sight and over-the-horizon communications in support of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. MC2 Justin A. Johndro/Navy

    Sailors to pilot 27-foot drone for training

    The submarine development folks at Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport in Washington state have a new toy: an unmanned drone that can dive a half mile under the waves with battery power that lasts out to 72 hours.

    • Sep. 6, 2014
  6. 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
  7. Friends and family cheer Wednesday as they greet crewmembers from the attack sub La Jolla, which returned to Pearl Harbor following its final deployment. MC1 Jason Swink / Navy

    Sub La Jolla returns from final cruise

    The attack submarine La Jolla pulled into Pearl Harbor Wednesday on a sunny day tinged with a sense of finality: The crew was bringing their sub home from its final deployment, a 6-month Western Pacific cruise.

    • Sep. 4, 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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    PCU North Dakota goes through sea trials on Aug. 18 in the Atlantic Ocean ahead of its Oct. 25 commissioning. The sub can launch cruise missiles, deliver special forces personnel and carry out surveillance. It is the first Navy vessel to carry the name North Dakota in a century. AP

    Submarine North Dakota put through sea trials

    The Navy has put the $2.6 billion submarine named North Dakota through tests to determine its seaworthiness and capabilities, ahead of its late-October commissioning.

    • Sep. 2, 2014
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    The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences has purchased two of Lockheed Martin's FORTIS exoskeletons for testing and evaluation in the Navy. Courtesy of Lockheed Martin

    Coming up the gangway: Sailors in exoskeletons

    Anyone who saw Ripley defeat the alien queen in the 1986 film 'Aliens' knows how badass exoskeleton technology can be.

    • Aug. 31, 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
  8. The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga has left its port in Rhode Island for its final journey to Texas, where it will be scrapped. PH3 Bruce W. Moore / Navy

    USS Saratoga carrier heads off to be scrapped

    The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga left its port in Rhode Island on Thursday for its final journey to Texas, where it will be scrapped.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  9. 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
  10. Veterans of the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga salute the vessel during a farewell ceremony Aug. 8 at Naval Station Newport in Newport, R.I. The Saratoga will soon be towed to Texas to be dismantled. Jennifer McDermott / AP

    USS Saratoga to be hauled away, scrapped

    The decommissioned USS Saratoga aircraft carrier is set to be hauled away from Rhode Island and brought to Texas to be scrapped.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  11. 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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