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    The F-35C is scheduled to make its first trap on the carrier Nimitz on Nov. 3. Layne Laughter/Navy

    Navy F-35 starts first sea trials with new tailhook

    If all goes according to plan, the F-35C Lightning II jet will roar into its first flattop trap Nov. 3 as news cameras roll, an event 17 years in the making.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
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    Military athletes mingle at the 2014 Warrior Games. New advances in sensor technology are leading to prosthetic limbs with potential for better fit and greater comfort for wounded warriors. Mike Morones/Staff

    New prosthetic limb may prevent chafing, swelling

    Prosthetic technology has come a long way in the last few decades, offering state-of-the-art robotic arms, carbon-fiber blades and joints that contain microchips and processors.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
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    Pakistani protesters from the United Citizen Action group shout slogans and burn a U.S. flag as they demonstrate Oct. 8 against U.S drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal region in Multan. S.S. Mirza / AFP via Getty Images

    Drone strike kills 2 militants in northwest Pakistan

    Suspected U.S. drone-fired missiles struck a house early on Thursday in a restive tribal region in northwest Pakistan, killing two militants, officials said.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
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    This still image from NASA video shows an Orbital Sciences Corporation unmanned spacecraft exploding Oct. 28 at Wallops Island, Virginia, six seconds after launch on a resupply mission to the International Space Station. AFP

    Unmanned Antares rocket explodes on launch

    An unmanned rocket headed for the International Space Station to deliver supplies exploded on launch from Wallops Island, Va., Tuesday.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  1. A new official Navy SEAL app tests your fitness for the grueling entrance test to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training, shown here in a 2010 surf passage exercise, one of the many arduous training sessions SEAL candidates must endure. MC2 Kyle D. Gahlau/Navy

    Official SEAL app gut-checks your fitness

    Think you've got what it takes to be a Navy SEAL? If you want to test your mettle, the Navy is about to drop an app for that.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
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    The USNS Henry J. Kaiser, center, conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the amphibious dock landing ship Comstock, left, and amphibious assault ship Makin Island in August. The Comstock later developed engine problems in the Arabian Gulf and briefly pulled into Bahrain for parts and a technician. MC2 Lawrence Davis/Navy

    Comstock diesel engine fixed mid-cruise

    The dock landing ship Comstock is back on the front lines in the Arabian Gulf after some serious engine trouble mid-deployment.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
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    An F-35B and F-35C fly in formation. Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed, Pentagon agree on eighth F-35 lot

    Lockheed Martin has reached an agreement with the Pentagon to procure the eighth lot of F-35 joint strike fighters, including the first stealthy jets for Israel and Japan.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
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    Phoenix Air is a company that uses a portable isolation unit the Pentagon says is similar to what it is developing. Phoenix Air

    Pentagon builds isolation units to transport Ebola patients

    As more U.S. troops head to West Africa, the Pentagon is developing portable isolation units that can carry up to 12 Ebola patients for transport on military planes.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
  2. The crew disembarks Oct. 25 after taking positions on board for the commissioning of the U.S. Navy attack submarine USS North Dakota (SSN 784) at the Navy submarine base in Groton, Conn. USS North Dakota is a $2.6 billion attack submarine is capable of launching Tomahawk cruise missiles, delivering special forces and carrying out surveillance over land and sea. Sean D. Elliot / AP

    Navy's newest sub, USS North Dakota, joins fleet

    The Navy's newest attack submarine was commissioned Saturday at Naval Submarine Base New London, where 2,400 guests gathered to welcome USS North Dakota to the fleet and salute its crew.

    • Oct. 25, 2014
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    The Pentagon is developing isolation pods for the C-17 Globemaster aircraft to carry up to 15 service members should they contract Ebola while supporting Operation United Assistance in Africa. Staff Sgt. Andy M. Kin / Air Force

    Isolation pods will carry troops if they get Ebola

    The Pentagon is developing isolation pods for the C-17 Globemaster aircraft to carry up to 15 service members should they contract Ebola while supporting Operation United Assistance in Africa.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  3. Berthings aboard Virginia-class attack submarines will be reconfigured to accommodate female sailors, an official said Thursday. Here, Electronics Technician 1st Class Kevin Watson conducts a roving security check aboard the attack sub North Carolina, one of the in-service subs to be retrofitted. MC3 Liam Kennedy/U.S. Navy

    Virginia subs to get berthing changes for female crew

    Sub designers are puzzling out how to fit enlisted women into the berthings on the Virginia-class attack submarines already in the force.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
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    The Samsung Galaxy 5.5 features a fingerprint sensor for security. Getty Images

    U.S. OKs Samsung devices for classified data

    For the first time, the government will allow devices made for the consumer market to handle classified information.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
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    Attack submarines are seeing maintenance delays from budget cuts and staffing shortfalls that the service might never be able to make up, the Navy's top maintenance official said Tuesday. Here, attack sub La Jolla leaves Pearl Harbor in mid-October; it is to be decommissioned and converted into a moored training ship. MC1 Jason Swink / Navy

    3-star: Delays growing in fixing attack submarines

    The Navy's top maintenance official warned that the service is 'in a tail-chase' to get submarines and ships the overhauls they need, with some running much longer than foreseen.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  4. 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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    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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    An E-2D Advanced Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 125 banks over Naval Station Norfolk. VAW-125 will be the first squadron to deploy with the E-2D. MC2 Ernest R. Scott / Navy

    New Navy E-2D aircraft goes operational

    The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye has been declared to be operational, meaning that deployment training for the Navy's newest airborne warning and control aircraft can begin in earnest.

    • 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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    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
  5. 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
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    During the construction phase the catapult troughs are covered to protect them from the elements as the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System is installed. MC1 Davis Anderson / Navy

    Crew's ship: Sailors' comfort a centerpiece of new supercarrier Ford

    Electromagnetic catapults and a soaring $13 billion price tag get most headlines, but it is a variety of creature comforts and convenience that are making the Navy's next supercarrier a hit with its crew.

    • 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
  6. 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
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