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    The sheriff's office in Johnson County, Ind., used a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle tor eplace its 22-year-old armored 'Peacekeeper' vehicle (left). Kelly Wilkinson/Indianapolis Star

    DOD resumes transferring military vehicles to first responders

    The Defense Department has resumed transferring excess military vehicles to civilian emergency personnel after reaching an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency, said Jeffrey Curtis, executive director, logistics operations support for the De

    • Jul. 18, 2014
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    Derek Herrera walks using his ReWalk ExoSkeleton. The $69,500 device has a top speed of 1.3 mph. Courtesy of Derek Herrera

    Marine paralyzed by sniper's bullet walks with use of exoskeleton

    Like any active 30-year-old, Marine Capt.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
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    A Marine F-35B joint strike fighter lifts off from the runway during the first short take-off and vertical landing mission at of the model last year. The Pentagon announced July 15 that the F-35 will not be flying to the Farnborough Airshow. Samuel King Jr./Air Force

    It's official: F-35 not flying to Farnborough

    The F-35 joint strike fighter will not be flying at the Farnborough International Airshow, to the disappointment of attendees, program supporters and partnered militaries.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
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    A Pentagon official told Defense News that the F-35 fighter fleet has been cleared by air worthiness authorities. A decision on attending the show has not been made but the official said DoD is 'hopeful' it can make the trip.

    F-35 cleared for flight

    A Pentagon official said that the F-35 fighter fleet has been cleared by air worthiness authorities.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
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    An illustration of the neuromodulation device designed to restore memory, to be developed by the Restoring Active Memory program team at UCLA. Courtesy UCLA

    Prosthetics for the brain could restore memory after TBI

    The Pentagon's research arm is exploring the development of brain implants that might one day reverse memory loss caused by traumatic brain injuries, the signature wound of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
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    An F-35A flies a flight test at sunset at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Lockheed Martin

    Kendall: Fan-blade rubbing cause of F-35 fire

    Inspectors now believe they know the cause of the fire that damaged an F-35A the morning of June 23, but remain unclear on why the incident occurred.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
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    An officer shows off objects created by a 3-D printer as part of the Navy's 'Print the Fleet' demonstration June 26 in Virginia Beach, Va. MCSN Jonathan B. Trejo / Navy

    Navy pushes ahead with 3-D printing

    The fleet's 3-D printing experiments have produced everything from tools and phone-jack plates to gas caps and training aids in the past year — and done so in hours, rather than the days, weeks or months sailors wait for some parts.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
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    The Assault Tank Jumbo Sherman, part of the Jacques Littlefield Collection, is displayed at the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation in Portola Valley, Calif. Jeff Chiu / AP

    Collectors buy tanks, military vehicles at auction

    Collectors from around the world have snapped up more than 100 tanks and other military vehicles amassed by a Silicon Valley engineer, auction officials said Sunday.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
  1. Doubts About the Plan: Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., chairman of the House Seapower subcommittee, waves a copy of the new fleet plan while questioning US Navy officials. US House Armed Services Committee video

    House panel grills Navy on cruiser modernization plan

    Sometimes it's all about trust, and right now, the Navy is struggling to convince Congress it's on the level about a plan to take half the fleet's 22 cruisers out of service and gradually return them to active duty.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  2. Adms. Jon Greenert, left, and John Richardson are warning Congress that funding cuts have put the Navy in a 'position of being unable to provide for a safe and reliable nuclear fleet.' Here, they're addressing media in February about a cheating incident at the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Command. MCC(SW/EXW) Peter D. Lawlor/US Navy

    Navy to Congress: We can't guarantee a safe nuclear fleet

    Fighting back at repeated budget cuts to its nuclear power budget requests, two of the Navy's top leaders warned Congress on Monday that the cuts can't go on.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
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    A sign is seen outside the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md. Patrick Semansky / AP

    Report: U.S. spies on prominent Muslim-Americans

    An online magazine reported Wednesday that the National Security Agency and the FBI covertly scanned the emails of five prominent Muslim-Americans under the government's secret surveillance program aimed at foreign terrorists and other national security t

    • Jul. 9, 2014
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    The cruiser Mobile Bay handles air defense for the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis. The Navy has no clear answer on what type of ship will escort deployed carriers when the current cruisers leave the fleet. MC3 Stephanie Smith / Navy

    Navy's cruiser problem: Service struggles over modernization, replacements

    The Navy and Congress are in a sort of faceoff over the fleet's cruiser force. To extend their service lives, the Navy is asking to take half its cruisers — CGs in Navy-speak — out of service now and gradually bring them back starting in 2019.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  3. With an American and Chinese flag flying in the background, a canon is seen aboard the Haikou. Marco Garcia / AP

    China gives rare glimpse at naval ships during RIMPAC

    China gave Western journalists a rare look aboard two People's Liberation Army vessels Saturday during the Rim of the Pacific naval exercises in Hawaii, showcasing a hospital ship with complex medical facilities and a destroyer flying U.S. and Chinese fla

    • Jul. 6, 2014
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    Shipyard: Contract certainty reduces Navy sub costs

    At an expansive industrial shipyard on the banks of the James River, the nation's most advanced nuclear-powered submarines are being produced ahead of schedule and on budget.

    • Jul. 6, 2014
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    The National Security Ageny (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. Patrick Semansky / AP

    Report: Ordinary Americans caught up in NSA data sweep

    When the National Security Agency intercepted the online accounts of legally targeted foreigners over a four-year period it also collected the conversations of nine times as many ordinary Internet users, both Americans and non-Americans, according to a pr

    • Jul. 6, 2014
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    DARPA officials are partnering with industry to develop a barrier in a can, which could self-deploy with the push of a button and be used downrange instead of Hesco barriers, or perhaps even as a personal protective shield. Cpl. John McCall/Marine Corps

    DARPA calls on industry to develop compact, push-button wall

    The military's lead research agency is working to develop what some are calling a ballistic '

    • Jul. 5, 2014
  4. Airmen from the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit on May 28 look over the 26th and final F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. A June 23 F-35A fire on the Eglin runway is under investigation. Senior Airman Christopher Callawat / Air Force

    Air Force, Navy F-35s grounded for 2nd week

    The Air Force's F-35A fighter fleet remained grounded for the 11th day Wednesday, following the June 23 fire that damaged one of the jets at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

    • Jul. 3, 2014
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    Aircraft carrier USS Ford tests anchor system

    The Navy's newest aircraft carrier has reached another milestone.

    • Jul. 3, 2014
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    The Kauffman is scheduled to be the fleet's last frigate sailing — with the exception of 'Old Ironsides.' MC2 Eric Garst / Navy

    Decommissioning plan pulls all frigates from fleet by end of FY '15

    Start saying goodbye to the frigates.

    • Jul. 2, 2014
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    The Navy may be reversing plans to decommission the aircraft carrier George Washington. MC3 Brian H. Abel / Navy

    A reprieve for the GW?

    Indications are growing that the Navy, faced with large-scale congressional opposition to its plan to decommission the aircraft carrier George Washington, is preparing to begin the process to refuel and modernize the ship.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
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    Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Michael Stevens wants a tablet in the hands of every sailor. Navy via Facebook

    MCPON wants every sailor to have a tablet

    It may be 2014, but fleet sailors know it takes way too long to get onto a shipboard computer. Waits are often like the doctor's office — or a Soviet breadline. A few wake up in middle of the night to use the computer to get their work done or write home.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  5. A new paint now in use on some ships could last up to seven years, avoiding the need for multiple coats and even saving fuel — the extra coats add weight. Here, Seaman Francisco Kidwell touches up the destroyer Donald Cook at sea in January. MCSA Shelby Tucker / Navy

    New paint could mean lighter workloads — and lighter ships

    The Navy is hoping that a new paint slathering its way into the fleet will mean a little less chipping and painting for sailors.

    • Jun. 29, 2014
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    This image provided by NASA shows the launch of the high-altitude balloon on June 28 in Kauai, Hawaii. It is carrying a saucer-shaped vehicle for NASA to test technology that could be used to land on Mars. NASA / AP

    Mars 'flying saucer' splashes down after NASA test

    NASA has tested new technology designed to bring spacecraft — and one day even astronauts — safely down to Mars, with the agency declaring the experiment a qualified success even though a giant parachute got tangled on the way down.

    • Jun. 29, 2014
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    The Navy's stealthy Zumwalt destroyer is anchored at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. Robert F. Bukaty / AP

    Stealthy warship Zumwalt is soon getting jet fuel

    Bath Iron Works is getting ready to bring fuel aboard the Navy's biggest destroyer in preparation for firing up some of the world's largest marine turbines this summer.

    • Jun. 29, 2014
  6. A North Korean soldier takes photos through the window at a meeting in which U.S. Army Gen Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, was briefed in late 2012 at the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas. Defense Department photo

    New landmine policy will not affect Korea's DMZ

    A major change in U.S. policy on landmines should not affect the mines in the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea.

    • Jun. 27, 2014

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