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    Read This: Going inside the Navy's new Zumwalt-class destroyer
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    The US Navy's newest and biggest toy is the imposing Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer, a svelte, stealthy entry designed to complement the Navy's large fleet of Arleigh Burke-class DDGs. Considering everything from its stealthy figure – which allows it to appear on radar as the same ...

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    ETC: The best military photos of the week: September 26
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    This week's photos are big on night shots and dynamic lighting, and have been colored, in part, by the most recent bombing campaign in the Middle East. In our lead shot, two F-15E Strike Eagles are on full afterburner in the early morning following a strike in Syria. Take a look below for the ...

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    Report: F-22 Raptor makes combat debut nine years after entering service
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    Nearly nine years after it entered service, the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor has finally seen its first combat duty. The troubled, expensive stealth plane, which was originally intended to be America's primary, next-gen fighter until its early cancellation in 2011, took part in the airstrikes ...

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    Report: Navy to deploy helicopter drones to Pacific for first time
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    The US Navy will be pairing its newest ship, the controversial littoral combat ship, with one of its newest drones, the unmanned Fire Scout helicopter. Destined for duty aboard the USS Fort Worth, which is launching from San Diego later this year, it will mark the first time the helos have been ...

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    Report: $4.8B deal to supply Iraq with attack choppers falls through
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    A potential $4.8-billion plan that would see the United States provide Iraq with latest version of the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter has fallen through, according to a report from Defense News. The deal, which included 24 choppers, as well as a training program, radars, night-vision equipment, ...

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    Report: Navy's Triton drone completes first cross-country flight [w/video]
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    The US Navy's MQ-4C Triton drone has completed its first cross-country flight, traveling over 3,300 miles at altitudes up to 50,000 feet from Palmdale, CA along the southern border, towards Florida before turning north and heading up the Atlantic seaboard before landing at Naval Air Station ...

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    ETC: The best military photos of the week: September 19
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    There were a number of exercises commencing this week that delivered quite a few great action shots of the armed forces in action. At the top of the page, we have the launch of the ship-killing Harpoon cruise missile from the USS Stethem on the opening day of Exercise Valiant Shield. Scroll down ...

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    Report: WW2 Army bomber pilots honored by Italian village
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    The Italian village of Ronzo di Chienis will be honoring a pair of B-25 Mitchell (shown above) after they were killed in the line of duty, during the closing months of World War II. Earl Remmel and Leslie Speer's bomber was damaged before they could deliver their payload on a rail depot near ...

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    Report: Lockheed attempting to trim F-35 price to $80M per plane by 2019
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    Of the many arrows in the quiver of the F-35 Lightning's critics, the overall cost of the plane and its accompanying development is the most frequently used. The farcically high procurement and development costs – $398.6 billion, as of April – are only overshadowed by the individual ...

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    Report: Armor plating, forward-firing weapons coming to Air Force CV-22 Osprey
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    Anyone that's seen one of our military photo roundups, which are posted every Friday afternoon, knows that we're pretty fond of the Osprey, the US military's tilt-rotor cargo plane. While its ability to transition from horizontal to vertical flight is plenty cool on its own, the US Air Force's ...

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    Video: ASU and DARPA team attempt jetpack-aided four-minute mile
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    The importance of a soldier's foot speed has been known since well before Pheidippides made his famous run during the Battle of Marathon. And while humans on the whole are faster than their ancestors, thanks to more advanced technology and training methods, there are still biomechanical speed ...

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    Report: Truant students beware, San Diego school district acquires MRAP
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    Meet the newest vehicle in the arsenal of the San Diego Unified School District, a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, more commonly known as an MRAP, or the US military's answer to the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) so favored by insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, you might be ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: SEAD and Wild Weasels
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    One of the first steps of any aerial invasion is the destruction of the enemy's air-defense systems, as it makes for a much safer environment for the high-value aerial assets that follow, whether they be AWACS, tankers or strategic bombers. Officially known as SEAD, or suppression of enemy air ...

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    Report: Marine F-35Bs hit milestone as first squadron begins initial training
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    The US Marine Corp's first F-35B jump-jet squadron, Fighter Attack Squadron 121, have officially kicked off their training on the new fighter, which will replace the aging (but still awesome) AV-8B Harrier. "We shifted into IOC [initial operational capability] training last week," squadron CO ...

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    ETC: The best military photos of the week: September 12
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    As per usual, all four branches of the US military are represented in this week's best photos. This week's photos kick off with a rather bizarre scene, as a Georgia Air National Guard F-15 Eagle is towed through the town of Warner Robins. The single-seat fighter was loaned to the town's city hall ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: Bombs
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    With President Barack Obama's announcement of an expanded aerial campaign against the Islamic State and in Syria, now seems like a good time to get on the subject of airborne bombs. This is sort of an odd field, mixing the cutting edge with concepts that have been employed for decades. In their ...

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    Followup: USAF to begin 'permanent repairs' for two-seat F-16 canopy cracks
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    The US Air Force will begin repairs of 82 grounded F-16D two-seaters today, following the development of cracks in the canopy sill between the front and rear seats. While the F-16 Program Office was originally targeting a temporary repair until a more permanent solution could be devised ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: AWACS
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    Technically known as airborne early warning and control systems, the phrase "AWACS" often serves as a catch-all for the US military's aerial command and control functions. The lead and most visible craft of this sort is the Boeing E-3 Sentry, a 707 that's been modified to accommodate a massive, ...

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    Read This: The RQ-4 Global Hawk is important, but not for the reasons you'd think
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    With $10 billion in development costs, the Global Hawk UAV has been an expensive proposition for the US Air Force over the course of its 15-year life. The huge UAV – its wingspan is nearly 30-feet wider than a U-2 spy plane and it's only two feet shorter than an F-16 – has become a ...

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    ETC: The best military photos of the week: September 5
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    This week's group of military photos covers the gamut (as usual). All four major service branches are covered, with some particularly good shots of the Navy and Air Force doing their thing, while the Army and Marines provide an up close look at their hardware and capabilities. Take a look at our ...

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