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    Video: Watch the dramatic launch of the Navy's newest littoral combat ship
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    The US Navy christened and launched its newest littoral combat ship, the Freedom-class, future USS Detroit. The Detroit won't officially wear the "USS" designation until its commissioning on the Detroit River in 2016. The 3,500-ton LCS was launched from the shipyards at Marinette Marine ...

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    Report: Oklahoma ANG F-16s collide over Kansas, pilots escape harm
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    An Oklahoma Air National Guard F-16 crashed outside Moline, KS after colliding with another OK ANG fighter. The pilot of the crashed fighter managed to eject while the other fighter landed in Tulsa. Neither pilot was injured in the incident. Speaking to Military.com, Oklahoma Air National Guard ...

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    Report: Why is the F-117 Nighthawk still flying?
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    Considering its long and secretive history, we shouldn't be terribly surprised by any news on the US Air Force's F-117 Nighthawk. The iconic stealth fighter was officially retired in 2008, ending its service 25 years after its introduction. So, why is the black visage still streaking across the ...

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    Report: Mysterious Air Force X-37B completes 674-day mission [w/video]
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    The US Air Force's mysterious X-37B completed its most recent mission over the weekend, landing at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base over the weekend after spending the last 674 days in space. What it was doing up there, though, remains a mystery. The X-37 originally launched from Cape ...

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    ETC: Best military photos of the week: October 17
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    Aircraft and ships feature heavily in this week's shots, with our interesting lead image coming from aboard the USS Halsey, a US Navy guided-missile destroyer at sea in the Asia-Pacific region. This shot comes from the DDG's flight deck, at the aft of the ship. Scroll down for the rest of this ...

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    Video: Soundtrack-free, in-cockpit F/A-18 video is almost like being there
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    Aside from cat videos, fighter jet videos are one of the things the Internet has a vast surplus of. And while those vids are often breathtakingly beautiful, watching them means enduring whatever stupid soundtrack that's been overlaid on the action. This video is not like that. Okay, well it is ...

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    Report: RAF to deploy Reaper drones as part of anti-ISIS operations
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    One of the most indelible marks left by US involvement in the war-torn Middle East is the use of drones. Specifically, we're talking about the notorious Predator and Reaper, two relatively small drones that are armed to the teeth with air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles. While America's use of ...

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    Followup: Root cause of June F-35 engine fire determined, fix in the works
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    The cause of a June engine fire involving an F-35 Lightning II has been determined, according to a joint report from the Department of Defense and engine supplier Pratt and Whitney, Military Times reports. The fire, which grounded the military's fleet of the next-generation frontline fighter, ...

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    Report: Contractors clamoring for helo engine program that might not ever exist
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    The US Army is in an interesting position with two of its marquee helicopters. Adventures in Afghanistan and Iraq have revealed that the AH-64 Apache and UH-60 Blackhawk could seriously benefit from more power than their twin General Electric engines can provide. Yet, neither chopper is getting ...

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    Report: USAF being investigated for scrapping 16 new planes, recouping just $32K
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    Military waste isn't exactly new, but it's been making headlines on an increasingly regular basis. Just two weeks ago, we told you about the DOD's bungled MRAP shipping program, which resulted in roughly $100 million in wasted shipping expenses. Today, there's yet another headline-stealing case ...

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    ETC: The best military photos of the week: October 10
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    After a week off to take part in 2014 Paris Motor Show festivities, we're back with the top military photos of the past seven days, kicking off with what might be the most "metal" military photo we've ever seen. What you see above are a pair of the Blue Angels' F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets in ...

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    Video: The world's fighter jets take to the sky in beautiful music video
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    It being Friday, we're eager to find ways of wasting time. One of the very best that we've come up with is to take a look at this awesome video, a roughly four-and-a-half-minute orgy of fighter jets, including the F/A-18 Hornet, F-16 Falcon, Dassault Mirage and F-15 Eagle, sprinkled in with an ...

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    Report: Whistleblower suit claims Northrop faked tests of crucial GPS system
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    A whistleblower lawsuit is casting light on some questionable testing practices at defense contractor Northrop Grumman. According to Todd Donaldson, the Northrop employee filing the suit, the company sold GPS systems to the Department of Defense after faking a crucial part of testing. Donaldson ...

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    Followup: Pentagon could chip in $300M for Lockheed's F-35 cost-cutting effort
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    Following on Lockheed Martin's announcement that it is attempting to trim the cost of a single F-35 fighter by way of a $170-million investment between now and 2019, the Pentagon could be set to announce that it will toss in as much as $300 million to that effort. "The US government has said it ...

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    Report: Navy to introduce armed, autonomous patrol boats for escort duty
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    The United States Navy will employ a creative new approach to protecting its ships in narrow sea lanes. Using technology pioneered by the Mars Rover, the USN will employ armed, autonomous patrol boats. Isn't this kind of how Skynet started? The Office of Navy Research completed a successful ...

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    Report: Sikorsky unveils high-speed S-97 Raider light-attack helo
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    Sikorsky Aircraft showed off its new S-97 Raider late last week. The new light-attack helicopter uses a strange "coaxial design." What that means is, the top of the chopper has two counter-rotating blades while a push propeller is hanging out at the back of the helo. The S-97 was developed as a ...

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    Report: How the DOD could have saved $100M by blowing up 1,000 trucks
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    What's $100 million among the armed forces? Well, when that $100M is spent shipping unnecessary military equipment back from Afghanistan to the United States, it serves to shine some light on military waste. According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office, the US Marine Corps ...

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    Video: Last Week Tonight skewers America's use of drone strikes
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    America's controversial use of drone strikes has raised its share of eyebrows over the year, with questions ranging from their general legality to the targeting of US citizens to the accuracy of the intelligence info prompting the strikes themselves. While those arguments have come up regularly, ...

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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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