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    ETC: Military Terminology: Missiles
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    An ever present part the modern military, missiles have been tweaked and adjusted to fill any role possible, provided the end result is creating a very large explosion. Like everything else, though, this has resulted in a raft of acronyms that make figuring out what sort of weapon was used where ...

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    ETC: The best military photos of the week: August 29
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    This week's gallery of images includes just a bit of everything. We've got a few land vehicles, plenty of aircraft, including some great shots of the USS Carl Vinson's F/A-18 Hornets, an entire flock of KC-135 Stratotankers and a nighttime look at the USS America, at dock in Valparaiso, ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: Army unit structure
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    Perhaps one of the most mystifying elements of the military is the organization of different units. For example, when you hear the phrase "2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division," how does that fit into the Army as a whole? Today, we're going to try and ...

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    Followup: Massachusetts ANG F-15 pilot never ejected, killed in crash
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    The unidentified Massachusetts Air National Guard pilot that was at the controls of an F-15C (like those shown above) when it crashed earlier this week never managed to eject from the single-seat jet. His body was discovered late last night. "Today was a tough day for the Massachusetts Air ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: Combat air patrol
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    In case you haven't noticed, the military enjoys its abbreviations. That's especially true of the flying forces, which seemingly speak in nothing but shorthand. While we will endeavor to explain as many of those phrases as possible in this series, today, we'll focus on one of the most common ...

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    Report: Search resumes for missing pilot of Virginia F-15 crash
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    The pilot of a Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15 is still missing after yesterday's crash in the Shenandoah Valley. Officials called off the search at midnight, although efforts were resumed at 8:00 AM this morning, Military Times reports. The unidentified pilot, part of Massachusetts' 104th ...

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    Video: This forgotten Chrysler was its bid for Humvee contract
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    Today, the Humvee might be as associated with the dead automotive brand from General Motors as it is with the hard-working truck that has long served as one of the backbone vehicles of America's military. But Autoline host John McElroy is showing off a practically unknown part of the model's ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: COM and all its varieties
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    Read enough about the military, and you're likely to stumble across a range of abbreviations that all start with COM, for commander. There's COMPACAF, COMPACFLT, COMSCOCENT and literally dozens and dozens of others. In short, when you see these designations, it's a reference to either the senior ...

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    Read This: What went wrong with the Navy's LCS program?
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    Alongside the F-35 Lightning II fighter, there's hardly a single military program that has been subject to as much criticism as the US Navy's Littoral Combat Ship. The controversial program has resulted in two classes of small surface combatants (shown above, Freedom-class at left and ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: US Navy hull classification system
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    Yesterday, we covered the meanings of the military's aircraft designations. Compared to that, though, the ships of the US Navy feature a far more mystifying code, which we'll endeavor to explain here. There are a few simple constants that we should keep in mind. Two recurring designations ...

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    Report: DARPA, Northrop Grumman reveal XS-1 military space plane concept render
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    Before the military can start constructing TIE Fighters and Galaxy-class starships, attempts to militarize space need to start a bit more simply. This is the XS-1, a concept space plane designed by Northrop Grumman under a $3.9-million contract from DARPA as part of an experimental space plane ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: Decoding Aircraft Designations
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    The alphabet soup that is the military is most visible in the ships and aircraft that we see among America's armed forces. Some of these designations are fairly obvious. It's not hard to figure out that the "F" in "F-16" stands for fighter (the same is true of the F-14, F-15, F-22 etc.). What ...

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    Report: PRC disputes US criticism of incident between fighter and recon plane
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    The Chinese government has called the US Navy's criticism of last week's close encounter between a PRC fighter and a Navy P-8 Poseidon (above) "totally groundless," Military Times reported. According to Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon's press secretary, a Chinese J-11B showed its heavily ...

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    The best military photos of the week: August 22
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    Today also sees the start of another new feature, which should really appeal to photography fans. We've raided the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System for the very best military photos of the past week, taken by the photojournalists of America's armed forces. Keep an eye open every ...

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    ETC: Military Terminology: Ship vs. Boat
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    We're introducing a new daily feature at Autoblog Military today, called "Military Terminology." As you may have guessed based on that rather obvious title, each day, we'll be posting a common military phrase, term or acronym and endeavor to explain what it means, how it was developed and if it ...

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    Official: DARPA targets a future of lightweight, more mobile armor
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    DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, are kind of like the black mages of the US Department of Defense, coming up with the most cutting edge, and consequently, most classified projects for this great nation of ours. While there are a number of things it probably isn't talking ...

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    Report: USAF grounds over half of two-seat F-16 fleet
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    The United States Air Force has taken the dramatic step of grounding over half of an entire variant of one of its most well-known planes – the F-16 Fighting Falcon (or Viper, if you prefer its unofficial nickname). The grounding covers the two-seat F-16D variant, and was issued after the ...

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    Video: Watch the Navy's X-47B drone complete carrier launch and landing tests
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    The US Navy's X-47B, its carrier-borne, unmanned combat air system has just completed a series of testing aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, and the Navy has been kind enough to release footage of the drone's activities. While this isn't the first time the X-47 has operated from a carrier, it ...

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    Official: US Army Black Hawk fleet to receive major avionics upgrade
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    The backbone of the US Army's transport helicopter fleet, the venerable UH-60 Black Hawk is finally set to receive a major avionics upgrade. The most current Black Hawk, the UH-60M, boasts a fully glass cockpit, complete with a modern avionics suite, while there are still a large portion of ...

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    Read This: Making the case for more drone investment
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    Today, America's armed forces aren't known for its aircraft carriers, fighter jets, tanks or guns – it's known for its drones. Whether they be Predators, Reapers, Global Hawks or something that takes up slightly less headline space, the US use of drones has been the single most identifying ...

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