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AddRoot cause of June F-35 engine fire determined, fix in the works

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.

2USAF being investigated for scrapping 16 new planes, recouping just $32K

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 of waste.

1Pentagon could chip in $300M for Lockheed's F-35 cost-cutting effort

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.

129US Army tests Subaru-powered hybrid truck

The military has been studying the implementation of alternative drivetrains for years, a tiny sampling of which includes the diesel-electric hybrid technical hauler and L-ATV from Oshkosh Defense and the Aggressor from Quantum Technologies. There was also ADA Technologies' work with ultracapitors, General Motors' focus on fuel cells and the roll out of electric motorcycles for Special Forces. In the Ultra Light Vehicle (ULV) prototype vehicle pictured above, we have the latest developments in t

11Boulder EV rolling out vehicle-to-grid charging in electric trucks

After working with Coritech Services on a bi-directional DC fast charging solution, Boulder Electric Vehicle says it's now the first-ever electric truckmaker to successfully implement Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) charging. The two companies displayed an electric flatbed utility truck equipped with a Tesla-sized 72-kWh lithium battery pack and a Coritech 60-kW DC fast charger at the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo in Washington, DC this week.

13eBay Find: deal of the year on Hybrid High Mobility Scout Mongrel?

While Autoblog occasionally offers readers a look at the eBay find of the day, we found one that might qualify as someone's find of the year – or an indulgent Christmas present. May we present the Hybrid Electric High Mobility Scout Mongrel Vehicle w/ Active Suspension. As of press time, the highest bid was $2,000 for a vehicle that supposedly has more than $750,000 in it, money that was spent on the engineering, design, parts and construction of this prototype four-wheel drive series hybr

75A123 winning bid from China's Wanxiang prompts concern in Congress

The Detroit News reports that China's Wanxiang Group Corporation will acquire almost all of bankrupt A123 Systems Inc. for $256 million. The deal includes all of the American battery manufacturer's grid and commercial business assets as well as the company's facilities in Michigan, Massachusetts and Missouri. Meanwhile, Woodridge, Illinois-based Navitas Systems will purchase all of A123 Systems' government contracts for $2.25 million.

AddPentagon to buy 1,500 Chevy Volts; critical comments can't be far behind

Now it's going to get fun. Reports are out that the U.S. Department of Defense will buy as many as 1,500 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrids from General Motors, and some folks are already in a tizzy about it.

32Auto applications sought for new advanced metal that's 100x lighter than Styrofoam [w/video]

Automakers are being pinched to increase safety and improve fuel efficiency, but those two goals often work against each other. That could change thanks to a material that is 99.99-percent air.

46Auto applications sought for new advanced metal that's 100x lighter than Styrofoam [w/video]

Automakers are being pinched to increase safety and improve fuel efficiency, but those two goals often work against each other. That could change thanks to a material that is 99.99-percent air.

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