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How The US Military Uses Contractors To Play The Bad Guys

There are a growing number of private air forces in the US which Americans are overwhelmingly unaware of.


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.


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 demystify the basics.


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.


In the auto industry, lightweight vehicles are all the craze. Ford is building an aluminum F-150, carbon fiber is steadily becoming more common and lightweight, high-strength steel is incorporated in even the most affordable of vehicles. The military is not immune to this trend, according to a new report from Military.com, which claims the US Army is targeting a 40-percent weight reduction in its armored vehicles.


General Motors is teaming up with the US Army and defense contractor Raytheon to launch a new program aimed at helping soldiers transition to civilian life by providing marketable job skills that will help them snag a spot at a GM brand dealership.


What It Takes To Drive The Army's Favorite Mule

Driven To Work is a new Autoblog series exploring the vehicles that do the work of the world and telling the stories of the people who operate them.


American servicemen and women interested in a new vehicle from Chevrolet, Buick or GMC now have a bit more incentive to head down to their local dealer, as General Motors has announced plans to improve its military discount program.


General Motors will work with the US Army to further develop hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles as a way for the military to reduce petroleum dependency. The US automaker and the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center (TARDEC) have reached an agreement to develop, design and test fuel-cell powertrains on military vehicles for the next five years, though GM wasn't specific on how many vehicles would be developed or how much would be spent on the project. The mili


It's no secret that Russian/US relations are strained. And while things aren't nearly as bad as in, say, 1980, controversial issues between the two superpowers still exist. Thankfully, we still have the friendly spirit of competition to let off some steam. But rather than a footrace or even a game of ice hockey, this latest competition between Russia and the US will involve tanks. And explosives. We can't wait.


Some of the fastest and most expensive cars in the world roll through Jay Leno's Garage – we're pretty sure this fits mostly in the latter category. Army General Dennis Via brought the US government's new Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator prototype troop transporter for Leno to check out and take for a spin. We're sure there were more than a few surprised residents and motorists in the LA area when Leno took the massive FED out for a late-night test drive.


The venerable HMMWV served the United States military as the go-to vehicle for 25 solid years. Before that, various militarized Jeep models had been pressed into service since 1941, when the army first identified the need for a lightweight, all-terrain vehicle capable of carrying a few troops and all their gear into battle.


Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum is a Democrat looking at areas where the budget can be cut. Her current target is military spending. More specifically, she is focused on banning the military from spending money advertising in NASCAR. She introduced a measure to this effect, and it was shot down by a vote of 241-148.


ADA Technologies, Inc. has been awarded a $70,000 contract from the U.S. Army to begin Phase 1 of the development of an electrochemical ultracapacitor for use in hybrid military vehicles. ADA's developmental work will be performed with assistance from Maxwell Technologies, the company behind the commercially-available line of Boostcap ultracapacitors.


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It may look like something you might have pulled out of a Kenner G.I. Joe package during your salad days in the '80s, but the "Aggressor" off-road Alternative Mobility Vehicle is no toy. In fact it's very real, and the first prototypes are ready for testing by the men in green.


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The US Army took delivery of the first Chevy Equinox fuel-cell vehicle yesterday during a Washington, D.C. ceremony that marked the kickoff of GM's new Project Driveway initiative. Maj. Gen. Roger A. Nadeau (above), commander of the US Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command, was on hand to accept the keys from GM's Larry Burns and Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).

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