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  1. Flying C-17s in formation — as seagulls fly — could result in fuel savings of up to $10 million a year, testing indicates. Staff Sgt. Mike Meares / Air Force

    Efficiency is watchword for Air Force energy chief

    The Air Force's new energy chief repeatedly uses one word to describe his mission: efficiency.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
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    New Power Plant? The Air Force is looking at putting new engines on its B-52 fleet, but budget challenges will likely keep it from happening. Airman 1st Class Mozer Da Cunha/ / US Air Force

    Air Force strike chief urges B-52 engine replacement

    The head of U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command wants the service to consider installing new engines on its aging B-52 fleet, but budget realities could intervene.

    • Oct. 18, 2014
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    This June 16, 2012, file image from video made available by the Vandenberg Air Force Base shows an infrared view of the X-37B unmanned spacecraft landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The purpose of the U.S. military's space plane is classified, only fueling speculation about why it has been orbiting Earth for nearly two years on this, its third mission. The plane is expected to land this week at a Southern California Air Force base. AP

    Up in the sky, a mystery space plane — but why?

    What looks like a mini space shuttle, can fly itself for millions of miles and goes by the name X-37B?

    • Oct. 16, 2014
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    Planning for More: The first double V-hull Strykers arrive at Fort Carson, Colorado, in February. Money for a fourth brigade of the upgraded Strykers was not included in the original fiscal 2015 Army budget request. Army

    Army waiting for Hill OK to build upgraded Strykers

    The Army has found enough friends on Capitol Hill to fund a fourth brigade of double V-hull (DVH) eight-wheeled Stryker vehicles, service officials said.

    • Oct. 16, 2014
  2. Rep. John Carney visits with approximately 100 members of the Delaware Air National Guard to discuss his legislation to modernize the Air Guard's fleet of C-130H2 aircraft at the Delaware Air National Guard in New Castle. The (Delaware) News Journal / Suchat Pedereson

    Money for Argentina's C-130s, not a dime for Delaware's

    The Delaware Air National Guard would sure like a piece of this action: a $68.87 million Pentagon award to Argentina so it can modify five aging C-130 cargo airplanes.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    The F-35 joint program office (JPO) announced Tuesday evening that it has reached an agreement with engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney on two key milestones — identifying the root cause of an engine issue that caused a fire in June, and on a contract for the next lot of engines for the stealthy fighter. Air Force

    Pentagon, Pratt cut deal for F-35 engines, modifications

    The F-35 joint program office (JPO) announced Tuesday evening that it has reached an agreement with engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney on two key milestones — identifying the root cause of an engine issue that caused a fire in June, and on a contract for

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  3. The Obama administration is accelerating cybersecurity efforts within federal agencies and in the sectors responsible for critical infrastructure, said Michael Daniel, White House cybersecurity coordinator. Mike Morones

    White House working around cyber bill impasse

    The White House's top cybersecurity official said it's not more power the Obama administration is after — it's getting organizations involved to head in the same direction.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
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    DARPA is looking for smaller, lighter wearable night vision devices. Staff Sgt. Jerry Saslav / Army

    Next-gen night vision would enable troops to see farther, clearer

    The basic technology behind night vision gear has been in place for decades, though advancements in that technology have allowed soldiers to see farther and clearer in the dark.

    • Oct. 12, 2014
  4. U.S. Marines arrive Thursday to take part in Operation United Assistance near Monrovia, Liberia. Some 90 Marines arrived on KC-130 transport planes and MV-22 Ospreys to support the American effort to contain the Ebola epidemic. The vanguard of a U.S. military force set about building a hospital for stricken health workers. John Moore / Getty Images

    U.S. troops build hospital in Liberia in Ebola fight

    The vanguard of a U.S. military force set about building a hospital for stricken health workers as Liberian lawmakers debated Friday whether to grant President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf more power amid the Ebola epidemic.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  5. Sgt. Joel Miick, left, and Spc. Michael Potts don gas masks while training Thursday with the rest of the 36th Engineer Brigade at Fort Hood on how to put on protective clothing and gloves. The brigade is set to deploy to Liberia as part of Operation United Assistance where they will be building temporary medical facilities in helping the country fight the Ebola virus outbreak. Kin Man Hui / AP

    Training changes as US troops head to West Africa

    Forgoing combat rifles and body armor, U.S. troops preparing to fight Ebola in Liberia were instead stepping gingerly Thursday into white germ-proof suits and pulling on thick, blue rubber gloves and gas masks.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  6. An Afghan Air Force G222, designated C-27A by the US government, at Kabul International Airport in July 2011. Staff Sgt. Matthew Smith/Air Force

    DLA junks multimillion planes for Afghan Air Force, sells scrap for 6 cents a pound

    Sixteen unusable transport aircraft that the U.S. government bought for the Afghan Air Force have been scrapped for pennies on the dollar, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
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    The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle taxis in a 2010 test. Air Force

    NASA: Secret X-37B space plane will use shuttle hangars

    NASA today confirmed long-known plans for a secretive military space plane program to take over the use of two former shuttle hangars at Kennedy Space Center.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
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    The head of Air Force Global Strike Command wants to find ways to modernize his B-52 bombers, like the one seen here, in a faster and more efficient manner. Capt. Jeffre Nagan/Air Force

    Global Strike looking at AFSOC acquisition model

    The head of Air Force Global Strike Command wants to modernize his fleets at a rapid pace, and he believes Air Force Special Operations Command may be the model to follow.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  7. Rep. John Carney visits with approximately 100 members of the Delaware Air National Guard Monday in New Castle to discuss his legislation to modernize the Air Guard's fleet of C-130H aircraft in a safe and cost-effective way. Suchat Pederson/The (Del.) News Journal

    Del. Rep. Carney pushes to update C-130 fleet

    John Carney has a bill in search of sponsors. A lot of them. And he knows it.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  8. Republic of Korea air force Red Flag team members celebrate the arrival of a ROKAF F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter Sept. 24 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. It was the first time the ROKAF F-16s have crossed the Pacific Ocean. SA Ashley Nicole Taylor/Air Force

    U.S., ROK fighters train together after snow delay at Red Flag-Alaska

    After freezing temperatures and snowfall delayed the start of Red Flag-Alaska on Monday, the Air Force's premier flight training event kicked off with U.S.

    • Oct. 7, 2014
  9. Suspected US drone strike kills 10 militants in Pakistan

    Two suspected U.S. drone strikes on Taliban compounds in a Pakistani tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Tuesday killed at least 10 militants, officials said.

    • Oct. 7, 2014
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    The Air Force's next-generation expeditionary radar, the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR), will be produced by Raytheon, the service announced Monday. Lockheed Martin

    Air Force awards contract to build next-gen expeditionary radar

    The Air Force's next-generation expeditionary radar will be produced by Raytheon, the service announced Monday.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  10. World Health Organization workers deal with a 2012 Ebola outbreak. Isaac Kasamani/AFP via Getty Images

    Pentagon opens Ebola-testing lab in Liberia

    U.S. troops opened an Ebola-testing laboratory in Liberia Thursday, the first of several medical facilities it has sent to battle the virus in Africa.

    • Oct. 3, 2014
  11. A Cougar 4x4 Medium Mine Protected Vehicle. Courtesy photo

    Tab for trucks Pentagon doesn't need could top $100M

    The Army and Marine Corps may have wasted more than $100 million returning vehicles from Afghanistan that they don't need over just a one-year period, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  12. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson says one of its A-10 attack jets had to make a hard landing on its belly but that the pilot is OK. Master Sgt. Terry Atwell / Air Force

    A-10 lands on its belly at Davis-Monthan AFB

    Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson says one of its A-10 attack jets had to make a hard landing on its belly but that the pilot is OK.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
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    Brandon Bryant, 28, poses for a photo with his dog, Bayern, a Japanese mastiff, on Sept. 17 in Caras Park in Missoula, Mont. Bryant, a former sensor operator, manned the cameras for drone pilots at Air Force bases in Nevada and New Mexico for about five years. Bryant said he has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and that he still suffers from insomnia, depression and nightmares three years after he participated in his last mission. Lido Vizzutti / AP

    Emotional toll taxes military drone operators too

    President Barack Obama has assured Americans he opposes sending U.S.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
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    Report: Iran builds surface-to-surface missile

    A news agency in Iran is reporting that the Islamic Republic has built a new surface-to-surface cruise missile capable of being launched from an airplane.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  13. The first A-29 Super Tucano of the Pentagon's Light Air Support program, destined for the Afghan Air Force, has been delivered to the Air Force in Jacksonville, Florida. Embraer/SNC

    SNC, Embraer deliver first A-29 to Air Force

    Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) and Embraer have delivered the first A-29 Super Tucano to the Air Force, with company officials pledging Embraer's Jacksonville, Florida, facility will produce the remainder of its order on time.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  14. Iran's deputy defense minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami, poses with a newly made drone during an unveiling ceremony in Tehran. AFP/Getty Images

    Iran claims to have built an armed UAS

    The unmanned craft is equipped with missiles, according to a news agency.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
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    DARPA is looking for smaller, lighter wearable night vision devices. DoD

    DARPA seeks a better way to see in the dark

    An SBIR solicitation seeks smaller, lighter night vision wear.

    • Sep. 25, 2014

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