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    Officials say an engine fix is near at hand for the F-35, following a June fire. Matthew Short / Lockheed Martin

    USAF chief: Pratt close to developing F-35 engine fix

    Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney is close to performing tests on a potential design change for its F135 engine following a June incident that led to the devastation of an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
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    Engaging the Enemy: A Special Forces soldier fires a Carl Gustav after receiving small-arms fire in Zabul province, Afghanistan, on March 8. Spc. Sara Wakai/Army

    SOCOM orders more 84mm recoilless rifles

    Special Operations Command has signed a contract worth up to $187 million for the purchase of more Carl Gustav recoilless rifles and ammunition from Swedish defense firm Saab.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    Airmen prepare to do an inspection on a TPS-75 radar in 2012. The 3DELRR program will replace the AN/TPS-75 system. Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/US Air Force

    3DELRR contract expected soon

    The Air Force could award the contract for its Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) program as early as next week, sources tell Defense News.

    • Aug. 27, 2014
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    The US Air Force has issued a request for information, the first step to replacing the Russian-made RD-180 engine used for military launches. Patrick H. Corkery/ULA

    Air Force issues RFI for new rocket engine to replace Russian-made model

    The Air Force is officially looking into a replacement for the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
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    Pakistan Air Force F-16B models take part in a 2010 Red Flag exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Pentagon has told international operators of the F-16B model to inspect their jets for cracks. Airman 1st Class Daniel Phelps / US Air Force

    Pentagon tells international partners to inspect F-16B fleet for cracks

    As the Pentagon works to analyze and repair widespread cracks in its F-16D fleet, it is recommending that partner nations closely inspect their F-16B and D models.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  1. Holding Pattern: US Army Gen. Charles Jacoby, commander of US Northern Command, said it's 'virtually impossible' to make strategic decisions due to budget uncertainty. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images

    After months on back burner, sequester fears return

    For the past three years, US military officials have frequently voiced opposition to defense budget caps that went into effect in 2013.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  2. Mich. county considers missile defense system

    Kalamazoo County officials will decide whether to ask the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a ballistic missile defense system at Fort Custer Training Center.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
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    More than half of the US Air Force's F-16D fleet has been grounded after cracks were discovered in a routine inspection. Chad Bellay / Lockheed Martin

    Air Force grounds 82 F-16Ds after cracks discovered

    The Air Force has grounded over half of its F-16D Fighting Falcons, the service's Air Combat Command (ACC) announced Tuesday.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  3. Agency details proposed missile defense site in Maine

    Building a missile defense site in western Maine aimed at protecting the East Coast would mean upgrading some roads, building housing and a backup power plant, and scattering missile silos to accommodate hilly terrain, a defense official said.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
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    Indicator proteins glow under ultraviolet light on the leaves of the nicotiana benthamiana plant, which is a close relative of tobacco, as a means to assess the success of bacteria spread Thursday at Icon Genetics in Halle, Germany. Icon Genetics has developed a process to produce proteins and enzymes via the nicotiana benthamiana plant that will be used in the production of antibodies for ZMapp, which is being heralded as a possible cure to the ebola virus. Sean Gallup / Getty Images

    Detrick lab to study Ebola treatment

    Researchers at the Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick are planning a study on an experimental drug that was given to two American aid workers to treat the Ebola virus.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  4. An MQ-1 Predator armed with an AGM-114 Hellfire missile flies a training mission. The Pentagon is seeking additional funding for the program. US Air Force

    Defense panels hold up $7M funding shift for Hellfire missiles – for now

    Two US Senate committees are holding up $7 million in new monies for the missile that has been America's munition of choice against al-Qaida.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
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    The second production F-35 is flown during an airframe loads envelope expansion mission June 11. Tom Reynolds / Lockheed Martin

    Further restrictions lifted for F-35 test fleet

    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter test fleet will be able to fly six hours between engine inspections for weapon test and refueling missions, as restrictions on the fifth-generation fighter continue to ease.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  5. The SBIRS GEO-1 satellite. Lockheed Martin

    General: DoD must change how it buys satellites

    The Pentagon needs to fundamentally change the way it buys satellites in an effort to lower costs as US defense spending contracts, a top Air Force general said.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
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    Hearings focus on missile defense site in Maine

    Pentagon officials are coming to Maine this week to discuss a proposal to build a missile defense site.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  6. An F-22 Raptor moves into position for midair refueling during Red Flag 14-3 in July. The newest generation of aircraft, such as F-22s and F-35s, cannot practice all of their capabilities at Red Flag, says Gen. Mike Hostage, the outgoing head of Air Combat Command. Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler / Air Force

    Hostage: Virtual training needed to address limits of Red Flag

    As fifth-generation fighters outgrow the Air Force's premiere combat training exercise, the service should look to virtual training for pilots to test the limits of the F-22 and F-35, the outgoing head of Air Combat Command said.

    • Aug. 10, 2014
  7. An F/A-18C Hornet strike fighter from Strike Fighter Squadron 15 lands aboard the aircraft carrier George H. W. Bush in the Persian Gulf on July 29. The carrier is carrying 44 strike fighters. MC3 Joshua Card / US Navy

    U.S. Naval forces on station in Gulf region

    US Navy and Marine forces already are on station in the Middle East, part of the US policy of keeping a carrier strike group and an amphibious ready group in the region.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
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    Workers fill the last deactivated ICBM silos with dirt in the missile field operated by Malmstrom Air Force Base. Air Force

    Last of deactivated Malmstrom missile silos eliminated

    The last of the deactivated intercontinental ballistic missile silos operated by Malmstrom Air Force Base were eliminated Tuesday.

    • Aug. 7, 2014
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    The Textron AirLand Scorpion doesn't yet have a buyer, but that hasn't stopped the plane from taking part in a major National Guard training exercise this week. Textron

    In a marketing coup, Scorpion joins Guard exercise

    The Textron AirLand Scorpion doesn't yet have a buyer, but that hasn't stopped the plane from taking part in a major National Guard training exercise this week.

    • Aug. 7, 2014
  8. A United Launch Alliance Delta IV-Medium rocket launches in 2012 with the third Global Positioning System IIF satellite. Air Force

    Senate, House panels hold up proposed EELV funds

    A Senate committee is holding up a plan to shift $100 million to an Air Force space-launch program, telling the service to devise a plan for a new liquid rocket engine.

    • Aug. 6, 2014
  9. In this handout provided by Samaritan's Purse, Dr. Kent Brantly, right, one of the two Americans who contracted Ebola, works at an Ebola isolation ward at a mission hospital outside of Monrovia, Liberia. Brantly arrived on U.S. soil after contracting the deadly disease and is showing signs of improvement as he is treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. A second American, Nancy Writebol, is expected to arrive in the U.S. for treatment as well. The two Americans worked for North Carolina-based Samaritan's Purse, an evangelical Christian humanitarian relief organization, where they were treating Ebola patients at a Liberian hospital. Getty Images

    U.S. gov't, military had role in experimental Ebola drug

    Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year, thanks to a longstanding research program by the U.S.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
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    Fort Gordon, Ga., hosted a multiservice cyber exercise in June that included active-duty, National Guard and reserve troops. Staff Sgt. Tracy J. Smith/Army

    In supersecret cyberwar game, civilian-sector techies pummel active-duty cyberwarriors

    When the military's top cyberwarriors gathered last year inside a secretive compound at Fort Meade, Maryland, for a classified war game exercise, a team of active-duty troops faced off against several teams of reservists.

    • Aug. 4, 2014
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    IG report on F-22 pilots expected soon

    The Defense Department inspector general is set to complete its report on two F-22 pilots who spoke out more than two years ago about oxygen problems with the jet.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  11. Photograph of the gas mask, storage can, and collection tag from our eBay listing where the item was rediscovered. Photo courtesy Presidential Pawn Shop

    Stolen WWI gas mask found in pawn shop

    A World War I gas mask stolen from the Wyoming Capitol and missing for almost a century is on display in Cheyenne again after a South Dakota pawn shop donated it back to the state.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
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    An F-35A from Edwards AFB, California, flies on Feb. 7. Lockheed Martin

    Welsh defends F-35, calls it 'the answer, the only answer, to ensure' air superiority

    Despite ongoing restrictions on the fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force's top general warned against being 'alarmist' when discussing the fifth-generation jet's engine.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
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    The Pentagon has relaxed flight restrictions on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet. Tom Reynolds / Lockheed Martin

    Some F-35 flight restrictions lifted

    The Pentagon has lifted some flight restrictions on F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, while inspections will continue for the foreseeable future, according to a Defense Department official.

    • Jul. 29, 2014

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