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Pentagon Nuclear Recap Programs May Slow with Democrats in House
The Democrats' takeover of the lower chamber may create aggressive oversight of nuclear programs in development.
All F-22s Have Now Left Tyndall, Air Force Secretary Says
All the F-22 Raptors that were left behind at Tyndall Air Force Base during Hurricane Michael have moved.
Report Blames F-22 Belly Skid on Human Error
Investigators attributed the accident largely to human error with a number of factors at play.
No Grounding for T-38 Fleet After 5th Crash in 12 Months, Air Force Says
The U.S. Air Force has not paused flights for its T-38 Talon trainer fleet despite a series of crashes in the last 12 months.
BRRRT with Surround Sound: A-10 May Get New 3D Audio System
The U.S. Air Force may soon finalize how many surround-sound audio systems it will retrofit into the A-10 Thunderbolt II.
Army Tests Handheld Device for Detecting Liquid Chemical Agents
U.S. Army research officials have developed a new, handheld chemical agent detector that can "taste" suspicious liquids.
Lawmakers Question Pentagon's Strategy Focusing on Russia, China
Senators voiced concern that the Pentagon's new defense strategy could hurt the counterterrorism mission in Afghanistan.
SecNav Voices Support for Space Agency, Offensive Cyber Ops
Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer pledged his support Thursday for an organization dedicated to space operations.
Coast Guard Commandant Boosts Plan to Outfit Cutters with ScanEagle Drones
Sea trials have proven the worth of having ScanEagle aircraft aboard Coast Guard cutters.
Sikorsky-Boeing Defiant Helicopter Won't Fly This Year: Officials
The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 Defiant helicopter program will miss its first scheduled tests due to "minor technical issues."
Navy: Maintenance Backlogs Improving Despite Long Waits for Submarines
Navy officials sought to reassure lawmakers that the service's backlog for ship and submarine maintenance is improving.
Laser Weapons Are Future for Missile Defense, Space, Expert Says
The Pentagon has just a few years to decide whether it wants to invest heavily in the new technology.
Navy Pushes Hypersonic Weapon Plan as Putin Boasts He Already Has Them
John Richardson listed the Navy's intention to "develop and field an offensive hypersonic weapon by 2025" as a top priority.
New Army Tech Connects Commanders with Deployed Units
The Army is developing tactical software that will allow commanders to communicate effectively with forward-deployed units.
Google Artificial Intelligence Specialists May Help Military Pilots Breathe Better
A team of experts recently held a day-long event to trade ideas on how best to curb hypoxia-like events.
Navy's F-35C on Track to Be Combat Ready Next Month
The U.S. Navy is on track to reach critical milestones and declare its F-35 Joint Strike Fighters ready for combat next month.
US Advise-and-Assist Missions Erode Leadership Skills, Army General Says
Gen. Stephen Townsend, TRADOC commander, said he is "troubled" that many young leaders don't believe in Army Mission Command.
Army Asks Industry to Build Muzzle Brakes for New Long-Range Artillery
The service wants its extended-reach cannon to have lighter muzzle brakes.
Army Looking at AI-Controlled Weapons to Counter Enemy Fire
Until now, the military has required a human to be in the decision-making process for when to use deadly force.
Air Force Sends B-2 Stealth Bombers to Hawaii for Exercises
Three B-2 Spirit stealth bombers and more than 200 airmen landed this week at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Navy First Service to Test Smartphone Access to Personnel Records
The app eventually will allow sailors to read records and put in orders and leave requests.
Marine Corps Awards Contract for LAV Fleet Upgrade
The Jan. 4 contract procured 60 hardware kits for the Light Armored Vehicle Reset Program.
Marines' Classic Hornet Jets to Get Upgraded Radar
The U.S. Marine Corps' F/A-18C/D Hornet fighter fleet is getting a radar upgrade.
New Hypoxia Sensor Aims to Make Military Trainer Aircraft Safer
A new helmet-based sensor that can read human biometrics alongside an aircraft's cockpit pressure levels just hit the market.
Navy Takes Out Drone in Groundbreaking Test for Supercarrier Gerald R. Ford
The Navy got a step closer to getting the first ship in its new class of aircraft carriers ready for combat missions.
Pentagon Still Questioning How Smart to Make Its Drone Swarms
Multiple efforts to develop drone-swarming technology are now underway inside the Defense Department.
One of Navy's Nuclear War Contingency Aircraft Damaged in Hangar Incident
A plane being towed out of a hangar clipped the structure, leading to what could amount to millions of dollars in repairs.
Pentagon Wants to Use AI to Predict the Next Wildfire or Earthquake
Officials unveiled the Trump administration's new effort to streamline the use and development of AI for homeland security.
Army to Buy $39.6 Million Worth of Pocket-Sized Drones
Soldiers can use the onboard camera to look around corners in urban areas or recon unfamiliar terrain.
A Navy Ship Sailed to Hawaii and Back With No One on Board
When the Navy christened the Sea Hunter in 2016, officials said it could change the nature of U.S. maritime operations.
Army Taps Raytheon to Build Enhanced Radios for Black Hawks, Apaches
ARC-231A are "software-defined" so they can be rapidly updated without requiring the radio to be removed from the aircraft.
After Carrier Ford's Elevators Failed, the Navy Is Building a New Test Site
"In a perfect world -- and hindsight is 20/20 -- we would've built this back in probably 2008 and not today."
Army Refutes Microsoft Employees' Charge that New Awareness Tool is for Killing
Army Under Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Tuesday that the service's main mission is to deter conflict.
Tech Issues Being Addressed as Marines Get First JLTVs, Official Says
A Marine Corps official said many of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle's reliability and safety shortcomings have been fixed.
Air Force Halts Delivery of New KC-46 Tankers over Debris Inside Aircraft
"The Air Force takes Foreign Object Debris contamination very seriously," a spokeswoman said.
Turkey Can't Have Both F-35s and Russian Missile System, NATO Commander Says
NATO's commander said Turkey shouldn't get F-35s if it also acquires a Russian missile system designed to shoot them down.
MQ-9 Reaper Drone Operations Begin at Polish Air Base
The 52nd Expeditionary Operations Group Detachment 2 last week activated MQ-9 operations out of Miroslawiec Air Base.
KC-46 Tanker Problems Could Delay Retirement of Older KC-135s
The U.S. Air Force is trying to extend the life of 28 of its oldest aerial refueling tankers because of mission demand.
Air Force Conducts Flight Tests With Subsonic, Autonomous Drones
The Air Force is hitting new milestones with drone technology.
Marine Corps Searching for New Battlefield Communication System
The system must be capable of providing a "high-bandwidth transmission path used for voice, video and data communications."
Upgrades Aim to Double the Service Life of Marines' 7-Ton Trucks
The Marine Corps is hoping to squeeze another two decades of service out of its MTVR tactical workhorse truck.
Army Official Previews Timelines for Next-Gen Vehicles, Aircraft
The U.S. Army may field the first long-range cannons in just three years, Army Under Secretary Ryan McCarthy said.
Air Force Requests Billions to Modernize Crumbling Base Infrastructure
Dubbed the Air Force infrastructure investment strategy, the service wil lput money toward the effort starting next year.
Army Launches New App to Help Reservists Find Each Other
U.S. Army Reserve Command launched its first mobile app, designed to allow users to connect with other Reserve members.
Google's Work with China Eroding US Military Advantage, Dunford Says
Dunford said he was concerned that the work Google was doing with China on AI was undermining the U.S military.
CSI USMC: Marines Get Upgraded Portable Forensics Labs
The Marine Corps is updating the portable forensics lab kit with new technology for identifying potential enemy suspects.
Army Explains Spending Reduction in Modular Handgun System Program
The U.S. Army plans to spend $6 million on its new Modular Handgun System (MHS) in the proposed fiscal 2020 budget.
Aging Navy Destroyers Will Get Radar Upgrades to Counter Threats from China, Russia
The Navy is taking a big step toward keeping some of its aging destroyers in the fight.
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