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  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
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    Army researchers test 3-D printed chow

    It sounds like science fiction, but the Army is taking a real look at 3-D printing food, an idea that may lead to customizable meals for the battlefield with nutrient yields tailor-made to the individual service member, on demand.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  2. 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
  3. 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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    A software-safety test set to be performed by an Army lab will be the service's first direct involvement with the massive Joint Strike Fighter program. Tom Reynolds / Lockheed Martin

    Army testers tapped for F-35 program

    The costliest weapons-system acquisition program in Defense Department history has been in process for more than a decade without any direct Army input.

    • 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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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    Gen. John Campbell, the Army's vice chief of staff and nominee to lead U.S. forces in Afghanistan. John Milburn / AP

    Army intelligence system pulled from key test

    Army officials have withdrawn their intelligence network from a major testing exercise this fall because of software glitches, in the latest setback for the troubled system.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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    A convoy of PLS and M915 Army trucks gets a test at Fort Hood, Texas. Testers were sometimes in the driver seats, but the vehicles were operated robotically. Lockheed Martin

    Army working on taking the drivers out of its vehicles

    The Army and Marine Corps are pursuing futuristic driverless vehicle technology that would free troops to do other things like watch for ambushes and roadside bombs.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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    The sheriff's office in Johnson County, Ind., used a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle tor eplace its 22-year-old armored 'Peacekeeper' vehicle (left). Kelly Wilkinson/Indianapolis Star

    DOD resumes transferring military vehicles to first responders

    The Defense Department has resumed transferring excess military vehicles to civilian emergency personnel after reaching an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency, said Jeffrey Curtis, executive director, logistics operations support for the De

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  7. This Oct. 8, 2011, National Guard photo shows an AH-64D Apache Longbow with the South Carolina Army National Guard releasing flares during a test over Camp Tajo, Iraq. The Army has lost an initial Senate skirmish over a hotly disputed plan to take Apache attack helicopters away from National Guard units in a budget cutting move that has infuriated governors and state military leaders. Tracci Dorgan / AP

    Senate derails Army bid to take Guard helicopters

    The Army has lost an initial Senate skirmish over a hotly disputed plan to take Apache attack helicopters away from National Guard units in a budget-cutting move that has infuriated governors and state military leaders.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
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    Army's cyber boss envisions incorporating cyber offensive tactics into brigade rotations at combat training centers. Capt. Michael Thompson / Army

    Ground commanders with cyber skills

    Ground commanders are already learning how to counter cyber threats in the field, but the Army's cyber boss wants them to start launching their own attacks.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
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    Derek Herrera walks using his ReWalk ExoSkeleton. The $69,500 device has a top speed of 1.3 mph. Courtesy of Derek Herrera

    Marine paralyzed by sniper's bullet walks with use of exoskeleton

    Like any active 30-year-old, Marine Capt.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
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    A Marine F-35B joint strike fighter lifts off from the runway during the first short take-off and vertical landing mission at of the model last year. The Pentagon announced July 15 that the F-35 will not be flying to the Farnborough Airshow. Samuel King Jr./Air Force

    It's official: F-35 not flying to Farnborough

    The F-35 joint strike fighter will not be flying at the Farnborough International Airshow, to the disappointment of attendees, program supporters and partnered militaries.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  8. Soldiers with 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, pull heavily loaded sleds up Mount McKinley in June. U.S. Army Alaska

    Soldiers climb Mount McKinley, test Army gear

    Eight soldiers battled biting winds, blistering sun and subzero temperatures to scale North America's tallest mountain — and they did it all with Army-issued gear.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
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    An illustration of the neuromodulation device designed to restore memory, to be developed by the Restoring Active Memory program team at UCLA. Courtesy UCLA

    Prosthetics for the brain could restore memory after TBI

    The Pentagon's research arm is exploring the development of brain implants that might one day reverse memory loss caused by traumatic brain injuries, the signature wound of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
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    The Assault Tank Jumbo Sherman, part of the Jacques Littlefield Collection, is displayed at the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation in Portola Valley, Calif. Jeff Chiu / AP

    Collectors buy tanks, military vehicles at auction

    Collectors from around the world have snapped up more than 100 tanks and other military vehicles amassed by a Silicon Valley engineer, auction officials said Sunday.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
  9. Helo Swap: Brig. Gen. Michael Lundy, commanding general of the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence, above, briefs Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on the Army's helicopter restructure plans at Fort Rucker, Alabama, on Thursday. A US Army UH-72A Lakota, left, lifts off at Fort Rucker. Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz/US DoD

    General: Black Hawks better suited for Guard mission

    The Army's plan to shift National Guard AH-64 Apaches into the active duty in exchange for UH-60 Black Hawks will allow governors to better respond to state disasters, the general in charge of training the service's helicopter pilots said.

    • Jul. 12, 2014
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    Brig. Gen. Michael Lundy, commander of the Army Aviation Center of Excellence, gives US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel an update on the Army Aviation restructure plan at Fort Rucker, Ala. Marcus Weisgerber / Staff

    General defends move to Lakotas for pilot training

    An Army general defended his service's decision to buy 100 Airbus UH-72 Lakota helicopters for pilot training, saying the new aircraft will better prepare aviators at a lower overall operating cost.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
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    A sign is seen outside the National Security Agency campus in Fort Meade, Md. Patrick Semansky / AP

    Report: U.S. spies on prominent Muslim-Americans

    An online magazine reported Wednesday that the National Security Agency and the FBI covertly scanned the emails of five prominent Muslim-Americans under the government's secret surveillance program aimed at foreign terrorists and other national security t

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  10. No joke: The Army has used gobs of mashed potatoes in seeking better detection methods for foodborne pathogens. Army

    Latest food-safety effort starts with mashed potatoes

    What began as a line of defense against biological warfare has been unleashed on unsuspecting victims in an Army laboratory — 150 mashed potatoes, to be exact.

    • Jul. 8, 2014

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