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    Military athletes mingle at the 2014 Warrior Games. New advances in sensor technology are leading to prosthetic limbs with potential for better fit and greater comfort for wounded warriors. Mike Morones/Staff

    New prosthetic limb may prevent chafing, swelling

    Prosthetic technology has come a long way in the last few decades, offering state-of-the-art robotic arms, carbon-fiber blades and joints that contain microchips and processors.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
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    Pakistani protesters from the United Citizen Action group shout slogans and burn a U.S. flag as they demonstrate Oct. 8 against U.S drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal region in Multan. S.S. Mirza / AFP via Getty Images

    Drone strike kills 2 militants in northwest Pakistan

    Suspected U.S. drone-fired missiles struck a house early on Thursday in a restive tribal region in northwest Pakistan, killing two militants, officials said.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  1. The New York Army National Guard at Rochester is getting three CH-47F helicopters. Randy Tisor / Army

    N.Y. Guard gets 3 new Chinook helicopters

    The New York Army National Guard at Rochester is getting three of the latest model Chinook helicopters.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
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    This still image from NASA video shows an Orbital Sciences Corporation unmanned spacecraft exploding Oct. 28 at Wallops Island, Virginia, six seconds after launch on a resupply mission to the International Space Station. AFP

    Unmanned Antares rocket explodes on launch

    An unmanned rocket headed for the International Space Station to deliver supplies exploded on launch from Wallops Island, Va., Tuesday.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  2. Army plans for gas, chlorine tests in western Utah

    The U.S. Army and Utah air quality officials are taking public comment on plans to release chlorine and low levels of radioactive gas at a military testing range in western Utah next year.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
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    This undated image obtained by The Associated Press shows the cover sheet of a slide presentation prepared by Russell Richardson, who at the time was the science adviser to the Army Intelligence and Security Command, describing his vision for a cloud computing component for the Army's intelligence fusion program. AP

    Army intelligence: Profiting from failure

    The Army's troubled $5 billion intelligence fusion network has been a source of lucrative contracts for companies whose employees once worked for the Army, but it has failed on its promise to make data seamlessly accessible to soldiers in the field, accor

    • Oct. 27, 2014
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    Phoenix Air is a company that uses a portable isolation unit the Pentagon says is similar to what it is developing. Phoenix Air

    Pentagon builds isolation units to transport Ebola patients

    As more U.S. troops head to West Africa, the Pentagon is developing portable isolation units that can carry up to 12 Ebola patients for transport on military planes.

    • Oct. 26, 2014
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    The Pentagon is developing isolation pods for the C-17 Globemaster aircraft to carry up to 15 service members should they contract Ebola while supporting Operation United Assistance in Africa. Staff Sgt. Andy M. Kin / Air Force

    Isolation pods will carry troops if they get Ebola

    The Pentagon is developing isolation pods for the C-17 Globemaster aircraft to carry up to 15 service members should they contract Ebola while supporting Operation United Assistance in Africa.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  3. Soldiers working with civilians from PEO C3T install commercial IP packages at the Army's Landstuhl, Germany, Regional Hub Node. The node will be the hub for the communications network in support of the Operational United Assistance, aiding the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. U.S. Army

    Army setting up comms for Ebola response in West Africa

    The Army is working to coordinate crisis response in Liberia

    • Oct. 24, 2014
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    The Samsung Galaxy 5.5 features a fingerprint sensor for security. Getty Images

    U.S. OKs Samsung devices for classified data

    For the first time, the government will allow devices made for the consumer market to handle classified information.

    • Oct. 23, 2014
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    Army officials are reminding soldiers who use thermal weapon sights and other high-battery-drain gear to power them with lithium batteries for top performance. Army

    PEO Soldier issues reminder to use lithium batteries in gear

    While on patrol during one of his four war-zone tours, Staff Sgt. José Salcedo experienced firsthand one of the problems that can come with using alkaline batteries instead of lithium ones in sophisticated military gear.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  4. The omniphobic-coated fabric significantly lowers dirt and dust attraction, and repels water, oil and many liquid chemicals. David J. Kamm/Army

    Army tests super-repellent uniform

    Army researchers have developed a no-stick, no-stain, no-stink coating that could all but eliminate the need for soldiers to wash their uniforms — and it's going commercial before it goes on your ACU.

    • Oct. 17, 2014
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    New Way To Thwart IEDs: JIEDDO and the US Army are testing out robots that may do a better job of keeping IEDs out of culverts than the low-tech bars in current use. Here, Marines in Afghanistan's Helmand province install a 'culvert denial system,' comprised of two metal-bar grates, in March. Sgt. Jessica Ostroska/ / US Marines

    JIEDDO, Army test underground robots

    The Army Research Lab and the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) have just wrapped up a critical new test of small ground and air unmanned assets aimed at detecting improvised explosive devices in culverts in subterranean environments, and officials s

    • Oct. 17, 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
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    Decisions about the Future Fighting Vehicle program could lead to the Bradley, here being driven in east Baghdad, either being replaced or improved. Staff Sgt. Bronco Suzuki/Army

    Army explores its armored vehicle options

    Nearly a year after the Army canceled the Ground Combat Vehicle, officials defended the program as on-budget and called the decision to scuttle it a pragmatic move to improve further-along armored vehicle programs with available money.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    This image shows what US intelligence officials said was a Syrian nuclear reactor, destroyed in an Israeli strike that is believed to have included a cyber component. AFP

    Army eyes coordinated land-cyber missions

    Seven years ago, the Israeli military's Operation Orchard is believed to have employed an electronic warfare-delivered cyber attack to shut down Syrian anti-air defenses before its jets bombed Syria's Al Kibar nuclear reactor.

    • Oct. 15, 2014
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    Soldiers in Alaska will test new gear this winter to include sleep systems, tentage and a team stove. John Pennell/US Army

    Army to test new jungle, cold-weather gear

    The US Army will launch two extensive gear tests in the coming months in two very different locales: the humid tropics of Hawaii and the harsh Alaskan landscape.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
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    Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics, and technology, left, and Gen. Dennis Via, commanding general of Army Materiel Command, speak at an Oct. 14 press conference at the annual meeting of the Association of the US Army in Washington, D.C. Mike Morones / Staff

    Army Materiel Command chief: Science and tech funding key to technical edge

    There are few sacred cows left in the world of Army acquisition, as the service showed earlier this year in slashing the Ground Combat Vehicle from its list of development programs, even after chief of staff Gen.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  5. 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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    Testing: The ITEP program seeks to develop a replacement for the General Electric T-700 engines that power AH-64 Apaches, like this one, and UH-60 Black Hawks. Sgt. Harley Jelis / NY Army National Guard

    ATEC Successfully Tests Second ITEP Engine

    The Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) has successfully completed a second test of its HPW3000 engine, its offering for the Army's Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP) program.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  6. Staff Sgt. Myles McCadney, 7th Military Information Support Operations Battalion (Airborne), highlighted results from psychological operations in Uganda. Mike Morones / Staff

    Army: Messaging leads to mass defections from Kony

    Defections from Joseph Kony's Army spiked in the summer of 2014, in large part due to U.S. messaging from the air and across the radio waves.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
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    Protection Against Booby Traps: A view of Rocky Brands' new Enhanced Jungle Boot. US soldiers are expected to wear-test the boot in January. Tony Lombardo/Staff

    Soldiers to test new jungle boot with booby trap protections

    U.S. soldiers in Hawaii will soon test Rocky Brands' newest jungle boot, a model that company officials say is more comfortable and provides better protection against booby traps.

    • Oct. 13, 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

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