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Standing Up for Future Combat Systems

“Id say weve done a reasonable job of managing the balance between risk and reward reward being the ultimate performance of the system,” said Dr….


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Navy Grows Land Forces

With the Army and Marine Corps stretched to breaking in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Navy is scrambling for ways to contribute more to inland fights….


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Taking on LockMart

Coast Guard commandant Admiral Thad Allen has all but surrendered to critics whove been saying that the services sprawling $24-billion Deepwater modernization program is fatally…


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In Deep

May God bless this ship and all who sail in her, said Meryl Chertoff, wife of Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, as she cracked…


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U.N. Bulks Up to Protect Lebanon

Defense Tech’s David Axe was in Lebanon in December, reporting on the U.N. force there. His story has been embargoed. Until now … The weird…


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Dumber Bot = Happier Soldier

It aint much to look at. But then, ODIS wasnt designed to win robot beauty contests. ODIS, which stands for Omni Directional Inspection System, is…


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Iraq Re-arms

Despite flat oil exports and a struggling economy, Iraq has embarked on a comprehensive program to re-arm its embattled security forces. That’s focus of my…


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Osprey Ready for Primetime? Part Two

Like a bad stain, it seems the V-22 Osprey can’t wash away the stigma that it’s crash-prone. The main culprit: so-called vortex ring state, a…


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Starving Iran’s Tomcats

The U.S. government has stepped in to halt the auctioning of spare parts for the Northrop Grumman F-14 Tomcat fighter jet, Defense News reports: The…


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You’re Fired!

Navy chief Admiral Mike Mullen has fired the captain overseeing the Littoral Combat Ship program, Defense News reports: Capt. Donald Babcock, the Navys LCS program…


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T.M.I., Robo-Dude

That’s “too much information,” for those of you over the age of fourteen. These days, information superiority is supposed to make U.S. military forces faster,…


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Fixing the Raptor

The Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor is the best fighter jet in the world. It’s faster, longer-legged, more maneuverable and packs better sensors than anything else…


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Osprey Ready for Primetime? Part One

Its a great aircraft, powerful, stable, twice as fast as a Frog and goes over six times as far. Thats Lieutenant General. John G. Castellaw,…


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Merc Chopper Shot Down (Updated)

The tens of thousands of foreign mercenaries fighting alongside coalition soldiers in Iraq aren’t just tooling around in up-armored SUVs sporting submachine guns. These guys…


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Killer Drone Clings to Life

Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles, or UCAVs, have a rather sad history in the U.S. military. When the General Atomics RQ-1 Predator proved, in the 1990s,…


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Size Doesn’t Matter, Part One

The new chair of the House Armed Services Committees sea-power subcommittee is calling for a bigger Navy fleet. Numbers do matter, Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss,…


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Behind the Ethiopian Blitz

Today marks the launch of two blogs from two Defense Tech’s most awesomest contributors. Site regulars Sharon Weinberger and David Axe have debuted Ares, a…


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Iraqi Air Force’s New Wings

All the attention is on the army and police, right now. But Iraq’s tiny air force is about to get a bit bigger, C4ISR Journal…


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E.O.D. Olympics

The Navy command responsible for testing bomb-disposal tactics and equipment for the entire U.S. military recently has hosted its first annual “Explosive Ordnance Disposal Top…