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India’s Light Helicopter Contract Hits Turbulence, Stalls. Again.

September 1, 2014
India’s Light Helicopter Contract Hits Turbulence, Stalls. Again.

Austrian Alouette-III(click to view full) How safe are the Indian Army’s aging fleets of Chetaks (Aerospatiale SA316 Alouette III) and Cheetahs (SA315B Alouette II/III mix)? These old designs have consistently proven themselves in high altitude operations, and remain useful as long as their airframes remain safe. The problem is that at their age, the safety…

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Anti-Submarine Weakness: India Has a Problem

September 1, 2014
Anti-Submarine Weakness: India Has a Problem

Indian Ka-28(click to view larger) In September 2008, Flight International reported that India’s defence ministry has issued a tender for “advanced multirole naval helicopters” to several manufacturers around the world, including AgustaWestland, EADS and Sikorsky. The initial RFP reportedly covered 16 helicopters, with a potential…

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New Nukes: Britain’s Next-Gen Nuclear Missile Submarines

September 1, 2014
New Nukes: Britain’s Next-Gen Nuclear Missile Submarines

Successor Class(click to view full) “We are committed to working towards a safer world in which there is no requirement for nuclear weapons… However, the continuing risk from the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and the certainty that a number of other countries will retain substantial…

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Diving legend Walter Mazzone dies at 96

September 1, 2014

Retired Capt. Walter Mazzone, a decorated World War II submariner who later became legend as a pioneering medical officer in deep dive experiments that captured the nation's attention, died Aug.

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New rules OK ball caps with blue cammies, on base and off

September 1, 2014

You asked, pressed, urged and pleaded. And after six years, the Navy listened.

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Militia says it ‘secured’ U.S. compound in Libya

August 31, 2014

The Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital has 'secured' a U.S. Embassy residential compound there, more than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing…

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DoD makes advances toward blood test to diagnose concussions

August 31, 2014

The Defense Department is closing in on a blood test to detect concussions.

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Iraqi forces break militant siege of town after U.S. airstrikes

August 31, 2014

Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, following U.S.

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DoD takes lead on finding drugs to fight superbugs

August 31, 2014

With very few antibiotics in development at major pharmaceutical companies, the Pentagon is stepping in to support research to combat the growing threat of 'superbugs' - bacteria that can't be…

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U.S. trained Alaskans as secret ‘stay-behind agents’

August 31, 2014

Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S.

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Philippine troops pull ‘greatest escape’ in Golan

August 31, 2014

Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday. Al-Qaida-linked insurgents still hold…

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Senator: Obama may be too cautious with militants

August 31, 2014

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein says President Obama may be too cautious in his approach to dealing with Islamic State militants.

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Coming up the gangway: Sailors in exoskeletons

August 31, 2014

Anyone who saw Ripley defeat the alien queen in the 1986 film 'Aliens' knows how badass exoskeleton technology can be.

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5 U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State fighters near Iraqi dam

August 30, 2014

The U.S. military says fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck Islamic State militants near Iraq's Mosul Dam.

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Here are some last-minute Labor Day staycations

August 30, 2014

The end of summer draws near - sigh - but it's not over yet!

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TA rule changes: Tougher grade requirement, but more sailors eligible

August 30, 2014

An estimated 39,000 more first-term sailors are now eligible for tuition assistance with their commanding officer's approval, under a tuition assistance overhaul unveiled Aug. 21.

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Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, U.S.

August 30, 2014

The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the U.S. if there is not a strong international response to terrorism after the Islamic State group…

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California lawmakers vote to protect in-state tuition for veterans

August 30, 2014

California lawmakers have approved legislation to offer in-state college tuition for veterans who were stationed in California immediately before being discharged.

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Obama seeking allies for fight against extremists

August 30, 2014

President Obama's acknowledgment the U.S. still lacks a strategy for defeating the growing extremist threat emanating from Syria reflects a still unformed international coalition.

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Clash kills 4 Yemeni troops, 13 suspected militants

August 30, 2014

Clashes in Yemen between the army and al-Qaida's local branch there killed at least 13 suspected militants and four troops Saturday, military officials said.

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