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U.S. ships could drink the ocean for fuel

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Military | U.S. Navy researchers have been working for more than a decade on a way to tap an abundant and relatively inexpensive source of fuel. Earlier this month, the…

Could buried nuclear reactors be a safer energy solution?

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Energy | Small underground nuclear power plants may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny after Japan’s Fukushima disaster, but America may…

Modern military cadets train behind computer screens

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Military | If Douglas MacArthur or Ulysses S. Grant went to the U.S. Military Academy today, they might test their defensive skills hunched in front of a computer…

For sale: Desks, chairs, armored vehicles

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Military | The United States is trying to sell or dispose of billions of dollars in military hardware, including sophisticated and highly specialized mine-resistant…

Why is the U.S. buying helicopters from Russia?

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Military | Ten senators—eight Republicans and two Democrats—called on President Barack Obama last week to respond more forcefully to the incursion into the Crimean…

Army general punished but not jailed in sex case

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Military | An Army general accused of sexual misconduct with his subordinates has avoided jail time in one of the military’s most closely watched courts-martial. Brig.

Is the U.S. Air Force really necessary?

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Military | Robert Farley, a political science professor at the University of Kentucky, wants to ground the U.S. Air Force, for good. In his book, Grounded: The Case for

Senate lacks votes to overhaul military sex assault rules

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Congress | The U.S. Senate blocked a bill Thursday that would have stripped senior military commanders of their authority to prosecute rapes and other serious offenses.

Battle ready, gender neutralized?

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Military | Army Spc. Karen Arvizu typically drives Humvees or transport trucks at Fort Stewart in Georgia, but for the past three weeks, she and 59 other women soldiers…

Protests mire Marines in Okinawa base relocation fight

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Military | For 10 years, Hiroshi Ashitomi has been coming to the beach near his Okinawa home every day to sit in protest. Like many Okinawans, Ashitomi opposes a plan to…

Government watchdog: Navy had assets to intervene in Benghazi attack

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Military | A map showing the position of U.S. Navy ships on the day terrorists attacked the special mission in Benghazi, Libya, killing four Americans, suggests the…

Is troubled F-35 caught in a ‘death spiral’?

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Military | The controversial F-35 program took another blow last week when the Navy requested a break from producing F-35C, its variant of the problem-plagued and…

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