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Mexico Turns to U.S. Private Sector for Drug-Busting Technology

Thu, 01 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -0400

Why wait for U.S. government money? Mexico shops on its own to improve its army and police forces, and finds that American companies deliver faster than Uncle Sam.

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Assault Breacher Vehicles Beat Bombs in Afghanistan

Mon, 29 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0400

After two years of trials and training, the Marine Corps delivered the first ABVs to southern Afghanistan last year, where they saw action clearing improvised explosive devices from the roads leading to the Taliban stronghold of Now Zad in Helmand province.

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Hollywood Fact Check: How Realistic Is Iraq War Film Green Zone?

Mon, 15 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0400

In Green Zone, the new Iraq war thriller starring Matt Damon, cooked-up WMD intelligence, secretive CIA leaks and war-drumming conspiracies are rampant. Here, PM's Joe Pappalardo fact checks the new movie's assertions.

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Budget Wars Spell Grim Future For F-22 and F-35 Planes

Thu, 04 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0400

News of cost overruns roil the debate over the world's two most advanced warplanes, the costly F-22 Raptor and the too-big-to-fail F-35 Lightning II. Will UAVs be the final victor?

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The Future For UAVs in the U.S. Air Force

Fri, 26 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400

When the Air Force recently mapped out a game plan to 2047, its report contained a big surprise: Fewer pilots and more robotic planes acting on their own. Are we ready for UAVs that can fire their weapons without human permission?

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How UAVs Will Replace the Air Force's Current Fleet

Fri, 26 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400

In the future, the Air Force envisions swapping its pilots for a fleet of versatile-and affordable-unmanned airplanes. A single UAV with interchangeable payloads could replace several legacy airplanes. Here's a look at some possible trade-offs.

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Band of Bots: Two Military Robots Team Up to Cover Land and Air

Thu, 25 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400

In recent tests at Ft. Benning, Ga. a Northrop Grumman Fire Scout unmanned helicopter ferried a ground robot, the QuinetiQ's Dragon Runner, to its deployment point.

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Behind the Scenes With the U.S Military in Haiti: Gallery

Wed, 24 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400

The NGOs and disaster-relief teams might have stolen the spotlight in the battle for survival in post-quake Haiti, but behind most of the aid was a massive U.S. military backbone. Here is a behind-the-scenes photo gallery of the U.S. military effort.

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How Israel's Biggest Drone Could Take Out Iranian Nukes

Tue, 23 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400

This week the Israeli Air Force held a ceremony spotlighting the "operational acceptance" of its biggest unmanned aerial vehicle. Here, we explore how Israel could use this new vehicle to take out Iranian nukes.

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Can Sophisticated Mathematical Models Help Police Fight Crime?

Thu, 18 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400

Is it possible to predict crimes from studying human behavior? A new paper from researchers at the University of California shows how mathematical modeling may soon lead to truly predictive police work.

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Special Ops Gunships To Get Pain-Inducing Weapons

Tue, 16 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400

Nonlethal energy-beam blasters that cause pain without killing their targets could finally find a home-inside special operations gunships. Here's how they work.

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The MV-22 Osprey Finds Purpose In Disaster Relief

Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400

The Osprey survived Congressional inquiries, scandalous crashes and volumes of argument to sit on the flight deck of the USS Bataan. The mission to Haiti is only the Ospreys second deployment and by far the youngest aircraft in the fleet.

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Are Iran's New Anti-Helicopter Missiles A Real Threat to Apaches?

Fri, 05 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400

A new Iranian missile and the Pentagon's funding illustrate the importance, and the vulnerabilities, of helicopters in modern battlefields.

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The Navy's New, Digital-Age Flagship in a Box

Thu, 04 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400

On board the USS Bataan, there are four 10 x 8-foot containers that support digital age communications, transferring data at up to 200 Mb/s. From Operation Unified Response in Haiti, Benjamin Chertoff reports on the Navy's new flagship in a box.

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3 Programs That Lose Out in Obama's Defense Budget

Wed, 03 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0400

The Obama administration released its budget and strategy documents this week, spelling trouble for some military programs. Here's a rundown of some of the losers.

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