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The USMC’s Venerable Amphibious Assault Vehicles Are Getting New Life With Upgrades

The AAV-7 soldiers on after over 40 years in service with the USMC and a dozen other operators around the globe. As such the “Amtrak” has been upgraded over the decades to stay tactically relevant. Now, once again, it is receiving yet another infusion of new technologies making it more effective and survivable.

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Lockheed Wants To Install Its Aegis Combat System On New Amphibious Transport Dock Ship

LPD-28, the 12th ship in the San Antonio class line
, may serve as somewhat of a bridge to the upcoming class of amphibious transport docks, currently dubbed the LX(R). As part of this transitional vessel, Lockheed wants to install its vaunted Aegis Combat System aboard it, giving the ship a much higher level of defensive capabilities, independence and situational awareness.

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Navy P-8 Poseidon Locates Castaways On A Deserted Island In The Pacific

The Navy’s ultra-versatile P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol
aircraft has risen to all-star status both within the halls of the Pentagon and on the export market. It has been at the center of the search for MH370 and at the tip of the growing dispute over China’s man-made islands
in the South China Sea. Now it has has made headlines once again, locating marooned men on a deserted island in the Pacific.

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Russia’s Drone Tank Looks Cool In Videos But Is It Tactically Relevant?

In recent years, the Kremlin has touted its development of unmanned ground combat vehicles
. Its small Platforma-M has been somewhat of a press marvel, with pictures of it supposedly patrolling a submarine base going viral. The Uran-9, on the other hand, is a much more powerful and larger drone that is supposedly capable of doing a job similar to an armored fighting vehicle, without anyone aboard. Now the big question is this: does this thing have the ability to actually be useful on the battlefield?

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U.S. Allies ‘Borrowing’ Munitions To Drop On ISIS As U.S. Stockpiles Are Also In Question

There is a lot of political talk right now about the U.S. carrying the weight militarily for its allies, including NATO. One actual example of this is the recurring situation where, even in lower-intensity conflicts, our allies run out of guided air-to-ground munitions to drop on the enemy. Well, it has happening once again over Iraq and Syria, and the U.S. has stepped in like always as the big bomb and missile sugar daddy. But are even U.S. stockpiles up to the Pentagon’s strategic demands?

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This Flying Operating Room Aboard A C-17 Was Sent To Cuba During President Obama’s Visit

Along with the armada of motorcade and helicopter lugging transports, as well Air Force One
and other special air mission VIP aircraft, a C-17 outfitted as a mobile emergency operating room accompanied President Barack Obama on his historic visit to Cuba last week.

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Brussels Bombers May Have Plotted Kidnapping To Get Nuclear Material For Dirty Bomb

Just as word has come that two Americans were killed in the attacks on Brussels, multiple reports state that brothers and suicide bombers Khalid and Ibrahim El Bakraoui plotted to get their hands on nuclear material for a dirty bomb—and they set their eyes on a top Belgian nuclear researcher to do it.

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Just Because Lockheed Says They Can Build A Mach 6 Jet Doesn’t Mean We Need One

Extreme speed is once again becoming a prized quality at the Pentagon after a two decade long hiatus following the retirement of the SR-71 Blackbird
. Now Lockheed says it can build 3,800 MPH proof-of-concept jet in just a couple of years time, an aircraft that could lead to an fully operational “SR-72.” Amazing as that sounds, does the Air Force even need such an aircraft at all?

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The First Air Force One Has Taken To The Skies Once Again

It is only fitting that in a week in which we were vividly reminded of the symbolism and powerful impact of Air Force One
that the first aircraft to fly with that callsign has also made news. Columbine II, a gorgeous Lockheed Constellation (military designation Lockheed VC-121A-LO) that flew President Eisenhower, has taken to the skies once again and will soon be be fully restored to its full Presidential airlift glory

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Check Out These Shots Of A C-17 Dropping Pararescuemen Over The Navy’s Arctic Outpost 

The Navy’s multi-national arctic exercise known as ICEX is underway
in the far north and the USAF is getting in on the action. A C-17 from the 249th Airlift Squadron dropped 10 Pararescuemen from the 212th Rescue Squadron and two Alaska Army National Guard soldiers, along with 9,500 pounds of supplies, into the super-remote ice-base. This unique mission was captured in the dramatic photos below.

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