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Putin’s Biggest Arms Firm Gets Slide on Sanctions

The U.S. Treasury Department targeted the maker of AK-47 assault rifles and seven other Russian defense firms for sanctions, but gave a pass to a Russian arms exporter that owns a controversial $554 million contract with the U.S. to supply… Full Story


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Lawmakers Still Questioning Afghanistan Drawdown

The Afghan election crisis and unraveling of Iraq have lawmakers and regional allies thinking President Barack Obama should rethink his decision to withdraw virtually all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the close of 2016.

The White House says Afghanistan is… Full Story


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A Radical Change for Captain America

Army and World War II veteran Steve Rodgers has passed on his shield and title to one of his closest allies: African-American veteran Sam Wilson, also known as Falcon. With the super-soldier serum (the juice that gives him his powers)… Full Story


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BAE Brings 3-D Printing to Warplanes

While 3-D printed guns and homes are already here, 3-D printed drones and fighter jets are still far from reality.

But that hasn’t stopped British defense giant BAE Systems Plc and other aerospace firms in the U.S., Europe and Asia from experimenting with… Full Story


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Former Navy Football Player Dies at 27

The Navy football brotherhood lost one of its most beloved members last weekend when Blake Carter died unexpectedly.

Carter passed away last Sunday at his home in Norfolk, Virginia, where he was serving as a surface warfare officer aboard the… Full Story


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F-35 Fleet Grounded

The Navy and Air Force have grounded the entire fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters because they don’t know the cause of an engine fire that occurred on June 23.

“The root cause of the incident remains under investigation,” Rear Admiral John… Full Story


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Army Wants a Harder-Hitting Pistol

The U.S. Army is moving forward to replace the Cold War-era M9 9mm pistol with a more powerful handgun that also meets the needs of the other services.

As the lead agent for small arms, the Army will hold an industry day July 29… Full Story


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As Pot Law Changes, DOD Officials Stand Pat

After legalizing recreational marijuana in 2012, Washington state on Monday began issuing licenses to sell it, with a first round of pot store openings expected Tuesday.

But it’s a pastime that stops at the gates of military installations, and officials are… Full Story


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NATO Signals No New Members Right Now

Faced with a newly aggressive Russia, NATO has been mulling how to react, but it is ruling out one option: rapid expansion.

Four would-be members, including the former Soviet republic of Georgia, have been informed that admission to NATO isn’t… Full Story


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80 Percent of VA Execs got Bonuses in 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs paid bonuses to 80 percent of its senior executive service managers in 2013 — a figure that caused House lawmakers on Friday to express amazement and anger at the VA’s head of human resources.

Assistant… Full Story