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Essay: The Legal and Moral Problems of Autonomous Strike Aircraft

Essay: The Legal and Moral Problems of Autonomous Strike Aircraft

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The Navy's unmanned X-47B lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Aug. 17, 2014. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s unmanned X-47B lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) on Aug. 17, 2014. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy’s move toward developing a carried-based unmanned combat aircraft might eventually afford the service the ability to strike targets at long-range, but there are ethical and legal questions that linger should the Pentagon develop a fully autonomous system. Read More

Lockheed, Coast Guard Tackling Problem of Arctic Communication

Lockheed, Coast Guard Tackling Problem of Arctic Communication

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Amy Sun, an advanced program lead for Lockheed-Martin, adjusts a UHF antenna aboard USCGC Healy (WAGB-20) while underway near Alaska on Aug. 10, 2014.

Amy Sun, an advanced program lead for Lockheed-Martin, adjusts a UHF antenna aboard USCGC Healy (WAGB-20) while underway near Alaska on Aug. 10, 2014.

Most naval tasks in the Arctic has always been difficult — and not just because of the cold. The region is one of the least charted int he world and the infrastructure is limited. Read More

Brookings Panel Outlines Tensions In Ukraine Conflict

Brookings Panel Outlines Tensions In Ukraine Conflict

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Russian troops in Crimea in March. REUTERS Photo

Russian troops in Crimea in March. REUTERS Photo

The way out of the Ukraine-Russia crisis lies in both countries realizing they “are not just neighbors, but relatives”—a goal not easily reached, a former senior State Department official said. He added, “Let’s just hope they survive the next week” as fighting has stepped up around separatist strongholds in Donetsk and Luhansk. Read More

Navy: Most Carrier Sorties Over Iraq Are Surveillance Missions

Navy: Most Carrier Sorties Over Iraq Are Surveillance Missions

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An F/A-18C Hornet attached to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Aug. 11, 2014. US Navy Photo

An F/A-18C Hornet attached to the Valions of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on Aug. 11, 2014. US Navy Photo

U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters flying from the deck of USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) have flown 30 air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) terrorists since Aug. 8. but more sorties are geared toward surveillance, officers on Bush said on Wednesday.  Read More

Navy Expels 34 Sailors in Nuclear Cheating Scandal

Navy Expels 34 Sailors in Nuclear Cheating Scandal

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moored training ship Daniel Webster (MTS-626) begins its tow from Norfolk Naval Shipyard to Charleston, S.C. on 21 August 2012. US Navy Photo

The moored training ship Daniel Webster (MTS-626) begins its tow from Norfolk Naval Shipyard to Charleston, S.C. on 21 August 2012. More than 70 sailors assigned to the training ship had cheated on engineering watch stander exams. US Navy Photo

A Navy investigation of a seven-year long cheating ring in one of its most renowned training schools has resulted in the expulsion of 34 sailors from the Navy and another 10 sailors remain under investigation, the service announced today. Read More

Document: CNO Greenert's Latest Navigation Plan

Document: CNO Greenert’s Latest Navigation Plan

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks to sailors, civilians and families during an all-hands call in the "Wash Rack" hangar bay at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island on Aug. 5, 2014. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks to sailors, civilians and families during an all-hands call in the “Wash Rack” hangar bay at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island on Aug. 5, 2014. US Navy Photo

The following is Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert latest addition of the U.S. Navy’s “Navigation Plan,” released this week. Read More

U.S. Air Force Grounds 82 Two-Seat F-16Ds

U.S. Air Force Grounds 82 Two-Seat F-16Ds

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A two-seat F-16 Fighting Falcon lands June 30, 2014, on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. USAF Photo

A two-seat F-16 Fighting Falcon lands June 30, 2014, on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. USAF Photo

The U.S. Air Force recently grounded 82 two-seat Lockheed Martin F-16D Fighting Falcons due to canopy sill longeron cracks that have developed between the front and rear pilot seats, according to a Tuesday statement released by the service. Read More

NAVAIR ‘On the Precipice’ of Releasing UCLASS RFP, Pentagon Review Set For Sept. 10

NAVAIR ‘On the Precipice’ of Releasing UCLASS RFP, Pentagon Review Set For Sept. 10

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X-47B tail number 501 flies over USS Theodore Roosevelt on Aug. 17, 2014. US Naval Institute Photo

X-47B tail number 501 flies over USS Theodore Roosevelt on Aug. 17, 2014. US Naval Institute Photo

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is “on the precipice,” of releasing a final restricted request for proposal (RFP) for its surveillance intensive unmanned carrier-based air vehicle (UAV), NAVAIR’s head of unmanned aviation told reporters on Sunday in Norfolk, Va.

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U.S. Fighters Strike ISIS Near Mosul Dam

U.S. Fighters Strike ISIS Near Mosul Dam

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F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on July 31, 2014. US Navy Photo

F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to the Tomcatters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on July 31, 2014. US Navy Photo

U.S. airstrikes have helped paved the way for Iraqi Kurdish forces to retake a critical dam in Northern Iraq according to the Pentagon. Over the past three days, U.S. forces have conducted 35 airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) terrorists around the Mosul Dam complex. Read More