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Updated: Two Dead, One Missing Following Navy Helo Crash

Updated: Two Dead, One Missing Following Navy Helo Crash

MH-53E Seadragon Assigned to HM-14 Vanguard in 2009. US Navy Photo

MH-53E Seadragon Assigned to HM-14 Vanguard in 2009. US Navy Photo

Two sailors are dead, one is missing and two are hospitalized following the crash of a MH-53E Sea Dragon off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va. on Wednesday morning.

“Two crew members remain hospitalized at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. One is listed in serious condition and the other has been upgraded to fair condition,” Naval Air Force Atlantic said in a statement provided to USNI News.
“The search for the fifth crew member is continuing.”

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The Need for Unmanned Aircraft in Modern Warfare

The Need for Unmanned Aircraft in Modern Warfare

Reaper patrols Iraq sky

MQ-9 Reaper. US Air Force Photo

As potent weapons as they have been in the years since the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, unmanned aircraft — or drones as they are colloquially known — will have to evolve as the U.S. moves to counter rising challenges in the Western Pacific. Read More

TV Spies of the Cold War Era

TV Spies of the Cold War Era

USA and USSR FlagDuring the 1980s with no end of the Cold War in sight, the CIA became alarmed at the number of Soviet spies working for the U.S. who were being arrested and executed. The U.S. network of informants within the USSR was rapidly being dismantled, severely damaging American intelligence gathering capabilities. It became apparent that the CIA had a mole who was compromising their efforts.

Based on the book Circle of Treason by former CIA agent Sandy Grimes, the ABC series The Assets dramatizes the events and investigation leading to the arrest of traitor Aldrich Ames. The show is a grim reminder that the dangers of espionage during the Cold War were very real despite the glamorous, exciting and humorous depiction of spies found in TV series of the era. Read More