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So the Army just suspended use of its first new parachute in 50 years, the T-11, following the death of a Fort Bragg soldier killed during a training jump with the chute. The square-shaped T-11 is more than 20-percent larger than the old circular T-10 and is designed to fall slower than the old parachute; something that […]

And she’s off. Here’s video of Space Shuttle Atlantis taking off on the final mission for the iconic spacecraft. Atlantis lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., about two hours ago carrying four astronauts on a 12-day mission to deliver a year’s worth of supplies to the international space station and haul as much trash as […]

The U.S. Navy just got a little closer to its goal of routinely flying combat drones off carriers by the close of the decade when an F/A-18 Hornet landed itself on the deck of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) using flight control software designed for the Northrop-Grumman-built X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator or UCAS-D. […]

During the 2011 Milblog conference in Arlington, Va., keynote speaker Donald Rumsfeld shared his thoughts on the Obama administration’s handling of Afghanistan and the NATO operation over Libya. On Afghanistan, Rumsfeld criticized some in the administration who, both on the record and off, denounce Karzai as corrupt. If your goal is to not be there, if […]

Damn. That’s a picture of a Japanese F-2B fighter swept into a building during last week’s earthquake and tsunami that hit the island nation. The quake may have wiped out an entire squadron of the Mitsubishi-built fighters, which are essentially a bigger version of Lockheed’s F-16. There are rumors that other squadrons have been similarly hit. […]