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Even as President Barack Obama debates how to punish Russia for sending troops into Ukraine, the U.S. government is reviewing how it might obtain a license for domestic production of Russia’s RD-180 rocket engine, an official said. The U.S. relies on the engines to launch military and spy satellites into space. United Launch Alliance LLC, […]

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(Updates story with quotes from British Ministry of Defense spokeswoman beginning in eighth paragraph.) A recent “60 Minutes” segment on the Defense Department’s F-35 focused on some of the high-tech features of the future fighter jet. The Pentagon’s most advanced — and most expensive — acquisition program isn’t just another stealth aircraft with angled lines […]

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The days of fusion-powered helicopters, tanks and trucks that can operate for months on end without refueling — like today’s nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers — may still be a long way off. But scientists at California’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which houses the National Ignition Facility, say they recently made a breakthrough by generating […]

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Researchers have made significant advances in recent years in developing and building better prosthetics from legs that enable an amputee to walk to arms and hands controlled by the brain. But a Chicago researcher working on a project funded by the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency says it’s not enough for the brain to send […]

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A California start-up is turning out capsule-shaped robots that it says could serve as the eyes and ears of base police units. Knightscope officials envision its K5 system playing a role in community policing, though it’s not hard to imagine a military application – especially at a time when the Pentagon is eyeing reductions in […]

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