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Raytheon moves forward with Multi-Object Kill Vehicle program

Raytheon kill vehicleRaytheon completed the first Program Planning Review with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency for its Multi-Object Kill Vehicle concept, advancing the program.

The completion marks a milestone for the program's Concept Development Phase, designed to ensure the company is meeting the Missile Defense Agency's expectations. The Concept Review takes place in December.

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Obama's drone war a 'recruitment tool' for Isis, say US air force whistleblowers

drones a recruitment tool for ISISFour former US air force service members, with more than 20 years of experience between them operating military drones, have written an open letter to Barack Obama warning that the program of targeted killings by unmanned aircraft has become a major driving force for Isis and other terrorist groups.

The group of servicemen have issued an impassioned plea to the Obama administration, calling for a rethink of a military tactic that they say has “fueled the feelings of hatred that ignited terrorism and groups like Isis, while also serving as a fundamental recruitment tool similar to Guantánamo Bay”.

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Opaque military justice system shields child sex abuse cases

Military shields sex abuse casesChild sex offenders are the largest category of inmates in U.S. military prisons, yet a full accounting of their crimes and how much time they're actually locked up for is shielded by an opaque system of justice, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Of the 1,233 inmates confined in the military's prison network, 61 percent were convicted of sex crimes, according to the latest available data, obtained through the federal open records law. Children were the victims in over half of those cases.

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FBI: Weapons missing from Worcester Army Reserve building

Weapons stolen from military arsenalMore than a dozen military weapons are missing after an overnight break-in at a Massachusetts army reserve center, officials said.

The Worcester armory's missing weapons include six M4 assault rifles, 10 pistols, and several long guns, a law enforcement source told the Daily Beast.

FBI agents were looking into the gun heist, said Hank Shaw, a special agent in charge of the FBI's Boston division. Shaw said the break-in is not being considered as a terrorist threat.

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U.S. holding joint naval exercises with China despite South China Sea tensions

China military exercises with USThe United States will conduct joint naval exercises with China this week while strengthening ties with the Philippines, which is vigorously opposed to China's claim on territory in the South China Sea.

"Sometimes countries may have some disagreements, yet our navies are able to operate safely at sea," Harry Marsh, commanding officer of the USS Stethem, told Bloomberg after the docking of his ship at the port of Shanghai on Monday. "We have a very good relationship with the Chinese navy at sea. It's a cordial relationship."

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Risk for child abuse increases after return from Army deployment

child abuse increases after army deploymentChildren of U.S. Army soldiers may be at greater risk for abuse during the six months after a parent returns from deployment, and the risk increases for the children of soldiers deployed more than once, according to a new study.

The study was funded by the Defense Health Program to assess the abuse risk in Army families in order to develop support programs to prevent or deal with child maltreatment issues.

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Chicago native Lt. Gen. Ronald Lewis removed from top Pentagon post

Lt. Genera; Ronald LewisAthree-star Army general from Chicago was removed from a top post at the Pentagon on Thursday amid misconduct allegations.

Lt. Gen. Ronald Lewis, who was profiled in a front-page story in the Tribune in January, will no longer be the senior military assistant to Defense Secretary Ash Carter, according to a Pentagon statement.

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