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In its efforts to replace the 30-year-old amphibious assault vehicle, the Marine Corps decided in 2014 to procure a non-developmental vehicle and rely on connectors to ferry its troops to shore.
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As interest unmanned systems continues to grow, so does need for experienced operators. To fill those jobs, a number of universities have launched unmanned aerial systems pilot and research degree programs.
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The Navy hopes to have the first replacement for the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine on duty by 2031. When that vessel is launched, the onboard nuclear power plant is expected to last its entire 40-year service life.
http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/archive/2015/February/Pages/NuclearPowerPlantsonNewSubmarinesMayLast40PlusYears.aspx
 

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Veterans Seek Higher Profile in Washington
Under new Republican leadership, Congress kicked off a new legislative session also with veterans in mind, with new bills aimed at preventing suicides and creating employment opportunities for vets and reservists.
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