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U.S. Air Force hopes to use biofuels by 2012

WASHINGTON — The US Air Force is ready to switch to biofuels to help power its warplanes but the price of alternative fuels remains too high, military officials said Tuesday. Anxious to reduce its reliance on oil, the Air Force has approved the use of synthetic fuels for nearly all…

Cost of Boeing’s U.S. Air Force contract could overrun: report

Five months after Boeing won a massive contract to supply air refuelling tankers to the US Air Force, the US giant fears the project may run over budget, Focus magazine reported Sunday. The 4.9 billion-dollar (3.5 billion-euro) budget set for the first stage of the project, for the first four…

Gunman in Afghan army gear kills NATO soldier

KABUL — A man wearing an Afghan army uniform killed a NATO soldier in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the alliance’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. The incident was the latest in a string of attacks on Western troops by men dressed in the uniform of local security forces, although…

More than 1,700 Taliban fighters join Afghan reintegration program

WASHINGTON — More than 1,700 former Taliban combatants have turned in their weapons to join a reintegration program started by the Afghan government nearly a year ago, the NATO general in charge of the program said Thursday. “So far we’ve got about 1,740 former fighters who have formally joined the…

Is AG Eric Holder ‘neglecting’ porn?

Often shoved under the mattress of social issues, conservative activists are making sure that pornography will take the center stage of political discussion. Holder quietly shut down the Justice Department’s Obscenity Prosecution Task Force recently. It was created in 2005 under President George W. Bush, to crack down on pornography.…

Cost of Libya war for US at $608 million: Pentagon

WASHINGTON – The cost of the air war in Libya for the US military has reached $608 million, a US defense official said Monday. The cost estimate covers the period from the start of international air strikes in Libya on March 19 to April 4, the official, who spoke on…

Saudi troops have entered Bahrain: Saudi official

DUBAI — More than 1,000 Saudi troops, part of the Gulf countries’ Peninsula Shield Force, have entered Bahrain where anti-regime protests have raged for a month, a Saudi official said Monday. The troops entered the strategic Gulf kingdom on Sunday, the official told AFP, requesting anonymity. The intervention came “after…

Boeing wins massive Air Force tanker contract

WASHINGTON – The United States on Thursday awarded Boeing a massive contract to supply aerial refueling tankers to the Air Force, defeating European rival EADS. The Pentagon announcement capped a nearly 10-year attempt by the Air Force to begin to replace an aging Boeing-built fleet of tankers dating back to…

Exclusive: Military’s ‘persona’ software cost millions, used for ‘classified social media activities’

Most people use social media like Facebook and Twitter to share photos of friends and family, chat with friends and strangers about random and amusing diversions, or follow their favorite websites, bands and television shows. But what does the US military use those same networks for? Well, we can’t tell…

Argentina claims it seized weapons, drugs onboard US Air Force cargo plane

This report was originally filed Feb. 15, 2011, but has been republished today due to a general lack of US media coverage Argentina and the United States are engaged in a diplomatic spat after Buenos Aires authorities seized what they say are undeclared weapons and drugs on a US military…

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