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Nearly 2,000 metric tons of dangerous nuclear materials remain spread across hundreds of sites around the globe — some of it poorly secured.

Nations around the globe have taken important steps over the past two years to safeguard nuclear weapons materials from potential thefts by terrorists, an expert Washington-based group concluded Jan. 8 in a comprehensive report. Read more»

The U.S. Navy variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35C, conducts a test flight over the Chesapeake Bay.

The Pentagon failed to supervise the design and construction of its new fleet of F-35 stealth warplanes adequately, its own auditor concluded on Sept. 30, placing the blame squarely on military brass for performance and safety problems in the largest and most expensive weapons program in history. Read more» 1

The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) conducting sea trials off the coast of Southern California.

Some Senate lawmakers are pushing back against the Navy's effort to accelerate production of the troubled Littoral Combat Ships. Read more»

A pellet of Plutonium-238, an isotope used to power some spacecraft, bathes in its own light.

After DOE spends $3.7 billion on a troubled fuel plant, an alternative plan to bury the nuclear explosive suddenly gains new advocates. Read more»

National Security Operations Center Floor in 2012

The Obama administration is moving toward final implementation of new job protections for disgruntled intelligence employees who keep their complaints about wrongdoing within government channels. Read more»

The U.S. delivered a very expensive message last week in dispatching a couple of its $3 billion, B-2 stealth bombers from Missouri to drop dummy bombs during training exercises in South Korea. By some estimates the planes cost $135,000 per hour to fly — nearly double that of any other military aircraft. And their hefty price tag in today’s dollars makes them too expensive to put at serious risk in all but the direst circumstances. Read more»

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

New funds provided for the troubled F35 just before the sequester. Read more»