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November 02, 2012
CYBER WARS
China's online censors prowl ahead of power handover
Beijing (AFP) Nov 2, 2012
Author Jin Song is relishing the challenge of beating China's army of censors and posting comments online about the country's impending leadership change, the first in the social media era. Referring by name to the 18th Communist Party congress, set to begin next Thursday, can be difficult. One of Jin's posts on the subject was deleted and he received a message saying it had been removed by "system managers". The trick is to find similar-sounding words in Chinese when writing on the heavily poli ... read more

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Speculation intensifies over China's new leaders
Speculation intensified Friday over who will be named the new leaders of China's Communist Party as the country's political elite met for a second day ahead of a once-in-a-decade power handover. ... more
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MILTECH

Northrop Grumman and ITT Exelis Partner for U.S. Navy's Next Generation Jammer
Northrop Grumman and ITT Exelis are teaming to bring together the best of industry to offer unique solutions for the U.S. Navy's Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) program. The two companies have be ... more
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SUPERPOWERS

China-US ties face challenges in coming decade
US-China ties will remain "vexing and challenging" as Beijing's new leaders face internal stresses due to a slowing economy and increasing distrust from their people, US diplomats said Thursday. ... more
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China, Japan citizens back Obama for second term: poll
Citizens of China and Japan overwhelmingly support President Barack Obama to win a second term, according to an AFP-Ipsos poll which suggests Mitt Romney's tough talk on the Asian powers could have dented his image. ... more
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FLOATING STEEL

Aussie navy tests Hobart torpedo launchers
Australia successfully test-fired the torpedo launcher system for the second of the three Hobart Class Air Warfare destroyers under construction. ... more
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MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS

Pentagon to end exclusive deal with RIM's Blackberry
The Pentagon will no longer retain an exclusive contract with Blackberry maker Research in Motion and has invited companies such as Apple to offer smart phones to its vast work force. ... more
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NUKEWARS

S. Korea considers extraditing Chinese man to Japan
South Korea has started a legal process to extradite a Chinese man who attacked Japan's embassy in Seoul to Tokyo, officials said Friday, in a case that has strained Sino-Japanese relations. ... more
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TERROR WARS

Indian rebels recant 'brutal' slayings
Maoist rebels in India have said they will stop some of their more brutal methods of killing, including the slitting of throats. ... more
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AEROSPACE

Northrop Grumman Awarded U.S. Air Force Payload Transporter System Contract
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a contract to design, develop, test and qualify a replacement payload transporter system for the nation's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) we ... more
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AEROSPACE

Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules Variants Declared 'Mission Capable' After U.S. Air Force Testing
The Lockheed Martin HC-130J Combat King II and the MC-130J Commando II aircraft have been certified as "Effective, Suitable and Mission Capable" by the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Cent ... more
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NUKEWARS

Lockheed Martin Submits Final Proposal for Medium-Range Ballistic Missile Targets
Lockheed Martin has submitted its final proposal revision for the Medium-range Ballistic Missile Targets contract. The Lockheed Martin team delivered its final offer to the U.S. Missile Defense Agen ... more
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TERROR WARS

Yemen jihadists unleash wave of killings
Al-Qaida's been taking a beating in recent weeks as the U.S.-backed regime in Sanaa has driven militants out of captured cities in the south but they're striking back with a crippling wave of assassinations against Yemeni intelligence services. ... more
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UAV NEWS

Guided mortar rounds fired from small UAV
General Dynamics and the U.S. Army have demonstrated the use of precision-guided mortar rounds from a small unmanned aerial vehicle. ... more
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THE STANS

Commentary: Pakistan's heavyweights
Abdul Qadeer Khan, Pakistan's national hero who peddled nuclear weapons secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya (under Moammar Gadhafi), now has his own political party to promote his presidential ambitions. He is also a media columnist and his anti-U.S. lucubrations are read in both English and Urdu. ... more
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AEROSPACE

India raises more concern over Agusta deal
The Indian Ministry of Defense is pressing the Italian government for information concerning possible irregularities in the department's purchase of 12 AgustaWestland AW101 helicopters. ... more
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SPACEWAR

U.S. cuts risk holes in global spying ops
Cuts in U.S. spending on global intelligence gathering operations concern security experts, who warn the reductions may prove detrimental to U.S. defense interests. ... more
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UAV NEWS

US Homeland Security sued for drone details
The Electronic Frontier Foundation said Wednesday it has sued the US Department of Homeland Security to obtain details about Predator drones on loan to domestic police departments. ... more
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IRAQ WARS

Iraq violence drops off sharply in October
Levels of violence in Iraq last month dropped off dramatically despite a string of attacks over the Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday that were claimed by Al-Qaeda, figures released on Thursday showed. ... more
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WAR REPORT

Sri Lanka draws new battle line with former friends
Three years after the armed forces crushed their Tamil Tiger enemies, Sri Lanka's government is turning on former allies, with the head of the Supreme Court the latest to fall from grace. ... more
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WAR REPORT

Syria looks to reverse rebel gains with air strike surge
The unprecedented surge in air strikes carried out by Syrian forces this week is a desperate attempt by President Bashar al-Assad's regime to reverse recent gains by rebel fighters, analysts and rebels say. ... more
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IRAQ WARS

Fugitive Iraq VP handed second death term
Iraq's vice president Tareq al-Hashemi, a critic of premier Nuri al-Maliki and one of the country's top Sunni officials, was handed a second death sentence in absentia on Thursday. ... more
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NUKEWARS

British man guilty over US weapons parts to Iran plot
A British businessman pleaded guilty in a US court on Thursday to attempting to smuggle a key component of the Hawk air defense missile to Iran, officials said. ... more
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NUKEWARS

Russian drug cops find plutonium during bust
A Russian anti-drug unit has stumbled across radioactive soil samples from the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster as well as some dangerous traces of plutonium, officials said Thursday. ... more
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SUPERPOWERS

China's Communist Party prepares for power handover
China's political elite are expected to oust disgraced figure Bo Xilai and jostle for leadership roles in their last formal meeting which opened Thursday ahead of next week's landmark power handover. ... more
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AEROSPACE

New China stealth fighter in test flight: state media
China's second stealth fighter has made its first test flight, state media reported Thursday, in a boost to the country's air capabilities even though the plane is unlikely to be deployed for years. ... more
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WAR REPORT

Syria rebels kill 28 as air strikes target opposition gains
Rebels killed 28 soldiers in Syria's northwestern battlefields Thursday, a watchdog said, as the regime launched new air strikes in what is seen as a desperate attempt to reverse opposition gains. ... more
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AEROSPACE

Boeing Opens First System Integration Lab for KC-46 Tanker Program
Boeing has opened the first KC-46 Tanker System Integration Laboratory (SIL) to support testing and reduce risk in the development of the U.S. Air Force's next-generation aerial refueling tanker. ... more
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NUKEWARS

Trident II D5 Missile Achieves 143 Successful Test Flights
The U.S. Navy supported the Oct. 23 launch of a U.K. Royal Navy Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT). The unarmed missile was launched from the submerged ... more
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TERROR WARS

Crisis-hit Jordan grapples with jihadists
Jihadists are becoming increasingly active in Jordan, already gripped by political crisis and buffeted by a growing spillover from the 19-month-old civil war in neighboring Syria that could threaten the Hashemite throne. ... more
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MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS

Space Systems Loral Selected by USAF to Develop Next Gen Protected Military Satellite Communications
Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) has announced that it was selected by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) to develop affordable design concepts for next generation Protected Militar ... more
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MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS

US Army's Soldier Radio Waveform demonstrated on Raytheon's next gen air and ground radios
In a key milestone, Raytheon has demonstrated the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) on its new class of airborne and ground radio terminals, providing soldiers with another way to communicate across disp ... more
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