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DARPA testing planes with a 'Star Wars'-style laser cannon

We don't have X-wing fighters just yet, but we may soon have their laser weapons. DARPA is working on a system that's downright Lucasian.

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Transformer jet is like the Optimus Prime of planes

BAE Systems unveils fascinating new concept aircraft that transform, self-heal, can 3D-print UAVs, and have concentrated laser beams to disable enemy missiles.

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Booting up: The eight-week journey for the USAF's new airmen

Moving on after a major sex scandal, the US Air Force trains 35,000 new airmen a year. CNET Road Trip 2014 visited Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio to see what the Airman's Creed is all about.

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Into the wild blue yonder: US Air Force basic training (pictures)

The service trains 35,000 new recruits each year. CNET Road Trip 2014 visits Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio to see what the Airman's Creed is all about.

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How the Air Force hardens planes against signal leakage (pictures)

At Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, the 24th Air Force makes sure communications on each plane the service flies are safe are safe from eavesdroppers. CNET Road Trip 2014 listened in.

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How Air Force One's communications are 'hardened'

The Air Force's 346th Test Squadron ensures the service's aircraft, including Air Force One, don't unintentionally leak important data. CNET Road Trip 2014 was all ears.

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Chasing drug-laden 'bogeys' across the skies

Operating from a building in Corpus Christi, Texas, US Customs and Border Protection flies surveillance planes 24-7. CNET Road Trip 2014 got a ride to see how they catch the bad guys.

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How the feds chase down smugglers in the sky (pictures)

US Customs and Border Protection says it seized $4.6 billion in contraband in 2013, using P-3 Orions. CNET Road Trip 2014 got on board to see how it works.

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A photo tour of the ballistic missile submarine Redoutable

Take a tour of the Redoutable, the largest as well as the only ballistic missile submarine fully accessible to the public.

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How the Navy trains its pilots (pictures)

The Corpus Christi Naval Air Station is one of two bases where the Navy teaches pilots how to fly. CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman tries his hand at flying a T-6B. In a simulator.

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When they say fly, wanna-be Navy pilots say 'how high?'

At Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, the US Navy graduates about 1,000 fresh pilots a year. CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman takes a digital shot at flying like one of them.

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This robot can take the weight off soldiers' shoulders

Lockheed's Squad Mission Support System is a rolling robot that could carry much of the load soldiers and Marines take into the field. Will the Pentagon authorize it?

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