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Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Cairo on Wednesday on an unannounced two-day visit in which he is expected to discuss operations in Libya and offer U.S. assistance during Egypt's transition to democracy.
A U.S. Air Force F-15E fighter crashed in Libya overnight and one crewmember has been safely rescued and the other is "in the process of recovery," a spokesman for the U.S. Africa Command said on Tuesday.
Coalition airstrikes against Gadhafi's forces have stopped his advance toward the opposition stronghold of Benghazi. However, ousting Gadhafi from power may require directly supporting the opposition in a ground war.
The secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) announced March 18 that the next two Freedom-class littoral combat ships (LCS) to be built in Wisconsin will be named the USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) and the USS Detroit (LCS 7).
Just as the U.S. military is indoctrinating troops to accept open gays in their ranks, a federal commission is pressing the Pentagon to make the force more diverse by, among other ideas, opening infantry and armor units to women.