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A Reaper Drone Shot Down Another Drone in First Unmanned Air-to-Air Kill

The incident was the dawn of unmanned air-to-air combat.<p>A U.S. Reaper drone shot down another with a missile, the Air Force revealed yesterday. The incident, which took place last year and involved an unmanned target drone, was the first case of a drone shooting down another another aircraft. The …

Unmanned Aircraft

Wounded soldier and his injured military dog are together again, recovering in Texas

SAN ANTONIO — Six weeks ago, Army Spc. Alec Alcoser and his working dog, Alex, turned the corner of a narrow street outside Bagram Airfield just …

San Antonio

US military given more authority to launch preventative cyberattacks

<b>(CNN) —</b> The US military is taking a more aggressive stance against foreign government hackers who are targeting the US and is being granted more authority to launch preventative cyberstrikes, according to a summary of the Department of Defense's new Cyber Strategy.<p>The Pentagon is referring to the …

Justice

Florence floodwaters cut off nuclear power plant, 'unusual event' declared

A nuclear plant just outside of Wilmington, North Carolina declared an "unusual event" Monday after rising floodwaters limited access to the facility, officials said.<p>Duke Energy's Brunswick Nuclear Plant – located about 30 miles south of Wilmington – declared the state of emergency, the lowest …

Floods

What Russia's Wargames Propaganda Tells Us About Its Military

Missiles fly and fighters soar at Russia’s Far East military drills.<p>Russia’s Vostok (“East”) 2018 exercises are currently under way across the nation. Russian air, land, sea, and even nuclear forces are participating. Although the number of personnel Russia claims to be participating (297,000) is …

Vostok

America's Next Cruise Missile Will Strike From 1,000 Miles Away

The Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, used in April's attack on Syria, is about to get even longer legs.<p>The Pentagon’s newest air-to-ground missile is about to get a long range upgrade, allowing it to strike targets from farther away than ever before.<p>The JASSM-XR cruise missile will give U.S. …

U.S. Air Force

On wealth, war and peace

“Not to know what happened before you were born is to remain forever a child.”<p>— Cicero<p>Russia is conducting the largest military exercise of the 21st …

Why the U.S. Is Backing Killer Robots

AI weapons could soon execute military strikes on their own. Some think that's a bad idea.<p>As the power of artificial intelligence grows, the likelihood of a future war filled with killer robots grows as well. Proponents suggest that lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWs) might cause less …

Airstrike kills two militants after US troops come under fire in Somalia

The United States conducted an airstrike in Somalia Tuesday after U.S. and partner troops came under attack.<p>The incident occurred 37 miles west of …

African Union

New California Law Orders Study Of Geomagnetic Storm Impact

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — California will be looking into the risks posed to the state’s electrical system by a geomagnetic storm or an electromagnetic …

Emergency Medicine

UN definitively calls out Syria for war crimes with chemical weapons on women, children

GENEVA (Reuters) - Syrian government forces fired chlorine, a banned chemical weapon, on a rebel-held Damascus suburb and on Idlib province this year, in attacks that constitute war crimes, United Nations human rights investigators said on Wednesday.<p>The three incidents bring to 39 the number of …

United Nations

Iran Tricked ISIS Supporters Into Downloading Wallpaper That Spied on Them, Report Says

Iran reportedly tricked suspected supporters of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) into downloading a wallpaper mobile phone application that …

Caliphates

How Hurricane Florence could cause unprecedented damage to the Carolinas

Last year, Hurricane Harvey was remembered for its torrential rain across the Gulf Coast. Irma flooded South Florida with 6 to 10 feet of storm …

Weather

North Korea is still making nukes, and the Trump admin is taking a harder line

Global Power<p>WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump issues a steady stream of praise for Kim Jong Un in interviews and on Twitter, a steady stream of evidence that North Korea is still making nuclear weapons has pushed his administration to take a much more aggressive stance toward Pyongyang.<p>The …

North Korea

Iran completes facility to build centrifuges: nuclear chief

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has completed a facility to build advanced centrifuges, Iran's nuclear chief was quoted on Sunday as saying, as Tehran prepares to increase its uranium-enrichment capacity if the nuclear deal collapses after the United States exits.<p>In June, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the …

South Asia

Waldo County Emergency Management Agency hosts emergency preparedness fair

<b>BEFLAST, Maine. (WABI) -</b> The Waldo County Emergency Management Agency hosted a free emergency preparedness fair.<p>Folks gathered at the Waldo County …

Emergency Preparedness

Despite 2017 hurricane season, US lacks 'culture of preparedness,' says FEMA administrator

The approaching danger presented by Hurricane Florence and the damage caused by Tropical Storm Gordon serve as reminders that September is the most active month for these kinds of powerful storms.<p>And yet, FEMA Administrator Brock Long has warned that the United States doesn’t have a “culture of …

Rainfall

Cyberattacks: Letter to Senator Edward Markey

Cyberattacks on grid raise Congressional concern<p>Due to several reports on cyberattacks on the U.S. electric grid, on August 13, 2018 Senator Edward …

Russian Nuclear Bombers Fly Too Close to Alaska, Get Free F-22 Escort

The bomber flight was a provocative glimpse at war war might look like.<p>A pair of Russian strategic heavy bombers recently flew near an important U.S. military base in the Aleutian islands chain. The bombers were intercepted by Alaska-based U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighters, but at no point …

Military

Cyberattack on the Infrastructure Alarms Petraeus, Coats

War always goes for the infrastructure: take out the bridges, cut off the electricity and water supplies. All that used to be done with artillery, …

Cybersecurity

Russia warns US of pending attack in Syrian area with US troops

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Russia has warned the US military twice in the last week that its forces, along with Syrian regime units, are prepared to attack in an area where dozens of US troops are located, according to several US defense officials.<p>Russia claims that there are militants in the area …

U.S. Secretary of Defense

U.S. charges North Korean hacker in Sony, WannaCry cyberattacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Thursday charged and sanctioned a North Korean man in the 2017 global WannaCry ransomware cyberattack and the 2014 cyberassault on Sony Corp (6758.T) (SNE.N), U.S. officials said.<p>The charges, part of a strategy by the U.S. government to deter future …

North Korea

Hacking, cyberattacks now the biggest threat to U.S., Trump’s Homeland Security chief warns

Cyberweapons and sophisticated hacking pose a greater threat to the United States than the risk of physical attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Wednesday while urging state election officials to add more safeguards to their voting systems.<p>In a speech timed to next week’s …

Homeland Security

Soldier Killed in Insider Attack Was SFAB Command Sergeant Major

The soldier killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan Monday has been identified by the Pentagon as Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Bolyard, a combat …

Afghanistan

SFAB squadron command sergeant major killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan

The top enlisted soldier of a unit advising Afghan troops died Monday following an insider attack, the Defense Department confirmed Tuesday.<p>Command …

Military

The US is sending an unmistakable message to China — four B-52 bomber flights through the East and South China Seas this month

Several US Air Force B-52H Stratofortress heavy long-range bombers have flown through the contested East and South China Seas multiple times this month, sending an unmistakable message to potential challengers.<p>Four flights involving no more than two bombers each time were carried out in the …

Military

Russia Says U.S. Could Attack Syria in 'Just Over 24 Hours' as War Games Expand

Russia has said the United States and its Western allies could amass the forces needed to attack Syria in just over a day, claiming they were …

Iran Warns No Oil Will Pass Through World's Most Important Route If U.S. Sanctions Work

Iran's most senior general has threatened to shut down the world's busiest oil chokepoint if the U.S. managed to completely cut his country's oil and …

Waldo County Emergency Preparedness Fair

<b>BELFAST, Maine (WABI) -</b> Director of the Waldo County Emergency Management Agency Dale Rowley joins the TV5 news to talk about the Waldo County …

Emergency Preparedness

300,000 troops, 900 tanks: It’s called the most massive Russian military exercise since the Cold War, and China’s role is growing

Following last year’s massive Russian military exercise on the western border, the country is headed into the largest military drills in nearly four …

Military