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Retired British Royal Air Force marshal calls for gamers to pilot combat drones

With each passing iteration of Call of Duty, Battlefield and the multitude of other war-simulating first person shooters available today comes more …

Royal Air Force

The True Scale of Nuclear Bombs Is Totally Frightening

Nuclear weapons are already scary enough, but when you dig deeper and find out how powerful the weapons truly are, they get even more terrifying. The …

Top US commander warns Russia, Syria

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the most direct public warning to Moscow and Damascus to date, the new US commander of American troops in Iraq and Syria is vowing to defend US special operations forces in northern Syria if regime warplanes and artillery again attack in areas where troops are located.<p>"We've informed the …

Middle East

A look into how much it costs to fly America's military planes per hour

The US Defense Department's latest financial-management report on reimbursement rates offers a glimpse of how much it costs to fly America's Air Force and Navy planes per flight hour.<p>The annual report from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) lists rates for "other DoD …

Military

Post-Brexit Britain needs a first-class Navy

There was a time when pictures of Britain’s most powerful warships lying at anchor at their home port of Portsmouth after undertaking hazardous missions on the high seas would be marked by an outpouring of national pride.<p>For a nation whose prosperity depends on its ability to trade freely around …

Military

America's Addiction to Mercenaries

Washington’s reliance on private contractors to fight its wars has mutated into a strategic vulnerability.<p>A decade ago, I found myself in a precarious position. I was in Burundi, sipping a Coke with Domitien Ndayizeye, the country’s then-president, U.S. Ambassador Jim Yellin, and several others. We …

War

Hitler's commando Lt-Col Otto Skorzeny 'worked as an assassin for Israeli intelligence'

A notorious former SS officer known as “Hitler’s commando” reportedly worked as an assassin for Israeli intelligence.<p>Lt-Col Otto Skorzeny, once described by British and American intelligence as “the most dangerous man in Europe”, was secretly recruited by Mossad after the Second World War, …

Military 'invisibility cloaks' could breach Geneva conventions

Leading military lawyer says refinements of technology already used on stealth bombers could breach international laws<p>“Invisibility cloaks” and other future advances in military camouflage techniques could violate the Geneva conventions, a top military lawyer has warned.<p>Refinements of technologies …

Are F-35s fit for combat? Pentagon doesn't know

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The military risks committing itself to buying billions of dollars of F-35 fighter jets before they have demonstrated they are fit for combat, a new Pentagon report warns.<p>The development of the Joint Strike Fighter F-35, a fifth-generation stealth jet, has been beset by spiraling …

Military

The F-35's turbulent march to combat readiness is far from over — here's everything that's wrong with it

Lockheed Martin's F-35, which comes with an estimated $1.5 trillion price tag over the life of the program, has faced numerous hurdles and delays.<p>Despite the setbacks, the F-35 program is ongoing and the Navy, Marines, and Air Force are testing their version of the aircraft.<p>Here are some of the key …

Aviation

Britain's new F-35 stealth fighter to finally make UK debut at air shows this year

The F-35B Lightning II will arrive two years after its original debut was cancelled by an engine fire<p>Britain’s new stealth fighter will finally make its debut appearance in the UK this summer, two years after it pulled out of air shows because of an engine fire.<p>Crowds of plane enthusiasts are …

Britain may take in unaccompanied children fleeing Syria

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain might take in refugee children who have been displaced by the war in Syria and have travelled to other countries in Europe, a government minister said on Sunday.<p>A migrant child walks through a frozen field after crossing the border from Macedonia, near the village of …

Middle East

Retiring Trident Is a Defence Imperative

Across the UK, the debate is heating up on whether to renew the Trident nuclear defence of submarines, missiles and warheads. Supporters of Trident …

Unfriendly fire: would a Corbyn government lead to a military revolt?

Photograph: Tolga Akmen/LNP/REX/Shutterstock<p>The least militaristic person to lead a major British party since the 1930s ... Jeremy Corbyn. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/LNP/Rex/Shutterstock<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>https://media.guim.co.uk/2ecfed27a2972f64554114c7fc3852e57f1025bd/0_0_3000_1800/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: …

The United States military is looking more closely at cyborg soldiers

War may be as old as time itself, but the technology behind it seems to be developing at a breakneck speed. And in the United States, cyborg soldiers …

Why Sajjan will be wrestling with military spending

Buying expensive defence equipment resembles a wrestling match. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but the bigger your opponent, the greater the likelihood of your defeat.<p>Big defence contracts are complicated beasts. Getting them to arrive on time and within budget is not impossible, just hard, …

Tortured RAF man looks back on his Gulf War ordeal: 'I still feel shame at this pic.. but you can't see the AK47s pointed at my head'

JOHN Nichol was captured during one of the first air raids of the 1991 Gulf War and the world watched as he and pilot John Peters were paraded on TV …

Middle East

Britain’s new aircraft carriers can accommodate more Marines than HMS Ocean - Military Aviation News

Once HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales enters service, each aircraft carrier will be able to accommodate 910 Marines and aviation …

The Force Is Strong With This Star Wars-Inspired Royal Air Force Art

Artist Sam L. Rolls made this brilliant homage to both the Royal Air Force and <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens.</i> The rendering depicts Royal Air Force …

On Muslims, Democrats find an unlikely ally: George W. Bush

WASHINGTON — Taunted by Republicans to declare war on “radical Islamic terrorism,” Democrats are turning to an unlikely ally: George W. …

Booming Britain to become world's fourth largest economy as France and Italy face G8 exclusion

Europe's largest economies will struggle to remain members of the world's elite economic club as UK races ahead, finds new report<p>Britain will reach the "giddy" heights of the fourth largest economy in the world, leapfrogging Germany and Japan over the next two decades, new analysis shows.<p>The UK is …

Israel reports record immigration of Jews from France in 2015

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A record number of French Jews moved to Israel this year, an immigration official said on Thursday, citing anti-Semitic violence and economic insecurity in the European country as causes.<p>A Jewish immigrant from France arrives for a candle-lighting ceremony to mark the Jewish …

Israel

Source Tactical Gear – Virtus Soldier System

Source Tactical Gear has produced a video which functions as an overview of the Virtus Soldier System. As a reminder, the Virtus Soldier System is …

Armed Forces

David Cameron is repairing the holes in Britain's defences

The SDSR will send a clear signal that Britain is serious about protecting its interests and making the world safer<p>The Government’s announcement that it is to spend £178 billion on re-equipping the Armed Forces with new kit is an important first step towards rebuilding Britain’s military …