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USAF Is Jamming GPS In The Western U.S. For Largest Ever Red Flag Air War Exercise

<b>Friday, January 26, 2018</b> (0 Comments)<br>Posted by: Brock Sheets<p>By Tyler Rogoway | January 25, 2018 | The War Zone<p>The year's first iteration of the …

With the A-10 Marines Call in the Heat on the Taliban

Two sorties of A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft struck Taliban militants in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Jan. 24. It's the first series of strikes …

Arctic Convoy hero who braved 'worst journey in the world' awarded bravery medal

An attaché from the Russian Embassy presented one of its most prestigious awards to a man who played a role in what Churchill described as “the worst …

Navy base where SEALs train protected by Christmas trees

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — When the Chesapeake Bay’s wind-blown waves crash into the shore, they can take precious sand back into the water with them.<p>That …

Military

Hyper Velocity Missile Defense

CENTER FOR STRATEGIC & INTERNATIONAL STUDIES: The Pentagon's Strategic Capabilities Office will test-fire a radical new missile defense system in …

U.S. Navy Preps to Buy New Assault Ships for the Marine Corps

An $18.4 billion bonanza in government contracts awaits the winner.<p>When the U.S. Marine Corps deployed to the Persian Gulf as part of Operation …

Military

World's largest non-nuclear 'bunker buster' bomb just got an upgrade by the US Air Force

The bomb weighs 30,000 pounds and is heavier than an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.<p>The Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) or GBU-57 — the world's largest …

Germany’s Leopard 2 Tank Was Considered One of the Best (Until It Went to Syria)

Germany’s Leopard 2 main battle tank has a reputation as one of the finest in the world, competing for that distinction with proven designs such as …

Watch Will Ferrell Lampoon Fighter Pilot Callsigns On Saturday Night Live

Ferrell plays an aloof fighter pilot with a very interesting nickname.<p>Youtube Screencap<p>Tyler RogowayView Tyler Rogoway's …

'The Military Has Seen the Writing on the Wall'

The United States is preparing for a war with North Korea that it hopes never to have to fight, says Senator Tammy Duckworth.<p>When Senator Tammy Duckworth returned from a recent trip to South Korea and Japan, she brought back a sobering message: “Americans simply are not in touch with just how close …

North Korea

Survivors of Syrian attack describe chemical bombs falling from sky

<b>(CNN) —</b> Survivors of a deadly airstrike in Syria have described chemical bombs being dropped from planes, in accounts that directly contradicted the Assad regime's version of a dawn attack that drew condemnation around the world.<p>The White House and the UK blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's …

Middle East

Brain zapping helps US Navy SEALs learn faster

The Navy wants soldiers who can concentrate better and learn faster, and it's looking at a controversial piece of tech to do that: transcranial electrical stimulation. It has been testing a passive brain-stimulating device from Halo Neuroscience with "a small group of volunteers" from SEAL Team …

When The One Percent Sent Its Kids to War

A century ago this week, the United States entered World War One. Unlike today, the children of America’s wealthiest families were the first into …

China's Marine Corps is getting bigger and stronger

A reorganization and expansion brings the program from 20,000 to 100,000 Marines.<p>The People's Liberation Army Navy Marine Corps is in the midst of a massive reorganization and build out that will greatly enhance China's ability to project power abroad.<p>At the center of the plan multiplying the …

Military

The F-35 Finally Met Its Nemesis: Weather

The chronicles of a super-advanced $100 million fighter jet.<p><i>(Optional video Accompaniment To This Post)</i><p>In recent months, ever since <i>El Caudillo del Mar-A-Lago</i> took control, our old friend the F-35 Strike Fighter—a.k.a. The Flying Swiss Army Knife, a.k.a. The Flying Bonfire of Cash—has had a bit of a …

Combat-hardened WWII PT boat makes triumphant return to the water

After all these years, she still hasn’t lost a step.<p>Senior Captain George Benedetto pushes the throttle forward, and PT-305 – the only combat-hardened World War II boat of its kind to be sailing today – rumbles even faster through the waters of Louisiana’s Lake Ponchartrain, bobbing up and down as …

How the Marine Corps’ widening nude photo scandal has spread throughout the military

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff<p>, Reporter<p>On Saturday, the military news website the War Horse reported on the existence of a shared drive containing hundreds of naked photos of female service members that had been posted to a closed Facebook group with about 30,000 members, many of <b></b>them active-duty</i> …

Military

Get Ready, Russia and China: America's F-22 Raptor Is Getting More Stealth and More Firepower

<i>The Air Force has contracted Lockheed Martin to perform essential maintenance to the F-22's low-observable stealth coating to ensure it is equipped</i> …

Boy finds WWII plane with pilot's remains in cockpit

<b>(CNN) —</b> A 14-year-old Danish boy doing research for a history class found the wreckage of a German World War II plane with the remains of the pilot in the cockpit.<p>Daniel Kristiansen and his father, Klaus, discovered what's believed to be a Messerschmitt fighter plane buried in a field on their farm …

World War II

Inside the Green Berets' Hunt for Wanted Warlord Joseph Kony

HAUTE-KOTTO PREFECTURE, Central African Republic — The helicopter settles in the elephant grass, rotor wash flattening the six-foot-tall fronds.<p>The first man on the ground is Travis, a brawny Green Beret with a solemn demeanor. He scans the treeline, carbine at the ready, and the rest of the …

Air Force 'Light Fighter' Concept Seems A Bit Light On Logic

As the Trump administration’s budget plans come into sharper focus, it is increasingly clear that the Pentagon will not be getting enough money to recover from the depressed investment levels of the Obama years. Trump’s proposed defense spending level for next year is only 3% above what Obama …

These 17 photos show Finland's brutally cold World War II battle with the Soviet Union

The German sprint across Poland in September 1939 introduced the Nazi Blitzkrieg to the world, which then watched as Hitler's forces swept over mainland Europe and bombarded Britain.<p>Farther north, in the frigid expanse now occupied by Finland and Russia, an equally significant battle raged in the …

How the Army shoots down enemy mortars and rockets

Phalanx weapons were originally fielded as a Close-In Weapon Systems on Navy ships. Raytheon — responding to an Army request for weapons that would shut down mortar and rocket attacks on coalition bases in Iraq — pitched the Phalanx for the new mission.<p>And the Land-Based Phalanx Weapons System …

To Libya and Back: Inside a Stealth Bomber Strike Against ISIS

During the dying days of Obama's administration, U.S. B-2 Spirit bomber crews executed a 32-hour sortie against ISIS. This is how it happened.<p>An MQ-9 Predator soars high above the camp, the camera in its sensor ball fixed on the Islamic State fighters below. The foot soldiers are unloading …

President Trump's Opportunity To End American War In Afghanistan

The Afghanistan war was forgotten during the 2016 presidential campaign although the war is the longest American war in US history. After 16 years including NATO participation, the war is inconclusive - there is no peace and seemingly no end. The war has been between U.S./NATO and the Taliban. …

Fearing White House Purge Of Climate Science, Scientists Frantically Copying Data

The moment Donald Trump took office on Friday, the official White House website was purged of all references to global warming and climate change science.<p>In its place is an energy plan to increase development of fossil fuels, get rid of regulations, open up public lands and parks to drilling and …

The White House

Donald Trump Wins The Electoral College Vote After Passing 270

On Monday, members of the Electoral College convened in every state to do their thing. As everyone is aware by now, Donald Trump was chosen as U.S. president on Election Day. And at 5:35pm EST, Trump surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed to officially become president-elect. CNN confirmed the …

Who Is Gen. James Mattis? 10 Things to Know About Trump's Pick for Secretary of Defense.

"We are going to appoint Mad Dog Mattis as our Secretary of Defense," the president-elect said at a "thank-you" rally.<p>During a "thank you" rally in Cincinnati on Thursday, president-elect Donald Trump announced that he would be appointing retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as head of the Department …

The story of the KC-135 tankers that saved another KC-135 flying for 13.5 hours in support of a CAS mission over Afghanistan

After being unexpectedly requested to refuel a CAS (Close Air Support) aircraft targeting a high-level enemy leader, a KC-135 found itself “below …

Military

Trump Picks Gen. James Mattis As His Defense Secretary

At a rally in Cincinnati on Thursday night, President-elect Donald Trump said he would select retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to lead the Defense Department, filling a key role in the incoming administration. Mattis, 66, is famous for both his blunt talk and his engaging leadership in recent …