Armed Conflict

The One Big Reason No Nation Would Wage a War on Israel

In a private email leaked to the public in September of 2016, former secretary of state and retired U.S. Army general Colin Powell alluded to Israel …

War

Embattled U.S. troops in Niger called for air support after fatal attack started

WASHINGTON — An Army special forces combat patrol in the west African nation of Niger did not anticipate resistance and called for air support one hour after being attacked by ISIS-affiliated militants, the Pentagon's top general said Monday.<p>French fighter jets arrived to support the besieged …

News (U.S.)

How the Soviet Union Snooped Waters for Enemy Subs—Without Sonar

Newly declassified documents show that even the most secretive submarines leaves a trail.<p>In the late 1980s, the Soviet Union claimed a feat many military experts thought impossible. K-147, a Victor-class nuclear-powered attack submarine, secretly followed the trail of a U.S. boomer (most likely the …

U.S. Navy

The Air Force denies it is considering Cold War-style alerts for B-52 bombers

The U.S. military is building new flightline facilities that will enable the Air Force to position pilots and aircrews directly alongside its nuclear-capable B-52 bombers, but officials deny the move is part of any plan to put the warplanes on indefinite alert in response to tensions with North …

War

Top US general reveals new info on Niger ambush

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The US troops attacked in Niger were on their way back to their operating base when they were ambushed by 50 ISIS fighters, according to Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, who provided a timeline of the attack on Monday.<p>Four US and five Nigerien soldiers were killed and …

War

Niger Attack Was Likely A Set-Up By Terrorists, Say Officials

WASHINGTON — An emerging theory among U.S. military investigators is that the Army Special Forces soldiers ambushed in Niger were set up by terrorists, who were tipped off in advance about a meeting in a village sympathetic to local ISIS affiliates, three U.S. officials who have been briefed on the …

War

US Reportedly Prepping Nuclear Bombers for Posture Not Seen Since Cold War

The U.S. Air Force is reportedly preparing B-52 bombers outfitted with nuclear weapons for 24-hour alert, a posture unseen since the Cold War.<p>In an …

War

5 Reasons Why No Nation Wants to Fight the US Army

<i>Whether the M-1 Abrams is the best tank in the world depends on who you talk to, and more important, what country they are from. But it is</i> …

War

Republican senator calls GOP colleague ‘warmonger’ over number of U.S. military missions

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is calling GOP colleague Lindsey Graham a “warmonger” in a tweet that goes beyond a mere …

War

Intentional Syrian fire aimed at deterring Israel without waging war

It’s now perfectly clear that Syria and Iran have launched a diplomatic and military offensive aimed at deterring Israel from carrying out further …

Israel

The Special Ops Mission in Niger Was Routine and Common. Stop Politicizing It.

The loss of four special operations soldiers in Niger is a tragedy. We grieve as a nation, rightly, whenever we lose any of the brave young men and …

Conservative View

Troops Ambushed in Niger Waited an Hour to Call for Help, Pentagon Official Says

WASHINGTON — American troops who came under fire in Niger during a deadly ambush this month waited more than an hour before calling for help, the top United States military officer said on Monday.<p>Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he did not want to …

News (U.S.)

Meet the Koksan, North Korea’s Super-Big Artillery Gun

Seoul has to cope with an unusual urban planning program for a huge, modern metropolis: the northern side of the capital lies little more than 30 …

War

A Must Read for Trump's National Security Team

Think tanks in Washington, D.C. generally do not promote each other’s products. The marketplace of ideas is highly competitive, resources are scarce, …

Military

Top U.S. General Says Niger Probe Continues With Details Unclear

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said an early October patrol made up of U.S. troops and forces from Niger set out with expectations that …

War

The Pentagon Wants Drone 'Swarms' to Support Infantry

DARPA asked robot-developers for a way to let small infantry units deploy swarms of 250 or more robots in urban areas.<p>In the near future, US Army and Marine Corps infantry squads could march into battle behind swarms of hundreds of flying and crawling drones.<p>At least, that's the plan. On October …

Drones

Parts of Niger and Mali are already lawless. U.S. strategy might make it worse.

When four U.S. Special Forces soldiers were killed in Niger earlier this month, many Americans, including some in Congress, were surprised that their troops were active in the little-known country. Now, nearly three weeks after the ambush in which they died, the main story line is about how long it …

World News

America’s Forever Wars

The United States has been at war continuously since the attacks of 9/11 and now has just over 240,000 active-duty and reserve troops in at least 172 countries and territories. While the number of men and women deployed overseas has shrunk considerably over the past 60 years, the military’s reach …

Opinion

The Pentagon wants YOU to develop 'drone swarms' for the military

The US Department of Defense (DOD) earlier this month announced its “drone sprints” project, aimed at advancing “drone swarm” technology. It’s calling on developers nationwide to come up with usable solutions to the challenge of deploying and controlling hundreds of unmanned air and ground vehicles …

Drones

Top U.S. general says no sign soldiers in Niger took too many risks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. general said on Monday he had no information that Army special operation forces involved in a deadly attack in Niger earlier this month had taken too many risks.<p>"I don't have any indication right now to believe or to know that they did anything other than operate …

News (U.S.)

Moscow compared what the U.S. did in Raqqa to Dresden in World War II

10:44 a.m. ET<p>Nine months into his administration, President Trump's tweets have fallen into a familiar topical groove: Trump's suffering at the hands …

War

U.S. Company Builds Truck-Mounted Rocket System, Inspired by DIY Weapons of the Libyan War

The difference is, these can actually hit something.<p>A frequent sight during the Libyan Civil War was a bunch of rockets mounted on top of a pickup truck, used to fire a raw barrage at the enemy. When rebels hostile to Muammar Gaddafi overran Libyan military bases, they captured huge stocks of …

United States

Fact You May Not Know: China Has Its Very Own 'B-52' Bomber

Welcome to the H-6. <i>When the Tu-16 was designed in the 1950s, the intent was for strategic bombers to overfly hostile cities and military</i> …

War

Top US general: Soldiers in Niger called for help 1 hour after ambush

The military unit ambushed in Africa earlier this month didn’t call for support until an hour after the attack and French jets didn’t reach the scene …

War

Kirby: Gen Dunford fleshed out ambush timeline

Retired Navy Admiral John Kirby told Jake Tapper that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford gave some critical details on the time line of the Africa ambush.

War

Trump's executive order recalls pilots as Air Force returns nuclear bombers to Cold War status

×<p>Tag History<p>DonaldTrump created by Mark Sumner at 10/23/2017 07:36 AM<br>• DonaldTrump ExecutiveOrder created by Mark Sumner at 10/23/2017 07:36 AM<br>• AirForce …

Liberal View

Nuclear bombers could be on '24-alert' for first time in decades

The military could reheat a Cold War tactic and keep B-52s ready to deploy.

War

Dunford Explains What Happened in Niger

Speaking from the Pentagon Monday afternoon, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Military Operations in Niger General Joseph Dunford briefed …

Conservative View

Apathy Is the Greatest Insult to the Memory of Fallen Soldiers

KYIV, Ukraine—I’ve experienced our country’s wars both as a combatant and a witness.<p>I deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq while I was an Air Force …

Conservative View

No, the USAF Hasn't Put its Nuclear Bombers Back on 24/7 Alert, Yet

Just considering the plan might have benefits, but doing so would be costly and could risk accidents and provocations.<p>USAF<p>The U.S. Air Force’s top …

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