Military

5 things I learned from the Marine Corps' scout sniper school

There is no shortage of popular culture lionizing snipers. From movies to books, legendary exploits are laced with evocative imagery.<p>Alone, unafraid, heroically holding back enemy hoards with only a bolt gun. This captivation is not without good cause, but Hollywood’s depictions often fall short of …

Armed Forces

The Army Has Successfully Tested Its "Hoverbike"

With no riders in sight.<p>Back in 2015, the U.S. Army partnered with with Mallory Aeronautics with the hope of building a hoverbike, a rectangular prop-powered flying device that could someday theoretically carry both supplies and troops. The project has been coming along nicely, with successful …

Armed Forces

The history of the Navy SEALs, America's most elite warriors

Of all the special operations forces within the US military, none are as famous as the Navy SEALs. Responsible for such historic actions as the killing of Osama bin Laden, the SEALs are one of the US's go-to choices for extremely dangerous missions.<p>A PBS documentary, "Navy SEALs - Their Untold …

Armed Forces

Here's what's wrong with the world's most lethal combat plane

The US Air Force's F-22 Raptor's combination of stealth and performance makes it arguably the most lethal combat plane in the world, but it's not without its weaknesses.<p>As War Is Boring's David Archibald notes, the F-22 sorely lacks infrared-search-and-track (IRST) sensors, as well as …

Fighter Aircraft

F-35’s ‘Grotesque Overruns’ Are Now Past, Says Pentagon’s Chief at Odds With Trump - Bloomberg

Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 jet “has come a long way” since “grotesque” cost overruns and schedule delays plagued the costliest U.S. weapons system, …

Fighter Aircraft

Who needs the cavalry? US Army calls in the Hoverbike

In a demonstration for Department of Defense officials on January 10, the US Army Research Lab flew the prototype of the Joint Tactical Aerial Resupply Vehicle -- a specially designed quadcopter that may someday deliver supplies to soldiers on the battlefield.<p>The electric-powered drone has been in …

Armed Forces

​Air Force mulls low-end fighter experiment

As Textron Aviation eyes the US Air Force’s lucrative T-X trainer competition, its dual light-attack fighter and trainer Scorpion aircraft could …

U.S. Air Force

US Army turns to IBM to build, manage private cloud data center

The deal marks the first time the Army has enlisted a private company to run a large-scale data center on its behalf within a military …

IBM

Battle of the Bulge - WWII Sniper Attacks

Photo: Youtube.com<p>Ted Gundy was in his teens when he fought at the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. He had been selected for the role of sniper after …

Military History

Trump should update military policy in Afghanistan

Between Christmas and New Year’s, I led a congressional delegation to Kabul, Afghanistan, where I met with some of our soldiers, and with senior U.S. …

Afghanistan War

British Army tests moving tanks through English Channel in case of an invasion of Eastern Europe

As tensions rise between Nato and Russia, the British Army sent 5 Challenger tanks to France and back.<p>The British Army has tested out its capability …

Military History

BAE Systems shares slip as it is told by Donald Trump to help find 10pc cost savings in F-35 fighter jets

BAE Systems must find huge savings in the producing parts for the F-35 stealth fighter on the orders of Donald Trump, the defence company’s chairman has said.<p>Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Sir Roger Carr said the US president-elect wants to see the cost of the controversial …

Aerospace

To protect ships from enemy drone swarms, the Navy is developing target-tracking bullets

Why it matters to you<p>warfare is evolving, so the Navy is taking steps to ensure that US ships can defend themselves against possible drone attacks<p>Now …

Consumer Technology

Former Astronaut Michael Fossum To Head Texas A&M University At Galveston

Colonel Michael E. Fossum<p>Colonel Michael E. Fossum, former astronaut and a 1980 Texas A&M University graduate, has been named a vice president of …

Texas A&M

First F-35B Fighter Jets Arrive in Japan

MELBOURNE, Australia — The first Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters have arrived in Japan, beginning the type’s first permanent …

Armed Forces

WWII Warbirds Helped Destroy Hitler

There is an affectionate term for the planes that helped win the fight against Hitler: warbirds. I saw all the warbirds of World War II in our recent …

Military History

Israel tests updated self-protection fit for C-130J

The Israeli air force is equipping its Lockheed Martin C-130J ("Samson") tactical transports with an advanced self-protection system against the …

Armed Forces

Chelsea Manning's Ordeal - An Exercise In Political Retribution

So Chelsea Manning's long ordeal is set to end. Her scheduled release on 17 May - International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia - will bring to end a distinctly unsavoury chapter in recent US history.<p>Punished for trying to alert the world to possible US war crimes in Iraq, the US …

U.S. Military

Will Air Force One be a downgrade for President-elect Trump?

Mr. Trump’s current jet boasts 24-karat gold-plated seat belts and bathroom fittings, but the presidential aircraft has a top secret anti-missile …

Aerospace

First F-35Cs for West Coast FRS to arrive next week at Lemoore

An F-35C Lightning II, attached to the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 41, taxis about Naval Air Station Fallon on Dec. 16, 2016. US …

U.S. Military

Exclusive: Pentagon, Lockheed near deal on $9 billion F-35 contract - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) are close to deal for a contract worth almost $9 billion as negotiations are poised to bring the price per F-35 below $100 million for the first time, people familiar with the talks said Wednesday.<p>The F-35, the …

Military Aircraft

The 75th Ranger Regiment Is No Longer an All-Male Unit

<i>This article originally appeared on</i><i>Task & Purpose</i><i>, a digital news and culture publication dedicated to military and veterans issues.</i><p>The 75th Ranger …

Armed Forces

WWII Troops Threw Mortar Rounds Like Grenades

A few World War II movies feature incredible scenes of troops — usually soldiers or Marines — fighting tooth and nail against an enemy until they’ve …

Military History

Congresswoman Gabbard makes unannounced trip to Syria

WASHINGTON — Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has made an unannounced trip to Syria and Lebanon, traveling to the region two months after she sat down …

Syria

Fenner with 30, Nevada holds on to beat Air Force 83-76 (Jan 18, 2017)

RENO, Nev. (AP) D. J. Fenner scored a career-high 30 points as Nevada held on against a late Air Force rally to win it 83-76 on Wednesday …

Air Force Falcons

Israel Air Force Deploys Operational Arrow-3 Missile Defense

TEL AVIV – The Israel Air Force declared initial operational capability on Wednesday of the Arrow-3 intercepting system, the nation’s newest, …

Israeli Air Force

Edward Snowden could soon be on the path to Russian citizenship

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who revealed a massive domestic spying apparatus in the US by leaking stolen documents as he fled to China and Russia, may soon be on the path to Russian citizenship.<p>Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden's Russian lawyer, told RIA Novosti news …

Edward Snowden

I Was Almost Killed By a Navy Jet on a San Diego Beach

One beautiful southern California afternoon in the summer of 1954, I watched a Navy F7U-3 Cutlass jet fighter as it cruised over the beach at …

San Diego

Army Life: The Other Side Of The Story

A young boy shivers, rain dripping down his mud-streaked face. His eyes are wide and fixed. Another joins him, also dressed in combats, and pours him tea from a flask. Soon he's surrounded by comrades, sitting silently, checking their rifles.<p>'This is belonging' says the screen. 'Army: Be the best. …

Teens

George H. W. Bush hospitalized for shortness of breath

HOUSTON — Former President George H.W. Bush was taken to the hospital over the weekend for shortness of breath and the 92-year-old is responding well …

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