Military

The Air Force's newest gunship, the Ghostrider, is almost ready for combat

The U.S. Air Force plans to declare its newest gunship, the AC-130J Ghostrider, ready for combat — or initial operating capability (IOC) in acquisition parlance — this month, but the aircraft won’t actually deploy to a war zone for a couple more years, a general said.<p>“We are declaring IOC, Initial …

Ghost Rider

This nuclear explosion simulator shows where radioactive fallout would go using today's weather

• <b>Nukemap lets you simulate nuclear explosions on an interactive map.</b>• <b><br>A science historian created the tool years ago but recently updated it.</b>• <b><br>The new version uses real-time weather conditions to estimate a blast's radioactive fallout zones.</b>• <b><br>The new version can also export data to 3D mapping software</b> …

Science

The Coast Guard is detecting a new trend among high-seas narco smugglers

Since June, Coast Guard vessels patrolling the US's southern approaches have stopped seven low-profile smuggling vessels — stealthy ships that ride low in the water to spirit illicit cargos from South America to Mexico and the US.<p>Akin to self-propelled semi-submersibles used by smugglers for the …

U.S. Coast Guard

Death Match: PAK-FA Stealth Fighter vs. America's Killer F-22 Raptor

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen! Entering the ring today are the two ultimate stealth fighters of the day, the F-22 Raptor and the PAK FA T-50. …

Aerospace

Hypersonic flight: Threat or opportunity?

If you've been following defense or aerospace news in recent years, you may have noticed that there's been significant buzz about hypersonics. The …

Aerospace

Trump's North Korea threats leave Asia struggling to explain

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Was it a bluff? A warning that Washington would shoot down North Korea's next missile test? A simple restatement of past policy? Officials and pundits across Asia struggled Wednesday to decode President Donald Trump's threat to "totally destroy North Korea" if …

North Korea

China and Russia's Crazy Plan to Make America's Most Powerful Weapon Obsolete

How they can sink the carriers. <i>And if aircraft carriers can’t contribute in the most critical conflicts that face the United States, it will become</i> …

Aircraft Carriers

See Inside a Berlin Synagogue's First Rosh Hashanah After World War II

Jewish New Year photo essay by Robert Capa from LIFE magazine, Oct. 8, 1945.<br>LIFE Magazine<p>1 of 3<p>When Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins on …

Israel

Veteran recalls Sept. 1942 opening of Pendleton

On Sept. 25, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Camp Pendleton as part of a 12,000-mile military inspection trip and dedicated the new …

Military History

Outnumbered 5-1, how U.S. won battle of Bien Hoa Air Base in Vietnam

From the top of a water tower to the middle of the battlefield, Bob Connor and Martin Strones had front-row seats at Bien Hoa Air Base to one of the …

Military History

The Wars of the Seven Coalitions 1792 - 1815

After the French Revolution transformed France and threatened the old order of Europe, France fought a series of wars against the monarchies of …

Military History

USAF explores cloaking device for tankers

The US Air Force will next month unveil the results of a study into survivability gaps on its fleet of tankers and intelligence, surveillance and …

As First UH-60s Arrive, US Plan to Dump Afghan Mi-17s Is Still Problematic

The first two Black Hawks have touched down in Afghanistan, but its unclear when they'll be operational.<p>USAF<p>The United States has delivered the first …

War

Cross-Domain Fires: Army, Pentagon Upgrade ATACMS Missile to Attack Ships at Sea

<i>The Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office is working with the Army on a technical upgrade to the Army Tactical Missile System long-range missile</i> …

War

Land Rover challenge: captain of the Navy's new aircraft carrier takes a voyage of Discovery

A few weeks ago the nation’s aircraft carrier and flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived for the first time to its home base in Portsmouth under the command of Captain Jerry Kyd. The 65,000 ton ship’s move came after several weeks of sea trials in the North Sea and months of training by the crew and …

Trucks

Russia's air force killed 850 militants in Syria in last 24 hours: Interfax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's air force has killed about 850 militants in Syria's zone of de-escalation in Idlib in the last 24 hours, Interfax news agency quoted Russia's Defence Ministry as saying on Wednesday.

Syria

SAIC contract for upgraded Marine vehicles advances

Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marine Corps has ushered SAIC's survivability upgrade for the corps' assault amphibious vehicle into the program's …

U.S. Marines

Navy issues new sleep and watch schedule rules for the surface fleet

To the likely relief of many an exhausted ship crew, the Navy will for the first time institute formal rest guidelines for sailors on ships, part of …

U.S. Navy, stunned by two fatal collisions, exhausts some sailors with 100-hour workweeks

<b>By Alex Horton</b><p>WASHINGTON — Navy leaders acknowledged Tuesday several unsettling truths about the service’s dangerous deployment pace and the role …

Canadian News

Navy must ask Congress for $600M to fix damaged ships

Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer said Wednesday that the service will need to ask Congress for hundreds of millions of dollars to repair two combat …

Senate Armed Services Committee

raceAhead: Serena Williams Talks About Race, Her Daughter and Asks For Help In An Open Letter On Reddit

Now that Serena Williams has welcomed her first child with her fiance Alexis Ohanian, she’s clearly thinking about the world their daughter, Alexis, …

U.S. Air Force

US Navy will use Xbox controllers to operate submarine periscopes

The next time you hear "down periscope," the command may be carried out via an Xbox controller.<p>The U.S. Navy is going to use Microsoft Xbox 360 controllers to operate periscopes on its newest submarines, Virginia-class submarines, reports say. The new periscopes, which will have high-resolution …

U.S. Navy

As Trump presses for a border wall, there’s a new Coast Guard record for drug seizures at sea

The Coast Guard has set a new record for cocaine seizures at sea for the second consecutive year, an effort that admirals are linking to border security as they look to build new ships while President Trump presses for a border wall.<p>The service highlighted the record Wednesday in San Diego …

News (U.S.)

What would a Russia-NATO war look like? Russia’s wargaming it right now.

<b>Photo gallery by Reuters</b><p>LUGA, Russia — A revitalized Russian military on Monday sent tanks, paratroopers, artillery, antiaircraft weapons, jets and …

War

The Feds are looking into some suspicious Equifax trades

Raise your hand if you've heard this before: There may have been some funny business around the Equifax hack.<p>In the latest development, the House Financial Services Committee is now looking at some Equifax options trading that took place following the initial discovery of the breach, but before it …

Business

Career Development Symposium

<b>Wednesday, Sept. 20 (7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT / 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT):</b><p>This session is designed for officers, chiefs and first class petty officers …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Dell EMC, Microsoft announce $1B Air Force contract

Dell EMC, General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) announce a $1B U.S. Air Force contract.<p>The five-year contract covers implementing a …

Business

Two Navy ships deployed to Western Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean

By: PTI | Mumbai |<p>Indian Navy Submarine Shishumar. (Source: Indian Navy’s Website/http://www.indiannavy.nic.in)<p>Two Navy ships, a submarine and two …

Indian Navy

The Air Force is working to max out pilot production — but it won’t be nearly enough

In the face of an alarming shortfall of pilots, the Air Force is trying to boost how many new pilots it produces each year.<p>But with the resources it …

Aerospace

CNO Richardson: High Optempo and 'Can-Do Culture' Culminated In 'Pervasive' Expired Certifications in Forward-Deployed Surface Forces

CNO Adm. John RIchardson testifying before the Senate Armed Service Committee on Sept 19. US Navy Photo<p>CAPITOL HILL — The Navy has been largely …

U.S. Navy