U.S. Armed Forces

How the Marine Corps' favorite battle cry got its start — aboard a Navy submarine

Walk onto any Marine Corps base and you'll hear all sorts of celebratory grunts, like "<i>ERRR</i>," and "<i>Yut,</i>" echoing throughout the well-trimmed grounds. However, one grunt stands out the most amongst Marines from the day they enter boot camp until the day they die — "<i>oo-rah</i>."<p>Although the military has …

Military

A man claimed his wife had been lost at sea. The FBI charged him with murder.

An investigation into hundreds of missing gold and silver coins ends where the investigation into Lewis Bennett’s missing wife begins.<p>On May 15, 2017, Bennett sent a distress call from Bahamian waters, near Cay Sal Island, and told the U.S. Coast Guard there had been a terrible accident.<p>He had been …

Crime

Here's why Jim Mattis hates the term 'unmanned aerial vehicle'

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis can get ticked off at times over stilted military terminology and its blizzard of unfathomable acronyms. Last week, he let loose at one of his pet peeves.<p>In this case, it was "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles," or UAVs, which is what the Defense Department calls drones.<p>Mattis …

Jim Mattis

In 1968, a U.S. Navy Attack Submarine Exploded Underwater. No One Knows Why.

A tragedy for the U.S. Navy's silent service. <i>The conspiracy theory is that the Scorpion was somehow caught up in some kind of Cold War skirmish, and</i> …

U.S. Navy

Honoring an army of ghosts who helped the Allies win World War II

Anthony Young grew up on Chicago’s South Side, graduated from Lindblom High School in 1940 and was thrilled to receive a scholarship to study at the …

U.S. Army

How the Corps Plans to Win a Cold Weather Fight

In the past year the Corps has upped the ante in its preparation for a major cold weather confrontation with a power like Russia or North Korea — a …

U.S. Marines

Want soldiers to use advanced tech? Go more disposable and address accountability culture.

“You can make mistakes, but lose equipment and you will be fired.” I learned this early in my career, and it has continued to be reinforced on an …

Military

What does Australia need from Trump's US?

<b>Australia will send its largest-ever political and business delegation to the US this week. If anything, Australia has "doubled down" on its relationship with the US since President Donald Trump began his tenure, explains Prof Simon Jackman.</b><p>Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will visit …

Australia

The Small-Rocket Revolution

As entering orbit gets cheaper, the possibilities are almost limitless.<p>When SpaceX's 230-foot Falcon Heavy blasted off on Feb. 6, it became a global sensation. But a much quieter launch three days earlier may turn out to be more important. That's when a 31-foot rocket known as the SS-520-5 took off …

Business

US Air Force eyes self-protection systems for aging tankers, airlifters

WASHINGTON and KADENA AIR BASE, Japan — The U.S. Air Force’s fleet of legacy tankers and cargo planes may be getting some major survivability …

Aerospace

The Country Is Broken. The Kids Are Alright.

The Parkland shooting may be a sea change moment after all.<p>I’ve mentioned around the shebeen before that my father spent 35 years as a teacher and administrator in the public schools in Worcester, MA. (Heart of the Commonwealth, represent!) Originally, he planned to be a lawyer when he graduated …

Ben Shapiro

Japan's defense against North Korea hamstrung on several fronts

TOKYO -- As North Korea raises tensions in the region, Japan's Self-Defense Forces face a number of challenges on how to prepare, including tight …

Military

Army looking to funnel potential budget boost into modernization

After two decades of ups and downs, the Army is preparing for its biggest base budget in history. The service is staring down the end of Congress’s …

Military

Ships ahoy! Set sail on Erie-based tall ships this season

Reservations are now open for day sails and more aboard Erie's own U.S. Brig Niagara and the visiting Lettie G. Howard this summer.<p>Sure, Presque Isle …

Sailing

Facts About SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Rocket

The Falcon Heavy is a large cargo-lifting rocket developed by private spaceflight company SpaceX. When it launched on its maiden voyage on Feb. 6, …

Space Travel

Unsung hero of sailing community dies at 71

The local and international sailing community lost one of its legends last week. Herb Reese died Feb. 15 at the age of 71.<p>“One of sailing’s true …

Sailing

Second submarine welcoming enlisted female crew members

The Ohio-class guided missile submarine Florida is the second sub in the Navy fleet to incorporate integrated male-female crews, according to The …

Military

My Family’s Billy Graham Story

Shortly before she died, my mom gave me the cross you see on the left here:<p>It is her baptism cross.<p>Her mother, my grandmother, was raised Catholic up …

Christianity

Lakeside for Children names next CEO

KALAMAZOO, MI -- A new leader will take over at Lakeside for Children in April with the retirement of Don Nitz, its chief executive officer for 12 …

Michigan

Letters by America's first enlisted women reveal motivation, conflict of WWI service in Postal Museum exhibit

Stationed at a U.S. Army hospital in France in 1918, nurse Lulu Wolfe looked after World War I soldiers suffering from shrapnel wounds and gas …

Smithsonian

Former Ambassador John Bolton Thinks These Candidates Can Keep Us Safe

It’s here. The 2018 midterms are upon us. The tide could be shifting thanks to the continued success of the GOP tax plan. Looked as a possible …

Conservative View

In Iraq, Hezbollah’s Got U.S. Tanks, and Washington Wants Them Back

The Pentagon is pressuring Iraq to seize any M-1s that are still in the hands of Iran-backed militias but is vague about how many have been …

Middle East

We Now Know Exactly What Sensors the Army's Powerful New RO-6A Spy Planes Will Carry

A recent contracting notice includes a detailed breakdown of the various cameras, radars, and signals intelligence gear that will go into the …

Military

Russia’s warning to US: ‘Don’t play with fire’

SYRIA is a mess. The confusing chain of factional loyalties appear to lead in a never-ending loop.<p>With their common enemy, Islamic State, almost gone …

Middle East

Parkland Hero Wanted to Go to West Point Before He Died. West Point Just Posthumously Accepted Him.

Peter Wang wanted to be an Army officer but he died saving students at Stoneman Douglas High in Florida. Today his family was honored.<p>PARKLAND, …

U.S. Army

The 5 Finalists to Be the U.S. Navy’s Newest Frigate

The Navy will pick one of these ships to the the Navy’s low-end sea fighter.<p>The U.S. Navy has picked five semi-finalists in the competition to field the service’s next generation frigate. The five competitors include two foreign designs, from Spain and Italy, as well as beefed-up versions of the …

Military

Did a Russian Built Stealth Submarine 'Sink' a Navy Nuclear Attack Sub?

Fact or fiction? <i>While diesel-electric boats are generally quieter than nuclear submarines, the U.S. Navy prefers atomic powered vessels because of</i> …

Military

Marines quietly lower combat training requirements to help female officers

Those of you who were following the efforts of then SECDEF Ash Carter to open up all combat roles to women during the Obama administration probably …

Conservative View

The US Navy is sending destroyers into the Black Sea to send Russia a message

The US Navy sent an additional Arleigh Burke-class destroyer into the Black Sea on Saturday to "conduct maritime security operations" in the region.<p>The USS Carney joined the USS Ross to patrol a body of water that has become increasingly tense since Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014. …

Military

US Army Wants Powder Metal Gun Barrels

Last Thursday, we discussed the US Army’s solicitation for combustible cartridge cases. Today, we’ll take a look at another interesting solicitation …

U.S. Army