War

Russia Has One 'Cannon' That Can Kill Cities

Self-propelled heavy mortar carriers are ubiquitous in modern mechanized armies. Mounted on light armored carriers and placed at the disposal of …

Syrian Army

David and Goliath in Vietnam

There are some events that can be understood only with the perspective of time. The war in Vietnam is one.<p>It was June 21, 1989, and I was interviewing a diminutive man with four stars on the epaulets of his dark green uniform shirt. We were talking in what had once been the mansion of a French …

Opinion

US: 2 Chinese jets conduct unsafe intercept of Navy aircraft

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Chinese aircraft conducted an unprofessional intercept of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft over the South China Sea, the Pentagon said Friday, marking the second time in about a week that the U.S. has complained about unsafe Chinese operations in the region.<p>A defense official …

South China Sea

Pentagon Will Try to Shoot Down a North Korea-Like Intercontinental Missile

(WASHINGTON) — Preparing for North Korea's growing threat, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time …

North Korea

Russian fighter jet taunts US by doing a barrel roll over KC-10 aircraft in Syria

US military officials say Russia has apologised for the 'unprofessional' conduct of one its pilots.<p>Russian military officials apologised after one of …

Military

Trump's anti-ISIS war keeps killing huge numbers of civilians

The Trump administration has a civilian casualties problem.<p>It’s becoming clear that the Pentagon has a civilian casualties problem. Two recent events make that fairly evident, andit’s showing the problems the anti-ISIS coalition has to keep bystanders off the coroner’s table.<p>In the midst of Trump’s …

Islamic State (ISIS)

ISIS calls for ‘all-out war’ as Ramadan begins

ISIS is calling for an “all-out war” on the West, as the Islamic holy month of Ramadan gets under way Friday evening, according to reports.<p>The call …

Islamic State (ISIS)

The majority of American combat fatalities since 2015 have been US special ops

As the United States wages a protracted war in Afghanistan and a 16-year-long Global War on Terror that has received renewed commitments from President Donald Trump, the Los Angeles Times has highlighted a stunning reality in a new profile published May 25: More than half of the American combat …

Armed Conflict

11-Year-Old Girl Accuses Her School of a War Crime

An 11-year-old girl accused her school of committing a war crime — and the accusation has gone viral, thanks to her dad.<p>Gavin Bell, an author who …

War Crimes

Loophole in Rules on Transgender Troops Denies 2 Their Commissions

WASHINGTON — Not long after the Pentagon lifted its ban on transgender troops last year, a West Point cadet named Riley Dosh came out as a transgender woman. She figured she would transition while serving in the Army, as other transgender soldiers have done.<p>“As cadets we’re told not to hide,” Ms. …

West Point

Astronaut John Glenn's remains may have been desecrated, according to the Pentagon

Pentagon officials are investigating whether or not a senior mortuary official offered to show legendary astronaut John Glenn's remains to military …

John Glenn

US military training space warriors for 'extraterrestrial conflict'

The Space Aggressors are not training to fight aliens, rather preparing for a space war with enemy nations.<p>A real life Independence Day may not be …

Armed Conflict

Trying To Wring Entertainment Out Of A Quagmire In 'War Machine'

Afghanistan has been dubbed the "graveyard of empires" for punishing the hubris of powerful invaders, but eight years after the 9/11 attacks lured American forces to Afghanistan, it had become more like a purgatory. With anything like a clear-cut victory long off the table and the "coalition of the …

Armed Conflict

Ever Wondered What Kind Of Rigorous Training Our Special Forces Go Through? An Inside Account

Seventy per cent of those who voluntarily opt for the Indian Special Forces fail.Seventy per cent. Let that sink in.The Indian Special Forces are the …

Special Forces

Once at risk of extinction, iconic Warthog plane lives on

WASHINGTON – The Warthog is sitting pretty.<p>Once on the brink of forced retirement, the A-10 attack plane with the ungainly shape and odd nickname has been given new life, spared by Air Force leaders who have reversed the Obama administration's view of the plane as an unaffordable extra in what had …

Aerospace

British troops tell Ministry of Defence morale is falling amid cuts to Armed Forces

Elite commando force The Royal Marines have seen 'large decreases' in morale and satisfaction.<p>Morale among the UK's armed forces has taken a hit as …

Armed Conflict

Native Alaskans who protected Alaska in WWII to be honored

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The military on Friday will honor more than a dozen deceased members of a largely Native Alaskan citizen militia who protected the U.S. territory from the threat of Japanese invasion during World War II, bringing closure to their families for a service that went unpaid and …

US troop killed in vehicle rollover in Syria

A U.S. service member was killed in a vehicle incident Friday in northern Syria, the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Exclusive: Somali police get first drones to combat Islamist bombings | Reuters

By Abdirahman Hussein and Katharine Houreld<br>| MOGADISHU/NAIROBI<p>MOGADISHU/NAIROBI A former U.S. intelligence specialist has donated surveillance drones …

Terrorism

Rear admiral apologizes to Indigenous recruits for sailor's 'war cry' insult

Member of HMCS Fredericton taunted Aboriginal recruits during an introductory training program<p>The head of the Royal Canadian Navy on the East Coast …

Armed Conflict

Pence: the era of military budget cuts "is over"

Vice President Mike Pence while delivering the commencement speech at the U.S. Naval Academy's graduation and commissioning ceremony</b> …

Politics

Trump seeks to spend more on nuclear weapons but buys little added capability

President Trump’s proposed budget for 2018 aims to pump an extra $589 million into building nuclear bombs. What will he get for that sum? Pretty much …

Armed Conflict

Armed Services chairman unveils $2.1B Asia-Pacific security bill

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee has introduced a bill to provide $2.1 billion toward security in the Asia-Pacific region, he …

North Korea

Why Russia is urgently developing a new nuclear missile

In 2018, Russia will will introduce the new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which is to supersede its 25-year-old predecessor, the RS-20V Voyevoda.<p>The Sarmat manufacturer is working "virtually 24/7" to create the new ICBM, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu has announced.<p>This …

Armed Conflict

Here's why the US would have to be insane to attack North Korea

Despite reports of US and Chinese military buildups, North Korea's increased pace of provocations, and the Trump administration's claims that "all options are on the table," the US would have to be insane to attack North Korea.<p>To the untrained eye, the preparations for war are all there. The US has …

North Korea

The B-52 Is Getting Out of the Nuke-Dropping Business

It still has nuclear-tipped cruise missiles, though.<p>The venerable B-52 strategic bomber no longer carries thermonuclear bombs. Because of improved modern enemy air defenses, the Pentagon has decided the old plane is no longer capable of getting close enough to drop the bombs. (The B-52 still will …

Military

Trump is a commander in chief who doesn't command

“You can blow stuff up … but where do things end?”<p>The US military is making many life-or-death decisions without input from the person who matters most: the president of the United States.<p>In Trump’s first months in office, the US conducted drone strikes in Yemen and a special operations raid where …

Armed Conflict

Trump’s Move to Deter Russian Aggression

KYIV, Ukraine—On Tuesday, President Donald Trump presented a budget request to Congress that would boost spending for an Obama-era buildup of U.S. …

Armed Conflict

U.S. special operations forces face growing demands and increased risks

Touching down before dawn, Somali “Lightning” commandos climbed out of U.S. military helicopters and carefully advanced in the dark toward a ramshackle compound tucked into muddy farmland dotted by banana trees.<p>U.S. surveillance had monitored the site for days after an intelligence tip signaled the …

Armed Conflict

America’s Allies Conceal Their Civilian Casualties in Iraq and Syria

The United States is doing its partners in the anti-Islamic State campaign a favor, at the expense of its own transparency.<p>The United States’ …

Armed Conflict