Spiraling internal costs threaten to make US military a 'hollow force'
Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis is sworn in as defense secretary on January 20. In a confirmation hearing, Mattis promised that his themes would be "solvency and security." Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI. | License Photo. In the early 1980s, U.S. Army Chief ...
Global symposium brings military leaders, Green Berets documentary to bay area - Tampabay.com (blog)Tampabay.com (blog)
Global symposium brings military leaders, Green Berets documentary to bay area
More than a dozen high-ranking foreign and U.S. military officials are coming to the Tampa area this week to speak at the third annual Global SOF Symposium. By the end of this month, there will be about 500 U.S. troops, plus tanks, deployed to Romania.and more »
- Bangkok Post
TAT to lure Chinese tourists with military facilities
The Tourism Authority of Thailand has come up with an idea to open military facilities to draw tourists from China as part of a campaign to show Thailand's new look, TAT deputy governor Srisuda Wanapinyosak said. Mrs Srisuda, TAT deputy governor for ...and more »
ON TARGET: Canada's military doing more than its share
Now that U.S. President Donald Trump has fully assumed the reins of office, it appears that he remains intent on implementing even the most outrageous of his election promises. Within a week of his inauguration, he had issued an executive order in an ...and more »
Old ways of trying to fix the military aren't working. The Canadian Armed Forces should unionize - CBC.caCBC.ca
Old ways of trying to fix the military aren't working. The Canadian Armed Forces should unionize
Leadership at the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has always insisted that the well-being of the rank and file is their primary concern. But the seemingly endless number of cases and stories about delayed pensions, lack of mental health resources, systemic ...
Iran launches 'advanced' rockets during military exercises
An Iranian woman and her son walk past Shahab-2 (L) and Shahab-3 missiles on display in front of a large portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a square in south Tehran. An Iranian semi-official news agency is reporting that the ...
Iran's Revolutionary Guards Start Military Drills With 'Advanced' RocketsSputnik International
Iran Announces New Military Drills Despite US WarningsRadioFreeEurope/RadioL
Trump's proposed big military budget no sure thing
WASHINGTON – Republicans control Congress so President Donald Trump's pledge to boost the Pentagon budget by tens of billions of dollars should be a sure bet. It's not. Trump faces skeptical Democrats whose support he'll need and resistance from fiscal ...
Trump's Plan for Spike in Defense Spending Faces Big HurdlesMilitary.comall 4 news articles »
- The Wire
Military Investigates After South Sudan Villagers Claim Gang Rape by Soldiers
South Sudan President Salva Kiir addresses members of the media after taking a tour around the capital Juba, South Sudan, October 12, 2016. Picture taken October 12, 2016. Credit: Reuters. Juba: The South Sudanese military has launched a rare ...
South Sudan military officials quit over 'war crimes'Aljazeera.com
Two top officials in South Sudan's military courts resign, rebuke governmentReutersa
- Daily Star
Military testing weapon to bring down ISIS drones – EAGLES
AN air force is training eagles to destroy enemy drones such as those used by ISIS. 0. By Peter Truman / Published 20th February 2017. Play Video. Play. Mute. Current Time 0:00. /. Duration Time 0:00. Loaded: 0%. 0:00. Progress: 0%. 0:00. Progress: 0%.and more »
Stolen Military Medals Returned to Oroville Evacuee; Suspects Arrested
YUBA CITY — Police returned a Yuba City man's military medals Sunday after they were stolen out of his home during the Oroville Dam spillway emergency evacuations. News Feed. app-facebook. City of Yuba City, Local Government. 7 hours ago. The Yuba ...
Stolen Purple Heart, 23 military medals returned to Yuba City manKCRA Sacramentoall 3 news articles »
- Radio Pakistan (press release)
Military Courts In Limbo
The decision over the revival of military courts has been hanging in uncertainty for quite a while. The government initially floated the idea once the time period for the original courts had lapsed, but upon facing criticism from the opposition, the ...
Govt shares draft bill on military courts to all parliamentary leadersRadio Pakistan (press release)all 28 news articles »
Military wife greets fallen soldier's body in heartbreaking airport scene
A PLANE passenger has captured the heartbreaking moment a military wife mourned her fallen Green Beret husband as his body arrived home in the United States. Lisa Williams was on a flight that arrived at a North Carolina airport last week carrying the ...
Video: Military Widow's Touching Moment of Grief Goes ViralExtra (blog)
Military wife mourning fallen Green Beret in viral video is hailed a
- The National Interest Online (blog)
The US Military's Next Big Worry: Invisible Russian Soldiers?
The National Interest Online (blog)
Good news for Russian soldiers: not only will a miracle cloak make them invisible, but it will make them germ-free, too. That's the remarkable claim of the Future Research Fund, Russia's counterpart to the Pentagon's DARPA research agency.
- The National Interest Online
News Flash: Closing US Military Bases Might Not Save America Money
The National Interest Online
The savings from base closures are important only when an activity is eliminated and forces demobilized. Harvey M. Sapolsky. February 19, 2017. TweetShareShare · Printer-friendly version. It is that time again, when all the quick-fix budgeteers call ...
How Trump's military policy could affect Canadians involved in fighting ISIS
Members of the Canadian Forces work on a CP140 Aurora surveillance plane at the Canadian Forces base in the Persian Gulf, Feb. 19, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz. What is this? Sponsored content is written by Global News' editorial staff ...and more »
- The Hindu
Note ban delays military projects - The Hindu
With migrant workers returning, work on infrastructural projects might resume by April.and more »
- The US Military, Like Ancient Rome's, Is Trying to Secure a Dying Empire
Recruiters from the Harrisburg Recruiting Company assisted with the Youth and Education Services (Y.E.S.) October 8, 2010, at the Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Christine June / Harrisburg US Army Recruiting Batallion).
Smart City Tech Would Make Military Bases Safer
The last time the Pentagon directed all of its bases to raise their threat level, the danger came from an unlikely source: social media. That's where accounts connected to ISIS posted the names and home addresses of US military personnel and encouraged ...
KISS Guitarist Tommy Thayer Teams With Zenith Watches for Military Museum Fundraiser
Last night in Portland, OR, guitarist Tommy Thayer, a.k.a., the Spaceman, along with Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Eric Singer, all of the rock band KISS, gave a surprise performance at the close of a gala fundraiser event, where legendary rockers ...
UK, Germany plan post-Brexit military roadmap
Germany and the U.K. are developing a security “road map” that aims to maintain close military-ties between the two nations once Britain exits the EU, Bloomberg reported. The plans were unveiled by Germany's Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, who ...and more »
- Military Times
Experts: Military readiness depends on better firepower
WASHINGTON — More ships and aircraft will boost readiness, but what the Defense Department really needs is better firepower, a group of outside analysts told lawmakers this week. “You have this huge mismatch between the number of platforms we have ...
Bill Gates Urges Sharper Military Focus on Bioterror
Wall Street Journal (subscription)
MUNICH—Bill Gates wants the U.S. military to focus more training on preparing to fight a global pandemic or bioterror attack. The Microsoft Corp. founder, who leads a foundation focused on global health, said a global pandemic—from natural causes or ...
The robot that takes your job should pay taxes, says Bill GatesQuartz
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- ABC Online
Philippine army to form task force for war on drugs, military chief says
The Philippine army will create a battalion-sized task force to help the government's anti-narcotics agency run after high-level targets in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, the country's military chief says. Mr Duterte has ordered the military ...and more »
India's Real Military Problem (And It's Not Pakistan or China) - The National Interest Online (blog)The National Interest Online (blog)
India's Real Military Problem (And It's Not Pakistan or China)
The National Interest Online (blog)
The Indian government has unveiled its budget estimates for the coming fiscal year, with defense once again in line for a 10 percent year-on-year nominal increase. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley delivered the budget 2017 speech on February 1, with the ...
Military Says Libya Strike Bore Critical Intel
The head of the U.S. Africa Command, Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, right, spoke to AP on Feb. 17 about the U.S. airstrike in Libya. (Christoph Schmidt/dpa via AP). Associated Press | Feb 18, 2017 | by Lolita C. Baldor. MUNICH -- Senior U.S. military ...and more »
Pakistan's military responds after deadly shrine blast
Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) Pakistan's military has launched a crackdown on what it says are terrorists with ties to Afghanistan after a suicide attack on a packed shrine in the southern city of Sehwan killed at least 88 worshipers. The number of people ...
Pakistan launches military crackdown as death toll in shrine bombing rises to 88Los Angeles Timesall 544 news articles »
- The Independent
UK to increase military presence along Russia's border
The UK is to step up its presence in countries which border Russia, as part of a new plan to be a "dynamic, agile, cutting-edge global power". Boris Johnson and Sir Michael Fallon announced the project as they launched the joint international defence ...and more »
White House Denies Plan to Mobilize Guard to Detain Immigrants
Soldiers and airmen from the Arizona National Guard assemble in a mass formation during the Arizona National Guard Muster in 2014. U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian A. Barbour. Military.com | Feb 17, 2017 | by Brendan McGarry. Updated ...
White House denies report of proposal to round up immigrants with militaryMLive.comall 154 news articles »
- China Post
Military choppers land at defense ministry's compound
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Two military helicopters landed at the Ministry of National Defense headquarters in Taipei for the first time as part of an exercise to test the military's combat readiness and emergency response measures, the military said Friday ...and more »
Caucasus Report: An Update On Georgia's Military Reform
The spring draft got under way in Georgia this week under new guidelines intended to ensure that the country's armed forces conform as closely as possible to NATO standards -- even though it has little chance of being invited to join the alliance in ...and more »
- AP Interview: Military says Libya strike bore critical intel
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MUNICH (AP) — Senior U.S. military officials say the massive airstrikes that killed more than 80 Islamic State militants in southern Libya last month generated critical computer data, documents and information from prisoner interrogations that the U.S ...and more »
- Eyewitness News
UPDATE: Six killed by toxic fumes at Durban military facility
DURBAN - The SA National Defence Force has now confirmed that six people who died at a military facility at the Durban harbour were in fact killed by toxic gasses from a sewer pit. Intial reports from emergency services suggested the men had fallen ...
UPDATE: Three of six dead at Durban naval base were militarySouthlands Sunall 31 news articles »
Why Military Rebates On New Cars Suck
Practically every automaker who sells vehicles in the U.S. offers some kind of military rebates for active or retired service members. At first glance this seems noble, but what most buyers don't know is that these programs often exclude the brand's ...
- The Week Magazine
The empty military pornography of The Great Wall
The Week Magazine
The main lesson of Zhang Yimou's blockbuster film The Great Wall is that walls — particularly great ones — don't work. China's most expensive movie cost some $150 million to make, and while it's a very pretty bit of military pornography, the ...and more »
Lawmakers Urge Marines to Clear Platoon Exonerated of Killing Afghans
Retired Marine Maj. Fred Galvin speaks during a briefing on Capitol Hill at the House Cannon building on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. (Stars and Stripes/Carlos Bongioanni). Stars and Stripes | Feb 17, 2017 | by Travis J. Tritten. WASHINGTON — House ...
EU must not let US push it to increase military spending – Juncker
Europe mustn't be pushed by the US to increase its military spending, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said. Modern politics is also about humanitarian assistance and development, not only “raising defence spending,” he added.and more »
Parrikar backs army chief's comment on Kashmiris, says military has 'full freedom' - Hindustan TimesHindustan Times
Parrikar backs army chief's comment on Kashmiris, says military has 'full freedom'
Defence minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday that military commanders had “full freedom” to decide on how to conduct their operations against insurgents and terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. Parrikar's remarks come in the backdrop of a debate over ...
Army Chief Bipin Rawat's warning is justified but military action alone can't solve Kashmir quagmireFirstpostall
Vet's Purple Heart, 23 other military medals stolen during Lake Oroville evacuation - KCRA SacramentoVet's Purple Heart, 23 other military medals stolen during Lake Oroville evacuation
For nearly 50 years, Mike Pomeroy kept the records and memories of his military service locked inside a black suitcase, tucked away in his Yuba City home in the back of a closet. Advertisement. He's battled PTSD ever since he left the army in 1968, and ...and more »
- Balkan Insight
Bosnian Military Exports to Middle East Booming
Bosnia's growing foreign arms sales are a rare export success for the country, although many weapons are going to Saudi Arabia, which has been accused of abuses in the Yemen conflict. Igor Spaic. BIRN. Sarajevo ...
Saudi Arabia On Offensive With Attack-Minded Military Splurge
Saudi Arabia and other Western-backed Mideast states have switched the focus of their military spending to more-offensive programs as tensions with Iran ...and more »
For Military Veterans, Theatre Saves Lives
Three actors open up about their transitions from the military to civilian life—and the important role that theatre played. Stephen_Payne _VIctor_Almanzar_Sandra_Lee_HR. Every performer brings his or her life experiences to the stage, but what happens ...
The Vietnam War Made Career Military Women 'Happier,' Says Study
American veterans of the Vietnam War had it so hard that their struggles decades later popularized the term “post-traumatic stress syndrome.” A lot saw fellow troops get shot and never knew quite how to identify their stealthy Viet Cong adversaries.
- Washington Times
Trump, aides send mixed messages on Russian jabs
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford said U.S. military leaders are prepared to talk with Russian brass in an attempt to again work together. more >. View Comments Print. By Carlo Muñoz - The Washington Times - Thursday, February 16, 2017.
Top US, Russian military officials agree on 'enhanced communications' to avoid 'unintended incidents'The Hill
US, Russian military chiefs to meet in Azerb
- Yahoo News
US used depleted uranium rounds in anti-IS air strikes: military
A US military spokesman said A-10 attack aircraft used depleted uranium rounds on November 16 and 22, 2015 in attacks on tanker trucks carrying oil for the Islamic State group (AFP Photo/Sgt. Paige Behringer). More. Washington (AFP) - The United States ...and more »
- Bangkok Post
Victims' kin slam military unity role
A petition to the Ministry of Defence says the Royal Thai Armed Forces cannot foster national reconciliation because they are part of the conflict. (File photo). - +. Families and relatives of those killed during political unrest have voiced objections ...
- Popular Mechanics
China's Military Power Nears "Parity" With the West, Report Says
Chinese military power is reaching a state of "near-parity" with the West. That's the verdict of the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, a think tank that tracks military spending and trends worldwide. The 2017 IISS report on ...
Obama Appointees Preventing Mattis From Rebuilding The Military, Says Armed Services Chair - Daily CallerObama Appointees Preventing Mattis From Rebuilding The Military, Says Armed Services Chair
Holdovers from the Obama administration in the Pentagon are hampering efforts to fix the military's major readiness problem, leaving Secretary of Defense James Mattis alone in his efforts to properly equip U.S. forces, according to the chairman of the ...and more »
- The Economist (blog)
Military spending by NATO members
The Economist (blog)
THIS week the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) held its first meeting of defence ministers since Donald Trump became America′s president. Many of the group′s 28 members grew nervous after Mr Trump called it “obsolete” during his campaign, ...
Mattis Rejects Closer Military Ties With Russia as He Reassures NATONew York Times
Pentagon Chief Rules Out US-Russia Military CollaborationVo
- Deutsche Welle
Myanmar military ends crackdown against Rohingya
The office of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has said the military has formally ended its counterinsurgency operations in Rakhine. The announcement follows a UN report accusing troops of mass killings and gang rapes. Myanmar Regierung weist ...and more »
- Military Times
Military seeks $21M to clean lead-contaminated armories
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Military Department is seeking $21.6 million from the federal government to clean up toxic armories around the state. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Wednesday that the money would go toward cleaning armories in ...and more »