Marines will be forced to wait for promotions starting in 2020
Immanuel Johnson Stars and Stripes Most Marines will have to serve longer before they’re eligible to reach the ranks of sergeant and staff sergeant, beginning Jan. 1. Corporals will need at least four years of time in service to be promoted to sergeant, while sergeants must have served in... Read more
Turkey and Russia start first joint patrols in north-eastern Syria

Turkish and Russian troops started their first joint patrols on Friday in north-eastern Syria, in line with a deal reached last week between Ankara and Moscow.

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F-22 engine designed so well it can be repaired with a handful of basic tools

While currently the world’s premiere fighter aircraft, the F-22 is basic where it counts- and that means something in a future potentially littered with near-peer threats and the possibility of austere logistical conditions.

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CIA-backed Afghan forces committed war crimes during operations
Afghan forces backed by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) committed war crimes and other atrocities during operations, Human Rights Watch charged in a report on Thursday. The 50-page report, which studied 14 cases from late 2017 to mid-2019, found that paramilitary forces had killed civilians during night-time operations,... Read more
North Korea fires two ‘short-range’ missiles into Sea of Japan amid stalled nuke talks with U.S.

North Korea fired two projectiles into the Sea of Japan on Thursday, officials in South Korea and Japan said, in the nuclear-armed country’s 20th launch since May.

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Trump presents Medal of Honor to second Green Beret for actions in Battle of Shok Valley
WASHINGTON — With Green Berets pinned against a cliff atop an icy 10,000-foot Afghanistan mountain during a hellish firefight to capture an entrenched enemy leader, then-Army Sgt. Matthew O. Williams was where he needed to be. When two Green Berets were shot, Williams’ comrades said he was there to... Read more
Several march out during House VA committee debate on female veterans’ health bill
WASHINGTON — Several Republicans stormed out of a House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing Tuesday after the panel’s Democratic chairman refused to allow them to introduce amendments to a health care bill for female veterans. “It’s frustrating and it angers me to think this is what this great committee... Read more
Lockheed’s F-35 fighter program gets $34 billion contract, the biggest yet
The F-35 is making Lockheed Martin some serious cash- with a new contract raking in over $34 billion in taxpayer funds for fewer than 500 aircraft. In what is becoming a success story for an aircraft that seemed doomed to fail after nearly two decades of setbacks, cost overruns... Read more
This Naval aviator was a cowboy maverick of legendary fame
It takes an incredible amount of intestinal fortitude to take off from the deck of a ship, and a little more to land on a pitching deck. No matter how hard a Naval Aviator might be, trying to land on that same pitching deck in the middle of a... Read more
Germans demand all US military leave, claiming US war with Russia is inevitable

A democratic socialist faction of the German parliament is demanding the United States withdraw all 35,000 American troops from their nation, claiming that a war with Russia is inevitable and that America’s mere presence is incompatible with Germany’s visions of peace.

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