Marine Corps makes $1.9 million arms deal with Brunei
Wyatt Olson Stars and Stripes Marine Corps Forces Pacific has sold Brunei $1.9 million in small-arms ammunition, the first such sale the service has ever made to the tiny Southeast Asian nation nestled on the northern coast of Borneo. The 5.6- and 9-mm ammo was delivered on two Air... Read more
“Unprecedented security risks,” Military officials say climate change is the top national security threat
Wyatt Olson Stars and Stripes A group of former top military and national security officials on Tuesday called for President Donald Trump to establish a sweeping plan that treats climate change as a major national security threat. The Climate Security Plan for America recommends the creation of a White... Read more
Colt says it will only sell AR-15 to military & police forces, ends public sales
Wyatt Olson Stars and Stripes Gunmaker Colt announced Thursday that it was discontinuing retail sales of its AR-15 line of semi-automatic rifles. The company will continue to manufacture the rifles for the military and law enforcement agencies, Dennis Veilleux, Colt’s president and CEO, said in a statement. The high-velocity... Read more
Union Jack flag flies on U.S. destroyer in honor of Battle of Midway
Wyatt Olson Stars and Stripes The U.S. Navy officially switched to flying the Union Jack flag aboard its ships Tuesday, a move timed to coincide with the 77th anniversary of its role in the decisive Battle of Midway in World War II. During a ceremony commemorating the battle aboard... Read more
Navy says it will continue to work on new catapult system despite Trump’s calls to abandon it
Wyatt Olson Stars and Stripes The Navy will “continue to work” with President Donald Trump regarding his repeated calls to abandon a catapult system being developed for Gerald R. Ford-class carriers, the Navy’s highest-ranking officer said Tuesday. “We’re going to have to continue to work with the president on... Read more
Companies will bid to develop new virtual-reality training platform for the Army
Wyatt Olson Stars and Stripes The U.S. Army will award contracts next month to produce software to run a simulated training platform that within two years will deliver “a second revolution in training” for the service, the major general overseeing the project said Thursday. “What I think we’re going... Read more
U.S. still ready in South Korea despite suspension of large-scale exercises
Wyatt Olson Stars and Stripes Combined training and readiness have not flagged in South Korea despite suspension of large-scale exercises last year, the commander of U.S. Forces Korea said Wednesday. “I want to be crystal clear about it,” Gen. Robert Abrams said at the three-day Land Forces Pacific Symposium... Read more
USS Truman Master chief retiring after telling his sailors to “clap like we’re at a strip club” during Pence visit
Wyatt Olson Stars and Stripes The command master chief of the USS Harry S. Truman, who late last month cajoled sailors to “clap like we’re at a strip club” for Vice President Mike Pence’s arrival aboard the aircraft carrier, is retiring, a Navy official said Tuesday. The remark by... Read more
Ex-cabinet secretaries decry Trump administration’s plan for climate-change panel
Wyatt Olson Stars and Stripes Two former Obama administration cabinet secretaries warned lawmakers Tuesday of the peril in the current administration’s disregard of the clear link between climate change and national security. Former Secretary of State John Kerry and former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reiterated before the House Committee... Read more
US soldiers return to Palau for exercise after 37-year hiatus
Wyatt Olson Stars and Stripes About 200 soldiers are heading to Palau next week as part of Pacific Pathways, the first time in 37 years the Army has sent personnel to the nation of about 340 tiny islands in Micronesia. An infantry company and a battalion tactical advanced command... Read more

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