U.S. adding to its missile defense system by buying ‘iron dome’
The U.S. Army is taking a step in the right direction when it comes to shooting down a cruise missile by purchasing the proven American-Israeli Iron Dome system. A joint development between America’s Raytheon and Israel’s Rafael, the missile defense system -which is partially built in the United States-... Read more
Race to the finish: U.S. in dead heat with China as both develop cloud-computing network
As the Pentagon prepares for a joint cloud-computing network with either Amazon or Microsoft, the DoD is vigilantly watching the Chinese military, who are creating a cloud system of their own. Not bound by the same restraints and considerations as a joint venture between a military force and free-market... Read more
Congress set to approve Space Force next month, hold up centers around name
The long-awaited U.S. Space Force may soon have Congressional approval, making it the newest military branch to be created in over 70 years. Both the House and the Senate have proposed plans for Space Force in different versions of the annual defense bill, the new space-based defense branch would... Read more
Navy switching out touchscreen for manual controls for destroyers after USS John McCain collision
The U.S. Navy is knocking certain technologies down a peg in their fleet of warships, following a deadly collision in 2017. Guided-missile destroyers will soon have touchscreen throttle controls replaced with mechanical ones, giving less room for hardware failure in scenarios such as the 2017 collision of the USS... Read more
Test successful: F-35 Lightning II sends live target data to Missile Defense system
The F-35 Lightning II has completed a monumental milestone during a recent Orange Flag exercise, transmitting live targeting data to the Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS). The system, developed by Northrop Grumman, was able to link up with the F-35’s onboard sensor suite,... Read more
New Air Force hypersonic scramjet engine hits Mach 4 in testing
An air-breathing hypersonic engine developed by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. Air Force recently broke a world record for thrust production- and the test data is out. The Air Force Research Laboratory publicly announced the tests on August 5, noting that the 18-foot long scramjet was tested over a... Read more
The Forgotten Navy: U.S. minesweeper fleet in disrepair as Iran drops more explosives in Strait of Hormuz
The U.S. Navy’s minesweeper fleet is in a serious state of disrepair- and that spells trouble for Americans attempting to confront mine-happy Iranian naval forces. Frequently moored for maintenance at their respective ports, American minesweepers are often neglected when compared to more modern or used ships, such as Aegis-class... Read more
Defense of Department diverting $6 billion to fund border wall projects
In light of escalating cartel activity and an illegal immigration crisis, over six billion dollars in U.S. Department of Defense funds are being diverted to build and improve border defenses on the U.S.-Mexico border- and defense officials are predicting no negative effects whatsoever. The money, which was originally part... Read more
Prosecutors in Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher murder case lose their medals after President Trump tweets
Erika I. Ritchie The Orange County Register Seven Navy and Marine Achievement medals and three commendations issued to prosecutors involved in the court-martial against Navy SEAL Edward “Eddie” Gallagher were rescinded by order of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer late Wednesday, military officials confirmed hours after President Donald Trump tweeted... Read more
Air Force adds hand-to-hand combat as requirement during basic training
James Bolinger Stars and Stripes Changes to Air Force basic training this summer include switching to the M4 carbine from the M16 and an increased emphasis on hand-to-hand fighting skills. Training on the M4 is part of an emphasis on preparing new airmen for deployment into areas of potential... Read more
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