US to continue with draw-down plan; three dead in Afghan explosion
Washington/Kabul (dpa) – The United States will continue with its plans to draw down forces in Afghanistan, cautioning that there is no expectation in Washington of a total end to violence in the country, after three people were killed in explosion. US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper told reporters... Read more
Elon Musk tells fighter pilots their era has passed, will be replaced with autonomous drones
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk laid out his vision of the future in front of a group of US Air Force fighter pilots last week- and the aforementioned pilots weren’t a part of that future. Speaking at the Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Florida, explained that the future is not... Read more
Survey finds the US Navy is difficult to do business with
Photo: (01.16.2018) Rear Adm. Duke Heinz, Commander of Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) (second from left), and Vice Commander, Lynn Kohl, (far left), join with NAVSUP WSS staff for a Strategic Industry Engagement with defense contractor executives. Evolving the strategic engagement concept, NAVSUP WSS has... Read more
Turkey wants Russia to agree to a new ceasefire in Syria
Moscow (dpa) – Turkey wants Russia to agree to a new ceasefire for Syria’s Idlib region, near the Turkish border, as Europe braces for another wave of refugees from war-torn Syria. The most recent ceasefire, reached in January, collapsed as Syrian government forces backed by Russian air power have... Read more
Chinese destroyer shot weapons-grade laser at US Navy aircraft in the Philippine Sea
Photo: PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 1, 2019) Lt. John Paul Wiemann (left) and Lt. Bradley Woods (right) pilot a P-8A Poseidon assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 as part of a sinking exercise (SINKEX) during Exercise Pacific Griffin. Pacific Griffin is a biennial exercise conducted in the waters near Guam aimed... Read more
Air Force abruptly ends purchases of MQ-9 Reaper drones
The MQ-9 Reaper is no longer the drone de jour, and manufacturer General Atomics is rather surprised at how quickly the US Air Force canceled orders. Chris Pehrson, General Atomics’ vice president of strategic development, told Air Force Magazine he thought the USAF would begin phasing the Reaper out... Read more
Top Marine official bans Confederate-era paraphernalia at all Corps bases worldwide
Photo: Marine Corps Air Facility Quantico personnel from Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., look over the Burnside Bridge during a hike in Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, Md., April 24, 2015. The hike and battlefield study was part of a professional military education and unit cohesion-building event. The Battle of... Read more
Saudi students resume training at Navy bases with new firearm restrictions
Saudi flight candidates are cleared to resume training at US Navy bases, following the deadly terror attack carried out by one of its own in Florida late last year. International military students have now resumed their flight training after the vetting requirements set forth by Defense Secretary Mark Esper... Read more
South Korea reports biggest one-day jump in coronavirus cases so far
Seoul/Beijing (dpa) – South Korea reported its largest daily increase in coronavirus cases on Wednesday after 284 new infections were confirmed, bringing the total to 1,261 in the country. The majority of the cases are concentrated in the south-eastern city of Daegu, which has a population of around 2.5... Read more
Taliban kill six in Afghanistan during peace agreement with US
  Kabul (dpa) – Despite a general drop in attacks across Afghanistan at least six people have been killed and five others wounded in a Taliban attack in northern Balkh province on the third day of a week-long “reduction in violence,” local officials said. Taliban militants attacked a checkpoint... Read more
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