U.S. will start testing hypersonic weapons in 2020
The U.S. Army has announced that they will be testing hypersonic weapons next year, likely in the form of a cruise missile. The weapon can reportedly move five times the speed of sound and is launched by a tactical truck with a 30-foot transporter erector launcher. The weapon is... Read more
Russian jet makes unsafe intercept of U.S. plane flying over Mediterranean
Scott Wyland Stars and Stripes A Russian fighter intercepted a Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft three times over the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday with two of the passes deemed unsafe, Navy officials said. A Sukhoi Su-35 flew at high speed directly in front of the Poseidon on the second pass,... Read more
Space Command nominee says space is no longer ‘peaceful’ & U.S. must build military force
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Air Force general nominated to lead the Pentagon’s newest combatant command that would direct the U.S. military’s space operations told lawmakers on Tuesday that any future conflicts with major powers such as Russia or China would be partially fought in space. “We no... Read more
It could be another decade before Ford-class carriers are able to launch F-35C jets
The U.S. Navy is facing severe scrutiny from Congress after it was discovered that the new Ford-class supercarriers would be unable to launch and recover aircraft, with the legislative branch going so far as to propose refusing deliveries of future carriers until they can sort the issues out. The... Read more
U.S. performing simulated military strikes near Iran in deliberate show of force
A U.S. Navy carrier strike group and U.S. Air Force bombers conducted simulated military strikes near Iran over the weekend, reminding the Persian nation why they should not provoke the United States of America. In response to Iranian military posturing, the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group launched assets... Read more
Air Force Base suspends PT after second airman dies within a week
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes Officials at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., have suspended physical fitness testing after a second airman in less than a week died of health problems after completing a physical training assessment. Col. Derek O’Malley, the commander of Shaw’s 20th Fighter Wing, ordered the PT... Read more
Air Force announces proposed promotion changes, could be in effect by 2020
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Air Force is planning to overhaul its long-standing officer promotion system this year by dividing its largest category of officers into smaller, more specific groups, the service announced Friday. The proposed changes would divide the promotion category known as Line of the Air... Read more
Midwest tornadoes damage military homes at Wright-Patterson AFB, nine families displaced
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes A dozen homes at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are uninhabitable after a tornado ripped through the Ohio base on Memorial Day, base officials said. In total, roughly 150 homes in the Prairies at Wright Field housing area were damaged, according to a news... Read more
Okinawa governor wants Air Station Futenma closed despite construction delays of replacement facility
Matthew M. Burke and Aya Ichihashi Stars and Stripes Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki has appealed to U.S. officials to shutter Marine Corps Air Station Futenma despite construction delays at its replacement facility and warned of civil unrest should the United States fail to take action. Tamaki wrote Friday to... Read more
U.S. turns to French drone manufacturer as trade war with China widens
Off-the-shelf drone technology is a hot item for the U.S. Military, and the dubious origin for many of these products -naturally, we’re talking about China- have narrowed down the number of companies that can provide for the world’s sole hyperpower. Fortunately, for us, we’ll always have Paris. Parrot, a... Read more
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