Reload: U.S. Army names Winchester new supplier of 9mm ammo
New ammunition has been selected for the U.S. Army’s 9mm Modular Handgun System- and the winning company appears to be Winchester. While the original MHS Request for Proposal did not specify a specific caliber (leading many to believe that .45 would be making a comeback), the 9mm cartridge is... Read more
Army considers better pay for aviation as pilots and crews leave at record rate
Jennifer H. Svan Stars and Stripes The Army wants to boost flight pay and award pilots with incentive money for career achievements in a bid to stem a record 10% attrition rate due largely to aging air crews and competition from commercial airlines. Maj. Gen. William Gayler, commander of... Read more
Merit over seniority: Army revamping 50-year-old centralized promotion board
Chad Garland Stars and Stripes The Army will revamp its centralized promotion board processes over the next few years to focus on advancing senior noncommissioned officers on merit, not time served. Gone will be annual sequenced promotion lists and the “P” status for promotable NCOs, to be replaced by... Read more
Amid worry over space wars, America already has tools to shoot down satellites
Tom Roeder The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) A hot topic during the Space Symposium at The Broadmoor this month was India’s anti-satellite test, which shocked some leaders and solidified arguments that space is quickly becoming the next war zone. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan embraced the theme in his... Read more
Marines are bringing more air power than ever to annual training in Australia
Seth Robson Stars and Stripes The United States is sending more air power than ever in support of this year’s contingent of 1,700 Marines to Australia’s Northern Territory. Marines have begun arriving in Darwin, Australia, with the bulk of the force scheduled to arrive this month, according to a... Read more
Detainee torture by Afghan forces remains at ‘disturbingly high’ level, UN says
Phillip Walter Wellman Stars and Stripes Reports of Afghan security forces torturing war prisoners have declined over the past two years but continue to take place at a “disturbingly high” level, a human rights organization said. Nearly a third of conflict-related detainees interviewed in Afghan prisons gave “credible and... Read more
III MEF commander nominated for Washington post after less than a year in Japan
Matthew M. Burke Stars and Stripes The III Marine Expeditionary Force’s commander will likely soon depart Okinawa after a short tenure marked by loosened liberty restrictions and an apparent slaying-suicide perpetrated by a servicemember. Lt. Gen. Eric Smith was nominated by President Donald Trump last week to serve as... Read more
Trump vetoes bill seeking end to US support for Saudis in Yemen war
dpa, Hamburg, Germany US President Donald Trump blocked a Congressional resolution calling for an end to Washington’s military support for the Saudi-led coalition waging war in Yemen, issuing Tuesday the second veto of his presidency. The president argued that the resolution would weaken his executive powers and place the... Read more
Russian S-400 systems may be deployed in Ankara or in Istanbul
Rufiz Hafizoglu Trend News Agency, Baku, Azerbaijan Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems may be deployed in Ankara or in Istanbul, Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said, Trend reports referring to Turkish media. Turkey is in dire need of ensuring security of its airspace, Akar said. He noted that... Read more
Fear of biological agent strikes Busan as US troops continue bio-surveillance project
Jo He-Rim Asia News Network Busan, the second-largest city in South Korea, is once again living in terror of biological warfare experiments in the aftermath of renewed allegations that US troops stationed in South Korea are conducting such tests at the city’s seaport. Every morning, dozens of residents and... Read more
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