Bomber task force in Middle East completes first mission as tension with Iran increases
Chad Garland Stars and Stripes A U.S. Air Force bomber task force completed its first mission in Central Command Sunday amid heightened tensions with Iran, where over the weekend officials called for U.S. forces to leave the Persian Gulf region and dubbed the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln a... Read more
Acoustic technology will deliver GPS location of enemy sniper to soldier’s smartphone
A French researcher has developed upon existing military-grade hearing protection so it can identify the direction of incoming fire- and the U.S. Army is all ears. Known as the Tactical Communication and Protective System (TCAPS), the earplugs have built-in microphones that allow soldiers to protect their hearing without sacrificing... Read more
Afghan military plans to build bigger bases in Taliban territory
J.P. Lawrence Stars and Stripes Taliban raids like the one on a small outpost in Wardak province that killed 11 of his soldiers earlier this month are a vexing problem for Brig. Gen. Abdul Raziq Safi. But soon the remote, often undermanned checkpoints will be shuttered in favor of... Read more
F-16s land in Romanian to strengthen Russian deterrence mission
Martin Egnash Stars and Stripes A short U.S. Air Force deployment to Romania is doubling the number of F-16 fighter jets in the country, ahead of Romanian plans to purchase more of the U.S.-made aircraft. More than 250 airmen and a dozen F-16C fighter jets from the Fort Worth,... Read more
US sending more military support to suppress Iranian threat
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Pentagon will deploy a Patriot missile battery and an amphibious transport dock warship to the Middle East as part of the Defense Department’s operations aimed at deterring increasing Iranian aggression, defense officials said Friday. Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan ordered the new deployments... Read more
Pentagon moving $1.5 billion to help build US-Mexico border wall
Claudia Grisales Stars and Stripes The Pentagon will shift $1.5 billion from its 2019 budget, with more than half coming from support for Afghan security forces and a military retirement system, to help construct the U.S.-Mexico border wall, defense officials said Friday. The plans come nearly three months after... Read more
Pentagon expects to launch a military border mission that will last a ‘couple of years’
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes The Defense Department is working on a plan now with the Department of Homeland Security that could keep troops at the U.S.-Mexico border for the “next couple years,” a top Pentagon official told Senate lawmakers Wednesday. Based on Homeland Security’s ability to manage... Read more
U.S. reveals ‘Flying Ginsu’ missile which cuts down targets, reduces collateral damage
The United States has developed an awesome new weapon for killing high-value targets without causing extensive collateral damage, and it has already proven itself in at least five countries. The missile, which is dubbed the R9X “Flying Ginsu,” is a non-explosive missile which kills the enemy target with kinetic... Read more
Pentagon top officials defend move sending carrier and bombers to counter Iranian threat
Claudia Grisales Stars and Stripes The Pentagon’s two top officials on Wednesday defended a decision to dispatch the USS Abraham Lincoln and a bomber task force to the Persian Gulf over the weekend to counter Iranian threats to U.S. forces in the region. Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan and... Read more
North Korean launch showed missile could have reached U.S. base in South Korea
Kim Gamel Stars and Stripes Did North Korea test a short-range ballistic missile over the weekend? Experts say it’s clear the answer is yes, despite South Korea’s refusal to confirm any more than the firing of “several short-range projectiles” including a “new type of tactical guided weapon.” The defense... Read more
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