Poland asks U.S. for more missiles and C-130 planes to ward off Russia
Poland has requested a stockpile of American-made weaponry, including the venerable C-130 transport and Javelin anti-tank missiles. Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak has requested five C-130H Hercules transports in addition to the FGM-148 Javelin, sending two letters of request to the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency. Poland hopes to... Read more
Defense Secretary approves transfer of $3.6 billion to fund border wall projects
Corey Dickstein and Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday approved the transfer of $3.6 billion of Pentagon money meant for military construction projects around the world to pay for 11 barrier construction and improvements projects on the U.S. southern border with Mexico. The... Read more
Afghanistan draw down: 5,000 troops could return home if Taliban peace deal is signed
The U.S. may withdraw more than 5,400 troops from Afghanistan over the next twenty weeks, provided the Taliban agrees to a deal with the American government. The deal was discussed in detail with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday, though final approval will rest with U.S. President Donald J.... Read more
Florida military bases prepare as Hurricane Dorian gets stronger, closer
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes Military bases along Florida’s eastern coast are stowing aircraft, securing equipment and placing sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Dorian to make landfall Monday morning. Projection models from the National Hurricane Center show the storm, which has already passed over the U.S. Virgin Islands,... Read more
U.S. General: Reports of Afghanistan drawbacks “premature”
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The United States will not begin drawing down forces in Afghanistan — where American troops have been fighting for 18 years – until the violence there subsides to a point that the Afghan security forces can maintain control, America’s top general said Wednesday. Marine... Read more
Hide and seek: Quantum radar finds enemy planes without giving away position
Quantum radar may be the future of detection systems, but it’s not the end of stealth as we know it. Using entangled microwaves, researchers at Austria’s Institute of Science and Technology can now give more detailed information based on a radar signature. This action is known as quantum entanglement, which... Read more
U.S. could suffer the most now that South Korea has stopped sharing military intelligence with Japan
Reiji Yoshida and Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo Seoul’s sudden announcement that it has decided to scrap a key intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo has rocked the defense communities of Japan and the United States. Defense insiders in Tokyo interviewed Friday all said it is the South Korean military that... Read more
Pentagon puts Boeing $1 billion “kill vehicle” contract to death
By Roxana Tiron Bloomberg News The Pentagon canceled a Boeing Co. contract for a “kill vehicle” envisioned to shoot down missiles from North Korea or Iran, the latest setback to a next-generation system that has struggled to prove its effectiveness. The termination of the Redesigned Kill Vehicle comes as... Read more
Soldiers patrolling U.S. southern border now being given medals
Troops deploying to the American southwest in order to protect U.S. sovereignty during a mass illegal migration crisis will receive medals for their efforts. The Pentagon has authorized the Armed Forces Service Medal for thousands of U.S. service members who have deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border.  For the last... Read more
New Report: China could cripple the U.S. military in the Pacific “within hours” if war breaks out
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo China’s growing military power in Asia could have “dire consequences” for the U.S.-led regional order, according to a new report that says its powerful missile arsenal could embolden Beijing in the “near-term” to seize the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands and other territories in the Ryukyu... Read more
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