2,000 additional troops being sent to U.S.-Mexico border
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes More than 2,000 additional troops will deploy to the U.S.-Mexico border to assist Customs and Border Protection personnel with the ongoing immigration crisis, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. Acting Secretary of Defense Richard Spencer on Tuesday approved a request for assistance by the Department... Read more
First set of Russian S-400 missiles arrive in Turkey
dpa, Hamburg, Germany (TNS) Turkey accepted the first shipment of a Russian surface-to-air S-400 defence system at a military airport in Ankara on Friday, thereby defying warnings and threats of sanctions from the United States. “The first phase of the S-400 delivery has started with a plane that has... Read more
New drones are the size of a bird, will help soldiers in urban combat situations
The aerial reconnaissance tool of tomorrow is over half a foot long and weighs less than a pound- and it’s coming to the backpack of a soldier near you. The FLIR Systems Black Hornet, an extremely quiet scout drone, is capable of speeds of 13 MPH and has a... Read more
Survey: Majority of vets support President Trump’s national security decisions
Nikki Wentling Stars and Stripes President Donald Trump, who often has struggled with low approval ratings, has more support from veterans than other Americans when it comes to his national security decisions, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Veterans are more approving than other Americans regarding Trump’s actions... Read more
Corps want Marines to re-enlist, offering $90,000 bonus to stay
Christopher Dennis Stars and Stripes The Marine Corps is offering up to $90,000 in retention bonuses for high-demand career fields, including Raiders, reconnaissance and explosive ordnance disposal, as it seeks to retain young Marines with key skills. The selective reenlistment bonuses for fiscal year 2020 include incentives for aviation... Read more
Iran wants to start tolling ships sailing through Strait of Hormuz to counter U.S. sanctions
Joshua Karsten Stars and Stripes The Pentagon said it is committed to the “free flow of commerce” through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway critical to global oil shipments, where Iranian lawmakers have proposed imposing transit tolls on ships that Tehran deems unfriendly. “The Strait of Hormuz is... Read more
Royal Navy forced to target Iranian boats attempting to seize British oil tanker in Gulf
dpa, Hamburg, Germany Five armed Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats on Wednesday unsuccessfully attempted to seize a British oil tanker in the Gulf, according to US media reports. The tanker was entering the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow strategic shipping route for oil that passes between Iran and the Arabian... Read more
Army streamlining European emergency warning system
Stars and Stripes A new emergency messaging system for the Army community in Europe will begin operating later this month. Called “Alert! Mass Warning Notification System,” it is expected to streamline how personnel are alerted in the event of a crisis. It will replace the AtHoc system used by... Read more
Lecturer at U.S. funded Afghan University arrested for recruiting students to join ISIS
Phillip Walter Wellman Stars and Stripes A lecturer at a partially U.S.-funded university in Afghanistan’s capital was arrested on suspicion of recruiting students to join Islamic State, the country’s top intelligence agency said Monday. Three of his suspected recruits, who were accused by authorities of organizing several deadly ISIS... Read more
Outgoing AFRICOM leader warns of worsening security conditions in West Africa
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes Maj. Gen. Marcus Hicks, who led U.S. special operations troops in Africa during a tumultuous two-year tenure, warned during a change of command Friday that security conditions are deteriorating in Western Africa, a region where four U.S. troops were killed at the start of... Read more
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