Pentagon has to stop some border wall projects because it’s out of money
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes Three projects to build barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border must be delayed because the Pentagon does not have enough money to complete them, a Defense Department official revealed in court documents. The projects were authorized Aug. 26 after Pentagon officials determined cost savings... Read more
Locked but unloaded: Saudi Arabia not ready for war despite having top of the line weapons
Saudi Arabia is facing down a tough question in the aftermath of aerial strikes against oil infrastructure: How could a nation with the third-largest military budget and six battalions of anti-air threat batteries fail to stop an attack? Despite a technologically top-of-the-line Air Force and an Army that has... Read more
New Lt. General takes over the fight against ISIS
Chad Garland Stars and Stripes The latest leadership turnover within the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria brings continuity, more than change, officials said, as a veteran of the campaign returns to command its next stages. Lt. Gen. Pat White assumed command of Operation Inherent... Read more
“Locked & Loaded” President threatens military action after Saudi oil fields attacked
Rick Sobey Boston Herald A weekend drone attack on Saudi Arabia that cut into global energy supplies threatened to fuel a regional crisis on Sunday, as the U.S. released new evidence to back up its allegation that Iran was responsible for the assault amid tensions over Tehran’s collapsing nuclear... Read more
Turkey will have Russian S-400 defense system up and running by next year
Rufiz Hafizoglu Trend News Agency, Baku, Azerbaijan The Russian S-400 air defense systems will be used in Turkey in 2020, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said. Turkey will not transfer the S-400 systems to anyone and will not use them in other countries, Cavusoglu added, Trend reports referring to... Read more
Russian cruise missile with “unlimited” range set for launch by 2025
A Russian cruise missile with “unlimited” range is apparently going to be on global battlefields by 2025, according to U.S. intelligence reports. The air defense-dodging missile, known as “Skyfall” in English, is a hypersonic cruise missile capable of carrying nuclear payloads. Tested between November 2017 and February 2018, the... Read more
New long-range rockets arrive on German base
Martin Egnash Stars and Stripes The first contingent of U.S. rocket artillery vehicles began arriving in Europe on Wednesday to outfit a unique American brigade on the Continent. The 41st Field Artillery Brigade, which activated in November, received the shipment of 16 M270-A1 multiple launch rocket systems, or MLRS,... Read more
U.S. troops staying at southern border through 2020
Rose L. Thayer Stars and Stripes Defense Secretary Mark Esper has authorized up to 5,500 servicemembers to continue missions along the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2020. Esper approved the request last week from the Department of Homeland Security to extend the mission, Lt. Col. Chris Mitchell, a Pentagon... Read more
SecDef. says a better border helps military, defends shift of funds
Hugh Lessig Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) Diverting $3.6 billion from military construction projects to fortify a southern border wall allows the U.S. to better deploy troops to curb illegal immigration, Defense Secretary Mark Esper says. The plan, which siphons $77 million from four projects in Hampton Roads, drew... Read more
Poland using Russian tech to create new tank destroyer vehicle
How do you fight your greatest enemy in the most trolling way possible? Use their own technology as a way to destroy them. The Polish military is doing just that, by equipping an ex-Soviet BMP armored personnel carrier chassis with enough Brimstone missiles to knock out entire tank units... Read more
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