AFRICOM, EUCOM nominees eye Russia, China as major concerns
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes The nominee to serve as the next head of U.S. European Command said Tuesday he wants more troops on the continent as well as two additional Navy destroyers in the theater and an upgraded logistics network to speed forces east in the event of... Read more
Swiss gun manufacturer is making the U.S. Army’s new submachine gun for special security missions
The U.S. Army has selected a new submachine gun for special security missions- and the winner of the procurement contest may surprise you. The Brügger & Thomet APC9K has been hailed the winner of the Sub Compact Weapon program, beating out well-seasoned military & police competitors such as the... Read more
‘We got zero notice’: Army resumes Cold War-era snap deployments to Europe
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes The infantrymen of the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment were in the middle of gunnery exercises in El Paso, Texas, on March 11 when the call came in from division headquarters: deploy to Poland. “We got zero notice,” said Col. Chad Chalfont, commander of... Read more
House denounces Trump transgender ban
Claudia Grisales Stars and Stripes (TNS) WASHINGTON — The House approved a resolution Thursday condemning a controversial Trump administration ban of transgender personnel in the military ahead of the plan’s potential implementation next month. The Democrat-controlled chamber approved the largely symbolic resolution in a vote of 238 to 185,... Read more
Pompeo wants NATO to take ‘actions’ to help Ukraine
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes The U.S. and its allies in Europe could agree at an upcoming NATO meeting to provide more support to Ukraine in its efforts to resist Russian aggression in the region, America’s top diplomat said Wednesday. “Next week I am hopeful, when our NATO colleagues... Read more
Locked & loaded: Army testing out next generation of small arms
The U.S. Army is currently evaluating a new small arms systems that could give their warfighters a serious edge, including squad weapon and sniper rifle. The Army is rolling along on multiple fronts in the small arms department, ranging from area weapons to those with a little more precision-... Read more
Combat readiness of Army brigades improving but hasn’t reached service’s goal, Milley says
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes More than half of the Army’s brigade combat teams have achieved top levels of preparedness to fight a major ground war, the service’s top general said Tuesday, noting only three brigades were considered fully prepared to fight in 2015. Army Gen. Mark Milley, the... Read more
South Korea pays for vast US Army base expansion, but Trump wants it to pay more
By David S. Cloud Los Angeles Times The new golf course and clubhouse will open next month. Along MacArthur Circle, 23 stone-clad villas reserved for American generals are finished, as are five apartment towers for military families. Over by an airfield that buzzes day and night with Blackhawk and... Read more
Pentagon sends ships through Taiwan Strait for third time in three months
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo The Pentagon has sent ships through the Taiwan Strait — the third time in as many months — as Washington ramps up naval activities in the waterway, stoking fears in Beijing of a growing alignment with Taipei. The move, likely to be interpreted by... Read more
Bombs Away: Best photos of our military for March 22nd, 2019
This week’s collection of photos gives us a breathtaking view of the B-52 Stratofortress and a gorgeous sunset in California. But it starts in the Pacific Ocean as a Super Stallion helicopter lands on the USS Harpers Ferry as part of USS Boxer Amphibious Ready Group. In Germany, the... Read more
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