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
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
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