Army is now able to 3D-print body armor anywhere
3D printing has brought us all sorts of technological benefits- and now it might save lives in combat. The US Army has devised a method to produce ceramic body armor using only a 3D printer, allowing lightweight armor to be dished out close to the front lines. Lionel Vargas-Gonzalez,... Read more
Trump: Turkey not getting F-35’s after buying Russian missiles
By Justin Sink Bloomberg News President Donald Trump confirmed reluctantly that Turkey won’t be able to buy the U.S. F-35 fighter that it helps build after the country began taking delivery this week of a Russian missile defense system. “We are now telling Turkey that ‘because you have really... Read more
U.S. leaving HIMARS rocket system in Australia after live-fire exercise next month
Seth Robson Stars and Stripes High-Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, known as HIMARS, will train with Marines in Darwin, Australia, after participating in this month’s Talisman Sabre exercise Down Under, according to the Marine Corps. A platoon from the Okinawa-based 12th Marine Regiment brought three HIMARS launchers to Australia for... 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
Army offering $40,000 bonus for people to join the infantry
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes The Army is handing out bonuses up to $40,000 for people who join the infantry as the military’s largest branch works to meet its 2019 recruitment goal with only months left in the fiscal year. Army leaders believe the bonuses will help them... Read more
Another soldier’s remains returning ‘home’ to Ohio after 69 years
Stevie Rose never met her uncle, Roger Lee Woods, but through the letters he mailed to his father, she understood what was going through his mind during the Korean War. Twice in his hand-written letters, Woods asked about his sister, JoAnn, and the baby she was carrying. That girl... Read more
After 16 years of war and red tape, an Iraqi interpreter becomes an American citizen
The man who called himself Eagle labored over his answers. Becoming an American citizen requires a lot of questions. There’s the basic: employment, spouse, family. Then there are the ones that get down to the nitty gritty. Have you ever been a member of or associated with a terrorist... 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
Army says it wants a 500,000 active roster by 2020, recent reports shows it will probably fall short
The U.S. Army is struggling to meet recruiting goals but claims it is on track to make the mark by the end of 2019. Hoping for a 500,000-strong active duty military by the end of the decade, the current force is struggling with a healthy economy and unhealthy, ineligible... Read more
Volvo making an electric powered attack truck for France
It may be called a “Beetle,” but it doesn’t look like one. A French subsidiary company of Volvo has introduced a new light armored vehicle known as the Scarabee, or “beetle,” and it’s a nimble little attack truck. Designed by Arquus, the dual electric-diesel engine is capable of driving... Read more
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