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
Soldiers patrolling U.S. southern border now being given medals
Troops deploying to the American southwest in order to protect U.S. sovereignty during a mass illegal migration crisis will receive medals for their efforts. The Pentagon has authorized the Armed Forces Service Medal for thousands of U.S. service members who have deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border.  For the last... Read more
U.S. military now needs permission from Iraqi PM before it can provide air support to ground troops
dpa, Hamburg, Germany All military planes will need authorization from Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Abdel-Mahdi to fly in Iraqi airspace, a statement said on Thursday, days after an explosion took place at a weapons depot in Baghdad. Iraqi or non-Iraqi reconnaissance flights, fighter jets, helicopters and drones must get... Read more
Security expert: U.S. will move more soldiers to South Pacific to counter Chinese activity
Seth Robson Stars and Stripes Concerns about Chinese efforts to build influence in the South Pacific will likely spur more exercises like one involving the U.S. Army in Fiji this month, according to a regional security expert. One hundred and fifty troops from Company B, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry... Read more
A first in Afghanistan: Infantry uses mini drones during patrol
Phillip Walter Wellman Stars and Stripes Members of the first Army infantry brigade to be issued pocket-sized drones are putting the devices to work in southern Afghanistan. Paratroopers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, used the Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System last week to support a... Read more
Army creating wearable & wireless tokens for soldiers on the front lines
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The Army hopes to outfit soldiers with small, wearable tokens that will allow them simple, non-contact access to secure battlefield networks for communications while serving in the field. Army Futures Command is working to develop the technology that would produce a wireless signal to... Read more
Army wants to put laser weapons on Stryker armored vehicles by 2022
Stars and Stripes The Army is now developing 50 kilowatt lasers for its Stryker wheeled armored vehicles, with plans calling for a prototype to be fielded in 2022, the service said. “The time is now to get directed energy weapons to the battlefield,” said Lt. Gen. L. Neil Thurgood,... Read more
Afghan military & police forces at lowest level since 2015
Phillip Walter Wellman Stars and Stripes Afghanistan’s military and police forces’ strength numbers have fallen to the lowest level they’ve been since 2015, when NATO’s Resolute Support mission began, a U.S. report said Thursday. The sharp drop in personnel numbers may be linked to a new way of tallying... Read more
Defense of Department diverting $6 billion to fund border wall projects
In light of escalating cartel activity and an illegal immigration crisis, over six billion dollars in U.S. Department of Defense funds are being diverted to build and improve border defenses on the U.S.-Mexico border- and defense officials are predicting no negative effects whatsoever. The money, which was originally part... Read more
Marines train in newly built “world” that rivals Disney’s new Star Wars park
When US Marines want to train in realistic environments but can’t arrange a trip to the desert, they utilize a facility that would make Disney Imagineers envious. Known as the Infantry Immersion Trainer (ITT) the facility is an indoor landscape that looks, sounds, smells and feels like the typical... Read more
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