Report: Military ignoring climate change effects when picking out base locations
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes After several bases suffered devastating effects from extreme weather last year, a government report released Wednesday found that the military has not consistently assessed weather risks or incorporated climate change projections into its construction projects. The Government Accountability Office conducted the study between... Read more
Army upping single soldier European & Japanese tours from two to three years
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes Single-soldier tours in Europe and Japan will increase from two to three years in a move designed to save money and boost the combat readiness of overseas units, the Army said Tuesday. The policy change took effect June 1 and applies to all single... Read more
AFRICOM commander says progress is being made in Somalia
Chad Garland Stars and Stripes Continued success by the American-backed military campaign in Somalia could set the stage for economic development in the country, which has been wracked by years of lawlessness and violence, U.S. officials said. In high-level talks in Mogadishu on Tuesday, U.S. Africa Command’s Gen. Thomas... Read more
Army announces Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston as 16th sergeant major
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston, who has been in the service for more than 30 years, has been selected to be the 16th sergeant major of the Army, the service announced Tuesday. Grinston is the senior enlisted leader for U.S. Army Forces Command... Read more
NATO membership talks stall with Iceland as country thinks about leaving
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes NATO’s top official in Iceland on Tuesday downplayed worries about a potential rift with the small Arctic Council nation, whose leader has expressed interest in quitting the alliance. “In democracies, there are different views and different positions on many things,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg... Read more
Army testing out new tamper-resistant GPS system this fall
The U.S. Army is set to deploy for combat exercises this fall with a new tamper-resistant GPS system, following previous incidents that point to Russian interference. GPS is particularly vulnerable to jamming, and multiple documented cases in 2018 -ranging from training exercises in Norway to operations in Syria- have... Read more
Army denied HBO from filming at Italian base after it read the script
Nancy Montgomery Stars and Stripes The director: an Oscar-nominated Italian known for sumptuous, sensual movies featuring beautiful people desiring each other in beautiful, sun-drenched places. The story: the coming of age of an American boy and a group of friends one glorious summer after the boy moves in with... Read more
Laura Yeager is the first woman to command an Army Infantry Division
Blake Alsup New York Daily News Brig. Gen. Laura Yeager will make history when she becomes the first woman to command a U.S. Army Infantry Division later this month. Yeager, who was once a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot and served in Iraq, will command the California National Guard’s... Read more
Pentagon closes investigation into 2017 Niger ambush, no further punishments coming
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will not pursue additional punishments for military personnel involved in the 2017 ambush in Niger that led to the deaths of four American soldiers following a review of the initial probes into the attack, the Pentagon announced Wednesday.... Read more
China willing to do whatever it can to surpass the U.S. military
The Chinese military is reportedly close to achieving technological parity with the United States, just one step in China’s plan to achieve global dominance. According to a report by former deputy defense secretary Robert Work, the Chinese are looking to surpass the United States and keep them trailing behind... Read more
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