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Military & Defense 2020-11-25T18:33:44Z
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The US Air Force has 'studied every single piece of concrete in the Pacific' to find new places to fight from

The prospect of a war with China's rapidly modernizing military and its growing reach across the Pacific has the US military looking to spread out.
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For the first time, an F-35A dropped an inert B61-12 nuclear bomb while flying at supersonic speed

During the August test, a mock B61-12 nuclear bomb was dropped from at about 10,500 feet and hit its target area after a 42-second flight.
Military & Defense 2020-11-25T17:18:40Z
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European officials expect Biden to pressure Merkel into killing her prized key gas pipeline project from Russia

US officials believe the Nord Stream 2 pipeline connecting Russia to northern Germany is an irresponsible reward for President Vladimir Putin.
Military & Defense 2020-11-25T15:45:33Z

This heroic military dog ran through a hail of bullets to take out a gunman who had his team pinned down in a fierce firefight

This very good dog ran through enemy fire, suffering severe injuries, to neutralize the threat, and he just received a prestigious award for it.

Want to be a fighter pilot? Here's what you'll need on your application

The Air Force is selective about who it lets strap into a $100 million fighter jet — understandably so — but here's what you'll need to do to qualify.

Less turkey, more shrimp: Here's what US troops overseas are having this Thanksgiving

The Defense Logistics Agency has sent 131 tons of gourmet eats for deployed troops to consume on Thanksgiving Day.
Military & Defense 2020-11-25T00:26:19Z

A brief, bloody war in a corner of Asia is a warning about why the tank's days of dominance may be over

"When you see a lot of tanks getting chewed up and airplanes getting chewed up — that's what modern warfare looks like," one expert told Insider.

Biden's rumored choice for secretary of defense may make history, but she won't do Biden any favors

Opinion: Biden's Pentagon chief should be someone who recognizes the world we live in today is different than the one we inherited after the Cold War.
Politics 2020-11-24T22:10:35Z

Biden's pick for US spy chief played a central role in Obama's secretive drone war that resulted in hundreds of civilian deaths

Some progressives have accused Haines of complicity in the CIA's use of torture after 9/11. A critic called her Biden's "most problematic pick yet."
Military & Defense 2020-11-24T19:54:19Z

Trump loyalist put in top Pentagon post after purge 2 weeks ago now leads transition to incoming Biden administration

Kash Patel, the new chief of staff to the defense secretary, has been on the job at the Pentagon for only two weeks.
Military & Defense 2020-11-24T17:35:30Z

The US brokered an unprecedented summit between Israel and Saudi Arabia as a reward for assassinating an Al Qaeda leader, sources say

A source in Israeli intelligence circles and another recently stationed in Saudi Arabia described the events leading up to an extraordinary meeting.

Before the M16, the US military carried these 6 defining rifles into battle

Prior to the M16, there were several weapons used across the service throughout some of the most devastating wars the world has ever seen.
Military & Defense 2020-11-24T15:01:13Z

Russia claims a US warship ran away after one of its destroyers threatened to ram it, but the US Navy says it didn't happen

The Russian defense ministry is claiming victory in a naval confrontation that the US Navy says never happened.

Specialized Navy Ospreys landed, refueled, and took off on an aircraft carrier for the first time

The CMV-22B is the specialized version of the Osprey developed to replace the aging C-2 Greyhound to move supplies from shore to aircraft carriers.

Vladimir Putin wasted no time in weaponizing Trump's election conspiracies to spread Russian propaganda

Putin said the "problems in the US electoral system" mean the US doesn't have the right to criticize how other countries run their elections.
Military & Defense 2020-11-23T19:22:48Z

Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Biden should toss all of Trump's 'America First' policies

"We hope they will quickly revise the national security strategy to eliminate 'America First' from its contents," Mattis and three others wrote.

Trump is scrambling to cement his 'America First' legacy, but Biden could still find a way to undo it

On his way out, Trump is enacting new rules, regulations, and orders in hopes of boxing in Biden on many foreign-policy issues.

Taiwan is starting to build 8 new submarines as China continues to beef up its military

Taiwan currently has four submarines, two dating to World War II, that are no match for China's undersea fleet.

Watch an Army marksman split a playing card in half with a pistol shot

Army marksman like Staff Sgt. Carl Clegg routinely come up with trick shots to showcase their skills.

The 'stealth fighter' that wasn't: Why the F-117 Nighthawk is still misunderstood

The aircraft commonly referred to as a "stealth fighter" wasn't really a fighter at all, but you can't blame the public for getting this one wrong.

Why sailors on the Navy's newest aircraft carrier will eat better than anyone else in the fleet

The Ford-class is the Navy's first new class of carrier in more than 40 years, and among the many changes are updates to the sailors' mess.

These are the 6 military bases that could host US Space Command

The Air Force anticipates making a final decision in early 2021, and the command location is expected to host about 1,400 personnel.
Enterprise 2020-11-21T15:00:00Z

An Air Force veteran who taught himself to code explains how he started a nonprofit that has educated other vets on how to get jobs in tech

Air Force veteran Jerome Hardaway couldn't find a job when he left the military until he learned coding. Now, he's helping other veterans do the same.

A fragile peace in Nagorno-Karabakh leaves Russia and Turkey in charge and the West in the cold

Western powers were largely left out in the cold but may still be able to play a role in mediating a more permanent settlement in the future.
Opinion 2020-11-21T14:32:00Z

If the US doesn't start to meaningfully help African nations, China will have a blank check to control growing African industries

The US is quietly losing the resource war in Africa to China. Here's how the Biden Administration, in re-engaging with Africa, can change that.
Military & Defense 2020-11-20T19:52:21Z

Obama thanked Navy SEAL McRaven for overseeing the bin Laden raid by gifting him a tape measure

The unusual gift was a kind of inside joke, a reference to something Obama said after the SEALs brought bin Laden's body back.

57 years after Kennedy's assassination, a JFK conspiracy theory is debunked in Mexico

Most conspiracy theories about President John F. Kennedy's assassination have been disproven, but some persist a half-century after his killing.
Politics 2020-11-20T16:41:54Z

Here are all the Trump officials who have been fired or resigned since the president's election defeat

"Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service," Trump announced on Twitter less than a week after the election.

A pay raise for troops is in danger because of a dispute over bases named for Confederate leaders

A 3% pay raise hangs in the balance as Trump and Democrats butt heads over a provision that would rename military bases named for Confederate leaders.

Meet Space Force's 'Guardian Angels,' the crack squad that keeps astronauts alive if things go wrong

There's been a rescue unit for as long as there has been manned spaceflight, but modern commercial space travel has required a lot of new thinking.
Military & Defense 2020-11-20T15:01:42Z

US military aircraft are nowhere near as ready as they should be — here's how bad the situation is

Two dozen fighter aircraft, including F-22 Raptors and F/A-18 Super Hornets, missed a key readiness goal every year for nearly a decade.

US Navy secretary's surprise plan for a new fleet in Asia doesn't hold water, experts say

Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite's proposal is seen by analysts as a "trial balloon" unlikely to get immediate support from the region or Joe Biden.

Obama joked that Trump might have to get dragged out of the White House by Navy SEALs if he keeps refusing to concede

Barack Obama appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," where Kimmel asked what might happen if Trump were to physically refuse to leave the White House.
Military & Defense 2020-11-20T00:08:00Z

The Pentagon isn't the only one with special operators. Here are the 5 most elite forces outside the Defense Department

Numerous US government agencies and departments have specially selected, manned, and trained units with some unique mission sets.
Military & Defense 2020-11-19T22:29:55Z

US Navy submarines have big plans to turn small drones into 'a flying periscope' to hit long-range targets

With small- and medium-size unmanned aerial vehicles, the Navy's submarines hope to be able to see and strike over longer distances.
Military & Defense 2020-11-19T20:16:37Z

China's first stealth jet looks an awful lot like the US's first stealth fighter — here's how the J-20 and the F-22 stack up

Conventional wisdom says China's J-20 can't beat the F-22 head-to-head. But the J-20, and China's stealth program overall, is still maturing.

The Navy is offering bonuses up to $125,000 to keep SEAL officers in uniform

Drawdowns in the Middle East means fewer combat operations, but the Navy wants to keep its most experienced operators in uniform.

'Up is down, down is up': Trump did Russia's job for it by firing Chris Krebs, and Krebs' removal is the biggest sign of his success

One former NSA hacker joked that cybersecurity experts were "bored out of their minds" this year because of Chris Krebs' work to secure the election.

Airmen in Japan spent 10 days training to keep the Air Force's biggest plane flying

Many bases in the Pacific have no dedicated C-5M maintenance crew, which means maintainers at Yokota need to be able to repair it if necessary.

As the Air Force struggles with a shortages of fliers, it's now opening a new path to pilot training

The program won't produce aviators, but it is a stepping-stone to get participants the necessary flight training to become a student pilot.
Military & Defense 2020-11-19T00:15:00Z

A legendary Marine battle 70 years ago is now becoming part of a rallying cry for China

The Korean War is one of the few direct clashes between the US and China, and for Beijing, fighting the US to a stalemate is a point of pride.
Military & Defense 2020-11-18T19:40:20Z

The Navy's oldest operational ship just turned 50. Here's why it's still on the frontline of crises and conflict

50 years after joining the fleet, USS Blue Ridge is still in service and is still one of the Navy's most advanced ships.

India is on guard against China's big plans across Asia

Delhi has resisted Beijing's efforts to pull India into networks and agreements that China leads or dominates.

Russia and the US are the only navies that operate cruisers. Here's how their ships stack up.

US Ticonderoga-class cruisers and Russian Slava-class cruisers have roughly the same capabilities. So which would triumph head-to-head?
Military & Defense 2020-11-18T16:50:18Z

Israel's stunning assassination of an Al Qaeda chief inside Iran suggests a major deal was cut with the US

The assassination of an Al Qaeda commander in Tehran by an Israeli hit squad would only have been undertaken at the request of the US, sources say.
Military & Defense 2020-11-18T15:10:44Z

Taliban cheers Trump's decision to pull thousands of American troops out of Afghanistan

A Taliban spokesman, who previously announced Taliban support for Trump's re-election, called the withdrawal a "good step."
Military & Defense 2020-11-18T15:05:00Z

A US Navy destroyer just shot down an intercontinental ballistic missile target for the first time

"This first-of-its-kind test shows that our nation has a viable option for a new layer of defense against long-range threats," a defense firm said.

The US shooting down a mock ICBM was a warning to China, observers say

A recent US test was the first time a missile interceptor has been launched from a ship at sea hit to destroy a mock ICBM in flight.
Military & Defense 2020-11-18T14:12:25Z

The story of the first special-ops mission deep inside Afghanistan just weeks after 9/11, from troops who were there

A few weeks after the September 11 attacks, the Army's Delta Force, Rangers, and "Night Stalkers" went deep behind Taliban lines in Afghanistan.
Politics 2020-11-18T12:54:28Z

Chinese state media warns Trump is preparing a 'final madness' on Beijing, as reports say his team are readying weighty sanctions to mark his final weeks

Trump is considering weighty sanctions and aggressive strikes against China to mark the end of his presidency, Axios and Bloomberg reported.
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