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Carter Details Cyber, Intel Strikes Against Daesh At NORTHCOM Ceremony

Posted by Colin Clark on


PETERSEN AFB: As he welcomed America’s first female combatant commander, NORTHCOM‘s new leader Gen. Lori Robinson, Defense Secretary Ash Carter detailed publicly some of the cyber attacks against Daesh — what his deputy called “cyber bombs” — that US forces have launched in recent months. “We’re using these tools to deny the ability of ISIL leadership… Keep reading →

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NORTHCOM: Defending North America At Ten And Two O’clock

Posted by Robbin Laird on


  In less than three years, Northern Command has witnessed an important strategic shift. North Korea’s leadership changed and the acceleration of their nuclear weapons and missiles program are changing the strategic calculus for the United States and Canada. Meanwhile, the re-launch of Russia under President Putin has Russia’s presence felt in the Middle East, Asia… Keep reading →

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DepSecDef Explores New Missile Defense Approach

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


HUNTSVILLE, ALA.: What does the NORAD commander think of America’s current approach to missile defense? “Not only is it unaffordable, it will not work,” Adm. Bill Gortney said. “We are going to lose this fight on our current strategy.” “We’ve made incredible strides in missile defense,” acknowledged Gortney, who heads both NORAD and US Northern… Keep reading →

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The Navy’s Carrier Crunch: Even Without Budget Cuts, Deployments Will Drop

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The Navy’s in a carrier crunch. US commanders around the world keep asking for carriers to cover trouble spots from Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan to the Western Pacific and the South China Sea, but the Navy doesn’t have enough to go around. And they may well lose another. In recent years, amazingly, the Navy has managed to increase the number of aircraft… Keep reading →

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Beyond F-35: Rep. Forbes & Adm. Greenert on Cyber, Drones & Carriers

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: What homemade roadside bombs could do to Army and Marine ground vehicles was the ugly surprise of the last decade. What sophisticated long-range missiles could do to Navy aircraft carriers could be the ugly surprise of the next. “I think it would almost follow like the night to the day,” Rep. Randy Forbes told… Keep reading →

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‘We’re Terrified’ Of Sequestration’s Impact On Readiness: Navy 4-Star

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CRYSTAL CITY: Navy readiness is already under strain, America’s top admirals say. And looming budget cuts will only make things worse. And they are very worried — “terrified” about some effects — about just how bad this may get. The automatic budget cuts known as sequestration are set to slice 8.8 percent out of Navy… Keep reading →

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