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Army Secretary Stresses Rapid Deployment, Information Warfare

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


These are huge strategic challenges — and Ryan McCarthy is emphasizing them more than any of his predecessors in at least a decade.

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Sgt. Bellavia: Knife Fight In The House Of Broken Mirrors

Posted by James Kitfield on


The 29-year-old sergeant fought with gun, grenades, and knife in a dark house with sewage flooding the floor and broken mirrors glinting on the bullet-marked walls.

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Army Can Manage Both Mideast & Great Powers: Sec. Esper

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Army can cope with regional dangers like Iran even as it refocuses on Russia and China, the secretary said. In fact, he said, the Army’s controversial modernization program will help with both sets of threats.

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No Light Attack Planes Any Time Soon: Air Force Undersecretary

Posted by Colin Clark on


AFA: The Air Force won’t issue a Request For Information on possible Light Attack aircraft, originally scheduled to come out December, in favor of doing a lot more experiments, Air Force Undersecretary Matt Donovan told reporters this morning. The service has been dithering for over a decade about whether to buy propeller-driven aircraft for affordable close… Keep reading →

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Army Issues Lighter Armor For Bigger Wars

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


After a generation of guerrilla warfare, the Army is issuing new, lighter body armor that can be tailored for a wider range of missions, from plainclothes advisor roles to high-intensity combat. It’s part of a new push to improve infantry equipment, from rifle calibers to targeting optics to augmented reality training, coming from the Secretary… Keep reading →

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Army Wants New Aerial Scouts For Major War (Hello, Russia!)

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


These special squadrons would probably be the first units to get the revolutionary Future Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) the service wants flying by the mid-2020s to replace conventional helicopters.

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Mattis Supports Saudi War in Yemen, Rejects Privatizing Afghan Fight

Posted by Paul McLeary on


“The training we have given them we know has paid off,” Mattis said of the Saudis. “We have had pilots in the air who recognize the danger of a specific mission and declined to drop even when they get the authority. We have seen staff procedures that put no-fire areas around areas where there’s hospitals or schools.”

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Busting The Green Door: Army SIGINT Refocuses On Russia & China

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Over 17 years of fighting terrorists and insurgents, “our SIGINT forces mastered the art and science of identifying and tracking individual threats with pinpoint precision,” Lt. Gen. Berrier said. “We now face a significant challenge on a much larger scale.”

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SASC Seeks Sweeping ‘Roles & Missions’ Report: Wither The Marines?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The Senate Armed Services Committee has proposed the most sweeping reevaluation of the military in 30 years, with tough questions for all four armed services but especially the Marine Corps. While its provisions cover topics ranging from swarming robots to “construction and maintenance of public works in Cis-Lunar Space,” its overwhelming focus is reorienting… Keep reading →

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Mattis, Dunford Defend Strategy: Afghan Force Smaller But Better

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Yes, Afghan forces are shrinking even as violence grows, but that smaller force is better trained, better advised, and better at taking the offensive against the Taliban, the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs told the Senate. The ongoing increase in US and other NATO advisors is crucial to this turnaround,… Keep reading →

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