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Military & Defense 2020-05-22T22:59:27Z
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Watch this US Navy ship destroy a flying drone with a laser weapon

"With this new advanced capability, we are redefining war at sea for the Navy," a Navy official said in a press release.
FILE - In this June 4, 2017, file photo. nNew Army recruits take part in a swearing in ceremony before a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Colorado Rockies in San Diego. A year after failing to meet its enlistment goal for the first time in 13 years, the U.S. Army is now on track to meet a lower 2019 target after revamping its recruitment effort. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

The ban on COVID-19 survivors joining the military has lifted, but some cases could still be denied

The military is looking at recruits on a case-by-case basis until health professionals come up with recommendations for the Defense Department.
C-RAM test fire Afghanistan

Meet C-RAM, the radar-controlled, rapid-fire weapon that went viral for zapping rockets in Afghanistan

Firing 4,500 rounds per minute, the C-RAM can counter anything from enemy aircraft to missiles to rockets to artillery shells.
Military & Defense 2020-05-22T19:40:07Z

VIDEO: US troops trying to get to work waited in their cars as security stopped the Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi gunman

Video showed a stream of cars waiting as several gunshots echoed throughout the Texas base's entrance.

8 ways the coronavirus is more dangerous for veterans

One of the communities hit hardest by the coronavirus is US military veterans, who are more susceptible to the health and economic risks it poses.
Military & Defense 2020-05-22T18:30:00Z

How the US military came up with its salute

The modern military salute comes from ancient traditions.
Military & Defense 2020-05-22T18:26:33Z

Doctors on USS Theodore Roosevelt warned that dozens of sailors could die the same day Capt. Crozier wrote his desperate plea

'The only solution to save the lives of sailors is to immediately get everyone off the ship," four of the doctors wrote in a March 30 memo.

The Pentagon is ordering $2 billion worth of jam-resistant radios

The combined contracts will provide radio terminals for the US Navy, US Air Force, and NATO member countries.
Military & Defense 2020-05-22T15:31:58Z

European allies watch with 'regret' as Trump ditches a treaty once said to be in America's 'best interest'

Much to the "regret" of allies, the US is pulling out of the Open Skies Treaty, which Jim Mattis once said was in the US's "best interests."

The Marines aren't done issuing the M27, but they're already looking to replace it with Army's next-gen rifle

The Corps is still working to finish issuing the M27 to infantry Marines by the end of this fiscal year.

Even with coronavirus restrictions, deadly violence continues to rise in Mexico

The 6,000 homicides in Mexico in March and April made it one of the worst two-month periods on record.

The Air Force is looking for an engine to make it easier to keep the B-52 bomber flying

The Air Force hopes the new engine will reduce fuel burn and the time it takes to maintain the bomber.
Tech 2020-05-22T12:58:28Z

Researchers found North Dakota's contact-tracing app covertly sending location and advertising data to third parties

The app's maker admitted to sending data from iPhones to Foursquare, but said it wasn't being used for commercial purposes.
Politics 2020-05-22T11:42:31Z

After an initial defeat by Hong Kong's army of protesters, China has begun its revenge

A new proposal would increase China's national security presence in Hong Kong and give more power to law enforcement.
Tech 2020-05-22T09:36:39Z

People in Moscow are getting wrongfully fined by a quarantine app that demands selfies

Human Rights Watch said the app is "intrusive, deeply flawed, and arbitrarily punishes law-abiding people along with actual quarantine violators."
Politics 2020-05-21T22:49:00Z

Trump orders American flags to be flown at half-staff as coronavirus death toll in US nears 100,000

Democratic leaders urged President Trump to lower the US flag from all public buildings as the country nears its 100,000th coronavirus-related death.

A deadly 1984 crash shows just how dangerous aircraft carrier landings can be

A pitching carrier deck complicates things, as an aircraft on a perfect glide slope can suddenly find itself too high or (even worse) too low.
Politics 2020-05-21T21:11:32Z

'This is insane': Democrats and national security experts sound the alarm after Trump administration declares it's abandoning a critical treaty

Meanwhile some Republicans, including Russia hawks, applauded the move and called it a "positive step."

Watch a US airman get busted after 183-mph motorcycle chase in Oklahoma

The chase went on for more than 8 miles with the motorcycle riders weaving in and out of traffic on an Oklahoma highway.
Military & Defense 2020-05-21T20:13:50Z

FBI says shooting attack at a US Navy base in Texas being investigated as 'terrorism-related'

The FBI said in a press conference Thursday afternoon that "there may be a second person of interest at large in the community."

The US is planning to build a satellite network to track hypersonic weapons from Russia and China

The US aims to have hundreds of interconnected satellites operating in low-Earth orbit to keep track of its rivals' activity.
Military & Defense 2020-05-21T18:55:42Z

Trump's handling of the coronavirus has another ally questioning the US's friendship

"I can say adamantly that we have not been treated with goodness by the United States, and it's a crisis," the president of Guatemala said Thursday.
Military & Defense 2020-05-21T18:04:17Z

Watch the flyover of a US Navy aircraft carrier from inside the cockpit of a Blue Angel F/A-18 Hornet

Check out these two videos of the flyover of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group at sea in the Atlantic Ocean.

The B-1B bomber could become the face of US military power in the Pacific

The Air Force is "resetting" how it uses the B-1B to orient the bomber more toward great power competition.
Military & Defense 2020-05-21T14:44:00Z

Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas locked down in response to an active shooter incident

The US Navy said one of the base's Security Force members has been injured, but the shooter has been neutralized.

The Marine Corps is finally getting its first new pistol since 1985

The M18, a variant of the Army's Modular Handgun System, will replace the Beretta M9 that the Marine Corps started using in 1985.

China's aggression during the pandemic has little to do with the coronavirus

The reality is that China had been engaging in precisely the same types of pressure tactics against these states and others for years.
Military & Defense 2020-05-21T12:40:47Z

Commander calls for a 'safety pause' after back-to-back stealth fighter crashes at Florida Air Force base

"The events over the past few days remind us that the defense of our country can be a dangerous business," Brig. Gen. Scott Cain said.
Military & Defense 2020-05-21T01:10:28Z

USS Theodore Roosevelt has finally set sail after a serious COVID-19 outbreak left it stuck in port for nearly two months

The powerful carrier is back at sea after a devastating coronavirus outbreak aboard the ship left it stuck in port battling a rising number of cases.
Careers 2020-05-20T21:33:00Z

The life of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the West Point valedictorian and former CIA director who's in hot water amid an inspector general scandal

A look into the career of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, 56, who was previously the CIA director, a representative for Kansas, and an Army officer.
Military & Defense 2020-05-20T20:07:04Z

Pentagon says China's military is challenging the US with 'risky' run-ins in the South China Sea during the pandemic

Tensions are flaring in the disputed South China Sea during the pandemic, with at least nine encounters between Chinese jets and US aircraft.

In a first, US Air Force B-1B bombers flew over Sweden for training

The B-1Bs from South Dakota teamed up with British, Norwegian, and Swedish fighters during the non-stop training flight.

Moving US nukes to Poland would be a truly bad idea

It would be expensive, unwise, and needlessly provocative, writes Steven Pifer, a nonresident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution.

The Navy's oldest operational ship has set a record for time underway as the coronavirus keeps it at sea

USS Blue Ridge is known for frequent port visits, but the 7th Fleet flagship's 2020 patrol changed after the coronavirus outbreak earlier this year.
Military & Defense 2020-05-20T17:26:07Z

The US and Iran are inching toward another showdown, this time much closer to the US

Iranian tankers carrying gasoline are just days away from arriving in Venezuela. What, if anything, the US does to stop them remains to be seen.

Coronavirus' toll on the military reveals the US's flawed approach to national security

Opinion: When healthcare, education, and other social services are so badly needed, why is the military still being funded at astronomical levels?

US Air Force ramps up bomber flyovers near China in sign of rising tensions

The South China Sea is getting "tense and turbulent" with military actions linked to political and diplomatic issues, one Chinese analyst says.

National Guard coronavirus deployments set to end one day short of mark for retirement, education benefits

More than 40,000 Guard members are serving under Title 32 orders, the largest domestic employment of the force since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Analysis 2020-05-20T12:27:42Z

Europe is abandoning Trump on the world stage as it turns away from the US toward China

Opinion polls indicate Europeans have had an increasingly negative view of President Donald Trump and the US since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Tech 2020-05-20T11:25:39Z

Cybersecurity experts found seven flaws in the UK's contact-tracing app

The app is currently being trialled on the Isle of Wight before being rolled out to the rest of the UK population.
Military & Defense 2020-05-20T08:08:05Z

US pilot safe after an Air Force F-35 crashed near Eglin Air Force Base in Florida

A US Air Force F-35A crashed during a routine night-training exercise at around 9:30 p.m. in Florida.
News 2020-05-20T04:58:12Z

Pompeo was reportedly aware of inspector general's investigation into Saudi arms deal and declined to be interviewed, instead he sent in written responses

Senior State Department officials were briefed on a draft version of the inspector generals report in early March, The New York Times reported.
Military & Defense 2020-05-19T22:07:20Z

The B-1B bomber's days may be numbered, but the US Air Force is still keeping it busy

The Air Force wants to get rid of the B-1B Lancer, shedding 17 of them next year, but it's putting the bomber to work until those plans are finalized.

Coronavirus could delay delivery of up to 24 F-35 fighter jets

Lockheed Martin said on Tuesday it will slow production of its F-35 due to a parts shortage as the coronavirus hits the jet's supply chain.
Military & Defense 2020-05-19T21:34:04Z

US Navy warns vessels in the Middle East to stay away from its warships or risk being seen as a 'threat'

A notice sent out Tuesday says that "armed vessels" that come within 100 meters of a US naval vessel "may be interpreted as a threat."

The Trump administration wants to change the rules for mining the Moon

Without better coordination, it seems likely that competing claims for such activities will emerge, despite examples of how to avoid conflict.

How to find out which facial recognition databases you may be in

With a basic online quiz, you can find the likelihood that your face is included in various government databases.
Military & Defense 2020-05-19T18:41:06Z

Trump's boasts about 'super-duper' missiles reflect misunderstanding of what those weapons actually do

"Trump is well known for serving up nonsensical word salads, and this was no exception," a weapons expert said.

Leaked Pentagon memo warns of 'real possibility' of COVID-19 resurgence, vaccine not coming until summer 2021

The document lays out a framework for the US military's reopening, including the resumption of training exercises and an increased operational tempo.
Military & Defense 2020-05-19T13:11:03Z

The US Navy aircraft carrier sidelined by the coronavirus is expected to return to sea in the next few days

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt has been sidelined in Guam for nearly two months by a serious coronavirus outbreak.
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