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The Guantanamo Mystery Novel That Captures Military Life Between The Cold War And 9/11

The Guantanamo Mystery Novel That Captures Military Life Between The Cold War And 9/11

How does the old joke go? “Nostalgia is heroin for the middle class.” Which explains why recent war-related fiction and nonfiction feels so punishing, the opposite of a relaxed, stoned haze – it is hard
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Calls grow louder for European arms embargo against Saudi Arabia

Calls grow louder for European arms embargo against Saudi Arabia

The alleged murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents casts a shadow on the EU arms trade with the kingdom.
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Guard Troops Help Dig Out From Hurricane Michael

Guard Troops Help Dig Out From Hurricane Michael

Guard Troops Help Dig Out From Hurricane MichaelNearly 4,500 National Guard troops are on duty in Florida and Georgia helping residents and businesses dig out from the wreckage of Hurricane Michael, which made landfall as
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Air Force activates Special Warfare Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio

Air Force activates Special Warfare Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio

The Air Force has established a new headquarters organization aimed at meeting combatant commanders’ growing needs for special operations airmen, Col. James Hughes, the wing’s commander, told Stars and Stripes in a telephone interview Friday.
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US Army is updating its missile defense strategy with Russia and China in mind

US Army is updating its missile defense strategy with Russia and China in mind

The Army's Space and Missile Defense Command is hard at work on its revised air-and-missile defense strategy.
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Is the new US drone base in Niger worth the cost?

Is the new US drone base in Niger worth the cost?

While the militants of northern and western Africa are undoubtedly dangerous, they are not a direct threat to the United States.
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The Marine Corps Wants To Put Freakin’ Lasers On Vehicles For Crowd Control

The Marine Corps Wants To Put Freakin’ Lasers On Vehicles For Crowd Control

The Marine Corps is on the hunt for a vehicle-mounted laser system that can produce “sustainable and controllable plasma at range” for the purposes of crowd control, according to A U.S. government solicitation. A Small
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Saudi Arabia is losing Lindsey Graham, a key ally of US arms sales

Saudi Arabia is losing Lindsey Graham, a key ally of US arms sales

A key defender of U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia is backing away from the kingdom —a strong sign of the political tide taking a swift turn.
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Ex-US Special Ops Were Reportedly Hired To Assassinate Yemeni Political Figures

Ex-US Special Ops Were Reportedly Hired To Assassinate Yemeni Political Figures

American mercenaries — some of whom were ex-special operators with Army Special Forces, SEAL Team 6, and the CIA — were hired by the United Arab Emirates in 2015 to take part in a “targeted
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20 Years In The Air Force, 18 And Counting At Hyatt: Retired Master Sergeant Enjoys Successful Second Career

20 Years In The Air Force, 18 And Counting At Hyatt: Retired Master Sergeant Enjoys Successful Second Career

In August 2000, Gene Roche traded in his combat boots for business suits when he transitioned from the U.S. Air Force to Hyatt, a global hospitality company well-known for its welcoming hotels, resorts and vacation
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The Military Decision-Making Process Is An Inflexible Mess. Here’s How To Fix It

The Military Decision-Making Process Is An Inflexible Mess. Here’s How To Fix It

Skilled leaders have discovered ways throughout history to take advantage of ambiguity. And it can counter the overdoses of established measures we use in military planning, by which I mean the Military Decision-Making Process (MDMP).
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Coast Guard Policy, Sharks, And Poe: 3 Military Facts We Didn’t Know

Coast Guard Policy, Sharks, And Poe: 3 Military Facts We Didn’t Know

Edgar Allan Poe dedicated his third volume of poetry to the cadets of West Point. The skipper of the USS Indianapolis, who was court-martialed after the ship was sunk and 900 sailors were lost, many
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US military tightens base access for South Koreans in Japan

US military tightens base access for South Koreans in Japan

The U.S. military has ordered extra scrutiny for South Koreans who want to visit friends or attend events on American bases in Japan. U.S. Forces Japan recently added the longtime American ally to a list
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Army xTechSearch Narrows to 12 Finalists

Army xTechSearch Narrows to 12 Finalists

Army xTechSearch Narrows to 12 FinalistsTwelve finalists have been selected in the Army’s XTechSearch competition after presentations were made during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.
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Langley Air Force Base hosts evacuated F-22 Raptors

Langley Air Force Base hosts evacuated F-22 Raptors

The 633 Air Base Wing Public Affairs has announced that Langley Air Force Base in Virginia was hosted F-22 Raptor fighter jets which were evacuated from Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida after Hurricane Michael.
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More details about Ukraine’s new tactical ballistic missile revealed

More details about Ukraine’s new tactical ballistic missile revealed

Yuzhnoye State Design Office confirmed to Defence Blog’s during the Arms and Security annual exhibition that the company has had some success in development of the new Grom-2 tactical ballistic missile system. The Grom-2 mobile
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Navy family’s 5-year-old fatally struck by garbage truck

Navy family’s 5-year-old fatally struck by garbage truck

A Navy family new to Hawaii is coping with the loss of their 5-year-old daughter, who was struck and killed Wednesday by a garbage truck backing up at Aliamanu Military Reservation, according to police and
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(VIDEO) Former Navy sailor arrested after naked carjacking attempts at Busch Gardens

(VIDEO) Former Navy sailor arrested after naked carjacking attempts at Busch Gardens

An intoxicated former Navy sailor from Virginia was arrested Friday after he was running around nude and trying to break into various cars in the Busch Gardens Williamsburg theme park. He was racing back and
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Member of Iranian military arrested over Ahvaz parade attack

Member of Iranian military arrested over Ahvaz parade attack

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission. Iranian authorities have arrested a member of the country’s military in connection with last month’s deadly attack on a military
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Trump says ‘rogue killers’ could be behind missing Saudi journalist; sends Pompeo to Riyadh

Trump says ‘rogue killers’ could be behind missing Saudi journalist; sends Pompeo to Riyadh

After defending U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the weekend, President Donald Trump on Monday touted the denials of the Saudi royal family in disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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World War II Marine finally returns home, 75 years after his death

World War II Marine finally returns home, 75 years after his death

Devastated by his divorce and stunned by the attack on Pearl Harbor, auto mechanic Harry Carlsen climbed into his car and headed west to Los Angeles, where he enlisted in the Marines. Less than two
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Pentagon clears 80 percent of F-35 jets to fly after faulty fuel tubes grounded entire fleet

Pentagon clears 80 percent of F-35 jets to fly after faulty fuel tubes grounded entire fleet

After grounding its entire fleet of F-35 fighter jets, the Pentagon has just cleared most F-35s to resume operations. The F-35 Joint Program Office at the Pentagon confirmed that approximately 80 percent of “single-seat, single-engine
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Peter Jackson’s New Documentary Shows World War I As You’ve Never Seen It Before

Peter Jackson’s New Documentary Shows World War I As You’ve Never Seen It Before

For the first time in a century, World War I can be seen, and heard, the way it was for those who waged it. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, Academy
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Sailors, Community, Leaders Celebrate Navy's 243rd Birthday Locally, Internationally

Sailors, Community, Leaders Celebrate Navy’s 243rd Birthday Locally, Internationally

Whether based in the United States or abroad, Sailors held celebrations to mark the Navy's 243rd birthday with other service members, civilians, guests and community members while top leaders have sent messages to the fleet
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(VIDEO) Air Force uncertain how long storm-ravaged Tyndall will be closed; F-22s possibly damaged in hurricane

(VIDEO) Air Force uncertain how long storm-ravaged Tyndall will be closed; F-22s possibly damaged in hurricane

How long Tyndall Air Force Base will remain closed is unknown after the coastal Florida installation sustained catastrophic damage from Hurricane Michael, which left nearly every building and some aircraft wrecked, service officials said Friday.
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The Decimation Of Tyndall Air Base’s F-22 Fleet Couldn’t Have Come At Worse Time

The Decimation Of Tyndall Air Base’s F-22 Fleet Couldn’t Have Come At Worse Time

Tyndall Air Force Base as we once knew it no longer exists. In an update the 325th Fighter Wing shared on Facebook in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael’s landfall, leadership at the Florida base detailed
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The Disturbing Meaning Of Kanye West’s Visit To The White House

The Disturbing Meaning Of Kanye West’s Visit To The White House

Donald Trump is the first president to rise to that office by being a celebrity, and that carries enormous implications for his behavior and for how many people react to him. He is also the
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Sen. Nelson vows Tyndall Air Force Base will be rebuilt

Sen. Nelson vows Tyndall Air Force Base will be rebuilt

Sen. Bill Nelson, who toured Tyndall Air Force Base on Sunday morning and witnessed firsthand the massive destruction caused by Hurricane Michael, said he will recommend the base be rebuilt. “The base is destroyed,” Nelson
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Inside The Army’s Pursuit Of A High-Tech 6.8mm Round

Inside The Army’s Pursuit Of A High-Tech 6.8mm Round

Editor’s Note: This article by Matthew Cox originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community. This week, U.S. Army leaders revealed a much clearer picture of the service’s
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U.S. Air Force F-15D Eagle makes emergency landing during exercise in Ukraine

U.S. Air Force F-15D Eagle makes emergency landing during exercise in Ukraine

On 12 October, U.S. Air Force F-15D Eagle fighter jet safely made an emergency landing at the Starokostiantyniv Air Base in Ukraine during Media day of the multinational military exercise Clear Sky 2018. During a
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Why I Never Liked Those Videos Of Deployed Soldiers Surprising Their Kids At School

Why I Never Liked Those Videos Of Deployed Soldiers Surprising Their Kids At School

It always seemed kind of unfair to me. Kids with deployed parents have enough uncertainty in their lives. I think kinder to say, “I’m coming home tomorrow,” and then meeting in private. Lots of emotions
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Good NCOs Can Save the Army Money

Good NCOs Can Save the Army Money

Good NCOs Can Save the Army MoneyGood enlisted leaders could save the Army money because their experience results in lower attrition for junior soldiers, a new RAND Corp. report says, recommending the Army take leadership
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Former Marine reportedly confesses to brutal drug-related homicide in Taiwan

Former Marine reportedly confesses to brutal drug-related homicide in Taiwan

Local media reports say a former Marine arrested over the summer in connection with a grisly drug-related homicide on Taiwan has allegedly confessed to the crime. Ewart Odane Bent, 30, was taken into custody Aug.
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Polish F-16 fighter jets take part in Clear Sky 18 exercise in Ukraine

Polish F-16 fighter jets take part in Clear Sky 18 exercise in Ukraine

The Polish Air Force sent four modern F-16 fighter jets to take part in the joint large-scale aviation exercise Clear Sky 2018 in Ukraine. According to the information provided to by Major Dariusz Kurowski of
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Gen. Abrams approved by Senate to command US Forces Korea, Vice Adm. Faller to lead Southern Command

Gen. Abrams approved by Senate to command US Forces Korea, Vice Adm. Faller to lead Southern Command

Army Gen. Robert B. Abrams was confirmed to become the next commander of U.S. Forces Korea in a series of Senate approvals for military nominees during a marathon session Thursday. Vice Adm. Craig S. Faller
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China to unveil newest long-range strategic bomber during military parade in 2019

China to unveil newest long-range strategic bomber during military parade in 2019

Chinese media has announced on 15 October that the newest long-range strategic bomber will unveil during a parade as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) in 2019.
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KC-135 Stratotankers participates in Clear Sky 2018 exercise

KC-135 Stratotankers participates in Clear Sky 2018 exercise

Two KC-135 Stratotankers from the 126th Air Refueling Wing, Illinois Air National Guard, are participating in the multinational Clear Sky 2018 training exercise in Ukraine. The Clear Sky 18’s training is intended to increase the
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EFAC to Open at NAS Pensacola

EFAC to Open at NAS Pensacola

Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, will open an Emergency Family Assistance Center (EFAC) Monday, Oct. 15. The EFAC will be manned with Navy counselors prepared to assist evacuated military personnel and their families that are
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New career path for Navy pilots aims to curb retention crisis

New career path for Navy pilots aims to curb retention crisis

The Navy hopes a new program scheduled to kick off sometime next year will help combat manning shortages in the service’s pilot community. The Professional Flight Instructor program will provide well-qualified pilots and naval flight
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New Army Combat Fitness Test starts Oct. 2020; ‘get in shape or hit the road,’ Army says

New Army Combat Fitness Test starts Oct. 2020; ‘get in shape or hit the road,’ Army says

In October 2020, the Army will introduce a new Army Combat Fitness Test and it promises to be a challenge. On Monday, the secretary of the Army said soldiers must “rise to the challenge to
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Houthi rebels destroy M1 Abrams tank in Jizan

Houthi rebels destroy M1 Abrams tank in Jizan

Yemeni rebel group claimed on 13 October that it had destroyed the USA-made M1A2S Abrams main battle tank during the storm Saudi military post in the Jizan province in southern Saudi Arabia. Yemen’s rebel media
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Technician Accidentally Fires Vulcan Cannon And Destroys An F-16 On The Ground In Belgium

Technician Accidentally Fires Vulcan Cannon And Destroys An F-16 On The Ground In Belgium

A maintenance worker accidentally fired a 20mm Vulcan cannon from an F-16 jet he was working on at Belgium’s Florennes Air Force Base earlier this week, destroying another F-16 while damaging another aircraft nearby, according
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Crew of Ukrainian Mi-24 helicopter shot down Russian drone

Crew of Ukrainian Mi-24 helicopter shot down Russian drone

On 13 October, the crew of the Ukrainian Mi-24 attack helicopter shot down the Russian-made Orlan-10 UAV over along the Lysychansk-Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine, the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) press center has reported. According to
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Military court rules against accused USS Cole bomber’s lawyers in ethics standoff

Military court rules against accused USS Cole bomber’s lawyers in ethics standoff

MIAMI — A military court review panel sided Friday with the judge in the USS Cole trial, ruling that defense lawyers had no authority to quit the case over ethics questions raised by their discovery
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Ukrainian Su-27 makes unbelievably low pass during Clear Sky 18

Ukrainian Su-27 makes unbelievably low pass during Clear Sky 18

Sukhoi Su-27UB of Ukrainian Air Force make one of the most insanely low-altitude passes during Clear Sky 2018 exercise at the Starokostiantyniv Air Base, Ukraine. During a practice demonstration at the “Clean Sky – 2018”
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New era: U.S. Air Force makes historic deployment to Ukraine

New era: U.S. Air Force makes historic deployment to Ukraine

The 144th Fighter Wing F-15C Eagle fighter jets are making a historic deployment for the first time ever on Ukrainian soil to participate in Clear Sky 2018. One of Ukraine’s biggest military exercises began on
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California Air National Guard Super Hercules take part in joint exercise in Ukraine

California Air National Guard Super Hercules take part in joint exercise in Ukraine

C-130J-30 Super Hercules tactical airlifter of the U.S. California Air National Guard, assigned to the 144th Fighter Wing, take part in the joint large-scale aviation exercise Clear Sky 2018 in Ukraine. During Media Day of
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U.S. Air Force shows its MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft at exercise ‘Clear Sky 18’

U.S. Air Force shows its MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft at exercise ‘Clear Sky 18’

For the first time, the MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft has performed demonstrate its flying skill along during the multinational military exercise Clear Sky 2018 in Ukraine. The MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft (N429HK registration,
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U.S. Air National Guard conducts medical evacuation training with Ukrainian specialists

U.S. Air National Guard conducts medical evacuation training with Ukrainian specialists

U.S. Air National Guard Soldiers from the 146th Airlift Wing a conducted integration aeromedical evacuation training with Ukrainian specialists during the Clear Sky 2018, a multinational training exercise held at Clear Sky 18, Ukraine. The
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USS Shoup Conducts Fiji Port Visit as part of OMSI Deployment

USS Shoup Conducts Fiji Port Visit as part of OMSI Deployment

Guided—missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) will arrive in Suva as part of the ship's Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) deployment, Oct. 14.
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