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Like a trucking company with too few trucks and too many deliveries, America’s airpower is being overworked and under-maintained. Two recent studies by RAND Corp. and the Government Accountability Office paint a grim picture of
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You wouldn’t think listening to ‘Gangnam Style’ would make much sense during U.S. Navy carrier flight deck operations, but about a dozen catapult officers have proven us all wrong. Our friend Doctrine Man reposted a
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An Air Force T-6 Texan training aircraft crashed on Tuesday outside San Antonio, Texas, for unknown reasons. The crash occurred approximately 30 miles from Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph at approximately 4 p.m. on Tuesday, according
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During a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Polish President Andrzej Duda offered to name the possible permanent US military presence in the country ‘Fort Trump’, which is the proverbial cherry-on-top of the
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Modernization a Priority in Cutting ProgramsArmy leaders have made preliminary decisions on what programs should be cut to help pay for priority modernization efforts but the Defense Department has yet to weigh in on the
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On Thursday, a Syrian rebel commander operating along the Syria-Jordan border said the live-fire exercises conducted by U.S. Marines and rebel forces in southern Syria sends a message that they have no intention of backing
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When looking at interstate wars, conflict between groups may actually be more about internal group dynamics than about the actions of the other side. Thus, much as groups will fight back when threatened by others,
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Welcome to Gearhead Wednesday, a regular gear review column by Chief Kristin Beck (ret.), a decorated veteran of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group and all-around badass. Send pitches and suggestions to gear@taskandpurpose.com I want
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There is an ongoing debate about the continued viability of the aircraft carrier. Proponents point to the fact the carrier provides a range of capabilities essential for power projection and sea control that, without basing
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Russian officials Tuesday blamed Israel for the downing of a Russian military aircraft near Syria’s Mediterranean coast that killed 15 people, even though the plane was shot down by Syrian air defenses. The aircraft, an
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Mobile-based shipbuilder Austal USA stands to benefit from the latest version of a defense appropriations bill that exceeds the Navy’s shipbuilding requests by billions of dollars. Rather than pass an all-encompassing omnibus appropriations bill for
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The first step in avoiding future quagmires is to acknowledge the hazards of high-level decision-making. Fiercely ambitious and self-confident people, Presidents and their advisors like to think of themselves as in control—of events, of outcomes,
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2018 ‘Profile of the U.S. Army’ AvailableThe Institute of Land Warfare, the educational arm of the Association of the U.S. Army, has published its 2018 Profile of the United States Army.
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They comprise one of the most famous crews in the U.S Navy’s history and they have returned to Pueblo this week for the 50th anniversary of the terrible year they spent as often-tortured prisoners in
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In its 60th year, Frasca International has landed the largest contract in company history. Over the next two years, the Urbana-based flight-simulation company will build 10 helicopter simulators for pilots training at a Naval air
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The General Dynamics has announced on 17 September that the U.S. Navy has awarded the company a $480.6 million contract modification to continue the development of the lead Columbia-class submarine, the nation’s next-generation sea-based strategic
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A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli airstrike, killing all 15 people aboard, in what President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday was “a chain of tragic...
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A Florida Navy Chief Petty Officer was found dead in her home on Monday, just two weeks after a Duval County judge granted her a protective order due to domestic violence stemming from a fight
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A tragic accident occurred on the USS George H.W. Bush, claiming a sailor’s life on Monday. An incident on board deemed a “mishap” occurred around 4:45 p.m. Monday on the flight deck of the aircraft
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The Russians appear to have backed off their earlier threats after the U.S. Marine Corps sent them a clear message. The Pentagon, U.S. Central Command, and Operation Inherent Resolve have all confirmed that Russia has
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With his typical swagger, Defense Secretary James Mattis has swatted down speculation that his time at the Pentagon is nearing its end. Mattis faced a barrage of questions from reporters on Tuesday about a slew
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After a minute of explosions, alien spacecraft, and a crash-landing in a Blockbuster — so you know it takes place in the ‘90s — the new trailer for the upcoming Marvel film shows us the
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September 18, 2018 By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States is considering a request from Poland for a permanent U.S. military presence in the fellow NATO country,
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For nearly eight years, accused serial killer Juan David Ortiz served as a corpsman in the Navy at installations in Texas and California, according to his service record. Ortiz, 35, was arrested Saturday and charged
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The president of Poland has proposed the U.S. open and name a military base in Poland “Fort Trump,” after U.S. President Donald Trump. Polish President Andrzej Duda made the remark at a joint press event
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The president appears to be supportive of Poland's goal to have U.S. forces based there permanently.
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Live Stream - ILW Breakfast - LTG PasquaretteThe live stream will be available below and with no login necessary approximately 5 minutes before the event begins, 0655 on 19 September 2018.
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A-10 and F-15 aircraft practice on unmanned Humvee targets their ability to destroy moving and static target . The A-10 used its 30 mm gatling gun and the f-15 used smart practice bomb. Video also
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To avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month, House lawmakers must pass the spending measure next week.
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This closer defense cooperation format could also include neighboring Poland and Hungary.
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This closer defense cooperation format could also include neighboring Poland and Hungary.
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Top Air Force officials say the service must grow dramatically by 2025, including the addition of dozens of combat squadrons and 40,000 new airmen, to confront the increasing threats posed by China and Russia. Air
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The United States Air Force celebrated its 71st birthday on Tuesday. “Today we celebrate 71 years as the world’s greatest airpower,” the branch tweeted, along with a video of the Air Force’s history, which can
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When Chris Button transitioned out of the Army after 11 years of service, he drew from the foundational skills he learned in the airborne infantry, and then as a drill instructor and combat engineer to
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The fact that it was Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers only made the situation worse. Nate Boyer felt a connection with the quarterback. He even had an autographed football that Kaepernick had signed
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Congress is seeking clarity on the Army's way forward to provide an interim cruise missile defense capability as well as a solution to defend against rockets, artillery and mortars and drones.
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The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) has commenced operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to continue support to NATO allies, European and African partner nations, coalition partners, and U.S. national
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Brace yourselves: the Army is exploring the rapid development of a long-range strategic cannon that can reach out and slap a target at a range of up to 1,000 nautical miles, per Military.com, a range
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The next time we have a big war, I think the Navy will be our armed service that is caught the most flat-footed. Why? Because it hasn’t had its nose bloodied since 1945. That’s a
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The U.S. Air Force has no interest in purchasing either Boeing’s advanced fourth-generation F-15X version of the aging Eagle. Nor does the service have any plans to revive the stealthy fifth-generation Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor
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The U.S. Army has announced the final teams to take part in the Sub Compact Weapon programme. Six of the companies which responded to the Army’s Prototype Opportunity Notice have been selected for testing and
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Here’s the fourth entry in our Combat Pooping contest, and it’s a strong one. If you have something you think is as good, please e-mail it to Tom Ricks. On my outpost in Kandahar, we
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India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) recently conducted the test-firings of a new locally developed, low-weight man portable anti-tank missile system. According to the statement, announced 16 September by the Press Information Bureau Government
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Karen Pence Visits Fort Carson, Praises Army Families’ SacrificesKaren Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, told a Fort Carson, Colo., audience that providing better employment opportunities for military spouses is a priority of the
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The UK Ministry of Defence has announced on 17 September that a new fleet of robots and drones designed to test for chemical agents, provide 3D mapping and identify casualties have been put through their
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ABOARD A UH-60 BLACK HAWK — Fort Bragg leaders received their first look at the devastation wrought by Tropical Storm Florence on Monday, flying over a stretch of North Carolina from Moore County to Lumberton
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This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission. News reports say a Russian military surveillance plane with 14 crew members has disappeared over the eastern Mediterranean Sea, and
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Next time you pass someone on the street who appears to be talking to themselves, they may literally have voices inside their head…and be a highly trained soldier on a dangerous mission. The Pentagon has
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Egypt has asked the U.S. to buy tens of thousands of tank rounds from General Dynamics in a foreign military sale worth as much as $99 million, according to an official notice Monday.
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