Monday, February 20, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
|US and South Korean forces will participate in military drills together to enhance readiness. 'Key Resolve' and 'Foal Eagle' represent two annual major military drills carried out by US and South Korean troops that regularly rile North Korea.|
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
|The US Defence Department said: "The movement of equipment and troops into and around Europe marks the beginning of a continuous rotation of armoured brigade combat teams from the United States as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The move of more military equipment into Europe comes days after Trump refused to call Putin a "killer" and aligned the US and Russia on the same moral plain.|
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
|The United States is expected to spend some $391 billion over 15 years to buy about 2,443 F-35s.|
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
|Some media claimed the People's Liberation Army leaked the social media photos of the missiles as a warning to Trump.|
|The US president, who took office on Friday, has rattled Beijing with tough talk on trade, national security, and the South China Sea.|
Monday, January 23, 2017
Sunday, January 22, 2017
|The US Army has selected the Sig Sauer P320 to replace the iconic M9 Beretta, the Army’s pistol of choice for more than three decades.|
|The Beretta M9, the current sidearm, officially entered service with the US military in 1990. However, reliability issues, design flaws, and concerns over low stopping power began emerging with time. In September 2015, the military held a competition called the Modular Handgun System (MHS) to seek an appropriate replacement to the M9.|
One of the major goals of the MHS was to find a pistol chambered for a more potent round than the current 9mm.
Friday, January 20, 2017
|The United States Navy and the Pentagon’s secretive Strategic Capabilities Office have demonstrated swarming autonomous drone technology in flight using over 100 unmanned aircraft.|
Thursday, January 19, 2017
|The Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Arizona Senator John McCain, released a paper calling for the Pentagon to receive a nine percent boost in defense spending next year. The plan calls for spending more than $430 billion over five years.|
The document warns that "China and Russia aspire to diminish U.S. influence and revise the world order in ways that are contrary to U.S. national interests." It also warns that North Korea and Iran pose threats to regional security, and that Al Qaeda, the Islamic State and other terrorist groups are threats into the foreseeable future.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017
|With weeks to go, the Navy's most-expensive aircraft carrier is on track to miss the service's November delivery deadline. That's the latest slip for the $12.9 billion USS Gerald R. Ford. The carrier was originally expected to be delivered in 2014 but has been beset by delays, cost overruns and technological problems with unproven, untested systems. |
In June and again in July, two of Ford's electricity-generating main turbines experienced issues. As of August, the Ford was 98 percent complete. The shipbuilder had turned over 98 percent of the ship's compartments and 91 percent of the overall shipboard testing was finished. "We continue to look for opportunities to get Gerald R. Ford to sea as soon as possible,"
|The USS Gerald R. Ford, the Pentagon’s largest and most advanced aircraft carrier, is two years late for delivery, $2.9 billion over budget, and is “not fit for combat.” It is the most expensive warship ever built, coming in at $12.9 billion.|
Right this minute the ship can’t launch and recover aircraft, can’t mount a defense, and can’t transport bombs around the ship. In other words, the core functions of an aircraft carrier cannot be met. The Pentagon is hoping that it will all be fixed and delivered before November.
"As delivery of (Ford) approaches later this year, my concerns about the reliability of these systems remain and the risk to the ship's ability to succeed in combat grows as these reliability issues remain unresolved"
|Some argue the US military budget has far less to do with defending the United States than it does to further enrich entrenched military contractors. Politicians are under intense pressure to push weapons systems that produce “jobs” for their districts. An example is the disastrously expensive F-35 fighter that is built in 45 states and several foreign countries.|
Last October, the Pentagon's chief weapons tester expressed serious concerns about the reliability of key systems on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford.
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Thursday, January 5, 2017
|Extreme movements in the cockpit during launch risk pilot health. Pain threatens the ability of pilots to read flight-critical data as they perform the complicated task of launching from a moving platform at sea. Redesigns to the plane, as well as to carriers, may be necessary.|