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Author Archives: Courtney Messerschmidt
The U.S. Navy late last week awarded a contract to begin planning to defuel a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that may be targeted for decommissioning due to budget cuts – DOD Buzz The 6th Fleet boss has been tapped to return … Continue reading
The Pentagon said Friday that it plans to send troops to train Ukrainian forces next year as the country faces continued aggression from pro-Russia separatists. – The Hill Troops from the Army’s 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions will likely be … Continue reading
At least 48 Army captains serving in Afghanistan are among nearly 1,200 captains who have essentially been given pink slips forcing them to leave the military as part of the Army’s drawdown, service officials said Wednesday. – Military.com Administration officials … Continue reading
The Marine Corps began preparing its Special Operations component in earnest for life after Afghanistan last year, joining a war game overseen by U.S. Special Operations Command designed to assess how its elite troops could better fit into U.S. maritime … Continue reading
The administration is considering new sanctions against Russia following the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner in a rebel-controlled area of eastern Ukraine. – The Hill Army officials have withdrawn their intelligence network from a major testing exercise this fall … Continue reading
The Pentagon says 15 percent of the main Syrian chemical weapons on board the U.S. cargo vessel MV Cape Ray have been destroyed. – Associated Press The revival of the Pentagon’s storied F-35 alternative engine program is unlikely despite a … Continue reading
American officials, who said a surface-to-air missile was responsible for shooting down a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 on Thursday, said they suspected that the missile was either an SA-11 or SA-20, both Russian made. – New York Times The X-47B … Continue reading
Scientists working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA, are working on experimental .50-caliber ammunition that can adjust flight paths after being fired from a weapon. – Washington Post’s Checkpoint Pentagon officials are increasingly confident that … Continue reading
[The Army is] pushing through a variety of new acquisition projects, even as budgets get cut and Congress scrutinizes the numbers. And while it’s mostly multi-billion dollar contract competitions like the search for a new Armored Multi-purpose Vehicle that gets … Continue reading