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About the header imageA UH-60 Black Hawk from Task Force 34, 1st Battalion 244th Assault Helicopter Battalion flies over a mosque during a routine flight on Feb. 27. From US Army on Flickr.
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Author Archives: Courtney Messerschmidt
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a long-awaited look at China’s only aircraft carrier on Monday, taking a two-hour tour of the vessel at a naval base near this port city, in the first such visit by a foreign defense official, … Continue reading
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited China’s sole aircraft carrier on Monday in an unprecedented opening by normally secretive Beijing to a potent symbol of its military buildup. – Reuters Widespread opposition has yet to form around any single Pentagon … Continue reading
The Navy and Marine Corps’ top leaders will meet next week in Washington D.C. and focus on ways to speed up the rebalance of forces to the Pacific, but the Army’s part in the so-called Pacific Pivot remains in the … Continue reading
Senate Appropriations Defense Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and other appropriators expressed skepticism Wednesday of the Air Force’s decision to cut the entire A-10 fleet. – DEFCON Hill A $796 million line item that would go toward the refueling and overhaul … Continue reading
The Pentagon says there were no U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan in March — the first zero-fatality month there since January 2007. – Associated Press The Marines are about to move out sharply with their once-stalled Amphibious Combat Vehicle, the … Continue reading
The most expensive conventional weapons program in history just scored a major win, with the F-35 program’s estimated acquisition costs plunging $11.5 billion. This is no program estimate that critics might savage. This comes from the Government Accountability Office’s definitive … Continue reading
Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell said Sunday that Russian troops amassing on the border with Ukraine could take “perhaps a third” of the country if the Kremlin decided to expand its incursion into the former Soviet republic. – The … Continue reading
Eight soldiers from 3rd Special Forces Group were honored March 27 with the Silver Star, the nation’s third highest award for valor, for their actions in Afghanistan. – Military Times The Fifth Fleet’s $580 million base expansion in Bahrain will … Continue reading
U.S. intelligence agencies warned Congress late Wednesday that Russian military forces are massing near Ukraine’s borders and appear ready to launch an invasion with little or no warning. – Washington Free Beacon The first two of an initial team of … Continue reading