Russia Conducts Test of RS-24 Yars Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
The solid-fuel mobile ICBM RS24 Yars (NATO reporting name SS-27 Mod 2) equipped with a multiple independently targeted reentry vehicle was test-launched from the Plesetsk space center. The RS24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was test-launched from Russia’s Plesetsk space center, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday. “On September 20,... Read more
U.S. Army participate in Swedish military exercise Aurora 2017
The Swedish military forces and U.S. military personnel began participation today in Exercise Aurora 2017, a Swedish national exercise designed to strengthen regional defense capabilities. Swedish military exercise continues through Sept. 27 and will take place in Mälardalen, Stockholm, Gotland and Gothenburg, Sweden. It is the largest national exercise... Read more
Senators ask Equifax how it will help US service members hit by breach
Senators, Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Dean Heller, R-Nev., have asked credit monitoring service Equifax to explain how it is protecting the 1.3 million active-duty servicemembers affected by a massive data breach this year. The senators sent Equifax CEO Richard F. Smith a letter on Tuesday asking the company to... Read more
Trump states to the U.N. delegation U.S. is ready to destroy North Korea
President Donald Trump’s first address to the United Nations General Assembly included forceful messages against North Korea, the Iranian government and Islamic terrorism. If the United States is “forced to defend itself and its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” he said. He said North... Read more
Mattis looking at military culture behind recent spike of non-combat deaths
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is looking into whether the military has an inability to say “no,” and whether that culture may be part of the reason behind a spate of non-combat troop deaths in recent months. Since June, at least 56 service members have been killed or injured in... Read more
Afghan Air Force received its first Black Hawk Helicopters in Kandahar
KABUL – AFGHANISTAN: The Afghan Air Force took delivery of its first four U.S.-made UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters on Tuesday as part of a planned replacement of its aging fleet of Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters, officials said. The U.S. plans to supply a total of 159 Black Hawks to Afghanistan... Read more
Secretary Mattis Issues Guidance on Transgender Personnel Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2017 — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has issued interim guidance on military service by transgender individuals based on direction received. The Memorandum of instructions takes effect immediately, Jim Mattis directed. In a memorandum to the services and DoD components, the secretary said the interim guidance will be... Read more
Secretary Jim Mattis will send 3,000 additional troops to Afghanistan
The United States will send more than 3,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday. Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon he expected to sign an order sending the troops soon, but offered few details. “The president has been very clear that we are not going to... Read more
NATO Russian military exercises appear to be preparation for a big war
A NATO military leader said this past weekend that Russia is conducting military exercises near its borders with eastern European NATO countries that appear to be “serious preparation for a big war. Gen. Petr Pavel, the head of NATO’s Military Committee, NATO wants to re-establish military-to-military communications with Russia... Read more
Jim Mattis no need yet to shoot down North Korean missiles
WASHINGTON — The U.S. has seen no need to shoot down North Korean missiles test-fired in Japan’s direction, but a future missile launch that threatens U.S. or Japanese territory will “elicit a different response from us,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday. He also said, without elaboration, that the... Read more