August 2019

Trump says 8,600 US troops will stay after Afghanistan withdrawal

[ad_1] WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump said he plans to withdraw thousands of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, but will keep 8,600 there for the foreseeable future, pending the outcome of U.S. peace talks with the Taliban, which appear to be concluding. “We’re going down to 8,600 and then we make a determination from there as to what happens,” Trump told Fox News Radio, repeating that the U.S. “could win that… Read More »Trump says 8,600 US troops will stay after Afghanistan withdrawal

Trump says 8,600 US troops will stay after Afghanistan withdrawal

[ad_1] WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump said he plans to withdraw thousands of U.S. forces from Afghanistan if, but will keep 8,600 there for the foreseeable future, pending the outcome of U.S. peace talks with the Taliban, which appear to be concluding. “We’re going down to 8,600 and then we make a determination from there as to what happens,” Trump told Fox News Radio, repeating that the U.S. “could win… Read More »Trump says 8,600 US troops will stay after Afghanistan withdrawal

Here are the advanced weapons we might see at China’s military parade

[ad_1] MELBOURNE, Australia — China will showcase some domestically produced, advanced military equipment at an upcoming parade, authorities announced Thursday. The parade, to be held Oct. 1 in the capital Beijing, will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China following the communist victory of nationalist forces in 1949. According to Chinese state news agency Xinhua, the parade will be bigger than those that commemorated… Read More »Here are the advanced weapons we might see at China’s military parade

Esper sees progress to fill top Pentagon vacancies

[ad_1] WASHINGTON ― New U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday Congress and the White House are working to fill senior vacancies at the Pentagon. Five nominees will face Senate hearings in the coming weeks, while eight are undergoing White House vetting, Esper told reporters at an on-camera briefing beside Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Joint Chiefs chairman. “We’re making steady progress with Senate confirmations,” Esper said. Last month, the Senate… Read More »Esper sees progress to fill top Pentagon vacancies

Could chip-sized atomic clocks replace GPS?

[ad_1] Extremely small atomic clocks could hold the key for alternative timing data in GPS denied environments, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said they’re making progress in creating highly accurate prototypes. One way to make Department of Defense systems less reliant on satellite-based GPS is to include precise clocks within systems such as vehicles or precision guided munitions. Size, weight and power constraints mean the most accurate internal… Read More »Could chip-sized atomic clocks replace GPS?

US Army picks 3 teams to build Infantry Squad Vehicle prototypes

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army has picked an Oshkosh Defense and Flyer Defense LLC team, an SAIC and Polaris team, and GM Defense to competitively build Infantry Squad Vehicles intended to provide ground mobility for infantry brigade combat teams. Each industrial choice was awarded an OTA, or other transaction authority, task assignment under the National Advanced Mobility Consortium to deliver and test two prototypes each, said Steve Herrick, ground… Read More »US Army picks 3 teams to build Infantry Squad Vehicle prototypes

Esper sets demand that might let Turkey rejoin F-35 program

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — The Pentagon would consider allowing Turkey to rejoin the F-35 program only if the Russian-made S-400 air defense system is completely removed from Turkish soil, meaning the government in Ankara could not simply keep the systems deactivated in warehouses, the Pentagon’s top official said Wednesday. “They have to, again, get rid of the S-400 program and completely out of the country [before] we could consider that,” Secretary… Read More »Esper sets demand that might let Turkey rejoin F-35 program

Swiss seek package deal of ground-based weapons, combat aircraft

[ad_1] COLOGNE, Germany — The Swiss government plans to make the integration of combat aircraft and ground-based air defense assets a key benchmark in its planned $8 billion Air 2030 program, according to officials. Program leaders disclosed the desire for a high degree of interplay between the two competing missile-defense offers and four possible aircraft types during a news conference in the capital Bern earlier this month. The comments reveal… Read More »Swiss seek package deal of ground-based weapons, combat aircraft

Denied hot meals and indoor toilets, US airmen prepare for the fog of war

[ad_1] SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany — A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle prepares to touch down at Poland’s Powidz Air Base when a bird strike takes out one of the fighter’s two engines, forcing an emergency landing. Meanwhile, on Powdiz’s ramp, another F-15E pilot sees a warning light turn on, halting plans to take off until further notice. Both jets were supposed to be on the ground in Poland… Read More »Denied hot meals and indoor toilets, US airmen prepare for the fog of war

Night court comes to the Pentagon

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday confirmed his departmentwide review won’t be limited to finding savings from “fourth estate” agencies, but will potentially involve cutting legacy programs that are diverting money away from next-generation projects needed to combat China and Russia. Speaking at the SENEDIA industry conference in Rhode Island on Tuesday, Esper touted the forthcoming review by saying he was open to “divesting of legacy capabilities… Read More »Night court comes to the Pentagon