|U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his strategy on Afghanistan. A pillar is that the U.S. will not reveal dates, troop numbers or plans for America's longest military conflict. With Taliban insurgent forces no nearer to defeat, current U.S. troop numbers are about 8,400. Trump has been skeptical of how the United States is fighting the war in Afghanistan, which was launched by President George W. Bush in October 2001. "We're not winning," he said in July, questioning whether U.S. Army General John Nicholson should be fired. U.S. forces have remained bogged down in Afganistan through the presidencies of Bush, Barack Obama and now Trump. About 2,400 U.S. forces have died in Afghanistan since the invasion.|
Monday, August 21, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
|America's top-ranking military officers spoke out forcefully against racial bigotry and extremism, a very rare public foray into domestic politics that revealed a growing unease at the Pentagon with President Trump.|
Thursday, August 17, 2017
|The AN/SEQ-3 Laser Weapon System or XN-1 LaWS is a directed-energy weapon developed by the United States Navy. The weapon was installed on USS Ponce for field testing in 2014. In December 2014, the United States Navy reported that the LaWS system worked perfectly, and that the commander of the Ponce is authorized to use the system as a defensive weapon.|
LaWS uses an infrared beam from a solid-state laser array which can be tuned to high output to destroy the target or low output to warn or cripple the sensors of a target. Among the advantages of this device versus projectile weapons is the low cost per shot.
|LaWS will act as a short-range, self-defense system against drones and boats, while more powerful lasers in the future should have enough power to destroy anti-ship missiles. LaWS are meant to complement other missile and gun-based defense systems rather than replace them.|
While lasers are significantly cheaper and have virtually unlimited magazines, their beams can be disrupted by atmospheric and weather conditions and are restricted to line-of-sight firing to keep the beam on target. Conventional systems will remain in place for larger and longer-range targets that require the use of a kinetic defense.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
|President Trump, facing a growing nuclear threat from North Korea, warned the country on Tuesday against any new provocations and issued his own threat. "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States” Trump told reporters.|
The comments came after a report in the Washington Post citing a U.S. intelligence assessment that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can be affixed to missiles, greatly expanding the country’s range and power.
|Trump: "North Korea best not make any more threats to the U.S. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen." |
Trump’s rhetoric in some ways mirrors his North Korean counterpart’s.
Saturday, August 5, 2017
|Video from Flight Test Safety Committee's conference early last May offers insight into the F-35 test program. Lt. Col. D. Tom Fields goes into detail about a couple of challenges the program, a refreshing change from the usual one-sided spin from the F-35 Program Office.|
During the presentation, never seen before nighttime video recorded by the aircraft's helmet mounted display (HMD) is shown. A display malfunction nearly caused disaster during one of the nighttime shipboard landing tests. Fields makes it clear: "We got real lucky that night."
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
|The long awaited flagship of The Royal Navy HMS Queen Elizabeth was launched this year. The 65000-ton aircraft carrier is the biggest warship of the Royal Navy. HMS Queen Elizabeth is a state or art warship. The aircraft carrier will have a crew of 3000. In a no holds barred war the aircraft carrier would be extremely vulnerable to air and missile attack. The aircraft carrier has cost the state 3 billion pounds.|
Saturday, July 29, 2017
|Russia will hold a joint exercise, Zapad 2017, with Belarus around the same time as Aurora 17, seen by many Nato allies as an attempt to flex its muscles.|
Swedish Grippen planes above Visby Harbor
|The US has stepped up its presence in eastern Europe with troops and tanks as part of a Nato build-up that has drawn criticism from Moscow.|
Friday, July 28, 2017
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
|In a serious breach of long established presidential norms, President Donald Trump urged sailors attending the commissioning of the USS Gerald R. Ford on Saturday to wade into the political fray and help lobby Congress.|
The breach stands apart because of its directness and its implications. Trump’s verbal command in Norfolk, Virginia, incites the assembled troops to discard centuries of U.S. military ethics and break long-standing military rules. The military tradition of avoiding domestic politics literally predates the country.
|Article 88 of the military justice code makes it a crime for an officer to use “contemptuous words” against the president, vice president, Congress, or certain other officials, whether for political purposes or not. Numerous Pentagon rules and regulations aim to keep service members out of politics. DoD Directive 1344.10 bars active and reserve service members from conducting political activity in uniform or in ways that suggest they carry the military’s approval. Other DoD rules limit the way troops can wear their uniforms, use their titles, or express themselves on political issues.|
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
|Russian and Chinese naval warships are holding joint exercises in the Baltic Sea for the first time, underscoring deepening military cooperation between the two powers.|
China’s Hefei destroyer, Yuncheng frigate and Lomahu supply vessel are involved in drills with two Russian corvettes that include “artillery fire at surface and air targets”. Helicopters and Su-24 bombers will also be involved in the “anti-aircraft and anti-ship defense measures” coordinated from the Baltiysk base in Russia’s Kaliningrad enclave.
|Russia has strengthened defense cooperation with China, particularly after the U.S. and European Union imposed sanctions over the Ukrainian crisis in 2014. Russian and Chinese warships conducted their first combined drills in the Mediterranean Sea in May 2015, followed three months later by maneuvers involving 22 combat ships and 20 aircraft off Russia’s Pacific coast. Similar exercises that included “island seizing” took place in the South China Sea last September.|
Monday, July 24, 2017
|The S-400 is a series of Russian long range surface-to-air missile systems produced by NPO Almaz. The S-400 system was developed to defend against aircraft and cruise missiles for the Soviet Air Defence Forces.|
| Subsequent variations were developed to intercept ballistic missiles. The S-300 system was first deployed by the Soviet Union in 1979. The S-400 is regarded as one of the most potent anti-aircraft missile systems in the world. It entered limited service in 2004.|