State and nonstate actors have figured out another cheap way to target U.S. troops, a four-star general warned this week. Small drones anyone can "go out and buy at Costco right now" pose the most concerning tactical development since the rise of the improvised explosive device in Iraq and Afghanistan, Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., the head of U.S. Central Command, said Feb. 8.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the United States must lift all sanctions against the country if it wants it to halt Tehran’s nuclear expansion.
Once those weapons arrive, the Army will no longer rely on the Air Force’s inventory of bombers and fighter-bombers to hunt and destroy targets deep inside enemy territory. Indeed, the Army also is seeking to introduce in the late-2020s the Multi-Domain Sensor System, which will be able to identify and locate targets from the air and space and feed the data to their own long-range weapons.
The F-15EX went to 40,000 feet and flew at twice the speed of sound on its first flight.
The investment is a sign of the Air Force’s commitment to fighting war effectively across all domains, including cyber and its electronic warfare cousin.
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass apologized for posting an article on her Facebook page late last month that appeared to judge an Air Force pararescueman unfairly. However, she said the number of insulting, disrespectful comments that cropped up against her and the Airmen involved was unwarranted, inappropriate, and could even pose a national security risk.
“Sexual assault and sexual harassment are associated with a wide range of harms to individual service members, but this study highlights another negative impact of these crimes—higher rates of attrition and associated harms to force readiness.” Andrew Morral, lead author of the report, said in a release.
A promising new way to extract drinking water from air could change how U.S. troops hydrate in remote locations—and might even relieve regional water-scarcity tensions. General Electric recently announced it has received $14 million under DARPA’s Atmospheric Water Extraction project to continue developing a device that can produce enough water to support 150 troops while remaining small enough to be lifted by just four people.