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Was this an insider attack at a Syrian outpost, or a negligent discharge? CENTCOM says it can’t tell. | Marine Corps Times

On Feb. 17, a Marine was shot at a small outpost near Deir al Zour, Syria. Another Marine promptly killed the shooter, who was allegedly a Kurdish fighter with the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. The shot Marine would survive and was awarded the Purple Heart for his wounds. The Marine who put down the shooter would receive the Joint Service ... Read More »

The Army has stopped kicking out immigrant recruits. Here’s why | Army Times

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The Army has stopped discharging immigrant recruits who enlisted seeking a path to citizenship — at least temporarily. A memo shared with The Associated Press on Wednesday and dated July 20 spells out orders to high-ranking Army officials to stop processing discharges of men and women who enlisted in the special immigrant program, effective immediately. It was not clear how many recruits were impacted by ... Read More »

For the first time, domestic violence will be a crime under military law | Military Times

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WASHINGTON — Domestic violence will officially become a separate crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice when President Donald Trump signs the annual defense authorization act into law next week. Military officials have prosecuted such crimes in the past, but under more general justice categories such as assault. They carry severe penalties including jail time and dismissal from the armed forces. But analysts ... Read More »

The Air Force Wants Helicopters to Help Defend Nuclear Missiles | Popular Mechanics

The U.S. Air Force is looking for a new armored helicopter capable of transporting security troops to nuclear missile silos. The competition has drawn three entrants, including two types of Blackhawk helicopter and a European design offered in cooperation with Boeing. The United States has 400 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles on alert across the western United States. Sixty feet ... Read More »

Meet the first female Marine to graduate IOC and lead an infantry platoon | Marine Corps Times

A female Marine infantry officer made history in September 2017 when she became the first woman to graduate from the Marine Corps’ backbreaking Infantry Officer Course. Now, she’s the first and only female leading an infantry platoon ― 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines’ Echo Company, currently in northern Australia, according to The New York Times. The Corps has gone to great ... Read More »

Here Comes the Space Force? Mike Pence Outlines Steps To Create 6th Branch of the Military | Popular Mechanics

The Trump Administration has been pushing for the creation of a sixth branch of the military to focus solely on U.S. dominance of space. Today, Vice President Mike Pence outlined some of the concrete steps needed to create the United States Space Force. “We must have American dominance in space, and so we will,” Pence said. The Pentagon report establishes ... Read More »

MIT’s Cheetah 3 blind robot can climb a staircase littered with debris, leap, and gallop across rough terrain | Kurzweil

MIT’s Cheetah 3 robot — an upgrade to the Cheetah 2, can now leap and gallop across rough terrain, climb a staircase littered with debris, and quickly recover its balance when suddenly yanked or shoved — all while essentially blind. The 90-pound robot is intentionally designed to do all this without relying on cameras or any external environmental sensors. The ... Read More »

How long is too long for a cyber operation? NSA has an idea | Fifth Domain

Research conducted by the National Security Agency has found that after five hours of cyber operations, performance drops and frustration begins to increase among staffers. Those longer missions caused roughly 10 percent more fatigue and frustration compared to operations that lasted less than five hours, Celeste Paul, a senior researcher at the NSA, said during the Black Hat conference in ... Read More »

Former NFL Star Leading The Charge For The Army’s New Helmet System | Army Times

A company founded by a former Washington Redskins all-pro has been tasked with designing next-level padding technology to protect troops from impacts and blasts that can cause brain trauma. The Army recently announced a $600,000 contract award for a new combat helmet padding system to Windpact, an impact technology company founded by former Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs. The contract falls under the Army’s Natick Soldier Research, ... Read More »

Army takes serious steps toward interim cruise missile protection capability | Defense News

The Army is heading toward acquiring an interim cruise missile protection capability as part of an effort being spearheaded by the air-and-missile defense cross functional team within the service’s new Futures Command. The Army’s AMD CFT took on the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 program as one of its priorities in April this year at the request of the ... Read More »