Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus Describes Trump’s Options In Afghanistan | NPR

Retired U.S. Army General David Petraeus was the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and he joins us now. Welcome to the program once again. DAVID PETRAEUS: Great to be with you, Robert. SIEGEL: We’re going to hear tonight the latest of many presidential speeches about Afghanistan. And I wonder first if you had to explain to Americans what the ... Read More »

Bachelor party rescued by U.S. Coast guard | USA Today

Dramatic video shows the U.S. Coast Guard members rescue bachelor partygoers who were stranded after their boat ran aground on a sandbar near Capers Island, South Carolina. Coast Guard officials received a call a little after 2:30 a.m. ET Saturday that a 21-foot recreational boat was stuck on a sandbar, according to the Coast Guard.  A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah helicopter crew arrived ... Read More »

Soldier charged in botched Humvee airdrop will face court-martial | ArmyTimes

The soldier who was charged with destruction of government property and making a false official statement after three Humvees fell from a C-130 last year will face court-martial. Sgt. John Skipper, a cavalry scout with 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment in Grafenwoehr, Germany, faced an Article 32 hearing on May 31. Brig. Gen. Tony Aguto, commander of the 7th Army ... Read More »

When Amazon Meets Defense Acquisition | Defense One

Imagine simply flipping open your laptop, firing up your desktop computer or popping open an app on your mobile phone to order office supplies, equipment, or even contract services Amazon-style, two-day delivery included. That day may not be too far off if a provision in the House version of the annual National Defense Authorization Act makes it into law. The prospects for ... Read More »

Mattis to sailors: ‘You’re not some pu–y sitting on the sidelines’ | Navy Times

Visiting with sailors at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Washington state, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis didn’t mince words when discussing the differences between serving in the military and the civilian population. Mattis told sailors they would experience the best and worst life has to offer while in the Navy, a sign they are living life to the fullest. “That means you’re ... Read More »

The civilian version of the Army’s new handgun is having firing problems | Army Times

The civilian version of the Army’s new handgun is having problems firing when it shouldn’t. In recent weeks, both the Dallas Police Department and the Stamford Police Department in Connecticut have suspended use of their issued Sig Sauer P320 sidearm, the civilian equivalent of the Army’s recently adopted XM17. Both departments have cited “drop performance” problems, citing incidents when the ... Read More »

Bulldog puppy becomes Parris Island’s first female mascot | Marine Corps Times

A puppy named Opha Mae is breaking down barriers at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. The English bulldog will be Parris Island’s newest mascot and the first female to hold the post, according to the Beaufort Gazette. She is “currently a poolee,” depot spokesman Capt. Adam Flores told the Gazette, “and will begin recruit training in the near ... Read More »

Where have all the combat vets gone? | Marine Corps Times

The Marine Corps is facing a troubling drain of combat experience as thousands of battle-hardened Marines have left the Corps during the past several years. The number of Marines on active-duty who have been awarded Combat Action Ribbons has dropped by more than half over the past five years — from a high of more than 40,000 at the time ... Read More »

Why the U.S. Military Is So Worried About Hobbyist Drones and Plans to Shoot Them Down | Newsweek

Among the dangers faced by the U.S. military, drones flown by hobbyists would probably not feature highly on the lists of most Americans. Yet on Monday, the Pentagon gave 130 military bases across the country the green light to shoot down private and commercial drones. So why are military chiefs so concerned? The number of unmanned aircraft in American skies ... Read More »

Pentagon’s Silicon Valley Unit Helps Target Terrorists | Bloomberg

U.S. pilots flying combat sorties against Islamic State and al-Qaeda offshoots may soon be directed to hit “pop-up” targets — such as fleeing vehicles, ambushes and attempts to plant roadside bombs — through streamlined planning tools crafted in Silicon Valley. Starting this month, software specialists from the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, or DIUx, will spend weeks at the Air ... Read More »