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US, 44 other nations attend Pakistan naval exercise | Navy Times

A five-day multinational exercise hosted by Pakistan’s navy has kicked off near the southern port city of Karachi as part of efforts to enhance cooperation combating pirates, terrorists and smugglers. Representatives from the navies of 45 nations, including the United States, Britain and Japan, are participating in the exercise titled “Aman” or peace, which began Friday in the Northern Arabian ... Read More »

Trump is risking an ISIS resurrection | WV News

In the U.S. Navy, we say that every sailor is a firefighter. That’s because when a fire breaks out on a ship at sea — a real threat given the combustible mixture of fuel, ammunition, electrical circuits and stored supplies — the entire crew is trained to step up and douse it. It’s not like you can just walk across ... Read More »

Patriots defeat Rams in lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever | Stars and Stripes

Defenses dominated what was supposed to be a super shootout until Tom Brady led one classic drive to win the New England Patriots their record-tying sixth Super Bowl. Brady threw two perfect passes to Rob Gronkowski to set up rookie Sony Michel’s 2-yard score — the only touchdown in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever. That put New England up 10-3. ... Read More »

Trump is moving us closer to war with Iran | Washington Post

Throughout his tenure, President Trump has directed rhetorical barbs at Iran’s regime, including in Tuesday’s State of the Union address, during which he said: “My administration has acted decisively to confront the world’s leading state sponsor of terror, the radical regime in Iran. . . . To ensure this corrupt dictatorship never acquires nuclear weapons, I withdrew the United States ... Read More »

Veterans in Congress attack Trump’s case for withdrawing troops from Syria and Afghanistan | Task and Purpose

Top defense officials could not hide the daylight between the Pentagon and President Donald Trump on Wednesday as they faced withering questions from veterans in Congress about the president’s plans to withdraw from Syria and eventually Afghanistan. The tense House Armed Services Committee hearing reached its climax during an exchange between Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Owen West, assistant secretary ... Read More »

How the Syrian battlefield is preparing the Corps for a fight with Russia or China | Military Times

While much of the conflicts across the Middle East tend toward low tech and low intensity, the fight in Syria is providing Marine commanders with a wealth of knowledge and experience for a future fight with near peer rivals like Russia and China. The Syrian battlefield is littered with a host of tech and weapons that range from Cold War ... Read More »

Vote for January’s Allianz Athlete of the Month | International Paralympic Committee

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has revealed the shortlist for January’s Allianz Athlete of the Month, and the public can now vote for the winner on www.paralympic.org. The nominations are: Daniel Cnossen, USA, Nordic skiing Has been in unstoppable form in the World Cup circuit. In Ostersund, Sweden, he swept all six men’s sitting events across cross-country and biathlon. The ... Read More »

Navy football must do some serious soul-searching this offseason | Stars and Stripes

This is going to be a busy offseason for the Navy football program, which suddenly finds itself in crisis mode. One of the most consistently successful programs in all of college football has hit the skids the last season and a half. Head coach Ken Niumatalolo must immediately begin the process of figuring out what has gone wrong and why. ... Read More »

French Air Force rehearses a long-range nuclear strike | Defense News

The French Air Force has successfully practiced a nuclear strike mission, sending aircraft on an 11-hour mission to sneak a nuclear-capable cruise missile through simulated enemy air defenses and nail it into the sands of a test range south of Bordeaux. The Feb. 4 mission, billed by the Armed Forces Ministry as “operation-representative,” featured a Rafale fighter jet releasing an ... Read More »

Air Force pilot makes Team USA in an unlikely sport | Stars and Stripes

Like any great bobsledding story, Dakota Lynch’s tale begins in Africa. OK, so maybe the setting is not typical, but then again, neither is Lynch’s path to earning a spot as one of 14 members of the USA national bobsled team. Lynch serves as a pilot in the Air Force. It was last February during a deployment in Africa that ... Read More »