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50-mile winds and bone-chilling temperatures: Welcome to the military’s Arctic survival school | Task & Purpose

Located north of the Arctic Circle, near the northernmost point of Alaska, the S-V81-C Barren Land Arctic Survival training is known as Air Force’s frigid arctic survival school. This so-called Cool School has 50-mile winds and bone-chilling temperatures, showing service members how to get through some of the harshest conditions on earth. With these, students learn signal for rescue and ... Read More »

Beer honoring Black Hawk crash victim and SAS trooper Josh Porter to flow at Australian barracks | ABC News

In honor of Josh Porter, a fallen SAS trooper, Sunshine Coast brewery in Queensland crafts a beer. The specially made beer is expected to be canned and in Australian barracks this year. Porter died in 2006 when the Black Hawk helicopter he was in crash-landed. The co-owner of the brewery is a co-trooper of Porter. Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-22/brewery-makes-pale-ale-honouring-fallen-sas-trooper-josh-porter/13173512 Read More »

Israel and US begin Arrow-4 development | Defense News

In an announcement made a day after U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel and the United States have already started developing the Arrow-4 missile defense system. According to Israel’s Defense Ministry, the system will replace Arrow-2 in the coming years and is seen as the first in the world to intercept ballistic missiles. The ... Read More »

PETA pushes Pentagon to end the drinking of cobra blood during jungle survival training | Stars & Stripes

In its second attempt to stop the annual Cobra Gold exercise in Thailand, PETA, an animal rights group, has filed another petition to the Pentagon. Cobra Gold is a multinational exercise co-hosted by the United States and Thailand where Marines and soldiers drink snakes’ blood during survival training. The training is the largest joint military exercise in Southeast Asia, wherein ... Read More »

Breaking the trash ceiling: Raccoon grunt checks into Marine barracks room | Task & Purpose

Meanwhile, back at the USMC barracks…… pic.twitter.com/IijIeHHKo4 — James LaPorta (@JimLaPorta) February 11, 2021 Known for eating just anything, a racoon has trespassed the barracks of the Marine Corps. In a TikTok video, a raccoon can be seen casually walking up the corridor. It even made an eye-contact with the Marine Corporal recording the video, making everything more interesting. But ... Read More »

Russia’s new helicopter-transportable armored buggy looks like a plague doctor mobile | The Drive

According to reports, a plague mask-looking military vehicle, known as Lasok 4-P, is Russia’s latest addition to its collection of defense vehicles. Lasok 4-P is a new wheeled armored vehicle that can be transported by air with the Russian Aerospace Forces’ latest Mi-8AMTSh combat transport variant. Unlike other military vehicles, the Lasok 4-P has a V-shaped hull to protect against ... Read More »

China overtakes US as EU’s biggest trading partner | BBC News

As the only major global economy that has seen growth last year, China has officially outcasted the U.S. as UE’s biggest trading partner. Last year, the trade between these two countries was estimated at $709bn, which is relatively higher than the U.S. at $671bn. This relatively large amount is the result of China’s high demand for European cars and luxury ... Read More »

First Kansas Space Force recruit often asked: What’s that? | Air Force Times

Braden Vining is the first person from Kansas to be recruited into the US Space Force. He will undergo basic training at Lackland Air Force Base this spring and then attend technical training at Keesler Air Force Base. “I’ve always wanted to join the military,” Vining said. He had originally planned to join the Army or Air Force. However, once ... Read More »

CZ group to acquire Colt | American Rifleman

The CZ Group has officially acquired 100 percent of Colt Holding Company’s equity, LLC at $220 million. Colt Holding Company, LLC is the parent company of Colt’s Manufacturing and Colt Canada. Included in the agreement is the issuance of 1,098,620 shares of newly issues CZ Group common stock. According to Lubomír Kovařík, president and chairman of CZ Group, the merging ... Read More »

China targets rare earth export curbs to hobble US defense industry | ARS TECHNICA

With about 80 percent control over 17 rare earth minerals supply, China is exploring the possibility of limiting the export of such minerals, which are very important in creating sophisticated weaponry and fighter jets, including the American F-35. If this happens, the U.S. and other countries will need to find alternatives to keep up with the production of different items ... Read More »