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Why ‘preppers’ are going mainstream | BBC News

Learning the basics of survival has now become mainstream because of the ongoing climate disasters that are happening around the world. People are now much aware of preparing for an emergency since they have encountered previous disasters and learned to be resourceful in times of crisis. “I saw a kind of insatiable desire for self-sufficiency and safety in this age ... Read More »

From bazooka nukes to backpack A-bombs — 6 wild warheads the Cold War cooked up | We are the Mighty

As NATO faced concern during the Cold War, militaries took a look at their weapons and asked, “what if we made it nuclear?” Tactical nuclear missiles and bombs were soon created, including the 230 mm M65 “Atomic Annie” in 1953. Nuclear bazookas were also created and distributed, but the M28 and M29 in were retired in 1971 after the Army ... Read More »

Arlington service set for Medal of Honor recipient who died from COVID-19 | Army Times

Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins dedicated his life to service in the Special Forces. He received the Medal of Honor in 2014 for his actions during the Vietnam War. Adkins lost his life in April after contracting COVID-19. The service is set to be at the Arlington National Cemetery, and his service will also be live streamed. ... Read More »

Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: How a soldier survived an 11-hour gun battle | BBC News

Two Ethiopian soldiers named Sergeant Bulcha and Corporal Ibrahim Hassan shared how they survived the gruesome Ethiopian Tigray crisis. The crisis in Tigray has revealed ethnic divisions in the Ethiopian military and more than 100 of them got killed. The Tigray People’s Liberation Front carried out a strike to overthrow the local government and the battle lasted for about 11 ... Read More »

One of the Navy’s first female submarine officers may be headed to the moon | The Drive

Together with the Artemis Team, Kayla Barron could be headed to the Moon on the Artemis III mission as early as 2024. Barron’s prior experience is in the military as a US Navy Lieutenant Commander. She is one of the first cadres of U.S. Navy female officers to serve aboard the Navy’s nuclear submarine fleet. No woman has ever set foot ... Read More »

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh: ‘Machine-gun with AI’ used to kill Iran scientist | BBC News

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s top nuclear scientist, was shot dead in a vehicle using a satellite-controlled machine-gun with “artificial intelligence” a Revolutionary Guards commander says. It was told in local media that the weapon was mounted in a pick-up truck and was “equipped with an intelligent satellite system which zoomed in on Fakhrizadeh without hitting his wife next to him. The claim why Fakhrizadeh was targeted was not to end the Iranian nuclear program Project Amad but rather to put an end to the US ... Read More »

Army preps for competition limited to Bell and Sikorsky for long-range assault helicopter | Defense News

Bell and Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky have been competing for years over the FLRAA competition. Bell’s V-280 Valor tiltrotor had their first flight three years ago and Sikorsky and Boeing’s SB-1 Defiant coaxial helicopter flew for the first time in March of 2019. Bell and Lockheed Martin are also competing in another area with their 360 Invictus and Raider X. Source: https://www.defensenews.com/land/2020/12/10/army-preps-for-competition-limited-to-bell-and-sikorsky-for-long-range-assault-helicopter/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+defense-news%2Fhome+%28Defense+News+-+Arc+RSS+-+Home%29 Read More »

How the Air Force’s tiny tech shop ended up being at the heart of the nation’s COVID-19 response | Air Force Magazine

As the coronavirus pandemic began to spread and PPE was running low, small companies with AFWERX Small Business Innovation and Research contracts began turning to COVID-19 response. AFWERX personnel soon created a website to help with new response ideas and creations. The DOD later adopted the setup used by AFWERX to generate more contracts for PPE. During the first few ... Read More »

Why Swedes don’t speak to strangers | BBC Travel

Small talk in Sweden is not common and they refer to it as kallprat (“cold talk”) or dödprat (“dead talk”). The Swedish culture has been accustomed to avoiding casual conversations. They learned the art of avoiding eye contact with strangers and acquaintances they might come across in the street by looking at their phones or staring at shopping windows instead. Experts say this ... Read More »

Here are all the weapons and gear coming to soldiers and Marines in 2021 | Task & Purpose

Soldiers and Marines are expecting an upgrade with their weapons in 2021. These include the M18 service pistol, futuristic goggles Combat goIntegrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), 5.56 small arms suppressors from Knight’s Armament Company, a Multi-Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) bolt-action sniper rifle from Barrett Firearms, and Marine’s new M320A1 grenade launcher. The Marine Corps is also expecting lighter body armor ... Read More »