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Friday, June 25, 2021

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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

https://twitter.com/JimLaPorta/status/1359667371397505031?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1359667371397505031%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_c10&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftaskandpurpose.com%2Fculture%2Fmarine-corps-raccoon-barracks-tiktok%2F 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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SOCOM preparing for ‘omni-domain’ battle | National Defense

For the best method to handle a downpour of data and information, Special Operations Command's chief data officer is...

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