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The Shrinking Middle Class: The Current State of Affairs | Fortune

Most Americans consider themselves part of the “middle class,” but no one can agree on what term that means. The problem? If sizing up the middle class is difficult enough, it’s even harder to say that circumstances within this group have changed. But they certainly have. As you’ll discover in this Fortune special report, life has gotten more difficult for ... Read More »

US Army moves closer to equipping an active protection system on Bradley Fighting Vehicles | Defense News

The U.S. Army has chosen to move forward with the Iron Fist Light active protection system for its Bradley Fighting Vehicle, after evaluating the APS’ ability to be installed on the vehicle. The Army will now install the system onto a number of Bradley vehicles for a second phase of more extensive testing and evaluation, according to a release from ... Read More »

Marine lieutenant charged with murder of man found buried in Joshua Tree National Park | MarineCorps Times

It’s a classic story about a young enlisted man rising through the ranks, earning his bars as a commissioned officer and then getting charged with murder. Well, the latter usually isn’t part of that tale. But for Marine Corps 1st Lt. Curtis Lee Krueger, a communications officer with Combat Logistics Battalion 7 out of Twentynine Palms, California, that’s exactly what ... Read More »

Revealed: Green Beret charged with murdering Taliban bombmaker’ confessed to killing Afghan | Daily Mail

A Green Beret charged with murdering a suspected Taliban bomb-maker but hailed a ‘hero’ by Donald Trump killed him at the end of four battle-scarred days and after vowing revenge for two fallen comrades, military documents reveal. Matthew L. Golsteyn said he killed a Taliban bomb-maker in cold blood in a shallow grave, dug it up under cover of darkness ... Read More »

Two teens indicted in death of Barksdale airman | AirForce Times

Two Louisiana teenagers are charged as adults in the shooting death of an airman who was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base. News outlets report 18-year-old Jareona Crosby and 15-year-old Alonzo Wilson, both of Bossier City, were indicted Dec. 10 for second-degree murder in the slaying of 30-year-old Air Force Technical Sgt. Joshua Kidd. Kidd, of Moneta, Virginia, was killed ... Read More »

Born in Belgium, raised in ISIS: ‘I want to come home’

At a recent counterterrorism conference held by the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism in Brussels, Belgium, a seven-year-old’s words touched the issues currently pressing upon the heart of Europe more deeply than any of those made by the many high-level international experts speaking there.   Read More »

Ethics and Our SOF Culture 7 A Call To Action SOCOM | General Raymond Thomas

Teammates, Our Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity conflict and I are sending out the attached cosigned guidance on ethics for everyone in the command. It is focused on our Special Operations community and builds on ethics guidance provided by the Secretary of Defense. Trust 7 among teammates and especially with our Nation eis our currency ... Read More »

Pentagon’s new strategy means balancing act in Africa for U.S. special ops | The Washington Times

  The Pentagon’s decision to draw down 10 percent of its counterterrorism operations in Africa comes as Russia and China are aggressively ramping up efforts to expand their influence on the continent. The decision has left the sizable contingent of American troops, a majority consisting of U.S. special operations forces, stationed in Africa with the unenviable task of balancing the ... Read More »

2019 may be the hottest year yet—here’s why

    An El Niño event is very likely under way, amping up extreme weather already made worse by climate change and increasing the odds that 2019 will be the hottest year in recorded human history, scientists warn. Read More »