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PH Navy’s elite force provides assistance to affected communities in Taal eruption | UNTV

The Taal volcano was hit with several earthquakes, and scientists reported immense activity taking place inside the volcano. With more eruptions possible, the Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG) from the Philippine Navy has been providing water, food, and other supplies to evacuation groups. Over 1,000 adults and 400 children were able to receive resources due to their efforts so far. “Both ... Read More »

USSOCOM purchases SIG Sauer machine guns/ammo | NRA Shooting Illustrated

For the first time in decades the U.S. military has completed the safety certifications required to adopt a new machine gun, ammo, and suppressors. The SIG Sauer MG 338 Machine Gun, SIG Sauer .338 Norma Mag. ammunition and Next Generation Suppressors have been approved by USSOCOM. These new weapons provide a needed middle ground by being portable and lighter than ... Read More »

Iran expands support for Taliban, targets U.S. troops in Afghanistan | Washington Times

The pursuit of a peace deal with the Taliban sought by the Trump administration is at risk of sliding back even farther as Tehran continues to support the terrorist network. Communications and intelligence have also claimed that the Taliban has been outsourcing more operations into Iran. Fear of a Tehran-led attack on U.S. troops in Afghanistan has begun to increase ... Read More »

Seoul to send destroyer to Strait Hormuz | Asia Times

South Korea will expand the reach of their Cheonghae Unit that is currently conducting anti-pirating operations off the coast of Somalia. A month after Tokyo announced they would be sending a destroyer and aircraft to the Gulf, Seoul announced the deployment of a destroyer and a Lynx helicopter to the Strait of Hormuz. The destroyer will not officially join the ... Read More »

The Iraqi military won’t survive a tug of war between the United States and Iran | Foreign Policy

After the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani, Iran has responded with protests, turning the General into a martyr, and bombing housing that hold U.S. troops in Iraq. While the Iraqi military has made strides against the Taliban and continues to conduct joint anti-terrorist missions with the U.S, they may not be able to withstand their country being used as ... Read More »

Putin’s constitutional reforms could lead to his political demise | Al Jazeera

Vladimir Putin

On January 15th, President Putin announced major constitutional alterations during his national annual speech that were unknown to Prime Minister Medvedev. Some of these amendments included new term limits for the president, more authority granted to the parliament, and new power for the State Council. This resulted in the Prime Minister resigning. According to the new term limits, Putin would ... Read More »

Prosecutors: professor spent $96K in grant money on strip clubs | WFLA

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Former professor and head of the electrical engineering department from Drexel University, Chika Nwankpa, is facing up to 14 years in prison for theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception. Philadelphia prosecutors have announced the charges after Nwankpa was found to have taken funds from the Navy, the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation for his own personal use. ... Read More »

Joint Syria raid killed ISIS oil official who financed sleeper cells | Stars and Stripes

Known under the pseudonym Abu al-Ward al-Iraqi, the top Islamic State oil official who facilitated funding for sleeper cells was killed on January 14th in the Deir al-Zour province . Another militant official was also killed, but his identity has yet to be released. U.S. Army Col. Myles B. Caggins III has commented on the win this gives U.S. and ... Read More »

Snipers, security guards and soldiers: Keeping the elite safe at Davos is not cheap | CNBC

President Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and managing director of the International Monetary Fund Kristalina Georgieva are just three of the 3,000 attendees who will be at the World Economic Forum held in Davos this year. Switzerland and the WEF have their hands full with the majority of responsibility for security falling on them. Soldiers will be patrolling the streets ... Read More »

U.S. Space Force mocked for unveiling camouflage uniforms | BBC

After officially being launched by President Trump a month prior, an image was posted on social media of the Space Force uniform, which sported a woodland camouflage pattern with the new badge. The picture quickly spread around the internet with many users asking the same question of “why camo in space?” People were quick to up the ante by posting ... Read More »

Barkhane: France to deploy 220 experienced troops ‘accustomed to operating in the Sahel’ | The Defense Post

President Emmanuel Macron announced the deployment of 220 troops to the Burkina Faso-Mali-Niger tri-border zone “accustomed to operating in the Sahel” last week. The reinforcements will focus on strengthening the tri-border area with local forces to continue the fight against terror groups operating in the zone. Land-based units with experience in the region and equipped with the skills needed to ... Read More »

$98 billion expected for military drone market | National Defense Magazine

A major expansion in global spending on unmanned aerial vehicles is expected for the next decade as militaries invest about 98$ billion to seek new intelligence and strike capabilities. Steve Zaloga, a senior analyst of a recent study released by the Teal Group, believes the U.S. will lead with UAV R&D spending in the next ten years. With drone capabilities ... Read More »