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‘Everything-repellent’ coating could kidproof phones, homes | Science Daily

Called “omniphobic” in materials science parlance, the new coating repels just about every known liquid. It’s the latest in a series of breakthrough coatings from the lab of Anish Tuteja, U-M associate professor of materials science and engineering. The team’s earlier efforts produced durable coatings that repelled ice and water, and a more fragile omniphobic coating. The new omniphobic coating ... Read More »

U.S. Is Reducing Presence of Special-Operations Forces on Africa’s Front Lines | The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. is reducing the presence of American commandos on Africa’s front lines, a move U.S. officers believe will make troops less vulnerable to the type of militant attack that left four U.S. soldiers dead in this West African country last fall. American Green Berets, Navy SEALs and Marine special operators serving as advisers to African forces will largely stay ... Read More »

Russian Commandos Speed Around in Jeeps, Armed With Mines | War is Boring

The Russian military prizes disruption and deception to overcome foes which may be technologically more advanced — a practice dating back to before World War II. Today, the Russian army is increasing training in the old-fashioned art of planting mines behind enemy lines. One Russian formation in particular is a specialized mine-laying company attached to the 1st Guards Engineer-Sapper Brigade, ... Read More »

The Marines just switched their main sniper rifle ― look what’s next | Marine Corps Times

Marines will replace another sniper rifle in their arsenal with a more compact version now being used by the Army. And the first deliveries are coming next month. In its recent budget documents, the Marine Corps has asked to purchase 116 Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper Systems or CSASS. The CSASS “will replace the M110 with enhanced shooter ergonomics and increased operational ... Read More »

FORECASTING THE FUTURE OF WARFARE | War on the Rocks

“No one in this room can accurately predict the future, least of all me. The nature of war is never gonna change. But the character of war is changing before our eyes — with the introduction of a lot of technology, a lot of societal changes with urbanization and a wide variety of other factors.” -Gen. Mark Milley at the Association ... Read More »

Three-quarters of COPD cases are linked to childhood risk factors that are exacerbated in adulthood | Science Daily

Three-quarters of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) cases have their origins in poor lung function pathways beginning in childhood. These pathways are associated with exposures in childhood, and amplified by factors in adulthood, according to a cohort study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal. While smoking remains the biggest risk factor for COPD, the study demonstrates that childhood illnesses ... Read More »

US airstrike kills top Islamic State commander in Afghanistan | Military Times

A U.S. airstrike killed the senior Islamic State commander in Afghanistan Thursday, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan announced Monday morning. The airstrike killed Qari Hikmatullah and his bodyguard in Bal Chiragh district, Faryab province, Afghanistan, according to a press statement. Faryab is located in the north of the country, bordering Turkmenistan. “[Afghan Special Security Forces] and U.S. counter-terrorism forces killed Hikmatullah and they will kill any successors,” ... Read More »

War crimes court-martial starts for SEALs; Navy’s top attorney accused of unlawful command influence | The San Diego Union-Tribune

The court-martial trial of three SEALs accused of committing war crimes began with a flurry of motions Monday morning inside the courtroom of Naval Base San Diego. Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Daniel V. Dambrosio Jr. and two Special Operator Chief Petty Officers — Xavier Silva and David N. Swarts — stand accused of abusing unknown male prisoners at Village ... Read More »

What a Special Forces sniper and one of NASCAR’s best have in common | We Are The Mighty

At face value, it seems like no two professions could be further apart. The sniper lives in the world of slow and steady (if they move at all). Conversely, the NASCAR driver’s world is fast-paced and requires quick-thinking to react to new situations within fractions of a second. But life behind the wheel, just as behind the trigger, requires nerves ... Read More »

SOCom reactivated as AFP steps up intel vs terrorists | Manilla Bulletin

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Sunday said it has reactivated the Special Operations Command (SOCom), bringing control of special operation units from all major services under one command. Addressing the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) 1st Quarter of 2018 Command Conference and Sergeants Major Forum in Davao City last Saturday, the President ... Read More »

Soldier joins elite ranks of triple-distinguished shooters at Army shooting match | Army Times

Growing up in a small Pennsylvania town, Staff Sgt. Brad Balsley would often spend time playing with toy trucks as his police officer father practiced pistol shooting on the range for competitions he did in his spare time. Decades later Balsley has entered the ranks of fewer than 1 percent of soldiers who have earned multiple distinguished marksman badges. In March, he became only ... Read More »

The Pentagon is asking for 3 times as many drones for 2019 | C4ISRNET

The Pentagon’s enthusiasm for drones has never been greater. A new report published today by the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard University found that in the president’s new budget request, the Department of Defense is asking for three times as many uncrewed vehicles for 2019 as it did in 2018. That’s 3,447 new drones, to be ... Read More »

Lessons from lemurs: To make friends, show off your smarts | Science Daily

“We were able to show clever lemurs — some of our earliest primate relatives — increasing their social centrality as the result of their problem-solving,” said Daniel Rubenstein, Princeton’s Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology and a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and the lead author on the April 5 paper in the journal Current Biology. “Our findings are highly ... Read More »

Marine Raider receives Silver Star for actions during terror attack in Mali | Marine Corps Times

A Marine Raider was awarded the Silver Star Friday for heroic actions that led to the rescue of dozens of hostages during the infamous November 2015 terrorist attack on the Raddison Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali. The elite operator with 3rd Marine Raider Battalion out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, was serving as a senior leader with the American commando force when ... Read More »