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Defense hawks push for $150 billion increase in spending | The Washington Times

Defense hawks on Capitol Hill are eyeing a massive boost in defense spending, but even they are beginning to embrace what’s long been a mantra for deficit hawks: There’s fat to trim at the Pentagon. The military’s boosters are pushing for a budget-cap busting $150 billion increase in defense spending over the next two years, saying the department has been hollowed ... Read More »

Only one in four trust social media, says survey | BBC News

Only one in four Britons trusts social media and users would like to see tighter regulation, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. Its survey found two-thirds of Britons believe platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are not doing enough to prevent illegal and unethical behaviour, including cyber-bullying and extremism. But faith in traditional journalism rose sharply in the last ... Read More »

‘Blackhawk Down’ Army Ranger to speak | Morning AG Clips

During the General Session held on Wednesday morning, attendees at the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif. will hear the amazing story of the harrowing U.S. Army mission that was recounted in the movie “Blackhawk Down.” Commodity Classic takes place Feb. 27-March 1. The General Session is one of the most popular events at Commodity Classic. Comedian Mark Mayfield returns ... Read More »

The Afghan commandos trying to beat back the Taliban | Vice News

Today in Kabul, five gunmen attacked a military academy, killing 11 soldiers and injuring 15. It was the fourth major terrorist attack in Afghanistan in just the last 10 days. On Saturday, more than 100 people died when an ambulance packed with explosives detonated on a crowded street in the capital. Both the Taliban and ISIS are ramping up the ... Read More »

This Could Be The Next Special Operations Combat Helmet | Military.com

The super lightweight, modular and feature-rich Ops-Core helmets used by special operations troops can inspire a serious case of gear envy from the conventional forces. And they may get even better. This week at SHOT Show, parent company Gentex introduced its new Fast SF helmet, its submission for the ongoing U.S. Special Operations Command upgrade program. The helmet retains all the protection ... Read More »

The Air Force’s newest gunship is having problems with its big guns | Air Force Times

The 30mm cannon on the Air Force’s next gunship is having multiple problems, limiting its ability to track targets and maintain a full and consistent rate of fire, according to a new Pentagon report. The AC-130J Ghostrider’s 30mm cannon fires up to 200 Coca-Cola bottle-sized rounds per minute ― but it recoils so heavily it causes a “retrigger,” forcing the ... Read More »

With first A-10 strikes in Afghanistan, Marines call in the heat on the Taliban | Marine Corps Times

Two sorties of A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft struck Taliban militants in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Jan. 24. It’s the first series of strikes by the aircraft since its return to Afghanistan on Jan. 19. The aircraft, commonly referred as the Warthog, has been absent from Afghanistan since 2014 as America began rapidly withdrawing forces from the region. The A-10 is ... Read More »

Fast food makes the immune system more aggressive in the long term | Science Daily

The immune system reacts similarly to a high fat and high calorie diet as to a bacterial infection. This is shown by a recent study led by the University of Bonn. Particularly disturbing: Unhealthy food seems to make the body’s defenses more aggressive in the long term. Even long after switching to a healthy diet, inflammation towards innate immune stimulation ... Read More »

Herdsmen Crisis: Senators Recommend Incoporation of Naval Special Forces for Covert Operations | This Day

In the light of the continuous herdsmen crisis in Benue and its neighbouring states, the Senate Committee on Defence has proposed the use of the Nigerian Navy Special Forces to stem the tide. The committee led by the Chairman, Senator Isah Misau, made this proposal during an on-the-spot assessment of the units and bases under the Western and Naval Training ... Read More »

Navy seeks to expand special operations training in region | Kitsap Sun

Curious onlookers might soon spot gear-laden warriors scaling the towering cliffs at Deception Pass State Park or a drone hovering above one of Naval Base Kitsap’s installations as the Navy seeks to expand the scope of special operations training in the region. The Navy has conducted SEAL training in the Northwest for the past 30 years, and the growing demand for special operation missions “has ... Read More »

3rd Special Forces Group Medal of Honor recipient remembered in memorial run | The Fayetteville Observer

Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller shouted for his team to fall back to a safer position and then he pushed ahead, towards an overwhelming ambush involving more than 140 enemy fighters in fortified positions. On Jan. 25, 2008, Miller sacrificed his own life so that his Special Forces team and Afghan allies would survive. It’s an act that would be ... Read More »

A map of fitness-tracker data may have compromised top-secret US military bases around the world | Business Insider

Over the weekend a company called Strava, a social network for people who want to track their workouts, updated an online map showing the routes of 1 billion workouts in 2017. But in doing so, it seems to have exposed secret US military bases in Turkey, Syria, and Yemen. Strava drew on data from devices like Fitbits or smartphones that people use ... Read More »