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The U.S. Army just made history, opening top position in Airborne Division to women | Rare

Demographics in the United States Army are set to shift in a significant way very soon. Army Times reports that women will now be eligible for assignment at three more posts. The news comes after former Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced in 2015 that combat roles in each branch of the military would be open to women. “[Women will] be allowed to drive ... Read More »

Syrian forces capture 2 members of Islamic State ‘Beatles’ | Military Times

The American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces captured two notorious British members of an Islamic State insurgent cell commonly dubbed “The Beatles” and known for beheading hostages, U.S. military officials said Thursday. Air Force Col. John Thomas said that El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey were captured in early January in eastern Syria. The two men are among four members of the ... Read More »

It’s official: Army unveils brown beret, new patch for military advisers, SFAB | Army Times

Last October, when photos of a colored beret designed for the newly formed Security Force Assistance Brigade first leaked online, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milleyresponded to the backlash by vowing to redesign the cover to an unequivocal shade of brown. Milley and the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade unveiled the new beret Thursday during the unit’s activation ceremony at Fort Benning, Georgia. SFAB soldiers ... Read More »

The Best Cities in the United States | National Geographic

The most exciting travel story in America right now? The resurgence of cities large and small. At Nat Geo Travel, we’re passionate about tales of urban renewal, about communities that have collaborated to improve their Main Streets, about smart cities that have pursued development policies that produce happiness. For this story, we partnered with Resonance Consultancy, a global destination branding advisor, to identify ... Read More »

Corps Affirms Full Exoneration for MARSOC Unit Rocked by Scandal | Military.com

A senior lawmaker is hailing the Marine Corps for reviewing a decade-old case in which members of a MARSOC company were accused of murdering civilians in Afghanistan, and publicly affirming a full exoneration of the unit. But the commanding officer of the unit in question believes the service should go further to show its support. Rep. Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican ... Read More »

U.S. MILITARY LAUNCHES BROAD INVESTIGATION OF SEAL TEAM 6 AFTER GREEN BERET KILLING IN MALI | The Intercept

A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION into the death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, who was killed last June while deployed in Bamako, Mali, has prompted a broad internal military audit and investigation into SEAL Team 6, according to a military official and two others briefed on the case. Army Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar, a Green Beret whose death is being investigated ... Read More »

Input Solicited for Nat’l Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing | American Security Today

On behalf of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), Committee on Technology, Subcommittee on Advanced Manufacturing, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) requests input from all interested parties on the development of a National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing. Through this Request for Information (RFI), OSTP seeks input from the public on ways to improve government coordination ... Read More »

US military completes Niger ambush investigation | CNN Politics

An investigation into the October 2017 ambush in Niger by ISIS affiliated fighters that killed four US soldiers has been completed, according to several US defense officials. The initial report of the investigation findings is expected to be sent to General Thomas Waldhauser, the commanding general of US Africa Command who could make a decision on whether to recommend administrative ... Read More »

Satellite images show North Korea’s new assault hovercraft bases where special forces troops can be deployed to arrive in South Korea in half an hour | Daily Mail

These satellite images show North Korea‘s new assault hovercraft bases where special forces troops can be deployed to arrive in South Korea in just half an hour. Kim Jong-un is constructing two new facilities and upgrading two that already exist for the amphibious vehicles on the country’s west coast. It means Pyongyang’s elite forces will be just 30 minutes from the South Korean island ... Read More »