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U.S. Marines, JGSDF Conduct Fast Rope Training

Soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force fast rope from a CH-46E Sea Knight while conducting fast-rope training with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 5, 2014. Iron Fist is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training.

MORE FOR MISSILE DEFENSE?

Pentagon Seeking $4 Billion Hike
By Harold Hutchison

The Pentagon is seeking an increase in funds for missile defense, with the funds going towards both a new radar and possibly a new kill vehicle for the current ground-based interceptors.

According to multiple media reports, the Department of Defense will ask for $4.5 billion more for missile defense over the next five years. Of that figure, $1 billion is intended to provide a new radar in Alaska, and $560 million is intended to design a new kill vehicle.

A Sailor's Perspective on the United States Army

By Admiral William H. McRaven

Good evening General and Mrs. Caslen, General and Mrs. Clarke, General Trainor, Col Brazil, Command Sergeants Major Duane and Byers, distinguished guests and most importantly Class of 2015. I am truly honored to be here tonight to address the future leaders of the United States Army.

HYPERSONIC CHICOM THREAT?

Could New ChiCom Missile Sweep the Navy from the Pacific?
By Harold Hutchison

ChiCom tests of a hypersonic weapon could point to a new threat to the Pacific Fleet, especially since such a weapon could be used to deliver nuclear or conventional warheads against targets.

31st MEU Night Airborne Raid on Enemy Location

A night airborne raid was conducted by the Weapons and Golf Companies of Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, on a notional enemy-held town at a training range aboard Camp Hansen, Okinawa. The raid was in support of the 31st MEU's "MEUEX," a week-long exercise that tests the operational capabilities of the MEU in conjunction with its subordinate units, including the BLT and aviation combat element. The training raid force utilized night vision goggles as they landed and swept through the town in pitch black night.

MARINES SHORTING ACV?

New Vehicle May Be AAV-7 Redux
By Harold Hutchison

The Marines are still facing problems in replacing the AAV-7 – with a replacement program following the cancellation of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle. Now, the Marines may be developing a replacement, the Amphibious Combat Vehicle, that is less capable than a canceled program.

FRC's Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin Submits Statement to House Armed Services Hearing on Religious Liberty

Family Research Council (FRC) Executive Vice President Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin submitted a written statement to the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee today. His comments were related to a hearing held by the Military Personnel subcommittee regarding "Religious Accommodations in the Armed Services."

$37 Million of Cocaine Offload

SPYING BIRDS?

NSA Techniques Revealed in New Documents
By Harold Hutchison

Popular apps like Angry Birds and Google Maps are being used by the NSA and the British GCHQ to track certain users, according to documents leaked by self-proclaimed whistleblower Ed Snowden.

According to a report by Fox News, the data from the apps was used to supplement other metadata gathered by the NSA. The data includes information on the user’s marital status and sexual orientation.