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TAKING OVER THE NORTH POLE

Russia Moves to Dominate Arctic
By SOF

Planned joint exercises between the United States, Canada, and Russia are off in the wake of increased tensions between Russia and NATO. The increasing tensions could spark a major effort to secure control of the potentially strategic region.

VALIANT SHIELD 2014

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SHOULD THE DEAF BE ALLOWED TO ENLIST?

Students, Teachers Seek Legislation
By SOF

Deaf students, supported by their teachers, want the right to serve in the military. They have even gone to Washington to try to get legislation passed.

10,000 POUNDS OF JUNK

As if the Coast Guard didn't have enough to do between drug interdiction, securing our maritime borders, and carrying out search-and-rescue missions...

HORNETS DOWN!

Two F/A-18 Collide Near Guam
By SOF

One pilot has been injured and another is still missing after two F/A-18C Hornets collided near Guam. The planes were assigned to the carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

According to media reports, one of the F/A-18Cs was with Strike Fighter Squadron 94 (VFA-94), the “Mighty Shrikes,” while the other was with Strike Fighter Squadron 113 (VFA-113), the “Stingers.” Both squadrons are with Carrier Air Wing 17 (CVW-17).

JAPAN TO BUY MORE WEAPONS?

In Talks With United States For Arms Deal
By SOF

Japan is in talks with the United States to provide “offensive” weapons – signaling a major shift in Japanese military policy. The talks come in the context of an increased buildup by Japan.

SOLDIER BARRED FROM ENTERING DAUGHTER’S SCHOOL

Was Wearing Uniform For Meeting
By SOF

A United States Army officer was turned away from a school near Detroit, Michigan. The reason? He was wearing his uniform.

According to a report by myfoxdetroit.com, Lieutenant Colonel Sherwood Baker had gone to Rochester Adams High School in Rochester, Michigan, to meet with a counselor with his daughter regarding her class schedule. He never made it to the meeting.

SKY SOLDIERS NIGHT JUMP

THE OTHER PISTOLS OF THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT

The M11 And a Supporting Cast
By SOF

While the M9 (night-time qualification pictured left) gets most of the attention among pistols used by the United States military, it is not the only such pistol used. The United States military has other pistols in service, some of which are old, some not so old.

One of the more common pistols aside from the M9 is the M11. Like the M9, it is a variation on a European “wondernine” pistol. While the M9 was based on the Beretta Model 92, the M11 is  based on the SIG Sauer P228. Both pistols fire the 9x19mm NATO round, but their standard magazines are different: The M9 uses a 15-round magazine, while the M11 used a 13-round magazine. The M11A1, first issued in 2012, went with a 15-round magazine.

US Army SMDC - High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator Testing Against UAVs & Mortars

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC)/Army Forces Strategic Command for the first time used a vehicle mounted high energy laser to successfully engage more than 90 mortar rounds and several unmanned aerial vehicles in flight.

RUSSIAN BOMBERS SIMULATE ATTACK ON U.S.

Bears Carry Out Simulated Cruise Missile Attack
By SOF

Two Russian bombers carried out a simulated cruise missile attack on the United States last week. The simulated attack came in the context of statements from one Russian general, seeking the establishment of doctrine allowing preemptive nuclear strikes on the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

BRITS BOLSTER NAVY

Announce Second Carrier Will Commission
By SOF

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the Royal Navy will put the second of two Queen Elizabeth-class carriers into service. The announcement came the day that a cease-fire between the Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels was signed.

HMS Queen Elizabeth
(UK Ministry of Defense photo)

A DEADLIER 40 MIKE MIKE?

Army Making the M203 and M320 Deadlier
By SOF

The M203 and M320 40mm grenade launchers have given American infantry some very nice firepower at the squad and fire-team level. However, the Army is now working to give those grenade launchers even more firepower through a new program.

According to an article in Army Technology Magazine, the Army is trying to develop smarter rounds for the under-rifle grenade launchers currently in service by making the grenades “smarter.” The system is being described as a complement to the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System, also known as the Punisher.