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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.

MEET THE PATTON

America’s Old Tank Still Goes Strong
By SOF

Before the M1 Abrams, there was the M60 Patton. American troops found this tank to be a long-term standby during the Cold War – as well as during the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. The tank also found itself widely exported, and it is still seeing service in the Middle East.

STRYKERS DO THEIR THING

GETTING THE MARINES THERE

Amphibious Assault Vessels of the Navy
By SOF

The Marines have long had a tradition of being America’s “911 Force.” However, there is one big question: How do you get the Marines there?

There are a number of answers to that question, but one of the major answers centers around the amphibious assault ships in service with the United States Navy. These vessels are probably some of the most deceptively powerful vessels in the world. When one looks at it, there are perhaps three aircraft carriers in the world more powerful than the Wasp-class amphibious assault ships.

Russia VS USA Military Power 2014

Armed Forces of the Russian Federation 2014

END OF A LEGENDARY UNIT?

First Battalion, Ninth Marine Regiment, which fought in major battles during World War II, Vietnam, and the War on Terror, is being deactivated today as part of a defense drawdown

1/9 Marines to be Deactivated
By SOF

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EAGLE DOWN OVER VIRGINIA

F-15 Crashes Near Deerfield
By SOF

A F-15C Eagle air superiority fighter crashed near Deerfield, Virginia, earlier today. The aircraft had been on a routine training mission.
The pilot , the only one on board, lost communications and the search is in.

THE MYSTERIOUS LOCKDOWN AT FORT LEE

Only Casualty: Female Shooter Wounded Herself
By SOF

Troops at Fort Lee.
(U.S. Army photo)

Fort Lee, where the headquarters of the Army’s Combined Arms Support Command is located, was locked down briefly this morning. The lockdown came after reports of an active shooter were released. The shooter turned out to be a female soldier who had shot herself.

HYPERSONIC SETBACK

Army Test Ends When Missile Destroyed
By SOF

The United States Army aborted a test of a hypersonic weapon after the missile carrying the testbed system suffered an “anomaly” according to the DOD. The system had been tested successfully in 2011.