On September 22, 2023, U.S. officials confirmed that President Joe Biden informed President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that the United States will provide Ukraine with the Army Tactical Missile System. Designated the MGM-140 ATACMS, this extremely powerful weapon is complemented by a long firing range. Additionally, the missile can be fired from the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System previously sent to Ukraine.
French President Emmanuel Macron announced Sunday that France will end its military presence in Niger and withdraw its ambassador from the country after its democratically elected president was deposed in a coup.
The announcement is a significant, if anticipated, blow to France’s Africa policy after French troops withdrew from neighboring Mali and Burkina Faso in recent years following coups.
France had stationed thousands of troops in the region at the request of African leaders to fight jihadist groups.
It’s been 20 years since President George W. Bush gave the order for the American Armed Forces to invade Iraq. FOX News journalist Griff Jenkins remembers it like it was yesterday because he was on the ground with them.
The Tennessee native grew up with a reverence and deep, patriotic respect for those who served. His father was a proud Marine who fought in the Korean War, though he never talked about his time in service.
During the Vietnam War, American Special Forces sought out the help of the Indigenous Montagnard peoples of the Central Highlands of Vietnam and their traditional homelands in Laos and Cambodia.
Montagnard is a French term for “mountain dwellers” and an umbrella name for the Hmong, Rhadé, and Nung peoples, among others. Approximately 30 tribes reside among six distinct ethnic groups in the area of France’s former Indochina colony. These hill people have no collective name for themselves except for the French “Montagnard” moniker.
The crew of the Ticonderoga class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) stand at attention during the ship’s decommissioning ceremony. The ship’s last commanding officer, Capt. Jason Rogers also announced his retirement at the decommissioning ceremony. Photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Claire DuBois/US Navy Pacific Fleet. Composite image by Joshua Skovlund/Task & Purpose.
After 37 years of service, the USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) was decommissioned during a ceremony at Naval Base San Diego on Friday.
The launch of the first two vessels under the High Seas Patrol Vessel Project, initiated to address the needs of the Turkish Naval Forces, represents a significant milestone in the ever-evolving defense industry.
During a Saturday ceremony held at the Istanbul Shipyard Command, two offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) were christened TCG Akhisar and TCG Koçhisar. Notable attendees included Defense Minister Yaşar Güler and Head of the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) Haluk Görgün.
A tool the Army had been developing to allow commanders to visualize the cyberspace environment is evolving to encompass the entire information environment, including social media.
Cyber Situational Understand, or Cyber-SU, is specifically designed for ground commanders to have better insight into the cyber and electromagnetic landscape to make more informed decisions, but it is not meant to be used for cyberspace operations.
A U.S. Army M1A1 Abrams tank, photographed with mine roller mounted, as they will be delivered to Ukraine. (Matthias Merz/picture alliance via Getty Images).
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Monday that his country had received the first of 31 M1 Abrams tanks, which will reinforce Ukrainian brigades.
“I am grateful to our allies for fulfilling the agreements!” Zelensky posted on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter. “We are looking for new contracts and expanding the geography of supply.”
Since the fall of Saigon [in 1975] and the dissolution of the South Vietnamese air forces, then equipped with F-5 Tiger IIs, no American-made fighter aircraft currently fly in Vietnam. Above all, because, after its military victory, the communist regime naturally turned to the Soviet Union [and then Russia] to reinforce its combat aviation.
The Vietnamese People’s Air Force currently has a dozen Su-27 “Flanker” fighters, 35 Su-30 and 34 Su-22. It still has MiG-21 “Fishbed” aircraft, although these were put into reserve in 2010.
Cmdr. Michael Lyle was relieved of command of the USS Alabama on Sep. 22 by Rear Adm. Nicholas Tilbrook, Commander, Submarine Group 9. Navy Photo.
The ballistic missile submarine USS Alabama’s commanding officer Cmdr. Michael Lyle has been fired, Navy officials said on Monday.
Rear Adm. Nichols Librook, commander of Submarine Group 9, relieved Lyle of command on Sept. 22 “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” a Navy news release says.
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Dustin D. Biven / 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
The first of Ukraine’s long-awaited American-supplied M1 Abrams main battle tanks have arrived in the country, the U.S. Department of Defense has confirmed to The War Zone. While we don’t know how many of the tanks have been delivered to Ukraine at this point, Washington has committed to sending 31 of the M1A1 versions and these will surely be committed soon to Kyiv’s ongoing counteroffensive.
Over the past 15 years the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) has been controlled by activist superintendents that have led the institution into the realm of critical race theory (CRT) and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
In 2013 the first of these lieutenant generals, Michael Gould, established a pervasive DEI program that extended into every facet of cadet life. With great fanfare but without evidence, he extolled DEI as a military necessity and as important as academics.
Building previous contracts, Kongsberg will deliver 409 more CROWS stations as part of its fourth contract awarded at the end of last year.
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Malaysia’s robust budgets and strategic acquisitions are starting to reshape Malaysia’s military for the better.
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Grounded: the US Marine Corps’ Lockheed Martin F-35Bs have lower mission-capable rates than their US Air Force counterparts; all types are well below their goals. (Lockheed Martin)
The Lockheed Martin F-35 is available to perform its scheduled missions 55% of the time, according to a US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released on 21 September. The agency found fault in the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) line and depot maintenance practices.
The report measured F-35 mission-capable (MC) rates through March 2023.
The first two Akhisar-class OPVs for the Turkish Navy were launched at Istanbul Naval Shipyard on 23 September. (Devrim Yaylali)
The first pair of Akhisar (modified MILGEM)-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) under construction for the Turkish Navy were launched at Istanbul Naval Shipyard on 23 September.
First steel for first-of-class Akhisar (P 1220) was cut in August 2021, and work on second ship Koçhisar (P 1221) started in November 2022. Under current planning, Akhisar is scheduled to be delivered on 9 June 2024, followed by Koçhisar on 9 October 2024.
Host Bill Quinn unveils CCP satellite tracking data showing possible directed energy weapon attack.
You can watch the entire video on Insist On Truth.
Congressmen Confront West Point Over Cadet Remarks Highlighted By AFP
BREAKING: DOD CONTROLLED COVID ‘VACCINES’ FROM THE START UNDER NATIONAL SECURITY PROGRAM – LIED THE ENTIRE TIME – Were NEVER ‘Safe and Effective’
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LTG Steven Gilland, Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, hosted the 20th Annual DEI Conference at West Point, NY, 30-31 August 2023. The conference was attended by service academy cadets and officers from several military branches as well as other government and civilian attendees.
ATACMS longer-range missiles systems, long sought by Ukraine in the defence against Russia, will be provided by the US despite concerns.
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The Luftwaffe intends to equip all its Eurofighter combat aircraft with the ECRS Mk 1 E-Scan radar. (Luftwaffe)
The German Luftwaffe will equip its entire fleet of Eurofighter combat aircraft with electronically scanned (E-Scan) radar sets, the government disclosed on 21 September.
Included in the Bundestag’s Budget Committee approval list was the commitment to receive all newbuild Eurofighters with the European Common Radar System Mark 1 (ECRS Mk 1) E-Scan radar, and to retrofit the Luftwaffe’s existing fleet of aircraft with Captor-M mechanically scanned (M-Scan) radars.
A still from the JAF’s coverage of Exercise ‘Decisive Response’ shows a soldier operating a JODDB counter-UAV jamming system. (Jordanian Armed Forces)
A Jordanian mechanised infantry brigade used various types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the first time during a live-fire exercise viewed by King Abdullah II.
At the ‘TIE23′ exercise, SAPIENT enabled the integration of companies’ C-UAS sensory information into 12 different command-and-control applications. (Janes/Olivia Savage)
NATO will adopt the Sensing for Asset Protection with Integrated Electronic Networked Technology (SAPIENT) protocol developed by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) as a C-UAS (counter-unmanned aircraft system) standard, Janes learnt at NATO’s Exercise ‘C-UAS Technical Interoperability’ 2023 (TIE23) in Vredepeel, Netherlands, held from 12 to 22 September.
The last Sunday in September is a day that no parent wants to observe. Gold Star Mothers Day is a day to reflect on the sacrifices of military families. Specifically, it’s a day to honor mothers who have lost service members to combat.
Each year, events, observances, and meetings are held around the country for Gold Star Mothers and their families.
Understanding the Gold Star
Service flags are banners that family members of service members display. The flag is white with a red border and includes either a blue or gold star.
Released to the public on Sept. 12, the Department of Defense’s 2023 Cyber Strategy differs from its predecessors in its lack of bold new buzzwords. The 2015 strategy reimagined deterrence for the cyber domain, and the 2018 strategy articulated “defend forward” as a new foundational concept. But despite being informed by years of major cyber developments — the significant legal and policy changes that enabled U.S.
Military weapons have always been a matter of pride for any nation, symbolizing its readiness to defend its sovereignty and security. India, with its diverse terrain and formidable military history, is no exception. In this article, we’ll delve into the journey of the Indian Small Arms System (INSAS) rifle, from its inception to its eventual replacement.
The Need for a Homegrown Rifle
In the late 1950s, the Indian Army adopted a locally produced version of the English self-propelled rifle, the L1A1.
In the world of military technology, progress marches on relentlessly. One of the most significant developments in recent years has been the adoption of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) in the United States military. This versatile and robust vehicle has the potential to revolutionize air defense capabilities, replacing the aging Humvee and providing cutting-edge solutions to counter modern aerial threats.
More than two decades after it first aired, HBO’s Band of Brothers remains a seminal work of television. Based on Stephen Ambrose’s book of the same name, the 10-part show tracks the members of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, from training to D-Day to the end of World War II. It’s a richly detailed show, with cinematic battle scenes, a massive cast and performances that hold up to this day. There’s a reason it’s regularly aired in full on TV and a popular streaming binge watch.
Marines and sailors from Camp Pendleton and local volunteers serve food at the Bread of Life Rescue Mission in Oceanside, Calif. in 2014. (Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Timothy Childers).
More than a million American military veterans are food insecure, according to a new study. And of those, several hundred thousand veterans are not enrolled or signing up for available food assistance from the federal government.
That’s according to a report from the Rand Corporation, released Thursday.
Reports are coming in of hotels in Massachusetts canceling rooms of service academy graduates with tickets for the coming Army Navy game on December 9th in Foxboro, MA.
The reason given is MA is designated a ‘Right to Housing’ state and the MA governor has declared an emergency due to illegal migrants/aliens coming to the area.
Social media posts are below:
One text we received is below:
Game is in Foxboro, MA. Smaller stadium, tickets sold out before Grads and others even got a chance to buy tickets. Out of the way, hard to get to.
A Saildrone Explorer unmanned surface vessel and the guided-missile destroyer USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) operate in the Arabian Gulf, Jan. 8, 2023. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeremy R. Boan).
The U.S. Navy is currently in the midst of a high-tech overhaul of a Cold War era surveillance program meant to track hostile submarines.
The update to the Integrated Undersea Surveillance System is meant to modernize the massive underwater network of sensors, in order to better track submarines but also sea drones and other new high-tech weapons systems.
The decline in confidence in America’s military is giving rise to a significant crisis that extends beyond matters of defense and security.
According to a Gallup poll from June 1-22, the latest figures show that Americans’ confidence in the military has reached its lowest level in 25 years, standing at 60%.
As a nation’s military strength has profound implications for its global standing, economic stability, and diplomatic relationships, a weakening perception of America’s military prowess leads to concerns that reverberate far beyond national security.
In the years following World War II, the United States embarked on the development of heavy tanks. However, their initial endeavors in this direction faced setbacks. It was not until 1948 that the T43 project was initiated at the Detroit Arsenal, laying the groundwork for the eventual introduction of the M103 heavy tank, which would ultimately become America’s last heavy tank.
The T43 project featured a tank with significant sloped armor and a 120-mm muzzle gun designed to handle separating charges. The aim was to create a combat vehicle capable of countering potential enemy heavy tanks.
The WG-66 submachine gun might not ring a bell for most, but it’s a fascinating piece of weaponry history from the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in the 1960s. While simple in design, this firearm had its complexities and a story worth exploring.
In Search of a New Firearm
In 1966, the GDR’s Ministry of Defense recognized the need for a new submachine gun for their National People’s Army (NPA). The NPA was already equipped with Soviet Kalashnikov rifles and Makarov pistols, but they wanted something in between. This led to the birth of the WG-66 submachine gun project.
On September 20, the General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) received and delivered the 12th A330 MRTT (Multi-role tanker transport) Phénix multipurpose tanker aircraft to the Air and Space Force. This aircraft is the last of the first orders placed with Airbus. The next deliveries are planned for 2025.
Program in European collaboration, the 12 A330-MRTT Phénix aircraft of this first series have successfully completed the reception and verification operations by the DGA, in particular with the support of the quality service teams that work directly in Spain or in France.
“The world around Finland is becoming more and more dangerous. Despite the difficult economic situation, defense must be given priority. With the budget presentation, we will make additional investments in Finland’s defense capabilities, strengthen our operations as a NATO country and take into account support for Ukraine,” said Defense Minister Antti Häkkänen.
In the draft budget, 259 million euros are granted to the Defense Forces to replace the capabilities delivered to Ukraine. Altogether, about 1.5 billion euros will be allocated to acquiring defense materials by 2024.
Norway made history this week by landing an F-35A stealth fighter on a highway for the first time, thus showing a flexible solution for armies concerned about the vulnerability of their air bases.
The Norwegian Armed Forces reported that two F-35As landed on Thursday on a highway in neighboring Finland – a member of NATO and the last country to join the military alliance – during a training exercise with Finnish F-18s. After landing, the F-35s were refueled with their engines running (known as hot refueling) before the fighters quickly took off again.
In one of the most dramatic scenes of a war that has produced thousands of them, a new video shows a confrontation between a Ukrainian T-64BV tank and a Russian T-90S almost at point-blank range. (Others identify the Russian as a T-72B3). In the video, widely shared on social media, the seemingly vastly inferior T-64 emerges victorious, apparently with the help of clever but cheap technology.
A double row of trees separates the two vehicles, which, taking the length of the T-90S as a reference, are just under 30 meters apart.
A highly customized stretched Chevy Suburban mobile command vehicle was recently delivered to U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM). The modified sport utility vehicle features a robust and secure communications suite. It looks set to join a U.S. military task force that is primarily on call to help respond to domestic nuclear, chemical, and biological attacks and other incidents.
Accelerated Media Technologies (AMT) issued a statement earlier this month about the delivery and provided additional details about the “mobile command center” vehicle for U.S.
The latest Ukrainian missile attack launched against Russian-occupied Crimea has hit the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet in the port of Sevastopol. In addition to the missiles, supposedly Storm Shadow and SCALP-EG air-launched cruise missiles, the peninsula was also hit by a major cyberattack, which disrupted Internet services, according to Russian-based officials in the city.
Videos and photographs posted on social media showed a large plume of smoke rising from the roof of the historic headquarters, and the plume was visible from much of the city.
The Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army).
American volunteers in the war in Ukraine, many U.S. military veterans, wounded in combat are getting medical care from the U.S. Army.
The New York Times reports that the Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany has been treating American volunteers wounded in the fighting in Ukraine. Of the 14 fighters from Ukraine currently receiving care there, the majority are Americans.
A HIMARS weapons platform fires from inside Ukraine. (Ukrainian Ministry of Defense/Twitter).
The Biden administration plans to send an unknown amount of Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missiles to Ukraine, according to multiple media reports. The decision comes after Kyiv asked for them for months.
NBC News, citing multiple defense officials as well as a member of Congress familiar with the matter, said that President Joe Biden told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that the U.S. will supply Ukraine with the missiles.
Libs of TikTok just exposed the Veterans Affairs Administration buying into the gender ideology psyop.
SCOOP: In a survery sent from the Dept of Veterans Affairs about the benefits available to veterans who want to undergo sex change surgery, they provide over 50 gender options to choose from: pic.twitter.
The right people obviously read Armed Forces Press.
Two powerful congressmen have confronted West Point and DoD about incident reported in AFP recently, concerning an Air Force Cadet ‘bashing’ Congress at a DEI conference.
Two veteran Republican congressmen are demanding answers from the heads of West Point and the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) regarding a event they say “encouraged partisanship,” promoted diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, and bashed conservative lawmakers, reported Fox News.