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US, Germany Mark 50th Anniversary of Chinook Crash That Killed 37 Soldiers

U.S. and German soldiers carry a wreath from a Chinook transport helicopter during a commemoration of a helicopter crash in Pegnitz, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Daniel Karmann/dpa via AP) BERLIN — American and German officials held a ceremony on Wednesday to commemorate a U.S. Army helicopter crash that killed 37 soldiers in Bavaria 50 years ago. The accident over Pegnitz, a town about…
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The new US Air Force secretary wants to ‘scare China’

WASHINGTON — After being sworn in as the U.S. Air Force’s top civilian, Frank Kendall went straight to the budget books. Kendall, a former Pentagon acquisition chief who is well-acquainted with the world of military technology, immediately immersed himself in the Air…
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Navy nearing decisions on small, medium UUV replacement options

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Navy is “well on its way” to delivering a replacement small unmanned underwater vehicle for mine countermeasures and is in source selection for a replacement medium UUV that will support both the submarine and the explosive ordnance disposal communities. The Mk 18 Mod 1 Swordfish and Mk 18 Mod 2 Kingfish date back to the late 1990s and 2000s. The former is a…
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Protesters block entrances to Raytheon plant

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — A group of activists blocked the entrance to a Raytheon Technologies plant in Rhode Island on Thursday morning to protest what they allege is the company’s role in the “killing of civilians” and “other human rights abuses.” Some members of…
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Army Lieutenant General Gets Fourth Star and Becomes Second Female Combatant Commander in History

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Laura J. Richardson. (U.S. Army photo by Monica King) Army Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson was confirmed by the Senate in a unanimous voice vote on Wednesday to become the next commander of U.S. Southern Command, which will make her just the second woman in history to lead a combatant command. Richardson, who now leads U.S. Army North, will receive a fourth star before taking…
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Afghan president replaces Army chief

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has ordered Gen. Hibatullah Alizai to replace Gen. Wali Ahmadzai as the Afghan Army chief of staff, according to local media reports and an Afghan defense official who spoke to The Associated Press. The Defense Ministry…
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A note to Rep. Luria: Our US Navy is doing fine

As someone who spent 24 years in the Navy, I completely understand where Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., who spent 20 years in the Navy, is coming from when she argues that the service is constrained by budgetary and bureaucratic limitations from developing a proper maritime…
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US Army orders more Strykers with 30mm cannons from Oshkosh

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army has ordered 83 more Stryker combat vehicles equipped with 30mm cannons from Oshkosh Defense worth $99 million to outfit another brigade combat team. The service selected Oshkosh in June following a competition to up-gun Double V-Hull A1 Stryker infantry carrier vehicles with a Medium Caliber Weapon System, or MCWS. Oshkosh and its partners Pratt Miller Defense…
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