All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Military’

Gripen Fighter Jets Deal Nixed by Swiss Voters

Saab Group was dealt a major blow this week as Swiss voters halted a plan to order the company’s Gripen fighter jets. The deal had been worth an estimated $3.5 billion. The deal stems from a February 2013 agreement between the Saab, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, and the Swiss Defense Ministry. Under the terms of the deal Saab was …

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Chelsea Manning Looks To Transfer To Civilian Prison For Hormone Therapy

Chelsea Manning, formerly Bradley Manning, is serving a 35 year prison sentence at a military detention center for leaking classified military documents to Wikileaks. Shortly after she was sentenced, Chelsea revealed that she was transgender and would like everybody to address her by her new chosen name. She also requested that she receive hormone therapy while in prison – a …

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Student Loans: Sallie Mae To Refund Military Members Who Paid Too Much Interest

Student loans are already bad enough, but the interest rates are what kills most graduates trying to pay it all back. With interest rates capped at 6 percen for military members, it’s not as bad as it could be. Unfortunately for some, their interest rates were not capped at the federal maximum. For those suffering under the burden of high …

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Military Jet Crashes In Desert: What Went Wrong?

It was a very close call for a pilot who crashed a military plane in the Arizona desert on Friday. A Marine Corps Harrier jet reportedly went down on tribal lands belonging to the Gila River Indian Community. The crash is believed to have occurred at about 2:30 pm MST. According to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor, the wreckage …

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Boko Haram Will Sell Abducted School Girls

On April 14, Boko Haram, an Islamic militant group, stormed an all-girl secondary school in the village of Chibok and kidnapped more than 200 school girls. Now, the leader of the group Abubakar Shekau has announced that he is planning on selling the girls on the market for marriage. On Monday, the AFP news agency obtained a 57-minute video from …

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Dayton Hospital Shooting Leaves One Injured

A former housekeeping employee of a Dayton, Ohio Veterans Affairs hospital brought a gun into the facility and was involved in a break room scuffle, which left a present VA employee with a gunshot wound to the ankle. The suspected shooter was then apprehended shortly after visiting another area hospital seeking psychiatric assistance, Neil Moore, 59, was taken into custody …

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Zumwalt Warship Christened by US Navy

The United States Navy christened its new stealth destroyer, the USS Zumwalt, at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine on Saturday. The $3.3 billion, 610-foot-long battleship is the largest and most technologically advanced destroyer in naval history. Anne Zumwalt and Mouzetta Zumwalt-Weathers, both descendants of the ship’s namesake, former chief of naval operations Admiral Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., did …

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USS Zumwalt To Be Christened Saturday

In yet more proof that if one wants to achieve scientific advances one just need go to the military, the USS Zumwalt will be christened in Bath, Maine this Saturday. The USS Zumwalt is named after Retired Admiral Elmo Zumwalt Jr., who was once the youngest Chief of Naval Operations in United States history when he took the post in …

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Navy Railgun: Futuristic Weapon Will Undergo Sea Trials in 2016

A high-speed electromagnetic weapon is something you would think only exists in your dreams. Yet, the U.S. Navy has finally designed an inexpensive futuristic gun that has brought science fiction to life. According to Reuters, the railgun can fire “23-pound (10-kg) projectile at seven times the speed of sound using electromagnetic energy.” An electromagnetic energy known as the Lorenz Force …

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Fort Hood Shooting Not Linked to Terrorism

A senior Department of Homeland Security spokesperson has stated that the shooting that occurred Wednesday at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas was a “soldier on soldier” incident, and that no links to terrorism have yet been suspected. The Homeland Security source added that there was “currently no (counter terrorism) nexus” and that the shooter killed himself. The shooter has been …

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Black Female Troops Disapprove Of Army’s AR 670-1 Regulations For Hairstyles

The U.S. Army is being criticized for new regulations released on Monday. Army Regulation 670-1 consists of new rules on uniforms, grooming, hairstyles, and tattoos. Thousands of soldiers are questioning the new hairstyle rules, which are only applicable to women. Some soldiers are also saying that the new rules are racially biased, target black women’s hair, and has a “lack …

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USS Mahan: Shooting Investigation Continues

On Monday night, two people were reportedly killed onboard the USS Mahan, a guided-missile destroyer. The Navy ship was docked at the Naval Station in Norfolk. It has been there since September after it spent over eight months in deployment. According to reports from the U.S. Navy, the incident happened at about 11:20 p.m. when a civilian went onboard the …

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