All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Military’

Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Hundreds More Call for Ban on Autonomous Weapons

According to Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, Noam Chomsky, and hundreds of AI and robotics researchers, governments should ban autonomous weapons in order to prevent a “military AI arms race.” In a letter signed by over 1,000, Musk, Hawking and others say that most AI researchers “have no interest in building AI weapons, and do not want others to …

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Chelsea Manning Sues US Gov’t Over Stalled Gender Treatments

Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Defense. In it, the Wikileaks leaker claims that she has been “denied access to medically necessary treatment” in connection with a gender disorder. “She brings this action to compel defendants [Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the federal government] to treat her serious medical …

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Northrop Grumman Nabs $354 Million Contract To Add To Global Hawk Fleet Of Air Force

Aiming to add to their fleet of RQ-4 Global Hawks, the US Air Force has awarded a $354 million contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation, which manufactures the aircraft. The contract requires Northrop Grumman to make an additional three aircraft to bring the number of Air Force Global Hawks up to 37 by 2017. The Global Hawk is used to retrieve …

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USS Houston Wreck Found in Pacific Ocean

On the night of February 28, 1942, the USS Houston, nicknamed “The Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast,” was engaged in a naval skirmish in the Battle of Sunda Strait off the coast of Java. The battle was precipitated by a Japanese attempt to invade the island of Java on February 27, an attempt that was halted by the efforts …

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American General Killed in Afghanistan

A U.S. Army two star major general was killed today, and 15 other soldiers were wounded, in an attack at a military academy in Afghanistan. The shooting occurred at Camp Qargha, a military academy situated roughly 11 miles west of Kabul. A gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire on Americans and other Afghans. The Taliban has claimed responsibility …

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Grounded F-35 Fleet Cleared to Fly

After an engine fire in June grounded the entire U.S. military fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets, Navy and Air Force officials have approved a limited flight clearance to run engine inspections and restricted flight drills. The cause of the fire is still not known, and the Pentagon, along with engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, has been trying to …

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Google Robot ‘Cujo’ Carries Weapons For The Marines

Back in the Winter, Google acquired Boston Dynamics, the robotics firm known for a number of nightmare-inducing robot models, and for working with DARPA. The New York Times reported at the time that Google said it would honor existing military contracts, but that it didn’t plan to move toward becoming a military contractor. Now, reports have come out that the …

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Kim Jong-Un Watches North Korea Military Drills

North Korea’s Great Successor Kim Jong-un observed military drills mock targeting South Korean missile bases on Baeknyeong and Yeonpyeong islands Saturday, which included artillery fire and live torpedoes from a 1,800-ton Romeo-class submarine. The drills took place near Wonsan, Kangwon Province, and included mobilization of North Korean Army, Navy and Air Force artillery, submarines, fighter jets and bombers. Jong-un was …

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Michelle Howard: First Female Four-Star Admiral

Michelle Howard became the first woman promoted to four-star admiral in the Navy’s 236-year history. That rank also makes her vice chief of naval operations, meaning she is the number two admiral in the service. She has accomplished many firsts in her lifetime, including becoming the first African-American woman to command a naval ship and the first to be promoted …

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Female Four-Star Admiral: Michelle Howard Makes U.S. Navy History

On Tuesday, Michelle Howard became the first woman to become a four-star admiral in the Navy’s 236-year history. She was promoted to the title at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial held near the Pentagon. She will now be serving as the vice chief of naval operations. During the ceremony, Howard said, “If you don’t believe today was a …

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1944 Army Plane Crash Rescuers Honored

A 1944 Army plane crash left James Wilson, a 19-year-old crew member who was asleep in the back, stranded and severely injured. He surely would have died with the rest of the passengers if it wasn’t for the courage of two high school Civil Air Patrol members who were pulled out of class to search the wreckage. The crash occurred …

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Bowe Bergdahl Claims Taliban Repeatedly Tortured Him

There has certainly been a lot of controversy surrounding President Barack Obama’s decision to exchange five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. While some people are questioning how smart–and legal–of a move it was on Obama’s behalf to strike such a deal, others are concerned that the U.S. turned over the prisoners for a deserter and Taliban …

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Travis Mills Makes An Impression On Mike Rowe

Travis Mills is a true American hero! Not only did he serve three tours in Afghanistan for the United States, while he was there he lost all four of his limbs when a bomb exploded underneath him, making him a quadruple amputee. Travis instantly though he was dying, and told the medics to let him be. “How I survived, I …

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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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North Korea Fires 30 Missiles Into The Sea of Japan

Last Saturday, North Korea test-fired 30 short-range missiles off their east coast and into the Sea of Japan, according to reports from South Korea’s Joint Chief of Staff. “The missiles are estimated to have flown about 60 kilometres (37 miles),” a spokesman for the Joint Chiefs said. These new tests come after pleas from Seoul and Washington to stop “provocative …

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US Navy SEALs Take Over Rogue Libyan Oil Tanker

United States Special Forces took over an oil-filled commercial tanker that left a rebel-controlled Libyan port. The raid was intended to foil the rebels’ plans to sell petroleum on the global market. The raid took place on Sunday night in the Mediterranean Sea southeast of Cyprus. The SEALs successfully carried out the operation without firing any shots or injuring any …

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Hellfire Missiles: U.S. Government Sends Ammunition To Iraqi Forces

To show its continued support to the Iraqi forces against their ongoing campaign against terrorism, the United States has sent 100 Hellfire missiles and other ammunition to Iraq, officials of the U.S. Embassy to Iraq announced on Sunday. According to the Embassy’s official statement, the shipment was sent earlier this month with the purpose of reinforcing the Iraqi Security Forces …

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Another Soldier Sentenced For Afghanistan Fuel Theft

U.S. Army Sergeant Kevin Bilal Abdullah has been sentenced to one year, one day in prison for his role in fuel thefts at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Fenty in Afghanistan. Abdullah pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery in August 2013 for receiving bribes in exchange for helping to steal fuel during his time in Afghanistan. Abdullah is …

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Bill Guarnere, of Band of Brothers Fame, Dies at 90

William “Wild Bill” Guarnere, Sr. was rushed to a hospital from his home in Philadelphia Saturday morning. By the time Saturday night had arrived, Guarenere had died from a ruptured stomach aneurysm. Guarnere was 90 years old. Bill Guarnere rose to fame in the United States after the production of the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers in 2001. The miniseries …

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