Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens to a sailor on the bridge of the USS Freedom (LCS 1) in Singapore, June 2, 2013. (DoD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo)

Hagel to Visit US Submarine, Fighter, Helicopter Bases

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will leave Wednesday on a two-day domestic trip that includes a stop at the much-watched F-35 joint strike fighter schoolhouse at Eglin Air Force Base on the Florida panhandle. During the visit, Hagel plans to stress the Pentagon’s commitment to the multinational, multiservice program, despite the fleet being grounded following a…

Closeup view. Note the bugler, shovels used as oars, Uncle Sam standing right aft.

4th of July, 1899-Style

1899, the glory days of empire, when Pax Britannica ruled the waves and the Germans and Americans were viewed as upstarts. For awhile, a running flash point for those conflicting interests flared up in the middle of the Pacific, in Samoa. Apia harbor in 1889 almost became the scene of open warfare between Germany and…

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Army’s Aerostat Ready for Overseas Deployment

If a US combatant commander stationed somewhere around the globe feels that the one thing the command is missing is the ability to detect missiles, airplanes and drones hundreds of miles away, the US Army has just what they’re looking for. Almost a decade after it first began development—and just two years after a 2012…

Dear Leader Kim Jong-Un peers through the periscope of Submarine 748.

A Day at Sea with Dear Leader – N Korea’s Kim Jong-Un helms a sub

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is a man who gets around. The daily annals of the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are filled with his exploits, accomplishments, various deeds and, of course, honors and acclamations. Recently, Kim added a spice of variety to his travels by going…

An Oshkosh M-ATV (Oshkosh Defense)

Oshkosh Demos Driver-less M-ATV in Paris

By TOM KINGTON There is something weird about driving in a mud spattered armored vehicle around a dusty shanty town built in a Paris car park on a Thursday lunchtime. What is even weirder is that the vehicle – an Oshkosh M-ATV – is swerving round rocks and navigating gaps between shacks, although no-one is…

An A-10 flies during a training mission at the Razorback Range at Fort Chaffee Maneuver Training Center, Ark., June 4, 2012.

Is the A-10 Right for Iraq?

The fight over the A-10 may have been thrown a screwball this week, thanks to the sudden, dramatic surge from ISIL forces as they have overwhelmed whole chunks of Iraqi territory. The battle over the future of the A-10 has largely centered around the Air Force’s argument that the plane doesn’t match future needs in…