Army Train Carrying Stryker Vehicles Smashes Through Semi

What happens to a semi truck stalled at a railroad crossing when a Union Pacific freight train carrying Army Stryker vehicles comes barreling down the tracks? The train wins. The crash happened near Chowchilla, California, on Sunday. The train was traveling from Fort Lewis, Washington, to Fort Irwin, California, in the Mojave Desert, according to ABC 30. The driver of the truck is seen in the video waving…

Dempsey to Retired Generals: Shut Up When it Comes to Politics

Like former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, does not like it when he sees retired generals making political statements. Dempsey’s view: If you are a retired officer and want to run for political office, go for it. If not, keep your mouth closed. “If you want to get out…

Ukrainian Army Launches PR Campaign, Taking Donations

The Ukrainian Army needs money for equipment, but the government doesn’t have any, so it’s taking donations. The message below was posted on a Ukrainian Ministry of Defense website where the donations are being solicited: Ukraine is in danger. Army will protect everyone but our soldiers need bulletproof vests, armored vehicles and military equipment. In…

On Defense Cuts in Ukraine Legislation, It’s Hawk vs. Hawk

Congressional GOP hawks agree on one thing: To them, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade the southern-most part of Ukraine is US President Barack Obama’s fault. They also agree the US should send Putin a message. But a Senate measure intended to do just that is pitting hawk vs. hawk.

A Visual Look Inside DoD’s 2015 Budget Proposal

Deciphering the Pentagon’s 2015 spending proposal has been difficult, but Defense News has some charts the could serve as a decoder ring. Out friends at VisualDoD helped us compile data from the Defense Department’s spending plan to create these detailed graphics, which tell a story on their own. First, the chart at the top of…

The 2011 HAC-D Hearing That Pushed Gates Over the Edge

A March 2011 fight with Congress over war funding confirmed to then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates that his decision to retire three months later was indeed the right one, he said in his new book. Gates recalled the contentious March 2, 2011, House Appropriations defense subcommittee (HAC-D) hearing in “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.” At…

2007 Patriot Missile Misfire Landed in Qatar Military Chief’s Backyard

A US Patriot missile that accidentally fired during a 2007 training exercise in Qatar landed several miles away in the backyard of the Middle Eastern nation’s top military officer, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ new book reveals. At the time, numerous reports simply stated that the missile had landed on a farm. Gates’ book, “Duty: Memoirs…

Highlights from Gates book “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War”

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ new book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” is one of he most talked about items in Washington this week. We have a copy of the book and I’ll be posting excerpts throughout the day for your Friday reading pleasure so check back often. I’ll also be posting items on…