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Five military events occurring on Christmas


5 momentous military events that took place on Christmas Day By Pierre Bienaimé , BusinessInsider.com Christmas is one of the most celebrated holidays on earth. But that doesn’t mean that conflicts simply freeze every December 25th. Here’s a look at some of the major military events that have fallen on Christmas, a date with a […]

Fears of Russia and Trump drive EU leaders to boost defense budgets


By Catherine Stupp, LATimes.com Meeting for the first time since the U.S. presidential election, European Union members agreed Thursday to increase their spending on defense. President-elect Donald Trump’s friendly overtures to an expansionist Russia and his statements casting doubt on his commitment to the NATO alliance have sent shudders through Europe. The agreement to boost […]

Reserve and National Guard to finally get “Veteran” status


by Susan Katz Keating, AMINewswire.com Retired National Guardsmen and Reservists will be granted veteran status for the first time, following Presidential approval of a much-haggled bill. President Barack Obama signed the provision into law Friday, as part of a larger package on veterans’ benefits. Until now, Guard and Reserve personnel were considered veterans only if they […]

Putin: Russia’s military is stronger than ‘any potential aggressor’


By Associated Press MOSCOW –  Russia’s military today can overpower any potential foe but should strengthen its nuclear arsenal, President Vladimir Putin told an annual end-of-year meeting Thursday with defense chiefs. “We can say with certainty: We are stronger now than any potential aggressor,” he told the meeting. “Anyone!” His comments come at the end of […]

Military reviewing NYC escape routes for Trump


By Shimon Prokupecz and David Shortell, CNN New York (CNN)A trio of military aircraft seen flying at low levels over midtown Manhattan last week were conducting surveillance and mapping escape routes as part of a security plan for President-elect Donald Trump, two law enforcement officials told CNN Thursday. The aircraft, identified as an HC-130 search […]

Hotel denies room to young Army private


By Laura Ruane, News-Press.com He craved some private time and space while on leave, visiting family in Southwest Florida over the holidays. But after booking lodgings online, 20-year-old Army Pvt. 2nd Class Mason Ritums got startling news with his reservation confirmation: The hotel does not rent rooms to people under 21. No exceptions. Ritums’ stepmother, […]

Mental health needs and the soldier-as-victim narrative


By Rebecca Burgess, AEI.org Neither military veterans nor current active duty members and their spouses consider Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Combat Stress, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) to be the most pressing issue facing military families. Rather, even while concerns about quality of life and wellness have been increasing relative to financial concerns over the […]

Navy blinks. Historic rating system stays


After widespread outcry, the US Navy is bringing back its beloved ratings system By Hope Hodge Seck, Military.com, BusinessInsider.com The Navy has decided to bring back its 241-year-old job ratings system, officials said Tuesday, reversing a decision at the end of September that prompted widespread outcry and even had the White House weigh in. A […]

Boeing’s New Training Jet Looks a Little Like the F/A-18


Boeing’s New Training Jet Looks a Little Like the F/A-18.  The latest competitor in the T-X program to make the Air Force a new training jet flew this week. By Eric Tegler, PopularMechanics.com The Lockheed T-38 jets that train Air Force pilots are more than five decades old. And while they still offer high performance, […]

Is NATO doomed?


The former NATO second-in-command updates his fictionalized account of a war with Russia—and worries the transatlantic alliance could be gone in as little as five years. By KATELYN FOSSETT, Politico.com After retiring from NATO as its second highest military official in 2014, Gen. Sir Richard Shirreff penned the ultimate war game: A 500-page fictionalized account […]