A semi-secret Pentagon plan to convert old war planes into “flying launchpads” or “arsenal planes” to aid stealthier, less weapons-capable planes was mentioned by Defense Secretary Ash Carter in a speech outlining a $583 billion military budget for 2017.
A sonic boom felt across the tri-state area for over an hour on Thursday was reportedly caused by military tests over the Atlantic Ocean. Military officials deny any involvement, while the public has been busily exploring other possibilities.
US Air Force officials in Georgia are “deeply sorry” for distributing flyers promoting a “Martin Luther King Jr. Fun Shoot” and have removed them. The January 18 event is still listed on the airbase’s website, though it omits the civil rights leader’s name.
Photos showing cadets from Charleston-based military college, The Citadel, posing in white KKK-style hoods have prompted an investigation and suspension of the freshmen involved. The college says they may have been acting as “ghosts” in a Christmas skit.
Aegis Ashore, a ground-based ballistic missile defense system (BMDS), passed an interception test off the coast of Hawaii late Wednesday. Military planners expect it to be located in Europe in 2018, citing Iran’s capabilities as cause for further build-up.
Internet users were either elated or troubled by Google’s Veterans Day “doodle” – and for the same reason. People of color outnumbered whites in the image, but critics said the celebration of diversity was misplaced.
A flawed study led to a rare retraction from a top psychology journal. Its finding – that military men sexually assaulted their fellow men in uniform 15 times more often than reported – was withdrawn. However, similar findings in other articles were not.
After her 2013 conviction, Chelsea Manning acknowledged, “sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society,” but even as she appeals her 35-year sentence, Manning struggles to carry on if her hair isn’t allowed to grow.
After 30 years in use, the US Army’s official handgun is being retired. Lying in wait, gun manufacturers are designing replacements to compete for a $580 million contract and all the secondary benefits that come with it.