Royal Australian Air Force unveils unmanned Boeing aircraft

by Emerald Pellot | ITK

The Royal Australian Air Force and Boeing Australia unveiled the first military aircraft designed in Australia in over 50 years.

The Australian government invested $40 million in the program and was Boeing’s largest investment in a new unmanned aircraft program based outside of the U.S. … Continues

DoD asks Congress for a two-sub Columbia-class buy

by Joe Gould, David Larter, Valerie Insinna | Defense News

WASHINGTON ― The Pentagon is asking Congress for authority to buy two of its new Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines, a potential mega-deal worth as much as $17.7 billion with far-reaching implications for the ailing submarine industrial base.… Continues

After Five Bloody Years in Syria, Russia Is Turning Against Iran—and Assad

by Jeremy Hodge | The Daily Beast

(The article first appeared on May 9, 2020)

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty

GAZIANTEP, Turkey—After five years fighting to preserve Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, Russia now appears inclined to dispose of its infamous client.… Continues

Blitzkrieg Lessons for 2020

by Taylor Dinerman | National Review

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE E ighty years ago, on May 10, 1940, Winston Churchill took over as Britain’s prime minister and Hitler launched his attack on Holland, Belgium, and France. The Blitzkrieg, as it became known, was a spectacular military success: In less than six weeks Nazi Germany defeated the Allied armies and occupied the Low Countries and a big part of France while at the same time kicking the British off the Continent.… Continues

A Cold War missile base abandoned for decades is on sale in New Jersey for $1.8 million — see inside

by mmeisenzahl@businessinsider.com (Mary Meisenzahl) | Business Insider

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Richard Lewis Photography

  • Woolwich Township, New Jersey is selling an old missile base from the Cold War.
  • The base was one of 12 built to protect Philadelphia from Soviet missiles.
  • The Army abandoned it in 1974, and the town bought it in 2009. 
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The A-10 Warthog Will Fly Into the 2040s

by Kyle Mizokami | Popular Mechanics

Photo credit: Shah Marai – Getty Images

From Popular Mechanics

  • The A-10 Warthog, which first entered service in the late 1970s, will keep flying in Air Force service until 2040—or later.
  • The A-10 will only be restricted to combat against enemies with little or no air defenses, ending the jet’s career as a tank killer.
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Army Wants 20mm Cannon, Supervised Autonomy for New Scout Helicopter

by Matthew Cox | Military.com

U.S. Army modernization officials have asked aviation firms for ideas on equipping the service’s future scout helicopter with mission systems such as a sleek 20mm cannon and advanced technology for optionally-manned flight.

The April 13 request for information comes on the heels of the Army’s selection of the Bell Textron Inc.… Continues

Army Combat Units Now Getting New 7.62mm Squad Marksman Rifles

by Matthew Cox | Military.com

U.S. Army combat units have started receiving the first of thousands of new 7.62mm rifles designed to give infantry squads a potent new weapon.

Heckler & Koch Defense Inc. has delivered the first of up to 6,000 M110A1 Squad Designated Marksman Rifles, or SDMR, to the Army, according to a recent H&K news release.… Continues

Oshkosh wins contract to modernize US Army’s heavy tactical vehicles

by Jen Judson | Defense News

WASHINGTON — Oshkosh Defense has won a $346 million award to modernize the U.S. Army’s fleet of heavy tactical vehicles, according to a March 30 company statement.

The company will recapitalize Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT) and Palletized Load System (PLS) trucks with updated technology and safety features.… Continues

Navy SEAL Jocko Willink Breaks Down Combat Scenes From Movies | GQ

Retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink breaks down combat scenes from movies, including ‘American Sniper,’ ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘Navy SEALS,’ ‘Act of Valor’ and ‘Lone Survivor.’

Jocko’s new audiobook and book, Leadership Strategy and Tactics: Field Manual, is out now: https://www.amazon.com/Leadership-Str…Continues