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N. Korea takes aim at U.S. power grid; New China-Sea FONOP; Ukraine preps armed ground robots for battle; Afghanistan air war returns to 2010 intensity; and just a bit more...

October 11, 2017 North Korean hackers targeted U.S. electric utilities, according to the cybersecurity firm FireEye, NBC News reported Tuesday. They used emails with “fake invitations to a fundraiser to target victims.” So far, it appears the attacks were unsuccessful. Read on, here. BTW: The South Korean military “has not yet identified nearly...

US Army prepares for the wars of 2025-40; Turkish forces get Russian air support in Syria; ISIS fighters surrendering en masse — to Kurds; Marvel-Northrop comic bombs; and just a bit more...

October 9, 2017 The Army goes rolling along into DC. The annual conference for the Association of the U.S. Army, or AUSA, begins today in Washington and runs through Wednesday. Defense Secretary James Mattis tops the list of VIPs, keynoting the opening ceremony about a half hour ago. Speaking later today: the Army’s...

Report: Trump will try to exit Iran deal; Russian hackers stole even more NSA tools; Ukrainian army grows under US tutelage; Senators: Get lasers to the battlefield; and just a bit more...

October 6, 2017 Will Trump try to exit the Iran deal, as he’s promised for months? The Washington Post thinks so, saying that he will soon declare it “not in the national interest.” (The Post report cites “people briefed on the White House strategy.”) Such a development would be unsurprising; but it would...

In Ukraine, the US Trains an Army in the West to Fight in the East

October 5, 2017 For more than two years, the U.S. military’s contingent of 300 or so soldiers have been quietly helping train an enormous allied military in western Ukraine. Meanwhile, Russian-backed separatists appear to be keeping pace some 800 miles to the east, showcasing entire parking lots full of new tanks and artillery...

US troops killed in Niger; Last ISIS stronghold in N. Iraq falls; Report: Russian strike killed dozens of civilians; Why tac nukes are still a thing; and just a bit more...

October 5, 2017 Three U.S. Green Berets were killed in Niger on Wednesday and two more were injured, AFRICOM announced last night. Their “joint U.S. and Nigerien patrol came under hostile fire in southwest Niger,” according to AFRICOM spox Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Falvo. A “partner nation member” was also killed in the attack....

Mattis unveils (some) Afghanistan strategy details; USNS Comfort joins 10K troops in Puerto Rico; Russians hack US soldiers’ cellphones; Marine vet stole truck to help Las Vegas injured; And just a bit more...

October 4, 2017 Sixteen years into America’s war in Afghanistan, the Pentagon has a new strategy it says will help bring the conflict to an end. “A large part of it: Intensifying the U.S.- and NATO-led air campaign in order to drive the Taliban to the negotiating table,” Defense One’s Caroline Houck reports...

Las Vegas massacre: ‘terrorism’?; China’s stealth jet enters service; DARPA debuts smoke-penetrating radar; A 3rd US military aircraft goes down; and just a bit more...

October 3, 2017 Was the Las Vegas massacre ‘terrorism’? Depends on your definition. Joseph Lombardo, the sheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, took his first swing at it shortly after the attack: “No, not at this point. We believe it was a local individual,” Lombardo told reporters.“We do not know what...

Deadliest US mass shooting, ever; Puerto Rico SitRep; Libya strikes illustrate expansion of US ops; Q&A with ISIS-war deputy commander; and just a bit more...

October 2, 2017 “The worst mass shooting in modern American history.” At least 50 people are dead and more than 200 wounded after a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor of a hotel and down on an outdoor concert crowd of more than 22,000 in Las Vegas Sunday night at about 10...

Q&A: Deputy Commander of the War on ISIS

September 29, 2017 Iraqi security forces are currently conducting two separate, simultaneous offensives against the Islamic State group, in Hawija, just south of Mosul; and the middle Euphrates River valley, on the western border with Syria. At the same time, Iraq’s Kurdistan is in the middle of an independence referendum which could significantly...

Three-star takes over Puerto Rican relief; US might intercept a N. Korean missile over Russia; As ISIS uses fewer drones, US Marines are 3D-printing their own; and just a bit more...

September 29, 2017 Spotlight on Puerto Rico. Thursday began with a one-star U.S. Army general headed to Puerto Rico...and finished with a three-star as “Lawmakers and local officials alike called on President Trump to place the military in charge and to send more troops, aircraft and ships,” The New York Times reports. The...