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  • Switzerland takes step closer to military conscription for women

    05/23/2017 9:54:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 23 May 2017 10:12 CEST+02:00
    Young Swiss women will be obliged to attend an “information day” about military service from 2020 in order to encourage more to join the army, according to reports. Currently, military or civil service is compulsory for all Swiss men over 18, who must pay an exemption tax if they are excluded due to health reasons or refuse to serve. It is not compulsory for women, but they may choose to volunteer. Last year, only around 65 women out of 7,600 recruits began their service. In February this year, army commander Daniel Baumgartner said in an interview that he wanted to...
  • MEGAN LEAVEY Official Trailer (2017) Kate Mara, War Dog, Drama Movie HD (video)

    05/23/2017 5:09:31 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 41 replies
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  • Hackers Unlock Samsung Galaxy S8 With Fake Iris

    05/23/2017 12:45:55 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    motherboard.vice.com ^ | May 23 2017, 7:13am | Joe Cox
    Biometric locks for phones are just getting more and more elaborate. Not content with fingerprints, some devices now offer facial recognition tech for accessing a device, and in the Samsung Galaxy S8's case, an iris scanner too. Despite Samsung stating that a user's irises are pretty much impossible to copy, a team of hackers has done just that. Using a bare-bones selection of equipment, researchers from the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) show in a video how they managed to bypass the scanner's protections and unlock the device. "We've had iris scanners that could be bypassed using a simple print-out," Linus...
  • Russian paratroops move to Syrian border triangle

    05/21/2017 9:43:27 AM PDT · by PIF · 6 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | May 21, 2017, 5:07 PM (IDT) | DEBKAfile Special Report
    Military tensions on Syria’s borders with Iraq, Jordan and Syria jumped another notch Monday, May 21, on Day 2 of Donald Trump’s foreign trip, with the arrival of the first Russian ground troops in southern Syria for taking up position opposite US and coalition elite units ... Saturday, as debkafile reported, the Syrian-pro-Iranian-Hizballah force in southern Syria renewed its advance on the Iraqi border, two days after sustaining heavy casualties from a US air strike on its convoys. Syrian military sources reported the captured the Suweida region and another 60 square kilometers. This brought them closer to the strategic Al-Tanf...
  • US Military Is Close to Selecting Builder for XS-1 Space Plane

    05/20/2017 4:50:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    space.com ^ | May 18, 2017 07:30am ET | Leonard David
    In Phase 1 of the XS-1 program, DARPA awarded prime contracts to three companies, each of which will work with a commercial launch provider: Boeing (working with Blue Origin), Masten Space Systems (working with XCOR Aerospace) and Northrop Grumman (working with Virgin Galactic). However, the Phase 2 contractor won't necessarily be chosen from the three Phase 1 participants, according to the Air Force Magazine report. The XS-1 space plane will consist of a reusable booster vehicle and an expendable upper stage. According to the DARPA website, the XS-1 program has four primary technical goals: + Fly 10 times in a...
  • Rand Paul Will Attempt to Block Trump’s Saudi Arms Deal

    05/20/2017 12:44:58 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 51 replies
    big league politics ^ | Fri 19th, 2017 5:05 pm EST | Cassandra Fairbanks
    Senator Rand Paul is promising to file a resolution of disapproval to block an arms deal with Saudi Arabia as soon as the administration formally notifies congress, Senate sources tell Big League Politics. On Friday, it was reported that Trump is planning to announce the arms deal during his trip to the nation over the weekend. The terms have not been officially announced, and value ranges from being reported as $100 billion to as much as $300 billion. The action by the Kentucky senator will force a congressional vote on the executive action. He will reportedly be citing the war...
  • Battling to be the best NETCOM competition tests top soldiers

    05/20/2017 10:36:31 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — Soldiers from around the the globe participated in a grueling week-long competition on Fort Huachuca from May 15 through 18. The U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) Best Warrior Competition tests soldiers in a series of tasks, including the army physical fitness test, obstacle course, M4 rifle marksmanship, day and night land navigation, army warrior tasks, battle drills and much more. “These soldiers are exhausted,” Master Sgt. Richard Torres said on Thursday while watching competitors advance through different drills. “This is their eighth day of testing and these drills are grueling,” added Torres who is the...
  • Armed Forces Medley

    05/19/2017 9:27:10 PM PDT · by NEWwoman · 1 replies
    youtube.com ^ | May 27, 2012 | Jesse Sellers
    Armed Forces Medley The music is from America's Favorite Patriotic Songs. A tribute to the 5 branches of our armed forces consisting of each of their individual service hymns.
  • Chelsea Manning posts 1st photo revealing new look as a woman

    05/19/2017 8:47:55 PM PDT · by Morgana · 41 replies
    ABC ^ | May 18, 2017 | NADINE SHUBAILAT Lauren Effron
    Chelsea Manning posted the first photo of her new look as a woman, just one day after she was released from military prison. The photo was posted on her Twitter and Instagram accounts @xychelsea87.
  • German army needs to remove WW2-era names - defence minister

    05/15/2017 5:31:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 14, 2017 | Erik Kirschbaum
    The names of German military barracks honouring a handful of World War Two officers should changed to show that the country's post-war armed forces have made a clean break from their Nazi past, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Sunday. Having come in for criticism herself after accusing the Bundeswehr armed forces of "weak leadership" amid a national debate over whether there are right-wing extremists in the military, von der Leyen told Bild am Sonntag newspaper the barracks should no longer be named after Nazi-era officers.
  • Turnout key for Iran's Election, A Challenge for Rouhani

    05/15/2017 12:31:24 AM PDT · by BostonNeocon · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 14th, 2017 | Breitbart Jerusalem
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s presidential election may turn on turnout. Historically, the more Iranians who cast ballots, the greater the chance a reformist or a moderate like incumbent President Hassan Rouhani will be elected. However, Rouhani’s bid for another four-year term comes amid apathy and grumbling from an electorate that largely hasn’t seen the benefits of his signature nuclear deal with world powers. As his opponents promise populist cash handouts to the poor, Rouhani needs all the voters he can to cast ballots on May 19. But even some of his supporters say they may stay home. Rouhani faces...
  • 100 Years On, the Story of the Norfolk Fishermen Who Took on the Austro-Hungarian Navy

    05/14/2017 11:13:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Eastern Daily Press ^ | 14 May 2017 | Steve Snelling
    John Turner was an unlikely hero in an improbable battle. A century after a little-known naval clash in which armed British drifters fought Austrian cruisers, Steve Snelling salutes the magnificent courage of a Norfolk fisherman turned man o’ war. In a war of industrialised slaughter the forlorn and all-but forgotten clash between two ludicrously ill-matched naval armadas off the coast of Italy a century ago was, on the face of it, an unlikely headline-grabber. Compared to the titanic struggles taking place on the western front, the David and Goliath encounter between Austrian battleships and a force of British fishing boats...
  • Electromagnetic Pulse Question: Can an EMP be used to kill diesel submarines

    05/14/2017 9:49:30 AM PDT · by topher · 51 replies
    Various | May 14, 2017 | Vanity
    Aside from the 20,000 artillery pieces North Korea has, an EMP attack by the US on North Korea would render the majority of North Korea's Defense capability useless: jet fighters, missiles with any sort of electronics, communications, etc. But if a submarine is submerged, is it vulnerable to an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) and does water/depth the submarine is at limit the EMP weapon. It is possible that an EMP attack on submarines might cause it to blow up as no telling what would happen. Plus the fact the submarine might have trouble surfacing. Here is an interesting report on Global...
  • Social media outcry over Georgia veteran's visitation with no coffin

    05/14/2017 12:09:59 AM PDT · by Morgana · 45 replies
    newschannel9.com ^ | May 12, 2017 | WTVC
    CATOOSA COUNTY, Ga. — A dispute over a Ringgold veteran's funeral has gotten the attention of thousands on social media. Family members of George Taylor shared pictures of the veteran's body displayed on a gurney with a flag draped on top. There was no coffin for the visitation that happened at Heritage Funeral Home on Battlefield Parkway. As of 1 p.m. on Friday, Ella Moss's post about this on Facebook has been shared more than 1800 times.
  • High School choir sings "Glory Hallelujah" as remains of soldier carried off plane

    05/13/2017 8:12:30 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | July 26, 2016 | WSB-TV
    This video is a year old, but someone just sent it to me. I think it's worth posting, and I hope the mods agree. The video shows - among other things - that not every high school student is a jerk. Some good news, for a change.
  • Gearing up for World War Three: Nato tanks put on massive show of strength in Germany

    05/13/2017 4:44:25 PM PDT · by Chode · 54 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 13 May 2017 | Rebecca Taylor For Mailonline
    NATO tanks have put on a show of their strength during a competing exercise in Germany, testing offensive and defensive operations to see who can prevail. Austria took first place in the Strong Europe Tank Challenge 2017 as six nations and partner nations battled it out in Grafenwoehr, beating France, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and the USA in the exercise. The second annual challenge, which was won by Germany last year, tested soldiers on vehicle identification, battle damage assessment and precision manoeuvres. According to Stars and Stripes, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the commander of U.S. Army Europe, said the challenge was...
  • Trump and First Lady Celebrate Mother's Day with Military Spouses and Families

    05/13/2017 5:09:43 AM PDT · by KC_Lion · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 12th, 2017 | Kristina Wong
    President Trump and first lady Melania Trump hosted military families at the White House on Friday to celebrate Mother’s Day. “We want to thank you. Believe me, we want to thank you. To all of the military families here today, thank you for your daily service to your families, and equally as important, to our great, great nation. And we have a great nation, and it’s getting stronger every day,” he said. He delivered his remarks to “an excited group of military mothers and spouses” before introducing his wife, according to a White House press pool report. Trump mentioned, according...
  • So what is the real deal in this steam vs electric carrier catapult?

    05/12/2017 3:22:45 AM PDT · by Krosan · 35 replies
    vanity | 05/12/2017 | vanity
    Thought some of you guys might know.
  • Veteran suicide: A personal story of our great national disgrace

    05/10/2017 8:18:49 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 25 replies
    FoxNews Opinion ^ | May 10, 2017 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Another American hero vet has committed suicide. Except this one is personal. This one hits home. This one isn’t just a statistic, or generic. His name was Sgt. Eric Thomsen. I’ll get to his tragic story in a moment. President Obama ignored vets like Sgt. Thomsen for eight long years. A massive scandal engulfed the Veterans Administration during Obama’s presidency. Vets died on fake waiting lists. Fraud was committed because there wasn’t the money to treat our heroes. So, government employees committed criminal acts to make them go away. Vets died. Obama chose to fire or punish none of the...
  • China tests new guided missile in Bohai Sea

    05/10/2017 7:24:10 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 3 replies
    Times of India ^ | 9 May, 2017 | Staff
    BEIJING: China on Tuesday said it has successfully tested a new guided missile in the Bohai Sea near the tense Korean peninsula to raise the operational capability of its armed forces and "effectively respond to threats" to national security. The People's Liberation Army Rocket (Missile) Force tested the new missile in the Bohai based on annual training programme, the defence ministry said in a brief statement. The missile was designed to "raise operational capability" of the armed forces to "effectively respond to threats" to national security, it said, adding that the test had "achieved an expected result." However, the statement...