en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:34:00 -0400 15 Obama: Ebola outbreak a threat to global security Calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a potential threat to global security, President Obama is ordering 3,000 U.S. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:14:00 -0400 IG: Sexual assault investigators should improve methods Military investigators responding to reports of sexual assaults do not always follow the widely accepted standards set by civilian police agencies, according to a new Pentagon Inspector General's report. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:01:00 -0400 Army releases new rules for tattoos and hair The Army on Tuesday unveiled its latest update to AR 670-1, its grooming and appearance regulation. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:45:00 -0400 Iraq parliament rejects interior, defense nominees Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominees Tuesday to lead the defense and interior ministries, leaving the crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic State extremists who have seized a third of the country. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:29:00 -0400 Service mourns 12 fallen one year after Navy Yard shootings Vice Adm. William Hilarides' voice broke as he read 12 names, each followed by a bell toll, at a ceremony marking the one-year anniversary of the shootings here that claimed the lives of those named. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:20:00 -0400 First flight delayed for KC-46A test aircraft The first flight of the KC-46A program's test aircraft has been pushed back until mid-to-late November, with the first next-generation tanker not expected to fly until April, the program's top officer said today. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:02:00 -0400 5 things to know about Islamic State's military capabilities Members of the Islamic State are well-equipped with weapons and vehicles, but experts say they're more concerned about the group's professional-grade propaganda motivating new fighters to join their ranks. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:56:00 -0400 Air Force expects to test counter-electronics missile in 2016 On the convention center screen, an animated cruise missile flew over a shadowy cartoon city. A beam of high-power microwaves emitted from its nose - and the target building went dark. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:14:00 -0400 A gym & a prayer: Marine vet's CrossFit business draws on personal ties Pete Doan tried the working man's life after leaving the Marine Corps in 2010. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:01:00 -0400 Obama will consider ground troops in Iraq on 'case-by-case basis,' Dempsey says President Obama is considering putting combat troops on the ground in Iraq on a 'case-by-case basis,' his top military adviser said Tuesday. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:58:00 -0400 Democrats launch website to counter GOP Benghazi narrative House Democrats are pre-emptively launching a new website to counter Republican claims about the fatal 2012 terror attack on the U.S. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:36:00 -0400 Afghan suicide bomber kills 3 foreign troops A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy on Tuesday, killing three members of the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:29:00 -0400 Ceremony to mark anniversary of Navy Yard shooting Survivors and families of those killed in the Washington Navy Yard shootings will gather for a ceremony of remembrance. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0400 Deaf students push for admission to Air Force Students and teachers at the North Carolina School for the Deaf are pushing for the right of the hearing-impaired to serve in the military. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:20:00 -0400 Civil War soldiers buried as 'unknowns' ID'd The names of 350 Confederate soldiers buried as 'Unknowns' in the Confederate Cemetery here will now be forever emblazoned on memorial walls facing their graves as a result of the work of a local historian. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:07:00 -0400 Survey: Financial concerns plague military families The active-duty community's uncertainty about their future and concerns about their own financial stability are clear in the results of this year's Blue Star Families annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:42:00 -0400 U.S. would hit back against an Assad attack, sources say The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0400 'Truly extraordinary': Medal of Honor awarded to 2 soldiers for actions in Vietnam More than four decades later, two soldiers on Monday received the Medal of Honor for their actions during the Vietnam War. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:44:00 -0400 Lawmakers follow different paths on service academy nominations New York high-school students face a number of challenges in seeking admission to one of the nation's prestigious service academies - including geography. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:08:00 -0400 U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State in Iraq The United States launched airstrikes in Iraq on Monday in what defense officials said is the start of an expanded action against Islamic State extremists. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:55:00 -0400 House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President Obama's strategy against the Islam Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:54:00 -0400 Flexibility key for spouses, says AF secretary's husband In Frank Beatty's experience in the private sector, discussions about job losses and benefits cuts are not limited to the military community. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:31:00 -0400 NATO head: Security threats from Russia, Islamic State NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday that members of the U.S.-led alliance must stand shoulder to shoulder to confront simultaneous security threats from Russia and the Islamic State extremist organization. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:56:00 -0400 Secretary James: 21 general officer billets to be cut in fiscal 2015 The Air Force plans to eliminate 21 general officer billets in fiscal 2015, as part of a review directed by Secretary Deborah Lee James earlier this year. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:49:00 -0400 Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in U.S. war strategy Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar's al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:49:00 -0400 JSF program chief: F-35 likely protected in next budget The F-35 joint strike fighter will likely be protected regardless of whether the Pentagon is operating under limits imposed by the Budget Control Act in fiscal 2016, the program's top official said Monday. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:40:00 -0400 U.S. won't rule out working with Iran against IS Diplomats from around the world pledged to fight Islamic State militants 'by any means necessary' as Iraq asked allies to thwart the extremists wherever they find sanctuary. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:44:00 -0400 Judge: Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed A federal judge ruled Monday that a Tampa, Florida, woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging that the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:52:00 -0400 Iran rejects global strategy against extremists As diplomats from around the world sought a global strategy to fight Islamic State extremists, Iran ruled out working with any international coalition, saying it had rejected American requests for cooperation against the militants. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:08:00 -0400 N.Y. to lower flags to honor soldier lost in WWII New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered flags lowered to half-staff on Monday to honor a World War II Army private from Brooklyn whose remains were recently recovered. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:21:00 -0400 Three ways House work on CR, Syrian rebels plan could play out Whether or not the federal national security apparatus shuts down in October suddenly is all about Saudi Arabia, the Islamic State, Syrian rebel forces and lawmakers' feelings about President Barack Obama. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:11:00 -0400 Civil War officer's heroism earns Medal of Honor After an act of Congress and years of lobbying by descendants and admirers, a Union Army officer who made the ultimate sacrifice more than 150 years ago will be recognized for his heroism when President Barack Obama grants him the nation's highest commend Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:23:00 -0400 Islamic State group's war chest is growing daily Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelli Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:44:00 -0400 Navy identifies Hornet pilot presumed dead after collision The Navy has identified the F/A-18C Hornet pilot who is presumed dead after his aircraft collided with another Hornet on Friday as Lt. Nathan Poloski. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:55:00 -0400 James' mission: Prioritize wisely to maintain capable, agile Air Force The Air Force has weathered a difficult year of personnel cuts, tough budget decisions and a cheating scandal that rocked the nuclear force. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:01:00 -0400 White House still seeking coalition in Mideast war The White House said Sunday it will find countries willing to send combat troops to fight Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, but it's too early to identify them. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:57:00 -0400 'The Star-Spangled Banner' celebrates 200 years 'The Star-Spangled Banner' turns 200 on Sunday and, even today, it has aged gracefully. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:21:00 -0400 Court says NCIS computer search was illegal, tosses porn conviction A federal appeals court has tossed out a man's child-pornography conviction and 18-year prison sentence because of illegal government surveillance. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:43:00 -0400 Rights group calls for probe into Iraqi airstrike An international rights group called Sunday for an investigation into an Iraqi airstrike on a school housing displaced families that killed 31 civilians, including 24 children, a day after the country's new prime minister ordered the army to stop shelling Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:44:00 -0400 North Korea sentences American to 6 years of labor North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:36:00 -0400 USS Saratoga arrives in Texas to be scrapped The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga has arrived at its final destination in South Texas where it will be scrapped. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:18:00 -0400 Video shows slaying of British aid worker Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as 'an act of pure evil.' Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:49:00 -0400 Rescuers end ocean search for Navy fighter pilot Rescuers on Saturday have called off their search of the Pacific Ocean for a Navy fighter pilot whose jet was one of two that crashed west of Wake Island. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:05:00 -0400 'The Hornet's Nest' emphasizes humanity, nobility of war Wildly jerky and almost nauseating hand-held camera shots hit the viewer in the early minutes of the film, producing a gut-tensing feeling of running in the middle of a firefight in Afghanistan. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:54:00 -0400 GAO: No way to tell if changes at basic are working The Air Force has made dozens of changes to basic military training in an effort to avoid a repeat of the sexual misconduct scandal that shook the military three years ago, but the service has yet to create a system to gauge whether the changes are workin Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:48:00 -0400 Iraq prime minister orders halt to shelling of civilian areas Iraq's prime minister said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of 'innocent victims' as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by the Islamic State extremist Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:26:00 -0400 Army's app offerings to expand thanks to faster development tools Army-branded mobile applications aren't a new development: Soldiers already can learn how to call in a medevac, get a refresher on social media policy, even study the ins and outs of operating the Patriot missile system, all via app. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:19:00 -0400 Stewart soldiers train in California for next mission The sun began to rise over the jagged mountaintops as a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter approached the make-shift camp of armored vehicles and tents in a secluded area deep in southern California's Mojave Desert. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:37:00 -0400 Al-Qaida's Syrian cell alarms U.S. While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria - a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe - poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:00:00 -0400 Kerry seeks Egypt aid in battle against extremists Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday hailed Egypt as an 'important partner' in the emerging coalition aimed at beating back the extremist Islamic State group, while stressing that the need for Cairo's support would not lead Washington to ignore human Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:33:00 -0400 Women invited to apply for Ranger School The Army is looking for female soldiers who want to volunteer to attend Ranger school. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:21:00 -0400 Afghan perpetrator of Bastion attack gets death sentence The last surviving perpetrator of the deadly 2012 insurgent attack on Camp Bastion, Afghanistan has been sentenced to death by an Afghan court, though the case remains in review. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:54:00 -0400 Retired Marine Gen. Allen: Timeline for Afghanistan pullout 'too short' A former Marine commander of all U.S. troops in Afghanistan warned a Washington, D.C. crowd this week that a rigid timeline for U.S. withdrawal might plunge Afghanistan back to a pre-9/11 reality. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:53:00 -0400 Pendleton investigating Facebook shooter hoax Camp Pendleton law enforcement officials are investigating what they are calling an 'active shooter hoax,' which spread via social media Thursday, said base spokesman Jason Johnston. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:52:00 -0400 Delays affect 80 percent of troops' overseas auto shipments The on-time delivery rate for troops' vehicles being shipped to and from overseas was about 20 percent in July, according to a senator who wants more information from U.S. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:27:00 -0400 Petraeus: Obama Iraq plan a good starting point President Obama's decision to intensify the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria is a good starting point and could succeed, retired Gen. David Petraeus said Thursday. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:27:00 -0400 Suspect in VA hospital shooting pleads guilty An Ohio man pleaded guilty Friday to assault with a dangerous weapon in a Veterans Affairs hospital shooting that wounded an employee. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:02:00 -0400 Arab states worry about U.S. plan against militants The United States has made headway in winning international support to confront the Islamic State, but Arab countries have been reluctant to make specific commitments of help and remain worried about the level of American follow-through, analysts say. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:29:00 -0400 White House: New U.S. mission a war as with al-Qaida The White House is characterizing the U.S. mission against Islamic State militants as a war similar to the one waged against al-Qaida and its affiliates. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:43:00 -0400 U.S., Turkey mull strategy against Islamic militants The United States on Friday pressed Turkey to harden its borders against fighters and funding flowing to the Islamic State militant group, and sought clarity on how far Ankara is willing to go to help a worldwide coalition destroy the insurgent threat. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:31:00 -0400