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Syrian Rebels Begging for Military Help

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Syria’s opposition leader has said he will not attend planned US and Russian-backed peace talks in Geneva as he urged the world to act over the conflict.

George Sabra, the acting president of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), said on Saturday that the opposition needed military assistance, not talks.

“Now isn’t the time to


U.N. Drone Investigator Expects Dramatic Decrease in Activity

Ben Emmerson tells the Guardian drone use likely to be curbed in coming months as program shifts from CIA to US military

Ben Emmerson, UN Drone Investigator

The United Nations’ drone investigator says he expects a “significant reduction” in the controversial strikes by the US in the next 18 months.

After meeting the CIA


Google Glass: The Military Version

Google Glass might be new on the scene, but wearable displays aren’t unseen technology. Head-mounted displays have been projecting information into fighter pilot’s eyeballs for years now, and we recently had the chance to get up close and personal with the latest and greatest systems out there.

The first thing we got to stick


Government of the Politicians, by the Military, for the Corporations

“[F]orce alone cannot make us safe. We cannot use force everywhere that a radical ideology takes root; and in the absence of a strategy that reduces the well-spring of extremism, a perpetual war – through drones or Special Forces or troop deployments – will prove self-defeating, and


AUMF: A Blank Check for War at Will

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For both fiscal and ethical reasons, it is time Congress cancelled AUMF and reclaimed oversight of US military engagements

A handful of Democratic and Republican senators are considering a rewrite of 60 of the most consequential words to ever pass through Congress. The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), passed after


Israel Conducts New Attack on Syrian Facilities (Video)


Damascus military facilities ‘hit by Israeli rockets’


Syrian journalist Alaa Ebrahim describes the attack as like ‘a mild earthquake’



Syria has accused Israel of launching rocket attacks on Damascus, after a night of huge explosions near the city.

Syrian state media said the rockets hit


Staggering Level of Rape in U.S. Military

It is a shocking culture of silence and code of conduct that has been going on for decades, but the staggering numbers have only begun to surface in recent months.

Females in the army face unprecedented sexual harrassment and abuse. Congress must address the issue if they want to


N. Korea Prepping For Large Military Excercise

North Korea appears to be gearing up for a major military exercise, a report says, amid tensions over an expected missile test and South Korea’s pullout from a joint industrial complex.

North Korean soldiers attend military drills that the country’s state-controlled KCNA news agency said took place on Wednesday. Kim Jong Un reportedly said


China Voicing Opinion Over U.S. Buildup in Asia

In its latest account of national defense efforts, China said Tuesday that the United States is destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region by strengthening its military alliances and sending more ships, planes, and troops to the area.

The U.S. policy known as the “pivot” to Asia runs counter to regional trends and “frequently makes the situation tenser,”


North Korean Photoshop Maneuvers

While researching a photo entry about North Korea’s recent threats of war, I discovered an image released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) that appears to have been digitally manipulated — at least two, possibly three hovercraft appear to have been pasted into the scene of a military exercise, reportedly taking place


Apparently a Large Train was Filmed Carrying a Huge Military Payload in the Southwest (Video)


It’s hard for my eye to tell exactly what type of hardware we’re looking at here, but it definitely looks like some hummers, MRAP’s, hummer turrets and various trucks used for transportation of goods.

I’m wondering if any of those MRAPs are the ones reported in the order of 2,700 made by DHS?



Officials Trying to Shift Drone Command From CIA to Military

NEW YORK: The White House is working to shift control of the US Central Intelligence Agency’s lethal drone program to the military amid mounting criticism of the use of armed aerial vehicles for targeted killing of terrorism suspects, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

A fully armed MQ-9 Reaper taxis down a


More U.S. Service Members Join Fukushima Lawsuit

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) faces mounting damages from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster as more U.S. servicemembers joined a lawsuit accusing the Japanese national utility of lying about the risks involved in an aid effort to the stricken area in 2011.

Attorneys said the number of plaintiffs had grown to 26 from an


N. Korean Military Awaiting Final Strike Orders

N. korea military parade

North Korea’s armed forces are reported to be awaiting a “final order” from the country’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un before launching a campaign against South Korea.

N. korea military parade

Ahead of a ten-day joint computer-simulated drill to be conducted by the US and South Korea on 11 March, the North’s most widely


Is North Korea a Credible Threat?

When it comes to talking a big game, no one does it better than the North Koreans.

Just this week, Pyongyang vowed to turn Seoul, the capital of archrival South Korea, into a “sea of fire,” promised to launch a “pre-emptive strike on the headquarters of the aggressors” (read: the United States)


Sequestration: The Ship That Won’t Stop Costing

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As sequestration hysteria grips Washington, top uniformed officials at the Pentagon have joined Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in warning that across-the-board spending cuts due to take effect on March 1 will cripple the American military and endanger the effectiveness of soldiers, sailors, and pilots.

General Ray Odierno, the Army’s chief of


“Miserable Destruction”

North Korea warned the top American commander in South Korea on Saturday of “miserable destruction” if the U.S. military presses ahead with routine joint drills with South Korea set to begin next month.

Pak Rim Su, chief of North Korea’s military delegation to the truce village of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone, sent the


Will Panetta Cut Military Pay?

In a parting shot Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta has recommended a pay CUT to our military. Below is the Army pay scale.


When one in five Federal workers is making over $100,000 (459,000 workers) it is atrocious that our soldiers pay should be first cut. As is obvious from the above


Another “Gun Fire” Military Drill Reported in Houston

This is Just like the Live fire drill that occurred in Miami a couple of days ago… The sight of Army helicopters and the sound of gunfire created a lot of concern Monday afternoon in one Houston neighborhood.

We received a lot of phones calls, Tweets and Facebook posts from worried neighbors,


Questions: U.S. Women in Combat


The Pentagon’s announcement that it is lifting the ban on women in combat raises a host of questions that the military will have to address. Here’s a few of them:

How many combat positions are there in the military?

As in all militaries, U.S. combat troops are a relatively small percentage of the overall


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