6 ways the US could beef up its short-range air defense

By Harold Hutchison We Are The Mighty According to, the Army is desperate to re-build its short-range air-defense capabilities. One big reason is the fact that Russia has become much more aggressive, making the need to deal with planes like the Su-25 Frogfoot close air support plane a distinct possibility. So, here are some ideas on how America’s military can get some more surface-to-air punch. Right now, the main system used by the Army for short-range air defense is the FIM-92 Sti ... More

Video captures fallen soldier’s homecoming

By Military1 Staff  A Facebook video of a family greeting their loved one’s casket draped in an American flag went viral on Thursday. Warrant Officer 1 Shawn Thomas was a Green Beret stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He is survived by his wife and four children. Facebook user Lisa West Williams posted the video on Feb. 14. “It was an honor to fly home with this PATRIOT! God bless his wife and family. There was not a dry eye around me,” she wrote. Thomas was buried at Arlington Na ... More

President's Day: Those who served

By Rachel Engel Military1 Staff President's Day was originally was established in 1855 as a celebration of George Washington's birthday, which falls on Feb. 22. In 1971, as part of an effort to create more three-day weekends for labor workers, the day was changed to President's Day and is seen as a day to celebrate all former presidents. <!--cke_bookmark_117S--><!--cke_bookmark_117E--> More

USCG tracking Russian spy ship off East coast

Nicholas Rondinone and Edmund H. Mahony The Hartford Courant Officials are tracking a Russian spy ship that cruised up the East Coast to within 30 miles of the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton Wednesday in what some lawmakers called another aggressive action from Russian President Vladimir Putin. "A Russian spy ship patrolling 30 miles from the Groton sub base underscores that the threats posed by a resurgent Russia are real," U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, said in a written statement. ... More

Mattis: NATO members must contribute financially

BBC News The new U.S. defense secretary has told NATO members that Washington will "moderate its commitment" to the alliance if they do not increase their spending on defense. James Mattis's comments repeat President Donald Trump's demand that many countries raise their spending. "No longer can the American taxpayer carry a disproportionate share of the defense of Western values," he said at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, according to a text of his remarks. Read the full ... More

Navy offers new suicide prevention program

Courtney Mabeus The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK — The Navy has rolled out a program aimed at providing added support for sailors considered at risk for suicide. Sailor Assistance and Intercept for Life, or SAIL, was announced service-wide earlier this month and is now available at all Fleet and Family Support Center locations. The voluntary program works by linking sailors who have demonstrated suicidal behavior with Fleet and Family Support Center counselors trained in assessing suicide risk. Those co ... More