Air Force offers cultural guides for overseas-deployed troops

Air Force Culture and Language Center MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala., – The Air Force Culture and Language Center here released its Philippines Expeditionary Culture Field Guide today. What you need to know about a place and its people -- that’s what the AFCLC-produced cultural guidebooks provide for deploying military members. The Philippines guidebook is the first to focus on a country in the Asia-Pacific region. The pocket-sized, laminated and spiral-bound booklet contains the essential elements ne ... More

F-35B completes second airborne weapons separation

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — The F-35 Integrated Test Force accomplished another significant test milestone Dec. 3 when an F-35B successfully released another weapon in flight. BF-3, a short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the F-35, released an inert 500-pound GBU-12 Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb over water in the Atlantic Test Ranges while traveling at 0.8 Mach, or 485 nautical mph, at an altitude of approximately 5,000 feet. “Completion of this weapons separation ... More

Wreaths Across America honors fallen heroes

This article was contributed by American Military University By George Vukovich, Gunnery Sergeant, USMC (retired) An ordinary Christmas wreath is transformed into a powerful symbol when it is leaning upon the headstone of a fallen soldier. The simple greenery becomes majestic, the red bow a bright beacon of hope and remembrance during the holiday season. There will be an estimated 325,000 such wreaths placed on soldiers' graves across our nation on the morning of December 15, when volunteers for Wreaths Acr ... More

Judge removed in Fort Hood shooting rampage case

The Bismarck Tribune FORT WORTH, Texas — The military's highest court ousted the judge in the Fort Hood shooting case Monday and threw out his order to have the suspect's beard forcibly shaved before his court-martial. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ruled that Col. Gregory Gross didn't appear impartial while presiding over the case of Maj. Nidal Hasan, who faces the death penalty if convicted in the 2009 shootings on the Texas Army post that killed 13 people and wounded more tha ... More

No drones missing after Iran claim, Navy says

The Capital  TEHRAN, Iran — Iran claimed today it had captured a U.S. drone after it entered Iranian airspace over the Persian Gulf- even showing an image of a purportedly downed craft on state TV - but the U.S. Navy said all its unmanned aircraft in the region were "fully accounted for." The conflicting accounts still leave the possibility that the drone claimed by Iran, a Boeing-designed ScanEagle, could have been plucked from the sea in the past and unveiled for maximum effect following e ... More

Plan X: The Pentagon's plan for cyberweapon central

FoxNews WASHINGTON — It’s called Plan X, and it makes one thing very clear: Cyberwar is the future. On Nov. 20, Pentagon research arm DARPA — short for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency— released a document called “Foundational Cyberwarfare (Plan X),” a 52-page outline of how to fight a cyberwar. Its heart is a new map of cyberspace, a real-time rendering of the world of computers and how they connect -- switches, bridges, nodes and so on. It then seeks &ldquo ... More