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With the US gone, Afghanistan’s air force has to rely on Zoom calls to learn how to fix its aircraft

The US is reducing its presence in Afghanistan, withdrawing its troops and contractors. The US military has been training Afghanistan's air force, which will be key to fighting the Taliban. Without US support, that air force will struggle to maintain its aircraft and its operations. LoadingSomething is loading. As the US pullout of Afghanistan ...
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The Navy sent another carrier on a rare trip to the high north. Here’s how sailors kept it going in harsh conditions around Alaska

US Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt sailed to Alaska in May for exercise Northern Edge. The carrier took part in the exercise in 2019, when it became the first carrier to do so in 10 years. The trips reflect the Navy's increasing focus on the Arctic and its efforts to get used to operating up there again. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
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Recent arrests reveal more about how cartel wives help run operations for Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa cartel

In recent months, US authorities have arrested the wives of three Sinaloa Cartel figures, including "El Chapo" Guzmán. The arrests shed light on what cartel operatives and security experts say is the overlooked but important role wives play in Mexican organized crime. LoadingSomething is loading. Ciudad Juarez, MEXICO-The infamous Sinaloa Cartel is relying on its wiv...
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What dodging North Korean missiles taught me about shooting down Kim Jong Un’s growing arsenal

A North Korean missile launch in August 2017 sent people in South Korea and Japan scrambling to bunkers. The missile broke up and fell into the Pacific, but North Korea's growing missile arsenal remains a concern. The US, South Korea, and Japan all have missile defenses, but stopping an incoming missile is no easy feat. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
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Changes in China’s military flights around Taiwan may mean Chinese pilots are learning new tactics

Observers point to increased presence of early-warning and electronic-warfare aircraft in combination with China's fighter-bombers. A strategy inspired by the US military connects and shares information between the latest combat platforms and older warplanes. LoadingSomething is loading. Recent air force sorties by the People's Liberation Army near Taiwan indicate the...
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How British special operators defied their bosses to rescue 2 comrades captured on a secretive mission in Iraq

In September 2005, British special-operations forces in Basra faced a problem. Two of their own had been captured during an undercover operation, and their lives were in peril. In addition to hostile Iraqis, British SAS troops had to overcome reluctant commanders in order to save their comrades. LoadingSomething is loading. In September 2005, B...
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3 times the US military brought back’obsolete’ weapons to take on new enemies

The US military regularly sends old hardware to its storage depots and boneyards. But the Pentagon has also brought back old gear and designs to counter new and emerging threats. LoadingSomething is loading. 1. BattleshipsOnce thought to be the cornerstone of naval power, the advent of naval aviation and the rise of the aircraft carrier in WWII was the beginning of th...
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The US military is trying to build portable nuclear reactors again. It didn’t go so well when it tried 60 years ago

In May 2021, the Pentagon asked for $60 million to design and build a small, truck-mounted portable nuclear reactor within five years. The US military has tinkered with such reactors before, and its first attempts didn't work out well in terms of environmental contamination, cost, human health, and international relations. LoadingSomething is loading. In a tunnel 40 f...
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Residents say gangs are taking control of Venezuela’s capital city

Gun battles between police and gangs this month kept many Caracas residents sheltered in place for hours. The violence comes amid a deep economic crisis and a protracted breakdown of the rule of law in Venezuela. The rising insecurity in the capital city is another sign of President Nicolas Maduro's eroding control over the country. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
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One of the Air Force’s biggest planes has helped pull off every major special ops mission since Vietnam

Since the mid-1960s, the Air Force has used the MC-130 to support special-operations missions all over the world. The Air Force is now rolling out the MC-130J model, and it will remain important as special operators adapt to new challenges. "The MC-130 is a very versatile and flexible aircraft," a former Air Force officer and Combat Talon pilot told Insider. See more stories on Insider's business page. The US military has thousands of aircraft that can launch attacks and support conventional operations, from the futuristic F-35 and F-22 fighters to the venerable A-10 and AC-130 close air support planes.When it comes to supporting s...