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A New F-35 Problem For This Week

According to a report released by it looks like the F-35 may be much more dangerous for some pilots than others.

F-35B IOC - What Does it Mean?

Remember when we reported the success of the USMC's Initial Operational test aboard the USS Wasp last May? It turns out that that announcement of success may have been a little bit premature!

USMC Women in Combat Trial Ends

For the past nine months the Marine Corps has been experimenting with a gender-integrated task force at both Twentynine Palms and Camp Lejeune, to see how women would fare in various combat roles in the USMC.

Red Flag at Night

Red Flag is one the largest and most realistic aerial combat simulations that any pilot can fly in. It's held at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, and like a real war, a lot happens after the sun sets.

This incredible time-lapse footage, taken by Eric Bowen for the Aviationist, gives a beautiful look at some of those night operations.

USMC Uniform Survey Closes

Earlier this month the US Marine Corps concluded a month-long survey on several potential changes to the Corps' current uniform policy.

Officer Candidate Tests for Dummies (Book Review)

In the US Military, most of the branches have different qualification tests to become an officer. Officer Candidate Tests for Dummies attempts to prepare the reader to tackle the common elements between all of the tests. You won't find much in this book about the flight and navigation questions you'll see in the Air Force, but all of the English, math, science, mechanical, and electricity questions are all explained here.

On top of that, OCT for Dummies provides tips on how to take tests, best discern word problems, study effectively, and navigate the questions. Not only is this book a resource for those wanting to become an officer, this book is just as good, if not slightly better, than the couple of ASVAB practice books I've read. Since US Army officers take the ASVAB as part of their OCT, a potential enlisted person should read this book as well before taking the ASVAB.

Read more, so I can explain.

Tuition Assistance Down, Post-9/11 GI Bill Up

According to a report by, the number of service members using the tuition assistance benefit for active-duty soldiers has dropped over the past fiscal year, while the number of veterans and their families that have been using the Post-9/11 GI Bill has risen.

Education Benefit Transfer Rules May Change

In a bid to encourage enlistment and retention, the Senate version of the annual defense authorization bill includes a recommendation that the Pentagon tighten the rules that allow soldiers to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to family members.

F-35 Dogfight Debacle - What it Means and What it Doesn't

Back in January 2015 an F-35A was pitted against an F-16D in order to test the ability of the F-35 airframe to perform BFM - Basic Fighter Maneuvers - in a dynamic environment. Essentially, see how well the F-35 can turn, climb, dive, roll, and perform other maneuvers in order to shoot down enemy aircraft and avoid being shot down in return.

USMC News Wire

Trends in synthetic biology include military, space issues

DARPA now represents close to 60 percent of all public funding in the synthetic biology field. If you add in all Department of Defense spending, then nearly two-thirds of all synthetic biology funding from the federal government has a defense industry tilt to it. That could be worrisome if you consider the prospects for the weaponization of synthetic organisms and the potential to create biological mayhem in countries that are not friendly to the United States.
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Friend recalls captain 'a skilled mariner' as El Faro search called off

El Faro left Jacksonville for Puerto Rico on Sept. 29 with a crew of 33. All four Mainers on the ship are graduates of Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. “Our community will grieve this together,” William J. Brennan, president of the school, said after Wednesday’s announcement that the search effort was terminated.
1 hour 58 min ago

Evaluations underway for site that could house missiles at Fort Drum

Federal officials evaluating the potential of the post’s land to house an East Coast missile defense site have talked with north country utility providers.
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Before they were SEALs: Vet recounts life in Underwater Demolition Unit

“We were called naval combat demolition units,” recalled Navy veteran William Dawson. “They realized that the units weren’t big enough, so they trained 80 men and 15 officers as underwater demolition teams.”
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