President, Defense Secretary Both Support Retirement Overhaul

The call to change military retirement benefits has gotten some support from those in the upper levels of the government, as both the White House and Defense Secretary Ash Carter both support the idea of overhauling the military retirement system.

Defense Budget Woes...Again

Both Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Dempsey testified in mid-March that the House defense budget, which uses emergency war funding to skirt defense spending limits, would be vetoed by the President if it passes through Congress.

The budget proposal, which would maintain the $523 billion cap for base spending and put $94 billion into the OCO fund, came from fiscal conservatives in the House Budget Committee. Other budgets have proposed exceeding the base budget cap and providing $577 billion for the base budget with $51 billion for the OCO fund.

MARSOC Prepping for Possible Integration

With MARSOC included as part of the 2013 Department of Defense order to open all units to female soldiers by 2016, the commander of the Marine special operations group, Maj. Gen. Joseph Osterman is laying out plans and preparations for possible integration.

Military Pay Raises Not Keeping Pace with Private Sector

Although the 2016 Defense budget calls for a 1.3 percent raise in basic pay for soldiers and their families, the paychecks for military members are still getting smaller according to Col. Mike Hayden (USAF, ret.), the director of government relations for the Military Officers Association of America.

USMC To Upgrade M-16 and M-4

Although a new weapon system is certainly not expected anytime soon, it looks like the USMC may be getting some upgrades to their current M16A4 and M4 weapons to make them even more effective on the battlefield.

One Million Steps (Book Review)

There are moments in time that are greater not because they are particularly unique but because they capture a truth about how we look at a larger-scale view. The grunts that went into Sangin, Afghanistan in 2010 faced an impossible task in a hostile territory surrounded by people that couldn't be trusted. Bing West captures a snapshot of the Marine Battalion 3/5 3rd Platoon as they enter Sangin to take over from our British partners, push back at the Taliban that roam carefree, and find some success before being pulled out of Afghanistan. One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon At War is part battle log of this platoon and part military analysis of the overall strategy in Afghanistan.

Marines Evacuate Yemen Embassy

The US Embassy in Yemen was closed and evacuated on Wednesday, as Houthis rebels continue their attempt to take over the Yemini government. Both France and Britain also moved to close their embassies and remove their diplomatic personnel, due to the increased turmoil and instability in the country's capital, Sanaa.

Trial for Navy SEAL Slaying Begins Wednesday

A jury has been seated for the trial Eddie Ray Routh, who is accused of killing both former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield.

USMC Makes "Airport" from Airplane

The concept of a FARP (Foward Arming and Refueling Point) is becoming increasingly popular as a sort of "mobile gas station" for some of the more clandestine operations happening in the Middle East (for example, Operation Neptune Spear, the mission to get Bin Laden).

This video shows Marines transforming a spot of desert and a C-130 into a small but bustling airport in about 5 minutes.

Congress Insists on Joint Camo Pattern

It looks like uniforms are back on Congress' budget-cutting radar - language in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2015 looks to get rid of service-specific camo patterns, according to an article over at Military.com.

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Ramstein sweeps soccer doubleheader from ISB

The girls scored two unanswered goals in the second half on the way to a runaway 4-1 win. But the boys needed a late set-piece score to drag a 1-0 victory out of a physical matchup with their old foe.
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Germany: Mistakes made in case of soldier planning attack

Germany's Interior Ministry said Friday it will "leave no stone unturned" in trying to determine how a German army officer managed to register as a Syrian asylum-seeker without being detected.
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'Apartheid' furor comes amid 50 years of Israeli occupation

Labeling Israel's treatment of Palestinians as "apartheid" is like flinging a burning match into spilled gasoline — so combustible are the passions on both sides. Rima Khalaf did just that when a report commissioned by her U.N. agency at the request of 18 Arab member states accused Israel of having established an apartheid regime designed to dominate the Palestinian people as a whole.
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