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November 17, 2017 Fox and Ice “I wanted to photograph the rare blue morph species of arctic foxes in their harsh winter environment,” says Your Shot photographer Sonalini Khetrapal. “To photograph these miraculously tough animals, I went to the uninhabited Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in northern Iceland. I captured my dream image as she stared straight […]

Biden Chimes In

Loopy Uncle Joe takes this special moment to beclown himself. Again. During a Q&A session on the “Today” show, Biden opined the citizen who stopped the Texas church shooter last week should not have been legally allowed to possess an AR-15. “With the tragedy that just happened in Texas, how do you justify the Democratic […]

Army Behavioral Health Program Focuses on Coordination

The Army's Child and Family Behavioral Health System serves as a central repository of providers and resources.

1st Woman to Hold National Guard's Top Enlisted Post

A 23-year veteran serving as the top enlisted leader of the NY Army and Air National Guard is the first woman to hold the position.

KC-46A Pegasus Aerial Tanker Completes Firsts

KC-135: Old as the hills… (click to view full) DID’s FOCUS articles cover major weapons acquisition programs – and no program is more important to the USAF than its aerial tanker fleet renewal. In January 2007, the big question was whether there would be a competition for the USA’s KC-X proposal, covering 175 production aircraft […]

Fort Bragg Soldier Dies During Physical Training

A Fort Bragg soldier died Tuesday after collapsing during physical training.

Army Medic Charged with Raping, Killing Infant Daughter, Cops Say

A 22-year-old man suspected of raping and using a cord to kill his 9-month-old daughter was arrested by police in Tennessee.

It Is A Privilege That We Allow Individuals To Hold Onto Something That Causes Harm And Death

News From Boston: BOSTON – Allowing the use of silencers and the attorney general’s authority to regulate firearms were hot topics at a Public Safety Committee hearing Thursday that saw lawmakers and gun rights advocates tangle over the Second Amendment. More than 100 people piled into a Statehouse hearing room for the hearing on more […]

The Red State Of South Carolina Has Its Share Of Gun Controllers Too

The Hill: The mayor of Columbia, S.C., is planning to propose a ban on bump stocks and trigger cranks on guns in the city. “I believe in responsible gun ownership, and I believe in common sense,” Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin (D) said in a statement, according to ABC News. “That’s why I’ve decided to do what […]

Navy Admits Its Aircraft Drew Lewd Images in Sky

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island has claimed responsibility for the drawing.

Leonardo deliver Falco Evo drone to ME | MiG-35 export targets set at $10 billion | Norwegian opposition criticise arms exports to Saudi Arabia

Americas Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $44.1 million contract for the provision of Intelligence Test Instrumentations Kits for use on the AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM). The kits—which have been upgraded to eliminate obsolete parts from previous generation test kits and provide a new product that can be used on several different missiles […]

Israel Ready To Cooperate With Saudi Arabia To Face Iran: Defence Chief

Israel’s military chief of staff said in an interview Thursday that his country was prepared to cooperate with Saudi Arabia to face Iran’s plans “to control the Middle East.” His comments were the latest sign that behind-the-scenes links between Israel and Gulf countries may be occurring due to Iran, their shared enemy, even though they

Congress sends $700 bn defense bill for Trump’s signature

The US Congress on Thursday overwhelmingly authorized $700 billion in national defense spending for next year, a substantial increase over Donald Trump’s request, and sent the measure to the president for his signature. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 is a negotiated compromise between the two chambers of Congress. The Senate passed it Thursday

Detroit Police Department, Or Reno 911!?

News from Detroit: DETROIT (WJBK) – An internal investigation has been launched at the Detroit Police Department after two different precincts got into a turf war as they converged on an east side neighborhood. Neighbors who live on Andover on Detroit’s east side will be the first to tell you this area is known for […]

Somebody’s Got A New Fully Automatic SBR

News from Arizona: A Sahuarita motorcycle officer was been disciplined after losing a SWAT rifle while on patrol in May. The fully automatic rifle with a 10-inch barrel has not been recovered. The officer was on a call in Madera Highlands about noon May 25 when a fellow officer noticed the rifle rack on his […]

Please, I’m Begging You….

I don’t normally put out begging letters. However, since this is the holiday season, I thought it might be appropriate to ask a favor of all of you. Please get your politicians and reporters spayed and neutered. Then ear-tip them so that we know it’s been done.   Microchipping might be in order, too. We […]

Sergeant Robert Thornton Jr passes

Mick sends us a link to the sad news that Sergeant Robert Thornton Jr of the 528th Sustainment Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, passed away during physical training (PT). The 528th is part of the 1st Special Forces Command. Sergeant Thorton was a power generation equipment repairer with the 112th Signal Battalion since he […]

500 US troops in Somalia

Stars & Stripes reports that there are 500 US troops in Somalia – nearly an entire light infantry battalion – but the Pentagon refuses to acknowledge that there’s an escalation to the build-up; “I would not associate that with a buildup, as you’re calling it,” Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie told reporters Thursday in Washington. […]

Fake news and guns

AFP reports that Quinnipiac University has polled 1,577 people and that 95% of them support background checks for gun buyers. The problem is that gun buyers are already required to be vetted with background checks. Sixty-five percent of those surveyed said they supported a nationwide ban on sales of assault weapons while 31 percent said […]

Naval Academy's Senior Midshipmen Receive Service Assignments

On Thursday 1,053 seniors at the Naval Academy received their service assignments.

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