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DoD Security-Cleared Population Drops Again

The number of people in the Department of Defense holding security clearances for access to classified information declined by 100,000 in the first six months of FY2015. There are now 3.8 million DoD employees and contractors with security...Show More Summary

Haranguing in the Supreme Court, and More from CRS

If protesters are arrested for disrupting the proceedings of the U.S. Supreme Court through angry speech, is that a violation of their First Amendment rights? The question was analyzed by the Congressional Research Service. See Haranguing in the Court, CRS Legal Sidebar, October 6, 2015. Show More Summary

Russia’s Electronic Spies Are Hard at Work in Syria

Russia’s electronic spies have become a key part of Moscow’s surge into Syria. The signal spooks are searching for targets and following up on air strikes. On Sept. 30, Russian fighter-bombers and ground attackers began launching aerial attacks across the embattled country. On Oct. 7, the Kremlin announced that four...

The Canadian Military Wants to Learn How to Hack Cars

The article originally appeared at Motherboard. The Canadian government is looking for someone who can hack a car, and will pay them hundreds of thousands of dollars to do it. A procurement request published by Public Works and Government Services states that the Canadian Department of National Defense is looking for...

Carter Sounds Nearly Ready to Open Combat Jobs to Women

Defense Secretary Ash Carter told U.S. troops in Sicily that limiting his search for qualified military candidates to just half the population would be "crazy."

Thermally Induced Reticle Drift Of EOTech Holographic Sights

In Note To EOTech, I mentioned the issue of thermally induced setpoint drift in EOTech holo sights, relying on the post at Soldier Systems. While there is a great deal of information in the SOUM, two glaring issues stick out. The first is the reliability of the HWS in extreme temperatures, referred to as “Thermal […]

Unplanned Air Strikes Kill Civilians All the Time

On Oct. 6, U.S. Gen. John Campbell, the commander of all NATO forces in Afghanistan, called the air strike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz a mistake. He testified before members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that U.S. Special Operations forces were aiding Afghan troops in an effort to repel a...

Secret Russian Satellite Could Have Collided With Another Object

Cosmos-2491, -2499 and -2504 are three very strange Russian satellites. They dance. They change orbits. They get close to their leftover booster rockets and then move away again. In April, one may have collided with another object. But if so, the impact was soft enough to not cause any damage. But...

Syria’s Rebels Are Ready to Fight Russia

Syria’s civil war is anything but predictable. Russian air strikes have targeted the Islamic State’s bases in Aleppo and Raqqa governorates, but many others have pounded Hama, Homs, Idlib and Latakia governorates. In those latter areas, Islamic State has few fighters, but the Syrian opposition — including the Free Syrian Army — has...

Indian and U.S. Troops Train for War

Indian troops peppered U.S. Army Sgt. Miguel Andrade with questions. Pvt. Harendra Singh wanted to know what Americans do when they’re trying to cross open terrain under fire. Both soldiers have previously deployed overseas — Andrade to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan and Singh as a peacekeeper in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As...

Senators to Ask US General about Troop Levels in Afghanistan

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan will face questions from a Senate committee about how many troops should stay in the still-volatile nation.

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