The Army seems confident it will one day have the ability to fire artillery out to a range of 1,000 miles — roughly five times the range it has now.
Whether it can get there remains an open question, though it seems advances from Russia and China in long-range fires has the top brass spooked.
“I think if you looked at the Russian army now and started counting artillery pieces they probable still have a slight advantage in terms of quantities,” Gen. John Murray, the commander of Army Futures Command, told Defense One.
“Quality, I would still argue, we’ve got the edge, but the range thing — they had developed some capabilities that really out-ranged our tactical cannon artillery.”
To correct the problem, the Army has focused on building a Strategic Long-Range Cannon, which will be much bigger than a normal howitzer while apparently still being assisted by rocket-boosted artillery shells the Army currently uses.
“I don’t want to oversimplify, [but] it’s a bigger one of those,” Col. John Rafferty told Breaking Defense. “We’re scaling up things that we’re already doing ... It’s never been done before [because] before, we haven’t been pushed."
The Navy's Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles can effectively hit between 800 and 1,000 miles. But that doesn't help if you're in a country far from shore, where the Army currently has to rely on the Air Force to strike targets at greater distances.
The service is tight-lipped about exactly how its SLRC (pronounced Slorc) will work, though Breaking Defense's Sydney Freedberg speculated that it would be similar to the 155mm rocket-assisted projectile, which gets a boost in range after being fired through a standard artillery barrel.
That still doesn't mean the project is actually feasible, however. As Foxtrot Alpha pointed out in September when Murray first testified to Congress about the cannon, its range seems more in line with "fantasy-land capability."
Whatever it turns out to be, or rather if it happens, the SLRC will likely be enormous, costly, and take many years to get on a battlefield. But on the flip side, a cannon with its capabilities stationed in a place like Poland — which has been pushing for a permanent U.S. troop presence — will certainly keep Moscow on its toes.
President Donald Trump announced in December that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has since made a strong push to keep a small residual force along the Turkish border along with troops from European allies.
The former Navy SEAL among a group of eight men arrested earlier this week in Port-au-Prince on weapons charges says he was providing security work "for people who are directly connected to the current President" of Haiti.
"We were being used as pawns in a public fight between him and the current Prime Minister of Haiti," said Chris Osman, 44, in a post on Instagram Friday. "We were not released we were in fact rescued."
It's a photo for the ages: a Marine NCO, a Greek god in his dress blues, catches the eye of a lovely young woman as her boyfriend urges her on in distress. It's the photographic ancestor of the much-loved "distracted boyfriend" stock photo meme, made even sweeter by the fact that this is clearly a sailor about to lose his girl to a Devil Dog.
Well, this photo and the Marine in it, which hopscotched around Marine Corps Facebook and Instagram pages before skyrocketing to the front page of Reddit on Thursday, are very real.
The photo shows then-Staff Sgt. Louis A. Capozzoli — and he is absolutely not on his way to steal your girl.
MAPLE, N.C. -- A maritime center with a pool big enough to hold a small ship and simulate hurricane conditions is set to open in Currituck County, North Carolina, in two years. It will serve to train groups such as special forces, law enforcement and offshore wind crews.