The U.S. Army plans to purchase "a limited number" of the Iron Dome air defense systems that Israel has been using since 2011 to test if they would be a good fit for protecting soldiers from aerial threats.
Here are the key takeaways on President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty: It's Russia's fault; if an arms race ensues, it's still Russia's fault; it will be a long time before the United States could field its own missiles; and the United States has no interest in developing new nuclear missiles, senior administration officials said on Friday.
The senior enlisted leader at Air Force Global Strike Command has been fired after an investigation found he had sent inappropriate texts to a junior enlisted airmen during his previous assignment in Washington, D.C., Air Force officials announced on Friday.
The Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh has endured semi-frequent bombardments from Yemeni rebels’ ballistic missiles, launched in retaliation for the Saudis’ aerial intervention in the Yemenis’ ongoing civil war. And the Saudis’ U.S.-made Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) kinetic interceptors recently put on one hell of a light show.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mat Murch
In the early morning hours on Oct. 13 the USS Nitze, a United States Navy destroyer, launched cruise missile strikes to destroy three coastal radar sites in Yemen. The sites were controlled by Houthi forces, a rebel group closely aligned with Iran.
In October 1962, the United States and Soviet Union came to the brink of nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The standoff occurred over the installation of nuclear missiles on Cuba, just 90 miles from the states. Though the stalemate ended after 13 grueling days, it was neither the first or last time the two world powers would very nearly come to blows.