U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Paul Archer
Russia’s recent military buildup in Syria could be a sign that Moscow intends to extend its anti-access area denial capabilities beyond its immediate borders, and it has left defense analysts wondering how America will respond. Russia’s involvement in Ukraine, and now Syria where it rapidly established a military base in Latakia, has led defense strategists to ponder questions they haven’t asked since the Cold War, reports Military Times. Specifically, what is the Russian military truly capable of, where would a fight between Russia and the U.S. military take place, and what would a war with Russia look like today?
“Make no mistake: Experts agree that the U.S. military’s globe-spanning force would clobber the Russian military in any toe-to-toe conventional fight,” write Andrew Tilghman and Oriana Pawlyk. “But modern wars are not toe-to-toe conventional fights; geography, politics and terrain inevitably give one side an advantage.”
Where American forces rely on a professionally trained and well-equipped military to project its power abroad, Russia relies on area-denial abilities, such as sophisticated electronic warfare capabilities and anti-air defenses, which could hamper American military efforts to challenge them. This makes Russia’s foothold in Syria and its proxy war in Ukraine especially problematic for American military power, which would have to contend with Russian forces on their preferred ground.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles was awarded the Medal of Honor July 18, 2016, for his actions while serving as a Flight Commander assigned to the 176th Aviation Company (Airmobile) (Light), 14th Combat Aviation Battalion, Americal Division. Then-Maj. Kettles distinguished himself in combat operations near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam, on May 15, 1967. (U.S. Army/Spc. Tammy Nooner)
by Martin Slagter, The Ann Arbor News, Mich.
YPSILANTI, MI - When a brigade of U.S. troops was ambushed by the North Vietnamese Army in the Song Tra Cau riverbed on the morning of May 15, 1967, Lt. Charles Kettles volunteered to lead the rescue, and he refused, again and again, to back down when faced with a barrage of gunfire.
His aircraft badly damaged, left spilling fuel, and his gunner was severely injured during the treacherous operation.
But he helicoptered in and out of the battlefield four times, saving the lives of 44 soldiers in a death-defying emergency operation that would become a legendary tale of bravery in the Vietnam War.
The M160 Robotic Mine Flail at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Photo: Maj. Dan Marchik/U.S. Army
The battlefield of the future could feature robot medics delivering life-saving care to casualties in the line of fire. At least, that's what the Army is aiming for — and it's willing to pay millions for help doing it.
A Chinese tank rolls at the training ground "Tsugol", about 250 kilometers (156 miles ) south-east of the city of Chita during the military exercises Vostok 2018 in Eastern Siberia, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 (Associated Press/Sergei Grits)
China is developing a lot of new and advanced weaponry, but a recent state media report suggests the Chinese military may not be entirely sure what to do with these new combat systems.
The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard called the ongoing partial government shutdown "unacceptable" following reports that some Coast Guardsmen are relying on donations from food pantries while their regular paychecks remain on hold.
"We're five-plus weeks into the anxiety and stress of this government lapse and your non-pay," Adm. Karl Schultz said in a video message to service members. "You, as members of the armed forces, should not be expected to shoulder this burden."