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US missile defense breakthrough: Navy ships to destroy enemy ICBMs

Tuesday 05:09 GMT

The Pentagon plans a “first-of-its-kind” test of an unprecedented weapons capability to intercept and destroy an enemy Intercontinental Ballistic Missile *ICBM” — from a Navy ship at sea using a Standard Missile-3 Block IIA. The concept, as articulated by Pentagon officials and cited briefly in this years’ DoD “Missile Defense Review,” would be to use an advanced SM-3 IIA to “underlay” and assist existing Ground-Based Interceptors (GBI), adding new dimensions to the current US missile defense posture.

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ISIS fighters tied to killing 4 Americans in Syria captured by US-backed fighters, US official says

Wednesday 11:46 GMT

A group of Islamic State fighters who were tied to a January suicide bombing in Syria that killed 4 Americans were captured by U.S.-backed fighters, a defense official confirmed Tuesday to Fox News.

It was not immediately known how many ISIS fighters have been captured in all, the official said, adding that the details are still "vague." A defense official told Reuters the number people detained was in the "single digits," while another official told the news agency several people were detained in February.

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Trump picks Gorsuch, Kavanaugh take opposite sides on 2 of 3 Supreme Court rulings Tuesday

Thursday 03:19 GMT

President Trump’s two appointees the U.S. Supreme Court -- Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh -- were expected to help bring about a "conservative revolution” on the nation’s highest court.

Gorsuch, who was nominated by Trump in 2017 to fill the seat Senate Republicans held open for more than a year after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in 2016, sided with the liberal justices in ruling that the Yakama Nation doesn’t have to pay a Washington state fuel tax.

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Eddie Gallagher case: Republicans call on Navy to review treatment of SEAL being held on war crimes charges

Friday 11:45 GMT

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw and 17 other House Republicans sent a letter to the Secretary of the Navy this week urging him to review the pre-trial confinement of Eddie Gallagher amid concerns the decorated Navy SEAL has been receiving limited access to food, medical care and his legal team, Crenshaw's office exclusively told Fox News.

Accused of killing an injured ISIS prisoner of war in Iraq, amongst other charges – has passed the 6-month mark of detention at Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar in California.

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Why the Pentagon wants more AI, drones, attack submarines and nuclear weapons

Friday 12:39 GMT

Nuclear weapons, Research and Development, space war, attack submarines, drones and AI are all massive areas of priority for Pentagon weapons developers as they seek to accelerate its growing “pivot” to major-power warfare, seeks to address deficits and - perhaps of greatest significance - stay ahead of Russia and China when it comes to weapons areas of great concern to the US military services.

The more than 700-billion Pentagon 2020 proposed budget naturally covers a wide-ranging sphere of technologies and weapons programs, yet there are a handful of technologies and platforms slated for significant spending increases when compared with recent years.

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Navy eyes more, deadlier, aircraft carriers

Saturday 14:29 GMT

Threats from long-range guided missiles, surface ship fire-power, submarine-launched torpedo attacks and incoming air assaults all inform the Navy’s vigorous push to further weaponize its fleet of aircraft carriers - while assessing its plan to expand its number of carriers up to 12.

The hope, according to formal Navy studies as of 2016, is to grow the fleet to 12 aircraft carriers, moving beyond its current size of 11.. “The requirement remains 12 CVNs per the 2016 Force Structure Assessment (FSA) and is still supported by the FORD class new-construction plan. An FSA will be completed in 2019 to reassess that requirement,” Lt. Cmdr.


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