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Why the U.S. Military Should Worry If the Philippines Dumps America (And It Involves China)

Back in March, as Military Times optimistically reported, the US military was planning to place “permanent logistics facilities” at five bases in the Philippines. In May, the Philippine presidential election put a quick end to that. Since then, new President Rodrigo Duterte's bluster on multiple matters has seemed to rival even the bombast coming from this year’s presidential election in the United States.

Down 70-80 Percent: ISIS Social Media Campaign Collapses Under Military Assault

Military advances against Islamic State, or ISIS, held territory in Iraq and Syria have produced a welcome byproduct: a marked decline by 70-80 percent in the output of social media propaganda by the terror group.

ISIS fighters were recently chased out of the Syrian village of Daqib by Syrian rebel forces without offering much resistance (despite Daqib’s apocalyptic symbolic significance in ISIS lore), and the battle of Mosul has begun as Kurdish, Iraqi, and U.S. forces tighten the noose around ISIS’s largest stronghold.

The F-35's Latest Trick Might Change Warfare As We Know It

F-35 pilots will eventually be able to control a small group of drones flying nearby from the air, performing sensing, reconnaissance and targeting functions, according to Air Force Chief Scientist Greg Zacharias.

Currently the flight path, sensor payload and weapons disposal of airborne drones such as Predators and Reapers are coordinated from ground control stations. In the future, however, drones may be fully operated from the cockpit of advanced fighter jets such as the Joint Strike Fighter or F-22, Zacharias said several months ago in an interview.

Revealed: The U.S. Army Is Going All-Out on Laser Weapons

Laser weapons will protect Strykers on-the-move and Forward Operating Bases as part of an effort to save Soldiers from incoming enemy attacks such as missiles, mortars and artillery. This is the first-ever integration of a laser weapon onto an Army combat vehicle.

The Army and General Dynamics Land Systems are developing a Stryker-mounted laser weapon aimed at better arming the vehicle to incinerate enemy drones or threatening ground targets.

The Legacy Obama Leaves His Successor in Asia

Since its articulation in 2011, the ‘rebalance’ or ‘pivot’ to the Indo–Pacific has encountered substantial skepticism from some quarters. To some observers, the pivot is doomed. Such analysts tend to overlook the gains the pivot has achieved; underestimate how it prepares the United States to deal with the major remaining challenges the region faces; and oversell the implications of the delay or abandonment of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

One Day's Worth of Federal Spending Per Year Can Avert U.S. Military Defeat in Europe

The United States is facing a potential military crisis in Europe, and not enough is being done to avert it.  The problem is that a resurgent Russia is moving to reclaim lost influence along its western border at a time when NATO's ability to repulse an invasion is at a low ebb.  Everything Moscow is doing signals that it will take advantage of Western weakness to rebuild its former European empire.

Lockheed Martin Re-Ups MUOS Satellite Network Contract

Defense titan Lockheed Martin has secured a $92.8 million modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract to fund Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) operations. Services will include engineering, interim logistics, and spares and associated material.

MUOS is a secure satellite communication system that, according to the Department of Defense’s contract announcement, “supports a worldwide, multi-service population of users, providing modern netcentric communications capabilities while supporting legacy terminals.”

Why America's Enemies Fear the Army's AH-64E “Guardian” Helicopter

The U.S. Army will spend billions of dollars over the next decade to upgrade its iconic Apache helicopters to the latest—and most likely, last—variant, the AH-64E “Guardian.” Already battle-tested in Afghanistan, the Apache Guardian reflects the latest trends in U.S. military doctrine—namely improved response and loiter time, interoperability with drones, and the capability to engage maritime targets.