Tag: forces

How Iran’s military outsources its cyberwarfare forces

In the wake of the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general and Iran’s retaliatory missile strike, should the U.S. be concerned about the cyberthreat from Iran? Already, pro-Iranian hackers have defaced several U.S. websites to protest the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani. One group wrote “This is only a small part of Iran’s cyber capability” on one of the hacked sites. Two years ago, I wrote that Iran’s cyberwarfare capabilities lagged behind those of both Russia and China, but that it had become a major threat which will only get worse. It had already conducted several highly damaging cyberattacks. ... Read more

F-35s head to the USA 🇺🇸 – Voices Of The Armed Forces

Exercise RED FLAG is a multi-national combat training exercise which is conducted on the vast bombing ranges of the Nevada Test and Training Area in the US. A pilot from 617 Squadron walking towards an F35B at RAF Marham. “ This is another first for the Lightning Force and will give the opportunity for our pilots to really put the F-35s to the test in a combat representative environment.” A pilot from 617 Squadron boarding an F35B at RAF Marham. Last years Exercise RED FLAG saw Typhoon jets from RAF Lossiemouth take part in one of the most challenging air-warfighting ... Read more

Navy SEAL Pleads Not Guilty to Murdering Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar

This article by Jeff Schogol originally appeared on Task & Purpose, a digital news and culture publication dedicated to military and veterans issues. A Navy SEAL accused of strangling Army Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges, a Navy official confirmed. Chief Special Warfare Operator Tony E. DeDolph also requested a trial by a military jury when he was arraigned on Jan. 10, the official said. DeDolph faces a maximum penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole if he is convicted of murder. His general court-martial is slated to take place ... Read more

Group to Fight Space Force’s Use of Bible for Swearing-In Ceremonies

The U.S. Space Force has designated its own King James Bible for swearing-in ceremonies. On Sunday, religious leaders at the Washington National Cathedral blessed the Bible for the Space Force, which was established as the sixth branch of the U.S. military in December. “Today @WNCathedral blessed the official Bible for the new @SpaceForceDoD, which will be used to swear in all commanders of America’s newest military branch,” according to a Twitter post from the church. The Right Rev. Carl Wright, the Episcopal Church’s bishop suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries, offered the blessing as Maj. Gen. Steven Schaick, ... Read more

Air Force’s 18th Wing conducts WestPac Rumrunner exercise with Navy, Army and Marine Corps partners

The Air Force’s 18th Wing based out of Kadena Air Force Base in Japan conducted the first ever WestPac Rumrunner exercise Jan. 10 — along with partners from the Navy, Army and Marine Corps. “This event was a big win for us in the Pacific,” Brig. Gen. Joel Carey, commander of the 18th Wing, said in an Air Force news release on Jan. 10. The service said the exercise, crafted by the 18th Wing, is intended to bolster joint interoperability and push airmen to employ continuous airpower using tactics stemming from the Pacific Air Force’s agile combat employment concept of ... Read more

Iran’s parliament approves bill designating all U.S. military forces as terrorists

The Iranian parliament approved bill on Tuesday that designates United States military forces as terrorists, days after American airstrikes killed top Iranian military leader General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq. The bill is similar to the action the U.S. took last year when the Trump administration designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization. Members of parliament passed the bill declaring the U.S. military and the Pentagon terrorist entities, according to Iranian state media. Under the bill, the Iranian government will also provide $220 million to the IRGC to “reinforce its defense power in vengeance for General Soleimani’s ... Read more

Queer members of armed forces reflect on ‘terrifying’ military gay ban

Mandy and Sherry McBain spoke to PinkNews 20 years after the end of the ban on LGB people serving in the military The ban on LGB people in the British military was lifted 20 years ago today, but memories of the era still run deep for those who served. It was a time when being outed could mean the loss of your job, your home, your medals, and the respect of colleagues who had become like family to you. Homophobic language was common and unchallenged, and many LGBT+ servicemembers lived in fear that one day it would be applied to ... Read more

British Ambassador Detained By Iran Security Forces Among Tehran Protesters –

Source: Radio Farda UK — Rob Macaire CMG has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran, undated Hardliner Iranian websites on Saturday evening reported that the British ambassador in Tehran, Robert Macaire, was arrested by security forces “amongst protesters”. According to these reports, the Iranian foreign ministry intervened and Macaire was released after a few hours. Tasnim News Agency affiliated with Revolutionary Guard claimed that the British ambassador who was arrested for “instigating and organizing suspicious activities in front of Amir Kabir University” where a large protest rally was underway will be summoned to the foreign ... Read more

British Army Medics going beyond their duty – Voices Of The Armed Forces

Corporal Brandon Wright (left) and Corporal Sam Jones (right). On the evening of 5th October, Cpl Sam Jones and Cpl Brandon Wright stepped outside their usual call of duty — providing medical cover for counter-poaching operators— to respond to a 5-month pregnant local woman. The local woman, believed to be in her 30’s and 5-months pregnant, was cycling along a path in Liwonde National Park when she had an unfortunate encounter with an elephant. This encounter resulted in serious injuries to her abdomen. She was in a critical state with severe wounds with internal bleeding. “We were extremely concerned about ... Read more

How Tehran uses terrorist forces to spread havoc

For 40 years, Iran’s military has used unconventional warfare to destabilize the Middle East and make up for what it lacks in traditional military capabilities. Its unconventional operations, which include the use of terrorist and guerrilla groups, are run via the Quds Force, a branch of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. The guard was led by Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a Jan. 2 U.S. airstrike. At 15,000 strong, the Quds Force’s influence far outweighs its numbers. What it lacks in forces, it makes up through proxy groups. These include Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, the Houthi ... Read more