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Army: Esper Reverses Plan to Send Active-Duty Troops Home

WASHINGTON — In an abrupt reversal, Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday overturned an earlier Pentagon decision to send a couple hundred active-duty soldiers home from the Washington, D.C., region, amid growing tensions with the White House over the military response to the protests. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told The Associated Press that the reversal came after Esper attended a meeting at the White House, and after other internal Pentagon discussions. It is unclear if Esper met with President Donald Trump. McCarthy said he believes the change was based on ensuring there is enough military support in the region to ... Read more

The Army Will Soon Have Female Grunts, Tankers in All Brigade Combat Teams

The U.S. Army announced recently that female soldiers will be integrated into all of its infantry and armor brigade combat teams (BCTs) by the end of the year. Currently, 601 women are in the process of entering the infantry career field and 568 are joining the armor career field, according to a recent Army news release. Read Next: These Are the Active-Duty Units Deployed to DC Region for Protests “Every year, though, the number of women in combat arms increases,” Maj. Melissa Comiskey, chief of command policy for Army G-1, said in the release. “We’ve had women in the infantry ... Read more

Army, Navy leaders latest to speak out about racism in wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody

U.S. Army and Navy leadership released statements and videos Wednesday acknowledging the pain and tumult being felt across America and the military ranks over the May 25 death of George Floyd and the protests and national unrest that have followed. Top Army officials released a letter noting the public frustration and affirming the Army’s commitment to rebuilding trust in response to the death of Floyd, a black man who prosecutors say was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer while restrained. It was the latest in a string of military leaders weighing in on the subject after days of roiling ... Read more

Army, DC Guard Investigating After Military Helicopters Buzz Protesters in DC

The Secretary of Defense and the commander of the District of Columbia National Guard have both ordered investigations into reports of Army Guard helicopters that appeared to fly dangerously low over crowds of protesters Monday night. Army UH-60 Black Hawks and UH-72 Lakota helicopters flew low enough over demonstrators, who were defying the District’s 7 p.m. curfew, to kick up debris on the crowds, videos taken by those on the ground show. Read Next: These Are the Active-Duty Units Deployed to DC Region for Protests “I hold all members of the District of Columbia National Guard to the highest of standards. ... Read more

New Call of Duty Terms of Service actually army enlistment contract

WASHINGTON — Excitement over a recently released update to the wildly popular Call of Duty video game franchise turned to confusion and worry this week as thousands of gamers discovered that they had unexpectedly enlisted in the army. It turns out that Activision, in coordination with the U.S. Army, tucked the military’s Oath of Enlistment into the game’s Terms of Service (TOS), which 99.9 percent of Americans simply acknowledge without review in order to get to the gameplay. The new game, called 4-Year Commitment, begins with an exciting montage of combat and rock music. Interestingly, scattered throughout scenes of gunfire ... Read more

More Than 210 Army Personnel Test Positive for Coronavirus at Two Training Bases

More than 140 Army soldiers and trainees at Fort Benning, Ga., and more than 70 at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., tested positive for the coronavirus, the Army said this week. At Fort Benning, 142 soldiers and trainees with the 30th AG Battalion and 2nd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, tested positive for the virus, out of more than 600 who were tested, the base said in a statement on Sunday. Nearly all of the 640 total personnel had previously tested negative during a 14-day monitoring phase at the beginning of training last month. Four who tested positive at that time underwent ... Read more

Army Scientists: All Strains of COVID-19 Can Be Covered by One Vaccine

The service is on track to produce a vaccine against multiple coronavirus strains by the end of the year. But making it available is the CDC’s job. Army scientists say that they are “very optimistic” that they will have a vaccine by the end of the year that will be effective against any COVID-19 strain.  The vaccine candidate, currently being tested in hundreds of mice, was developed by Army scientists. The Army is also working to accelerate and evaluate candidates being produced by AstraZeneca and other pharmaceutical companies under the White House’s “Operation Warp Speed” program, which aims to have a ... Read more

Cubic to continue AWES system training support for British Army

Cubic Defence UK has won a $35m contract to continue its support for the training of the British Army. Credit: Specna Arms on Unsplash. Sign-up to the Army Technology newsletter New technologies News New products Essential guides Cubic Defence UK has won a contract to continue providing the Area Weapons Effects Simulator (AWES) system training support for the British Army. The three-year contract is worth more than $35m and will see Cubic offer support and repair of the AWES system. Under a contract awarded in 1998, Cubic developed and installed the AWES system. In 2002, the installation work was completed ... Read more

Army Vet Lawmaker: Invoke Insurrection Act, Deploy Active-Duty Troops to Riots

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, called on President Donald Trump on Monday to invoke the Insurrection Act, then deploy active-duty combat units to “show no quarter” in putting down violence and looting in major cities, which he charged have been instigated by left-wing extremists. State governors thus far have not asked for the help of active-duty troops. But Cotton said a massive show of force by the 101st Airborne Division, 10th Mountain Division, 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Cavalry Division and 3rd Infantry Division — “whatever it takes to restore order” — might be necessary. Read next: Guard Members, Police Open Fire ... Read more

Indian Army to get 156 additional BMP-2 ICVs

01 June 2020 00:00 GMT+0 India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of 156 additional licence-built BMP-2 ‘Sarath’ infantry combat vehicles (ICVs) for the Indian Army (IA) from the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) for INR11.25 billion (USD148 million). OFB spokesperson Uddipan Mukerjee told Janes on 31 May that once the order from the MoD is granted, Ordnance Factory Project Medak (OFPM) in southern India will begin manufacturing the amphibious platforms. The Indian MoD has approved the procurement of 156 additional BMP-2 ICVs for the IA. Official sources said the MoD has indicated that OFPM, which has assembled ... Read more