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  • The revelation that a private contractor took part in the efforts to rescue American service members who came under attack in Niger, which The War Zone first reported, has prompted renewed scrutiny of the U.S. military’s preparedness in the region and even viral conspiracy theories about the incident. In reality, already underscored by the infamous Benghazi incident, it highlights a long-standing set of issues and it’s a wonder such things haven’t occurred more often.For more on why the U.S. military has a presence in Niger in the first place, we have a detailed explainer here. You can also find in depth information about American deployments across Africa in general here.At the core of the present debate is why American soldiers in Niger had to rely primarily on air support from French forces in the area, as well as contract aircrews stationed in the country’s capital Niamey, after they came under attack from militants near the border with Mali on Oct. 4, 2017. How this all contribu..

    The U.S. Military’s Incident In Niger Has Been a Long Time Coming

    The revelation that a private contractor took part in the efforts to rescue American service members who came under attack in Niger, which The War Zone first reported, has prompted renewed scrutiny of the U.S. military’s preparedness in the region and even viral conspiracy theories about the incident. In reality, already underscored by the infamous Benghazi incident, it highlights a long-standing set of issues and it’s a wonder such things haven’t occurred more often.For more on why the U.S. military has a presence in Niger in the first place, we have a detailed explainer here. You can also find in depth information about American deployments across Africa in general here.At the core of the present debate is why American soldiers in Niger had to rely primarily on air support from French forces in the area, as well as contract aircrews stationed in the country’s capital Niamey, after they came under attack from militants near the border with Mali on Oct. 4, 2017. How this all contribu..
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  • This via Bloomberg on multiple South Korean media reports citing unidentified military officials on Saturday and Sunday - Said North Korean missile vehicles "kept appearing and disappearing" from the map

    South Korean military officials readying for another possible missile launch North Korea

    This via Bloomberg on multiple South Korean media reports citing unidentified military officials on Saturday and Sunday - Said North Korean missile vehicles "kept appearing and disappearing" from the map
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  • Additional details that have emerged regarding an ambush in southwest Niger that left four U.S. Army soldiers dead continue to prompt more questions than they answer about the incident. The top American headquarters for military operations on the continent, U.S. Africa Command, has now confirmed that private contractors helped casualties evacuate the area afterwards, but has again declined to elaborate on the U.S.-Nigerien patrol's overall objectives or who is responsible for the attack.The facts as they are known at present are that, on Oct. 4, 2017, two U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers and two other members of the service attached to elements of the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Niger died after their convoy came under attack from militants near the village of Tongo Tongo, near the border with Mali. A multi-national force of American, Nigerien, and French forces responded to the incident to help drive off the hostile force and rescue the remaining friendly personnel. ..

    US Military Reveals Contractors Flew to the Rescue in Niger, but Little Else

    Additional details that have emerged regarding an ambush in southwest Niger that left four U.S. Army soldiers dead continue to prompt more questions than they answer about the incident. The top American headquarters for military operations on the continent, U.S. Africa Command, has now confirmed that private contractors helped casualties evacuate the area afterwards, but has again declined to elaborate on the U.S.-Nigerien patrol's overall objectives or who is responsible for the attack.The facts as they are known at present are that, on Oct. 4, 2017, two U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers and two other members of the service attached to elements of the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Niger died after their convoy came under attack from militants near the village of Tongo Tongo, near the border with Mali. A multi-national force of American, Nigerien, and French forces responded to the incident to help drive off the hostile force and rescue the remaining friendly personnel. ..
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  • Trump, briefed by defense secretary and top military leader, discussed range of options to respond to any form of aggression from North Korea -White House Headlines via Reuters

    Trump briefed by military leaders to discuss range of options to respond to North Korea

    Trump, briefed by defense secretary and top military leader, discussed range of options to respond to any form of aggression from North Korea -White House Headlines via Reuters
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  • Media reports citing South Korean military 6 military planes (including 2 US strategic bombers) fly over Korean Peninsula in a show of force

    6 military planes (including 2 US strategic bombers) fly over Korean Peninsula

    Media reports citing South Korean military 6 military planes (including 2 US strategic bombers) fly over Korean Peninsula in a show of force
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  • DETROIT — General Motors plans to establish a new defense industry unit as it seeks to grow its business with the U.S. military, Automotive News has learned. The company said last week it is holding talks with the U.S. Army about adopting the company's new hydrogen fuel cell platform for military use, and has other defense projects in the works. GM Defense LLC is expected to become part of the company's Global Product Development organization, marking a major return to defense work after selling a previous defense unit to General Dynamics Corp. for $1.1 billion in 2003. Anticipating needs The operations, according to officials, will be focused on "helping GM better anticipate and react to the diverse needs of global aerospace and defense customers." Freese: Simpler to do business "This new business structure will enhance GM's productivity, agility and affordability in a very dynamic customer environment," said Cha..

    General Motors establishing new military defense division

    DETROIT — General Motors plans to establish a new defense industry unit as it seeks to grow its business with the U.S. military, Automotive News has learned. The company said last week it is holding talks with the U.S. Army about adopting the company's new hydrogen fuel cell platform for military use, and has other defense projects in the works. GM Defense LLC is expected to become part of the company's Global Product Development organization, marking a major return to defense work after selling a previous defense unit to General Dynamics Corp. for $1.1 billion in 2003. Anticipating needs The operations, according to officials, will be focused on "helping GM better anticipate and react to the diverse needs of global aerospace and defense customers." Freese: Simpler to do business "This new business structure will enhance GM's productivity, agility and affordability in a very dynamic customer environment," said Cha..
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  • DETROIT -- General Motors is holding talks with the U.S. Army about evaluating and adopting the company's new hydrogen fuel cell platform for military use. The automaker said Friday that the discussions with the Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center about the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure platform could be "a next step of the broader collaboration to evaluate fuel cell technology for future military applications." SURUS is a flexible fuel cell-powered, four-wheel concept with autonomous capabilities. It is based on a heavy-duty truck frame and designed as a "foundation" for a new generation of commercial vehicles that leverages a single propulsion system integrated into a common chassis, according to officials. "This is our commercial fuel cell solution that we think will solve real-world, near-term problems," Charlie Freese, GM executive director of global fuel cell business, told media Monday during a preview of SURUS. The platform ..

    GM ‘in discussions’ with U.S. military regarding new fuel cell platform

    DETROIT -- General Motors is holding talks with the U.S. Army about evaluating and adopting the company's new hydrogen fuel cell platform for military use. The automaker said Friday that the discussions with the Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center about the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure platform could be "a next step of the broader collaboration to evaluate fuel cell technology for future military applications." SURUS is a flexible fuel cell-powered, four-wheel concept with autonomous capabilities. It is based on a heavy-duty truck frame and designed as a "foundation" for a new generation of commercial vehicles that leverages a single propulsion system integrated into a common chassis, according to officials. "This is our commercial fuel cell solution that we think will solve real-world, near-term problems," Charlie Freese, GM executive director of global fuel cell business, told media Monday during a preview of SURUS. The platform ..
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