Military Gears Up for Space Warfare

Chinese anti-satellite missile / V1CN News

Pentagon, military, and intelligence officials outlined plans on Wednesday for warfare in space and warned China not to attack U.S. satellites in any future conflict.

“The threats are real, they’re technologically advanced and they’re a concern,” said Air Force Lt. Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Space, in testimony before a House subcommittee. “We are quickly approaching the point where every satellite in every orbit can be threatened.”

U.S. Former War Prisoner Bergdahl Faces Desertion Charges

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in handout photo provided by U.S. Army

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a former Taliban prisoner in Afghanistan who was released last summer as part of a controversial prisoner exchange, has been charged with desertion and misbehavior, his attorney said on Wednesday.

U.S. Boosts Military Presence in Gulf Waters as Iran Deal Inches Closer

A Kuwait Navy rigid-hulled inflatable boat speeds toward U.S. Army Vessel “Corinth” as part of a visit, board, search and seizure scenario during Exercise Eagle Resolve March 17, 2015

Some 3,000 U.S. military personnel, including American “air, land, sea, and special operations components,” have moved into the Persian Gulf region for a military exercise that coincides with the finalization of a nuclear agreement with Iran aimed at containing its nuclear arms program, according to officials from U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).

Task Force Violent

Afghan officials inspect the wreckage of suicide bomber's car that targeted Marines in Bati Kot, March 4, 2007 / AP

There is no journalist covering the military I’d rather be reading right now than Andrew deGrandpre. In a five-part series being published this month at Military Times, deGrandpre is re-reporting the story of the infamous “Task Force Violent.” That was the nickname the members of the Marine Corps’ first special operations company to deploy overseas (to Afghanistan, in 2007) gave themselves. The deployment ended with the unit being accused of war crimes, brought home early from Afghanistan, and subjected to an official Court of Inquiry.

Anyone who was reading the Military Times in 2008 remembers this unit, because story after lurid story (“MELTDOWN AT ‘TASK FORCE VIOLENCE’: Uncovered—the hidden story of the MarSOC Marines who shamed the Corps” was characteristic) painted them as a trigger-happy band of cowboys who overreacted to an ambush and negligently killed Afghan civilian bystanders. The sources for these stories were often members of the unit’s own special operations chain of command in Afghanistan, speaking on background to Military Times reporters. At a time of peak counterinsurgency theory enthusiasm in the military, these disgraced Marines were held up as Exhibit A in a demonstration of How Not to Fight a War.

Russia Starts Nationwide Show of Force

Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) – More than 45,000 Russian troops as well as war planes and submarines started military exercises across much of the country on Monday in one of the Kremlin’s biggest shows of force since its ties with the West plunged to Cold War-lows.