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NATO war games send scripted warning to Russia

Military
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 11/09/15, 08:52 am

The largest NATO exercise in Europe since 2002 concluded last week with a huge, one-hour choreographed battle involving 1,800 ground troops from 12 NATO member nations backed by tanks and helicopters. The exercise even included 500 paratroopers from the 82d Airborne Division, who flew directly from the United States to the drop zone in northeastern Spain.

The largest display of NATO military might in a decade was designed to test its capabilities and to send a clear signal to Russia and any other real or possible foes.

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Associated Press/Photo by Andrew Harnik

Air Force announces new $564 million bomber

Military
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 10/28/15, 02:38 pm

The U.S. Air Force announced late Tuesday that Northrup Grumman Corp., maker of the B-2 stealth bomber, will build its next generation, long-range strike bomber (LRS-B). 

The highly classified, $80 billion program designed to replace the aging bomber fleet pitted Northrup Grumman against a team formed by Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. According to Aviation Week, those two companies have been prime contractors on almost every combat aircraft in U.S. service today.

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Associated Press/Photo by Steven Governo

U.S. Army has to borrow helicopters, weapons for NATO exercise

Military
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 10/26/15, 08:28 am

The drawdown of U.S. forces in Europe, combined with cuts to the U.S. defense budget, has forced the U.S. Army, Europe to borrow weapons and equipment from its NATO allies in order to participate in the continent’s largest NATO exercise in 13 years.

The number of U.S. military personnel permanently based in Europe has shrunk to 30,000 from a peak of 300,000 at the height of the Cold War. The last of the Army’s European-based tank units pulled out three years ago, and last spring the Army announced it would relocate 54 combat helicopters to the United States.

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