Winter US war games on Norway-Russia border

CNN An American tank full of US Marines crashes through the silence of the sub-zero pine forest, far above the Arctic Circle, as unidentified drones hover overhead and yellow and green smoke fills the freezing air. The troops' target? A bunker up ahead, manned by Norwegian soldiers. Shots ring out as the Marines advance, crunching through the snow beneath gray winter skies. It's all role-play, of course -- the maneuvers are part of a training exercise, but one jarringly imbued with the ne...
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Israel To Deploy New ‘David’s Sling’ Missile Shield

Israel plans to deploy its new medium-range missile interceptor David's Sling by mid-2016 after the U.S.-backed system passed final trials, defense officials said on Monday. David's Sling is designed to shoot down rockets held by Israeli antagonists such as Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas with ranges of 100 to 200 km (63-125 miles), as well as cruise missiles and drones. David's Sling, along with the Iron Dome short-range rocket interceptor and the Arrow ballistic missile interceptor, b...
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China Tests Electronic Warfare Variant Of J-16 Fighter Jet

A new electronic warfare variant of the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation J-16 twin-seat strike fighter made its first flight on December 18, IHS Jane’s reported, citing Chinese sources. The aircraft would add significant offensive capability to the People's Liberation Army Air Force. Images of the new aircraft emerged on several Chinese military web pages, including a December 21 video report on the popular Ifeng web page. © AFP 2015/ Mark RALSTON Noteworthy modifications include...
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Chinese Navy Fleet Sails to Pearl Harbor

On 13 December, ships from the Chinese navy fleet arrived at the US base of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii for a 5-day goodwill visit. Chinese and US naval officers plan talks aimed at building mutual understanding. According to Capt. Eric Weilenman, chief of staff of Naval Surface Group, Middle Pacific, the visit is a good chance for both navies' Sailors to interact with one another. © AP PHOTO/ GUANG NIU, POOL This is the Chinese fleet’s second visit to the US this year, coming after ...
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Poll: Texans Wary of Domestic Use of Military

Texas voters think Gov. Greg Abbott was right to send the Texas State Guard to monitor U.S. military exercises here, and they consider federally ordered domestic military intervention likely under certain circumstances, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. Abbott sent the Texas State Guard to monitor the so-called Jade Helm 15 military exercises in Central Texas earlier this year, after particularly vocal activists expressed fears that what was being billed as a...
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