WASHINGTON—President Trump said Monday that U.S. military spending was too high, an apparent shift from his earlier calls for budget increases to rebuild what he labeled a depleted force. In a Twitter message, Mr. Trump said that he and other world leaders, including Xi Jinping of China and Vladimir Putin of Russia, would have to hold discussions to reduce threats. “I... … [Read more...] about Trump, After Boosting U.S. Military Budget, Says It Is Too High
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The U.S. military has a long history of enlisting the help of animals in warfare. The bottlenose dolphin's sophisticated bio sonar enabled the Navy to detect and clear underwater bombs during the Iraq War, and homing pigeons played a vital role as secret messengers during both world wars, with some awarded medals for bravery. But there is one animal that the military has had significantly less success in conscripting, and that is the bat. In the wake of the Pearl Harbor bombing in 1941, hundreds of Mexican free-tailed bats were recruited as part of a harebrained scheme to blow up Japanese cities by arming the flying insectivores with bombs and releasing them from planes. The idea was that the bats would roost in buildings and explode, killing the enemy as they slept. What could possibly go wrong? Well, quite a lot. The plot was riddled with flaws. No one had invented a bomb smaller than a can of beans, which would be impossible for an animal the size of a mouse to carry. And, most … [Read more...] about U.S. military is interested in bats as possible defenders against bioweapons
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Army 1st Lt. Samir Abdelkhalek, of Silver Lake, a 2016 United States Military Academy grad, and Amira Mohamed, a current third-year USMA cadet, proudly witnessed their younger sister, Menna Mohamed, accept her appointment to the USMA'S Class of 2022 during CSI High School's graduation ceremony this week. An honor student as well as track and volleyball team athlete, Menna is the first student from CSI High School to receive and accept a congressional appointment to a federal service academy. Smiling widely, she accepted the appointment presented by U.S. Army Major Albert Vallejos on behalf of the President of the United States. Menna expressed that she is confident she is prepared to face the challenges ahead and appreciates the support of her parents and four siblings. The entire Abdelkhalek family including another sister Nazira and youngest brother Adam, will accompany her next week as she reports to West Point on July 2. After the … [Read more...] about Silver Lake family’s third sibling to attend U.S. Military Academy
CLEVELAND, Ohio - At the end of graduation ceremonies at the U.S. Military Academy, graduates exuberantly toss their hats in the air, prompting some to wonder: How do they all get their hats back? They don't. As per tradition, local kids are allowed to run onto the field and collect a hat. Sometimes graduates will leave a note and money inside. Joy Schaeffer, 21, of Strongsville, left $20.18 in her hat, her contact information, and a note, during the latest graduation on May 26. The note encouraged the unknown recipient to make the most of every opportunity, treat every struggle as a learning opportunity, and never give anything less than your best, according to Schaeffer. The advice comes after four years of hard work and study that led to Schaeffer being named the valedictorian of her 950-member class, with the top Cadet Performance Score based on academic, military and physical achievement. The 2014 graduate of the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in Cuyahoga Falls comes from … [Read more...] about Strongsville woman graduates at top of class at U.S. Military Academy
By Marc A. Thiessen | PUBLISHED: June 6, 2018 at 12:45 pm | UPDATED: June 7, 2018 at 4:40 am WASHINGTON — Giving in to pressure from its workforce, Google recently announced that it is pulling out of Project Maven, a groundbreaking Pentagon program to harness artificial intelligence to sift through and interpret video imagery from drones. The move came after an uprising by 4,000 Google employees who signed a letter urging the company to cancel Project Maven and promise to never “build warfare technology.” Google should be ashamed. In their letter, the employees said that working with the Pentagon would violate Google’s longtime motto “Don’t Be Evil” and “irreparably damage Google’s brand.” Excuse me? Are they saying that the U.S. military is evil? What would damage Google’s brand is the impression that its workforce thinks they are too good to support the men and women of the armed forces who face real evil on distant … [Read more...] about Thiessen: Is Google saying that the U.S. military is evil?