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Poland Wants United Nations to Limit Russia’s Influence by RICK LYMAN


President Bronislaw Komorowski said he would ask the United Nations to change the rules so that Moscow cannot veto Security Council actions in the region.

Published: September 19, 2014 at 12:00AM

Ukraine Leader Urges Congress to Arm His Soldiers Against Russia by MICHAEL D. SHEAR


President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine addressed a joint session of Congress and sought advanced weaponry to fend off what he called an ongoing invasion by Russian forces.

Published: September 19, 2014 at 12:00AM

For Britain, Fighting ISIS Might Add to Risk at Home by ALAN COWELL


As they weigh joining President Obama’s air war against Islamic militants, the British authorities must also contemplate the effect on homegrown terrorists.

Published: September 19, 2014 at 12:00AM

Army Researchers Work To Make Night Deadlier

It’s funny to think about science fiction and the modern military going hand-in-hand and being inspired by the other. Science fiction has it’s visions set in a future that is frequently dystopian and full of warfare, chaos, and technologies that aren’t even near to what we have today. That being said, Army researchers frequently find inspiration for technological breakthroughs in the words of science fiction authors. One of the most famous futuristic warriors is Predator, an alien who fights on a code of honor (unarmed means unharmed) and uses advanced technology, such as cloaking and infrared technology, to observe it’s enemies in both day and night. Night has always been one of humanities greatest fears, the dark can hold all sorts of enemies and the ability to see clearly in it is paramount for soldiers who are hunting enemies and trying to avoid civilian casualties.

Soldiers and Predators work in the same way: see a target, make sure it’s a target, eliminate target. This is obviously far more difficult when it’s dark out and frayed nerves are even further on edge, hence the need to comprehensive and accurate night vision and infrared technology. Using the Predator as a source of inspiration. scientists have been working to replicate the infrared technology it uses so effectively in the films to track and hunt prey. The Night Vision Electronics Sensors Directorate (NVESD) is the group in charge of inventing and implementing these new technologies and they have been doing a fantastic job. The current night vision/infrared technology is incredibly impressive, allowing soldiers to detect and locate threats far in advance of actual contact.

If you’d like to read more, the link is here.

from Sgt. Hack and US Wings

Airstrike to Continue Against IS in Iraq.

There’s no denying that the Islamic State (IS) has shocked most, if not all, of the world with both it’s meteoric rise to power and it’s brutal executions of captured civilians and reporters. IS had, until very recently, enjoyed an almost unchecked expansion across Iraq and only faced opposition from a poorly-supplied Kurdish Peshmerga that fought hard but couldn’t compete with the weaponry of the extremists. It seemed as though with IS taking the Mosul dam that all seemed lost in Iraq and that IS would never be defeated. That is until the US and other western allies agreed to supply the Kurds with weapons and training and the US began launching airstrikes against IS targets.

Now, with the Mosul dam retaken by Kurdish and Iraqi troops supported by airstrikes, the US is going to continue it’s air campaign against the extremists. Since August there have been at least 84 airstrikes around Iraq, of which over half were in support of our allies fighting on the ground. With the Kurds and Iraqis resupplied and with momentum gaining, hopefully the continued air support will allow local forces to take territory back from IS and insert some sort of stability to the region. While the airstrikes and arming of the Kurds won’t lead to any sort of lasting stability or peace, that will take a serious political effort and a move away from the steady disenfranchisement of minorities in Iraq, these are the first steps towards eliminating the threat that IS poses to both the Middle East and the world.

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from Sgt. Hack and the Military

New Technology Means More Protection and Less Armor.

One of the best weapons in a soldiers arsenal is agility and being able to move quickly. However, history has shown us that armoring is also incredibly important and that these two desires usually tend to clash. Being heavily armored means that you’re more likely you are to survive an attack, although this comes by sacrificing speed and the ability to move quickly. However as technology continues to advance, people are realizing that speed doesn’t need to be sacrificed for the sake of armoring. New materials and technologies are allowing for increased protection with minimal weight.

Due to the fact that armor-piercing technology is advancing faster than armoring technology (which comes with the added cost of a lot of weight), companies are looking for ways to increase protection while simultaneously avoid adding absurd amounts of weight to both soldiers and vehicles. While heavily armored knights and cataphracts have been replaced by tanks, scientists and tech experts are focusing on the same problems that have been plaguing armies for millennia, how to increase deployment-speed and maneuverability without sacrificing armor and survivability. Finally, there seems to be an answer around the corner. DARPA has created Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) that promises to reduce vehicle size and weight, reduce the number of crew needed, and reduce the noticeable signatures that the enemy can use to find soldiers while also increasing vehicle speed and increasing the type of terrain they can be used on. It seems as though the future is arriving.

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from Sgt. Hack and US Wings