June 16, 2024

EA-6B Prowler to Join Fight Against ISIS


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Stars and Stripes reports that the Marines are headed to Turkey to join the US-led campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The EA-6B Prowler aircraft from Marine Corps Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 4 will work to intercept and block the enemy’s ability to communicate.

The Islamic State is “on the defensive,” President Obama told his National Security Council. USA Today reports POTUS hinted at no changes in US strategy, saying the current military, intelligence, and diplomatic efforts are depriving ISIL of fighters, money, and leadership.

A GAO report finds acquisition costs of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has decreased since 2014, Reuters reports, but the program still faces difficult software testing and big affordability challenges. A second report says the computer-based logistics system could potentially ground the fleet because it lacks a back-up for processing data.

RADM Roy “Trigger” Kelley will be appointed as the director of Joint Strike Fighter Fleet Integration, Aerotech News reports. As director, RADM Kelley will coordinate with the joint program office, other services, partner nations, and industry to ensure Department of the Navy equities are represented.

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports the 122nd Fighter Wing in Indiana is among 18 Air National Guard bases under consideration to fly the next-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The Air Force intends to choose two Guard bases to fly the planes.

The US will send troops and aircraft to the Philippines, Military Times reports. The increased presence is part of a broader campaign by the US to shore up its allies in the Asia-Pacific that are angered by China’s building of man-made islands in the South China Sea. Philippine DefSec Voltaire Gazmin said the US presence “will deter uncalled-for actions by the Chinese.”

A missile launched Friday from North Korea didn’t pose a threat to North America, The Associated Press reported. The launch came as the two Koreas trade threats  over annual South Korean-US military drills that North Korea calls a rehearsal for an invasion. The North has fired several missiles and artillery shells into the sea as a protest against the drills.

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has issued a protest to the Russian government about the incident last week in the Baltic Sea where unarmed fighter jets flew close to the USS Donald Cook, CNN reports. In a related story, Russia is deploying new submarines that are harder for US naval forces to track and detect.

The chairman of a House Armed Services seapower subcommittee told Breaking News that the DoD budget should rise as threats do.

Army Times reports that the US Army took a big step toward bringing woman into ground combat positions. Twenty-two women have been commissioned as infantry and armor officers.

Nearly 200 military installations are located in areas where mosquitoes capable of carrying the Zika virus may spread during the summer, Military Times reports. The Defense Department will monitor installations in 27 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico for certain mosquito species.

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