FEMA and Marine Corps officials practice loading gear and equipment onto a Marine Corps MV-22 on Tuesday at Moffett Field in California during a training exercise as part of Fleet Week San Francisco.

The U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey may someday fly disaster-relief missions in the U.S.

When exactly isn’t known, but if officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency had their way, it’d be sooner rather than later.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of if it will happen, it’s about when it will happen,” said Rob Robertson, a logistics specialist with FEMA’s Task Force 3 in California. “Look at where we’re living — we have major earthquakes, fires — any type of disaster.” [Continue reading…]


NATO on Monday criticized Russian fighter jet incursions into Turkish airspace over the weekend, calling the move irresponsible and dangerous.

Russian Sukhoi Su-30 Flanker attack aircraft entered Turkish airspace on Saturday and Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer multi-role fighter aircraft did the same on Sunday. The planes flew over the Hatay region, located in the southern part of the country on the Mediterranean Sea and bordering Syria, according to NATO. [Continue reading…]

A Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet (RIA Novosti/Lesya Polyakova)

A new broadcast from the Russian television network RT shows some of the military’s more than 50 jets and helicopters now operating in Syria.

The segment, which was posted to YouTube on Oct. 1, gives a glimpse into Russian military’s growing mission in Syria, including the airstrikes it’s launching from an air base in Latakia. [Continue reading…]

Airbus Defence and Space imagery shows the unidentified Dalian hull progressing through construction. (Image courtesy CNES | Airbus DS | IHS)

Newly released commercial satellite imagery appears to show construction of China’s first domestic aircraft carrier.

Imagery captured on Sept. 22 by Airbus Defense satellites and released on Thursday by IHS Jane’s indicates China may be building its first aircraft carrier at Dalian shipyard in northern China, according to a report from Jane’s. [Continue reading…]

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A top U.S. Defense Department official said Russia violated a landmark nuclear treaty with the recent test of a new surface-to-air missile.

Russia on Sept. 2 tested a new cruise missile that the Pentagon is calling the SSC-X-8, which may be based on the SS-N-30A Kalibr, according to an article on the conservative website The Washington Free Beacon. The latter is a variant of the SS-N-27B (shown above). [Continue reading…]