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The US military is eyeing 'rocket cargo' to resupply troops anywhere in the world in under an hour

The US military is eyeing 'rocket cargo' to resupply troops anywhere in the world in under an hour

Imagine this scenario: You're deployed to some godforsaken hellhole downrange, in desperate need of additional ammo and chow. You call your superior officer for a very special airdrop: with approval from the U.S. Transportation Command, your cargo is launched into low earth orbit in a rocket-assisted payload. Within an hour, voila — fresh 5.56mm rounds and , ready to refresh your arsenal and renew your spirit. The idea of space-borne resupply pods may seem like something out of science-fiction but it could someday be a reality for troops downrange, to Army officials.“Think about moving 80...

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The Pentagon has funneled $7.4 billion in surplus military gear to police forces that don't want or need it

The Pentagon has funneled $7.4 billion in surplus military gear to police forces that don't want or need it

Since 1990, the Defense Department has funneled more than $7.4 billion in excess military gear to nearly 8,000 federal and state law enforcement agencies across the United States. But according to a new audit released by the Pentagon's top watchdog, a significant amount of that equipment was likely unwanted or unneeded by police forces across the country.There were various reasons why these law enforcement agencies sought to procure excess military gear, according to a report from the Pentagon's Inspector General that was . Of the 15 agencies reviewed in the audit, nine agencies obtained...

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The Pentagon has funneled $7.4 billion in surplus military gear to police forces that don't want or need it

The Pentagon has funneled $7.4 billion in surplus military gear to police forces that don't want or need it

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Since 1990, the Defense Department has funneled more than $7.4 billion in excess military gear to nearly 8,000 federal and state law enforcement agencies across the United States.But according to a new audit released by the Pentagon's top watchdog, a significant amount of that equipment was likely unwanted or unneeded by police forces across the country.There were various reasons why these law enforcement agencies sought to procure excess military gear,...

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The Navy has a 650-round ammo backpack that looks like it's straight out of ‘Predator’

The Navy has a 650-round ammo backpack that looks like it's straight out of ‘Predator’

, then you bet your ass it's good enough for the U.S. Navy.The Navy has fielded a 650-round ammo backpack nicknamed 'Avenger' to troops at some point in the last several years, the service confirmed to Task & Purpose, although officials declined to elaborate on the scope or details of the system's employment."Unfortunately we cannot disclose this type of information as it pertains to troop location, movements, and tactics," Lisa Oswald, a spokeswoman for Naval Supply Systems Command, told Task & Purpose.First by expeditionary warfare engineers from the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane...

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The US is apparently providing 'limited' support for the Taliban against ISIS

The US is apparently providing 'limited' support for the Taliban against ISIS

The U.S. military is apparently providing some form of "limited support" for the Taliban as part of the terror group's fight against ISIS in Afghanistan, officials revealed on Tuesday., U.S. Central Command chief Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie stated that the Taliban had proven "very effective" at "compress and crush[ing]" ISIS in the group's stronghold in the country's Nangarhar province."Over the last several months in eastern Afghanistan, we’ve watched the Taliban compress and crush ISIS presence on the ground in southern Nangahar province, and they’ve been very effective doing that,"...

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Is a Conspiracy Theory Protected Speech?

Is a Conspiracy Theory Protected Speech?

For the last half century, the outer limit of free speech in America has been defined by violence. In Brandenburg v. Ohio (1969)—involving an Ohio Ku Klux Klan leader who was arrested following a hate-filled public speech that police saw as advocating for crime—the United States Supreme Court ruled in a majority opinion that the government cannot restrict or punish inflammatory speech unless it can prove that such speech is both "directed at inciting or producing imminent lawless action" and "likely to incite or produce such action." The ruling established a "Brandenburg test" of intent,...

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The DOJ Is Finally Bridging the Gap Between Online Radicalization and Domestic Terrorism

The DOJ Is Finally Bridging the Gap Between Online Radicalization and Domestic Terrorism

The El Paso, Texas, mass shooting that left 20 dead on Saturday may actually spell the end for one of white nationalism's greatest resources: the online radicalization of potential domestic terrorists. Almost immediately before he opened fire at a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall, the 21-year-old shooter posted a crazed, hate-filled manifesto to the online message board 8chan that's become "a megaphone for mass shooters, and a recruiting platform for violent white nationalists" in recent years, as the New York Times put it. Both the Poway, California, synagogue and Christchurch, New...

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