Airmen help Soldiers, South Korea Military in Joint Training

The U.S. Air Force reports that "Osan Air Base was tested March 10, when South Korea and U.S. military branches banded together in a multi-service, multi-cultural, chemical detection and decontamination exercise scenario here during Beverly Midnight 16-01."  

"In the scenario, a Humvee and a Patriot missile launcher from the 5th Air Defense Artillery Brigade were in transit and suspected of being contaminated."  

664 Sites to be Checked by Military for Water Contamination

The Associated Press reports that "the military is beginning to check whether chemicals from its firefighting foam may have contaminated groundwater at hundreds of sites nationwide, according to the Defense Department."  

"The Navy began sampling water at bases in December."  

3 U.S. Nuclear Stealth Bombers Sent to Pacific reports that "the United States has deployed three B-2 Spirit nuclear stealth bombers to support U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Strategic Command announced Wednesday."  

"The aircraft are the United States' most advanced bomber and part of its nuclear deterrent defenses."  

Senate Committee Confirms First Openly Gay Military Service Leader

The Associated Press reports that "the Senate Armed Services Committee has confirmed the first openly gay leader of a U.S. military service."  

"By voice vote Thursday, committee members approved the nomination of Eric Fanning to be Army secretary."  

U.S. Military Demand Increasing for Commercial Satellite

Reuters reports that "satellite companies say the Pentagon is stepping up demand for commercial services as the U.S. Defense Department seeks to cut costs and shore up security of military and spy satellites against attacks by China and other potential foes."  

"Matt Desch, chief executive of satellite operator Iridium Communications Inc, said he had seen a marked increase in U.S. military demand for commercial services over the past year to augment the capabilities of big military satellites."  

Pentagon Developing New Delivery Drone

Computerworld reports that "the U.S. Army is exploring the use of drones to deliver supplies to soldiers on the battlefield, a potentially game-changing use for an emerging technology that until now has been mostly identified with the future delivery of household items."  

"Currently, supplies are mostly transported in road convoys that are vulnerable to attack because they travel along known supply routes. Drones would take supply into the air, make it possible to modify supply routes and, perhaps most importantly, take soldiers out of high-risk situations."  

U.S. Sends Carrier Strike Group to Confront China

Navy Times reports that "the U.S. Navy has dispatched a small armada to the South China Sea."  

"The carrier John C. Stennis, two destroyers, two cruisers and the 7th Fleet flagship have sailed into the disputed waters in the last 24 hours, according to military officials. The carrier strike group is the latest show of force in the tense region, with the U.S. asserting that China is militarizing the region to guard its excessive territorial claims."  

U.S., India Deepen Military Connections

The Washington Post reports that "the U.S. military’s top officer in the Pacific urged Indian officials Wednesday to pursue even closer military ties with the United States — part of a broader effort by the Pentagon to strengthen a relatively new partnership in the region, as China expands its military footprint in ways that alarm its neighbors."  

"Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said that expanded cooperation between the United States and India will not only be critical to Washington’s re-balance toward the Pacific, but 'will arguably be the defining partnership for America in the 21st century.' He said he shared a vision with U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma that Indian and U.S. naval vessels will soon steam together 'as we work together to maintain freedom of the seas for all nations.'”  

Bill Allows U.S. Troops to Block Sexual Abuse Overseas

Army Times reports that "a congressman wants members of the U.S. armed forces to stop sexual abuse on military installations and forward operating bases, including crimes by allied troops in their own countries."  

How North Korea's Military Stacks Up

The Associated Press reports that "with tensions high and the United States and South Korea ready to hold their massive annual war games next week, which North Korea sees as a dress rehearsal for invasion, Pyongyang is warning it will respond to any violations of its territory with "merciless" retaliation, including strikes on Seoul and the U.S. mainland."  

"'Military First' is the national motto of North Korea, which is ever wary of threats to its ruling regime and still technically at war with Washington and Seoul. Nuclear-armed and boasting the world's fourth-largest military, it is persistently seen as the biggest challenge to the security status quo in East Asia, an image it loves to promote and showcased in an elaborate military parade last October."