The top U.S. commander for the Persian Gulf has ordered a review of how recommendations for battlefield awards are tracked by the Afghanistan command, which lost the paperwork for a Medal of Honor nominee and for other heroes.
Europe has launched the Gaia satellite – one of the most ambitious space missions in history. The 740m-euro observatory lifted off from the Sinnamary complex in French Guiana at 06:12 local time.
The head of the Armed Forces last night condemned ‘negligent’ defence cuts which risk leaving the military ‘a hollow force.’ Gen. Sir Nick Houghton, Chief of the Defence Staff, said there was a huge danger Britain would have too much ‘exquisite’ state-of-the-art equipment but not enough troops to man it.
David Cameron travels to Brussels Dec. 19 intent on fighting plans by the European Union countries to develop its own drone program. An EU summit which starts today is expected to support the idea of a European drone program, but has yet to fund it, according to draft conclusions.
Military chiefs have opened the doors to Britain’s drone nerve centre in Lincolnshire for the first time, allowing cameras to see how the unmanned aircraft are operated and the “pilots” who operate them.
The Obama administration is actively considering the use of a military commission in the United States to try a Russian who was captured fighting with the Taliban several years ago and has been held by the U.S. military at a detention facility near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, former and current U.S. officials said.