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The MQ-9 Reaper was a linchpin in the Middle East. Now, it must adapt to new battlespaces.

Twenty thousand feet above Afghanistan, a U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper prowls the skies, its tip-to-tip wingspan stretching 66 feet. It’s early 2021, before the U.S. withdrawal, and the aircraft is on an armed Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission. It’s also carrying a payload of up to eight AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, weapons so accurate that the CIA sometimes swaps their explosives with blades to target specific seats in moving cars.
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There’s a Military Focus on Professional VR Training at DSEI 2021

The largest Defence, Simulation and Training conference descended on London (DSEI) and immersive technology specialist, Kevin Williams, took the time to traverse the massive convention space and return with observations on VR and AR impact in this sector. The reality of VR in commercial training, simulation and education is often...
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Babcock & Leonardo add to FAcT Team

Babcock Leonardo Canadian Aircrew Training has added to its team bidding for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) requirement. FlightSafety International (FSI), L3Harris Technologies and Top Aces have joined the consortium as strategic partners for the requirement. A contract award is expected in 2023. In terms...
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Afghanistan crisis: Five lessons learned (or not) since 9/11

What lessons, if any, have been learned from the 20 years of fighting terrorism across the world? What has worked and what hasn't? And today, as Afghanistan is once more ruled by the movement that sheltered al-Qaeda, are we any wiser than we were on the morning of 11 September 2001?
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Five lessons learned (or not) since 9/11

What lessons, if any, have been learned from the 20 years of fighting terrorism across the world? What has worked and what hasn't? And today, as Afghanistan is once more ruled by the movement that sheltered al-Qaeda, are we any wiser than we were on the morning of 11 September 2001?
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Czech Republic: U.S. deploys Reapers for NATO air combat exercise

The multinational Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) exercise Ample Strike started with Allied aircraft taking off from bases in the Czech Republic and abroad. “The US MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial system’s (UAS) participation in this year’s Czech-led exercise Ample Strike 2021 is the result of a two-year effort by a team whose goal was to enable Czech and international participants to become acquainted with and practice state-of-the-art combat technology,” said Colonel Aleš Cápal, Exercise Director during Ample Strike.
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LJT makes comeback after 29 month break

After a 29 month break, Larry Joe Taylor Texas Music Festival (LJT) is expected to make it’s return starting on Sept. 13 and lasting until Sept. 18. There are an estimated 50 people on the line up including names like Koe Wetzel, William Clark Green and Randy Rogers. “The last...
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DSEI 2021: Inzpire unveils new simulators

The Mission Training Devices Division of Lincoln, UK-based Inzpire Ltd will be unveiling three new simulator systems at DSEI 2021 that address UAS, JTAC and rotary-wing training requirements. The first is the Compact Agile Simulator Equipment (CASE) ISR/UAS, which is a deployable UAS simulator that has been designed to provide...
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Inzpire introducing new training simulator system demonstrators at DSEI

Inzpire Limited’s Mission Training Devices Division will be unveiling three brand-new simulator system demonstrators at DSEI 2021 later this month (14th to 17th September). Above: Inzpire’s CASE UAS/ISR simulator takes training to the trainee. Stuart Wilde Photography (rights held by Inzpire) The three systems include: the Compact Agile Simulator Equipment...
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Czech Republic to host “theatre-realistic,” live-fire drills with U.S., other NATO allies

Ample Strike 2021, the traditional Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) exercise will take place in the Czech Republic offering theatre-realistic training scenarios for eight Allies. For the eighth consecutive time the Czech Republic will host the multinational live-fly/live-firing exercise Ample Strike….JTACs and aircraft the Czech Armed Force and seven Allies...
AEROSPACE & DEFENSE

Britain faces biggest terror threat in years, Boris Johnson is warned as PM calls on Taliban to stop Afghanistan becoming base for Islamist terrorists again

Britain is facing the biggest terror threat in years, experts have warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Former commander of British troops in Afghanistan Colonel Richard Kemp yesterday said the UK faced 'the greatest danger from terrorism since Islamic State at its height'. The threat could be bigger than that posed...
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PHIBRON 11, 31st MEU Partner with Dutch, U.K. Navies on Fire Support Training

PHILIPPINE SEA -- A massive CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter touches down on Farallon de Medinilla: a windswept, uninhabited tropical island in the middle of the Mariana Islands in the western Pacific. Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) pour out of the helicopter’s tail, 53 strong, including a 10-Marine...
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Looser rules, more civilian deaths, a Taliban takeover: Inside America’s failed Afghan drone campaign

An investigation by Connecting Vets reveals how a loosening of the Rules of Engagement in Afghanistan during the Trump administration designed to put pressure on the Taliban resulted in far more civilian casualties. The following article is based on over two dozen interviews with drone pilots, military lawyers, Air Force Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs), as well as journal entries and footage from drones in 2019 obtained by Connecting Vets.
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