Check out your tax dollars at work: A set of powerful stealth dirt bikes custom-made for Special Ops troops that can generate energy for critical battlefield needs and that are no louder than an electric toothbrush, according to Task & Purpose.
First introduced at a national defense industry conference in May as the winners of a DARPA competition, these two futuristic dirt bikes — the Nightmare by LSA Autonomy and the SilentHawk by Logos — are the perfect mix of stealth and strength, capable of traveling up to 80 miles per hour while keeping their noise levels around 55 decibels — about as loud as an indoor conversation or an electric toothbrush.
The dirt bikes are similar but not identical. Weighing in at 400 pounds, the Nightmare is the larger and more powerful of the two. Both models are designed to travel long distances and carry multi-fuel engines that can run on anything from gasoline and jet fuel to olive oil. The motorcycles also have an electric mode powered by lithium batteries for even stealthier operations. But most impressive is the fact that the bikes essentially function as mobile generators.
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Army Maj. Gen. Kurt J. Ryan is to take command of the Surface Deployment and Distribution Center, based at Scott Air Force Base, during a ceremony set for 11 a.m. Thursday at Scott’s Parade Field.
Ryan will assume command for SDDC from Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, who will take command of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Ft. Shafter, Hawaii.
Hosting the ceremonies will be Army Gen. Dennis L. Via, commander of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.
Ryan has previously served as chief of ordnance, and commandant of the U.S. Army Ordnance School.
SDDC is the Army Service Component Command of U.S. Transportation Command, also based at Scott and is a major subordinate command to Army Materiel Command.
Women may soon be required to register for the military draft, CNN is reporting.
The Senate overwhelmingly passed a $602 billion defense bill Tuesday that included an amendment that would require women to register for the draft — also known as the selective service — for the first time in history, according to CNN.
The National Defense Authorization Act passed 85-13, although some Republican senators protested against the inclusion of the provision pertaining to women and the draft.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, slammed the measure last week during a Senate session, calling it “a radical departure” from American history.
“The idea that we should forcibly conscript young girls into combat to my mind makes little or no sense,” he said.
But the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, rebuked Cruz’s stance, calling including women in the draft “simply fair” now that the Pentagon has opened all military roles to women.
During a ceremony to honor women who served in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced an Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, DDG 123, will be named Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee, according to a Navy press release.
Higbee, the future ship’s namesake, was a pioneering U.S. Navy chief nurse, who served as the superintendent of the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps during World War I and was the first female recipient of the Navy Cross.
“It is a great honor to name this ship in recognition of Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee,” Mabus said. “I have no doubt that all who serve aboard her will carry on the legacy of service and commitment exemplified by this pioneer of U.S. Navy Nurse Corps.”
The former USS Higbee (DD-806), commissioned in 1945, was the first ship named in her honor and the first U.S. Navy combat ship to bear the name of a female member of the Naval service.
Mabus honored the service and sacrifice of women who served in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps during a sunset parade on United States Marine Corps Iwo Jima Memorial grounds.