Tactical Fitness: What Type of Rucksack Should You Get for Training?

Tactical Fitness: running with gear.

Do you have any recommendations for a good rucksack for training? I am not sure if I should be using an ALICE pack, frame or no frame, hip strap, chest strap etc. I hope you can share insight into what pack or features I should be looking for to train effectively. When it comes to rucksac... more

Navy: No Imminent Threat to Personnel on Islamic State Hit List

Fighters from the Islamic State group parade in their northern Syrian stronghold, Raqqa. AP/Raqqa Media Center

NAPLES, Italy -- There are no imminent threats to Navy personnel and their family members after 36 sailors were identified on an Islamic State list posted online last week, a service official wrote online Thursday. In a message posted to the Navy's home page, Navy staff director Vice Adm. S.H. Swift said the service would notify troops if the s... more

Candidate's Use of Rank Violates Military's Code of Ethics

Joe Sestak

Joe Sestak retired from the Navy in 2005, but he still prefers the title "Admiral" in his campaign literature. And that could be a problem, experts say. Sestak's website emphasizes his military career, pointing out that he served 31 years in the Navy. But in many sections, it refers to him as "Admiral Sestak," as do his campaign news releases.... more

Government Halts Enrollment of Veterans in Helicopter Flight Program


The federal government, concerned about violations that have cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, has barred new enrollment of military veterans in an Arizona flight program and is reviewing the conduct of a second, Utah-based school. The actions by the Department of Veterans Affairs came less than two weeks after a Times investigation d... more

Arabs Inch Closer to Old Dream of Joint Arab Force

Saudi Foreign Minister Saud bin Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud attends a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Sharm el Sheik, South Sinai, Egypt, on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Thomas Hartwell/AP

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt -- Arab leaders meeting this weekend in this Egyptian Red Sea resort are moving closer than ever to creating a joint Arab military force, a sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots, whether against Islamic militants or spreading Iranian power. Cr... more

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