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Fire Controlman 3rd Class Caleb Gallaher, assigned to USS Gerald R. Ford's combat systems department, prepares to unload a rolling airframe after completing sea based developmental testing (SBDT) of the integrated combat system, April 2, 2020.

The Navy’s new aircraft carrier just put its combat systems to the test

The tests were designed to stress the ship's combat systems and demonstrate the successful integration of new technologies.
Iranians tear up a US flag at a protest after the US killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, in Tehran, January 3, 2020.

The US and Iran could bring down tensions if they’re willing to talk about one issue

While the US and Iran have spent 2020 shooting at each other, one issue could bring them closer, writes Defense Priorities fellow Daniel DePetris.
Two AH-64 Apache helicopters operate with the guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton during a joint naval and air integration operation in the Persian Gulf, March 27, 2020.

Army attack helicopters teamed up with Navy ships to practice holding enemies ‘at high risk’ in the Middle East

The operations were designed to enhance the capabilities of US forces to respond to surface threats.
An Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter sits on packed snow about 25 miles east of Nome, Alaska, during a search and rescue mission for three Iditarod mushers, March 20, 2020.

Alaska’s Army National Guard helped rescue 3 Iditarod sled-dog teams that went into frigid Arctic floodwaters

"The paperwork was in place, the EMTs were ready to go, and the [dog] handlers showed up in minutes, and when you're wet and freezing, minutes matter."
Airman 1st Class Jabari Coner, 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, performs a postflight inspection on a B-52H Stratofortress at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, March 19, 2020.

How Air Force crew chiefs keep the legendary B-52 in flying shape

"At the end of the day, we're the ones who are signing off to say that this jet is good to fly."
A Marine with Marine Rational Force - Darwin does fast-rope training at Robertson Barracks in Darwin, Australia, August 1, 2019.

Thousands of Marines are about to have a coronavirus staycation in Australia

Marines will spend part of Australia's autumn "restricted to their rooms with access to necessary supplies."
Guards by a hole where prisoners in a gallery for members of Brazil's First Capital Command gang broke out, in Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay, January 22, 2020.

3 jailbreaks in 3 countries reveal ongoing problems in fight against Latin America’s most powerful gangs

2020 is only two months old, but Latin America has already seen three jailbreaks by the region's most powerful criminal groups.
A US Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska takes flight during exercise COPE North 20 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, February 19, 2020.

Air Force ‘aggressors’ are getting into the mind of the enemy to test US and allied pilots over the Pacific

"We pride ourselves in doing everything we can in order to capitalize on mistakes our 'good guys' are making."

How the Air Force instructor pilots learn to teach world-class aviators

Every pilot has to learn how to fly somewhere, even Air Force instructor pilots.
Soldiers of the 1107th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group work on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, January 28, 2020.

How a one-of-a-kind Army unit keeps US aircraft flying and fighting in the Middle East

One maintenance group in the Middle East takes on repairs that others cannot, and their impact on sustainment operations is paramount.