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US Marines brace for an explosion during a breaching exercise on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, March 1, 2018.

The Marines are preparing for a potential ‘big-ass fight,’ and they may soon be spending more time in Alaska

The US military's reorientation toward great-power competition has led to more training for operations in extreme conditions. For the Marine Corps, that means spending more time in the northern latitudes, training to fight in frigid conditions.
Marines conduct high-angle fire training with a Mark 19 40 mm grenade launcher at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, July 2, 2018.

Marines in Eastern Europe are practicing a little-used tactic — another sign they’re getting ready for a ‘big ass fight’

US Marines stationed in Romania deployed to Bulgaria for combine-arms training this month, and while there, they practiced a little-used tactic that is supposed to help counter armor and other vehicles.
The Marine Corps says it is not using dating apps to recruit.

The Marine Corps has denied using Bumble and other dating apps to recruit after a screenshot turned up on Reddit

The US Marine Corps is denying it uses dating apps to recruit after a screenshot of an apparent Bumble conversation depicting such efforts turned up on Reddit.

We climbed into the cockpit of a V-22 Osprey — the US military tiltrotor aircraft that takes troops into combat

The Osprey is a tiltrotor aircraft that blends "the vertical flight capability of a helicopter with the speed, range, altitude and endurance of an airplane," according to the manufacturer.
Finnish Colonel Kari Nisula, the exercise commander from the Finnish Army, awards four US Marines with gifts for their participation and leadership in Exercise Arrow 18 in Pohjankangas Training Area near Kankaanpaa, Finland, May 18, 2018.

Marines took tanks out of secret caves to do military exercises near Russia’s northern border for the first time

Amid rising tensions in Europe, NATO members and their neighbors are working closer together to maintain military readiness, and the Marine Corps' first visit to Finland underscores the trend.
U.S. Marines with Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team – Central Command and Jordanian 77th Marines Battalion pose together after conducting riot control measures training during exercise Eager Lion 2018, April 18, 2018.

A Marine colonel took us behind the scenes of the intense annual military drills where US troops train in Jordan amid explosions and gunfire

US and Jordanian soldiers are currently in the middle of Eager Lion, an 11-day exercise involving more than 1,500 US sailors and 1,800 US Marines.
Concept art of a Bell V-247 Vigilant escorting two Bell V-280 Valor

The Marine Corps wants a ‘mega drone’ that can take off vertically and is armed to the teeth

The US Marine Corps wants a massive drone that can take off vertically from ships and carry a massive amount of ordnance.

US Marines traveled to Israel to train in a mock Middle East village — and learned the harsh realities of urban warfare

US Marines and Israeli special forces units practiced urban warfare, helicopter insertions, and medevac operations in a mock Middle East village.
An F-35B begins its short takeoff from the USS America with an external weapons load.

The US Navy has put to sea the first-ever F-35 aircraft carrier — and it’s a big warning to China and North Korea

The US has beaten China, Russia, and the entire world to the punch with a navalized stealth fighter that can fight for air superiority from an aircraft carrier.