Taliban appoints Kabul Attack Network commander as provincial governor

A notorious Taliban commander who organized attacks in and around the capital of Kabul, including deadly attacks on U.S. soldiers and civilians, was appointed by the Taliban to serve as the governor of Kabul province. The U.S. military previously described the commander, known as Qari Baryal, as an “al Qaeda-associated Taliban leader.” Baryal regularly received […]

Poland pledges major new defense spending. Is it real, or political hype? – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense

Polish minister of defense Mariusz Błaszczak wants to dramatically increase spending on the military. (Omar Marques/Getty Images) WARSAW: With much fanfare, Poland’s Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak and Jarosław Kaczyński, the deputy prime minister who leads Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, used an Oct. 26 press conference to announce they had figured […]

The roadmap for naval electrification – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense

The Navy installed an Energy Storage Module on the USS Portland (LPD 27) to support the Solid State Laser. Shown are sailors and marines preparing to launch two landing craft from the well deck of the USS Portland. (US Navy photo). With the first delivery of the DDG 1000 Zumwalt Class guided missile destroyer (DDG(X)) […]

Attack sub Pasadena returns to fleet after schedule delays – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense

The submarine Pasadena (SSN 752) returned to the fleet Oct. 31 following successful completion of its maintenance availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. (Photo provided by US Navy.) WASHINGTON: Norfolk Naval Shipyard recently completed a yearlong maintenance period for the Los Angeles-class submarine Pasadena (SSN 752), repairing and replacing components throughout the boat, in what was […]

Army reactivates theater artillery command amid Russian build-up near Ukraine – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense

Extended Range Cannon Artillery, or ERCA, will be an improvement to the latest version of the Paladin self-propelled howitzer.(Edward Lopez / Picatinny Arsenal) WASHINGTON: Free of long-standing treaty constraints and with a new heavy focus on long-range precision fires, the US Army has officially reactivated its European Theater Fires Command as the service prepares to introduce […]