Weekly Rundown: September 28 – October 4, 2019

Weekly Rundown: September 28 – October 4, 2019

News Recap

A quick review of the major military related headlines from the last week:


2019 Protests in IraqProtestors facing water canons in Baghdad.
Photo Credit: Khalid Al-Mousily/Reuters.

  • A wave of protests across Iraq has resulted in at least 42 deaths and hundreds of injuries so far in clashes between protesters, police, and the military. The protests, which began in Baghdad and are mostly focused in the predominantly Shi’ite southern regions of the country, stem from anger over widespread unemployment, government corruption, and lack of functioning infrastructure.
  • Militants of the al-Qaida affiliated al-Shabaab attacked Somalia’s Baledogle Military Airport which houses the country’s elite commando unit, Danab, and their US Army advisors. There were no Somali or US casualties.
  • General Mark Milley, former Army Chief of Staff, was sworn in as the new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Ryan McCarthy, former Army Ranger and VP of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 sustainment program, was sworn in as the new Secretary of the Army.

An Armed Forces Welcome Ceremony in honor of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley is held at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Arlington, Va., Sept. 30, 2019. The ceremony was hosted by President Donald J. Trump and included remarks by Vice President Michael Pence and Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. James Harvey)General Mark Milley at his swearing-in ceremony.
Photo Credit: Sgt. James Harvey, US Army

  • The Vietnam Veterans of America released an extensive report warning about foreign interference via online trolling aimed at affecting the upcoming 2020 election.
  • The latest missile test from North Korea (their ninth since President Trump and Kim Jong-un last spoke in June) was its first successfully launched from a submarine. The launch occurred shortly after the country announced it would reopen talks with the US on this weekend.
  • A defense contractor has been accused of intentionally falsifying data in order to get their faulty stealth coating applied to the US Navy’s Virginia class submarines. Huntington Ingalls Industries, and its parent company Northrop Grumman, is being sued for upwards of $100 million for misleading the federal government.
  • In cheerier defense spending news, two of the military’s largest eyesore/boondoggles of the past few decades are no more. The much-mocked Army’s Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) and Navy’s Navy Working Uniform Type I (NWU) uniforms are officially and completely out of service, replaced by the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) and NWU Type III, respectively.

Cmdr. Reed Koepp II, Commanding Officer of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Colorado (SSN 788), speaks to crew during an all hands call while pier side in Port Canaveral, Fla. Colorado is the 15th Virginia-class attack submarine and is scheduled to be commissioned March 17, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeffrey M. Richardson/Released)A Navy officer in the new NWU III addresses sailors wearing the now-defunct NWU I “Blueberries” in January, 2018.
Photo Credit: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeffrey M. Richardson, US Navy.


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  • This Week in Military History: of all the ships sunk in the course of WWII, only the HMS Curacoa went down as the result of a literal run-in with a cruise liner.

HMS Curacoa in 1941The ill-fated light cruiser HMS Curacoa in 1941.

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