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New Tactical Vehicles Arrive for Army, Marines

The military’s newest tactical vehicle has started arriving at Army and Marine Corps units for additional field testing. The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program is a joint Army and Marine Corps effort intended to supplement or, in some cases, replace Humvees as the primary tactical vehicle for ground troops. By the mid-2030s, the Army is expecting to have purchased 49,000 ...

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Arlington National Cemetery ‘Running Out of Room’

Work is expected to begin next year on a long-planned expansion of Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, the cemetery’s executive director told Congress. The cemetery now occupies about 625 acres of land near the nation’s capital and is the final resting place of more than 400,000 service members and their family members. But, after more than 150 years of service, ...

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Why Are Marines Part of the Navy?

Did you ever wonder why the Marine Corps is part of the Department of the Navy? Historically, marines serve as a navy’s ground troops. In fact, the word “marine” is the French word for sea, which may be why the French military historically called English troops — who all had to arrive by sea — “marines.” Back in the day, there ...

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Pentagon

1) Why is the Pentagon, you know, a pentagon?The land the Pentagon was first planned to go on was bordered on five sides by roads, so the architects designed a five-sided building. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was worried putting the building at that location would interfere with the view of Washington from Arlington Cemetery, so he chose to move it ...

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What on Earth is the Global Positioning System?

GPS is everywhere—on your phone, in your car, even on your wrist—but what the heck even is it and how does it work? GPS is short for Global Positioning System. It’s a satellite-based navigation system that helps people find their precise location on Earth. Before GPS, navigation involved paper maps or very specialized tools like sextants and chronometers. Now, satellites ...

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