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Military Minute - December 12th

USS Jacksonville, Army-Navy Football, Drones and Military Raises

Military Minute - December 12th
On today's episode of the Military Minute, we're talking about the USS Jacksonville, military payroll in 2018, peregrine falcons and their relevance in learning about drones, and the results of the 2017 Army-Navy football game.


Trump signs FY18 defense authorization bill into law

President Donald Trump signed the annual defense policy bill into law Tuesday, officially establishing the 2018 military pay raise at 2.4 percent and setting the stage for increased Pentagon spending in coming months.

“This bill demonstrates our unwavering commitment to men and women in uniform,” Trump said during a White House signing ceremony, while flanked by military officials. “They are the greatest fighting force in the world, and we’re making it even better than that.” 

Peregrine Falcons Helping Drone War

It's amazing with all of our technological advancements and simulation capabilities that some of our most useful research comes from studying naturally-occurring wildlife behaviors. In this instance, Oxford researchers learning more about the best strategies to shoot down drones by studying the way peregrine falcons can intercept moving targets that "don't want to be caught."

Leading this study is the Oxford Zoology Department's Flight Group Professor Graham Taylor. In describing the research, he says "Falcons are classic aerial predators, synonymous with agility and speed. Our GPS tracks and onboard videos show how peregrine falcons intercept moving targets that don't want to be caught. Remarkably, it turns out that they do this in a similar way to most guided missiles." 

Army-Navy Game

The snow-filled game ended with Army taking its second W in a row over Navy. It was a throwback great, gritty game that ended with a missed field goal as time expired. 9-3 Army will play in the Armed Forces Bowl on December 23rd against San Diego St. 

USS Jacksonville arrives in Bremerton

USS Jacksonville (SSN-699) arrived at NBK Bremerton yesterday completing the final voyage of her 36-year career. Commissioned May 16, 1981, Jacksonville is named after the largest and most populous city in Florida, and is the first ship to bear the name. The Jacksonville's crest features a modified version of the city's seal with Andrew Jackson on a horse in front of the rising sun, with a submarine and the hull number SSN 699 below. The submarine's nickname, "The Bold One," is a play off the city's longtime slogan of "The Bold New City of the South." Under the command of Cmdr. Steven Faulk, Jacksonville will begin preparation for Decommissioning in 2018.