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Hope Hodge Seck


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Past articles by Hope:

Soldiers Issued High-Speed Arctic Gear as Army Gets Serious About Fighting in the Cold

Hundreds of soldiers are now receiving layered protection suits capable of withstanding temperatures as low as minus 65 Fahrenheit. → Read More

7 Ways Service Members Could Get Extra Cash in the New Defense Budget

While the language of the bill is not final until both houses of Congress have met in conference to confirm a joint version, these are some of the extra cash opportunities likely coming for troops in the fiscal 2023 National Defense Authorization Act. → Read More

The Army's Little-Known Boat Fleet Is Getting a Big Upgrade

While the Navy’s struggle to build out new ship classes for future conflicts makes headlines, the Army is quietly revamping its own little-known fleet – one that has at times had more vessels than the Navy’s, albeit smaller ones. → Read More

As Arctic Tensions Heat Up, DARPA Wants to Control Ice Formation Like Princess Elsa

Fighting in the bitter cold and in environments dominated by ice is tough and dangerous but DARPA is not about to just let this problem go. → Read More

The Story Behind This All-Gold F-16, and 5 More New Paint Jobs You Need to See

In celebration of the Air Force's 75th anniversary, the Iowa Air National Guard rolled out an F-16 with an all-gold paint job and details harking back to the state's first gold heritage jet. → Read More

Why the Military Has an Office Dedicated to Tracking the World’s Biggest Blocks of Ice

The National Ice Center is the only entity that monitors ice movement and formation across the globe. → Read More

The Army Is Pushing the Limits of Bridging Ops as Ukraine’s Fight Spotlights River Crossings

Russia suffered an embarrassing public setback in Ukraine’s Donbas region in May when its soldiers attempted to cross the Siverskyi Donets River and ended up taking a bath instead. → Read More

Don't Call It a Flying Car: Air Force Drone Transport Develops New Identity

The Air Force continues work on an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) unmanned aircraft that may come in a range of sizes and support missions that can shuttle troops short distances across ranges and training areas. → Read More

Navy Still Pouring Millions into Shipboard Laser Weapon Development

The Navy's fiscal 2023 budget request calls for over $103 million to support a half-dozen laser weapon concepts, according to budget justification documents. → Read More

After Outcry from Female Vets in Congress, Pentagon Revives Committee on Women in Service

Committee supporters have pointed to DACOWITS' track record as a reason to keep the group. → Read More

Texas Police Department Deploys Military Surplus MRAP in Barricaded Shooter Crisis

The Pentagon's office for logistics is hailing a win for a program that gives cast-off military gear and vehicles to law enforcement agencies. → Read More

Navy Quietly Rolls Out First Maternity Flight Suits

The garment features adjustable side panels and provides a snugger fit as an aviator's pregnancy progresses. → Read More

It May Be the End of the Line for the Navy's Hypervelocity Projectile

The meter-long projectile was first developed exclusively as a round for the Navy's experimental railgun. → Read More

Navy Speeds Up Ship Retirements as It Ramps Up Investment in New Platforms

While the Navy's most recent plan included plans to decommission 48 active ships by 2026, the new budget request speeds up the retirement date for several platforms. → Read More

Marine Corps Invests in Drone Truck-Based Ship-Killer Missile as it Ditches Some MRAPs

The White House budget request for fiscal 2022 totals $47.86 billion for the Marine Corps, up from $45.1 billion last year. → Read More

How Many Ships Does the Navy Really Need?

It's been a long time since the last major maritime battle. Does today's Navy really need 500 ships? → Read More

Army General Who Allowed Helicopter to Fly Low Over DC Protesters Failed to Give Clear Orders, IG Finds

The 2020 incident involved a UH-72 Lakota medical helicopter that hovered low enough to send those on the ground fleeing from the rotorwash. → Read More

Frosted Windows, Shower Signs: What It Took to Get the Marines' San Diego Boot Camp Ready for Female Recruits

San Diego could expect annual throughput of about 1,700 female recruits -- although Marine leaders do hope that number grows. → Read More

It's Official: Legendary Army Ranger Ralph Puckett to Receive Medal of Honor at 94

A hero of the Korean War who went on to mentor and train generations of Army Rangers will receive the nation's highest award for combat valor. → Read More

Acclimation Period Before Marine Corps Boot Camp Could Stave Off 'Recruit Crud'

Leaders say recruits are performing better and dropping out of training less often when they start fully rested. → Read More