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Pyongyang's 'Never-ending story'

Pyongyang's 'Never-ending story'

HERNDON, Va., Dec. 25 (UPI) -- The story is the same in North Korea, which seems more intent on nuclear weapons programs and honoring its leaders than feeding its people, the author says.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator
WikiLeaks Assange still at embassy in London; U.S. soldier awaits trial

WikiLeaks Assange still at embassy in London; U.S. soldier awaits trial

It was a story that spanned three continents and an ocean and still is unresolved as 2012 draws to a close. And the multifaceted storyline involving the whistle-blowing Website doesn't show signs of abating any time soon.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

'Preppers' prepare for the worst

GULFPORT, Miss., Dec. 25 (UPI) -- We evidently dodged the Mayan end-of-the-world bullet, but so-called preppers in the United States say they'll stay prepared nonetheless.

Report: Kishida set to be become new FM

TOKYO, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister-to-be Shinzo Abe plans to appoint veteran party lawmaker Fumio Kishida as foreign minister, sources told Kyodo News Tuesday.

Regular Breathalyzers at Camp Pendleton

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Starting in the new year, U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton will be subjected to random Breathalyzer tests to curb excess drinking in the military, officials said.

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Obama golfs on 1st day of vacation

Obama golfs on 1st day of vacation

HONOLULU, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- President Obama and his family landed in Honolulu early Saturday for their Christmas vacation and the president got in a round of golf later in the day.

DARPA developing robotic mule

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The use of robotics and similar technology has added a new dimension to the battlefield.

Marine pleads guilty to urinating on body

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A U.S. Marine charged with urinating on a Taliban militant's corpse in Afghanistan pleaded guilty at a court-martial, officials said.
Petraeus affair led to resignation, series of revelations

Petraeus affair led to resignation, series of revelations

In a military sex scandal that seemed at times more like an episode in Bravo's "Real Housewives" series, an FBI investigation into threatening emails sent to a Florida socialite led to the resignation of David Petraeus as CIA director.
ERIC R. DUVALL, United Press International

Ex-Marine father stands outside school

NASHVILLE, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A former U.S. Marine said he is standing watch in full uniform outside his children's Nashville elementary school because of last week's carnage in Connecticut.
Robert Bork, polarizing figure, dies at 85

Robert Bork, polarizing figure, dies at 85

Former Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork died of heart disease early Wednesday at a hospital in Arlington, Va., his family confirmed. He was 85.
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ATK developing mortar for Marines

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- A program to develop a rifled, precision extended-range mortar for the U.S. Marine Corps is being undertaken by ATK.

U.S. planning to deploy F-35 at Japan base

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The United States is laying the groundwork for the first overseas deployment of the F-35 stealth fighter in Japan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.

Three ticking time bombs at the Pentagon

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- To most observers, the most dangerous of ticking time bombs at the Pentagon is budgetary but there are three less visible and perhaps more dangerous issues.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator
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Residents are escorted by a Marine Corps and San Diego police officers from their home on December 9, 2008, near the scene of the crash of a Marine Corps F/A-18D Hornet fighter jet in a San Diego neighborhood on December 8, 2008, killing two adults and two children. The pilot ejected safely after trying to guild the stricken jet into a near by canyon. (UPI Photo/Earl S. Cryer)
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Marines (from the English adjective marine, meaning of the sea, from Latin marinus ("maritime"), via French marin(e), of the sea) are military forces optimised for operations at sea. Historically marine forces are part of a navy. However, in some countries the marine force is under independent command.

Tasks undertaken by marines have included providing security in a warship whilst at sea, reflecting the pressed nature of the ships' company and the risk of mutiny. Other tasks would include boarding of vessels during combat or capture of prize ships and providing manpower for raiding ashore in support of the naval objectives. Marine elements would also contribute to the campaign ashore, in support of the military objective.

With the industrialization of warfare in the 20th Century the scale of landing operations increased, and brought with it an increased likelihood of opposition, and a need for co-ordination of various military elements. Marine forces evolved to specialize in the skills and capabilities required for amphibious warfare.

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