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  • Moon Express Approved for Private Lunar Landing in 2017, a Space First

    08/03/2016 6:52:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies ^ | August 3, 2016 09:25am ET | Mike Wall
    For the first time ever, a private company has permission to land on the moon. The U.S. government has officially approved the planned 2017 robotic lunar landing of California-based Moon Express, which aims to fly commercial missions to Earth's nearest neighbor and help exploit its resources, company representatives announced today (Aug. 3). ... Previously, companies had been able to operate only on or around Earth. The new approval, while exclusive to Moon Express, could therefore serve as an important regulatory guide for deep-space commercial activity in general, Richards said. "Nobody's had a deep-sea voyage yet. We're still charting those waters,"...
  • The Best Thing for the Environment is for the Government to Stop Controlling It

    04/14/2014 4:04:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | April 14, 2014 | Gina Luttrell
    Yesterday, the United Nations released a startling report that concludes that “world leaders” only have a few years to drastically curb carbon emissions, else the world will face debilitating warming, which would lead to a rise in sea level that would dramatically change human life and natural habitats. The report also argues that the world is already beginning to see the effects of climate change: a higher level of disease spread in Africa, an increase in the number and severity of wildfires in North America, and the decrease of food production in South America. According to Kelly Levin, a climate...
  • Chuck Hagel Is a Choice To Irritate the GOP

    01/08/2013 8:09:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | January 8, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    "Never make an enemy by accident," housemaid Anna Bates warned her husband in the third season premiere of "Downton Abbey" Sunday night. That's what the housemaid's mother always told her. If his mother ever gave him the same advice, former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel -- now President Barack Obama's pick to serve as secretary of defense -- seems to have ignored it. Biographically, the former U.S. senator from Nebraska and decorated Vietnam War hero makes a great choice. As the president noted, "he'd be the first person of enlisted rank to serve as secretary of defense, one of the few...
  • Nearing coffin corner: US air power on the edge

    03/30/2012 12:30:20 AM PDT · by U-238 · 20 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 3/21/2012 | Mackenzie Eaglen, Douglas A. Birkey
    Air power stands as a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s recent decision to prioritize defense efforts in the Asia-Pacific region. To make this strategy successful, the administration and Congress must ensure the nation has the necessary capabilities and capacity to secure national interests in an area defined by vast distances, limited basing options, and a pronounced threat to assured access. This means real investments—not budgeting sleights of hand that dilute America’s presence in other vital areas around the globe—and the ability to maintain strength across the national security portfolio. Though the United States currently dominates the skies, this will not...
  • F-35 Fighter Costs: Six Ways To Make A Bargain Seem Unaffordable

    03/26/2012 8:53:06 PM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 4 replies · 40+ views
    Forbes Online ^ | 03/26/2012 | Loren Thompson
    The X-35 Joint Strike Fighter demonstrator performs flight tests at Edwards Air Force Base, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The tortured path of the Pentagon’s biggest weapon program is beginning to look like a case study in poor management. The problem isn’t the F-35 fighter, which is making steady progress towards becoming the best tactical aircraft ever built. The problem is a federal acquisition culture that has grown so risk-averse it no longer cares about long-term consequences. That bureaucratic myopia will be in abundant display next month, when the Department of Defense releases updated cost estimates for the fighter program. The...
  • Military-Funded Brain Science Sparks Controversy

    03/21/2012 1:57:55 AM PDT · by U-238 · 11 replies
    Live Science ^ | 3/21/2012 | Charles Choi
    Brain research and associated advances such as brain-machine interfaces that are funded by the U.S. military and intelligence communities raise profound ethical concerns, caution researchers who cite the potentially lethal applications of such work and other consequences. Rapid advances in neuroscience made over the last decade have many dual-use applications of both military and civilian interest. Researchers who receive military funding — with the U.S. Department of Defense spending more than $350 million on neuroscience in 2011 — may not fully realize how dangerous their work might be, say scientists in an essay published online today (March 20) in the...
  • U.S. forges $60B deal with Saudi Arabia

    11/27/2010 10:03:49 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies
    UPI ^ | 11/24/2010 | UPI
    The U.S. administration has quietly forged ahead with a massive arms sale to Saudi Arabia despite lawmakers' worries of its affect on relations with Israel. The U.S. Department of Defense presented the sale in late October, requiring 30 days for Congress to either block or change terms of the $60 billion transaction. The sale aims to bolster Saudi Arabia's defenses from any prospect of an attack from Iran. The massive arms deal marks the single largest sale of weapons to a foreign nation in the history of the United States and supplies the Saudi Arabian kingdom with a fully modernized...
  • F136 Phony Competition, LCS Good

    11/19/2010 7:59:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | 11/19/2010 | John Reed
    Pentagon acquisition boss Ashton Carter today once again defended the Defense Department’s choice to forgo competition for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter engine program while delivering a speech on how the Pentagon can buy smart in a time of flat defense budgets. “We can’t afford to buy two of everything,” said Carter during a speech at the Center for American Progress in Washington today. He added that the push to compete the GE-Rolls Royce F136 alternate JSF engine against Pratt & Whitney’s F135 will not result in “real competition.” Instead, the effort will result in two manufactures receiving...
  • War-Toy Wishes

    11/15/2010 6:35:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 11/15/2010 | Newsweek
    As Lockheed Martin’s Marietta, Ga., plant prepares to begin building the 187th—and last—F-22 super-fighter, the military is already dreaming of its successor. In a query to the aerospace industry earlier this month, the Air Force laid out its wish list, and it wants everything: a plane that can win dogfights, demolish air-defense missile networks, support ground troops, and run surveillance missions; a partial prototype would be ready by 2020, with entry into service by 2030. This may be wishful thinking, given the saga of the current wondercraft, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. With a development and production price tag of...
  • Navy Beats Army

    11/12/2010 8:42:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/12/2010 | The Strategy Page
    After over a century of squabbling, the U.S. Army, under pressure from the Department of Defense, is surrendering the last of its fleet to the U.S. Navy. The army still has 119 ships, manned by 2,300 soldiers and civilians. While six of them are large amphibious landing ships, most are tugboats and barges for work in or near ports. The army isn't new to owning its own transports. Back during World War II, the U.S. Army actually had a larger fleet (but only 1,225 seagoing ships), than the U.S. Navy, but one that was almost entirely support vessels. The navy...
  • Air Sea Battle Concept a Month Away

    11/05/2010 12:09:34 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | 11/4/2010 | John Reed
    U.S. Air Force and Navy officials are set to deliver the Air-Sea Battle concept to Pentagon leaders within a month, a senior Air Force official said today. Representatives from both services have already briefed Defense Department brass on the topics to appear in the classified document meant to help the two services figure out how to defeat defenses aimed at holding U.S. ships and planes at bay, according to Lt. Gen. Philip Breedlove, the Air Force’s chief of operations, plans and requirements. The plan “will be a tool for our president” and other leaders to use in case country must...
  • JSF Costs Up At Least $2.5B: Rumor

    11/01/2010 8:45:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies · 1+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 11/1/2010 | Colin Clark
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates will reportedly be told in a Tuesday meeting that the Joint Strike Fighter program will need $2.5 to $5 billion more than currently budgeted and also faces significant schedule delays. The meeting is to discuss the Technical Baseline Review, which will feed into the November 22 Defense Acquisition Board meeting. THe TBR covers the current SDD phase of the largest conventional defense acquisition program in U.S. history. The preliminary information about the meeting comes from Winslow Wheeler, a longtime congressional defense budget expert now with the Center for Defense Information. Wheeler would only say that his...
  • Hot And Fast

    07/19/2010 8:42:18 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies · 2+ views
    The Strategy page ^ | 7/18/2010 | The Strategy page
    The U.S. Department of Defense recently ordered modification kits (for $5,700 each) for M2 12.7mm (.50 caliber) machine-guns. These kits upgrade existing weapons to the M2E2 standard and allow for quick barrel changes. Each barrel weighs 10.9 kg/24 pounds. There is also a mounting rail for scopes and a flash suppressor. Earlier this year, the Department of Defense also bought 8,000 more M2 machine-gun barrels (for $850 each). This M2E2 version is the best upgrade delivered for the M2 so far. There are others in the works. It was two years ago that the U.S. Department of Defense gave General...
  • US Cyber Command's code has been cracked

    07/11/2010 2:05:23 AM PDT · by tlb · 18 replies · 1+ views
    IT Wire ^ | , 09 July 2010 | David Heath
    For those unfamiliar, a 'hash' is a computed summary of a longer piece of text. For instance, this entire article could be hashed to a simple 32-byte hash which can be used to guarantee that the text is unchanged as modifying a single character in the text would yield a totally different hash. The article from The Age infers the solution, without actually revealing it, noting that it is connected with the organisation's mission statement: "USCYBERCOM plans, coordinates, integrates, synchronizes and conducts activities to: direct the operations and defense of specified Department of Defense information networks and; prepare to, and...
  • “Next-Gen Bomber” Really Dead; New Long-Range Strike Aircraft Design by OSD

    06/25/2010 2:46:52 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 6/25/2010 | Greg Grant
    The 2006 QDR called for the Air Force to develop a next generation bomber to be ready by 2018; an initiative that promptly went nowhere. Now, the very term “next generation bomber” is “dead” in the halls of the Pentagon, reports John Tirpak, citing comments made yesterday by Air Force Lt. Gen. Philip Breedlove, deputy chief of staff for operations, plans, and requirements. Breedlove says what is being discussed is something much smaller than the NGB would have been, and though stealthy, it will not be designed to penetrate dense SAM belts like the NGB. It will be more of...
  • Donley: Air Force Not Ready To Develop 'Minuteman IV' Follow-On ICBM

    06/25/2010 2:42:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies
    Inside Defense ^ | 6/23/2010 | Carlo Muńoz
    Despite an ongoing Defense Department review of potential follow-on options for the Air Force's premiere intercontinental ballistic missile program, development of a new ICBM system will not be one of those options, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said today. While the final results and subsequent recommendations from the Minuteman III ICBM review are not due for months, the service is not ready to dedicate funding or other resources toward the development of a new nuclear missile, Donley said during a breakfast in Washington. “We have already taken steps to get [the Minuteman III] to 2020; now we are focused on...
  • Chandler Predicts Stronger Ties Between Air Force And NASA

    05/31/2010 4:00:56 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 34 replies · 394+ views
    Inside Defense ^ | 4/30/2010 | Titus Ledbetter III
    The proposed cancellation of NASA’s Constellation manned spacecraft program could foster a stronger bond between the civilian space agency and the Air Force, a senior service official said this week. “This is going to drive us to work together,” Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Howie Chandler at an April 28 Air Force Association breakfast in Arlington, VA, when asked if cancellation of Constellation could impact the Air Force. “I think you’ll see us start to do that even more than we have in the past.” To that end, the Air Force is participating in a forum to discuss...
  • Army Budget Share Will Grow

    04/10/2010 9:26:27 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 316+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 4/9/2010 | GreG Grant
    Defense budgets are not declining and will remain stable through 2015. Defense spending will remain at about 21 percent of total federal outlays, or around 4.7 percent of GDP, according to an analysis of the 2011 defense budget by business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. However, in a big change to business as usual, the defense budget will no longer be evenly divided between the three services as it has for around the past forty years. The ground forces will be the big winners in future years; the Army’s slice of the budget pie will grow as mountains of equipment...
  • F-35 cost estimate grows up to nearly 90%

    03/20/2010 11:27:02 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 381+ views
    FlightGlobal ^ | 3/19/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    The US Department of Defense today confirmed the cost estimate for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter procurement has leaped between 57% and 89% since contract award eight years ago. The new estimate raises the average cost of the latest Lockheed Martin stealth fighter from $59 million to between $93 million and $112 million, the DOD says. If adjusted for inflation over the programme's 30-year production plan, the average cost per aircraft grows to $114 million to $135 million. The average cost is based on the DOD's plan to buy 2,443 operational F-35s through 2035. The data confirms prior statements indicating the...
  • USAF chief: F-35 programme cost increases 'likely' to force recertification process

    02/23/2010 5:21:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 336+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 2/22/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    Cost-overruns on the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter are likely to breach a statutory cap that would force the Department of Defense to formally recertificate the programme to Congress, according to US Air Force chief of staff Gen Norton Schwartz. "It's a possibility and may be even likely" that the F-35 will violate a cost-overrun threshold set under the Nunn-McCurdy law, Schwartz says. The situation should become clear when the Pentagon notifies Congress of all such breaches in the next round of selected acquisition reports on 1 April. "We have not been notified of a Nunn-McCurdy breach so it...
  • Congress is battleground over carrier move to Mayport

    02/15/2010 12:19:48 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 585+ views
    Virginia Pilot ^ | 1/15/2010 | Bill Bartel
    Now that the Department of Defense has made clear its intent to move a Norfolk-based aircraft carrier to Mayport, Fla., the battle between Florida and Virginia shifts to Congress. Members of the Hampton Roads congressional delegation have pledged to fight tooth and nail to block any more money for the project. They’re taking on Florida’s congressional delegation, who outnumber the Virginians by more than two to one and are already claiming victory. Hampton Roads representatives said they are not ready to talk about what might happen if the carrier battle is lost. “We have to continue to have a united...
  • Ballistic Missile Defense Report

    02/10/2010 6:13:00 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 220+ views
    Missile ^ | 1/10/2010 | Department of Defense
    The final installment of Missilethreat's synopsis of the 2010 BMDR will focus on the last sections of the report—dealing with international cooperation and the missile defense bureaucratic organizational structure. International Cooperation As a broad statement of intent, the report reiterates a U.S. commitment to the fielding of "robust, pragmatic, and cost-effective" regional missile defenses as well as a commitment to "international cooperation." Regional deterrence and a re-tooling of export controls will be key aspects of the future U.S. approach to deployed missile defense abroad. In Europe, NATO will dominate any missile defense processes. The expansion of missile defenses from the...
  • Ballistic Missile Defense Report(Part 2)

    02/05/2010 4:54:46 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 170+ views
    Department Of Defense ^ | 02/05/2010 | Missile Threat
    Homeland The report discusses in some detail the current and planned deployments of U.S. missile defense, both at home and abroad. At home, the U.S. will field a total of 30 ground-based interceptors, with 26 in Alaska at Fort Greely and four in California at Vandenberg Air Force Base. (This is a reduction from Defense's original goal of 44.) As a matter of strategy, the position from earlier in the report is reinforced: the U.S. will maintain its slight advantage over the possibility of a yet-to-materialize long-range threat from North Korea or Iran, but will not seek to address missile...
  • DoD's Ballistic Missile Defense Report(Part One)

    02/04/2010 9:35:05 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 272+ views
    Missile Threat ^ | 1/3/2010 | Department of Defense
    The Pentagon released its 2010 Ballistic Missile Defense Review Report on Monday. After initiating a shift in missile defense policy by abandoning the ground-based interceptor plan in eastern Europe last year, the Obama administration left unclear the future of its missile defense policy. The transition to a "phased-adaptive" approach in Europe was articulated, to be sure, but there was still much fleshing out to be done. We now have the first comprehensive statement about the future of missile defense policy under the Obama administration. Part 1 of missilethreat's synopsis will treat the change in policy from the Bush administration, the...
  • Lockheed may deliver more F-35s than DoD buys

    02/03/2010 11:08:12 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 236+ views
    Flightglobal ^ | 2/02/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    Although the US Department of Defense has announced slashing four F-35 jets and firing the government's programme manager, Lockheed Martin says it could deliver more aircraft in 2013 than the military pays for to keep unit costs from spiralling upwards. The DoD may allow Lockheed the "opportunity" to deliver more F-35s than specifically on contract, Lockheed vice-president for business development George Standridge told Flightglobal at the Singapore airshow. Under this scenario, Lockheed would continue to build aircraft based on prices set in the 2007 selected acquisition report. Meanwhile, the DoD has decided to fund the programme based on higher cost...
  • The Joint High Speed Vessel Fleet

    02/01/2010 4:33:11 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 418+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 1/31/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Department of Defense has ordered two more Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) transports. Two years, the Department of Defense set up a deal where a fleet of new JHSVs would be built, for use by all the services (mainly the army and navy.) At the time, one JHSV was ordered. These 103 meter (320 feet) long, $160 million ships are refined versions of the earlier HSV 2 ship. The army already has leased two of these HSV 2s, and the navy another. The manufacturing of the JHSVs is being done by an Australian firm, in the U.S. All...
  • Satellite Substitutes Seriously Sought

    01/28/2010 1:35:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies · 627+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 1/28/2010 | The Strategy Page
    U.S. Air Force is concerned about American dependence on space satellites, particularly the GPS birds. The air force believes China is developing the ability to carry out a major attack on American military satellites. Their proposed solution is to take GPS out of orbit, and make it portable. High flying aircraft, UAVs or blimps would take over satellite communications, surveillance and navigation (GPS) chores, although for smaller areas. This would make GPS, and other satellite functions, more resilient to attack. This is part of a trend in which military satellites are getting priced out of the market by cheaper manned...
  • Deputy Defense Secretary outlines U.S. aerospace and cyber-age challenges

    01/26/2010 10:27:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 151+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 1/25/2010 | Gerry J. Gilmore
    Current and potential U.S. adversaries seek to employ asymmetrical weapons, such as improvised explosive devices and cyber warfare, as a means to confront U.S. military superiority in conventional conflict, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said here Jan. 21. "Our dominance in conventional warfare has led adversaries to seek new avenues to challenge us," Mr. Lynn told military and civilian attendees at the 38th Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis-Fletcher Conference on National Security Strategy and Policy. The nature of armed conflict, Mr. Lynn said, has changed since the Cold War era, when military doctrine was developed to deal with...
  • Spy Agency Charter Lost in Space

    01/25/2010 10:44:30 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 302+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 1/19/2010 | Colin Clark
    The proposed new charter for the nation’s spy satellite builder, the National Reconnaissance Office, is stuck in the Department of Defense’s general counsel’s office. The lawyers are apparently worried that the new charter may expand the agency’s powers into areas governed by the military services. Information on all this is extremely close hold but we have heard variations on this from two very well informed sources. One phrase in the statement of principles that guides the charter appears to be the issue: “overhead reconnaissance systems.” That is the key phrase in a document, called the statement of principles. It lays...
  • Concerns Spike As QDR Looms

    01/23/2010 9:03:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 256+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 1/22/2010 | David A. Fulghum and Amy Butler
    Few know everything about what is in the latest Quadrennial Defense Review and the 2011 defense budget plan, but everybody seems to know something. “There is a consensus in support of long-range strike [LRS, also referred to as next generation bomber],” a senior Pentagon scientific advisor says. Questions about whether it will be optionally manned and have a nuclear weapon capability are still undecided. Prompt global strike by ballistic missiles armed with conventional explosives appears to have one powerful advocate: Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “It’s still alive primarily because of Cartwright’s...
  • US slows Lockheed's F-35 fighter program

    01/21/2010 1:26:16 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 474+ views
    Budapest Business Journal ^ | 1/21/2010 | Reuters
    The US Defense Department is slowing Lockheed Martin Corp's $300 billion F-35 fighter jet program, a multinational effort, to stabilize its schedule and costs, according to draft budget documents obtained by Reuters. The department's fiscal 2011 budget will request $10.7 billion to continue the F-35's development and to procure 42 aircraft, a budget overview shows. Overall, the plan is to cut planned purchases by 10 aircraft in fiscal 2011 and a total of 122 through 2015. The Pentagon “has adjusted F-35 procurement quantities based on new data on costs and on likely orders from our foreign nations partners and realigned...
  • More Patriots

    01/10/2010 6:55:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 372+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 01/10/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Department of Defense has purchased 253 Patriot anti-aircraft and anti-missile missiles. The U.S. Army has ten Patriot anti-aircraft missile battalions. Each Patriot battalion has 12-24 launchers (3-6 batteries). Each battery is manned by about a hundred troops, and contains a radar, plus four launchers. A battery can fire two types of Patriot missile. The $3.3 million PAC 3 missile is smaller than the cheaper anti-aircraft version (PAC 2), thus a Patriot launcher can hold sixteen PAC 3 missiles, versus four PAC 2s. A PAC 2 missile weighs about a ton, a PAC 3 weighs about a third of...
  • New U.S. bomber funding seen in 2011

    12/18/2009 12:20:30 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 612+ views
    Space War ^ | 12/17/2009 | Space War Via UPI
    The Pentagon's delayed funding for a new Air Force long-range bomber is likely to be included in its fiscal spending for 2011. The on-again-off-again program has been in limbo since U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates froze it earlier this year, saying it should be assessed in the Defense Department's Quadrennial Defense Review, which reviews weapons programs every four years. Initial assessments of that review, officials say, suggest the need for both manned and unmanned long-range strike capabilities. "We are probably going to proceed with a long-range strike initiative coming out of the Quadrennial Defense Review and various other reviews going...
  • How the Air Force Is Solving Its 3 Biggest Problems

    12/13/2009 9:11:57 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 996+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 12/2009 | Joe Pappalardo
    It's a rare kind of inspirational speech that centers around a leader highlighting the woes of his command. But Gen. Norton Schwartz, USAF Chief of Staff, managed to sound hopeful and regretful when it came to his keynote speech at the Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition last week. "We were asked to put out some wildfires that had grown out of control," Schwartz told nearly a thousand attendees, many in uniform. "But the smoke has cleared and the future is no longer obscured." Here's how he says the U.S. Air Force plans to face three...
  • U.S. Air Force launches satellite to enhance military communications

    12/11/2009 1:07:37 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 279+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 12/11/2009 | Defense Professionals
    Air Force officials successfully launched a new-generation military communications satellite from here at 8:47 p.m. EST Dec. 5 when a Delta IV rocket carried a Wideband Global SATCOM into space. WGS satellites are designed to provide high-capacity communications to U.S. military forces and the satellites will augment and eventually replace the Defense Satellite Communication System that has been the Department of Defense's backbone for satellite communications over the last two decades. Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley, who had planned to witness the launch from the Morrell Operations Center at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station prior to a...
  • Bomber, Space Surveillance Eye Boost

    12/09/2009 10:29:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 363+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 12/09/2009 | Amy Butler
    U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz says that the service’s forthcoming budget request, though pinched by the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, will likely include money for a new bomber and a new space surveillance system. The on-again-off-again Next-Generation Bomber (or NGB, also called Long-Range Strike), could re-emerge with the Pentagon’s fiscal 2011 spending request going to Capitol Hill in February, Schwartz said during a luncheon speech last week at the Credit Suisse/Aviation Week Aerospace & Defense Finance conference here. Defense Secretary Robert Gates put a hold on the NGB program last spring in...
  • The USAF's Secret Spaceplane

    12/06/2009 4:42:05 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 35 replies · 3,011+ views ^ | 12/09/2009 | Michael Klesius
    It's been a long wait—in some ways, more than 50 years—but in April 2010, the U.S. Air Force is scheduled to launch an Atlas V booster from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying the newest U.S. spacecraft, the unmanned X-37, to orbit. The X-37 embodies the Air Force's desire for an operational spaceplane, a wish that dates to the 1950s, the era of the rocket-powered X-15 and X-20. In other ways, though, the X-37 will be picking up where another U.S. spaceplane, NASA's space shuttle, leaves off.
  • JCF Chief: It's Time Women Served On Subs

    09/24/2009 4:37:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 65 replies · 2,141+ views ^ | 09/24/2009 | Tom Philpott
    Women should be allowed to serve aboard America's fleet of nuclear submarines, the nation's top military officer, Adm. Michael Mullen, quietly has told the Senate Armed Services Committee. If the Navy agrees to it, this would be a huge policy change and potentially a significant expansion of career opportunities for female officers and sailors. Women have been barred by Navy policy from submarines, even as the sea service began 15 years ago to integrate females into other seagoing combat roles including aboard surface warships and in fighter jets. Mullen, former chief of naval operations and a career surface warfare officer,...
  • As Promised Obama Proposes Radical Reduction in US Nuclear Arsenal

    09/20/2009 10:45:15 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 16 replies · 1,510+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/21/09 | Gateway Pundit
    Obama promised to neuter America before the election in one of his campaign ads to supporters: That was one promise he decided to keep. As promised, Barack Obama will go ahead with his plan to weaken America's stand in the world. The Guardian reported today that Obama is pushing a radical plan to eliminate not hundreds but thousands of the nation's strategic warheads, via Free Republic. Barack Obama has demanded the Pentagon conduct a radical review of US nuclear weapons doctrine to prepare the way for deep cuts in the country's arsenal, the Guardian can reveal. Obama has rejected the...
  • Analyst: U.S. military advantages disappearing

    07/12/2009 4:46:00 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 19 replies · 991+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | July 13, 2009 | By Geoff Ziezulewicz,
    Defense adviser says new threats challenge dominance that the U.S. has taken for granted American military dominance is eroding in the face of an ascendant Chinese power, hostile states like Iran and the spread of sophisticated weapons and technology to militant groups, and the Pentagon must reassess its long-term strategy, according to a top defense analyst recently appointed to review Defense Department policy. In a Foreign Affairs journal piece published this month, titled "The Pentagon’s Wasting Assets," Andrew Krepinevich argues that the Pentagon needs to better prepare for this new world order by rethinking U.S. global advantages largely taken for...
  • Nazi Collaborator George Soros Invades the Pentagon

    04/21/2009 10:03:39 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 24 replies · 2,551+ views
    Human Events/The Lid ^ | 4/21/09 | The Lid
    Soros told Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes that he developed his character as Nazi collaborator in Hungry. He took that learning and became convicted Insider trader, a guy who made 10 billion dollar off the British people through currency speculation, terrorist supporter and Israel hater. After the last election George Soros, met with a group of Mega-rich liberals to ensure that they get to control the country after the 2008 Elections. What they ended up doing is giving $100 Million dollars to key liberal organizations in major battle ground states(see Obama's Liberal Shock Troops ). Here's the scary part--it worked....
  • Defense Department Establishes Civilian Expeditionary Workforce

    01/30/2009 7:44:09 PM PST · by luv2ndamend · 19 replies · 1,000+ views ^ | Jan. 27, 2009 | Gerry J. Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2009 – The Defense Department is forming a civilian expeditionary workforce that will be trained and equipped to deploy overseas in support of military missions worldwide, according to department officials. The intent of the program “is to maximize the use of the civilian workforce to allow military personnel to be fully utilized for operational requirements,” according to a Defense Department statement. Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England signed Defense Department Directive 1404.10, which outlines and provides guidance about the program, on Jan. 23. Certain duty positions may be designated by the various Defense Department components to participate in...
  • DODDS-Europe drops 'American' from official school names

    08/25/2006 6:09:16 PM PDT · by FreedomCalls · 62 replies · 2,173+ views
    The Stars and Stripes ^ | Saturday, August 26, 2006 | Scott Schonauer and Sandra Jontz
    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe told administrators this week that schools will have to drop the word “American” from their official names. Also, any schools named after a person will have to be called by a moniker more reflective of its location. That means Ramstein American High School will simply be known as Ramstein High School. And David Glasgow Farragut High School in Rota, Spain, will take on the shorter name of Rota High School. The school in southern Spain is named for the U.S. Navy’s first admiral. School administrators were notified of the changes in a...
  • FLASH - Quarterly Iraq Progress Report Shows Prodigious Achievements!

    07/01/2006 6:23:30 AM PDT · by starbase · 51 replies · 3,073+ views
    US Department of Defense ^ | May 2006 | US Department of Defense
    Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq May 2006 Report to Congress In accordance with the Department of Defense Appropriations Act 2006 (Section 9010) Gleaned from the quarterly progress report that is required by Congress, the below information from the May 2006 report (Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq, May 2006) paints a picture of widespread progress. In Political, Economic, and Military spheres, advances are occuring all over Iraq, and have been for years. Here's a summary of some information that is in the Department of Defense's May 2006 Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq report, each point is listed along...
  • "Captive Audience" for Military PR

    05/08/2006 6:44:43 PM PDT · by Inspectorette · 8 replies · 263+ views
    KGW-TV ^ | 05/08/06 | Jack Penning
    Tonight NewsChannel 8 reports on the inflight entertainment you see on United Airlines flights from Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco to Portland. In the interest of full diclosure, it should first be noted, KGW's network, NBC, is paid to develop United's inflight programming. But now, United admits it's added a 13-minute segment that's not produced by NBC... though it may be difficult to distinguish it. That 13-minute segment is called "Today's Military". It looks a lot like an NBC News program, profiling ten members of the US Military, all over the world... including Oregon National Guardsman Andrew Canfield....

    08/13/2005 4:42:28 AM PDT · by SueRae · 97 replies · 2,297+ views
    Curt Weldon ^ | 8/12/2005 | curt weldon
    WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug 12 - Today Congressman Curt Weldon (R-PA), Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, released the following response to a statement by the former 9/11 Commission regarding the ABLE DANGER operation. “ABLE DANGER was about linkages and associations of individuals identified with direct links to Al-Qaeda and not about dates and times. To clarify, ABLE DANGER was a Department of Defense planning effort, tasked to Special Operations Command (SOCOM) by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). The task assigned to ABLE DANGER was to identify and target Al-Qaeda on a...
  • Chu Testifies on Alleged Overseas Sexual Assaults

    02/25/2004 5:01:40 PM PST · by Calpernia · 4 replies · 190+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    The Defense Department's senior personnel official today assured Senate Armed Services Committee members that the military would get to the bottom of allegations that scores of female service members were sexually assaulted during overseas deployments. "Sexual assault is a crime," David S.C. Chu, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, declared in his opening remarks to members of the SASC's personnel subcommittee. Chu said DoD policy prohibiting sexual assault "is clear in the law, it is clear in the regulations of the department, it is clear in the statements of the secretary of defense." He also responded to committee...
  • Closure of Ceiba Base to Proceed

    05/15/2003 7:00:30 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 15 replies · 342+ views
    (English-language translation) The Navy and the Department of Defense "will do all they can" to proceed with a definite closure of the Roosevelt Roads Naval Station in Ceiba in 2005, according to sources with the Armed Services Committee of the [U.S.] House of Representatives and the Pentagon. "Without the Atlantic Fleet Weapons Training Facility operations in Vieques, Roosevelt Roads is not of much value to the Navy. The operations that remain there may be transferred to other bases and the Department of Defense would save money which it may invest in other things, such as the new training system," a...