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  • Warthog Attack Plane Finds New Life in Trump Administration

    05/27/2017 6:25:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | May 27, 2017 | Robert Burns, National Security Writer, The Associated Press
    Air Force leaders have reversed an Obama administration decision on the A-10 attack plane known as the Warthog. The previous administration had decided to retire the aircraft, viewing it as an unaffordable extra in what had been a time of tight budgets. Three years ago the Pentagon proposed scrapping the Warthog fleet as a way of saving $3.5 billion. Congress rejected that idea. Each of the next two years the military tried again, putting off the Warthog's retirement a bit further in the future each time....
  • Plasma Jet Engines Might Soon Become A Reality

    05/27/2017 6:18:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Wall Street Pit ^ | May 27, 2017
    Conventional jet engines generate thrust by mixing fuel with compressed air, then igniting it. As the burning mixture rapidly expands, it gets blasted out of the back of the engine, propelling the craft forward. On the other hand, a plasma jet engine does away with the standard air and fuel mixture. Instead, it makes use of electricity to compress and excite gas into a plasma — an extremely hot, dense ionised state comparable with the insides of a fusion reactor or a star — then generate an electromagnetic field from it. Plasma engines have remained in experimental stages for quite...
  • Embarrassment of Riches: Reversing U.S. minerals import dependency

    05/27/2017 5:47:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    R Street ^ | May 25, 2017 | Ned Mamula and Catrina Rorke
    As recently as 1990, the United States was the world’s largest producer of minerals—a collection of nonfuel resources that are the building blocks of today’s technologies. In the ensuing decades, quite a different trend has emerged. Of 88 mineral commodities tracked by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the United States is more than 25 percent import-dependent for 62 of them. That trend is growing worse. In its annual Mineral Commodity Summary, USGS notes: Several U.S. metal mines and processing facilities were idled or closed permanently in 2016, including iron ore mines in Michigan and Minnesota; three primary aluminum smelters in...
  • European Leaders Say Islamic Attacks “Not a Major Threat” [semi-satire]

    05/27/2017 12:24:12 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 May 2017 | John Semmens
    Murderous attacks by Islamic fanatics in the United Kingdom, Egypt, Indonesia, and the Philippines this week moved US President Donald Trump to make an impassioned plea for the civilized world to unite to fight against this terrorism. As obvious as such a call to action would appear to rational individuals, it inspired push back from several European leaders. French President Emmanuel Macron challenged Trump’s priorities saying that “the murder of concert goers or nightclub patrons by ‘lone wolf’ terrorists does not pose the same existential threat that global climate change does. As heart breaking as the mass slaying of Ariana...
  • NATO Alliance Members Fighting Trump Not Terrorism

    05/26/2017 8:03:10 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/26/17 | Judi McLeod
    Merkel, May, Marcon, other ‘leaders’ of the West, get out of the fraught-with-lies, time-wasting Democrat/global elite/mainstream media-inspired fight against Trump and into the battle that matters most— fight for survival against Islamist Terror It was an iconic picture worth framing, one that should never be allowed to pass into obscurity. Here were the so-called Western ‘leaders’ on public display just three days after the horrific Islamist terrorist attack in Manchester, gathered together for a photo-op at NATO’s new $1.2 billion headquarters in Brussels, a safe and fortified bunker for the elite while their people remain vulnerable to the horrors of...
  • Today in U.S. military history: Leroy Petry's Medal of Honor, and the 1st flight of the Black Widow

    05/26/2017 6:35:39 AM PDT · by fugazi · 6 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 26, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1917: U.S. Army Gen. John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing is named commander-in-chief of the American Expeditionary Force, which is destined for European combat the following year. 1942: The Northrop P-61 “Black Widow” night fighter makes its first flight. The twin-boom P-61 is the first aircraft to carry radar and the U.S. military’s first night fighter. The warplane saw service in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters, and is widely believed to be credited with the last “kill” of an enemy aircraft in World War II, when a Japanese “Tojo” fighter pilot flies into the water while attempting to evade a...
  • Remembering Kruger

    05/25/2017 11:37:38 PM PDT · by pboyington · 6 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 25, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    Memorial Day is fast upon us. To most Americans, it’s nothing more than a three day weekend bonanza of barbecues, beer, boating and the beach. Only seven percent of living Americans have ever served in the military and the other 93 percent seem to frolic and swig and eat on Memorial Day with very little regard for those who have given all that mortality can give. As Hack, the late Colonel David Hackworth once told me, ‘they’ll never understand; only we understand and we have the responsibility to remember them…forever.’ On this coming Memorial Day, let us pause and remember...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Syria Revenge

    05/25/2017 7:13:53 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    Black Agenda Report ^ | 24 May 2017 | Glen Ford
    Had Hillary Clinton been elected, she would likely have turned the Syrian war into a global conflict within weeks of taking the oath. However, Clinton may yet prevail. “With Donald Trump now dutifully in synch with the War Party, the U.S. has countered the Syrian-Russian-Iranian-Turkish ‘de-escalation’ in Syria with a major escalation: ‘no-go zones.’ ___ Four months after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the U.S. military is fighting Hillary Clinton’s war in Syria. Last week’s U.S. airstrike against a mixed column of Syrian, Iranian, Iraqi and Lebanese soldiers marks a major escalation, as the U.S. draws lines in the sand to claim...
  • Today in U.S. military history: Harry Welch breaks the sound barrier, and Kennedy's man on the moon

    05/25/2017 7:04:40 AM PDT · by fugazi · 5 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 25, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1942: Having broken the Japanese naval code, the Navy secretly prepares for the expected Japanese invasion of Midway. Two companies of Marine Raiders land on the island to reinforce the garrison and submarines take up their patrol positions. 1945: As the Joint Chiefs of Staff meet in Washington and approve plans for the invasion of Japan (set for November 1), 464 B-29 "Superfortress" heavy bombers target Tokyo, burning 16 square miles of the city. 1953: The North American F-100 "Super Sabre" makes its first flight, with test pilot George Welch pushing the jet to Mach 1.03. The sleek new warplane...
  • No, Internet, Trump Did Not Give “Sensitive” Information About US Forces To Anyone

    05/25/2017 5:37:56 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 7 replies
    Red State ^ | May 24, 2017 | streiff
    U.S. President Donald Trump told his Philippine counterpart that Washington has sent two nuclear submarines to waters off the Korean peninsula, the New York Times said, comments likely to raise questions about his handling of sensitive information. … Trump told Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Washington had “a lot of firepower over there”, according to the New York Times, which quoted a transcript of an April 29 call between the two. “We have two submarines — the best in the world. We have two nuclear submarines, not that we want to use them at all,” the newspaper quoted Trump as telling...
  • An Unquenched Light Deserving No More Darkness

    05/24/2017 5:08:37 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/24/17 | Steve Sagarra
    They must be unconditionally eradicated wherever they rear their ugliness, by any means necessary. Compassion and understanding require it, justice and punishment demand it Terrorists, by their very namesake, want to invoke terror. Whether their acts are by individuals bent on inflicting harm for whatever reason or connected to, or at least inspired by, a particular ideology, it matters very little at this point. Either way, they wish to disrupt normalcy, creating chaos from order. Once again, the world has witnessed a terrorist attack that has done that exact thing. Once again, hollow rhetoric will echo forth calling for compassion...
  • Today in U.S. military history: NYC fire fighters occupy Alexandria, and the first submarine rescue

    05/24/2017 7:19:11 AM PDT · by fugazi · 3 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 24, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1818: Gen. (future U.S. pres.) Andrew Jackson and his expeditionary army march into Spanish-controlled Florida, easily capturing the Gulf-coastal town of Pensacola. Col. José Masot, the Spanish governor, retreats to nearby Fort San Carlos de Barrancas (originally built by the British as “the Royal Navy Redoubt”) where he briefly puts up a token resistance – to save face – before hoisting the white flag there, too. 1861: Less than 24 hours after Virginia secedes from the Union, a regiment of Zouave infantry consisting of volunteer fire fighters from New York City land at Alexandria and occupy the town. The regiment’s...
  • Today in U.S. military history: U.S. breakout at Anzio, and the "self-cleaning" M-16

    05/23/2017 9:13:55 AM PDT · by fugazi · 17 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 23, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1862: Confederate forces under the command of Maj. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson strike, outmaneuver, and – with textbook coordination of infantry, cavalry, and artillery – decisively defeat Union Army forces under Col. John R. Kenly at Front Royal, Virginia. 1943: The most decorated battleship in the U.S. Navy, USS New Jersey (BB-62), is commissioned at Philadelphia. “The Big J” earned 19 battle stars and numerous other commendations during her 48 years of service, which covered actions in the Pacific Theater of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, and the Persian Gulf. 1944: In Italy, VI Corps at the Anzio...
  • New Orleans Mayor Wins the Great Statues War of 2017 – Loses the Battle against Violent Crime

    05/23/2017 8:50:42 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/23/17 | Rev. Michael Bresciani
    It is the “state of the city’, not the “look” of the city that needs a good mayor’s attention. Landrieu is obviously too engrossed in his liberal subjectivism to garner this simple, but profound truth With a long heritage of Spanish, French and other influences New Orleans has a unique place in the history of the nation. With streets named Tchoupitoulas, Melpomene and Terpsichore, foods like the Po-Boy, muffulettas and café – ole and beignet’s, who would doubt that you are in an unusual city when you set foot in the famed - “Crescent City” On May 19, 2017 Mayor...
  • Lockheed Martin plans to add 500 jobs in Orlando (Average pay of $87,000 in Florida)

    05/22/2017 3:54:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 22, 2017 | Paul Brinkmann•
    Lockheed Martin is planning to add 500 new jobs at its Missiles and Fire Control plant in South Orlando, and the defense contractor is seeking $3.5 million in incentives for the expansion. Lockheed will pay the 500 new employees an average salary of $87,000, according to a proposed county resolution to authorize the tax refunds. The hiring would be phased in over the next five years. The Orange County Board of County Commissioners is set to vote Tuesday on its portion of the incentive package, $700,000. According to the resolution, other regions are competing for the Lockheed expansion, but it...
  • Today in U.S. military history: Lewis and Clark sets out, and a nuclear sub sinks

    05/22/2017 10:23:41 AM PDT · by fugazi · 17 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 22, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1804: The "Corps of Discovery," a group of about four dozen Army volunteers led by Capt. Meriwether Lewis and 2nd Lt. William Clark, departs St. Charles Missouri on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Altogether, the company will travel some 8,000 miles as they map and explore the recently acquired Louisiana Purchase and find a route to the Pacific Ocean for President Thomas Jefferson. 1912: The aviation arm of the U.S. Marine Corps is born with the arrival of 1st Lt. Alfred A. Cunningham at the Naval Aviation Camp, Annapolis, Maryland. There, Cunningham will begin his flight training, and with less...
  • No 350-Ship Navy From This Trump Budget

    05/22/2017 6:52:40 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 15 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | 19 May 2017 | Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.
    WASHINGTON: All hands, brace for disappointment. The president’s promised naval buildup won’t begin in the 2018 budget out next week — or maybe ever. Sure, before the election, candidate Donald Trump promised a 350-ship Navy. Sure, just this morning, House Speaker Paul Ryan repeated the 350 figure. Sure, this week the Chief of Naval Operations emphasized the buildup should and could be fast. US shipyards could deliver 29 additional ships over the next seven years, said the CNO, Adm. John Richardson. That averages to 4.1 additional ships per year, although the first years would probably be lower because the shipyards...
  • Saudi, US mega deals to create thousands of jobs, experts say

    05/21/2017 9:47:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Gulf News ^ | May 21, 2017 | Fareed Rahman, Senior Reporter
    Abu Dhabi: The supersized deals between Saudi Arabia and the US are expected to create thousands of jobs bolstering trade ties between the two countries, experts said on Sunday. Deals worth in excess of $380 billion were signed during US President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia on Saturday including $110 billion arms agreement with the US companies and $50 billion worth deal between Saudi Aramco and different firms from the US. “American investments will increase in Saudi Arabia and will create jobs for Saudis, transfer technology and bring into the fore small and medium sized businesses that will benefit...
  • The Last Full Measure of Devotion

    05/21/2017 1:22:04 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/21/17 | Jimmy Reed
    Colonel Joe Kittinger Someone once defined military veterans as those who recognize that love of God, fellow man, and country is the willingness to write a blank check, payable for an amount up to the last full measure of devotion: life itself. On August 16, 1960, Colonel Joe Kittinger proved his willingness to write such a check by ascending in a helium balloon to an altitude of 102,800 feet — almost twenty miles.
  • North Korea missile passes re-entry test in breakthrough for nuclear programme

    05/21/2017 7:16:28 AM PDT · by RArtfulogerDodger · 9 replies
    Telegraph.Co.Uk ^ | May 20, 2017 | Julian Ryall
    The ballistic missile launched by North Korea on May 14 successfully re-entered the Earth's atmosphere, according to analysts, a significant breakthrough for Pyongyang's missile programme. Defence officials in South Korea and the US have confirmed that the launch of the liquid- fuel Hwasong-12 was a success. North Korea claimed that the weapon reached an altitude of 2,111.5 km (1,312 miles) and travelled a distance of 489 miles before breaching Japan's Air Defence Identification Zone and splashing down in the Sea of Japan.