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  • Orbital ATK Eyes Investments in Advanced Rocket Motors

    10/18/2017 5:25:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies ^ | October 18, 2017 06:41pm ET | Sandra Erwin, Space News |
    A new market for super high-speed weapons is fueling investments in rocket engine technologies as companies seek to gain an edge. The industry foresees a demand for advanced rocket engines, particularly if the U.S. military moves to acquire revolutionary missiles that fly at hypersonic speeds. The Pentagon expects to invest $2 billion over the next five years in high-speed weapons including lasers and hypersonic missiles  that travel at five times the speed of sound. ... Large solid propellant rocket motors are critical systems for the United States to be able to launch payloads into space or warheads in intercontinental ballistic missiles. The industry...
  • Navy Man Wins Jeopardy With Winnings of $1

    10/18/2017 4:34:12 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 57 replies
    10/18/17 | Originalbuckeye
    Did anyone see Jeopardy yesterday? The 3rd appearance of ‘Manny’, a Navy guy, ended with him winning the game with only a dollar. He had only $2,000 going into the final (it had been a rough game for him, he had done much better his first two games). The two challengers were tied with $12,400 each. The final question was really difficult and no one got the right answer. The first answer revealed was Manny’s wrong answer, and he lost $1,999 of his money, leaving him with a dollar. The two challengers bet all their money and lost it all,...
  • ‘Simplicate and Add Lightness!’ — Designing the F-45 Mustang II

    10/18/2017 2:28:39 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 60 replies
    National Review ^ | March 13, 2017 4:00 AM | MIKE FREDENBURG
    When replacing the failed F-35, the U.S. should focus on building large numbers of a reliable, lightweight fighter design. EDITOR’S NOTE: This article concludes Mike Fredenburg’s series on replacing the disastrous F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Part I explains why the program should be considered a failure and argues that the Trump administration should proactively cancel the F-35. Part II lays out the measures the Pentagon should undertake to bridge the gap between the F-35’s cancellation and the production of a new replacement fighter.
  • Secrets To Life From A 109-Year-Old Veteran

    10/18/2017 4:24:19 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 13 replies
    Big Geek Dad ^ | 10/18/2017 | National Geographic
    America’s oldest veteran is Richard Overton who was 109-years-old when this video was filmed by National Geographic. He has since celebrated two more birthdays and is now 111 years old. He was born on May 11, 1906, and has lived in the same house since 1945. This cigar-smoking Veteran has lived more years than most of us could imagine. His Overton diet includes multiple cups of coffee and butter pecan ice cream. His secrets to life aren’t complicated and he has the attitude of Never Give Up!
  • A nurse’s aide plays video games while a veteran dies at Bedford VA hospital

    10/17/2017 7:05:12 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 23 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 17 Oct 2017 | Andrea Estes
    Bill Nutter was very sick. Not only had he just lost his second leg to diabetes, but he also suffered from a condition that could cause his heart to stop beating without warning.... At first, Waible insisted she had made the required checks on Nutter, even initialing paperwork that purported to document her visits. But she eventually confessed when an OIG investigator told her the hospital’s cameras showed she never left her computer for her entire shift, according to someone with direct knowledge. None of these facts were shared with the Nutters, family members said.
  • North Korea says ‘a nuclear war may break out any moment’

    10/16/2017 4:40:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 16 at 7:26 PM | Edith M. Lederer
    Kim In Ryong told the U.N. General Assembly’s disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat” from the United States since the 1970s — and said the country has the right to possess nuclear weapons in self-defense. He pointed to large-scale military exercises every year using “nuclear assets” and said what is more dangerous is what he called a U.S. plan to stage a “secret operation aimed at the removal of our supreme leadership.” ... He told the disarmament committee that the Democratic People’s...
  • 15 attorneys general oppose Trump transgender military ban

    10/16/2017 3:53:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 16, 2017 2:44 PM EDT | Steve LeBlanc
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is leading a group of 15 Democratic attorneys general in opposing President Donald Trump’s administration’s plan to bar transgender individuals from openly serving in the military. The group filed a brief Monday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia arguing that banning transgender individuals from the military is unconstitutional and against the interest of national defense and that it harms the transgender community. “Our military should be open to every brave American who volunteers to serve,” Healey said. In the brief, the attorneys general argue that “nothing about being transgender inhibits a person’s...
  • A Day on The Brand New Gigantic US Aircraft Carrier: USS Gerald Ford in Action

    10/16/2017 2:25:29 AM PDT · by fella · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | 14 Oct 2017
    A Day on The Brand New Gigantic US Aircraft Carrier: USS Gerald Ford in Action
  • Marine Michelle Klimarchuk's dying wish was to see a Marine in dress blues one last time!

    10/15/2017 12:24:15 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 24 replies
    Twitter ^ | 5:13 PM - 14 Oct 2017 | Military USA
    Military USA‏@MilitaryCourage Marine Michelle Klimarchuk's dying wish was to see a Marine in dress blues one last time!
  • Look around Chuck Yeager's cockpit.. 360 degree view inside airplane that broke sound barrier

    10/13/2017 1:18:57 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 22 replies
    Click here to drag and click and look around the cockpit. n the morning of October 14, 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager made humankind’s first supersonic flight in the bullet-shaped Bell X-1 aircraft he nicknamed Glamorous Glennis, after his wife. That aircraft now hangs in the Boeing Milestones of Flight hall in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. This 360-degree VR view is part of a series of aircraft cockpits photographed for the Museum by Dennis Biela of LightSpeed Media. Click and drag anywhere inside the frame to “look around” inside the cockpit....
  • Syria: Peace Is About To Break Out And Kill More People

    10/12/2017 11:12:58 AM PDT · by fella · 6 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 9 Oct. 2017
    The rebels are falling apart. Russia, Iran, Turkey and the Assads have used their “de-escalation” zones into slaughterhouses by resuming attacks on pro-rebel civilians and any rebels they can catch. ISIL is rapidly losing it personnel and territory because of constant attacks by just about everyone (Turks, Kurds, Assad and his Iranian and Russian allies as well as the Americans and sundry other minor players). As ISIL is being put down everyone is thinking about the next phase of the civil war. The winners want to get rewarded for their service. The Syrian Kurds want autonomy in the northeast (mainly...
  • Report: Massive morale problems aboard US Navy ship

    10/11/2017 6:22:46 PM PDT · by traumer · 65 replies
    Morale aboard a US warship operating in the Pacific reached such a low ebb that one sailor described serving aboard the ship as being akin to being on "a floating prison," according to surveys obtained via the Freedom of Information Act. The Navy Times obtained three command climate surveys featuring hundreds of pages of anonymous comments from sailors revealing widespread morale issues aboard the USS Shiloh, a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser based in Yokosuka, Japan. Two Navy officials told CNN that the information reported from the surveys was accurate. According to the obtained surveys only 31% of the sailors who responded...
  • US Navy officers lose jobs after fatal collision

    10/11/2017 9:27:53 AM PDT · by Signalman · 23 replies ^ | 10/10/2017 | Brad Lendon
    The two officers in charge of the destroyer USS John S. McCain have been relieved of duty after a deadly accident earlier this year, the US Navy said in a statement Tuesday. The guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant ship off Singapore on August 21, leaving 10 US sailors dead and five more injured. The accident left a large highly visible hole in the US ship. The McCain's commanding officer, Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez, and executive officer, Cmdr. Jessie L. Sanchez, were "relieved due to a loss of confidence," according to statement from the US 7th Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan,...
  • Pin-Ups  For  Vets

    10/11/2017 8:07:21 AM PDT · by Terry Mross · 12 replies
    Beautiful female military vets who support their fellow vets.
  • AD732, Charles Martel led the Franks against Muslim invaders near the city of Tours

    10/11/2017 12:08:37 AM PDT · by Djl3668 · 34 replies
    On this date, in AD732, Charles Martel led the Franks against Muslim invaders near the city of Tours and turned back the tide of Islamic advance at the Battle of Tours (sometimes called the Battle of Poitiers).
  • My two sons left for Marine Corp basic training today

    10/10/2017 9:07:33 PM PDT · by Romans Nine · 92 replies
    Today years of home schooling and teaching honor, duty and love for country came to fruition. My two oldest sons Marshall (19) and Mitchell (18) left for MCRD San Diego. These are two fine young Christian men who have never gave their mother or I any real trouble or grief. They have never so much as back talked us. It was a proud moment for us as we watched them take the oath to protect the Constitution of the United States. Neither of them were looking for a career they just wanted to do what they felt was a duty...
  • How the CIA Helped the Bolivian Army Kill Che Guevara(barf)

    10/10/2017 5:55:50 PM PDT · by BBell · 43 replies ^ | 10/9/17 | Sofia Lotto Persio
    Cuba remembered the 50th anniversary of the death of a key figure in the Marxist revolution that overturned U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista and brought the Fidel Castro–led regime to power. Ernesto “Che” Guevara was executed in Bolivia on October 9, 1967, and the CIA's role in his death remains controversial. "His captors cared nothing for the dignity and etiquette his revolutionary legacy demanded, and [he] was vilely murdered. But history only remembers the cowardice of those murderers, while the colossal example of Che lives on and multiples day after day," Cuba’s vice president, Miguel Diaz-Canel—a likely successor to the Castro...
  • Code Talker Passes in New Mexico

    10/10/2017 12:38:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    KOB4 ^ | October 10, 2017
    A Navajo Code Talker has died in New Mexico. David Patterson Sr. served during World War Two and used the Navajo language as a communications code that was never broken. Patterson was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. His service will be held in Shiprock, New Mexico on Thursday. Patterson was 94 years old.
  • PBS' The Vietnam War Miseducates America

    10/10/2017 7:48:48 AM PDT · by pabianice · 52 replies
    realcleardefense ^ | 10/10/17 | Sempa
    The recent PBS ten-episode The Vietnam War, produced and directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, and written by Geoffrey Ward, is billed as a critical reexamination of the war in Indochina that claimed more than 58,000 American lives and more than two million Vietnamese lives. It is nothing of the sort. Burns, Novick and Ward do not reexamine any of the conventional liberal perspectives on the war. The shibboleths of the Left are all reinforced. The production of this new series was, objectively, a waste of time and money, for PBS had essentially told the same story in 1983’s...
  • U.S. military to become 'giant armed nervous system'

    10/09/2017 6:41:15 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 29 replies
    WND ^ | 8 Oct, 2017 | JOSEPH FARAH
    History has shown time and again that military force with the best communication system likely prevails, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. Now, a new report reveals that the U.S. military is working on a “giant armed nervous system” that would connect everything in a battle, from ships at sea and jets overhead to the individual personal digital devices carried by soldiers. It’s the Defense One site that described the plan as a “nervous system.” “Leaders of the Air Force, Navy, Army and Marines are converging on a vision of the future military: connecting every asset on the global battlefield,” the...