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  • The F-4 Is a Great Fighter With a Bad Reputation

    06/28/2016 11:21:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    War is Boring ^ | June 25, 2016 | Sebastien Roblin
    The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a legendary aircraft — an icon of the Vietnam War and the archetype of the third-generation jet fighter designs that entered service in the 1960s. More than 5,000 of these heavy supersonic fighters were built, and hundreds continue to serve and even see combat in several air forces today. But the Phantom’s record in air-to-air combat over Vietnam — especially when compared to its successor, the F-15 Eagle, which has never been shot down in air-to-air combat — has left it with a reputation of being a clumsy bruiser reliant on brute engine power and obsolete weapons technology.
  • The Alfa Attack Submarine Was Ahead of Its Time

    06/28/2016 11:10:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | June 26, 2016 | Robert Farley
    The Soviet Union began the Cold War well behind the United States in submarine technology. Although the Soviets acquired several of the most advanced German submarine types towards the end of the war, the United States had amassed a wealth of experience in submarine and antisubmarine practice from the Pacific War and the Battle of the Atlantic.
  • Outrage as thousands of children run over the graves of fallen soldiers from WWIs Battle Of.....

    06/28/2016 11:01:46 AM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | may 30, 2016 | Peter Allen for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: Outrage as thousands of children run over the graves of fallen soldiers from WWIs Battle Of Verdun in stunt organised by German filmmaker during 100th anniversary commemorations in France Images of thousands of laughing children jogging through one of the most sacred Great War battlefields in the world have caused outrage. They were taken on Sunday during commemorations at Verdun - scene of one of the bloodiest battles in military history. The Battle of Verdun between German and French troops lasted over 300 days, and saw the deaths of more than 300,000 soldiers on both sides in 1916.
  • Marine Corps to Ban Infantryman

    06/28/2016 9:11:46 AM PDT · by PROCON · 63 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | June 28, 2016 | Morgan Chalfant
    The Marine Corps is eliminating the job title basic infantryman along with 18 others and replacing them with terms that are gender neutral. Others titles, including rifleman and mortarman, will remain the same, due to their historical and cultural significance for Marines. The service plans to replace 19 of its military occupational specialty titles, the Marine Corps Times reported Tuesday, seven months after Navy Secretary Ray Mabus ordered the Marine Corps to conduct a review of all job titles to ensure gender neutrality. For most of the 19 terms that will be changed, the word Marine will replace the...
  • The wizard war in orbit (part 2) Black black boxes

    06/28/2016 4:14:42 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 17 replies
    The Space Review ^ | June 27 2016 | Dwayne Day
    By fall 1959, a number of CORONA photo-reconnaissance spacecraft had already been launched under cover of the Discoverer program, but none had operated successfully. Program officials became concerned that the Agena spacecraft that carried CORONA might be vulnerable to tracking by Soviet radars, or possibly even deliberate electronic interference. They did not think this explained CORONAs early string of failures, but it was a possibility they worried about. At the time, Harold Willis was working in the Office of ELINT located at CIA Headquarters when CORONA officials briefed him about their program and told him about their concerns. Willis also...
  • White House: India Will Enjoy 99% of US Defense Technologies

    06/28/2016 2:02:07 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 7 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | June 26, 2016
    According to a senior White House official, India will gain access to almost 99 percent of US defense technologies after it is recognized as a Major Defense Partner. Earlier this month, after a meeting between US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House, the US, in a joint statement, recognized India as a Major Defense Partner', a status coined specifically to mark unique level of military cooperation between two nations. The official estimated this access as "99 percent" of all US defense technologies available. "[In reality], less than one per cent of all exports [requests]...
  • Rolls-Royce expects remote-controlled cargo ships by 2020

    06/26/2016 7:19:43 PM PDT · by dangerdoc · 32 replies
    Engadget ^ | 25 June 2016 | Jon Fingas
    Rolls-Royce isn't limiting its robotic transportation plans to luxury cars. The British transportation firm has outlined a strategy for deploying remote-controlled and autonomous cargo vessels. It's working on virtual decks where land-based crews could control every aspect of a ship, complete with VR camera views and monitoring drones to spot issues that no human ever could. Accordingly, Rolls is designing boats where humans wouldn't have to come aboard. In theory, one human would steer several boats -- crew shortages would disappear overnight. The move to crew-free ships promises more than a few advantages, Rolls says. You wouldn't need a bridge...
  • B-29 Doc Gets Certified for Airworthiness!

    06/26/2016 11:12:22 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 37 replies
    War History Online ^ | June 8, 2016 | War History Online
    The B-29 bomber known as Doc may be flying again before the summer is over. On May 20th, the nonprofit group Docs Friends announced that they had accepted an airworthiness certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration. Several dozen members of the group, along with other supporters, attended a ceremony at Docs hangar at Air Capital Flight Line, the former Boeing Wichita factory complex. The biggest thing is how important this airplane is to history, said Jeff Turner, board chairman for Docs Friends. The light of freedom was growing dimmer (during World War II), and the men and women of our...
  • What it might take to protect the world's biggest naval base from rising seas

    06/26/2016 9:37:24 AM PDT · by cardinal4 · 57 replies
    PRI ^ | 26 June 2016 | Carolyn Beeler
    When US Secretary of State John Kerry wanted to push his country to take the lead on climate change, it was no accident that he chose to give a speech in Norfolk, Virginia. Norfolk Naval Station is the biggest naval installation in the world. But, Kerry said last November, the land it is built on is literally sinking.
  • 36th Annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games - Salt Lake City

    06/26/2016 12:03:17 AM PDT · by airborne · 20 replies
    NVWG website ^ | 6/26/16 | vanity
    The 36th NVWG will offer 19 events plus one additional sport triathlon. Keeping with the mountain theme, bobsledding will be offered as the years exhibition sport. While the official theme and logo are still being determined, the obvious underlying theme will be the beauty of the outdoors and the natural wonders of Utah, said Jill Atwood, chief of communications for the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System.
  • Tri-care

    06/25/2016 1:39:56 PM PDT · by M.K. Borders · 62 replies
    25 june 2016 | me
    I am 59 years old and a traditional Army Guardsman with 21 years service. My retirement package is already prepared and sent in thru an excellent program run by the Indiana Guard for it's soon to be retired members. This was done last September. I officially enter the tender embrace of the VA in November. My question: How good is TRICARE? Not just me but my dependents? Because of the nightmare of Obamacare I lost my employer provided health insurance and have been running on a VERY unsatisfactory plan thru my wife's employer. We would like to go 100% TRICARE...
  • Vietnam captain recalls trick that faked the enemy, saved lives and earned Medal of Honor

    06/25/2016 8:23:17 AM PDT · by Signalman · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/24/2016 | Carole Glines
    Army Capt. Paul Buddy Bucha faked out the enemy while leading a motley crew in Vietnam. The Medal of Honor recipient was hailed as a hero after he made North Vietnamese fighters believe his 187th Infantry Regiment was much bigger than it really was. The combination of bravery and cunning helped him earn the nation's highest military honor, an award bestowed upon him by the president. In 1967, Bucha who graduated from West Point and earned an MBA at Stanford arrived in Vietnam and was given a squad filled with the rejects of all the other units, including...
  • Micromanaging The Micromanagers?

    06/24/2016 6:33:20 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 1 replies
    TralClearDefense ^ | 24 Jun, 2016 | Colin McElhinny
    As Congress marches toward major defense reforms in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, one area receiving increasing attention is the National Security Council (NSC). The narrative surrounding President Obamas NSC has been shaped by biting criticisms of micromanagement in the operations of the Departments of Defense and State and indecision on major national security issues. As some have noted, the NSC has long been the preferred punching bag for foreign policy spectators over the last half century. However, the chorus of criticism has seemed to peak more recently, manifesting in proposed legislation.
  • David Thatcher, Part of 42 Doolittle Raid on Japan, Dies at 94

    06/23/2016 2:54:05 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 22, 2016 | Richard Goldstein
    David Thatcher, an Army Air Force gunner who was decorated for helping to save the lives of four severely wounded fellow crewmen in the Doolittle Raid on Japan of April 1942, Americas first strike against the Japanese homeland in World War II, died on Wednesday in Missoula, Mont. He was 94 and the next-to-last survivor among the missions 80 airmen. His death, announced by his family through the Garden City Funeral Home in Missoula, leaves Richard Cole, age 100, as the last surviving veteran of a legendary chapter in Air Force history. Mr. Cole was a co-pilot alongside Lt. Col....
  • SAA campaign disaster in Western al-Raqqah | June 22nd 2016

    06/23/2016 2:09:49 PM PDT · by fella · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 22 June 2016 | R&U Videos II
    SAA campaign disaster in Western al-Raqqah | June 22nd 2016
  • removing hidden ISIS bombs (IED's) from the soil of Iraq

    06/23/2016 1:32:37 PM PDT · by fella · 4 replies
    removing hidden ISIS bombs (IED's) from the soil of Iraq
  • How the Red Cross Killed Non-Lethal Weapons

    06/23/2016 6:37:19 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | 22 June 2016 | GARY ANDERSON
    One such weapon is the Vehicle-Mounted Active Denial System, which uses directed energya focused beam of millimeter wavesto make targeted individuals feel that they are burning up, without actually doing harm. The effect ends when the target flees or the weapon is turned off. ... Regrettably, the human-rights groups were intransigent, and most of us in the military concluded that we shouldnt spend scarce dollars on systems that would never be used.... Unfortunately, even the existing VMADs weapons will probably never be used and more-capable weapons never developed. Why? Because of complaints by human-rights advocates, who seem to think that...
  • Finally, an app that sends Game Of Thrones spoilers to your enemies

    06/23/2016 6:32:37 AM PDT · by MNDude · 9 replies
    The world of Game Of Thrones is filled to the brim with evil, scheming psychopaths who think nothing of exacting the most unthinkably heinous punishments and persecutions upon enemies and strangers alike. Thats probably why the HBO series is so popularits remarkably similar to the real world. Case in point: A few sinister maesters of technology have created an online service, Spoiled.io, that will, for just 99 cents, anonymously text show spoilers to anybody deserving (or undeserving) of a little distress. The surprise-ruining tidbits are dispersed throughout the world by automated Faceless Men immediately after the newest episode airs, and...
  • U.S. Navy Officers in Crosshairs Over Iran Debacle

    06/23/2016 6:04:20 AM PDT · by LadyBuzz · 46 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 6/22/2016 | Dan De Luce
    The U.S. Navy is weighing whether to punish several officers and sailors for the botched mission that resulted in two boats inadvertently straying into Iranian waters, embarrassing Washington and handing Tehran a propaganda victory, Foreign Policy has learned.
  • In 1965, U.S. and Dominican Tanks Fought Brief, Violent Skirmishes

    06/22/2016 4:19:58 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 27 replies
    Tanks have rarely been used in battle in the Western Hemisphere — and fights between tanks are even rarer. But the Dominican Republic in 1965 was one of the exceptions, when Constitutionalist rebels fought the armored vehicles of invading U.S. Marines in the streets of the capital city, Santo Domingo. Stranger yet, the Dominicans were using Swedish tanks.
  • Afghanistan: Dogs of War

    06/22/2016 11:42:43 AM PDT · by ThinkingBuddha · 8 replies
    theatlantic.com ^ | 06/03/2014 | Alan Taylor
    Throughout the course of the long war in Afghanistan, Coalition troops have relied on thousands of military working dogs to help keep them safe, and make their jobs easier. The dogs are trained to detect explosives, to find illegal drugs, to search for missing comrades, or target enemy combatants. Not only are they active on the front lines, but behind the lines they serve as therapy dogs, service dogs, and loyal companions. They also share the same risks as the ground troops, suffering injuries and sometimes death on the battlefields. Gathered here are images of these dogs and their handlers...
  • WW I hero Francis Pegahmagabow given Aboriginal Day honour

    06/22/2016 8:20:05 AM PDT · by Snowyman · 9 replies
    History largely remembers him as Corp. Francis Pegahmagabow the deadliest sniper and scout of the First World War, credited with 378 kills and 300 captures. And on Tuesday, National Aboriginal Day, a life-sized bronze monument of Pegahmagabow was unveiled in Parry Sound, Ont., almost 100 years after he earned his first medal for courage in battle. The monument: Pegahmagabow standing defiantly with an eagle perched on one arm; his right hand in a fist; a Ross rifle slung over his shoulder; a caribou at his feet to represent his clan.
  • This patriot fought in WWII and all he asks is you send him a birthday card

    06/22/2016 5:26:44 AM PDT · by orchestra · 30 replies
    HackettstownLiFE ^ | 6/22/2016
    Pictured is Mr. Howard Shriver, a WWII veteran who served in the Marianas Islands and the Philippines. He lives in an assisted living facility in Marietta, OH and will celebrate his 98th birthday on July 12. Let's make his 98th memorable. I am asking anyone who would like to thank a member of the Greatest Generation - the first Soldier called up from Williamstown, WV - to send a birthday card. I'd love to see him get hundreds of cards, to show appreciation and give him something to talk about for a while. If you can support him with a...
  • My son is off to Basic Training

    06/21/2016 4:37:30 PM PDT · by IronJack · 63 replies
    IronJack ^ | June 22, 2016 | IronJack
    Just a bittersweet vanity thread announcing that my 18-year-old son left today for Air Force Basic Training. This is a boy -- a man now -- who has gone through a lot in his short life. A few years ago, he turned it around and started on a rigorous road of introspection and self-improvement. And it worked. This is finishing school for him. He has been training to be an Air Force Combat Controller for the last 18 months. Today, he stopped being ours and became the property of this country. He will do it proud.
  • The wizard war in orbit (part 1)

    06/21/2016 7:08:55 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 16 replies
    The Space Review ^ | 20 June 2016 | Dwayne Day
    Tales of espionage are filled with lanky men in trenchcoats walking through cold Berlin streets at the height of the Cold War. But the most important intelligencein terms of volume and reliabilitywas gathered by reconnaissance satellites far overhead. These satellites were precise, they collected vast amounts of information, and unlike spies, they did not forget, embellish, lie, or go rogue. Photographic reconnaissance satellites like CORONA, GAMBIT, HEXAGON, and KENNEN were in many ways the most prolific spooks. But they were also accompanied by other satellites, signals intelligence, or SIGINT, satellites that listened for the electronic whispers of radars and radios,...
  • Here Is Why the US Military Is Not In Panic Mode Over China's Carrier-Killer Missiles

    06/20/2016 9:06:58 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 19 replies
    National Interest ^ | June 20, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    What makes the new Chinese capability different is the combination of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability with long-range precision weapons. The combination ubiquitous ISR, long-range precision strike weapons take that to the next level, [Adm. John Richardson, the U.S. Navys chief of naval operations], said. It demands a response.But the threat is not just contained in the South China Sea, Richardson said. The anti-ship ballistic missile threat is increasingly found around the world and will continue to proliferate. Indeed,the hermit kingdom of North Korea has apparently acquired anti-ship ballistic missile technology. As such, the Navy will have to get...
  • Skygazers Have Already Found the US Government's New Spy Satellite

    06/20/2016 9:20:55 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 24 replies
    Motherboard ^ | 19 June 2016
    Last week, the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office launched NROL-37, carrying its latest spy satellite into geosynchronous orbit via Delta IV-Heavy rocket. But it only took amateur space enthusiasts a few days to locate the mysterious new craft in the skies near Malaysia, over the Strait of Malacca. While the contents and capabilities of the NROL-37 mission's payload are classified (the satellite is innocuously labeled US-268), its need to hitch a ride on the world's biggest rocket strongly suggests it is the seventh member of the Mentor/Orion family, an extra-large class of signals intelligence (SIGINT) satellites which help provide eavesdropping capability...
  • The US Navy Is Dumping Billions into New Aircraft CarriersIt Could Be a Disaster

    06/20/2016 9:16:02 AM PDT · by sparklite2 · 41 replies
    National Interest ^ | June 19, 2016 | David W. Wise
    The U.S. Navy has fallen into a troubling pattern of designing and acquiring new classes of ships that would arguably best be left as single ship or at most in limited numbers. Its also building several types of new aircraft that fail to meet specifications. The Navy is developing a new class of supercarriers that cannot function properly, and has designed them to launch F-35 fighters that are not ready to fly their missions. This is all happening during an era of out-of-control budgets, which bodes poorly for American sea power and leadership ahead. That the Navy is concentrating larger...
  • Second Zumwalt-class stealth destroyer christened at Bath Iron Works

    06/18/2016 1:48:14 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 8 replies
    pressherald.com ^ | !8 June 2016 | J. CRAIG ANDERSON
    The future USS Michael Monsoor is named after a Navy SEAL who was killed saving the lives of others in Iraq. At least 1,500 people attended the event, including all four members of Maines congressional delegation and several family members of the ships namesake, a Navy SEAL who was killed on Sept. 29, 2006, in Iraq after he jumped on top of an enemy grenade to absorb the blast. Petty Officer 2nd Class Monsoors act of herosim saved the lives of three fellow SEALS and eight Iraqi Army soldiers. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2008.
  • U.S. Military Losing Edge in Small Arms

    06/18/2016 11:47:02 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 60 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | November 2015 | Jim Schatz
    Since the end of World War II, only 10 U.S tank crew members have been killed in warfare. This is an amazing testament to fighting vehicle technology and the money spent to develop and sustain that tactical edge over our enemies. In that same period, the United States has lost some 60,000 soldiers in small arms engagements, an approximate one for one exchange. Few foes on the planet could hope to dominate America in a tank, air or naval battle. Yet every bad actor with an AK-47 takes on U.S. and NATO ground forces in a small arms fight. We...
  • A Swimming Pool in the ICU?

    06/17/2016 8:07:31 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | 17 June 2016 | E. WESLEY ELY
    My patient, nearing death, made a moving request: baptism. Hed get the full dunk. Five days earlier, we had admitted Bennie, a Vietnam veteran, to the intensive care unit of our VA hospital in Nashville, Tenn. Frail and wrinkled, he had a look of utter confusion and a furrowed brow that would pluck the heartstrings of even the most calloused physician. Decades spent in Southern tobacco fields left him looking old enough to remember Hoovers presidency. Double pneumonia and too much sedation made him delirious.
  • Obama Administration Lays Out $56 Million Plan for Libya

    06/16/2016 7:06:33 PM PDT · by Golden Eagle · 28 replies
    U.S. News and World Report ^ | June 16, 2016, | Julian Pecquet
    The Obama administration is throwing its weight behind Libya's new UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), laying out a $56 million aid plan for the coming months. The State Department plans to reallocate $35 million in current and prior year funding to help the political transition in Tripoli, special envoy for Libya Jonathan Winer told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a June 15 hearing. The proposal would require moving around money that has already been approved by Congress. Secretary of State John Kerry said in May that he was ready to look at exemptions to the international arms embargo...
  • Why I Enjoy Firearms...My Better Self

    06/16/2016 4:52:48 PM PDT · by GRRRRR · 16 replies
    Self | 06/16/16 | GRRRRR
    Why do I Enjoy Firearms? The South Carolina Chapter held a raffle. I never win raffles, however, I still contributed to the cause. I won a Rem 700 n .270. Yeah, no kidding. Upon returning home, I completed a transfer request per IL law. A week later I was at a range all by myself with a cardboard box. I asked for help and instruction and spent the rest of the day shooting. Over the next few months I spent every Sat AM out there. I took additional classes from a great family team consisting of an ex Chicago cop...
  • POWs From WWII Through Vietnam Speak to USS Midway Visitors

    06/16/2016 4:10:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 6/16 | Brie Stimson
    The event was organized by the San Diego chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of WarEight prisoners of war from World War II through Vietnam visited with museum guests aboard the USS Midway Museum about their experiences Thursday. "Today we have several prisoners of war from World War II, one fella that was on the Pueblo and was a prisoner in North Korea for a year, one fella from Vietnam, one fella from the...police action in Korea and then there's one fella that was captured as a child in Manila with in family in World War II and basically was a...
  • 'Listen To Our Veterans' Project: Early Results Are In

    06/16/2016 4:08:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    A consortium of leading media, business, technology and veterans organizations have joined to create a first-of-its-kind digital campaign designed to allow veterans to quickly share their experiences, and aggregate their feedback into large-scale usable insights that can be used for good. The Listen to Our Veterans project launched this Memorial Day with partners including NBC7, Donovans Steak and Chop House, and HundredXs Expresit, as well as veterans' organizations across San Diego County, including Support the Enlisted Project and the Armed Forces YMCA. The goal of the Listen to Our Veterans project is to allow veterans and other interested parties an...
  • Todays Obama Speech In Orlando.Forgot To Mention That The Shooter Was A Registered Democrat.

    06/16/2016 2:27:24 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 20 replies
    And what a lame speech it was! Obama never related any of the known facts of the Orlando shooting. No mention that it was a Muslim that wanted to kill as many gays as possible in a single event. No mention that the shooter had a weapons license. But most important, did not mention that the shooter was a Registered Democrat!, You think Obama would of made a different speech today if the shooter was a white conservative?
  • SPY NATION? US Navy discussed plans to fit humans with microchips and track their every move

    06/16/2016 10:49:23 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 11 replies
    The Sun ^ | 6/16/2016 | Jasper Hamill
    The US Navy has held meetings to discuss highly controversial technology which could one day allow the government to track the movements of every single citizen in the country, The Sun has learned. A number of naval officers visited the home of an American presidential candidate and transhumanist called Zoltan Istvan, who believes human beings should be fitted with technology to boost their brain power or enhance physical attributes. Istvan said they discussed the possibility of implanting humans with chips fitted with global positioning (GPS) technology.
  • Seventy-Two Killed Resisting Gun Confiscation In Boston

    06/16/2016 8:13:52 AM PDT · by dware · 65 replies
    DC Gazette ^ | 07.29.2014 | Ed Schriber Col. USMC (Ret.)
    National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed by elements of a para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw. Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement. Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group's organizers as criminals, issued an executive order...
  • How a heroic Marines military training helped him save dozens from Orlando gunman

    06/16/2016 6:11:25 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 16 replies
    washing post ^ | 15 June 2016 | Peter Holley
    Imran Yousuf, a bouncer at the Pulse nightclub, had an advantage. A Marine who had served in Afghanistan, Yousuf was able to use his training to quickly identify the impending threat and remain clear-headed as people died around him, according to the Marine Corps Times. Because of the 24-year-olds decisive actions, he is being credited with saving dozens of lives.
  • The Truth About Assault Weapons

    06/15/2016 6:09:15 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 47 replies
    The truth about assault weapons. Ground control to liberals, the AR 15 is not an assault rifle anymore than a .22 rifle.
  • Into the fight?

    06/15/2016 11:05:22 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 19 replies
    World Magazine ^ | May 13, 2016 | Laura Finch
    U. S. Marine Capt. Katie Petronio was a dynamo upon graduation from Bowdoin College in 2007. Standing 5 feet 3 inches, she could squat 200 pounds, and she seemed as ready for a combat role as many men were. But just five years later, her body had figuratively started crumbling under the stress of service in Iraq and Afghanistan as a combat engineer officer. Her spine had compressed her nerves to the point of causing neuropathy. Her thigh muscles started to atrophy. She lost 17 pounds and was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, which led to infertility. The experience prompted...
  • Bill O'Reilley Pushes Assault Weapons Ban

    06/15/2016 5:17:32 AM PDT · by xzins · 73 replies
    Opinion ^ | 15 Jun 16 | Xzins
    Bill O'Reilly, cable news rating king, called for America to get rid of assault weapons. Applying a fair self-assessment, O'Reilly stated that he wasn't very knowledgeable about weapons, so he didn't want to get into distinctions. At one point he was hyperbolic, saying that Americans shouldn't have mortars and a few other battlefield weapons systems. Sadly, O'Reilly doesn't seem to realize that the Orlando shooter did not use an assault rifle, a weapon that is characterized for the most part by its having an automatic mode. Latest reports are saying the murderer in Orlando used a Sig Sauer, a weapon...
  • The Pentagon's Third Offset: Just a Smoke Screen for a Shrinking US Military?

    06/14/2016 9:46:10 AM PDT · by sparklite2 · 8 replies
    National Interest ^ | June 14, 2016 | Dan Goure
    The third offset strategy hopes to accomplish two objectives. First, by investing in groundbreaking technologies in such areas as undersea systems, hypersonics, electronic warfare, big data analytics, advanced materials, 3D printing, energy and propulsion, robotics, autonomy, man-machine interfaces and advanced sensing and computing, the Pentagon hopes to create new military capabilities that will counter competitors advances in precision weapons, long-range missiles and electronic warfare. Second, by relying more heavily on technologies developed in commercial industry and, even more important, on the practices of cutting-edge IT companies in the areas of innovation, experimentation and rapid development and deployment, DoD believes it...
  • Trump settles dispute over flag (Happy Flag Day and B-day to Trump!)

    06/14/2016 8:40:01 AM PDT · by bigtoona · 13 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 4/24/2007 | Sally Apgar
    PALM BEACH Donald Trump and the town of Palm Beach have reached a quiet truce in the six-month war over the mega American flag he flies over Mar-a-Lago, his Creamsicle-orange fortress by the sea. A shorter version of the same 25-by-50-foot flag stays. But, instead of flying from an 80-foot flagpole built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, the flag will fly from a 70-foot pole. So Trump gets to keep the flag in his own backyard. But in a very untrumply manner, The Donald isn't talking. He declined to comment Monday in deference to a stipulation in the...
  • Anderson Cooper interviewee: Killer mentioned Obama's bombing raids [NOT Trump's Ban!]

    06/14/2016 6:49:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    6/14/16
    Just watched the local Fox Miami station. It ran a story about how some people survived the shooting. One of the people was on Anderson Cooper's show. He was in the bathroom with the Muslim terrorist. Guy says the Muslim terrorist told them to turn off their cell phones and not talk. But then he says the Muslim terrorist said the reason he was killing people was because the US was bombing his people, and the USA needed to stop doing that.
  • Happy Birthday to the US Army!

    06/14/2016 5:22:06 AM PDT · by rfreedom4u · 14 replies
    June 14, 2016 | Rfreedom4u
    Two hundred forty-one years ago, our nation's leaders established the Continental Army. Today, the Army is the strategic landpower of the joint force; called upon to prevent, shape, and win against our adversaries. The U.S. Army's 241st Birthday is June 14, 2016, a day we celebrate the Total Army Force comprised of multi-component Soldiers and Department of the Army Civilians and their contributions to national defense. The American Soldier trains, deploys, engages, and destroys enemies of the United States in combat operations as the world's premier land force.
  • Edwards EOD destroys hazardous chemical found in Lancaster

    06/13/2016 3:37:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    edwards.af.mil ^ | Updated 6/13/2016 | Kenji Thuloweit, 412th Test Wing Public Affairs
    /10/2016 - EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Explosive Ordnance Disposal Airmen from the 812th Civil Engineering Squadron blew up 20 gallons of a hazardous chemical at an on-base range June 6. The chemical was determined to be a nitrocellulose-dope lacquer, which was found at a drop-off point for hazardous materials waste in Lancaster, California. The city was able to track it back to General William J. Fox Airfield. "Nitrocellulose-dope lacquer was originally used to harden the flight surfaces of fabric-based aircraft," said Staff Sgt. Christopher Severe, 812th CES, EOD. "We knew from our research that this particular lot could...
  • From Chicken Guns to Testing Cobra Venom: The Strange World of Military Science

    06/13/2016 9:46:27 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 24 replies
    Science Friday ^ | 10 Jun, 2016 | Mary Roach
    The chicken gun has a sixty-foot barrel, putting it solidly in the class of an artillery piece. While a four-pound chicken hurtling in excess of 400 miles per hour is a lethal projectile, the intent is not to kill. On the contrary, the chicken gun was designed to keep people alive. The carcasses are fired at jets, standing empty or occupied by simulated crew, to test their ability to withstand what the Air Force and the aviation industry, with signature clipped machismo, call birdstrike. The chickens are stunt doubles for geese, gulls, ducks, and the rest of the collective bird...
  • Legendary American Hero Steve Spiro Pisanos Passes Away at 96

    06/13/2016 3:55:39 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 6 replies
    San Diego Air & Space Museum ^ | June 2016 | unknown
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