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  • Former Fitzgerald, McCain COs Face Negligent Homicide

    01/16/2018 4:51:31 PM PST · by LadyBuzz · 24 replies
    USNI News ^ | 01/16/2018 | Sam LaGrone
    This post has been updated to correct the name of the former commander of USS John S. McCain (DDG-56). The correct name is Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez. This post has also been updated with a statement from the service. The commanders of the two guided-missile destroyers that were involved in fatal collisions with merchant ships in 2017 will face military criminal charges that include charges of dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel and negligent homicide, after the two incidents that resulted in the death of 17 sailors total, USNI News has learned. Cmdr. Bryce Benson, former commander of USS Fitzgerald...
  • Biologists' new peptide could fight many cancers

    01/16/2018 2:30:48 PM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    phys.org ^ | January 16, 2018 | by Anne Trafton, & Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    MIT biologists have designed a new peptide that can disrupt a key protein that many types of cancers, including some forms of lymphoma, leukemia, and breast cancer, need to survive. The new peptide targets a protein called Mcl-1, which helps cancer cells avoid the cellular suicide that is usually induced by DNA damage. By blocking Mcl-1, the peptide can force cancer cells to undergo programmed cell death. "Some cancer cells are very dependent on Mcl-1, which is the last line of defense keeping the cell from dying. It's a very attractive target," says Amy Keating, an MIT professor of biology...
  • Why do we need the military now more than ever?

    01/16/2018 8:57:34 AM PST · by MNDude · 42 replies
    In several recent tweets, Trump has stated that shutting down the government will result in hurting our military "in a time we need it most." Why is this a time we need it more than ever? What is on the horizon?
  • ‘Britannia’: British Historical Drama Gets Amazon Premiere Date & Trailer

    01/16/2018 6:29:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | January 15, 2018 | Denise Petski
    All nine episodes of original drama series Britannia will premiere Friday, January 26 on Amazon Prime Video. Amazon also has released the trailer for the series which charts the Roman invasion of what would become Great Britain in 43 A.D.
  • Iron Fist 2018 Ramps Up Training as Japan Readies 1st Amphibious Unit

    01/16/2018 6:01:00 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    USNI News ^ | January 15, 2018 | Gidget Fuentes
    With its official operational date fast approaching, Japan’s first Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade kicked off the bilateral Iron Fist 2018 exercise on Friday with an opening ceremony alongside its Marine Corps hosts. It wasn’t a time for long speeches. Over the next month, 350 soldiers with the Japan Ground Self Defense Force will train closely with Marines to hone skills that will run the gamut from amphibious reconnaissance and fire-and-maneuver assaults to close-air support and staff planning. They will fire mortars and artillery, land on beaches aboard rubber boats and assault craft and attack and defend “friendly” land from foes...
  • Bat Bomb

    01/15/2018 4:41:43 PM PST · by keat · 29 replies
    25 November 2017, 09:09
    Bat bombs were an experimental World War II weapon developed by the United States. The bomb consisted of a bomb-shaped casing with over a thousand compartments, each containing a hibernating Mexican free-tailed bat with a small, timed incendiary bomb attached. Dropped from a bomber at dawn, the casings would deploy a parachute in mid-flight and open to release the bats, which would then roost in eaves and attics in a 20–40 mile radius. The incendiaries would start fires in inaccessible places in the largely wood and paper constructions of the Japanese cities that were the weapon's intended target. The bat...
  • "Son of Blackbird": Boeing Reveals Hypersonic Concept That Could Replace SR-71

    01/12/2018 11:43:02 AM PST · by Red Badger · 125 replies
    www.popularmechanics.com ^ | Jan 12, 2018 | By Jay Bennett
    Boeing showed off a scaled concept model of its hypersonic strike and reconnaissance aircraft design. This week Boeing revealed the first design details of a demonstrator aircraft that would go faster than Mach 5. Boeing hopes to build the hypersonic concept around a combined-cycle engine that incorporates elements of a turbine and a dual ramjet/scramjet. The unveiling came at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics SciTech forum in Orlando, Florida, as reported by Aviation Week Aerospace Daily. Boeing's model design is similar to one Lockheed Martin is working on. The aerospace industry right now is racing to produce a...
  • US Navy bolting LASER WEAPON onto lead warship for futuristic warfare

    01/12/2018 9:30:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    www.dailystar.co.uk ^ | 12th January 2018 | By Anders Anglesey
    THE US Navy will mount a laser weapon onto a top-class warship, defence officials confirmed. Top Navy officials said the device is slated to be installed on the USS Portland by this autumn. Crucially, the prototype will not be used in combat, but may pave the way for high-tech lasers that will be used during warfare. Captain Brian Metcalfe said: “They’ve got what I call ‘power modules’ that control the laser that will just fit in those open and reserve weight spaces and then the laser itself gets bolted onto the deck. “It’s not going to be integrated into the...
  • Fort Huachuca recognized as ‘Firewise’ community

    01/12/2018 3:45:47 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | David Rookhuyzen david.rookhuyzen@myheraldreview.com
    FORT HUACHUCA — After more than a year of effort, Fort Huachuca is being recognized for its efforts to prevent wildfires. During a short ceremony Thursday with Army personnel and fire officials, the installation was recognized as a “Firewise community” that has taken proactive steps to reduce fire risks. Fort Huachuca is the first Army post to receive this recognition and only the second military installation, after the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Both are now part of a collection of 1,479 communities across 42 states that have earned this distinction since the program was started in 2002...
  • The U.S. Marine Corps Is Getting a New Rifle:The new M27 is more accurate than today's M4 is

    01/11/2018 1:05:20 PM PST · by C19fan · 66 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 11, 2018 | Matthew Moss
    The U.S. Marine Corps has picked the Heckler & Koch M27 as its new infantry rifle. Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller confirmed the selection in an interview with Military.com. The new rifle is part of a wider overhaul of the Marines’ infantry gear. Jarheads are also getting new communications equipment, body armor, suppressors and night-vision optics.
  • Is this USAF’s 4,602mph HYPERSONIC warplane? Google Earth snaps mystery craft in Florida

    01/11/2018 8:42:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 132 replies
    www.dailystar.co.uk ^ | Published 11th January 2018 | By Simon Green
    A MYSTERIOUS aircraft snapped in a Florida airbase could be the US Air Force’s top-secret hypersonic warplane, according to huge claims. Defence firm Lockheed Martin is understood to be working on a state-of-the-art spy plane for the US Air Force, which could reach over 4,600mph. Google Earth images have now surfaced of an object bearing a startling similarity to artist’s impressions of the plane. The silvery shape was spotted at the end of a runway in the swamplands of the Sunshine State, US. According to Tyler Glockner – who uploaded the clip to his YouTube channel secureteam10 – the area...
  • Fort honors retiring personnel with quarterly retirement ceremony

    01/11/2018 4:52:18 AM PST · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tanja M. Linton, Fort Huachuca Public Affairs Office
    FORT HUACHUCA — The community is invited to honor personnel retiring from active service during the quarterly Installation Retirement Ceremony at 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 19. The quarterly retirement ceremonies recognize our retiring personnel who have served their country with distinction. In the ceremony, the Fort Huachuca community pays tribute to these retirees and their families who have helped ensure the defense of our nation during a significant period of its history. The public is welcome to attend, but those without DoD-issued ID cards must stop at the Visitor Control Center at the Van Deman Gate to apply for a...
  • America's 'Secret' Airline Is Hiring Flight Attendants Willing to Fly to Area 51

    01/09/2018 6:48:46 PM PST · by Strac6 · 36 replies
    Travel and Leisure ^ | Stacey Leasca
    Have you ever wanted a job that combines your love of travel with your love of conspiracy theories and mysteries? Well, the United States government has just the position for you. According to a new job posting on the website AECOM, the government is looking to hire a few new cabin crew members for flights operated by the U.S. Air Force that depart from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. These flights allegedly shuttle government and contract employees back and forth to Area 51. For those who aren't familiar — and don't follow extraterrestrial rumors — Area 51, located deep...
  • Someone Left a Hatch Open and Crippled India’s $2.9 Billion Submarine

    01/09/2018 7:34:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 67 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | January 8, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    ndia’s first ballistic missile submarine was out of commission for ten months after someone neglected to properly close a hatch. The nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant was flooded with saltwater, necessitating nearly a year’s worth of repairs. The submarine is designed to function as a floating arsenal of nuclear weapons, guaranteeing a retaliatory strike in case of surprise attack.
  • Trump Budget?

    01/08/2018 12:33:04 PM PST · by pgyanke · 9 replies
    Vanity ^ | 1/8/18 | Pgyanke
    Last Spring, I thought President Trump missed an opportunity. As it was said at the time, no president gets to pass a budget on his first year in office--he is stuck with the budget passed by the previous administration in Oct. We saw the end of the existing Continuing Resolution coming last Spring... why weren't we ready? Now we are approaching the next Spring and we're still talking CRs and government shutdowns... WHERE'S THE ACTUAL, CONSTITUTIONAL BUDGET??!!
  • 2018 a Big Year of Transition for Military Space

    01/08/2018 7:11:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    space.com ^ | 01/08/2018 | Sandra Erwin, Space News
    A laundry list of provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act will reshape the military space chain of command and oversight of programs. Pentagon and Air Force officials are still grappling with the full extent of the reforms, the most significant of which is the removal of the role of principal Defense Department space adviser from the secretary of the Air Force. "A lot of people focused on the fact that Mike Rogers' idea for a space corps didn't happen, and they missed that a lot of reform did go into this bill," Rep. Adam Smith, the ranking Democrat on the...
  • 'Fill up the ranks!': Extraordinary collection of morale-boosting WWI (tr)

    01/07/2018 11:07:03 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Jan 07, 2018 | Alex Green
    An extraordinary collection of patriotic First World War recruitment posters have been unearthed after 100 years stashed under the stairs of a pensioner's Brighton home. In total, 10 morale-boosting posters were found - all of which belonged to an elderly former airport worker now in her 90s. The haul was discovered as part of a house clearance. The colourful posters had been stashed under the stairs of the woman's house for many decades One carries a powerful image of a soldier stood in France reaching out his hand to a fellow Brit in civilian costume, urging him to 'come lad,...
  • Lost my Step-Dad this week (WWW Vet, PBY flight engineer).

    01/07/2018 11:05:34 PM PST · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 28 replies
    Lost my dearest step-dad last week. Funeral was on Saturday. He was buried Sunday. Please pray for our family. Please be kind. Been very hard and emotional. Patriot Guard, bag piper, and Air Force Honor Guard were present. They m
  • Watch: US Air Force's potential A-10 replacements take to the skies from a dirt runway

    01/07/2018 9:31:23 PM PST · by Kartographer · 71 replies
    ibtimes.co ^ | 1/7/18 | Shubham Sharma
    In order to test potential A-10 Warthog replacements in rugged conditions, the US Air Force has flown Sierra Nevada A-29 Super Tucano and Hawker Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine light attack planes from a dirt runway. The planes took off and landed on the uneven dirt airstrip located in the Melrose Air Force Range training area, a part of Cannon Air Force Base, in New Mexico. The whole event, the takeoff as well as the dusty landing, was captured and shared on YouTube by AiirSource on Wednesday, 3 January.
  • Dereliction of Duty by H.R. McMaster

    01/07/2018 4:11:48 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 44 replies
    Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam by H.R. McMaster An intriguing analysis that challenges the view that Cold War anticommunism was primarily responsible for American military intervention in Vietnam. In his first book, McMaster, a US Army major and Persian Gulf war veteran, and a historian who has taught at West Point, zeroes in on the actions of Lyndon Johnson and his top advisers from the time LBJ became president in November 1963 to the July 1965 decision to escalate the war drastically. The author makes a convincing case...