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  • North Korean leader takes [sic] the salute as his army fires rockets [tr]

    04/26/2017 5:57:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 26, 2017 | Ekin Karasin
    Kim Jong-Un's army readied for war as they fired rockets and torpedoes at mock enemy warships during North Korea's 'largest ever' live-fire artillery drills on Tuesday. Hundreds of tanks were lined up along the eastern coastal town of Wonsan in a show of military strength to celebrate 85 years since the North Korean army was created.
  • Marine Shot to Death in McDonald’s Drive-Thru After Honked Horn Leads to Fistfight: Police

    04/26/2017 2:56:59 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    nbcchicago ^ | April 26, 2017 | Richard Ray
    A man has been charged with fatally shooting a Marine in the drive-thru of a McDonald's in Bedford, Indiana, according to police and NBC affiliate WTHR. Justin Lampkins, 25, was in a truck with his friends in line at the fast food restaurant early Saturday morning about 1:19 a.m., police say. The Marine Corps veteran was involved in a fight after “a horn was sounded” in the line and Evan Schaffer,22, got out of his car and punched Lampkins, WTHR reports. Police say it's unclear who honked the horn.
  • Chinese Troop Deployment at Sino-N. Korean Border (status)

    04/25/2017 8:33:05 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Chinese Troop Deployment at Sino-N. Korean Border (status) These reports are from Chinese and Japanese media. Since I have no time, I will just translate titles and key points. I will paste the entire text of original articles for those who are interested in details and could read them. It is up to you to make judgment on how credible they are. I heard some folks at DoD are screaming about this kind of articles. From CNA News and Information Center for Human Rights & Democracy in Hong Kong: Korean Peninsula Tense, China's Northern Military District on level 1 alertKey...
  • China Spent Decades Trying to Build a Better AK-47: The Type 81 is as close as it got

    04/25/2017 11:53:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 25, 2017 | Matthew Moss
    In the mid-1960s, the Chinese military began to seek a replacement for its assortment of Soviet-licensed small arms, including the Type 56 semi-automatic rifle, the Type 56 assault rifle and the Type 56 light machine gun. The result was the Type 63, first issued in 1968, which combined characteristics of both the SKS and the AK-47. The Type 63, however, failed to meet accuracy expectations and the Chinese military found it unsatisfactory.
  • Thunder Run to Seoul: Assessing North Korea’s War Plan

    04/25/2017 7:40:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | April 25, 2017 | Raymond Farrell
    For Westerners, North Korea is perennially on and off of the headlines. This year, the confluence of a new US president, the US missile attack in response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and an apparently in-your-face program of missile and nuclear tests on the part of North Korea has returned the world’s last Stalinist state to comment threads and coffee-room speculation. Military professionals obviously follow these events even more closely, and Maj. ML Cavanaugh’s recent thoughtful pieces for MWI serve as an example.
  • 'No-one cares, mate': Being a war veteran at 27

    04/24/2017 7:59:58 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 27 replies
    Australian Broadcasting ^ | 24 Apr 2017 | Jane Cowan
    Chris May survived Afghanistan. Then came the battle to fit back in to society. May was paralysed from the waist down — an effect that subsided later the same day. But he had also sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The helmet had saved his life. After six months of speech therapy in Canberra May was declared fully fit for duties — but it was ceremonial work, on home soil. Not exactly what May signed up to do.. Our veterans hate DVA (the Department of Veterans' Affairs) because they're waiting for their compensation or claims to be heard from 50...
  • Human fireballs and tanks rolling on Berlin depicted in terrifying re-enactment [tr]

    04/24/2017 6:34:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 24, 2017 | Dave Burke
    The grim realities of the Second World War were brought to life outside Moscow yesterday, as the final battle in the European conflict was re-enacted. Human fireballs and tanks descending on the German capital were among the spectacles as the race to Berlin was replicated. The huge operation was carried out in Kubinka, outside Moscow, when members of historical groups donned Nazi uniforms to replicate the battle for Berlin.
  • What Would the Second Korean War Look Like?

    04/23/2017 8:02:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 94 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | April 19, 2017 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    The first 24 hours of war on the Korean peninsula could cost hundreds of thousands of lives.What would a military conflict on the Korean Peninsula look like? To many, this question might trigger a severe case of apocalyptic anxiety, where, on the one hand, we assume that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is willing to embrace Götterdämmerung-like catastrophic violence to defend its Stalinist regime, whereas, on the other hand, we seem to be incapable of genuinely fathoming the carnage any military conflict between Seoul and Pyongyang would cause. One explanation for this may be that estimates of casualties...
  • North Korea Threatens To Strike US Aircraft Carrier To Show 'Military's Force'

    04/23/2017 4:57:25 AM PDT · by Strategy · 79 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 23, 2017
    North Korea threatened Sunday to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military prowess as two Japanese navy ships joined a U.S. strike group for exercises in the Philippine Sea. "Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a U.S. nuclear powered aircraft carrier with a single strike," according to North Korea's ruling Workers Party's newspaper, the Rodong Sinmum. The paper also likened the USS Carl Vinson to a "gross animal" and said a strike on the carrier would be "an actual example to show our military's force."
  • When breaking the rules of engagement is right

    04/22/2017 5:07:47 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 12, 2017 | Roger T. Hill
    The current military culture values enemy lives above those of U.S. troops ANALYSIS/OPINION: Donald Trump and James Mattis came to office vowing to “win” America’s wars again. But unless they change our politically correct military culture, it is certain America won’t. With Thursday night’s cruise missile strikes in Syria, the United States is facing down the barrel of another war in the Middle East. But as President Trump and congressional leadership weigh the risks on an expanded, messy conflict, possibly including U.S. ground forces, they also ought to examine whether a military plagued by overlawyering has what it takes to...
  • Steven J. Newton wins Veterans Administration's Top Writing Award for 2016

    04/21/2017 6:12:18 PM PDT · by Steve Newton · 6 replies
    Thought you folks might like to see this story again. I was blessed to win this award in inspirational writing. Enjoy "Walking the Line."
  • Russian military planes fly by Alaska for a FOURTH night in a row

    04/21/2017 11:17:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 60 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 21, 2017 | Ashley Collman
    For the fourth time in as many days, Russian military planes have flown too close to the U.S. for comfort. Each night this week starting Monday, the Russian military has sent planes flying towards Alaska. The planes have remained in international airspace for the length of their journeys, but have gotten as close as 36 nautical miles off the Alaskan mainland.
  • The Warrior Song - Leviathan

    04/20/2017 8:08:40 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 7 replies
    Youtube, Smack ^ | Feb 7, 2013 | Smack
    Published on Feb 7, 2013 To the United States Navy, with our thanks. Visit us at http://www.thewarriorsong.com or on iTunes Joey Kar - Guitars, Bass, Vocals Eric Somers-Urrea - Drums Elijah "Crow" Figures - Vocals James "Gunny" DeVito - Vocals Sean Householder - Vocals, Production The eagle born by freedom won, yet held in precarious station, set upon defense and steeled his will to guard and protect his new nation. So he resolved, defiant of all who would challenge his right to be free, with a "swift-sailing vessel and ten carriage guns" to hunt the world's oceans and seas. Born...
  • B-52 Weapons Upgrade to Add More Payload, Range of Weapons

    04/20/2017 6:03:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    Scout Warrior ^ | April 19, 2017 | Kris Osborn
    The Air Force is surging forward with a massive, fleet-wide modernization overhaul of the battle-tested, Vietnam-era B-52 bomber, an iconic airborne workhorse for the U.S. military dating back to the 1960s. Engineers are now equipping all 76 of the Air Force B-52s with digital data-links, moving-map displays, next-generation avionics, new radios and an ability to both carry more weapons internally and integrate new, high-tech weapons as they emerge, service officials said.
  • Taiwan Tapping US, Itself for New Weapons

    04/20/2017 3:21:22 AM PDT · by RC one · 11 replies
    Voice of America news ^ | March 27, 2017
    TAIPEI, TAIWAN — Taiwan is pursuing a two-pronged upgrade to its armed forces as people on the island worry about recent shows of force by powerful rival China during a political stalemate. Last week, the Taiwanese navy signed a memorandum of understanding with two local companies to develop submarines over the next four years. Construction of the vehicles, ideal for warfare against a stronger adversary, could reach $85.8 million, though the final price is not set, the defense ministry spokesman said.Taiwan looks to the US Separately, U.S. President Donald Trump may approve a sale of advanced weapons to Taiwan in...
  • SOCOM Looks to Ditch 7.62 NATO For Better Long Range Performance

    04/19/2017 5:08:10 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 72 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | 19 Apr, 2017 | Bob Owens
    SOCOM has seen the light, and is finally looking to drop the 7.62 NATO in favor of a lighter and better-performing rifle in a 6.5 short-action caliber. Special Operations Command is exploring a new caliber for its semi-automatic sniper rifle needs and upgrading one of its bolt-action sniper rifle systems. Maj. Aron Hauquitz told Military Times Tuesday that SOCOM is in the preliminary stages of exploring a sniper rifle chambered in the 6.5 mm caliber. The two commercially available rounds being evaluated are the .260 Remington and the 6.5 mm Creedmoor. Research shows that both rounds will “stay supersonic longer,...
  • Navy Redesigning Its Submarines to Accommodate Women

    04/19/2017 11:28:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | April 19, 2017 | Jennifer McDermott
    Every submarine in the U.S. fleet was designed with the height, reach and strength of men in mind, from the way valves are placed to how display screens are angled. That's going to change.
  • The Second World War as if it were yesterday: Extraordinary collection of rare [tr]

    04/19/2017 6:34:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 19, 2017 | Amie Gordon
    An extraordinary collection of rare colour photographs reveal the Second World War as the people living through the conflict would have seen it. They range from the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force preparing parachutes for use during the invasion of Europe to shots of troops in training, stationed in Italy and Tunisia, and sightseeing in Greece. There are images of General Dwight D Eisenhower and his senior commanders at Supreme Allied Headquarters in London in February 1944 and Winston Churchill and his chiefs of staff in the garden at Downing Street in May 1945.
  • Lady Death brought to life: Colourised images show deadly female Russian soldier [tr]

    04/19/2017 6:25:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 19, 2017 | Julian Robinson
    Stunning colourised portraits have emerged showing the lethal Russian female snipers of World War Two - including one dubbed Lady Death after picking off 309 Nazis. Pictures of the fighters were brought to life by translator Olga Shirnina, from Moscow, Russia, and show women posing with their sniper rifles. They feature portraits of Lyudmila Pavlichenko, considered the most successful female sniper in history. In one image Pavlichenko, dubbed Lady Death after taking out more than 300 Nazis, stands proudly with her weapon. In another portrait she is pictured wearing full uniform beneath a framed picture of Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin....
  • Russia claims it can wipe out entire US Navy with a single ‘electronic bomb’

    04/18/2017 6:50:06 PM PDT · by familyop · 47 replies
    The Sun (UK) ^ | 19th April 2017 | Tom Michael
    RUSSIA has claimed it can disable the entire US Navy in one fell swoop using powerful electronic signal jamming. A news report from the country – where the media is essentially controlled by the state – said the technology could render planes, ships and missiles useless. The newsreader says: “Today, our Russian Electronic Warfare (REW) troops can detect and neutralise any target from a ship’s system and a radar, to a satellite.” The news report claims a single Russian war plane flew several times around American destroyer the USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea several years ago, disabling its...