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  • Prayer request for my Parents

    05/20/2018 5:11:46 PM PDT · by Eagles6 · 45 replies
    Vanity | May 20, 2018 | Eagles6
    Dear Freepers, I am requesting prayers for my parents who will be married 65 yrs this Nov. Mom had a series of small strokes a month ago and underwent carotid artery surgery to remove a 99% blockage in the right carotid. She was home and doing well, then readmitted for a low hemoglobin count. They found bleeding ulcers from Advil but are doing a lower GI tomorrow to rule out anything else. Dad is disabled Vet who taught at the university level for 35 yrs. He was a Master Sgt. in the US Army and was blinded in his right...
  • Democrats Reach a Tipping Point on Israel

    05/20/2018 12:16:58 PM PDT · by pabianice · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/20/18 | Tobin
    While the Trump administration backed Israel’s right to defend its border with as much force as necessary, most Democrats didn’t agree. Many responded as the Obama administration would have been expected to, denouncing the supposedly “disproportionate” tactics of the Israel Defense Forces but also noting the role of the Hamas terrorist group, which rules Gaza, in fomenting the violence. Representative Joseph Kennedy III, a rising star in the party who gave the official Democratic response to Trump’s State of the Union address earlier this year, provided a good example of this two-faced approach when he managed to cram criticism of...
  • Bell V-280 Valor Conducts First Cruise Mode Test Flight as Program Advances

    05/19/2018 4:20:15 AM PDT · by BBell · 16 replies ^ | 5/16/18 | Tom Demerly
    Second Milestone in 30 Days as New Light Tiltrotor Progresses to Max Speed Test. Bell’s V-280 Valor light tiltrotor aircraft has flown in level flight with its tiltrotors in the horizontal/cruise mode for the first time this week. The aircraft reached 190 knots (218 MPH) during the flight. The new Bell V-280 Valor is a medium, tactical tiltrotor aircraft designed for the U.S. Army Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) program. The JMR-TD program is a precursor for the Army’s overall Future Vertical Lift (FVL) co-development and evaluation of possible replacements for existing rotorwing aircraft in five different roles. The V-280...
  • 12 Strong Is an Underwhelming Tribute to the ‘Horse Soldiers’ of the Afghan War

    05/17/2018 6:56:15 PM PDT · by Mariner · 33 replies
    Vulture ^ | January 20th, 2018 | By David Edelstein
    The newest ode to the American warrior is 12 Strong (subtitle: The Unclassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers), which follows a dozen Special Forces soldiers who are surreptitiously choppered into northern Afghanistan less than two months after 9/11. Their mission was incredibly perilous, but they weren’t on the ground to fight. Their job was to embed themselves with warlords in the Northern Alliance; ride on small-ish, mountain-ready horses through the yawning passes; and radio coordinates of Taliban strongholds to U.S. planes that had previously been bombing blind. Securing the north — and the key city of Mazar-i-Sharif — would...
  • Memphis Belle is saved from the scrapheap

    05/17/2018 2:04:20 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 17, 2018 | Ian Burns and Megan Sheets
    Legendary WWII bomber that survived 25 missions over occupied Europe is lovingly restored and put on display B-17 'Flying Fortress' known as Memphis Belle is introduced this morning at National Museum of USAF in Ohio Plane was celebrated for being first bomber to survive 25 missions over Europe before returning to US in 1943 It had been kept in Memphis, Tennessee for years but had been subject to vandalism before being refurbished
  • France’s New Armored Car Does Not Mess Around

    05/17/2018 11:56:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | May 17, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    French defense contractor Nexter has unveiled a prototype of its new Jaguar armored car. Designed to act as both a reconnaissance vehicle and tank killer, the Jaguar is even more heavily armed than the U.S. Army’s Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The vehicle was unveiled before the start of the June Eurosatory 2018 defense trade show. The ERBC Jaguar (Engin Blindé de Reconnaissance et de Combat) is a 6x6 armored car designed for both French Army reconnaissance and anti-tank units. The Jaguar is designed to replace three different vehicles in French service: the AMX-10RC reconnaissance vehicle armed with a 105-millimeter gun, ERC...
  • Syrian and Russian forces launch large-scale attack on Palestinian refugee camp controlled by Isil

    05/17/2018 5:32:45 AM PDT · by Netz · 16 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 16 MAY 2018 • 12:59PM | Josie Ensor
    yrian and Russian forces have launched a large-scale attack on a Palestinian refugee camp under the control of Islamic State, as the regime closed in on the last rebel-held territory in the Syrian capital. Pro-government troops fired a barrage of air strikes and surface-to-surface missiles into Yarmouk camp in southeast Damascus on Wednesday morning, as they looked to rid the areas of holdout jihadists. Rebels with the Islamist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) agreed to an evacuation deal after the government launched its offensive on April 19, however Isil militants refused to give up their fight. Air strikes have levelled...
  • Marine snipers are really digging their new Mk13 rifle

    05/16/2018 4:39:59 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 101 replies ^ | 05/16/18 | Chris Eger
    Moving away from the classic M40-series, Marine Scout Snipers have a new and improved precision rifle platform that is making it out to the Fleet. The Mk13 Mod 7 rifle is based on the Accuracy International AICS long action system. Whereas the legacy Remington 700-based M40, used and extensively upgraded since the 1960s by the Marines, is chambered in NATO-standard 7.62x51mm, the new rifle brings .300 Win Mag to the Marines’ lexicon. Army snipers have long since upgraded to chamberings that offered more room to reach out and touch someone. “The .300 Winchester Magnum round will perform better than...

    05/16/2018 7:46:56 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 9 replies ^ | January 6, 2014 | Jerry Miculek
    An oldie, but goodie. Jerry Miculek with a .50 Cal Barrett in the offhand position. Six rounds in less than 1 second semiauto. Old guys rule!
  • 'I gave the US trucks and ammunition to Al Qaeda': The chaotic US effort to arm Syrian rebels

    05/15/2018 7:18:26 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 15 May, 2018 | Hollie McKay
    REYHANLI, Turkey – U.S. military equipment and ammunition, sent to Syria as part of a failed Obama administration plan to find and arm moderate forces to defeat ISIS, were instead simply handed over to an Al Qaeda group, according to the man who said he himself brokered the deal. “I communicated with Al Qaeda’s branch, Al Nusra, to protect and safely escort me and my soldiers for two hours from North Aleppo to West Aleppo,” Maj. Anas Ibrahim Obaid, better known on the battlefield as Abu Zayd, told Fox News from his home in the western Aleppo area. “In exchange,...
  • DHS Agents 'Busted Down' Comedian's Door After He Joked About Killing ICE on Cinco de Mayo

    05/14/2018 5:36:24 PM PDT · by tekrat · 35 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5/14/2018 | Jenni Frank
    After comedian Jake Flores joked about people killing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers on Cinco de Mayo, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agency sent agents to his apartment.
  • The U.S. Army is Looking for Its First New Submachine Gun Since WWII

    05/14/2018 5:17:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | May 11, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    In a surprise move, the U.S. Army is asking industry for ideas for a new submachine gun. The last time the Army adopted a submachine gun was in 1943. It’s not clear why the Army wants a new subgun but it likely has to do with the service's eventual adoption of a new rifle caliber and new assault rifle. Submachine guns were developed during the World War I as an alternative to bulky, slow-firing bolt action rifles. Short and firing pistol caliber ammunition, they were ideal weapons for assault troops clearing narrow trenches of enemy troops. The U.S. Army went...
  • USS Fitzgerald Combat Team Unaware of Approaching Merchant Ship Until Seconds Before Fatal Collision

    05/13/2018 2:59:41 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 99 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings ^ | May 10, 2018 | :Sam LaGrone
    The sailors who were manning the combat nerve center of USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) did not know they were on a collision course with a ship almost three times their size until about one minute before impact, according to new information revealed in the preliminary hearing for two junior officers accused of negligent homicide for their role in the collision that resulted in the death of seven sailors. Lt. Natalie Combs, the tactical action officer, and Lt. Irian Woodley, the surface warfare coordinator, were both on duty in the windowless combat information in the belly of the guided-missile destroyer on early...
  • "What I Saw at the Coup" - Great 15-minute story

    05/13/2018 1:37:12 PM PDT · by GOP Congress · 39 replies
    Western Rifle Shooters blog ^ | 9-11-2012 | Matt Bracken
    Almost six years ago, former Navy Seal and fighter against the Deep State, Matt Bracken, wrote this short story in the form of "confession" by an operative of a coup. This story was written in 2012, shortly before Obama's reelection, and the events of the story are consistent with the era and the events that unfolded in that time period. The name of the story is called "What I Saw at the Coup." This is the BEST story I've ever read that translates the VITAL ROLE of our 2nd Amendment rights to bear arms, particularly to arms such as AR-15's...
  • A Marine explains which state would win if the US declared war on itself

    05/13/2018 4:04:06 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 157 replies
    business insider ^ | Jul. 27, 2015, 11:15 PM | Jon Davis, Quora
    We recently came across the following question on Quora: "If every state of the USA declared war against each other, which would win?" We've published the full answer from Quora user Jon Davis, a Marine veteran who is now a writer and blogger on military, veterans, and Middle Eastern affairs. In Oct. 2014, Davis' answer was optioned by a Hollywood producer for a potential television series. These are the accounts of the Second American Civil War, also known as the Wars of Reunification and the American Warring States Period.
  • Air Superiority Under 2000 Feet: Lessons from Waging Drone Warfare Against ISIL

    05/12/2018 6:35:46 PM PDT · by mrsmith · 19 replies
    War On The Rocks ^ | May 11, 2018 | Pablo Chovil
    During my time in Mosul as a member of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, a remarkably accessible and affordable device arrived on the battlefield. As my battalion helped Iraqi forces retake the city, we encountered some of the first small drones employed in modern conflict... Two events abruptly altered the way Iraq’s most elite ground unit perceived these devices. The first was after the Counter-Terrorism Service escorted advisors from the 82nd Airborne Division to a meeting with an Iraqi Army unit in Mosul proper. During the return to their outpost, the convoy spotted an unidentified...
  • NORAD celebrates its 60th — a look inside "America's Fortress"

    05/11/2018 4:09:40 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 24 replies
    Colorado Springs Independent ^ | 10 May, 2018 | Matthew Schniper
    NORAD celebrates its 60th this year, and all military parties involved at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station allowed the media "behind the blast doors" for a rare, limited tour on Thursday, May 10. When I say all parties involved, I mean it quickly gets confusing to say who's toiling inside the mountain, between the U.S. forces on site, Canadian allies, and other unnamed groups (for security reasons). The 721st Mission Support Group is technically who hosted us at the alternate strategic command center; remember that in 2008 Peterson Air Force Base took on the primary command center, as it offers...
  • Dr. Bill joins the Marines

    05/11/2018 11:44:40 AM PDT · by pabianice · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | 5/18 | Speilberg
    After his son is killed in Afghanistan, the father joins the US Navy Medical Corps.
  • Antony Beevor says Arnhem was a military disaster doomed from the start to be mission [tr]

    05/11/2018 5:30:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Daiky Mail ^ | May 11, 2018 | Tony Rennell
    Every time a paratrooper in Britain’s airborne regiments goes to the stores to pick up his parachute as a prelude to going into action, it’s handed over with the same old corny gallows-humour banter — ‘Bring it back if it doesn’t work and we’ll exchange it.’ You could apply the same logic to the Parachute Regiment’s most famous World War II mission: the abortive attempt to capture from the Germans the bridge over the Rhine at the town of Arnhem in the north-east of the Netherlands in the autumn of 1944. It spectacularly did not work — and, once it...
  • VIDEO: Israeli Missile Destroys Russian-Made Missile Defense System

    05/10/2018 12:40:42 PM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 10, 2018 | David Steinberg
    The Twitter account representing the Israeli Defense Forces, @IDFSpokesperson, posted a stunning video of an Israeli missile descending towards an SA22 Greyhound short range air defense system. According to Military Today, the SA22 is capable of shooting down cruise missiles and guided bombs. This one wasn't.