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  • Why is D.C. needed?

    01/17/2018 5:49:50 PM PST · by A Cyrenian · 10 replies
    This is a serious question. The people in congress were elected by the people in their home states. Why are they collecting their pay from the federal level? Why can't we send everyone in D.C. back to their home states and have the states pay for their salary, benefits, staff, etc.? With all of the advances in communication, why do they need to be in D.C. In my own job, we have meetings with other members using Skype, Outlook, or even gotomeeting. It's time to disband D.C.
  • Missing sailor who hid on USS Shiloh was found filthy, carrying Peeps candy, report says

    01/17/2018 3:17:11 PM PST · by pabianice · 46 replies
    A USS Shiloh sailor who was presumed to be lost at sea and hid in the ship's engine room for a week in June was found "covered in urine and feces, and had a camelback, a multi-tool, Peeps candy and an empty peanut butter jar with him," according to a Navy Times report... Other details include information from the investigation about statements Mims made about himself, including that "he could stop running engineering department engines by pulsating electricity with his body, that he could shoot fireballs out of his hands, that he had a friend who had a motorcycle with...
  • China has a plan to clean up space junk with lasers

    01/17/2018 11:42:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 41 replies ^ | 01/17/2018 | by Matt Williams, Universe Today
    Artist's impression of a laser removing orbital debris, based on NASA pictures. Credit: Fulvio314/NASA/Wikipedia Commons -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Orbital debris (aka. space junk) is one of the greatest problems facing space agencies today. After 60 years of sending rockets, boosters and satellites into space, the situation in the low Earth orbit (LEO) has become rather crowded. Given how fast debris in orbit can travel, even the tiniest bits of junk can pose a major threat to the International Space Station and threaten still-active satellites. It's little wonder then why ever major space agency on the planet is committed to monitoring orbital...
  • How Russia Targets the U.S. Military

    01/17/2018 10:09:01 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | June 12, 2017 | Ben Schreckinger
    Putin has made the creation of a pro-Russian “alternative media ecosystem” to, in his words, smash “the Anglo-Saxon monopoly on the information stream” a top priority of his foreign policy. A significant prong of those operations is aimed at the American military community, and the Russian activity has ramped up in recent years as tensions have increased over sanctions, the annexation of Crimea and the expansion of NATO. In the 20th century, intelligence agencies looking to build ties with foreign soldiers might have gone through the trouble of sending agents out to watering holes near military bases, waiting for servicemen...
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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
    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 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...