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  • Military preps team for Ebola response in US

    10/19/2014 12:39:53 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 50 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct 19, 2014 | Ben Brumfield and Eliott C. McLaughlin
    (CNN) -- The U.S. military is forming a 30-person "quick strike team" equipped to provide direct treatment to Ebola patients inside the United States, a Defense Department official told CNN's Barbara Starr on Sunday. A Pentagon spokesman later confirmed portions of the official's information. The team will be under orders to deploy within 72 hours at any time over the next month, the official said. The Department of Health and Human Services requested the military team, and the Pentagon has given verbal approval, the official said. The team will include five doctors, 20 nurses and five trainers, Pentagon press secretary...
  • DARPA unveils Ground X-Vehicle Technologies display concept

    10/18/2014 1:45:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    gizmag ^ | October 8, 2014 | Chris Wood
    DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) program, announced earlier this year, aims to move away from the traditional battle tank paradigm – creating a new class of faster, more agile vehicles that are better at negotiating terrain and detecting targets. Today, the agency has provided the first details on what this new breed of ground-based armoured vehicles might look like. While a lot of military research continues to focus on adding greater resilience to existing vehicles, DARPA’s new initiative is tackling the problem in a different way. The goal of the GXV-T program is to create a new type of all-terrain...
  • USS George H.W. Bush [Kurdish News Aboard - Video Report]

    10/18/2014 6:30:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII
    Rudaw ^ | yesterday at 02:54 | HEVIDAR AHMED
    American fighter jets take off from abroad this aircraft carrier everyday to bomb the positions of the Islamic State (IS) in the Kurdistan Region and Rojava. Video at source...
  • The SIG P320 Army Modular Handgun System edition - Friday Gun Porn)

    10/17/2014 9:26:09 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 24 replies
    Guns.com ^ | October 14, 2014 | Max Slowik
    This is the SIG P320 MHS, a key competitor in the hunt for the Army’s next sidearm. With the Army’s many Beretta pistols showing their age, the military is considering a completely new sidearm that meets today’s standards and compensates for some of the issues they’ve run into with the M9 series, including the open slide, slide-mounted safety and oversized grip. The SIG P320 MHS solves all the problems and delivers a modern pistol to replace it. Key differences between this edition and current commercial versions of the P320 Compact include a new color scheme, an ambidextrous manual thumb safety,...
  • The German Army Is Getting a New Machine Gun

    10/17/2014 7:08:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 102 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 17, 2014 | Joseph Trevithick
    Last year, the German armed forces announced they would purchase Heckler and Koch’s MG-5 machine gun to finally replace a World War II-era weapon. The new machine gun should put the Bundeswehr’s existing weapons to shame—and make up for past failures. “Its main feature is that it is much more accurate than its predecessor,” German army colonel Christian Brandes told U.S. Army reporters at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona during testing of the new gun on Oct. 14. The predecessor Brandes was referring to is the MG-3. That aging weapon is essentially just an upgrade of a machine gun Adolf...
  • Knockoff Guns, War Buses and Other Embarrassing Iranian Weapons

    10/17/2014 7:02:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 17, 2014 | Jassem Al Salami
    The last week of September marks the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war that began in 1980. Formal ceremonies for Sacred Defense Week include a nationwide parade, war remembrance gatherings and—of the most interest to War Is Boring—theatrical unveiling events for new weaponry. This year Iranian authorities extended the weapons unveilings into the first week of October—national police week in Iran—and then a few days more. The extensive show of military might came amid the growing threat of Sunni militia groups inside Iran. Tehran is eager to project an image of strength. But that doesn’t mean all of this new weaponry...
  • Obama: Boots on the ground for unseen Ebola, not for ISIS

    10/17/2014 6:18:35 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    10/17/14
    Don't know where else to express this frustration, so I put it in chat. The Oval Office occupant is sending boots on the ground to fight UNSEEN virus Ebola....but won't commit to eradicating ISIS.
  • Anyone else seen Fury?

    10/16/2014 10:06:27 PM PDT · by 31R1O · 96 replies
    Has anyone else seen Fury? I just got back and it wasn't a bad movie at all. The character building scenes are a bit clumsy at times but the combat bits were top notch. It wasn't Blackhawk Down or Saving Private Ryan intense but there were tense moments. I recommend it.
  • The Death of Taney

    10/16/2014 9:05:49 PM PDT · by iowamark · 53 replies
    On Oct. 12, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln must have breathed a bit easier. Not because the war was over — it would last another six months. Not because he had been re-elected — the election remained nearly a month away. And not because Gen. William T. Sherman had begun his decisive march through Georgia — the general was still holding Atlanta. While much remained unsettled, Lincoln’s achievements as president seemed more secure that autumn day because the president learned that his old nemesis Roger B. Taney, the Maryland-born chief justice of the Supreme Court, had died. Ever since Taney had...
  • The Burp Gun Was Ugly—But Damn Did It Spray Lead (Soviet PPSh-41)

    10/15/2014 6:54:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 15, 2014 | Paul Huard
    For nearly 30 years, soldiers heard an unforgettable sound coming from a weapon firing from behind the rubble in Stalingrad. Or echoing in the frozen hills of the Korean Peninsula during human-wave attacks. Or even rattling the jungles of Vietnam during firefights with the Viet Cong. BRRAP-PAP-PAP-PAP-PAP-PAP-PAP-PAP-PAP! Before the AK-47 became the symbol of Soviet armed forces, there was the “burp gun”—officially, the PPSh-41. It’s an ugly gun that makes an ugly sound during extended fire. Looks aside, the burp gun sure did work.
  • Here Are Amazing Photos Of Russia Dismantling An Outdated Nuclear Submarine

    10/14/2014 12:11:09 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 20 replies
    Business Insider (Australia) ^ | Oct 10 2014, 3:29 PM | Pierre Bienaimé
    Russia is currently in the process of expanding and modernizing its navy. This might have something to do with Moscow’s apparent appetite for military conquest — although Russia also has a few nuclear submarines that are dangerously past their prime, considering the fissile materials that are still stored onboard. In 2009, one rusted behemoth was transported to a factory in the far eastern port city of Vladivostok, close to the Korean peninsula, for decommissioning. With the vessel fully out of water, the pictures offer an amazing perspective on how massive and complex even an outdated class of nuclear submarine really...
  • WWII "Flying Coffin" found in Italy

    10/14/2014 9:23:00 AM PDT · by dware · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.14.2014 | Elizabeth Armstrong Moore
    The World War II-era B-24 aircraft was so stiff, heavy, and hard to control that its American crews dubbed it the "flying coffin." Not only was its only exit hard to reach at the tail—leaving many trapped before being able to parachute out—but it was intended to drop bombs on bridges, train stations, and airports run by the Germans, thus living up to its name for those below it as well.
  • The World War II Sten Gun Was Cheap and Dirty

    10/14/2014 7:11:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 14, 2014 | Paul Huard
    Few weapons in the modern era ever had a poem penned its honor. But few weapons were ever like the Sten gun. Hastily contrived in the early, desperate days of World War II, it looked like a last-ditch effort to arm British troops—and it was. Terrified Britons knew they did not have enough weapons to repel a German invasion force. The British lost thousands of small arms that were destroyed or simply abandoned after the devastating rout at Dunkirk.
  • Wartime diary: Confederate officer gossiped in code about wives, including Jefferson Davis'

    10/13/2014 11:41:11 AM PDT · by dware · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.13.2014 | AP via Fox News
    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – A century and a half after Confederate officer James Malbone wrote his Civil War diary partly in code, a couple of Yankees have figured out why he took the precaution: He liked to gossip.
  • The 5 Goofiest Pranks Ever Pulled (In The Middle of Wars)

    10/12/2014 6:35:20 PM PDT · by BBell · 6 replies
    http://www.cracked.com ^ | October 12, 2014 | Xavier Jackson
    To become a soldier, one must train until they're borderline superhuman. Not only must they sharpen their mental and physical faculties to a razor's edge, but they must also master a wide array of skills, ranging from combat techniques and arms handling to spitballing, swirly-giving, and how to instinctively judge the elastic limits of waistbands for flawless wedgie effectiveness. What, you didn't know that pulling off hilariously childish shenanigans was an integral part of military service? Then obviously you've never heard about the time that ...
  • Cold War Era Spies

    10/10/2014 11:45:13 PM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 4/5/2014 | David Chambers, et al.
    Panelists talked about re-evaluating the lives, motivations, and legacies of American and Soviet Cold War era spies such as Whittaker Chambers, Morton Sobell, Morris Childs, and Julia Brown as new information has been declassified by the CIA and the FBI.  David Chambers presented “Whittaker Chambers and the Global Network of Great Illegals, 1932-1935.” Jason Roberts presented “An Examination of the Rosenberg Grand Jury Transcripts.” John Fox presented “The FBI’s Eyes on the Communist World: Morris Childs, Cold War Intelligence and the Sino-Soviet Spilt.” “The Dueling Loyalties of Cold War Era Spies of the U.S. Government and the Soviet Union” was...
  • USAA Eyes Drones to Fast-Track Insurance Claims

    10/10/2014 8:16:00 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 10-8-2014 | Matthew Rocco
    USAA wants to take to the skies in an effort to fast-track insurance claims. The financial services company, whose members include U.S. military personnel and their families, asked the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to test unmanned aircraft last week, becoming the first insurance provider to seek an exemption. Since commercial drone use is prohibited by regulators, USAA has conducted four years of research in partnership with the FAA and public entities. The exemption would pave the way for independent testing of small drones that could help USAA quickly settle insurance claims during natural disasters.
  • ISIS Guide Explains How To Shoot Down US Apache Helicopters

    10/08/2014 3:56:33 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 44 replies
    IBT ^ | 10/8/14 | Christopher Harress
    Just days after the United States began using Apache helicopters against the Islamic State group in Iraq, ISIS has responded by producing a guide to shooting down the iconic aircraft. The guide, which has been circulating on social media, explains in minute detail how to use portable surface-to-air missiles, such as the Russian-made SA-16 and SA-18 and the American FIM-92 Stinger, against the attack helicopter. The Stinger was heavily used during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s, when the shoulder-fired missiles provided by the U.S. to mujahideen fighters proved very effective at shooting down Soviet helicopters. They also...
  • vanity - James O'Keefe "The next shoe will drop soon.."

    10/08/2014 3:40:28 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 53 replies
    The next shoe will drop soon..— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) October 8, 2014
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger is a CLUELESS Member of Congress who is Aiding and Abetting Enemies of U.S.

    10/08/2014 3:30:05 PM PDT · by chicagolady · 7 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | Oct 2 2014 | Shoebat
    If you want proof that the Syrian rebels the pseudo-intellectuals in Congress want to arm are not friends of the U.S., just look at the history of Mouaz Moustafa, the Executive Director of the primary organization that is lobbying Washington, DC for support on behalf of the rebels. Moustafa heads the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF) that seeks the ouster of Bashar al-Assad.
  • Is Obola Trying To Kill Our Military?

    10/08/2014 11:25:50 AM PDT · by Califreak · 34 replies
    calfreak ^ | 10/8/2014 | califreak
    Since the eighties, our military has been shrinking. This is deliberate. It's not about saving money or new technology making so many military bases unnecessary(I believe these were a couple of the excuses they used when they closed all those bases) Now they're sending our best to the ebola hellhole in Africa. How many of these elite forces have the special training needed to carry out their mission safely? I believe obola has something really bad planned for his last days in office. Something so evil that our military might finally rise up and deal with it. People say obola...
  • F/A-18 Super Hornet • High-Speed Low-Level Maneuvers (Amazing Cockpit View)

    10/08/2014 6:50:52 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 10/07/14 | Lt. Ian Schmidt, Lt. J.G. Michael Hatfield
    Spectacular footage of F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets as they takeoff and land aboard an aircraft carrier. Impressive footage of the aircraft as they fly at low levels above the water, conduct banking and rolling maneuvers at high speed, and make high speed passes over the carrier in tandem formation and Bombing in Syria. Filmed from the cockpit and pilot point-of-view. Film Credits: Lt. Ian Schmidt, Lt. J.G. Michael Hatfield, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared King
  • Top US general says he's 'fearful' ISIS will seize Syrian border town of Kobane

    10/08/2014 12:00:36 AM PDT · by traumer · 12 replies
    America's top military general said Tuesday that he is worried the ISIS terror army will soon seize the town of Kobane, a strategically critical Syrian site less than a mile from Turkey. Gen. Martin Dempsey, who chairs the military Joint Chiefs of Staff, said 'I am fearful that Kobane will fall.' Forces fighting for the self-declared Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham have pressed their way 'into the city itself,' he told ABC News. 'It may be about to fall.' And Dempsey said he has 'no doubt' that ISIS will inflict 'horrific atrocities' on any civilians still in the town...
  • Australian Super Hornet refuels over Iraq

    10/07/2014 9:58:37 AM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 41 replies
    ABC (Australia) ^ | 10/5/2014 | ADF: Sgt Hamish Paterson
    Great pic, but begs some questions. Doesn't this look a bit too close for comfort, or is it not as close as it appears? Who would be flying that close to a refueling op, and why? The cockpit frame visible in the lower righthand corner suggests that it's not the other Aussie 18E/F that has flown thus far.
  • The penises grown in a lab: Scientists say organs could be tested on humans within five years

    10/06/2014 8:48:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 105 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 08:05 EST, 6 October 2014 | By Anna Hodgekiss
    Scientists have successfully grown penises in a laboratory and say they could be tested on humans within five years. The organs would be used to help men who have suffered a serious injury to the region, had surgery for cancer or are suffering from a congenital abnormality. The work is being carried out the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, North Carolina. Scientists there are now assessing engineered penises for safety, function and durability, The Guardian reports. It is hoped the US Food and Drug Administration will give the green light for testing on humans within five years. Earlier this...
  • The FN FAL Was Almost America’s Battle Rifle

    10/06/2014 7:36:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 5, 2014 | Paul Huard
    It could have the United States’ main battle rifle. Instead, it became “the right arm of the free world.” Name a war, revolution, or revolt during the Cold War that involved the British Commonwealth, Western European nations or their allies and you found the Fabrique Nationale FAL in the hands of the soldiers fighting the battles. No wonder the FAL earned its nickname and became a symbol of the struggle against Communism. Starting immediately after World War II, FN produced two million copies of the Fusil Automatique Léger—or Light Automatic Rifle. More than 90 nations adopted the weapon. At one...
  • Gun Talk Radio, Sunday, October 5th, 2014.

    10/05/2014 5:03:18 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 78 replies
    Gun Talk Radio Network ^ | Sunday, October 5th, 2014. | Tom Gresham
    ~~ Come on in and shoot the breeze! ~~ Welcome to Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio Network, the only nationally syndicated radio talk show about firearms, shooting and gun rights. Tune in on Sundays, 08:00-11:00pm EST, and give us a call at 1-866-825-5486.
  • One US Airman dead, two missing after Japan typhoon

    10/05/2014 1:15:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    fox ^ | October 05, 2014
    One U.S. Air Force member is dead and two are missing after being swept away in a typhoon that hit Okinawa, Japan, Sunday, Fox News confirmed. "One Airman is confirmed deceased and two more are missing after they were washed out to sea from the northwest coast of Okinawa at about 3:45 p.m. Oct. 5," the Kadena Air Base said in a statement Sunday. One of the Airman was found by the Japanese Coast Guard and pulled from the sea, and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to the base statement. "HH-60s from Kadena Air Base and...
  • Peter Kassig: Idealistic aid worker who converted to Islam in captivity

    10/04/2014 9:38:58 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/04/2014 | Rob Crilly
    Peter Kassig, the latest hostage to be threatened with murder by Islamist extremists, is an American veteran who served in Iraq and whose decision to convert to Islam in captivity has so far failed to save his life. His parents, Ed and Paula Kassig, remained silent for the past year in the hope their son's life would be spared but issued a statement after the video was released. They said their son had become a Muslim during his time in captivity, changing his name to Abdul-Rahman Kassig, and that they had learned from other hostages that his faith had brought...
  • Alan Dershowitz on Israel and Hamas

    10/04/2014 1:18:07 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | October 3, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    Noted Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz has a new book out, “Terror Tunnels: The Case for Israel’s Just War Against Hamas,” a collection of essays that forcefully defend Israel’s actions against Hamas, both from before the most recent fighting (Part I) and since (Part II). The book also includes a long debate (about 15 percent of the book) between Dershowitz and John Dugard, a sharp critic of Israel. Here’s an excerpt from Dershowitz’s conclusion to the book, which I think captures his argument well:
  • Squadron from Shaw Air Force Base heading to Middle East next week

    10/03/2014 7:37:05 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 6 replies
    WIS TV ^ | Oct 3, 2014 | By Lara Saavedra
    A Squadron from Shaw Air Force base will be deployed next week to the Middle East, Lt. Keavy Rake with Shaw Air Force Base said Friday. Rake said Shaw will be sending F-16's to "join the airstrike fight" in the Middle East. Rake could not confirm what day the team would be leaving or how many personnel would be going. Shaw is the home to three F-16 squadrons: the 55th Fighter Squadron, 77th Fighter Squadron and the 79th Fighter Squadron.
  • World War II Veteran Given Viking Funeral; U.S. Coast Guard Agreed to Norse Send-Off

    10/03/2014 10:18:42 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, October 2, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    (U.S. Coast Guard photo) WWII veteran given Viking funeral; Coast Guard agreed to Norse send-off World War II veteran Andrew Haines decided years ago that he wanted a Norse-inspired funeral upon his death, and the U.S. Coast Guard obliged. Mr. Haines, who emigrated from Norway in 1927, scaled down blueprints for a 100-foot ship to a few feet in the years before he died. It was then up to the Coast Guard to decide whether it would ignite the boat and send-off Mr. Haines‘ cremated remains in accordance with his wishes. “Oh, I was thrilled,” Mr. Haines’ son Andy...
  • Photo: Peshmerga Officers Start Training in Germany

    10/02/2014 11:49:21 PM PDT · by GonzoII
    BasNews, Germany ^ | 29.09.2014 | Shorish Muhemed
    Peshmerga officers during training in Germany News / Kurdistan Photo: Peshmerga Officers Start Training in Germany 29.09.2014 Shorish Muhemed BasNews, Germany BasNews can exclusively publish pictures of Peshmerga trainees in Germany. For security reasons, we have obscured their faces. On Sunday September 28th 2014, the training of 32 Peshmerga officers commenced in Germany and will continue for one week. German military experts will train the 32 Peshmerges in the use of various types of anti-tank weapons. On returning to Kurdistan the newly trained soldiers will pass their knowledge on to their Peshmerga colleagues through specially designed courses. The training...
  • British, US forces join Peshmerga fighters on IS front line

    10/02/2014 10:42:29 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Kurd Press ^ | 2014/10/01
    کد مطلب: 8499  |  تاريخ: 2014/10/01  |  ساعت: 12 : 29 British, US forces join Peshmerga fighters on IS front line Britain and American special forces are working with Kurdish fighters on the Iraqi front lines as part of a major offensive to push IS jihadists back and relieve pressure on the besieged Syria town of Kobani, senior Kurdish military officers have disclosed. According to daily Telegraph the Kurdish forces launched attacks just before dawn on three fronts - Rabia, on the Syrian border, Zummar, a town near Mosul Dam, and a number of villages near Daquq, south of...
  • IS extremists blitzed by Brit woman top gun [Another Babe Bomber]

    10/02/2014 10:36:48 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 3rd October 2014 | Jerry Lawton
    She was in a Tornado GR4 called in to help Kurdish troops battling 30 jihadists making a last stand in a half-built medical centre. The terrorists were surrounded but refused to surrender and started launching suicide bomb attacks. Two Tornados scored direct hits with Paveway IV bombs. Some of the IS fighters survived by hiding in the basement. Brit jets were set to return for more strikes last night. Brigadier Hamid Hashem, one of the Kurdish commanders spearheading the attack on the Iraqi border town of Rabia, was shocked one of the pilots was female. He said: “The operations room...
  • The Best Handgun Ever Stopped Attackers Cold (M1911)

    10/02/2014 7:49:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 59 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 2, 2014 | Paul Huard
    A highly religious man who was a former pacifist and the legendary pistol he carried are responsible for one of the most impressive acts of an American fighting man in the nation’s history. His name was Sgt. Alvin York and during World War I he used a M1911 .45-caliber pistol to stop an attack by six German soldiers while he helped assault a German machine-gun nest near Chatel-Chéhéry on the Western Front.
  • U.S. Navy searching for missing crew member in Persian Gulf

    10/01/2014 2:20:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    CBS/AP/ ^ | October 1, 2014, 1:47 PM
    A statement from the U.S. Navy says two crewmen bailed out of a Marine Corps aircraft on Wednesday when it lost power on takeoff from the USS Makin Island. The pilot of the MV-22 Osprey was able to regain control and land safely aboard the ship. The Navy says the other crewman who bailed out was rescued and is in stable condition.
  • U.S. Plans to Send Over 2,000 Troops to Kuwait [Marines]

    09/30/2014 9:13:44 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    Tele Sur ^ | 1 October 2014
    The exact timing or locations of the deployment is unclear, but will happen some time next year. The United States Marine Corps will send 2,100 troops to Kuwait as part of a new special unit designed to respond to crises in the region, a mission that officials claim was planned before the U.S. began conducting air strikes in the region. The new Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Central Command will be deployed in Kuwait to conduct what it calls “theater sustainment missions,” according to Brigadier General John Love, according to news reports on Monday. It will also be equipped...
  • The Quotable Nathan Bedford Forrest

    09/30/2014 6:22:22 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 48 replies
    http://astore.amazon.com ^ | January 2, 2012 | Lochlainn Seabrook
    Though Nathan Bedford Forrest was not a writer, had little formal education, never authored a book, and was not a professional speaker, he did leave us with a number of witty comments, profound words, and sublime statements. Award-winning author, Southern historian, and Forrest scholar Lochlainn Seabrook has gathered together some of the more memorable and impressive of these and forged them into a small but fascinating work: "The Quotable Nathan Bedford Forrest." Among the nearly 140 footnoted quotes included here are Forrest's thoughts on warfare, military rules, West Point graduates, education, friendship, and even drinking, gambling, cussing, and morality. Seabrook,...
  • White House fence-jumper made it far deeper into building than previously known

    09/29/2014 5:26:36 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 29, 2014 | Carol D. Leonnig
    The man who jumped the White House fence this month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known, overpowering one Secret Service officer and running through much of the main floor, according to three people familiar with the incident.
  • 'Cloaking' device uses ordinary lenses to hide objects across range of angles

    09/29/2014 12:38:35 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    phys.org ^ | Sep 27, 2014 | Provided by University of Rochester
    Inspired perhaps by Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, scientists have recently developed several ways—some simple and some involving new technologies—to hide objects from view. The latest effort, developed at the University of Rochester, not only overcomes some of the limitations of previous devices, but it uses inexpensive, readily available materials in a novel configuration. "There've been many high tech approaches to cloaking and the basic idea behind these is to take light and have it pass around something as if it isn't there, often using high-tech or exotic materials," said John Howell, a professor of physics at the University of Rochester....
  • Marines put Microsoft Kinect to work, but not for gaming

    09/29/2014 10:47:11 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 9 replies
    NetworkWorld ^ | Sep 29, 2014 6:52 AM PT | Andy Patrizio
    Microsoft has made the Kinect motion detection sensor available for use in commercial and non-gaming scenarios for some time, but for some reason it hasn't really caught on. We've heard next to no stories about people using it, although it could always be that they are keeping quiet for a competitive advantage. But a military contractor has come up with something that has the U.S. Marine Corps interested. The Augmented Reality Sand Table is currently being developed by the Army Research Laboratory and was on display at the Modern Day Marine Expo that recently took place on Marine Corps Base...
  • The Aircraft That Inspired the A-10

    09/29/2014 7:29:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | September 29, 2014 | Michael Peck
    It’s a good thing that the Air Force generals who want to retire the beloved A-10 Warthog were not around 70 years ago. If they were, Josef Stalin might have had them shot. The Soviet dictator loved the A-10 of his day, otherwise known as the Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik. “They are as essential to the Red Army as bread and water,” he said. It is the Sturmovik, along with the German Ju-87 Stuka dive bomber, that fathered the A-10. “The World War II close air support successes of both the Stuka and the Sturmovik had a major—and inspiring—influence in convincing...
  • The D.I. with Jack Webb - The Sand Flea Burial Detail

    09/27/2014 8:14:56 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 8 replies
    youtube ^ | n/a | n/a
    My favorite scene from the great old Jack Webb movie, The D.I....
  • Dispelled Myths of Soviet Subs

    09/27/2014 3:43:09 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    RusNavy.com. ^ | 01.06.10 | Igor Kozyr
    In the era of Cold War the Western information space was full of numerous fantastic stories about Soviet submarines. Having taken shape in books and websites, those tales still keep Americans and Europeans on the trot. RusNavy.com tries to demolish the foremost fables of Western "folklore" of 1950-80's.
  • DOD planning to let illegal immigrants enlist

    09/26/2014 7:33:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 26, 2014 | (With AP)
    The Defense Department plans to let some illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children enlist in the military—a policy that comes as the Army is effectively firing active-duty soldiers due to budget cuts.The Military Times reports that a program—called the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest, or MAVNI—which currently allows recruiters to search for foreign nationals with unique skills will be expanded to accommodate the new policy. The Defense Department now wants to let in some illegal immigrants who enjoyed a reprieve under a 2012 Obama administration policy. That policy applied to those who came to the country...
  • South Korea buying 40 F-35A jets from Lockheed for $7 billion

    09/25/2014 7:12:57 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 15 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sept 25, 2014 | By Ashley Rowland and Yoo Kyong Chang
    SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is buying 40 F-35A fighter jets from Lockheed Martin to upgrade its aging fleet of aircraft and help counter the threat posed by North Korea, officials said Wednesday. The approximately $7 billion acquisition from the Bethesda, Md.-based company marks South Korea’s single largest weapons purchase, said Paek Youn Hyeong, a spokesman for the South’s Defense Acquisitions Program Administration. “The biggest reason for the purchase is that we need higher-performance aircraft,” he said. South Korea announced its intent to sign a Letter of Offer and Acceptance with Lockheed Martin on Wednesday after several months of...
  • Pentagon to deploy 12 A-10s to Middle East

    09/24/2014 9:19:48 PM PDT · by NYFreeper · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/22/14 | Kristina Wong
    The Pentagon is deploying 300 airmen and 12 A-10 combat jets to the Middle East in early October, according to the Indiana Air National Guard.
  • Trying to replicate the amazing camouflage abilities of the octopus

    09/24/2014 8:16:13 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sept 24, 2014 | By Ivan Amato
    At first glance, the thumbnail-size grids of 256 minuscule black squares seem to have nothing to do with the octopus, squid and cuttlefish that inspired them. But these high-tech microconstructions of polymers, semiconductors, light sensors and heating elements are what you get when scientists attempt to replicate the camouflaging ability of the animal world. One of the goals of the scientists' work, which explains the Navy's financial support of the project, is to invent synthetic skins that can recast their textures, colors and patterns to match their surroundings — match them well enough that the skins and what's underneath...
  • Top General says half of Iraqi Army incapable of working with US against ISIS

    09/24/2014 11:16:10 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 17, 2014 | Fox News
    The U.S. military's top officer said Wednesday that almost half of Iraq's army is incapable of working against the Islamic State militant group, while the other half needs to be rebuilt with the help of U.S. advisers and military equipment. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey made the remarks to reporters while traveling to Paris to meet with his French counterpart to discuss the situation in Iraq and Syria. The general said that U.S. assessors who had spent the summer observing Iraq's security forces concluded that 26 of the army's 50 brigades would be capable of...