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  • Air Force Uncovered LSD Use Among Airmen Guarding Nuclear Missiles

    05/24/2018 7:46:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    npr ^ | May 24, 2018·10:11 AM ET
    More than a dozen U.S. Air Force airmen faced disciplinary action – including court martial – after a drug ring was found operating at a base that controls America's nuclear missiles, the Associated Press reports. Military investigators cracked the ring in 2016, after one of the service members made the mistake of posting material to social media that suggested the drug use. Nearly half of the airmen were convicted of using or distributing LSD – a drug for which the Pentagon had stopped testing, the AP says. Citing records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, the AP reports that...
  • Russia’s Apocalypse Missile Keeps Crashing

    05/24/2018 5:31:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | May 23, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    Vladimir Putin’s much-hyped nuclear-powered cruise missile is having trouble staying in the air. The Russian president announced the weapon in March as part of a package of new nuclear arms, but the unnamed missile has crashed four times in four months. The new Russian cruise missile takes advantage of a nuclear chain reaction for power. According to CNBC the missile uses a gasoline-powered engine, likely a turbojet similar to the one powering the Kalibr cruise missile (see above, using its rocket booster motor) to achieve flight. Although details surrounding the weapon aren’t clear, the new cruise missile almost certainly uses...
  • China Disinvited from Participating in 2018 RIMPAC Exercise

    05/23/2018 2:12:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies ^ | May 23, 2018 3:28 PM | Megan Eckstein
    The following is the complete statement by Defense Department spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Logan: “The United States is committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific. China’s continued militarization of disputed features in the South China Sea only serve to raise tensions and destabilize the region. As an initial response to China’s continued militarization of the South China Sea we have disinvited the PLA Navy from the 2018 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise. China’s behavior is inconsistent with the principles and purposes of the RIMPAC exercise.” “We have strong evidence that China has deployed anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems,...
  • Michigan quadruplets to serve in different branches of military after high school

    05/23/2018 4:15:46 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    Foxnews ^ | May 22, 2018
    . A set of quadruplets in Ada, Michigan have all decided to join respective branches of the military. The quadruplets -- Bryce, Rose, Mason and Nevin Lees -- will become members of the “U.S. Navy, Air Force, Air National Guard and Marine Corps, respectively,” Fox 17 reported.
  • Vanity: Trump's Produce Your Own Noose Approach

    05/22/2018 6:18:56 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 60 replies
    5/22/2018 | Ed
    With no credible evidence to support the deep state, Trump has now entered into the "produce your own noose" phase. The deep state can not spin any of their activities, transmission to energy is in exponential decay. No matter what the deep state produces, it will be recognized immediately as fraudulent. Their only hope is to explode a powder keg of lies before the midterm. ...a powder keg of lies before the midterm. ...a powder keg of lies before the midterm. ...a powder keg of lies before the midterm. ...a powder keg of lies before the midterm...
  • IAF commander: Israel first to use F-35 jet in combat

    05/22/2018 8:52:18 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 22 May, 2018 | Anna Ahronheim
    Israel has struck targets in the Middle East with the F-35 Adir stealth fighter jet twice, Israel Air Force Commander Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin said Tuesday, becoming the first country to use the US-made jet in combat. “We are flying the F-35 all over the Middle East. It had become part of our operational capabilities. We are the first to attack using the F-35 in the Middle East and have already attacked twice on different fronts,” he said during the IAF Senior Air Force Conference in Herzilya. Norkin made the comments while showing a picture of one Israeli F-35 flying over...
  • Israel becomes first country in the world to use F-35 stealth fighter in combat [tr]

    05/22/2018 5:29:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 22, 2018 | Staff
    Israel has become the first country to have used the U.S.-made F-35 stealth fighter jets in combat, the Israeli air force chief said on Tuesday. Major-General Amikam Norkin said Israel is operating the fighter planes 'all over the Middle East' and have used them in attacks on two different fronts - believed to be Syria and Lebanon. Maj. Gen. Norkin claimed that the planes had come under fire in Syria, but had been able to avoid '100 ground to air missiles'.
  • 'Miracles happen': Soldier reunites with stray dog she adopted in Iraq

    05/21/2018 7:29:11 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 11 replies ^ | 5/21/18 | RICHARD TRIBOU
    Military reunion videos tug at the heartstrings, even more so when that reunion involves a dog. Throw in the fact that the dog was actually a rescue that a deployed soldier in Iraq managed to get back to Florida, and even the steeliest of dark hearts would be hard pressed to survive the sight of the tail-wagging, face-licking joy of one obviously happy canine. The soldier was pretty happy as well. That's the case with a video of U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Tracy McKithern, who took in a puppy that was wandering the streets near a base in northern Iraq...
  • 2 NYPD Officers, Including Groom, Die In Wedding Day Car Crash

    05/21/2018 4:39:12 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 36 replies
    CBS NEW YORK ^ | 21 MAY 2018 | CBS NEW YORK
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A wedding day celebration ended in tragedy Sunday. It happened in the town of Shandaken in Ulster County Sunday at 11:23 p.m. Two NYPD officers, one of whom was a groom celebrating his wedding day, were killed when their rental Maserati left the road, police said.
  • Broken fighter jets, grounded helicopters and idled tanks: Germany's military is ailing

    05/21/2018 7:52:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 62 replies
    LA Times ^ | May 18, 2018 | Erik Kirschbaum
    There are so few German army helicopters available for the troops that pilots have been forced to train in bright yellow civilian choppers leased from the German Automobile Club. A chronic shortage of spare parts and assorted technical woes have grounded 29 of the Bundeswehr's 130 camouflage-green helicopters. Acute shortages of parts have also left only 39 of the Luftwaffe's 128 Eurofighter jets combat-ready — idled along with nearly half of the armed forces' 224 Leopard tanks and five of its six submarines.
  • South Korea Just Launched Its New 'Aircraft Carrier in Disguise'

    05/21/2018 6:00:31 AM PDT · by BBell · 37 replies ^ | 5/18/18 | Zachary Keck
    South Korea has launched its second amphibious assault ship. On May 14, South Korean officials launched the second Dokdo-class helicopter carrier. The ceremony took place in Busan at the shipyard of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction, the company that built the vessel. Among those in attendance were Defense Minister Song Young-moo and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Um Hyun-seong, according to local news outlets. Construction of the second Dokdo-class amphibious assault ship, named Marado, began in 2016. The ship will be the second largest ship in the Republic of Korea’s Navy, after the first Dokdo-class ship. Displacing 14,500 tons, the...
  • Prayer request for my Parents

    05/20/2018 5:11:46 PM PDT · by Eagles6 · 46 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 · 15 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 · 35 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!