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  • Israel foils Hamas attempt to 'seduce' soldiers in hacking effort

    02/17/2020 10:08:49 AM PST · by Red Badger · 3 replies
    www.washingtonexaminer.com ^ | | February 17, 2020 11:45 AM | Zachary Halaschak
    The Israeli Defense Forces said it had foiled a Hamas plot to hack soldiers using fake social media accounts. The IDF said over the weekend that the terrorist group made fake accounts appearing to belong to attractive young women in an attempt to install malware onto the phones of soldiers. The plot failed though, according to Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, who explained that while many phones were infected, the IDF caught wind of the plot early and was able to prevent the leak of sensitive data. Conricus said the hackers appeared on apps such as Telegram, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram...
  • The Candace Owens Show: General Steve Kwast

    02/16/2020 6:57:37 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | 02/16/20 | Candice Owens
    Can the creation of a U.S. military space force boost the economy, maintain American sovereignty, and preserve world peace? General Steve Kwast joins Candace Owens this week for a discussion on how a national space force will impact global relations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLiwKqL5nko   
  • An Interactive Look at the U.S.-China Military Scorecard

    02/15/2020 12:53:14 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 16 replies
    rand.org ^ | RAND Corporation
    Over the past two decades, China's People's Liberation Army has transformed itself from a large but antiquated force into a capable, modern military. Although China continues to lag the United States in terms of aggregate military hardware and operational skills, it has improved its relative capabilities in many critical areas. To advance the public debate, RAND used open, unclassified sources to compile The U.S.-China Military Scorecard: Forces, Geography, and the Evolving Balance of Power. This comprehensive report examines U.S. and Chinese military capabilities in ten operational areas, and presents a "scorecard" for each.Each scorecard assesses the relative advantage or disadvantage...
  • Special: A New Addition To My Family [Sara Carter]

    02/15/2020 7:30:38 AM PST · by Qiviut · 7 replies
    SaraCarter.com ^ | 2/8/20 | Sara Carter
    This is a special episode of the Sara Carter Show. Sara A. Carter spoke with Jennifer Brian of the Southeastern Guide Dog School about the new addition to Sara's family, a new guide dog for her husband. Brian explained to Carter how the special bond between the animal and the owner is created and how the training process begins before the dog is even born.
  • This 104-Year-old Veteran Who Never Before Celebrated Valentine’s Day Gets 70,000 Love Letters

    02/14/2020 11:47:43 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 14 replies
    Good News Network ^ | February 13, 2020 | McKinley Corby
    A 104-year-old United States Marine veteran who has never celebrated Valentine’s Day before has been left dumbfounded by a sudden deluge of love letters pouring into his mailbox. William White—‘Major Bill’ as he is now known to the internet—was awarded a Purple Heart after he fought at Iwo Jima during World War II, and he served a total of 35 years active duty. He now lives at an assisted living facility in Stockton, California where he is a beloved member of the retirement community. One of his admirers, a fellow resident, launched a social media campaign called “Operation Valentine” recruiting...
  • TRIBUTE TO A SOLDIER

    02/14/2020 10:26:42 AM PST · by Ben Mugged · 27 replies
    A friend | Feb 14 2020 | A friend
    TRIBUTE TO A SOLDIER: Bob is my friend. Some of you know Bob as a photographer; however, long before he picked up a camera Bob rode bulls in the 50s and early 60s. Bob is also a Navy veteran, a submarine sailor, the best of the best. Bob's son who I'll call Jr for now enlisted in the Army and was deployed during the first Gulf War in 1991. While dug in with his unit somewhere in Iraq they came under an Iraqi SCUD missile attack. The missiles landed close to Jr's position but unlike other missiles these had a...
  • VIDEO: USS Normandy Seizes Cache Of Iranian-Made Weapons in Arabian Sea

    02/14/2020 10:17:03 AM PST · by Retain Mike · 17 replies
    US Naval Institute ^ | February 13, 2020 | Ben Werner
    USS Normandy (CG 60), in accordance with international law, boarded a stateless dhow in the Arabian Sea and interdicted an illicit shipment of advanced weapons and weapon components intended for the Houthis in Yemen, Feb. 9, 2020. US Navy Photo. Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG-60) seized a cache of Iranian-made anti-tank missiles and other munitions aboard a dhow in the Arabian Sea over the weekend. Normandy stopped the dhow while conducting maritime security operations over the weekend, in accordance with international law, according to a statement released Thursday by U.S. Central Command.
  • Into the inferno: Families boiled alive as they hid in water tanks and fleeing survivors trapped in molten tarmac... 75 years on, the most horrifically vivid account you'll ever read of the Allied bombing of Dresden – by a British PoW who saw it all

    02/13/2020 7:17:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 183 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 12, 2020 | Victor Gregg and Risk Stroud
    During the final months of World War II, from February 13 to 15, 1945, Allied forces bombed the ancient, cathedral city of Dresden, in eastern Germany. The bombing was controversial because Dresden's contribution to the war effort was minimal compared with other German cities — though it was a key transport junction and used by German forces to defend the country against Soviet forces approaching from the east. Before the huge air raid, it had not suffered a major Allied attack. By February 15, however, it was a smouldering ruin — 2,400 tons of high explosives and 1,500 tons of...
  • Lockheed Martin Potentially Mixed Up Structural Fasteners in Most F-35s

    02/13/2020 7:01:34 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 54 replies
    Airforce Magazine ^ | 01/30/20 | John A. Tirpak
    Hundreds of F-35s could have the wrong fasteners in “critical areas,” according to the Defense Contract Management Agency. But F-35 builder Lockheed Martin says the problem may not need to be fixed. “All aircraft produced prior to discovery of this [problem] have titanium fasteners incorrectly installed in locations where the design calls for Inconel,” the F-35 Joint Program Office said in an email in response to a query from Air Force Magazine. “Because of this, the engineering safety analysis of the issue has assumed that each critical F-35 joint was assembled with the incorrect fasteners.” Inconel is an alloy of...
  • 'Not just another political thing': Tulsi Gabbard stands by defamation lawsuit against Hillary Clinton (court date set)

    02/13/2020 2:06:37 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/12/20 | Mike Brest
    2020 presidential long shot Rep. Tulsi Gabbard isn't backing down from her defamation lawsuit against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. **SNIP** "The papers have been served. I think the first court date has been set, and I think it's important to understand that, you know, this is not just another political thing where one person said this - the other person said that," the Hawaii Democrat, who is seeking $50 million in damages, explained. **SNIP** The lawsuit came in response to comments Clinton made during an October podcast when she claimed Gabbard was a "Russian asset" and that the...
  • The Final Countdown Todays US Navy Carrier In WWII Question Vanity

    02/12/2020 1:07:24 PM PST · by setter · 101 replies
    02-12-2020 | Setter
    I watched the 1980's movie, The Final Countdown the other day about the USS Nimitz after going through a strange storm ended up back in Dec 6, 1941. I have some questions. How handicapped would a modern carrier such as the Reagan or Ford be without GPS and military satellites? Isn't everything pretty much now digital versus analog? I presume there is analog backup in case satellite feeds are lost. Without GPS how could say an F-18 plug in their coordinates? Would radar still work? Couple of other questions: Why did they take the Senator and Laurel to the island...
  • Sickening! Deep State Inspector General—This One Trying to Screw Veterans

    02/12/2020 11:59:33 AM PST · by Skipper_Rowe · 14 replies
    Dc Dirty Laundry ^ | 2/12/2020 | David L Brockett
    Sickening! Deep State Inspector General—This One Trying to Screw Veterans Democrats trying to kill successful VA healthcare...what would they do with yours? We all remember the Obama years when veterans were dying while waiting for healthcare at VA hospitals. Some lived so far away from treatment centers it would take them hours to get there and back. Bogus waiting lists were being presented while the real ones were buried in some bureaucrat’s desk drawer. The solution was a program Veteran’s Choice where disabled veterans were “allowed’ to seek treatment close to home. If they lived forty miles from a treatment...
  • Bye-Bye to BRRRRT: Air Force Wants to Retire 44 A-10 Warthogs

    02/12/2020 9:34:59 AM PST · by hattend · 100 replies
    Military.com ^ | 10 Feb 2020 | Oriana Pawlyk
    Despite multiple efforts to push the iconic A-10 Warthog's retirement date further into the future, the U.S. Air Force is now slated to shelve dozens of the Cold War-era ground-attack planes in the upcoming fiscal year, according to the service's budget request.
  • Fired Navy sub commander had affair with spouse of enlisted sailor

    02/12/2020 8:34:14 AM PST · by RitchieAprile · 37 replies
    Task and Purpose ^ | February 10, 2020 at 03:17 PM | Paul Szoldra
    The former commanding officer of the USS Montpelier pleaded guilty in December to charges stemming from an inappropriate relationship with the spouse of an enlisted subordinate, according to the Navy's report of trial results. Cmdr. William B. Swanbeck, who was relieved of command of the fast-attack submarine in June 2018 due to "a loss of confidence in his ability to command," pleaded guilty at a special court martial to conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman as part of a pretrial agreement for engaging in the inappropriate relationship. Swanbeck was sentenced on Dec. 4 to a reprimand and the forfeiture...
  • Army announces activation of V Corps to push back against Russia in Europe

    02/12/2020 8:03:03 AM PST · by RitchieAprile · 43 replies
    Task and Purpose ^ | February 12, 2020 at 10:19 AM | Haley Britzky
    The Army announced on Tuesday the activation of V Corps (or Fifth Corps), the latest development in the U.S. military's push to build up capabilities in Europe in the face of great power competition with Russia. V Corps will be based out of Fort Knox, Kentucky, per Tuesday's Army press release. It will be made up of 635 soldiers, 200 of which "will support an operational command post in Europe on a rotational basis." It's expected to be operational by this fall. "The activation of an additional Corps headquarters provides the needed level of command and control focused on synchronizing...
  • With China's Huawei, Just What Are Conservatives So Afraid Of?

    02/10/2020 9:52:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    RCM ^ | 02/10/2020 | John Tamny
    It’s been said by those who know Fred Smith well that when the visionary FedEx founder is asked about the U.S. Post Office, he’s known to say that in a competitive market he could put the government-created monopoly out of business in a matter of months. Smith’s confidence shouldn’t surprise readers, conservative readers least of all. That’s the case because at least in their rhetoric, conservatives preach the gospel of market discipline. The Post Office would be extraordinarily vulnerable to competition precisely because it’s never faced the kind of competition and investor pressure that conservatives at least rhetorically deem so...
  • A Weekly Dose of President Trump- Trump Family Train 2/09/2020

    02/09/2020 10:13:13 AM PST · by weston · 2,839 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 02/09/20 | Deplorables
  • The US Navy Quietly Shut Down its Task Force on Climate Change

    02/08/2020 1:15:16 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 38 replies
    What happened: The US Navy has dismantled its Task Force on Climate Change, which was designed to use the best available science to prepare naval leadership for global shifts in sea levels, melting ice sheets and ocean temperatures. The task force was shut down in March 2019 without a public announcement and climate change science and information has been scrubbed from the Department’s website. According to a Navy spokesperson the task force was “duplicative” and no longer needed, though the task force’s work has not been fully incorporated into the Navy’s decisionmaking process.Why it matters: The task force was designed to provide...
  • Syria war: Turkey sends military reinforcements to Idlib

    02/08/2020 10:45:32 AM PST · by NorseViking · 7 replies
    Al Jazeera English ^ | February 8, 2020
    Turkey has sent reinforcements to its forces in the Idlib province of Syria, the last rebel-held region in the country. The armoured vehicles and tanks were headed for the observation posts that Turkey has already set up in the province, following an advance by Syrian government forces that could pave the way for them to mount an offensive on the provincial capital. But as Al Jazeera's Sinem Koseoglu reports, Turkey is determined to stop that.
  • Yes, Russia Once Had Its Own Version of the SR-71 Blackbird

    02/08/2020 6:51:49 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 67 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 7 Feb 2020 | Sebastien Roblin
    Yes, Russia Once Had Its Own Version of the SR-71 Blackbird How did it end? ...Still, brilliant Soviet engineer Pavel Tsybin came close to developing a “Soviet Blackbird”—though it, in fact, predated the A-12/Blackbird by several years and was originally conceived as a nuclear bomber. By 1957, OKB-256 had built an NM-1 three-quarter-scale demonstrator equipped with two Mikulin AM-5 turbojets instead. After multiple delays, the subsonic test model made the first of 32 test flights on April 7, 1959. These revealed the airframe’s unstable takeoff handling and flight characteristics—meaning the jet needed to be re-engineered. Supposedly, three or five RSR-020s...