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  • France’s Monstrous Char B1 Tank Ate German Panzers for Breakfast

    11/21/2017 6:46:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 52 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 20, 2017 | Sebastien Roblin
    At five o’clock in the morning on May 16, 1940 a company of the 8th Panzer Regiment lay in an ambush position along a rubble-strewn street of the French town of Stonne. The day before, the unfortunate village had changed hands several times as French troops attempted to stem the tide of German armor headed toward the English channel, threatening to trap Allied forces in Belgium.
  • N. Korea relocated warplanes after B-1B flight: spy agency

    09/28/2017 7:59:52 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 2017-09-26 | Kim Rahn
    N. Korea relocated warplanes after B-1B flight: spy agency By Kim Rahn North Korea has moved its warplanes toward its east coast and strengthened coastal defenses following the U.S. strategic bombers' flight near there, according to the National Intelligence Service (NIS) Tuesday. Pyongyang did not take any immediate military action in response to the flight of B-1B Lancer bombers, probably because it failed to detect them, the NIS said. The spy agency briefed members of the National Assembly Intelligence Committee on the movement of North Korea's military following the flight. Rep. Lee Cheol-woo of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party...
  • Trump tells Reuters he wants to expand nuclear arsenal, make US 'top of the pack'

    02/23/2017 12:38:51 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 35 replies
    CNBC ^ | 23 FEB 16 | Jonathan Ernst
    President Donald Trump said on Thursday he wants to build up the U.S. nuclear arsenal to ensure it is at the "top of the pack," saying the United States has fallen behind in its atomic weapons capacity. In a Reuters interview, Trump also complained about Russian deployment of a cruise missile in violation of an arms control treaty and said he would raise the issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin when and if they meet. On another front, Trump said China could solve the national security challenge posed by North Korea "very easily if they want to," ratcheting up pressure...
  • The Air Force Is Finally Getting The Flying Arsenal Ship It Badly Needs

    02/04/2016 1:18:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 02/03/2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has been busy highlighting key pieces of the Pentagon’s upcoming budget that will be published on February 9th. One of the primary items identified in it is the development of an aerial arsenal ship. The arsenal ship concept is something we talk about regularly here on Foxtrot Alpha, both those that fly and float. Today, the closest thing to an arsenal ship of any kind are the Navy’s converted Ohio Class ballisitic missile submarines and the Navy’s Aegis-equipped destroyers and cruisers. The flying arsenal ship concept has been around for a very long time, and...
  • The B-1 bomber: The underappreciated workhorse of America’s air wars

    12/31/2015 2:43:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 30, 2015 | Wesley Morgan
    The huge swing-wing airplane is nothing if not flexible — canceled, revived, converted from nuclear strike plane to conventional bomber and then to flying arsenal for the GPS-guided bombs on which ground troops fighting for their lives in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Syria often rely. And if the U.S. Air Force’s supersonic B-1 bomber is one other thing, it’s misunderstood. It’s no secret that the B-1 bomber, officially called the Lancer but known to its four-man crews as the “Bone” (they proudly call themselves “Bone-drivers”), had a troubled early life. Canceled by President Jimmy Carter and revived by successor Ronald...
  • Obama To Allow "Moderate" Syrian Rebels Call In B-1B Bombers For Air Support

    02/19/2015 11:59:34 AM PST · by ColdOne · 68 replies ^ | 2/17/15 | Tyler Durden/wsj
    While Obama desperately tries to stick to his now crushed "Nobel peace prize winner" image, by not succumbing to an all-out land war in the one nation where his progressive "pacifism" brought him fame (and according to some, the presidency), namely Iraq, the rest of militant, "interventionist" US foreign policy is rapidly starting to resemble that waged by the most brutally rabid, neo-con Republican leader. Case in point an absolute stunner reported minutes ago by the WSJ, according to which the White House has decided to provide pickup trucks equipped with mounted machine guns and radios for calling in U.S....
  • Some Disturbing Facts About America's Dwindling Bomber Force

    09/21/2013 2:04:31 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 53 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8-16-2013
    One of the most distinctive features of U.S. military power is the Air Force’s fleet of heavy bombers. .... However, after 80 years of steadily developing better bombers — basically, since it entered World War One — the U.S. ceased spending money on new long-range strike aircraft following the collapse of the Soviet Union. There aren’t many bombers left. All of the bombers are old. No new bomber is waiting in the wings.
  • Retire B-1 Fleet to Save Future Bombers: Defense Experts

    09/18/2013 9:15:59 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 45 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | September 17th, 2013 | Matthew Cox
    Retire B-1 Fleet to Save Future Bombers: Defense Experts A collection of defense think tank leaders said the Pentagon should retire its B-1 bomber fleet and cut near-term readiness money if it’s going to survive the next decade of sequestration. The Center of Strategic and Budgetary Assessments recently held a “strategic choices exercise” to look at possible ways to cut the defense budget by $500 billion over the next decade. Todd Harrison, a senior fellow at CSBA told an audience Tuesday at the Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition, about the results. In addition to the...
  • Ellsworth Grounds Bombers Due To Sequestration

    04/12/2013 11:36:52 PM PDT · by DakotaGator · 94 replies
    Keloland Television ^ | April 12, 2013 | Derek Olson
    BOX ELDER, SD - The B-1 Bombers at Ellsworth Air Force Base won't be flying anytime soon. "Our local combat squadron, the 37th combat squadron will not fly between now, and right now we're planning until October first," 28th Bomb Wing Colonel Kevin Kennedy said. Because of sequestration the military is coping with close to $500 billion in cuts to its budget over the next decade. The groundings will help Air Combat Command cut a total of 45 thousand flight hours across the board. "Bottom line, though, this is something that we need to do to make sure we're ready...
  • US Secretly Deploys B-1 Strategic Bombers, E-6 "Doomsday" Planes Near North Korea

    04/05/2013 5:28:06 PM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 205 replies ^ | April 5, 2013 | Tyler Durden
    First the US fanfared the placement of two F-22 Raptors in the Osan airbase of South Korea. Then it demonstratively launched a B-2 stealth bomber on a training mission over a South Korean gunnery range. Then it deployed an anti-ballistic missile defense system to Guam and positioned two guided-missile destroyers in the waters near Korea. And now, courtesy of the Aviationist, we learn that the Pentagon has escalated once more in an ongoing cat and mouse game with North Korea, of who blinks first, and dispatched several B-1 ("Bone") Lancer strategic long-range bombers to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam....
  • Who is William Arkin, and why does it matter?

    02/26/2007 5:38:10 PM PST · by Interesting Times · 37 replies · 1,133+ views
    The New Dominion ^ | Feb. 26, 2007 | Max Friedman
    As most of you have read or seen by now, a journalist and NBC/MSNBC media consultant named William “Bill” Arkin has created quite a stir by viciously insulting American soldiers in Iraq. He wrote at his Washington Post blog, “Early Warning: William M. Arkin on National and Homeland Security” column (1/30/07), that “… this NBC (Nightly News) report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary - oops sorry, volunteer force that thinks it is doing the dirty work” re Iraq. The “report,” according to Arkin, featured “a number of soldiers (who) expressed frustration with...
  • B-1 Pilots Turn Their Bombsights to the Pacific

    04/09/2012 9:37:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | April 9, 2012 | Joe Pappalardo
    B-1 Pilots Turn Their Bombsights to the Pacific As the Pentagon turns more of its attention toward the Pacific Rim in an attempt to keep up with China, here's what the new realignment of forces means for pilots of America's largest (and least known) bomber force. One of the hottest topics in the defense and diplomatic worlds is the Obama administration's "rebalancing" of U.S. interests toward Asia. The new focus is a slate of military and geopolitical strategies meant as a hedge against China, and to a lesser extent its client, North Korea. But what does it mean for the...
  • A Pair Of B1s Flew From South Dakota To Libya, Bombed 100 Targets And Flew Home

    07/13/2011 3:07:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/13/2011 | Robert Johnson
    The U.S. Air Force has deployed its bombers like never before in the Libya campaign. Wired picked up a story released by Air Force Magazine detailing a flight made this spring by two B1 bombers from South Dakota to Libya carrying ninety-eight, 500 pound bombs. During 24 hours of combat time over four days, the bombers destroyed nearly 100 targets. The B1s were chosen on top of NATO's combined air fleet because each one carries around 24,000 pounds of Joint Direct Attack Munitions and Laser guided JDAMs. To achieve equal destruction would have required dozens of NATO jets.
  • B-1B Lancer Upgrade Will Triple Payload

    04/12/2011 6:27:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies · 1+ views
    US Air Force ^ | April 11, 2011
    B-1B Lancer Upgrade Will Triple Payload DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --- Airmen from the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron began their first phase of demonstrations of a multiple ejector rack on a B-1B Lancer here March 22. If fielded, 16-carry modified rotary launchers will increase the number of 500-pound Joint Direct Attack Munitions and laser-guided JDAMs carried by the B-1B from 15 to 48, a 320 percent increase in capability. "Currently a B-1 can deliver twice the payload of a B-52 (Stratofortress), meaning, theoretically, with the MER upgrade, one B-1 will be able to deliver the same amount of...
  • The Bomber Question

    12/01/2010 9:33:29 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 12/1/2010 | By John A. Tirpak
    The Air Force hasn’t been told when to begin work on a new long-range strike aircraft, or even what it should be able to do. The Air Force is hoping there’s a new bomber included in the Fiscal 2012 defense budget planned for release next month. If there is, it will be the centerpiece of a new portfolio of long-range strike weapons systems, which will encompass standoff missiles, older bombers, airborne electronic attack (AEA), carrier-based aircraft, and possibly a quick-reaction missile able to hit any global target within an hour. Deliberations on the long-range strike system have been a subject...
  • In War With Iran, B-1s Would Be Vital

    11/22/2010 8:26:53 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Politics Daily ^ | 11/22/2010 | David Wood
    <p>A U.S. attack on Iran's nuclear weapons facilities might look just like this: a B-1bomber lancing along just above the desert floor at 900 feet per second, ducking behind mountains and beneath ridgelines to hide from enemy radar, carrying a bellyful of 2,000-pound satellite-guided bombs.</p>
  • Cold War's B-1 Bomber Emerges as Effective Weapon in Afghanistan

    11/22/2010 6:18:51 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 62 replies · 2+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 11/21/2010 | David Wood
    Cold War's B-1 Bomber Emerges as Effective Weapon in Afghanistan 9 hours ago The voice on the radio is measured but firm: "Hawk Nine One, this is Hard Rock -- we are taking sustained fire at this time from the compound 50 meters north of Objective Tiger, requesting show of force over the objective, how copy, over.'' Hawk Nine One, a graceful swept-wing B-1 bomber, climbs sharply and snap-rolls to the right. Beneath its gunmetal-gray fuselage, a torpedo-shaped pod stares at the ground 18,000 feet below, processing infrared and television images displayed on screens in the cockpit. "Hard Rock, Hawk...
  • Northrop Grumman Awarded Air Force Contract to Integrate CLIP on B-1B and B-52 Aircraft

    10/21/2010 11:15:08 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Northrup Grumman ^ | 10/21/2010 | Northup Grumman
    The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $14 million contract extension to integrate its Common Link Integration Processing (CLIP) system on B-1B and B-52 aircraft, providing aircrews with enhanced battlefield awareness, communications capabilities and weapons management. Under the 17-month contract extension, Northrop Grumman will support software integration, ground and flight tests, and Air Force and joint interoperability certifications. All 66 aircraft in the B-1 bomber fleet and 94 aircraft in the B-52 fleet will be CLIP enabled. CLIP is a software package that allows existing platforms without a tactical data link, as well as platforms with different...
  • B-1 carries record-setting missile load

    09/10/2010 8:03:25 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 51 replies
    U.S. Air Force ^ | September 10, 2010 | Tech. Sgt. Robert Wollenberg
    B-1 carries record-setting missile load 07:01 GMT, September 10, 2010 DYESS AFB, Texas | A Dyess Air Force Base B-1B Lancer carried a full load of 24 AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missiles on a flight over the Gulf of Mexico, Sept. 7 -- a first for the B-1 and AGM-158. "The mission was a success," said Maj. Brian Owen, the chief of wing weapons and tactics. "Everything went as planned, and we can verify that the B-1B can in fact operate its full capacity of JASSMs." The purpose of the flight was to ensure maintainers, ammo and munitions Airmen and...
  • Command's first-ever Global Strike Challenge under way

    07/07/2010 6:02:53 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Air Force News ^ | 7/6/2001 | Air Force News
    Intercontinental ballistic missile, B-2 Spirit, B-52 Stratofortress and B-1 Lancer units are competing in the first Global Strike Challenge, showcasing the capabilities and expertise of missile, bomber and security forces Airmen. "Global Strike Challenge will help us build pride and a culture of excellence," said Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz, the Air Force Global Strike Command commander. It is "the beginning of a new tradition-- the best of the past launching us into the future," he said. Global Strike Challenge pits units' top security forces, maintainers, and missile and bomber crews in head-to-head competition to be recognized as the best...