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  • Huck: I’m Better than the Others

    09/15/2014 11:00:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The National Review ^ | September 15, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Former governor Mike Huckabee (R., Ark.) implicitly made the case against Senators Ted Cruz (R., Texas), Rand Paul (R., Ky.), or Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) serving as president during a meeting with reporters about the prospect of his own candidacy. In a roundtable meeting this morning with journalists in Washington, D.C., Huckabee said that he would decide next year whether or not he will run for president, but he already knows he’s unlikely to support any of those freshman senators. “If not me, I would be supportive of someone who has had executive experience and who has been a governor...
  • World War I Claims Two More Casualties ... in 2014

    03/20/2014 7:23:24 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 19 March 2014 | Luke Garratt
    First World War bomb kills two construction site workers 100 years after it was fired at Belgian battlefield • Armament was disturbed and exploded evacuation works at the site • Killed two and injured two, all construction workers working in the area • This area of Belgium is rife with unexploded bombs from the Great War • It is the former Flanders battleground where many shells were fired A First World War bomb killed two construction site workers when it exploded 100 years after being fired at a Belgian battlefield. The bomb had laid dormant for a century at an...
  • Four More Former Gitmo Terrorists Returned to Battlefield

    03/06/2014 7:34:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 3/6/14 | JERYL BIER
    The semi-annual report on "Re-engagement of Detainees Formerly Held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba" was released on Wednesday by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Out of a total of 614 former prisoners (up from 603 six months ago), intelligence has confirmed that 104 (up from 100) have re-engaged in terrorism/insurgent activities while another 74 are suspected of doing so. The latest report nudged the recidivism rate up to an even 29 percent from 28.9 percent last September. The report provides a chart breaking down the statistics into a number of categories:
  • Paul fires back: Sens. McCain, Graham think 'whole world is a battlefield'

    03/07/2013 12:51:49 PM PST · by jazusamo · 220 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 7, 2013 | Daniel Strauss
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blasted fellow GOP Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday, saying the two “think the whole world is a battlefield.” Paul criticized the hawkish senators for thinking the laws of war should take precedence over the Bill of Rights. The two had criticized Paul’s statements about drone policy during the Kentucky Republican’s 13-hour filibuster on Thursday. “They think the whole world is a battlefield including America and that the laws of war should apply,” Paul said in an interview on Fox News about McCain and Graham, who had described Paul’s comments about drones...
  • Gif of the Day: Tank Skeet Shooting

    02/02/2013 8:29:56 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    GUNS.com ^ | 2/02/13 | Chris Callahan
    Gif of the Day: Tank Skeet Shooting
  • World War I era ammunition frozen in a glacier for nearly a century has been found in N. Italy

    09/02/2012 7:17:19 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 2, 2012 | Alex Gore
    First World War ammunition frozen in time for nearly a century has been found as glacier melts WWI ammunition frozen in time for nearly a century has been discovered in northern Italy. More than 200 pieces of the ammunition were revealed at an altitude of 3,200 metres by a melting glacier on the Ago de Nardis peak in Trentino. The 85-100mm caliber explosives weighed between seven and 10 kilos and explosives experts have been to the site to safely dispose of the weaponry. The once-perennial glacier began partially melted during a recent heat wave, allowing the Finance Police Alpine rescue...
  • Soldier Energy Needs Outpacing Technology, Policy

    02/23/2012 5:59:43 PM PST · by U-238 · 14 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 3/1/2012 | Eric Beidel
    Eric Shields, an engineer with the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Carderock Division, never thought he would have to monitor the use of a microwave oven in Afghanistan. But that is exactly what he and his colleagues have been doing to gauge how much power Marines are using in theater. “If the microwaves and coffee pots are turned on at the same time, it could trip your generator,” Shields told a recent Institute for Defense and Government Advancement symposium. Sometimes a generator is left on too long, and the temperature inside the tent drops so much that Marines are forced to...
  • Swarms of Robot Soldiers Could Make Better Decisions Than Human Leaders on Data-Strewn Battlefields

    11/30/2010 10:02:31 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies · 3+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 11/30/2010 | Clay Dillow
    Modern warfare relies increasingly on robotics for intelligence gathering and increasingly for strike capabilities, but the decision-making capacity still rests solely in the hands of human commanders. But British defense company BAE systems is testing a way to turn over battlefield decisions over to robot troops as well. ALADDIN (Autonomous Learning Agents for Decentralised Data and Information Networks) is BAE’s response to the overload of sensors and data now confronting battlefield commanders who now have UAV observations, soldier-based sensors, satellite data, and reams of other intelligence washing over them in such volumes that, as Air Force Lt. Gen. David A....
  • Army researchers develop futuristic helmet

    11/03/2010 9:09:42 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 11/3/2010 | Defense Talk
    Imagine a future when a Soldier's helmet is an integrated communications center with a heads-up computer display, night vision, thermal sensors and enhanced hearing. That future is nearer than many think. During the 2010 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting Oct. 25-27 at the Washington Convention Center, civilian researchers from the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center displayed futurist equipment design concepts to senior Army leaders, congressional staffers and Soldiers attending the show. "What we're trying to do is tell the story of how we're setting the force for the future," said Jean-Louis "Dutch" DeGay, Strategic Outreach,...
  • DARPA Asks for a Flying Car, Gets a Dual-Rotor Road Warrior Turned Helo

    07/14/2010 10:37:51 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 30 replies · 7+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 7/13/2010 | Clay Dillow
    Just after the new year, DARPA put out a broad agency announcement requesting a flying car, specifically a one-to four-person, vertical takeoff and landing-capable vehicle that can negotiate off-road conditions as well as take to the skies. Today, Fort Worth-based AVX Aircraft has responded with a proposal, releasing some mock-ups of a dual-rotor, ducted-fan driven aircraft that’s also road-ready. AVX says the four-seater will be able to carry a 1,040-lb. payload 250 miles on a single tank of fuel, peaking at 80 miles per hour over land and 140 miles per hour in the air. It’s coaxial rotor design would...
  • Airmen help clear the battlefield

    07/06/2010 1:53:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    Air Force News ^ | Staff Sgt. Phillip Butterfield, USAF
    7/6/2010 - JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq (AFNS) -- As the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq picks up steam, there is a collection of Airmen, Soldiers and civilians ready to process billions of dollars in equipment for redistribution. The Redistribution Property Accountability Team was developed to process equipment bound for refurbishment in the United States or locations of higher priority. At the heart of this immense project is the members of the 732nd Expeditionary Support Squadron. "The RPAT mission is incredibly important," said Army Sgt. Jason Crocker, the 402nd Army Field Support Brigade RPAT Sprung officer in charge. "We help...
  • Ray Guns Near Crossroads to the Battlefield

    05/16/2010 6:49:36 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 31 replies · 979+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 5/14/2010 | Stephen Ashley
    After more than a century of popular sci-fi fantasies that feature deadly energy weapons, including War of the Worlds, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Star Trek and Star Wars, it looks like the ray gun has finally arrived in the real world. And even if the first ray guns out of the lab can barely fit on the bed of a 30-ton off-road truck rather than in a soldier’s palm, the novel, "speed-of-light" capabilities that lasers could bring to the battlefield has drawn the keen interest of the Pentagon brass, which spends about $400 million a year on directed-energy beam weapons....
  • Treating Battlefield Injuries With Light-Activated Technology

    05/06/2010 8:46:06 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 326+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 5/3/2010 | Science Daily
    Airmen's traumatic battlefield injuries may be more effectively treated by using a new light-activated technology developed as a result of research managed by Air Force Office of Scientific Research and supported by funds from the Office of the Secretary of Defense This new treatment for war injuries includes using a process or technology called Photochemical Tissue Bonding, which can replace conventional sutures, staples and glues in repairing skin wounds, reconnecting severed peripheral nerves, blood vessels, tendons and incisions in the cornea. Harvard Medical School professor and Massachusetts General Hospital Wellman Center researcher, Dr. Irene Kochevar and her colleague at Wellman,...
  • The Boss Wants A Smartphone, Or Else

    01/12/2010 1:54:33 AM PST · by myknowledge · 2 replies · 434+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | January 11, 2010
    A French firm has developed a cell phone cryptography technology strong enough to satisfy French government and NATO security standards. The president of France was pleased, and his subordinates were relieved, because their boss is an enthusiastic smart phone user. Smartphones are popular because they can do so much, particularly accessing the Internet. But wireless devices, especially cell phones, give military and government security officials a very bad feeling. Moreover, in the last few years, several prominent heads-of-state (including the current American president), who were avid smartphone users, came to power. They were all told by their security personnel that...
  • Wal-Mart Near Civil War Battlefield Wins OK

    08/24/2009 10:57:44 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 48 replies · 2,060+ views
    Fox News ^ | August 25, 2009
    ORANGE, Va. — Officials in central Virginia approved a Wal-Mart Supercenter early Tuesday near one of the nation's most important Civil War battlefields, a proposal that had stirred opposition by preservationists and hundreds of historians. The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to grant the special permit to the world's biggest retailer after a majority of more than 100 speakers said they favored bringing the Wal-Mart to Locust Grove, within a cannonball's shot from the Wilderness Battlefield. Historians and Civil War buffs are fearful the Wal-Mart store will draw traffic and more commerce to an area within the historic...
  • Air Force aeromedical evacuation teams give British soldier fighting chance

    08/04/2009 5:41:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 560+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Capt. Justin Brockhoff, USAF
    8/4/2009 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFNS) -- Three Air Force aircraft along with multiple aircrew, aeromedical evacuation teams, and agencies from around the world gave a British soldier a fighting chance at life in late July after the soldier sustained multiple gunshot wounds and had his blood supply replaced more than 10 times at a military hospital in Afghanistan. According to officials, the soldier sustained multiple wounds to the abdomen and chest, and was transfused with 75 units of blood and another 75 units of platelets. Emergency surgery was conducted to repair the soldier's liver and lung. After...
  • Coast to Coast am 'Telepathy & Technology in the battlefield' guest Dr. Nick Begich

    06/03/2009 8:49:58 PM PDT · by divine_moment_of_facts · 20 replies · 669+ views
    Coast to Coast am ^ | June 3rd-4th 2009 | George sNoory
    Lecturer and author Dr. Nick Begich will discuss the latest research on telepathy in the battlefield, where brain waves alone can give commands..
  • Army halts use of WoundStat

    04/22/2009 11:38:42 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 6 replies · 1,045+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 23, 2009 | Mark Abramson,
    The U.S. Army has halted use of a powder designed to control bleeding only months after approving it because of concerns about its health effects. WoundStat was dropped because a study by the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research showed it could injure the lining and walls of blood vessels, Army officials say. WoundStat is a clay-based agent that is poured onto a moderate-to-severe wound and held in place until it sticks to the wound, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which approved the product. The Army announced in October 2008 that it would start using it downrange,...
  • Report: Unscreened blood posed danger (Battlefield Blood in Iraq/Afghan tainted)

    04/13/2009 7:35:02 PM PDT · by xzins · 20 replies · 1,505+ views
    Stars & Stripes ^ | Apr 11 | Travis J. Tritten
    For years, the use of unscreened blood transfusions exposed severely wounded servicemembers and other trauma patients in Iraq and Afghanistan to the inherent risk of diseases such as HIV, hepatitis and malaria, according to medical experts who advise the secretary of defense. Battlefield attacks that resulted in mass casualties or severe injuries often overtaxed the military’s blood supply system until 2007, meaning medics collected fresh blood from those on site for emergency treatment of the wounded, the Defense Health Board wrote in a June 2008 report. The unscreened blood transfusions, however, did not meet federal safety standards required of all...
  • Army medicine: Untested in battle

    04/01/2009 2:30:12 AM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 805+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | March 29, 2009 | Robert Little
    New procedures were rushed into theaters of war without rigorous review The U.S. Army has quietly altered or abandoned some of its more experimental medical treatments for troops injured in combat, as advances it once hailed as groundbreaking are foundlargely ineffective or perhaps even dangerous. Advanced battle dressings, a blood-clotting drug, alternative procedures for emergency blood transfusions - each was introduced early in the Iraq war, often with little evidence to support them beyond anecdotes or tests on animals. A few were adopted widely by civilian hospitals, based almost exclusively on accolades from the military. But an investigation by The...
  • Petraeus Praises Medics, Corpsmen at ‘Angels of Battlefield’ Gala

    03/12/2009 5:49:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 585+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 12, 2009 – The commander of U.S. Central Command last night praised the Army medics and Navy corpsmen whose courage on the battlefield protects the lives of fellow servicemembers. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Stephanie Cates receives the Angels of the Battlefield Award from U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, commander, U.S. Central Command, and U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, during a dinner in honor of military medics and corpsman at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., March 11, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Suzanne M. Day  (Click photo for...
  • Face of Defense: Soldier Keeps Comrades Talking

    02/10/2009 3:43:29 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 253+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Sgt. Brian Tierce, USA
    BAGHDAD, Feb. 10, 2009 – Because communication on the battlefield is essential, a small group of soldiers here dedicates itself to ensuring Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division’s 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team can talk to one another when it counts. Army Spc. Giselle King prepares a force-tracking monitor on a vehicle at Camp Liberty, Iraq, Feb. 7, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian Tierce  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Spc. Giselle King, an Indianapolis native who serves in the brigade’s Special Troops Battalion, focuses much of her time ensuring the communication readiness...
  • Penn trauma surgeon killed in Iraq

    12/26/2008 8:44:13 PM PST · by paltz · 43 replies · 2,184+ views
    philly.com ^ | Fri, Dec. 26, 2008 | Michael Matza
    John P. Pryor, 42, of Moorestown, the dedicated leader of the University of Pennsylvania's trauma team and a decorated major in the Army Reserve who wrote eloquently about the painful parallels between battlefield deaths and urban homicides, was killed on Christmas by enemy fire in Iraq while serving as a combat surgeon. Dr. Pryor deployed Dec. 6 and was with a risky frontline surgical unit when he was killed by shrapnel from a mortar round. It was his second tour of duty in Iraq. Dr. Pryor, who was experienced and cool under pressure, was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., and...
  • Wal-Mart Fights The Battle of The Wilderness in Virginia

    12/27/2008 2:47:09 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 35 replies · 966+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | December 27, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    One of the greatest privileges of living in Virginia, especially for history buffs, is that we are neck-deep in Civil War country. I live within 50 miles of some of the most significant battles, and have walked the battlefields of Bull Run (I and II), Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and many others. The one thing that has remained nearly unblemished, especially in the face of the building boom in Northern Virginia over the past 15 years, has been the fields and vistas of the hallowed ground where tens of thousands of brave men fought and died. If you want...
  • Military tries 'battlefield' acupuncture to ease pain

    12/18/2008 8:40:36 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 14 replies · 614+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | December 11, 2008 | David Wood
    ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE - Using ancient Chinese medical techniques, a small team of military doctors here has begun treating wounded troops suffering from severe or chronic pain with acupuncture. The technique is proving so successful that the Air Force will begin teaching "battlefield acupuncture" early next year to physicians deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan, senior officials will announce tomorrow.
  • Ancient Roman battlefield excavated in Lower Saxony[Germany]

    12/12/2008 1:06:36 PM PST · by BGHater · 23 replies · 1,715+ views
    The :Local ^ | 11 Dec 2008 | Kerstin von Glowacki
    Archaeologists have discovered an ancient roman battlefield from the third century near Göttingen that will rewrite history, Lower Saxony's department for preservation of historical monuments said on Thursday. “The find can be dated to the third century and will definitely change the historical perception of that time,” Dr. Henning Haßmann told The Local. The amazing discovery allows an insight in what must have been a dramatic battle between Romans and Germanic tribes. “The find indicates a massive Roman military presence,” Haßmann said. So far historians believed that the battle of the Teutoburg Forest, which took place in 9 AD, resulted...
  • Face of Defense: Guardsman Succeeds on Battlefield, Gridiron

    11/10/2008 3:10:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 86+ views
    LOGAN, Utah, Nov. 10, 2008 – A member of the Utah National Guard’s 19th Special Forces Group received the Meritorious Service Medal here Nov. 1 at halftime of a Utah State University football game in front of thousands of appreciative fans – and his teammates. Michael Green, a lineman on the Utah State Aggies football team, stands at attention during a Nov. 1, 2008, halftime ceremony. Green received the Meritorious Service Medal for his service in Afghanistan with the Utah National Guard’s 19th Special Forces Group. Photo courtesy of Utah State University  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army...
  • Combat Medicine at Its Finest

    08/29/2008 2:56:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 145+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dr. (Capt.) Joseph May, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER — During a recent air assault operation in the Diyala province, the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division medical team once again demonstrated its excellence. The group, which consisted of one physician, three physician assistants, one mental health provider, a preventive medicine officer and numerous skilled combat medics, delivered seamless and exceptional medical care, despite harsh conditions. Several of the team members flew by helicopter, carrying everything needed to set up a rapid aid station with them. A rapid aid station is able to provide immediate treatment for any injuries sustained during the early phase of an...
  • Scientists, Battlefield Medics Share Ideas

    08/19/2008 4:52:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 170+ views
    ST. PETE’S BEACH, Fla., Aug. 19, 2008 – Scientists and battlefield medical clinicians shared their knowledge and experiences to advance medicine during the military’s premier trauma care conference here. The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s annual Advanced Technology Applications for Combat Casualty Care Conference was held Aug. 11 to 15. What evolved from a disjointed vendor-oriented conference more than 10 years ago with just a couple hundred participants is now an extremely relevant knowledge exchange that has the ability to improve military medicine, said Army Col. Bob Vandre, a former MRMC Combat Casualty Care Program director who organized...
  • Kandahar tourniquet developed to save lives

    08/19/2008 6:58:18 AM PDT · by Clive · 8 replies · 137+ views
    Canadian Forces Army News ^ | 2008-08-18 | Capt Mike McBride
    Kandahar tourniquet developed to save livesMonday, August 18, 2008Project Number:08-0556Kandahar, Afghanistan – Afghan soldiers can now save lives thanks to a medical prototype developed by Coalition forces. The Kandahar tourniquet, created for the Afghan National Army (ANA), will improve the survival rate of soldiers suffering serious injuries and massive hemorrhage. Imagine a dismounted infantry company mentoring team moving through a village in the Zhari District of Afghanistan. The team is weighed down with weapons, ammunition, radios, night vision devices and personal protective equipment. Every soldier is trained to deliver tactical combat casualty care and is equipped with advanced wound dressings,...
  • Spartan Soldier earns battlefield promotion

    05/26/2008 7:59:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 107+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Jason Stadel, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – Christian Stephenson has bided his time as a finance noncommissioned officer. Stephenson, who has been in the Army for eight years, was promoted to sergeant four years ago and became promotable to staff sergeant three years ago. “I’ve had 720 (promotion) points for a long time, in five years (the points to staff sergeant) have never gone below 775,” said Stephenson, from Emerald Isle, N.C. “It was frustrating working so hard to get those points but never making the cutoff. It had been at least six months since I’d even checked the scores when...
  • Antietam National Battlefield: Are clouds in site's future

    03/24/2008 6:48:59 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 12 replies · 496+ views
    Herald Mail ^ | March 15, 2008
    SHARPSBURG - Antietam National Battlefield is one of the 10 most endangered battlefields in the United States, according to a list released Wednesday by the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT). The battlefield is "threatened with a 120-foot-tall cellular tower that would be visible from all of the battlefield's most famous vantage points," according to a CWPT press release. Monocacy National Battlefield near Frederick, Md., also is on the list, which also includes sites in several states from Virginia to Oklahoma. National Park Service officials were notified in December 2007 of a proposal to erect a stealth cell tower south of...
  • Chairman Celebrates Unsung Heroes at ‘Angels of Battlefield’ Gala

    03/06/2008 3:59:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 78+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 6, 2008 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised the Army medics and Navy corpsmen who risk their lives on the battlefield to save others at the 2nd annual Armed Services YMCA gala here last night. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and retired Navy Rear Adm. S. Frank Gallo, national executive director, Armed Services YMCA, present the Angels of the Battlefield Award to Navy Seaman Elvis H. Gichini, a corpsman, during a gala dinner in honor of military medics and corpsman at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington,...
  • The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences & "Fighting for Life"

    03/05/2008 3:44:01 AM PST · by iMacMan · 8 replies · 638+ views
    March 5, 2008 | iMacMan
    A touching new movie about the school and how its graduates help heal our brave wounded warriors and about some of their courageous patients... Very few folks have heard of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU-HS), but it's a place we all (including the moonbats) should know something about. USU-HS is the military school that trains MANY of the docs & nurses who treat our wounded heroes from the battlefield to Walter Reed and other military hospitals around the globe. Its main campus is located on the grounds of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD....
  • Battlefield Earth

    01/31/2008 9:41:19 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 25 replies · 104+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | January 2008 | Jamais Cascio
    It may sound like science fiction, but it’s only a matter of time before the world’s militaries learn to wield the planet itself as a weapon. Preventing global warming from becoming a planetary catastrophe may take something even more drastic than renewable energy, superefficient urban design, and global carbon taxes. Such innovations remain critical, and yet disruptions to the Earth’s climate could overwhelm these relatively slow, incremental changes in how we live. As reports of faster-than-expected climate changes mount, a growing number of experts worry that we might ultimately be forced to try something quite radical: geoengineering. Geoengineering involves humans...
  • Military Working Dogs: Soldiers’ Best Friend on the Battlefield

    12/31/2007 3:28:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 212+ views
    Udi, a United States military working dog stationed at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, poses for the camera after he completes his daily training, Dec. 25. Photo by Pfc. Amanda McBride. FOB KALSU — With their strong sense of smell and their immeasurable loyalty, the highly trained military working dogs (MWD) in the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, are proving to be essential in the fight against terrorism. Military working dogs first entered the United States armed services in March 1942. Today, the dogs are still providing support to the troops on the battlefield.A single dog can search more...
  • Company Makes Clothes for Warfare

    12/25/2007 3:16:38 PM PST · by Turret Gunner A20 · 15 replies · 348+ views
    Peoplepc Online/Associated Press ^ | December 25, 2007 | Staff
    RICHMOND, Va. - As an Army surgeon in the Middle East, Dr. Keith Rose watched a colleague bleed to death when a truck in his convoy was hit with a rocket-propelled grenade. Rose could not get his comrade a tourniquet, which could have helped control the bleeding on his wounded leg, and sat along the mangled wreckage and talked with him as he took his last breath. "It really kind of frustrated me," Rose said. Once he returned to the U.S., Rose approached BlackHawk, a provider of military and law enforcement gear, with an idea to create clothes with built-in...
  • Charges Against Snipers Stir Debate on 'Baiting'

    09/27/2007 5:19:27 AM PDT · by xzins · 138 replies · 1,068+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 26 Sep 07 | Josh White and Ann Scott Tyson
    Spec. Jorge Sandoval lay face down in the foot-high grass, staring through his sniper rifle scope at the Iraqi man holding a rusted sickle. The man had crouched down, only his head was visible. Sandoval's spotter, Staff. Sgt. Michael Hensley, relayed the order to kill. On April 27, in dangerous terrain south of Baghdad, Sandoval pulled the trigger to fire a bullet hundreds of yards into the man's skull, killing him instantly. Moments earlier, the man, according to testimony and court documents, had been fleeing an attack on U.S. soldiers and was holding the sickle to masquerade as a farmer....
  • China's Military Tests Real-Time Data System

    09/19/2007 10:22:57 PM PDT · by DTAD · 10 replies · 275+ views
    The Chinese military has begun a two-day drill testing a system that provides commanders real-time battlefield data, signaling the continued modernization of the nation’s massive armed forces. The exercise is part of an ambitious effort to improve military information collection systems, one of the main shortfalls of the otherwise rapidly modernizing People’s Liberation Army, the Xinhua news agency reported Sept. 19.
  • Combat Lifesaver Course Trains Soldiers to Save Lives on Battlefield

    09/06/2007 4:39:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 275+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Pfc. April Campbell, USA
    CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind., Sept. 6, 2007 – When soldiers are wounded in combat, the most immediate medical care available generally is given by other soldiers on the battlefield, most of whom are not combat medics. Army Sgt. Clint Higgins, a Combat Lifesaver instructor with 205th Infantry Brigade, helps students taking the Combat Lifesaver Course practice lifesaving skills Aug. 23 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. During the final exercise, students are required to practice many of their newly learned skills including inserting IVs, applying tourniquets and pressure dressings, treating mental trauma, and moving wounded soldiers to a safe area. U.S. Army...
  • New fight brews at famed Princeton battle site, A plan to build housing on historic site

    08/21/2007 5:46:16 PM PDT · by Coleus · 7 replies · 509+ views
    star ledger ^ | August 08, 2007 | TOM HESTER
    The way Jerry Hurwitz sees it, it doesn't take an Einstein to understand the significance of the hal lowed ground on which a pivotal Revolutionary War Battle of Princeton was fought 230 years ago. Part of the battle on Jan. 3, 1777, was waged on 22 acres of gently sloping farmland now owned by the Institute for Advanced Study. The institute -- an independent, private research institution that counted physicist Albert Ein stein among its faculty -- is adja cent to the 85-acre Princeton Battlefield State Park. But that section of the battlefield was never incorporated into the state park,...
  • Soldiers Bring Mobile Communications to Battlefield

    08/21/2007 5:36:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 541+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Ben Hutto
    Soldiers Bring Mobile Communications to Battlefield New vehicle gives commanders more choices, faster. By Spc. Ben Hutto3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq, Aug. 21, 2007 — Staff Sgt. Matthew Hancock looked over the schematics the 82nd Airborne had put together for a mobile tactical operations center and knew that he could build something similar for his battalion. "This is the first time a mechanized Army unit has engineered, built and deployed a vehicle like this. We are proud of what we’ve done. We feel like we have raised the bar for the Army."Staff...
  • The Concierge of the Battlefield

    12/12/2006 5:58:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 430+ views
    Both having served their country from Viet Nam to Iraq, Marine warriors Col. (ret.) Jack Holly and Lt. Col. (ret.) Ollie North briefly enjoyed a few moments together during North’s recent visit to the USACE-GRD LogisticsMovement Control Center. BAGHDAD -- “That’s what we are. That’s what we do. We are the concierge of the battlefield,” affirms Jack Holly, the still erect postured, retired Marine colonel. “When travelers require something while staying in hotel to whom do they go? The concierge of course! Thus, that is what we are to this effort here in Iraq. If something is needed we provide...
  • Military robo-surgeon prepares for battle

    08/28/2006 7:17:52 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 1 replies · 303+ views
    NewScientistTech.com ^ | 24 August 2006 | Tom Simonite
    Life-saving operations on soldiers in combat zones could become possible thanks to a portable robotic surgeon that allows doctors to perform surgery on the battlefield without endangering themselves.Surgical robots that can be operated remotely are already used in some civilian hospitals. These include a system called "da Vinci" made by US company Intuitive Surgical, and another system called ZEUS, made by US firm Computer Motion. However, these existing systems are large and cumbersome, taking up much of an operating room. Now Blake Hannaford and colleagues at the University of Washington, in Seattle, US, have come up with a system small...
  • Legacy of Battlefields: The Civil War

    08/07/2006 8:54:36 AM PDT · by Republicanprofessor · 84 replies · 877+ views
    Aug. 7, 2006 | republicanprofessor
    I was not a Civil War history buff; my nine-year-old son John was the motivation for our tour of southern battlefields this summer. This essay is about how that trip to twenty Civil War battlefields in ten southern states changed my view of the Civil War and, in more subtle ways, my life We drove 6,000 miles, from New England down to Maryland and Virginia south to Atlanta, Vicksburg, Shiloh and back to the north again. Throughout the trip, I listened to almost twenty-four hours of Civil War history from Prof. Gary Gallagher of UVA (through the Teaching Company CDs)....
  • Israeli firm working on blood pack to save lives

    07/24/2006 6:56:01 PM PDT · by Sabramerican · 9 replies · 479+ views
    H a a r e t z ^ | 7/25/2006 | Yuval Azoulay
    Israeli firm working on blood pack to save lives In about two years? time, Israeli soldiers may carry with them to the battlefield packets with their own powdered blood, as though it were powdered soup. A Nes Tziona-based company is working on a revolutionary product that could change the future battle field, IDF Medical ..officers say. The idea is to take a soldier's blood, freeze it in laboratory conditions, take out the ice crystals leaving only the blood components. It will look like freeze-dried coffee in a little bag, said Lieutenant colonel Amir Blumenfeld, head of the IDF medical corps?...
  • Airmen are battlefield innovators

    07/11/2006 4:23:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 234+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Senior Airman James Croxon and Senior Airman Kerry Solan-Johnson
    7/11/2006 - BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq -- Airmen are adapting to the battle space and an evolving enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan, said the commander of U.S. Central Command Air Forces. Lt. Gen. Gary North told Airmen here during a visit July 5, they are always ready to support ground commanders despite an increased operations tempo. "This war has moved from contingency operations to sustained operations," General North said. "Sustainment, by nature, costs more in people away from home and in dollars to fight the war. Our goal is to be extremely effective and extremely efficient." According to General North,...
  • US using space supremacy to wage combat in Iraq, Afghanistan

    07/06/2006 6:12:49 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 23 replies · 818+ views
    The US military is relying ever more on space satellites to help wage combat in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, though analysts say that Washington's space supremacy could be threatened by rivals in the future. The Pentagon is using sophisticated satellites that orbit Earth in a bid to track down its enemies and keep a round-the-clock watch on unfriendly foes. The technological advantage can prove lethal, as witnessed by the recent air raid that killed the long-wanted Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. "Space capabilities have revolutionized the way we fight today by providing our forces with battlefield situational...
  • Ultrasound to treat war wounds (DARPA)

    07/05/2006 9:45:03 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 3 replies · 385+ views
    BBC News ^ | 28 June 2006 | Paul Rincon
    The US military plans a portable device that uses focused sound waves to treat troops bleeding internally from wounds sustained on the battlefield. Ultrasound can seal ruptured blood vessels deep within the body without the need for risky surgery. The lightweight device has to be designed so that soldiers can operate it with minimal training. Blood loss from wounds to the extremities is regarded as a major, preventable cause of battlefield death. It's a grand challenge but we're keen to have a go at it Lawrence Crum, University of Washington The ability to treat soldiers with internal bleeding on the...
  • (Revolutionary War) Battlefield objects pulled from lake

    06/30/2006 7:03:46 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 21 replies · 900+ views
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | 30 JUNE 2006 | AP
    Diver Dennis O'Neil of Plattsburgh, N.Y., poses with a piece of a cannon muzzle which he discovered during a dive Friday, June 30, 2006, in Peru, N.Y. Divers have spent the last seven years combing the bottom of Lake Champlain in search of 'battlefield scatter' from the crucial 1776 Battle of Valcour near Peru. O'Neil has made about 100 dives during the project. PERU, N.Y. - Gen. Benedict Arnold led a "wretched, motley" crew of sailors on Lake Champlain against a far superior British fleet near here on Oct. 11, 1776. The rebels lost. But their dogged fight delayed...