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  • The real war in Iran

    12/02/2011 7:09:41 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 6 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 12/2/11 | Caroline Glick
    Something is happening in Iran. Forces are in motion. But what is happening? And who are the forces that are on the move? Since this week's bombing in Isfahan, the world media is rife with speculation that the war with Iran over its nuclear weapons program has begun. But if the war has begun, who is fighting it? What are their aims? And what are their methods and means of attack? Wednesday the Times of London published a much cited article about this week's blast in Isfahan. The article referred to the bombed installation as a "uranium enrichment facility." But...
  • Buildup of Afghan Security Forces Continues

    07/09/2010 1:03:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    WASHINGTON, July 9, 2010 – The push to build Afghanistan’s security forces to 305,000 members is ahead of schedule, but there are still some obstacles to overcome, a senior officer involved in the effort said yesterday. Army Col. John Ferrari, deputy commander for programs for NATO Training Mission Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan, discussed the effort’s progress and challenges in a “DoD Live” bloggers roundtable. Ferrari is responsible for dedicating resources to the Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army to fight the counterinsurgency and to aid in building the Afghan economy. The training commands work with regional...
  • Undersecretary Calls Build Up in Afghanistan Critical to Success

    04/02/2010 6:51:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 225+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 2, 2010 – The massive amount of equipment and supplies being sent to support troops in Afghanistan is a historic logistical effort critical to mission success there, the Defense Department’s undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics said today. “I think it’s fair to say that there’s never been, like in these months that we’re witnessing right now, as dramatic a logistics effort as we see in Afghanistan,” Ashton B. Carter said during a conference on defense logistics modernization at The Center for Strategic and International Studies here. From the ramp up of airlifts, sealifts and ground supply lines,...
  • Russia: Vladimir Putin calls for more weapons to stop America doing 'whatever it wants'

    12/30/2009 7:51:35 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 39 replies · 2,001+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 12/30/09 | Will Stewart
    Vladimir Putin calls for more weapons to stop America doing 'whatever it wants' A Topol-M missile in Red Square. Vladimir Putin called for more Russian offensive weapons to punch through America's new missile defence shield Will Stewart in Moscow Russia needs more weapons to punch through America’s new missile defence shield, Vladimir Putin said yesterday in blunt remarks that will complicate efforts to cut the nuclear arsenals of the former Cold War rivals. The Russian Prime Minister, reasserting himself as the country’s real ruler, said that Moscow should press ahead with a new generation of weapons to stop the Americans...
  • Official: Afghan buildup involves 30,000 troops

    12/01/2009 9:23:43 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 850+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/1/09 | Jennifer Loven and Anne Gearan - ap
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama plans to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan over six months, an accelerated timetable — with an endgame built in — that would have the first Marines there as early as Christmas, a senior administration official told The Associated Press. With the full complement of new troops expected to be in Afghanistan by next summer, the heightened pace of Obama's military deployment in the 8-year-old war appears to mimic the 2007 troop surge in Iraq, a 20,000-strong force addition under former President George W. Bush. Similar in strategy to that mission, Obama's Afghan surge aims...
  • Afghanistan Troop Buildup a ‘Delicate’ Endeavor, Spokesman Says

    01/29/2009 5:02:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 177+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2009 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is expected to present the Pentagon’s proposal for a U.S. troop increase in Afghanistan to President Barack Obama in the near future, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said today. “I think everybody’s committed to doing this as quickly and responsibly as possible,” Morrell told Pentagon reporters. “In the coming days, the secretary hopes to present the president with his recommendation.” Army Gen. David D. McKiernan, who commands U.S. forces in Afghanistan as well as NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, has asked his bosses for a 30,000-troop increase, which effectively would...
  • Chairman Says Possible Buildup in Afghanistan Could Have Major Impact

    01/11/2008 3:49:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 144+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2008 – If Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates approves a proposal to send 3,000 Marines to Afghanistan, it could have a significant impact on operations in the country, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today. Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, answers a question from local media during a Pentagon news briefing Jan. 11, 2008. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess, USN  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen said during a Pentagon news conference that the proposal is...
  • General (Petraeus), diplomat (Amb. Ryan Crocker) : Don't cut buildup yet

    07/26/2007 11:45:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 292+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/26/07 | Robert Burns - ap
    BAGHDAD - The top U.S. general and diplomat in Iraq warned on Thursday against cutting short the American troop buildup and suggested they would urge Congress in September to give President Bush's strategy more time. Ambassador Ryan Crocker and Gen. David Petraeus, in separate Associated Press interviews at their offices in the U.S. Embassy on the banks of the Tigris, were careful not to define a timeframe for continuing the counterinsurgency strategy — and the higher U.S. troop levels — that began six months ago. Still, Petraeus' comments signaled that he would like to see a substantial U.S. combat force...
  • Chinese general says military build-up purely defensive

    06/01/2007 10:06:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 599+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/1/07 | AFP
    SINGAPORE (AFP) - China's military build-up is purely defensive, the deputy chief of the world's biggest standing army said Saturday, amid US concerns over Beijing's intentions. "Strategically, we adhere to self-defence and would win only by striking after the enemy has struck," Lieutenant General Zhang Qinsheng, deputy chief of the general staff of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), told an international defence forum in Singapore. "China shall never fire the first shot. Such an approach is consistent with the ancient Chinese thought to use caution before getting into a war, use force only for a just cause, put people first...
  • The Army We Need

    05/31/2007 10:04:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies · 1,196+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 4, 2007 | Tom Donnelly
    We can't fight The Long War with the forces we have.In wartime Washington there is but one point of bipartisan agreement: The land forces of the United States are too small. Hillary Clinton may be trying to make her fellow Democrats forget her vote to go to war in Iraq, but she insists that "it is past time to increase the end-strength of the Army and Marines." Sen. Barack Obama agrees, and even the New York Times has editorialized that "larger ground forces are an absolute necessity for the sort of battles that America is likely to fight during the...
  • One Another (Christian Caucus/Devotion) [For loving mutual edification, building up, encouragement]

    04/04/2007 10:15:14 AM PDT · by Quix · 247 replies · 1,507+ views
    BIBLE, Loving FREEPERS | 4 APR 2007 | God, Knitting a Conundrum, Quix
    ONE ANOTHER DEVOTIONAL CHRISTIAN CAUCUS: Knitting a Conundrum: We are coming together in love, and to share the love of Christ, and therefore, even if we disagree, we need to remember to avoid things that are not said kindly and in love. Each of us holds our beliefs because we do it for the love of Christ, and even if you don’t accept the conclusion of a person, honor it by not saying harsh or hurtful things because it’s done to honor Christ. Kind and respectful discourse. Avoid words that you know will cause a kneejerk reaction. If a...
  • China Buildup Seen Destabilizing Region

    04/03/2007 3:59:57 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 18 replies · 418+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Bill Gertz
    Thomas Christensen, deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said China has made multibillion-dollar increases in defense spending each year for the past decade but has not explained to the United States where the arms buildup is headed. “These are increases in real terms, and what we would like to know [. . . ] where are these trend lines leading?” Mr. Christensen said. China’s defense spending has tripled since 1999 and “we would like to know more about where China is heading; what the purposes of this modernization are,” he said. U.S. defense officials have...

    03/19/2007 8:12:38 PM PDT · by rdb3 · 20 replies · 675+ views
    New York Post ^ | 19 MARCH 2007 | PETER BROOKES
    PACIFIC POWER PLAY By PETER BROOKES March 19, 2007 -- RECENT military news out of China includes double trouble. First, Beijing an nounced a jaw-dropping 18 percent jump in its defense budget - 5 percentage points more than last year's alarming rise -at the yearly meeting of the National People's Congress. On top of that came news from an unidentified Chinese admiral via a Hong Kong newspaper that China is pretty far along in aircraft-carrier R&D - and could have one in the water by 2010. This isn't good news. The existence of a Chinese "flattop" program has long...
  • US Unnerved By Chinese Naval Build-UP

    03/07/2007 7:04:28 PM PST · by blam · 46 replies · 1,091+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-8-2007 | Richard Spencer
    US unnerved by Chinese naval build-up By Richard Spencer in Beijing Last Updated: 2:03am GMT 08/03/2007 The Chinese navy could have its first aircraft carrier as soon as 2010, according to reports which will add to Pentagon concerns about the country's military expansion. The claim, made in the Government-backed Wen Wei Po newspaper, will alarm Pentagon hawks who fear China wants to mount a challenge to American dominance of the Pacific. China's intent to add an aircraft carrier to its navy comes in the wake of its recent military budget, which revealed annual spending would rise by 17.8 per cent,...
  • New Buildup of Baghdad Security Plan Starts

    02/14/2007 5:04:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 172+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2007 – The new phase of the Baghdad security plan, which the Iraqi government announced yesterday, is a step in the right direction, but must be given time to work, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said today. The buildup, dubbed “Operation Law and Order,” was Iraqi-planned and is supported fully by the Iraqi government, Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, told reporters. Iraq’s council of representatives unanimously endorsed a resolution supporting the new strategy, and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has pledged that there will no longer be any political interference...
  • Russia's Defense Minister Unveils Plans to Overhaul Military (embarks serious military build-up)

    02/09/2007 9:21:24 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies · 745+ views
    VOA ^ | 02/08/07 | Lisa McAdams
    Russia's Defense Minister Unveils Plans to Overhaul Military By Lisa McAdams Moscow 08 February 2007 Russia has unveiled plans to replace nearly half the army's hardware by 2015. Welcomed by some as a long-overdue necessity, others question whether the plan can really be carried out. VOA's Lisa McAdams in Moscow reports. Sergei Ivanov (file photo) Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov told lawmakers Wednesday the government planned to spend nearly $200 billion on the military upgrade. He said it would allow Russia to maintain its nuclear deterrent, while developing its conventional forces. Ivanov told lawmakers the plan calls for the purchase of...
  • Russia Plans Major Military Build-Up

    02/08/2007 10:52:09 AM PST · by blam · 18 replies · 733+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-8-2007 | Mark Tran
    Russia plans major military build-up Mark Tran and agencies Thursday February 8, 2007 Guardian Unlimited (UK) Russia is planning to buy new intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear submarines and possibly aircraft carriers as part of an ambitious military programme, it emerged yesterday. The defence minister, Sergei Ivanov, told parliament the military would have 17 new ballistic missiles this year - a hefty increase on the four deployed on average each year in recent times. The purchases are part of a weapons modernisation programme for 2007-2015 worth about 5 trillion roubles (£96.4bn). The programme envisages the deployment of 34 new silo-based Topol-M...
  • The Russian Bear Flexes its Military Muscles

    11/17/2006 4:28:46 PM PST · by genefromjersey · 13 replies · 394+ views
    The Inside Straight ^ | 11/17/06 | vanity
    While we have been diverted by our own internal squabbles,our "good friends" in Russia have been doing some serious military planning. I don't see an immediate danger, but...
  • Rumsfeld: Venezuela build-up is concern

    10/02/2006 7:17:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 566+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/2/06 | Lolita C. Baldor - ap
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua - The recent military build-up in Venezuela by U.S. nemesis President Hugo Chavez has other countries in the region worried that the weapons could end up in the hands of terrorists, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Monday. "I can understand neighbors being concerned," said Rumsfeld, who is attending a meeting of Western hemisphere military leaders here this week. Asked whether he believes Venezuelan officials' contention that the weapon buys are strictly for defense and not a threat to the region, Rumsfeld said, "I don't know of anyone threatening Venezuela — anyone in this hemisphere." Venezuela's defense minister...
  • Bird Flu Triggers High And Sustained Virus Buildup, Cause Of Severe Disease

    09/10/2006 4:09:38 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 706+ views
    CBC ^ | 9-10-2006 | Helen Branswell
    Bird flu triggers high and sustained virus buildup, cause of severe disease 15:13:05 EDT Sep 10, 2006 Canadian Press: HELEN BRANSWELL (CP) - The severe disease that H5N1 avian flu provokes in people appears to be caused by the virus's ability to replicate at unusually high levels for a prolonged period - an overwhelming assault that triggers a massive and devastating immune system response, a new scientific paper suggests. Interrupting that process before it reaches the tipping point is critical, say the authors of the article, who based their observations on detailed study of 18 H5N1 patients in Vietnam. But...
  • Taiwan is inseparable, says China

    05/25/2006 12:36:51 AM PDT · by familyop · 10 replies · 544+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 25MAY06 | The Times of India
    BEIJING: China on Thursday denounced as an 'exaggeration' the latest Pentagon report that its military could pose a credible long-term threat to the US and reaffirmed its strong resolve to deny independence to Taiwan. "China is strongly resentful of and firmly opposed to a US annual report on its military power," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said while reacting to the Pentagon's report. "The 2006 China Military Power Report, issued by the US Defence Ministry, has continued to spread China's threat and severely violated the principles governing international relations," Liu said. He said the report, still with the "Cold...
  • US Concerned About China's Military Buildup

    05/24/2006 12:47:23 AM PDT · by familyop · 46 replies · 852+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 23MAY06 | Al Pessin
    A new report by the U.S. Defense Department says China is continuing to increase its military capabilities in ways that have already altered the regional military balance and is causing concern about China's future intentions. The annual report is required by Congress. The report says China is increasing its force of short range ballistic missiles that could attack Taiwan and other regional targets, and looking to buy or develop more advanced and capable aircraft and ships. The report says China is also increasing its high-technology ability to disrupt other countries' access to communications, computer networks and other services essential to...
  • China - War Threat

    11/01/2005 6:14:56 AM PST · by mrhappy99 · 18 replies · 851+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | October 31 | Michael Scroccaro
    “In the 1930s, Hitler told us what he was going to do and we ignored it for years and years and years. In the 1990s, the terrorists told us what they were going to do and we ignored it.” - Rudolph Giuliani, January 27, 2002 If those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it, then the West may be doomed yet again to face another brutal and well-armed tyranny that is strategically aligned with Russia, persecutes its own people, and threatens its neighbors under the guise of “reunification.”
  • AFP: China's military build-up is tipping balance against Taiwan: Pentagon

    07/19/2005 3:15:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 508+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/19/05 | AFP - Washington
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - China is building up its military at a pace and scope that is tipping the military balance against Taiwan and could pose a credible threat to modern militaries operating in the region, a Pentagon report on Chinese military power said. The annual report to Congress said China's actual defense spending is estimated to be two to three times more than acknowledged by Beijing, or up to 90 billion dollars this year, the largest in Asia and the third largest in the world after the United States and Russia. The report detailed China's efforts to improve and add...
  • Analysts missed Chinese buildup

    06/14/2005 8:23:40 PM PDT · by texas_mrs · 13 replies · 487+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 09, 2005 | Bill Gertz
    A highly classified intelligence report produced for the new director of national intelligence concludes that U.S. spy agencies failed to recognize several key military developments in China in the past decade, The Washington Times has learned. The report was created by several current and former intelligence officials and concludes that U.S. agencies missed more than a dozen Chinese military developments, according to officials familiar with the report. The report blames excessive secrecy on China's part for the failures, but critics say intelligence specialists are to blame for playing down or dismissing evidence of growing Chinese military capabilities.
  • Gathering storm over China - (deadly serious matter)

    06/08/2005 9:52:35 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 62 replies · 1,737+ views
    You don't need a fortune cookie to learn that China isn't playing straight with the rest of the world. The men in Beijing may be taking some of their clues from the most important page of Mao Tse-tung's Little Red Book: "Every Communist must grasp the truth, 'Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.'" We've been lulled into thinking the Chinese brand of "free markets" will move that country toward democracy. Maybe someday, eventually, it will. But free markets must be accompanied by personal freedoms and representative government, and that isn't happening. In fact, there are disturbing...
  • Rumsfeld: China's Military Buildup a Threat

    06/04/2005 5:06:56 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 85 replies · 1,681+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | June 4, 2005 | Matt Kelley
    SINGAPORE - China's military buildup, particularly its positioning of hundreds of missiles facing Taiwan, is a threat to Asian security, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Saturday. Rumsfeld rebuked China at a regional security conference here, saying it was pouring huge resources into its military and buying large amounts of sophisticated weapons despite facing no threat from any other country. The Pentagon chief's remarks signaled a harder line against China from the Bush administration, which has criticized Beijing over trade and human rights issues but not directly challenged its military buildup. The director of the Asia bureau of China's foreign...
  • Rice Says U.S. Concerned by China Military Build-Up

    03/15/2005 10:14:07 AM PST · by Happy2BMe · 35 replies · 1,186+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mar 15, 2005
    Secretary of State Condoleezza Ricesaid on March 15, 2005 that the United States is concerned about China's military build-up due to Beijing's tensions with Taiwan, an island Washington has vowed to defend. 'Certainly, the military spending is concerning because it is taking place at a time when the cross-Strait issue (with Taiwan) is not still resolved and in which the United States has certain commitments to a peaceful solution,' Rice said at the start of a six-nation trip to Asia that includes China. Chinese soldiers parade during an inspection ceremony in Xiangfan, China March 1.
  • Rumsfeld Worried About China

    02/19/2005 9:01:30 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies · 926+ views ^ | February 19, 2005 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- President Bush's plan for the Navy calls for buying fewer ships, while China, a potential security hot spot, is increasing and repositioning its fleet. It's a prospect that concerns some lawmakers. The plan is contained in Bush's 2006 budget proposal, which Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Thursday defended, saying the military was closely watching China's moves but that the U.S. Navy remains the pre-eminent fleet. "The United States Navy ... is the Navy on the face of the Earth that is a true blue water navy," Rumsfeld told the Senate Armed Services Committee. "On the other hand,...
  • James' Thoughts On Taming Our Tongues

    02/17/2004 5:31:49 PM PST · by franky · 54 replies · 183+ views
    The Bible | St. James
    James 3 Taming the Tongue 1Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check. 3When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very...
  • Congress pushes for larger military

    12/12/2003 7:48:49 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 58 replies · 338+ views
    USA TODAY ^ | 12 Dec 03 | By Tom Squitieri
    WASHINGTON — Members of Congress from both parties are pushing for the first significant increase in the size of the active-duty military in 16 years, despite resistance from the Pentagon. Call-ups of part-time troops from the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve to fill the ranks in Iraq have intensified the bipartisan sentiment that the Pentagon doesn't have enough troops to fight an extended war on terrorism while keeping enough well-rested, well-trained troops ready for an emergency. "Momentum is building in Congress for" an increase, says Harald Stavenas, a spokesman for Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., chairman of the House...
  • US extends Pacific naval build-up

    09/18/2003 9:26:20 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 250+ views
    The Northern Mariana Islands are to become part of a United States military build-up in the Pacific. Saipan is currently home port for two US cargo ships, deployed to carry military equipment, but over the next few months up to eight military freighters will be based in Saipan. They will join a US aircraft carrier battle group that is being shifted to the Pacific, adding to the existing bomber squadrons and submarines based in Guam. The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Governor's spokesman, Peter Callaghan, says the cargo ships in Saipan strengthen the US military's rapid-response capabilities. "I...
  • U.S. Arsenal Refill on Overdrive as Powell, Rumsfeld Split

    08/05/2002 3:55:48 AM PDT · by kattracks · 51 replies · 395+ views ^ | 8/04/02 | Carl Limbacher and Staff
    Newsweek reports this week that although the war with Iraq has not begun, "So far the big battles are in Washington, not Baghdad." The magazine notes that "Secretary of State Colin Powell, the only combat veteran among Bush’s senior aides, is said to be determined that if U.S. troops are committed, they go in with overwhelming force. Vice President Dick Cheney (who had student and parent deferments during Vietnam) and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (a Navy pilot in the years between Korea and Vietnam) are eager to finish the job Bush’s father started when he was president." Both...
  • U.S. cites buildup of China’s missiles

    07/30/2003 3:58:23 PM PDT · by FreepForever · 61 replies · 340+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | July 21, 2003 Thursday | AP
    WASHINGTON China is acquiring short-range missiles much faster than U.S. officials had thought and is aiming the weapons at Taiwan and possibly at U.S. forces to block their use on the island’s behalf in any future conflict, according to a Pentagon report. “Preparing for a potential conflict in the Taiwan Strait is the primary driver for China’s military modernization,” said the report on Beijing’s military. The report, submitted annually to Congress, was released Wednesday. China has about 450 short-range ballistic missiles but is expected to increase its inventory by more than 75 missiles each year. The sophistication and accuracy of...
  • Harrier strikes mark UK’s successful build-up of air assets

    03/16/2003 7:51:27 AM PST · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 319+ views
    Jane's ^ | March 16 2003 | TIM RIPLEY
    UK Royal Air Force (RAF) officials have announced the completion of its deployment of 100 fixed-wing aircraft and 27 support helicopters to aid a possible US-led invasion of Iraq. The strength of the UK build-up was underlined early last week, when RAF Harrier GR7 ground-attack aircraft were in action for the first time over Iraq’s southern ‘no-fly zone’, striking two targets that “threatened US and British aircraft”, according to service sources in the Middle East. UK air assets positioned at a spread of bases in the region include: • Tornado GR4 strike aircraft at Ali Al Salem, Kuwait • Harrier...
  • Civil Reserve Air Fleet Stage I Activated

    02/08/2003 5:00:50 PM PST · by PokeyJoe · 69 replies · 618+ views
    DoD, Press Release ^ | 2/8/2003 | Navy Capt. Steve Honda
    NEWS RELEASE from the United States Department of Defense No. 064-03 (703)697-5131(media) IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 8, 2003 (703)428-0711(public/industry) CIVIL RESERVE AIR FLEET STAGE I ACTIVATION ANNOUNCED The Secretary of Defense has given authority to the commander, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) to activate Stage I of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) to provide the Department of Defense additional airlift capability to move U.S. troops and military cargo. This measure is necessary due to increased operations associated with the build-up of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf region. CRAF aircraft are U.S. commercial passenger and cargo aircraft that are contractually pledged...
  • Reservists Called Up In Build-Up For Iraq

    07/18/2002 6:01:29 PM PDT · by blam · 62 replies · 476+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7-19-2002 | Michael Smith
    Reservists called up in build-up for Iraq By Michael Smith, Defence Correspondent (Filed: 19/07/2002) The Ministry of Defence is planning a mass mobilisation of key reservists beginning in September, heightening expectation that the United States and Britain are stepping up preparations for an attack on Iraq. British troops have also been pulled out of Nato's ACE Mobile Force rapid reaction corps and British involvement in a large number of exercises has been cancelled or scaled down to leave troops ready for the attack on Iraq. The Prime Minister has strongly backed the idea of a pre-emptive strike on Iraq and...
  • Chinese Defence Build-Up on Track

    04/27/2002 3:56:25 PM PDT · by vannrox · 5 replies · 442+ views
    Global Defense ^ | FR Post 4-27-02 | By William M Carpenter
    Chinese DefenceBuild-Up on Track  Section Articles  • Chinese Defence Build-Up • East-Asian Defence Sales • India & Pakistan go Nuclear Top: xxxxxx By William M Carpenter, senior consultant with SRI International, and David G Weincek, president of International Security Group Inc. The financial crisis that has rocked east and south-east Asia over the past year has slowed, if not halted, major military modernisation programmes in almost every country in the region for the time being. China's military, however, appears to be weathering the Asian financial storm and is much better positioned than neighbouring militaries to withstand its effects. In short, China's...