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  • Satellite Photos Suggest Chinese Military Build-Up on Disputed South China Sea Islands

    08/09/2016 1:06:47 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 27 replies
    reuters ^ | August 9, 2016 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Satellite photographs taken in late July show China appears to have built reinforced aircraft hangars on its holdings in disputed South China Sea islands, a Washington-based research group said.
  • 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...
  • PACIFIC POWER PLAY

    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...