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  • 300 US Troops In Ukraine To Train Ukrainian Forces: US Army

    04/17/2015 2:58:37 AM PDT · by Strategy · 142 replies
    AFP ^ | April 17, 2015
    About 300 US paratroopers have arrived in Ukraine to train the Ukrainian National Guard which is fighting pro-Russian rebels in the east, the US army said in a statement. The troops from the 173rd Airborne Brigade arrived on Tuesday and Wednesday in Yavoriv, western Ukraine, to spend six months training three battalions of Ukrainian troops, said the statement dated Thursday.
  • US To Develop 6Th Generation Fighters To Outrun Russian, Chinese Jets

    04/15/2015 8:10:18 AM PDT · by Strategy · 37 replies
    Sputnik ^ | April 12, 2015
    The US Air Force and Navy plan to pursue the development and acquisition of sixth-generation F/A-XX fighters; they consider the fleet of existing jets incapable of handling their Russian and Chinese fifth-generation counterparts, something which they feel constitutes a real threat to national security. The Chinese Chengdu J-20 and the Russian Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA are becoming a real threat to the US Air Force and Navy, according to The National Interest, an international affairs magazine. "When you see these next-generation fighters, the PAK-FA out of Russia and the J-20 out of China, and some of their new missile technology, our...
  • China Stole Plans For F-35 Fighter To Be Acquired - Report

    01/19/2015 9:04:05 AM PST · by Strategy · 15 replies
    ABS-CBN News ^ | January 19, 2015
    SYDNEY - Chinese spies stole key design information about the F-35 Lightening II multirole fighter, set to join the air force fleets of Australia, Japan and other U.S. allies, according to documents disclosed by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Monday. The report, citing new disclosures published by German magazine Der Spiegel, Chinese cyber spies stole huge volumes of sensitive military information, including "many terabytes of data" about the fighter such as details of its radar systems used to identify and track targets, according to a top secret U.S. National Security Agency presentation.
  • Checkmate: Is Russia Selling Oil For Gold?

    12/19/2014 10:05:33 AM PST · by Strategy · 64 replies
    SilverDoctors ^ | December 19, 2014
    Very few people understand what Putin is doing at the moment. And almost no one understands what he will do in the future. No matter how strange it may seem, but right now, Putin is selling Russian oil and gas ONLY for physical gold. How long will the West be able to buy oil and gas from Russia in exchange for physical gold? And what will happen to the US petrodollar after the West runs out of physical gold to pay for Russian oil, gas and uranium, as well as to pay for Chinese goods?
  • Iran's Top Leader Opposes US Intervention In Iraq

    06/22/2014 7:02:54 AM PDT · by Strategy · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 22, 2014
    Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday he is against US intervention in neighboring Iraq, where Islamic extremists and Sunni militants opposed to Tehran have seized a number of towns and cities, the official IRNA news agency reported. "We strongly oppose the intervention of the U.S. and others in the domestic affairs of Iraq," Khamenei was quoted as saying, in his first reaction to the crisis. "The main dispute in Iraq is between those who want Iraq to join the U.S. camp and those who seek an independent Iraq," said Khamenei, who has the final say over government policies....
  • Russia Brings New Fighter Jets Close To Ukrainian Border

    06/19/2014 8:06:48 AM PDT · by Strategy · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 19, 2014
    A fleet of new Russian Sukhoi SU-34 fighter jets arrives in Rostov region bordering Ukraine.
  • 'Black Flag Of Jihad Will Fly Over London': Alarm Over UK-Born Iraq Fighters' Threat

    06/16/2014 2:53:30 PM PDT · by Strategy · 23 replies
    RT ^ | June 16, 2014
    Terror alerts, 9/11-style bombings and murders of British citizens will soon come to London's streets, according to chilling threats from UK citizens fighting alongside Islam's most violent terrorist group operating in Syria and Iraq. The threat comes from British nationals fighting for the Sunni militant group calling themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) in Syria. According to the Sunday Times, they promise that after they're done there, Britain is next. The message comes from three such fighters, all youngsters in their teens and twenties. According to the Times, these aren't regular disenchanted youths at all: one...
  • US Warships With Tomahawk Missiles Move Into Persian Gulf

    06/14/2014 5:35:16 AM PDT · by Strategy · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 13, 2014
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Friday he is weighing a range of options for countering the violent Islamic insurgency in Iraq, but he warned government leaders in Baghdad the U.S. will not take military action unless they move to address deep political troubles. "We're not going to allow ourselves to be dragged back into a situation in which, while we're there we're keeping a lid on things, and after enormous sacrifices by us, after we're not there, people start acting in ways that are not conducive to the long-term stability and prosperity of the country," Obama said from the...
  • First Syria, Now Iraq: Iran Sends Troops To Ally

    06/12/2014 11:02:39 AM PDT · by Strategy · 19 replies
    The Australian ^ | June 13, 2014
    IRAN has sent special forces and elite troops to Iraq to bolster efforts by the government to halt the advance of militants. A 150-man unit of the Quds Force, the elite section of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, has deployed to Iraq, supported by a team of Saberin, Iran's equivalent of the SAS. They will assist Iraqi forces as they regroup after the loss of Mosul and Tikrit. With troops already fighting in Syria to defend the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, Iran's decision to send soldiers into Iraq underscores its concern that another key ally is under threat.
  • What If Putin Threatens Us With War Over Alaska?

    06/09/2014 9:42:57 AM PDT · by Strategy · 86 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 8, 2014 | By Will Baude
    This isn't related to the core enumerated powers questions in Bond but struck me as sufficiently interesting that it was worth posting about separately. In his post about Bond, Mark Tushnet writes: This isn't Justice Thomas's problem but James Madison's [but] Justice Thomas quotes Madison to the effect that treaty cannot "dismember the empire." Really? Suppose Vladimir Putin lets the United States know that he's going to bomb the bejeezus out of the "red" states of the United States unless we negotiate a treaty returning Alaska to Russia. Work out the scenario as you wish, but I doubt that it's...
  • Ukraine Government Planning For Martial Law In East, Official Says

    06/04/2014 6:08:00 AM PDT · by Strategy · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 4, 2014
    The Ukrainian government said Wednesday it is developing a plan to impose martial law in eastern Ukraine, signaling its resolve to continue pushing with the fight against a pro-Russian separatist rebellion that has raged for weeks. The move would allow the government to evacuate civilians from militant-controlled areas, freeing up Ukraine's armed forces to begin a full-scale military operation to regain control. Ukraine has accused rebel forces of hiding behind civilians, which has slowed the government's advance. As the government has stepped up its fight in the past week, there have been increasing incidents of civilians being hurt. "This is...
  • Gazprom Says China, Russia Sign 30-Year, $400 Billion Natural Gas Supply Deal

    05/21/2014 5:18:49 AM PDT · by Strategy · 6 replies
    Brandon Sun ^ | May 21, 2014 | By: Louise Watt, The Associated Press
    SHANGHAI - China signed a long-awaited, 30-year deal Wednesday to buy Russian natural gas worth $400 billion in a financial and diplomatic boost to diplomatically isolated President Vladimir Putin. Negotiations on the price for the gas had continued into the final hours of a two-day visit by Putin to China, during which the two sides had said they hoped to sign a deal. The agreement calls for Russia's government-controlled Gazprom to supply state-owned China National Petroleum Corp. with 38 billion cubic meters of gas annually, Gazprom spokesman Sergey Kupriyanov told The Associated Press. Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller told Russian news...
  • If Israel Wants To Attack, It Better Do It This Summer

    05/17/2014 4:14:09 AM PDT · by Strategy · 35 replies
    Iran Times ^ | May 16, 2014
    If Israel really wants to bomb Iran's nuclear sites, maybe it better do that in the next three months - because in September the United States will start sending Iraq F-16s to build its Air Force. Except for some helicopters and small planes, Iraq has not had an air force since the United States buried it in 2003. Until the United States withdrew from Iraq two years ago, the US Air Force protected the skies of Iraq. But for now, the sky is open for Israeli jets to fly back and forth over Iraq if they choose. To strike Iran,...
  • Russian Troops Move Up To Ukraine's Border

    05/17/2014 1:38:07 AM PDT · by Strategy · 3 replies
    Charter 97 ^ | May 16, 2014
    Unit commanders got orders to prepare for a "peacemaking operation". This comes from the Facebook account of the head of the Ukrainian Center for Military and Political Studies Dmytro Tymchuk. "According to operational data of the Informational Resistance group, Russian troops, deployed in the 100 km area from Ukraine's state border, are moving up to the border in Luhansk region area. According to the data we possess, the commanders of the Russian military units got instructions to be prepared for a "peacekeeping operation" in the territory of Ukraine",- Dmytro Tymchuk reports.
  • Bill Clinton Just Gave A Grave Warning About Putin's Plan For Ukraine

    05/14/2014 11:05:43 PM PDT · by Strategy · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 14, 2014
    Former U.S. President Bill Clinton accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of attempting to "re-establish Russian greatness," warning world leaders they are perhaps not dealing with a rational foreign-policy thinker. "Putin wants to re-establish Russian greatness, not in Cold War terms - in 19th-century-empire terms," Clinton said during a question-and-answer session at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation's annual Fiscal Summit on Wednesday. Some of Putin's recent comments have stirred concern within foreign-policy circles. Over the past weeks, he has repeatedly referred to regions making up southeast Ukraine as "Novorussia," or "New Russia," and he has said Russia has a right to...
  • Iran Arms Stolen U.S. Drone 'To Attack The U.S. Warships'

    05/14/2014 5:32:17 AM PDT · by Strategy · 23 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 12, 2014 | By: Adam Kredo
    The Iranian military says that it has fully reverse engineered a downed U.S. drone and armed it with missiles "to attack the U.S. warships in any possible battle." The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) made the announcement on Sunday as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei toured an IRGC military compound to view the new drones, according to reports in Iran's state-run media.
  • The Military's Testing A Laser That Can Disable A Speedboat In 30 Seconds

    05/09/2014 10:20:23 AM PDT · by Strategy · 40 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 8, 2014 | Jeremy Bender
    Lockheed Martin's prototype laser weapon succesfully disabled military-grade speed boats in under thirty seconds on Wednesday. ADAM, or Area Defense Anti-Munitions, is a laser weapon initiative that is designed to provide affordable defense against short-range threats. Although still in a prototype phase, ADAM managed to burn through multiple layers of the rubber hull of military-grade speed boats in less than thirty seconds from a mile away.
  • Ukraine Deploys 15,000-Strong Military Force Near Russia's Borders - Antonov

    05/09/2014 7:26:52 AM PDT · by Strategy · 8 replies
    ITAR-TASS ^ | May 8, 2014
    MOSCOW, May 08. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine has deployed 15,000 strong military force near Russia's borders, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said. "The 15,000-strong grouping of Ukrainian forces has been deployed in the border areas. Military conscription has resumed (in Ukraine)," he said. "At the same time, NATO amasses its grouping of forces in Eastern Europe," Antonov noted.
  • White House Says No Sign Russia Has Pulled Back From Ukraine Border

    05/07/2014 10:46:03 AM PDT · by Strategy · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 7, 2014 | By Steve Holland
    (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday that it has seen no evidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin has pulled Russian troops back from the Ukrainian border, and said it wants a referendum on secession to be canceled, not merely postponed.
  • Ukrainian Troops Bombard Russian TV Crew Near Slaviansk

    05/07/2014 7:59:49 AM PDT · by Strategy · 2 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | May 7, 2014
    MOSCOW, May 7 (RIA Novosti) - Ukrainian troops have opened fire with mortars on Russian journalists from the LifeNews channel near the eastern city of Slaviansk, a statement on the broadcaster's website said Wednesday. "Ukrainian troops opened massed intense fire on Russian reporters in Donetsk region," the statement said. "Minutes before the mortar attack [reporter] Alexei Kazannikov informed us that not far from the roadblock Ukrainian troops had camouflaged several Grad rocket systems. Reports were coming about Kiev planning to use multiple rocket launchers against self-defense forces," the statement added.
  • Iran To Target US Ships In Persian Gulf In Case Of War - Iranian Admiral

    05/06/2014 10:19:25 AM PDT · by Strategy · 25 replies
    The Voice of Russia ^ | May 6, 2014
    The navy chief of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard said that if war with the United States breaks out, the Iranians will target American aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf. The remarks by Adm. Ali Fadavi of the hard-line Guard navy sharply contrast moderate President Hassan Rouhani's outreach policies toward the West. Fadavi also said the Guard navy has already carried out an exercise targeting a mock-up of an American warship.
  • Russia Increasing Flights Over Pacific, US Says

    05/06/2014 7:52:16 AM PDT · by Strategy · 10 replies
    International Business Times ^ | May 6, 2014 | By Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The head of U.S. air forces in the Pacific said Monday that Russia's intervention in Ukraine had been accompanied by a significant increase in Russian air activity in the Asia-Pacific region in a show of strength and to gather intelligence. Gen. Herbert "Hawk" Carlisle said the activity had included Russian flights to the coast of California, and around the U.S. Pacific island of Guam. Carlisle said the number of long-range Russian patrols around the Japanese islands and Korea had increased "drastically." He said there had also been "a lot more ship activity as well."
  • Russian Bombers, Fighter Jets 'Seen Over Crimea'

    05/04/2014 12:08:38 PM PDT · by Strategy · 25 replies
    AFP ^ | May 4, 2014
    Simferopol (Undefined) (AFP) - Several dozen Russian planes including what appeared to be strategic bombers and fighter jets have been spotted in the sky above the Moscow-controlled peninsula of Crimea, witnesses and experts said. According to Russian media, President Vladimir Putin is poised to visit Crimea on Friday after overseeing the main military parade on Red Square when Russia celebrates its victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. A local aviation expert told AFP on Sunday that he had sighted a number of planes over the peninsula's main city of Simferopol on Saturday, including supersonic heavy strategic bombers and...
  • New U.S. Stealth Jet Can't Hide From Russian Radar

    04/28/2014 5:34:34 AM PDT · by Strategy · 28 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 28, 2014
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter - the jet that the Pentagon is counting on to be the stealthy future of its tactical aircraft - is having all sorts of shortcomings. But the most serious may be that the JSF is not, in fact, stealthy in the eyes of a growing number of Russian and Chinese radars. Nor it is particularly good at jamming enemy radar. Which means the Defense Department is committing hundreds of billions of dollars to a fighter that will need the help of specialized jamming aircraft that protect non-stealthy - "radar-shiny," as some insiders call them -...
  • Ukraine PM Says Russia Airspace Violation 'Provocation To War'

    04/26/2014 8:06:13 AM PDT · by Strategy · 42 replies
    NDTV ^ | April 26, 2014 | AFP
    Vatican City: Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said on Saturday that Russian military aircraft had crossed the country's airspace seven times "to provoke Ukraine to start a war." "Russian military aircraft today overnight crossed and violated Ukrainian airspace seven times. The only reason is to provoke Ukraine to start a war," he told journalists at a briefing in Rome, following a meeting with Pope Francis and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
  • Ukraine Claims 100,000 Russian Troops Near Border

    03/27/2014 10:29:14 AM PDT · by Strategy · 151 replies
    AFP ^ | March 27, 2014
    Nearly 100,000 Russian forces have massed on Ukraine's border, a top Ukrainian defense official told an American audience Thursday, giving a number far higher than US military estimates. "Almost 100,000 soldiers are stationed on the borders of Ukraine and in the direction ... of Kharkiv, Donetsk," Andriy Parubiy, chairman of Ukraine's national security council, said via a webcast from Kiev. "Russian troops are not in Crimea only, they are along all Ukrainian borders. They're in the south, they're in the east and in the north," Parubiy said.
  • Ukrainian Government Refuses To Remove Troops From Crimea, Prepares For War

    03/17/2014 11:17:11 AM PDT · by Strategy · 156 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | March 17, 2014
    In the wake of a March 16 referendum in which Crimeans voted to join the Russian Federation, Ukrainian leaders refused to cede any part of the peninsula, calling on their troops to prepare for war. "Crimea was, is, and will be our territory," said Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh in a statement delivered at the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center on March 17. Former heavyweight boxing champion and leader of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform Vitali Klitschko announced that Ukrainian troops would remain at their bases, even after March 21, the end of a peace treaty signed by the interior ministries...
  • Ukraine Warns Of 'Full Scale' Invasion As Russia Moves Its Artillery Close To The Borders

    03/12/2014 1:06:43 PM PDT · by Strategy · 255 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 12, 2014
    Russia could launch a 'full scale' invasion that would see troops overrun Ukraine in hours, a senior security official warned today. The secretary of Ukraine's National Security and National Defence Committee Andriy Parubiy claimed Russia has 80,000 troops, 280 tanks and 170 aircraft massed on the border ready to invade. 'They are adding to this military potential,' he said. 'We have a critical situation on the entire southeastern border. The Russian army is only two to three hours from Kiev.' Ukraine's defences would be incapable in the face of a Russian invasion, he said.
  • Putin Continues To Carring Up Russian Troops To The Border With Ukraine

    03/08/2014 5:37:27 AM PST · by Strategy · 65 replies
    Twitter ^ | March 8, 2014
    Putin continues to carring up russian troops to the border with Ukraine
  • Attack At U.S. Nuclear Plant? Multiple Shots Fired At Security Officer

    04/21/2013 11:52:55 AM PDT · by Strategy · 81 replies
    ENE News ^ | April 21, 2013
    WATE: Authorities are investigating after a security guard was fired upon at the Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant. It happened around 2 a.m. today on the TVA property near the Tennessee River about a quarter mile from the plant's protected area. Officials say the security officer was patrolling the area when he was shot at, he returned fire and was uninjured. The shooting lead the Watts Bar plant staff to declare an unusual event, which is the lowest of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's four emergency classifications. The FBI will also be sending a team. A suspect has not been found.
  • Thousands Of US Troops Arrive Near Syrian Shore On USS Eisenhower

    12/06/2012 5:34:30 AM PST · by Strategy · 83 replies
    Russia Today ^ | December 6, 2012
    The USS Eisenhower, an American aircraft carrier that holds eight fighter bomber squadrons and 8,000 men, arrived at the Syrian coast yesterday in the midst of a heavy storm, indicating US preparation for a potential ground intervention. While the Obama administration has not announced any sort of American-led military intervention in the war-torn country, the US is now ready to launch such action "within days" if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad decides to use chemical weapons against the opposition, the Times reports.
  • Russia To Deploy Combat Troops Near Norway

    12/04/2012 7:43:34 AM PST · by Strategy · 21 replies
    Examiner ^ | November 29, 2012 | By Kevin Brent
    The Russian Navy's Northern Fleet announced yesterday the permanent deployment of the 200th Motorized Brigade of the Russian Army adjacent to the Norwegian border. It is the first of two brigades to be permanently assigned to the Northern Fleet and placed under the overall command of Vice Admiral Vladimir Korolev. This development is not only significant for the size of the formation itself and where it is being deployed, but also for the composition of forces within the brigade. Current Russian military commanders like their Soviet Era predecessors take the 'combined arms' warfare approach to force composition and structure with...
  • Report: Israel Requested Jordan's 'Permission' To Attack Syria Chemical Weapons Sites

    12/03/2012 7:12:55 AM PST · by Strategy · 28 replies
    HAARETZ ^ | December 3, 2012 | By Barak Ravid
    Israel has asked Jordan twice in the last two months for a green light to attack chemical weapons facilities in Syria, according to a report by journalist Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sent representatives of the Mossad intelligence agency to Amman twice already, to coordinate the matter with the Jordanians and receive their "permission" for the operation, Goldberg wrote.
  • Report: Israeli Spy Satellites Spot Iranian Ship Being Loaded With Rockets For Gaza

    11/25/2012 6:52:11 AM PST · by Strategy · 71 replies
    HAARETZ ^ | November 25, 2012
    Israeli spy satellites have spotted an Iranian ship being loaded with missiles that analysts say may be headed for Gaza, The Sunday Times reported. According to the report, the cargo may include Fajr-5 rockets, like those that were fired by Hamas toward Israel and the stockpiles of which the Israel Defense Forces depleted during the recent round of fighting across the Gaza border, in addition to Shahab-3 ballistic missiles, which could be stationed in Sudan to pose a direct threat to Israel. "With a lot of effort, Iran has skillfully built a strategic arm pointing at Israel from the south,"...
  • Carrier Strike Group Rushes To Persian Gulf

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis is being rushed to the Persian Gulf as tensions between Israel and Iran edge closer to the boiling point. The Nimitz class carrier, with an air wing of about 90 aircraft, sets sail Monday on an eight-month deployment to the region -- four months ahead of schedule. In the gulf it will join the USS Enterprise Strike Group, giving the United States a powerful deterrent to any Iranian attack on commercial oil tankers in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz or a counterpunch to Iranian...
  • Syria Masses Tanks On Border With Turkey

    06/29/2012 5:52:35 AM PDT · by Strategy · 113 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | June 29, 2012
    The Assad regime has massed approximately 170 tanks near the Turkish border, according to an unconfirmed report on Friday by a general in the Free Syrian Army. General Mustafa al-Sheikh told Reuters that the tanks are now located 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the border, northeast of Aleppo. "They either want to move toward the border to confront Turkish troops stationed there, or they are planning to attack rebels in towns near the border," al-Sheikh said. The move comes after Turkey on Thursday sent anti-aircraft guns, rocket launchers and other fortifications to the border, marking an escalation in hostilities between...
  • Obama Speeds Up Limited Air Strike, No-Fly Zones Preparations For Syria

    06/11/2012 5:25:59 AM PDT · by Strategy · 23 replies
    Debka ^ | June 11, 2012
    US President Barack Obama has ordered the US Navy and Air Force to accelerate preparations for a limited air offensive against the Assad regime and the imposition of no-fly zones over Syria, DEBKAfile reports. Their mission will be to knock out Assad's central regime and military command centers so as to shake regime stability and restrict Syrian army and air force activity for subduing rebel action and wreaking violence on civilian populations.
  • Pentagon Encircles Iran: Victory Would Take 3 Weeks

    05/02/2012 7:50:41 AM PDT · by Strategy · 95 replies
    Russia Today ^ | May 2, 2012
    As the US beefs up its military presence in the Persian Gulf region, Pentagon strategists estimate that they would need less than a month to defeat Iranian forces should a military conflict take place. US Central Command (CENTCOM) believes it can destroy or significantly degrade Iran's conventional armed forces in about three weeks using air and sea strikes, a defense source told The Washington Post. "We plan for any eventuality we can and provide options to the president," Army Lt. Col. T.G. Taylor, a spokesman at CENTCOM told the newspaper. "We take our guidance from the secretary of defense and...
  • US Gears Up For Land Operation In Persian Gulf?

    03/28/2012 8:49:23 AM PDT · by Strategy · 21 replies
    Russia Today ^ | March 28, 2012
    The US is sending an amphibious assault group and a couple of thousand US Marines to the Persian Gulf. With another US carrier making its way to Iran's doorstep, US military still insist that this is a "regularly scheduled deployment". The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group is comprised of amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, amphibious transport dock USS New York, and amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall. It is also reinforced with an atomic submarine and a marine helicopter squadron. The group, which is "a versatile sea-based force that can be tailored to a variety of missions," left...
  • The Navy Is Sending Everything It Needs For A War With Iran To The Strait Of Hormuz

    03/17/2012 7:29:32 AM PDT · by Strategy · 90 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | March 16, 2012 | Robert Johnson
    The global signs of a coming military conflict with Iran continue to build, and today the U.S. Navy made clear its intentions by announcing it's sending four additional mine countermeasure ships to the Strait of Hormuz. Stars and Stripes reports the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he's sending the mine ships in addition to four airborne mine countermeasure helicopters. Iran has already warned that one of its first steps in closing the Strait of Hormuz, and choking off 40 percent of the world's oil supply, will be to mine the strait...
  • US May Sell Israel Advanced 'Bunker-Busters' Enabling Iran Strike

    03/07/2012 6:39:49 AM PST · by Strategy · 73 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | March 7, 2012 | By Aaron Kalman
    The US might sell Israel special arms and munitions that would enable an Israeli strike on Iran, an unnamed military source told Army Radio Tuesday night.
  • Israeli Minister Demands Air, Sea Blockade On Iran

    03/06/2012 10:25:32 AM PST · by Strategy · 4 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 6, 2012
    Tel Aviv, March 6 (IANS) An Israeli cabinet minister Tuesday called on placing Iran under an air and sea blockade if it does not stop its presumed drive for nuclear arms. "The time has come for the United States to place a clear ultimatum and deadline before Iran, and say that 'if Iran does not stop its drive for nuclear weapons by such and such a date, an air and sea blocade must be imposed," Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said Tuesday in an interview with Israel Radio. "We appreciate the cooperation between the US and us and the sanctions that...
  • US Beefing Sea And Land Forces To Counter Iran In Persian Gulf

    02/25/2012 5:12:49 AM PST · by Strategy · 29 replies · 2+ views
    Indian Express ^ | February 25, 2012
    The US has begun beefing up its sea- and land-based defences in the Persian Gulf to counter any attempt by Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz. The American forces are also modifying weapons systems on warships so they could be used against Iranian fast-attack boats, as well as short-launched cruise missiles, the Wall Street Journal reported quoting US defence officials said. The paper said Pentagon had notified Congress of plans to pre-position new mine-detection and clearing equipment and expand surveillance capabilities in and around the strait, through which 20 percent of world's oil supply passes.
  • US Has 320 Tomahawk Missiles In Gulf And Arabian Sea

    02/15/2012 10:31:45 AM PST · by Strategy · 21 replies
    Vestnik Kavkaza ^ | February 15, 2012
    US naval forces in the Gulf and the Arabian Sea have over 320 Tomahawk missiles, capable of hitting any target in Iran, Interfax reports. The US Fifth Fleet has two groups of aircraft carriers headed by aircraft carriers Abraham Lincoln and Carl Vinson. The US naval forces in the region include two aircraft carriers, two cruisers with 26 cruise missiles each, four destroyers with 8-56 missiles each, two Annapolis submarines with 12 missiles and the Georgia with 154 Tomahawks. Another aircraft group will arrive, headed by the aircraft carrier Enterprise, a missile cruiser and three destroyers. The total number of...
  • US Strike Group Simulates War With Iran Off Florida Coast?

    02/06/2012 10:35:34 AM PST · by Strategy · 22 replies
    Russia Today ^ | February 6, 2012
    The American aircraft carrier USS Enterprise and its strike group are taking naval drills along the country's east coast ahead of their deployment to the Persian Gulf. Reports suggest the drill map shows a country resembling Iran. The battleships are practicing cruise maneuvers through contested straits, preparing them for any possible conflict with Iran as they pass through the Strait of Hormuz, says the American newspaper The Navy Times. The drill map depicts a 56 km (35 miles) wide strait located some 320 km (200 miles) from the coast. The mock strait's shape and width is identical to the Strait...
  • Report: What Will An Israeli Attack On Iran Look Like?

    02/04/2012 7:16:48 AM PST · by Strategy · 51 replies · 1+ views
    IsraelNationalNews ^ | February 3, 2012 | By Elad Benari, Canada
    As the rampant speculations that Israel will soon launch a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities continue, a report on NBC on Friday revealed what such an attack may look like. The report, the main points of which were presented by Israel's Channel 10 News, is based on conversations the American network held with current and former officials in Israel and the United States. The report suggests that an attack on Iran will combine air and ground forces but will not include naval forces. The officials interviewed said that the attack will be led by the Israeli artillery, which will...
  • Massive U.S. Military Buildup Reported Around Iran; Up To 100,000 Troops Ready By March

    02/02/2012 10:41:24 AM PST · by Strategy · 29 replies
    Hamsayeh ^ | January 31, 2012
    While President Obama's supporters hailed his withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq as the end of the war in the middle east, behind the scenes the Pentagon has been quietly massing troops and armaments on two islands located just south of the Strait of Hormuz, and within easy striking distance of Iran. In addition to some 50,000 U.S. troops currently in the region waiting for orders (apparently they won't be home by this past Christmas as was originally promised), Nobel Peace Prize winner President Barack Obama is deploying an additional 50,000 soldiers to be ready for 'any contingency' by March:...
  • Media: France To Send Nuclear Aircraft Carrier To Persian Gulf

    02/01/2012 7:37:48 AM PST · by Strategy · 59 replies · 2+ views
    Trend ^ | February 1, 2012
    France will send a "Charles de Gaulle" nuclear aircraft carrier into the Persian Gulf, Interfax reported citing Israeli media. It is expected that in March-April at least four U.S. and French aircraft carrier battle groups will be placed in East of Persian Gulf, according to Interfax.
  • Iran Threatens To Torpedo US Carriers In The Persian Gulf

    01/19/2012 10:28:22 AM PST · by Strategy · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 18, 2012
    Underscoring its desire to keep U.S. aircraft carriers from the Persian Gulf, a senior Iranian military commander today announced his possible plan to ambush the American fleet. Chalk this one up to more bluster, or part of a mounting back and forth rhetoric headed nowhere good, either way - Tehran plans to rely on its subs. Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army's Self-Sufficiency Jihad, Rear Admiral Farhad Amiri told Fars that Iran has the finest electic diesel submarines in the world, and that while the U.S. has focused on Tehran's "astonishing surface capabilities," it has forgotten about the underwater threat....
  • USS Carl Vinson Reaches Middle East

    01/11/2012 8:24:53 AM PST · by Strategy · 38 replies
    Patch ^ | January 11, 2012
    The carrier, along with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, reaches the region as tensions are rising with Iran. Deployed San Diego-based ships in the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and Makin Island groups are now in the Middle East, the U.S. Fifth Fleet and Central Command has announced. The sailors, Marines and airmen aboard the ships arrive after Iranian officials recent threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane for the world's oil supply, and warned a departing U.S. aircraft carrier, the USS John C. Stennis, not to return to the Persian Gulf.