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  • A Call for Support to Provide for the Common Defense

    02/10/2016 6:18:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | February 10, 2016 | Allen West
    The preeminent responsibility of the federal government is to provide for the common defense, to protect the American people and our interests. It appears that when you listen to certain individuals debating, they believe the primary role of the federal government is to provide free stuff. This reflects those who have confused providing for the common defense and promoting the general welfare. The former is an active verb, the latter a passive verb, but some have juxtaposed the meaning. The resulting new raison d'etre of the federal government is to provide the general welfare. Is there any wonder why we...
  • Our goal is an EU army says Germany's defence chief:

    05/08/2015 1:11:33 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies ^ | 4 May 2015 | Jack Doyle
    An EU army is Germany’s ‘long term goal’ according to one of its ministers. Ursula von der Leyen called for defence cooperation to be strengthened so that the continent can respond quickly to international crises.
  • WEST: NORAD Head Says Russia Increasing Arctic Long Range Air Patrols

    02/11/2015 5:21:20 AM PST · by Former Proud Canadian · 11 replies
    USNI News ^ | Feb 10, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – While Russian military aircraft have stepped up their activity everywhere from the North Sea to the Baltic to the Black Sea in the last year they have also been spotted more frequently closer to the U.S. territory in the Arctic, the head of U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) told USNI News on Tuesday.
  • Tomorrow’s Stealthy Subs Could Sink America’s Navy

    08/24/2014 3:04:51 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 36 replies ^ | 05/12/2014 | Bill Sweetman
    In 2020, tiny Sweden will dispose of the most lethal weapon ever developed by man; The A26 stealth sub that could go anywhere and destroy whatever it wants without any adversary standing a chance of detecting it.. "The U.S. military is relying on sub-hunting tech that’s decades old. Meanwhile, the targets they’re trying to find are getting quieter and more invisible by the day. Submarines are getting quieter, stealthier, and better armed. And that could mean major trouble for the U.S. Navy and its aging fleet of sub-hunters. The tactical balance between the surface warship and the submarine has strategic...
  • Military cuts mean 'no US partnership', Robert Gates warns Britain

    01/19/2014 2:30:18 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies ^ | 16 January 2014 | bbc
    UK armed forces cuts will limit the country's ability to be a major player on the world stage, ex-US defence secretary Robert Gates has warned. The UK plans to cut 30,000 armed forces personnel by 2020, leaving 147,000. ...On the UK's military cuts, Mr Gates told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "With the fairly substantial reductions in defence spending in Great Britain, what we're finding is that it won't have full spectrum capabilities and the ability to be a full partner as they have been in the past." The spectrum refers to the ability of a country's military to fight...
  • Belize: Shooting, Shovelling, and Shutting up Fails

    10/25/2013 10:49:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 October, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    In early October of this year, a man who followed the common Internet advise of shooting, shovelling, and shutting up, is in big trouble.  It is much easier to talk about not having any involvement with police than it is put such talk into practice.  From A man has been shot and killed in the Cayo district. He is 49 year old Pedro Ruben Luna Andrede. Mr Andrede was shot in Camalote village, Cayo, on a 400 acre private ranch in the roaring River Area, supposedly on Friday September 27. But no one except the shooter knew that Mr...
  • Fort Hood's Casualties Have Earned The Purple Heart

    08/15/2013 9:13:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | August 15, 2013 | Jeff Jacoby
    When the US government's National Counterterrorism Center compiled its annual report for 2009, it didn't overlook the deadliest terror attack on American soil since 9/11. "On 5 November 2009, at 1:30 PM, in Fort Hood, Texas," the report notes in its chronology of "high-fatality terrorist attacks" — those that took at least 10 lives — "an armed assailant entered the Fort Hood Soldier Readiness Processing Center and opened fire, killing one civilian and 12 soldiers, wounding seven civilians, 17 soldiers, and 18 [other] people, and damaging the facility.… No group claimed responsibility, although authorities believed an unaffiliated Sunni extremist was...
  • Russian Navy to get unprecedented number of warships in 2013

    07/09/2013 12:44:27 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 29 replies ^ | July 7, 2013 | panarmenian
    The Russian Navy will receive 36 warships in 2013, an unprecedented number in Russia’s history, Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Vice Admiral Alexander Fedotenkov said on Sunday, July 7, according to RIA Novosti. “During this year, 36 combat ships, fast attack crafts and support vessels will join the Russian Navy. This has never happened before,” Fedotenkov said at the International Maritime Defense Show in St. Petersburg. Russian Navy warships are now performing missions in all areas of the World Ocean, with over 60 combat ships currently at sea, he said.
  • The Left's Phony Defense of Freedom

    06/13/2013 1:46:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | June 13, 2013 | David Harsanyi
    There are many idealistic progressives who've remained opposed to the National Security Agency's data mining programs regardless of who is in the White House. (We can't surrender our freedom for safety, you know!) It's only a shame that these same people have such little reverence for constitutional liberties in other areas of public life. Really, it's worse than that. Consider the central case of the left these days: "Unfettered" freedom is a tragedy -- decadent, unfair and un-American. So if, as liberals like to argue, it's a moral imperative for Americans to scale back personal liberty to build a cleaner,...
  • Russia to field MiG-31 replacement by 2020 - Commander.

    04/13/2013 9:06:56 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 20 replies
    MOSCOW, April 11 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian Air Force is hoping to receive a new long-range fighter-interceptor by 2020 and retire its existing fleet of MiG-31 interceptors by 2028, Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said on Thursday. “We have started development of a new aircraft of this type and I think we can develop this plane before the state armament program ends in 2020,” Bondarev said at a meeting with Russian lawmakers. “The new plane should replace the existing fleet by 2028,” he said. Bondarev spoke out against restarting production of the MiG-31, which was stopped 20...
  • Officials To Take ‘Whatever Precautions’ Needed After North Korea Threat

    04/03/2013 12:48:51 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    CBS Houston ^ | April 3, 2013 1:28 PM
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBS Houston) – In response to perceived threats against the city from the North Korean government, officials in Austin have said they are willing to do whatever federal officials feel may be necessary to protect civilians. -- Austin city officials are keeping an eye on the situation. “Our regional intelligence center has been staying apprised of the current situation,” City Manager Marc A. Ott told CBS Houston in a statement.
  • Defence Minister 'sets the bar too low': critics (Sweden)

    02/05/2013 3:52:48 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 5 replies
    The local ^ | Jan 9, 2013
    Sverker Göransson, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, recently said that Sweden’s scaled backed military leaves the country vulnerable. Sweden, he claimed, could only defend itself for one week if it came under attack. Defence Minister Karin Enström responded that the level of preparedness was appropriate given the credibility of an attack. “This is reasonable if you assess what threats there are and also what it looks like in our neighbouring countries, which have about the same capacity as we do,” she told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper. She said there is no current military threat to Sweden. Her statements were not...
  • Pentagon now preparing for massive cuts as fiscal negotiations appear stalled

    12/05/2012 1:18:22 PM PST · by Ron C. · 36 replies ^ | December 05, 2012 | FoxNews
    The Pentagon said Wednesday it is now preparing for billions of dollars in budget cuts should President Obama and congressional Republicans fail to reach an alternative plan by Jan. 1. The move breaks from earlier statements that no plans were being made – a signal that difficulties reaching a deal are beyond the public stalemate or so-called “political theater” and that Washington officials are bracing for the worst. Pentagon spokesman George Little said the Office of Management and Budget instructed the department to begin preparing for the roughly $500 billion cuts over the next 10 years – a situation resulting...
  • Saab to defence clients: 'See first - Kill first'

    04/09/2012 11:14:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Saab to defence clients: 'See first - Kill first' An aggressive marketing campaign from Swedish defence firm Saab is extolling the virtues of weapons that help users to ”see first – kill first” and can be adjusted to focus specifically on ”soft targets”. At a weapons fair in Qatar in late March, the company informed potential buyers that its Gripen fighter planes guaranteed a high ”death ratio”, newspaper Expressen reports. In its marketing materials, the firm also boasts that its Bill 2 anti-tank guided weapon contains a ”soft target mode” that can be used to hone in on civilian houses,...
  • Rafale wins Indian MMRCA competition

    01/31/2012 4:06:20 AM PST · by IndianChief · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Times of India ^ | 31 Jan 2012 | Times of India
    A scroll on the home page of the Times of India says that the French Rafale has beaten the Eurofighter for the 126 (and prolly many more) plane MMRCA deal.
  • Pleased With C-130Js So Far, India Eyes More

    Impressed by early deliveries and the aircraft’s performance in recent operations, the Indian air force (IAF) is actively considering a proposal to acquire more than the 12 Lockheed-Martin C-130J Super Hercules tactical special mission aircraft already expected. With the last of six C-130Js from an original 2008 contract to be delivered in November, and a follow-on order for six more to be signed shortly, the IAF has lavished unusual praise on the program and indicated it will ultimately need more than a dozen. The IAF has not released an official figure, but Indian sources have said it could be as...
  • Britain has got more Generals than tanks

    10/03/2011 8:13:58 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 60 replies
    The Sun ^ | 3 Oct 2011 | Virginia Wheeler
    Senior Military Intelligence officer Frank Ledwidge found shock figures showing 256 senior officers — Brigadiers and Generals — and just 200 Challenger 2 tanks. And there are THREE times more Top Brass than Apache helicopters — which have saved countless lives in Afghanistan. Ledwidge said: "Our priorities are hugely skewed." He stressed that the British Army is "over-burdened and over staffed with senior ranks". Ledwidge, who served on the front line in Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo, urged the Ministry of Defence to slash the number of £100,000-a-year-plus senior officers. He insisted: "We need to think about cutting Top Brass and...
  • D-Day for Casey: Prosecutors dismiss 'absurd' claim that Caylee drowned

    07/04/2011 11:57:32 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7:05 PM on 4th July 2011 | By Jacqui Goddard
    Casey Anthony’s six-week murder trial finally rested today as jurors were sent away to decide whether her two-year-old daughter was the victim of an accidental drowning that she covered up out of fear and grief, or was brutally murdered by a 'pathological liar' who wanted to live free and party. Judge Belvin Perry dispatched the jury in Orlando, Florida, to consider their verdict after the state delivered an emotionally stirring rebuttal to the defence’s closing arguments, telling the panel of seven men and five woman that Caylee Anthony died in June 2008 at the hands of 'the most well documented...
  • As prosecution in Casey Anthony trial rests, defence is denied request for acquittal

    06/15/2011 9:59:21 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1:22 AM on 16th June 2011 | By Rachel Quigley
    After 19 days of damning evidence in which the prosecution painted Casey Anthony as a calculated murderer, it is now the turn of the defence - who immediately had their request to get the case thrown out of court refused. And as they offered up a list of amended witnesses they will call - including one surprise witness that will likely back up their theory that George Anthony persuaded his daughter to dispose of Caylee Anthony's body - the question remains as to whether Casey herself will be called as a witness. Prosecutors have spent the last three weeks proving...
  • Military strength eludes China, which looks overseas for arms

    12/24/2010 8:19:55 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 24, 2010 | John Pomfret
    Military strength eludes China, which looks overseas for arms By John Pomfret Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, December 24, 2010; 7:17 PM MOSCOW - The Moscow Machine-Building Enterprise Salyut on the east side of town has put up a massive Soviet-style poster advertising its need for skilled workers. The New Year's party at the Chernyshev plant in a northwest suburb featured ballet dancers twirling on the stage of its Soviet-era Palace of Culture. The reason for the economic and seasonal cheer is that these factories produce fighter-jet engines for a wealthy and voracious customer: China. After years of trying, Chinese...
  • India to spend over $25 billion to induct 250 5th-gen stealth fighters

    10/04/2010 5:28:01 PM PDT · by IndianChief · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Times of India ^ | Oct 5, 2010 | Rajat Pandit
    NEW DELHI: India will eventually spend over $25 billion to induct 250 advanced stealth fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA), on way to being co-developed with Russia, in what will be the country's biggest-ever defence project. With a potent mix of super-manoeuvrability and supersonic cruising ability, long-range strike and high-endurance air defence capabilities, each FGFA will cost upwards of Rs 450 crore or around $100 million. This will be in addition to the huge investment to be made in co-developing FGFA with cash-strapped Russia, as also the huge infrastructure required to base, operate and maintain such jets in India. "We are looking...
  • US Defence Secretary Gates proposes defence cuts

    08/09/2010 7:51:39 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 7 replies
    bbc. ^ | 9 August 2010
    US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has recommended axeing one of the ten major US military commands in a major reallocation of defence spending. Mr Gates said the Joint Forces Command would close, the use of outside contractors would be cut and the number of generals and admirals reduced. He has said that he wants to find savings of about $100bn (£63bn) in the military budget in the next five years. Mr Gates said he wanted to free up spending for frontline requirements. In a Pentagon news conference, he said the military had grown unwieldy and costly following the terrorist attacks...
  • Britain no longer has the cash to defend itself from every threat, says Liam Fox

    07/23/2010 3:03:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies · 2+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 22 Jul 2010 | Thomas Harding,
    Britain cannot afford to protect itself against all potential threats to its security, Liam Fox, the Defence Secretary, has warned. We have to look at where we think the real risks will come from, where the real threats will come from and we need to deal with that accordingly. The Russians are not going to come over the European plain any day soon. Dr Fox’s frank admission also casts doubt on the future of the 25,000 troops currently stationed in Germany. The Defence Secretary has previously said that he hoped to withdraw them at some point, leaving Britain without a...

    06/01/2010 2:52:32 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 414+ views - THE JERUSALEM POST ^ | 06/01/2010 09:49 | n/a
    “Gaza border: 2 terrorists killed” By JPOST.COM STAFF 06/01/2010 09:49 SNIPPET: “Two would-be Palestinian terrorists were killed on the Gaza border on Tuesday morning, as the IDF foiled and infiltration attempt. No IDF injures were reported.”
  • The New UK Defence Secretary Will Not Fit In With Obama’s World View…

    05/22/2010 5:54:36 PM PDT · by sussex · 3 replies · 342+ views
    The Aged ^ | 23/05/10 | the Aged P
    “We are not in Afghanistan for the sake of the education policy in a broken 13th-century country. We are there so the people of Britain and our global interests are not threatened.” Sorry – I didn’t quite get that. It sounds a little old fashioned in this age of “let’s all be friends and dance around together with flowers in our hair while genuflecting before the United Nations” doesn’t it? Our main concern should be the people of Britain? We should make our own global interests our number one priority?
  • L.A. Vs. Arizona

    05/13/2010 5:34:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 78 replies · 2,003+ views ^ | May 13, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Illegal Immigration: Los Angeles' city council votes to boycott Arizona for its enforcement of existing federal law. No word yet on how China's human rights violations will be treated. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. The next time the Lakers play Los Suns in Phoenix, traveling fans are advised to bring their own snacks. The L.A. City Council voted 13-1 on Wednesday to economically boycott the state of Arizona for daring to protect its borders against the crime, violence and illegal immigration that recently took the life of an Arizona rancher and has made Phoenix the kidnapping capital of...
  • Praising Arizona (In Border Battle)

    04/26/2010 5:02:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies · 1,113+ views ^ | April 26, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Immigration: Arizona moves to protect its citizens from a raging border war, and the administration and its activist supporters cry racism. Why is antelope protection more important than protecting American lives?
  • 59% Say U.S. Should Continue To Build Fence on U.S.-Mexico Border - Rasmussen

    03/20/2010 9:49:12 AM PDT · by AuntB · 28 replies · 631+ views
    Rasmussen reports/poll ^ | Mar. 18, 2010 | Rasmussen
    The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that it is halting funding of the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, but 59% of Americans believe the United States should continue to build that fence. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 26% of adults disagree and think the building of the fence should be stopped. Fifteen percent (15%) more are not sure. Support for the fence has been at this level for several years. In January of last year, 60% favored the continued building of the fence to help stop illegal immigration and drug trafficking. In August 2007, 56%...
  • De-Fence, De-Fence

    03/17/2010 4:18:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 473+ views ^ | March 17, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Illegal Immigration: The government puts the brakes on a problem-plagued "virtual" fence on our border with Mexico. Whatever happened to the old-fashioned kind? If ever there was a shovel-ready project, this is it. The much-ballyhooed "virtual" fence that was supposed to monitor and control illegal immigration doesn't work and is being scrapped as we evaluate alternatives and rely on existing technology. After years of delay and billions of dollars already spent, Secretary Napolitano on Tuesday halted work on SBInet. The system involves cameras, sensors and radars designed to let a small number of dispatchers watch the border on computer monitors...
  • Anglo-French defence: Entente nouvelle

    03/14/2010 9:17:17 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies · 828+ views
    Financial Times ^ | March 14 2010 | James Blitz & Sylvia Pfeifer
    Anglo-French defence: Entente nouvelle By James Blitz and Sylvia Pfeifer Published: March 14 2010 18:38 | Last updated: March 14 2010 18:38 One day in February last year, HMS Vanguard was calmly patrolling beneath the waters of the mid-Atlantic. Suddenly, to the alarm of its crew, the submarine – one of the quartet that forms part of Britain’s independent nuclear deterrent – hit a very large object with a bang. At first the Vanguard’s commander was unsure what had happened. But soon all was revealed: a French nuclear submarine, Le Triomphant, had been undertaking exactly the same role in precisely...
  • India,Russia Ink Civil Nuclear,Defence Pacts

    03/13/2010 1:25:26 PM PST · by ranabutt · 2 replies · 236+ views ^ | 14/03/10 | ranabutt
    Russia and India also signed a contract worth 1.5 billion US dollars on Friday for Moscow to supply 29 MiG 29 K fighters, Pogosyan said. Russia would deliver the long-delayed refurbished Gorshkov aircraft carrier to India by the end of 2012, added deputy premier Ivanov on an issue that has troubled relations between the two powers. Putin’s visit is likely to have produced deals worth more than 10 billion USD mainly in defence contracts, nuclear reactors and trade. Putin denied a deal with Pakistan was on the cards on the lines of the nuclear power pact with India.”Many countries of...
  • The State of State: A Proposal for Reorganization at Foggy Bottom

    01/13/2010 11:19:05 PM PST · by world weary · 3 replies · 206+ views
    Progressive Fix ^ | 13 Jan 2010 | Matt Armstrong
    The past decade has seen the U.S. government expand its activities around the globe in response to complex and stateless threats. In the face of these challenges, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, and members of Congress have all called for increasing the resources and capabilities of the State Department to roll back what Gates has termed the “creeping militarization” of foreign policy. But efforts at reform are hindered by an institutional structure rooted in a 19th-century view of the world.
  • (Australia's Defence Minister) Fitzgibbon quits Defence (corruption allegations)

    06/03/2009 9:55:21 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies · 728+ views ^ | 4th June 2009
    DEFENCE Minister Joel Fitzgibbon has resigned from his portfolio. Mr Fitzgibbon resigned after it was revealed that he had instructed an Army general to meet with a US Insurance company, of which his brother Mark is an employee, Sky News reports. Major-General Paul Alexander, who is in charge of defence health services, told a parliamentary committee that staff of a junior minister and defence staff told him to attend the meetings with Mark Fitzgibbon, the chief executive of insurer NIB Health. The resignation comes after revelations of the meeting was made during a Senate Estimates hearing last night. “Having read...
  • Profile of the UK's new Defence secretary

    10/03/2008 12:43:52 PM PDT · by Vanders9 · 2 replies · 249+ views
    AFP ^ | 10/03/08 | AFP
    New Defence Minister John Hutton has been described as an "uber-moderniser," and brings a reputation for low-key competence to Britain's military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    08/23/2008 5:52:44 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 39 replies · 1,094+ views
    Iowa Public TV/Iowa Press ^ | April 27, 2007 | Staff
  • Argentina's military threat raises fears over Falklands

    07/08/2008 10:36:45 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 31 replies · 237+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/8/2008 | Graeme Baker
    Argentina raised the prospect of posting military forces in the Antarctic region yesterday, with the announcement of plans to use troops to defend its interests. President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner told defence chiefs that Argentina must be prepared to assert its sovereignty and protect its natural resources, as nations compete to claim areas of the region believed to be rich in oil. The plans threaten to inflame tensions between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands, which the South American nation still considers to be its sovereign territory despite losing a war in 1982. Argentinian forces were driven from the...
  • Barack Obama May Recruit Defence Chief Robert Gates

    06/28/2008 5:45:12 PM PDT · by Coffee200am · 38 replies · 179+ views
    Timesonline ^ | 06.29.2008 | Sarah Baxter
    In defiance of traditional party labels, Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, may ask the defence secretary of President George W Bush to stay on if he wins the White House. Obama’s top foreign policy and national security advisers are pressing the case for keeping Robert Gates at the Pentagon after he won widespread praise for his performance. The move would be in keeping with Obama’s desire to appoint a cabinet of all the talents. After appealing for unity with former rival Hillary Clinton and her supporters and big donors last week, Obama, 46, is turning his attention to wooing...
  • Astonishing Obama Video: "I Will Slow Development of Future Combat Systems."

    05/30/2008 1:09:07 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 87 replies · 196+ views
    Center for Individual Freedom ^ | May 29, '08 | staff
    In a strange video address intended to reassure American voters regarding his military bona fides, Senator Obama ends up doing just the opposite. Among other things, he promises to cut "tens of billions of dollars" from the military budget, at a time when our armed forces are already stretched and in need of new weapon technologies and armor; to "cut investments in unproven missile defense systems," which in reality have already proven remarkably effective; that he "will not weaponize space" even though other nations such as China do exactly that; to terminate the Iraq war just as the surge proves...
  • The contributions of America's Airmen

    04/24/2008 4:53:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 75+ views
    4/24/2008 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne and Chief of Staff of the Air Force T. Michael Moseley have issued the following letter highlighting the contributions of America's Airmen: Airmen, This past Monday, the Secretary of Defense delivered an address at Maxwell AFB to the students of our Air War College and Air Command and Staff College. Initial press coverage of his remarks misrepresented the tone and content of his address. Whereas some press reports characterized Secretary Gates as making a singular critique about one Service's commitment to the Global War on Terror, his...
  • A Euro-army is fantasy land. We need our American ally

    03/29/2008 6:17:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 1,522+ views
    The Guardian ^ | March 29 2008 | Martin Kettle
    Like pensions and insurance, defence is one of those subjects to which too many people only pay attention when things go wrong. You might think, in the light of the past decade, that this would have changed. But you would be sadly mistaken. Even today, even after Iraq, few mainstream MPs without an immediate personal or constituency interest in the subject turn up in the Commons for defence debates. Many politicians who are thoughtful about a range of domestic issues still pass by on the other side when the conversation gravitates to the military. In this they reflect the British...
  • U.S. jets escort Russian bombers off Alaska coast

    03/27/2008 5:28:30 AM PDT · by buzzer · 24 replies · 1,145+ views
    CNN ^ | March 26, 2008 -- Updated 0016 GMT | cnn
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Two U.S. Air Force F-15s escorted two Russian Bear long-range bombers out of an air exclusion zone off the coast of Alaska, U.S. military officials said Wednesday.
  • Poland Questions the Missile Shield

    03/13/2008 5:04:57 AM PDT · by buzzer · 4 replies · 374+ views
    SPON ^ | 03/13/2008 | msm/reuters
    Poland Questions the Missile Shield The formerly staunch US ally has shifted its tone, and now an ambitious pet project of the Bush administration -- a missile shield to protect Europe and the United States -- is no longer a sure thing in Poland. Until recently, it looked like the US missile defense shield was a done deal when it came to cooperation with Poland. Although no formal agreement had been signed, the government under Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski seemed eager to make the Americans happy -- and was even willing to ignore European Union concerns when it came to...
  • Proposed Bill Would Allow Students To Carry Concealed Weapons On Campus

    02/27/2008 4:42:40 PM PST · by monkeycard · 21 replies · 157+ views
    There is now a plan to allow college students to carry weapons on any public campus. The legislation is on its way to the state house. The text of House Bill 2513 says any student who is at least 21 years old and has a concealed carry permit would be allowed to bring a firearm to school. It comes as campus violence seems to be on the increase. Everyone at OSU-Tulsa we spoke to about the plan doesn't like it. They already have a lot of security on campus. One example -- push a button on a phone and it...
  • Man shot, killed attempting to carjack security guard

    11/14/2007 7:05:36 PM PST · by monkeycard · 21 replies · 169+ views
    News3 ^ | Nov 13, 2007 | Luis Cruz
    A suspect is dead after messing with the wrong person Tuesday morning. North Las Vegas Police say a man tried to carjack a security guard at about 6 in the morning near Gowan and I-15. The intended victim and the suspect got into a shootout. The security guard was taken to the hospital with a minor wound. The suspect was taken to UMC where he later died. Police say the security guard may not face any charges, because it appears he was acting in self defense.
  • National Defense will be history (Norway)

    11/05/2007 7:54:26 AM PST · by Kurt_Hectic · 20 replies · 181+ views ^ | 05 Nov 2007, 15:16 | Sveinung Berg Bentzrød and Hans Marius Tonstad/Aftenposten English Reporter Jonathan Tisdall/NTB
    Norway's Chief of Defense Sverre Diesen said Monday that if the current loss of spending power continued, Norway's national defense would be history in 25 years. Diesen presented Minister of Defense Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen with FS 07 - the study of the next 20 years of Norway's Defense - on Monday. "If the loss of spending power continues the Defense will be so weakened in 25 years time that only limited units such as the Coast Guard and the Russian border guard will be fully functional - an independent, national Defense will be history," Diesen wrote. The Defense chief also warned...
  • Boeing Awarded Contract To Develop Ruggedized Beam Control System For Mobile Laser Weapon System

    07/24/2007 8:08:28 PM PDT · by prophetic · 6 replies · 464+ views
    Spacewar ^ | Jul 25, 2007 | Staff Writers
    Boeing has been awarded a U.S. Army contract valued at approximately $7 million to begin developing the initial phase for a truck-mounted laser weapon system that destroys rockets, artillery shells and mortar rounds. Under the High Energy Laser Technology Demonstrator (HEL TD) Phase I contract, awarded Friday, Boeing will develop and complete a preliminary design of a rugged beam control system (BCS) on a Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck. The contract contains options that, if exercised, will call for Boeing to build and test a significant component of the HEL TD system, comprised of the BCS integrated on a vehicle...
  • Burglary suspect shot in Tempe

    07/18/2007 5:24:46 PM PDT · by monkeycard · 15 replies · 505+ views
    East Valey Tribune ^ | July 18, 2007 | Gary Grado
    A man shot at two burglars who broke into his home in Tempe on Tuesday, and police say one of them ended up at a Mesa hospital to be treated for his wound. Police spokesman Sgt. Mike Horn said a resident reported that two burglars broke into his home around 12:30 p.m. The resident fired a shot, and the two burglars took off running from the home just west of Loop 101 near Broadway Road and South River Drive. Police later got a call about a gunshot victim from Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa. Doctors operated on the man,...

    06/19/2007 12:25:12 AM PDT · by Atlantic Friend · 4 replies · 528+ views
    Lockheed Martin ^ | 06/18/2007 | Amanda Wiley
    PARIS, FRANCE, June 18, 2007 -- The Government of France has selected Lockheed Martin’s HELLFIRE II® missile system to equip its Hélicoptère d'Appui Destruction (HAD) Tiger attack helicopter fleet. The precision-strike missiles will be purchased under a foreign military sale for the French Army, which is fielding 40 HAD Tiger helicopters. The fielding is expected to be completed by 2012. “HELLFIRE II missiles will provide the French HAD Tigers a highly effective precision strike capability,” said Doug Terrell, international business development director for Tactical Missiles at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. (...) The modular HELLFIRE II includes three semi-active...
  • French, US Navy test compatibility of landing ship

    05/20/2007 4:58:09 AM PDT · by Atlantic Friend · 20 replies · 984+ views
    French Ministry of Defence website ^ | 05/16/2007 | French Navy
    The French Navy, the General Directorate for Armaments (DGA) and the US Navy have completed a test launch of US landing crafts from the brand-new Landing and Command Ships (BPC) commissioned by the French Navy. The test campaign happened out of Norfolk, Virginia, from May the 7th to May the 12th, and involved the BPC "Tonnerre" (Thunder) and units from the US Navy's Second Fleet. These trials at sea have allowed both Navies to verify the complete compatibility of the French BPC with American landing crafts such as the LCAC hovercrafts and with the operation of heavy MH-53E SUper Stallion...
  • Australia in Japan security deal

    03/13/2007 9:01:55 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 2 replies · 331+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, March 13, 2007
    Japan and Australia say the treaty benefits the region as a whole The prime ministers of Japan and Australia have signed a security pact designed to enhance military co-operation between the two nations. Japan's PM Shinzo Abe said the pact would help to stabilise the region. The defence deal - Japan's first with a country other than the US - includes co-operation on border security, counter-terrorism and disaster relief. It is the result of closer co-operation on security matters in Asia that Japan and Australia have been pursuing. The four part agreement Mr Abe signed with Australian PM John...