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  • Why Is America Using These Antique Planes to Fight ISIS? (Vietnam Era OV-10 Broncos)

    03/09/2016 8:45:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | March 9, 2016 | David Axe
    The U.S. military is testing out a dependable, rugged little vintage bomber as it battles elusive ISIS militants in Syria and Iraq. War was just an experiment for two of the U.S. military’s oldest and most unusual warplanes. A pair of OV-10 Broncos—small, Vietnam War-vintage, propeller-driven attack planes—recently spent three months flying top cover for ground troops battling ISIS militants in the Middle East. The OV-10s’ deployment is one of the latest examples of a remarkable phenomenon. The United States—and, to a lesser extent, Russia—has seized the opportunity afforded it by the aerial free-for-all over Iraq and Syria and other...
  • The Pentagon Is Building the "Arsenal Plane," a Giant Flying Battlewagon

    02/03/2016 7:00:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | February 2, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has revealed the existence of a program to develop a so-called "Arsenal Plane." Designed to back up fifth generation fighters such as the F-35 with a large number of conventional weapons, backing up the high-tech fighters with tried-and-true ordinance. The Arsenal Plane actually has its roots at sea. During the 1990s, there was an effort to create so-called "Arsenal Ships"— large boats packed with hundreds of missile silos that would rely on the targeting data of the rest of the fleet. The Arsenal Ship was never built, but four Ohio-class submarines were converted to...
  • Donal Trump says he will force Apple to build its "computers and things" in the United States

    01/18/2016 5:29:49 PM PST · by Tzfat · 124 replies
    9 To 5 Mac ^ | 1/18/2016 | Chance Miller
    Trump told the audience at Liberty University that to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States he would make Apple "build their damn computers and things in this country." While this isn't a bad idea, or even the first time it has been suggested, Trump didn't offer any specifics on how he would force Apple to abruptly change its manufacturing. "Please, we have such amazing people in this country: smart, sharp, energetic, they're amazing," Trump said. 'I was saying make America great again, and I actually think we can say now, and I really believe this, we're gonna get...
  • Obama's new gun control force dwarfs Pentagon's ISIS team, 430-50

    01/07/2016 6:12:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 42 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/05/16 | Paul Bedard
    President Obama plans to build a new gun control force of 430 agents, more than eight times the size of the team of commandos he is sending to the Middle East to hunt down and destroy ISIS terrorists. According to a White House fact sheet, the president plans to deploy 200 more Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents "to help enforce our gun laws." He also plans to add at least 230 new FBI agents to pour over the backgrounds of gun buyers. Said the White House: "The FBI will hire more than 230 additional examiners and other...
  • ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Ticket Presales Crash Fandango & Others

    10/19/2015 8:45:17 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 36 replies
    deadline.com ^ | 10-18-2015 | Ross A. Lincoln
    The months and months of hype have paid off for Disney and Lucasfilm this afternoon, as theater chains began offering advance ticket sales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which hits theaters two months from today on December 18. Perhaps a little too well, however. Legions of Star Wars fans immediately rushed to online ticket sellers to secure their seats but alas, the force is not strong with them. The sudden rush of demand from Jedi-happy fans has caused loading issues and site outages on purchasing platforms including Fandango, the Alamo Drafthouse, and AMC Theaters. Fandango was most seriously affected...
  • "They Just Don't Want A Job" - The Fed's Grotesque "Explanation" Why 94.6 Million Are Out Of

    10/02/2015 5:55:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 10/2/15 | tyler durden
    In a note seeking to "explain" why the US labor participation rate just crashed to a nearly 40 year low earlier today as another half a million Americans decided to exit the labor force bringing the total to 94.6 million people...... this is what the Atlanta Fed has to say about the most dramatic aberration to the US labor force in history: "Generally speaking, people in the 25–54 age group are the most likely to participate in the labor market. These so-called prime-age individuals are less likely to be making retirement decisions than older individuals and less likely to be...
  • Obama: Donald Trump Didn’t Force Me To Release My Birth Certificate

    07/27/2015 10:35:13 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 105 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/27/15 | Charlie Spiering
    President Obama said he’s of his Kenyan heritage during his trip to that country, pointedly described himself as “the first Kenyan-American to be president” of the United States during a speech. During an interview with Kenyan radio, the host asked Obama if he was worried about the reaction to his statement after he was “forced” to release his birth certificate. “I wasn’t actually forced,” Obama interrupted. “I just wanted to end silly conversations – there weren’t any serious speculation, this was just sort of a side circus that sometimes happens in the United States.” Obama released his birth certificate in...
  • NETWORKS MUM on Obama’s Radical Plan to Build Housing Projects in Wealthy Suburbs

    07/09/2015 7:15:57 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 62 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 07/08/15 | Jim Hoft
    Author Stanley Kurtz argued in his book Spreading The Wealth: How Obama Is Robbing The Suburbs To Pay For the Cites that Barack Obama’s grand socialist plan included redistributing wealth from American suburbs to the inner city. Obama passed regulations in 2013 to force suburban neighborhoods with no record of housing discrimination to build more public housing targeted to ethnic and racial minorities. According to Kurtz, the underlying thrust of the rule change was to force racial and ethnic diversity on the suburbs: The new HUD rule is really about changing the way Americans live. It is part of a...
  • The U.S. Air Force Promised the F-4 Would Never Dogfight: Now it’s saying the same thing about [tr]

    07/07/2015 8:02:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 6, 2015 | David Axe
    The aerial dogfight was not supposed to happen. On May 20, 1967, eight U.S. Air Force F-4C fighters were patrolling over North Vietnam when they spotted as many as 15 enemy MiG-17 fighters a short distance away. Fog and the MiGs’ low altitude had prevented the F-4s from detecting the North Vietnamese jets from farther away.
  • Breaking: US Air Force Cancels Two UK 4th of July Shows Due to “Severe and Credible” Threats (VIDEO)

    07/02/2015 9:03:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/2/15 | Jim Hoft
    Breaking: US Air Force Cancels Two UK 4th of July Shows Due to “Severe and Credible” Threats (VIDEO) Jim Hoft Jul 2nd, 2015 9:40 pm 6 Comments The US Air Force cancelled two air shows planned on Independence Day in Great Britain because of threat there is considered severe and credible. The two-day festival was due to be hosted by US crew based in RAF Lakenheath and Mildenhall, England. The Daily Mail reported: The U.S. Air Force has cancelled planned Independence Day celebrations at a Norfolk RAF base due to the increased risk of a Jihadi terror attack. The two-day...
  • 2 injured in shooting at Air Force base in Arkansas

    06/15/2015 11:18:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    fox ^ | 6/15/15 | fox
    Two people were hospitalized after shots were fired when a civilian tried to gain unauthorized access to the Little Rock Air Force Base Monday morning. The base said the suspect was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. A bystander was also transported for non-related medical care and was released. The base went on lockdown after the incident. Jacksonville Police Sgt. Dustin Brown said the suspect had attempted to gain access to the base, which is in Jacksonville and about 15 miles northeast of Little Rock. A bomb squad was checking a green SUV parked near a visitor center...
  • Obama to Force Faith- Based Grant Recipients to Hire LGBTs

    05/28/2015 8:58:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Breitbart Big Government, | 5/28/15 | Austin Ruse
    The Obama Administration is poised to require faith-based recipients of federal grants to accept applications from LGBT individuals, according to a report published today by the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam). By executive order last summer, President Obama amended the Johnson-era federal order on non-discrimination in hiring by federal contractors to include non-discrimination based on “sexual orientation and gender identity.” That order has roiled faith-based groups. A confidential source tells C-Fam that the White House has directed federal agencies to include “sexual orientation and gender identity” as
  • Air Force Confirms Shuttering of Vital Airlift Wing

    04/16/2015 9:02:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/16/15 | Daniel Wiser
    The Air Force confirmed this week that it is shuttering a vital airlift wing at Fort Bragg, N.C., that trains the Army’s airborne and special operations forces, prompting outrage from the state’s lawmakers. The Air Force finally submitted on Tuesday its “Report on C-130 Force Structure” to Congress after its release had been delayed since January. Units such as the 440th Airlift Wing at Fort Bragg’s Pope Army Airfield fly the C-130s to prepare airborne forces for emergency operations overseas. The report affirmed that the Air Force would close the 440th, which it said would save $116 million during a...
  • Now the U.S. Air Force Wants to Replace A-10s With F-16s

    03/20/2015 7:12:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 111 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 19, 2015 | Joseph Trevithick
    Eventually, the U.S. Air Force wants to replace the low and slow-flying A-10 Warthog with the fast-moving F-35 stealth fighter. But it’ll take years before the troubled jet fighters are ready for duty. In the meantime, the Air Force still needs a plane for dedicated close air support missions — something the A-10 excels at. So what does the flying branch propose? Not keeping the Warthog. Instead, the Air Force wants to replace the Warthog with a modified F-16 fighter jet — an old concept that failed to live up to expectations decades ago. The F-16s would fill in temporarily until the F-35s can...
  • Activist Reverend Critical of Police Undergoes Use of Force Scenarios

    01/19/2015 12:37:40 PM PST · by tinyowl · 3 replies
    Fox News 10 ^ | 01/18/2015 | Fox News 10
    An activist reverend (Phoenix), in police use-of-force training, first gets himself killed, then shoots unarmed man. The lesson he takes: "comply."
  • New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019

    12/31/2014 5:11:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | December 31, 2014 | Dave Majumdar
    The Pentagon’s newest stealth jet, the nearly $400 billion Joint Strike Fighter, won’t be able to fire its gun during operational missions until 2019, three to four years after it becomes operational. Even though the Joint Strike Fighter, or F-35, is supposed to join frontline U.S. Marine Corps fighter squadrons next year and Air Force units in 2016, the jet’s software does not yet have the ability to shoot the onboard 25mm cannon. But even when the jet will be able to shoot its gun, the F-35 barely carries enough ammunition to make the weapon useful.
  • Fla. cop on leave after firing stun gun at woman's back

    10/02/2014 5:38:05 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    A Tallahassee police officer has been placed on administrative leave after he was caught on camera shooting a woman in the back with a stun gun, CBS affiliate WCTV reports. In the video, which was posted Tuesday on the website YouTube, 62-year-old Viola Young can be seen approaching officers who had arrested three people and put them in squad cars.
  • Atheist must swear to God -- or leave US Air Force

    09/10/2014 5:44:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    AFP ^ | September 9, 2014 | Staff
    The US Air Force has told a sergeant he will have to leave the military unless he agrees to take an oath with the phrase "so help me God," officials said Tuesday. In the latest religious controversy to roil the air force, the atheist airman last month was denied his request to re-enlist because of his refusal to swear to God -- and he is now poised to take the military to court, his lawyer said.
  • Do Atoms Ever Touch? (video)

    08/05/2014 6:10:16 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 34 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 8-5-2014 | Sixty Symbols
    Professor Philip Moriarty expresses his displeasure with oft-repeated belief that atoms do no physically touch each other.
  • Congressional Committee Just Voted to Kill the A-10—And Endanger Troops’ Lives

    06/13/2014 11:08:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    War is Boring ^ | June 13, 2014 | Winslow Wheeler & Pierre Sprey
    On June 10, the House Appropriations Committee made clear the way many on Capitol Hill view national defense. By a raised-hands vote of 13 to 23, the Committee rejected an amendment from Congressman Jack Kingston—a Georgia Republican—to redirect $339 million from operation and maintenance funds, deemed excess, to retain 234 A-10 close air support aircraft in the U.S. Air Force inventory. Even though the committee found $1.6 billion to increase the Obama Administration’s budget to buy hardware, it could not find a penny to retain one of the most extraordinarily effective weapons in the U.S. arsenal—and one of the cheapest...
  • Teens' deaths raise 'reasonable force' questions for instructors

    05/04/2014 9:26:54 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-3-14 | Erik Burgess
    When Jere Hilland teaches you how to defend yourself, he always preaches using "reasonable force." "In other words, if someone punches you in the nose, you can punch them in the nose," said Hilland, who has taught firearms classes in North Dakota for 10 years. "But you can't keep punching them in the nose. That's excessive force." That's where Hilland guesses Byron Smith went wrong. Smith was found guilty Tuesday of premeditated murder after fatally shooting two teenagers who entered his home in Little Falls, Minn., on Thanksgiving Day 2012. Smith, who admitted shooting the teens "more times than I...
  • Western spin doctors cannot justify actions of Kiev authorities encouraging fascism

    05/03/2014 5:51:50 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 10 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 05/03/2014 | Itar Tass
    MOSCOW, May 03. /ITAR-TASS/. A credible source in Russia’s government agencies has drawn attention to the recent change in the form and tonality of the Kiev authorities’ actions in the information sphere. “It is formed not at all by Ukrainian citizens, but by specialists who arrived from abroad. The PR group for the so-called “anti-Russian actions” involves American experts - as far as we know, shoulder straps show through the suits and sweaters of some of them. There are also European spin doctors, in particular, from Belgium who back during the Georgian invasion of South Ossetia had tried to persuade...
  • Police Confiscate Cellphones at High School While Students Film Another Student Being Detained

    04/28/2014 5:30:59 AM PDT · by Domandred · 18 replies
    Awakended Citizen ^ | 4/26/2014 | Wil Brown
    All too often we are reminded of the ever-encroaching police state by reading about incidents happening all over the country. It hits you a little differently when you hear about a child being abused and detained by your own local police department. This was the reality for me today when I heard that local 17-year old, Joseph Turner was aggressively detained by the Boise Police Department in his own school, Frank Church High School. What's even more astounding is that as the incident was happening, school officials took it upon themselves to confiscate the phones of students who were recording...
  • Obama Promised a ‘Civilian National Security Force’ – Today There Are Over 120,000 Armed Federal

    04/19/2014 11:48:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 4/20/14 | Jim Hoft
    Armed federal agents at the Cliven Bundy ranch in Nevada, April 2014. (Natural News)In 2008, Barack Obama announced his plan to build a massive “civilian national security force” here in America. It would be just as well funded as the US military.
  • Is THIS America's newest top-secret spy plane? Clearest picture yet of mystery aircraft spotted fly.

    04/18/2014 11:06:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 18, 2014 | Jonathan O'Callaghan and Mark Prigg and Ashley Collman
    A new photo of a mysterious flying object over Kansas has been revealed. It appears to be the same aircraft as one that was snapped soaring over Texas last month. The exact identify of the aircraft remains a mystery, but rumours abound that it could be a secret jet.
  • Air Force Captain Mistaken as Burglar and Tackled by Cops in Own Home, Now They’re Arresting Him

    04/17/2014 1:04:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies
    IJR Review ^ | 4/17/14 | Emily Hulsey
    Air Force Captain Nicolas Aquino was tackled and handcuffed in his own home after police received a call from a neighbor of a suspected burglary. Aquino told the officer that he was the homeowner and even showed identification when the officer first approached him; the policeman finally left after Aquino showed him bills with his name and address. However, that wasn’t the end of it. Months later, Aquino learned that the police station had issued a warrant for him, claiming that he resisted arrest and obstructed an officer. Aquino, a model airman who has been featured in Air Force promotional...
  • Feds: 'Excessive force' found in Albuquerque police

    04/14/2014 4:29:06 PM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 10 2014 | Associated Press
    The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday released a scathing report in response to a series of deadly police shootings that pointed to patterns of excessive force by the Albuquerque Police Department, serious constitutional violations and a lack of training and oversight of its officers. After more than a year of reviewing hundreds of cases handled by the Albuquerque police, the federal agency found that officers too frequently used deadly force on people "who posed a minimal threat" and used a higher level of force too often on those with mental illness.
  • Air Force Academy removes Bible verse from cadet's whiteboard

    03/11/2014 6:36:15 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 37 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 11, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    The Air Force Academy removed a Bible verse posted on a cadet's whiteboard after it determined the posting had offended other cadets, a spokesman for the academy said. The cadet wrote the passage on the whiteboard posted outside his room. "I have been crucified with Christ therefore I no longer live, but Christ lives in me," the verse from Galatians read. Mikey Weinstein, director of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told me 29 cadets and four faculty and staff members contacted his organization to complain about the Christian passage. "Had it been in his room - not a problem," Weinstein...
  • Labor Force Participation in 2013 Lowest in 35 Years

    03/03/2014 8:06:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    cns news ^ | 3/3/14 | Ali Meyer
    (CNSNews.com) - The average annual labor force participation rate hit a 35-year-low of 63.2 percent in the United States in 2013, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The last time the average annual labor force participation rate was that low was in in 1978, when it was also 63.2 percent. Jimmy Carter was president then. The BLS bases its employment statistics on the civilian noninstitutional population, which consists of all people in the United States 16 or older who are not on active duty in the military or in an institution such as a prison, nursing...
  • Fugitive Illegal Alien Obtains Security Clearance, Access to Arizona Air Force Base

    01/21/2014 6:47:17 PM PST · by montag813 · 12 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 01-21-2014 | John Urban
    by John Urban | TopRight News A potentially disastrous security breach by the Pentagon was discovered by sheriff's deputies during a routine traffic stop in Southern Arizona. Pinal County deputies stopped a 2006 Ford Expedition for a traffic violation. The Mexican national initially presented an Arizona Identification Card, in the name of Armando Villalobos of Phoenix. A records check revealed that not only did the illegal alien have no driver's license, but there were outstanding felony warrants for his arrest in Texas.The suspect eventually told the deputy that his real name was in fact Mario Bustamante, 37, and that he was in...
  • PTI worker donate blood in Peshawar

    01/04/2014 2:44:10 AM PST · by musarratullah
    own work | 4 january 2014 | musarrat ullah jan
    Peshawar , January 4, 2014 Procession against Nato Supply still continues in Peshawar, on 43 days of the procession of PTI (Pakistan Tehreek Insaf) the volunteers of the Insaf Change Force and Pakistan Tehreek Insaf youth wing participated in the procession. More than 70 workers attend the procession camp near Hayat Abad Tol Plaza. Pakistan Tehreek Insaf started the precessions against Drone and they blocked the NATO supply from Peshawar. Kamran Bangash president of Pakistan Insaf Youth Wing district Peshawar & Zahid Khattak leader of Insaf Change Force leads the procession Near Hayat Abad Toll Plaza Peshawar . The worker...
  • 40,000 new laws take effect in 2014

    12/31/2013 8:55:41 PM PST · by MarkBsnr · 27 replies
    The Lead with Jake Tapper (CNN blog) ^ | December 31st, 2013 | Jake Tapper
    (CNN) - It may have been the least productive year for Congress in history, at least in terms of passing laws – fewer than 60 of which made it through the House and Senate and were signed by President Barack Obama. Across the country, however, state lawmakers were busy getting more than 40,000 bills passed, ones that tackle everything from drones to food stamp benefits. In Illinois for example, teenagers will no longer get to use tanning beds without a doctor's note. If you live in Delaware, visit the shark fin buffet while you can, a new law will make...
  • Chinese Naval Vessel Tries to Force U.S. Warship to Stop in International; Waters Landing ship

    12/13/2013 7:55:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    free beacon ^ | 12/13/13 | Bill Gertz
    A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials. The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens, which recently took part in disaster relief operations in the Philippines, was confronted by Chinese warships in the South China Sea near Beijing’s new aircraft carrier Liaoning, according to officials familiar with the incident. “On December 5th, while lawfully operating in international waters in the South China Sea, USS Cowpens and a PLA Navy vessel had an encounter that...
  • Americans’ Participation in Labor Force Hits 35-Year Low

    11/12/2013 3:47:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 11/12/13 | Ali Meyer
    The percentage of American civilians 16 or older who have a job or are actively seeking one dropped to a 35-year low in October, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In September, the labor force participation rate was 63.2 percent, but in October it dropped to 62.8 percent—the lowest it has been since February 1978, when Jimmy Carter was president. The labor force, according to BLS, is that part of the civilian noninstitutional population that either has a job or has actively sought one in the last four weeks. The civilian noninstitutional population consists of people 16 or older,
  • US 'Will Force' Israel-PA Deal; Report: US will lay down its own outline for an accord in January,

    11/04/2013 12:46:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 46 replies
    inn ^ | 11/4/13 | Gil Ronen
    The United States intends to try and force a peace agreement on Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), IDF Radio reported Monday. The radio station says the US has informed Israel and the Palestinian Authority that if negotiations between them do not advance, Washington will propose its own solution, that will include a US position on every point that is in contention. In effect, according to the report, this will be an attempt to force the sides to agree on a solution formulated by the US. MK Zehava Galon (Meretz) was quoted as saying Monday that senior US officials told...
  • Panetta: US may have to use military force against Iran

    11/02/2013 9:39:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/2/13 | Maya Shwayder
    NEW YORK – While the US has “implemented unprecedented sanctions and pressure on Iran, we may very well have to use military force to back up our policy,” Leon Panetta said on Thursday night. The former US defense secretary and CIA director made the remarks while addressing around 600 people at the Anti-Defamation League’s 100th annual meeting Panetta, who was receiving the ADL’s William and Naomi Gorowitz Institute Service Award, said the US needs to “maintain a healthy skepticism” when negotiating to suss out Iran’s true level of commitment to negotiations over its nuclear program. “It is the Supreme Leader
  • 90,609,000: Americans Not in Labor Force Climbs to Another Record

    10/22/2013 11:32:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    cns news ^ | 10/22/13 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The number of Americans who are 16 years or older and who have decided not to participate in the nation's labor force has climbed to a record 90,609,000 in September, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS counts a person as participating in the labor force if they are 16 years or older and either have a job or have actively sought a job in the last four weeks. A person is not participating in the labor force if they are 16 or older and have not sought a job in the...
  • Freedom Quote for the Day

    07/02/2013 8:19:18 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 6 replies
    Brainy Quote ^ | 1935?? | Dorothy Thompson
    When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered. Dorothy Thompson
  • Israel Air Force holds drills in Bulgaria against advanced air defense systems

    07/01/2013 10:26:44 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    haaretz ^ | 7/1/13 | Gili Cohen
    The Israel Air Force has held large-scale exercises in Bulgaria in recent weeks to practice against the threat of advanced air defense systems. The Bulgarian air force took part. An unnamed senior air force official said recent exercises in general were bearing in mind “the axis known as Iran-Hezbollah-Syria. We’re preparing for what a multifront scenario could mean.” According to a Bulgarian website, about a hundred crew members from the IAF took part in the joint training, which lasted three weeks at Graf Ignatievo Air Base. A photograph on the IAF website shows 18 Israeli pilots and navigators arriving for...
  • UN: Russia Can't Take Part in Golan Heights Force

    06/07/2013 6:48:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    inn ^ | 06/07/13 | Elad Benari, Canada
    The United Nations said on Friday that Russia cannot send troops to the Golan Heights peacekeeping force, after President Vladimir Putin said he was ready to bolster the force, AFP reported. Putin offered troops after Austria decided to withdraw its 377 soldiers from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) between Syria and Israel because of growing spillover from the Syria conflict. However, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said later on Friday that Russia was banned from taking part in the force because it is one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council. "We appreciate the consideration that Russia has...
  • One-third of Air Force including Blue Angels grounded by sequester

    04/10/2013 2:04:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/10/13 | Staff
    NORFOLK, Va.— A top general says federal budget cuts that will ground one-third of the U.S. Air Force´s active-duty force of combat planes including fighters and bombers means "accepting the risk that combat airpower may not be ready to respond immediately to new contingencies as they occur."Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia, issued the warning Tuesday as the Pentagon braces for more effects of the automatic spending cuts triggered by the lack of a budget agreement in Washington. Hostage said that only the units preparing to deploy to major operations,
  • The U.S. Air Force as you know it no longer exists: beginning today, 17 combat units grounded

    04/09/2013 10:43:33 AM PDT · by Nachum · 70 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | 4/9/13 | David Cenciotti
    According to internal documents obtained by Air Force Times, beginning on Apr. 9, 2013, the U.S. Air Force will begin grounding front line combat units as a consequence of sequestration and the need to deal with budget cuts. Seventeen squadrons belonging to the various U.S. Air Force commands are going to be affected by the stand down order. The grounding is aimed to save the 44,000 flying hours (worth 591 million USD) through September. The funded 241,496 flying hours will be distributed to those squadrons that will remain combat ready or are expected to keep a reduced readiness level called...
  • Report: U.S. backing off shows of force against North Korea for fear of what Kim might do (O Blinks)

    04/04/2013 8:36:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 117 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/04/2013 | AllahPundit
    This isn't merely a failure of nerve, it's a failure of intelligence and a failure to keep operational secrets. The White House had a "playbook," agreed to by O, Hagel, and John Kerry, on how to rattle its saber at North Korea during the next crisis without rattling it so much that NK would get spooked and do something rash. E.g., first comes some B-52 flights over South Korea, then the B-2s make a cameo, then the F-22s, and so forth. Problem one: Kim's gone further in his bellicosity than U.S. analysts expected and now they’re unsure if they know...
  • U.S.-Israeli cyberattack on Iran was ‘act of force,’ NATO study found

    03/26/2013 2:32:26 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/24/13 | Shaun Waterman
    The 2009 cyberattack by the U.S. and Israel that crippled Iran’s nuclear program by sabotaging industrial equipment constituted “an act of force” and was likely illegal under international law, according to a manual commissioned by NATO’s cyber defense center in Estonia. “Acts that kill or injure persons or destroy or damage objects are unambiguously uses of force,” according to “The Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare.” Michael N. Schmitt, the manual’s lead author, told The Washington Times that “according to the U.N. charter, the use of force is prohibited, except in self-defense.” Under the charter, states...
  • Air Force erases drone strike data amid criticisms

    03/08/2013 3:37:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    FP ^ | 3/8/13 | ohn Hudson
    Quietly and without much notice, the Air Force has reversed its policy of publishing statistics on drone strikes in Afghanistan as the debate about drone warfare hits a fever pitch in Washington. In addition, it has erased previously published drone strike statistics from its website. Since October, the Air Force had been providing monthly updates on drone strikes -- or in its words "weapons releases from remotely piloted aircraft (RPA)." But today, Air Force Times reporters Brian Everstine and Aaron Mehta discovered something was amiss: The statistics published for February "contained empty space where the box of RPA statistics had...
  • Hobby Lobby May Close

    03/06/2013 4:53:31 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 65 replies
    SFAW NEWS ^ | 3-1-13 | david green
    Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy. Our government threatens to fine a company that’s raised wages four years running. Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs. It’s not right. I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it’s the same for everybody. But that’s not true. The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won’t exempt them for reasons of religious belief. So, Hobby Lobby and my family are forced to make a...
  • Missouri Dems: Let’s Just Force Gun Owners to Surrender, Destroy Their Weapons

    02/18/2013 9:26:19 AM PST · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 2/18/13 | Leah Barkoukis
    Why wait for the supply to dry up over time when you could just force gun owners to surrender or destroy their weapons immediately? Missouri Democrats think it’s a good idea: Democrats in the state House have proposed a bill that would force gun owners to either surrender or destroy weapons including semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines and semi-automatic pistols with a fixed magazine that can shoot more than 10 rounds before being reloaded. Ammunition-feeding devices that can hold more than 10 rounds also would be banned. Owners also could send their weapons to another state instead of surrendering or...
  • Letter to the Principal (Headmaster)

    12/19/2012 2:22:06 AM PST · by Jim Noble · 12 replies
    Vanity | December 19, 2012 | Jim Noble
    Dear Principal or Headmaster, I am sure you are as grieved and upset as I am over recent events. I would like to know (I am writing to all of my children's schools): Do you have a policy regarding the use of force, including all necessary and legal force, to defend the children who attend your school in the event of danger? If so, what is it? If not, why not, and what is being done to develop such a policy? Sincerely,
  • *The REAL Miss America*

    11/16/2012 12:37:32 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 51 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 16 November 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Vanessa Dobos is a gunner on board a USAF AC-130 gunship.  The blue-eyed blonde has seen action in Iraq and Afganistan, and enjoys long walks on the beach, men who aren't afraid to cry, and puppies. Vanessa's dislikes include feed-tray stoppages, tracer flareout of her NVGs and premature fixed-wing strikes scattering her high-value targets... The 19 year old former Ohio high school cheerleader is in-fact the Air Force's first female aerial gunner ever: Raised in the small town of Valley View, Ohio, her interstest in the military was sparked by her father. Described by Dobos as 'a history buff', her dad talked...
  • The General is Right. Terrorists will Flee when Facing Overwhelming Force

    09/18/2012 6:42:16 AM PDT · by arthurus · 19 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 17 September 2012 | Thomas D. Segel
    ...they also asked a retired Army general for comment.He said all these terrorists know is to fear power and force. The best was to control them, he offered, was to tell the country in no uncertain terms that if it killed 4 of our people, we would respond by killing 400 of theirs. This brought shock and dismay from mainstream media commentators across both the electronic and print news services. But, I agree with the general. I have seen it in action. Some 43 years ago I commanded a small television and radio station in Tuy Hoa, Vietnam.