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  • Thanks, guys !

    03/29/2015 6:14:21 PM PDT · by knarf · 28 replies
    youtube ^ | March 29, 2015 | knarf
    Just ...
  • World War II Bomber Drops Human Munitions Over Chicago

    03/28/2015 6:58:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    The Flying Fortress was made famous in its role in the Daylight Strategic Bombing Campaign of WWII and the post-war movies, like Memphis Belle, that made it an icon. Now this B-17 is no longer avoiding anti-aircraft fire or enemy fighters but has exchanged its explosive warheads in order to drop people from the bomb bay. The four-engine taildragger was built in 1945, too late to see combat, and now flies as part the World War II aircraft collection with the Collings Foundation. This particular B-17 has served many roles over the years including Air and Sea Rescue, a water...
  • Why Yemen has come undone.

    03/28/2015 2:48:05 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/26/2015 | Jack A. Goldstone
    ... From the center of the article ... "Yemen does have value as a lesson -- this is what happens when you ignore the basic foundations of social stability. These include legitimate leadership with stable succession plans; a united elite; institutions to bridge regional and ethnic divisions and assure fairness in political and economic access and a functioning economy with capabilities for providing employment and growth."
  • War veteran Sarbi dies a hero dog

    03/28/2015 11:12:59 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    War veteran Sarbi dies a hero dog: Army explosive detection warrior gets highest canine military honour DECORATED canine war hero Sarbi died yesterday after a short battle with brain cancer. The army explosive detection dog was awarded the highest military honour for canine warriors, the War Dog Operational Medal, as well as the prestigious Purple Cross by the RSPCA for her war-time services. The 12-year-old newfoundland-labrador retriever cross suffered several seizures in recent weeks and scans detected a tumour in her brain. Sarbi had spent the past five years as a pet of her army handler Warrant Officer David Simpson...
  • Jade Helm

    03/28/2015 9:10:54 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 61 replies
    March 28, 2015 | HarleyLady27
    What do we know about Jade Helm?
  • Bowe Bergdahl charged with desertion, Could face life in prison but unlikely

    03/28/2015 2:47:29 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 23 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/28/15 | Jim Emerson
    The Army has charged Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and has referred to an Article 32 military preliminary hearing which is the military version of a grand jury. Their job is to determine whether the charges against Bergdahl are sufficient for a court-martial trial or whether they should be dropped altogether. The court proceedings will be held at joint base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The charges filed against Bergdahl under The Uniform Code of Military Justice are articles 85 and 99. Article 85 – Desertion. Definition: Any member of the armed forces who, without authority, goes or remains absent from...
  • Here’s what Bowe Bergdahl was taught as he converted to Islam during his “absence”

    03/27/2015 7:50:32 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/27/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    During his indoctrination into the “Religion of Peace” Bowe Bergdahl, who has now been charged with desertion, was taught about the Islamic way of life. Here is what Islam says about various topics. TORTURE Qur’an 5-33 says, “The punishment for those who wage war against Allah and His Prophet and make mischief in the land, is to murder them, crucify them, or cut off a hand and foot on opposite sides…their doom is dreadful. They will not escape the fire, suffering constantly.” TERRORISM Qur’an:8:12 “Your Lord inspired the angels with the message: ‘I will terrorize the unbelievers. Therefore smite them...
  • Did (Western) Allied troops rape 285,000 German women? [tr ed]

    03/26/2015 8:34:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 84 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 26, 2015 | Guy Walters
    There was no doubt that Private Blake W. Mariano of the 191st Tank Battalion was a brave man. As part of the American Army's 45th Infantry Division, he had killed many Germans as he fought through Africa, Italy and southern France, before finally, in March 1945, he and his Sherman tank had crossed the Rhine into Germany. By April 15, 1945, Mariano had been away from his home in New Mexico for nearly three years. A father of three, the 29-year-old was divorced, although he did have a girlfriend in England.
  • The US Navy's 'ghost hunter' hits the water: Robo-boats set to track down silent enemy sub [tr]

    03/26/2015 6:48:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 26, 2015 | Mark Prigg
    The US Navy is set to unleash an army of 'ghost drones' to scour the coasts for enemy submarines. They hope to end the growing threat of quiet, diesel powered enemy submarines enters American waters undetected. The robot boats will go to sea for us to three months at a time.
  • Everyone is furious about this photo of kids climbing on a Vietnam memorial

    03/25/2015 4:59:48 PM PDT · by Ronald_Magnus · 89 replies
    The Daily Dot ^ | 5 hrs ago | Dylan Love
    A photographer named Matthew Munson took several photos during a recent visit to Washington, D.C., and one in particular is stirring up conversation about American history, parenting, and respect. Munson shared his photos to Facebook, and there's some standard DC fare—that obelisk called the Washington Monument, some military memorials. But one of Munson's memorial photos speaks volumes without making a sound. It's an image of the Vietnam Women's Memorial, which serves to honor the women who served during the U.S. war with Vietnam, from 1955 to 1975. Atop this statue is a young girl using it like playground equipment. On...
  • So, ISIS Militants Tried Using Artillery on U.S. Forces...

    03/25/2015 11:41:34 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 14 replies
    I J review ^ | 3/18/15 | Kyle Becker
    An ISIS fighter filmed his fellow terrorist pals trying to use artillery against its enemies, which were being covered with U.S. air support. What happens next, well… is just plain predictable. Video at link
  • Can you read me? Boy Scouts send a message with a new merit badge.

    03/24/2015 3:42:16 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 35 replies
    WaPo ^ | March 23, 2015 | John Kelly
    Eventually, everything comes back. Young men are wearing beards again, just as they did in Victorian times. Vinyl albums — thought to have been killed by CDs and MP3s — are so trendy that record-pressing plants are working round-the-clock to satisfy hungry hipsters. Coffee used to be bad for you. Now it’s touted for its miracle properties. I wouldn’t be surprised if doctors start promoting cigarettes for “lung health.” John Kelly writes "John Kelly's Washington," a daily look at Washington's less-famous side. Born in Washington, John started at The Post in 1989 as deputy editor in the Weekend section. The...
  • #FindKatrinaGirl Is Air Force Vet's Attempt to Reconnect With Girl Rescued in Hurricane Katrina

    03/24/2015 10:26:25 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 11 replies
    ABC GMA via Yahoo News ^ | 3/24/15 | AVIANNE TAN
    An Air Force veteran is asking the Internet's help to reconnect him with a girl he rescued 10 years ago during Hurricane Katrina. The hashtag #FindKatrinaGirl has now taken off on social media. A 2005 photograph of the two shows the girl in pigtails and a pink shirt squeezing Michael Maroney, now a master sergeant at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. The iconic New Orleans image has served as a symbol of hope after the devastation. "When she wrapped me up with that hug, I just melted, and the weight of the world was lifted off my...
  • All-New Russian Tank Caught on Dash Camera.

    03/24/2015 7:31:35 AM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 7 replies
    Video at link. Said to be a new Armata T-14 , unrelated to T-72(90) and other previous designs. Rumored to have radar to engage both aerial and ground targets, active countermeasured to intercept incoming rounds, and there is unmanned turret for enhanced protection.
  • Best helicopter door gunner of all time goes to heaven

    03/23/2015 6:42:41 PM PDT · by llevrok · 22 replies
    3/23/2015 | My Brother in Law
    The “Best helicopter door gunner of all time” died and went to heaven. St. Peter greeted him there and said “Welcome to heaven! Your terminal assignment orders indicate you were the best door gunner in human history and did wonderful things for your fellow crew members, your unit, and your country your entire life. For that reason I am authorized to let you choose in which part of heaven you would like to spend eternity.” “Well”, the gunner said, “I’d love to bunk somewhere where I will never see another helicopter pilot – they are loud, contemptible, and generally a...
  • Ice Warriors: Wounded Warriors

    03/22/2015 5:30:55 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    pbs.org ^ | 11-10-14 | pbs
    Hear the veterans and active duty serviceman of the US Paralympic sled hockey team describe what it means to them to be part of Team USA. ICE WARRIORS premieres November 10 at 10/9C (check local listings).
  • “Angle of Attack” is a short film looking at a day of carrier landing qualifications...

    03/22/2015 9:29:47 AM PDT · by Doogle · 23 replies
    biggeekdaddy.com ^ | unknown | biggeekdaddy
    Naval and Marine Corps Aviators are without a doubt some of the most skilled pilots in the world and if you don’t believe me then just ask one. Pretty cool vid..makes ya proud
  • Angle of Attack

    03/21/2015 9:28:49 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 9 replies
    biggeekdad.com ^ | biggeekdad.com
    “Angle of Attack” is a short film looking at a day of carrier landing qualifications by Navy and Marine Corps pilots going through flight school. Naval and Marine Corps Aviators are without a doubt some of the most skilled pilots in the world and if you don’t believe me then just ask one. If you enjoyed this video you might also like to see a F-18 pilot demonstrating some Low Level Flying skills on VR-1251 over Northern California before crossing into Oregon towards the end of the video.
  • U.S. veterans return to Iwo Jima for 70th anniversary

    03/21/2015 12:54:38 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Today | Eric Talmadge
    IOTO, Japan — Dozens of aging U.S. veterans, many in their early 90s and some in wheelchairs, gathered on the tiny, barren island of Iwo Jima on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the bloodiest and most iconic battles of World War II. More than 30 veterans flown in from the U.S. island territory of Guam toured the black sand beaches where they invaded the deeply dug-in forces of the island’s Japanese defenders in early 1945. They were bused to the top of Mount Suribachi, an active volcano, where an Associated Press photo of the raising of...
  • The Disappointment That Is the F-35: Why this military program will die of embarassment

    03/21/2015 10:41:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/21/2015 | David Archibald
    First of all, be aware that strange things happen in the U.S. military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned us about. Take the example of the M1 Abrams tank. The U.S. Army has an inventory of 6,300-odd of these tanks, including 4,000 in storage in desert. It doesn’t need any more, but Congress keeps voting to keep the production line going, churning out unwanted tanks. Ironically, that means that funds aren’t available to upgrade the gas turbine engines of its existing tanks to make them more efficient. The M1 Abrams gets half the fuel mileage of the German Leopard II tank...
  • Now the U.S. Air Force Wants to Replace A-10s With F-16s

    03/20/2015 7:12:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 108 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...
  • Iran-Backed Terror Group Parades New Anti-Aircraft Missiles in Iraq

    03/19/2015 11:40:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 1 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 19, 2015 | Adam Rawnsley
    An Iranian-backed proxy group in Iraq released a video on Sunday showing its fighters in possession QW-1M man-portable air-defense missiles, marking the introduction of one of the more sophisticated anti-aircraft weapons seen in more than a decade of conflict in Iraq. The video, released by the Shiite terrorist group Kata’ib Hezbollah, shows fighters parading with the missile. In one scene, the camera zooms in on the launch tube to reveal its QW-1M markings. China’s Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation manufactures the QW-1M, and the missile launcher first appeared in 2002 at the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition. But responsibility...
  • Trailer: Colonies Into a Nation: TURN: Washington’s Spies: Season 2 Premiere

    03/18/2015 4:47:07 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    AMC ^ | 3-18-15
    Don't miss the Season 2 premiere of TURN: Washington's Spies, returning Mon., April 13th. Only on AMC. Go behind the scenes for a look at what's in store in Season 2 of TURN: Washington's Spies. he cast looks back on their characters' journeys through Season 1 of TURN: Washington's Spies.
  • USS Midway fulfills dying vet's wish

    03/17/2015 9:18:14 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 18 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | March 17, 2015 | By Jeanette Steele
    When 85-year-old Bob Mountz arrived at the USS Midway Museum on Tuesday, his heart, he said, fluttered up toward his throat. The former Navy hospital corpsman served aboard the Midway for two years in the mid-1950s, toward the end of the Korean War. He hadn’t seen the aircraft carrier since. So it was, you might say, the wish of a lifetime to see the old ship again. Mountz, from Fort Wayne, Ind., is dying of lung cancer. His daughter nominated him to be sponsored by a charity that grants the final wishes of older people. The Denver-based group Wish of...
  • U.S. Air Force veteran, arrested 'for trying to join ISIS after watching propaganda videos

    03/17/2015 12:00:06 PM PDT · by envisio · 42 replies
    DM ^ | 17 March 2015 | By LYDIA WARREN
    A U.S. Air Force veteran has been charged with trying to join ISIS after watching their online propaganda videos, the Department of Justice announced today. Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, 47, was indicted by a grand jury in Brooklyn on Monday for allegedly attempting to provide material support to the group and attempting to obstruct justice. Pugh is an American citizen who previously served as an avionics instrument system specialist in the Air Force. His most recent address according to property records was in Bridgeton, New Jersey. Authorities say he tried to join ISIS earlier this year, weeks after being fired...
  • Could the South Have Won the War?

    03/17/2015 8:14:26 AM PDT · by iowamark · 313 replies
    NY Times Disunion ^ | March 16, 2015 | Terry L. Jones
    By March 1865, it was obvious to all but the most die-hard Confederates that the South was going to lose the war. Whether that loss was inevitable is an unanswerable question, but considering various “what if” scenarios has long been a popular exercise among historians, novelists and Civil War buffs... Perhaps the most common scenario centers on the actions of Gen. Robert E. Lee... What many fail to recognize is that Northerners were just as committed to winning as the Southerners. Some saw it as a war to free the slaves, while others fought to ensure that their republican form...
  • The U.S. Army Built a Handheld, Automatic Grenade Launcher

    03/17/2015 7:09:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 16, 2015 | Joseph Trevithick
    Running around the battlefield with a rapid-firing, grenade-lobbing machine gun sounds like something Arnold Schwarzenegger would do in a movie. But in the 1960s, the U.S. Army experimented with one such weapon. After introducing the crude but functional M-79 in the late 1950s, the ground combat branch saw fully automatic, 40-millimeter grenade launchers as the next logical step.
  • Iranian Weapons Pour Into Embattled Tikrit

    03/16/2015 8:06:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 14, 2015 | Adam Rawnsley
    Iraqi and Shia militia forces have been taking back ground from Islamic State, pushing the jihadist fighters out of much of the town of Tikrit. But in a sign of Tehran’s growing military presence in the Iraq, Iranian weapons were a nearly ubiquitous sight in images and videos coming out of the offensive to take the mostly Sunni city. Ever since Islamic State shocked the region with its capture of Mosul last summer, Iran has opened up its arsenals and flooded clients, proxies and friends in Iraq with arms and vehicles.
  • Syrian Rebels Shift to Tunnel Warfare

    03/16/2015 8:04:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 1 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 15, 2015 | Elliott Carter
    On March 4 at 5:31 p.m., computer screens at the European Mediterranean Seismological Center lit up. A a 2.3-magnitude tremor had just rattled Aleppo in eastern Syria. But it wasn’t an earthquake. Rebel tunnelers had planted a huge stash of explosives under the Syrian Air Force Intelligence Directorate headquarters. The underground attack represented a powerful blow against the Syrian regime. The explosion was a current adaptation of a medieval siege tactic. Pre-modern soldiers would dig a tunnel deep under an enemy castle’s walls, collapse the tunnel and bring down the castle along with it. Syria’s rebels do the same, but...
  • Iran’s Latest Tactic Against Islamic State — Send in the Battle Buggies

    03/16/2015 8:02:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 15, 2015 | Kevin Knodell
    The Iraqi push into Tikrit features loads of Iranian weapons. And the pint-size Safir jeep is one of the most distinctive of them all. Dozens of the rocket launcher-equipped, Iranian-made buggies are in Iraq, helping out Iraqi troops and allied Shia militias. The buggies reflect Iran’s preference for swarm tactics, which emphasize deploying large numbers of simple, cheap vehicles in order to outmaneuver and overwhelm the enemy.
  • Il Silenzio

    03/15/2015 5:11:44 PM PDT · by Vanders9 · 30 replies
    About six miles from Maastricht, in the Netherlands, lie buried 8,301 American soldiers who died in "Operation Market Garden" in the battles to liberate Holland in the fall/winter of 1944. Every one of the men buried in the cemetery, as well as those in the Canadian and British military cemeteries, has been adopted by a Dutch family who mind the grave, decorate it, and keep alive the memory of the soldier they have adopted. It is even the custom to keep a portrait of "their" soldier in a place of honour in their home. Annually, on "Liberation Day," memorial services...
  • An Honest Question, regarding my ongoing debate with a Family Member. (vanity)

    03/15/2015 11:04:54 AM PDT · by Zeneta · 103 replies
    Vanity | 3/15/2015 | Me
    At the end of the day, the debate comes down to "how committed" are those that claim to stand for Liberty and our Constitution.
  • Clearing Colombia of landmines

    03/15/2015 3:03:44 AM PDT · by moose07 · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 14 March 2015 | Natalio Cosoy
    A historic deal offers hope that the country's landmines could be cleared More than 11,000 people have been killed or maimed by landmines in Colombia over the past 25 years. Only Afghanistan has higher numbers of landmine victims, Colombian government figures suggest. Many of the mines have been planted by Colombia's largest guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), during the 50-year armed conflict with the government. As part of peace negotiations currently under way in Cuba, the Farc recently agreed to work with the Colombian security forces to clear the mines. Risky task The guerrilla group...
  • Bristol Palin Engaged to Medal of Honor Recipient, Dakota Meyer: Read Sarah Palin's Statement!

    03/14/2015 5:27:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Us Weekly ^ | March 14, 2015 | Stephanie Webber
    Sarah Palin's getting a new son-in-law! Bristol Palin is engaged to her boyfriend, Sgt. Dakota Meyer. The bride-to-be announced the happy news via Instagram on Saturday, Mar. 14. "Truly the luckiest girl in the world, cannot wait to marry this man!!!!" Palin, 24, captioned an Instagram pic of the couple kissing. In a second photo, she gave a closer look at her gorgeous cushion-cut diamond engagement ring....
  • X-47B UCAS Stealth and F/A-18 Super Hornet "Operations" "USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)" HD

    03/14/2015 2:23:16 PM PDT · by BBell · 4 replies
    liveleak.com ^ | 3/14/15
    X-47B UCAS Stealth and F/A-18 Super Hornet "Operations" "USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)" HD
  • "Beware the Ides of March"

    03/14/2015 11:49:29 AM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 24 replies
    The Life and Death of Julius Caesar ... Soothsayer: Ceasar! CAESAR: Ha! who calls? CASCA: Bid every noise be still: peace yet again! CAESAR: Who is it in the press that calls on me? I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music,Cry 'Caesar!' Speak; Caesar is turn'd to hear. Soothsayer: Beware the ides of March. CAESAR: What man is that? BRUTUS: A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March. CAESAR: Set him before me; let me see his face. CASSIUS: Fellow, come from the throng; look upon Caesar. CAESAR: What say'st thou to me now? speak once again....
  • In WWI, Alvin York Captured 132 German Soldiers Pretty Much Single Handed

    03/13/2015 2:02:20 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 54 replies
    Vacca Foeda Media ^ | Jan. 24, 1010 | Daven Hiskey
    In WWI Alvin York almost single handedly captured 132 German soldiers using nothing but a rifle and a pistol, while the German soldiers having among them 32 machine guns along with rifles and pistols and the advantage of being above him in the biggest of the forays.  And did I mention York was out in the open during the largest gun fight?  Ya, when the Germans attacked they pretty much mowed down almost the entire unit that York was with, including York’s commanding officer, which put him in charge.  The other soldiers left from the original group of 17, were...
  • The M-9 Bazooka Blew Things Up Real Good

    03/13/2015 8:57:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 49 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 12, 2015 | Paul Richard Huard
    In 1945, Wilbur “Bill” Brunger was an engineer with the U.S. Army, and it was his job to break things. Namely, three underpasses on the Autobahn near Dortmund, Germany. He had to break the underpasses, so the rubble would block the road from any attacking enemy vehicles. But as Brunger and a squad of soldiers attempted to take control of the underpasses, they spotted German armored half-tracks coming their way. Fortunately, he had the right tool for the job at hand—an M-9 Recoilless Rocket Launcher—better known as a “bazooka.” Brunger fired a round at one of the half-tracks.
  • The Karambit Knife - Techniques

    03/13/2015 6:46:43 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 18 replies
    wshootingjournal ^ | 3/13/2015
    The karambit is a small Southeast Asian hand-held, curved knife resembling a claw. The origin is believed to have originated among the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra where, according to folklore, it was inspired by the claws of big cats. As with most weapons of the region, it was originally an agricultural implement designed to rake roots, gather threshing and plant rice. Watch Filipino Martial Arts instructor Doug Marcaida a military contractor in edge impact weapons systems demonstrate some techniques using the karambit here.
  • Dropping the bomb

    03/12/2015 7:17:13 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 137 replies
    http://triablogue.blogspot.com/ ^ | Thursday, March 12, 2015 | Steve Hays
    I'm going to comment on the ethics of nuking Japan. This is one of those perennial issues that America-bashers constantly raise. There are two extremes we need to avoid: "my country right or wrong," and "blame America first." For me the war has a personal dimension. My late father was a WWII vet who served in the Pacific theater. He was radio operator in the Air Force. His squadron conducted reconnaissance over Japan. He had some interesting stories to tell: i) He trained on B-17s in Alaska, then flew on B-29s in Florida. ii) Our pilots discovered the jet stream....
  • Springfield, IL., Just Gave The Key To The City To Cobra Commander

    03/12/2015 2:50:45 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 18 replies
    io9 ^ | 03/12/2015 | Rob Bricken
    No. Really. In a decision that can't possibly have any negative repercussions for the city's helpless residents, Springfield, Illinois mayor J. Michael Houston has given the key to the city to noted terrorist leader and snake enthusiast Cobra Commander. Ostensibly this was done as a promotion for the upcoming JoeCon, the G.I. Joe collector's convention which will be held in Springfield April 9th through 12th, but I think we all know Cobra Commander is plotting something. Joe fans likely remember that Springfield housed a secret Cobra base in the original cartoon, seen in the memorable and quite scarring two-part first...
  • What Can the Middle Ages Teach Us About US Naval Strategy?

    03/12/2015 11:35:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | March 12, 2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    “To wage war, you need first of all money; second, you need money, and third, you also need money,” goes the famous saying of Raimondo Graf Montecúccoli, an Italian who served in the armies of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nations. Consequently, with the debate on the U.S. Navy’s budget for the next fiscal year raging on (see here and here), it is perhaps time to assess not how much money is spent on the American navy, but whether it is spent wisely. The discussion surrounding China’s anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) capabilities and the costs that these capabilities impose on...
  • How to Disarm a Pistol to Your Face

    03/12/2015 11:28:23 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 28 replies
    wshootingjournal ^ | 3/12/2015
    Shawn Davenport from Funker Tactical demonstrates how to disarm a pistol pointing to your face. Basic principles are get off line of sight, control the muzzel of the pistol and execute the disarm. View the pistol disarm here.
  • Iran’s Drones Loom Over the World’s Oil Tankers

    03/12/2015 7:34:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 2 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 11, 2015 | Adam Rawnsley
    Though Iran’s Great Prophet-9 military exercise ended last month, you can count on Tehran’s military to wring every last drop of bellicosity from the event—such as showing off an apparently armed drone taking a bead on a ship crossing the Strait of Hormuz. Iran conducted the exercise during the last week of February, and centered it around the theatrical, Michael Bay-esque destruction of a stationary wooden aircraft carrier prop floating off Iran’s Larak Island.
  • Letter from McCain

    03/12/2015 7:30:18 AM PDT · by Don Corleone · 2 replies
    Senator McCain | 3/12/15 | Sen. McCain
    Thank you for contacting me to relay your concerns regarding Iran and our efforts for a comprehensive nuclear agreement. I appreciate learning your thoughts on this important issue. For many years, Congress has recognized the threat of the Iranian nuclear program and has taken the lead on initiating sanctions. Over time, the economic sanctions imposed on Iran have increased their willingness to negotiate. On November 23, 2013, the Iranian government agreed to halt further expansion of their nuclear program in exchange for temporary sanctions relief and entered into extensive negotiations about a nuclear deal that would outline the final arrangements...
  • Iran Just Unveiled Its New Long-Range Cruise Missile

    03/11/2015 12:25:31 PM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 10, 2014 | Jassem Al Salami
    On March 8, the Iranian defense ministry revealed a new strategic cruise missile—the Soumar. New for Iran, that is. Named after a city destroyed during the Iran-Iraq War, the Soumar is a reverse-engineered copy of the Soviet-made Kh-55 cruise missile. But it’s one of the longest-range weapons Iran has—and comes with a fairly sophisticated guidance system. Iranian state television recently aired footage from its unveiling ceremony, which depicted a mobile launcher capable of carrying five Soumar missiles.
  • Nigel Farage Rages At Juncker's "European Army" Proposal

    03/11/2015 11:36:08 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 03/11/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Earlier today, the leader of Britain’s UKIP, eloquent wordsmith and member of the EU Parliament, Nigel Farage, unleashed one of his most memorable and finest diatribes in recent years. "We ourselves in the European Union provoked the conflict through our territorial expansionism in the Ukraine. We poked the Russian bear with a stick, and unsurprisingly, Putin reacted. But this now is to be used as an opportunity to build a European army... And Mr. Juncker said, we must convey to Russia that we are serious. Who do you think you are kidding, Mr. Juncker?" Farage at his best...
  • The fastest plane in the world

    03/10/2015 4:49:57 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | Tue March 10, 2015 | Thom Patterson,
    In 1976 they smashed the world aviation speed record by blasting across the Western United States in America's super spy plane, the Lockheed SR-71.
  • US military hopes to learn from victim of chimp attack

    03/10/2015 2:28:51 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    Journal Gazette ^ | 3-10-2015 | SUSAN HAIGH, AP
    <p>BOSTON – Charla Nash never served in the military. She was horribly disfigured, not in combat, but in a 2009 attack by a rampaging chimpanzee. The Pentagon, though, is watching her recovery closely.</p> <p>The U.S. military paid for Nash's full face transplant in 2011 and is underwriting her follow-up treatment at a combined cost estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, in the hope that some of the things it learns can help young, seriously disfigured soldiers returning from war.</p>
  • The Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Was Germany’s ‘Over-Engineered’ Tank

    03/09/2015 12:38:33 PM PDT · by C19fan · 163 replies
    Boldride ^ | March 8, 2015 | Bill Wilson
    The Germans are a polarizing people, and so are their products. Sort of like when journalists review a BMW — people either love ‘em or hate ‘em. This is because Germany’s engineering prowess is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it enables Volkswagen, BMW, Porsche, etc., to lead the pack when it comes to performance. On the other hand, the Germans are notorious for letting their reach exceed their grasp. They rush new and innovative products to market without giving them a proper shake-down first. Not only does this odd duality explain Germany’s mixed record in building fine automobiles, it...