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  • Experts See No Logic in Air Force Mothballing New Global Hawks

    02/26/2012 11:16:43 PM PST · by U-238 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 3/1/2012 | Sandra I. Erwin and Dan Parsons
    Buried in a long list of Pentagon budget proposals for the next five years is the Air Force’s recommendation to retire a fleet of 18 brand-new Global Hawk Block 30 unmanned surveillance aircraft. Four of them haven’t even been delivered yet, and are already destined for the boneyard. Air Force leaders have defended their decision, contending that the $67 million apiece Global Hawk has become too pricey, and that the Cold War era U-2 spy aircraft can still do the job. Further, they insist that axing the Block 30 version of the Global Hawk hardly means the end of the...
  • Military preparedness does not come cheap

    02/25/2012 7:26:44 PM PST · by U-238 · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/5/2012 | Gordon England
    Here’s something for critics of the country’s defense budget to ponder: After I was confirmed as secretary of the Navy in May 2001, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld asked me and the other service secretaries to work with Congress to gain approval for a pending supplemental appropriation to the defense budget. This was not a war supplemental; it was still four months before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The Pentagon was simply running out of money. The Navy did not have enough funding to steam ships or to fly airplanes for the rest of the fiscal year. Submarines were being...
  • U.S. Bulks Up Iran Defenses

    02/24/2012 10:28:56 PM PST · by U-238 · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/22/2012 | Fox News
    The Pentagon is beefing up U.S. sea- and land-based defenses in the Persian Gulf to counter any attempt by Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz. The U.S. military has notified Congress of plans to preposition new mine-detection and clearing equipment and expand surveillance capabilities in and around the strait, according to defense officials briefed on the requests, including one submitted earlier this month. The military also wants to quickly modify weapons systems on ships so they could be used against Iranian fast-attack boats, as well as shore-launched cruise missiles, the defense officials said. The readiness push is spearheaded by...
  • Air Force F-35s, Drones May Square Off in Budget Battle

    02/23/2012 4:38:32 PM PST · by U-238 · 8 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 2/1/2012 | Dan Parsons
    Unmanned aerial vehicles have become a potent portion of the U.S. Air Force inventory and an indispensable weapon in the global war on terror. But a budget crunch and turf wars with old-guard pilots could threaten progress made during 10 years of combat, experts said. “There’s not going to be a way of putting this genie back in the bottle,” retired Navy Vice Adm. Joseph W. Dyer told National Defense. “The world has changed. That doesn’t mean advocates of today’s manned aircraft won’t try to put it back in the bottle. But it ain’t going.” The Defense Department is aiming...
  • Project Avatar: U.S. military researches ways for soldiers to control robots

    02/19/2012 11:42:57 PM PST · by U-238 · 11 replies
    UK Mail ^ | 2/17/2012 | Damien Gayle
    The U.S. military is researching ways for its troops can use their minds to remotely control androids who will take human soldiers' place on the battlefield. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), the Pentagon's hi-tech research arm, has earmarked $7million for research into the project, nicknamed Avatar. In the James Cameron movie, set far in the future, human soldiers use mind control to inhabit the bodies of human alien hybrids as they carry out a war against the inhabitants of a distant world. According to the Darpa's 2013 budget: 'The Avatar program will develop interfaces and algorithms to enable...
  • Pentagon announces Europe force cuts, relocations

    02/16/2012 1:54:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Derek Turner ^ | 2/16/16 | Chris Caroll
    WASHINGTON – A senior defense official announced a planned series of changes to U.S. force posture in Europe on Thursday that would reduce the number of U.S. troops on the continent by more than 11,000 by 2017. Families of affected troops are being notified Thursday, the officials said. INACTIVATED 170th Infantry Brigade: The unit’s 3,850 soldiers, currently redeploying to Baumholder, Germany, from Afghanistan, will begin moving with their families this summer, the Pentagon said. 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade: 3,850 soldiers, currently in Afghanistan, will redeploy this summer to Germany. Soldiers and their families will begin to move in summer 2013....
  • Pentagon, Lockheed see price of F-35 going up

    02/15/2012 1:10:09 AM PST · by U-238 · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/14/2012 | Walter Gibbs and Andrea Shalal-Esa
    Delays in U.S. and international orders for Lockheed Martin Corp's new F-35 fighter jet will increase its total cost, Lockheed and U.S. officials said on Tuesday, as Italy announced a cut in spending on the warplane. On Monday, the Pentagon confirmed plans to put off orders for 179 F-35s over the next five years to save $15.1 billion and allow more time for testing, a third restructuring in recent years. U.S. officials insist they have not changed their plans to develop and buy 2,443 jets at a cost of $382 billion over the next few decades. Continued schedule delays and...
  • F-22 Fighter Crash Questions Linger: Pentagon Reviews Air Force Report

    02/10/2012 12:46:55 AM PST · by U-238 · 7 replies
    ABC ^ | 2/10/2012 | Lee Ferran
    The Department of Defense is reviewing the Air Force's investigation into a deadly F-22 jet crash that claimed the life of fighter pilot Capt. Jeff Haney -- a crash that the Air Force blamed on Haney, despite a malfunction that caused his oxygen system to shut off mid-flight. Launched by the Pentagon's Inspector General, the assessment aims to make sure the Air Force adhered to proper procedures during their investigation of the 2010 crash in the Alaskan wilderness and "will also verify that [the Air Force's] conclusions are supported by evidence of record consistent with standards of proof," according to...
  • At the Pentagon and in Israel, plans show the difficulties of an Iran strike

    02/09/2012 7:37:13 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 8, 2012 | Walter Pincus
    If you are not prepared to go to war, you cannot threaten that “nothing is off the table” as you search for diplomatic solutions. Thus there are completed plans, updated daily, at Israeli military headquarters in Tel Aviv and at the Pentagon for carrying out attacks on Iranian facilities in a last-ditch effort to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Israel has a plan to go it alone. So does the United States. And there may even be a plan for the two countries to collaborate. On Dec. 20, the Joint Chiefs chairman, Gen. Martin Dempsey, told CNN: “We...
  • Missing Iraq $100 million: Pentagon Unable to Account for Missing Iraqi Millions

    01/30/2012 2:40:50 PM PST · by opentalk · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 30, 2012 | Eamon Javers
    The Pentagon doesn’t know what happened to more than $100 million in cash held at Saddam Hussein’s palace in Baghdad during the Iraq war, according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.What’s more, the Pentagon can’t find documents to explain what it spent as much as $1.7 billion on from funds held on behalf of the Iraqi government by the New York Federal Reserve, the report says. The missing records raise new questions about how the US government handled billions of dollars in Iraqi funds during the war. The new report, the latest in a...
  • Pentagon Unveils New Plan for Conventional Submarine-Based Ballistic Missiles

    01/30/2012 8:38:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    National Journal ^ | : January 27, 2012 | Elaine M. Grossman
    Pentagon Unveils New Plan for Conventional Submarine-Based Ballistic Missiles The U.S. Defense Department plans to develop a new conventional ballistic missile for fielding on attack submarines, according to major budget decisions announced on Thursday at the Pentagon (see GSN, Dec. 23, 2011). “The Navy will invest in a design that will allow new Virginia-class submarines to be modified to carry more cruise missiles and develop an undersea conventional prompt strike option,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said at a press conference. Obama administration national security leaders -- like their Bush administration predecessors -- have touted the idea of developing conventional military...
  • Pentagon budget: top 3 winners and losers

    01/28/2012 7:41:57 AM PST · by SteelToe · 13 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 27, 2012 | Anna Mulrine
    Pentagon budget: top 3 winners and losers As the Pentagon rolled out its budget preview Thursday, it stressed the tough work involved in cutting $487 billion over the next decade. But in Pentagon parlance, the word “cut” is a relative term. While the Defense Department’s base budget initially decreases from $553 billion this year to $525 billion in fiscal year 2013, it is still more than its $480 billion base budget in 2008, when US troops were in the midst of two wars. The budget will then rebound steadily to $567 billion in fiscal year 2017. With this in mind,...
  • German Angst as U.S. troops bid "Auf Wiedersehen"

    01/27/2012 10:31:14 AM PST · by nuconvert · 37 replies
    -excerpt- "We Germans fought for the Russians to go, now we are fighting for the Americans to stay," jokes Brunner, chairman of the German-American contact club in Grafenwoehr, whose lifeblood is its U.S. military base. -excerpt- News that the 172nd infantry brigade, with its 3,500 soldiers and 8,000 family members, is being pulled from Grafenwoehr to return to the United States has hit this town hard. After 67 years of living together, locals in Bavaria say the Americans are not just their employers and customers, but also close friends. -excerpt- Under the new strategy, two combat brigades, one in Grafenwoehr,...
  • With a Leaner Military, a Long List of Potential Threats

    01/27/2012 9:32:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    America's Election Headquarters ^ | January 26, 2012 | Justin Fishel
    Following his long-awaited announcement detailing a proposal for massive defense spending cuts and an overall reduction in military personnel, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta revealed his list of the risks and the most pressing threats to America's security. "This is going to be tough," Panetta told reporters Thursday. "Obviously it will be a smaller force, and when you have a smaller force there are risks associated with that in terms of our capability to respond." So in the near future where will the world’s strongest military need to respond? Panetta says there's a long list of potential problems. Among his top...
  • Drive-by jihadi pleads guilty to shooting at Pentagon (remember that domestic terrorist?)

    01/26/2012 7:51:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 1/26/12 | Warren Richey
    Drive-by jihadi pleads guilty to shooting at PentagonBy Warren Richey, Staff writer / January 26, 2012 An Alexandria, Va., man admitted in federal court Thursday that he fired live rounds into the Pentagon and three other government buildings and planned to desecrate graves at Arlington National Cemetery in support of Islamic militants overseas. Yonathan Melaku pleaded guilty to damaging government property, discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, and attempting to damage a veterans’ memorial. Under the terms of a plea agreement, prosecutors will request a 25-year prison sentence. In addition, Mr. Melaku faces up to $750,000 in fines...
  • Noon speech may impact Fort Huachuca [More BRACs]

    01/26/2012 1:12:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — At noon, Arizona time, the Secretary of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chefs of Staff, the top uniform officer in America’s armed forces will be holding a press conference to discuss proposals to reduce the military budget. Part of the proposals include the potential of having two Base Realignment and Closure rounds, one starting in 2013 and the other in 2015 Pentagon sources said. The Defense Department has to reduce its budget, as part of the overall reduction of federal spending to lower the nation’s growing deficit, which currently exceeds $15 trillion. There have been...
  • Pentagon to take F-35B off "probation": sources

    01/19/2012 9:31:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 19, 2012 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    Pentagon to take F-35B off "probation": sources WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected on Friday to remove the threat of termination that has been looming over the Marine Corps version of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet, according to multiple sources. Panetta will announce on Friday that he is taking the B-model of the stealthy F-35 fighter off "probation" a year ahead of schedule, given the plane's progress on resolving technical issues, the sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly, told Reuters. The announcement will come during Panetta's visit on Friday to Naval Air Station...
  • Pentagon-backed 'time cloak' stops the clock (briefly makes an event undetectable)

    01/04/2012 1:36:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/4/12 | AFP
    Pentagon-supported physicists on Wednesday said they had devised a "time cloak" that briefly makes an event undetectable. The laboratory device manipulates the flow of light in such a way that for the merest fraction of a second an event cannot be seen, according to a paper published in the science journal Nature. It adds to experimental work in creating next-generation camouflage -- a so-called invisibility cloak in which specific colours cannot be perceived by the human eye. "Our results represent a significant step towards obtaining a complete spatio-temporal cloaking device," says the study, headed by Moti Fridman of Cornell University...
  • Pentagon trimming ranks of generals, admirals

    12/28/2011 7:35:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/28/11 | Greg Whitlock
    With the Iraq war over and troops in Afghanistan on their way home, the U.S. military is getting down to brass tacks: culling generals and admirals from its top-heavy ranks. Pentagon officials said they have eliminated 27 jobs for generals and admirals since March, the first time the Defense Department has imposed such a reduction since the aftermath of the Cold War, when the collapse of the Soviet Union prompted the military to downsize. The cuts are part of a broader plan to shrink the upper ranks by 10 percent over five years, restoring them
  • Real cost of gas at Afghan bases

    12/06/2011 8:00:47 PM PST · by MadJack · 4 replies
    cbs news ^ | 6 December 2011
    Keeping American vehicles rolling in Afghanistan while avoiding the perils of hauling in fuel via ground transportation is costing the military big time. Frosty relations between the U.S. and Pakistan - which led to Pakistan closing its border to Afghanistan-bound truck traffic- haven't helped, either. The Pentagon is increasingly relying on parachute drops of fuel and other supplies to bases in remote parts of Afghanistan, and as Nathan Hodge of the Wall Street Journal reports, the military estimates such deliveries are spiking the ultimate price of a gallon of fuel to as much as $400 per gallon.