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  • UN panel releases draft treaty banning possession and use of nuclear weapons

    05/22/2017 10:23:30 PM PDT · by blueplum · 16 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 22 May 2017 19:42 EDT | Ben Doherty
    A United Nations-backed panel has publicly released a draft treaty banning the possession and use of all nuclear weapons. The draft treaty is the culmination of a sustained campaign, supported by more than 130 non-nuclear states frustrated with the sclerotic pace of disarmament, to prohibit nuclear weapons and persuade nuclear-armed states to disarm. Nine countries are known or believed to possess nuclear weapons: the US, UK, Russia, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel. None has supported the draft plan. The draft treaty obliges state parties to “never under any circumstances … develop, produce, manufacture, otherwise acquire, possess or...
  • The Pentagon Beefs Up the 8th Air Force

    10/07/2015 9:09:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | October 7, 2015 | Austin Bay
    The Pentagon insists it isn't reviving the Strategic Air Command. The Cold War is over -- supposedly. SAC and its workhorse B-52 became uncomfortable symbols of that long, weary struggle waged on the edge of thermonuclear destruction. However, the U.S. Air Force's decision to consolidate control of its strategic bomber fleet into a single headquarters certainly has SAC-like Cold War mission echoes. This also applies to the behavior of Vladimir Putin and his imperialist Kremlin. Thermonuclear threats continue. Despite President Barack Obama's assurances, Iran will acquire nuclear weapons. If Iran goes nuclear, Saudi Arabia and Turkey may, as well. It's...
  • The B-52 bomber turns 60

    04/26/2015 1:13:04 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 64 replies
    CNET ^ | April 25 , 2015 | CNET
    It was at the vanguard of aviation technology in the 1950s, and it's still going strong today: meet the B-52 Stratofortress.The B-52 heavy bomber continues to show that old doesn't have to mean outdated, even in an era of rapid technological change. Just the opposite: through good maintenance and occasional updates, vintage tech can hold its own against flashier but more expensive, and more finicky, next-generation (and next-next-next-generation, even) designs. The very first flight of a Boeing B-52 took place 60 years ago this weekend.
  • Modernized Blackjack takes off after avionic upgrade

    Tu-160 has a lift-generating airframe, which is mostly made of aluminum alloys. Titanium alloys make up to 20% of the airframe mass. The bomber’s airframe has a distinctive appearance, with the wing and fuselage gradually integrated into a single-piece configuration. The variable geometry wings (the sweep angle can be varied from 20 to 65) allow the aircraft to use complex flight profiles from low subsonic speeds to mach 2. Photo: UAC/Tupolev design Bureau The first Tupolev Tu-160M Blackjack has completed its maiden flight after an avionic modernization that revamped the bombers’ radar and avionic systems in the past two years....
  • American Islamist Groups Shape Arab Revolutions

    07/31/2012 8:55:16 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 12 replies ^ | 31JUL12 | David J. Rusin
    Illustrating that the jihadist enterprise transcends all borders, American Islamist groups typically preoccupied with remaking the U.S. have been leaving their fingerprints on the campaign to exchange secular authoritarianism for religious authoritarianism in the Middle East. As these organizations labor stateside to nudge the governing class to embrace Arab Islamists at the expense of liberals — prompting Egyptian intellectual Essam Abdallah to lament that "the most dramatic oppression of the region's civil societies and the Arab Spring … is led by the powerful Islamist lobbies in Washington" — several of the groups' past and current officials have emerged as key...
  • The 'Angry Arab' Goes Mad

    12/08/2011 1:04:30 PM PST · by SmithL · 19 replies
    Campus Watch ^ | 12/8/11 | Cinnamon Stillwell and Rima Greene
    As'ad AbuKahlil—a political science professor at California State University, Stanislaus—spoke last month at a day-long "teach-in" at the University of California, Berkeley titled, "Building Solidarity with the Arab Spring." It consisted of a number of "workshop sessions" at the Valley Life Sciences Building, followed by a "plenary session" at the Multicultural Center, and was co-sponsored by the Arab Resource Organizing Committee, the Berkeley Muslim Students Association PAC, the International Socialist Organization, and the Syrian American Council. AbuKhalil's workshop on "The U.S. and the Arab Uprising" was held in a tiny, hot, windowless room filled with students wearing hijabs and keffiyehs....
  • Century Series Wannabe(F-107A)

    07/03/2010 12:41:16 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    Air and Space Magazine ^ | 7/01/2010 | Stephan Wilkinson
    Depending on who’s talking, the North American F-107A was either the best fighter the Air Force didn’t have the sense to buy, or a politically flawed loser from the outset. The F-107A will be remembered forever, if it is remembered at all, for being configured as no jet had been before or since: the sharp-edged maw of its air intake, feeding a prototype Pratt & Whitney YJ-75 engine, was just above and behind the cockpit, giving the otherwise sleek fighter the look of a fourth grader with an oversize backpack. In an era of dart-like Mirages and Delta Daggers, the...
  • Donley: Air Force Not Ready To Develop 'Minuteman IV' Follow-On ICBM

    06/25/2010 2:42:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies
    Inside Defense ^ | 6/23/2010 | Carlo Muńoz
    Despite an ongoing Defense Department review of potential follow-on options for the Air Force's premiere intercontinental ballistic missile program, development of a new ICBM system will not be one of those options, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said today. While the final results and subsequent recommendations from the Minuteman III ICBM review are not due for months, the service is not ready to dedicate funding or other resources toward the development of a new nuclear missile, Donley said during a breakfast in Washington. “We have already taken steps to get [the Minuteman III] to 2020; now we are focused on...
  • Strike Command Steps Up

    06/20/2010 9:28:26 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 6/1/2010 | Adam J. Hebert
    For nearly 50 years, Strategic Air Command maintained an unsparing, no-nonsense operational culture. After the Air Force disestablished the legendary SAC at the end of the Cold War, however, USAF’s nuclear element slowly drifted away from that exacting standard. It was a mistake, as everyone now will readily, almost compulsively, concede. That certainly goes for Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz, the officer chosen to head USAF’s new Global Strike Command. “If there is one unchanging, immutable truth” about the nuclear arsenal, said Klotz, “it is that it demands constant and undivided attention.” That didn’t carry on in the post-SAC years,...
  • Another SAC Sack

    11/04/2009 4:52:44 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 838+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/4/2009 | The Strategy Page
    For the second time in less than a year, the U.S. Air Force has relieved the commander of a combat wing. This time it was the 5th Bomb Wing, a B-52 outfit. Previously, the commander of one of the three Minuteman ICBM wings was relieved. The three missile wings control 450 American Minuteman III ICBMs. In this case, two other senior officers were also relieved (one of them the guy in charge of the Wing Maintenance Squadron.) In both cases, the reason was "loss of confidence in his ability to command". That's milspeak for "too many little things have gone...
  • US Air Force sets up new command for nuclear forces

    08/09/2009 11:43:25 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies · 1,401+ views
    Space War ^ | 08/09/2009 | AFp
    The US Air Force on Friday launches a new Global Strike Command responsible for nuclear forces after two major mishaps raised doubts about the supervision of the country's atomic weapons. The opening of the command marks a shake-up that followed the botched handling of nuclear weapons and the subsequent sacking of the air force's top civilian and military leaders last year. The command, located at Barksdale Air Force base in the southern state of Louisiana, will combine nuclear-capable B-52 and B-2 bombers as well as the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) force -- which had previously been under the Air Force...
  • America Has a Naive President

    04/07/2009 4:47:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies · 1,663+ views ^ | April 7, 2009 | Dennis Prager
    The basic bargain is sound: countries with nuclear weapons will move toward disarmament, countries without nuclear weapons will not acquire them.” -- President Barack Obama, Prague, April 6, 2009 As far as nuclear weapons are concerned, the President of the United States wants America to disarm: “Countries with nuclear weapons will move toward disarmament.” It is hard to imagine a more destructive goal. A nuclear disarmed America would lead to massive and widespread killing, more genocide, and very possibly the nuclear holocaust worldwide nuclear disarmament is meant to prevent. There is nothing moral, let alone realistic, about this goal. Here...
  • Close call at SAC base (["There's nothing wrong with your TV sets"-:)]

    04/02/2009 1:03:45 PM PDT · by VinL · 19 replies · 1,337+ views
    Herald Tribune ^ | 4-2-09 | Billy Cox
    Had the United States lost operational control of its nuclear missiles under another scenario — sabotage, computer failure, even bad weather or tectonic irritability — there would’ve been hearings, review boards, press, and maybe even the clatter of rolling heads. But right — it’s only UFOs. Which means author Robert Hastings doesn’t have much competition in pursuit of this monster story. This week, on the Internet radio operation Paracast, two more Air Force veterans once assigned to America’s ICBM silos joined Hastings to discuss how UFOs probed and disabled our weapons of mass destruction during the Cold War. Bruce Fenstermacher,...
  • 'Smart Money' Stays on the Sides (Hedge-fund chiefs move to cash in spite of markets great day)

    10/14/2008 7:17:13 AM PDT · by prolifefirst · 13 replies · 641+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | OCTOBER 14, 2008 | SUSAN PULLIAM
    Some hedge-fund titans have yanked most of their money out of the stock market, a bearish sign amid Monday's euphoria and an indication of how the hedge-fund business is changing amid chaos. In recent days, Steven Cohen, the hedge-fund manager who runs the $14 billion SAC Capital Advisors, moved about half his funds, or about $7 billion, into money-market and other short-term securities, eliminating much of his fund's exposure to the stock market, says a person close to the fund. Mr. Cohen plans on sitting on the sidelines for the rest of the year -- trading a small portfolio himself...
  • The Air Force Purge

    06/06/2008 12:30:46 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies · 84+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | June 6, 2008 12:32 PM | John Noonan
    A word on today's purging of USAF leadership. Official line is that Air Force brass let the nuclear mission slip in the years since the Berlin wall fell. That's true, for a variety of reasons. Standing down Strategic Air Command, the post-Vietnam leadership handoff from nuclear bomber pilots to fighter pilots, the odd square peg that is the kinetic-effects-based Air Force in the round hole of the low-intensity war on terrorism, and the end of the Cold War... all contributed to an overall deemphasis on strategic operations. Still, this is a really old school way of doing business. Back during...
  • Whacko Protest planned outside Offutt AFB, NE

    02/06/2008 6:20:45 PM PST · by The Black Knight · 65 replies · 1,783+ views
    GN’s 2008 Space Conference April 11-13, 2008 Omaha, Nebraska See: Agenda Conference Brochure (735KB PDF file) | Conference Flyer (465 PDF file) In 2008, the Global Network will hold its 16th Annual Space Organizing Conference and Protest outside this Strategic Command. Hundreds of people from around the world will come to Omaha from April 11 – 13, 2008 to learn first-hand about this military installation that operates in America’s heartland. For the first time, world citizens will gather to shine a light on what StratCom has become. Located in the heart of the nation, just south of Omaha, Nebraska, the...
  • Chaplain Wants Christ Out of Air Force Academy

    05/12/2005 12:41:32 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 389 replies · 6,875+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/12/05 | Carl Limbacher
    Here’s a story that will throw you for a loop: a "chaplain” at the U.S. Air Force Academy is complaining that the school’s administration has a "systemic and pervasive” problem of promoting religious religious values with a Christian bent. The chaplain, Capt. Melinda Morton, a "Lutheran minister” spoke out publicly on Tuesday as an Air Force task force arrived at the academy to investigate charges that officers and staff members pushed their religious beliefs on cadets. And she claimed that a tolerance program developed at the academy, called Respecting the Spiritual Values of all People (R.S.V.P.), was watered down after...
  • Prescott Bush and the Nazi (I need help refuting this)

    11/09/2004 8:50:11 AM PST · by Warrior Nurse · 92 replies · 4,031+ views
    The Dallas Libertarian ^ | Richard N. Draheim, Jr
    THE BUSH NAZI CONNECTION Richard Draheim is a policy analyst and speaker. He appears on the Dallas political affairs TV magazine America Outside the Beltway as a panelist and is a featured columnist for The Dallas Libertarian Post.
  • The Eleven Days of Christmas: Vindication! For Soldier Of Fortune, and Capt. Dana Drenkowski

    12/15/2002 7:49:18 PM PST · by new cruelty · 8 replies · 452+ views
    Soldier of Fortune ^ | December 2002 | SOF Staff
    For a quarter-century, this magazine has stood by one of its authors, a fine former officer from the United States Air Force. Dana Drenkowski was a participant in one of the most controversial air operations during the Vietnam War. Now, thanks to a new book just published, both Drenkowski and SOF are not only vindicated after these years, but it is now shown that SAC general officers lied to cover up tactical problems that were costing American pilot’s lives, destroyed a fine young officer’s military career, and then later destroyed his civilian writing career, by personally discrediting him. That book...