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  • U.S. Army's "Upgunned" Stryker Armored Vehicles Will Soon Be On The Front Lines

    08/18/2017 8:20:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Drive ^ | AUGUST 18, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Two new Stryker armored combat vehicle configurations are being fielded to the U.S. Army and are currently undergoing drills at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. The vehicles are the result of a two year initiative that aims to give the Stryker far more firepower and engagement range. These requirements are primarily based around the Germany-based 2nd Cavalry Regiment's need to better deter Russia in eastern Europe, and if need be, confront Russian armored fighting vehicles that are equipped with heavier weapons that the .50 caliber machine guns found on most Strykers. It is also in response to the proliferation of...
  • Army Rolls Out Upgunned Stryker: 30m Autocannon Vs. Russians

    10/28/2016 8:02:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | October 27, 2016 | Sydney A. Freedberg, Jr
    Today, after 18 months of urgent work, the Army rolled out its first upgunned Stryker vehicle, nicknamed Dragoon. The armored eight-wheel-drive troop transport, built by General Dynamics and normally armed with no more than a 0.50 calibre (12.7 millimeter) machinegun in an unprotected mount, has been rebuilt with an armored turret containing a 30 mm quickfiring cannon. That’s enough firepower, the Army computes, to dispose of other lightly armored vehicles like the Russian BMP troop carrier. If the Russians invade the Baltics, the Stryker Dragoon can’t stop their heavy tanks, but it can thin out their scout vehicles and transports,...
  • [Story from April 2015] Soldiers Being FORCED to Remove Combat Patches From Uniforms

    03/05/2016 1:22:30 PM PST · by george76 · 82 replies
    Soldiers are livid after being told to remove their combat patches in an attempt to be “welcoming” to new recruits. It’s an insane move that goes against the unofficial combat patch creed: “You earn it. You keep it. You wear it.” But that’s apparently the policy now for Fort Carson’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team. Soldiers are told to strip their uniforms bare to the bone, only showing the name, rank, American Flag, U.S. Army tape and the 4th Infantry Division insignia, the Army Times is reporting. According to officials, the move is designed to promote a “unified army culture.”...
  • Army Explores Anti-Ship Howitzers & Anti-Air Strykers

    02/14/2016 3:23:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | February 12, 2016 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    ARLINGTON: New threats from Russia and China mean the Army must take on new missions — but it’s got almost no new money so the Army is looking at ways to modify existing systems to do some radically new things. So imagine howitzers firing precision-guided cannon shells to shoot cruise missiles out of the sky or to sink ships on the South China Sea. Imagine networking existing sensors in new ways to counter Russian heavy jamming. Imagine eight-wheel-drive Stryker armored vehicles acting as mobile anti-aircraft guns. “One of the highlights that I was trying to emphasize is repurposing existing capability,”...
  • Democracy Alliance Donors Finance and Help Run Obama Advocacy Group

    06/20/2014 12:12:40 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 1 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 20 2014 | Lachlan Markay
    Members of a major left-wing dark money outfit are providing large chunks of cash for, and serving as top advisers and officers of, President Barack Obama’s personal advocacy group. Democracy Alliance donors have contributed at least $1.87 million to Organizing for Action (OFA), the 501(c)(4) organization that evolved out of Obama’s reelection campaign, according to data released by OFA. Democracy Alliance members also have official roles in running OFA. According to Democracy Alliance documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, OFA’s board of directors includes four Democracy Alliance “partners,” individuals who pay $30,000 in annual dues and contribute at least...
  • Overall, what do you think about the Army down- sizing in Hawaii: POLL

    07/11/2015 2:20:37 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 46 replies
    Honolulu Star Advertiser ^ | July 11 , 2015 | Honolulu Star Advertizer
    Overall, what do you think about the Army down- sizing in Hawaii: 1,400 fewer troops and loss of the Stryker Brigade?
  • Russia Threat Boosts Stryker Upgrade Budget To $371 Million - (Video of 30 mm cannon Stryker)

    06/12/2015 9:41:40 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 7 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | June 5, 2015 | Sydney J. Freedberg, Jr.
    Between fear of Russia, urgency from the Army, and lobbying from General Dynamics, funding to upgun the Army’s GD-built Stryker armored vehicle has grown 350 percent in three weeks. In mid-May, the House approved a $79.5 million addition to the administration’s budget request. Yesterday, the Senate, not to be outdone, voted $371 million — four and a half times more. The House Appropriations Committee has actually approved $411 million on Tuesday, but that hasn’t passed the full chamber yet. Why does Stryker have such momentum? Some of our sources cynically pointed to General Dynamics’ lobbying operation, which is one of...
  • US troops in Europe request bigger guns amid tensions with Russia over Ukraine

    04/27/2015 1:08:55 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 26, 2015 | FoxNews.com
    One of the last American combat units stationed in Europe is asking the government for bigger guns amid rising tensions over Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict. The 2nd Cavalry Regiment is requesting that 81 of its 8-wheel-drive Stryker infantry carrier vehicles be equipped with 30-mm. automatic cannons -- double the caliber of the 12.7-mm. guns they already carry, the military news website Breaking Defense reports. The House Armed Services committee is already setting aside money for the upgrade, which the Army approved Wednesday, according to a memo obtained by the website.
  • VA Secretary Eric Shinseki Resigns Amid Crisis

    05/30/2014 10:51:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/30/2014 | Ben Kesling
    Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday, after more than a month of battling criticism about access to care and tampering with official wait lists at VA health centers. At a meeting with President Barack Obama, during which Mr. Shinseki presented the VA's internal findings of improper scheduling procedures and long wait times across the VA health system, the retired general offered to resign to give a new VA leader the chance to fix the systemic problems at the department. His resignation marks his second departure from public service since his career began in the military in the...
  • Stryker platoons learning to deal with different enemy, faltering equipment

    01/25/2014 3:47:41 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | January 24, 2014 | Adam Ashton
    Lt. Tyler Tessman awoke in the desert one day this week with two problems. He had to rethink a tough training mission that stacked the odds against his Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker platoon. And he had to consider the possibility that his team might be grounded before he could even start on the battle plan. Three of the four Strykers vehicles in his platoon were immobilized — one from too many busted tires, one from a broken axle and one from an assortment of safety issues that made it undrivable.
  • $22.33 PER VOTE: Amendment 66 Backers Break the Bank ( Colorado Unions, Bloomberg & )

    12/06/2013 6:51:47 AM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | December 6, 2013
    The final numbers are in for the 2013 ballot initiatives and, surprise!, the pro-Amendment 66 campaign spent a ridiculous amount of money. But, they raised less than what they hoped as some cited $12 million as a target. They raised (and presumably spent nearly all) $11,079,408 to garner only 496,151 votes or 35% of the votes. That’s $22.33 per vote, which is more than either of the presidential candidates in the 2012 election. Not shocking, but the largest contributors to the effort were the Colorado Education Association and the National Education Association (aka the teachers unions). Each contributed two million...
  • Shadowy Dem Operative Looms Large in Recall Fundraising ( Colorado Gun Grabbers )

    08/16/2013 9:27:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    The most pivotal figure in the Colorado recall election may be an unseen Kentucky woman who’s directing the Democratic fundraising. Julie Wells, the registered agent for more than two dozen groups since 2006 raising and spending millions to benefit Democrats, is also the registered or designated filing agent for at least two committees contributing funds and airing ads on behalf of Democratic state Sens. Angela Giron and John Morse. Her latest group is We Can Do Better, Colorado, which launched a television spot Thursday accusing Republican recall candidates Bernie Herpin and George Rivera of supporting personhood, the Colorado Democratic Party’s...
  • EMAILS SHOW WHITE HOUSE DROVE FAILED GREEN-LOAN IN COLORADO

    EXCLUSIVE...CompleteColorado.com EMAILS SHOW WHITE HOUSE DROVE FAILED GREEN-LOAN IN COLORADO
  • Stimulus-Backed Solar Company Cleanup Could Cost Taxpayers Millions

    03/13/2013 10:18:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | March 12, 2013 | Sunana Batra
    Abound made national headlines last year when the solar firm collapsed after receiving a $400 million taxpayer loan guarantee. But that failure could potentially stick taxpayers with an estimated $2.2 million more in cleanup costs ... ... Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment had informally ordered Abound Solar to clean up hazardous waste at four Front Range locations, where concerns were raised about contamination. The CDPHE found 2,500 pallets of “unsellable” solar panels and over 6,000 gallons of hazardous liquids. The panels and liquids contain cadmium, considered a toxic substance by federal health agencies
  • Abound Solar ordered to clean up "hazardous waste"

    02/26/2013 7:46:23 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    AP ^ | Feb 25, 2013
    The Colorado health department is ordering bankrupt Abound Solar to clean up hazardous waste and thousands of solar panels that it says are unsellable at four Front Range facilities.
  • Medical giant Stryker cuts 1,170 jobs, citing ObamaCare

    11/16/2012 2:08:04 PM PST · by Arthurio · 21 replies
    Medical supply giant Stryker is the latest company to announce job cuts in anticipation of coming costs associated with ObamaCare, even though the man who inherited a fortune from the company's founder is a fan. The company will cut 1,170 jobs, or five percent of its worldwide workforce, despite the fact that the founder's grandson was one of the largest contributors to President Obama’s re-election campaign. Medical tech scion Jon Stryker, whose net worth is currently estimated at $1.2 billion, contributed $2 million to the Priorities USA Action super PAC and has given $66,000 in contributions to Obama and the...
  • Medical giant Stryker cuts 1,170 jobs, citing ObamaCare

    11/17/2012 6:09:16 AM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 40 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Medical supply giant Stryker is the latest company to announce job cuts in anticipation of coming costs associated with ObamaCare, even though the man who inherited a fortune from the company's founder is a fan. The company will cut 1,170 jobs, or five percent of its worldwide workforce, despite the fact that the founder's grandson was one of the largest contributors to President Obama’s re-election campaign. Medical tech scion Jon Stryker, whose net worth is currently estimated at $1.2 billion, contributed $2 million to the Priorities USA Action super PAC and has given $66,000 in contributions to Obama and the...
  • Companies plan massive layoffs as Obamacare becomes reality

    11/09/2012 8:58:44 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 70 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11/9/12 | Kerry Picket
    Freedom Works has put together a list of companies that will be laying of employees as a result of President Barack Obama's health care law: Welch Allyn Welch Allyn, a company that manufactures medical diagnostic equipment in central New York, announced in September that they would be laying off 275 employees, or roughly 10% of their workforce over the next three years. One of the major reasons discussed for the layoffs was a proactive response to the Medical Device Tax mandated by the new healthcare law. Dana Holding Corp. As recently as a week ago, a global auto parts manufacturing...
  • Stunning Letter: Infantry Colonel Communiqué to Secretary of the Army (MUST READ)

    10/10/2012 10:40:01 AM PDT · by FreedomPoster · 57 replies
    Micheal Yon ^ | 10 October 2012 | Micheal Yon
    This is the most stunning and forceful letter I have read from the Afghanistan war. It was written in 2010 from Afghanistan by Colonel Harry Tunnell, the Brigade Commander of 5/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team. After this letter, Colonel Tunnell was investigated and the normal smear campaign unfolded. Having been embedded with his Brigade in 2010, it became obvious that they were put into a no-win situation, with troops spread over several provinces in Afghanistan.
  • Another Stimulus Backed ‘Green Energy’ Company Goes Bankrupt ( Pat Stryker mentioned )

    07/02/2012 6:29:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | June 28, 2012 | Lachlan Markay
    Another stimulus-backed green energy company has filed for bankruptcy, further fueling criticism of Energy Department programs that backed highly-risky investments on the taxpayer dime. Like Solyndra and a number of other green energy investments made under this administration, Abound Solar had a very poor credit rating, but enjoyed a wealth of political connections. ... Abound had to remove an entire rooftop of defective solar panels from the headquarters of one of its top investors, Bohemian Companies, a venture capital firm owned by Pat Stryker. Stryker is particularly noteworthy, given her extensive ties to Democratic causes and politicians, including President Obama....