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  • New Boat Offers Military Smoother Ride, Versatility

    02/01/2006 3:31:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 803+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 31, 2006 | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2006 – Speed and flexibility make a new military high-speed vessel especially valuable for shallow-water operations, a Defense Department official said. The experimental "Stiletto" is a shallow-water transport boat. More than 80 feet in length, the carbon-composite hull can move at more than 50 knots on the cushion of air its "M-hull" creates. Photo by Samantha L. Quigley  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The "Stiletto," a shallow-water craft made of a tough, lightweight carbon composite material, offers a safer, more comfortable ride and is easily reconfigured to accommodate technological advances and the military's needs, said...
  • Stryker brigade may get first Romania rotation

    01/30/2006 10:54:05 AM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 27 replies · 827+ views
    Stars and Stripes, European edition ^ | January 28, 2006 | Charlie Coon
    Editor’s note: A clarification to this story has been issued since its original publication. HEIDELBERG, Germany — The first U.S. forces to rotate into the future training facility in Romania will likely be from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment (Stryker), probably some time in the summer of 2007. The Stryker brigade is expected to relocate this year from Fort Lewis, Wash., to Grafenwöhr. One of its battalions plus a few other units are expected to go to Romania for the initial rotation, according to Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling, the U.S. Army Europe deputy chief of staff for operations. In the summer...
  • Is the US Army prepared to fight another Iraq-style war?

    01/27/2006 4:35:12 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 43 replies · 805+ views
    CS Monitor ^ | 1-27-06 | Mark Sappenfield
    WASHINGTON – When two major studies released this week questioned whether the US Army is being stretched too thin, they raised a much- repeated concern: that America does not have enough troops to win the war in Iraq. At a deeper level, though, they raise the question of whether today's military is prepared for the threats that could lie ahead in the war on terror. The Pentagon's answer is a categorical "yes," insisting that the military is well suited for whatever the future holds. But with the department's four-year plan for spending and strategy to be presented to Congress next...
  • Bush Stresses Gains Made in Military Transformation

    01/26/2006 5:19:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 200+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 26, 2006 | Jim Garamone
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2006 – The military is transforming to ensure the right number and balance of forces are in place to fight the battles of the 21st century, President Bush said in a White House news conference today. He refuted charges that actions in Iraq and Afghanistan and other commitments around the globe have overstretched the military. "After five years of war, ... there is a need to make sure that our troops are balanced properly, that ... threats are met with capability," he said. "And that's why we're transforming our military." He said he looks at troop morale,...
  • Army Cuts Modernization for Modularity

    12/22/2005 3:59:47 AM PST · by SLB · 7 replies · 813+ views
    Inside Defense ^ | December 14, 2005 | Jen DiMascio
    The Pentagon last week was poised to approve Army plans to move billions of dollars within its spending plans, including small cuts to hundreds of modernization efforts while boosting its modularity initiative. In a draft program budget decision obtained by Inside the Army, the Pentagon describes a set of “program change proposals” nominated by the Army to modify its spending plans over the next five years. The PBD, No. 701, includes more than 20 pages of line items, each outlining a cut or a boost to a specific program. Most of the cuts impact procurement and research and development plans,...
  • Rumsfeld mulls cut in military personnel

    12/14/2005 12:37:27 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 35 replies · 1,014+ views
    AP ^ | Dec 14 2005 | Lolita C. Baldor,
    WASHINGTON --Hampered by an increasingly combative relationship with Congress, the Pentagon is expected to seek savings from its payroll rather than making deep cuts in major weapons programs in its next long-range plan. The blueprint for military restructuring that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is to release early next year -- an exercise the Pentagon undertakes every four years -- is the first one fully conceived since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The review is expected to confirm Rumsfeld's views that the military must be lighter, more agile and better equipped to fight terrorism and confront weapons of...
  • Losing the Battleships

    12/05/2005 12:55:30 AM PST · by txradioguy · 294 replies · 4,860+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Dec 5, 2005 | Robert Novak
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. Marines, while fighting valiantly in Iraq, are on the verge of serious defeat on Capitol Hill. A Senate-House conference on the Armed Services authorization bill convening this week is considering turning the Navy's last two battleships, the Iowa and Wisconsin, into museums. Marine officers fear that deprives them of vital fire support in an uncertain future. Gen. Michael W. Hagee, the current commandant of the Marine Corps, testified on April 1, 2003, that loss of naval surface fire support from battleships would place his troops "at considerable risk." On July 29 this year, Hagee asserted: "Our aviation...
  • The Remote Control Bradley

    10/15/2005 2:40:16 PM PDT · by strategofr · 17 replies · 579+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | October 13, 2005
    One of the radical new weapons the U.S. Army expects to have in the next decade is the ARV (Armed Robotic Vehicle). This will be a 10-ton tracked or wheeled armored vehicle, for use either in combat or reconnaissance missions. Like much of the new military technology that has appeared of late, this one will show up gradually, piece by piece, feature by feature. To that end, BAE systems has developed, with their own money, the Armed Robotic Demonstrator (ARD), this is a system that provides a remote control system for an armored vehicle. In this case, an M-2 Bradley...
  • A Rabbi's Journey From Pain of Holocaust to Reaching Out to Other Faiths

    10/08/2005 6:06:32 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 26 replies · 482+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 8, 2005 | PETER STEINFELS
    For Jews, this is a period of personal introspection more than theological probing. But can the two really be separated? An extraordinary chronicle of such personal questioning and theological struggle appeared last year from one of American Judaism's leading thinkers, Rabbi Irving Greenberg. A leader in numerous Jewish organizations, Rabbi Greenberg enjoyed a traditional Orthodox upbringing capped with secular studies. Then came 1961, the year he spent in Israel as a Fulbright lecturer in American history. "All my religious positions blew up in the course of an explosive confrontation with the Holocaust," Rabbi Greenberg wrote recently. Dim memories of his...
  • Aviation Transformation includes new aircraft, upgrades

    08/29/2005 6:12:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 375+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Aug 29, 2005 | Carrie David
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 29, 2005) -- Many changes are in store for Army aviation, beginning with a contract for 368 new Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters. “ARH is the next significant step in modernizing and transforming Army Aviation,” said Col. Mark Hayes, TRADOC system manager for reconnaissance and attack, located at Fort Rucker, Ala. The $2.2 billion contract with Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. -- awarded July 29 with a signing ceremony Aug. 29 -- calls for delivery of 38 of the new aircraft by fiscal year 2008, with the remainder delivered by fiscal year 2013. “The ARH will have a...
  • Modern War Toys Play Defense (The U.S. Army has big plans to modernize its fleet, but...)

    08/07/2005 1:53:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies · 946+ views
    Red Herring ^ | Sunday, August 07, 2005
    The U.S. Army has big plans to modernize its fleet, but faces some heavy fighting ahead.In March 2002, 1,700 U.S. troops brought the full power of American military technology to bear on 100 square kilometers of rough mountainside in Afghanistan. Unmanned aerial drones, sensor-laden ground robots, and satellites scoured the Shar-I-Kot valley for an estimated 1,000 al Qaeda and Taliban fighters hiding in crags and caves. But the electronic eyes did not see all. While the United States claimed victory in the battle 18 days after it started, nine U.S. soldiers were killed and scores—possibly hundreds—of enemy fighters escaped. The...
  • Modularity: Transforming to Accomplish the Mission (US Army)

    07/27/2005 5:36:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 341+ views
    US Army Web ^ | July 27, 2005 | unattributed
    The Army is undergoing its largest restructuring since World War II. This restructuring will transition the Army to a modular force capable of providing increased combat power by the Army's active duty forces by 30 percent and make available the Army's overall pool of warfighting forces by 60 percent. The total number of brigades will increase from 33 to 43. The goal for this larger pool of available forces is to enable the Army to generate forces in a rotational manner. At the current operational tempo, this modular force structure will allow Active Component Soldiers to spend at least two...
  • Myers Promises Transformation Aid to Slovak Military

    07/19/2005 6:10:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 254+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | July 19, 2005 | Jim Garamone
    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, July 19, 2005 – The United States will help the Slovakian military as it transitions to an all-volunteer force, Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers said here today. Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also thanked Slovakia for military help in Iraq and Afghanistan. Myers met with Slovakian President Ivan Gasparovic, State Secretary Marvin Fedor, Member of Parliament Robert Kalinak and Army Lt. Gen. Lubomir Bulik, the chief of the Slovakian military, during meetings here. Slovakia has a 100-soldier unit serving with the Multinational Division Central South, based in Hillah, Iraq. The Slovak's are engineers,...
  • Soldier aids Army to develop weapon stations

    07/16/2005 12:24:11 PM PDT · by TADSLOS · 54 replies · 1,001+ views
    Army News Service ^ | July 15, 2005 | Mike Cast
    ABERDEEN, Md. (Army News Service July 15, 2005) – More than 24 Common Remotely Operated Weapon Stations have been installed on vehicles in Iraq and an additional five will be fielded in the next few weeks. The CROWS allow Soldiers in Iraq to engage the enemy from a light tactical vehicle without exposing the gunner at a distance. “We’ll have a total of 245 systems in the hands of Soldiers by early spring,” said Lt. Col. Kevin. P. Stoddard, Product Manager for Crew Served Weapons at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J. Stoddard explained that an urgent material requirement provides a way to...
  • Army UAV Center of Excellence to be at Rucker

    07/16/2005 12:16:40 PM PDT · by TADSLOS · 35 replies · 1,647+ views
    Army News Service ^ | July 15, 2005 | Carrie David
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, July 15, 2005) – The U.S. Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker, Ala., has been designated as the new Army Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Center of Excellence. A Joint UAV Center of Excellence was also announced July 8 by the Defense Department and it will be established at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. “We realized that we needed an integrating hub for all these installations that have a UAV component,” said Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, director of the Army Aviation Task Force located at the Pentagon. Currently, 12 Army installations have a UAV mission. A total of...
  • America Considers Dropping Its Two-War Doctrine

    07/05/2005 7:26:26 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies · 886+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-6-2005 | Alec Russell
    America considers dropping its two-war doctrine By Alec Russell in Washington (Filed: 06/07/2005) The Pentagon, stretched by the war in Iraq, is considering dropping a linchpin of American military strategy, the doctrine that requires it to be prepared to fight two major wars at the same time. Since the end of the Cold War the need to be able to fight two "near-simultaneous" wars in different theatres has dominated military thinking, with Iraq and North Korea seen as the most likely battlefields. US carrier George Washington was central to the two-war doctrine, but may now face the axe Now, with...
  • S. Korea: A Look at the Next U.S. Ambassador to Korea ("1989" coming to E. Asia?)

    06/27/2005 5:28:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 351+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 06/27/05
    A Look at the Next U.S. Ambassador to Korea Alexander Vershbow, who has been tentatively named the next U.S. ambassador to Korea, is a man confirmed by himself and others as a Russia expert. Vershbow was U.S. ambassador to NATO, and after the Cold War specialized in European security and weapons of mass destruction. That is why his selection as ambassador to Korea is being read as en expression of heightened interest on the part of his government in the North Korean nuclear dispute and Northeast Asian security. But Russia experts have traditionally inherited high-ranking positions in the State Department....
  • What If? - (ugly, terrifying realities for America, if global jihad wins!- a U.S.A. taliban)

    06/24/2005 2:00:57 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 14 replies · 805+ views
    GULF 1.COM ^ | JUNE 24, 2005 | DR. MY SYDNEY WALLACE
    John Kerry's decisive Viet Nam experiences were just adequate to fool enough unconnected voters and put him over the top. The Socialist Party managed to embezzle the Electoral College and he was appointed President of the United States. The United States then embarked on a Viet Nam like "get out of Iraq at any cost" policy. Ted Kennedy agreed to take over the Department of Defense in order to solve its massive problems of mismanagement. His first order of business was to get the United States troops out of every country in the world. He was not going to have...
  • The U.S. 2nd Infantry Division: New Name, New Game(weird acronyms)

    06/19/2005 5:47:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies · 1,085+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 06/17/05
    The U.S. 2nd Infantry Division: New Name, New Game The U.S. 2nd Infantry Division has completed its transformation into a letters jumble that in effect means greater flexibility and fire power. Military authorities now wish the division to be known as a Unit of Employment X (or UEx for short) under a wide-ranging reorganization the U.S. military is carrying out. In a veritable festival of acronyms and monikers, the U.S. military newspaper Stars and Stripes reported Friday the Second Infantry Division had formed an artillery brigade, a so-called Fires Brigade, centered on two Multiple Launch Rocket System or MLRS battalions...
  • Shocked and Awed. Defense Transformation in Iraq and Afghanistan

    05/27/2005 6:35:42 AM PDT · by Valin · 16 replies · 864+ views
    ©2005 American Enterprise Institute ^ | 5/10/05 | Thomas Donnelly
    One hundred days into the second term of President George W. Bush, a clear national security agenda and policy team have emerged. While there has been some change--most notably, the elevation of Condoleezza Rice to secretary of state and primary policy pilot--there is also a great deal of continuity, particularly in the Pentagon, where Donald Rumsfeld still rules supreme. In addition to fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the defense secretary is leading the charge on a third front--the internal fight to transform the U.S. military. Yet two recent books by experienced war correspondents tell important stories that call parts...