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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...
  • Noise Complaint (BRAC)

    05/19/2005 6:24:57 AM PDT · by Valin · 15 replies · 566+ views
    The American Enterprise Online ^ | 5/19/05 | Alan W. Dowd
    After a ten-year hiatus, the Base Realignment and Closure process is back. Pentagon leaders say they are using this round of realignment to spur transformation, promote joint activity among the branches, enhance surge capacity, trim costs, shed obsolete facilities and (it appears) offload some lingering headaches: As Government Executive magazine reported when the BRAC-2005 criteria were released back in late 2003, “The efficiency and operational necessity of military bases won't be the only factors under consideration as the Pentagon weighs closure and consolidation decisions. Another factor will be what happens outside the walls of bases.” In other words, the Pentagon...
  • The Military We Need

    05/17/2005 7:13:18 PM PDT · by mike6181 · 2 replies · 371+ views
    The Military We Need The Defense Requirements of the Bush Doctrine By Thomas Donnelly Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2005 One of the largest chunks—if not the single largest—of these additional defense costs is devoted to paying the salaries and benefits of Army National Guard personnel and reservists called to active duty... The most likely explanation is narrowly political: under government budget rules, supplemental appropriations do not count when calculating the federal deficit. With annual deficits at about $500 billion, the cry for governmental fiscal discipline has returned and with it an expectation that the Pentagon should contribute its “fair share”...
  • Reserves must become central to planning defense

    05/16/2005 4:27:32 AM PDT · by mike6181 · 6 replies · 307+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | April 18, 2005 | James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.
    The Army Reserves and the Abrams Doctrine: Unfulfilled Promise, Uncertain Futureby James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Heritage Lecture #869April 18, 2005 (EXCERPTED)Sustaining a doctrine of doubtful worth and little promise for the future should not be high on the list of the Pentagon's priorities. Junking the policies justified by the Total Force Concept and the Abrams Doctrine may be a prerequisite for rethinking how the Reserves are organized, employed, and resourced. The idea that force structure should serve as some kind of presidential tripwire for the use of power should be abandoned, in part because of its dubious utility but primarily...
  • Pentagon to suggest forces share facilities at some bases

    05/12/2005 10:29:03 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 37 replies · 993+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | 12 May 05 | By Bill Gertz
    The Pentagon will recommend joining elements of different branches of the armed services on some military bases when it announces proposed base closings in upcoming days, defense officials say. As part of its "joint" forces concept, the Pentagon thinks that having the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines share facilities will reduce costs and improve "combat effectiveness." Michael Wynne, undersecretary of defense for acquisition in charge of the base closure plan, said the proposed changes were guided by military "interrelationships, jointness and transformation." ....(excerpt)...... Pentagon spokesman Larry DiRita said that the goal of the base restructuring is to cut from...
  • Rumsfeld Seeks Leaner Army and Full Term as Defense Secretary

    05/10/2005 10:15:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 709+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 11, 2005 | THOM SHANKER and ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON, May 10 - Ask Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to define his legacy, and he cuts the question short: "Don't. Hold off on it. There will be plenty of time." With a full list of policy initiatives ahead and travel plans penciled in through the Beijing Olympics of 2008, Mr. Rumsfeld gives every indication of serving out the rest of the Bush administration, confounding those who predicted his departure even after President Bush refused, twice, to accept his resignation over the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. "I don't think of myself as a short-timer," said Mr. Rumsfeld, who turns 73...
  • GROUND-WAR DOMINANCE - (Maj. Gen. Bob Scales calls for faster modernizing of current weaponry)

    05/10/2005 6:52:16 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 23 replies · 976+ views
    WASHINGTON TIMES.COM ^ | MAY 10, 2005 | MAJOR GENERAL ROBERT H. SCALES (Ret)
    In World War II and Korea, American fighter pilots compiled impressive "kill ratios" against the Germans and Japanese (8 to 1) and the Chinese and North Koreans (10 to 1). These successes came to an embarrassing halt over the skies of Vietnam in 1967. The North Vietnamese pilots found that they could defeat the larger, more complex and cumbersome American fighter aircraft by shooting them down with unsophisticated heat-seeking missiles and cannon fire. When kill ratios diminished to near parity, the American air services resolved to spare no expense to regain absolute dominance in the air. For the next 40...
  • The Struggle to Transform the Military

    04/14/2005 7:09:18 AM PDT · by billorites · 9 replies · 504+ views
    Foreign Affairs ^ | April 14, 2005 | Max Boot
    REVOLUTION, INTERRUPTEDDonald Rumsfeld's tenure as secretary of defense will continue to be marked by his attempt to transform the military into a lighter, nimbler force better able to take advantage of new technology and respond to new threats. Despite (or perhaps because of) the rancor he has generated within the Pentagon, Rumsfeld has managed to shake up a hidebound institution that, if left to its own devices, would probably prefer to endlessly refight the 1991 Gulf War.The continued fighting in Iraq, however, shows the limits of what he has accomplished. The U.S. military is superb at defeating conventional forces--as its...
  • US army to reduce ground forces in Europe to 24,000

    04/12/2005 1:09:26 PM PDT · by TexKat · 61 replies · 1,979+ views
    AFP ^ | 4/12/05
    HEIDELBERG, Germany (AFP) - The United States is going to reduce the number of American ground soldiers stationed in Europe to 24,000 from the current 64,000 troops within the next five to 10 years, a US army spokeswoman said. The proposed troop reduction would result in only four of the 13 main operating bases remaining. The four bases would be; Wiesbaden in central Germany, which would become the European headquarters for US ground forces, and Kaiserslautern in western Germany, Grafenwoehr in southern Germany and Vicenza in northern Italy, according to the spokeswoman, Elke Herberger. The number of US army barracks...
  • Not Problem-Divorced: Army (and language) take another hit

    04/07/2005 11:22:17 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 37 replies · 3,463+ views
    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ^ | April 7, 2005 | Editorial
    The U.S. Army’s new high-speed, low-drag combat vehicle — called, dum-da-dum-dum! the Stryker! — is carrying troops all over Iraq. These government-issue vehicles are dodging improvised bombs. They’re taking the battle to the enemy. As a general named Patton once said, they’re making the other poor bastard die for his country. (Or at least making him die for that really, really rich guy shivering in a cave somewhere on the Pakistan/Afghanistan border.) The only problem is the Stryker! — dum-da-dum-dum! — doesn’t work. Not very well, anyway. More than 300 of the lightweight vehicles are seeing duty in Iraq. At...
  • Military Modernization

    03/30/2005 5:38:58 PM PST · by FierceKulak · 101 replies · 1,079+ views
    3/30/2005 | FierceKulak
    Freepers: I am interested in your thoughts concerning modernizing the US military. What directions do you think we should take? Some ideas I of mine are as follows: Naval modernization Some of the duties performed by carriers could be taken over by missile ships and UAV carriers. UAVs such as the XF-35 could be programmed similiarly to cruise missiles and drop bombs. They would be cheaper in some cases than cruise missiles and sent into more dangerous situations than manned aircraft. Since UAVs would be smaller than manned aircraft and could be built sturdier than manned aircraft they should be...
  • Looking Like Jesus

    03/29/2005 9:29:34 PM PST · by Choose Ye This Day · 6 replies · 385+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | August 20, 1990 | Dallas Willard
    Some time ago I came to realize that I did not love the people next door. They were, by any standards, dangerous and unpleasant people—ex-bikers who made their living selling drugs. They had never tried to harm my family, but the constant traffic of people buying drugs, a number of whom sat in the yard while shooting up, began to wear down my patience. As I brooded over them one day, indulging my irritation, the Lord helped me see that I really had no love for them at all, that after "suffering" from them for several years I would secretly...
  • Last of Northeast’s active military airfields fights to survive (NAS Brunswick Likely to Close)

    03/28/2005 2:32:25 PM PST · by pabianice · 55 replies · 1,877+ views
    AP | 3/28/05
    BRUNSWICK, Maine — The last active duty military air base in New England faces an uncertain future as the Pentagon prepares to announce the closure of nearly a quarter of the roughly 420 domestic military bases. As with countless other military installations, the Pentagon has reviewed Brunswick Naval Air Station in preparing a list of bases to close under Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s long-term transformation of the military. Such impending closures have prompted heated lobbying from supporters, including former airfield commanders, who argue Brunswick plays an important role in homeland defense, in addition to remaining the lifeblood for neighboring communities....
  • Leninism Lives at Lehigh University - (Zot-able communist sophomore on campus)

    03/28/2005 9:17:23 AM PST · by CHARLITE · 94 replies · 1,753+ views
    FRONT PAGE MAGAZINE,COM ^ | MARCH 28, 2005 | Oliver Lewis
    This is a celebration of my right to free speech, press and petition the government. As a whole, the citizens of the United States consider their country to be a democracy. Roger Baldwin, who founded the American Civil Liberties Union in 1920, said, “So long as we have enough people in this country to fight for their rights, we’ll be called a democracy.” And now, citizens, we must fight for a more egalitarian society in the United States. With such an egalitarian society there are no social classes. There is no private property or state. Communism would permit the complete...
  • Army's new vision

    03/24/2005 5:02:47 PM PST · by Wiseghy · 11 replies · 578+ views
    Army News Service ^ | March 24, 2005 | Cain S. Claxton
    SMA shares vision of Army with Soldiers at Drum By Sgt. Cain S. Claxton March 24, 2005 FORT DRUM, N.Y. (Army News Service, March 24, 2005) -- The sergeant major of the Army visited Fort Drum March 22 to explain Army changes, specifically how those changes affect the enlisted ranks. Talking to Soldiers of all ranks and job skills, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston outlined the Army’s transformation into consolidated brigade combat teams/units of action and its effect on Soldiers. The BCT/UA transformation will make the Army more adaptable to changing battlefields, Preston said, but will also...
  • A changed military emerges from Iraq war

    03/21/2005 3:27:09 PM PST · by Crackingham · 12 replies · 737+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Mar. 21, 2005 | Peter Grier
    Hard service in Iraq is wearing out some of the US military's core weapons. Tanks, armored vehicles, and aircraft are being run at rates two to six times greater than in peacetime, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told Congress earlier this month. The bad news here is they may need to be replaced. But there's good news too, according to Secretary Rumsfeld: It's possible they can be replaced with something better. The need to refurbish equipment "is providing an opportunity to adjust the capabilities of the force earlier than otherwise might have been the case," Rumsfeld told the House Armed...
  • Army, Marines Need Priority in Rumsfeld's New Defense Review

    03/20/2005 4:18:53 AM PST · by billorites · 19 replies · 531+ views
    Roll Call ^ | March 19, 2005 | Morton Kondracke
    Robert Scales admits he's biased. He's a ground soldier. He won a Silver Star as a 24-year-old artillery captain at "Hamburger Hill" in Vietnam. He commanded ground troops, and the Army War College, before retiring as a major general. He's a ground-combat theoretician with a Ph.D. in history and five books to his credit, including a well-reviewed new one, "The Iraq War: A Military History." He wrote his doctoral dissertation on the 19th century British Army because he believed, in 1976, that America's future wars would be close-combat encounters like Vietnam, not all-forces strategic conflicts like World War II or...
  • The Offer That Changes Everything

    02/21/2005 9:28:10 PM PST · by Choose Ye This Day · 6 replies · 686+ views
    Menlo Park Presbyterian ^ | February 6, 2005 | John Ortberg
    I actually want to bring you greetings today from the rest of the team from our church. A lot of you know some of our leaders and a few staff folk have been in Ethiopia this week. And I was with them earlier on, and so they asked me to bring you greetings from them. I am going to say a little bit more about what is going on in Ethiopia later on in this message. And for them, and just personally, I want to say thank you so much. So many people have been praying. We felt that and...
  • ARMORED WARFARE: The Demise of Armored Cavalry

    02/21/2005 5:03:07 PM PST · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 44 replies · 1,748+ views
    StrategyPage,com ^ | February 18, 2005
    The U.S. Army has only one armored cavalry regiment left, and it is scheduled to be converted to one of the new UA (units of action) brigades next year. That event has triggered a debate in the army over whether the traditional concept of, “fighting for information” is still valid. This approach involves using small units of tanks and other armored vehicles to fight your way into enemy territory, grab prisoners, documents or whatever, and bring it back. Along with your observations, photographs or whatever, you get a good sense of what the enemy is up to. The technique was...
  • Saving the U.S. Air Force

    02/11/2005 4:07:50 AM PST · by Truth29 · 239 replies · 4,321+ views
    New York Post ^ | Feb. 11, 2005 | Ralph Peters
    SAVING THE U.S. AIR FORCE By RALPH PETERS February 11, 2005 -- We need to save the United States Air Force — from itself. This critical component of our national security has become corrupt, wasteful and increasingly irrelevant. The problem doesn't lie with the front-line pilots or ground crews. The cancer is at the top, in the Department of the Air Force and on the Air Force Staff. Consider just a few recent problems: Former Air Force Secretary James G. Roche, who resigned last month to evade a corruption investigation, has just been cited for ethics violations in dealing with...
  • The Pentagon's New Map [frontpage.com interviews Thomas P. M. Barnett]

    01/26/2005 10:16:19 AM PST · by Tolik · 16 replies · 2,048+ views
    frontpage.com ^ | January 26, 2005 | Jamie Glazov interviews Thomas P. M. Barnett
    In a Frontpage Exclusive, Dr. Thomas Barnett discusses why globalization is America's greatest gift to history.Frontpage Interview's guest today is Dr. Thomas Barnett, senior strategic researcher and professor at the U.S. Naval War College. He served as assistant for strategic futures in the Defense Department's Office of Force Transformation (Oct. 2001-June 2003). He is the author of the new book The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century. FP: Dr. Barnett, welcome to Frontpage Interview, it is a pleasure to have you here. Barnett: Thanks for the opportunity. FP: What inspired you to write this book?Barnett: I...
  • Mecha: Could it be the soldier of the future?

    02/02/2005 2:15:53 PM PST · by Wiz · 32 replies · 1,635+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 2, 2005 | Ward Sanderson
    Cars slow down as they pass his parents' place. Kids come running, too, when they see Carlos Owens, Renaissance reservist. Soldier. Ironworker. Inventor. Dreamer. Dr. Frankenstein. “Hey mister,” the kids ask. “Are you building a giant robot?” The private first class uses some hydraulics training he learned in the Army as a heavy equipment mechanic, but mostly loads of imagination and gumption, to build an 18-foot “mecha” in the snows of his Wasilla, Alaska, back yard. For those unversed in the world of Japanese anime, a mecha is a hulking robot with a human pilot inside. Owens soon plans...
  • Iraq has voted

    02/01/2005 1:00:53 PM PST · by forty_years · 2 replies · 355+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | February 1, 2005 | Michael Rubin
    Braving bullets and bombs, millions of Iraqis cast their ballots yesterday in Iraq's first free elections in half a century. First reports suggested turnout in excess of 70%. While the Independent Election Commission of Iraq will not announce the official results for another two weeks, the encouragingly high voter turnout undercuts the cynicism of a press corps that questioned the election's legitimacy before the first ballots were even cast. The Associated Press, for example, opined, "If the vast majority of the Sunnis shun the polls--either out of fear or lack of confidence in the process--it would undercut the new government's...
  • True (and False) Transformation

    01/17/2005 9:51:06 PM PST · by Choose Ye This Day · 8 replies · 243+ views
    Christian Bible Studies.com ^ | Summer 2002 | John Ortberg
    True (and False) TransformationTwo counterfeit forms of spiritual maturity, and one way to find the real thing.by John Ortberg Hank had been a Christian for 50 years. By the time I came to pastor Hank's church, he was an old cranky guy. He had been a member there since he was a young cranky guy. Hank complained about his family, he complained about his job, and one day, he began to complain about the church's music. He stopped people in the church lobby—visitors, strangers—and said, "Don't you think the music in this church is too loud?" We sat him down...
  • The Danger of Pseudo-Transformation vs. Authentic Christian Spirituality

    01/11/2005 9:09:32 AM PST · by Choose Ye This Day · 12 replies · 330+ views
    The Life You've Always Wanted ^ | 1997 | John Ortberg
    “'Spirituality' wrongly understood or pursued is a major source of human misery and rebellion against God.” --Dallas Willard. Most of us want to be changed, to become more like Christ. But is it happening? According to a Gallup poll, nine of ten Americans say they pray daily, and 84 million Americans almost a third of the population say they have made a personal commitment to Christ as Savior. But as William Iverson writes, "A pound of meat would surely be affected by a quarter pound of salt. If this is real Christianity, the 'salt of the earth,' where is the...
  • Prewar planning failures highlighted

    01/11/2005 5:09:28 AM PST · by Jim Noble · 6 replies · 334+ views
    Asia Times ^ | January 11, 2005 | Jim Lobe
    WASHINGTON - For the second time in as many months, a report by a key Pentagon advisory group has implicitly taken the administration of President George W Bush to task for major failures in prewar planning, particularly with respect to Iraq. A 220-page report, quietly released late last month by the Defense Science Board (DSB), concludes that the administration clearly underestimated the number of troops and cost required to achieve its political objectives in Iraq. The report, "Transition to and from Hostilities", explicitly contradicts another key assumption of top Pentagon officials before the Iraq war that Washington could quickly reduce...
  • Rummy's Transformation Long Overdue - (Lt.Col. Bob Lanzotti's latest!)

    12/29/2004 7:08:37 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 1 replies · 424+ views
    THE RANT.US ^ | DECEMBER 29, 2004 | LT. COL. BOB LANZOTTI
    Secretary Rumsfeld is pushing for change and alteration of the Department of Defense. Dubbed transformation, its intent is to synchronize our military forces with the blitzkrieg of technological advances available to all four services that make up our armed forces. I recall another DOD initiative, introduced several years ago, that attempted to streamline the way we conduct service training for all armed forces personnel. Back in the late seventies, I was a low level Army staff officer on the Army’s General Staff at the Pentagon. Among other duties I was designated the Army staff coordinator or point of contact for...
  • "Pentagon's New Map" author Thomas Barnett forced to depart War College.

    12/29/2004 3:07:26 PM PST · by AndyJackson · 155 replies · 3,068+ views
    Thomas Barnett ^ | 24 December 2004 | Thomas Barnett
    Naval War College Professor Thomas Barnett has been one of the leading thinkers behind the Revolution in Military Affairs and the transformation of the Pentagon under Donald Rumsfeld. He is the author of the bestselling book "The Pentagon's New Map," which is a clear exposition of our new post-war political/military environmnet. He has appeared on CSPAN and in many other prominent forums. Of course, Dr. Barnett has attracted some of the hatred directed at Donald Rumsfeld. While some of this is from liberals a lot of the enmity against Rumsfeld derives from Pentagon insiders who cannot figure out that we...
  • Rumsfeld’s Baby and the Bathwater

    12/23/2004 7:59:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 263+ views
    NRO ^ | December 23, 2004 | John Hillen
    E-mail Author Send to a Friend <% printurl = Request.ServerVariables("URL")%> Print Version December 23, 2004, 8:23 a.m. Rumsfeld's Baby and the BathwaterThe secretary, the military, and transformation. By John Hillen Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is under no end of political pressure these days — taking heat from a few Republican senators in addition to those critics he is bound to consider as the usual suspects on both the left and the right. I'd expect that he'd consider this a few mice in the attic compared to Nixon's Tony Soprano-esque order to "dump him" in 1973. Different critics have...
  • In Rumsfeld's defense, by Newt Gingrich

    12/22/2004 11:47:17 AM PST · by OESY · 10 replies · 1,010+ views
    BaltimoreSun.com ^ | December 22, 2004 | Newt Gingrich
    ...Even during ongoing military campaigns, Mr. Rumsfeld never wavered from his transformational objectives.... Mr. Rumsfeld, with the brilliant leadership of General Schoomaker, was able to move personnel from noncombat to combat units, enabling them with additional reorganization to create 15 newly restructured combat brigades. Also, because of Mr. Rumsfeld's successful plan, our military is more flexible, more agile and better able to fight unconventional enemies. A new civilian personnel system was designed to reward merit, reduce force stress and replace a bureaucratic culture of risk aversion with one of innovation. Moreover, he was able to move military personnel out of...
  • Donald Rumsfeld, patriot

    12/17/2004 8:20:44 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 19 replies · 508+ views
    AMERICAN THINKER.COM ^ | DECEMBER 17, 2004 | JOHN B. DWYER
    Among the many distinctive expressions Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has offered as gifts to the media is the following: “I don’t do quagmires,” referring to the mantra-like repetition by some war critics that Iraq has become a quagmire. The media, however, especially its Official Rumsfeld-Hating Clique, remains mired in the viciously viscous putrid muck of all-consuming loathing of the Secretary of Defense. That same media currently has its puerile knickers in a twist about President Bush awarding Tommy Franks, Paul Bremer and George Tenet the Medal of Freedom. Or, as liberal columnist Richard Cohen, speaking for many media colleagues,...