Keyword: transformation

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  • Big Time

    04/16/2010 6:46:18 PM PDT · by Ghblog · 12 replies · 1,015+ views ^ | 4/16/2010 | ghblog
    "...I came across an explosive White House document as I searched the Internet earlier in the week. I wasn’t sure whether to publish it as I don’t have a lot of money to defend myself from Big Brother. This document has the potential to bring down politicians at a very high level..."
  • The Four-phase Transformation of America Behind Obama’s Wildly Racing Clock

    04/07/2010 5:47:51 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 6 replies · 645+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 7, 2010 | Marion Valentine
    The Obama Clock is racing ahead with the speed of light. On Monday, word went out to the world that the US would not use the nuclear option—even in self defense. Today comes the news that the White House will expunge the term “Islamic radicalism” from the lexicon of international terrorism. The Free World as we know it has already become an upsidedown one, where right is wrong and wrong is right. Marxists in office are creating chaos and blaming the chaos on those who dissent against them.
  • The Fundamental Transformation of America - Graphic Design Help - Vanity

    04/02/2010 7:16:05 AM PDT · by RobaWho · 11 replies · 407+ views
    Rob Cunningham ^ | April 2, 2010 | Rob Cunningham
    I eagerly need graphic design expertise - Let's start taking the fight to Obama Zombies and make it "cool" to laugh at these folks in their faces and in public. Here's my idea for a million dollar graphic design, and I'll even share the profits with you, being the devout capitalist that I am! This idea has a shelf life of at least 2.5 years, or until the 2012 elections are behind us. The Design Concept A cartoonish character of a snarky, smart ass Obama as a competitive body builder on steroids, looking directly at viewer and flexing both his...
  • Matt Damon makes transformation to macho (Macho, Macho Man. Damon's got to be, a macho man)

    03/11/2010 6:36:43 PM PST · by tobyhill · 25 replies · 815+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 3/11/2010 | msnbc
    It may have required a colossal leap of imagination for moviegoers to accept the actor who played the sensitive, lonely and confused Tom Ripley in “The Talented Mr. Ripley” in the action-packed role of lethal government-trained assassin Jason Bourne. But when director Doug Liman first set out on the casting path for “The Bourne Identity,” the 2002 box office hit that was the first installment in the lucrative franchise, it didn’t take him long to choose Matt Damon as his leading man. “I wanted to create the thinking man’s action movie,” said Liman, who recently finished shooting “Fair Game,” about...
  • Hey, let’s give Obama emergency control over the Internet

    08/28/2009 10:40:45 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 10 replies · 785+ views
    Hot Air ^ | August 27, 2009 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    We’ve written about this before but the new and “improved” version of the bill’s just been leaked by Jay Rockefeller’s office. Remember the Bush years, when the Democrats ferociously opposed executive power? Good times. If you think they’ve changed now, wait and see what happens if/when the GOP takes back Congress. Article II fee-vah! A Senate source familiar with the bill compared the president’s power to take control of portions of the Internet to what President Bush did when grounding all aircraft on Sept. 11, 2001. The source said that one primary concern was the electrical grid, and what would...
  • Let's Have Flexible Armed Forces - Don't assume the next war will look like the last one.

    01/27/2009 2:08:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies · 1,109+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | JANUARY 27, 2009 | MACKUBIN THOMAS OWENS
    During the 1990s, the U.S. defense debate was dominated by those who argued that advances in technology, particularly information technology, had revolutionized military affairs and changed the nature of warfare. Under former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, this view -- now called transformation -- came to characterize U.S. military planning. Based on the example of the 1991 Gulf War, advocates of transformation argued that our technological edge would allow American forces to identify and destroy targets remotely, defeating an adversary at low cost in casualties. Though the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have largely discredited staunch transformation advocates, a heated...
  • A different path - 30 years of trying to transform culture into the conservative image has failed.

    11/06/2008 7:07:34 AM PST · by XR7 · 64 replies · 2,149+ views
    WORLD ^ | 11/6/08 | Cal Thomas
    When Barack Obama takes the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2009, he will do so in the 30th anniversary year of the founding of the so-called Religious Right. Born in 1979 and midwifed by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, the Religious Right was a reincarnation of previous religious-social movements that sought moral improvement through legislation and court rulings. Those earlier movements—from abolition (successful) to Prohibition (unsuccessful)—had mixed results. Social movements that relied mainly on political power to enforce a conservative moral code weren't anywhere near as successful as those that focused on changing hearts. The four religious revivals, from...
  • The Left's Lust for Revolutionary Transformation

    08/13/2007 1:55:09 AM PDT · by neverdem · 39 replies · 1,929+ views
    American Thinker ^ | August 13, 2007 | James Lewis
    "Everything must be different!" or "Alles muss anders sein!" was a slogan of the Nazi Party.  It is also the heart's desire of every Leftist since Karl Marx. Nazism was a deeply revolutionary creed, a fact that is always denied by the Left; but it's true. Hitler and his criminal gang hated the rich, the capitalists, the Jews, the Christian Churches, and "the System". They went through their Leftist phase early in life, and then went on to discover Aryan racial purity as their beau ideal. (As a swarthy Italian, Mussolini preferred to appeal to ancient Roman imperial glory). Nazism...
  • Claim: Interservice Rivalry Hurts US (Duncan Hunter)

    06/20/2007 6:58:19 PM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 43 replies · 894+ views
    UPI ^ | 06/20/2007
    WASHINGTON, June 20 (UPI) -- Interservice rivalries remain costly and damaging to the U.S. armed forces and need to be ended, a presidential candidate said Wednesday. Many of the "roles and missions of the services have become blurred to a degree that not only results in inefficiencies and duplication, but also hampers jointness. If the roles and missions are not clear, then it becomes nearly impossible to determine requirements for capabilities," Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., the ranking Republican on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee and a conservative candidate for the GOP's presidential nomination, said in a statement This confusion...
  • The Real Meaning of Military Transformation: Rethinking the Revolution

    12/21/2006 7:33:11 AM PST · by Valin · 8 replies · 414+ views
    Foreign Affairs ^ | Jan/Feb 07 | Thomas L. McNaugher
    War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today. By Max Boot. Gotham Books, 2006, 640 pp. $35.00. Finding the Target: The Transformation of American Military Policy. By Frederick W. Kagan. Encounter Books, 2006, 432 pp. $29.95. The idea of a "revolution in military affairs" (RMA) based on new information technology (IT) has sparked the imagination of defense intellectuals and policymakers for nearly three decades. In that time, it has also guided a sizable chunk of the U.S. Defense Department's experiments and investments in new technology. The related but ill-defined notion of a "military transformation" even...
  • Cold War Leaders Learn About Transformation, Role in Terror War

    12/07/2006 8:31:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 403+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Aimee Millham
    HEIDELBERG, Germany, Dec. 7, 2006 – In today's global political environment, when something goes awry, the United States – rightly or wrongly -- can often get the brunt of the blame. This was the blunt assessment of retired German army Gen. Leopold Chalupa as he explained why it is so important for he and other former European leaders to tell the story of U.S. Army, Europe. Chalupa's words came during the USAREUR-sponsored Legion of Merit conference Dec. 5, where about 60 recipients of the medal received briefings on the transformation of U.S. forces in Europe and their leading role...
  • Iraq’s transformation is subtle

    09/25/2006 5:34:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 391+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV
    Let’s put the bad news up front: Extremist elements in Iraq are vying for political and economic power and are seeking to take advantage of this delicate stage of transition in Iraq’s history. Sunni and Shia extremists are using brutal and provocative tactics against one another. Baghdad is the center of gravity for this increasingly sectarian conflict. The conflict is complex: There are also foreign terrorists infiltrating the borders, renegade death squads, an insurgency, and foreign governments who seek to exert influence on Iraqi politics. This, however, is only part of Iraq’s present story. The violence belies the gradual but...
  • Transformation's toll

    07/18/2006 11:47:29 AM PDT · by jackv · 11 replies · 341+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 7-18-06 | George Will
    The Bush administration has rightly refrained from criticizing the region's only democracy, Israel, for its forceful response to a thousand rockets fired at its population. U.S. reticence is seemly, considering that terrorism has been Israel's torment for decades, and that America responded to two hours of terrorism one September morning by toppling two regimes halfway around the world with wars that show no signs of ending.
  • DREAD Warfare Could Revolutionize Arms Industry DREAD Warfare Could Revolutionize Arms Industry

    04/22/2006 2:18:22 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 132 replies · 2,841+ views ^ | by David Crane
    Imagine a gun with no recoil, no sound, no heat, no gunpowder, no visible firing signature (muzzle flash), and no stoppages or jams of any kind. Now imagine that this gun could fire .308 caliber and .50 caliber metal projectiles accurately at up to 8,000 fps (feet-per-second), featured an infinitely variable/programmable cyclic rate-of-fire (as high as 120,000 rounds-per-minute), and were capable of laying down a 360-degree field of fire. What if you could mount this weapon on any military Humvee, any helicopter/gunship, any armored personnel carrier (APC), and any other vehicle for which the technology were applicable? That would really...
  • DoD to Set Up Joint Intelligence Operations Centers Worldwide

    04/12/2006 6:07:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies · 528+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 12, 2006 – The Defense Department is moving to establish a worldwide group of joint intelligence organizations designed to rapidly gather, interpret and act on information to better meet 21st-century military needs, senior military officials said here today. On April 3, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld issued a directive to establish a Joint Intelligence Operations Center at DoD's Defense Intelligence Agency, at each unified combatant command and at U.S. Forces Korea, Army Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence and warfighting support, told reporters at a news briefing. "What we're trying to do is...
  • Empty Womb (Russia to be "colonized" by Illegal Islamic and Chinese Immigrants)

    04/03/2006 6:57:19 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 24 replies · 1,094+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | April 3rd, 2006 | Timothy Birdnow
    Immigration has become a great crisis in the United States and Europe ...Nowhere is the situation more critical, however, than in Russia, which is being flooded by hordes of illegals. To put it mildly, Mother Russia has an empty womb... Her population is sinking precipitously, thanks to unrestricted abortion and financial hardships ... there were officially 1.6 million abortions (and probably many unreported) in 2005, while 1.5 million children were born. ...Meanwhile... Russia is finding itself under increasing pressure from numerous illegal immigrant groups – particularly from Islamic groups from Central Asia and from the Chinese. ...[Even]worse, Russia has been...
  • Down With Stability (Mark Steyn Slams The Misplaced Stability Fetish Illusion Alert)

    03/24/2006 8:08:27 PM PST · by goldstategop · 5 replies · 797+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/24/06 | Mark Steyn
    Three years ago, in the weeks before the invasion of Iraq, it fell to the then prime minister of Canada to make the most witless public statement on the subject by any G7 leader. "Your president has won," Jean Chretien told ABC News in early March 2003. So there was no need to have a big ol' war because, with 250,000 American and British troops on his borders, Saddam was "in a box." "He won," said Mr. Chretien of Bush. "He has created a situation where Saddam cannot do anything anymore. He has troops at the door and inspectors on...
  • Army Transformation at Sea: The New Theater Support Vessel (Professional Reading)

    03/06/2006 4:41:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 24 replies · 851+ views
    The Army's new Theater Support Vessel (TSV) is a rapidly developed response to the transformational operational maneuver and sustainment demands of force-projection operations. The TSV is a fast-moving, shallow-draft vessel that can simultaneously move troops and their equipment together as combat-ready units within theater and deploy them with little or no reception, staging, onward movement, and integration (RSOI) activities at undeveloped ports. The TSV also provides follow-on sustainment through joint logistics over-the-shore (JLOTS) operations. Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom highlighted the need for maneuver-force and logistics transformation. To respond quickly to threats around the world, the U.S. Army must...
  • A Leaner, Meaner Military (Newt Gingrich Op-Ed)

    03/04/2006 1:37:03 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 20 replies · 760+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 4, 2006 | Newt Gingrich
    The Post's Feb. 13 editorial "Mr. Rumsfeld's Flawed Vision" managed to miss the major achievements of a remarkable Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). This was the most thorough and systematically managed review in Pentagon history. The review board, co-chaired by Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England and Adm. Edmund Giambastiani, spent half a year forcing changes in a complex bureaucratic system famous for its ability to hide and wait for the current civilian leadership to disappear so it can continue its old, comfortable ways. Only by sheer force of will has the senior leadership, under the direction of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld...
  • Sergeant major of Army says big transformation under way

    02/25/2006 12:51:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 30 replies · 983+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — This year and next will be the toughest for the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan, the service’s top enlisted soldier said Friday. Equating too many things coming together at once to the movie “The Perfect Storm,” Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston said the Army is in the midst of a major transformation of creating more brigade combat teams, movement of forces from overseas locations, base closures and realignments, recruiting more soldiers and continuing to fight terrorism. What cannot be lost is protecting the nation, he told nearly 700 noncommissioned soldiers and officers during a...
  • Bolstering the military

    02/10/2006 5:47:29 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 782+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 3, 2006 | Robert Scales
        Today the Quadrennial Defense Review hits the Beltway. While I don't agree with some of the provisions in the document, I was impressed with the commitment of the Defense Department to preserve substantively intact modernization of the ground services. This is a historical departure from the past when the Army and Marine Corps always arrived at the dispensing of materiel largess with hands out and expectations low.     The second most expensive program within the DoD is the Army's Future Combat System. FCS is in fact a collection of many smaller systems, ranging from light armored vehicles to aerial drones and...
  • Jones Details NATO Missions, Transformation

    02/08/2006 4:42:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 138+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 8, 2006 | Jim Garamone
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2006 – Far from being a pact that has had its day, the NATO alliance may have yet to make its major contributions, said the Supreme Allied Commander Europe before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday. Marine Gen. James Jones said NATO is redefining itself in a world where terrorist networks, not single threats, are the enemy. Challenges, he said, will come from non-state actors, and the NATO nations understand the need for "more proactive activities, security, stability and reconstruction to deter future crises from developing." The military portion of the alliance is well on its way...
  • Outgoing Commander Explains Transformation of U.S.-Korean Alliance

    02/02/2006 4:32:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 211+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 2, 2006 | Jim Garamone
    SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 2, 2006 – The Korean peninsula has seen more change since 2000 than in the previous 40 years, the outgoing commander of Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea said here. "The past four have been extremely dynamic," Army Gen. Leon LaPorte told American Forces Press Service. LaPorte ends a 38-year Army career during a change-of-command ceremony here tomorrow after serving as the commander here longer than any of his predecessors. Army Gen. B.B. Bell takes over the reins of the command. The changes in Korea are not limited to the military, LaPorte said, and all...
  • 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 ^ | 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
    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...