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  • Shock: Dept. of Defense Vindicates Fort Hood Killer

    06/21/2011 12:25:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | June 21, 2011 | Patrick Poole
    A shocking decision made by the secretary of the Army last month — in the case of an U.S. Army soldier with the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell who refused to deploy to Afghanistan claiming that Islamic law prevented him from killing other Muslims — vindicates Fort Hood killer Major Nidal Hasan. He made identical claims and threatened that “adverse events” would occur if military officials didn’t accede to shariah principles.The subject of the Fort Campbell case is PFC Nasser Abdo, who was granted conscientious objector status last month, only to be brought up on charges last week —...
  • June 14th: The Birthday of the U.S. Army

    06/15/2011 3:57:12 AM PDT · by lbryce · 1 replies
    US Army ^ | Staff
    When the American Revolution broke out, the rebellious colonies did not possess an army in the modern sense. Rather, the revolutionaries fielded an amateur force of colonial troops, cobbled together from various New England militia companies. They had no unified chain of command, and although Artemas Ward of Massachusetts exercised authority by informal agreement, officers from other colonies were not obligated to obey his orders. The American volunteers were led, equipped, armed, paid for, and supported by the colonies from which they were raised. In the spring of 1775, this “army” was about to confront British troops near Boston, Massachusetts....
  • U.S. Army Abandons Unpopular Beret for Patrol Cap

    06/14/2011 10:41:17 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6-14-11
    The U.S. Army said Monday that it was abandoning the beret, after a failed 10-year experiment. The black beret, which proved deeply unpopular with American soldiers, will be replaced by a patrol cap for everyday wear, U.S. Army spokesman Col. Tom Collins said. The move came after outgoing Army chief of staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, asked the Army's sergeant major "to go out and talk to soldiers across the force and see what was on their minds," Collins told AFP. "One of the things that soldiers consistently brought up was the desire to wear the patrol cap as part of...
  • Today is the 236th Birthday of the United States Army

    06/14/2011 9:19:45 AM PDT · by oneolcop · 26 replies
    Army News Service ^ | June 14, 2011 | Army News Service
    ( — Two hundred and thirty-six years ago, the United States Army was established to defend our Nation. From the Revolutionary War to the current operations taking place around the world, our Soldiers remain Army Strong with a deep commitment to our core values and beliefs. This 236th birthday commemorates America’s Army – Soldiers, Families and Civilians – who are achieving a level of excellence that is truly Army Strong. Being Army Strong goes beyond physical endurance and mental preparedness. It encompasses an indomitable spirit, and high ethical and moral values. These are not only desirable traits in a person,...
  • In US Army, the beret is out and the cap is back

    06/13/2011 6:19:19 PM PDT · by cll · 138 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Army is abandoning the beret, after a failed 10-year experiment. The black beret, which proved deeply unpopular with American soldiers, will be replaced by a patrol cap for everyday wear, US Army spokesman Colonel Tom Collins said Monday. The move came after outgoing Army chief of staff, General Martin Dempsey, asked the army's sergeant major "to go out and talk to soldiers across the force and see what was on their minds," Collins told AFP. "One of the things that soldiers consistently brought up was the desire to wear the patrol cap as part of...
  • Vanguards begin transferring advise-and-assist mission to ‘Airborne’ unit in Anbar

    06/12/2011 10:14:15 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 1 replies
    DVIDS ^ | 12 June 2011 | Staff Sgt. Tanya Thomas
    AL ANBAR, Iraq – Soldiers of the 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, are packing their bags and preparing to return to Fort Stewart, Ga., as they near the completion of their yearlong deployment to Iraq. The team of roughly 3,000 soldiers supported the Iraqi security forces and local Anbar government during the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom and into Operation New Dawn. Although the 4th AAB, 3rd Inf. Div., deployment is coming to a close, their mission to advise, train, and assist the ISF in the Al Anbar province will remain, and will be carried out by...
  • How Texas Honored a Fallen Hero

    06/09/2011 12:44:19 PM PDT · by bgill · 15 replies
    June 9, 2011 | vanity
    It was a sad day yesterday when Pfc. Anthony Nunn was laid to rest. I’ve told y’all about Anthony and how great a kid, now a man and hero, he was and how his huge smile would light up any room. A Brigadier General presented the Bronze Star to his family and the Congressional Medal of Honor is “in the works.” In attendance, along with his fellow soldiers locally and from Ft. Campbell, was a most personable Navy Captain from San Antonio. The reason for this post is to tell of the amazing warmth and emotions of the wonderful patriotic...
  • USMC To US Army: You Can’t Use OUR Camo; Army To USMC: The H— We Can’t!

    06/08/2011 5:34:56 PM PDT · by PROCON · 124 replies ^ | June 8, 2011 | Peter Schweizer
    The Army Times reports on this inter-service squabble: “The Army in coming weeks will select its top camouflage contenders to cover your next combat uniform. A leading choice is the Marine Corps’ MARPAT. But although the outgoing top enlisted Marine says you can’t use it, the Army general who launched the effort begs to differ.
  • Need help on CIB restoration

    06/08/2011 3:21:36 PM PDT · by Robe · 10 replies
    06/08/2011 | Self
    Need help in the restoration if a WWII CIB (Combat Infantryman Badge
  • 5 US Soldiers, At Least 13 Iraqis Killed in Separate Attacks

    06/06/2011 9:36:33 AM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies
    VOA ^ | June 6, 2011
    5 US Soldiers, At Least 13 Iraqis Killed in Separate Attacks VOA News June 06, 2011 Five U.S. soldiers and and at least 13 Iraqis were killed on Monday in separate attacks in Iraq. It was the deadliest day for American troops in Iraq in more than two years and comes months before most U.S. soldiers are scheduled to withdraw. American authorities did not release details of the U.S. deaths. But Iraqi officials told Western media that the incident happened in Baghdad when rockets hit a U.S. installation. Iraqi officials also said a suicide attacker detonated a bomb-laden car in...
  • Utah artist's work to hang in U.S. Army War College

    06/02/2011 12:45:39 AM PDT · by Heuristic Hiker · 7 replies
    KSL News ^ | May 16th, 2011 | Kathy Aiken
    FRUIT HEIGHTS — Utah's Chad Hawkins is well known for his paintings of Latter-day Saint temples. But he recently won a major commission to create a scene from Afghanistan. In 2007, Hawkins traveled to Afghanistan to work on a project. "When I got there it was horrible," he said. "To me, it wasn't third-world conditions. It was Stone Age." Chad Hawkins Despite those conditions, little did Hawkins know that visit would eventually turn into one of the most significant works of his career. With that experience, along with his extensive background, Hawkins won the commission from the U.S. Army War...
  • Move Over, Robots: Army Prefers Flesh-and-Blood Mules

    05/29/2011 9:58:54 AM PDT · by Heuristic Hiker · 20 replies ^ | May 27, 2011 | David Axe
    The experimental four-legged, pack-hauling robots aren’t gonna be ready for duty at the front anytime soon. So the Army is considering a big step backward in front-line logistics. In place of the ultra-sophisticated BigDog cargo ‘bots that have been slowly trudging their way through the development process, the ground-combat branch wants more flesh-and-blood mules and donkeys. The Army is even considering the revival of a long-defunct headquarters, the “Animal Corps,” to oversee the four-legged recruits. The goal is to take some of the weight off soldiers’ backs during long war-zone foot patrols. In Afghanistan, it’s not uncommon for soldiers to...
  • Salt Lake artist's statue captures smile of soldier killed in Iraq

    05/28/2011 7:42:30 AM PDT · by Heuristic Hiker · 4 replies
    Deseret News ^ | May 27, 2011 | Jed Boal
    SALT LAKE CITY - As Hans Borbonus walked into the sculptor's studio, he got his first glimpse of his son's smile crafted in clay. "It does something to you," he said, visibly moved by the moment. When it is cast in bronze, the statue of the young American soldier killed in Baghdad will stand as a lasting memorial near his hometown of Boise.
  • DOD Announces Iraq Force Deployment

    05/24/2011 3:23:34 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 1 replies
    US Department of Defense ^ | 24 May 2011 | DoD
    The Department of Defense announced today the deployment of units as part of an upcoming rotation of forces supporting Operation New Dawn in Iraq. This rotation involves one division headquarters totaling 775 personnel and two brigade combat teams totaling 6,400 personnel. The scheduled rotation for the forces begins in mid-summer and continues through the fall of 2011. In accordance with the security agreement between the United States and Iraq signed in 2008, all U.S. forces will depart Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011. Headquarters unit: 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters,Fort Stewart, Ga. Brigade Combat Teams: 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division,...
  • US troops face increasing dangers in southern Iraq

    05/17/2011 5:31:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    AP/SF Chronicle ^ | 5/17/11 | Rebecca Santana
    American forces are facing an increasingly dangerous environment in southern Iraq, where Shiite militias trying to claim they are driving out the U.S. occupiers have stepped up attacks against bases and troops. The uptick in violence serves as a warning about what American forces could face if U.S. and Iraqi officials come to an agreement about keeping more U.S. troops in the country past Dec. 31. "We're very concerned about it," said Col. Reginald Allen, who commands the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment that operates in five, predominantly Shiite provinces. "This environment is very fluid, but in general our planning assumptions...
  • Top Fort Brag NCO Under Investigation For Adultery And Fathering Illegitmate Child

    05/11/2011 9:37:11 AM PDT · by Tea Party Reveler · 12 replies
    Military Corruption Dot Com ^ | 05-09-2011 | Major Glenn MacDonald US Army (ret.)
    TOP NCO AT FORT BRAGG SPECIAL FORCES COMMAND UNDER INVESTIGATION - CSM MARIO VIGIL ACCUSED OF ADULTERY WITH CIVILIAN WOMAN - SHE CLAIMS PREGNANT WITH GREEN BERET'S "LOVE CHILD" - SOURCES SAY CASH SETTLEMENT WITH VIGIL MAY BE IN WORKS FEMALE COMPLAINANT HAS TWO OTHER CHILDREN - EACH BY DIFFERENT DADDIES The top-ranking NCO at the Army Special Forces Command at Fort Bragg is under investigation for adultery. CSM Mario Garcia Vigil is accused by a civilian female of fathering her "love child." The little bambino is expected to be born in August. has learned it will be the...
  • Lesbian ex-cadet giving up West Point fight

    04/27/2011 10:08:20 PM PDT · by robowombat · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Wed Apr 27, 8:29 pm ET | By MICHAEL HILL
    ALBANY, N.Y. – A lesbian former cadet who left West Point saying she couldn't live a lie was rejected for re-admission Wednesday because of the lingering military ban on gays and said she is giving up on her dream of graduating from the academy. Katherine Miller said in a statement that she plans to graduate from Yale University, which she's now attending, and join the military through officer candidate school. "Although I am deeply saddened that I will not be readmitted to West Point, I understand and respect the decision," said the 21-year-old from Findlay, Ohio. She said that although...
  • 4 US Army CID Agents Suspended At Ft. Bragg NC! (suspected kidnapping / death threats)

    04/21/2011 3:55:10 PM PDT · by Tea Party Reveler · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Military Corruption Dot Com ^ | 04-21-2011 | Major Glenn MacDonald US Army (ret.)
    Copyright © 2011 Once again, has gotten the scoop on a story the Army wants suppressed. We can tell you, dear reader, what Army TIMES cannot - that four Army CID agents were suspended recently at Fort Bragg because of criminal behavior. All the Army would reveal at press time was the agents were from the drug-crime unit of the Criminal Investigative Division. No details emerged on just what they had done to have to turn in their guns and badges. The terse press release given out to the mainstream media was very short on specifics. "KIDNAPPING" AND...
  • Army Colonel Fired--Bizzare Case Featuring Shrew Wife, Iraqi Mistress--Fired & Files Divorce

    04/13/2011 7:36:18 PM PDT · by Tea Party Reveler · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Military Corruption Dot Com ^ | 04-13-2011 | Major Glenn MacDonald US Army (ret.)
  • 6 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Action in Afghanistan Firefight

    04/02/2011 5:16:41 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Six U.S. soldiers were killed in action and at least 15 others wounded in Afghanistan earlier this week when they came under fire while on patrol in a remote and dangerous region close to the Pakistan border. ABC News' Mike Boettcher was accompanying the soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division when the attack occurred in Kunar Province on March 29. They were patrolling close to the border when they were fired upon from three sides by Taliban fighters. The troops were on a mission to show force in an area where the U.S. largely has abandoned small bases. The heavy...
  • Monster of Chowkay: Army lieutenant feared by Taliban

    04/02/2011 4:51:04 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 23 replies
    U.S. Army Homepage ^ | March 28, 2011 | Sgt. 1st Class Mark Burrell, 20th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
    He's 10 feet tall. When he walks through the valleys, he makes bombs fall from the sky and controls helicopters. After a failed attempt to recruit him, the Taliban put a reward on his head: $25,000 dead or alive. Some of this is true, some of it exaggerated by hyper-imaginative insurgents. One thing is sure - U.S. Army 1st Lt. Benjamin A. Amsler is rattling Taliban leaders in Chowkay district in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province. "They fear our platoon basically. They've created this character, I represent it, but it's my guys. It's not me. It's this Lt. Ben guy," explained...
  • U.S. Army threatens to court-martial chaplains who speak against homosexuality

    03/29/2011 3:05:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 72 replies
    Catholic Citizens ^ | March 29, 2011
    The U.S. Army has officially threatened military chaplains they must either embrace the new openly homosexual military, resign from service, or face court-martial for their "religious, conscience" objections. The Pray In Jesus Name Project has obtained leaked copies (unintended for media disclosure) of a private briefing given to chaplains, threatening them with court-martial unless they compromise their Christian message. Christian Chaplains who speak out against homosexual sin can be accused of "harassment" by homosexuals and face disciplinary action simply for voicing their religious views outside the "context" of their religious ministry. [Chaps' interpretation: The phrase "vocational reflection" is not-so-subtle code...
  • Army accused of covering up mistakes in Afghan battle

    03/26/2011 5:30:59 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 20 replies
    CNN World ^ | March 25, 2011 | Drew Griffin and Jessi Joseph
    It will go down in history as one of the U.S. military's worst battles in Afghanistan. And according to the families of the soldiers who died there, the history written by the U.S. Army is biased and inaccurate. Relatives of those killed in Wanat, at a combat outpost in the rugged mountains of northeastern Afghanistan, say the Army is covering up mistakes made by the dead mens' commanders and placing blame on a junior officer who was simply following orders. A military investigation that followed, led by Marine Lt. General Richard Natonski, blamed the deaths in part on dereliction of...
  • Army to Punish Nine Officers in Connection With Fort Hood Shootings

    03/11/2011 8:58:24 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 32 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 10 Mar 2011 | By Justin Fishel
  • Army Charges WikiLeaks Suspect With More Offenses

    03/02/2011 2:50:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 2, 2011 | Robert Burns AP
    The Army said Wednesday it has filed 22 additional charges against Pvt. 1st Class Bradley E. Manning, the soldier suspected of providing classified government documents published by the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy group. Army officials said the charges accuse Manning of using unauthorized software on government computers to extract classified information, illegally download it and transmit the data for public release by what the Army termed "the enemy."
  • Fox Breaking News Ticker: U.S. Reportedly Repositioning Forces Around Libya

    02/28/2011 8:36:37 AM PST · by jhpigott · 146 replies
    U.S. Reportedly Repositioning Forces Around Libya EOM
  • Could the Kingdom of Bahrain Become an Iranian Pearl Harbor?

    02/21/2011 3:22:33 AM PST · by mtk1980 · 3 replies
    Jerusalem Center for Public Affaris Blog ^ | February 20, 2011 | Jacques Neriah
    The headquarters of the U.S. Fifth Fleet is in Bahrain. Iran does not need to employ its air force against the U.S. naval facility, but only to topple the pro-American regime of the al-Khalifa family and replace it with a new Bahraini regime backed by the Shi’a majority which seeks the immediate withdrawal of the fleet. Even more worrisome for the U.S. is the fact that the Shi’a protest could easily expand to the neighboring eastern Saudi shore of Al-Ahsaa where most of the population is also Shi'a.
  • A Super-Weapon That Works

    02/10/2011 9:48:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 42 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 2/10/2011 | The Strategy Page
    Three months after the first five XM-25 grenade launchers arrived in Afghanistan, and after only 55 25mm rounds were fired in combat, the troops don't want to give these new weapons up. The XM-25s work as advertised, firing "smart rounds" that explode over the heads of Taliban hiding behind rocks or walls, or hiding in a cave or room. Enemy machine-guns have been quickly knocked out of action and ambushes quickly disrupted with a few 25mm shells. Encounters that might go on for 15 minutes or longer, as U.S. troops exchange fire with hidden Taliban, end in minutes after a...
  • Northrop Grumman Fields RC-12X Aircraft, Provides Highly-Capable SIGINT Systems to the Warfighter

    02/08/2011 3:09:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    Northrop Grumman ^ | 2/8/2012 | Northrop Grumman -
    Northrop Grumman Corporation will field the first systems in the upgraded RC-12X Guardrail fleet, providing the U.S. Army with unparalleled signals intelligence (SIGINT) capability, under a recent task order awarded by the U.S. Army. This is a critical step toward making this mission-critical capability operational, scheduled for second quarter of this year. The RC-12X Guardrail is the Army's premier airborne SIGINT sensor and ground processing system, providing instantaneous precision geo-location and identification of threats to enable the Brigade Combat Team's Find, Fix, Finish, Exploit, Analyze and Disseminate (F3EAD) battle command process. The RC-12X Guardrail Modernization program extends the life of...
  • Enhanced Combat Helmet to Be Fielded in Fall

    02/07/2011 9:18:02 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies
    ASDNews ^ | 2/7/2011 | U.S. Army
    The Army is looking at an improved combat helmet that surpasses the capabilities of what Soldiers are currently wearing in the field, and it may be available in the fall. The new Enhanced Combat Helmet doesn't look much different than the Advanced Combat Helmet it's designed to replace, but the performance difference is huge, said Col. William Cole, project manager, Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment. "If you hold them in your hand, you'd have a tough time telling the difference, other than the relative thickness," Cole said during a media roundtable Feb. 2 in the Pentagon. "The ECH is a...
  • Modified Puma, Hybrid Armored Vehicle up for U.S. Army GCV Selection

    01/23/2011 4:44:13 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Update ^ | January 21, 2011 | Tamir Eshel
    Modified Puma, Hybrid Armored Vehicle up for U.S. Army GCV Selection January 21, 2011 tamir_eshel SAIC led team is proposing a vehicle based on the German Puma, developed by KMW and Rheinmetall Defence for the German Army. "It is the only production-ready IFV designed from the ground up since Sept. 11, 2001, and incorporates the lessons of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan." the team said. Photo: KMW Three teams, led by General Dynamics, SAIC and BAE Systems are competing for U.S. Army $450 million technology demonstration contracts to demonstrate vehicle platforms that could evolve in 7 years into the...
  • US army aviators raise concerns about uncertain outlook

    01/17/2011 10:22:41 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 1/14/2011 | Stephen Trimble
    By almost any standard, US Army aviation has never looked in better shape. With an annual budget of $7 billion, three active production lines for manned helicopters and the Afghanistan war emphasising the value of vertical lift, the army's pocket of aviators enjoy unprecedented support. The long-term outlook for the army's aviation branch, however, is not ideal. No new combat helicopter has entered service in nearly 30 years. All three active production lines are scheduled to shut-down within the next 15 years. Fielding a new vertical lift technology could take billions of dollars and more than a decade, but the...
  • Keeping The Apache Ready To Take On The Taliban

    01/17/2011 12:33:09 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    US Army Editor via Defense Talk ^ | 1/17/2011 | US Army Editor via Defense Talk
    Behind every battle-winning Apache in Afghanistan is a team of unsung heroes working tirelessly to ensure the British Army's gunship is fully serviced, fuelled and fitted with the fire power to take on the Taliban. While specialist support crews in theatre conduct the day-to-day maintenance on the hi-tech helicopter, the aircraft also has a legion of engineering experts poised for action in the UK. Based at Attack Helicopter HQ in Wattisham, a highly-skilled group of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) craftsmen work alongside civilian contractors to run a Depth Support Unit (DSU) - an organisation charged with keeping the...
  • Atheist soldier complains about spiritual fitness test, rating

    01/16/2011 8:03:05 AM PST · by DJ Taylor · 39 replies
    Fayetteville Observer ^ | January 16, 2011 | John Ramsey
    Sgt. Justin Griffith was furious last month when a mandatory Army test asked him questions about his spirituality and found him lacking. As an atheist, the Fort Bragg soldier didn't see any way he could honestly answer the questions and receive a passing score. Immediately after finishing the test, Griffith wrote a blog about his frustrations. Griffith's complaints soon caught the attention of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which is demanding that the Army stop making soldiers take the test because they say it's unconstitutional.
  • Ex-Army translator acquitted of working as Iraqi agent

    01/14/2011 5:42:37 PM PST · by markomalley
    A jury on Friday acquitted a former military translator of secretly working as an Iraqi agent in the US but convicted him of making false statements when he sought a security clearance. The split verdict offered some relief to Issam "Sam" Hamama, who claimed he was only passing along basic information about Iraqis in the US when he reached out to Iraqi officials in the 1990s during the regime of Saddam Hussein. "We've been vindicated. They were accusing him of voluntarily working as a spy," defense lawyer Haytham Faraj said. Hamama, 60, of El Cajon, California, was found not guilty...
  • US Army: Beard exception for Muslims ok'd, exception for orthodox Jews denied

    01/05/2011 11:03:42 AM PST · by La Lydia · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Jawa Report ^ | January 4, 2011
    ... A rabbi from Brooklyn, N.Y., is suing the Army over its “no-beard” policy, claiming the service violated his religious freedoms when it rejected him because he refuses to shave...lawsuit argues the Army is discriminating against him because it has waived the “no-beard” rule for several Sikhs and a Muslim, but not for him. ...
  • The Army Does It Differently

    12/24/2010 10:27:22 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 36 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 12/24/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Army is now receiving UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicle) similar to those used by the air force, but flown under different conditions, by a quite different type of crew. While air force Predators and Reapers are flown by officers, assisted by sergeants operating sensors, the army operators are mostly sergeants, with some warrant officers. The air force operators control their UAVs via satellite link from a base in the United States. Only the ground crews go overseas. But army operators and ground crews not only go overseas, but are assigned to a specific brigade, which they are a part...
  • XM2010 Kits Arrive In Time For The Holidays

    12/20/2010 8:59:57 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 33 replies · 1+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 10/20/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Army has delivered, to troops in Afghanistan, 250 upgrade kits for their M24 bolt-action sniper rifles. These kids converts the M24s to the more powerful XM2010 sniper rifle. This main changed is allowing 7.62mm M24 rifles to fire the .300 Winchester magnum (7.62x67). This is a more powerful round than the NATO 7.62x51 round currently used in the M24. The conversion kit includes a new receiver and barrel, a new scope, a new flash suppressor and a folding buttstock. The XM2010 weighs 8.5 kg (18.7 pounds) and is 1.33 meters (52.2 inches) with the flash suppressor. The conversion...
  • Barak to Gates: Buy 'Namer' Vehicles for US Army

    12/19/2010 8:58:17 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    Arutz Sheva, Israel ^ | 12/14/10 | Gil Ronen
    Barak to Gates: Buy 'Namer' Vehicles for US Army by Gil Ronen Defense Minister Ehud Barak met with his American counterpart, Robert Gates, in Washington Monday. The two reportedly discussed various issues pertaining to maintaining Israel's qualitative military advantage over its neighbors, the Iranian threat, and the situation in Lebanon, as well as continuing the nations' cooperation on active defense systems against rockets and missiles fired at Israel. Barak also tried to convince Gates that the US military should purchase Israel-produced Namer [pronounced Nuh-MEHR, the word means 'tiger' in Hebrew] infantry fighting vehicles. The Namer IFV is based on a...
  • CUTAWAY: Ultimate Survivor - OH-58 enters fifth decade stronger than ever

    12/13/2010 4:14:49 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Flight International ^ | 13/12/10 | Stephen Trimble
    CUTAWAY: Ultimate Survivor - OH-58 enters fifth decade stronger than ever By Stephen Trimble Scout helicopters have a torturous legacy in the US Army acquisition system. Three attempts to buy a light observation helicopter - the Hughes OH-6 Cayuse in 1967, the Sikorsky/Boeing RAH-66 Comanche in 2004 and finally the Bell Helicopter ARH-70 Arapaho in 2008 - have failed, with billions of dollars wasted in the process. The Bell OH-58 Kiowa is the only aircraft to survive the gauntlet. In the 37-year interval between the cancellations of the Cayuse and Comanche, the army fielded four major versions of the basic...
  • Army unmanned aircraft soar in battle

    12/07/2010 11:29:17 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 12/7/2010 | Defense Talk
    Milestones seem to be all in a day's work for the employees who develop and sustain the Army's unmanned aircraft fleet. First, there was a celebration last spring with Army and congressional officials at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., to commemorate reaching 1 million flight hours of unmanned aerial vehicles. Of those hours, about 89 percent were combat flight hours
  • LONGBOW LLC Awarded $26.8 Million for Longbow Fire Control Radar Life Cycle Contractor Support

    12/07/2010 10:29:44 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Lockheed Martin ^ | 12/7/2010 | Lockheed Martin
    The LONGBOW Limited Liability Company, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman , has received a $26.8 million contract from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command for LONGBOW Fire Control Radar (FCR) Life Cycle Contractor Support. The follow-on contract includes integrated logistics for the 246 LONGBOW FCR systems in the U.S. Army inventory. Under this contract, LONGBOW LLC will also provide worldwide sustainment for the U.S. Army and Army National Guard. The contract includes options that could extend the Life Cycle Contractor Support through 2012. “This contract leverages existing Apache sensor support infrastructure to create an affordable...
  • Boeing Selected to Develop a new Multi-Int Airborne System for the U.S. Army

    12/04/2010 6:00:25 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Defense Update ^ | 12/4/2010 | Defense Update
    The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) was selected by the U.S. Army to develop the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS). The company was awarded $88 million firm-fixed-price contract to develop and integrate the mission package, through the 24 month Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase, delivering up to 10 EMARSS systems. EMARSS addresses part of the operational requirements contemplated for the Aerial Common Sensor (ACS). It will be designed to operate as part of the Aerial Exploitation Battalions (AEB), which are assigned to the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM). When operated in support of theater commands, the...
  • Boeing claims SIGINT prize with US Army contract

    12/01/2010 8:22:01 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 12/1/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    Boeing has won a US Army contract to deliver a new fleet of signals intelligence aircraft called the enhanced medium altitude reconnaissance and surveillance system (EMARSS). The army's communications electronic command (CECOM) awarded Boeing an $88 million contract on 30 November to launch the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase. Boeing officials were not immediately available to comment on the EMARSS victory, but details about the contract have been disclosed by competitors. Last month, L-3 Communications chief executive Michael Strianese described EMARSS to Wall Street analysts as a $1.5 billion programme for at least 30 aircraft. The EMD phase includes...
  • GIs testing 'smart' weapons that leave nowhere to hide

    11/17/2010 1:38:25 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 11/15/2010 | Stars and Stripes
    The combat zone just got a little more high-tech as soldiers in Afghanistan began testing and training on five prototype weapons that fire smart bullets. Army officials are calling the XM25 Counter Defilade Targeting Engagement System revolutionary since it is the first time soldiers will have a smart weapon in their hands. Smart weapons have some form of a processing unit that allows them to be self-guided or, in this case, have self-adjusting sights and programmable rounds. The XM25 — which is not much bigger than a standard service rifle — fires 25 mm rounds that can be programmed to...
  • Navy Beats Army

    11/12/2010 8:42:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/12/2010 | The Strategy Page
    After over a century of squabbling, the U.S. Army, under pressure from the Department of Defense, is surrendering the last of its fleet to the U.S. Navy. The army still has 119 ships, manned by 2,300 soldiers and civilians. While six of them are large amphibious landing ships, most are tugboats and barges for work in or near ports. The army isn't new to owning its own transports. Back during World War II, the U.S. Army actually had a larger fleet (but only 1,225 seagoing ships), than the U.S. Navy, but one that was almost entirely support vessels. The navy...
  • Army gets 1st Sikh enlisted soldier since 1980s

    11/11/2010 6:57:06 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 32 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 11/11/2010 | AP via Yahoo News
    The U.S. Army has graduated its first Sikh (seek) enlisted man in a generation after granting a rare religious exemption for his turban and beard because the military needs his language skills. The turban, unshorn hair and beard are tenets of the Sikh religion. Army policies since 1984 had effectively prevented Sikhs from enlisting by barring those items. Spc. Simran Lamba was recruited under a special program seeking speakers of two Indian languages, Hindi and Punjabi. The 26-year Indian immigrant from New Delhi completed basic training Wednesday at Fort Jackson outside Columbia and became a U.S. citizen. He will be...
  • Army researchers develop futuristic helmet

    11/03/2010 9:09:42 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 11/3/2010 | Defense Talk
    Imagine a future when a Soldier's helmet is an integrated communications center with a heads-up computer display, night vision, thermal sensors and enhanced hearing. That future is nearer than many think. During the 2010 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting Oct. 25-27 at the Washington Convention Center, civilian researchers from the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center displayed futurist equipment design concepts to senior Army leaders, congressional staffers and Soldiers attending the show. "What we're trying to do is tell the story of how we're setting the force for the future," said Jean-Louis "Dutch" DeGay, Strategic Outreach,...
  • You don't forget: Medic's Holocaust diary tells story of hell [American soldiers in the camp system]

    10/28/2010 3:42:51 PM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-28-10
    Washington (CNN) -- The tattered journal, its pages yellow with age, contains the painful memories of a U.S. medic, a man who recorded the deaths of soldiers who survived one of World War II's bloodiest battles yet met their end as slaves in Nazi Germany. "Some were dying," said its author, Tony Acevedo, now 86. "Some died, and I made a notation of that." Flipping through the pages, you encounter a horrific part of world history through the eyes of a 20-year-old inside a slave labor camp. Amid the horror, the journal captures extraordinary human moments of war. Acevedo sketched...
  • Army service rifles getting significant upgrades

    10/29/2010 10:52:03 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 53 replies
    Stars And Stripes ^ | 10/29/2010 | Dan Blottenberger
    Calling it “the biggest overhaul of service rifles in nearly 50 years,” the Army soon will send soldiers to Afghanistan with new M4A1 carbines. Upgrades to the M4 include a more resilient barrel, ambidextrous controls and a full-automatic setting. Add better ammunition, and soldiers will have a more lethal weapon to fight insurgents, according to Program Executive Office Soldier, which introduced the improvements. The new carbines are expected to be integrated into the force starting next year. Soldiers in Afghanistan expressed enthusiasm about the improvements, especially the ability to shoot on fully automatic. “That would be sweet. You could definitely...