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  • Avatars Invade Military Training Systems

    02/26/2012 11:12:00 PM PST · by U-238
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 2/1/2012 | Eric Beidel
    A lot of virtual training happens in video game-like environments, where soldiers see combat through the eyes of a superhero character. But if the Army is going to train its troops through gaming, officials say the characters in the virtual world should perform more like actual soldiers. That is one part of the reasoning behind a new idea the Army has to create avatars for every soldier. These digital representations would accompany service members throughout their training and allow them to see, through simulation, how their skills, or lack thereof, would play in life and death situations. The influence of...
  • Gary Sinise: An American Hero

    02/26/2012 12:53:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 26, 2012 | Matthew S. Harrison
    I'd like to tell you about an American hero I know: Gary Sinise. Gary, as you know (unless you live under a rock), played Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump and currently stars in CSI New York. He boasts too many other award-winning roles on stage and screen to list. What you probably don't know is how much time, energy, and money Gary spends to serve our troops, both active-duty and veterans, and their families. I first saw Gary perform in the basement of a Catholic church in Highland Park, IL about a million years ago. The lighting was rotten and...
  • Military preparedness does not come cheap

    02/25/2012 7:26:44 PM PST · by U-238 · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/5/2012 | Gordon England
    Here’s something for critics of the country’s defense budget to ponder: After I was confirmed as secretary of the Navy in May 2001, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld asked me and the other service secretaries to work with Congress to gain approval for a pending supplemental appropriation to the defense budget. This was not a war supplemental; it was still four months before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The Pentagon was simply running out of money. The Navy did not have enough funding to steam ships or to fly airplanes for the rest of the fiscal year. Submarines were being...
  • Project Avatar: U.S. military researches ways for soldiers to control robots

    02/19/2012 11:42:57 PM PST · by U-238 · 11 replies
    UK Mail ^ | 2/17/2012 | Damien Gayle
    The U.S. military is researching ways for its troops can use their minds to remotely control androids who will take human soldiers' place on the battlefield. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa), the Pentagon's hi-tech research arm, has earmarked $7million for research into the project, nicknamed Avatar. In the James Cameron movie, set far in the future, human soldiers use mind control to inhabit the bodies of human alien hybrids as they carry out a war against the inhabitants of a distant world. According to the Darpa's 2013 budget: 'The Avatar program will develop interfaces and algorithms to enable...
  • St. Louis hosting 1st big parade on Iraq War's end

    01/28/2012 11:29:07 AM PST · by PROCON · 2 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | Jan. 28, 2012 | JIM SALTER
    ST. LOUIS (AP) - Large crowds are gathering in downtown St. Louis to honor Iraq War veterans Saturday during the nation's first big welcome home parade since the last troops left the country in December. Veterans dressed in camouflage lined up alongside military vehicles at the start of the parade, while organizers handed out small American flags to people along the route, many holding signs reading "Welcome Home" and "Thanks to our service men and women."
  • Is this how foreign company infiltrated D.C. elections?

    01/21/2012 5:45:41 AM PST · by tutstar · 4 replies
    wnd ^ | 1 20 2012 | Aaron Klein
    A U.S. elections officer who served in voting districts that partnered with a controversial online voting firm recently retired from his government position to work for the firm in question, the foreign-headquartered company SCYTL. WND reported yesterday that SCYTL has faced questions about the security of its electronic voting technologies, which are now set to be deployed in 900 U.S. jurisdictions. The firm already provides balloting for overseas U.S. military and civilian voting in nine states along with elections technologies in several districts. Concerns have also been raised about SCYTL’s ties to the Spanish government and to international venture capital...
  • THE TRIAL OF SSGT. WUTERICH:Final Battle Of Haditha Set To Begin

    01/07/2012 2:51:31 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 47 replies
    DEFEND OUR MARINES ^ | 1-6-2012 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    THE TRIAL OF SSGT. WUTERICH:Final Battle Of Haditha Set To Begin by Nathaniel R. Helms | Friday, January 6, 2012 | Day Two: Jury selection complete Camp Pendleton, Calif. – An eight-man panel of four officers and four senior non-commissioned officers will begin listening to testimony Monday morning when the lawyers fighting the final Battle of Haditha offer their opening statements at the General Court Martial of SSgt Frank D. Wuterich, the last Marine standing in the six-year-old fight. The government is apparently expecting a tough battle in the weeks ahead. “I can’t think of a single witness desiring of...
  • [N. Korea](2nd LD) U.S. unveils defense plan focusing on Asia, budget cuts

    01/07/2012 9:18:00 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 01/06/12 | Lee Chi-dong
    2012/01/06 05:31 KST (2nd LD) U.S. unveils defense plan focusing on Asia, budget cuts By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (Yonhap) -- Announcing a new defense strategy, the United States said Thursday that it will slim down its armed forces in general but they will play a bigger role in Asia in the rebalancing of firepower abroad. The Pentagon assured that it would be able to handle possible simultaneous conflicts with North Korea and Iran. "Our military will be leaner, but the world must know the United States is going to maintain our military superiority with armed forces that are...
  • Christmas 2011 (Oliver North)

    12/22/2011 4:03:55 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 22, 2011 | Oliver North
    BLUEMONT, Va. — Four years ago, this annual Christmas column was written from Baquba, Iraq, while our Fox News "War Stories" team was embedded with the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division and special operations units operating against the Iranian-supported Mahdi Army in the outskirts of Baghdad. A year earlier, the Christmas 2006 column was written in Ramadi, Iraq, while we were embedded with 1st Battalion, 6th Marines in what was then the bloodiest place on the planet. And in 2005, this column originated with 3d Battalion, 7th Marines and the 2nd Brigade of the 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania National...
  • Feds' War on Religion (Part 1 of 2)

    12/20/2011 3:28:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2011 | Chuck Norris
    Anyone who knows me knows that for my whole life, I've been a huge supporter of our U.S. military personnel, whom I congratulate about their victory in Iraq. But when our president and officials in the U.S. Department of Defense exchange a war abroad for a religious war at home, can't we see that something else is seriously awry in this administration? It's one thing to watch "merry Christmas" be omitted from signs in your favorite department store but quite another to see Bibles withheld from wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. It's true! On Dec. 2,...
  • Thanking Our Troops

    12/19/2011 5:44:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 19, 2011 | Star Parker
    I am from a military family – my father was career – and many members of my immediate and extended family have served and now serve. So perhaps I carry heightened sensitivities to the unique realities and challenges of military life. With the news about our withdrawal from Iraq, our troops, and the importance of national acknowledgement of their service and sacrifice, were already on my mind when I arrived for a meeting in the office of Congressman Allen West (R-FL). There, by chance, I met whom I’ll call Lt Col Sam. Lt Col Sam is in her 24th year...
  • Iraq -- Victory or Defeat? (Oliver North)

    12/15/2011 5:58:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 16, 2011 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — They are coming home. For the first time since March 19, 2003, there are no U.S. combat or combat support troops in Iraq. There is still a contingent of U.S. Marines guarding the biggest American embassy in the world and the largest military attache's office at any diplomatic mission. But there is no doubt in anyone's mind — ally or enemy — that the war in Iraq is over. The only uncertainty now: Who won? Short answer: America's soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen and Marines — and the American people whose sons and daughters served in Iraq. Though...
  • Ex-Iran Guard commander visits White House with Iraq leader

    12/12/2011 7:34:12 PM PST · by nuconvert · 20 replies
    A former commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the FBI says played a role in a 1996 terrorist attack that killed 19 U.S. servicemen, accompanied Iraq’s prime minister to the White House on Monday, attending an event at which President Obama trumpeted the end of the Iraq War. Hadi Farhan al-Amiri, transportation minister in Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government, was part of the delegation that visited the White House to discuss Iraq’s future and Iran’s influence there, among other topics. -excerpt - Louis J. Freeh, who served as FBI director in the Clinton administration and the early months...
  • US military a prime 'target' for home-grown terrorists

    12/07/2011 4:44:59 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 7, 2011 | N/A
    The US military is under threat in its own country as homegrown Islamic extremists, including "radicalized troops," are treating military installations here as prime targets, US officials warned Congress Wednesday. The only deadly terror strikes on US soil since those of September 11, 2001 have been against the military, with three separate attacks that left 17 people dead, most of them soldiers, according to a report released Wednesday at the first joint House-Senate hearing on homegrown terrorism. US military installations since 9/11 have been the target of at least 33 "threats, plots and strikes," more than half of the 54...
  • Drone Lost in Iran Was Joint CIA-Military Reconnaissance Plane

    12/06/2011 3:23:15 PM PST · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12/6/11 | Jennifer Griffin
    The U.S. drone that apparently fell into Iran's hands was part of a joint CIA-military reconnaissance operation, Fox News has learned. A senior U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that the spy plane was being used for the CIA-military operation along the Afghan-Iranian border when it lost connectivity and disappeared. Officials had earlier confirmed the Iranians have the RQ-170 drone, but it was previously unclear what the drone was doing or which agency was operating it. After Iran's military made the questionable claim Sunday that it had shot down the drone, the CIA at first referred questions to the Pentagon....
  • ‘On What?’--McCain Says He Didn’t Know Defense Bill He Approved Repealed Military Ban on Sodomy...

    12/07/2011 3:22:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 83 replies
    CNSNews ^ | December 7, 2011 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Complete title: ‘On What?’--McCain Says He Didn’t Know Defense Bill He Approved Repealed Military Ban on Sodomy, Bestiality Video at link (CNSNews.com) - Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told CNSNews.com on Wednesday that he did not know that the 926-page Defense Department authorization bill that came through his committee and was approved by the Senate last week on 93 to 7 vote included a provision that would repeal the military’s ban on sodomy and bestiality if the bill becomes law. CNSNews.com asked McCain: “Senator, did you read the Defense authorization bill that...
  • 'Iran Planning To Attack US Bases In Germany'

    12/01/2011 6:13:05 AM PST · by Strategy · 54 replies
    Ynet News ^ | December 1, 2011
    Officials in the German government said Iran will try to target US military bases located in Germany, if Washington launches an attack against its nuclear program in Tehran, German newspaper Bild reported on Thursday. According to the paper, the German security services held an investigation against a German businessman who is suspected of having secret ties with the Iranian Embassy in Berlin, and helping to plan an attack on American Air Force bases located in the country. The aim of the attack, the report noted, is to thwart American logistic activities needed in order to carry out a military operation...
  • RED AIR: A Private Forum

    11/28/2011 10:12:39 AM PST · by yoe · 13 replies
    Red Air ^ | November 28, 2011
    Every day in Afghanistan there are casualties requiring helicopter evacuation. There is a high probability that as you read this, someone is bleeding and in the process of extraction from the battlefield. US Army MEDEVAC helicopters fly unarmed into combat emblazoned with Red Crosses on white backgrounds. This signals to the enemy that our people are unarmed. The enemy tries to shoot them down. The Air Force, Marines and British do not burden their helicopters with Red Crosses and they are armed with machine guns. This facilitates faster, safer evacuations. Army helicopters frequently must orbit landing zones because there is...
  • In Thanksgiving for the Guardians on the Wall

    11/24/2011 8:44:35 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2011 | Hugh Hewitt
    On Veteran’s Day my radio show featured interviews with more than a dozen seriously wounded Marines and Navy personnel who are beneficiaries of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund (www.SemperFiFund.org.) Since its founding in 2003, the Semper Fi Fund has raised more than $55 million to help more than 6,000 service members wounded in the wars of the past decade. Take a quick look at their board of directors and you will quickly see why this organization is so effective and also why you need have no concern over its integrity or the efficiency of its operations. There are many,...
  • Thanksgiving 2011 (Oliver North)

    11/23/2011 1:05:53 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 25, 2011 | Oliver North
    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — Anyone who wonders what to be thankful for this holiday season need only visit a nearby military base. On the eve of Thanksgiving, our Fox News' "War Stories" team came to this sprawling Marine base south of our nation's capital to shoot interviews for an upcoming documentary. What we saw and heard inspired us all. Nearly all the Marines here have served in Iraq, Afghanistan or both theaters of this decadelong war. They know the true meaning of duty, honor and sacrifice. Many of them have lost comrades in arms on bloody battlefields...
  • Occupy Bagram Sends Message to OWS Whiners [God bless our military - they get it]

    11/19/2011 3:53:48 PM PST · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 13 replies
    November 19, 2011 ^ | November 19, 2011 | Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit
    Enough of your whining… Via Urban Infidel God bless our military. The Brigade has another photo.
  • Person of the Week [My Father in Law serving others]

    11/18/2011 10:21:23 PM PST · by gitmo · 9 replies
    WLOS ^ | November 18, 2011
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  • Hey Lady Gaga, Kids Have a Time-Tested Answer for Bullies: Punch Them in the Mouth

    09/27/2011 10:13:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/27/2011 | John Hawkins
    The sad case of Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year-old gay kid who committed suicide after being bullied, has inspired Lady Gaga to try to get involved in the situation. She’s insisting that bullying be made illegal. Since she’s a spoiled pop star suggesting an idea that’s about as sensible as wearing a meat suit, she probably won’t have much luck with it. And she certainly shouldn’t.That being said, I have more empathy for Jamey Rodemeyer and other kids like him because I was bullied in high school and can tell you that it’s a horrible experience. Not only are you afraid...
  • Free speech vs. lying? Supreme Court to rule on Stolen Valor Act

    10/17/2011 9:58:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 74 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 17, 2011 | David D. Savage
    The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear an important First Amendment case to decide whether the freedom of speech includes a right to lie about military honors. The justices voted to hear the government’s defense of the Stolen Valor Act, a 5-year-old law that makes it a crime to falsely claim to have earned medals for service in the U.S. armed forces. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last year struck down the law on free-speech grounds and said the government cannot act as the “truth police” to punish lies that cause no direct harm. “The sad fact is,...
  • Arrest made in plot to blow up Baltimore-area military recruiting center

    12/08/2010 1:10:46 PM PST · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    LA Times/Baltimore Sun ^ | 12/8/10 | Justin Fenton and Tricia Bishop
    A 21-year-old Baltimore man has been arrested for attempting to blow up a military recruitment center in Catonsville with a fake bomb supplied by federal agents. Federal authorities say Antonio Martinez, also known as Muhammad Hussain, attempted to detonate what he believed to be a vehicle bomb this morning at the Armed Forces Career Center in the 5400 block of Baltimore National Pike. Court records paint Martinez as obsessed with Jihad and intent on punishing the military. He praised Nidal Hassan, the U.S. Army major who killed 13 people at Fort Hood, and discussed obtaining weapons and shooting up military...
  • Road Rage Case Could Have Link to Terrorism Plot

    09/14/2011 2:46:27 AM PDT · by Cindy · 25 replies
    KIRO TV.com ^ | Updated: 5:37 pm PDT September 13, 2011 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Michael Dale McCright is accused of trying to hit a vehicle with his car in North Seattle after he noticed the driver, a Marine, was wearing a military uniform." SNIPPET: "Document said that before the incident occurred, the Marines had just left a military facility on East Marginal Way in South Seattle where new recruits are processed. The building was the target of a thwarted terrorism plot earlier this summer. Court documents reveal a possible connection."
  • (Ollie) North lauds courage, faith of American soldiers

    09/11/2011 5:24:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | September 11, 2011 | Sanford J. Schmidt
    GODFREY - Retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North minced no words Sunday in describing his feelings about terrorists, men and women in uniform, the media and his faith. Speaking before an audience at an awards ceremony of the Riverbend Memorial, North said, "We are confronted by a vicious, godless and sometimes suicidal enemy." North spoke to the crowd at Hatheway Hall on the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College. North, 68, is now a Fox News commentator, specializing in stories about the military men and women in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. "I have the best job in the...
  • A Decade of War (Oliver North)

    09/08/2011 4:11:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 9, 2011 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — Everyone older than 20 remembers whom he was with, what he was doing and how he learned we were at war that beautiful Tuesday morning a decade ago. Most of us recall a gorgeous late-summer morning with blue skies — "shirt-sleeve weather" — and then the horror: two of the world's tallest buildings collapsing into piles of rubble, the west wall of the Pentagon in flames and a fire-bathed crater in the soil of Somerset County, Pa. Like the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that Sunday morning of Dec. 7, 1941, the assault on Tuesday, Sept. 11,...
  • Phobic Homos - What Gays Fear

    07/01/2011 6:18:15 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 15 replies · 1+ views
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 01/07/2011 | JoeClarke.Net
    Just as Defense Secretary Gates has done a fair job, with exceptions, and has been awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Obama, he may be most remembered for approving the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, yet strangely, he has not certified the controversial reversal of policy, leaving that chore to his replacement, Leon Panetta, who is pro abort, so most probably he will also kneel at the feet of the gay lobby. We all to often hear about the nonexistent "Homophobia" which has had various definitions from the fear becoming gay to the fear of gays taking over,...
  • Why is Freerepublic.com blocked @ some US Military Installations?!

    06/27/2011 2:27:05 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 44 replies
    27 June 2011 | US Navy Vet
    I got this e-mail for where I work regarding Blocking of Freerepublic: From: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Sent: Monday, June 27, 2011 8:14 AM To: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Subject: Freerepublic.com XX. XXXXXXX: As per our telephone conversation, I cannot provide access to Freerepublic.com. One of analysis tools we utilize to perform checks of sites indicated FR had been or is currently hosting malicious software or serving as an intermediary to domains hosting malicious software. As I stated on the telephone, this does not mean the site is currently hosting anything malicious or serving as an intermediary for malicious sites; rather, it has done so in...
  • Red Lines

    06/12/2011 5:21:20 PM PDT · by Cindy · 17 replies
    INTERNET-HAGANAH.com ^ | June 12, 2011 | INTERNET-HAGANAH.com
    SNIPPET: "There are some good reasons for allowing at least a few jihadi forums to operate." SNIPPET: "However, there are limits to our ability to exploit all the intelligence opportunities a forum may present. To put it another way, jihadi forums contribute to future terrorism in ways that are unpredictable and/or beyond our ability to control. This would be the view held by those other government agencies who prefer to seek out and destroy forums and to take down forum activists. For my part, I can live with keeping online those forums we have sufficient access to monitor and resources...
  • Armed Forces Day

    05/21/2011 12:22:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Armed Forces Day "United in Strength" Saturday, May 21, 2011 President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department -- the Department of Defense. Live links at site
  • The New American ‘Super Soldier’: Deadlier Than Ever

    05/12/2011 4:51:39 PM PDT · by PROCON · 6 replies
    bigpeace.com ^ | May 12, 2011 | Sun Tzu
    The Army Times explores how new powerful munitions and weapons are making our combat forces deadlier than ever. The best improvements in combat performance don’t always come from flashy new platforms but from simply having deadlier bullets. An excerpt: Recall how bullets bounced off of Superman? That’s because he never was shot with “green ammo.”
  • Pakistan army wants cut in US military personnel [to "minimum essential" levels]

    05/05/2011 9:43:39 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 7 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | May 5, 2011 | CHRIS BRUMMITT
    Pakistan's army on Thursday called for cuts in the number of U.S. military personnel inside the country to protest the American commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and threatened to cut cooperation with Washington if it stages more unilateral raids on its territory. The statement, the first since Monday's raid, signaled the army's anger at the unilateral operation, but was also aimed at pacifying domestic critics who have accused it of failing to protect the country's sovereignty — potent charges in a country where anti-Americanism runs deep. Ties between America and Pakistan were already strained before the raid because...
  • Who to Thank Regarding OBL's Unfortunate Accident

    05/02/2011 4:43:40 PM PDT · by jda · 2 replies
    There are many who deserve our thanks!
  • Reversal on 9/11 trials a big gamble for Obama

    04/08/2011 11:46:29 AM PDT · by dont_tread_on_malik · 8 replies
    DavidRivkin.com, AFP ^ | 04/05/2011 | Mohideen Mifthah
    WASHINGTON, April 5, 2011 (AFP) - By reversing itself and deciding to prosecute the 9/11 mastermind before a military tribunal, the Obama administration risks alienating its left-wing base and irking conservatives. A stern Attorney General Eric Holder, who had spent a year and a half seeking to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators in federal civilian court, announced Monday that the administration was giving up on the controversial bid. Obama's team had to “face a simple truth” that the congressional restrictions against trials in the United States were “unlikely to be repealed in the immediate future,” he said....
  • US military kicks off massive relief effort in Japan

    03/17/2011 5:39:56 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    PTI ^ | Lalit K Jha
    US military kicks off massive relief effort in Japan Lalit K Jha Washington, Mar 17 (PTI) The US military has launched a massive relief effort in the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan by deploying some 17,000 personnel and 15 ships off the coast of Japan. Pentagon spokesman, Col Dave Lapan, in an off camera press briefing, told reporters that 14 naval ships along with their aircrafts and helicopters are already off the coast of Japan carrying out relief and rescue operation for the thousands of people affected by the devastating earthquake and the subsequent tsunami that struck Japan last week....
  • Breaking: Japan requests cooperation from U.S. military after quake

    03/11/2011 4:53:59 AM PST · by NowApproachingMidnight · 44 replies
    Kyodo ^ | 3/11/11 | Self
    All I have at the moment, from the Kyodo site: BREAKING NEWS: Japan requests cooperation from U.S. military after quake.
  • US Navy-Admiral Overboard! Latest Casualty Of "XO Movie Night" ON USS Enterprise!

    03/07/2011 7:11:07 PM PST · by Tea Party Reveler · 7 replies · 4+ views
    Military Corruption Dot Com ^ | 03-07-2011 | Major Glenn MacDonald US Army (ret.)
    That body you sailors just saw swinging from the yard-arm, is that of a Navy rear admiral, fired in the wake of the over-blown, BAD TASTE video that was shown on closed-circuit on the USS Enterprise. Capt. Owen Honors has seen his career sunk. He was the "producer" of the non-X-rated but still risqué program. Now, ADM Ron Horton, commander of Logistics Group, Western Pacific, has joined the casualty list. The 1982 Naval Academy graduate and top-rated aviator was skipper of the Enterprise during part of the time Honors, then the XO of CVN - 65, was putting out his...
  • Report says too many whites, men leading military

    03/07/2011 11:22:39 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 113 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 7, 2011 | PAULINE JELINEK
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new report says the U.S. military is too white and too male at the top and needs to change recruiting and promotion policies, including its ban on women in combat.</p> <p>The report ordered in 2009 by Congress calls for greater diversity in military leadership so it will better reflect the racial, ethnic and gender mix in the armed forces and in American society.</p>
  • Two U.S. Airmen Killed in Shooting at Germany's Frankfurt Airport

    03/02/2011 12:01:15 PM PST · by Mozilla · 73 replies
    foxnews ^ | 3-2-11 | Associated Press
    The attack came as the bus sat outside Terminal 2 at the airport, according to Frankfurt police spokesman Manfred Fuellhardt. The bus driver and a passenger were killed, and one person suffered serious wounds and another light injuries, he said. A source tells Fox News that the shooter yelled "Allah Akbar" when opening fire on the U.S. military personnel. He then dropped his gun at the scene, ran into the terminal and was subdued. U.S. Air Force Europe spokeswoman Maj. Beverly Mock said all four victims were airmen. They were all based at the Lakenheath military base in Britain. A...
  • Germany: Gunman Shouts 'Allahu Akbar,' Kills 2 US Airmen

    03/02/2011 8:22:24 PM PST · by Innovative · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Israel nNtional News ^ | March 2, 2011 | Gil Ronen
    In an apparent Muslim terrorist attack, a gunman opened fire on a U.S. Air Force bus outside Frankfurt airport Wednesday, killing two airmen and wounding two others. A source told Fox News that the shooter yelled "Allahu Akbar" - the Muslim battle cry - as he began firing. Kosovo's interior minister told The Associated Press that German police have identified the suspect as Arif Uka, a citizen of Kosovo from the northern town of Mitrovica.
  • Report: Gunman Yelled “God Is Great” in Arabic Before Shooting in Germany

    03/02/2011 12:20:36 PM PST · by Josh Painter · 46 replies
    Fox News Insider | March 2, 2011 at 1:11 PM EST | America Live
    Megyn Kelly just mentioned that we are getting reports that the gunman who killed two U.S. soldiers in Germany this morning yelled “God is great” in Arabic as he allegedly opened fire.
  • UPDATE 1-US Repositioning Forces Around Libya-Pentagon

    02/28/2011 9:21:33 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 20 replies
    Reuters Africa ^ | Mon Feb 28, 2011 4:52pm GMT | Missy Ryan; Editing by Jackie Frank
    (Adds details on ships) WASHINGTON Feb 28 (Reuters) - The U.S. military is repositioning naval and air forces around Libya, a Pentagon official said on Monday, as international demands intensify for an end to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's four-decade rule. "We have planners working and various contingency plans and I think it's safe to say as part of that we're repositioning forces to be able to provide for that flexibility once decisions are made ... to be able to provide options and flexibility," said Colonel David Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman. "We're still in that planning and preparing mode should we...
  • U.S. Ends High-tech Export Restrictions to India

    02/06/2011 4:05:25 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 24 replies
    Wharton Aerospace ^ | 2/4/2011 | Wharton Aerospace
    India has now come full circle — from a nation that was under a high-tech embargo for its nuclear weapons program to one receiving an invitation to join a group of nations that regulate export controls. President Barak Obama says the United States is ending its export restrictions on technology that could be used by India's defense and space industries, according to an article in the AFP. "These actions will open important new opportunities for our companies and governments on cooperating in the defense and space areas," said Robert Blake, the assistant secretary of state for South Asia. These are...
  • Abrams Tanks in Cairo Underscore Importance of U.S. Arms Sales

    02/02/2011 8:44:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies
    Defense Professionals ^ | 2/1/2011 | Daniel Goure, Ph.D.
    As I watched the making of history in Cairo, I noticed something. The Egyptian Army was moving into the city. A column of tanks was moving down one of the city’s broad avenues. They were M-1 Abrams, the same kind used by the U.S. Army. The Egyptian Army has around 1,000 M-1s built under license and which together with some 1,400 older M-60s and 2,500 M-113s constitute the core of that country’s conventional warfare capability. Moreover, if you looked up in the skies over Cairo you would see U.S. made F-16s. The Egyptian Air Force flies more than 200 of...
  • U.S. military says keeps up with China; Is it enough?

    02/01/2011 3:13:18 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/1/2011 | Phil Stewart/Reuters
    U.S. military commanders are expressing confidence that they can hold their own in the face of faster-than-expected advances by China's military, but looming cost cuts are adding to doubts about the future of American power in the Pacific. Fueled by its booming economy, China's military growth over the past decade has exceeded most U.S. forecasts. Its plans to develop aircraft carriers, anti-satellite missiles and other advanced systems have alarmed neighbors and Washington. Critics, including within the U.S. Congress, note with apprehension that rising Chinese defense spending coincides with Washington's plans to scale back its budgets. They accuse the Pentagon of...
  • Inside Pentagon, Growing Alarm Over China’s Military Prowess

    01/24/2011 10:52:06 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 30 replies
    Forbes Magazine ^ | 1/24/2011 | Loren Thompson
    Chinese President Hu Jintao had an embarrassing moment in mid-January when his military flight-tested a new tactical aircraft during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Several features of the plane looked remarkably similar to America’s top-of-the-line F-22 fighter, and yet somehow leaders of the People’s Liberation Army air force managed to not mention to Hu that the test was happening. So the Chinese leader ended up learning about it from Gates. The episode suggested that although Hu is formally in charge of the Chinese military, he doesn’t know what it is doing much of the time
  • Ready For CyberWar? You Can Buy Illegal Access to U.S. Military Websites for $500.

    01/22/2011 7:01:38 PM PST · by lbryce · 4 replies
    Krebs On Security ^ | Jnuary 22, 2011 | Staff
    Amid all of the media and public fascination with threats like Stuxnet and weighty terms such as “cyberwar,” it’s easy to overlook the more humdrum and persistent security threats, such as Web site vulnerabilities. But none of these distractions should excuse U.S. military leaders from making sure their Web sites aren’t trivially hackable by script kiddies. Security vendor Imperva today blogged about a hacker who claims to have access to and control over several top dot-gov, dot-mil and dot-edu Web sites. I’ve seen some of the back-end evidence of his hacks, so it doesn’t seem like he’s making this up....
  • Shore Up America's Air Superiority

    01/18/2011 10:15:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journaal ^ | 1/17/2011 | Gary Schmitt and Thomas Donnelly
    After the Chinese military tested its new stealthy fighter during U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates' visit to Beijing, most attention focused on whether or not President Hu Jintao had advance knowledge of the test. The fact that Mr. Hu appeared surprised when Mr. Gates brought it up led to speculation on the relative independence of the PLA and its potential role in next year's change in China's leadership. These are obviously important issues but they should not make us lose sight of the test itself and the central fact that the balance of air power in the region is leaning...