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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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 · 23 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 ^ | 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 ( - Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told 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. 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 ^ | 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 ( 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...