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  • WaPo: “U.S. Forces Now on the Ground” in Yemen

    05/29/2016 12:21:27 AM PDT · by hamilton_1800 · 19 replies
    In significant news that has thus far either gone under or outright unreported by the media, U.S. military advisors have “boots on the ground” in Yemen, according to a recent report in the Washington Post by Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Missy Ryan: “The Pentagon has placed a small number of U.S. advisors on the ground in Yemen to support Arab forces battling al-Qaeda, military officials said on Friday, signaling a new American role in that country’s multi-sided civil war. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said U.S. personnel had been in the country for about two weeks, supporting Yemeni and...
  • Bill Kristol this week abc: If It Takes 50,000 Troops (on the ground) DO IT!

    11/16/2015 12:10:24 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 36 replies
    On "this week" ABC Bill Kristol calls for sending 50,000 u.s. troops on the ground to fight ISIS in Syria.
  • First lady Michelle Obama, Conan O’Brien to visit US troops in Qatar

    11/01/2015 10:22:05 AM PST · by PROCON · 37 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 1, 2015
    Michelle Obama is bringing a little bit of Hollywood on her trip to Qatar next week. The first lady is being accompanied by late-night comic and talk-show host Conan O’Brien, who will entertain US troops during a visit to the al-Udeid airbase near the capital of Doha.
  • U.S. to Deploy Special Operations Forces in Syria: Official

    10/30/2015 10:34:22 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 22 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/30/15 | Jim Miklaszewski
    The U.S. will send a small number of U.S. special operations forces into Syria as part of a shift in its strategy against ISIS, officials said Friday. A senior administration official confirmed that President Barack Obama has authorized a contingent of less than 50 special operations forces to deploy into northern Syria. "We have been focused on intensifying elements of our strategy that have been working, while also moving away from elements of our approach that have proven less effective," the official explained. The White House was expected to announce the decision later Friday.
  • U.S. troops face eating, drinking restrictions during Ramadan

    06/28/2015 6:18:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | June 27, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    Do U.S. troops fast during Yom Kippur? Lent? No? Why not? “U.S. Troops Face Eating, Drinking Restrictions During Ramadan,” by Jeryl Bier, Weekly Standard, June 26, 2015 (thanks to Pamela Geller): A top commander in southwest Asia reminded U.S military personnel stationed in Muslim countries in the Middle East of the restrictions placed on them during Ramadan. According to a report by the U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs, Brig. Gen. John Quintas, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing commander in Southwest Asia, said that the U.S. is “committed to the concepts of tolerance, freedom and diversity.” But he added that...
  • A message to Putin: Hundreds of Poles mob convoy of U.S. troops driving through eastern Europe

    03/24/2015 12:28:38 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 March 2015 | Jennifer Newton for MailOnline
    "Hundreds of Polish residents took to the streets to give a hero's welcome to a convoy of U.S. troops who are driving through eastern Europe and deliver a damning message to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Children climbed on to Stryker armoured vehicles and even offered souvenirs to the troops, who stopped to pose for pictures in the main square of the eastern Polish town of Bialystok. Meanwhile other residents lined the roads and applauded as the troops from the 3rd Squadron of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment of the American Army passed by." "The scenes mirrored those in France after Paris...
  • 3,000 Fort Stewart soldiers deploying to Europe amid US effort to deter Russian aggression

    02/18/2015 4:42:04 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 13 replies
    Daily Journal ^ | February 17, 2015 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    <p>FORT STEWART, Georgia — The U.S. Army is sending more than 3,000 Fort Stewart soldiers to Europe to help assure American allies in the region and deter Russian aggression in Ukraine.</p> <p>Officials at the southeast Georgia Army post said Tuesday that soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division will deploy next month.</p>
  • Joint Chiefs recommend quarantine for all US troops returning from West Africa

    10/28/2014 4:28:30 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 12 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | October 28, 2014 | John Harper and Chris Carroll
    The military’s top brass has recommended that all American troops returning from the mission to combat Ebola in West Africa be quarantined, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel “shares the concerns by the chiefs about the safety and well-being not only of our troops but also of their families,” but has not yet made a decision about whether to approve the recommendation from the Joint Chiefs. Hagel received the chiefs’ recommendation on Tuesday, shortly after Army leadership decided to isolate Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams and 10 other...
  • Congressman Defends Tobacco Sales to Troops: 'Leave Us the Hell Alone'

    10/08/2014 8:39:51 AM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 8, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter is fighting a potential ban on tobacco sales on military bases and ships. The idea of a ban is currently under a department review, thanks to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. But Hunter, a Marine reservist who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is already fighting the idea. “It’s not curbed for anybody else. Why pick out the folks who choose of their own accord to fight for their country and serve their country, and punish them?”
  • Afghanistan to sign deal allowing American troops to stay after combat mission ends

    09/29/2014 6:53:50 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 17 replies
    Fox News Online ^ | Sept. 29, 2014 | AP
    A senior adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday that Afghanistan will sign a deal Tuesday to allow American soldiers to remain in the country past the end of the year. John Podesta, speaking to a news conference at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, said he didn't know if newly inaugurated President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai would be the official signing the deal for Afghanistan. Podesta said he would sign it on behalf of the U.S. The deal will allow about 10,000 American troops to stay in the country after the international combat mission ends on Dec. 31.

    09/17/2014 11:53:19 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 69 replies
    We The People - White House petition site ^ | Sept. 17th | We The People
    The danger of EBOLA infection to our Armed Forces members is too great if they are deployed to the ground in West Africa . It is NOT their mission ! We put them all at unique and deadly risk , and an exposure that risks bringing Ebola back to the homeland as well . NO BOOTS ON THE GROUND IN WEST AFRICA
  • Terrific: U.S. ‘scouts’ on ground in Iraq looking for anyone who will fight

    09/16/2014 8:03:46 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/16/14 | Dan Calabrese
    Hey kid, wanna be in a war Didn’t Barack Obama say that our allies were going to do the fighting on the ground against ISIS, and that all the U.S. would have to do would be to provide air support? Didn’t John Kerry say we were already establishing a fantastic coalition? Oh, and isn’t this the same John Kerry who ran down George W. Bush because his initial Iraq invasion coalition included “only” Great Britain and Australia? (Kerry forgot Poland, of course, and he also forgot that more than 30 nations had joined the battle in the meantime.)
  • NATO chief to move forces from U.S. to Europe to respond to Russia in Ukraine

    07/01/2014 2:27:52 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies ^ | July 1, 2014 | James Rosen
    WASHINGTON -- NATO’s top military commander said Monday that American troops from the United States will be dispatched to Europe starting in October to help respond to Russian aggression in Ukraine. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, supreme allied commander of the Western military alliance, said the U.S.-based troops will buttress American forces that have already been moved in recent months from Germany, Italy and elsewhere in Europe for stepped-up ground and air patrols in the three Baltic countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, plus Poland and Romania. “It’s a very momentous time in Europe, probably the most since the...
  • Iran sends troops into Iraq to aid fight against Isis militants

    06/15/2014 8:41:13 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 54 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday, June 14, 2014 | Martin Chulov
    Iran has sent 2,000 advance troops to Iraq in the past 48 hours to help tackle a jihadist insurgency, a senior Iraqi official has told the Guardian. The confirmation comes as the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, said Iran was ready to support Iraq from the mortal threat fast spreading through the country, while the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, called on citizens to take up arms in their country's defence. Addressing the country on Saturday, Maliki said rebels from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) had given "an incentive to the army and to Iraqis to act...
  • US sends assault ship with 1,000 Marines near Libya, asks Americans to 'depart immediately'

    05/27/2014 6:18:56 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 51 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 27 May 2014
    The US is sending 1,000 Marines in an amphibious assault ship to Libya's coast as a “precautionary” move should the US embassy require evacuation, a US official said. Security concerns also led the US to suggest Americans in Libya "depart immediately." Adding to tensions, gunmen attacked the Tripoli home of Libya’s new prime minister, Ahmed Maiteeq, on Tuesday. Businessman Maiteeq, 42, and his family escaped harm, according to AFP. An aide to Maiteeq said "there was an attack with rockets and small arms on the prime minister's house" in Tripoli at 3:00 a.m. (0100 GMT). Maiteeq’s guards opened fire on...
  • Boots on the Ground in Ukraine?

    04/03/2014 4:50:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | April 3, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    The United States government has a dangerous penchant for military intervention, so after Vladimir Putin invaded Crimea, it was a relief that no one talked about sending troops or deploying bombers. Sen. John McCain scotched any such notion by acknowledging glumly that "there is not a military option." Silly him. For the most bellicose hawks, there is always a military option. After a brief lull, some of the people who beat the drums for war in Iraq -- and have done likewise for Iran -- now propose that we put American lives at risk on behalf of Ukraine. This comes...
  • ‘I Didn’t Join to Be Sacrificed’: US Troop Deaths in Afghanistan Skyrocket Under Obama

    02/14/2014 5:18:58 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | February 14, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan have skyrocketed under President Obama. Since 2009, 73 percent of all U.S. deaths in the country have taken place, amounting to 27.1 fatalities per month, on average. Billy and Karen Vaughn, Gold Star parents of Special Operations Chief (SEAL) Aaron Vaughn who was killed in action in 2011, are speaking out about why. U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan are now forced to fight a two-fronted war. Before each deployment, these soldiers understand fully that day after day they will do battle against relentless terrorists with shifting loyalties and unspeakable hatred. But what none of them...
  • Congress Defends Religious Freedom for the Troops

    01/03/2014 6:10:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | January 3, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    It was a rare and welcome victory for religious freedom for our all-volunteer military. Congress approved—and President Obama the day after Christmas signed—the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This new law contains stronger language than ever before that assures our service members do not have to give up their own freedoms while protecting ours. This new law contains some of Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-Utah) provisions to assure better implementation of freedom guarantees. In the past, the Obama administration has largely ignored protections for service members. This law provides clear deadlines for the Defense Department to issue new regulations. Military...
  • South Sudan: US Military Aircraft Hit By Rebels

    12/21/2013 5:47:18 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 77 replies ^ | December 21, 2013
    Two US military aircraft have been fired at during an evacuation mission in South Sudan, wounding two service personnel. One is said to be in a critical condition, and it is thought at least one of the planes was damaged. South Sudan has blamed the attack on renegade troops. Officials said the aircraft were heading to Bor, the capital of the state of Jonglei and the scene of some of the country's worst violence in the past week. After being fired at the planes turned around and headed to Kampala in Uganda. From there the wounded service personnel were flown...
  • Afghans Demand That U.S. Admit Military Errors - Obama display contrition

    11/20/2013 8:16:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 19, 2013 | ROD NORDLAND
    KABUL, Afghanistan — Months of fraught negotiations and public posturing over how a long-term American military force could remain in Afghanistan have suddenly come down to a demand for a single personal gesture: a display of contrition by President Obama for military mistakes that have hurt Afghans. Afghan officials said Tuesday that in return for such a letter from Mr. Obama, President Hamid Karzai would end his vehement opposition to American counterterrorism raids on private Afghan homes — one of the most contentious issues between allies over a costly dozen-year war — clearing the way for an agreement to keep...
  • SYRIA: “No boots on the ground”…but 300 Marines on board USS San Antonio “just in case”

    09/03/2013 9:22:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Bare Naked Islam ^ | 9/3/13 | staff
    Just in case WHAT? Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the Mutt & Jeff of American Defense policy. We are so screwed.
  • Sarah Palin: SUPPORT TROOPATHON (LIVE! From Nixon Library #24 link)

    06/27/2013 11:42:58 AM PDT · by onyx · 34 replies
    Sarah Palin's Face Book ^ | June 27, 2013 | Sarah Palin
    The annual Troopathon event is broadcasting live today from the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California. Today, I’m in a remote area in Alaska (in Illiamna in Bristol Bay) and heading back in Todd’s float plane to do an interview for Hannity’s show on Fox in a few hours from our house. But I’m with friends at Troopathon in spirit from the far North and offer my support to this worthy cause. Troopathon is a wonderful way to show support for our brave men and women in uniform by sending care packages to our troops in combat zones. They’re willing...
  • U.S.-trained Congolese troops committed rapes and other atrocities, U.N. says

    05/16/2013 11:13:20 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 13, 2013 | Craig Whitlock
    A Congolese army battalion that received its formative training from the U.S. military went on to commit mass rapes and other atrocities last year, a U.N. investigation has found. Members of the 391st Commando Battalion, a unit created in 2010 with extensive support from the U.S. government, joined with other Congolese soldiers to rape 97 women and 33 girls as they fled a rebel advance in eastern Congo in November, according to the United Nations. U.S. Special Operations forces had spent eight months training the 750-member battalion in a bid to professionalize Congo’s ragtag military, which has a long history...
  • 12 Liberal Pledges for the New Year

    12/31/2012 5:10:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | December 31, 2012 | Katie Kieffer
    Here are twelve comical but true resolutions that every liberal should make for 2013: 1.) Resolve to spend time with gun-owners. I have a liberal friend who says she would rather be in the same room as a cobra snake than a gun, even an unloaded gun. Guns really, really scare her. But guns don’t kill. People kill. Whether the tool is a gun or a knife or a baseball bat, unconscionable people kill, not the inanimate objects in their hands. Banning all tools and machinery will not turn bad people into good people. Doing so would make us more...
  • U.S. Troops Are Reported Back in Iraq Over Syrian Crisis

    12/10/2012 7:20:50 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 50 replies
    New American ^ | Monday, 10 December 2012 12:45 | Jack Kenny
    More than 3,000 U.S. military personnel have secretly returned to Iraq via Kuwait and 17,000 more are on their way in response to the civil war in Syria that has spilled over into northern Iraq, according to a report published Monday by Iran's Press TV. The news follows by four days a report from the Russian news service RT that the aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower has joined the USS Iwo Jima off the coast of Syria. Both President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week issued stern warnings to Syria about unspecified but serious "consequences" that would follow if...
  • Thousands Of US Troops Arrive Near Syrian Shore On USS Eisenhower

    12/06/2012 5:34:30 AM PST · by Strategy · 83 replies
    Russia Today ^ | December 6, 2012
    The USS Eisenhower, an American aircraft carrier that holds eight fighter bomber squadrons and 8,000 men, arrived at the Syrian coast yesterday in the midst of a heavy storm, indicating US preparation for a potential ground intervention. While the Obama administration has not announced any sort of American-led military intervention in the war-torn country, the US is now ready to launch such action "within days" if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad decides to use chemical weapons against the opposition, the Times reports.
  • Honor For Whom Honor is Due

    11/13/2012 3:55:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | November 13, 2012 | Chuck Norris
    On the heels of a pivotal national election, I'd like to remind Americans that it is our troops' service and sacrifice that safeguards our precious right to cast those ballots and savor the freedoms that we hold dear. They represent the best of America. Yesterday, we honored all U.S. veterans and troops currently serving for their unwavering courage, their dedication to keeping our nation strong and protecting the liberties we continue to enjoy. We also pay tribute to the wounded, missing, fallen and their families. My father, Ray, fought and was wounded in World War II in the Battle of...
  • U.S. troops gone, al Qaeda makes Iraq peace elusive

    03/09/2012 11:04:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 9, 2012 8:18am EST | Yara Bayoumy
    f Iraqis were hoping that the withdrawal of U.S. forces last year would finally mean the end of war, al Qaeda and its Sunni militant allies are determined to prove otherwise. Daily bombings and shootings remain an endemic feature of life. In the past three months, al Qaeda-linked fighters have been blamed for attacks that have killed at least 250 people. In a particularly poignant reminder of militants' potency this week, gunmen in unauthorized uniforms of special commandos drove from checkpoint to checkpoint in the western town of Haditha before dawn, gunning down police. They killed 27 including two officers...
  • Christmas 2011

    12/23/2011 3:47:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | December 23, 2011 | Oliver North
    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 Guard, in Anbar province,...
  • 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...
  • Maher says 'nobody' in Japan gov't was in charge early in nuclear crisis(ready 2 withdraw US troops)

    08/19/2011 12:04:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Japan Today ^ | 08/19/11 | Mari Yamaguchi
    Maher says 'nobody' in Japan gov't was in charge early in nuclear crisis By Mari Yamaguchi National Aug. 19, 2011 - 02:30PM JST ( 54 ) TOKYO — Early in the Fukushima nuclear crisis, U.S. officials felt that nobody in Japan’s government was taking charge, and Washington considered evacuating American troops in a worst-case scenario, a retired U.S. envoy said Thursday. When the March 11 earthquake and tsunami set off the crisis by crippling the Fukushima Daiichi plant and sending it toward meltdown, Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s administration initially acted as if it was only the plant operator’s problem, not...
  • Pakistan army demands US slash troops

    05/05/2011 12:54:06 PM PDT · by library user · 26 replies
    AFP via The Australian ^ | May 5, 2011 | From correspondents in Islamabad
    PAKISTAN'S military has demanded the US cut its troop presence in the country to a "minimum" as the fallout from the killing of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden intensifies. After days of questions in Washington over how bin Laden could find shelter in the town of Abbottabad, army chief of staff General Ashfaq Kayani threatened to "review" cooperation with the US in the event of another similar raid. Pakistan is a key US ally in the war against Islamist militants in Afghanistan, but the relationship between Washington and Islamabad was tense even before the architect of the September 11, 2001...
  • Six foreign troops killed in Kabul airport shooting (All six are American troops)

    04/27/2011 4:22:11 AM PDT · by library user · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 27, 2011 | Staff
    (Reuters) - Six troops from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed in a shooting on Wednesday involving an Afghan Air Force pilot at the airport in the Afghan capital, ISAF said in a brief statement.
  • 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.
  • U.S. Soldier Killed In Frankfurt Airport Shooting (terrorist attack)

    U.S. Soldier Killed In Frankfurt Airport Shooting MYFOXNY.COM - Two people including a U.S. soldier died Wednesday in a shooting involving a bus carrying U.S. troops at Germany's Frankfurt airport, local newspapers reported. An airport spokesperson confirmed that shots were fired "near or on" a bus carrying U.S. soldiers. Two others were injured in the attack at Terminal 2 of the airport, one of Europe's busiest. The driver and one U.S. soldier died in the attack, Main-Spitze newspaper reported. A 21-year-old man, reportedly from Kosovo, was arrested at the scene, reports said. The U.S. Army Europe said it had no...
  • A team of heavily armed Marine Corps security personnel have been sent to the U.S. Embassy in Cairo

    01/31/2011 11:25:55 AM PST · by roses of sharon · 105 replies
    – [Update 8:38 p.m. Cairo, 1:38 p.m. ET] A team of heavily armed Marine Corps security personnel have been sent to the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to provide additional security for the facility, defense officials tell CNN. The small team of Marines, about a dozen according to one of the officials, are part of a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST). The Marines are inside the embassy perimeter. Egyptian military and security forces continue to provide security outside the embassy, the officials said.
  • 7 US troops killed in latest Afghanistan fighting

    08/29/2010 2:08:01 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 29th 2010 | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN AP
    KABUL, Afghanistan – Seven U.S. troops have died in weekend attacks in Afghanistan's embattled southern and eastern regions, NATO said Sunday. Two servicemen died in bombings Sunday in southern Afghanistan, while two others were killed in a bomb attack in the south on Saturday and three in fighting in the east the same day, NATO said. Their identities and other details were being withheld until relatives could be notified. The latest deaths bring to 42 the number of American forces who have died this month in Afghanistan after July's high of 66. A total of 62 international forces have died...
  • Petraeus to Loosen Controversial Afghan ROE?

    06/26/2010 12:10:04 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Tech ^ | 6/25/2010 | Greg Grant
    Fox News, outgoing Afghan commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s least favorite news channel (he banned it from the televisions in his HQ), reports that one of the first moves of incoming Afghan commander Gen. David Petraeus will be to loosen the controversial rules of engagement in Afghanistan to allow more artillery and air strikes. Troops in Afghanistan complain they’re fighting with one hand tied behind their back because of the various “directives” issued by McChrystal restricting the use of indirect fires in an effort to curtail civilian casualties. Not so fast, reports Leo Shane with Stars and Stripes, who asked Petraeus’...
  • Soldiers’ Perspective: The M320 Grenade Launcher

    05/30/2010 8:49:32 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 698+ views
    Kit Up ^ | 5/28/2010 | christian
    In the damned if you do, damned if you don’t category, the Army’s new M320 grenade launcher is facing stiff criticism over one of the principle advantages of the system requested by Soldiers and touted by the Army. There were lots of M320s among Joes in the 3rd BCT of the 101st Airborne — in fact I don’t remember seeing a single M203 among them. But just about everyone I asked about the new H&K-made M320 was that they miss the 203. I got the sense that this was mostly a reaction against changing from a tried and true system...
  • DARPA Awards Lockheed Martin $3.9M Contract to Develop Advanced Rifle Scope for Soldiers

    05/26/2010 8:17:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 657+ views
    Lockheed Martin ^ | 5/26/2010 | Lockheed Martin
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Lockheed Martin a $3.93 million contract to develop a rifle-scope attachment to enhance soldiers’ marksmanship capabilities. The Dynamic Image Gunsight Optic or DInGO system will enable soldiers to accurately view targets at varying distances without changing scopes or suffering a decrease in optical resolution. The system will enhance soldiers’ ability to accurately hit targets at a range of between three and 600 meters. DInGO automatically calculates the range with a low power laser rangefinder, digitally zooms in on it and accounts for environmental conditions such as wind using sensors built into the...
  • Patriot missile battery arrives in Poland

    05/24/2010 9:53:13 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 313+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/24/2010 | Reuters
    A U.S. Patriot missile battery has arrived in Poland as part of an agreement to upgrade the NATO ally's air defenses, the U.S. embassy said on Monday, in a deployment likely to irritate neighboring Russia.The battery, manned by up to 150 U.S. troops, will be stationed for about one month four times a year in Morag, northern Poland, close to Russia's exclave of Kaliningrad. Its main mission is to train Polish military personnel. U.S. troops were unloading 37 railway cars of equipment on Monday, the embassy said. U.S. and Polish officials are due to visit the site on Wednesday and...
  • Army issues instructions for painting M16s, M4s

    05/23/2010 9:47:14 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 25 replies · 1,278+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 5/25/2010 | Defense Talk
    Soldiers already have uniforms that blend them into their surroundings. Now there's instructions on how to have a weapon that blends in too. In April, the Army released instructions on how Soldiers can apply spray paint to their M4 or M16 rifle, without decreasing the effectiveness of either the weapon or the installed optics. "The Army has always had techniques to camouflage the Soldier ... we have techniques for the Soldier and the equipment," said Col. Douglas A. Tamilio, project manager for Soldier Weapons, Program Executive Office Soldier. "We found in Iraq and Afghanistan that Soldiers were starting to paint...
  • Future of U.S. Bases Bolstered in Japan

    05/23/2010 5:51:13 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies · 598+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/24/2010 | Jacob Schlesinger and Juro Osawa
    Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama gave up on a bedrock campaign pledge and accepted a longstanding U.S. proposal for positioning American troops in Japan, backing down from a battle with Washington as the two nations grapple with North Korea's aggression and China's rising power in the region. The move hands the Obama administration an important foreign-policy victory, allowing Washington to avoid what, for a time, appeared to be an unwelcome need to rearrange its regional defense strategy in North Asia while fighting two wars and navigating other tense diplomatic and economic tussles around the world. Beyond the specifics of the Marine...
  • Army recalls 44,000 combat helmets

    05/15/2010 8:44:07 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 39 replies · 1,256+ views
    Associated Press via The State ^ | 4/15/2010 | Associated Press via The State
    The Army says it is recalling 44,000 advanced combat helmets that have been issued to soldiers worldwide because they do not meet military specifications. The Army said in a statement Friday that the risk to soldiers wearing the helmets is still being determined. New helmets are being issued to anyone who has a defective one. The recall amounts to 4 percent of all advanced combat helmets issued by the Army. The helmets are made by ArmorSource LLC. The company, based in Hebron, Ohio, is a leading maker of combat headgear for the military and police. The army said tests showed...
  • Troops Support Ballot Recount on Request

    05/15/2010 6:22:19 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 116+ views ^ | 05/15/2010 | Sgt. Melissa Shaw
    BAGHDAD - U.S. soldiers from the 571st Military Police Company and the Joint Area Support Group-Central security directorate have been working round the clock since May 2 on request from the Iraqi government to augment the security surrounding the partial recount of the Baghdad parliamentary election ballots. Several weeks ago, an Iraqi review panel decided to unseal the roughly 11,300 ballot boxes and recount more than two million ballots after a complaint from Maliki's bloc alleged fraud in the initial tally of ballots in Baghdad, which holds more than a fifth of the seats in parliament. Officials had expected the...
  • Poland to receive first US missiles in May

    05/02/2010 9:40:27 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 350+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 4/21/2010 | Space Daily
    The first-ever battery of US Patriot missiles to be deployed in Poland will arrive in late May, defence ministry spokesman Janusz Sejmej told AFP on Wednesday. "Following preparations and consultations, the first deployment of a battery of anti-missile Patriots will start around May 24 in Morag," Sejmej said. The Polish military base at Morag, in the Mazurian Lakes region, is some 250 kilometres (150 miles) north of Warsaw and just 60 kilometres (40 kilometres) from the border with Russia's Kaliningrad territory. Sejmej refused to say how long the deployment would last, but said it was "temporary". In February, Poland ratified...
  • Leftwing Hypocrisy on Standing Armies Used Against Citizens

    04/14/2010 12:09:43 PM PDT · by Welshman007 · 139 replies · 1,743+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 4/14/2010 | Anthony G. Martin
    In the current controversy over the 80,000-troop 'Consequence Management Response Force' that is charged in part with 'helping with civil unrest,' the hypocrisy of the Leftwing has become abundantly clear when it comes to standing armies being used against American citizens. The program was planned and the first stage was implemented under the administration of George W. Bush. At that time the program involved only one brigade of the 3rd infantry at Fort Stewart. Since 2008 the program has been expanded to include personnel from all branches of the military, far beyond Fort Stewart, and far beyond the meager 6000...
  • Kazakhstan To Open Its Airspace For US Military Planes

    04/12/2010 4:48:52 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 522+ views
    RTT News ^ | 4/12/2010 | RTT News
    Kazakhstan has decided to open its airspace to U.S. military aircraft ferrying supplies to American troops serving in Afghanistan, it was decided on Sunday at a meeting between President Barack Obama and his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in Washington. The permission granted by Kazakstan means that U.S. planes en route to Afghanistan can now use the polar route instead of flying along the indirect route through Europe, which would save precious time and fuel for moving supplies to forward locations in the war-ravaged country. The meeting, the first between the two leaders, took place on the eve of the Nuclear...
  • U.S. promised access to Kyrgyzstan base

    04/12/2010 2:41:07 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 211+ views
    UPI ^ | 4/11/2010 | UPI
    Kyrgyzstan's interim government Sunday promised continued U.S. access to an airbase outside Bishkek critical to supporting military operations in Afghanistan. Roza Otunbayeva, the head of the interim government formed in last week's violent uprising, said her administration would follow all previous U.S.-Kyrgyzstan agreements on use of the airbase, which some 50,000 coalition troops bound for Afghanistan passed through in March, The Financial Times reported Sunday.
  • Army Budget Share Will Grow

    04/10/2010 9:26:27 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 316+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 4/9/2010 | GreG Grant
    Defense budgets are not declining and will remain stable through 2015. Defense spending will remain at about 21 percent of total federal outlays, or around 4.7 percent of GDP, according to an analysis of the 2011 defense budget by business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. However, in a big change to business as usual, the defense budget will no longer be evenly divided between the three services as it has for around the past forty years. The ground forces will be the big winners in future years; the Army’s slice of the budget pie will grow as mountains of equipment...