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  • Jeff Bezos just donated $33 million in college scholarships for 'dreamers'

    01/12/2018 9:29:11 AM PST · by bitt · 77 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | 1/12/2018 | Sara Selinas
    Jeff Bezos just donated $33 million to 'dreamers' Jeff Bezos just donated $33 million to 'dreamers' 41 Mins Ago | 00:41 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos donated $33 million in college scholarships for "dreamers" — childhood undocumented immigrants granted stay in the country under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. TheDream.Us, a nonprofit working toward college access for undocumented immigrants, said the donation from Bezos and his wife MacKenzie is the largest in the organization's history and will fund 1,000 scholarships. "My dad came to the U.S. when he was 16 as part of Operation Pedro Pan," Bezos said...
  • The Navy Is Changing Its Plans for its Dumbed-Down Zumwalts and Their Ammoless Guns

    12/06/2017 7:30:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 77 replies
    The Drive ^ | DECEMBER 5, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The future USS Michael Monsoor, set to become the U.S. Navy’s second stealthy Zumwalt-class destroyer, is underway for the first time for sea trials. The milestone comes as the service continues to reformulate the role of the ships, now saying they will be focused on attacking surface targets at sea, as well as on land, while the vessels' future seems as uncertain as ever in the face of continuing budget shortfalls and personnel problems. The second Zumwalt-class ship, also known as DDG-1001, sailed down the Kennebec River in Maine, on its way to the Altantic Ocean from Bath Iron Works...
  • Will the Navy Develop a New Role for the Stealthy Zumwalt?

    07/30/2017 7:29:46 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 07/30/2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    The three new Zumwalt-class destroyers are in trouble. Originally envisioned as a fleet of more nearly three dozen destroyers, and the weapons that justified them, the Zumwalts have faced delays, cuts and staggering cost increases. As the ships teeter on the verge of white elephant status, could they become relevant again by taking on a new role, that of a stealthy ship killer? The Zumwalt-class destroyers were originally envisioned as a fleet of thirty-two destroyers designed to attack targets far inland with precision-guided howitzer shells. Designed in part to support amphibious landings by the U.S. Marine Corps, the Zumwalts were...
  • The U.S. Navy's Stealthy Zumwalt Class Destoyer: America’s New 'Pocket' Battleships?

    07/30/2017 3:56:21 PM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 60 replies
    National Interest ^ | 7/30/17 | Kyle Mizokami
    The three new Zumwalt-class destroyers are in trouble. Originally envisioned as a fleet of more nearly three dozen destroyers, and the weapons that justified them, the Zumwalts have faced delays, cuts and staggering cost increases. As the ships teeter on the verge of white elephant status, could they become relevant again by taking on a new role, that of a stealthy ship killer? The Zumwalt-class destroyers were originally envisioned as a fleet of thirty-two destroyers designed to attack targets far inland with precision-guided howitzer shells. Designed in part to support amphibious landings by the U.S. Marine Corps, the Zumwalts were...
  • Navy's New $4 Billion Stealth Warship Breaks Down (Again)

    11/23/2016 10:52:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/23/2016
    For the second time in two months, The Navy's new $4 billion stealth warship has broken down. As Military.com reports, the ripped-from-the-pages-of-a-sci-fi mag-looking USS Zumwalt is now in Panama for repairs after suffering a breakdown while passing through the Panama Canal on Monday evening.Military.com's Hope Hodge Seck reports that a spokesman for U.S. 3rd Fleet, Cmdr. Ryan Perry, told Military.com that the commander of 3rd Fleet, Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, had instructed the USS Zumwalt, the first in a new class of stealthy destroyers, to remain at ex-Naval Station Rodman in Panama to address the engineering casualty. "The timeline for...
  • Bath-built destroyer breaks down, towed out of Panama Canal

    11/23/2016 3:17:01 AM PST · by Daffynition · 85 replies
    BDN ^ | Nov 22, 2016 | Beth Brogan
    BATH, Maine — The Bath-built USS Zumwalt, the first-in-class “stealth” destroyer that left the Bath shipyard on Sept. 7, broke down Monday night while passing through the Panama Canal and was towed by tugs through the locks toward the Pacific Ocean. The DDG 1000, the first of a class of three destroyers that cost an estimated $22 billion combined, “suffered an engineering casualty,” the Navy Times reported. The Zumwalt was towed through the locks to Rodman, a former U.S. military base.
  • The USS Zumwalt Can't Fire Its Guns Because the Ammo Is Too Expensive

    11/07/2016 5:47:10 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 71 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | November 7, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    Just three weeks after commissioning the USS Zumwalt, the U.S. Navy has admitted it is canceling ammunition specially developed for the ship's high-tech gun systems because the rounds are too expensive. . The guns, tailor made for the destroyer, will be unable to fire until the Navy chooses a cheaper replacement round. The Zumwalt-class destroyers were conceived in the late 1990s as the first of a new generation of stealthy warships. The radar signature of the 610 foot long warship is that of a 50-foot fishing boat, making the Zumwalts great for getting in close to an enemy coastline and...
  • U.S. Navy’s New High Tech Destroyer Suffers ‘Engineering Casualty’

    09/22/2016 6:11:49 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 50 replies
    gCaptain ^ | September 21, 2016
    The U.S. Navy’s new high tech destroyer has been sidelined for repairs after suffering a seawater leak in its propulsion system less than a month before its expected commissioning.
  • The Afghan War Quagmire

    09/18/2016 9:19:14 PM PDT · by Theoria · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 17 September 2016 | The New York Times
    Eight years ago, President Obama pledged to wind down the war in Iraq and redouble efforts to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan. “As president, I will make the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban the top priority that it should be,” he said during a campaign speech. “This is a war that we have to win.” Lasting peace, Mr. Obama said, would depend on not only defeating the Taliban but helping “Afghans grow their economy from the bottom up.” He added, “We cannot lose Afghanistan to a future of narco-terrorism.” Now, at the twilight of his presidency, these goals...
  • Colossal Stealth Destroyer USS Zumwalt Ready to Set Sail and Join the Navy

    09/07/2016 8:18:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 7, 2016
    <p>The largest and most expensive destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy once headed to sea in a snowstorm during builder trials. Now, it's heading into the remnants of a tropical storm as it leaves Maine for good.</p> <p>The skipper is watching the weather as the stealthy Zumwalt destroyer prepares to depart from Bath Iron Works on Wednesday en route to its commissioning in Baltimore, and then to its homeport in San Diego.</p>
  • Next Generation Destroyer Zumwalt Delivers

    05/20/2016 10:43:58 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    USNI News ^ | May 20, 2016 | Sam LaGrone
    General Dynamics Bath Iron Works delivered the first Zumwalt-class guided missile destroyer to the Navy on Friday, Naval Sea Systems Command announced. The delivery of the 16,000-ton Zumwalt (DDG-1000) optimized for stealth and operations close to shore follows last month’s successful acceptance trials of the ship overseen by the service’s Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), Navy officials told USNI News. INSURV evaluated the ship’s hull, mechanical and engineering (HM&E) systems during the underway testing period last month. “Zumwalt’s crew has diligently trained for months in preparation of this day and they are ready and excited to take charge of...
  • US Navy poised to take ownership of its largest warship (USS Zumwalt)

    05/15/2016 7:06:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 15, 2016 | DAVID SHARP
    BATH, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Navy is ready to take ownership of the Zumwalt, its largest and most technologically sophisticated destroyer. Sailors' uniforms and personal effects, supplies and spare parts are being moved aboard the 610-foot warship in anticipation of crew members taking on their new charge, said Capt. James Kirk, the destroyer's skipper. The Zumbalt is the first new class of warship built at Bath Iron Works since the Arleigh Burke slid into the Kennebec River in 1989. The shipyard is expected to turn the destroyer over to the Navy this week. "We've overcome lots of obstacles to...
  • The Navy's Smallest Ship Is Getting New Missiles

    05/13/2016 1:14:58 PM PDT · by Mariner · 7 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | May 13th, 2016 | By Kyle Mizokami
    Some of the smallest surface combatants in the U.S. Navy will be getting new missiles with "over the horizon" capabilities. The effort is part of a program to give the troubled Littoral Combat Ship program a major firepower boost. The Navy has announced that the USS Freedom, one of two types of the so-called Littoral Combat Ship, will be outfitted with the Norwegian-designed Naval Strike Missile. The missile will be ready for the Freedom's next deployment, whereupon it will be evaluated with an eye for fleet-wide adoption. The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program, originally designed to provide a multi-mission ship...
  • USS Zumwalt, DDG-1000, complete 2nd US Navy acceptance Trials

    05/11/2016 9:06:31 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 67 replies
    FR | May 11, 2016 | Jeff Head
    This is one of the best pictures of the new USS Zumwalt destroyer yet. width=1000> There she is on her second (very successful) US Navy acceptance trials and will soon be turnd over to the US Navy soon. They will put her through her paces for the next 18 or more months before commissioning in late 2017 or so. Beautiful and very powerful, modern vessel. The second will launch soon. See my Flickr Album on this Ship for much more information
  • The First Tour of the USS Zumwalt Reveals a Stealth Ship That's Right on Track

    04/02/2016 10:28:20 AM PDT · by Mariner · 28 replies
    Popular Mechanics via Yahoo ^ | April 1st, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    A reporter for Defense News is the first to spend time on the USS Zumwalt as it conducted builders trials off the coast of Maine. The 610 foot long, 16,000 ton stealth destroyer, the first of her class, is undergoing extra testing before delivery to the U.S. Navy. The Zumwalt's iconic slab-sided profile, in which no radar antennas, weapons or masts are visible, reduces the ship's radar cross-section. Although most recent U.S. Navy surface ships incorporate some level of stealth, Zumwalt is by far the stealthiest. This has meant some pretty dramatic departures in warship design, which veteran reporter Christopher...
  • Ship Photos of the Day – Zumwalt Returns from Snowy Sea Trials

    03/26/2016 7:22:23 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 38 replies
    gCaptain ^ | March 25, 2016
    The future guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) returned from Atlantic Ocean on Thursday after completing its second round of sea trials off the coast of Maine.
  • U.S. Navy’s New Zumwalt Destroyer in Portland Harbor

    01/07/2016 6:05:34 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 41 replies
    gCaptain ^ | January 6, 2016
    Video from Maine Imaging Photography showing the U.S. Navy’s Zumwalt (DDG-1000) entering Portland Harbor following sea trials in December. The Zumwalt is the first of three planned Zumwalt-class stealth destroyers being built for the Navy by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Maine.
  • US Navy Launches the Tesla of Destroyers

    12/22/2015 11:28:09 AM PST · by Mariner · 76 replies
    The Drive ^ | December 7th, 2015 | By The Drive Staff
    It is 600 feet long, weighs 15,000 tons and its captain is named James Kirk. You read that right. The USS Zumwalt is the largest destroyer ever built, and, with its inverse bow and radar-deflecting angles, the stealthiest. The Zumwalt weighed anchor this morning and steamed from Bath Iron Works, in Bath, Maine, down the Kennebeck River and out to sea, where it will conduct its first sea trials. First announced in 2001, the Zumwalt-class destroyers are a $4.4 billion test crucible for a slew of new naval doodads, including all-electric propulsion, new radar and sonar systems, powerful missiles and...
  • U.S. Navy’s New LCS Towed to Port After Breaking Down Off Virginia

    12/14/2015 4:06:24 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    gCaptain ^ | December 14, 2015 | Mike Schuler
    The U.S. Navy’s newest littoral combat ship had to be towed into port last week after losing propulsion off the coast of Virginia. A statement from the U.S. Navy said the ship, USS Milwaukee (LCS 5), was en-route to a naval base in Little Creek when it lost propulsion Thursday night while approximately 40 nautical miles off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia. The USNS Grapple (T-ARS 53) was sent to retrieve the vessel and tow it to the Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) at Little Creek-Fort Story, where they arrived at approximately 9 p.m. EST on Friday.
  • Littoral Combat Ships’ Mine-Hunting Drones Can’t Find Mines, Pentagon Finds

    12/12/2015 5:18:54 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 23 replies
    gcaptain.com ^ | 12/12/15 | bloomberg
    (Bloomberg) — The U.S. Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship would be ineffective at hunting for mines because an underwater drone made by Lockheed Martin Corp. that’s supposed to find them often fails to work, the Pentagon’s weapons-testing office found.