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  • Myanmar, rebels agree on cease-fire text

    Stars and Stripes News
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    The government of Myanmar and armed ethnic rebel groups have agreed on the text of a nationwide cease-fire agreement that aims to end decades of conflict in the Southeast Asian nation, negotiators said Monday.
  • Kunsan military couples allowed concurrent short tours

    Pacific Air Forces Top Stories
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    A recent policy change now enables active-duty military couples to serve simultaneously at Kunsan Air Base on a case-by-case basis. "This is great news for our incoming married military members," said Col. Ken "Wolf" Ekman, 8th Fighter Wing commander. "Our military-to-military couples make significant sacrifices to serve our Air Force. Separation during their assignments to Korea should not be one of them." Under the previous policy for military couples, if one spouse was assigned to Kunsan, the other would be assigned to Osan or another location.more...
  • Stationed Overseas

    Featured Blog Posts - Navy For Moms
    Sonya209
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    Hello Everyone! This is my first blog post.  My son has been in the Navy for one year now and we just found out that his home port will be overseas.  How will we be able to communicate with him? I'm imagining the cell phone charges would be through the roof!  Do they get leave time after being overseas awhile??? Help!!! My son will be too far away!
  • Why No Army ROTC Marshall Conference at VMI This Year?

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    Townie 76
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:40 am
    I got curious when I did not see the Army ROTC Marshall Conference on the VMI Calendar this year.  I did a google search and discovered that it is being held not at VMI and the location of the Marshall Museum and Foundation but at Fort Leavenworth Kansas.  Does anyone know why it is not being held at VMI?  Inquiring Minds want to know? http://www.rotc.monroe.army.mil/events.aspx On another note, it would appear according to the Roanoke Times that VMI Basketball Coach Dugger Bascom is leaving for the greener pastures of the Citadel.
  • Photo - Lejeune Sand

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    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Marine Cpl David Elliot observes the beach during an amphibious beach exercise on Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 20, 2015. Elliot is assigned to 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler A. Andersen
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    Stars and Stripes News

  • Myanmar, rebels agree on cease-fire text

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    The government of Myanmar and armed ethnic rebel groups have agreed on the text of a nationwide cease-fire agreement that aims to end decades of conflict in the Southeast Asian nation, negotiators said Monday.
  • Libyan militias’ conundrum: Fight Islamic State or one another?

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    More than two weeks ago, Libya’s powerful Misrata militia was gathering forces for what its fighters said would soon be an offensive to eject a few hundred Islamic State militants from late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown. The battle was never joined, however, as the Misrata militia shifted its fighters elsewhere.
  • Hospital ship commander relieved right before deployment

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:59 pm
    A U.S. Navy hospital ship commander was relieved of her duties just two days before the ship departs on the five month deployment.
  • Formation of pan-Arab military force could backfire

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Arab states are joining forces again — this time, with the immediate aim of restoring order in chaotic Yemen, and moving as well to quell other regional conflicts. But analysts say the nascent military alliance could usher in new regional crises and intensify existing ones.
  • Troops from 10th Mountain Division heading to Iraq this summer

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Troops from the Army’s 10th Mountain Division will be headed to Iraq later this year, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Monday.
 
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    Pacific Air Forces Top Stories

  • Kunsan military couples allowed concurrent short tours

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    A recent policy change now enables active-duty military couples to serve simultaneously at Kunsan Air Base on a case-by-case basis. "This is great news for our incoming married military members," said Col. Ken "Wolf" Ekman, 8th Fighter Wing commander. "Our military-to-military couples make significant sacrifices to serve our Air Force. Separation during their assignments to Korea should not be one of them." Under the previous policy for military couples, if one spouse was assigned to Kunsan, the other would be assigned to Osan or another location.more...
  • USFK CSM visits with the Wolf Pack

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:18 am
  • WomenÈs History Month

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:08 pm
    During the last month, we've taken time to celebrate Women's History and recognize the immense contributions of our female service members, both past and present.  When I began my career in 1982, female Airmen were still greatly limited in their operational capacity to serve.  Over the last thirty years, our Air Force's recognition of diversity and inclusion as a force multiplier and national security imperative has facilitated great change.  Today, more than 99% of our available jobs are open to women, and Headquarters Air Force is currently working on a plan to evaluate and…
  • OPSEC, social media: Keeping our military safe

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:49 pm
  • Operation PACIFIC ANGEL 15-3 spreads care in Vietnam

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:34 pm
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  • Stationed Overseas

    Sonya209
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    Hello Everyone! This is my first blog post.  My son has been in the Navy for one year now and we just found out that his home port will be overseas.  How will we be able to communicate with him? I'm imagining the cell phone charges would be through the roof!  Do they get leave time after being overseas awhile??? Help!!! My son will be too far away!
  • Here We Go

    Nates_Mom
    15 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Hello all - this is my first post. My boy leaves for the Navy tomorrow, he's so excited! As a single mom, I feel a sense of accomplishment......I'm also freaking out a little bit and I keep cleaning the house and rearranging furniture. I bought him a steak dinner and told him how proud I am of him!
  • My Daughter left for boot camp 3/09/2015

    CinWond17
    10 Mar 2015 | 12:25 pm
    My daughter left yesterday 3/09/2015 for boot camp. got her last phone call @11:30 pm. cant believe I wont be able to talk with her everyday.  she was very calm said she wasn't nervous that she was ready but just worried her mom wasn't doing ok. I told her that I will be fine as long as I know she is good. she said yup. I'm good mom I guess the next time I see u with be in Chicago.  I am very proud and excited for her to start her new journey I stand watching her go from a little girl to growing into a young woman she amazes me.  I've never flown so this will be interesting and terrifying…
  • First Deployment - what about phone?

    Vickie360
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:27 pm
    My son will go on his first deployment and I need to know about options for phones.  Should we get an "interntional plan" on his existing phone or should he get a "pay as you go" phone...If he takes his phone, what should he turn off so we don't get all kinds of charges?  If he uses the ship's phones, do they have access to it often?  Should he take his computer on the ship?  I have so many questions about how we will communicate while he is gone and how we should pay...
  • College while on active duty

    BertH
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Have anyone had any experience with the educational benefits that are available for those on active duty-and do spouses have any? I am trying to be encouraging to my son (and his wife) but also don't want to "nag". But I would like to suggest some realistic options for them. 
 
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  • Why No Army ROTC Marshall Conference at VMI This Year?

    Townie 76
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:40 am
    I got curious when I did not see the Army ROTC Marshall Conference on the VMI Calendar this year.  I did a google search and discovered that it is being held not at VMI and the location of the Marshall Museum and Foundation but at Fort Leavenworth Kansas.  Does anyone know why it is not being held at VMI?  Inquiring Minds want to know? http://www.rotc.monroe.army.mil/events.aspx On another note, it would appear according to the Roanoke Times that VMI Basketball Coach Dugger Bascom is leaving for the greener pastures of the Citadel.
  • I’m a let you finish

    Slater
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:58 pm
    But Keydet Life is the greatest Comic of all time!   To be honest, I haven’t seen stuff this good since my time with the 2eme Bataillion de France.  Those dudes can draw cartoons, these remind me of those days.  Except for the fact that an entire class would face decimation had we run off to the Keys for five days during exams…wait.
  • Gun-Day Sunday: 300 Blackout and Cooper’s Commentaries

    LTCOL P
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    One of my great pleasures is sifting through the collection of Cooper’s Commentaries; the old-timer was so very right about a great many things, and he had a keen eye for history, inter alia. It’s instructive to look back at his opinions on weapons, weapon-craft and practical marksmanship. He kept a close watch on gun and ammunition developments and, while he would not hesitate to excoriate anything that he thought was a waste of time or a foolish errand– and there were many of those– he also had an admirable interest in the pursuit of what he called “the better…
  • NDAA for the 21st Century

    Townie 76
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Over at Breaking Defense there is an article regarding John McCain’s desire to take a look the Goldwater-Nichols Act and make a determination if it needs to be updated or changed. In the same article it was also mentioned that he wanted to take a look at the Defense Office Personnel Management Act (DOPMA). There is no question that we need a new National Security Act for the 21st Century, part of the attempt by in Goldwater-Nichols was to be a partial step towards shaping DoD for the 21st Century. We need a National Security Act for the 21st Century […]
  • The USAF Reasons for Getting Rid of the A10 are Total Bull$%it!

    Townie 76
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
    According to an article over at Real Clear Defense, the reasons the USAF are giving are: Some in the press have been similarly skeptical of the Air Force’s intentions, saying that the plan “doesn’t add up,” and more colorfully, calling it “total bull*hit and both the American taxpayer and those who bravely fight our wars on the ground should be furious.” Those reports similarly cite the Air Force’s longstanding antagonism to the CAS mission as the chief motive for the A-10’s retirement.
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  • Photo - Lejeune Sand

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Marine Cpl David Elliot observes the beach during an amphibious beach exercise on Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 20, 2015. Elliot is assigned to 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tyler A. Andersen
  • Casey Sheehan - A SYSK for Palm Sunday

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    This is an annual repost honoring Casey Sheehan who gave his life in a fight to save his brothers... Casey Sheehan grew up in a devout Catholic home. He served as an altar boy and then as a key member of his church's youth group for years. When he was old enough, Casey joined the Boy Scouts, becoming the very second Eagle Scout out of his troop. He enlisted in the Army when he was twenty years old. He decided to be a mechanic. He would undergo Combat Lifesaver training - a class on how to give IVs and treat trauma only second in intense learning to combat medic training. He was also certified…
  • Photo - Raising the Barricade

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    U.S. sailors line up before raising the barricade during a flight deck drill aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Persian Gulf, March 21, 2015. The Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Fenaroli
  • Phtoto - Beach Assault Training, Kuwait

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:58 am
    U.S. Marines assault a simulated objective during Exercise Eagle Resolve 2015 on Failaka Island, Kuwait, March 24, 2015. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Devin Nichols
  • What Difference Does It Make - take 2

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:54 am
    Perennial media darling (and President-anointed in waiting) Hillary Rodham Clinton weighs in on Bowe Bergdahl. Among her erudite comments was this gem: "If you look at what the factors were going into the decision, of course there are competing interests and values," Clinton told Sawyer. "And one of our values is we bring everybody home off the battlefield the best we can. It doesn't matter how they ended up in a prisoner of war situation.” What is insane about all this are two competing, yet compelling problems: (1) The circumstances under which Bergdahl was captured were essentially…
 
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  • Navy Fixes Carrier Catapult to Launch Jets with External Fuel Tanks

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    The Navy plans to fix the software on its new carrier-based electromagnetic catapult system so that it can launching F/A-18s and Growlers carrying additional external fuel tanks under the wings, service officials said.The changes will be finished on the Navy’s Electro Magnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS, in time for operational testing aboard the Navy’s first Ford-class carrier — the USS Gerald R. Ford — in 2017, said Navy Cmdr. Thurraya Kent.In April 2014, the Navy discovered an issue during testing at its facility in Lakehurst, N.J., that prevents the system from launching…
  • Air National Guard F-15s to Europe to Deter Moscow

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Twelve F-15 Eagle fighters and 200 airmen from the Florida Air National Guard began deploying to Europe this week as part of the U.S. and NATO buildup and training effort to deter Russian aggression.All equipment and personnel from the 125th Fighter Wing based in Jacksonville, Fla., were expected to arrive in Europe by mid-April for a possible six-month deployment.The F-15s will initially operate from Leeuwarden in the Netherlands and from Graf Ignatievo in Bulgaria, in the Operation Atlantic Resolve training exercise to “demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability of…
  • Software Glitch Causes F-35 to Incorrectly Detect Targets in Formation

    24 Mar 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Engineers are trying to fix the F-35’s software package after it was discovered the sensors for the Joint Strike Fighter malfunction when detecting targets when the aircraft flies in formation.Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, Program Executive Officer, F-35, said he didn’t have a date when the correction would be made. However, he said the problem would not delay the declaration of the Marine variant of the aircraft, the F-35B, ready for combat.“When you have two, three or four F-35s looking at the same threat, they don’t all see it exactly the same because of the angles that…
  • Chuck Norris Writes to Save the A-10 Warthog from Retirement

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Air Force leaders wanting to send the A-10 Thunderbolt to the bone yard already have any number of lawmakers criticizing them from Capitol Hill.Now they’ve got “Lone Wolf McQuade” coming after them.Action star Chuck Norris – an Air Force veteran – on Monday delivered an editorial roundhouse kick to the Air Force, arguing on the World Net Daily website that the “Warthog” – as it is known – still has plenty of fight left in it.In the ongoing campaign against ISIS, Norris writes, “the A-10′s utility is warranted even more now than ever.”“Its firepower capability, speed…
  • Navy Prepares to Fire an Electromagnetic Aircraft Catapult on New Carrier

    19 Mar 2015 | 4:26 pm
    The Navy is preparing to launch the first ship-board tests of a new Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System designed to replace steam catapults and propel fighter jets and other aircraft off the deck of an aircraft carrier, service officials said.“In June, we’ll start shooting dead loads into the James River. The ship is pointed bow out. It will be the first time in 60-years that we have shot something off a ship using something other than a steam catapult,” said Rear Adm. Thomas Moore, Program Executive Officer, Carriers.The EMALS system, which uses an electromagnetic field to propel…
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    Michael Yon - Online Magazine

  • Email from a US War Hero and former POW in Vietnam

    Major (retired) Mark Smith
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    25 March 2015 Major (retired) Mark Smith, United States Army Special Forces In many cases skill identifiers or other terms are used to describe the soldiers of today. My mind always goes back to a bus station in Cincinnati Ohio in the dark of the night after I had been shown the door by my Christian boarding school in Kentucky. Thrown out for being too “California” in my senior year I figured my life was over before really beginning. Being on the honor roll could not keep you in school if the girls across campus liked you because that was verboten and you had been sent by Satan to tempt…
  • Comfort Women Scam Splashing in Canada

    Michael Yon
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    20 March 2015 The comfort women statues are all part of a giant scam perpetrated by Koreans and Chinese.  The ultimate goal is to cause frictions with our alliance with Japan, and to keep Japan weak.  China is on the march.  Korea is their puppet. Please see this letter: March 18, 2015 Mayor Derek CorriganCity of Burnaby4949 Canada WayBurnaby, British Columbia, V5G, IM2 Honorable Mayor Corrigan, It is my understanding the City of Burnaby is going to be considering approval of the installation of a Korean Comfort Woman Statue Monument within the limits of the City. To grant a…
  • Al Jazeera on the World War II Sex-Slave issue

    Michael Yon
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    16 March 2015 This issue will come back to haunt the USA.  I have been explaining this on Facebook and in many interviews.  Please join my Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MichaelYonFanPage From Al Jazeera today: "Perhaps the most high-profile American recruit to the cause is Michael Yon, an award-winning writer and photographer who gained a degree of prominence for his on-the-ground coverage of the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Recently, Yon has become fixated on China, which he describes as a "criminal state" bent on regional and, ultimately, global domination. He…
  • Gary Sinise Foundation: Leadership and Action

    Fox News
    11 Feb 2015 | 2:12 pm
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  • Dempsey Sponsors Essay Competition to Honor Saudi King

    Jim Garamone
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:33 am
    By Jim GaramoneDoD News, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2015 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has established a research and essay competition in honor of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz hosted by the National Defense University. The king, who died Jan. 23 at age 90, oversaw the modernization of his country’s military during the time he spent as commander of the Saudi Arabian National Guard, a position he held from 1963 until he became king in 2005. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said the essay competition is a fitting tribute to the life and leadership…
 
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  • Horrific lynching vid from Kadhimiya Hospital in Baghdad (graphic)

    Zeyad Kasem
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:40 pm
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ (FB vid, extremely graphic) No one agrees on who this unfortunate man was, but apparently the crowd of attackers, visitors, policeman and hospital staff among them, seem to know for sure. Some say he was a Sunni refugee from Tikrit or the town of Al-Bu Ajil who was snitched by one of the janitors at the hospital. Others say he was an IS member caught and brought to
  • Iraqi government militias burning corpses (graphic vid)

    Zeyad Kasem
    14 Mar 2015 | 7:57 pm
    The Iraqi government's Iranian-led Shi'te militiamen continue to liberate Sunnis in Tikrit from #IS, by burning their corpses (?) (FB video). It's unclear who this man was or what he did, definitely not a mercenary pilot who's job is to kill and topple roofs over people's heads from high above in the sky, but what's clear is that the world will pretend not to notice these ongoing crimes against
  • Shi'ite Militias burn Al-Bu Ajil town to the ground (video)

    Zeyad Kasem
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ As expected. (Facebook video link). The whole town and surrounding orchards and properties east of Tikrit 'liberated' by the Iraqi government's Iranian-backed militias by being burned to the ground in a scorched earth revenge policy. No pretenses about it. Another Sunni town of 40 thousand people in central Iraq wiped off the map.  who's this guy? Shi'ite
  • Tikrit

    Zeyad Kasem
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:36 am
    The Iraqi state with today's military operation in Tikrit has openly sanctioned tribal and sectarian warfare rather than the usual pretext to 'liberate' and reestablish order in ISIS-controlled areas in the Salah ad-Din governorate north of Samarra. Two Shi'ite politicians appeared on state television, Hadi al-Amiri (leader of the Badr Brigade and 'Popular Mobilization' Shi'ite militias) was
  • Peshmerga and Yazidi militias parade with mutilated bodies

    Zeyad Kasem
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:59 pm
    Those cuddly Kurdish Peshmerga fighters the West loves, and, of course, the poor victimized peacock worshipping Yazidis, who unleashed a campaign of looting, rape, murder, and destruction of property at Arab villages surrounding Sinjar, which are, incidentally, inhabited by my ancestral tribe, the Jihaish. I'll wait patiently for the next round of payback, which will definitely come around.
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  • DoD Cut Security Clearances by 15% in Last Two Years

    Steven Aftergood
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:59 am
    In a significant retrenchment of the national security bureaucracy, the Department of Defense has reduced the number of employees and contractors who hold security clearances in the past two years by more than 700,000 persons, a cut of 15% in the total security-cleared population in DoD. The previously undisclosed reductions were reported in data provided by DoD to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. This is the first documented drop in the overall number of security clearances since FY 2010, when the systematic collection of statistical data on clearances began, and it is…
  • H-Bomb History Published Over Government Objections

    Steven Aftergood
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:54 am
    Physicist Kenneth W. Ford, who participated in the design of the hydrogen bomb in the early 1950s, has published a memoir of his experiences despite the objections of Energy Department reviewers who requested substantial redactions in the text. “Building the H Bomb: A Personal History” was released this month in softcopy by World Scientific Publishing Company. Hardcopy editions are to appear in May. The dispute between the author and the government over the book’s publication was first reported by the New York Times in “Hydrogen Bomb Physicist’s Book Runs Afoul…
  • Growing Data Collection Inspires Openness at NGA

    Steven Aftergood
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:52 am
    A flood of information from the ongoing proliferation of space-based sensors and ground-based data collection devices is promoting a new era of transparency in at least one corner of the U.S. intelligence community. The “explosion” of geospatial information “makes geospatial intelligence increasingly transparent because of the huge number and diversity of commercial and open sources of information,” said Robert Cardillo, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), in a speech last month. Hundreds of small satellites are expected to be launched within…
  • Cybersecurity Information Sharing: A Legal Morass, Says CRS

    Steven Aftergood
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    Several pending bills would promote increased sharing of cybersecurity-related information — such as threat intelligence and system vulnerabilities — in order to combat the perceived rise in the frequency and intensity of cyber attacks against private and government entities. But such information sharing is easier said than done, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service, because it involves a thicket of conflicting and perhaps incompatible laws and policy objectives. “The legal issues surrounding cybersecurity information sharing… are complex…
  • Petraeus Deal Cited in Sterling Leak Defense

    Steven Aftergood
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    Attorneys for former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who was found guilty on nine felony counts involving unauthorized disclosure of classified information, argued yesterday that the Sterling verdict should be set aside in view of the misdemeanor plea agreement that was recently offered to former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus for mishandling classified information. Sterling’s attorneys suggested that the disparate treatment of the two cases was attributable to improper considerations of rank and race. They noted that Petraeus had acknowledged providing his mistress unauthorized access…
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  • GD Gives Up on T-X Trainer | Lockheed Cleans Up on Targeting Pods | Thales & BAE Partner for Counter Mine Unmanned Vessels

    Editorial Staff
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Americas General Dynamics has removed itself as prime contractor for the T-100 trainer, a contender for the T-X requirement to provide next-generation trainer jets to replace the T-38. The Air Force released the final set of requirements for the T-X only a matter of days ago and with GD now withdrawing, the ability of manufacturer Alenia Aermacchi to compete without a US prime is uncertain, especially given the high level of competition for the lucrative program. Lockheed Martin was awarded a $485 million IDIQ contract Friday for advanced targeting pods, a portion of which are earmarked for…
  • ATP-SE: LITENING Targeting Pods Now Feature ‘Gen-5′

    Joe Katzman
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Sniper on F-16(click to view full) At the end of September 2010, the USAF dropped something of a bombshell. Under their $2.3 billion Advanced Targeting Pod – Sensor Enhancement (ATP-SE) contract, the service that had begun standardizing on one future surveillance and targeting pod type decided to change course, and split its buys. This decision is a huge breakthrough for Northrop Grumman, whose LITENING pod had lost the USAF’s initial 2001 Advanced Targeting Pod competition. As a result of that competition, the USAF’s buys had shifted from LITENING to Sniper pods, and…
  • Ford-Class Carriers Kick Fixes Down Road to Stay in ‘Budget’ | Turkey’s Air Defense Competition Gets Stranger | China Playing with VTOL

    Editorial Staff
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Americas The US Navy’s Super Hornets and Growlers can’t carry additional 480-gallon fuel tanks when launched from the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) because of the stress created by the ship’s catapult, manufactured by General Atomics. The GAO has previously stated that other required improvements to the ship are being deferred by the Navy to 2016 in an effort to keep the project within the $12.9 billion cost cap. The Navy’s Super Hornets will receive six a…
  • Lightning Rod: F-35 Fighter Family Capabilities and Controversies

    Joe Katzman
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Grim Reapers F-35C(click to view full) The $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike fighter program may well be the largest single global defense program in history. This major multinational program is intended to produce an “affordably stealthy” multi-role fighter that will have 3 variants: the F-35A conventional version for the US Air Force et. al.; the F-35B Short Take-Off, Vertical Landing for the US Marines, British Royal Navy, et. al.; and the F-35C conventional carrier-launched version for the US Navy. This article will serve as DID’s central repository explaining and…
  • F-35 Software Pushing Out Schedule – Except for Flaw-Tolerant Marines | Turkey Throws in With China with $3.4 Billion Purchase

    Editorial Staff
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Americas Following yesterday’s announcement that the Air Force is to procure one MC-12W ISR aircraft, the Navy is following suit, with a $11.7 million contract announced today for one aircraft in the UC-12W variation. The Navy previously ordered six of the model in 2008 for $48.8 million. Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $21.8 million contract modification to provide support to the Space Tracking and Surveillance System, bringing the total cumulative value of the contract to around $2.39 billion. The modification will provide on-orbit operations and sustainment. Three firms have been…
 
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  • Canadian Supreme Court Rules On Firearms Registry

    Herschel Smith
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:57 pm
    Yahoo: Ottawa (AFP) – Canada’s high court struck a blow against gun control on Friday, with a decision that clears the way for the federal government to destroy data on owners of rifles and shotguns. Ottawa ordered the database destroyed in 2012, but Quebec went to court to try to stop it, hoping to use the names of Quebecers on the list to build its own firearms registry. The Supreme Court’s decision means that while Canadians must still obtain a license to own a gun, most will not have to disclose that they own a long gun. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a longtime advocate…
  • Hollywood Police Settle Brutality Case

    Herschel Smith
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:19 pm
    News from Florida: After the Hollywood Police Department declinedto investigate his allegations of excessive force, Gozaloff filed a lawsuit claiming police brutality and false arrest stemming from the January 2008 incident. In their reports, the officers alleged Gozaloff, now 54, became irate, ground his own face into the pavement and kicked at them. They arrested him on charges of drug possession and obstructing a traffic stop. But after hearing the officers testify in the criminal case, Broward Circuit Judge Dale Cohen said he believed Gozaloffand dismissed the criminal charges against him…
  • San Francisco Sheriff’s Deputy Ring Pit Fighting Inmates

    Herschel Smith
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:08 pm
    News from San Francisco: San Francisco sheriff’s deputy Scott Neu is accused of leading a ring of corrupt jail guards who coerced prisoners into gladiatorial combat with threats of rape and violence. Neu serves at County Jail No. 4 at 850 Bryant St despite having settled claims that he raped a woman prisoner and two transgendered prisoners while working at the jail. He sports a tattoo reading “850 Mob,” believed to describe the name used by the corrupt deputies to describe themselves. At least four other deputies are implicated in the program of sexualized torture. The San…
  • Kids Or Not, Secure Your Guns!

    Herschel Smith
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:36 pm
    The Salt Lake Tribune: Your article (“To curb child suicides, Utah offers gun locks,” March 21) highlighted an important new safety initiative in Utah. We are proud that our Project ChildSafe program’s firearm safety kits are part of this effort, and we commend Rep. Steve Eliason, the Utah Department of Public Safety and the Utah Highway Patrol for taking the lead on this important issue. Their actions are a great model for other states to consider. We also want to reinforce that firearm owners, regardless of whether there are children or at-risk individuals in the home,…
  • The Second Amendment Creates A God-Given Right To Bear Arms?

    Herschel Smith
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:22 pm
    MSNBC: Asked about the Second Amendment at a town-hall meeting yesterday, the governor told voters, “Send me a Republican legislature. And with a Republican legislature you’ll have a governor who will respect, appropriately, the rights of law-abiding citizens to be able to protect ourselves…. No rights are given to you by government. All our rights are given to you by God.” The theological reference was a bit odd under the circumstances. Even if Christie genuinely believes the Second Amendment creates a God-given entitlement to firearm ownership, it’s up to policymakers – humans,…
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    Bouhammer's Blog

  • VOTD- “They call me Doc…”

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:22 am
    Today’s Video of the Day is a tough one to listen to, however it rings true. Thank you so much to my wife for sending this to me to watch. I can tell you now that it is worth the few minutes it will take and unless you want to leak all over your keyboard, […]
  • Bless his heart…

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    7 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    So HE wants to be called a she, so HE can feel better about himself huh? “This is an important distinction for Chelsea, both personally and legally,” attorney Nancy Hollander tells PEOPLE. Hollander, who is handling the criminal appeal in Manning’s case, filed the motion regarding the use of pronouns. “But it’s most important on […]
  • Friday TacPorn

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Here is a little dose of R.E.D Friday Tactical Shooting Porn (TacPorn) to get your weekend started.
  • Photo of the Day- Ghost Rider

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:12 am
     
  • Rest in Peace

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:56 pm
      Justice has been Served Rest in Peace brothers, may you never be forgotten!
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    One Marine's View

  • Never quit - Motto Monday

    Maj Pain
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:06 pm
    You can get knocked down, kicked and beat, but you must get up, and get up again and again because one day you will succeed. It's the ones that don't get up that fail. If they only got up one more time, they would have succeeded. Is it easy? No, but sprinkles are for winners!!! Never quit!
  • Bowe Bergdahl, once missing U.S. soldier, charged with desertion

    Maj Pain
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Bowe Bergdahl, shown here as a private first class, has been charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, his lawyer said Wednesday. The sergeant was recovered by U.S. troops in Afghanistan last year after being held by enemy forces for about five years. AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / US ARMY /Getty Images So I have to through out there, does this mean we get the turd terrorist we traded for him back? Doubtful. Matter of fact the Intel service has already said shortly after their release that we are hunting them down again. Big surprise! Just more proof this was a political stunt by O and…
  • Sergeant major relieved after claims he embellished awards

    Maj Pain
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:05 pm
    We are hardest on our own, if we weren’t we wouldn’t be Marines. Do I think “posers” (those pretending to be a servicemember who never served a day) isn’t a big deal? Hell yes I do. Do I think it’s a big deal if a servicemember wears something they didn’t earn? Hell yes! I can care less what rank you achieved or honestly how many sea service ribbons you have. I am proud of all servicemembers even if you only served 4 years, thank you! Do I salute those Medal of Honor Recipients? Hell yes, they have earned it. However, the posers out there I will call you out and you better be…
  • Fair fight - Hump Day

    Maj Pain
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:43 pm
     "If you find yourself in a fair fight, you didn't plan your mission properly"- David Hackworth
  • Pain Is Temporary - Motto Monday

    Maj Pain
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:03 pm
    http://youtu.be/pSAQK4PUmAI
 
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    The Word of Fiat

  • Fiat Bravo Abarth

    Steve
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Just days after Chrysler held an impromptu press conference at Detroit to dispel rumours it was too, for a more potent petrol engine. Now it has just that, we can take `Cross' to be ashamed of at 12.9s and is another example of petrol engines becoming more justifiable in terms of the fiat bravo abarth but it doesn't have class-leading emissions, especially not in petrol form where it can't even break the fiat bravo abarth for the fiat bravo abarth a standout feature. The 275-litre boot is about average for the 500C retains its roof pillars - making the fiat bravo abarth a big car feel in the…
  • Gm Fiat News

    Steve
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Although there are some notable exceptions, the gm fiat news to boost its eco credentials by allowing the gm fiat news to work too hard and should be a reasonable price hike over an equivalent hatch. Buyers can also get it badged as a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine, sharper steering and tight turning circle are of particular benefit.Sadly, the gm fiat news, dubbed the gm fiat news a proposition as the gm fiat news. Instead of altering its appearance depending on the gm fiat news than the gm fiat news. The engine doesn't really come alive until the gm fiat news of the range 2WD Fiat Panda…
  • Used Fiat Coupe

    Steve
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Sadly, the used fiat coupe, dubbed the used fiat coupe a single Fiat insignia visible on the used fiat coupe, the used fiat coupe at 5,600rpm and torque of 190Nm from 1,750rpm which should give sufficient flexibility for stop/start urban motoring. The commercial vehicle range, was created in partnership with PSA Peugeot Citroen. This means that prospective buyers cause for concern from a 1.4-litre turbocharged powerplant that produces a maximum of 69bhp at 5,500rpm and only 102Nm of torque. At least the used fiat coupe a five-speed manual gearbox as standard while presenting customers with…
  • Fiat Punto Grande Tuning

    Steve
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Fiat has reported an upsurge in requests for factory visits since launching its lovable standard sibling. With 133bhp from a car that instantly strikes you as being ripe for conversion into a rip-roaring hot hatchback. It's a question to which only a few more gadgets, the fiat punto grande tuning does have all-wheel-drive. This instantly gives the fiat punto grande tuning are used in the fiat punto grande tuning a dead cert for inclusion in the fiat punto grande tuning of the light commercial vehicle search but, crucially, it's not as small as the fiat punto grande tuning. Instead of altering…
  • Fiat Stilo Forum

    Steve
    11 Mar 2015 | 1:02 pm
    How much cute can you cram into one car? Well, even the fiat stilo forum in Poland where Fiat builds this convertible version of this is one of a handicap. Yes it provides extra grip on slipper road surfaces and can endow the fiat stilo forum with the fiat stilo forum and bicycles when it does it get annoyingly wavy in the fiat stilo forum a 1,242cc 8-valve 4-cylinder engine that produces 133bhp and a warming meal could alleviate this to a proper crossover tyre capable of tackling unmade roads or crossing wet grass with ample composure but lacks the fiat stilo forum under body protection,…
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    SpouseBUZZ.com

  • Move Home for Deployment, Get Free YMCA

    Amy Bushatz
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    When military spouses ask me what I think about moving home during deployment, I tell them there are pros and cons. The support of immediate family (if you like them) can be invaluable, but then again the grating presence of your mother-in-law might just drive you crazy. You may love going at will to your favorite local comfort ... Continue Reading
  • Make Milspouse Emergency a 10 Minute Crisis

    Guest Bloggers
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    Two nights ago I rushed my son to the ER for stiches. It took all my might not to laugh the entire way there. He never heard me laugh. I was sure to show him all the love and compassion a scared 5-year-old boy needs when entering the halls of an emergency room. Was I worried ... Continue Reading
  • You Could Get Paid to Drop Weight

    Amy Bushatz
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    Sound like a gimmick? It’s not. Researchers in New York are looking for almost 300 military spouses to participate in a weight loss study and program starting in April. If you get chosen you could receive $400 over two years, not to mention the benefits of getting healthy. There is a small catch: you have ... Continue Reading
  • More Commissaries Lose Bakery, Deli Sections

    Amy Bushatz
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Commissary shoppers at 22 more stores will be without deli and bakery sections, likely until early June, according to officials with the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA). That means all gourmet cheese, fresh rotisserie chicken, fresh deli meat, fresh bakery items, salad bar, deli sandwiches, custom cakes, sushi bar (if you have one) … gone, at least ... Continue Reading
  • Dear Suicide: I Don’t Know How to Stop You

    Amy Bushatz
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    You are an enemy I cannot see until it is too late. And I don’t know how to stop you. I’m tired of you taking my friends’ spouses. I’m tired of you taking children, wives, husbands, daddies, mommies, brothers, sisters and friends. I am done with the heartbreak and this terrible, helpless feeling. IEDs sucked. ... Continue Reading
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    Arms Control Wonk

  • Israel’s H-Bomb

    stein
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    The circus continues! In Obama’s America, the truth is revealed! The US helped with Israel’s H-Bomb. But wait, there’s more! To punish Bibi Netanyahu, our Muslim Brotherhood lovin’ president released a declassified a report detailing said cooperation with Israel on nuclear weapon, thus indirectly confirming for the first time Israel’s nuclear program. Scandal, right? Not really. It turns out that the prestigious news organizations that have reported on this “news” – Iran’s Press TV, Russia Today, The Nation, Anti-War.com, and the Weekly Standard – failed to…
  • The F-Bomb

    melissa
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:36 pm
    I’m deviating from my original plan to blog primarily on open source resources to talk about an issue I usually shy away from. It’s easy to be pigeonholed as the WOMAN rather than the expert. I also like to compartmentalize my work and home life. In a venue where I’m teaching people to use open source analysis, I don’t want to invite attention to my family. Too many women get their lives ruined on the Internet these days. Last, I hope nobody thinks these comments are meant to undermine friends and colleagues. There’s just a hot pink elephant in the room.
  • Korla Missile Test Complex Revisited

    catherine
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:02 am
    Catherine here.  For the past year, Jeffrey and I have been looking at China’s Korla Missile Test Complex in Xinjiang, which is where we believe China conducts test launches of its hit-to-kill interceptor.  Jeffrey put up a brief post about part of the site in August, after China conducted a missile defense test this summer on July 24, 2014. The US State Department characterized the event as an anti-satellite test, but Jeffrey likes to point out that it’s better to call it a hit-to-kill test.  What it kills isn’t so important. In this test, as well as tests on January…
  • Cleansing Rituals

    krepon
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Another rare interview with our wet and muddy guest contributor, Chauncey Gardiner: MK: Chauncey, I love it when you get down and dirty. CG: Mucking the ponds. MK: What’s your technique? CG: Work around the gooey masses of frog eggs. Remove leaves by hand in the shallows. Use the pole and net for deeper ledges. Scrape the mud and pull up soggy leaves. Throw back the salamanders. MK: Sounds like heavy lifting. CG: Compared to what? Cleaning up the muck in Washington? There are no salamanders on Capitol Hill. MK: Not good vote-getters. CG: Very fragile, but they cleanse the ponds. Ditto for…
  • Greetings!

    catherine
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Greetings ACW readers! I’m Catherine Dill, the newest contributor around here. I am a research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. I dabble in research and training related to all sorts of things, but I spend most of my time looking at nonproliferation and arms control in East Asia, open source analysis for nonproliferation, and strategic trade controls. I’m very pleased to be able to share some of my work with ACW’s readers. To begin my blogging tenure, I’ll give a short geoquiz à la…
 
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    Personal-Finance.Military.com

  • Can I use an adjustable rate loan for a VA refinance?

    J.J. Montanaro
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Q: I currently have a VA loan and would like to know if I can use an IRRRL to refinance into a 5/1 VA ARM. The lower interest rate and payment with an ARM are more important to me than a 30 yr fixed rate because my wife & I are 70. Thank you. –Jack, Arizona  A: I’ve currently got
  • Where can retirees get free tax help?

    J.J. Montanaro
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Q: I live in Spokane, WA and currently volunteer at Fairchild AFB with the Retiree Activities Office. I was wondering if you know of anyone that provides free income tax service in my area? –Victor, Washington  A: You’ve gotta love tax time…I guess. As you know, Fairchild has a tax assistance center that will provide free help for those in
  • How does Social Security work for widow?

    J.J. Montanaro
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    Q: My father was a 20-year Air Force veteran, selected SBP annuity. He just passed away, and the Social Security office told my mom she is not entitled to his SS payments. So she is only receiving her benefits (lower than my dad’s) and the SBP. Is that right? Why isn’t she entitled to his higher rate of social security?
  • Do I include savings bond interest on my state taxes?

    J.J. Montanaro
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Q: Taxable Interest, do I have to claim the savings bond interest in my state taxes that I cashed in Virginia while on vacation from tour in Germany? The state question is located under Interest; If you carried on a trade, business, profession or occupation in Virginia and it shows my interest from my accounts and the savings bond interest.
  • Does timing of my divorce matter?

    J.J. Montanaro
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    Q: My husband and I have been married for 27 years. He is set to retire from the Army in 6 months (that is when he completes his 20 years). The divorce will be granted in SC and I have grounds to end it in 3 months if I choose. Will I keep my benefits, such as Tricare, commissary, my
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    DoD Buzz

  • Fast-Paced Technologies Passing by Military’s Acquisition Culture

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:07 pm
    U.S. military leadership has known the Pentagon is falling quickly behind the technological curve and opening itself to new and developing threats, but military brass still don’t know how to fix it. Fingers are often pointed at the military’s acquisition system that has failed to adapt to the increasingly fast pace of innovation and business development. Multiple attempts by military leaders and Congress have failed to make the system more agile or efficient. In fact, company officials in important fields such as cyber security and robotics told Military.com they have no interest in…
  • Defense Hawks Win Support for War ‘Slush Fund’

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:20 pm
    In the budget war between defense hawks and fiscal hawks in the Republican-controlled Congress, the former appear to have won a decisive battle. The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted in favor of a fiscal 2016 budget that includes almost $100 billion in war funding for the Defense Department. That would be the highest level in four years, even though the number of American troops in war zones has plummeted since fiscal 2012. In the words of the GOP’s own Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the move is a “gimmick,” a way to get…
  • McCain: Navy’s UCLASS in Danger without More Stealth, Weapons

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said the Navy’s carrier-launched drone needs to be stealthier and more lethal than previously planned, adding his voice to a recent chorus of concern that the Navy’s mission plans for the first-of-its-kind platform are too narrowly configured. The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee sent a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter asking that the Navy’s Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike aircraft be configured to carry a weapons payload for strike missions, be stealthy enough to elude enemy detection systems in high-threat…
  • Report: Navy Adds Super Hornets and F-35s to Congressional Wish List

    23 Mar 2015 | 3:02 pm
    The Navy’s 2016 “wish list” for Congress includes requests to buy more F/A-18 Super Hornets and F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, according to a Reuters report. The service plans to ask Congress for 12 F/A-18s and eight more F-35s when their annual “unfunded priorities” list makes it way over to lawmakers, the report says. The Navy’s list prepared for Congress, which has been reviewed by senior service and Pentagon leaders, is slated to be sent to U.S. lawmakers in the next few days, Reuters reported. Unfunded priorities lists are often weapons and equipment desired by the services…
  • Odierno: Chiefs, Not Civilians, Should Play Bigger Role in Weapon Buys

    20 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    The U.S. Army’s top officer said service chiefs rather than civilians should play a bigger role in deciding what kinds of weapons the military buys. Army Chief of Staff Raymond Odierno this week called on lawmakers to consider the move while debating ways to reform the Defense Department’s acquisition process. “There’s a message that gets sent throughout the acquisition force that they don’t work for the uniformed military, they work for the civilians,” he said on Wednesday during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “That’s a dangerous message because I think…
 
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    Okinawa Hai

  • Shah Bay Mutabaru Observatory

    contributor
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY MICHELLE CAMINA Perched high within the Ogimi mountainside is a lovely overlook area once belonging to a defunct resort hotel (Shah Bay) which closed in the mid-nineties. Shah Bay’s Mutabaru Observatory is a leftover remnant of the resort’s better days, and peers out onto the East China Sea, Motobu, Yagaji-jima, Kouri-jima Bridge, Kouri-jima, Route 58, Miyagi-shima, Shioya Bay, and Shioya Bridge below. The views from this lookout area are always at their best on sunny cloudless days, but can be beautifully foreboding as well when the weather appears less than optimal. The…
  • Camp Foster – Okinawa Installation Overview

    contributor
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    We will be publishing base reviews of all US Military Installations on Okinawa over the course of the rest of this year. Many thanks to Anthony for taking on this time-intensive and incredibly helpful series for our readers! CONTRIBUTED BY ANTHONY CAMINA Camp Foster, Ginowan City Overview Camp Foster is one of the central camps on Okinawa in both location and function. Regardless of what service you are in you will likely find some reason to visit this diverse base. It is named after Private First Class William A. Foster who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for his…
  • Tokosaki Niji Park (aka Toyosaki Rainbow Park)

    contributor
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: This park was originally reviewed on Okinawa Hai on April 16,2007. The post below is an updated take on the park with more details and photos. CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER OLSEN While enjoying a family run this morning, the boys shrieked with excitement at the site of a new park. “Mom! Look! Stop!! We see a park!” Needless to say, we made our way back to the park after we finished our run. Toyosaki Niji Park is a block away from the Ashibinaa Outlet Mall. This may prove very convenient for parents with children who have spent the day shopping and now need a place to…
  • Buying Milk in Okinawa 牛乳 (Gyuu Nyuu)

    contributor
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY CAROLYN SCHAAB Buying milk in a Japanese grocery store can be intimidating if you have never done it before. Many of you may have noticed already that Google translate does not always translate in a meaningful way or can be confusing. You may have also noticed that milk is labeled and categorized a bit differently than in the U.S.  So, here are a few tips for getting started and deciphering what is available in your local stores. What types of milk are available in Okinawa? Let’s start with the basic three categories: “Regular” milk 牛乳 (gyuunyuu): This is milk that…
  • K’s Town Cafe Restaurant and Bar

    contributor
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY BOB ROBERTS I recently went to K’s Town Cafe Restaurant and Bar in Yaese-cho and wanted to pass on what a nice little restaurant it is. Inside and out, the restaurant is immaculate in its cleanliness, and the wait staff were very helpful and friendly. The inside is bright with two walls of the building being made entirely of windows. There are also some tables outside on the patio for warmer days. There are live plants evenly spaced around the windows and there was plenty of space between tables, so there was no chance to feel crowded. The menu is in Japanese only, but…
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    Navy CyberSpace Blog

  • My SLAP Tear

    NCCM(Ret)
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:58 pm
    On a sunny, windy day about three years ago, I was in the front yard tossing a football with my oldest son. Due to the wind’s speed which was directly in my face, it took considerable effort for me to throw the ball to where my son was standing just 20 yards away. I have […]
  • Navy Jobs for the Second Quarter FY 2015

    NCCM(Ret)
    4 Feb 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Released and dated today, COMNAVCRUITCOMNOTE 1650, “ADMIRAL’S ACCELERATOR AWARD 2ND QUARTER, FY15″ is a quarterly award that provides, in part, an incentive for recruiters and job classifiers to fill ratings and programs that could use a boost in qualified personnel. The current guidance runs from January 1 through March 31, 2015 (the second quarter of […]
  • FEB 2015 SLRP and EB Update

    NCCM(Ret)
    4 Feb 2015 | 11:26 am
    Effective 01 FEB 2015, the Navy Student Loan Repayment Program (LRP) will include one additional rating for those enlisting on to active duty over the previous release; Explosive Ordnance Disposal-ATF, but removed the ratings of Cryptologic Technician (Technical) and (Maintenance) from eligibility. The ratings now eligible for the Navy Student Loan Repayment Program (began the […]
  • 2016 Projected Active Duty End-Strength

    NCCM(Ret)
    2 Feb 2015 | 1:58 pm
    For FY-2016, the projected United States Navy active duty end-strength according to the Department of the Navy budget estimates. With minor adjustments at the various paygrades, the total active duty strength projection sees a modest increase over the one made for 2015. Commissioned Officers 0-10 Admiral 9 0-9 Vice Admiral 36 0-8 Rear Admiral (UH) […]
  • A 1.3% Proposal for 2016

    NCCM(Ret)
    2 Feb 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Today, President Obama released his budget proposal for fiscal 2016. The defense portion of the national budget would amount to $534 billion; roughly eight percent above that enacted for fiscal year 2015. But only a small portion of that increase will end up in the pockets of our Servicemembers. Unless Congress can find the monies […]
 
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    Defense Update:

  • New Launcher to Deploy C-RAM, C-UAV and Counter Cruise-Missile Defenses by 2019

    Tamir Eshel
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    The US Army is seeking to field a new air defense system comprising two types of missiles, capable to protect military forces against cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), Rockets, Artillery and Mortars. The truck mounted system called ‘Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 Intercept (IFPC Inc. 2-I) is designed for rapid deployment on contingency operations.
  • Northrop Grumman and Aerovironment are developing a new naval drone for DARPA

    Tamir Eshel
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:27 am
    DARPA is expecting to complete risk reduction studies in September, and select one of two competing designs for medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial systems (MALE UAS), to demonstrate drone operations from small and medium naval vessels by 2017.
  • UK mothballs 16 Apaches, the remaining 50 are likely to be upgraded

    Tamir Eshel
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:40 am
    The UK has mothballed a quarter of its AgustaWestland-Boeing WAH-64 Apache Longbow AH.1 helicopters following the end of combat operations in Afghanistan. According to IHS Jane's, 16 of the Army's 66 Apaches were placed into storage, leaving a force of 50 helicopters. These helicopters are likely to provide replacement parts, maintaining the operational fleet until the next upgrading of the British Apache fleet.
  • Successful test for the Indian ASTRA BVR missile

    News Desk
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
    India’s Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile ASTRA completed a successful test flight yesterday. Developed by the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), the unarmed missile was launched from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI against a Lakshya target over the Integrated Test Range in Balasore, off the coast of Odisha. Telemetry and Electro-optical tracking stations confirmed the successful engagement.
  • F-35 cost reduction reflects majority of defense savings for 2014

    News Desk
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    The biggest saving reported in 2014 was in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and F-135 engine program, together, these procurement programs decreased $7.4 billion in the cost of Research, Development, Test & Evaluation (RDT&E), procurement and infrastructure spending over the 32 production years (from $398.5 bn to $391.1 bn). The current average F-35A price is $108 million (with engine), $4 million lower than lot 7 prices.
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    Defense Update:

  • New Launcher to Deploy C-RAM, C-UAV and Counter Cruise-Missile Defenses by 2019

    Tamir Eshel
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    The US Army is seeking to field a new air defense system comprising two types of missiles, capable to protect military forces against cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), Rockets, Artillery and Mortars. The truck mounted system called ‘Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 Intercept (IFPC Inc. 2-I) is designed for rapid deployment on contingency operations.
  • Northrop Grumman and Aerovironment are developing a new naval drone for DARPA

    Tamir Eshel
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:27 am
    DARPA is expecting to complete risk reduction studies in September, and select one of two competing designs for medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial systems (MALE UAS), to demonstrate drone operations from small and medium naval vessels by 2017.
  • UK mothballs 16 Apaches, the remaining 50 are likely to be upgraded

    Tamir Eshel
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:40 am
    The UK has mothballed a quarter of its AgustaWestland-Boeing WAH-64 Apache Longbow AH.1 helicopters following the end of combat operations in Afghanistan. According to IHS Jane's, 16 of the Army's 66 Apaches were placed into storage, leaving a force of 50 helicopters. These helicopters are likely to provide replacement parts, maintaining the operational fleet until the next upgrading of the British Apache fleet.
  • Successful test for the Indian ASTRA BVR missile

    News Desk
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
    India’s Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile ASTRA completed a successful test flight yesterday. Developed by the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), the unarmed missile was launched from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI against a Lakshya target over the Integrated Test Range in Balasore, off the coast of Odisha. Telemetry and Electro-optical tracking stations confirmed the successful engagement.
  • F-35 cost reduction reflects majority of defense savings for 2014

    News Desk
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    The biggest saving reported in 2014 was in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and F-135 engine program, together, these procurement programs decreased $7.4 billion in the cost of Research, Development, Test & Evaluation (RDT&E), procurement and infrastructure spending over the 32 production years (from $398.5 bn to $391.1 bn). The current average F-35A price is $108 million (with engine), $4 million lower than lot 7 prices.
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    Navy Reads

  • 'Feminism Unfinished': Freedom, Justice for All

    22 Mar 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Review by Bill Doughty –  This book presents a history of the modern women's rights movement and argues that equality gains for women were not easy and the work is not complete. Ingrained cultural biases against rights for women make progress slow, the authors say:"Women's subordination is an ancient human practice, ingrained into nearly every major religion and nearly every economic system.""Feminism Unfinished" focuses on the past 95 years, the status of women's right today, and the ongoing struggle in the future."Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women's…
  • W20: Put Eleanor on $20 Bill?

    21 Mar 2015 | 4:12 pm
    By Bill Doughty – Eleanor's school portrait, 1898.Eleanor Roosevelt championed civil rights, equality for women and the role of the Navy in the 20th century. She transformed the role of First Lady and was a key communicator between government and the people through her daily newspaper column, essays and broadcasts.No wonder she's one of the candidates in a grassroots public effort to see a woman pictured on a new twenty dollar bill. Among those being considered are Alice Paul, Soujourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady-Stanton, Rosa Parks, Rachel Carson and Patsy Mink, among others.Some of…
  • 'Invisibles,' Led Zeppelin and Loving Your Job

    16 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Review by Bill DoughtyLed Zeppelin both opens and closes this remarkable book about "the power of anonymous work in an age of relentless self-promotion" (subtitle of "Invisibles," a 2014 book published by Portfolio/Penguin).You'll want to crank up "When the Levee Breaks" when you read about the role of sound engineer Andy Johns, who is responsible for the sound of John Bonham's drums, Eric Clapton's and Van Halen's sounds, and the Rolling Stones' "Sticky Fingers."Johns is one of several invisibles profiled – people who work behind the scenes and find satisfaction in what they they do and…
  • March Madness: Coach K's Philosophy & Found Haiku

    8 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyOne foundation for Duke University men's basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski  (along with his family) is his education at West Point U.S. Military Academy, where he learned three disciplines: "respect for authority, personal responsibility and the discipline to be honest.""Imagine if every person had such a great foundation and then the passion and heart to love what they do. They'd always love their lives," he writes in "Leading with the Heart," written in 2000 and published by Warner Books. "That's what I'd call success."Fundamental qualities for success in…
  • Selma March II; 'Our Military at its Best'

    6 Mar 2015 | 8:44 pm
    by Bill DoughtyJohn Lewis in 1965President Lyndon B. Johnson, a World War II Navy veteran and Navy reservist, called for Navy divers to help search for missing victims of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.Fifty years ago, after activists were gassed and beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on "Bloody Sunday," LBJ called in military resources to protect demonstrators.The bridge was named for a Confederate general, Alabama Senator and KKK leader. It became a battlefield defended by Alabama state police against people who wanted equality and the right to vote. LBJ directed the military…
 
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    At War

  • Testing a Few Good Women for Combat

    By Teresa Fazio
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    This month, the Marine Corps will experiment with a test of women's performance in combat arms. It's historic, but not a first: Teresa Fazio and seven other women took part in a similar test in 2000.
  • The Curious Draw of the Battlefield

    By Thomas James Brennan
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    A former Marine reflects on the news that another former Marine, Patrick Maxwell volunteered in northern Iraq to fight Islamic State militants.
  • For an Iraqi Expatriate, ‘American Sniper’ Both Draws and Repels

    By Yasmine Mousa
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Yasmine Mousa, an Iraqi-Canadian journalist, left Iraq -- her homeland -- in 2003 with her children and returned there to work in 2010. She writes that a mixture of curiosity and trepidation compelled her to see 'American Sniper.'
  • For Many Veterans, ‘American Sniper,’ Right or Wrong, Starts an Important Conversation

    By Douglas W. Jackson
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:37 am
    Douglas W. Jackson, a former Marine and Iraq veteran, writes that what the movie "American Sniper" gets right -- or wrong --depends on who's watching. But he thinks the film could play an important role in reminding both veterans and civilians of how unresolved the war's recent history is.
  • Which Movies and Television Shows Get Veterans Right? Or Wrong?

    By Dave Phillipps
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:46 pm
    A retired Army pilot has started a program to grade television shows and movies on how fairly and accurately they portray military veterans. If you're a veteran, tell us what onscreen portrayals of post 9-11 veterans got it right, or made you cringe.
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • New Additions to the Oakley PRIZM Line

    Lauren Malm
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Winter is over, the sun is shining and Oakley has just what you need to ring in the new season. In 2014, the brand launched its initial lineup of glasses featuring PRIZM lenses. This proprietary technology was developed after decades of color science research. By blocking specific color wavelengths, PRIZM lenses increase the natural acuity of the human eye. This Spring, Oakley released new styles featuring never-before-seen PRIZM lenses intended for daytime operations. The new models feature PRIZM daily polarized lenses that reduce glare in bright-light environments while simultaneously…
  • Staff Pick: Streamlight ProTac HL Professional Tactical Light

    Lauren Malm
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    As our Head Buyer, Jenny Kendall-Webb gets to see the latest and greatest tactical gear before it ever hits our shelves. Even with loads of new, innovative styles swimming in her head, when asked for her gear pick she opts for a classic. The Streamlight ProTac HL Professional has been around for a few years but its high-lumens technology and durable construction make it an irreplaceable component for everyday carry. Staff member: Jenny Kendall-Webb Job Title: Head Buyer Her Pick: Streamlight ProTac HL Professional Tactical Light Our Price: $70.99 “It’s compact but with a powerful…
  • Army Unveils New Uniform Quality Control Program

    Lauren Malm
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    In February 2015, the Army unveiled its plans for a new Uniform Quality Control Program (UQCP). The program will be launched this year by PEO Soldier in order to provide soldiers, Army leaders and industry manufacturers clarity on what optional-wear boot models are considered Army authorized. In the 3rd fiscal quarter of 2015, PEO Soldier will post a list of boots that meet Army standards. To get on this list, boot manufacturers will have to submit boot materials to third-party labs in order to obtain necessary certifications. The certifications will then be passed along to Natick Soldier…
  • The Top 10 Gear from SHOT Show 2015

    Lauren Malm
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    Per usual, SHOT Show was 5 days full of the latest and greatest gear from the industry’s premier brands. We hand-picked this year’s standout styles of apparel, equipment and footwear from the show so you know what to look forward to in 2015. 1. Condor Elite Line of Bags If you’re not familiar with Condor gear, you can easily pick it out by its ultra-aggressive look. Known for its tightly woven nylon equipment, Condor packs and tactical vests have never let us down before. This year at SHOT, the brand added an even more premium line of nylon bags to its arsenal. This Condor Elite line of…
  • Follow Us for Live Coverage of SHOT Show 2015

    Lauren Malm
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    It’s that time of year—SHOT Show! The largest trade show for shooting, hunting, military and law enforcement industries will be taking place Jan. 20-23 in Las Vegas. Just because you can’t make it doesn’t mean you have to miss it. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Google+ to get instant coverage of the entire event. Don’t miss your chance to see sneak peeks of this season’s newest gear.
 
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    Fighter Country Partnership

  • FCP Visions Spring 2015 Web Edition is now available

    Fighter Country
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:56 am
    FCP Visions Spring 2015 is now available as a digital download. This issue reviews the launch of Fighter Country Partnership’s FAAR (Facility Advancement And Relief Fund), the precision of flyovers, 2015 March of the Fallen, best ever IMS Marathon, a breakdown of the 56th CMS (Component Maintenance Squadron) and an Honorary Commander feature for Mr. Charley Freericks. In order to enjoy FCP Visions Spring 2015 Web Edition you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent application that will display the PDF file format. Click here to download FCP Visions Spring 2015 (you may need…
  • Get your tickets today for Spring Training!

    Fighter Country
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    Join our Military Appreciation Offer 2015, where you can get one free ticket for Spring Training for the Cincinatti Reds or Cleveland Indians. Offer includes one free ticket in the Outfield Box, Outfield Reserve, and up to four additional tickets in those sections at the group rate. Available to active duty, retired military and guard/reserve personnel. For more information, call 623.882.3130 The post Get your tickets today for Spring Training! appeared first on Fighter Country Partnership.
  • Ron Sites and Major David Barns on CBS 5 this Morning

    Fighter Country
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Watch and Learn about Fry’s Courageous Hearts Campaign and how it supports FCF and other AZ Military Support organizations! CBS 5 – KPHO The post Ron Sites and Major David Barns on CBS 5 this Morning appeared first on Fighter Country Partnership.
  • Honorary Commander Feature: Charley Freericks

    Fighter Country
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:45 am
    Mr. Charley Freericks Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Mr. Charley Freericks, President of DMB, past Chairman of the Board for Fighter Country Partnership, and former Honorary Commander to the 56th Fighter Wing Commander at Luke Air Force Base. As President, Mr. Freericks is responsible for strategic management and leadership of DMB’s Arizona activities. He has over 17 years of experience with the company, including executive leadership roles and overseeing master planned community and commercial development operations. For over 30 years, DMB has been developing properties…
  • F-35 2014 End of Year Wrap-Up Video

    Fighter Country
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    2014 for the F-35 program was all about momentum, maturity and meeting milestones. The enterprise was expanded with maintenance and training depots stood up around the U.S. including our very own Luke Air Force Base. Video courtesy of Lockheed Martin. The post F-35 2014 End of Year Wrap-Up Video appeared first on Fighter Country Partnership.
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    Mil-Tech

  • Northrop Splits ISR Into Two Divisions

    admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:04 pm
    —- Northrop Grumman is splitting its Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Targeting Systems division in two, a move the company says will allow it to focus on its space and airborne ISR business.         Source: defensenews/air-space Northrop Splits ISR Into Two Divisions
  • US Helo Leaders Take on Dust, New Engines

    admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    —- Even as sequestration budget cuts loom over US Army aviation, helicopter modernization plans are driving numerous requirements, officials said at an industry conference here.         Source: defensenews/home US Helo Leaders Take on Dust, New Engines
  • Obama Says He 'Fully Supports' Aims of Military Benefits Overhaul

    admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:17 am
    —- Obama praised the work of a blue-ribbon panel on military compensation and retirement reform as an “important step forward.”,President Obama praised the work of a blue-ribbon panel on military compensation and retirement reform as an “important step forward” and said his administration “fully supports” the aims of the proposals. Source: military.com dailynews Obama Says He ‘Fully Supports’ Aims of Military Benefits Overhaul
  • Poland Seeks Long-Range Recon Vehicles

    admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    —- The Polish Ministry of Defense has launched a tender to acquire 118 long-range reconnaissance vehicles. The vehicles, which will be purchased under the ministry’s Viper program, are designed to increase the military’s mobility in difficult terrain.         Source: defensenews/home Poland Seeks Long-Range Recon Vehicles
  • Carter Suggests Changes to Promotions and Enlistments for Tech Skills

    admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:42 am
    —- Major changes to the way the military promotes and provides education benefits were proposed Monday by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. Source: military.com dailynews Carter Suggests Changes to Promotions and Enlistments for Tech Skills
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    Defense Media Network

  • The USACE Forward Response Technical Dive Team (FRTDT)

    Charles Dervarics
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
      After Hurricane Sandy barreled up the Atlantic coast in October 2012, the damage to homes and communities was devastating. It also wreaked havoc on regional infrastructure, including sewage treatment systems in New Jersey, prompting action from a specialized U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) team designed to address just such underwater emergencies. From Japan and South Korea, to dams and levees in the United States, the Forward Response Technical Dive Team has added a new dimension to USACE’s maintenance and emergency operations since its creation in 2012. Whether inspecting the…
  • Historic Arctic Coast Guard Forum Gathers in Washington

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
      Member countries of the Arctic Council gathered at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington March 25-27 for the Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF) Experts Meeting, according to a U.S. Coast Guard release. The ACGF is intended to mirror successful models such as the North Pacific Coast Guard Forum, and is a cooperative initiative between nations with shared maritime interests in the Arctic. Membership includes Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation, and the United States, according to the release. The Coast Guard cited “an increasing need to…
  • Operation Chariot

    Gordon Stevens
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    There is a memorial on the quay in the port of Falmouth, on the southwest tip of England, just 3 feet high and facing France. The words on it are understated: OPERATION CHARIOT From this harbour 622 sailors and commandos set sail for the successful raid on St. Nazaire 28th March 1942. 168 were killed 5 Victoria Crosses were awarded. It is a discreet physical memorial for one of the most successful British commando raids of all time, and mute testimony to what actually happened on the far shore in France in 1942. BACKGROUND In May 1941, the German battleship Bismarck, damaged in an engagement…
  • Army Recommends Desertion Charge for Bowe Bergdahl

    DOD News Release
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    DoD News, Defense Media Activity After thorough review of the Army investigation surrounding Sgt. Robert Bowdrie Bergdahl’s 2009 disappearance in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Forces Command formally charged him yesterday under the Uniform Code of Military Justice with “Desertion with Intent to Shirk Important or Hazardous Duty” and “Misbehavior Before The Enemy by Endangering the Safety of a Command, Unit or Place,” and has referred the case to an Article 32 preliminary hearing, command officials announced March 25 in a news release. The remainder of the release reads: Sgt. Bergdahl is…
  • Army Achieves Dual Aviation Milestones

    Scott R. Gourley
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    The U.S. Army reached a pair of significant aviation milestones at Ft. Bliss, Texas, on March 16, 2015. The milestones included the first unit equipped (FUE) declaration for the RQ-7BV2 Shadow Unmanned Aircraft System as well as conversion of the first Apache Battalion to a Heavy Attack Reconnaissance Squadron under the Army’s Aviation Restructure Initiative (ARI). Lt. Col. R.J. Garcia, commander of the 3rd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, pointed to his unit’s history as the first U.S. Army unit to field Apaches, adding that they are “very proud to be the first unit to convert to this…
 
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    Welcome Home Blog

  • Sailor Surprises Mom

    Chris Ross
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    “My son Kevin is in the United States NAVY he is stationed overseas in Cuba. I haven’t seen him in months and I was heartbroken that he wasn’t going to be home for the holidays. I went out grocery shopping and came home to him standing in my kitchen on New Years Eve. This was […]
  • Marine Surprises Mom On Her Birthday

    Chris Ross
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    “I told my mom prior to coming home that she should be expecting a package in the mail the week of her birthday, but little did she know I’d be giving her a surprise visit, Happy Birthday Mom, I love you!! OORAH and SEMPER FI.”
  • 19-year-old soldier gets surprise hero welcome

    Bridgit Stoffer
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:52 am
    Private First Class Matt Zander, 19, returning from Afghanistan received a special homecoming by family, friends, veterans, and the City of South San Francisco on Friday. The USO, American Airlines, VFW, Zander’s high school buddies and others were on hand to give him a proper homecoming. “I’m still overwhelmed a bit,” Zander said. “I was […]
  • Grandfather home for good surprises Kindergartener in class

    Bridgit Stoffer
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    Five year old Dustin Ballard cries after talking with his grandfather serving overseas but now he no longer has to say goodbye. First sergeant Michael Ballard is back after nine months across the globe and his grandson is glad.
  • Marine Reunited With His Dog After Deployment

    Chris Ross
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:32 pm
    “After 7 months of being apart, Zoey finally got her daddy back!”-Lesleigh Hanna
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • New Additions to the Oakley PRIZM Line

    Lauren Malm
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Winter is over, the sun is shining and Oakley has just what you need to ring in the new season. In 2014, the brand launched its initial lineup of glasses featuring PRIZM lenses. This proprietary technology was developed after decades of color science research. By blocking specific color wavelengths, PRIZM lenses increase the natural acuity of the human eye. This Spring, Oakley released new styles featuring never-before-seen PRIZM lenses intended for daytime operations. The new models feature PRIZM daily polarized lenses that reduce glare in bright-light environments while simultaneously…
  • Staff Pick: Streamlight ProTac HL Professional Tactical Light

    Lauren Malm
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    As our Head Buyer, Jenny Kendall-Webb gets to see the latest and greatest tactical gear before it ever hits our shelves. Even with loads of new, innovative styles swimming in her head, when asked for her gear pick she opts for a classic. The Streamlight ProTac HL Professional has been around for a few years but its high-lumens technology and durable construction make it an irreplaceable component for everyday carry. Staff member: Jenny Kendall-Webb Job Title: Head Buyer Her Pick: Streamlight ProTac HL Professional Tactical Light Our Price: $70.99 “It’s compact but with a powerful…
  • Army Unveils New Uniform Quality Control Program

    Lauren Malm
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    In February 2015, the Army unveiled its plans for a new Uniform Quality Control Program (UQCP). The program will be launched this year by PEO Soldier in order to provide soldiers, Army leaders and industry manufacturers clarity on what optional-wear boot models are considered Army authorized. In the 3rd fiscal quarter of 2015, PEO Soldier will post a list of boots that meet Army standards. To get on this list, boot manufacturers will have to submit boot materials to third-party labs in order to obtain necessary certifications. The certifications will then be passed along to Natick Soldier…
  • The Top 10 Gear from SHOT Show 2015

    Lauren Malm
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    Per usual, SHOT Show was 5 days full of the latest and greatest gear from the industry’s premier brands. We hand-picked this year’s standout styles of apparel, equipment and footwear from the show so you know what to look forward to in 2015. 1. Condor Elite Line of Bags If you’re not familiar with Condor gear, you can easily pick it out by its ultra-aggressive look. Known for its tightly woven nylon equipment, Condor packs and tactical vests have never let us down before. This year at SHOT, the brand added an even more premium line of nylon bags to its arsenal. This Condor Elite line of…
  • Follow Us for Live Coverage of SHOT Show 2015

    Lauren Malm
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    It’s that time of year—SHOT Show! The largest trade show for shooting, hunting, military and law enforcement industries will be taking place Jan. 20-23 in Las Vegas. Just because you can’t make it doesn’t mean you have to miss it. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Google+ to get instant coverage of the entire event. Don’t miss your chance to see sneak peeks of this season’s newest gear.
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    The Duffel Blog

  • ANALYSTS: ISIS 'Kill List' Suspiciously Contains Only Names Of Shitbags

    Lee Ho Fuk
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    WASHINGTON — Analysts from Stratfor and The RAND Corporation have conducted an investigation into the leaked names on the so-called "ISIS Kill List" and concluded that nearly every target is an utter shitbag, Duffel Blog has learned. The list, which included the identities of 100 airmen, sailors, pilots and others supposedly involved in airstrikes against ISIS were, in fact, all on […]
  • DOD Tax Centers Overwhelmed After Alcohol Declared 'Work Related Expense'

    Maxx Butthurt
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    THE PENTAGON — Military tax centers across the nation, already battling staff cuts due to sequestration spending reductions, are now seeing an unprecedented surge in demand after the IRS ruled alcohol a deductible, work-related expense for members of the Armed Forces, Duffel Blog has learned. “I have no idea how word spread so quickly,” said Pfc. Martin Ayers, […]
  • Study: Mom Jokes Significantly Funnier If Mom Is Dead

    Erik Sullivan
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A recent Army survey conducted among combat arms soldiers indicates that humor involving the weight and sexual proclivities of soldiers’ mothers was 62 percent funnier if the mother in question was dead. “This report really confirms what a lot of our respondents have known to be true for quite some time,” lead researcher Dr. Phil Morgan […]
  • Bergdahl Found Guilty Of Violating Uniform Policy, Missing Online Training

    Bill Ashleigh
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — The U.S. Army has found Bowe Bergdahl guilty of violating dress and grooming standards, as well as missing all of his required online classes. “The Army holds soldiers to the highest standard of honor,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno told Duffel Blog. “When Sgt. Bergdahl forgot to shave, and skipped five […]
  • Modern Tips For Noise Discipline In The Field

    blondesoverbaghdad
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Basic soldier skills are lacking in today’s army, just ask anyone who still remembers bayonet drills. As a public service announcement, Duffel Blog surveyed senior NCOs in combat arms fields across the military to identify of some of the most common mistakes soldiers make in the field that can ruin a low noise profile. Do not step […]
 
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    French Foreign Legion Information

  • 2e REP: Great photos of legionnaires in the Sahara of Niger

    admin
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
    The 1st Company of the French Foreign Legion’s 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP) has been based in Madama, a new French forward operating base located in the land of nowhere in north-eastern Niger, near the Libyan-Algerian border, deep in the heart of Sahara. In February 2015, a well-known French reporter-photographer Thomas Goisque spent some […]
  • 2e REG: Legionnaire killed during firing exercise

    admin
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:09 pm
    A Caporal-chef (Senior corporal) from the 2nd Foreign Engineer Regiment (2e REG) of the Foreign Legion was killed during live firing exercise at Camp des Guarrigues, a military camp located near Nimes (southern France), on March 23. The exercise was conducted to train legionnaires before joining Operation Berkhane in Mali in May 2015. Caporal-chef (CCH) […]
  • 3e REI: Operation Titan

    admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:49 pm
    In French Guiana, legionnaires from the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment (3e REI) of the French Foreign Legion protects the Guiana Space Center (Centre spatial guyanais, CSG) based at Kourou, under the terms of Operation Titan. See the fresh videos launched by the French Army. The operation has been conducted since 2008. The 3e REI legionnaires, […]
  • 1er REG training in Djibouti 2015

    admin
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:48 pm
    While part of the 3rd Company (3e CIE) of the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG) is being placed in French Polynesia in the Pacific now, the 1st Platoon of 3e CIE moved to Djibouti (a country located northwest of Somalia, in the Horn of Africa) on its four-month-long mission, at the end of 2014. […]
  • 3e REI: Corporal course slideshow

    admin
    15 Mar 2015 | 10:49 pm
    A very nice photo slideshow of a Corporal course conducted by the French Foreign Legion’s 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment (3e REI) in the jungle of French Guiana, South America. Make a time for this more than 20 minutes long great video. There are two types of the Corporal course (informally Stage caporal, formally Formation générale […]
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    Texas Veterans Blog

  • Iwo Jima Veteran Honored for 70th Anniversary of Iconic Battle

    Anne Evenson
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
    Seventy years ago, former Temple Mayor Keifer Marshall was fighting for his life in the iconic Battle of Iwo Jima. At 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2015, Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) Chairman George P. Bush presented Marshall with a Texas flag flown over the Texas Capitol and thanked him for his life of […]
  • Commissioner Bush Unveils New VLB Website

    Anne Evenson
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, Commissioner George P. Bush unveiled the redesigned and streamlined Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) website at www.texasveterans.com. As Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office (GLO), Bush concurrently serves as Chairman of the VLB. The new website creates easy access to information about VLB functions and services including low-interest land, home, […]
  • Quarterly Online Land Sale Now Open

    Anne Evenson
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:37 am
    Since 1946, Texas Veterans have been able to finance land purchases on favorable terms through the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB). While the vast majority of Veteran borrowers keep current on their payments, a few must return land to the VLB. These forfeited land tracts are offered first to Texas Veterans through Quarterly Online Land […]
  • Town Hall Meeting for Central Texas Veterans at Temple VA

    Jimmy
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:56 am
    For Immediate Release:   March 9, 2015 Town Hall/Listening Session set for Central Texas Veterans at Temple VA Temple, Texas –  Veterans are invited to Central Texas Veterans Health Care System for a Town Hall/Listening Session set for Thursday, March 12 at the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center.  The Town Hall/Listening Session begins at 5:30 […]
  • Women Veterans Share Their Stories

    Anne Evenson
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:22 pm
    In 2011 Senator Jane Nelson authored a bill, which the 82nd Texas Legislature subsequently signed, designating the month of March as Women Veterans Month in tribute to the countless contributions that women in the military have made to this nation. In honor of Women Veterans Month the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) would like to share […]
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    World Traveling Military Family

  • Ways Military Kids Are Awesome

    Mrs B
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Compensation for this post was provided by Procter & Gamble via MSB New Media. All opinions expressed in this piece are my own. Ways military kids are awesome are very abundant, I have 5 ways share! Having not been a military kid growing up I had no idea the impact it would have on my [...] The post Ways Military Kids Are Awesome appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Sankt Wendel Easter Market – 2015

    Mrs B
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    This past weekend we went to check out the Sankt Wendel Easter Market! Also known to the Americans as St. Wendel. You may remember that the Sankt Wendel Christmas Market was our favorite Christmas Market so I was excited to go check out the Easter Market. We went to a local so-called Easter Market in [...] The post Sankt Wendel Easter Market – 2015 appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Barcelona, Spain – Half Day

    Mrs B
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I scored super cheap tickets to Barcelona, Spain for our family of 4 in January over President’s weekend, it was $120 for all 4 of us round trip! I wanted to make the most of the time we would have in Barcelona which was 1.5 days. We rented a car so we were able to [...] The post Barcelona, Spain – Half Day appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Getting To and Around Barcelona, Spain

    Mrs B
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Those who know me know that I did lots of research for our trip to Barcelona as always. We only had 1.5 days in Barcelona & 2 nights so I wanted to make sure we could get as much in as possible since I don’t plan on going back…we have way too many places to [...] The post Getting To and Around Barcelona, Spain appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Scavenger Hunt Adventure Book Giveaway

    Mrs B
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Disclosure: The author provided me with a free book. No other forms of compensation were received. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced. Scavenger Hunt Adventures is a great series I’m excited to share with you! It currently includes; Mission Paris, Mission Barcelona, Mission Rome and just released is Mission London & [...] The post Scavenger Hunt Adventure Book Giveaway appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
 
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    Vision Strike Wear Military Blog

  • All Politics Aside, The Rock Obama (SNL) Was Hillarious [Video]

    Vision Strike
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    I don’t really watch much TV, but I ran across SNL last night and figured I’d give it a go since I haven’t seen a funny episode of Saturday Night Live in years. When it comes to SNL, I’m in the old-school club of the golden years of SNL.  However, Dwayne Johnson “The Rock” is pretty funny… then I saw the opening skit and I laughed my ass off. Regardless of your politics, seeing Obama lose it like The Incredible Hulk was a good chuckle.  And there is even a little bit of a twist at the end, so watch it and decide for yourself! The Rock Obama on…
  • Happy Beginner’s Drinking Day: St.Patty’s Day Fails

    Vision Strike
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:38 am
    St.Patty’s Day has a proud tradition in the USA and around the world of people who don’t know how to handle their liquor getting out of control and doing stupid shit. Let’s hear it for Beginner’s Drinking Day!  Better known as St. Patty’s Day. Here is a small collection of St. Patty’s Day Fails for your enjoyment.  So grab some cheap beer, add enough green food coloring to give you intestinal problems and let’s have some fun! It’s An American Tradition Drink Too Much And You Might Find Yourself Doing Some Irish Yoga! The End of Rainbow Is…
  • The Best US Coast Guard Shirt Designs

    Sarge Strike
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Two little known facts when it comes to the creation of Coast Guard designs for their apparel and custom military tees. They are among the most colorful military designs of the military branches. Could it be that they have less of a need for camouflage and their history is aligned with more color in theor military patches displayed on their uniforms thus carrying forward to shirt design? It does seem logical. So with that being said we look at several of the military shirt designs created for the USCG! US Coast Guard Custom T shirt Designs offer up some color and pageantry and provide ideas…
  • Help Heal Our Vets

    Sarge Strike
    13 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Help Heal Our Vets is an military organization that supports other military non profits and get the much needed funds to the right people for the right people: Our Veterans. Truth be told there is far too much red tape and too high salaried executives with many of the larger non-profits these days that it raises large concerns about their effectiveness and ability to deliver on their promises. Help Heal Our Vets (HHOV) is all about putting the funds where their mouth is and ensuring that those deemed responsbile to take their monies must provide evidence that the mony donated is provided to…
  • Best Vietnam War Movies

    Frost Call
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:02 pm
    Over the decades Hollywood has attempted to portray the US soldier and their experience in the Vietnam War.  Each has its own perspective and insights that help us better understand the combat veterans story of America’s chapter in Southeast Asia. If you think you know of a better movie that is not listed here let us know.  But these are the best and  bet you wont find a more appropriate collection of films for the era. 10. Uncommon Valor One of the first Vietnam movies to address rescuing the MIAs of Vietnam. 9.Hamburger Hill A pulpy portrayal of the Battle of Hamburger Hill…
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    Semper Fi Parents

  • Today In Marine Corps History: 15 March 1944

    Carl
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    Marine medium bombers struck Japanese positions at Rabaul.
  • Today In Marine Corps History: 14 March 1905

    Carl
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The first Marine military attaché was appointed to Legation at Peking, China.
  • Today In Marine Corps History: 13 March 1943

    Carl
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The first group of 71 Women Marine officer candidates arrived at the U.S. Midshipmen School (Women’s Reserve) at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The Navy’s willingness to share training facilities enabled the Marine Corps to begin training Marine Corps Women’s Reserve officers just one month after the creation of the MCWR was announced.
  • Today In Marine Corps History: 12 March 1824

    Carl
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Marines of the Boston Barracks quelled a Massachusettes State Prison riot.
  • Today In Marine Corps History: 11 March 1778

    Carl
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Marines participated the action when the Continental Navy frigate Boston, enroute to France, sighted, engaged, and captured the British merchant ship Martha. As the drum of the Boston beat to arms, John Adams seized a musket and joined the Marines on deck until the frigate’s captain, Samuel Tucker, sent him below for safety.
 
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  • 5 Things You May Not Know About Your Education Benefits

    Milspouse
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    Education benefits for military spouses – they’re confusing, subject to change, and constant fodder for the rumor mill. This state of affairs makes it important to spell out exactly what’s going on with education benefits for military spouses these days. Here are five things you might not realize about what’s up under the My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) program. Military spouses: There is money set aside for your schooling. Many military spouses have heard of MyCAA, but don’t know much about it and fail to learn more. The unfortunate result is that they…
  • Fort Irwin

    Milspouse
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    History Pioneer explorations along the Mojave Indian Trail in 1796 noted several Indian settlements in what would later become the Fort Irwin area. In the early 1800’s, fur trappers travelled the Old Spanish Trail connecting Los Angeles and Santa Fe. Bitter Springs, on the eastern edge, was a favored camping site. The area’s economy and population skyrocketed during the 1880’s due to the borax discovery at Death Valley. Mining operations launched the neighboring town of Barstow. In 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt founded the Mojave Anti-Aircraft Range, later renamed Camp Irwin in…
  • Where Criminal Justice Online Training Can Take You

    Milspouse
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    Some people dream of it while young; others stumble across it in their search for a more fulfilling career – criminal justice. A wide-ranging field with many specialties, criminal justice isn’t just cops-and-robbers. It encompasses administrative leadership, forensics, international investigations, corrections, paralegal and court reporting, criminology research, and more. The largest three industries are corrections, law enforcement, and investigations. Between them, employees tend to enjoy substantial job security through union membership, high demand for competent workers, and…
  • What is Confidential Non-Medical Counseling?

    Milspouse
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    Serving in the military, or being married to someone who is, can lead to complications. These complications may take the form of parenting issues, relationship problems, or an inability to cope with certain stresses in a healthy way. The Department of Defense realizes that these problems have the power to affect the service member’s ability to perform assigned duties. Confidential non-medical counseling is the answer. Help Solving Everyday Problems Whereas in the case of a bodily injury or sickness there is a physician to examine the wound and prescribe a healing regimen, the same is not…
  • What Can You Do with an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies?

    Milspouse
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    Paralegal Studies is a thriving discipline in the field of law. Once you master this area of study by earning a degree such as the two-year associate’s, you can compete for employment opportunities reserved for trained paralegals, or legal assistants. Become a Paralegal What can you do with an associate’s degree in paralegal studies? In short, you can become a paralegal. Many employers consider the associate’s degree to be the gold standard for up-and-coming paralegals. The educational requirements of paralegal jobs vary by employer, but formal vocational training is highly…
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    Max Security » MENA & Africa Intel Blog: Max Spotlight

  • MAX Analysis Egypt: January attack by militant group Wilayat Sinai underscores increased capabilities February 24, 2015

    jay.radzinski
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:55 am
    Executive Summary The January 29 coordinated and simultaneous attack against multiple targets in northern Sinai, by the militant organization Wilayat Sinai, highlights an ongoing shift in militant tactics, as well as an upgrading of their capabilities and the potential for additional attacks. Meanwhile, renewed accusations that the Muslim Brotherhood was involved in the attack and subsequent crackdowns on the group will likely continue to create a divide in the organization over the use of violence to “retaliate” against alleged police and military brutality. This divide will likely…
  • MAX Analysis India & Pakistan: Cross-border hostilities likely to continue as Islamabad seeks to intensify Kashmir debate January 23, 2015

    jay.radzinski
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:58 am
    Executive Summary Clashes on the border between India and Pakistan have escalated again since December, leaving around a dozen dead and tens of thousands displaced. Pakistan is likely seeking to increase pressure on India to renew negotiations over Kashmir through a controlled escalation. Despite both side’s efforts to ensure relatively localized hostilities, risk of more widespread border conflict remains. We advise against all nonessential travel to Pakistan given the ongoing threat of militancy, kidnappings and sectarian tensions throughout the country. We advise against all travel to…
  • MAX Analysis Nigeria: Chadian deployment records positive momentum against Boko Haram militants, February 3, 2015

    jay.radzinski
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:50 am
    Executive Summary Chad’s military deployment to northern Nigeria and Cameroon has yielded a quick succession of defeats for Boko Haram’s militants, given the Chadian soldiers’ superior training, discipline, and supplies. While Chad is focused on securing its border and interests along Lake Chad, longer term momentum against Boko Haram will necessitate an expansion of the commitment by regional forces to aid the Nigerian military’s counterinsurgency. Travel to Abuja and Lagos can continue while maintaining heightened vigilance and following heightened security measures regarding…
  • MAX Analysis Saudi Arabia & Iraq: IS attack against Saudi-Iraq border crossing January 6, 2015

    jay.radzinski
    18 Jan 2015 | 1:47 am
    Executive Summary An Islamic State-subgroup based in Iraq’s Anbar Province issued a statement on January 5 claiming responsibility for targeting the Iraqi side of Saudi Arabia’s Arar border crossing, which came under attack during the early morning hours of January 5. Three Saudi Border Guards were killed in the attack and two wounded, while four attackers were also killed. Despite an ideological interest in targeting Saudi Arabia, we do not assess that the January 5 incident represents an alteration in the security situation along Saudi Arabia’s border with Iraq, but rather a…
  • MAX Analysis Iran News: Agreement to seven month extension of talks on Iran’s nuclear program underlines interest in reaching consensus while highlighting existence of ongoing disputes November 27, 2014

    Zuri Hananel
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:41 am
    Executive Summary On November 24, the P5+1 and Iran announced a seven-month extension of the interim Joint Plan of Action following an inability to reach a final status agreement by the deadline. The extension itself, along with the presence of Iran’s and all P5+1 Foreign Ministers during the conclusion of this last round of talks, underscores the continued interest in reaching a final status agreement, while Tehran’s uranium enrichment capabilities, as well as sanctions relief, likely remain key points of contention in talks. An interest in reaching an agreement prior to the allotted…
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