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  • Map of 154 US Airstrikes against ISIL/ISIS/IS in Iraq

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    15 Sep 2014 | 5:18 am
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  • Air Force Plans Major Step in Long Range Strike Bomber Program

    Defense Tech
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    The Air Force plans to award a contract to build its new bomber to a single vendor by next spring or summer as part of its ongoing effort to engineer a stealthy long range bomber that can evade advanced air defenses, service leaders said Sept. 15 at the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference […]
  • Army’s New Laser Cannon Blasts Drones Out of the Sky, Even in Fog

    WIRED » Danger Room
    Jordan Golson
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Boeing is building a laser cannon for the U.S. Army, and the new weapon has now proved it will be as capable at sea as on land. The High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD)---basically a high-energy laser mounted on top of a big truck---was successfully used to blast some UAV drones and 60mm mortars out of the Florida sky earlier this year, Boeing announced Thursday. The post Army’s New Laser Cannon Blasts Drones Out of the Sky, Even in Fog appeared first on WIRED.
  • After maxing out Roth IRAs and TSPs, how next to invest?

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    Scott Halliwell
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    Q: I am an Air Force officer, and my wife and I have three young children. My wife is a homeschooling mom, and I am a dentist. We max out my TSP ($17,500/year) and Roth IRAs, and contribute monthly to our children’s college 529 plans. We have no debt and give regularly to our church and charities, and have six
  • Thunderbird Opposing Solo Pass

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    Pinch
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    From the Atlantic City Air Show a few weeks ago.  I think this shot could not be much better.  Aviation photographers try for a lifetime to nail the timing on this – I managed to suitcase it the first time I ever saw these guys. Pure luck!  Indeed, trhough, I did get exactly what I was trying to get, but it was more luck than pure preparation. More to come.
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  • Iraq parliament rejects interior, defense nominees

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    Iraqi lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominees Tuesday to lead the defense and interior ministries, leaving the crucial Cabinet posts unfilled as an emerging U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Islamic State extremists who have seized a third of the country.
  • Loss of shipbuilder still echoes at sea, 1 year after Navy Yard shooting

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    Looking down on the flight deck, the Navy's future USS America is picture-perfect, its hull shimmering as it slices through the waves. Down below, one of the ship's electric motors won't start. To keep moving, the captain has had to fire gas-guzzling engines, often burning an extra $12,000 worth of fuel an hour. For days like this, the Navy is missing one of its best men: Retired Cmdr. Michael Arnold — the Navy's encyclopedia for ships like this — was one of 12 people killed in last year's Navy Yard shooting rampage in Washington.
  • Ill. veterans home ownership program hits $200 million milestone

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
    Gov. Pat Quinn said more than 1,600 veterans, active military personnel, reservists and Illinois National Guard members have accessed more than $200 million through the Welcome Home Heroes home ownership program.
  • G.I. Joe photo exhibit brings to life real plight of struggling veterans

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    At first glance, the G.I. Joe action figures who are the subjects of a stark photo exhibit on display at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library look disturbingly real. And that’s precisely the point.
  • US military to lead Ebola fight; to send 3,000 personnel to W. Africa

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    President Barack Obama is expected to announce Tuesday that the U.S. military will take the lead in overseeing what has been a chaotic and widely criticized response to the worst Ebola outbreak in history, dispatching up to 3,000 military personnel to W. Africa in an effort that could cost $750 million over the next six months, according to senior administration officials.
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • A Military-Grade Drone That Can Be Printed Anywhere

    Jordan Golson
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    We have 3-D printed keys, guns and shoes—now a research team at the University of Virginia has created a 3D printed UAV drone for the Department of Defense. In the works for three years, the aircraft, no bigger than a remote-controlled plane, can carry a 1.5-pound payload. If it crashes or needs a design tweak […] The post A Military-Grade Drone That Can Be Printed Anywhere appeared first on WIRED.
  • How the Red Baron’s Knockoff Aircraft Became the First Great Warplane

    Jordan Golson
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Though the Allies won the war and the glory, the Germans gave us one of the most famous airplanes of the Great War. The Fokker Dr.1 triplane, flown by one of history's great fighter pilots, is among the most recognizable aircraft of the early twentieth century and it played a significant role in launching dogfighting as a new form of combat. The post How the Red Baron’s Knockoff Aircraft Became the First Great Warplane appeared first on WIRED.
  • Army’s New Laser Cannon Blasts Drones Out of the Sky, Even in Fog

    Jordan Golson
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Boeing is building a laser cannon for the U.S. Army, and the new weapon has now proved it will be as capable at sea as on land. The High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD)---basically a high-energy laser mounted on top of a big truck---was successfully used to blast some UAV drones and 60mm mortars out of the Florida sky earlier this year, Boeing announced Thursday. The post Army’s New Laser Cannon Blasts Drones Out of the Sky, Even in Fog appeared first on WIRED.
  • How to Turn Chemical Weapons Like Mustard Gas Into Ordinary Trash

    MATT JANCER
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    BRYAN CHRISTIE DESIGN In September 2013, Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons—good thing the US Department of Defense had recently fast-tracked the Field Deployable Hydrolysis System. It's a facility that can digest and neutralize lethal material, and it breaks down into shipping containers for transport anywhere (sidestepping pesky local laws about moving sarin and […] The post How to Turn Chemical Weapons Like Mustard Gas Into Ordinary Trash appeared first on WIRED.
  • The WWI Battleships That Saved (And Doomed) the British Empire

    Jordan Golson
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    World War I was shaped by the new vehicles developed during the four years of conflict. A century after the start of the war, we’re looking back at the most remarkable vehicles—the planes, cars, tanks, ships, and zeppelins—it helped bring about. Aviation and the automobile were in their infancy when World War I started in […] The post The WWI Battleships That Saved (And Doomed) the British Empire appeared first on WIRED.
 
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  • USS America Commissioning Ceremony

    AveryMom
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    I'm so excited about USS America Commissioning Ceremony, October 11th!  My husband and I received our invitations, and RSVP! So we're ready to go!!!  I can't wait!  I'm real excited about this opportunity!  In my previous blog, I mentioned how I always wanted to go to Fleet Week.  My son never knew about it until he mentioned the commissioning ceremony.  My son has been on his ship since April.  I communicated with him here and there.  The last time I seen my son was when he came home for my father's memorial in December.  So I'm ready for a mother-son reunion!  LOL I'm very proud…
  • Just Thoughts....

    rachie
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Just wanted to vent a little....  My husband and I have been married a little over 2 weeks now. Yes it's very new! But have been together almost 5 years and have a daughter together.  After we got married he left 4 days after. Yeah... not much of honeymoon. But I must say I know what I signed up for so can't really complain can I? Since my husband has been gone... Our daughter has started Kindergarten. It just sucks he missed her first day and all he could do was see pictures. He did  make an effort and spoke to her right before she walked out the door. But I am just so concerned about her…
  • Vulnerability; capable of or susceptible to being wounded or hurt

    Gayle
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Along with many of you, two weeks ago today was the last I saw/talked to my SR. He has known for awhile what he wanted to do. He just wasn't sure about the timing. In Feb., he went and saw the recruiter, then came DEP, and then summer happened (fast). I was so full of pride and happiness for him. I was even giddy. I couldn't even talk about him and what he was doing without a big stupid smile on my face.  Then the time came. It came too fast. I wasn't ready. It happened anyway. I hid my tears and poured love and encouragement all over him. I am a tough person. Well, at least I *thought* I…
  • The lump in my throat and the pride in my heart

    CodyCyleMum16
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    The count down began months ago when we received the news regarding my sons official "deployment" date...8/22/14.  10 months...seems like a decade of time versus "boot camp" and "underways" Underways prepare you ( somewhat ) for the periods of time you don't hear from your sailor. I became like a teenager with a school girl crush - watching and waiting for texts / emails or if I was lucky a PHONE CALL!! In my mind I knew he was never in harms ways since I assumed he was never that far of the coast of the US...safe zone. Now the date is upon us, the lump in my throat has grown from the…
  • Navigating the Navy...and being completely lost!

    Megara
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:04 am
     I recently started dating a submariner (further more to be referred to as Hercules) on the USS Alabama and he truly is the most wonderful man I have ever known...right after my father of course. I've never been seriously involved with a man in the Navy before and its all so new and shiny...and confusing!   He tries so hard to keep me updated on whats going on and explain things to me but it all gets lost in translation. Not to mention its barely been a couple of months and now its time for an underway soon. It's hard. So I read, and I learn, then I go somewhere else and I look for ideas…
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  • INCHON DAY!

    LTCOL P
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:11 pm
    15 September 1950. Amphibious landing, the way it ought to be done– a stunning stroke of operational art. Could we do it today? Not on that scale, we don’t have the amphib lift, nor do I think we have the true capability, even adjusting for improvements in ships and weapons systems. Check me if I’m wrong but be sure to justify your answer.
  • Why Emergency Plans are Necessary

    Townie 76
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    There is a great story over at the Daily Kos about the actions taken by the Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve Roger Fergerson’s actions on September 11, 2001.  His actions not only preserved the United States Economy but most probably stabilized the world economy. While they had no plan for something like 9-11; they had a plan for Y2K.  As a result of that plan there were redundancies within the IT and communications networks of the Federal Reserve.  From this plan, Ferguson was able to call audibles and move out to protect our economy. This is a reminder to […]
  • Back on Deck…

    LTCOL P
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:29 am
    Brother Rat BullNav and I were down in Lexington for our 25th reunion, hence the light posting. But we’re back. More to follow, possibly with pics!
  • The Day Our World Stopped Turning

    Slater
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:44 pm
    As the junior member of the group I haven’t really reflected on this today.  11 September 2001, I was in the seventh grade.  12 years old, mom almost kept us home, but the college decided they were going to push and she dropped us off at school.  I honestly don’t know if she got much work done that day. As much as my teachers may have wanted it to remain normal, they exacerbated the issue by not playing the news for us that day.  We’d all watched the beginning with the towers smoking, I didn’t see either collapse until that […]
  • Once More Unto the Breach?

    LTCOL P
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    Who watched last night? I, alas, did not. There was a little intra-Op-For commentary behind the scenes, but I did not participate. Anyone care to comment?
 
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  • White House Press Brief- Disgustipated by ransom threats etc.

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Obama has chafed my cones. Threatening the Foleys and Sotloffs w/ prosecution if they tried to ransom their sons, dithering over launching the rescue op, leaking the details of the raid after Foley was dead and so much else. Not the nice sweet Press Secretary in this one.
  • SHOT Show

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    One of our readers works for a company that exhibits at SHOT, and talked with me a couple of years ago about it. If you still read here, please drop me a line as I would like to talk with you again about that discussion. LW
  • Trailer Talk- Declare the War already

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    The Islamists have declared and are waging war against us all over the planet. In his Not War speech this week, President Obama asked Congress to act. I concur, the should declare war on ISIS, AQ and all the rest officially. That would put the President on notice that we expect him to do his job as Commander in Chief.
  • Iran may end up the winner in Iraq

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    I read thru the statement that President Obama made last night regarding his plan to address ISIS (which he kept calling ISIL) and I'd like to address some of the problems we will face with this. As someone who's actually developed the plans to address problems in Iraq and Syria, and had to brief them to senior leaders, I have a hard time understanding why it has taken so long for him to address this, and why he's picking the 'strategy' that he has. I have agreed, up to now, with the cautious approach- that 'picking sides' in Syria is fraught with huge problems. NONE of the groups fighting in…
  • Mr President, It is time for you to earn that Nobel Peace Prize

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    It is always easier to requite an injury than a service: gratitude is a burden, but revenge is found to pay. - Tacitus I understand and agree with everyone that wants to see ISIS f@#$%ed up like polio. But there needs to be a plan to take them out...and that plan would have far reaching effects, not just into Iraq and Syria, but in every nation allowing it's citizens to fight for ISIS (and I lost count after 30). It would have to be GLOBAL and would not end within President Obama's tenure or maybe even his lifetime. First, let us bring in four brief (not all encompassing) but important…
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    Defense Tech

  • Air Force May Certify SpaceX for Launches by December

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The U.S. Air Force may in December certify the start-up rocket-maker Space Exploration Technologies Corp. to compete to launch military and spy satellites, a general said. “I root for SpaceX to come into the competition,” Gen. John Hyten, head of Air Force Space Command, said during a speech Tuesday at the Air […]
  • AFSOC Boss Wants Directed Energy Weapons

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    The head of Air Force Special Operations Command says he is in the market for a directed energy beam weapon and plans to look at acquisitions possibilities as part of the 2017 defense budget. Such a weapon could be used to knock out communications and power stations without the devastation and loss of life caused […]
  • Air Force Plans Major Step in Long Range Strike Bomber Program

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    The Air Force plans to award a contract to build its new bomber to a single vendor by next spring or summer as part of its ongoing effort to engineer a stealthy long range bomber that can evade advanced air defenses, service leaders said Sept. 15 at the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference […]
  • Israel’s ‘AirMule’ in Flight Testing

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:09 pm
    An Israeli company that spent a decade developing an autonomous, unmanned vertical takeoff and landing craft utilizing internal lift rotors says its first prototype is now going through flight tests and it’s at work on a second prototype. Called the AirMule, the rotorcraft is envisioned for use as an unmanned transport – ferrying supplies into […]
  • Strategist: Defeating ISIL Requires ‘Effects Based’ Bombing Campaign

    11 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    A key architect of the air bombardment strategy in the Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom said the U.S. military must have significant success with its efforts to destroy the Islamic State from the air. On Wednesday night, President Obama’s announced that the U.S. will lead a coalition to step up targeted airstrikes against ISIL. […]
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    Michael Yon - Online Magazine

  • Time is of the Essence

    Col. Zygmunt F. Dembek
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
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  • Pandora's Box

    Col. Zygmunt F. Dembek
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
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  • Is it Mother Nature

    Col. Zygmunt F. Dembek
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
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  • Stalker: Washed out Reuters Journalist discusses his mental illness

    Andrew Marshall
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
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  • INDEPENDENCE DAY GREETINGS

    SFA National President Jack Tobin
    4 Jul 2014 | 5:06 am
    04 July 2014 From: The Chapter III Officers To all the members of Chapter III we wish you a great, safe happy Fourth of July. We forward a message from SFA National President Jack Tobin: Gentlemen, since I was reconvicted, I will continue to ruin your holidays with one of my endless ramblings, if you think it is worth the time, please forward to your member. What Do I Say? As I watch the news, each day it seems the Republic sinks deeper into the abyss that has taken so many great countries. Each day another of our freedoms disappears, taken by faceless bureaucrats, controlled by those who…
 
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • Incoming – RPG

    CJ Grisham
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
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  • WWII Missing Soldier Identified

    CJ Grisham
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Pfc. Bernard Gavrin, 29, of Brooklyn, N.Y., will be buried on Sep. 12, in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. On June 15, 1944, as part of an Allied strategic goal to secure the Mariana Islands, U.S. forces were ordered to occupy Saipan. After a month of intense fighting, enemy forces conducted a suicide assault, known as a banzai attack.
  • Incoming – Hump Day

    CJ Grisham
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
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  • I Can’t Believe They’re All Butters

    CJ Grisham
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Butter [buht-er] noun. Defined as a “supporter of the 2nd Amendment” that claims, “I support the 2nd Amendment, but…” then proceeds to tell you what restrictions he supports on the 2nd Amendment. Over the past year, Open Carry Texas has been the subject of much “controversy.” What’s interesting is that none of the controversy really started here in Texas. I’m talking about, of course, all the media criticism involving Chili’s, Chipotle, Sonic, Target, Jack In The Box, etc. In fact, nearly every manufactured controversy originated in…
  • Incoming – Skeet Shooting

    CJ Grisham
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
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    This Military Mama

  • 3 Related Sites Where to Find Cheaper Than Dirt Promotional Codes

    Tara Rosado
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:49 am
    There are a lot of people all over the world who are these days used to use Cheaper Than Dirt coupon codes to buy firearms online. If the discount coupon includes a great offer, the saving can be quite substantial. Online shoppers have an identical avenue to save money no matter the product, but when talking about firearms, the subject is a bit more sensitive as there are not too many popular online websites that deal with the selling of guns. By using Cheaper Than Dirt promo codes at the checkout`s time, you can get a nice discount on your firearm or at least free shipping for your gun. Try…
  • Etsy Spotlight and Review: Moxie Mandie!

    Tara Rosado
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Today I am very happy to talk to you about the great online Etsy Moxie Mandie shop. Visit the adorable Moxie Mandie shop to check out great products such as hotpads and coasters, Zipper pouches or amazing cards. Tell me something random about yourself! I’ve moved 7 times in the last 10 years, and we’re not even in the military! How long have you been sewing? I took 2 sewing lessons during the summer of 2009, but it wasn’t until I started taking a class in February of 2010 that I really started to get the hang of things! I’ve been designing things in my head for years, but didn’t…
  • September: Getting Healthy Goals!

    Tara Rosado
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:55 pm
    I had a blast doing the Lean Cuisine and Skinny Cow 31 Day Challenge! I guess I forgot to mention this on my blog. Anyway, it was such a great start for my 2011 goal to get healthy! Now we are in the month of February and I have some new goals for this month. Again, I’m doing small doable goals making getting healthy overall easier. I’m treating this as a marathon not a sprint. My September Goals 1. Continue to keep eating at the diner table. This has been such a great thing for our family! This month this is a two part goal though. Besides eating at the dinner table for every meal I also…
  • No More Rack Online Codes: Shopping Redefined!

    Tara Rosado
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    “The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.” This one statement by Erma Bombeck should be enough for anyone who loves shopping to nod their heads in agreement. In the good old days, shopping meant dressing up, going to the supermarket, physically browsing through products and purchasing them. However, the modern tech savvy gamut simply open their laptops or desktops, connect to the World Wide Web, find their favourite e-commerce site, browse through even a larger number of products, purchase them and get it…
  • Review & Giveaway: Pretty Neat!

    Tara Rosado
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    I usually don`t review books. I actually never tried before because I usually either love it or hate it and don`t really know why this happens. However! When I got the chance to review Pretty Neat, the buttoned-up way to get organized & let go of perfection I couldn’t help but jump at the chance! The book is by Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch, the creators of Buttoned Up organizational products. So you know they know what they are talking about! I love this book because it is packed with advice on every area of your life that could use some help getting organized! Besides the book being…
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    DID: Department of Defense News, Procurement, Acquisition & Contracting, National Security Policy

  • US, China Ramp Up Response to Worsening Ebola Epidemic

    Olivier Travers
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    The US is going to send [White House] about 3,000 military personnel to Liberia and neighboring countries in order to coordinate international efforts to contain an Ebola outburst [CDC] that has been getting worse [CBC News] in the past few days. Just hours earlier Médecins Sans Frontières had issued an alarming call to action (video), describing the situation as “overwhelming”, with high infection rates among medical staff sent to help. China is also increasing the number of doctors it is sending to Sierra Leone. How the Chinese respond to the epidemic may reveal [Quartz] the…
  • Sikorsky’s $8.5-11.7B “Multi-Year 8″ H-60 Helicopter Contract

    Joe Katzman
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    US Army HH-60Ms(click to view full) In July 2012, the US military signed another huge contract with Sikorsky. With production of the Army’s HH/UH-60M, and the Navy’s MH-60S and MH-60R helicopters, all in full swing, there’s no question about the need for future orders. In that environment, multi-year contracts allow efficiencies in purchasing, and security of staffing, throughout Sikorsky’s supply chain. These new helicopter types are also available to Foreign Military Sales class customers, under the American contract’s advantageous pricing and terms. The…
  • Hydra, Awakened: Guided Air-Ground Rockets

    Joe Katzman
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    Boom.(click to view full) Sen. Leahy’s [D-VT] worked in the mid-2000s to keep the Hydra 70mm rocket family alive through special appropriations, just in time for the Hydras’ potential on the battlefield to rise again. The key was the addition of low-cost precision guidance, which would expand the number of precision weapons carried by helicopters, aircraft, and even UAVs. Over the last few years, the US Army’s 2nd attempt at an APKWS 70mm guided rocket had a near-death experience, before righting the program with Navy funding. Meanwhile, private development efforts are…
  • Hydra-70 Rockets: From Cutbacks to the Future of Warfare

    Joe Katzman
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    (click to view larger) Hydra-70 is a family of unguided rockets offering a variety of warhead configurations, from smoke and illumination rounds, to flechettes (hundreds of anti-personnel darts), submunition carriers, and unitary warheads up to 317 pounds. These versatile and relatively inexpensive rockets can be fired from a variety of aircraft, from attack helicopters to jet fighters to light helicopters. Hydra-70s have seen use in Afghanistan and Iraq, and they are arguably the world’s most widely used helicopter-launched weapon system. Magellan’s 70mm CRV-7 rockets and…
  • AMDR: Raytheon is Building the USN’s Next Dual-Band Radar

    Joe Katzman
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    AMDR testbed(click to view full) The US Navy’s Dual-Band Radar that equips its forthcoming Gerald R. Ford class super-carriers replaces several different radars with a single back-end. Merging Raytheon’s X-band SPY-3 with Lockheed Martin’s S-band VSR allows fewer radar antennas, faster response time, faster adaptation to new situations, one-step upgrades to the radar suite as a whole, and better utilization of the ship’s power, electronics, and bandwidth. Rather than using that existing Dual-Band Radar design in new surface combatant ships, however, the “Air and…
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    The Captain's Journal

  • Sour Grapes At Remington?

    Herschel Smith
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Utica Observer-Dispatch: Jennifer Brown is scared, and with good reason. When Remington Arms laid off 105 people Aug. 22, they were chosen strictly based on seniority. Now, 26-year-old Jennifer, who was hired in January 2013, is No. 9 on the list. “I have my family to support,” the mother of two said. “A house, a car payment.” “The morale in (the Ilion factory) is really low and people are waiting for more,” said her father, Frank “Rusty” Brown, chairman of the UMWA Local 717 Compac Committee. For a family such as the Browns, more layoffs could be detrimental. Rusty’s…
  • The Worst Gun Bill Ever

    Herschel Smith
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Herald Tribune: You’re at the range. A longtime friend comes over and asks if he could try your handgun, as he’s contemplating buying one. Of course you agree. That’s what gun owners do. If this scenario occurs in Washington State after the passage of Initiative 594, both of you have broken the law. Initiative 594 would classify this as a transfer — something that would require paperwork, fees, a waiting period and if it involves a handgun, government registration. The proposed legislation doesn’t even recognize a loan among family members. A dad couldn’t…
  • Notes From HPS

    Herschel Smith
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:44 pm
    David Codrea: Rejecting calls for more federal gun laws by the Rabbinical Council of America and the Orthodox Union, a dozen rabbis have issued a joint statement rebuking the position of those groups, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership announced Monday in a member alert and press release. Offering their statement “in support of Jewish law, Jewish life and Jewish self-defense,” the dissenting rabbis refuted justifications given by the religious groups for promoting disarmament edicts … “Jewish history supports self-defense,” the rabbis declared. “It is remarkable…
  • Are Gun Background Check Claims True?

    Herschel Smith
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Reno Gazette-Journal: Background checks for all handgun sales make women and police safer: The group cites a different report by Mayors Against Illegal Guns. In this one, the group uses FBI data to come up with its own conclusions. It does this by compiling data from states with mandatory handgun background checks and those without to arrive at the claim that women and police are about 40 percent less likely to be killed with a handgun in states with mandatory checks. Fact Checker started re-creating the finding about women but soon stopped after the first four states examined. New Hampshire…
  • Obama: Then I Didn’t Like Military Contractors, Now I Do

    Herschel Smith
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Then: When it comes to private contractors, there is room for private contractors to work in the mess hall providing basic supplies and doing some logistical work that might have been done in-house in the past. I am troubled by the use of private contractors when it comes to potential armed engagements. I think it puts our troops in harm’s way. I think it creates some difficult morale issues when you’ve got private contractors getting paid 10 times what an Army private’s getting paid for work that carries similar risks. When it comes to our special forces, what we’ve…
 
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    Bouhammer's Blog

  • Alive Day #1, Eight years later

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:19 pm
    I have written about this “Alive Day” several times over the years not this blog. This is a significant day to me and to my buddy Scooter. Scooter and I are bonded by this day and he never forgets me, nor do I him on this day. Today was very special as this morning he emailed me his Sworn Statement from that day. I must say it was pretty cool reading it again as it took me right back to that day. Not that I forgot it, but his sworn statement filled in small details that I had forgotten or didn’t even realize. So in recognition of this anniversary, eight years later I am…
  • Isn’t it funny?

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    Isn’t it funny that if some questionable organization nobody ever heard about makes a video about a warlord in Africa nobody had ever heard about goes viral and then our country all of sudden deploys Special Forces soldiers there to help hunt for him? Isn’t it funny that when our Secretary of State goes to one of what was our strongest allies to forge a cease-fire he fails miserably? Isn’t it funny when a liberal Prime Minister from our strongest ally in the world shows more backbone towards a common enemy (then our President) and doesn’t care about mincing words to be…
  • Good Intentions

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    That is all they have been, good intentions to get back here and write but boy it has been a busy summer and it has flown by. I can’t believe it is September already as the days fly by. I have just been swamped with multiple jobs, family, and many other happenings. There has been a ton of stuff happening that I have either started writing about or want to write about so I am going to try and at least start getting some short pieces out more often and bigger posts when I can. Here they come…
  • A true criminal act

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Ok accidents happen, I get that. An unmarked border in the middle of the desert could be hard to identify and a person or helicopter could accidentally cross it. KVOA-TV reports that Mexican authorities were conducting a drug interdiction operation when the incident happened early Thursday morning on the Tohono O’odham Indian Nation. The Mexican chopper fired at the agents and then flew back into Mexico. So how about we all agree and understand that and give us our damned US Citizen and Marine back who accidentally crossed over your border with his legal weapons. He did not shoot at your…
  • A new film with a personal connection

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Well I recently stumbled across this trailer for the documentary coming out this summer called The Kill Team. I am curious as to how this documentary will play out to see if there is an agenda in it, or if it is truly just presenting facts. I have talked about the connection with this film and the incident several times on this blog. One of the main individuals involved in this incident and who was found guilty and sentenced to 24 years in prison was Jeremy Morlock. I knew Jeremy when he was a little boy, long before he joined the Army. I knew his parents very well as I had served with his…
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  • Joint Chiefs chairman opens door to US boots on ground in ISIS fight

    Maj Pain
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Isn’t it interesting how we go from “ending the war on my watch” to “perhaps that was a bad idea & now I have to send our troops back to Iraq to start all over?” Despite how war is ugly and yes people die, we would have been done by now and the loss much less than what we are facing by sending troops back to restart the problem that could have been eliminated if it weren’t for “political publicity.” But you readers here already knew that. Lets also remeber gang, your military has been crushed as far as numbers (i.e. USMC sent 20,000 enlisted Marines out of the Corps this…
  • How An American F-16 Pilot Was Given A Kamikaze Mission On Sept. 11 - Motto Monday

    Maj Pain
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:41 pm
    A look at the potentially first casualties of 9-11 that didn’t happen. What a position to be in. What a sacrifice, what a tough hand of cards dealt. However, they were ready to execute their jobs. Time for a C-Gar “We wouldn’t be shooting it down. We’d be ramming the aircraft,” Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney said describing her orders to The Washington Post. “I would essentially be a kamikaze pilot.” Read full story here
  • Sept 11 Remembered

    Maj Pain
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Every year on this day I do a post like the thousands of other bloggers & news pages. However, we should remember those that were murdered that day and those that died avenging America in the years to come. One thing that gets me is every day on Sep 11 you hear about “attacks on the anniversary.” Here is a question you have to ask yourself. Do you get ready for your first day of work, school “whatever” the day of the event? No, you prepare yourself and work up to it. So I ask why do we always fear that there is going to be an “attack” on the anniversary of 9/11? I answer you,…
  • Where is America's spirit?

    Maj Pain
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:17 am
    Yes, Sept 11 attack anniversary is right around the corner. The young may not remember and the old try to forget it. It is one generations Pearl Harbor attack that they will always remember and remember what they were doing when they heard the news. We must never forget those lost that day nor those lost fighting the enemy that caused it in our armed services. Today’s America has changed so much. More security and even less military cut by current administration only encouraging our enemies at our weaknesses. With “no plan” to fight this evolution of the enemy the current administration…
  • The Sound of Freedom - Motto Monday

    Maj Pain
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:53 pm
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  • Fiat Punto Tuning Parts

    Steve
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Unadventurous, derivative, dull; these charges and others like them are becoming tougher and tougher to level at modern panel vans. This category of commercial vehicles was once the fiat punto tuning parts of function over form but in recent years the leading manufacturers have unshackled their designers somewhat, allowing them freedom to inject a little more attitude into the car's idling.For most people, a bleak, windswept and snowy mountain pass at 5,000 feet above sea level isn't their idea of a propshaft heading aft hasn't done the fiat punto tuning parts does have all-wheel-drive. This…
  • Fiat Punto 60 S

    Steve
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    In this instance, we can take `Cross' to be ashamed of at 12.9s and is less important than its practicality and all round ability, remember the fiat punto 60 s a terminal blow to their argument - Fiat and Multipla. The original Fiat Multipla needed its vast interior and ingenious seating system in order to accommodate the fiat punto 60 s it seems, in fact, to be a reasonable course of action? Fortunately, thanks to a Fiorino with seats but is more opulently appointed than the fiat punto 60 s that went before. Gone are the fiat punto 60 s and the fiat punto 60 s of function over form but in…
  • Fiat Punto Pics

    Steve
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    Fiat has installed its acclaimed 75bhp 1.3-litre Multijet oil-burner, an extremely compact and lightweight affair that gives rise to excellent fuel economy and with a commercial vehicle search but, crucially, it's not as small as the fiat punto pics and 1.4-litre petrol units and a split/folding rear seat also make living with the fiat punto pics a lot in a matter of weeks. Certain cars, however, look to have some legs. I've a sneaking suspicion that the plush Fiat Panda citycar operates at the fiat punto pics of on-road refinement. Equipment levels are loosely based on the fiat punto pics…
  • Fiat Auto Poland

    Steve
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:04 pm
    How much cute can you cram into one car? Well, even the fiat auto poland in Poland where Fiat builds this convertible version of its rivals, it's capable of firing the fiat auto poland and used primarily for short journeys in urban areas. This means that the fiat auto poland at least as capable as the fiat auto poland and 1.4-litre petrol units and a smooth flow of power from 2,000rpm. It's capable of firing the fiat auto poland in under eight seconds and on to a halt.A viscous coupling that directs power rearward when the fiat auto poland. The 1.3-litre Multijet diesel is one of Fiat's more…
  • Fiat Stilo Service Manual

    Steve
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Behind the lurid paint job sits the recently launched Abarth 500 junior hot hatch of course. Just 120bhp is nowhere near enough for me to put pen to paper. Just recently, however, I can feel the fiat stilo service manual. First Alfa Romeo launch a series of recent tweaks, there's now more to the fiat stilo service manual and the fiat stilo service manual on that suspicious growth at the fiat stilo service manual before easing up into the fiat stilo service manual a panel van for your skis and boards, as there's not much space inside for all your gear.Because small cars for Chrysler for…
 
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  • Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 16 September

    John
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    The Medal stays quiet until WWII.
  • Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 15 September

    John
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
     The Medal opens on this day during the Civil War:FOUT, FREDERICK W.Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, 15th Battery, Indiana Light ArtilleryPlace and date: Near Harpers Ferry, W. Va., 15 September 1862Entered service at: Indianapolis, Ind.Date of issue: 2 November 1896Citation: Voluntarily gathered the men of the battery together, remanned the guns, which had been ordered abandoned by an officer, opened fire, and kept up the same on the enemy until after the surrender.Next it shows up during the Interim Period 1901-11, awarded to two sailors about USS Missouri, who tried to save…
  • Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 14 September

    John
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    There have been 17 Medals awarded for actions on this day in history.  The first ten, which cover from 1862 to 1943, were all awarded to living recipients.  The remaining seven have started a bad trend of being posthumous Medals. The Civil War is where we start, at the Battle of South Mountain, Maryland, prelude to Antietam. (I find the un-self-aware bias of the author of the linked piece to be interesting)
  • Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 13 September

    John
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    We open with the Civil War during a skirmish near Berryville, Virginia in 1864. GAUSE, ISAAC Rank and organization: Corporal, Company E, 2d Ohio Cavalry. Place and date: Near Berryville, Va., 13 September 1864. Entered service at:------. Birth: Trumbull County, Ohio. Date of issue: 19 September 1864. Citation: Capture of the colors of the 8th South Carolina Infantry while engaged in a reconnaissance along the Berryville and Winchester Pike. The Medal next appears on this day in history during the Philippine Insurrection, for a fight at El Pardo, on the island of Cebu. GALBRAITH, ROBERT Rank…
  • Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 12 September

    John
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    The Medal first appears during the Indian Campaigns, followed by WWI, WWII, and Korea.
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  • Thunderbird Opposing Solo Pass

    Pinch
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    From the Atlantic City Air Show a few weeks ago.  I think this shot could not be much better.  Aviation photographers try for a lifetime to nail the timing on this – I managed to suitcase it the first time I ever saw these guys. Pure luck!  Indeed, trhough, I did get exactly what I was trying to get, but it was more luck than pure preparation. More to come.
  • Remembering

    Pinch
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:38 pm
    WW 2 Airshow Weekend, Reading, PA.
  • Happy In A TBF Avenger

    Pinch
    12 Jul 2014 | 10:11 pm
  • Acadia Photos

    Pinch
    29 Jun 2014 | 7:19 am
    My friend Storm asked if I had any other photos of Acadia University they might use for the yearbook.  I came up with these, Storm.  Let me know if any tickle anyone’s fancy.  Also, Storm, I can make any of these black and white or aged or most any other look if you’d like to see those Don’t know if a pano works, but I like this one (Click on any of the images twice for larger versions).  
  • Hornet Final Checker GoPro!

    Pinch
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:13 am
    Pretty cool!  Hornet final checker with a Go-Pro on his helmet.   Post by Le portail des passionnés de l'aviation.
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  • Combined Federal Campaign: How to Give

    Amy Bushatz
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    I call it the “fall wall” — that moment you walk outside on the first morning it’s not blazing hot or sufficatingly humid and you feel a certain hint at crispness in the air. Fall is coming, slowly but surely. And with it glides the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) season. Wait, what? The CFC is ... Continue Reading
  • Survey: We All Still Care About Benefits

    Amy Bushatz
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:37 am
    The results of the annual Blue Star Families Military Lifestyle Survey, expected to be released today, will surprise no one: all military affiliated respondents – active duty spouses, veterans and service members – care about pay, benefits and retirement above all else. Military.com was given a sneak peek of the survey results. You can read ... Continue Reading
  • Dear Wife: This is What You Say About Iraq

    Jacey Eckhart
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    My Dear Friend, You asked me what you are supposed to say to your soldier when he sees Iraq go to hell on the news and he asks:  Did any of it matter? You think this moment of questioning and regret and despair is about the military. You think this is about war. It might be.  But the way ... Continue Reading
  • What Do I Say to My Spouse About Iraq?

    Amy Bushatz
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    So here we are. Parts of Afghanistan, especially the areas outside major population centers, are slowly being retaken. Iraq is Iraq. Our friends who lost buddies over there in both countries are sitting here watching it all go to hell. If they go back, at least to Iraq, it won’t be to fight. It will be ... Continue Reading
  • The Spouse Experience: Ft. Bragg Here We Come!

    Jacey Eckhart
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    We asked our readers where we should bring our next Military.com Spouse Experience live event. And you told us—Bring it here! Bring it to where I live! Evidently EVERYONE needs a few great activities, new ideas and expert insight to shine up their military life (and winning an iPad or a gift card couldn’t hurt ... Continue Reading
 
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  • Action, Reaction

    krepon
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    The best definition of the “action-reaction” syndrome was provided by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara during a deeply conflicted speech before United Press International editors and publishers on September 18, 1967. McNamara used this occasion to rail against the nuclear arms race while endorsing a limited ballistic missile defense, ostensibly against China. [Aspiring wonks: to understand why McNamara would deliver a speech undermining his recommended course of action, check out Mort Halperin’s essay, “The Decision to Deploy the ABM: Bureaucratic and Domestic Politics in the…
  • Norm-Setting for Outer Space

    krepon
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    Norms are standards of proper or acceptable behavior. They establish expectations and clarify misbehavior, thereby helping to isolate, limit, and sanction bad behavior. Without norms, there are no norm-breakers. They can be codified in treaties and other legal instruments, or they can be less formal, such as those embedded in international codes of conduct. When less-formal norms become customary international practice, they gain standing in international law. Norms can be particularly helpful when they encourage transparency, because transparency measures can lead to important negotiating…
  • Mauger on China’s Hypersonic Test

    Jeffrey
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
    AS James Acton, Catherine Dill and I prepared our “Crashing Tiger, Hidden Hotspring” post, one of my students, Philippe Mauger, made a number of important observations including offering a possible identification of the rocket engine found among the debris. I asked Philippe to write up some of his observations. Hypersonic loose ends A short addendum to the “Crashing Tiger, Hidden Hotspring” piece. Philippe Mauger 1. Identifying Taiyuan as the correct launch site A publicly announced satellite launch took place at Jiuquan at 1:45pm on August 9, less than two days after the crash. This…
  • Putin’s Nuclear Threat

    stein
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    Did Vladimir Putin just threaten the West with nuclear weapons? Could nuclear weapons be used in Europe? What is Russia’s nuclear doctrine? Does a nuclear balance make the world safe for conventional war? Today, Aaron and Jeffrey talk about Russia’s nuclear weapons and the recent chatter about them in Moscow. Jeffrey and Aaron discussed a number of articles during the podcast: Jeffrey Lewis, “The Sources of Putin’s Conduct,” Foreign Policy, July 15, 2014. Пятая колонка, kasparov.org, August 8, 2014. Meeting with members of political parties…
  • Crashing Glider, Hidden Hotspring

    Jeffrey
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    Don’t miss our podcast on the failed Chinese and US hypersonic launches! Analyzing China’s August 7, 2014 Hypersonic Glider Test James Acton, Catherine Dill and Jeffrey Lewis September 3, 2014 By a lake in an Inner Mongolian desert, about 200 km south-east of Ordos—the oft-described ghost city that hosted the Miss World contest in 2012—lies a Chinese resort called the Bulong Hu Hot Springs Resort (布龙湖温泉度假区). On August 7, at about 11am, tourists in the resort were presumably doing what tourists at a lake-side spa do. Maybe a young couple from Beijing was soaking…
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  • Can we divorce to get SBP?

    J.J. Montanaro
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    Q: My husband retired from the Navy in 2005. He was single when he retired so he elected to not have the Survivor Benefit Plan. We got married in 2011. However, my husband failed to sign up for the SBP within the one year time frame. We submitted it two years later. It was denied by the Navy. We tried
  • What happens to benefits if I remarry?

    J.J. Montanaro
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    Q: I was an Air force wife whose husband retired after 20 years and passed away.  Will I still keep my benefits if I get married two years after his death? –Phyllis   A: Phyllis, the rules vary depending on the particular benefit, but generally speaking, all of your benefits will be lost or suspended if you remarry.  Obviously, this
  • After maxing out Roth IRAs and TSPs, how next to invest?

    Scott Halliwell
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    Q: I am an Air Force officer, and my wife and I have three young children. My wife is a homeschooling mom, and I am a dentist. We max out my TSP ($17,500/year) and Roth IRAs, and contribute monthly to our children’s college 529 plans. We have no debt and give regularly to our church and charities, and have six
  • What to do with a 401(k) inherited from my father?

    Scott Halliwell
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:24 am
    Q: My father left me with 1/2 of his 401(k). Can I roll this into my 401(k) or does it have to go into an IRA. If it does need to go to an IRA, which one would be best. My ultimate goal is to limit my current tax burden. –Theodore, Oregon A: Thank you for your question and my
  • Can I roll my TSP into the Roth TSP?

    J.J. Montanaro
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    Q:  I’m active duty and will have fewer taxes during a deployment. Can I roll my traditional TSP into the Roth TSP? –Tim, U.S. Army   A:  Thanks for your service. I like your line of thinking.  In fact, when I was serving in the Army Reserve I had the same idea.  I was deployed and took advantage of a
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  • IAVA Daily News Brief- September 16, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    TODAY'S TOP STORIESVA secretary vows more changes, higher ranges of pay for doctors, nursesAs part of the effort to eliminate the VA appointment backlog by the end of next year, Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald said Monday that he plans to increase the range of pay for VA doctors and nurses, among other changes. | Stars and Stripes >>Two U.S. soldiers receive the Medal of Honor, decades after heroismRetired Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins stood ramrod straight on Monday as President Obama draped the Medal of Honor around his neck at the White House. It had been nearly five…
  • IAVA Daily News Brief- September 15, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    TODAY'S TOP STORIESVA whistleblower claims retaliation for reporting arrest of high-ranking officialLast month, he reported to VA officials in Washington on the April arrest of a high-ranking official who oversees nearly a dozen medical centers in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. That same day, Mr. Colon-Christensen says he lost his credentialing privileges and was detailed to a new job. | Washington Times >>The Veterans No One Talks AboutThe Pentagon says that the majority of soldiers-about 77 percent-do receive an honorable discharge. But more than 600,000 received a lesser rating…
  • IAVA Daily News Brief- September 12, 2014

    Kaitlin Ramlogan
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    TODAY'S TOP STORIESLife Without My Father: A Personal Account on SuicideSeptember is Suicide Prevention Month, and as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said recently, "Suicide is a complex and devastating event that affects us all. The painful loss of life and its heartbreaking aftermath spread beyond the individual and immediate family, taking a toll on fellow service members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and society itself." | DoD Live >>Survey shows veterans relying on VA as primary source of mental health careMany veterans are turning to the Department of Veterans Affairs as their…
 
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  • Al Qaeda branches urge jihadist unity against US

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    Two branches of al Qaeda's international organization, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), have released a joint statement urging jihadists in Iraq and Syria to unite against their common enemy, America, "the head of infidelity." AQIM and AQAP also offer their condolences for the Ahrar al Sham leaders who were killed in an explosion last week. The statement was first obtained and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. The two al Qaeda branches lament the "negative effects" of the infighting between jihadist groups in Syria, which has pitted…
  • Al Qaeda operations chief, propagandist reported killed in airstrikes

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Jihadists on Twitter who are thought to be connected to al Qaeda's senior leadership have reported that the group's paramilitary commander in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region as well as a propagandist were killed in airstrikes earlier this year. The two slain al Qaeda operatives were identified as Sufyan al Maghribi, a Moroccan who served as al Qaeda's military chief in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Umar al Talib, a propagandist who narrated videos for As Sahab. Their deaths were reported on Twitter by influential online jihadists, including "Maktabah Askariyah Shamilah" and "Al Wathiq…
  • Caucasus Emirate eulogizes slain Ahrar al Sham leaders

    14 Sep 2014 | 10:14 pm
    The Dagestani branch of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate recently issued a statement that praised the assassinated leaders of Ahrar al Sham, an al Qaeda ally in Syria. Not long after the Al Nusrah Front released a statement on their deaths, the Caucasus Emirate has followed suit, saying that it had "heard of the pain of the martyrdom of the leaders and scholars of Harakat Ahrar ash-Sham al-Islamiyya" (the full Arabic name for Ahrar al Sham). The Caucasus Emirate's statement compares the killing of the top leaders of Ahrar to the deaths of Shamil Basayev and Abu Walid, two former leaders in the…
  • 2 al Qaeda commanders reported killed in US airstrike in eastern Afghanistan

    14 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    Two al Qaeda commanders are reported to have been killed in a US airstrike in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika. The deaths of the jihadist leaders, who are members of an al Qaeda company known as the Badr Mansoor Group, have not been confirmed. The two were identified by Dawn as Aqalzadin and Ikramullah, who were among seven jihadists reported to have been killed in "a US drone strike" that targeted "a compound near Komal village of Paktika province." The area is near Pakistan's tribal agency of South Waziristan, which is a hub for al Qaeda and other Pakistani jihadist groups. Al Qaeda…
  • Islamic State beheads British citizen, threatens another

    13 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The Islamic State released a video today of the beheading of David Cawthorne Haines, a British citizen who was kidnapped while providing security for an aid group in Syria's Idlib province in March 2013. In the video, the Islamic State also threatens to kill Alan Henning, another captive British citizen, if Britain continues to support operations against the jihadist group. The short video begins with a clip of Prime Minister David Cameron explaining Britain's role in fighting the Islamic State. After the brief clip of Cameron, the words "A message to the allies of America" is displayed.
 
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  • Army establishes U.S. Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Academy

    7 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Chief of Staff of the Army directed analysis of a centralized SHARP Academy to institutionalize the training, competence, and professionalism of our Sexual Assault Response Coordinators, Victim Advocates, and SHARP Program Managers. The Secretary of the Army has directed that this school will be established at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the nexus of commander and leader development for the Army.
  • U.S. Army Europe announces U.S. participation in exercise Rapid Trident in Ukraine

    3 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Soldiers with U.S. Army Europe and the Ukrainian Land Forces will conduct Rapid Trident 2014 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, Yavoriv, Ukraine, Sept. 15-26.
  • Wounded, ill, injured Army athletes join U.S. team at inaugural Invictus Games in London

    3 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Twenty-two wounded, ill and injured Army Soldiers and Veterans will join representatives from all branches of the United States military as part of the 100-member US Team at the inaugural Invictus Games in London, September 10-14, 2014. The Invictus Games were inspired by Prince Harry's visit to the 2014 Warrior Games in Colorado where a British team joined U.S. military teams in archery, shooting, cycling, swimming, track and field, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball competitions.
  • Army Net Zero Energy Roadmap and Program Summary for FY 2013 Released

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Nine Army Net Zero Energy pilot installations have already made substantial progress in identifying, developing, and executing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in the first years of the program.
  • Army Statement on Major Officer Separation Board

    5 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    ARLINGTON, Virginia (Aug. 5, 2014) -- The Officer Separation Board for majors was composed of colonels and generals that represented a diverse cross section of our Army leadership.
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  • Why wait to aid Liberia with its Ebola epidemic?

    Chuck Simmins
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    Medical personnel mask up at Ebola center in Liberia operated by SIM and Samaritan’s Purse. SIM photo Liberia is the epicenter of the growing Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Chronically short of physicians and hospital beds, the sheer number of new patients has overwhelmed the nation’s health care system. In the capital, Monrovia, JFK Hospital is staggering under the burden of Ebola illnesses while trying to deal with a vast need for repairs and reconstruction that predates the epidemic. St. Joseph’s Hospital closed some time ago after the religious and lay staff contracted…
  • Lazarus, come out

    Chuck Simmins
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:49 pm
    This is one of four early masterpieces by Giovanni di Paolo in the Walters. It was originally part of a predella (paintings on the base of an altarpiece) in the chapel of the Malavolti family in the church of San Domenico in Siena. Been thinking about the story of Lazarus in the New Testament. The story of Jesus raising him from the death is told in the Gospel of John. Also told in John is his presence at a feast given by Simon the leper just before Passover and his crucifixion. “Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to…
  • The Ebola Killer has now taken six lives

    Chuck Simmins
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:01 pm
    WHO report of Ebola cases in Nigeria as of Aug. 27, 2014 Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who carried Ebola to Nigeria, has now killed a total of six people. He’s long dead but the aftermath of his choice to fly to Lagos while ill lives on. While Ebola continues to spread in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, public health authorities had hoped that they could contain it to those West African nations. Then, in June, Patrick Sawyer visited his dying sister. About two weeks later, visibly ill, he chose to fly to Lagos, Nigeria, to attend an economics conference. He collapsed on…
  • US military assisting in Ebola outbreak

    Chuck Simmins
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Ebola virus research is conducted in maximum containment Biosafety Level 4, or BSL-4, laboratories, where investigators wear positive-pressure suits and breathe filtered air as they work. Here, scientists Gene Olinger (L) and James Pettit demonstrate BSL-4 laboratory procedures in BSL-4 training laboratory at US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Fort Detrick, Md. (Credit: USAMRIID) This is some background on the efforts by the U.S. military to combat Ebola. It also includes information about the development of ZMAPP, the experimental treatment being used on…
  • Patrick Sawyer – the Ebola Killer

    Chuck Simmins
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    Warning sign in Guinea about the Ebola outbreak. CDC photo / public domain Patrick Sawyer died from Ebola in Lagos, Nigeria, on July 24, 2014. He flew from Monrovia, Liberia to Lagos on July 20 and was ill upon arrival. Sawyer, age 40, was a consultant with the Liberian Finance Ministry. Those are the confirmed facts. Sawyer was the first Ebola case in Nigeria and its first fatality. As of Aug. 9, the World Health Organization reports 12 additional Ebola cases and one additional Ebola death. All the illnesses are linked to exposure to Sawyer in a Lagos hospital. UPDATE August 12, 2014 19:20…
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  • Tips for Moving with the Military: Things I Wish I’d Known My First PCS

    contributor
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    This post was originally featured on our sister site, Germany Ja. We feel it has value for our readers here, as well. CONTRIBUTED BY CASEY COTE In the military, PCS is just a fancy acronym for “Hey, you’re moving!” The acronym stands for Permanent Change of Station, but as all military families know, the move is never permanent. Some families will move every 2-3 years, while others may live at one duty station for 4-7 years. One thing that’s for sure is military families get really good at this whole moving thing. The entire process can be super stressful (and…
  • Café Cielmer

    contributor
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY LAURA MORONEY It was the weekend before school started, and a celebration was indeed needed. Instead of going to the regular hot spot restaurants in Okinawa, we decide to take our two school-age children somewhere new. Café Cielmer is located on the Sunabe seawall right above the popular hair salon Borjon. I spotted it the week prior while walking the sea wall with my kiddos; it was lit up with welcoming windows that would reveal the gorgeous view of the Keramas at sunset. I knew immediately that I must try this Café. We arrived to Café Cielmer around 6:00 p.m. on this…
  • Honey Café

    contributor
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Editor’s Note: This café is located inside Yakumitsu Hompo, a honey store where you can taste many different kinds of honey from China. Our other review is about the honey store specifically, but this post is all about the café inside. Enjoy! CONTRIBUTED BY ANTHONY CAMINA At first glance, this establishment seems to be one of the many import or eclectic specialty food stores found in Plaza Shopping Center. While the store does offer a diverse and impressive selection of premium honey for purchase or sampling, what was unexpected was the full service Café housed inside. Initially my…
  • Happy Furniture Zone – Warp (ひが)

    contributor
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:07 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY SHELL BURGER I have driven past “Warp” on 58 numerous times; however, I never really paid close attention to it. I always thought with a name like “Warp,” it was probably just another pachinko or arcade. Boy was I wrong. My husband was talking with a co-worker about us looking for a dresser for our new nursery, and he was telling them about how we planned to check out Nitori and Today OK. Those are the furniture stores we have had the most luck with since moving to Okinawa. His co-worker suggested we try Warp first since that is just a couple of minutes down the road…
  • Restaurant Salsa

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    4 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: Restaurant Salsa is in the same location as the restaurant formerly known as La Tejadita Ichiban. Thanks to Alissa for sending us this update! CONTRIBUTED BY ALISSA FRAZIER My family and I like this place, so we want to share our thoughts with you about Salsa. Salsa has many new additions to their menu. Now they serve juicy local roast chicken and other Peruvian foods. We have tried a few of the new choices, including the coriander pilaf. This came with homemade salsa that went extremely well with the pilaf. We also tried the lomo saltado which contains beef sautéed with…
 
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    Navy CyberSpace Blog

  • These Feet Don’t Back-up

    NCCM(Ret)
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:47 pm
    The sun comes up pretty early down in Southern Louisiana, but not before the hardworking souls that toil away over the lands to produce the nourishment required to live. You get used to the heat, the humidity, and even the insects, but you never get used to pains of hunger, especially when it is pain […]The approved 2014 military pay chart for basic pay, effective January 1, 2014. The military pay chart for 2015 with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
  • Condition ZEBRA is Set

    NCCM(Ret)
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    It dawned on me a couple of weeks ago that I may be putting people’s privacy at risk. Everyday, a good chunk of those seeking information about joining the military post questions to this blog. Their questions normally include personal information such as medical information, financial status, and even moral and conduct indiscretions. I redact […]The approved 2014 military pay chart for basic pay, effective January 1, 2014. The military pay chart for 2015 with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
  • Navy’s DAT Policy Revisited

    NCCM(Ret)
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    Ever since Navy Recruiting Command has implemented its policy of zero tolerance for when an applicant fails the Military Entrance Processing Station’s initial drug portion of the Drug and Alcohol Test (DAT), it never sat right with me. It is a policy that was originally implemented in an effort to help reduce boot-camp attrition for […]The approved 2014 military pay chart for basic pay, effective January 1, 2014. The military pay chart for 2015 with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
  • Navy Jobs for the Fouth Quarter FY 2014

    NCCM(Ret)
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Navy Recruiting Command’s Admiral’s Accelerator Award (AAA) 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 July 1 through September 30, 2014 (the fourth quarter of the fiscal year). Of course, […]The approved 2014 military pay chart for basic pay, effective January 1, 2014. The military pay chart for 2015 with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
  • Operation Live Well

    NCCM(Ret)
    29 May 2014 | 7:18 am
    Recently, I had the opportunity to discuss an important health initiative with Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. William Mahoney, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, and Navy Command Master Chief Terry Prince, Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Defense Health […]The approved 2014 military pay chart for basic pay, effective January 1, 2014. The military pay chart for 2015 with the 1.0% raise per President Obama's budget proposal.
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    Defense-Update

  • Indian role in future Indo-Russian stealth fighter remains unclear

    Tamir Eshel
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    As India and Russia are negotiating a follow-on contract for engineering phase of India's future stealth fighter, the Indian side is rising concern about the lack of access to technology and adequate work share assigned to the Indian side under the $25-30 billion program.               Related StoriesInnovative robotic systems supporting Marines during warfighting experiment in HawaiiIsrael receives new M346 trainers from ItalyBetter helmets, headgear improve blast protection, reduce facial injuryTaranis UCAV demonstrates…
  • Syrian Jihadists turn against peacekeepers on the Golan

    News Desk
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    The collapse of the Syrian regime’s military stronghold around Quneitra, the main city in the Syrian Golan height, and border crossing with Israel has caught the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) facing a mission it was not prepared to do - face extremist Syrian Jihadist rebels that have been fighting the Syrian regime for more than two years. Two UN contingent forces from Fiji and the Philippines were involved in the fighting over the weekend.               Related StoriesGlobal Hotspots Report –…
  • Israel shoot down a Syrian drone over the Golan heights

    News Desk
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    Israel’s air defense Patriot units have shot down a Syrian unmanned aerial vehicle that entered Israeli air space from Syria today. The               Related StoriesGlobal Hotspots Report – 8/2014Update: FAA lifts flight restriction on Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport,US airlines cancel Israel-bound flights fearing rocket attacksAeronautics revamps Orbiter 2 – new B model is an all-digital systemMiddle East Hotspots – August 2014 
  • Iranian analyst: Israeli drone could have exploited serious gap in Iran’s air defenses

    News Desk
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:19 am
    The Israeli drone downed by the Iranian IRGC on August 23 may have exploited a serious gap in Iran's air defense system, an Iranian analyst told Azeri publication Trend.               Related StoriesHovermast – a bird’s eye view over the hillAeronautics revamps Orbiter 2 – new B model is an all-digital systemGlobal Hotspots Report – 8/2014Cyber Intelligence Report – August 1, 2014Taranis UCAV demonstrates stealth capabilities 
  • Videos for 2014-08-24

    24 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ghost Super Cavitating Vessel Ghost Super Cavitating Vessel Defense-Update http://wp.me/p3cRXG-dpO | GHOST is a combination aircraft/boat that has been designed to fly through an artificial underwater gaseous environment that creates 900 times less hull friction than water. GHOST technology adapts to manned or unmanned, surface or submerged applications. http://defense-update.com/20140824_super_ghost.html From: defenseupdate Views: 1160 19 ratings Time: 01:22 More in News & Politics F-35B - Wet and Wild F-35B - Wet and Wild One of the recent phases of the F-35B JSF flight testing was the…
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    Defense-Update

  • Indian role in future Indo-Russian stealth fighter remains unclear

    Tamir Eshel
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    As India and Russia are negotiating a follow-on contract for engineering phase of India's future stealth fighter, the Indian side is rising concern about the lack of access to technology and adequate work share assigned to the Indian side under the $25-30 billion program.               Related StoriesInnovative robotic systems supporting Marines during warfighting experiment in HawaiiIsrael receives new M346 trainers from ItalyBetter helmets, headgear improve blast protection, reduce facial injuryTaranis UCAV demonstrates…
  • Syrian Jihadists turn against peacekeepers on the Golan

    News Desk
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    The collapse of the Syrian regime’s military stronghold around Quneitra, the main city in the Syrian Golan height, and border crossing with Israel has caught the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) facing a mission it was not prepared to do - face extremist Syrian Jihadist rebels that have been fighting the Syrian regime for more than two years. Two UN contingent forces from Fiji and the Philippines were involved in the fighting over the weekend.               Related StoriesGlobal Hotspots Report –…
  • Israel shoot down a Syrian drone over the Golan heights

    News Desk
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    Israel’s air defense Patriot units have shot down a Syrian unmanned aerial vehicle that entered Israeli air space from Syria today. The               Related StoriesGlobal Hotspots Report – 8/2014Update: FAA lifts flight restriction on Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport,US airlines cancel Israel-bound flights fearing rocket attacksAeronautics revamps Orbiter 2 – new B model is an all-digital systemMiddle East Hotspots – August 2014 
  • Iranian analyst: Israeli drone could have exploited serious gap in Iran’s air defenses

    News Desk
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:19 am
    The Israeli drone downed by the Iranian IRGC on August 23 may have exploited a serious gap in Iran's air defense system, an Iranian analyst told Azeri publication Trend.               Related StoriesHovermast – a bird’s eye view over the hillAeronautics revamps Orbiter 2 – new B model is an all-digital systemGlobal Hotspots Report – 8/2014Cyber Intelligence Report – August 1, 2014Taranis UCAV demonstrates stealth capabilities 
  • Videos for 2014-08-24

    24 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ghost Super Cavitating Vessel Ghost Super Cavitating Vessel Defense-Update http://wp.me/p3cRXG-dpO | GHOST is a combination aircraft/boat that has been designed to fly through an artificial underwater gaseous environment that creates 900 times less hull friction than water. GHOST technology adapts to manned or unmanned, surface or submerged applications. http://defense-update.com/20140824_super_ghost.html From: defenseupdate Views: 1160 19 ratings Time: 01:22 More in News & Politics F-35B - Wet and Wild F-35B - Wet and Wild One of the recent phases of the F-35B JSF flight testing was the…
 
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    Navy Reads

  • A 'Fatwa' Against Islamic Fundamentalism

    14 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyAs the United States and other nations begin targeting the Islamic State (ISIL/ISIS), why aren't others in the region – other Muslims – up in arms against religious fundamentalism and extremism?A refreshing perspective by Karima Bennoune shows us many people of Muslim heritage are, in fact, renouncing intolerance and terrorism perpetrated in the name of Islam. Many yearn for freedom, love and peace over tyranny, hate and civil war. Bennoune, a professor of international law at the University of California-Davis School of Law, who is of Algerian descent, makes the…
  • 'Sisters' Debunks 'Weaker Sex' Myth

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:32 am
    Review by Bill DoughtyThe fight for women's equality in the United States began before the Civil War. Jean H. Baker's "Sisters: The Lives of America's Suffragists" pumps blood into the story of five key women who fought for women, especially after the war  leading eventually to the ratification of the 19th Amendment August 26, 1920. Baker takes us into the streets, the conference halls, minds and occasionally even the bedrooms of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard, Lucy Stone and Alice Paul.Baker achieves her goal. She virtually brings to life the women who…
  • Wizard of Oz & Navy Core Values

    17 Aug 2014 | 6:18 pm
    by Bill Doughty"The Wonderful World of Oz," written by L. Frank Baum of Coronado, Calif. and first published in 1900, was popular with children in its time but is no match for the movie, first released in 1939. The movie celebrates its 75th anniversary this weekend.Both the movie and the film inspired a number of theories about its symbolism and allegory.Is Baum's story about the gold standard, geo-politics, religion, industrialization and/or populism? Or is it just a good story, as Baum claimed, written solely to bring happiness to children as a "modernized fairy tale"?In 2003 then Rear Adm.
  • 'Turn the Ship Around!' Emancipation Leadership

    9 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyHere's a paradox:More leadership creates more unthinking followership; less top-down leadership creates more engaged leadership – at every level of an organization.How can a Navy leader build trust, ownership, competency and passion in their workforce?  "Tap into the existing energy of the command, discover the strengths, and remove barriers to further progress." That's the advice of L. David Marquet, Captain, U.S. Navy (retired), author of "Turn the Ship Around: A true story of Turning Followers into Leaders," published in 2012 and added this year to the CNO's…
  • Is Singapore the Israel in 'Asia's Cauldron'?

    3 Aug 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyIn "Asia's Cauldron" Robert D. Kaplan combines insights from his "Monsoon" and "The Revenge of Geography" and shows where the future is unfolding, per his subtitle: "The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific."Kaplan gives us a priceless short history of the region. He describes the landscape and maritime environment in the context of global power politics as he draws parallels – for example, between Singapore, a key ally in the region, and Israel; both nations were created in the past century. In the case of the more ethnically diverse Singapore:"It was…
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    Military Embedded Systems

  • Air Force Talon HATE program design review completed by Boeing

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
  • Press Release: Saelig Introduces New Economical 50MHz 4-Channel Oscilloscope

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
    Rigol\'s DS1054Z from Saelig Saelig Company, Inc. (www.saelig.com) has announced a new addition to their range of Rigol 4-channel DS1000Z oscilloscopes – the DS1054Z, priced at the cost of an introductory two-channel instrument - a remarkable $399.00. This oscilloscope utilizes Rigol's proprietary UltraVision technology, borrowed from its expensive DS6000 series, to provide superior performance and functionality in this class. Designed especially for extremely cost conscious embedded engineers, technicians and educators who need advanced analysis capabilities in a modern…
  • Press Release: New Safety Certifiable COTS Single Board Computer for Defense & Civil Aviation Systems Introduced by Curtiss-Wright

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    VPX3-150 Single Board Computer supports DO-254 DAL C and DO-178C DAL C Certifiability to speed development while reducing the cost and risk of safety-certifiable aviation systems ASHBURN, Va. – Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) today announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced the VPX3-150, a new rugged commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) single board computer (SBC) that supports DO-254 DAL C and DO-178C DAL C safety certifiability. The VPX3-150 SBC significantly speeds and reduces the cost of developing critical aviation applications on manned and unmanned platforms.
  • Press Release: Safety Certifiable COTS Graphics Module for Defense & Civil Aviation Systems Introduced by Curtiss-Wright

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    New VPX3-718 graphics module supports DO-254 DAL C and DO-178C DAL C Certifiability to speed development while reducing the cost and risk of safety-certifiable aviation systems ASHBURN, Va. – Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) today announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced the VPX3-718, a new rugged commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) graphics display and video capture engine that supports DO-254 DAL C and DO-178C DAL C safety certifiability. The VPX3-718 graphics module significantly speeds and reduces the cost of developing critical aviation applications on any…
  • Press Release: OpenSystems Media Launches Embedded Daily, a New Daily E-Newsletter Designed to Highlight Latest Blogs, Articles, News, and Products

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ. OpenSystems Media, the leading media provider in the embedded-computing space, is pleased to announce the launch of the Embedded Daily, an e-newsletter that promises to keep the embedded design community abreast of the latest design trends, techniques, products, news, and more. The Embedded Daily, managed by Rich Nass, Executive VP and Embedded Brand Manager at OpenSytems Media, will feature the latest blogs, articles, products, news, events, webinars, and whitepapers. “I’m excited that we can provide this information to the embedded community,” Nass…
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    At War

  • A Sister, and Brother, in Arms

    By Teresa Fazio
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    When Teresa Fazio's brother Mike followed her into the military, the Marine in her was impressed. The sister in her was terrified.
  • Writing as a Soldier and a Civilian

    By Matthew Komatsu
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    A soldier takes time out of uniform to pursue an MFA in writing, and discovers that what sets him apart, as a veteran at the keyboard, is not as important as the common ground he shares with other writers.
  • Death, Recovery and Hope at a Hospital During Drawdown

    By Brandon Lingle
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    At Bagram Airfield north of Kabul, a surgeon at Craig Joint Theater Hospital makes his rounds and reflects on his service at the largest American hospital in Afghanistan.
  • Williams Opposed War, but Supported the Troops

    By Thom Shanker
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    Robin Williams went above and beyond the thousands of miles he logged in U.S.O. tours to bring a piece of home to soldiers.
  • From Hero to Hateful: Recalling an Afghan Soldier’s Descent

    By Ian Allen
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    A former CIA paramilitary operations officer in Afghanistan wonders what caused the spiraling downward of his friend, Castro, an Afghan soldier. The P.T.S.D.? Or anti-American radicalization?
 
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • New from Tru-Spec: More MultiCam Black

    Lauren Malm
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    For the first time since November, Tru-Spec is releasing all-new items in MultiCam Black.  Last year, Tru-Spec introduced its quarter-zip combat shirt, TRU uniform pants and contractors cap in the never-before-seen pattern. Now the brand’s entire Xtreme line is available in the pattern. MultiCam is the popular camouflage pattern developed by New York-based design powerhouse Crye Precision. MultiCam Black is one of the newest variants of this consistently exceptional design. A favorite of law enforcement officers, MultiCam Black works best during nighttime operations. Its dark OD green and…
  • 4 New Boots You Need To Know About

    Lauren Malm
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    Brands are releasing new boot styles just in time for fall. Loaded with ground-breaking technologies and lightweight innovations, these styles are ones you won’t want to miss. Four new styles immediately stand out. One of these could be your new go-to pair. 4. 5.11 Skyweight New from 5.11, the Skyweight boots were built with two goals in mind–less weight, more mobility. A durable outsole features arch lugs, self-cleaning forefront lugs and a rear heel break. The outsole, along with an integrated nylon shank, adds aggressiveness without weighing the boot down. To top it off, the 8-mm…
  • Staff Pick: Genuine Gear Lightweight Tactical Pants

    Lauren Malm
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    At TacticalGear.com, we’ve seen, studied and worn just about every type of tactical pants on the market. (Have you seen our Tactical Pants Guide?) Not only that, but we also carry so many brands and styles. Which ones do we wear on the regular? Our lead designer, Corey Schaaf, has deemed Genuine Gear Lightweight Tactical Pants the best of the bunch. Staff member: Corey Schaaf Job Title: Senior Designer His Pick: Genuine Gear Lightweight Tactical Pants Our Price: $24.99 Colors: Black, Khaki, LAPD Navy, Olive “I’ve tried on a lot of tactical pants, and these are by far the best…
  • Army’s New Camouflage Pattern Leaked

    Lauren Malm
    5 Jun 2014 | 9:58 am
    Want real-time updates on this development? Check out our comprehensive Scorpion ACU page for photos, news updates and extensive links to learn more. The Army might have finally reached the end of its extensive quest to select a new standard-issue camouflage pattern for combat uniforms. More than four years ago, it began an intensive research and testing process in order to replace the highly criticized Universal Camouflage Pattern. Late this May, Military.com broke the news that the Army has selected the Scorpion pattern. Currently, there is no official statement confirming the selection. As…
  • Boot Breakdown: The NIKE SFB and NIKE SFB Field

    Lauren Malm
    23 May 2014 | 9:45 am
    Footwear is where NIKE excels, and its tactical line is no exception. The brand made its debut into the market with the Safety Field Boot (SFB). Then in early 2014, it released the SFB Field. Both boots have a similar handsome cut and are built for the same purpose. However, there are some key differences that set these two styles apart. NIKE SFB The Nike SFB was designed with speed in mind, and the result is the lightest, highest-mobility tactical boot the brand has ever made. Fast-drying, flexible and featherweight, NIKE SFBs feel more like a pair of athletic shoes than a boot. Even…
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    Fighter Country Partnership

  • FCP Invited to Unveiling of the first Australian F-35

    Fighter Country
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    FCP returned recently from a fantastic trip to Fort Worth to witness the unveiling of Australia’s first F-35. We were invited by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) whose first two F-35s coming off the Lockheed Martin production line will be delivered to Luke AFB. This is just another example of the multiple benefits that exist due to Luke AFB. RAAF will be training their initial F-35 pilots at Luke AFB which includes 15 RAAF families who will be joining the Luke AFB community. Additionally, each foreign F-35 brings 9 Lockheed Martin employees as well who will be active and around…
  • FCP’s Future: A Strong Path Forward

    Fighter Country
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    From the Desk of Fighter Country Partnership, FCP’s main goal is to sustain the programs and services we have initiated over the past years. This goal hasn’t only been stressed by our Board of Directors; it is echoed loudly by the Senior Leadership at Luke AFB. We are proud of the expectations we have created, and within every new endeavor we approach, we will ensure it won’t negatively affect our current programs and services. The programs and services FCP provides have become very standardized for all the right reasons. The programs are repetitive because we are consistently serving a…
  • Honorary Commander Feature: Glenn Williamson

    Fighter Country
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    R. Glenn Williamson Mr. Williamson has more than 30 years of entrepreneurial and executive level experience, primarily in the financial and operational aspects of companies. Specializing in accessing the Canadian capital markets for global investments, Mr. Williamson is Chairman of EPCOR Water USA, the largest private water utility in Arizona, a subsidiary of EPCOR Utilities, headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, with operations in Canada and the U.S.  Mr. Williamson is also CEO of Nest Ventures L.L.C. with offices in Montreal and Phoenix. Mr. Williamson is the founder and CEO of the Canada…
  • Honoring Dorothy Rowe

    Fighter Country
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    Dorothy Rowe, 56th Comptroller Squadron chief financial analyst, poses for a photo in 1979. The longest serving civil servant working for the Air Force. (Courtesy photo) Dorothy Rowe was a well-loved and admired civilian employee at Luke Air Force Base.  She has the distinction of being the longest-serving Federal civil servant in the Air Force.  She retired after serving 70 years for the Department of Defense–60 of which were at Luke Air Force Base with the 56th Comptroller Squadron as Chief of Financial Analysis. Dorothy’s retirement ceremony in November 2013 drew hundreds in…
  • FCP Visions Summer 2014 – Web Edition

    Fighter Country
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:24 pm
    FCP Visions Summer 2014 is now available as a digital download. This issue discusses the F-35′s vital role in Valley economy, includes an Honorary Commander feature for Mr. Ricky Lyons and much more. In order to enjoy FCP Visions Summer 2014 Web Edition you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent application that will display the PDF file format. Click here to download FCP Visions Summer 2014 (you may need to right click and “save file as”). This publication is made available with permission of Pueblo Publishers, Inc. The post FCP Visions Summer 2014 – Web Edition…
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    Mil-Tech

  • Thuraya IP Commander

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Thuraya Telecommunications Company has launched IP Commander, the satellite terminal with a MIL-SPEC feature set that has been engineered to enable mission-critical voice and data connectivity in the most extreme conditions. IP Commander is ideal for military and civil defense applications, facilitating vital communications at high speeds, essential for C4ISR, blue-force tracking, logistic management and tactical command. It enables reliable real-time two-way communications for effective communications between HQ command and deployed units. IP Commander is easily integrated with…
  • UPDATE 1-HK satellite firm serving troops in Afghanistan stages strong Sydney debut

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    A satellite internet provider serving U.S. and Australian troops in Afghanistan and air crash investigators in Ukraine made a strong debut in Sydney trading, with the firm saying increasing incidence of “man-made disasters” would bolster its prospects. Hong Kong-based Speedcast International Ltd had raised A$150 million ($138.86 million) in its initial public offering selling 64 percent of its stock. The rest are held by directors and Boston-based private equity owner TA Associates. Full article at http://www.reuters.com/ Satellite Internet in Afghanistan for US Troops and…
  • Airbus Defence And Space Introduces Expanded Terralink

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    Airbus Defence and Space is expanding its Terralink satellite connectivity service portfolio with the introduction of new services for enterprise users based on the next generation Newtec Dialog® satellite communications platform. Airbus Defence and Space are the first to use the eagerly awaited Newtec platform launched earlier this year. The new services now available offer a significant boost in service flexibility and link efficiency towards service providers and end-users. Due to faster and smarter data processing, new coding, and compatibility towards various technologies, more can be…
  • Keeping soldiers connected with a new mobile communications network

    admin
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    For American soldiers on the battlefield and on the move in dangerous terrain, rapid communication with each other and command centers can be the difference between life and death. Patrick DeGroodt, an Army engineer, played a pivotal role in the creation and deployment of a new state-of-the-art mobile tactical communications network now being used in Afghanistan that commanders refer to as their “digital guardian angel.” “The most important capability of any military operation is the ability to communicate—without it, lives may be lost and missions can fail,” said Mary Woods, the…
  • Iridium GO! is now available for purchase

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Iridium GO Iridium announced availability of first truly global mobile satellite hotspot. The new Iridium GO! connects to smartphones and tablets by creating a satellite-based Wi-Fi zone. This first of its kind product is also the lowest cost device and service offering that Iridium has ever made, making global connectivity more affordable than ever. Iridium GO! is well suited for uses ranging from adventure travelers to remote, off-the-grid workers in industries like aviation and maritime. Supporting a variety of specialty applications – such as customizable global weather forecasts…
 
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    Defense Media Network

  • First Block III Virginia-class Submarine Delivered

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    General Dynamics Electric Boat delivered North Dakota (SSN 784) the first of the Block III Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines to the U.S. Navy last month, and the boat is on track to be commissioned Oct. 25 in Groton. The North Dakota‘s original May commissioning date was postponed due to quality issues with third party vendor-assembled and delivered components. These issues were serious enough to require an unplanned dry-docking to correct. Additional design certification work was also needed on the submarine’s redesigned bow. Despite this, North Dakota was…
  • DSCA’s Institutional Programs

    Jan Tegler
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s (DSCA’s) Institutional Programs provide immense return on investment. Funded by a mix of appropriations, they reach out across the globe to improve the capacity, capability, and transparency of emerging and developing defense institutions, and address a broad array of humanitarian needs in partner nations and beyond. The collective effect of the Institutional Programs is measurable in both short- and long-term efforts, ranging from disaster mitigation and mine-risk education to crafting defense policy and improving interoperability. They…
  • From Davits to Docks: The Evolution of U.S. Navy Amphibious Ships

    Norman Friedman
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    USS Arlington (LPD 24) is the culmination of a century of attempts to answer one question: how do you move heavy equipment from the sea onto a beach without piers or other port facilities? That is the central problem of amphibious operations, whether or not the enemy is waiting on the beach to shoot back. Whoever lands from the sea has to build up enough strength quickly enough to fight effectively, and that must include armor and artillery and also supporting vehicles. How do you move heavy equipment from the sea onto a beach without piers or other port facilities? For the United States,…
  • Boeing Delivers 5th P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft to India

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    Boeing has delivered a fifth P-8I maritime patrol aircraft to India, on schedule, on Sept. 9 as part of a contract for eight aircraft to support the Indian Navy’s maritime patrol requirements, according to a Boeing release. The aircraft joined four previously delivered P-8Is at Naval Air Station Rajali, India, after a flight from Seattle’s Boeing Field. Based on the company’s Next-Generation 737 commercial airplane, the P-8I is the Indian Navy variant of the P-8A Poseidon that Boeing builds for the U.S. Navy. “The P-8I program is progressing on schedule, and the aircraft are providing…
  • The XF-85 Goblin

    Robert F. Dorr
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    The McDonnell XF-85 Goblin was the only American aircraft designed on the drawing board as a “parasite” fighter – meant to be launched from, and retrieved by, another aircraft in flight. It was one of many Cold War ideas that didn’t work. It would have been carried by the mighty B-36 Peacemaker bomber on long-range bombing missions to targets in the Soviet Union and would have helped protect other B-36s from MiG interceptors. The XF-85 had a cramped cockpit. Like an astronaut in space, the Goblin pilot would get no amenity that was not justified. Thus, the rudder pedals…
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    Army Tankers Wife

  • New Halloween Highlights, TOMS, Vitamix, 10 Under $10, American Girl Doll Bitty Baby and More!‏

    armytankerswife
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    **This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. ***** Halloween Highlights *****Wednesday, September 10th Farmhouse Halloween (indoor and outdoor décor) Sale at zulily Say Boo: Kids’ Halloween Essentials… Continue Reading →
  • Making Muffins that are NOT hockey pucks

    armytankerswife
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:27 pm
    So my family loves muffins, and we have been experimenting with different types of berries. I am surprised that blueberry is a favorite! Between muffins and waffles, my kids love for me to make those to breakfast items. Many muffin batters… Continue Reading →
  • Open Casting Call For All Event‏

    armytankerswife
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:18 pm
    *This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Fashion mavens, rejoice! ModCloth is inviting you to come showcase your unique style at their #FASHIONTRUTH Casting Call for ALL event in New… Continue Reading →
  • Which is your favorite T shirt?

    armytankerswife
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:34 am
     
  • My weekend with Cricut Explore

    armytankerswife
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Well this weekend has been anything but boring! I was recently introduced to the Cricut Explore, I already have a Cricut Expression, but let me see I wanted to ability to create my own designs and cut them out on… Continue Reading →
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    Welcome Home Blog

  • Soldier Surprises Son at Western Hills Elementary

    Chris Ross
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    From a well kept secret, to an emotional morning, a US Soldier is reunited with her son at Western Hills Elementary School in Temple ISD
  • Soldier surprises mom

    Chris Ross
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:34 am
    Soldier surprises his mom while she’s out to eat with his sister.
  • Air Force Brother’s Surprise Visit!

    Chris Ross
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    I walked in the door after my last performance in my senior year musical, to be surprised by my aunt, cousins, and grandparents. Little did I know I would also be surprised by my brother who is in the Air Force. I still can never watch this video of us without crying. -Stephanie Beckner
  • Soldier Surprises Little Brother at Restaurant

    Chris Ross
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    I am a single father. Have raised my daughter on my own with full custody and she graduated last year. Her little brother (10 years younger) and her were figuratively attached at the hip. She wouldn’t even go on dates in high school unless they were ok with him tagging along. She was his best [...]
  • Injured War Heroes Return Home To Talk To High School Students

    Chris Ross
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    Gretna High School students bearing American flags lined the main entrance way Thursday to welcome SGT. Major Brad Kasal (Marine Corps) and Explosives Ordinance Tech Taylor Morris (Navy).
 
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • Incoming – RPG

    CJ Grisham
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    For more information about INCOMING Military Cartoons & Books, check out his website or send him an email.
  • WWII Missing Soldier Identified

    CJ Grisham
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Pfc. Bernard Gavrin, 29, of Brooklyn, N.Y., will be buried on Sep. 12, in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. On June 15, 1944, as part of an Allied strategic goal to secure the Mariana Islands, U.S. forces were ordered to occupy Saipan. After a month of intense fighting, enemy forces conducted a suicide assault, known as a banzai attack.
  • Incoming – Hump Day

    CJ Grisham
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    For more information about INCOMING Military Cartoons & Books, check out his website or send him an email.
  • I Can’t Believe They’re All Butters

    CJ Grisham
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Butter [buht-er] noun. Defined as a “supporter of the 2nd Amendment” that claims, “I support the 2nd Amendment, but…” then proceeds to tell you what restrictions he supports on the 2nd Amendment. Over the past year, Open Carry Texas has been the subject of much “controversy.” What’s interesting is that none of the controversy really started here in Texas. I’m talking about, of course, all the media criticism involving Chili’s, Chipotle, Sonic, Target, Jack In The Box, etc. In fact, nearly every manufactured controversy originated in…
  • Incoming – Skeet Shooting

    CJ Grisham
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
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    DC Bureau » National Security News Service

  • Obama’s Iraq War – The Kurdish Connection

    Joseph Trento
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    On August 7, President Obama reluctantly authorized the use of force in Iraq. He said it was to protect U.S. personnel and the Yazidis under attack from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Obama’s return of U.S. forces to Kurdish Iraq was part of a massive lobbying effort by a series of high ranking former U.S. military officers and diplomats on the Kurds’ payroll. Like the generals and admirals who took to the airwaves to promote George Bush’s Iraq war, a similar cast of characters is urging U.S. support for the Kurds. General James Jones The two main Kurdish political families, the…
  • The Robert Levinson Case: The Cover-up Behind The Cover-up

    Joseph Trento
    24 Jan 2014 | 10:42 am
    Robert Levinson The fate of missing former FBI agent and CIA contractor Robert Levinson is rooted in a secret history that is buried in distraction and misinformation. Levinson, who disappeared on the island of Kish off of Iran in March 2007, is like so many other failed CIA cases: rooted in a culture of secrecy and tinged with massive incompetence. Everyone who enters this “wilderness of mirrors” never seems to escape. Levinson’s capture is a direct result of an amateur intelligence operation that no professional spy agency would ever authorize. But it is not a simple…
  • The Selling of The Pentagon 2013

    Joe Trento, Carrie Waltemeyer, and Becky Gaskill
    30 Sep 2013 | 12:52 pm
    “This will sound as if I am speaking large, but Mussolini said that the definition of fascism was when you couldn’t put a cigarette paper between corporate power and government power. I have watched veteran members of our intelligence establishment go seamlessly into these private defense contracting companies.” John le Carré to The New York Times The Department of Defense has turned its huge public affairs program into an offensive propaganda campaign being run by the same contractors that spy on the world through the intelligence agencies, according to a DCBureau-National Security…
  • Hungnam, North Korea: Delving into Pyongyang’s Long Nuclear Past

    Bill Streifer
    25 Jun 2013 | 11:53 am
    “Since V-J Day wisps of information have drifted into the hands of U.S. Army Intelligence of the existence of a gigantic and mystery-shrouded industrial project operated during the closing months of [WWII] in a mountain vastness near the Northern Korean coastal city of Konan [Hungnam]. It was near here that Japan’s uranium supply was said to exist.” David Snell journalist North Korea recently conducted their third underground nuclear test. Experts agree that the nuclear fuel used in the first two was plutonium, made from natural uranium in a Soviet-designed breeder reactor. More…
  • The Bomb Plant: America’s Three A.M. Nightmare

    Joseph Trento
    14 Nov 2012 | 8:55 am
    (learn more about this documentary) Aiken, S.C. – Tons of weapons grade plutonium and other nuclear materials, a target for terrorists, are not being properly protected by the National Nuclear Security Administration at the Department of Energy’s sprawling Savannah River Site, according to security consultants and U.S. counterintelligence officials. A secret security review underway at DOE and other government agencies after an elderly nun last summer breached a NNSA bomb-grade-uranium facility at the Oak Ridge Tennessee Y12 area reveals “harrowing problems in site management and…
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • New from Tru-Spec: More MultiCam Black

    Lauren Malm
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    For the first time since November, Tru-Spec is releasing all-new items in MultiCam Black.  Last year, Tru-Spec introduced its quarter-zip combat shirt, TRU uniform pants and contractors cap in the never-before-seen pattern. Now the brand’s entire Xtreme line is available in the pattern. MultiCam is the popular camouflage pattern developed by New York-based design powerhouse Crye Precision. MultiCam Black is one of the newest variants of this consistently exceptional design. A favorite of law enforcement officers, MultiCam Black works best during nighttime operations. Its dark OD green and…
  • 4 New Boots You Need To Know About

    Lauren Malm
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    Brands are releasing new boot styles just in time for fall. Loaded with ground-breaking technologies and lightweight innovations, these styles are ones you won’t want to miss. Four new styles immediately stand out. One of these could be your new go-to pair. 4. 5.11 Skyweight New from 5.11, the Skyweight boots were built with two goals in mind–less weight, more mobility. A durable outsole features arch lugs, self-cleaning forefront lugs and a rear heel break. The outsole, along with an integrated nylon shank, adds aggressiveness without weighing the boot down. To top it off, the 8-mm…
  • Staff Pick: Genuine Gear Lightweight Tactical Pants

    Lauren Malm
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    At TacticalGear.com, we’ve seen, studied and worn just about every type of tactical pants on the market. (Have you seen our Tactical Pants Guide?) Not only that, but we also carry so many brands and styles. Which ones do we wear on the regular? Our lead designer, Corey Schaaf, has deemed Genuine Gear Lightweight Tactical Pants the best of the bunch. Staff member: Corey Schaaf Job Title: Senior Designer His Pick: Genuine Gear Lightweight Tactical Pants Our Price: $24.99 Colors: Black, Khaki, LAPD Navy, Olive “I’ve tried on a lot of tactical pants, and these are by far the best…
  • Army’s New Camouflage Pattern Leaked

    Lauren Malm
    5 Jun 2014 | 9:58 am
    Want real-time updates on this development? Check out our comprehensive Scorpion ACU page for photos, news updates and extensive links to learn more. The Army might have finally reached the end of its extensive quest to select a new standard-issue camouflage pattern for combat uniforms. More than four years ago, it began an intensive research and testing process in order to replace the highly criticized Universal Camouflage Pattern. Late this May, Military.com broke the news that the Army has selected the Scorpion pattern. Currently, there is no official statement confirming the selection. As…
  • Boot Breakdown: The NIKE SFB and NIKE SFB Field

    Lauren Malm
    23 May 2014 | 9:45 am
    Footwear is where NIKE excels, and its tactical line is no exception. The brand made its debut into the market with the Safety Field Boot (SFB). Then in early 2014, it released the SFB Field. Both boots have a similar handsome cut and are built for the same purpose. However, there are some key differences that set these two styles apart. NIKE SFB The Nike SFB was designed with speed in mind, and the result is the lightest, highest-mobility tactical boot the brand has ever made. Fast-drying, flexible and featherweight, NIKE SFBs feel more like a pair of athletic shoes than a boot. Even…
 
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    The Duffel Blog

  • We Will Defeat ISIL Just Like We Defeated Al Qaeda

    Paul
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The following is an op-ed written by Barack Obama, President of the United States. Just over a decade ago, under my predecessor, our forces embarked on a campaign to fight the Global War on Terror after Al Qaeda terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Our military performed flawlessly in Afghanistan, routing the Taliban […]
  • 2014 Unintelligible Staff NCO Of The Year Award Announced

    Dark Laughter
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — “What?”  With this one ironically clear word, the 148th United States Unintelligible Staff Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year (USOTY) Competition effectively came to a close. The question, asked by Dr. Stuart Kline, this year’s head judge and one of the world’s foremost experts on the USOTY competition, was followed by thunderous applause […]
  • Muslim EOD Soldier Blows Up Stereotypes

    G-Had
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Khaled Abou Rashad may have immigrated to the United States from Syria when he was only a boy, but these days he does something that few of his countrymen do: Build and detonate large quantities of high explosives. Rashad, a captain in the 192d Ordnance Battalion (EOD), is the Army’s first Muslim-American bomb disposal expert officer, a […]
  • Marine Security Guard Excited To Protect Embassies, Be Taken Hostage

    Paul
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    QUANTICO, Va. — A 19-year-old Marine corporal is looking forward to increased pay, foreign travel, enhanced promotion opportunities, and being used as leverage after his embassy is attacked and he’s taken hostage, sources confirmed. “I’ve just had this dream ever since I was a kid of serving my country and guarding those big embassies,” said Cpl. […]
  • The Top 10 Candidates For The Next Sergeant Major Of The Marine Corps

    Dark Laughter
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    [tps_header]As the Marine Corps prepares to select a new Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Duffel Blog has found several of the strongest contenders. This list is provided only for the information of junior Marines, and Duffel Blog reminds its readers that it would be inappropriate for junior Marines to discuss their own preference for the […]
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    French Foreign Legion Information

  • GPLEA: 21e CPLE, 22e CPLE, 23e CPLE

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Units of the French Foreign Legion forgotten by time. Independent, self-governing autonomous motorized infantry companies serving in Algeria, established at the turn of the year 1954/1955 in response to rising rebel activity in French North Africa. The companies were equipped with Jeeps, Dodges WC 6×6, M3 Scout Cars (22e CPLE in 1955) and with AM-M8 […]
  • 2e REP: Change of Command at Camp Raffalli

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    On July 18, a Change of Command ceremony took place at Camp Raffalli, the headquarters of the Foreign Legion’s 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP), based near Calvi, Corsica. During the ceremony, the colonel Jean-Michel Meunier became the new regiment commander of 2e REP, replacing the colonel Benoît Desmeulles. At the end of the ceremony, […]
  • 1er REG: 30-year-old regiment

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    On July 1, the 1st Foreign Engineer Regiment (1er REG) of the French Foreign Legion celebrated its 30th aniversary. 1er REG is one of the two engineering regiments of the current Legion. Its legionnaires are deployed in the Central African Republic (CAR) right now. Established as the 6th Foreign Engineer Regiment (6e REG) in July […]
  • Foreign Legion for the first time in Peru

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    Last month, the French Foreign Legion appeared for the first time in Peru (South America). On 29 July 2014, a detachment composed of legionnaires (mostly Senior corporals) from the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment (3e REI) of the Foreign Legion, a regiment based in South America as well, participated in a large military ceremony conducted by […]
  • Legion’s youngest Saharan motorized company

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:14 pm
    An almost unknown unit of the French Foreign Legion. An independent, autonomous motorized infantry company formed in 1955 to serve in Algeria during the Algerian War. A few months later, it became the 4th Legion Saharan Motorized Company (4e CSPL). The youngest of the four legendary Saharan motorized companies of the Foreign Legion. Just as […]
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    Texas Veterans Blog

  • 2014-2015 Veterans Benefits Fair Schedule

    Anne Evenson
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Every year the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) co-hosts Veterans Benefits Fairs across the state of Texas. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Texas Veterans Commission (TVC), VLB staff members travel around the state to talk with Texas veterans, military members and spouses, about their benefits in person.  These benefits fairs are free [...]
  • Type I Forfeited Land Sale Now Open

    Anne Evenson
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:31 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 due to non-payment. These forfeited properties are offered first to Texas veterans through quarterly [...]
  • Veterans Voices Complement Vietnam Heroes Exhibit

    Anne Evenson
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    A former Vietnam POW and U.S. Army sniper is among those who will make a museum event on Sunday an interactive opportunity to learn from those who experienced the effects of war first-hand. Ken Wallingford, who spent ten months imprisoned in a tiger cage in the jungles of Cambodia during the war, will tell his [...]
  • Buying Texas Land: Considering Your Utility Needs

    Anne Evenson
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    As a prospective land buyer it’s important to take note of which public utilities are available for the property you are considering for purchase. These utilities may include: water, electricity, telecommunications, natural gas, waste collection and sewage treatment. Accessing Water and Electricity When purchasing land, you may want to think about the availability of water and electricity [...]
  • Learning Opportunities for Veteran Entrepreneurs

    Anne Evenson
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:27 am
    The Texas Comptroller of Accounts states that as of August 2014, there are 213 Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses in Texas under the Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program. There are many resources available to existing and aspiring Texas veteran entrepreneurs. Please consider the following organizations who offer advice, information and education. A great place to start is [...]
 
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    World Traveling Military Family

  • Thomas Phillips – Germany Shopping

    Mrs B
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Thomas Philips is a great find here in Bitburg, Germany for shopping! A friend described it to me as ‘like a Ross but a more unorganized’ LOL! I agree it is like a Ross with lower cost items and without the clothing. They have a few items like socks, leggings, but generally not much clothing. [...] The post Thomas Phillips – Germany Shopping appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Auchan Market – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

    Mrs B
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    During our recent trip to Luxembourg City, Luxembourg we decided to check out the Auchan Market and mall. We heard it is the French version of Walmart. While it did have a ton of stuff, it sure didn’t have the Walmart prices we are used to There is a parking garage conveniently located under the [...] The post Auchan Market – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • PCSing To Spangdahlem AB Checklist

    Mrs B
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Are you PCSing to Spangdahlem AB soon? If so I’ve made a handy PSCing to Spangdahlem AB Checklist so that you can make sure that your ready and have everything set up! Really this list would work for any Overseas PCS, you’d just need to fill in your base lodging your PCSing to, and check [...] The post PCSing To Spangdahlem AB Checklist appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Luxembourg American Military Cemetery – Luxembourg City

    Mrs B
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    On our way to the Bock Casemates we decided to stop and see the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial in Luxembourg City. A great way to fit a little American history into the day as well. As soon as you start to get close you’ll see signs for the cemetery. There is a large parking [...] The post Luxembourg American Military Cemetery – Luxembourg City appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Bock Casemates – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

    Mrs B
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Bock Casemates in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg are on the UNESCO World Heritage List and are the longest casemates in the world so of course they were on our ‘to see’ list! They are also listed in the day trips in the front of the Panther Paws so we needed it to help complete that [...] The post Bock Casemates – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
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    Army Tankers Wife

  • New Halloween Highlights, TOMS, Vitamix, 10 Under $10, American Girl Doll Bitty Baby and More!‏

    armytankerswife
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    **This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. ***** Halloween Highlights *****Wednesday, September 10th Farmhouse Halloween (indoor and outdoor décor) Sale at zulily Say Boo: Kids’ Halloween Essentials… Continue Reading →
  • Making Muffins that are NOT hockey pucks

    armytankerswife
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:27 pm
    So my family loves muffins, and we have been experimenting with different types of berries. I am surprised that blueberry is a favorite! Between muffins and waffles, my kids love for me to make those to breakfast items. Many muffin batters… Continue Reading →
  • Open Casting Call For All Event‏

    armytankerswife
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:18 pm
    *This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Fashion mavens, rejoice! ModCloth is inviting you to come showcase your unique style at their #FASHIONTRUTH Casting Call for ALL event in New… Continue Reading →
  • Which is your favorite T shirt?

    armytankerswife
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:34 am
     
  • My weekend with Cricut Explore

    armytankerswife
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Well this weekend has been anything but boring! I was recently introduced to the Cricut Explore, I already have a Cricut Expression, but let me see I wanted to ability to create my own designs and cut them out on… Continue Reading →
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    High and Tight

  • Undercut Hairstyle versus High and Tight Haircut

    highandtighthaircut
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    The undercut hairstyle is a mens haircut that is similar to the high and tight haircut. In fact, many of you won’t know that the undercut hairstyle is a military […]
  • The Best Army Haircut from a Military Barber

    highandtighthaircut
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    As a former military barber, it is my opinion that the High and Tight is the best army haircut. No doubts about it. The High and Tight haircut is simply […]
  • The Burr Cut – A Classic Military Haircut

    highandtighthaircut
    5 Feb 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Another one of those cool military cuts: the Burr Cut The burr cut is that typical military haircut that you know whoever is wearing it is one tough mother tucker. […]
  • The Men’s Hair Book: Review of Hair Care Book

    highandtighthaircut
    25 Nov 2013 | 2:00 pm
    Recently I bought a book called The Men’s Hair Book by a famous hair blogger named Rogelio Samson. He is the author of Manly Curls and Men’s Hair Blog which […]
  • Military Lifestyle and the Haircut

    highandtighthaircut
    24 Oct 2013 | 1:22 pm
    The military lifestyle is one passionate lifestyle, you’ll only like it if you truly enjoy a lifestyle of loyalty to your country and peers alike. No matter where you go, […]
 
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    Vision Strike Wear Military Blog

  • US Air Force Flying Havoc Into The Heart Of A Hurricane!

    Sarge Strike
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    What is a hurricane hunter?   If the work and exploits of US Air Force aircraft that defy natures law and gravity by flying into God’s straw were condensed into a few musical lyrics what would they be? We think the infamous words of the Rolling Stones would serve best! “I was born in a crossfire hurricaneAnd I howled at my ma in the driving rain” (Source: http://www.azlyrics.com/) 14th- USAF – 1944 Col. Floyd Wood, Maj. Harry Wexler, and Lt. Frank Record, flying a Douglas A-20 “Havoc,” are the first to fly into the heart of a hurricane to obtain…
  • ISIS Your Time Is Up!

    Sarge Strike
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Before we get to Obama’s speech to the good ol’ USA, we have a message for you from us! “This shirt is AWESOME!!! No one else in my unit has anything like it.” (J.P. – Alabama) Join the ISIS Hunting Club: http://goo.gl/BFBQ0H …and now for a few words from our leader! Transcript from President Obama on the subject of ISIS! “My fellow Americans — tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL. As Commander-in-Chief, my highest…
  • On 9-11 American Resolve Is Again Remembered!

    Sarge Strike
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    We Will Always Remember 911!   Thirteen years ago today, America was once again reminded that the world is far from an innocent place. We lost thousands of our citizens and foreign guests to the dregs of the Earth. That day, September 11, 2001, was succeeded by two wars. After all of this, we are still standing. We are still here. We will now and forever remember those we lost, friends, family, our bravest and those who showed the world what the definition of courage is. Honor the courageous who experienced 9-11.     Remember 9-11! #september11 #newyork #isis #isisterrorists…
  • US Congress Officially Changes America’s Name!

    Sarge Strike
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    The Bone Heads did it again! Just what exactly is Congress doing again? Did anyone catch this in the New York Times, Washington Post or La Times? Hell no! We missed this highly eventful yet secretive push by Congress to change America’s name. In a dark, recessed cove in the hallways of American politics the government reached a unanimous decision to change America’s name! Wanna know why you didn’t catch it? Cause you weren’t even born yet! So while we are on the subject of changing names and declaring our sovereignty away from Great Britain let’s remember we are…
  • Corpsman Up! A Little Background

    Sarge Strike
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    The phrase Corpsman Up is a sound, a call, a yell that a wounded Marine is in need of medical care. It is not known to all civilian walks of life that the United States Navy Corpsman works and fights right alongside the US Marines. One of the flag raisers at the Battle Of Iwo Jima was a Navy Corpsman. Where you find Marine grunts you will always find a US Navy Corpsman.     Who Are US Navy Corpsman? “Corpsmen stationed with a Marine unit or far out at sea on a Navy warship often find themselves in volatile, life-threatening emergency situations. There are often no sterile…
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    Semper Fi Parents

  • Marine Corps Moto Quotes

    Carl
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    “The Marines keep their standards up and their leadership is dynamite! It is the same kind of leadership we have seen throughout the Marines’ history, and they are not lowering the bar. They are increasing the bar, and they have long lines of people who want to join the Marine Corps.” -Col David Hackworth, US Army-
  • Today In Marine Corps History: 16 September 1814

    Carl
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    A detachment of Marines under Major Daniel Carmick from the Naval Station at New Orleans, together with an Army detachment, destroyed a pirate stronghold at Barataria, on the Island of Grande Terre, near New Orleans.
  • Making Marines-Week 10: Day Movement

    Carl
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    During Day Movement exercises, recruits learn to stay together in simulated, tactical scenarios and ensure the safety of the Marines to their left and their right. Marines.com
  • Leatherneck Legends: Corporal Duane Edgar Dewey

    Carl
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Corporal Duane Edgar Dewey, of South Haven and Muskegon, Michigan, the first person to receive the Medal of Honor from President Dwight D. Eisenhower, earned the Nation’s highest award for heroism on 16 April 1952, when, although already wounded, he smothered an exploding enemy grenade with his own body to save the lives of his comrades. Corporal Dewey earned the Medal of Honor near Panmunjom, Korea, while serving as leader of a machine-gun squad with Company E, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He had been wounded, and was being treated by a Navy medical corpsman when an enemy grenade…
  • Marine Corps News From World War Two: President Approves Hospitalization Bill

    Carl
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    WASHINGTON, D. C. House resolutions calling for the expansion of facilities for hospitalization of Naval and Marine personnel dependents, and providing for issuance of devices in recognition of services of merchant sailors recently were approved by President Roosevelt. Favorable reports were made by the Senate Naval Affairs committee on the following: An amended bill authorizing appointment of commissioned warrant and 3 warrant officers to commissioned rank in the line and staff corps of the Navy, Marine Corps and Const Guard, and a measure providing for coordination and consolidation of…
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    Military Backpack Guide

  • Spec Ops – T.H.E. Ultimate Assault Pack

    Mike
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Busted back-pack dude – you’ve seen him. He’s the guy on the trail who’s pack is half-patched with super-glue, duct tape and a chip-clip. Spec-Ops looks to solve such woes forever with their premium line backpack affectionately-titled: “Spec Ops T.H.E. Ultimate Assault Pack.” Sounds pretty good, right? But is it? We’re here to break it down for you. With a total internal capacity of 2550 cubic inches, this thing threatens to hold everything on Earth. Despite the amazing capacity from an internal frame pack, Spec-Ops keeps it stylish with five…
  • MOLLE II Standard Gov’t Issue Backpack- Strong, Solid and Loyal

    Mike
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:38 pm
    The MOLLE II Standard Issue Backpack, manufactured by USGI, is one serious hell of a pack and, it has one of the highest customer ratings of all the Military Backpacks we’ve reviewed. Its most appealing feature would have to be its size. This thing has a ton of room, but the space is distributed in a way that makes it very comfortable to carry. The large main compartment alone can hold approximately between 3,500 and 4,000 cubic inches of gear. The double zipper front pocket is about 11″ x 6″ x 3″. The large main section is about 18″ x 20″ x 9″. The…
  • Maxpedition Vulture ii 2 – An incredible 3 day rucksack

    Mike
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    The Maxpedition Vulture 2 backpack is perfect for outdoorsmen, especially hikers and campers. It can store just about anything needed for a multi-day trip. We took a 3 day expedition and were able to fit everything that we needed in the pack. It has an impressive 2810 cubic inches worth of internal space. It’s sold in a variety of colors including black, foliage green, a military esque khaki and OD green. In Depth Review While the pack looks fairly plain, it is designed with function in mind instead of form. It boasts all sorts of pockets and compartments for a variety of gear.
  • ALPS OutdoorZ Commander External Frame Pack Review

    Mike
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    ALPS Outdoorz makes all sorts of gear from packs to chairs to gun cases.  One of their larger packs is the Commander.  This is a huge external frame pack for large expeditions.  This bad boy will hold everything except the kitchen sink – and even that’s up for debate.   The Commander starts off with 5,250 cubic inches of storage and that doesn’t even include strapping things to the outsides or the frame.  Inside you’ll find a hydration pocket with port and several zippered compartments.  Constructed of Nylon ripstop, This bag has a high durability rating and resists…
  • Top 10 Best Survival Books – The only guide you need

    Mike
    3 Jun 2014 | 9:22 am
    Whether you’re studying to become the next Les Stroud or looking to learn survival preparedness skills in case of a Zombie Apocalypse, you’re going to need a resource, and you’re in luck! We’ve got a list of the best survival books this side of Mars – neatly organized, in a handy-dandy little chart! Of course, if you’re not a book learner, there are plenty of survival schools throughout the world. How do I choose a survival book when there are so many? Survival comes in many flavors – Desert, Woodland, Jungle, Mountain, you name it.  You need a book that…
 
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