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  • Saudi king vows to punish those behind IS-claimed attack

    Stars and Stripes News
    24 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    Saudi Arabia's king on Sunday vowed to punish those responsible for a rare suicide bombing that killed 21 people at a Shiite mosque in the country's east, calling it a "heinous terrorist attack" that runs against Islamic and human values.
  • Colonel Sloane takes command of the Wolf Pack

    Pacific Air Forces Top Stories
    21 May 2015 | 1:09 am
  • New to the site and can't seem to find the answers?

    Featured Blog Posts - Navy For Moms
    Britt
    13 May 2015 | 11:58 am
    Hey everyone, first time asking a question and I know it has been asked before but I tried reading through older post and there are way to many. I have really found a ton of great info. My question is my son left Meps and arrived in Great Lakes may6. I have a few questions. First being is there way I can get his ship and division number so I can locate his PIR? I am a single father and trying to schedule my summer vacation with my daughter so we can see his PIR. My other question is how do I locate a group that has the same PIR as my son or can I create one if there hasn't been one…
  • Higher Ed 2015, a very quick survey

    OP FOR
    DaveO
    23 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    As the Class of 2015 exits VMI, and the new Queens and Kings of Barracks take their place, a quick survey of higher ed and some commencement speeches are in order. First, Robert de Niro entertains the Tisch School of the Arts. Robert De Niro opened his commencement speech to the graduates of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a simple message: “Tisch graduates, you made it… and you’re f*cked.” [edited by author] Rather blunt, but considering the promise of higher ed is more money, today’s graduates will be paying back loans for decades. Many are opting…
  • Memorial Day

    BLACKFIVE
    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    24 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    My annual post is up (one of these years I will be happy with it), and I plan to drink a toast or three, smoke a cigar, and maybe even enjoy some good food as I remember those honored on the day.
 
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    Featured Blog Posts - Navy For Moms

  • New to the site and can't seem to find the answers?

    Britt
    13 May 2015 | 11:58 am
    Hey everyone, first time asking a question and I know it has been asked before but I tried reading through older post and there are way to many. I have really found a ton of great info. My question is my son left Meps and arrived in Great Lakes may6. I have a few questions. First being is there way I can get his ship and division number so I can locate his PIR? I am a single father and trying to schedule my summer vacation with my daughter so we can see his PIR. My other question is how do I locate a group that has the same PIR as my son or can I create one if there hasn't been one…
  • Getting Closer

    Debbie
    11 May 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Well it was a countdown that started almost a year ago and now we are down to weeks before my son leaves for basic.  The next couple of weeks are going to certainly fly because there is so much going on between now and his ship date of July 7th.  I have been keeping my mind busy by putting together his high school graduation party/going away party.  I had to have his party the week before he actually graduates because there was no time in between graduation date of June 28th and his leave date of July 7th.  Been very emotional the last several days because first he is my youngest and his…
  • MY FIRST BLOG!!! PIR 6/19

    Hootsmom
    6 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    So I have never blogged before but thought I would start....trying to figure out ways to connect with my son who is at RTC. When I say connect I don't mean literally, I mean when he can't write. So I have taken on my own style "bootcamp". I run, bike, do pushups (YES!!! modified), sit up (every inch off the ground is a plus) anything physical everyday. This is when I connect with my son. I mentally send him positive thoughts, tons of love and as I have written I invoke whatever higher entity is out there to watch over him, guard and give him strength. Then I ask for a little for myself as…
  • Mailing letters/packages

    mslinda1976
    1 May 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Hello Everyone I had a question for anyone who has had a problem with shipping their mail/packages. My daughter is deployed on the USS Normandy, I had sent her 2 packages on March 27th. The ship has had 5 mail dispersments so far...and she has not recieved any of her 2 packages. I tracked it and it hasent updated it shows, that it is still in Great Lakes, Chicago. It has been 1 month now. I have all the information correct and included a return address. I dont know what had happened, it breaks my heart everytime, she says that she didnt recieve mail... :(
  • graduation questions

    tammy
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:10 pm
    This may be silly but is the ceremony a semi-formal? Can I wear a knee length dress and my husband a golf shirt and slacks?
 
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  • Higher Ed 2015, a very quick survey

    DaveO
    23 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    As the Class of 2015 exits VMI, and the new Queens and Kings of Barracks take their place, a quick survey of higher ed and some commencement speeches are in order. First, Robert de Niro entertains the Tisch School of the Arts. Robert De Niro opened his commencement speech to the graduates of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a simple message: “Tisch graduates, you made it… and you’re f*cked.” [edited by author] Rather blunt, but considering the promise of higher ed is more money, today’s graduates will be paying back loans for decades. Many are opting…
  • Goldwater-Nichols, an answer: What is law?

    DaveO
    22 May 2015 | 8:53 am
    Thank you readers for your patience. Posting has been light due to a recent change of venue back to DC. Fortunately there is expiration date on this trip. I am taking far too much humor in watching these young, under-30 GS-15s go on a thunder-run in the mad belief they can drink old men under the table. Fortunately, after three drinks water resembles vodka, especially when you ask the bartender to put an olive in it. Maybe after their turn at Goldman-Sachs and a lobbying group, or their 25th birthday they’ll sort it out. But I digress. This is the third in a […]
  • Firearms Friday: Ammunition Trends

    LTCOL P
    22 May 2015 | 5:39 am
    From Mr Farnam, some interesting notes on major-caliber ammunition: In talking with friends in the domestic ammunition manufacturing business today, I learned: Overall demand is slow right now, at least among first-tier manufacturers. Much has been stockpiled over the past decade, both in the public and private sectors. Many garages and basements are filled to the rafters! [LtCol P note: Neither I, nor MDL, nor the Krampus, can confirm or deny.] In any event, here is what I’ve been told: In rifle calibers, everything is slow except for 300Blk! Demand for  300Blk (mostly supersonic) is…
  • Stars for ’88 and ’89!

    LTCOL P
    22 May 2015 | 5:03 am
    I am pleased to report that Colonel Steve Neary ’88, USMC, and Colonel Paul Pardew ’89, USA (my and BullNav’s Brother Rat), have been nominated for promotion to the rank of Brigadier General. They will be the first General Officers from those classes. Congrats to both and to their families!
  • “Marine Comes Out To Father As POG”

    LTCOL P
    20 May 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Continued BRILLIANCE from Duffel Blog. BRYAN, Tx — Highly decorated military veteran Douglas Martin got the shock of a lifetime Sunday when his son, Lance Cpl. Shane Martin, came out of the closet as a POG. Lance Cpl. Martin, currently based out of Camp Pendleton, California, took leave to share the news in person. “My dad thought I was a machine gunner with 3rd Battalion 1st Marines, but I finally told him the truth. I’m a Bulk Fuel Specialist in 1st MHG, and I’m proud.” Well done, DB. Well. Done.
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  • Memorial Day

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    24 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    My annual post is up (one of these years I will be happy with it), and I plan to drink a toast or three, smoke a cigar, and maybe even enjoy some good food as I remember those honored on the day.
  • Photo - Formation Over the South China Sea

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    24 May 2015 | 4:42 am
    Two U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets and two Malaysian air force Su-30MKI Flanker-H aircraft fly in formation during an exercise over the South China Sea, May 10, 2015. The exercise promotes cooperation between the U.S. Navy and Malaysian military. The F/A-18 Super Hornets are deployed with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Jonathan Pfaff
  • Photo - Marines Land in Djibouti

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    23 May 2015 | 4:40 am
    Landing Craft Air Cushion 27 transports U.S. Marines from the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York to shore in Djibouti, May 6, 2015. The Marines are assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and the landing craft is assigned to the U.S. Navy’s Assault Craft Unit 4. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan B. Trejo
  • Photo - Securing the Room

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    22 May 2015 | 4:39 am
    A U.S. Army paratrooper secures a room as his four-man team, which includes Georgian soldiers, clears a room during close-quarters battle training as part of Noble Partner 15 in Georgia, May 13, 2015. The field-training and live-fire exercise occurs between the U.S. Army and Georgian military to support Georgia's participation in the NATO Response Force and build military ties between the two nations. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Cole
  • Photo - Field Virus Containment Kit

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    21 May 2015 | 4:35 am
    Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Salvador demonstrates how to use a field containment kit to test viruses such as Ebola during the Defense Department's first Lab Day at the Pentagon, May 14, 2015. Salvador is assigned to the Naval Medical Research Center. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
 
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    Defense Tech

  • Air Force Wants to Fire Lasers from Aircraft by 2023

    22 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    The Air Force plans to be able to incinerate targets such as incoming missiles with laser weapons mounted on C-17s by 2023 as part of a directed energy developmental effort, service official said.The High Energy Laser, or HEL, is being tested by the Air Force Directed Energy Directorate, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. Ground tests are slated for later this year as part of a plan to precede air-launched laser weapons firing evaluations, Mica Endsley, Air Force Chief Scientist, told Military.com in an interview.The first ever ground test of the weapon is slated to take place at White Sands…
  • Video: Two Minute Brief on Unmanned Ground Vehicles

    21 May 2015 | 7:42 am
    Did you know the Germans used ground robots to protect the beaches of Normandy during the World War II? Clearly, they were not too effective, but unmanned ground vehicles have taken quite a few steps forward in recent years.The Air Force drones in the sky typically get most of the attention but here’s a quick video (click here for mobile users) by Military.com’s film team on the UGV highlighting the developments made by the Army and Marine Corps.
  • Army Tests New Acoustic Threat Detection System

    20 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    The U.S. Army is experimenting with acoustic threat detection systems to help soldiers in combat zones pinpoint the location of incoming fire, from automatic weapons to rocket-propelled grenades, officials said.The service is testing products including FireFLY, which was used in Afghanistan for a two-year period through 2013, and a newer and bigger system called Serenity, which is works with infrared cameras to produce more precise geolocation data.“It’s not an official program of record, but it’s based off of 10 years of research and it’s in the late prototyping stage,” David…
  • Air Force’s New Unmanned Strategy Has F-35 Pilots Flying Drones

    20 May 2015 | 5:49 am
    An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter pilot will one day control a small fleet of nearby drones from the cockpit while in flight — according to a new Air Force report on autonomous systems, Air Force Chief Scientist Mica Endsley said.The Air Force is poised to unveil a new strategy for unmanned aircraft systems next month. The report will discuss more teaming with manned aircraft such as the F-35, greater levels of automation and a wider scope of missions for UAS — such as transporting cargo.“We see unmanned vehicles being used for a much wider variety of missions,” Endsley said in an…
  • Air Force Getting Closer to Testing Hypersonic Weapon, Engineers Say

    19 May 2015 | 7:16 am
    The U.S. Air Force is making progress in developing a hypersonic weapon based on the success of an experimental scramjet program, engineers said.The service in 2013 conducted its fourth and longest flight of the so-called X-51 WaveRider. After separating from a rocket launched beneath the wing of a B-52 bomber, the hypersonic vehicle built by Boeing Co. climbed to 60,000 feet, accelerated to Mach 5.1 and flew for about three and a half minutes before running out of fuel and plunging into the Pacific Ocean.At that speed, which is equivalent to about 3,400 miles per hour, a missile could travel…
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    #Iraq

  • Latest situation map in Iraq and Syria

    Zeyad Kasem
    23 May 2015 | 2:55 am
    ஜ☪۞☪ஜ _ ☜(*▽*)☞ _ ஜ☪۞☪ஜ According to the Iraqi Army's official Facebook page. I added the color-coded map legend, in case it isn't clear.
  • Horrific lynching vid from Kadhimiya Hospital in Baghdad (graphic)

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

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

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

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

  • Soldier Missing from Korean War Accounted For

    CJ Grisham
    19 May 2015 | 8:52 pm
    The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. soldier, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Cpl. Francis D. Knobel of La Crosse, Wisconsin, will be buried May 21, in Arlington National Cemetery. In December 1950, Knobel was a member of Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, operating along the eastern side of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. On Dec. 12, 1950, following the battle, Knobel was one of…
  • Airmen Missing From WWII Accounted For

    CJ Grisham
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:03 pm
    The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced yesterday that the remains of U.S. servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been accounted for and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Army Air Forces 1st Lts. William D. Bernier of Augusta, Montana; Bryant E. Poulsen of Salt Lake City, Utah; Herbert V. Young Jr. of Clarkdale, Arizona and Tech Sgts. Charles L. Johnston of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Hugh F. Moore of Elkton, Maryland and Staff Sgts. John E. Copeland of Dearing, Kansas; Charles J. Jones of Athens, Georgia; and Sgt. Charles…
  • DOD Announces Operation Freedom’s Sentinel Qualifies for Campaign Medal

    CJ Grisham
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    The Department of Defense announced today Operation Freedom’s Sentinel as a qualifying operation for award of the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. Additionally, the transition from Operation Enduring Freedom to Freedom’s Sentinel also marks a new campaign phase, “Transition II,” for the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica Wright signed a memorandum authorizing these changes retroactive to Jan. 1, 2015. The qualifying Afghanistan Campaign Medal operations, campaign phases, and associated inclusive dates for each are as…
  • Constitutional Carry: A “Non-issue”

    CJ Grisham
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Photo courtesy OpenCarry.orgRecently, Port Arthur Police Chief Mark Blanton expressed the idea that passing a law that would legalize the open carry of firearms would “put a tremendous burden on law enforcement because citizens are going to call when they see someone openly carrying a weapon.” With Republicans winning a greater share of the elected offices in Texas, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo met with other Texas chiefs of police about the issue of open carry. After the meeting, Acevedo remarked that “we don’t need to go back to the Wild, Wild West,” something he says would…
  • Army approves awards for victims of 2009 Fort Hood attack

    CJ Grisham
    6 Feb 2015 | 11:29 am
    Secretary of the Army John McHugh announced today that he has approved awarding the Purple Heart and its civilian counterpart, the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom, to victims of a 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, following a change in the medals’ eligibility criteria mandated by Congress. Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 wounded in the attack by Major Nidal Hassan, who was convicted in August, 2013, of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder. “The Purple Heart’s strict eligibility criteria had prevented us from…
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    Federation Of American Scientists » Secrecy News Blog Posts

  • Tracking Federal Funds, and More from CRS

    Steven Aftergood
    22 May 2015 | 7:52 am
    “Finding data on federal grants and contracts awarded to states and congressional districts, local governments, nonprofit organizations, contractors, and other eligible entities may present challenges,” a new report from the Congressional Research Service observes. The various tools that are available to help meet those challenges are cataloged and described by CRS in Tracking Federal Funds: USAspending.gov and Other Data Sources, May 13, 2015. Other noteworthy new and updated CRS reports include the following. Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza: Ongoing Outbreak, CRS Insights, May…
  • Air Force: Cyber Warriors Need Plenty of Rest

    Steven Aftergood
    20 May 2015 | 6:37 am
    New guidance from the U.S. Air Force on the use of cyberspace weapons directs Air Force personnel to get a good night’s sleep prior to performing military cyberspace operations and to refrain from alcohol while on duty. “Crew rest is compulsory for any crew member prior to performing any crew duty on any cyber weapon system,” the May 5 guidance says. “Each crew member is individually responsible to ensure he or she obtains sufficient rest during crew rest periods.” Furthermore, “Crew members will not perform cyberspace mission duties within 12 hours of…
  • Average U.S. Troop Cost Nearly Doubled Since 1980

    Steven Aftergood
    20 May 2015 | 6:28 am
    The average cost to the U.S. defense budget per individual troop member has increased sharply over the past few decades, a new analysis from the Congressional Research Service found, reflecting changes in the size and structure of the U.S. military. “Since FY1980, the cost per troop–for all expenses ranging from pay to procurement–has almost doubled in real terms from $200,000 per troop in FY1980 to $390,000 per troop in [the] FY2016 request,” the CRS report noted. The rising average troop cost figures were presented as part of a larger CRS analysis of Defense Spending…
  • ODNI: Annexes to Intelligence Bills are not “Secret Law”

    Steven Aftergood
    18 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    A recent article in Secrecy News indicated that the classified annexes that accompany the annual intelligence authorization bills are legally binding and constitute “secret law” (A Growing Body of Secret Intelligence Law, May 4). Robert S. Litt, the General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, wrote in last week to dispute that characterization: I read your piece on secret law and the classified annex to the Intelligence Authorization bills with interest.  I thought it was worth responding to let you know that I believe you are incorrect in saying that…
  • Army Manual Withdrawn in Plagiarism Flap

    Steven Aftergood
    13 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Last month, the U.S. Army issued a new doctrinal publication entitled Cultural and Situational Understanding. This month, the publication was officially withdrawn by the Army after numerous instances of plagiarism were identified throughout the document. Prof. Roberto J. Gonzalez authored a blistering critique of the publication (The US Army’s Serial Plagiarists, Counterpunch, May 1), providing one example after another of pilfered text that had been incorporated without acknowledgment or attribution to the source. “As I began reading, I found the sections to be oddly disjointed;…
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    DID: Department of Defense News, Procurement, Acquisition & Contracting, National Security Policy

  • If the AF Dumps Them, Boeing Wants to Resell A-10s to Others | Turkey Wants more Phalanx | India, Israel Mull Joint Surface-to-Air Missile

    Editorial Staff
    21 May 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Americas Boeing wants to sell refurbished A-10s to international customers. The US is the only operator of the Warthog, with the House recently voting to fund the fleet for another year, despite the Air Force chiefs’ efforts to cut down numbers. Boeing is currently engaged in an extensive re-winging program for the aircraft, following a $2 billion 2007 contract. Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $735 million support contract for the Air Force’s Advanced Extremely High Frequency Satellites, Milstar and Defense Satellite Communications System III. The company was awarded a similar…
  • Phalanx CIWS: The Last Defense, On Ship and Ashore

    Joe Katzman
    21 May 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Phalanx, firing(click to view full) The radar-guided, rapid-firing MK 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS, pron. “see-whiz”) can fire between 3,000-4,500 20mm cannon rounds per minute, either autonomously or under manual command, as a last-ditch defense against incoming missiles and other targets. Phalanx uses closed-loop spotting with advanced radar and computer technology to locate, identify and direct a stream of armor piercing projectiles toward the target. These capabilities have made the Phalanx CIWS a critical bolt-on sub-system for naval vessels around the world, and…
  • A Higher-Tech Hog: USAF A-10C Upgraded, Refurbished, Unloved

    Joe Katzman
    21 May 2015 | 5:06 pm
    A-10A over Germany(click to view full) The Precision Engagement modification is the largest single upgrade effort ever undertaken for the USA’s unique A-10 “Warthog” close air support aircraft fleet. While existing A/OA-10 aircraft continue to outperform technology-packed rivals on the battlefield, this set of upgrades is expected to make them more flexible, and help keep the aircraft current until the fleet’s planned phase-out in 2028. When complete, A-10C PE will give USAF A-10s precision strike capability sooner than planned, combining multiple upgrades into 1 time…
  • Next-Stage C4ISR Bandwidth: The AEHF Satellite Program

    Joe Katzman
    21 May 2015 | 5:01 pm
    AEHF concept(click to view full) The USA’s new Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellites will support twice as many tactical networks as the current Milstar II satellites, while providing 10-12 times the bandwidth capacity and 6 times the data rate transfer speed. With the cancellation of the higher-capacity TSAT program, AEHF will form the secure, hardened backbone of the Pentagon’s future Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) architecture, with a mission set that includes nuclear command and control. Its companion Family of Advanced Beyond-line-of-sight…
  • MQ-9 Reaper: Unfettered for Export

    Joe Katzman
    20 May 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Reaper, ready…(click to view full) The MQ-9 Reaper UAV, once called “Predator B,” is somewhat similar to the famous Predator. Until you look at the tail. Or its size. Or its weapons. It’s called “Reaper” for a reason: while it packs the same surveillance gear, it’s much more of a hunter-killer design. Some have called it the first fielded Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV). The Reaper UCAV will play a significant role in the future USAF, even though its capability set makes the MQ-9 considerably more expensive than MQ-1 Predators. Given these high-end…
 
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    The Captain's Journal

  • Why Remington’s Investors Should Not Sell

    Herschel Smith
    20 May 2015 | 8:59 pm
    NYT: Cerberus Capital Management dodged a bullet with its recent decision to let investors sell out of one of the world’s biggest gunmakers, Remington Outdoor. It’s the company that made the assault rifle used to kill 20 children and six of their teachers in a Connecticut elementary school in December 2012. Cerberus’s chief executive, Stephen A. Feinberg, has a clear motivation to offer the likes of gigantic pension funds like the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, or Calstrs, the choice to dump their Remington shares. He hopes it will allow his private equity firm to put…
  • Notes From HPS

    Herschel Smith
    20 May 2015 | 8:49 pm
    David Codrea: It’s difficult to imagine a more torturous and horrifying realization than to know those you love more than life itself are in agony and terror, and are being slain, and there is nothing you can do to prevent their deaths or your own. If there is an approximation of hell on earth, that must be as close as one can get. And that is something those who support politicians who enact citizen disarmament edicts enable. Only very evil men, or very self righteous pricks, advocate such arrangements in interactions between men. Kurt Hofmann: The thing is, President Obama’s…
  • Should Christians Own Guns?

    Herschel Smith
    20 May 2015 | 8:33 pm
    After ISIS’ slaughter of Christians everywhere they go, the sufferings of the Coptic Christians in Egypt under the Muslim brotherhood, and the kidnapping of young Christian girls by Boko Haram for the purposes of sexual slavery, it may be tempting to ask yourselves, “What kind of an idiot would continue to press the notion that Christ demanded that we disarm in the face of danger?” The answer is that those idiots are everywhere.  I confess that I have not read Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology.  I have tended to stick more with Charles Hodge, R. L. Dabney, W.G.T. Shedd and the…
  • Mixed Views On U.S. Border Control Checkpoints

    Herschel Smith
    17 May 2015 | 8:37 pm
    Watertown Daily Times: North country residents have mixed views — and strong opinions — about the value of traffic checkpoints routinely set up by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents assigned to monitor the American side of the U.S.-Canadian border. Based on random interviews, several said they believe border checkpoints are necessary to keep illicit drugs, illegal immigrants and other unlawful activities out of the country. However, many also said they’re concerned that too many law enforcement officials — including border patrol agents — unlawfully stretch their authority by…
  • Notes From HPS

    Herschel Smith
    17 May 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Okay, so The Washington Post stole a story from David Codrea.  It wasn’t the first time, it won’t be the last, but I know it’s frustrating for David.  When I was commenting on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, I saw entire paragraphs from my posts lifted out and published by former Army general and colonel “expert commentators” on television. Trump problems: Potential GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and his daughter have donated “at least $105,000 to the Clinton Foundation,” The Hill reported Thursday. Contributions, per the Foundation website,…
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    Bouhammer's Blog

  • Origination of Memorial Day

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    23 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    I had always thought it was Union General John Logan who started the idea of “honoring our fallen”, but according to this new article it appears that concept originated from a different group of people in a far-away land. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/22/who-held-the-first-memorial-day-celebration   On 1 May, “in cooperation with white missionaries and teachers”, 3,000 black children bearing […]
  • This is the way it should be done

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    20 May 2015 | 3:55 am
    A great story was recently posted on tacairnet.com about a covert mission that happened in 1987. The title of the story is ” The US Army’s Night Stalkers Once Helped Steal an Attack Helicopter From the African Desert” It is a great story about how the USA was able to procure a cutting-edge Russian HIN-D helicopter […]
  • Range 15

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    12 May 2015 | 4:35 am
    The Video says it all, but to summarize…Nick, Tom and the boys from RangerUp along with Matt B. and the Article15 crew along with Tim Kennedy, and a couple of MoH recipients thrown in for good measure are looking to make a movie to shame all movies. They need your help to get it over the […]
  • At least it is something

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:21 pm
    I am sure he only wrote this GoldStar Mom back because of he media backlash. Gen. Martin Dempsey is used to giving orders, but it was an apology he issued Monday to Debbie Lee, after the Gold Star mom complained that the joint chiefs chairman trivialized the Iraqi town where her son became the first […]
  • VOTD- “They call me Doc…”

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

  • Memorial Day 2015

    Maj Pain
    22 May 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Gang, those of you who come to One Marine’s View often know that I have a blog post category called “Every Day is Memorial Day” (ck out the link for kick ass stories)   because in my book, every day is Memorial Day. Not for me knuckleheads, for those warriors other than me. Those warriors that were fighting wars before you were and I were glimmers in our daddy’s eyes, the warriors who just try to make it through each day with their disability, and especially those that America has forgotten, until days like Memorial Day arrive. Don’t like it? Go to Dr Phil’s blog, I’m sure…
  • We hump til we die - Mt Mother F'er

    Maj Pain
    22 May 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Joining my beloved Marine Corps isn’t a free ticket. You don’t get a free pass because we need you. We would rather go to war with 100 dedicated fighters than 10000 place holders (hello Army). Boot camp is where Marines are made. It is not easy, if it was easy, everyone would be a Marine and for those of you thinking about joining my beloved Corps, know, it is never easy being green.  Usually about the first 48 hours even the most motivated recruit asks him/herself “what the hell did I get myself into”. However after about a million heart attacks and several missing hours of sleep,…
  • I ended the Iraqi war,but its not my fault ISIS is here (tell it to the dead warriors parents) - Memorial Day Series

    Maj Pain
    22 May 2015 | 2:18 am
    When all of you fools bit on the hope & change and voted for this president, one of the hooks in your mouth was that he would end the Iraq war.   Now, with thousands of troops already there conducting special operations and tactical air strikes without the robust backing of the might we had there, and thousands more headed there soon enough they are being asked to restart the fight that this president tried to glorify by saying he ended ended back in 2011. The truth of the matter because we have pulled out to glorify his campaign, we now have a very serious threat (ISIS) conducting…
  • There's A Medal Of Honor Petition For Two Marines Who Stayed In Place When A Truck Bomb Barreled Toward Them - Memorial Day Series

    Maj Pain
    20 May 2015 | 9:16 pm
    You may have read about these Marines on One Marine's View back in 2012. I suggest you read about them now if you haven't before. I remember this event as these two warriors stood their ground however I cannot begin to honor them as much as General Kelly does in the previous link. I do know that there are educated warriors that young and brave and when called on to perform, never let us down. Can you say that about the average kid in the workforce? Maybe, maybe not. However, there is no greater honor to serve with Americas warrior, especially when they don't come home.  In…
  • Arms of an Angel - Hump Day quote - Memorial Day Series

    Maj Pain
    19 May 2015 | 9:14 pm
 
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    Murdoc Online

  • AT4s to Iraq

    Murdoc
    21 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    U.S. Sending Iraq Antitank Weapons to Thwart Militants’ Bombings The U.S. is sending Iraq’s military 1,000 antitank weapons to defend against armored vehicles jury-rigged by Islamic State into otherwise unstoppable suicide bombs like those it used to capture Ramadi. The weapons, due for delivery by... [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
  • Old Blogger Site Deleted

    Murdoc
    21 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    FYI Murdoc finally caved and deleted the the old blogspot Blogger version of Murdoc Online. I don’t think it will be missed. All of the content is on this site. Had a few minutes of nostalgia poking around. [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
  • Stryker WIN-T Inc 2

    Murdoc
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:29 am
    Soldiers from 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division operate Stryker vehicles equipped with Warfighter Information Tactical Increment 2 (WIN-T Inc 2) [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
  • Grafenwoehr Training Area

    Murdoc
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:24 am
    Soldiers assigned to 2d Cavalry Regiment move around a tank during a squad fire range, used to train Soldiers in squad fire movement drills while assaulting objectives, at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Dec. 3, 2014. [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
  • US Navy cutting F-35C Buy

    Murdoc
    8 Feb 2015 | 10:15 am
    F-35Cs Cut Back As U.S. Navy Invests In Standoff Weapons The U.S. Navy has reduced its planned buys of the Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter by almost one-third over the fiscal 2016-2020 Future Years Defense Program (FYDP), while committing almost $800 million to new standoff weapon... [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
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    SpouseBUZZ.com

  • Why Do We Keep Deploying? There Is No Answer

    Rebekah Sanderlin
    23 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    My kids and I just took my husband to the airport for a yet another deployment. We dropped him off the curb. There was no ceremony, no send off, no acknowledgement that we were about to, yet again, embark on The Unhappy Days. But we knew — even our 3-year-old was in a foul mood. She ... Continue Reading
  • To My Civilian Friends on Memorial Day

    Raleigh Duttweiler
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Dear Civilian Friend, I have to tell you something about Memorial Day. You’re doing it wrong. Now don’t get upset – I know you have big plans. I’ve seen your patriotic barbecue board on Pinterest, and that flag cake really is spiffy. But the thing is, Memorial Day isn’t about cake. Or barbecue. Or the ... Continue Reading
  • Commissary Bakeries, Delis to Reopen

    Amy Bushatz
    21 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    The bakery and deli sections at 44 stateside commissaries will be back in business by the end of June, Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) officials announced May 20. The sections had shuttered abruptly in February and March when DeCA fired the current contract for poor performance. Most of the stores then reopened a few weeks later with limited stock ... Continue Reading
  • Here’s When Your Commissary Will Get Wi-Fi

    Amy Bushatz
    20 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you’re a heavy mobile Wi-Fi user or you like to download coupons while shopping, you’re probably pretty happy that the commissary system is working to join us all in the 21st century by adding Wi-Fi to their stateside stores. Commissaries somehow manage to be a cell signal black hole in many instances. And then ... Continue Reading
  • Widow: Honor the Lost by Serving the Living

    Guest Bloggers
    19 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    The first few years following my sweet husband’s death, I would not have been capable of doing this project. It was too raw and too close. The pain needed the covering of time and distance. What I needed was the desire to change how this day made me feel. And while I know there are ... Continue Reading
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    Arms Control Wonk

  • Geolocating the Kalahari Test Site

    Jeffrey
    21 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    I made an appearance at the end of Glenn Kessler’s fact check on Mark Kirk’s bizarre claim that Nelson Mandela abandoned South Africa’s nuclear weapons program — something we’ve been scratching our heads over for a while.  While I am officially against handing out Pinocchios, maybe this is the kick in the pants Kirk needs to lose the lame slide. The South African case is really interesting — not just for the precedent, but also for the role of satellite imagery. The discovery of South Africa’s Kalahari nuclear test site is one of my favorite case…
  • Back of the Envelope on the DPRK’s New SLBM

    melissa
    20 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    A lot of people are asking how to take measurements and make 3D models from 2D images. If conditions are juuusst right, SketchUp’s Match Photo technique is the way to go. Unfortunately, in our world, conditions are almost never just right, unless you happen to be able to take the photo yourself. Here’s an alternative method using Web Plot Digitizer, which is still free and can scale for as much (or as little) information as you have (keeping in mind a greater margin of error). A few days ago the DPRK’s state news agency, KCNA released the first images of North Korea’s…
  • China MIRVs Some Missiles

    stein
    19 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    The Pentagon’s annual report on China’s military power (PDF) describes for the first time, China’s CSS-4 mod 3 missile equipped with multiple independently-targetable re-entry vehicles. MIRVs! Hans Kristensen noticed the passage and, over the weekend, David Sanger and Bill Broad published a nearly 1000 word piece in the New York Times that includes quotes by several experts including Jeffrey. Aaron and Jeffrey discuss what China is doing, whether it heralds a change in Chinese nuclear posture and what the US should do in response. Jeffrey also gets in plugs for his two books on…
  • A Wobbly Nuclear Order

    krepon
    14 May 2015 | 5:55 pm
    The global nuclear order is becoming more dynamic and unsettled. The top tier is contracting, but at a slow pace. Newcomers feature prominently in the second tier, eclipsing the old-timers. And the newest entrants into the nuclear club either have or seem to want three-digit-sized arsenals – something few envisioned when these late arrivals barged into the nuclear club. A bumpy NPT Review Conference would make matters worse. There are still two out-sized nuclear powers with roughly equivalent force structure. One is no longer a superpower and its capabilities are very uneven, as is evident…
  • Notes from the RevCon II

    Jeffrey
    14 May 2015 | 8:52 am
    I was just in New York for a few days and heard some very interesting things about the coming trainwreck at the RevCon. But I wasn’t allowed to repeat any of them! Lucky us, Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova has written another “Notes from the RevCon” post.  (See her first note here.) While she was careful to stick to things said in public, published online and reported in the papers, it’s kind of amazing to see it all in one place. Notes from the RevCon: The Empires Strike Back Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova I thought my next post would be about the Middle East, but then the…
 
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    Personal-Finance.Military.com

  • What happens with military retirement after second divorce?

    J.J. Montanaro
    19 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    Q: I have a unique situation and would like some advice. I was married to my wife while I was in the military for about 16 years, then she divorced me and married another man. Soon after, she divorced her husband and we remarried in 1997. I retired in 2000 (after 24yrs in service). We are again filing for divorce
  • What happens to military retirement if former spouse dies?

    J.J. Montanaro
    19 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    Q: Does my x wife’s portion of my military pension revert back to me upon her death? –Rick, Texas Yes. Here’s an excerpt from a FAQ on the DFAS website that addresses your question. When a member dies, USFSPA payments going to a former spouse will stop. If the former spouse dies, payments will also stop. Former spouse payments cannot
  • Can SBP be put in a trust?

    J.J. Montanaro
    13 May 2015 | 1:34 pm
      Q: I understand Pres. Obama passed a bill in Dec, 2014 whereby my SBP could be put in a trust for my daughter when I die. She has cerebral palsy and bipolar disorder. How do I do that? –Naomi, Florida A: Late last year there were a couple of very important developments that clearly caught your attention.  However, as
  • Should I set up a Roth IRA?

    J.J. Montanaro
    11 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Q: I am in my late 50s, single and just bought a house, $65k on loan with my income in the $40k to $50k range. Would I benefit from starting a Roth IRA? I have company 401(k) with more than $100,000 plus coming military retirement at 60. Thanks. –Tee, South Carolina A: Congratulations on your new house. First, let me
  • Will my wife get my VA disability at my death?

    J.J. Montanaro
    5 May 2015 | 11:09 am
    Q: I will be 65 in June of 2015. I am 50% disabled by the VA. If I die before my wife will she receive any of my monthly disability pay? –Gregory, Arkansas I’m glad you’re thinking about these sorts of issues now and hope that your efforts will pay off in the event something happens to you before your
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    DoD News Feed

  • Dempsey Emphasizes Trust in West Point Commencement Address

    22 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff reversed the first-salute tradition for new officers during the U.S. Military Academy commencement, giving the officers an autographed dollar bill to signify his trust in them.
  • Carter Welcomes Survivors of Fallen to Pentagon

    22 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter hugged members of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors as they entered the Pentagon as part of a Memorial Day weekend tradition, telling them no one would ever forget their sacrifices.
  • U.S., Coalition Continue Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq

    22 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
  • Chairman Welcomes Tragedy Survivors to Annual Summit

    22 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Speaking to families of fallen service members at the 21st Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors summit, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he loves that they gather once a year, but doesn't like why.
  • NATO Alliance Stands Firm, Adapts to Challenges

    21 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The NATO alliance is standing firm and adapting to the challenges on its eastern and southern flanks, military officials said following the alliance's Military Committee meeting.
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    DoD Buzz

  • Sikorsky Test Flies New Chopper as Parent Mulls Sale

    22 May 2015 | 9:28 am
    Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. on Friday flew for the first time its next-generation light-attack helicopter, the S-97 Raider. The test flight took place at the company’s developmental flight center in West Palm Beach, Florida. It comes as its parent company, United Technologies Corp., mulls a possible sale of the 90-year-old rotorcraft manufacturer. The chopper’s coaxial design features counter-rotating rotor blades and a push propeller, among other innovations, that will allow it to fly much faster and farther than today’s choppers. The Raider was initially designed to target a potentially…
  • Air Force Names New Chief Scientist

    21 May 2015 | 2:42 pm
    The Air Force has announced that it has chosen Greg Zacharias to serve as the next Air Force chief scientist, an appointed expert who will be focused on a range of issues to include autonomy and unmanned aircraft as well as directed energy and hypersonic weapons, service officials said. Zacharias is a scientist with an extensive background, including time as an Air Force attache for the Space Shuttle program at NASA, member of the National Research Council and senior executive scientist at Raytheon. He now serves and the president and senior scientist at Charles River Analytics based in…
  • Pentagon Estimates New Aircraft Carrier $370 Million Over Budget

    20 May 2015 | 2:49 pm
    The cost estimate of the Navy’s second Ford-class aircraft carrier has already jumped by $370 million even though Navy leaders have promised the service has learned from its mistakes that led to $2 billion in cost overruns for the USS Ford. The Pentagon’s Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office, or CAPE, has estimated that the USS Kennedy construction costs have increased by $370 million, according to a Bloomberg news report. The USS Kennedy, or CVN 79, is now being built by Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News, Va. and is slated to enter service in 2023. Upon hearing the…
  • Pentagon to Prioritize Boeing Missile Defense Program

    19 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    The Pentagon plans to prioritize funding for the ground-based missile defense system being developed by Boeing Co., the second highest-ranking U.S. military officer said. The governments of North Korea and Iran are trying to build intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of striking the U.S., according to Navy Adm. James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. And while neither country has yet achieved mature ICBM designs, the military must take the threats seriously, he said. “The number of nations trying to achieve that capability is growing, not shrinking,” he said…
  • Will the A-10 Dodge Retirement — and Get New Wings?

    15 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    U.S. lawmakers are maneuvering to block the Air Force’s latest push to retire the A-10 attack aircraft. The Air Force has proposed retiring its fleet of almost 300 Warthogs by 2019 to save an estimated $4.2 billion a year and free up maintainers for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a stealthy multi-role fighter jet and the Pentagon’s most expensive acquisition program. Yet the aging Warthog is still flying missions, from attacking Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria to participating in show-of-force exercises against Russia in Eastern Europe. Republicans and Democrats in both chambers of…
 
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    America's North Shore Journal

  • West Nile in a year of drought

    Chuck Simmins
    14 May 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Application of mosquito repellent. CDC/public domain California is suffering its worst drought since white settlement began in the region. It also appears that cases of illness due to the West Nile virus will also be setting records. The two occurrences are probably related, according to Dr Cameron Webb of the University of Sydney in Australia. What is the relationship between drought and West Nile? The virus is carried primarily by various Culex mosquito species, and birds are the reservoir for the virus. Female mosquitoes bite, and the blood is used the ensure that they can reproduce. It is…
  • Year two of chikungunya in the Americas

    Chuck Simmins
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Public health officials had been expecting the arrival of chikungunya in the Western Hemisphere for some time so they were not surprised when cases began appearing in Dec. 2013 on the French side of the island of St. Martin. As of April 17, 2015, chikungunya had been confirmed with autochthonous (local) transmission in virtually every country and territory in North and South America. Bermuda, Canada, Chile, Cuba and Peru deny any locally contracted illnesses. Chikungunya is a viral illness similar to dengue which is transmitted from human to human by the bite of an infected mosquito. The…
  • Hurricanes, gamma rays and antimatter

    Chuck Simmins
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:17 pm
    How much energy does a hurricane have? A lot. No, seriously, a whole lot. Enough energy, it would seem that such storms can rival the most advanced particle colliders and produce both gamma rays and antimatter. In the early 1990s, scientists first began to observe terrestrial gamma-ray flashs (TGFs) originating on Earth. Instruments sent into space to measure gamma radiation and the emissions from space were detecting flashes of gamma rays from the plant below. In 2014, one of these TGFs were detected from Hurricane Julio, a storm then raging in the eastern Pacific. This was just a part of…
  • No free speech for you

    Chuck Simmins
    11 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    Free speech is under attack in upstate New York. It is offensive speech. It is crude, rude, racist speech. And it is entirely protected from government interference by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. First Amendment Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for redress of grievances. In March, an activist who writes the Davy V blog, brought certain Facebook posts to the attention…
  • I am an Aspergers

    Chuck Simmins
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:27 pm
    I am an Aspergers. I have suffered the bullying, in school and in college. I have ruined relationships by my social awkwardness. I have lost jobs because of my social awkwardness. I have been examined by qualified doctors. I have received a battery of tests designed to diagnose my condition. I am on medication for the co-morbid conditions that accompany Aspergers in adults. I RESENT the people who lay claim to being Aspergers without any work being done. Aspergers is a psychiatric diagnosis, not an excuse for every time you were an asshole in life or failed in a relationship. I also do NOT…
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    Okinawa Hai

  • Kickstarter, Week 2 Supporters – THANK YOU!

    Okinawa Hai Managers
    24 May 2015 | 5:32 am
    Our Overseas Yes Kickstarter campaign has officially been running for two weeks now, and we wanted to give a great big shout-out to say THANK YOU to those who donated to our fundraiser this past week. Your support is greatly appreciated! As a note, we still need your donations. Unless we meet our $5,000 goal on this campaign, no funds will be collected… which means no new sites will be launched this year. Please help. Rebecca Minor Becky Wheeler Bryan Winzer  Jamey Mark Stewart Kathryn Hepler
  • Hiking Ishikawadake

    contributor
    21 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY ARIELLE SULLIVAN The trail begins with a wooden stairway built into the side of the mountain. As you continue to climb, you will come to a three way intersection of trails. We chose to take the trail towards the left to begin with, and I am glad we did. At first, we walked along a narrow path through thick vegetation. The trail took a turn and we began to make our way down the mountain. For any of you geocachers out there, there is a cache hidden along this piece of the trail about 15 meters to the right of the path. As we continued to descend, the trail became more rocky and…
  • Soup Soup

    contributor
    20 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY ALLI MARTIN If you are shopping at one of the many furniture shops in the Living Design Square and are looking for a bite to eat…Look no further. Soup Soup is a surprisingly bright and open café lined with windows and is located upstairs in the Living Design Square where you will find Grace furniture store. Not only is it convenient, but it is  yummy! Place your order at the front counter, grab your table, and wait for your buzzer to go off. We have only been for lunch, but they serve dinner as well. I am not sure what their dinner menu consists of, but they had risotto…
  • Eight Reasons More Overseas Yes Sites Are Needed

    Content Editor
    19 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    We’re ten days into running our Overseas Yes Kickstarter fundraiser, and we’ve already gotten 25 backers who believe that launching more sites for military families living the OCONUS life is a worthy cause. But we still need more pledges; of the $5,000 needed to create and run a site for families in Bahrain we’re still not quite a quarter of the way to reaching our goal, and ultimately we hope to raise $20,000 to launch and run four new sites. You can read more about our ideas and goals at our Kickstarter site… but in the meantime, here are testimonials from current…
  • Gold Disc

    contributor
    18 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY SHOKO TAMAKI Oldies but goodies!  Do you love to swing, jive, or twist? Gold Disc is the place where you can do it all.  This is my favorite place among all of the music clubs with live music in Okinawa. Although I never got to experience living in the 1950′s, I have always loved the music that came out of the era and, here, I get to experience it live, first hand. All you need is a ducktail or ponytail and to dress in a bowling shirt or long skirt, and you might actually feel like you’ve been transported in time. Every night live bands take the stage performing…
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    Navy CyberSpace Blog

  • Navy SRB Guidance as of May 1, 2015

    NCCM(Ret)
    1 May 2015 | 6:04 am
    Released May 1, 2015 via NAVADMIN 106/15, the latest Selective Re-enlistment Bonus (SRB) guidance update. How to do the math; SRB is calculated by multiplying your basic military pay (times) number of SRB eligible months reenlisting for (divided by 12) then multiplied by the SRB award level for your zone. Zone A is 2 to […]
  • Navy Jobs for the Third Quarter FY 2015

    NCCM(Ret)
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Released today and dated April 15, 2015, COMNAVCRUITCOMNOTE 1650, “ADMIRAL’S ACCELERATOR AWARD 3RD QUARTER, FY15″ is a quarterly award that provides, in part, an incentive for recruiters and job classifiers to fill ratings and programs that could use a boost in qualified personnel. The current guidance runs from April 1 through June 30, 2015 (the […]
  • Female RTC Hair Policy is Permanent

    NCCM(Ret)
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:29 am
    A couple of items of interest have just been brought to my attention. First, as most of you know, the Navy started a female haircut pilot program at boot-camp — instead of females being required to get their haircut, females would keep their hair, but learn how to maintain their hair within the Navy’s female […]
  • My SLAP Tear

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

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

  • Elbit Systems Acquires Nice Systems’ Cyber & Intel Division

    Tamir Eshel
    20 May 2015 | 11:45 pm
    CYBERBIT LTD., an Elbit Systems subsidiary is acquiring Nice Systems' Cyber & Intelligence Division business. Recently established CYBERBIT was created to consolidate Elbit Systems’ cyber activities. Elbit Systems will pay up to $157.9 Million - in cash and as earn-out through 2015.
  • A View to a Kill – AC-130 Gunship Style

    Tamir Eshel
    20 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    New helmet sights to be introduced on U.S. Air Force AC-130W Stinger II gunships in the next two years will improve situational
  • Israel to Replenish the IAF Aerial Ordnance, Requests U.S. Arms Package Worth $1.8 Billion

    Tamir Eshel
    19 May 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Israel plans to replenish its aerial ordnance stocks with the procurement of thousands of US made warheads and guidance kits worth over $1.8 Billion. The State Department published a request for Congress approval for this acquisition. The package includes several types of GPS and laser guided munitions, missiles and deep target penetrating bombs shells that can defeat deeply buried targets.
  • US Air Force Moves Forward with High-Power Microwave Weapon

    Tamir Eshel
    16 May 2015 | 12:25 am
    the Air Force has now selected the stealthy, long-range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM-ER) as the optimal air vehicle to carry the CHAMP weapon.
  • ULCV: In Search of the 21st Century Jeep

    Tamir Eshel
    15 May 2015 | 10:27 am
    The US Army intends to develop and field a new family of specialized vehicles to support 'joint forcible entry' missions. The Ultra Light Combat Vehicle (ULCV) general-purpose troop carrier is the highest priority in this plan. Fast, agile and safe to drive on and off road, ULCV will provide troops the survivability and protection by avoiding the roads vulnerable to IEDs and ambushes, gaining freedom of movement by traversing more concealed and unpredictable routes.
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    Defense Update:

  • Elbit Systems Acquires Nice Systems’ Cyber & Intel Division

    Tamir Eshel
    20 May 2015 | 11:45 pm
    CYBERBIT LTD., an Elbit Systems subsidiary is acquiring Nice Systems' Cyber & Intelligence Division business. Recently established CYBERBIT was created to consolidate Elbit Systems’ cyber activities. Elbit Systems will pay up to $157.9 Million - in cash and as earn-out through 2015.
  • A View to a Kill – AC-130 Gunship Style

    Tamir Eshel
    20 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    New helmet sights to be introduced on U.S. Air Force AC-130W Stinger II gunships in the next two years will improve situational
  • Israel to Replenish the IAF Aerial Ordnance, Requests U.S. Arms Package Worth $1.8 Billion

    Tamir Eshel
    19 May 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Israel plans to replenish its aerial ordnance stocks with the procurement of thousands of US made warheads and guidance kits worth over $1.8 Billion. The State Department published a request for Congress approval for this acquisition. The package includes several types of GPS and laser guided munitions, missiles and deep target penetrating bombs shells that can defeat deeply buried targets.
  • US Air Force Moves Forward with High-Power Microwave Weapon

    Tamir Eshel
    16 May 2015 | 12:25 am
    the Air Force has now selected the stealthy, long-range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM-ER) as the optimal air vehicle to carry the CHAMP weapon.
  • ULCV: In Search of the 21st Century Jeep

    Tamir Eshel
    15 May 2015 | 10:27 am
    The US Army intends to develop and field a new family of specialized vehicles to support 'joint forcible entry' missions. The Ultra Light Combat Vehicle (ULCV) general-purpose troop carrier is the highest priority in this plan. Fast, agile and safe to drive on and off road, ULCV will provide troops the survivability and protection by avoiding the roads vulnerable to IEDs and ambushes, gaining freedom of movement by traversing more concealed and unpredictable routes.
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    Navy Reads

  • Jefferson, Monty Python, UCMJ and Magna Carta at 800

    17 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    by Bill DoughtyTerry Jones of Monty Python narrates a really cool video synthesizing the history of Magna Carta on the occasion of its 800 year birthday this weekend and recognizing it as one of the cornerstones of democracy and human rights.The animated video is part of a project sponsored by the British Library:"Why was Magna Carta agreed at Runnymede in 1215? What did the document say, and how was it interpreted over the next 800 years? Why is it still important today, and how does it affect our culture, laws and rights?"The ideas captured in the document crossed the Atlantic with…
  • Remembering B.B. King of the Blues

    15 May 2015 | 2:05 pm
    by Bill DoughtyReading books on weekends (or while working on the Navy Reads blog) can be enhanced with some music on. This weekend it will be the blues.Riley B. King died May 14 in Las Vegas. The King of the Blues was 89.I heard my first B.B. King album at 17 in 1971, "Live at Cook County Jail."When I discovered the music of B.B. King and his guitar Lucille I was already into the electric blues of Johnny Winter, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Cream, and of course Led Zeppelin. B.B. was the pure heart of stage-band blues who captured hearts with "The Thrill is Gone."But it was his Live…
  • McRaven & Russell on Fear, Hope and Beginning of Wisdom

    12 May 2015 | 2:41 pm
    by Bill DoughtyRetired Adm. William McRaven, former commander of the United States Special Forces Command, published a list of recommended books in 2013, the year before he retired. The list included some familiar Navy Reads favorites: "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell, "The World is Flat 3.0" by Thomas Friedman, "Made to Stick" by Chip and Dan Heath, and "Eleven Rings" by NBA Coach Phil Jackson.McRaven's book and author recommendations were presented to special operations warriors as a way to "understand contemporary issues, develop a strong appreciation of our history and heritage, and stimulate…
  • 'Dead Wake' and Stink of U-Boats

    7 May 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyCaptain William Thomas TurnerPremonition, dread, drama, romance and revelation await readers of "Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania" by Erik Larson (Crown Publishers, Penguin Random House, 2015).The author describes the times and the people who inhabit this true story, including Master of the Lusitania, Captain William Thomas Turner, an imposing and self-assured man "with the physique of a bank safe.""Dead Wake" builds like a thriller as it interweaves side stories with strong characters and historical references from a century ago and shows how the United…
  • ISIS and The Why

    2 May 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyA new book about the self-proclaimed Islamic State explains who and what is behind the violent jihadists – when, where and how they came to power and, perhaps most importantly, why they exist.The Why is one of the most intriguing insights in "ISIS: The State of Terror" by Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger (2015, HarperCollins).As with some other ultra-fundamentalist groups, the terrorists of ISIS/ISIL, like al Qaeda and the Taliban, have a persecution complex and see the world in polarized good-and-evil, black and white terms.  They believe in the need to purify the…
 
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    Military Embedded Systems

  • Navy nuclear-powered submarines getting new Voyage Management System from Northrop Grumman

    22 May 2015 | 6:39 am
  • Press Release: United Electronic Industries Announces New UEINet(tm) Series Ultra Compact Gigabit Ethernet I/O Module

    22 May 2015 | 5:45 am
    UEINet Ultra Compact Embedded I/O Module United Electronic Industries (UEI) today unveiled its new UEINet™ Series Ethernet I/O module (Cube), an ultra compact data acquisition, control and I/O platform housed in a 2.7” x 4.0” x 4.1” chassis. The UEINet is based on UEI’s popular PowerDNA® Cube architecture and is designed for applications requiring a very small foot print with the capabilities to support virtually any input, any sensor, and any interface I/O. The extremely rugged chassis is rated for operation from -40°C to +70°C, able to withstand…
  • Press Release: Rohde & Schwarz Topex: The opening of its new technology R&D center in Bucharest

    22 May 2015 | 4:48 am
    The new office of 2000 sqm features a modern design spanning the entire 2nd floor of one of the most connected buildings in Bucharest, Art Business Center 5. The location of the center has been chosen for its proximity to the technology business zones on the north side of Bucharest. The new business technology center will complement the actual Rohde & Schwarz Topex R&D team at its manufacturing facilities in Voluntari. “This new R&D center provides a significant strengthening of our firm’s capabilities. We are extremely pleased with the location, giving us the possibility to mark…
  • Press Release: Subsea Development To be Explored at Scottish Embedded Systems Conference - 4th June

    22 May 2015 | 3:59 am
    Subsea Embedded Systems Scottish Embedded Systems Conference The National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) will be explaining how it is promoting and facilitating increased Research and Development activities for the subsea sector at The Scottish Device Developers' Conference, to be held at Uphall on the 4th June. www.device-developer-conference.co.uk/scotland.[...] NSRI is a the recognised focal point for the UK Subsea Industry supply chain, promoting and facilitating increased Research and Development activities for the industries such as Oil and Gas, Defence, Wave and Tidal Energy, Subsea…
  • Press Release: Engineering Software Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 - 2022

    22 May 2015 | 2:16 am
    The global engineering software market defines the use of different software such as computer-aided designing (CAD) software, computer-aided engineering (CAE) software, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software, electronic design automation (EDA) software, and architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) software. These softwares are utilized across various engineering disciplines, such as electronics and communication engineering, electrical engineering, process engineering, chemical engineering, and mechanical engineering. Browse the full Engineering Software Market report at…
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    At War

  • West Point and the Culinary Institute of America: An Exchange of Experiences

    By Terry Babcock-Lumish and Major Erin Hadlock
    15 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    In the past few years, the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Culinary Institute of America have grown closer and, in doing so, have reclaimed their common history, write former and current leaders of the partnership.
  • Testing a Few Good Women for Combat

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

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

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

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

  • Bates’ Newest Release

    Lauren Malm
    22 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
      A day on duty is often unpredictable, but Bates’ newest release is equipped to handle it all. Allow us to introduce you to the brand’s biggest launch of the year, the fiercely aggressive Bates Strike boot. This style is the first to feature the Bates Endurance Performance System, a two-piece insole made up of dual-density EVA and open-cell memory foam. This combination footbed reduces overall fatigue in the foot, leg and joints so you can wear it all day comfortably.   The intimidating honeycomb upper isn’t just for show—the TPU mesh allows hot air to escape, keeping feet…
  • Introducing Condor Elite

    Lauren Malm
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    As its name suggests, Condor Elite gear was designed to be elite, for our country’s elite. This premium line of tactical gear was first announced by its parent brand Condor at SHOT Show 2015, and the highly anticipated line just hit our site. The initial launch includes five bag styles and two different tactical flashlight models, all made in the USA with American-made materials. What sets it apart from other Condor gear, and other gear in general, is that this branch takes expensive, high-quality materials and brings them to market at an unbeatable price. While the tactical lights in this…
  • Boot Breakdown : The Salomon Forces Line

    Lauren Malm
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:22 pm
    From the wild to the field, Salomon boots are built to excel. Meeting end-user demand, the French company took existing boots in their expansive mountaineering and extreme sports repertoire and adapted them for tactical operations. From there, the Salomon Forces line was born. These boots caught on with first responders and quickly became some of our best-selling tactical boots. So what features make these boots stand out from the pack? Three Salomon technologies found in every Forces style come to mind immediately. Abrasion-Resistant Uppers While other brands have been leaning towards light,…
  • New Additions to the Oakley PRIZM Line

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

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

  • Honorary Commander Feature: Darrell Wilson

    Fighter Country
    21 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    Mr. Darrell Wilson Darrell Wilson, Founder and Principal of Hilgart Wilson Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Mr. Darrell Wilson, founder and Managing Principal of HILGARTWILSON, and former Honorary Commander assigned to the 62nd Fighter Squadron, “Spikes,” Luke Air Force Base. As Founder and Principal of HILGARTWILSON, he shares responsibilities with co-founder Ron Hilgart for the operations and overall growth and success of the firm. As a Project Principal he also remains actively involved in many projects, including overseeing design concepts, quality control measures,…
  • Fighter Country Foundation Steps it up a notch

    Fighter Country
    11 May 2015 | 3:09 pm
    From the Desk of Fighter Country Partnership, We are excited to unveil a new initiative within the operations of Fighter Country Foundation…the “FAAR Fund” (Facility Advancement And Relief Fund). As FCP and FCF continue forward with sustaining its important role of providing programs and services that are geared towards Health & Human Services, Culture & Tradition and Mission Sustainability, we will also add to the resume of supporting “facilities” on the base directly. We recently got word from the Department of the Air Force that our request to “renovate Luke Fire…
  • March of the Fallen – Registration Remains Open

    Fighter Country
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:34 am
    Registration remains open for the 4th Annual March of the Fallen on April 15th, 2015, but at this point will cannot promise that you will get a shirt on March Day. Please register and we will work to get you a shirt a soon as we can after the event. Click here for registration information. The post March of the Fallen – Registration Remains Open appeared first on Fighter Country Partnership.
  • Thunderbirds en route to Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale

    Fighter Country
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:56 pm
    We had to share great photo of the Thunderbirds flying over the crop logo on their way to the Super Bowl fly over. Enjoy! The post Thunderbirds en route to Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale appeared first on Fighter Country Partnership.
  • Special Discount for Barry Manilow, April 8th at the Gila River Arena

    Fighter Country
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    Fighter Country is partnered with Gila River Arena to offer a special military discount to the upcoming Barry Manilow concert on April 8th. Offer is good for 50% off the sale price of the ticket! To purchase your discounted Barry Manilow tickets, please click here and use the coupon code MANDY. The post Special Discount for Barry Manilow, April 8th at the Gila River Arena appeared first on Fighter Country Partnership.
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    Military Technologies News

  • Briggs & Stratton Corporation Harris Poll Survey: How Homeowners Prepare For Power Outages

    admin
    24 May 2015 | 4:45 am
    MILWAUKEE, May 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Two-thirds of U.S. homeowners having experienced a prolonged power outage said they were motivated by their time in the dark to prepare differently for a future outage, according to results of a Harris Poll conducted last spring sponsored by Briggs & Stratton. The survey found that one out of every four homeowners had lost power to their home for 12 hours or longer at least once in the last two years. Roughly 66 percent of those having endured a prolonged outage would alter their approach prior to the next outage, according to the survey. "May 24…
  • Injured Workers Kick-Off 600 km Bike Ride in Ottawa to Draw Attention to a Compensation System Being Dismantled by the Liberal Government

    admin
    24 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups (ONIWG) May 24, 2015 06:00 ET OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 24, 2015) - Injured workers Richard Hudon and Peter Page, with the support of the Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups (ONIWG), have embarked on a 600 km bike ride from Ottawa to Toronto to coincide with June 1st Injured Workers Day demonstration and rally held for the past 33 years at Queen's Park in Toronto. The cyclists are kicking off this bike ride in Ottawa on May 24 to draw attention to the current state of affairs at the Workers' Compensation Board known now as the…
  • Ten Best 3D Illustration and Animation Firms Announced in May 2015 by bestwebdesignagencies.com

    admin
    24 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    SOURCE: bestwebdesignagencies.com May 24, 2015 03:00 ET NAPLES, FL--(Marketwired - May 24, 2015) - bestwebdesignagencies.com has named the ten top 3D illustration and animation agencies for the month of May 2015. The ratings consist of web design and development solution providers which have years of experience in providing exceptional solutions. The ratings are organized through a meticulous analysis process which involves the inspection and testing of top competing agencies to determine which are most effective at offering their solutions. While there are thousands of agencies offering…
  • Best Mobile Credit Card Processing Services Rankings Named by topcreditcardprocessors.com for May 2015

    admin
    24 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    NAPLES, FL--(Marketwired - May 24, 2015) - The thirty top Mobile credit card processing services have been named by topcreditcardprocessors.com for the month of May 2015. Each month a team of researchers spend time testing and reporting the top Mobile credit card processing services around the world to assist businesses in selecting the best service to assist them. The primary purpose of topcreditcardprocessors.com is to assist clients in looking for effective services based on established standards created by the independent research team. The resulting standards are used to determine which…
  • topseos.com Announces May 2015 Recommendations of Ten Top Enterprise SEO Agencies

    admin
    24 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    SOURCE: topseos.com May 24, 2015 03:00 ET NAPLES, FL--(Marketwired - May 24, 2015) - topseos.com has named the best enterprise search engine optimization firms in the online marketing industry for the month of May 2015. Thousands providing solutions within the industry are analyzed in order to identify which firms supply the most remarkable solutions to businesses in need. Businesses looking for remarkable online marketing firms to assist them access the rankings online to discover firms which have been tested by an independent third party. The topseos.com independent research team spends…
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    Defense Media Network

  • Book Review – Stay the Rising Sun

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    22 May 2015 | 6:03 am
      Phil Keith’s Stay the Rising Sun provides an intimate portrait of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CV 2), her role in developing United States naval aviation, and her short, eventful life during World War II. Lexington was by most accounts a happy ship, and a famous one, both during her lifetime in service and after, and a worthy subject for a for a fresh look. The majority of the book is devoted to Lexington’s short but eventful six-month life at war. The ship’s wartime actions are concisely described, and more importantly, illuminated through the depictions of individual…
  • OIF Second Night: SEAL Assault on the GOPLATs

    Melinda K. Day
    22 May 2015 | 5:18 am
    When planners for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) began their studies of how to liberate Iraq from Saddam Hussein, they looked to the 1991 Gulf War for a number of critical lessons learned. One that just jumped from the history of Operation Desert Storm (ODS) was the need to secure Iraq’s oil and gas fields, along with the critical processing and transportation infrastructure for those products. The consequences of not doing so were both clear and devastating. During ODS, Saddam ordered the Persian Gulf flooded with crude oil to wreck the ecology, along with fouling water purification plants…
  • Futuristic TALOS Delivering Immediate Benefits

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    21 May 2015 | 11:49 am
        The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, better known as TALOS, has become a favorite of both media and industry. Media have dubbed it the “Iron Man Suit,” and companies both within and without the defense industry are eager to be a part of the program, which would include a suite of capabilities and technologies. Future development of a complete TALOS combat ensemble was the focus of a number of events and sessions at this week’s Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, or SOFIC show. Daunting challenges to the development of an operational suit remain, such as…
  • Iconic AFSOC Aircraft

    Robert F. Dorr
    21 May 2015 | 5:30 am
        Carter Harman took the job to be near his mother. The R-4B Hoverfly was built in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Harman was a newly minted second lieutenant, a pilot and a Connecticut boy to the core, eager to snap up a proffered assignment to the Sikorsky factory. He was just another Army pilot, Harman thought, but as soon as he wrote “R-4B” in his logbook, they told him he was going to be an Air Commando. A common characteristic of many special operations aircraft is the ability to sneak in and out of tight places in a hurry – often called short takeoff and landing (STOL)…
  • Naval Special Warfare in an Uncertain Global Security Environment

    Rear Adm. Brian Losey
    20 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    We live in a rapidly changing world full of uncertain security situations. Adversaries are capitalizing on a flattened global system that enables both state and non-state actors to exert destabilizing power and influence in a variety of non-traditional ways. Amidst these disruptions, governments are finding it harder and harder to maintain legitimacy with disaffected populations and are challenged to adequately address the underlying grievances and root causes that are driving instability. It is in these seams where governments are most vulnerable, and where adversaries are exploiting their…
 
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • Soldier Missing from Korean War Accounted For

    CJ Grisham
    19 May 2015 | 8:52 pm
    The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. soldier, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Cpl. Francis D. Knobel of La Crosse, Wisconsin, will be buried May 21, in Arlington National Cemetery. In December 1950, Knobel was a member of Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, operating along the eastern side of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. On Dec. 12, 1950, following the battle, Knobel was one of…
  • Airmen Missing From WWII Accounted For

    CJ Grisham
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:03 pm
    The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced yesterday that the remains of U.S. servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been accounted for and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Army Air Forces 1st Lts. William D. Bernier of Augusta, Montana; Bryant E. Poulsen of Salt Lake City, Utah; Herbert V. Young Jr. of Clarkdale, Arizona and Tech Sgts. Charles L. Johnston of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Hugh F. Moore of Elkton, Maryland and Staff Sgts. John E. Copeland of Dearing, Kansas; Charles J. Jones of Athens, Georgia; and Sgt. Charles…
  • DOD Announces Operation Freedom’s Sentinel Qualifies for Campaign Medal

    CJ Grisham
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    The Department of Defense announced today Operation Freedom’s Sentinel as a qualifying operation for award of the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. Additionally, the transition from Operation Enduring Freedom to Freedom’s Sentinel also marks a new campaign phase, “Transition II,” for the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica Wright signed a memorandum authorizing these changes retroactive to Jan. 1, 2015. The qualifying Afghanistan Campaign Medal operations, campaign phases, and associated inclusive dates for each are as…
  • Constitutional Carry: A “Non-issue”

    CJ Grisham
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Photo courtesy OpenCarry.orgRecently, Port Arthur Police Chief Mark Blanton expressed the idea that passing a law that would legalize the open carry of firearms would “put a tremendous burden on law enforcement because citizens are going to call when they see someone openly carrying a weapon.” With Republicans winning a greater share of the elected offices in Texas, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo met with other Texas chiefs of police about the issue of open carry. After the meeting, Acevedo remarked that “we don’t need to go back to the Wild, Wild West,” something he says would…
  • Army approves awards for victims of 2009 Fort Hood attack

    CJ Grisham
    6 Feb 2015 | 11:29 am
    Secretary of the Army John McHugh announced today that he has approved awarding the Purple Heart and its civilian counterpart, the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom, to victims of a 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, following a change in the medals’ eligibility criteria mandated by Congress. Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 wounded in the attack by Major Nidal Hassan, who was convicted in August, 2013, of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder. “The Purple Heart’s strict eligibility criteria had prevented us from…
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • Bates’ Newest Release

    Lauren Malm
    22 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
      A day on duty is often unpredictable, but Bates’ newest release is equipped to handle it all. Allow us to introduce you to the brand’s biggest launch of the year, the fiercely aggressive Bates Strike boot. This style is the first to feature the Bates Endurance Performance System, a two-piece insole made up of dual-density EVA and open-cell memory foam. This combination footbed reduces overall fatigue in the foot, leg and joints so you can wear it all day comfortably.   The intimidating honeycomb upper isn’t just for show—the TPU mesh allows hot air to escape, keeping feet…
  • Introducing Condor Elite

    Lauren Malm
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    As its name suggests, Condor Elite gear was designed to be elite, for our country’s elite. This premium line of tactical gear was first announced by its parent brand Condor at SHOT Show 2015, and the highly anticipated line just hit our site. The initial launch includes five bag styles and two different tactical flashlight models, all made in the USA with American-made materials. What sets it apart from other Condor gear, and other gear in general, is that this branch takes expensive, high-quality materials and brings them to market at an unbeatable price. While the tactical lights in this…
  • Boot Breakdown : The Salomon Forces Line

    Lauren Malm
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:22 pm
    From the wild to the field, Salomon boots are built to excel. Meeting end-user demand, the French company took existing boots in their expansive mountaineering and extreme sports repertoire and adapted them for tactical operations. From there, the Salomon Forces line was born. These boots caught on with first responders and quickly became some of our best-selling tactical boots. So what features make these boots stand out from the pack? Three Salomon technologies found in every Forces style come to mind immediately. Abrasion-Resistant Uppers While other brands have been leaning towards light,…
  • New Additions to the Oakley PRIZM Line

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

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

  • Air Force Permits Atheists To Mentally Omit ‘God’ During Forced Prayers

    Joe Zieja
    24 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    WASHINGTON  — Following increased public criticism of the Air Force’s controversial religious policies, the Air Force’s Special Panel on Religious Freedom has announced a brand new amendment to Air Force Instruction 1-1 which will allow atheists to mentally omit references to a monotheistic deity while being forced to pray at official functions. “This is a real step […]
  • Militants Unhappy Recruit Got ‘Ariel’ On ‘Which Disney Princess Are You?’ Quiz

    Epic Blunder
    23 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    MOGADISHU, Somalia – Expressing “genuine, head-scratching befuddlement,” a spokesman for Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahadeen (Al-Shabaab) confirmed today that new recruit Ali Abu Kasam most identifies with sixteen year-old aquatic heiress Ariel, princess of Atlantica. Kasam, who completed the ten-part BuzzFeed questionnaire ‘Which Disney Princess Are You?’ as part of his induction into Al-Shabaab, is now facing possible […]
  • Conservatives Invited To A Weekend Of Burning Shit For Just $50k

    Jack S. McQuack
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    DETROIT — Following conservative PAC ForAmerica’s sellout of their “Special Weekend with Robert O’Neill, the Man who Shot Osama bin Laden” event, top contributors who responded too late are being offered “A Special Weekend With Our Military’s Malingerers,” with the highlight of the event allowing attendees to burn feces in 55 gallon drums. “Our event will consist of a […]
  • Pfc. With Huge Boobs, Three Bronze Stars, Says They’re Real

    blondesoverbaghdad
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    FORT JACKSON, S.C. — Pfc. Tiffany DeAndress, a dental hygienist with Charlie Med, 303rd Personnel Services Battalion, has an impressive rack, friends say. And her friends also tell Duffel Blog that DeAndress often fields questions about how her rack was built so quickly. “Sure, I didn’t have these when I enlisted, but yes, they’re real,” […]
  • Fat Sailor Claims He’s Overweight Because He Just Eats Too Much

    Epic Blunder
    20 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    BANGOR, Wash. – In a pathetic profession of self-righteous delusion, sources confirmed today that Logistics Specialist 1st Class Gary Thomas claimed he is overweight because he simply “eats too much.” Thomas – by all accounts a fat, disgusting slob with no business serving in the world’s finest maritime force – failed his third and final body […]
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    French Foreign Legion Information

  • 2e REP: Krav Maga on Camerone Day 2015

    admin
    20 May 2015 | 10:58 pm
    See the Krav Maga demonstration conducted by legionnaires from the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP) at their base Camp Raffalli located near Calvi, Corsica. The European Krav Maga expert, Jean Paul Jauffret, the ex-legionnaire who has trained the 2e REP legionnaires for a long period, demonstrated together with men of the 4th Company + […]
  • 37th Anniversary of the Battle of Kolwezi

    admin
    16 May 2015 | 10:54 pm
    On 17 May 1978, the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP) of the French Foreign Legion was put on alert to prepare to be sent to the Katanga province of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), the country located in central Africa, to rescue the hundreds of European hostages captured by a group […]
  • Disciplinary platoon of Corte: 40 years later

    admin
    12 May 2015 | 10:58 pm
    See images of the site of Saint Jean near Corte, Corsica, where a disciplinary platoon of the Foreign Legion, the Foreign Legion Trial Platoon (Section d’Epreuve de la Légion Etrangère, SELE) was based until the late 1970s. The SELE was a diciplinary (penal) unit of the French Foreign Legion, redeployed to Corsica from Algeria in […]
  • 61st Anniversary of the Fall of Dien Bien Phu

    admin
    8 May 2015 | 5:50 pm
    On May 7, 1954, after 55 days of fierce fighting, the major battle between French troops and Ho Chi Minh’s Viet Minh soldiers was terminated. The battle occurred in the valley of Dien Bien Phu, in northern Vietnam, and signaled the end of French influence in Southeast Asia. Thousands of legionnaires were involved in the […]
  • Camerone Day 2015

    admin
    2 May 2015 | 10:57 pm
    On 30 April 2015, the French Foreign Legion commemorated the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Camerone. This day is known as Camerone Day (Camerone), the most important day for the Legion and its legionnaires. See the videos from 1er RE, 2e REI and 2e REG. Camerone 2015 in Aubagne More than 10,000 spectators watched […]
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    Texas Veterans Blog

  • Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery Renovation Complete

    Anne Evenson
    22 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    A $5 million effort to renovate and expand Killeen’s Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery is complete. Because of recent heavy rains, however, the annual Memorial Day remembrance ceremony has been relocated to the Killeen Civic & Conference Center at 3601 South W.S. Young Drive, Killeen, TX. 76542. The cemetery grounds are too saturated for parking. […]
  • 2015 Memorial Day Ceremonies at Texas State Veterans Cemeteries

    Anne Evenson
    18 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene Monday, May 25, 2015 11:00 a.m. 7457 West Lake Road Abilene, TX 79601 Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi Monday, May 25, 2015 12:00 p.m. 9974 IH 37 Access Road Corpus Christi, TX 78410 Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen* Monday, May 25, 2015 10:00 a.m. […]
  • What Does Freedom Mean to You?

    Anne Evenson
    5 May 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Veterans and military members have unique perspectives on the true meaning of freedom and we want to hear them. The Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) Voices of Veterans Oral History Program is working to honor our Veterans and military members with a video project that is taking place now through June 15. We invite all Veterans and […]
  • Texas Veteran & Celebrated Muralist: Ernesto Pedregon Martinez

    Anne Evenson
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:13 am
    Ernesto Pedregon Martinez is a WWII Veteran residing at the Ambrosio-Guillen Texas State Veterans Home in El Paso. He was born in El Paso in 1926, his father was a tailor and his mother a homemaker. Martinez grew up in a neighborhood near the border of Mexico and he attended Cathedral Catholic High School, an […]
  • Special Event at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene

    Anne Evenson
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:31 pm
    In July of 1941, Camp Barkeley sprang from the west Texas dirt southwest of Abilene with the urgency of a nation at war. Boasting a population of nearly 60,000, Camp Barkeley more than doubled Abilene’s population and was the biggest thing to happen to West Texas since the Chisholm Trail. By September of 1945, Camp […]
 
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  • Clara Maria Cheese Farm & Clog Factory – Amstelveen, Netherlands

    Mrs B
    20 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    If your headed to Amsterdam you need to add a stop at Clara Maria Cheese Farm & Clog Factory! She’s an American, he’s Dutch and they run a neat farm making cheese and wooden clogs! The cheese is delicious and the demonstrations are fun to watch. There are also some cows and chickens your kids [...] The post Clara Maria Cheese Farm & Clog Factory – Amstelveen, Netherlands appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • De Kat Windmill – Touring a Working Windmill in the Netherlands!

    Mrs B
    19 May 2015 | 12:27 am
    One of the neat things you can experience at Zaanse Schans is touring a working windmill in the Netherlands! We chose to visit De Kat Windmill which makes paint by grinding chalk. There are several large windmills you can choose to visit: De Kat paint mill, De Zoeker oil mill, or Het Jonge Shapp sawmill. [...] The post De Kat Windmill – Touring a Working Windmill in the Netherlands! appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Military Family Summer Staycation? Find New Roads Near You This Summer! #ChevySalutes

    Mrs B
    18 May 2015 | 1:44 am
    Summer is coming! Are you having a Military Family Summer Staycation? Find New Roads Near You This Summer! Summer is a great time to get out and explore around your local area and keep costs low. Here are some great ideas for making the most of your Staycation! Visit your local amusements parks, zoos, and [...] The post Military Family Summer Staycation? Find New Roads Near You This Summer! #ChevySalutes appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Travel Itinerary Ideas for Drive To or From Amsterdam

    Mrs B
    13 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I often see people asking about what to do on the way to or from Amsterdam so I wanted to share our travel itinerary for drive to or from Amsterdam that can easily be modified to fit your family. Our Itinerary for the drive to the Netherlands: Zaanse Shans In het Fruit B&B (stayed for [...] The post Travel Itinerary Ideas for Drive To or From Amsterdam appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • How to Find New Roads During Your Next PCS: #ChevySalutes

    Mrs B
    12 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    PCSing can often be overwhelming and intimidating especially moving to unknown States or even countries! One of the best ways to deal with the stress of a move is to get out and explore your new surroundings and find some new roads. One of the perks about PCSing is the adventures that come with it, [...] The post How to Find New Roads During Your Next PCS: #ChevySalutes appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
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  • Top US Navy Designs 2015

    Sarge Strike
    15 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Top US Navy Designs 2015 Top US Navy Designs of 2015 represent the start if a busy year creating custom US Navy artwork and military graphics for the amazing men  and women of the United States Navy. These razor sharp custom US Naval designs are found on a variety of military tees and shirts, posters, decals, drinkware and much more. Our Junior Enlisted, Senior Enlisted, Petty Officers, Chief Petty Officers and Commissioned Officers have been instrumental in the collaboration of designs in the past and in 2015 we look forward to more great designs for the United States Navy. USS FORT…
  • Frost Call predicts Jeb Bush Will Win 2016 Presidential Election

    Frost Call
    14 May 2015 | 2:41 pm
    The Democratic Front runners and where their money comes from… Bernie Sanders VS. Hillary Clinton Obviously Hillary is supported by the hidden Elite. Hillary Clinton, from 1999 to 2015 (Backed by Banking) Bernie Sanders, from 1989-2015 (Backed by Groups) Canadian For US President! Ted Cruz?  I thought you had to be American born to be USA President.  This Canuck can run but Arnold couldn’t. (I guess that would be too apparent.) It took a while for a Black man to be president leaving a bad taste in everyone’s mouth so don’t expect a Hispanic for the sequel. Frost…
  • Navy Crows Call For 1st Class 2nd Class and 3rd Class Designs

    Sarge Strike
    14 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    US Navy Crow Shirts The United States Navy from the rank of 3rd class Petty Officer to Master Chief wear with pride on their sleeves what is affectionately known as crows. In actuality they are Eagles but like the many generations of tradition and excellence the US Navy and its sailors have adopted this long standing theme. After many years of working with hundreds of First Class Petty Officer associations, Second Class Petty Officer associations and Junior Enlisted Associations the request came in to the design team of Vision-Strike-Wear.Com that a design would be created for more…
  • Cool US Army Custom T shirt Designs 2015

    Sarge Strike
    14 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    US Army Custom T shirt Designs 2015 Get your US Army Custom T shirt Designs 2015 concepts now and move towards great art and great military shirts this year! Military design and artwork for US Army Custom T shirt Designs 2015 have already started off quickly with detailed and high level artwork for the Unite States Army! US Army NCO’s, units, artillery units, schools, Ranger’s to Infantry, logistics to transportation, bases to forts and much more requested custom USAR shirts and designs and Vision-Strike-Wear.Com is humbled to have the opportunity to support these amazing men and…
  • 68 Whiskey Army Combat Medics Screaming For Shirts

    Sarge Strike
    13 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    Army Combat Medic Shirts The 68 Whiskeys, also known as Army Combat Medics Score a bullseye with their first Army Combat Medic pinup! Recently introduced into the US Army arsenal of military shirt and apparel designs comes this fun Army pinup that reminds of yesteryear when bombers went into enemy territory to drop their ordnance and were seen displayed with fancy, colorful and somewhat nude pinup girls displayed on their nose art. The traditional of military pinup art continues to this day and with this Combat Medic pinup a new lady has been introduced to the tradition of classic military…
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  • ‘Are we on fire?’ – Avenger torpedo bomber emergency landing

    Eric SOF
    24 May 2015 | 2:36 am
    http://www.special-ops.org During VE Day in Washington DC, pilot of a vintage Avenger torpedo bomber made an emergency landing during a flyover. Now, he has released cockpit footage of the incident. The emergency took place during the Arsenal of Democracy flyover above Washington DC commemorating the 70th anniversary of WW II victory in Europe. The video footage, lasting ... The post ‘Are we on fire?’ – Avenger torpedo bomber emergency landing appeared first on Special Forces.
  • Jalisco standoff: At least 39 dead shootout with drug cartel (VIDEO)

    Eric SOF
    23 May 2015 | 9:56 am
    http://www.special-ops.org A newest security raid in western Mexico turned into an war zone, in all-out, three-hour gun battle. Police and army stormed a private ranch. Army and police took one side, while drug cartel thugs were on the other. At least 37 supposed gang members and two federal police officers have been shot dead. The gun battle ... The post Jalisco standoff: At least 39 dead shootout with drug cartel (VIDEO) appeared first on Special Forces.
  • ISIS will have nuclear weapons within a year?

    Eric SOF
    22 May 2015 | 3:43 pm
    http://www.special-ops.org Should the need arise, ISIS (Islamic State) could buy a nuclear device in Pakistan within 12 months. It was published by the group’s in-house magazine in an article attributed to hostage journalist John Cantlie, who is held in captivity for more than 2 years. The article talks about a “hypothetical operation” in which the Islamic State ... The post ISIS will have nuclear weapons within a year? appeared first on Special Forces.
  • “Memorial Day has Become a Disgraced National Holiday” – Brian Kolfage

    Eric SOF
    22 May 2015 | 3:27 pm
    http://www.special-ops.org Brian Kolfage is a hero, an American veteran and also a triple amputee. Here is some of his thoughts about Memorial Day and his opinion about what Americans have turned it into. It was published through woundedamericanwarrior.com project. I’m extremely disgusted with what Americans have turned Memorial Day into. It’s now just another ‘holiday’ to profit ... The post “Memorial Day has Become a Disgraced National Holiday” – Brian Kolfage appeared first on Special Forces.
  • Ripsaw UGV

    Eric SOF
    22 May 2015 | 11:02 am
    http://www.special-ops.org Last month, during Victory Day parade, Russia demonstrated their new Armata platform, and new T-14 battle tank. One of it’s major innovations is remote controlled turret. Few days ago, the US have demonstrated it’s newest achievement in remote-controlled drones. US Military demonstrated their project and released pictures showing a new next generation remote-controlled tank named RIPSAW. The ... The post Ripsaw UGV appeared first on Special Forces.
 
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  • Diploma Program Benefits

    Kellie
    19 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    Are you a Military Spouse seeking out a high-demand career path? Maybe you are just getting started, or maybe you’re ready for a career change. Well, if you’re considering returning to the classroom (even a virtual one), you should consider enrolling in an accredited Diploma program. These programs offer concentrated classes and practical skills, preparing you for a successful, portable career as a member of a top trending industry. Diplomas, or professional certifications, are a wonderful alternative to a traditional degree program. Click here for a list of diploma programs…
  • Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center- 29 Palms

    Milspouse
    5 May 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center History/Operations Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC), also known as 29 Palms, is a United States Marine Corps base established in 1949. The mission includes live-fire arms training to support military forces and serves military and tenant units on the base. The base comprises one of the largest military training areas in the United States. The Mojave Viper program has become the model for advanced training prior to deployment. MCAGCC hosts a combat town constructed to simulate a Middle Eastern village with native role players and other…
  • 5 Things You May Not Know About Your Education Benefits

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

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

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