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  • F-35 cost us more money than we ever imagined possible

    Special Forces
    Eric SOF
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:53 am
    http://www.special-ops.org The saga around American next-gen F-35 joint strike fighter jet continues as the Air Force secretary admitted that there have been numerous, ongoing problems with the expensive, high-tech F-35. He said it has cost the US “way more money than we ever imagined possible.” “The biggest lesson I have learned from the F-35 is never The post F-35 cost us more money than we ever imagined possible appeared first on Special Forces.
  • Unarmed British cops attacked by man wielding a large knife

    Special Forces
    Eric SOF
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    http://www.special-ops.org This is the moment two brave unarmed British police officers face down an attacker as he rushed at them with an eight-inch knife. Newly released video shows a breathtaking attack on two unarmed officers by a frenzied man wielding a large knife. Constables Alex Prentice and Debbie Wishart had been called out to a property The post Unarmed British cops attacked by man wielding a large knife appeared first on Special Forces.
  • The body-cam video of deadly traffic stop

    Special Forces
    Eric SOF
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:40 am
    http://www.special-ops.org A brutal body cam footage was released yesterday after University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted on a murder charge in the shooting of 43-year-old Samuel Dubose, an unarmed black man, during a routine traffic stop. In conjunction with the indictment, Hamilton County prosecutor Joseph T. Deters released a video of the shooting from the The post The body-cam video of deadly traffic stop appeared first on Special Forces.
  • Chest Inflation

    A Soldier's Perspective
    CJ Grisham
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:23 pm
    My Service Pride has a great blog post focusing on the National Defense Service Medal. This is something I’ve seen often with Soldiers. “I was deployed twice to Afghanistan. I rate that star on the NDSM.” Or, ”But guys, I’m SURE I rate the American Defense Service Medal.” … That’s it; nothing more, nothing less. If you meet the requirements for any period, you rate the award. Even if you were in Recruit Training or OCS when the window closed, you rate the award. However, you can only receive the award 1 time per period. You don’t get a star each time you deploy to a…
  • Taliban likely to stay course in both war and peace talks, analysts say

    Stars and Stripes News
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    The new Taliban leadership that has emerged since the death of the group’s revered leader is unlikely to change course either on the battlefield or in approaching nascent peace talks, analysts predicted Friday.
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    Stars and Stripes News

  • Taliban likely to stay course in both war and peace talks, analysts say

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    The new Taliban leadership that has emerged since the death of the group’s revered leader is unlikely to change course either on the battlefield or in approaching nascent peace talks, analysts predicted Friday.
  • Four years in, consumer protection agency has plenty to do

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    It may be the nation's youngest government agency, but it hasn't been quiet. The agency has extracted billions in settlements from the big banks, and has acted to improve enforcement and the power of the Military Lending Act. So what's next?
  • 3 ex-TEPCO execs to face criminal charges in nuclear crisis

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    A Japanese judicial committee has decided that three former utility executives should face criminal charges and stand trial for their alleged negligence in the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
  • As cyberattacks mount, Pentagon looks for ways to retaliate

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:48 am
    A barrage of cyberattacks on government agencies, blue-chip companies and critical infrastructure has prompted Pentagon officials to take a hard look at adapting the military concept that helped keep the world safe from nuclear bombings during the Cold War to the digital battlefield of the 21st century.
  • Navy SEALs trek from 'Summit to Sunshine'

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:39 am
    A contingent of Navy SEALs arrived here Thursday morning, halfway through a grueling 95-mile trek from the summit of Mount Washington to the shores of Sebago Lake in Casco on one of the hottest days this summer. Their mission? To bring sunshine into the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses in the second annual "SEALs for Sunshine" fundraiser.
 
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    Featured Blog Posts - Navy For Moms

  • Vehicles and sailors

    Sea Salt
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:29 am
    I have a question.  My daughter is in Norfolk and she purchased a car there.  It's titled there, but her permanent address is with me in Wisconsin.  Since she has it titled there, she cannot be on our auto insurance.  How can she transfer that car to Wisconsin, her permanent address, so that she can be back on our auto insurance?  And will she have to get new plates that show Wisconsin and not Virginia?  I figured I would ask you all before I called the DMV to inquire.  Thanks!
  • RTC GREAT LAKES SHIP14 DIV257 "Im a sailor" CALL!!

    KellsR3714
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Hey Guys, My boyfriend is in RTC GREAT LAKES, he shipped off to bootcamp on June 8,2015 and is set to graduate next Friday July 31,2015. I'm concerned because I haven't received a call from him in 2 weeks. I haven't even received the "I'm a sailor" call. I received his letters this past Friday and in his letters he says that they are trying to hold him back a week. His mom met with his recruiter this week and his recruiter said not to worry. "RDC's tell recruites that to scare them" I was just wondering if anyone else has received the "I'm a sailor" call from they're SR in DIV257. I'm…
  • Updated Pictures Link

    sumommy
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
    I've been searching and can't seem to find any current (more recent than 2011) pricing information and/or links about ordering picture/dvd packages.  I want to be sure my son gets an order in with enough copies to go around - LOL! Thanks in advance! Sue
  • bootcamp

    Melanie
    19 Jul 2015 | 7:14 pm
    my boyfriend just left for bootcamp a week ago & honestly I'm a mess. & I have so many questions. do they get a call before they write a letter or do you get a letter before the call & how long does iit take to get the first letter
  • Taxi Fares

    OldSarge
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Good Morning: I am writing this blog post because in the last three weeks there have been several instances where our Navy Families are paying too much money for cab fares either from the airport or local service while visiting Great Lakes. This document will save you heartache and money. Please read it in its entirety. First and foremost, I want to thank all the administrators on the face book pages, Navy For Moms.com, and Navy Dads.com website for their outstanding support to our Navy Families. Their information and assistance go beyond the call of duty. Secondly - this document is intended…
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  • Pop Quiz for our Civil Servants

    DaveO
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:59 am
    Pop quiz for our Civil Servants: in your agency’s organization chart, who holds the top spot? __ President Barack H. Obama __ Secretary [fill in name] __ Reince Priebus/Debbie Wasserman-Schultz __ Other Please answer here, or using the “Contact Us” to register your response.  
  • Budgetary Corruption and Missing Recruiting Goals

    DaveO
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    Is there a link between the putrescence of corruption and young folk not enlisting? The contradiction is the legacy of an emergency war fund, started in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, that has become a favorite Washington way to sidestep the impact of fiscal constraints on military spending. The Overseas Contingency Operations account, or OCO, has been tapped to fund tens of billions of dollars in programs with questionable links, or none, to wars, according to current and former U.S. officials, analysts and budget documents. The mutation of the fund’s original purpose has…
  • The F-35 and the death of Dog-fighting

    DaveO
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    From Richard Fernandez at the Belmont Club, comes an analysis on the F-35 and future air combat. The controversy surrounding the F-35 is fundamentally an extension of the debate over what a future fighter should be. Recently the aircraft made news when it was officially announced that the airframe couldn’t dogfight worth a damn. The standard riposte is that dogfighting as a form of aerial combat, stopped being relevant a long time ago. Perhaps the best advocate for dogfighting-is-dead point of view isn’t a paper for the F-35 but a paper which argues that air combat is fundamentally…
  • Mullah Omar: Is He or Isn’t He

    DaveO
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Dead? Maybe.
  • IS-AQ-Taliban turn to India

    DaveO
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:47 am
    An apparent Islamic State recruitment document found in Pakistan’s lawless tribal lands reveals that the extremist group has grand ambitions of building a new terrorist army in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and triggering a war in India to provoke an Armageddon-like “end of the world.” The only way to do that is to go nuclear. And since Iran will sell nukes to fellow Islamofascists, thank you John Kerry and Barack Obama,  the future is going to be quite deadly in India. China will be pleased.
 
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  • Book Review - "Nemesis" by Catherine Coulter

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:44 am
    The following book review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our book reviews and author interviews by clicking on the Books category link on the right side bar. Catherine Coulter's 19th FBI thriller, NEMESIS, keeps the reader turning the pages between two fast-paced and complex plots. This is the first thriller where husband and wife team Sherlock and Savich are separated, each working their own case. Coulter wanted to explore “how each would react when they are not together, including the fear, and helplessness of being kept in the dark.”…
  • Book Review - "The Hunters" by Tom Young

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:43 am
    The following book review is a special for BlackFive readers provided by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our book reviews and author interviews by clicking on the Books category link on the right side bar. The Hunters by Tom Young is a mystery novel for airplane enthusiasts. It takes readers back to the days when pilots had to use many of their own skills and instincts to fly. Because he served in the Air National Guard he incorporates this knowledge into the stories. Young noted to blackfive.net, “ I have had a life long interest in the DC-3. I got the idea for this story when I was…
  • Photo - Tactical Insertion

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:48 am
    U.S. Marines set up a perimeter after a tactical insertion with an MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft as part of an amphibious assault during Talisman Sabre 2015 at Fog Bay, Australia, July 11, 2015. The Marines are assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The bilateral exercise trains U.S. and Australian forces in planning and conducting combined task force operations. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Louis Rojas
  • Photo - Boat Ops

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    U.S. Marines conduct small boat ops using combat rubber raiding craft from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay during Talisman Sabre 2015 in the Indian Ocean, July 12, 2015. The Marines are assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel M. Young
  • Photo - Bonhomme Flyby

    blackfive@gmail.com (Pundit Review Radio)
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:57 pm
    A U.S. sailor looks out an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter flying by the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard in the Indian Ocean, July 3, 2015. The sailor is assigned to the Helicopter Sea Combatant Squadron 25. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Naomi VanDuser
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    Defense Tech

  • Drone Flies First Search-and-Rescue Mission in California

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:47 am
    The MQ-9 Reaper drone made by General Atomics has flown the first-ever domestic search-and-rescue mission in California, officials said. At the request of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and Gov. Jerry Brown’s Office of Emergency Services, the California Air National Guard on Wednesday launched the unmanned aerial vehicle to help search for a missing motorcyclist, according to a press release. “This is the first time such a vehicle has been used by the National Guard to aid a search-and-rescue effort,” the release stated. Known as the “hunter-killer” in the U.S. military…
  • F-35B Needs Workaround to Fuse Sensor Data, General Says

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    The U.S. Marine Corps’ next-generation fighter jet will initially rely on a workaround to merge targeting data from multiple aircraft, a general said. Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, the service’s deputy commandant for aviation, on Monday discussed the issue during a conference call with reporters. He oversaw the recent operational readiness inspection of 10 F-35B jump-jet versions of the Lockheed Martin Corp.-built plane.  “Right now, inside the 2B software, we have some latency issues with trying to tie all four airplanes together,” he said, referring to the block of computer code that runs…
  • Suspected Russian Mini-Submarine Found off Swedish Coast

    28 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    A 66-foot submarine with reported Russian script on the side was discovered by a private company off the coast of Sweden. Discovered by the company, Ocean X, Swedish authorities are investigating video recorded by Ocean X to determine the submarine’s origin. It’s unclear how long the submarine has been there and old it is. A diver for Ocean X, Stefan Hogeborn, told Reuter the hull remains “intact” and the hatches remain “closed.” A submarine expert told Expressen, a Swedish tabloid, he believed the submarine was a Russian “Catfish” which were built in the early 20th…
  • F-35s Fly in First Civilian Airshow in Wisconsin

    24 Jul 2015 | 10:46 am
    Two F-35 Joint Strikes Fighters will perform at the EAA Airventure Oshkosh Airshow in Wisconsin in the F-35’s first commercial airshow appearance. Joined by the F-35 will also be U.S. Air Force F-22s, the F-100 Super Sabre and the AV-8B Harrier on the airshow docket. Last year, rumors swirled that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter would make its international airshow debut at the Farnborough Air Show in London. However, problems following an engine fire caused officials to cancel the appearance.  Below is the video of the arrival of the F-35s to Wisconsin. Their show appearance comes right…
  • Air Force Plans Bomber Contract for September

    22 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    The Air Force plans to announce a contract award for their new stealthy long-range bomber aircraft in September of this year, service officials told Military.com. The contract award for the aircraft was initially expected to arrive earlier this summer. In fact, this new timeline comes on the heels of a series of delays for the award. The new Long Range Strike Bomber, or LRS-B, is slated to fly alongside and ultimately replace the existing B-2 bomber. Senior Air Force officials told Military.com that taking extra time at the front end of the process to make sure the selection is the right one…
 
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    Michael Yon Online

  • Be a Palm Tree: Tobacco, Rebel Flag, 2nd Amendment

    Michael Yon
    13 Jul 2015 | 6:57 am
    13 July 2015 A few palm trees remain standing in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), the most powerful storm in history. Tacloban, Philippines. (1) Michael Yon Tokyo, Japan Opinion Across the globe and many cultures, the humble palm tree has been a symbol of wisdom, resilience, and the successful warrior. There is a reason why great banana farms are not found in areas prone to frequent typhoon strikes: Banana trees are soft and they bend too much and break and are flattened by a tropical sneeze. Likewise, harder trees such as pine are flattened by the thousands during storms, while the…
  • The Origins of the US Army's Korean Comfort Women

    Choi Kilsung
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:03 am
    By Choi Kilsung, Professor at University of East -Asia, Professor Emeritus at Hiroshima University(2)  The Korean War As I Experienced It July 6, 2015 Mr. Michael Yon In this Chapter, the author vividly illustrates memories of what he experienced at the age of ten during the Korean War. The arrival of the UN Army  In summer of 1951, fighter planes came to attack the Chinese army which occupied the village the author lived and then UN army entered the village. Villagers welcomed its tall, smartly dressed soldiers. They waved at them as they passed by. Soldiers liberally distributed…
  • Central Washington University Earns Failing Grade in History

    unnamed Author
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:50 am
    15 June 2015 (The unnamed Author was a witness at CWU and is known to me.) The scene last April, as noted by an observer at the event, “was pure agitprop straight from a religious revival or political rally.”  Staff stopped and redirected visitors; teachers entered the rival event and cajoled students to leave, making faces and sounds to signify disapproval and to influence the audience's perception of the speakers, and coordinated ad hominem attacks and improper comparisons to Nazis.  Rather than allow academic freedom and reasoned inquiry into an issue, Central Washington…
  • A Counter Response and Proposal to the "Open Letter” written by 187 Historians

    Fujioka Nobukatsu
    12 Jun 2015 | 1:25 pm
    June 12, 2015 A Counter Response and Proposal to the "Open Letter” written by 187 HistoriansBy Fujioka Nobukatsu, Visiting Professor, Takushoku University To the 187 historians who jointly signed the Open Letter, On May 5, the “Open Letter in Support of Historians in Japan” was released and rapidly circulated around the world. This Letter was signed by 187 historians and researchers mainly in the field of Japan studies from the United States and western countries. The Open Letter accused the Japan’s military comfort women system before and during World War II. The Letter was a thinly…
  • Detailed Review of the Film “Scottsboro Girls”

    Michael Yon
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:53 am
     A film in Defense of Japanese Honor in the Face of Condemnation over alleged World War II Sex-slavery 10 June 2015 Bottom line up front: I strongly recommend that this film not be promoted to western audiences. It will be counterproductive. Anyone who is serious about presenting the truth on the Comfort Woman issue to an educated western audience should distance himself or herself from this film. This critique is not about filmmaker Yujiro Taniyama as a man, but of his film. It is a disaster that needs to be edited with a chainsaw, or tossed out entirely. Filmmaker Yujiro Taniyama is…
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • The Dishonesty of Michael Yon

    CJ Grisham
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Now that I’ve made a decision to seriously take a look at running for state office, Michael Yon’s Google Alert on my name (it’s a stalker’s best friend) has been going haywire. Anytime I am mentioned, he can’t help himself but to say something (it’s a stalker thing). However, as I’ve done before, I’m again calling out Yon for his dishonesty and lack of integrity. On his personal propaganda page, Yon has stated on several occasions that in August of last year, I took a bunch of Boy Scouts out on a lake after dark alone. Here are few screen caps…
  • Chest Inflation

    CJ Grisham
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:23 pm
    My Service Pride has a great blog post focusing on the National Defense Service Medal. This is something I’ve seen often with Soldiers. “I was deployed twice to Afghanistan. I rate that star on the NDSM.” Or, ”But guys, I’m SURE I rate the American Defense Service Medal.” … That’s it; nothing more, nothing less. If you meet the requirements for any period, you rate the award. Even if you were in Recruit Training or OCS when the window closed, you rate the award. However, you can only receive the award 1 time per period. You don’t get a star each time you deploy to a…
  • Soldier Missing From WWII Accounted For

    CJ Grisham
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:58 pm
    The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. John W. Herb of Cleveland, Ohio, will be buried June 18, in Arlington National Cemetery. On April 13, 1945, Herb was assigned to the 368th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, 1st Air Division, as the pilot of an P-51D Mustang. His aircraft sustained damage while strafing German aircraft on the ground. During Herb’s…
  • Kalashnikov USA Launches New Website

    CJ Grisham
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Kalashnikov USA, manufacturer of Kalashnikov style firearms, has launched a new website at www.kalashnikov-usa.com, reflective of their new branding efforts under the “Russian Heritage / American Innovation” tag line. The new site allows users to effortlessly navigate to the various pages and Kalashnikov USA social sites. Users can quickly navigate between the Home page and other pages using the clearly defined tab buttons at the top right. The Firearms tab is a drop down design providing a choice of currently offered products. Each product page highlights the features, benefits…
  • Sons of Liberty on Blu-Ray (A Review)

    CJ Grisham
    1 Jun 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Not long ago, a miniseries aired on the History Channel that depicted the American Revolution through the eyes of the Founders. I made sure to DVR it so that I could watch it over and over if it turned out to be any good. It did! The series is an action-packed, no holds barred 5-hour long history of how America was born. As riots consume the streets of Boston, a dangerous game plays out between a British governor and ringleader Sam Adams, which escalates to extreme measures—street brawls, black market dealings, espionage and murder. A sizzling, romantic affair percolates against a backdrop…
 
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    Federation Of American Scientists » Secrecy News Blog Posts

  • China’s Stock Market Volatility, and More from CRS

    Steven Aftergood
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:42 am
    Noteworthy new and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that Congress has withheld from online public distribution include the following. China’s Recent Stock Market Volatility: What Are the Implications?, CRS Insights, July 20, 2015 Can Military Servicemembers Carry Firearms for Personal Protection on Duty?, CRS Insights, July 17, 2015 Department of Defense Contractor and Troop Levels in Iraq and Afghanistan: 2007-2014, July 22, 2015 Microbeads: An Emerging Water Quality Issue, CRS Insights, July 20, 2015 OPM Data Breach: Personnel Security Background Investigation…
  • Crowd-Sourcing the Treaty Verification Problem

    Steven Aftergood
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:28 am
    Verification of international treaties and arms control agreements such as the pending Iran nuclear deal has traditionally relied upon formal inspections backed by clandestine intelligence collection. But today, the widespread availability of sensors of many types complemented by social media creates the possibility of crowd-sourcing the verification task using open source data. “Never before has so much information and analysis been so widely and openly available. The opportunities for addressing future [treaty] monitoring challenges include the ability to track activity, materials and…
  • The Dark Web, and More from CRS

    Steven Aftergood
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:29 am
    A new report from the Congressional Research Service introduces the “Dark Web” and its implications for law enforcement and security. “The Dark Web is a general term that describes hidden Internet sites that users cannot access without using special software. Users access the Dark Web with the expectation of being able to share information and/or files with little risk of detection,” the CRS report said. “This report illuminates information on the various layers of the Internet, with a particular focus on the Dark Web. It discusses both legitimate and illicit…
  • Pluto Flyby Mission Powered by Plutonium

    Steven Aftergood
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:18 am
    News of the Earth these days is such that one welcomes news from elsewhere, especially when it concerns a prospect as spectacular as the impending flyby of Pluto by the NASA spacecraft New Horizons that will take place on July 14. In reality, of course, New Horizons also represents news from Earth, having been built by humans and launched from Cape Canaveral in January 2006. Moreover, the New Horizons probe is not simply a technological artifact; it is the result of a political process and a policy debate. At issue were not only the parameters of the mission — its scope, timing, budget,…
  • Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and More from CRS

    Steven Aftergood
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:58 am
    New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: Lessons Learned and Issues for Congress, updated July 2, 2015 Acquisition Reform in House- and Senate-Passed Versions of the FY2016 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1735), July 2, 2015 Iran’s Foreign Policy, updated June 30, 2015 Iran: Efforts to Achieve a Nuclear Accord, updated July 1, 2015 Puerto Rico’s Current Fiscal Challenges: In Brief, June 30, 2015 Burma’s Parliament Defeats Constitutional Amendments, CRS Insights, June 30, 2015 Ex-Im…
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    DID: Department of Defense News, Procurement, Acquisition & Contracting, National Security Policy

  • Saudis to Get Patriot PAC-3s Too | Turkey Air Defense Deal Not Done | Rafale in the Money with Two Anticipated Sales

    Editorial Staff
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Americas On Wednesday the Navy awarded a $4.34 billion IDIQ contract to Leidos Inc. for the Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization program, with the contract detailing a two-year initial ordering period followed by two three-year option periods, in addition to a two-year award term. $35 million is being committed initially, with Leidos beating out five other bids to win Wednesday ‘s contract. Rheinmetall and ELTA Systems Ltd have been awarded two contracts by the Canadian government to supply Integrated Soldier Systems and ten EL/M-2084 medium-range radar systems, the radar…
  • P-3 Orion’s SMIP Program Keeps on Rolling

    Joe Katzman
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:04 pm
    P-3 Orion, armed –note Sidewinder(click to view full) The P-3 Orion remains the USA’s main maritime patrol aircraft, and is also finding use in overland surveillance roles despite the fleet’s age. Earlier DID articles have noted the extra effort required to preserve the USA’s P-3C Orion maritime surveillance & patrol aircraft, along with radar and weapons upgrades to improve the fleet. Lockheed has even opened a new production line, to deal with planes whose wings that are so aged and worn that they need a full replacement. The SMIP (Sustainment, Modification, and…
  • Timely Defenders: Keeping Patriots in Shape

    Joe Katzman
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Patriot system The USA’s MIM-104 Phased Array Tracking Radar Intercept On Target (PATRIOT) anti-air missile system offers an advanced backbone for medium-range air defense, and short-range ballistic missile defense, to America and its allies. This article covers domestic and foreign purchase requests and contracts for Patriot systems. It also compiles information about the engineering service contracts that upgrade these systems, ensure that they continue to work, and integrate them with wider command and defense systems. The Patriot missile franchise’s future appears assured. At…
  • Heavy Lifting Down Under: Australia’s Growing C-17 Fleet

    Joe Katzman
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:13 pm
    C-17 #1 Arrives(click to view full) In March 2006, the Australian government announced that the Australian Defence Forces would acquire up to 4 new Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlift planes and associated equipment for A$ 2 billion ($1.49 billion then conversion). Since that first contract, RAAF C-17As have been rolling off the assembly line, arriving on or ahead of schedule, and flying the (un)friendly skies to support Australia’s military and humanitarian efforts around the globe. The first plane arrived in Australia in December 2006, and the 4th plane arrived in March…
  • F-35 Lightning: The Joint Strike Fighter Program

    Joe Katzman
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:02 pm
    F-35B: off probation(click to view full) The $382 billion F-35 Joint Strike fighter program may well be the largest single global defense program in history. This major multinational program is intended to produce an “affordably stealthy” multi-role fighter that will have 3 variants: the F-35A conventional version for the US Air Force et. al.; the F-35B Short Take-Off, Vertical Landing for the US Marines, British Royal Navy, et. al.; and the F-35C conventional carrier-launched version for the US Navy. The aircraft is named after Lockheed’s famous WW2 P-38 Lightning, and the…
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    Doc in the Box

  • I have never read To Kill a Mockingbird

    Sean Dustman
    18 Jul 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Till earlier this week, unlike most of you who started out there reading career with this book in high school or junior high, I came at it from the other side. After reading thousands of books then going back and reading what some people consider their favorite novel. Then I went on immediately to read, Go Set a Watchman (stop here if you don’t want spoilers). Both are novels of their time
  • pin?

    Sean Dustman
    2 May 2014 | 7:57 pm
  • Our Joad trip to Glacier National Park

    Sean Dustman
    17 Oct 2013 | 8:18 pm
    Finally a month after our trip to Glacier National Park, here’s the story of the adventure. Day One A couple of months ago, soon after the Tardis camper remodel, the bride started talking about wanting to make a trip to Glacier National Park.  So I got Neal the truck ready, being named so after the Astronaut for going to the moon, my truck is on the return trip at 274 thousand miles.  So
  • Road tripping to Glacier National Park

    Sean Dustman
    6 Sep 2013 | 8:24 pm
    The bride has been talking about wanting to go to Glacier National Park for years and now that we live in Washington, it's just a hop, skip and a jump.  Taking a week of leave, checking out the sights and taking a bunch of pictures.  Also get a chance to test out the Tardis camper, hopefully Neal (my Toyota Tacoma with 274 thousand miles) can handle the trip and we don't get eaten by bears
  • Doctor Who Tardis Camper

    Sean Dustman
    25 Jul 2013 | 8:42 pm
    I remodeled a cabover camper and painted a Tardis on the back.  Yes indeed,  I'm an ubernerd.
 
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    The Captain's Journal

  • General Russel Honore: Gun Controller

    Herschel Smith
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:49 pm
    The Advertiser: Retired Gen. Russel Honore’, Louisiana’s most well-known 21st Century military hero, said America is mired in a state of denial about its gun culture that’s harming the country. “As a country we’re in a state of denial because we’ve confused the right to bear arms with the right to carry arms all the time anywhere or anyplace you want,” Honore’ told Gannett Louisiana on Monday. “We have to have a different kind of conversation in America and be prepared to speak about the politically unspeakable.” Honore’ said…
  • He’s A Good Officer!

    Herschel Smith
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:33 pm
    News from the great Northeast: MEDFORD (CBS) — A Medford police officer is on administrative leave after he was recorded threatening a driver during a traffic stop Sunday night. “I’ll put a hole right through your head,” Detective Stephen Lebert is heard telling the driver, who recorded the heated encounter on his dashboard camera. In the video uploaded to YouTube titled “Medford Detective threatens to kill civilian,” the driver explains that he made a wrong turn on an unfamiliar rotary at Winthrop and High streets. The video shows Lebert, who was off-duty at the time, wearing…
  • Recruiting Center Negligent Discharge Discussion At Oath Keepers

    Herschel Smith
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:15 pm
    I was going to comment on the fact that when folks carry weapons – whether they are defending a recruiting center or simply carrying to defend themselves – and they have a negligent discharge, they are helping no one but the forces of anti-gun politics.  I’ve harped on trigger and muzzle discipline so much that I’m sure readers tire of it, but it always pays to rehearse the rules one more time.  But David Codrea beat me to the punch. Basic safety rules are things Oath Keepers with real-world experience can share with all gun owners. So are command, discipline and…
  • Chris Christie On Guns Again

    Herschel Smith
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:38 pm
    More Chris Christie (as if anyone can really stand that): ANKENY, Iowa — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) got into a heated exchange with a skeptical voter who accused the presidential candidate of being “anti-gun” during a town hall on Saturday, citing New Jersey’s tough gun control laws. Responding to the man, who did not identify himself but mentioned he was part of the Iowa Gun Owners organization, Christie defended his record, refuting every claim the voter mentioned, and, at times, even raising his voice. “Come up with one fact that shows one thing I’ve done as…
  • Notes From HPS

    Herschel Smith
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:25 pm
    David Codrea: “There’s a natural inclination to want to defend yourself, but if you can get through a situation like this and not do anything, and simply give these people what they want, and get the police out there as quickly as possible, that the way to handle it,” the Mesquite Police spokesman advises. “Let us handle it.” Highly irresponsible counsel.  Never follow it because you don’t know what they really want.  All you know is what they say they want, and they are criminals who can’t be trusted.  Hmm …I seem to recall the Bible saying something about…
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    Bouhammer's Blog

  • Review of The Fighting Season

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:10 am
    If you haven’t seen it, I suggest checking out The Fighting Season and learning a little more about what you absolutely won’t see in the news at all. Produced by Ricky Schroeder, this documentary series spends time on the ground in Afghanistan in current times as our military is drawing down and preparing to pull […]
  • You tell ’em, and in fact tell America

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:44 am
    God Bless this young lady. What a refreshing moment to not only see a member of the media say this, but just anyone say this publicly. This is worth the watch, every second.    
  • Sheepdogs Unite

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:29 pm
    When I came back from Afghanistan, the sheeple, the politically correct, the ones scared of our warrior class labeled it a negative and dark word. They called it hyper-vigilance and it was supposed to be a symptom of being “damaged” from war. I was told “you don’t need to have a weapon with you all […]
  • Stew and The Nunn Radio coming!

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:40 pm
    A new online show will be hitting the online airwaves on August 11th, 2015, and then airing every Tuesday night after that starting at 8PM EST. It will be broadcasted live on Blog Talk Radio at www.blogtalkradio.com/stewandthenunn. This is a show that will focus on Security, Policy, Politics and Selfless Service. It will last 90 […]
  • Just keep on cutting….until you need them AGAIN

    troy@bouhammer.com (Bouhammer)
    10 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    So the Army is being forced to cut more soldiers from its ranks, combat-hardened and experienced soldiers at that. Which individually are very valuable to their tradecraft than just being a soldier. Army Announces Force Structure and Stationing Decisions   The Department of the Army announced today force structure decisions and stationing plans for the […]
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    HELLO IRAQ

  • Update

    devildog6771
    14 Jul 2015 | 2:22 pm
    I have been absent from this blog for some time now due to personal issues. I lost a brother, a sister, and my mom. Needless to say blogging  was not at the top of my list of things to do. I appreciate those diehard supporters who have continued to visit my site. Thank You all very much. There are many issues that I would like to write about and exchange ideas; but, I am not yet able to do so. Mom just died June 2, 2015. My brother and sister lived with mom and they both died in the last five years. I am a person who grieves for quite a while. So, please bear with me.Filed under:…
  • Magggie, the Brits, and other little bits!

    devildog6771
    16 Apr 2013 | 10:27 am
    A year ago this past December I had a stroke. While in the hospital I found out that I had already had two others without my realizing so? To all you people out there who don’t know about “mini-strokes,” please be aware these strokes are a warning to get yourself on the road to better health. Lose weight, change your diet to one that is healthy. Keep your sugar under control. Above all get plenty rest and exercise after you check with your doctor about all of these things.! My cholesterol was sky high as was my blood sugar. Fortunately, my blood pressure was good. I was very…
  • The History of Israel is being replayed again today. Netanyahu spoke at the UN about the forces of evil spreading worldwide today and a nuclear Iran!

    devildog6771
    27 Sep 2012 | 10:56 am
    I waited all moning for the Iranian leader to address the U.N. Also, waiting for the Israeli Prime Minister, Netanyahu, my hero, to speak. This man is remarkable to me. His presence enlists trust and strength of character and willpower. I can’t find anything reassuring about the leader of Iran except to say he is nothing if not predictable. I expected his speech today would be scathing. I expected the Israeli Prime Minster would respond appropriately! I hoped he would give a truthful History lesson for Iran about the existence of Israel, the Jews, and Jerusalem. He is speaking…
  • No More USSA. Bring back the USA. That is the best way to honor our troops and veterans

    devildog6771
    28 May 2012 | 2:22 pm
    Each war is different, each war is the same (Photo credit: kevin dooley) I have been trying hard to decide how to best pay tribute to all our troops, past and present who have served one nation. I joined the USMC a week after graduating from High School. It was my life long dream. I can’t really say when that dream began to grow inside me . It was just there one day and I worked hard to achieve it. You hear a lot all the time about the “boomers” and the “greatest generation!” I remember as a child “the War” was always talked about in this…
  • From Stars and Stripes and Military.com – What’s happening now with our Military !

    devildog6771
    20 Aug 2011 | 6:19 am
    Image via Wikipedia With all the events taking place here at home, I haven’t had time to post here as often I would like. As our troops fight to preserve our freedom, and the peace and freedom in Afghanistan, I have tried to help make a difference here at home in our ongoing battle against socialism/communism. I did some checking on the current news about our military. I found some good links on various stories at Stars and Stripes: Panetta: Iraq has agreed to negotiate extended U.S. presence 17:14 August 19, 2011 Are all military funerals created equal? Patriot Guard says no 21:43…
 
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    One Marine's View

  • Angels in the sky - Combat Rescue - Motto Monday

    Maj Pain
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:49 am
  • Marine Corps proposed uniform changes

    Maj Pain
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    So I see where the Marine Corps has began down the slippery slope that the US Army is on. Changing uniforms. The US Army spends billions on changing uniforms at the cyclic rate. Why? Think about the young “joe” who is living from paycheck to pay check having to change some of his gear because of big Army changing uniform tops.  He has to go through this goat rope or some SgtMaj will throttle him for having the wrong color glow belt on. The Marine Corps is considering some unique changes. I have to say, I’m not a fan of any of them. We have had a solid uniform system in place for some…
  • Once Is Chance, Twice is Coincidence, Third Time Is A Pattern

    Maj Pain
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:39 am
    It was a sad day in America when 5 warriors were gunned down in TN last Thursday (July 16, 2015). The white house calls it a “heart breaking event” but everyone else in America calls it a terrorist attack. A Kuwaiti-born muslim gunman, with discovered ties to ISIS, killed four Marines and a Sailor. The only "good" thing to come out of this is that "Lt. Cmdr. Timothy White, the commanding officer at the Navy Operational Support Center, fired his sidearm at Mohammed Abdulazeez during Thursday's attack." It is unknown if "his" bullet killed the terrorist or…
  • Hump Day Quote - Because of this administration,there is something wrong

    Maj Pain
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:28 pm
  • Marines kicking Ass/You have been advised - Motto Monday

    Maj Pain
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:27 pm
    For all of the "I want to attack some reserve centers", or any other "soft targets" out there, know you are now in our sights. Besides the 180,000+ active duty Marines, every other Marine that has retired has added you to the list. You see, those off active duty don't have ROEs (Rule of Engagement), and they blend in to every potential target you have named to attack. The soccer mom, the guy over there by the Harley, they person right behind you in the mall, are all Marines and carry weapons. You think you are attacking a soft target but your actually walking into an…
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    Murdoc Online

  • Friday Linkzookery — 31 Aug 2015

    Murdoc
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:29 am
    Warthogs in Poland. Icebreakers and global warming. Replacing the Hawk missile. Shooting down drones in your backyard. And so much more. [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
  • M3A3 at XCTC

    Murdoc
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:29 am
    An M3A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle with Company D, 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment moves into position to support an assault while participating in an Exportable Combat Training Capability exercise at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, near Hattiesburg, Miss. [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
  • F-35A GAU-22/A Test

    Murdoc
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:16 am
    An F-35A Lightning II, tail number AF-2, fires a burst of rounds down range at the Edwards Gun Harmonizing Range July 17, 2015, on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
  • Stewart

    Murdoc
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Murdoc has always thought John Stewart was pretty much a jackass, but he thought he was just a liberal-leaning comedian jackass. [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
  • Recalls

    Murdoc
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:02 am
    Offered without comment [READ THE WHOLE THING AT MURDOC ONLINE]
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    SpouseBUZZ.com

  • Back-to-School Tips for Military Families

    Heather Sweeney
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:09 am
    Back to school is crazy for most families.  When a military family throws in a deployment or a PCS, we face even bigger craziness. As a former teacher of military children and a parent of my own mil kids, I’ve picked up a few tricks of the trade. Here are some things to keep in ... Continue Reading
  • 11 Military Moving Tips From a PCS Pro

    Guest Bloggers
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Practice doesn’t make perfect when it comes to military moves, because the rules are always changing. But here are a few things I’ve learned over the past twenty years of moves. 11 Military Moving Tips From a PCS Pro 1. Avoid storage whenever possible Of course, sometimes it’s absolutely unavoidable, but a door-to-door move gives you ... Continue Reading
  • New Program Offers Peer-to-Peer Counseling

    Amy Bushatz
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Officials with Military OneSource have peeled off from their 800-number counselors pool a group of experts with military experience to run a new peer-to-peer counseling program. The idea behind the program is pretty simple: talking to a counselor is easier (and the advice seems more practical) when that person has personally experienced what you are struggling with. Dealing with a ... Continue Reading
  • Teach for America Looking for a Few Good MilSpouses

    Amy Bushatz
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    You are a teacher. You are a military spouse. You like helping kids learn and you like moving your career forward. But mostly you like having a job – mostly you just like getting paid. But getting a rewarding job as a teacher military spouse isn’t always the easiest thing to start and keep doing. ... Continue Reading
  • Military OneSource Upgrade Coming August 1

    Amy Bushatz
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    The military flagship spouse and family support tool is planning to roll-out a new look and easier to navigate framework August 1. Military OneSource has long been advertised by military spouse and family policy officials as the go-to destination for every single thing a military family could possibly need. For example, not only is it the ... Continue Reading
 
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    Arms Control Wonk

  • When Leaders Follow Insurgents

    krepon
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:51 pm
    How much has the Republican Party on Capitol Hill lost its equilibrium? Just hear the histrionics about the Iran deal — a deal which has the unanimous support of the UN Security Council and every U.S. ally and friend around the world save one: the Government of Israel. A deal that prevents Iran from producing nuclear weapons for 10-15 years and perhaps much longer. And a deal that has no support among Republican leaders on Capitol Hill. Instead, these leaders are in lock-step with Party insurgents. They’ve signed up rather than be overrun. Even the thoughtful Republican Chairman of…
  • DOD Law of War Manual and Nukes

    Jeffrey
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:31 am
    The Defense Department released a Law of War Manualin June that says some interesting things about how the United States views legal questions about the use of nuclear weapon. Legal perspectives are terribly important in the United States. I observe that the United States tends to think about nuclear weapons in a far more legalistic manner than other states, whether friend or foe.  I was in one meeting where an American participant talked about the legal constraints on a President contemplating the use of nuclear weapons when a French colleague laughed.  ”We would throw the lawyers…
  • Sanctions and the Iran Deal

    stein
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:37 am
    Sanctions relief is a super important part of the Iran deal. It can also be kind of boring. We know boring. We study arms control verification, for pete’s sake. But it’s still super important. Jeffrey and Aaron are joined by Sam Cutler, policy advisor at Ferrari & Associates, P.C., in a special joint Arms Control Wonk and Sanction Law podcast. You might even say it’s s Joint Comprehensive Podcast. Special bonus: Jeffrey and Aaron help Sam develop some sanction law related pickup lines. Links: Blog | Sanction Law Sanction Law Podcast by Sam Cutler & Erich Ferrari in iTunes Arms…
  • Congress and the Iran Deal: Money for Nothing, Votes for Free

    krepon
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:46 am
    A “free” vote on Capitol Hill is one without negative consequences. Republicans and Democrats can line up with party activists and showboat without risk because they will be unsuccessful. Hard decisions can be sidestepped and political posturing is easy when negative consequences are blocked by the U.S. Constitution’s separation of powers. Republicans have proven to the party faithful their sincere opposition to Obamacare by voting against it over fifty times. They were free votes because opponents couldn’t override a Presidential veto. When conservative activists turned to the…
  • We have a deal!

    stein
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:18 pm
    After months of negotiations, the EU3+3 and Iran have signed a nuclear agreement. Jeffrey was so excited he got up at 3:30 in the morning California time to get a jump on reading the 159 page document. Meanwhile, Europe based Aaron read it over coffee at a cafe outside. All in all, the JCPOA looks a lot like the US fact sheet after Lausanne – and that is a good thing! In today’s episode, Aaron and Jeffrey talk about the merits of the deal, why we should have cared more about Cyprus, and Iran’s Fordow compromise. The discussions also touches on the missile issue, as well Russia’s…
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    Personal-Finance.Military.com

  • Can I receive Social Security based on my former husband’s record?

    J.J. Montanaro
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    Q: I am receiving a percentage of my ex-husband’s military retirement pay. I am 56 years old at this time, but I would like to know if I am entitled to social security benefits when I reach the age of entitlement? We did not take the Survivor Benefit Plan, instead I am the beneficiary on his life insurance policy. –Kathryn,
  • Is this old vet life policy worth something?

    J.J. Montanaro
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    Q: My father just passed away recently and I found a life insurance policy with National Service Life Insurance. It is from 1950. How can I find out if this is a good policy? –Beth, Florida A: I’m sorry for your loss. According to the VA website, National Service Life Insurance was a World War II life insurance program.  Of
  • Can I get a VA loan with an old foreclosure?

    J.J. Montanaro
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    Q: I purchased a home using my VA. I divorced and the home was awarded to my ex spouse. She later foreclosed on the loan. This happened over 40 years ago. Am I eligible for a certificate of eligibility and re-use a VA Home Loan? –Carlos, Washington A: You should request a certificate of eligibility to see where you stand. 
  • My husband served, how can I get help from VA?

    J.J. Montanaro
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    Q: My husband was stationed in Goose Bay Labrador during the Korean War to protect the United States from Air attacks. He was honorably discharged, and he became a police officer for about 7 years. After that he became an Insurance agent, and opened his own insurance office. My niece said that I am entitled to benefits since my husband
  • How can BAH help us?

    J.J. Montanaro
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:11 am
    Q: Hello, I am currently getting out of AIT for the army, I am a reservist, my wife will be going to BCT in two months. I wanted to know if we would qualify for BAH and how would it help us as we get our lives situated when she is done with training. I really don’t know much as
 
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    DoD Buzz

  • Marine Corps Announces F-35B Fighter Jet Ready for Initial Operations

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    The U.S. Marine Corps on Friday announced the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is ready to fly initial operations. After notifying lawmakers in Congress, Commandant Joseph Dunford said he “was pleased to announce” that the F-35B jump-jet version of the Lockheed Martin Corp.-made plane achieved the historic milestone, known as initial operational capability in military parlance. According to the statement, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron-121, based in Yuma, Arizona, “is the first squadron in military history to become operational with an F-35 variant” and stands “ready for worldwide…
  • Saudi Arabia Requests $5.4 Billion Worth of PAC-3 Missiles

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:23 am
    The government of Saudi Arabia has requested several hundred Lockheed Martin Corp.-made Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles and other equipment as part of a potential $5.4 billion deal. The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency on Wednesday announced the possible foreign military sale after notifying Congress the day before. The State Department has tentatively approved the transaction. The arrangement calls for supplying the Kingdom with more than 600 PAC-3 missiles, telemetry kits, test targets, computers, launcher modification kits, among other equipment, according to the…
  • Pentagon Awards $9 Billion Deal for Electronic Health Records

    29 Jul 2015 | 2:46 pm
    The U.S. Defense Department on Wednesday awarded one of the biggest health information-technology contracts in history to Leidos Inc. The agreement, announced at 5 p.m. in Washington, D.C., is designed to digitize the military’s medical record system for troops, their families and retirees. It’s valued at $4.3 billion over a decade and potentially worth nearly $9 billion over 18 years, officials said. To highlight the significance of the work, Frank Kendall, the department’s top acquisition official, said he has spent more time on this program than any other — even the F-35 Joint…
  • Spare Parts Needed to Ready F-35 for the Pacific, General Says

    29 Jul 2015 | 3:35 am
    The U.S. Marine Corps wants to protect funding for spare parts needed to prepare the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for eventual deployment to the Asia-Pacific region, a general said. During a conference call with reporters on Monday afternoon, Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, the service’s deputy commandant for aviation, said if the F-35B is cleared to begin initial operations “soon” as expected, the jump-jet version of the Lockheed Martin Corp.-made plane is slated to deploy to Japan in early 2017. The aircraft will head to Iwakuni in the southern part of the country with Marine Fighter Attack…
  • Army: New Night Vision Strategy Saves Millions

    28 Jul 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Army equipment officials are preaching about a new acquisition strategy that they say will mean better night vision gear for soldiers at a much cheaper price. Program Executive Office Soldier recently unveiled its newest thermal weapon sight capability that could change the way soldiers engage enemy targets at night. It’s really two separate programs that are being designed to work together. The Family of Weapon Sights-Individual is a new lightweight thermal weapon sight that is designed to communicate wirelessly with the service’s latest Enhanced Night Vision Goggle. Linking these two…
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    America's North Shore Journal

  • Ticks, mosquitoes and fleas, oh my…

    Chuck Simmins
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:03 am
    CDC graphic displaying the mosquito to bird to mosquito to people West Nile transmission cycle By: Military Health System Communications Office Mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and numerous other pests form a family of creatures known as arthropods. They are with us year-round, and make themselves known in the hot months of the year, mainly June, July and August, when families, and especially children, stand the risk of being bitten. “Exposure is a factor,” said Maj. Chelsea B. Payne, a physician in the United States Air Force and a chief resident of the Preventative Medicine program at the…
  • The Victims of Chikungunya

    Chuck Simmins
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:07 am
    Over a year has passed since chikungunya swept across the Caribbean, and millions have contracted the mosquito borne illness. While most recovered after a miserable ten days, some patients continue to suffer joint pain. For a number of patients, the ongoing pain is nearly crippling. We’ve reported in the past on the potential for this to occur. Lingering joint pain, arthralgia, is common. For some patients, it is constant while others experience period of remission and then a recurrence. Many report that the pain seems to settle into the sites of old, pre-illness, orthopedic injuries.
  • Genetics, Immunity and Disease

    Chuck Simmins
    9 Jul 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Microbiologist and science writer Jason Tetro had this to say in a recent Twitter chat “… no clinical is the norm for most ‘infections’. The immune system rids the invader before onset of symptoms.” Jason was referring to the way that the human immune system, and the associated genetics, are more than capable of handling the thousands of exposures to germs that each of us has in a day. The human body is not limited to just one way of fighting a microbial invasion. Let’s look at three diseases and examine how the fight is conducted. Each time that a bacteria…
  • Our Best: Bobbie J Applegate

    Chuck Simmins
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:44 am
    Rct. Bobbie J. Applegate, Photo by Sgt. Caitlin BrinkDVIDS Story by Sgt. Caitlin Brink CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Green Local High School senior skipped prom and received her high school diploma almost two months early so she could leave Franklin Furnace, Ohio, and begin her journey toward the title of Marine at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, April 5. For most seniors, surviving prom and walking across the stage at graduation are long anticipated moments. Yet for Bobbie J. Applegate, those events were of little merit when compared to beginning her career in the…
  • Memorial Day 2015

    Chuck Simmins
    24 May 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Memorial to Cpl. Sara A. Medina from ABC7 in Chicago This Memorial Day, it is important to remember that the young men and women that we send around the world in our military give their lives to save others as well as in war. Cpl. Sara A. Medina, a combat photographer assigned to Marine Corps Installations Pacific, died in the line of duty on May 12 in Nepal. Medina was aboard a Marine helicopter moving supplies to areas hard hit by two massive earthquakes, including one that was 7.4 magnitude on that same day. The helicopter held six Marines and two Nepali soldiers. It crashed about eight…
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    Okinawa Hai

  • Volare Cucina Italiana

    contributor
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY ALEX If you have despaired over finding authentic Italian food, this review will give you new hope. For over a year, my wife and I were on a quest to find that very thing (Italian food, not hope). We tried all variety of restaurants in search of Italian food that was worth Skyping home about. Credit for our discovery of Volare must be given to my wife. She read about it on a group called Okinawa Food Critics. After hearing how numerous Italian-Americans described Volare as an authentic Italian restaurant, I was determined…our next date night was going to be there. Every…
  • Kitchen MaGee!

    contributor
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY BEVERLY CHESTER I am on a perpetual hunt for good tacos on the island. I think we can all agree there aren’t many places here that serve flavorful Mexican dishes. A new restaurant popped up within walking distance from Camp Courtney/McT called Kitchen MaGee! (The owners are so excited about their diner they included the exclamation point in the title.) It’s pretty hard to miss the location because they have it surrounded with arrows and flashing lights, plus it’s bright orange. Since the diner is located by my favorite little farmer’s market, I stopped by Kitchen MaGee…
  • HEF Okinawa Conference

    Local Manager
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:41 pm
    Welcome, Higher Education Forum Conference attendees! We hope you get a chance to explore some of our beautiful Okinawa while you are here. We’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite places that you might enjoy. You will see sections for our five favorite things to do, our five favorite beaches, and five of the many restaurants in Naha that are worth trying. If you click on the links, it will lead you to a page with details and directions. If there is anything specific you are looking for, please use the search bar on the top of the page to find what you are seeking.  …
  • Cafe Buho

    contributor
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY SHANNON R. While driving aimlessly though the winding streets of Okinawa, we stumbled upon this awesome little café. There is a park directly across the street with several parking spots. When we arrived, we were able to choose to sit inside or on the balcony. It was just after 11 a.m., so we were able to sit outside comfortably, but I wouldn’t recommend it much later in the day. The café is situated high up on a hillside overlooking Mihama American Village. (No matter how many time we see it, the kids are always excited when we can see the Ferris Wheel!) The sign on the…
  • Orion Beer Hall

    contributor
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    CONTRIBUTED BY: THE THIRSTY SHISA I finally made it over to the new Aeon Rycom Mall and quickly made a beeline for the Orion Beer Hall. This wasn’t necessarily easy to do though as the Beer Hall is located outside of the mall in a separate “village” area so navigating my way over there was a little tricky. After about three laps on the second floor and two informational pamphlets, I managed to track this place down. The Orion Beer Hall is located inside of the Orion Beer Terrace in Village B of the mall. There are 3 other restaurants inside of the complex. The interior of the restaurant…
 
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    Navy CyberSpace Blog

  • OSVET Enlisting Rules

    NCCM(Ret)
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:31 am
    With the Army recently announcing a reduction in force, and due to the fact many have inquired over the years how an other service Veteran (OSVET) of another service can join the Navy, it is time to put the very basics out there on how to accomplish that. The information is taken from Commander, Navy […]
  • NAVET Reenlisting Rules

    NCCM(Ret)
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    First, what is a NAVET? According to OPNAVINST 1100.4C, “NAVETs are applicants whose last tour of active duty or active duty for training was in the United States Navy or Navy Reserve, have been discharged or released more than 24 hours, and who completed a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks of active duty or active […]
  • July 2015 SLRP and EB Update

    NCCM(Ret)
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:07 am
    Effective 01 July 2015, the Navy Student Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is suspended as no ratings or programs are currently eligible. The Navy also reduced the number of ratings and programs currently eligible for an enlistment bonus from 13 to seven. For those who enlist into the Delayed Entry Program on or after July 1, […]
  • An Open Letter to Congress

    NCCM(Ret)
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    The following letter was written and submitted for publication by CTI2 (IDW) Courtney Swanson who is currently serving as a member of the active duty Navy. Senator/Representative, I am writing to you today in response to Secretary Mabus’s announcement to triple maternity leave for Sailors and Marines. While I applaud Mr. Mabus’s decision and consider […]
  • Baby Felony

    NCCM(Ret)
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    A question asked of me this week; My charge was Burglary of a Dwelling and I was a forced accomplice as an older 18 year had a shotgun at the time he stole from the house and forced me to assist him. I suppose despite that there’s honestly no chance at my waiver being approved […]
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    Defense Update:

  • KMW, Nexter Merger To Be Completed By Year’s End

    News Desk
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:03 am
    The French defense company Nexter Systems and German Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, two of Europe’s leading manufacturers of military land defence systems, signed today
  • Canadian Soldiers to Receive Modern, Integrated Soldier Systems

    Tamir Eshel
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    The Canadian government has awarded Rheinmetall Canada an initial contract worth CAD 7 million (€5) for the qualification of Integrated Soldier Systems (ISS) for Canadian military use.
  • Rheinmetall Defence, IAI Elta to Supply 10 Multi-Mission Radars to Canada

    Tamir Eshel
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:51 am
    The Canadian Department of National Defence has selected Rheinmetall Canada to supply 10 Medium Range Radar systems for the Canadian Army. The combat proven radars developed and produced by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Elta Systems are capable of detecting hostile rocket, artillery and mortar fire.
  • Al-Shabaab VBIED Attack on Mogadishu Hotel Kills 13

    News Desk
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    A suicide attacker drove a vehicle loaded with explosives into the gate of the Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, earlier today, killing 13 people. The car bomb exploded at the hotel's main gate. The bomb destroyed part of the hotel and caused damage to nearby structures.
  • The International Brigade to be Activated in Poland This Year

    News Desk
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    Defence Ministers of of Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine have agreed to establish an international brigade manned with units from the three armies, following the LITPOLUKRBRIG formation agreement signed in September 2014. The new formation will help infuse western standards and methodologies into the Ukrainian military, paving the way to closer integration of NATO standards.
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    Defense Update:

  • KMW, Nexter Merger To Be Completed By Year’s End

    News Desk
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:03 am
    The French defense company Nexter Systems and German Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, two of Europe’s leading manufacturers of military land defence systems, signed today
  • Canadian Soldiers to Receive Modern, Integrated Soldier Systems

    Tamir Eshel
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    The Canadian government has awarded Rheinmetall Canada an initial contract worth CAD 7 million (€5) for the qualification of Integrated Soldier Systems (ISS) for Canadian military use.
  • Rheinmetall Defence, IAI Elta to Supply 10 Multi-Mission Radars to Canada

    Tamir Eshel
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:51 am
    The Canadian Department of National Defence has selected Rheinmetall Canada to supply 10 Medium Range Radar systems for the Canadian Army. The combat proven radars developed and produced by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Elta Systems are capable of detecting hostile rocket, artillery and mortar fire.
  • Al-Shabaab VBIED Attack on Mogadishu Hotel Kills 13

    News Desk
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    A suicide attacker drove a vehicle loaded with explosives into the gate of the Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, earlier today, killing 13 people. The car bomb exploded at the hotel's main gate. The bomb destroyed part of the hotel and caused damage to nearby structures.
  • The International Brigade to be Activated in Poland This Year

    News Desk
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    Defence Ministers of of Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine have agreed to establish an international brigade manned with units from the three armies, following the LITPOLUKRBRIG formation agreement signed in September 2014. The new formation will help infuse western standards and methodologies into the Ukrainian military, paving the way to closer integration of NATO standards.
 
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    Navy Reads

  • How the Wright Brothers Got to the Moon

    18 Jul 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyWhen naval aviator and U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to step onto the moon he brought a physical piece of the Wright Brothers legacy with him. What the fellow Ohioan carried with him is revealed in David McCullough's latest work, "The Wright Brothers" (Simon & Schuster, 2015).McCullough, the author of 1776," "Truman" and "John Adams," explains how and why Wilbur and Orville were successful in inventing the airplane and demonstrating the first  human-operated, powered and sustained flight of a heavier-than-air machine in 1903.The…
  • Time for Resilience / Navy SEAL's Wisdom

    6 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyThere can be happiness in struggle as long as fear doesn't cripple us from making good choices and taking positive action.That's the conclusion of Navy SEAL Lt. Cmdr. Eric Greitens, author of "Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015). This book is filled with philosophy and insights from the Greeks, Romans, Enlightenment thinkers and BUD/S training – all geared to understanding and promoting resilience."Resilience is the virtue that enables people to move through hardship and become better. No one escapes pain, fear and…
  • Arctic Adventure: Sides with Science

    28 Jun 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Review by Bill DoughtyA good Navy read during hot summer months is the chilling true tale by Hampton Sides, "In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette" (2014, Doubleday).Sides, author of "Ghost Soldiers," takes us to the late 19th century when science was still revealing the truth about earth's geography.Explorers like Hudson, Barents and Barrington believed in an open polar sea. They sought to find warm currents and a temperate land beyond the ice. Navy charts at the time were incorrect.Vain efforts to prove an open sea at the North Pole were fueled by…
  • Charleston Shows a Better Way

    21 Jun 2015 | 7:10 pm
    by Bill DoughtyThe Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston is about six miles down the same peninsula as the former Charleston Navy Yard.The church is site of the vicious murder of nine African Americans by self-proclaimed white supremacist Dylann Roof.John C. Calhoun, 1849 (photo by M. Brady)Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is located on a street bearing the name of former Vice President and Secretary of War (Defense) John C. Calhoun. Calhoun was a powerful voice promoting the United States military in the War of 1812. Unfortunately, John C. Calhoun was…
  • Mark Twain's Colors II: Thug Life

    7 Jun 2015 | 10:36 am
    Review by Bill DoughtyThe original Thugs killed for the joy of taking lives, according to Mark Twain, author of "Following the Equator." One sees parallels with the self-proclaimed Islamic State or "Daesh" (aka ISIL/ISIS).Indian "thugs" from around 1865 in Peshawar, now part of Pakistan. (Photo from NPR)The word "thug" comes from an actual sect of religious extremist terrorists – the Thugee – who strangled and robbed men, women and children two hundred years ago in India. Murders were often carried out after the Thugs had gained the trust of their victims.Twain first heard about the Thugs…
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    At War

  • Lt. Col. Kate Germano on the Marines and Women

    By C. J. Chivers
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:16 am
    Colonel Germano was relieved of command at Parris Island in June under circumstances that remain contentious, and then the Marine Corps Gazette decided not to print an article of hers that had been scheduled. It is now printed here.
  • A Jump to Honor a Fallen Marine

    By Matthew Komatsu
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Among Air Force pararescuemen and combat rescue officers, it’s standard practice to name drop zones for fallen brothers.
  • After Divorce, Losing Veterans’ Support Along With a Spouse

    By Jackie McMichael
    29 May 2015 | 10:36 am
    Once you are divorced from a veteran, resources such as counseling go away, and many women who were dependent on their spouses' incomes find themselves financially in shambles.
  • 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.
 
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • Coyote Brown Boots: Order Now at TacticalGear.com

    Lauren Malm
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    Earlier this year, the Army unveiled a new camouflage pattern, OCP, and along with it, a brand-new boot color. Gone are the desert tan boots, which are replaced instead by dark, sleek, stain-hiding coyote brown boots designed for more effective concealment. TacticalGear.com has an exclusive early release on some of these new boots. With AR 670-1 compliant styles from standout brands like NIKE, Propper, Reebok and more, these are the boots that will be dominating the battlefield. Check out a few of our favorites. Reebok Hyper Velocity We have an exclusive early release on this ultra-light…
  • What’s Propper B.Y.O.B.?

    Lauren Malm
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am
      We’re proud to partner with Propper to bring you the B.Y.O.B. program. So what is it exactly? No, we’re not giving away free booze (although that’s not a bad idea). B.Y.O.B. stands for Build Your Own Bag, and with this program, you can get any Propper bag accessory 20% off on our site when you buy select Propper bags. Step One: Pick your shell From sling bags to rifle cases, there’s a bag for every role in Propper’s new bag collection. Check out all the eligible bags here: http://tacticalgear.com/propper-byob Step Two: Customize your kit Completely customize the kit by adding…
  • 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,…
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    Fighter Country Partnership

  • Chapel Back to School Bash

    Fighter Country
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Join the Luke AFB Chapel for a Back to School Bash at Fowler Park (on Luke Air Force Base) Wednesday, July 29 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Military identification required to access the base. Stop on by for a free back-to-school event for the entire family! We will be giving out 300 free backpacks complete with school supplies. Activities will include bounce houses, a magician, games, free food and door prizes! Questions? Contact the base chapel at 623-856-6211. The post Chapel Back to School Bash appeared first on Fighter Country Partnership.
  • Upcoming Military Discount at Fry’s, this Wednesday, July 8!!

    Fighter Country
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Come take advantage of your Military Discount this week at Fry’s! Save 10% off with an active military ID on your total grocery order. The post Upcoming Military Discount at Fry’s, this Wednesday, July 8!! appeared first on Fighter Country Partnership.
  • FCP Visions Summer 2015 Web Edition is now available

    Fighter Country
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    FCP Visions Summer 2015 is now available as a digital download. This issue takes a look at whats new with Fighter Country Foundation, the F-35 Pilot training courses, the Hall of Honor event honoring the Freedom Plaza veterans, and an Honorary Commander feature for Mr. Darrell Wilson. In order to enjoy FCP Visions Summer 2015 Web Edition you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or equivalent application that will display the PDF file format. Click here to download FCP Visions Summer 2015 (you may need to right click and “save file as”). This publication is made available with permission…
  • Lt Col Michael “Jeb” Ebner completed his Fini-Flight at Luke AFB

    Fighter Country
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:21 am
    Lt Col Michael “Jeb” Ebner completed another historic event at Luke AFB yesterday. The 61st Fighter Squadron Commander had his “Fini-Flight”. To welcome Lt Col Ebner back was a large group of Luke representatives to congratulate him for his time as the first F-35 Squadron Commander at Luke AFB. Jennifer Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing’s Commander’s wife, and William Olson, the 61st Fighter Squadron Honorary Commander we part of the large group to welcome Jeb home!!!! Good Stuff, -Ron Sites The post Lt Col Michael “Jeb” Ebner completed his Fini-Flight…
  • 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,…
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    Military Technologies News

  • News story: Free school applications: updated guidance

    Government PR
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:24 am
    From: First published: 31 July 2015 Part of: The Department for Education has updated guidance on the free school application process for groups wishing to open from September 2016. The Department for Education (DfE) updated the free school application guide on 27 July 2015. The deadline for applications to establish a wave 10 free school is 7 October 2015. There will be further waves with closing dates in March and September each year for the rest of this Parliament. The free school application guide includes information on: things to know before you start getting started how to prepare and…
  • Press Releases: Benin’s National Day

    Government PR
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Benin as you celebrate the 55th anniversary of your independence on August 1. We share a friendship based on democratic values.  The new Embassy compound we opened in July and the second Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact expected to be signed in the coming days are important demonstrations of our growing partnership. I commend your commitment to strengthen democracy, end corruption, and improve governance.  You are a stalwart of peace and stability in West Africa. On this joyous occasion, I…
  • Press release: Planned roadworks in and around the M25: Weekly summary for Monday 3 August – Sunday 9 August

    Government PR
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of 31 July 2015 but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. All our improvement work is carried out with the aim of causing as little disruption as possible. M3 junction 1 (A316) Sunbury, Surrey: electrical work Work to improve journeys by carrying out electrical work will start this week. The eastbound exit and entry slip roads will be closed overnight, between 10pm and 5am, from Monday 3 August for 3 nights. A clearly signed diversion will be in…
  • Press release: High Court orders ‘£445 million’ companies into provisional liquidation

    Government PR
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:26 am
    The petitions were issued following confidential inquiries carried out by Company Investigations, part of the Insolvency Service. The Official Receiver has been appointed by the Court as provisional liquidator of the companies on the application of the Secretary of State. The role of the Official Receiver is to protect the assets and financial records of the companies pending determination of the petitions. The provisional liquidator also has the power to investigate the affairs of the companies insofar as it is necessary to protect their assets including any third party or trust monies or…
  • Press release: Planned roadworks in Central Southern England: Weekly summary for Monday 3 August to Sunday 9 August 2015

    Government PR
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    M3 junctions 2 (M25) to 4a Farnborough, Hampshire: smart motorway improvement Work to reduce congestion and improve journey times continues this week with narrow lanes, a contra-flow and a 50mph speed limit in place on both carriageways between junctions 2 and 4a, with a free recovery service operating 24 hours a day until the end of 2016. For further details visit the scheme page. M3 junction 6 Basingstoke, Hampshire: Black Dam improvement Work to reduce congestion and improve journey times across the Black Dam roundabout near Basingstoke continues this week. Narrow lanes, a 30mph speed…
 
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    Defense Media Network

  • Navy to Commission USS John Warner SSN 785

    Damion Harte
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:19 am
    Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, the U.S. Navy will commission USS John Warner at U.S. Naval Station Norfolk. When Warner joins the fleet, the boat will be the most modern, sophisticated, and technologically advanced submarine in the world. While other Virginia-class submarines have been named after U.S. states, SSN 785 holds the distinction of being the first to be named after a living person – Sen. John Warner – who has served his country throughout his entire adult life as a Navy petty officer, Marine Corps officer, Under Secretary of the Navy, Secretary of the Navy, and a five-term U.S.
  • Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Confirmed as CJCS

    Rhonda Carpenter (Editor)
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
        Former Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., was confirmed on Wednesday, July 29, as the incoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, replacing the outgoing Army Gen. Martin Dempsey. President Barack Obama tapped Dunford for the post on May 5, stating he was “one of the most admired officers in our military.” The general’s confirmation followed a brief hitch between Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who is a critic of the military’s sexual assault policy, and Pentagon officials. She stalled the confirmation for about two days, which had nothing…
  • U.S. Coast Guard 225th Anniversary: A Legacy of Service

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
          Aug. 4, 2015, marks the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Coast Guard, the oldest continuous marine service of the United States. Formed from and of several other agencies, the service first took its name 100 years ago in January 1915 with the merger of the Revenue Cutter Service, itself founded in 1790 as the Revenue Marine, and the U.S. Life-Saving Service, which had been founded in 1878. In 1939, the Coast Guard absorbed the Lighthouse Service (founded 1789), and in 1946, the Maritime Service, which had roots extending to the Steamboat Inspection Service, formed in 1838.
  • First Royal Australian Air Force EA-18G Growler Delivered

    Chuck Oldham (Editor)
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:37 am
    Boeing and the U.S. Navy presented the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with its first EA-18G Growler today, according to a Boeing news release. “The Growlers will complement our existing and future air combat capability, and we will be much more lethal with this AEA protection,” said Air Marshal Geoff Brown, former chief of the RAAF, in the release. “In many respects, it’s the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle for the RAAF.” “As the U.S. Navy and RAAF continue to train and operate together we welcome Australia’s strategic step to advance the capabilities of our joint partners…
  • From NACA to NASA: Blessed from Birth

    Walter J. Boyne
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:22 am
      It is difficult to overestimate the importance of the NACA to the United States, and for that matter, to the world, for in the course of its 43-year career it pushed the limits of everything from technology to the law. In technology, it chose to build a series of wind tunnels, each a bit ahead of its time, from which unprecedented data were derived. The raw data results were received with gratitude by the industry, not least because they were often confirmed through hazardous test flights by a galaxy of famous NACA research pilots including Eddie Allen, William A. “Bill” McAvoy,…
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    Welcome Home Blog

  • Military Dad Surprises Kids By Hiding in Present

    Chris Ross
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    Dad has been gone for 364 days, but his kids know he’s coming home soon. They signed the front door saying welcome home and waited for their father to return. Imagine their shock when they were surprised to see a giant gift for them waiting outside. The best surprise of their life popped out and […]
  • Marine Welcomed Home With Heartwarming Embrace From Girlfriend

    Chris Ross
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:54 am
    Savanna Follari waited patiently for her Marine to return home from deployment. When all the Marines were reunited and connecting with their loved ones, Savanna and her friends searched all over for her Marine. Once her was spotted, she ran to him and gave him a warm, loving embrace.
  • Marine Dad Returns Home and Meets Firstborn Child

    Chris Ross
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    In the beginning the Wilson family consisted of a brave Marine and his devoted wife. While on deployment, a new arrival came to the family. In their first meeting, the little Marine sported a U.S. Marines hat and a shirt letting his daddy know he waited his whole life to meet him.
  • Wife Embraces Long-Deployed Husband at the Airport

    Chris Ross
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    Kimberly Saracino spent the last 13 months away from her hubby while he was away on deployment. The moment she saw him coming down the terminal off the plane made all the waiting worthwhile. She didn’t even wait until he made it completely out before she ran to embrace him.
  • German Shepard Surprised By Sailor After 7 Month Deployment

    Chris Ross
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:39 am
    Petty Officer Third Leland Hanna received a warm welcome from his German Shepherd, Duchess, when he returned to Camp Lejeune from a 7 month deployment on the USS Iwo Jima. Luckily, his wife, Samantha, was their to film their special homecoming. Duchess has been with the family since she was 3 years old, and according […]
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    A Soldier's Perspective

  • The Dishonesty of Michael Yon

    CJ Grisham
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Now that I’ve made a decision to seriously take a look at running for state office, Michael Yon’s Google Alert on my name (it’s a stalker’s best friend) has been going haywire. Anytime I am mentioned, he can’t help himself but to say something (it’s a stalker thing). However, as I’ve done before, I’m again calling out Yon for his dishonesty and lack of integrity. On his personal propaganda page, Yon has stated on several occasions that in August of last year, I took a bunch of Boy Scouts out on a lake after dark alone. Here are few screen caps…
  • Chest Inflation

    CJ Grisham
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:23 pm
    My Service Pride has a great blog post focusing on the National Defense Service Medal. This is something I’ve seen often with Soldiers. “I was deployed twice to Afghanistan. I rate that star on the NDSM.” Or, ”But guys, I’m SURE I rate the American Defense Service Medal.” … That’s it; nothing more, nothing less. If you meet the requirements for any period, you rate the award. Even if you were in Recruit Training or OCS when the window closed, you rate the award. However, you can only receive the award 1 time per period. You don’t get a star each time you deploy to a…
  • Soldier Missing From WWII Accounted For

    CJ Grisham
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:58 pm
    The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. John W. Herb of Cleveland, Ohio, will be buried June 18, in Arlington National Cemetery. On April 13, 1945, Herb was assigned to the 368th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, 1st Air Division, as the pilot of an P-51D Mustang. His aircraft sustained damage while strafing German aircraft on the ground. During Herb’s…
  • Kalashnikov USA Launches New Website

    CJ Grisham
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Kalashnikov USA, manufacturer of Kalashnikov style firearms, has launched a new website at www.kalashnikov-usa.com, reflective of their new branding efforts under the “Russian Heritage / American Innovation” tag line. The new site allows users to effortlessly navigate to the various pages and Kalashnikov USA social sites. Users can quickly navigate between the Home page and other pages using the clearly defined tab buttons at the top right. The Firearms tab is a drop down design providing a choice of currently offered products. Each product page highlights the features, benefits…
  • Sons of Liberty on Blu-Ray (A Review)

    CJ Grisham
    1 Jun 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Not long ago, a miniseries aired on the History Channel that depicted the American Revolution through the eyes of the Founders. I made sure to DVR it so that I could watch it over and over if it turned out to be any good. It did! The series is an action-packed, no holds barred 5-hour long history of how America was born. As riots consume the streets of Boston, a dangerous game plays out between a British governor and ringleader Sam Adams, which escalates to extreme measures—street brawls, black market dealings, espionage and murder. A sizzling, romantic affair percolates against a backdrop…
 
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    TacticalGear.com News

  • Coyote Brown Boots: Order Now at TacticalGear.com

    Lauren Malm
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    Earlier this year, the Army unveiled a new camouflage pattern, OCP, and along with it, a brand-new boot color. Gone are the desert tan boots, which are replaced instead by dark, sleek, stain-hiding coyote brown boots designed for more effective concealment. TacticalGear.com has an exclusive early release on some of these new boots. With AR 670-1 compliant styles from standout brands like NIKE, Propper, Reebok and more, these are the boots that will be dominating the battlefield. Check out a few of our favorites. Reebok Hyper Velocity We have an exclusive early release on this ultra-light…
  • What’s Propper B.Y.O.B.?

    Lauren Malm
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am
      We’re proud to partner with Propper to bring you the B.Y.O.B. program. So what is it exactly? No, we’re not giving away free booze (although that’s not a bad idea). B.Y.O.B. stands for Build Your Own Bag, and with this program, you can get any Propper bag accessory 20% off on our site when you buy select Propper bags. Step One: Pick your shell From sling bags to rifle cases, there’s a bag for every role in Propper’s new bag collection. Check out all the eligible bags here: http://tacticalgear.com/propper-byob Step Two: Customize your kit Completely customize the kit by adding…
  • 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,…
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    The Duffel Blog

  • Pentagon Regrets Taking Out Payday Loan for F-35

    Dirk Diggler
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    THE PENTAGON — Defense Department Comptroller Mike McCord has expressed regret with the Pentagon’s decision to cover the spiraling cost-overruns of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter with a payday loan, sources have learned. “We had some trouble scraping together a few billion dollars to tide us over until the end of the Fiscal Year, and we thought […]
  • Boko Haram Outraged By Murder Of Innocent African

    Epic Blunder
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    SAMBISA FOREST, Nigeria — A spokesperson for the influential activist group Boko Haram has decried the murder of an innocent African citizen in Hwange National Park earlier this month, telling reporters that the tragedy was one of “the worst things to happen in African history.” Cecil, the 13-year-old victim, was a cherished and well-respected member of the local community in […]
  • ISIS Veteran Creates Line of Militant-Themed Apparel

    Dirty
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    RAQQA, Syria — A group of ISIS veterans who launched their own militant-themed apparel company are making waves in Syria and Iraq — and Pentagon officials are nervous. Since April 2015, Raqqa Up Apparel has been selling t-shirts, shemaghs, burqas, and other custom accessories faster than it can print them, according to founder Musawwir Mus’ad, a […]
  • Troop Cuts Spark New ‘Army Of None’ Marketing Campaign

    Bill Ashleigh
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. — As the Army’s latest round of troop cuts gains momentum, the service has tried to foster a new culture of voluntary quitters with the new “Army of None” and “Be Small As You Can Be” marketing campaigns, it was announced today. “Even though most soldiers were afraid for their jobs at first, the idea of a completely […]
  • Marine ‘Emotionally Exhausted’ By Having To Plan To Kill Everyone He Meets

    Jay-B
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    QUANTICO, Va. — Lance Cpl. Matt Bennet was admitted to Naval Medical Clinic Quantico with “emotional exhaustion” today after breaking down from the strain of “having a plan to kill everyone he meets,” according to sources in Bennet’s platoon. “Like all real Marines, Bennet reveres Gen. [James] Mattis,” according to Bennet’s company commander, Capt. J.D. […]
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    French Foreign Legion Information

  • 4e RE: Young legionnaires singing a Mongolian song

    admin
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:47 pm
    During the French Foreign Legion’s basic training in the 4th Foreign Regiment (4e RE), young volunteers are obliged to learn number of songs of the Legion. However, sometimes they are unofficially singing also several national military songs from around the world. In recent decades, these songs originated mostly in Russia or Romania, due to large […]
  • 1er REC and 2e REI: Central African Republic 2015

    admin
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:51 pm
    See some images of legionnaires from the French Foreign Legion deployed in the Central African Republic (CAR) during June 2015. The legionnaires are working there together with soldiers from the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) to stabilize this African country. The legionnaires from the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment […]
  • Foreign Legion: Bastille Day Military Parade 2015

    admin
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:46 pm
    On July 14, France celebrated Bastille Day 2015 with a military parade in Paris. The French troops, including the French Foreign Legion, marched down the Champs-Elysées. The Legion was represented by the Foreign Legion Pioneers, accompanied by the Foreign Legion Music Band and the legionnaires from the 3rd Comapny of the 3rd Foreign Infantry Regiment […]
  • MLE: Foreign Legion Music Band in Saumur

    admin
    11 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    On 4 July 2015, the
  • 1er REC: Legion’s Cavalry in Mali 2015

    admin
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:51 pm
    A few images of cavalry legionnaires during an operation in Mali, June 2015. The legionnaires of the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment (1er REC) are currently a part of GTD (Desert Tactic Group) MISTRAL in this African country, while serving in Operation Berkhane. In the videos, we can see 1er REC legionnaires equipped with their VBL […]
 
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    World Traveling Military Family

  • Cologne Cathedral

    Mrs B
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    If your heading to Cologne (Köln) you need to check out the Cologne Cathedral (Köln Dom) there. It’s quite impressive and worth the visit. There is also a lock bridge only a 5 minute walk behind the Dom as well. There is lots of parking in the parking garage under the Cathedral and walkplatz. And [...] The post Cologne Cathedral appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • August Things To Do Around Spangdahlem 2015

    Mrs B
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    August Things To Do Around Spangdahlem has lots of interesting things to go see during this month. Some of the most popular one are the Wittlich Pig Festival and the Hot Air Balloon Festival! Again these are generally no more than 3 hours away, although I may throw in one or two further away ones [...] The post August Things To Do Around Spangdahlem 2015 appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Chocolate Museum – Cologne, Germany

    Mrs B
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Chocolate Museum in Cologne, Germany (also known as Schokoladenmuseum in Köln, Germany) is great family fun and something that everyone will enjoy for a day trip! It’s much more than a museum and you get to see the chocolates being made! And best of all it’s Lindt chocolate, so we’re talking about top quality [...] The post Chocolate Museum – Cologne, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Reading Between the Lines Church Sculpture – Borgloon, Belgium

    Mrs B
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Reading Between the Lines is a fascinating church sculpture created by Gijs Van Vaerebergh in Borgloon, Belgium. It’s not worth making a special trip out there for BUT it’s only 15 mins from Tongeren where many people go to shop the Sunday Flea Market (post coming soon) so a great addition to that trip. First [...] The post Reading Between the Lines Church Sculpture – Borgloon, Belgium appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
  • Europa Park – Rust, Germany

    Mrs B
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Europa Park is said to be Germany’s ‘best’ amusement park so we decided to check it out on Memorial Day. We spent Sunday exploring the Black Forest and the Triberg area. We stayed at an apartment that was 15 mins away so we were able to get to the park by opening at 9 am. [...] The post Europa Park – Rust, Germany appeared first on World Traveling Military Family.
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    Vision Strike Wear Military Blog

  • Goatfellas Don’t Mess With Best

    Sarge Strike
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:27 pm
    The backbone of the US Navy. The Leadership from the Deckplates. This line in the sand you do not cross. The United States Navy Chief. Goatfellas the Navy Goats that you will never cross and when they take you down you will never hear them coming. Worse than a knife in the ear, heavier than cement shoes and hitting harder than a pipe to the knees comes this wise guy Goatfellas design that captures the look and feel of the Goodfellas movie that gave America a good look into the Costra Nostra, the Mob, Our Thing. US NAVY Chiefs Goatfellas Chief, Senior Chief, Master Chief watch over their…
  • Vision Strike Coins Enters Military Coin Market Today

    Sarge Strike
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:41 pm
    It has been in the gameplan for a long time and that is for the long awaited custom military designs of Vision-Strike-Wear.Com to enter into the military design marketplace as Vision Strike Coins. The long awaited and razor sharp military challenge coins from  Vision Strike Coins is coming! The military coin companies of the past will now have a new brother custom challenge company to share the industry with: Vision Strike Coins. For over 7 plus years the design team of Vision-Strike-Wear.Com long known for the highly detailed military shirt designs has begun converting its custom military…
  • Jolly Roger US Navy Coin Takes Aim At Originality

    Sarge Strike
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Vision-Strike-Wear.Com announced today that it has entered into the military coin arena with its sharp military designs created for military challenge coins. The arsenal of custom military designs have now fired a broadside as they have entered into the military challenge coin arena. Over the past 7 plus years Vision-Strike-Wear.Com has been sought after for its unique and detailed approach to csutom US military custom designs for apparel. While that focus has never left the core of the work that VSW does it has been asked repeatedly to produce cutting edge designs for military coins. So many…
  • Cool US Army Custom T shirt Designs 2015

    Sarge Strike
    28 Jun 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…
  • Navychief.Com Goes After Original Art Of Vision-Strike-Wear.Com Chief Design

    Sarge Strike
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Inspired by a Chief. Collaborated by a United States Navy Chief’s wife. Designed by Vision-Strike-Wear.Com. What do you get from a team like this? A shirt design originally created for the US Navy ship USS Louisville which then later became one of the most widely known and often copied designs in Navy Chief recent history. Now Master Chief Ruben Aguirre and his incredible and highly supportive spouse were instrumental in the development of an idea that would become the US Navy Chief Anchored design worn by more than a thousand Chiefs all over the US Navy. The original design was created…
 
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    The Ultimate Guide to Military Backpacks and Beyond

  • REVIEW: US Government MOLLE II Rucksack

    Mike
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Our team has tested some great packs, and the official Government Issue MOLLE Assault Pack stood up to the challenges like a true American champion. This 1850 cubic inch pack only comes in Digital ACU; a camouflage that looks like a pixelated tans, greys, and greens. Most of these packs are used, but that’s a good thing, because that ensures they come loaded with history and patina.  But don’t worry about the “used” thing, as our packs were in perfect working condition; aside from some minor fading on a few packs, they looked brand new.We team put the MOLLE Assault…
  • REVIEW: Direct Action Gear – Ghost Pack

    Mike
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:49 pm
    A few months back, I tested and reviewed the Direct Action Gear “Dragon Egg” pack. Direct Action Gear is an interesting company to me, because until early this year, I -as a military backpack enthusiast and former US Marine- had never heard of them, and I’m surprised because their gear is absolutely “up to it” when it comes to the field. Not only that, but I have a feeling you’ll like their customer service as well.OverviewAs of the time of this review(June of 2015), Direct Action Gear has (3) military-grade backpacks. Their smallest is the…
  • REVIEW: Direct Action Gear – Dragon Egg Pack

    Mike
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Direct Action Gear started in Poland, and has since expanded into the US market with an office in New York. Their gear definitely has some unique features which I would simply categorize as “outside the box”. They’ve got three military backpacks, which range in size and available features. The smallest is the “Dust” model, while their 3-day offering is named “Ghost”. I’ll eventually review all three of these bags, but for now, I decided to have a look at Direct Action Gear’s mid-sized, best seller – the “Dragon…
  • Choosing a Military Backpack – What you need to consider before purchase

    Mike
    6 Feb 2015 | 9:08 am
    If you’re in the market for a serious backpack, of course you’re going to be adding many military backpacks to your shortlist. We’ve got a ton of backpack reviews here on the site but there’s one common thread among them all: they’re all either some form of Government issue, or tactically equivalent. When I was in the US Marine Corps, we didn’t get a choice out of Boot Camp which gear we could use. However, once we landed at our first duty station, the options became available.OverviewMilitary backpacks have a variety of uses that make them indispensable…
  • Everything you need to know about ALICE packs – neatly organized

    Mike
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:49 pm
     IntroductionIt’s not always easy to find the right pack for your personal needs. While there are many pack systems available and many different aspects to consider, the ALICE system can be the perfect option for many people. Here’s a look at the history, the different types issued by the United States government and a quick guide to choosing the right ALICE system based on individual needs.HistoryThe ALICE system – which stands for All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment – was developed through the latter half of the 1960s for use in United States…
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    Special Forces

  • Nadia Savchenko – Hero or cold blood killer?

    Eric SOF
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:05 pm
    http://www.special-ops.org A Ukrainian helicopter pilot, Nadia Savchenko, accused of involvement in the killing of two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine, has appeared in court in Russia. A pre-trial hearing for Ukrainian female pilot was held in the town of Donetsk, close to the Ukrainian border. She is in custody for more than a year. Nadia Savchenko The post Nadia Savchenko – Hero or cold blood killer? appeared first on Special Forces.
  • F-35 cost us more money than we ever imagined possible

    Eric SOF
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:53 am
    http://www.special-ops.org The saga around American next-gen F-35 joint strike fighter jet continues as the Air Force secretary admitted that there have been numerous, ongoing problems with the expensive, high-tech F-35. He said it has cost the US “way more money than we ever imagined possible.” “The biggest lesson I have learned from the F-35 is never The post F-35 cost us more money than we ever imagined possible appeared first on Special Forces.
  • The body-cam video of deadly traffic stop

    Eric SOF
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:40 am
    http://www.special-ops.org A brutal body cam footage was released yesterday after University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted on a murder charge in the shooting of 43-year-old Samuel Dubose, an unarmed black man, during a routine traffic stop. In conjunction with the indictment, Hamilton County prosecutor Joseph T. Deters released a video of the shooting from the The post The body-cam video of deadly traffic stop appeared first on Special Forces.
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

    Eric SOF
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    http://www.special-ops.org A new movie, named 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi talks about the last moments. It is directed by Michael Bayand and written by Chuck Hogan. The movie is based on the 2013 book 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff. It is the story of the six members of a security team who fought to defend The post 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi appeared first on Special Forces.
  • Unarmed British cops attacked by man wielding a large knife

    Eric SOF
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    http://www.special-ops.org This is the moment two brave unarmed British police officers face down an attacker as he rushed at them with an eight-inch knife. Newly released video shows a breathtaking attack on two unarmed officers by a frenzied man wielding a large knife. Constables Alex Prentice and Debbie Wishart had been called out to a property The post Unarmed British cops attacked by man wielding a large knife appeared first on Special Forces.
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    Military Spouse Program

  • Popular Careers for Military Spouses

    angmoore
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:42 am
    As a military spouse, your life is different, much different than the typical working spouse. You still have all the bills and the regular challenges but throw on an extra layer of moving, stress and being able to handle anything else that comes along and well you already know. Trying to find a career that “fits” your lifestyle can be a challenge. One of the benefits of the MyCAA program is that they pay for training for careers that will fit your lifestyle. These are careers that are considered, portable. Basically if you move, your career can move with you. It may be that you…
  • You have PCS orders… Now what?

    Milspouse
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    Just when it starts to feel like home it’s time to move again. Being a military family means you move around a lot. Moving does not have to cause hair pulling anxiety and nail biting stress! Here are just a few tips to help you and your family have a smoother PCS move. Do your research. Moving to a new city can be very overwhelming. Talk to friends and family, find the people who have lived or visited your new city. Chances are someone in your military family has been stationed or at the very least been to training at your new duty station. Check your new post’s website, as well…
  • 5 Tips for Military Spouse Moms Returning to the Virtual Classroom

    Milspouse
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    The sacrifices you make for your country and family are undeniable, and you’ve decided that it’s time to do something for you. Congratulations on taking a huge step toward achieving you dream career. Despite the difficulties the military lifestyle presents, Military Spouses from coast to coast are defining their idea of success every single day. Now… it’s your turn. Becoming a dedicated and focused virtual college student is not always an easy transition, especially when children (and summer vacation) are involved. These 7 tips will assist you in setting yourself up for success, as a…
  • Get Your Ultimate PCS Military Move Guide for Any Military Spouse

    angmoore
    30 May 2015 | 1:27 am
    The Ultimate PCS Military Move Guide for Any Military Spouse PCS, or a Permanent Change of Station, is a stressful time in any military family’s life. Sometimes, marriages crumble during this time. Don’t let the stress, insecurity and hard work endanger your family’s harmony. Above all, stick together! Sometimes, your destination will be a place of your dreams, other times, not so much. Don’t worry. Even the most desolate sounding station can end up being one of your favorites if you give it a fair chance. What to Expect from a Regular PCS Move Your military member…
  • Diploma Program Benefits

    Milspouse
    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…
 
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    Max Security » MENA & Africa Intel Blog: Max Spotlight

  • Tunisia: Implications of the Sousse attack, and why Government Countermeasures May Be a Shot in the Foot

    jay.radzinski
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    By: Oded Berkowitz   On June 26, a militant disguised as a tourist came ashore the beach at Sousse’s Port el Kantaoui, drew an assault rifle hidden in a beach umbrella and opened fire, deliberately targeting foreigners. 38 tourists hailing from the UK, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Russia, and Portugal were killed, while 39 individuals were wounded, including seven local employees. The attack was subsequently claimed by the Islamic State (IS) organization, and seems to indicate the group’s intention to lay the foundations towards an eventual expansion of its operations in Tunisia.
  • Sinai Bedouins: A Regime Gambit against Islamic State in Egypt?

    jay.radzinski
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:40 am
    By: Oded Berkowitz    Recently, media outlets throughout Egypt raved about the creation of a new paramilitary force in the Sinai Peninsula meant to help the Egyptian Armed Forces tackle the growing security threat of the Islamic State’s Wilayat Sinai (formerly known as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis). This new force allegedly united 30 Bedouin tribes on May 10, to form the “Sinai Tribal Federation”, or STF, and was meant to provide volunteer intelligence about the militant group’s activities.   The creation of the STF was preceded by several acts of animosity between Wilayat…
  • MAX Analysis Egypt: January attack by militant group Wilayat Sinai underscores increased capabilities February 24, 2015

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

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

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