Archive of Jan 2007

31.01.07
Ready for Primetime? Part Two

Like a bad stain, it seems the V-22 Osprey can’t wash away the stigma that it is more prone than other rotorcraft to vortex ring state and more likely to crash if it encounters the phenomenon. Granted, damn blood spots should be hard to get out, but how accurate is the recent criticism (PDF!) by [...]

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31.01.07
Starving Iran’s Tomcats

The U.S. government has stepped in to halt the auctioning of spare parts for the Northrop Grumman F-14 Tomcat fighter jet, Defense News reports: The sales of all F-14 parts were suspended on January 26 pending a review, the Defense Logistics Agency said in a statement. Dawn Dearden, a spokewoman for the agency, told AFP [...]

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30.01.07
Reasons to Hope … and Worry

“Somalia’s president agreed Tuesday to a national reconciliation conference to try to end 16 years of anarchy, under pressure from African governments considering sending peacekeepers to help him stabilize his country,” reports the Associated Press: After intense pressure from the United States, the Europian Union and the United Nations for all-inclusive political talks, President Abdullahi [...]

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30.01.07
Raiding Iraq with The 4th ID

Around this time last year, I was in Iraq kicking down doors with the 4th Infantry Division. Fun fun. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/UUnfydZ0oFc" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

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30.01.07
You’re Fired!

Navy chief Admiral Mike Mullen has fired the captain overseeing the Littoral Combat Ship program, Defense News reports: Capt. Donald Babcock, the Navy’s LCS program manager, was relieved of his duties Jan. 29 by his boss, Rear Adm. Charles Hamilton – who also is being reassigned. Hamilton relieved Babcock due to “loss of confidence in [...]

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29.01.07
Batts, Stat!

In an Army that heavily depends on battery-operated devices to do its job, the complaints are well documented: Batteries are too heavy, too bulky and not very user-friendly. All that could change, if Steve Slane has his way. Slane, chief of the battery branch at Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) at Fort [...]

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29.01.07
New Units, Gear for New Troops?

A plan to grow the Army and Marine Corps over the next decade could mean the resurrection of units disbanded during the force reductions of the 1990s, according to Pentagon sources. And it might require major equipment purchases. In his January State of the Union address, President George W. Bush proposed adding 92,000 troops to [...]

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27.01.07
Fixing the Raptor

The Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor is the best fighter jet in the world. It’s faster, longer-legged, more maneuverable and packs better sensors than anything else flying. But there’s one inexcusable gap in its capabilities. Unlike even older fighters, the Raptor can only receive data from external sources; it can’t send. Raptor pilots have to get [...]

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26.01.07
T.M.I., Dude

That’s “too much information,” for those of you over the age of fourteen. These days, information superiority is supposed to make U.S. military forces faster, smarter and more lethal and able to defeat more numerous foes on their own turf. But how much information can one soldier process, and how fast can he make decisions? [...]

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26.01.07
War Is Boring #2

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26.01.07
Fishermen, Beware

The Bush administration has authorized the U.S. military to kill or capture Iranian operatives inside Iraq as part of an aggressive new strategy to weaken Tehran’s influence across the Middle East and compel it to give up its nuclear program, according to government and counterterrorism officials with direct knowledge of the effort. So reports The [...]

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25.01.07
Kurdistan Happy … Everybody Else Pissed

So there’s this other Iraq, a place you probably don’t hear about that often. Unlike the rest of Iraq, it’s peaceful, prosperous and even quite pretty. It’s the autonomous Kurdish region, which in the late 1990s wrested its de facto independence from Iraq after decades of struggle and one even one genocidal gas attack. In [...]

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