Archive of Feb 2007

28.02.07
Shooting Down Boeing

Last fall, Boeing’s H-47 Chinook was a surprise winner in a contest to supply 140 rescue choppers to the Air Force to replace old HH-60s. Rivals Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin didn’t hesitate to protest the decision, claiming that the government’s offical request specified a “medium” helicopter, which the big lumbering Chinook ain’t. Pending review of [...]

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27.02.07
Marines = Murderers?

(Make sure you check out the addendum above.) U.S. troops are bloodthirsty murderers? Well, one or two, for sure. But all fighter pilots too? That’s what one former Pentagon official would have us believe. My arch-nemesis Winslow Wheeler from the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Defense Information is circulating an email from former military analyst Chuck [...]

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27.02.07
Brits Swap Wars

Guess what the Brits are doing with those 1,500 troops they’re pulling out of Iraq? You guessed it.

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26.02.07
Gotcha!

Northrop Grumman is developing a “biometric” intelligence system to help U.S. troops keep tabs on suspected terrorists and insurgents. The system, which identifies people by their fingerprints, iris patterns or other biological metrics, is meant to meet a need identified by U.S. forces in Iraq. On February 5, 2006, soldiers from the Colorado-based 4th Infantry [...]

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23.02.07
No Surprises Here

Associated Press: “In a largely invisible cost of the war in Iraq, nearly 800 civilians working under contract to the Pentagon have been killed and more than 3,300 hurt doing jobs normally handled by the U.S. military.” So whenever you hear some official casualty figure for coalition forces in Iraq, increase that by 25 percent [...]

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23.02.07
War Is Boring #4

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23.02.07
Kurdish Oil, Kurdish Designs

“Turkey, which has been trying to quell a Kurdish insurgency for more than two decades, is concerned about the growing power of Iraqi Kurds and has repeatedly warned Iraqi Kurdish groups against trying to seize control of Kirkuk,” The Guardian reports. Iraq’s constitution calls for a referendum on Kirkuk’s future by the end of the [...]

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22.02.07
Twitchy about Drones

On Friday the Navy released its formal request to industry for airborne drones to perform sea search missions as part of its Broad Area Maritime Surveillance, or BAMS, program. The so-called Request for Proposals asks interested firms to submit drone designs to “provide a persistent maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) data collection and dissemination capability [...]

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22.02.07
The Defense Budget Black Hole

The following was forwarded by Winslow Wheeler of the Center for Defense Information. I disagree strongly with many of the author’s points, but at least he’s making them. Contrary voices like Doug Bandow’s are important, so I’m posting this despite serious reservations: The Iraq war continues to consume lives, both American and Iraqi. The conflict also is burning mountains of [...]

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22.02.07
Right Where We Want ‘Em

An Air Force bomber came to the rescue of pinned down coalition troops in Afghanistan, the service reports: In Afghanistan Feb. 20, an Air Force B-1B Lancer provided close-air support for International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, troops surrounded by enemy forces and vehicles preparing for an ambush near Kajaki. The joint terminal attack controller, [...]

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22.02.07
Op Sinbad Vids

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced a 15-percent reduction in British forces in Iraq owing to the success of Operation Sinbad, a renewed push into Basra. But in truth, the reconstruction aspects of Sinbad are ongoing. I reported on the operation for C-SPAN a couple months back: [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/CC-WCLYaHo0" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]  [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/wc2Bce1gMhY" width="425" height="350" [...]

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21.02.07
Danger Room Open for Business

Noah Shachtman, the evil genius who masterminded the Defensetech uber-blog, has launched a new site under the auspices of Wired Magazine. Check it out. Defensetech, meanwhile, continues under new leadership.

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