Archive of May 2007

31.05.07
Top War Tech #5: Talon Robot

Improvised Explosive Devices are the biggest killers of U.S. troops in Iraq … and one of the biggest killer of IEDs is Foster-Miller’s Talon robot. “It’s an excellent robot, and I would rate it as being the best one in theater,” ordnance disposal Airman Robert Wester told an Air Force reporter. But how does the [...]

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31.05.07
Top War Tech #6: GPS

I’ll let Danger Room pal Robot Economist handle the latest nominee in our Top War Tech series: The idea for GPS originally came from a Navy program designed to provide navigational data to Polaris missile submarines to ensure the accurate delivery of their doomsday payloads. Since then, GPS has enabled a number of enormous changes in [...]

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31.05.07
Marines Denied Drones

A couple months ago I helped break the news that the Marine Corps had denied urgently needed nonlethal weapons to the troops in Iraq. Last week we learned from Noah and Sharon at Danger Room that the Corps also turned down requests for life-saving blast-proof trucks — until the political pressure got to be too much. [...]

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30.05.07
Top War Tech #7: Hot Chow

The U.S. military does a lot with very little. It took 15 million U.S. troops to fight World War II for just four years. We’ve been at this globalterrorwarthingy for six years now with a force of 2 million, counting reserves. For the average trooper on the ground that means long tours: up to 15 [...]

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30.05.07
WWII Planes Live on in Secret Missions

During World War II, U.S. C-47 twin-engine transport planes delivered commandoes and civilian spies behind enemy lines in France, Yugoslavia and Burma to fight and spy on the Germans and Japanese. More than 60 years later the old “Goonie Birds” are still at it. U.S. Special Operations Command uses a handful of the seemingly eternal [...]

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30.05.07
Top War Tech #8: Hercules

War, especially the comfy American way of war, takes stuff. Lots and lots of stuff: 100 million square feet of seaborne dry cargo for Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, according to Military Sealift Command. Once the stuff reaches a port, say in Kuwait, it gets hauled to the troops by mile-long ground convoys or in [...]

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29.05.07
U.S. Embargoes Sudan’s Shadowy Air Force (Updated)

This week the U.S. announced economic sanctions against Sudan aimed in part at grounding the country’s secretive air force, which has been caught red-handed sneaking arms into the country. The Sudanese government has been accused of providing these arms to marauding Islamic Arab militias that have killed many tens of thousands of ethnic Africans in [...]

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29.05.07
Baghdad Wall = Better Security?

Walling off vulnerable Baghdad neighborhoods is critical to breaking the cycle of revenge killings in Iraq, according to U.S. Army General David Petraeus’ counter-insurgency advisor. Portable barriers installed between neighborhoods enable U.S. and Iraqi forces to limit the nighttime movements of death squads and insurgents, says Dr. David Kilcullen, a lieutenant colonel in the Australian [...]

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29.05.07
Top War Tech #9: Patrol Boats

In all the good, bad and mixed news coming out of Iraq, there is a notable gap. Nobody’s said much about the most vulnerable chokepoints in the entire Iraqi economy: the two offshore oil terminals on the Persian Gulf near Basra, from which 90 percent of Iraq’s revenue is derived. Three years ago, suicide bombers [...]

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28.05.07
Axe Does Danger Room

I’m guest editing Noah Shachtman’s Danger Room for a week while he’s on the road. So everything you see here at War Is Boring this week is a cross-post from Danger Room.

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28.05.07
Brits Slam “Tactical Pharmacology”

Five years ago Russian Special Forces used a sedative gas to end a standoff at a theater in Moscow, killing 50 Chechen terrorists … and 90 hostages. Now the British Medical Association has released its latest assessment of “drugs as weapons.” “Not surprisingly, their assessment is highly unfavorable,” says Danger Room pal Bugs ‘n’ Gas [...]

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28.05.07
Top War Tech #10: Hesco Barriers

 Voila, the first installment of a ten-part series on the best technologies in our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I’ve got ten in mind, but if you’ve got any recommendations, drop me a line at david_axe-at-hotmail.com. And if you want to toss any ideas out for the worst techs, I’ll be following up the top [...]

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