Archive of Jul 2007

31.07.07
Afghanistan Training Is Boring

“Train like you fight,” is an old military mantra. But how do you train when your deployments involve very little actual fighting? One Afghanistan-bound Australian soldier found out recently when the Ministry of Defense sent his unit to High Range in tropical Queensland for some pre-deployment work-up: ”We were wondering why they would send us to the tropics for training to [...]

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30.07.07
War Is Boring #17: Mistaken Identity

Background. Archives. Related: East Timor is a riot

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30.07.07
On Your Marks! (Inside the Arab-Iranian-Israeli Arms Race)

Today the U.S. announced a 10-year, $20 billion arms package to Arab Gulf states including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. “Washington is striving to assure Gulf allies, worried by the growing strength of Iran and war in Iraq, that the United States is committed to the region and will [...]

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29.07.07
The Luckiest Woman in San Diego

Around midnight on Thursday a 200-ton naval ship engine slid off a tractor trailer on Harbor Drive in San Diego, crushing two cars and breaking a water main as it punched a 10-foot-deep crater in the road. A woman sleeping in the back seat of one car was slightly hurt. The engine was bound for NASSCO shipyard, which [...]

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27.07.07
Baghdad, One Address at a Time

The Atlantic Monthly takes a look at one Baghdad neighborhood, charting its slow demise from military raids, murder and abduction. A sample: House 3 Occupied by a Shia family, which moved in and started paying rent after the house was abandoned by its owner, a former minister in Saddam Hussein’s government. The patriarch and his family [...]

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26.07.07
Profile of a Suicide Killer

Suicide bombings have become a favorite tactic of Pakistani militants due to the influence of the Afghan war, according to Pakistani newspaper Dawn. In Afghanistan, the Taliban is stepping up suicide attacks, especially in the capital of Kabul, aiming to top the 140 bombings it orchestrated last year. Just who are the perpetrators? Dawn asked:  The average age of a [...]

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26.07.07
Overnighting Airliners a Terrorism Risk?

The sheer scale of the U.S. air transport system makes top-to-bottom security nearly impossible, according to Dave Mackett, president of the Airline Pilots Security Alliance. So the Transportation Security Agency’s focus, he says, should be on the biggest security holes instead of the most visible. And that means less emphasis on passenger screenings and more on airplanes parked overnight [...]

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25.07.07
Baghdad Bodycount Back to Pre-Surge Levels?

There was an apparent dip in sectarian killings in Baghdad during the early months of the U.S. and Iraqi “surge.” But now killing have escalated to pre-surge levels, according to Iraq Slogger. Click the thumb. (Thanks, Geoff!)

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25.07.07
$25,000 per Hour to Rent an F-22 for Evil Robot Duty

Hoping for a recruiting and sales boost, the Pentagon and the defense industry pulled out all the stops to supply Transformers director Michael Bay (pictured below) with the fighter jets, warships, tanks, trucks and helicopters he needed to bring his giant-robots epic to life. The cost to Bay and studio Paramount? $25,000 an hour for F-22s, for [...]

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24.07.07
Military.com: 82nd Airborne Springs Trap on Insurgents

By DAVID AXE A battalion of paratroopers riding in helicopters swooped down to attack insurgents fleeing heavy fighting in Baghdad and Baqubah on July 12, killing around 30, capturing 23 and freeing three kidnapped Iraqis who had been sentenced to die by an illegitimate terrorist court. No U.S. troops were killed in the battle. Operation [...]

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23.07.07
New Radars for Old Jets = F-22 Compensation

The Air Force has been saying for years that it needs 380 F-22 Raptors to fill out its fighter force, but Congress has capped the program at 180 to keep costs around $60 billion. To make up for the shortfall, the Air Force is considering upgrading 180 of its youngest F-15s with new “electronically scanned” APG-63(v)3 [...]

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23.07.07
Army Overland Train: Hybrids in the 1950s!

In the 1950s, the U.S. Army experimented with a 13-car, 600-foot-long wheeled train that could haul more than a hundred tons of supplies over sand or snow. The kicker: it was a hybrid-electric with many of the same features of the latest military prototypes.  The TC-497 “Overland Train,” designed by earthmoving pioneer R.G. Letourneau, was briefly used to supply Alaskan radar stations and [...]

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