Archive of Feb 2009

28.02.09
Proceedings: Defeating Somali Pirates on Land

A permanent solution to the piracy problem requires “something happening on land,” according to Martin Murphy, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, in Washington, D.C. With Somalia’s 18-year-old civil war still raging, some say even escalating, there is little hope of resolving the piracy crisis at its source. But pirate networks [...]

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27.02.09
Kyle’s Links 2/27/09

* The fine print on defense spending * Inside the Bangladesh mutiny * After 37 years, Arjun tank almost ready for trials * North Korean special forces: elite, shoe-less * 1 MILF killed, 5 wounded in clash with government troops

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27.02.09
Royal Navy Still Sinking: Eight More Warships to Go

In 1997, the British government said the Royal Navy needed 32 frigates and destroyers to protect the country’s interests. Today, the Royal Navy has just 22 surface warships. With the Type 45 destroyer program cut in half to just six vessels, surface combatant numbers will drop again, to as low as 14 under current plans, [...]

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27.02.09
Video: Kennedy Mwale’s Big (Pirate) Adventure

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/LHXEzlP_oAg" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/MUp09VEp094" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] (Video: me)

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26.02.09
Obama Defense Cuts = Strong Medicine for Unhealthy Pentagon (Updated and Bumped)

President Barack Obama will unveil his 2010 budget on Thursday, and the military expects big cuts to their spending plans. How big? The Navy was hoping for as much as $26 billion a year to build ships, and will probably get only $14 billion. The Air Force is desperate for 60 more F-22 fighters at [...]

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26.02.09
Video: War Bots and the Littoral Combat Ship

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/3WQCvtpsDLY" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] Starring: Commander Kris Doyle and Commander Don Gabrielson, from USS Freedom. (Video: me)

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25.02.09
Growler Chomps on Raptor

A Navy EA-18G Growler electronic-attack jet has killed an Air Force F-22 Raptor stealth fighter in an air-war exercise, according to Stephen Trimble, reporting for his blog The DEW Line: As we chatted about interference cancellation systems, I couldn’t help but notice an odd decal decorating the side of the fuselage. I asked the pilot: [...]

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25.02.09
Kyle’s Links 2/25/09

* Kim Jong-Il spotted in missile test area, launch may be in the works * Mutiny reported in Bangladeshi army * Three killed as Armenia, Azerbaijan exchange fire on border * Russian officers responsible for 25 percent of all service crimes * Iraq: U.S. can leave early if we’re properly equipped

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24.02.09
Somali Was First American Suicide Bomber

In October, a suicide bomber killed 30 people in northern Somalia, a region once considered fairly safe compared to rest of the war-torn country. Now it appears the bomber was an American, making him our first home-grown suicide jihadist. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has more: “It appears that this individual was radicalized in his hometown in [...]

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24.02.09
Osprey’s “Distributed Ops” Amplifies Marine Corps

The Marine Corps ain’t big: just around 200,000 people, counting activated reservists. But they’re very good at everything they do, from “forced entry” (a.k.a., “invasion”) to counter-insurgency. So how do we do more with the Marines we’ve got? By spreading them out to cover more ground, that’s how. The Marines call this “distributed operations,” and [...]

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24.02.09
Axe’s Number-One Proposal for Saving U.S. Defense Dollars in Light of the Global Economic Crisis

Invade fewer countries.

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24.02.09
Who Watches the (Pirate) Watchers?

Who makes sure that Somali pirates, captured by the U.S. military’s Combined Task Force 151, are treated right? Navy Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), that’s who. This according to defpro: NCIS Special Agent Keith Allen brings more than 15 years of local and federal law enforcement expertise to CTF-151. “NCIS is making sure the proper guidelines [...]

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