Archive of Jul 2009

31.07.09
Kyle’s Links 7/31/09

by KYLE MIZOKAMI * Housing + tarmac = modern Japan’s first overseas base? * China crafting ROE for anti-terror forces * Afghanistan’s McChrystal may ask for more troops * U.S. Navy admits not so good at managing shipbuilding * Secret pact between Lebanese military, Hezbollah alleged

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30.07.09
Navy Studies Super-Speedy SEAL Sub

by DAVID AXE Navy SEALs could speed towards shore in a mini-sub traveling at speeds greater than 100 knots, if one $20-million fringe research program works out. That’s five times faster than the top speed of today’s SEAL mini-subs, which are essentially updated versions of World War II submersibles. “Underwater Express,” under development by the [...]

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29.07.09
Reich in Afghanistan: Welcome to Bagram Airfield City

War Is Boring reporter Jason Reich is in eastern Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division. by JASON REICH The Soviet engineers who first built the control tower at Bagram Airfield in the late 1970s could never have imagined that 30 years down the road, their meager control tower would be surrounded by a Burger King, [...]

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29.07.09
Kyle’s Links 7/29/09

by KYLE MIZOKAMI * Taliban issue code of conduct * Navy to conduct “Stellar Avenger” BMD test * 300+ killed in in clashes between extremists, Nigerian government * U.S. troops may withdraw from Iraq faster than expected * N.Z. may pull A’stan reconstruction team, send SAS instead

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29.07.09
World Politics Review: U.S. “Smart Power” Opens Access to Bases

by DAVID AXE Last August, the senior officer aboard the USS Kearsarge, a U.S. Navy ship deployed to Latin America, issued an unusual order. Capt. Frank Ponds ordered the hundreds of sailors, Marines, soldiers and airmen under his command to avoid using the term “troops” when describing themselves to Latin American reporters. The seemingly bizarre [...]

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29.07.09
Chinese Counselor to Americans: Don’t “Lose Any Sleep over China”

by DAVID AXE The latest sad commentary on the intensity of American Chinaphobia: At the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, D.C., this week — a “forum designed to foster closer cooperation between the two global powers,” according to The Wall Street Journal — China‚Äôs state counselor, Dai Bingguo, felt he had to re-assure [...]

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28.07.09
U.S. Trains South Sudan Air Experts?

by DAVID AXE The U.S. Air Force Special Operations School in Hurlburt, Florida, last week launched its inaugural “Building Partner Aviation Capacity Course.” The training course in basic aviation planning “included representatives from the U.S., Costa Rica and Sudan,” the Air Force reported. Costa Rica, sure. But Sudan? Since Washington does not have formal military [...]

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27.07.09
Kyle’s Links 7/27/09

by KYLE MIZOKAMI * Where did FARC get Swedish AT rockets? * U.K. foreign minister: get Taliban to switch sides * Denmark to boost Arctic military capability * Russia, China military maneuvers continue * Hacker facing extradition to U.S. over UFO file search

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26.07.09
Reich, Afghanistan-Bound

War Is Boring reporter Jason Reich is on his way to eastern Afghanistan, to embed with U.S. troops. Check back for regular dispatches.

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26.07.09
India Launches First Indigenous Nuke Sub, Arihant

by DAVID AXE On Sunday the Indian navy launched its first home-built nuclear-powered submarine, the ballistic-missile boat Arihant. The 6,000-ton boat, designed with Russian assistance, now enters a trial period that will last at least two years. Another boomer will begin construction, soon. Previously, only the U.S., Russia, China, France and the U.K. possessed nuke [...]

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26.07.09
Brit Spy Jet Spots Targets for Killer Drones

by DAVID AXE Robotic planes are deadlier than ever, with the advent of the MQ-9 Reaper, flown by the U.S. and U.K. But all attack drones, including Reaper, have a similar problem: their full-motion-video sensors are designed for a narrow, detailed view of the ground below, rather than a “wide-area” stare. Basically, you have to [...]

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26.07.09
Counter-Insurgency Operations in Wardak, Afghanistan

by DAVID AXE The U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division, along with French army trainers (pictured), has been experimenting with counter-insurgency tactics in Wardak, in eastern Afghanistan. World Politics Review reporter Balint Szlanko paid a visit to the unit to see the emerging U.S.-Afghan partnership, complete with Afghan police patrols, armed neighborhood patrols and a major [...]

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