Archive of Feb 2012

29.02.12
Danger Room: Trillion-Dollar Stealth Fighter Cleared for Flight Training

The Air Force’s F-35A Joint Strike Fighter is finally cleared to begin introductory flights at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida — four months late.

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29.02.12
Danger Room: Big Sis Can’t Quit the Drug War

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Three years ago, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that the war on drugs “had not worked” — and admitted that the American appetite for narcotics “fuels the drug trade.” But now Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano would like to take that all back. It’s full steam ahead for the drug [...]

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28.02.12
Danger Room: The Air Force Still Doesn’t Know What’s Choking Its Stealth Fighter Pilots

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN America’s newest stealth fighters have a major problem: their pilots can’t breathe, due to some sort of malfunction in the planes’ oxygen-generation systems. For months, the Air Force has been studying the problem, which temporarily grounded the entire fleet of F-22 Raptors and may have contributed to a pilot’s death. Today, the [...]

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28.02.12
The Diplomat: U.S. Getting a New Bomber

The U.S. Air Force is making progress on a new long-range bomber, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said at a trade conference in Florida last week. “There’s a competition,” Donley said, according to DoDBuzz.

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27.02.12
Danger Room: Cultural Cluelessness Threatens U.S. Commando Strategy

In one sense, the U.S.-led coalition has itself to blame for the riots and killings that have raged across Afghanistan in the wake of last week’s accidental burning of the Koran by American forces. Too many U.S. troops habitually disrespect their Afghan trainees, according to some of the elite forces who head up those training sessions. And those small, tactical acts of cultural stupidity can lead to a strategic moment, like the one we’re having now.

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27.02.12
Danger Room: Some U.S. Forces ‘Step Back’ From Afghan Training, Despite Pentagon Pledge

The official line from the Pentagon is that U.S. forces will still work hand in glove with their Afghan counterparts, even after an Afghan Interior Minister employee murdered two American troops on Saturday. But some elite units are already reducing cooperation with the Afghans until anger over U.S. troops burning the Koran dies down, casting doubts on the Pentagon’s assurances that no change in U.S. strategy is necessary.

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27.02.12
The Diplomat: Afghanistan’s Race Against Time

Ali Mohamed has a surprise for his U.S. Army advisers. An explosive one. It’s right here in his backpack.

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23.02.12
After Life-and-Death Struggle, One Vet is ‘Living the Dream’

by KEVIN KNODELL This truly is a man living his dream. That’s all I can think as Bruce Bjorklund explains to me that he plays video games for research, and that any game he buys is a work expense. He does this in his role as a game designer at Gas Powered Games. I think [...]

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23.02.12
Danger Room: Sacré Bleu! French Drone Documents Stolen From Paris Train Station

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN There are thieves out there who want your luggage, which is why you should never leave it unattended. There are also spies who want your confidential documents about your next-gen spy drone. You probably don’t want to leave those alone either. That’s apparently what happened to two Dassault Aviation employees earlier this [...]

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23.02.12
AOL Defense: A Glimpse Inside Special Forces Training of Top Afghan Cops; Rule of Law Vs. Corruption

AFGHANISTAN: International Special Operations forces play an important but largely unheralded role in Afghanistan. American Army Rangers, Green Berets and Delta Force, along with Navy SEALs and Air Force specialists work with the best from Britain, Australia, New Zealand and a host of other allied nations to kill and capture insurgents and terrorists. They also train Afghan militia, police and soldiers.

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22.02.12
Danger Room: Mexican Mayhem Fuels U.S. ‘Bodyguard’ Boom

by ROBERT BECKHUSEN On the surface, the drug war across the border boils down to a conflict between Mexico’s military and rival groups of cartels. This is true, but it leaves out Mexico’s other conflict — one fought against civilians through kidnapping, extortion and assassination. Little wonder that those who can afford it are now [...]

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22.02.12
The Diplomat: Drone Warfare Goes Local

In the more than 15 years since the U.S. Air Force flew the first modern drones in combat over the Balkans, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles have become a staple of high-tech warfare.

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