For the crew of U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey number 06-0031, a lot of things went wrong on the early morning of April 9, 2010, in southern Afghanistan. A series of alleged pilot errors and possible mechanical failures sent the speedy, hybrid aircraft — which takes off and lands like a helicopter but cruises like an airplane — crashing to the ground.
Archived posts from category ‘Media Spin’
The conspiracy to foist an overweight, underpowered, overpriced fighter jet on the U.S. military has just gotten a little more Byzantine. Aviation Week, arguably the number-one defense trade publication in the U.S. — and my former employer — has removed its top aviation reporter from the F-35 beat. “The editorial team has decided that Bill Sweetman will not be covering the F-35 program for a period of time,” the Washington, D.C.-based magazine stated.
“There is no other time than the night of The White House Correspondents Dinner when Washington is more out of touch with the country it guides and informs,” Wendy Button writes at The Huffington Post.
[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/fTrz6Xrm3Xc" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /] The Ukrainian Merchant Vessel Faina was captured by Somali pirates in September 2008 while carrying 33 T-72 tanks and other arms through the Indian Ocean. Some sources said the tanks were bound for Sudanese rebels; the Kenyan government claimed the tanks had been ordered by its own army. In [...]
Info War Strategy for Robots
“Robots will figure prominently in the future of warfare, whether we like it or not,” Matt Armstrong writes in the latest issue of Serviam: They will provide perimeter security, logistics, surveillance, explosive ordinance disposal, and more because they fit strategic, operational, and tactical requirements for both the irregular and “traditional” warfare of the future. While [...]