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Eastern Promises

As the great philosopher John Lennon once wrote (in his case, all too presciently), “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Barack Obama has long been making plans to “pivot” American foreign policy...Show More Summary

Why No Army ROTC Marshall Conference at VMI This Year?

2 days agoIndustries / Military : OPFOR

I got curious when I did not see the Army ROTC Marshall Conference on the VMI Calendar this year.  I did a google search and discovered that it is being held not at VMI and the location of the Marshall Museum and Foundation but at Fort...Show More Summary

Monday morning feel good story

Our feel good story this morning comes from Texas; “When officers arrived, they were told several men had come inside the home to rob them,” stated Garland Police Department Public Information Officer Joe Harn. “During the attempted robbery, shots were exchanged between the robbers and the homeowner.” No injuries were reported for the individuals who […]

The Sanctions Illusion

On Monday, the Obama White House dropped another round of sanctions on some of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s cronies, but it’s not clear if this will affect Putin’s policies toward Ukraine. Sanctions are a time-honored technique for punishing a leader who’s misbehaved, or deterring him from misbehaving further. Show More Summary

The Right Goal in Ukraine

At this stage of the Ukraine crisis, the key thing for the West to do is to focus mainly on Ukraine. Yes, the crisis is about more than just Ukraine. It’s also about containing Russia’s new flirtation with empire, demonstrating America’s reliability as an ally, preserving the principle of secure borders, and shaping the future of Europe. Show More Summary

China hits out at Japan over defence spending worries

China dismissed Japanese concerns about its defence spending as “ridiculous” on Thursday after Tokyo commissioned its biggest-ever helicopter carrier. Both sides are boosting their military budgets as they grow increasingly wary of each other’s ambitions in the Asia-Pacific region, facing […]

Merlin Mk3 Begins Royal Navy Sea Trials

The new addition to the Royal Navy’s Merlin family of aircraft has been conducting sea trials onboard the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Lyme Bay, operating daily from the Fleet Air Arm’s West Cornwall Base. The Green Merlin Mk 3 has recently […]

Myanmar Signs Deal to Buy Thunder Fighter from Pakistan

Though four Chinese civilians were killed by bombs dropped by MiG-29 fighters of the Myanmar Air Force, sources from Pakistan’s Ministry of Defense said that a contract had been signed for Islamabad to sell the JF-17 Thunder multirole fighter, also […]

Why Did the Justice Department Indict Five Chinese Military Officers?

At first glance, the Justice Department’s 31-count indictment of five Chinese military officers for hacking into the computers of six American corporations, in order to steal billions of dollars’ worth of industrial secrets, seems a bit odd. Show More Summary

Canadian Supreme Court Rules On Firearms Registry

Yahoo: Ottawa (AFP) – Canada’s high court struck a blow against gun control on Friday, with a decision that clears the way for the federal government to destroy data on owners of rifles and shotguns. Ottawa ordered the database destroyed in 2012, but Quebec went to court to try to stop it, hoping to use […]

GD Gives Up on T-X Trainer | Lockheed Cleans Up on Targeting Pods | Thales & BAE Partner for Counter Mine Unmanned Vessels

Americas General Dynamics has removed itself as prime contractor for the T-100 trainer, a contender for the T-X requirement to provide next-generation trainer jets to replace the T-38. The Air Force released the final set of requirements for the T-X only a matter of days ago and with GD now withdrawing, the ability of manufacturer […]

Hollywood Police Settle Brutality Case

News from Florida: After the Hollywood Police Department declined to investigate his allegations of excessive force, Gozaloff filed a lawsuit claiming police brutality and false arrest stemming from the January 2008 incident. In their reports, the officers alleged Gozaloff, now 54, became irate, ground his own face into the pavement and kicked at them. They […]

Did Peace Just Break Out in Ukraine?

The crisis in Ukraine appears to be over. Not that Ukraine itself is cruising toward democracy and prosperity. That road is littered with obstacles: The country is crippled with debt, mired in corruption, and quaking with instability. Show More Summary

I’m a let you finish

3 days agoIndustries / Military : OPFOR

But Keydet Life is the greatest Comic of all time!   To be honest, I haven’t seen stuff this good since my time with the 2eme Bataillion de France.  Those dudes can draw cartoons, these remind me of those days.  Except for the fact that an entire class would face decimation had we run off to the Keys for five days during exams…wait.

Obama Lays Siege to His Critics

President Obama’s speech at West Point on Wednesday morning could be called a tribute to common sense, except that the sense it made is so uncommon. The ensuing cable pundits’ complaints—that it was insufficiently “muscular???...Show More Summary

Paranoia Strikes Deep

There’s a story that has been showing up on the web that has some folks in a tizzy. Operation Jade Helm is to get underway in July. Note: I chose this source to link to because it covers the other sources well enough. “Seven Southwestern states will soon be infiltrated by 1,200 military special ops personnel […]

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