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Pentagon braces for possible government shutdown

The Pentagon on Thursday warned of possible weapons delays and other military ramifications if the government shuts down over a budget deal impasse or passes a stop-gap spending bill to avert it. The US government is facing the looming prospect of shutting down as Republicans and Democrats wrangle over federal spending. Top leaders from both

Qatar Acquires An Additional 12 Rafale

SAINT-CLOUD, France — In the presence of the President of the French Republic, Mr. Emmanuel Macron, and his Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Qatar Armed Forces and Dassault Aviation signed an agreement on future cooperation and the exercise of an option for 12 Rafale. This new order follows on from the contract

Pentagon admits more troops in Syria than previous reports

According to Stars & Stripes, the Pentagon admits that there are about 2,000 pairs of boots on the ground – about 4 times more US troops in Syria than the previous administration admitted; In Syria, under Obama administration accounting practices known as Force Management Levels, the Pentagon only acknowledged 503 troops in Syria, though officials […]

CNN: Donald Trump — keeper of promises

Yesterday, President Trump honored another campaign promise – he announced that the US would move our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Of course, the media expressed their surprise that he would do what he said he’d do. In CNN, Stephen Collinson writes, you know, how dare he? So far, the President has not paid a […]

Anthony Pisano; alleged triple murderer

Last September, 31-year-old Steven Cook, 48-year-old Kenneth Hartman, and 31-year-old Daniel McCreadie were murdered at Cook’s business “Bullion Brothers” in Anchorage, Alaska. The police suspect Anthony Pisano, a 43-year-old Army retiree who owns H&G Tactical Solutions, a local security company. Show More Summary

Canada to shun Boeing, goes for Aussie Super Hornets | MQ-8C will enter IOC testing next spring | Su-57 prototype flies with new engine

Americas It has been reported that Canada has scrapped an earlier plan to buy F/A-8 Super Hornets from manufacturer Boeing, and instead will sign next week a deal to buy second-hand models from the Australian government. A previous plan would have seen Canada obtain 18 new Super Hornet fighter jets as part of its interim […]

76th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

Seventy-six years ago today we were “suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan” leading to our ultimate involvement in the war which the rest of the world had been fighting for more than two years. Wiki records our casualties on that day; All eight U.S. Navy battleships were […]

Thursday morning feel good stories

From West Jordan, Utah; “Around 2:30 the motion detectors started going off,” the homeowner said. “I looked at the camera and saw a man walking up our driveway and climb into our vehicle.” With bear mace in hand, the homeowner charged outside. “He climbed out of the car and started running I chased him for […]

Canada Preparing to Replace its CF-18 Hornets

CF-18, 20-year colors (click to view full) Canada’s 138 “CF-18s” were delivered between 1982-1988, but accidents and retirements have reduced the fleet to about 103, with only 79 upgraded F/A-18 AM/BM Hornets still operational. The CF-18s are expected to be phased out between 2017 – 2023. Maintenance and upgrades will remain necessary until then, and […]

MQ-8 Fire Scout VTUAV Program: By Land or By Sea

MQ-8B Fire Scout (click to view full) A helicopter UAV is very handy for naval ships, and for armies who can’t always depend on runways. The USA’s RQ/MQ-8 Fire Scout Unmanned Aerial Vehicle has blazed a trail of firsts in this area, but its history is best described as “colorful.” The program was begun by […]

Liberty Doll On Fixing NICS

Via David.  Posted under “gun control,” because that’s what it is, plain and simple.

Australia’s MH-60R Maritime Helicopters

MH-60Rs fire Hellfire (click to view full) Australia’s AIR 9000, Phase 8 project aimed to buy 24 modern naval helicopters to 16 existing S-70B-2 Seahawks, along with the disastrous A$1.1 billion, 11-helicopter SH-2G “Super Seasprite” acquisition attempt. With a total sales and support value of over A$ 3 billion, it was a highly coveted award. […]

HMS Queen Elizabeth prepares for commissioning into the Royal Navy

Today HMS Queen Elizabeth formally commissions in the presence of the ship’s sponsor, Her Majesty the Queen. This ceremony marks […]

Russia’s Su-57 Fifth-Generation Fighter Makes First Flight with New Engine

Russia’s Su-57 fifth-generation stealth air superiority fighter, also known as T-50, had performed its first test flight with a new-generation engine, a source in the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry told reporters on Tuesday. “Russia’s newest fifth generation fighter, T-50, performed its maiden flight with the second stage engine on December 5, 2017, at the

Boeing KC-46A Tanker for U.S. Air Force Completes First Flight

The first Boeing [NYSE: BA] KC-46A tanker that will be delivered to the U.S. Air Force next year successfully completed its first flight and airborne tests today, taking off from Paine Field at 10:32 a.m. PST and landing approximately three-and-one-half hours later. “Today’s flight is another milestone for the Air Force/Boeing team and helps move

Israel says F-35 stealth fighter jets operational

JERUSALEM: Israel’ military on Wednesday declared its newly acquired F-35 stealth fighters operational, making it the first country outside of the United States to put the ultra hi-tech jets into service. The Israeli Air Force currently has nine jets out of the total of 50 it has agreed to buy. The aim of the purchase

China says Indian drone ‘invaded’ its airspace, crashed

An Indian drone has “invaded” China’s airspace and crashed, Chinese state media said on Thursday, months after the neighbors ended one of their worst border standoffs in decades. “The Indian move violated China’s territorial sovereignty. We strongly express our dissatisfaction and opposition,” Xinhua news agency cited the deputy director of the army’s western theater combat

Derlyn Roberts speaks gibberish in sign language

Andy11M sends us a link to the story of Derlyn Roberts who was the sign language translator for a press conference for the Tampa Police Department as they talked about the arrest of their local serial killer. Roberts was a felon just released from prison last year for identity theft according to MSN; Rachelle Settambrino, […]

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act Of 2017

I had covered this act (H.R. 38 and H.R. 4477) here, albeit briefly.  I was skeptical.  Now I’ve read the bill, and I’m even more skeptical and I have begun to trust my initial inclinations on things like this.  I’ve covered gun rights and politics long enough to know a turd pile when I smell […]

VA’s veteran card system overloaded

Last week, the Veterans’ Affairs Department unveiled their system to issue ID cards to veterans who didn’t have other ways to prove their veteran status. The online system promptly became overloaded with requests and quit working, according to Stars & Stripes. The website that veterans were instructed to apply for them, vets.gov, contained a message […]

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