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Intelligence Contractor Oversight, and More from CRS

Effective oversight of intelligence community contractors is a particularly difficult exercise since the reliability of official data on contractor activities is uncertain and most of it is classified and inaccessible to outsiders, a new report from the Congressional Research Service explains. Show More Summary

Monday morning feel good story

From Chief Tango comes a story which happened in Phoenix, Arizona, where a homeowner stepped out of his house and three other fellows rushed into his home, one with a knife. The homeowner then drew his own firearm and plugged one of the men who is reportedly in critical condition. The others fled the scene. […]

US’s Loss of Kyrgyzstan Means Losing Its Foot hold in Central Asia

On Thursday, the US-Kyrgyz cooperation agreement on aid lost its legal force, following a decision made last month by a Kyrgyz government irritated over Washington’s continued interference in its internal affairs. In an article for RIA Novosti, journalist Vladimir Ardaev explained why losing Bishek is an important blow to US plans for Central Asia. The

Steel Battalion conducts combined live-fire exercise with ROK partners

CAMP CASEY, South Korea: Improved combat capabilities and greater operational understanding in the joint environment are two of the most important outcomes of combined training among Republic of Korea, or ROK, and U.S. Soldiers. As a...Show More Summary

Iran unveils new short range ballistic missile

Tehran: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani unveiled the country’s latest domestically produced surface to surface missile on Saturday, saying such weapons are necessary for defence in the Middle East. The Fateh (Winner) 313 ballistic missile has a 500-kilometre (300 miles) range and features more advanced sensors and technology, according to Sepah News, the website of Iran’s

Blast rips through building at US military depot in Japan

A blast ripped through a warehouse at a US military post near Tokyo early Monday, according to Japanese officials and the Pentagon, triggering a fire, but no injuries had been reported. The explosion occurred at a building at the US Army Sagami General Depot in the city of Sagamihara, some 25 miles (40 kilometres) southwest

US Army Awards Contract for RQ-11B Raven UAVs for Spanish Army

AeroVironment, Inc. today announced it has received a contract from the United States Army totaling $3.4 million for RQ-11B Raven unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to supply the Spanish Ministry of Defense via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Raven is the most widely used UAS in the world today. It is designed for rapid deployment

North Korea Declares ‘Quasi State of War’

Pyongyang on Friday declared a “a quasi-state of war in frontline areas.” Tensions remain high on the heavily armed border. South Korea fired dozens of artillery rounds at rival North Korea on Thursday after the North lobbed several rounds across the heavily armed border dividing the two. Pyongyang had threatened to take further action unless

US Navy Begins LRASM, F/A-18 Integration Testing

NAS PATUXENT RIVER: The Navy began initial integration testing of its Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) onto the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Aug. 12 at Patuxent River’s Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 facility. The program’s flight test team conducted missile load and fit checks using a mass simulator vehicle, designed to emulate LRASM, in

Belarus, Russia Start Development of New Air Defense System

MOSCOW: Belarus and Russia have started joint development of a new short-range air defense system to replace the outdated Strela-10M systems currently in service with the Russian and the Belarusian armed forces, Belarusian Deputy Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Igor Lotenkov said. “The work is being carried out in the framework of the [Russia-Belarus] Union State.

Czech Republic to Buy Additional Pandur Armored Fighting Vehicles

Government at its meeting today approved the implementation of a public contract for the acquisition of 20 wheeled armored vehicles PANDUR. Specifically, it will be the purchase of 6 pieces of wheeled armored vehicles, command-staff and 14 pieces of wheeled armored vehicles connecting to the landing platform PANDUR II 8×8 including the related logistics support

Stockton Police Fire 600 Rounds In Rolling Gun Battle Killing Hostage

I had missed it when it happened, but the LA Times reminds us on one incident with the Stockton Police Department that ought to calibrate your expectations concerning police. The more than 600 rounds that Stockton police fired during a rolling gun battle with bank robbers last year that left a hostage dead by officers’ […]

MIDS-LVT Contracts; $880.8M to ViaSat & Data Link Solutions | Winner of JLTV Competition Coming Soon | MoD Looking at New Amphibious Vehicle for Royal Marines

Americas The Navy has begun integration testing and certification of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) onto F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft. The missile is scheduled for fielding on the aircraft in 2019, with the LRASM a joint DARPA/Navy development program intended to produce the Navy’s next generation of long-range strike missiles. Show More Summary

A Psychologist Reassured the Stealth Fighter Pilots

Originally published on Nov. 11, 2014. Aviator morale plummeted in 2012 when it became evident that the U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Raptor stealth fighters were choking their pilots. The stealth fliers’ moods got so bad that the flying branch assigned a psychologist to help with “allaying pilot concerns.” That’s one...

Yep, F-117 Stealth Fighters Are Still Flying in 2015

The U.S. Air Force officially retired its 52 surviving F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighters in 2008, transferring their radar-evading attack mission to B-2 bombers, F-22s and — eventually — F-35s. The Air Force claimed it would preserve the F-117s for future use, but it’s possible most of the Nighthawks actually wound...

New Ship-Killing Missiles Make U.S. Navy More Dangerous

The U.S. Navy has begun testing a new, radar-evading, air-launched anti-ship missile — a big step forward in the sailing branch’s march toward a more lethal fleet. In the next few years, the Navy could add three new anti-ship missiles to its warplanes and surface ships, augmenting existing Harpoon missiles...

Pentagon confirms blast at US military post in Japan

A blast ripped through a US military post near Tokyo early Monday, triggering a fire, the Pentagon confirmed, noting that no injuries had been reported. US Navy Commander Bill Urban, a spokesman, said the explosion occurred at a building at the Sagami Depot in the city of Sagamihara, some 25 miles (40 kilometres) southwest of

A number 4 combo with pepper jack please

Suzie-Q and I were on our way back home from our favorite fast food place. It is the one where the employees are always pleasant and are quick to respond that it was their pleasure to serve you if you should offer them a thank you. They will grab your tray if you are finished […]

Remembering Master Sergeant Corey Hood

Posthumously-promoted Master Sergeant Corey Hood, an Army Golden Knights parachutist, who died in a parachuting accident last week, was remembered on Lakota West High School football field by friends and family. From the Associated Press,...Show More Summary

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