Thursday, October 19, 2017

US Abrams tanks sway the battle in Kirkuk

U.S. M1A1 Abrams tanks supplied to the Iraqi Army provided an asymmetrical advantage over Kurdish Peshmerga and security forces during the battle of Kirkuk, according to witnesses. In 2003 Kurds reclaimed the oil rich city, but that unraveled in lighting speed on October 16, when Iraqi forces led by U.S.-supplied Abrams tanks spearheaded towards the K1 airfield and an industrial zone just south of the city. Iraqi convoys were led by Abrams tanks, followed by Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces, or PMF, in U.S. Humvees and trucks. The convoy that struck the industrial complex just south of Kirkuk had five Abrams tanks in it.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Trump to soldier's widow - "he knew what he signed up for"

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said a Florida congresswoman "fabricated" an account of him telling the widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in Niger that her husband "knew what he signed up for." Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson said she was in the car with Myeshia Johnson on Tuesday on the way to Miami International Airport to meet the body of Johnson's husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, when Trump called. Wilson said she and others heard part of the conversation on speakerphone.
In yet another early morning tweet Trump said ... "Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!" Trump wrote without specifying what proof he had. No 'proof' has been forthcoming.

Wilson stood by her account, telling CNN on Wednesday that "the president evidently is lying, because what I said is true." Wilson said she and others in the car with Johnson heard Trump. Wilson said, "He doesn't even know how to sympathize with people. We're grieving. This is a grieving community. ... It's disgraceful for him to even tweet about this. And as I say, this gentleman has a brain disorder and he needs to be checked out."

Saturday, October 14, 2017

309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group - AMARG

The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), often called The Boneyard, is a United States Air Force aircraft and missile storage and maintenance facility in Tucson, Arizona.

AMARG takes care of more than 4,400 aircraft, which makes it the largest aircraft storage and preservation facility in the world.

The hard soil makes it possible to move aircraft around without having to pave the storage areas.
AMARG was established in 1946 as the 4105th Army Air Force Unit to house B-29 and C-47 aircraft. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was chosen because of Tucson's low humidity, infrequent rainfall, alkaline soil and high altitude of 2,550 feet, reducing rust and corrosion.

Friday, October 6, 2017

US approves $15 billion THAAD missile defense sale to Saudi Arabia

The US State Department has approved the sale of a anti-missile defense system to Saudi Arabia at an estimated cost of $15 billion. Saudi Arabia is expected to purchase 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) launchers and 360 missiles, as well as fire control stations and radars. Lockheed Martin Co is the prime contractor for the THAAD system, with Raytheon Co playing an important role in the system's deployment.
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Friday, September 29, 2017

Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria - "get out"

Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria had an important message for U.S. Air Force Academy cadets. Five black cadet candidates at the academy’s preparatory school in Colorado Springs had found racial slurs written on the message boards on their doors. Silveria urged cadets to reach for their phones. “I want you to videotape this so you have it, so you can use it — so that we all have the moral courage together,” he said, surrounded by 1,500 of the academy’s faculty, administrators and athletic coaches. “If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, get out.”
Silveria’s forceful denunciation has been heard far beyond the walls of the academy in Colorado, introducing the veteran officer to a national audience.

He said his speech was intended to show the cadets that they were all united “as an institution protecting these values.” In his 32-year career, Silveria has nearly 4,000 hours of flight time, including combat missions over Iraq and the Balkans, making him one of the Air Force’s most experienced pilots

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Senate approves defence bill providing US military with $700 billion cash injection

The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a sweeping defence policy bill that would pump $700 billion into the military. Senators passed the legislation by an 89-8 vote on Monday. The measure authorizes $700 billion in military spending for the budget year that begins 1 October. Approved by the Armed Services Committee by a 27-0 vote in late June, the overall Senate bill provides $640 billion for core Pentagon operations, such as buying weapons and paying troops, and another $60 billion for wartime missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.

Trump's budget request sought $603 billion for basic functions and $65 billion for overseas missions. The bill includes $8.5 billion to strengthen US. missile and defence systems.

Friday, September 22, 2017

‘Rocket Man’ Kim Jong Un calls Donald Trump a ‘Dotard’

North Korean retaliation was all but inevitable after U.S. President Donald Trump name-called its leader, Kim Jong Un. And so Kim “Rocket Man” fired back with — dotard. Delivered in Korean and later translated into English as “mentally deranged U.S. dotard”
The last word had many running to the dictionary.
According to the Merriam-Webster’s website, “Dotard, which comes from the Middle English word ‘doten’ (meaning ‘to dote’), initially had the meaning of ‘imbecile’ when it began being used in the 14th century.”

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Trump threatens 'total destruction' of North Korea in United Nations speech

President Donald Trump has said the United States will be forced to "totally destroy" North Korea unless Pyongyang backs down from its nuclear challenge. Loud murmurs filled the green-marbled UN General Assembly hall.

Unless North Korea backs down, he said, "We will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea." Many are considering the remarks genocidal.

Monday, September 18, 2017

US deploys stealth jets and bombers as China-Russia naval drills held near North Korea

The US flew four F-35B stealth fighter jets and two B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula on Monday in a show of force after North Korea’s latest nuclear and missile tests. They were the first flights since the North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3 and staged an intermediate-range missile test over Japan last Friday.

China and Russia began a joint naval exercise east of the Korean peninsula. The drill will be held in waters between the Russian port of Vladivostok and the southern part of the Sea of Okhotsk, further north

Sunday, September 17, 2017

U.S. Air Force chaplain - All other faiths 'Serving Satan'

A U.S. Air Force chaplain who ministers to thousands of men and women at an Ohio base is asserting that Christians in the U.S. Armed Forces “serve Satan” and are “grossly in error” if they support service members' right to practice other faiths.

Captain Sonny Hernandez, an Air Force Reserve chaplain for the 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, criticized Christian service members who rely on the Constitution “and not Christ.”
“Christian service members who openly profess and support the rights of Muslims, Buddhists, and all other anti-Christian worldviews to practice their religions are grossly in error, and deceived. Counterfeit Christians in the Armed forces will appeal to the Constitution, and not Christ means they have no accountability for their souls (Heb. 13:17)".

A retired Air Force officer says Hernandez is evidence of the trickle-down effect of President Donald Trump's relationship with the far fringes of the Christian right.
And here is the oath Captain Sonny Hernandez swore to God ...

‘I , _____ , do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.’

Saturday, September 9, 2017

'Appallingly Bad' F35s costing UK plenty

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) will pay around £80 million ($103 million) more for its F-35s, which have faced widespread criticism due to a number of technical mishaps, undermining their performance in almost every key area. The UK is purchasing 138 F-35s for use by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. Weapons experts have blasted the MoD’s £150 billion order, as the aircraft is plagued by an “unbelievably abnormal number of issues.”

A leading aviation analyst blasted the costly planes saying their “maneuverability is appallingly bad." It has terrific problems trying to fly fast at low altitude. “It overheats, and when you detect the overheating, you have to open the bomb bay doors to cool the missiles that are inside.” More serious, dozens of F-35s were grounded after five pilots suffered hypoxia. The cause of the oxygen-supply malfunction remains unknown, but the stealth fighter jets returned to action after 11 days.

A UK F-35 report found the ‘only thing stealthy’ to be ‘the price tag’.

Lockheed Chief Financial Officer Bruce Tanner boasted that his company’s profits are likely to increase.
The plane’s operational software remains a serious weakness and may not be compatible with the Royal Navy ships. Even Britain’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, may be unable to receive transmissions from the planes. These technical faults compelled the US Department of Defense (DoD) to spend nearly $4 billion to modernize the fighter jets. Lockheed Martin made almost $89 million in profit at the expense of British taxpayers in just three months by repairing the jets.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

North Korea nuclear threat: Mattis warns of 'massive military response'

Pentagon chief James Mattis says any threat to the US or its allies by North Korea will be met with a "massive military response". His comments came after a national security briefing with President Donald Trump about the secretive communist state's latest nuclear test.

The UN Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss an international response. Meanwhile, President Trump has warned that America may stop trading with any country that does business with the North.

Seismologists' equipment started picking up readings of an earth tremor in the area where North Korea has conducted nuclear tests before. The US Geological Survey put the tremor at 6.3 magnitude. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said there was no doubt this was North Korea's sixth nuclear test.