U.S. Navy Minemen 2nd Class Matthew Rishovd, left, and Kody Egelhoff, both assigned to High Speed Vessel Two Swift, repair a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration buoy in the Atlantic Ocean Jan. 25, 2008. The Sailors are fixing the buoys to help NOAA collect weather data that could help predict hurricanes and other inclement weather. […]
Month: January 2008
Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter announced today the names of three Virginia class submarines: SSN 780 – USS Missouri SSN 781 – USS California SSN 782 – USS Mississippi SSN 777 USS North Carolina under construction in 2006 General Characteristics, Virginia class Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat Division and Northrop Grumman Newport News […]
From Steve Chapman’s column in the Chicago Tribune last Friday, Surging along to a stalemate: The surge, it’s easy to forget, was not intended merely to improve security, but to facilitate political progress. But of the various legislative actions Bush demanded of the Iraqi government a year ago, the only one it has passed is […]
Is anyone going to be at the SHOT Show this weekend in Las Vegas? If so, drop me a line. I’ll be there again and this year I’m planning to up the daily coverage in a big way, with a bit of the more military-ish weaponry and gear over here but most of the coverage […]
A Defense News editorial urges Keep the LCS (subscription only): The relatively high cost for each lead ship of more than $400 million shouldn’t be a driving consideration. First-of-type ships are always over budget. The DDG 51, arguably the most powerful surface combatant ever built, debuted 17 months late and hundreds of millions of dollars […]
Heartless Libertarian wonders why the military is never included in lists of Recession Proof Jobs. Low unemployment always makes military recruiting tougher.
Photo taken in 1960. Click for closer look. I’ve always been a bit intrigued by the XB-70. I can’t explain why, but I suspect that the raw speed of the thing is a prime attraction. Externally, the XB-70 looks like a bare-bones design that stresses simplicity and function over aesthetics and flair. It doesn’t bother […]
Not that anyone will be surprised by this, but Chris Matthews, the wacky host of MSNBC’s Hardball, is out of his mind. In a segment on Friday with Deroy Murdock (no relation) Matthews was refreshingly honest when he flat out stated “I want to see people disarmed.” Oh, and he also thinks people walking down […]
Jan. 25, 2008 – A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon launches electronic countermeasure flares following an aerial refueling mission over Iraq on Jan. 22, 2008. The aircraft are attached to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Balad Air Base, Iraq. DoD photo.
Piecing Together the Dark Legacy of East Germany’s Secret Police Decent article, but I’m always amused by so many people going “Wow! Now that Communism has fallen we’re learning all of these terrible, terrible things! Who would have ever guess that so much bad was going on?” Like it’s been some big secret, or something. […]