General Dynamics wins $6 million contract from Army
For a remotely-operated version of the upcoming XM307 crew-served weapon.
Mars rovers showing signs of age
Designed for 90 days, they’ve lasted for 22 months.
U.S. Ship Plan To Cost 20% More
Plans for a 313-ship fleet. Lots of good info on building schedules and options. Sticks with 11 carriers, only drop to 48 attack subs instead of rumored lower levels, and the first CG(X) in 2011.
Official Debunks Myths About Military Recruits
MO already noted the fact that the airplay some of this was getting didn’t appear to even be supported by the articles themselves, let alone the GAO report they were based upon.
The Australian: DEFENSE
A huge round-up of links about the Australian armed forces. Major thanks to the reader who sent it in.
Why Australia Went With the F-35
I don’t think the Aussies get enough credit for their steadfastness in the face of world opinion
More Linkzookery below the fold!
Spc. Robert Shane Pugh
“As he lay dying, he directed life saving efforts for the man who was injured with him, saving that man’s life.” Another one I meant to point out and forgot.
The Good, the Bad, and the Heavily Armed
Mike the Marine via a reader. Old post but good.
U.S. Air Force Exploring Upgrading Or Replacing HC-130 Tankers
As if the 767 Tanker fiasco isn’t enough, the USAF is also looking to replace the tankers for the Combat Search-and-Rescue units.
Army Transforms Antitank Unit Mission
Instead of containing anti-tank platoons, the brigades will now be supported by TOW anti-tank companies.
Military Bomb Dog May Get an Early Out
Bomb-sniffer may be adopted by handler who was wounded in Iraq.
Integrated Next-Generation Technologies Key To Better Control Of Borders, Chertoff Says
Nobody even pretends that we control our southern border. Why doesn’t anyone care?
Airborne laser achieves full power in ground test
If anything is going to be a real long-term solution to ICBMs, this is probably it.
Keep the Air in Army
Light tactical transport, arranged and performed by those most motivated to git-er-done.
Top Ten Villainous Moments in Comic Book History
I used to collect comics. I’ve got to say that I more or less am buying this list.
Kearsarge Awarded Combat Action Ribbon
For being missed by a rocket in Jordan last August? Seriously?
VAW 124 first in the Gulf with new props
The first time the new 8-bladed prop on the E-2C Hawkeye has been used in the Persian Gulf. They’re quieter, easier to maintain, and they create less vibration than the standard 4-blade prop.
Janes.com Christmas Crossword
Naval-themed. Interactive or in .doc format. Very cool.
Congo scrambles to organize first poll in 40 years
Okay. I admit it. I don’t know the first damn thing about Congo politics.
Study finds problems with unmanned craft
We are in the infancy of the UAV. Well, they’re toddlers. Anyway, these problems aren’t anything serious.
Elbit Systems ORCWS 25-30 Unmanned Turret System Completes Field Trials
A lightweight, remotely-operated turret for light armored vehicles capable of mounting 25mm or 30mm cannon.
Ukraine May Host US Radars
US radars in Sevastopol? Are you freaking kidding me?
Navy’s last 2 battleships may become museums
Hey, were you guys aware of this? What do you think of that idea? (Murdoc: [Ducks for cover])
Thank A Soldier Week begins Monday
Go check it out and leave your two cents. Or more, if you can afford it.
Cat Officer stuff
When 99.99% just ain’t good enough
Debunking the “New Orleans Flooded Because it is Below Sea Level’ Myth
The myth I’ve heard is that it was flooded because George Bush hates black people.
“[Mexican President Vincente] Fox, speaking in Tamaulipas state across the border from Texas, said such extreme security measures would violate immigrants’ rights.” Immigrants’ rights?
Multi-culti Policy and the Sydney Beach Riots
“Democracy, immigration, multiculturalism. Pick any two.”
Design & Preparations Continue for Britain’s New CVF Future Carrier
DID has another great carrier-related post up.
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