Friday Linkzookery – 14 Feb 2014

Friday Linkzookery is back, but if you like this quick rundown of links from the previous week Murdoc suggests you also consider giving Murdoc Online’s Facebook page a LIKE. Some of these items were posted there earlier in the week, and much other ‘zookery will be posted as well.

Afghanistan ‘As Good As It’s Going To Get’: Marine Commandant
“That doesn’t mean it’s not frisky.”

Analysts: US Should Cut Carriers, Buy Subs and Work With Allies
Murdoc agrees that subs need to be a priority, but the suggestion of cutting 2-4 more carriers seems insane.

U.S. Air Force reveals modified gunship makes first flight
The AC-130J Ghostrider gunship mounts a 30-mm cannon, AGM-176A Griffin missiles, and GBU-39 small-diameter bomb capabilities.

New U.S. Batman stamp planned in July for 75th anniversary
Holy postal rate increase, Batman!

General says more Marines could be based throughout Africa
“A crisis response force, that could be their primary mission,” Hummer said. “But they could also be doing theater security cooperation training with militaries on the continent.”

Navy’s F-35 Tailhook Passes Initial Tests; Carrier Flights In October
F-35C to being testing aboard USS Nimitz (CVN-68) this fall.

Suicide Bomb Instructor Kills 22 Iraqi Militants in Accidental Detonation
Just when you wonder if there’s a rhyme or reason to anything in this miserable world, you’re reminded that there *must* be a higher power of some sort out there keeping things in order.

Iraq launches $95m snow sports resort in Kurdistan
Iraq is not currently the obvious choice for a ski holiday but the Korek Mountain Resort in Kurdistan is hoping to change that.

GPS III Launch Date to Slip; ‘Patience is Wearing Thin’ With Payload Maker
Lockheed Martin and its subcontractor Exelis are getting on the Space Command’s nerves.


  1. Re Marine general saying more Marines could be based in Africa.

    As an American tax payer I’d like to point out that there is a stretch of 2000 or so miles from California to Texas that could use some more Marines and Soldiers. In fact it could use a lot more.

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