Friday Linkzookery – 22 Sep 2006

Peter Rabbit Tank Killer
“You may all play in the wood if you wish, but, Peter, you and your naughty cousin Benjamin Bunny are not to antagonize Mr. McGregor nor blow up any Panzer tanks today”

FOB Tacoma – Military news from the Forward Operating Base of Destiny
Michael Gilbert, one of the best Stryker reporters out there, is blogging.

Sunday Ship History: Q-ships
EagleSpeak on the naval wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing.

Drawing the Battlelines in Anbar
Bill Roggio says the reports of the “loss of Anbar” are, um, inaccurate.

Iraqi Tribes Turn on al Qaeda
Also in Anbar, tribes have agreed to raise a 30,000 man force to combat terrorists and foreign fighters.

The Top-Secret Warplanes of Area 51
Stealth jets? Hypersonic bombers? What’s really being developed at the military’s most famous classified base?

Exclusive clip of the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Polecat high altitude UAV in flight
Speaking of secret stuff…Parts don’t seem to play right but give it a try.

B-52 successfully tests alternative jet engine fuel
Two of the BUFF’s eight engines ran on the synthetic fuel. They will cold-weather test the stuff in January or February.

Lake City on pace for 1.3 billion rounds ’07
ACE notes that It takes a lot of ammo to kill a few thousand bad guys

Lots of pictures.

New Orleans flooding interactive graphic
Very cool look at how it happened. Via the Ministry.

Navy Slashes Aviation Budget
Procurement plans for many models are scaled back. The MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV, in particular, is cut back.

The changing shape of future aircraft
Forget swing-wings. This is morph-wings.

Poland wants US pact in exchange for missile silos
US missile defense base in Poland?

CVN 78 Ship Specification Signed
It should be the “America”-class aircraft carriers.

General Explains Decision to Refrain From Targeting Taliban Funeral
I remain unsure of what to think about this.

Heavy helicopter recovery mission successful in Al Anbar
Leave no whirlybird behind.

Crackdown on MilBlogs?
The blog of an Australian army officer in Iraq has up and vanished.

Iran Favors Asymmetric Strategy In Joust With US
At this point in time, it seems that no one is would be willing to go toe to toe with Uncle Sam.

Pentagon Hot Dog Stand, Cold War Legend, to be Torn Down
First the battleships. Then the F-14 Tomcats. Now this. There’s just no place for a hot dog stand in the war against terrorism.

Purple Heart Collection
This guy has collected a lot of Purple Heart medals and posts the story along with a pic.

Suits for Space Spies
Space suits for the Air Force’s cancelled Manned Orbiting Laboratory were recently found in a NASA storeroom.

Engine runs take Lockheed Martin F-35 closer to first flight
With picture.

Sure Strike
Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control has revealed it is working on a new long-range strike weapon, designated Cruise Missile Extreme Range (XR).

Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky on The Fellowship of the Ring
We should examine carefully what’s being established here in the prologue. For one, the point is clearly made that the “master ring,” the so-called “one ring to rule them all,” is actually a rather elaborate justification for preemptive war on Mordor.

Go back to paper ballots, says e-voting expert
I hate to bang this drum again when it seems likely that e-voting irregularities are sure to be a charge made by Democrats if the elections don’t go as planned, but I am truly concerned that electronic voting is bad for democracy.

Send the Brits in Iraq and the ‘stan some cheer
British soldiers, fighting a war even more unpopular back inthe UK than it is here, get little support from the folks back home. You can help a bit.


  1. The graphic for the wing-morphing plane actually labels one of the wing positions as ‘attack position.’ I wonder if they saw Star Wars… [comment restored after accident deletion during anti-spamming]

  2. That morphing wing is the stupidest thing I’ve seen in a while. What an embarrassment the Skunk Works has become to the name. X-33, aerocraft, and now this. Someone should tell them there have been ‘morphing wing’ airplanes flying for quite some time, the XB-70, B-1, F/B-111, and F-14. I think they should name this one the shrieker. There is an uncanny resemblance.