Friday Linkzookery – 10 Nov 2006

Last chance for Valour-IT:

Don’t forget these two books up for auction to help raise $$$:
Marines in the Garden of Eden Richard S. Lowry SIGNED
The Gulf War Chronicles by Richard S. Lowry SIGNED
plus
USAF Thunderbirds Memorabilia Pack

Team AF sure crashed and burned. Time to start the FMEA.

General Atomics ready to launch
The company will build the electromagnetic catapults for the next class of US aircraft carriers.

Campaign to bring aircraft carrier to R.I. gets $6.5 million
Rhode Island would like to make the USS Saratoga a museum ship.

Home Made Spy Sub
“This submarine was built in Russia by Mikhail Puchkov and its first floating nearly ended in getting its owner into the prison.”

With Deadly Accuracy
More on Iraqi snipers.

NY troopers go from 9mm to .45 GAP
Airborne Combat Engineer notes the switch to heavier firepower. US troops, meanwhile, are stuck with the 9mm.

War vets urged to wear medals on V-Day
Military veterans display their medals and service ribbons all day once a year in Australia. It’s a tradition that Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson would like to import to the U.S.

Wal-Mart is selling Nazi SS skull t-shirts
Nice.

List of the 13 Internet enemies in 2006
You won’t be terribly surprised at who made the list.

VFA-213 ‘Blacklions’ Declared “Safe for Flight”
The Blacklions are one of the two F-14 Tomcat squadrons which made the last cruise on the Roosevelt.

Thoughts On The Election Results From A Soldier In Iraq
Heidi at Euphoric Reality says “Read it and weep.”

Pentagon Weighs Global Strike Options
Looking at alternatives to a conventionally-warheaded Trident missile.

USAF to purchase 20 Python 5 missiles – report
The first time we’ve ever bought foreign air-to-air missiles.

Maybe I should start dealing in arms…
Excalibur don’t come cheap.

Air Force seeks to strengthen satellite defense system
I’ve been wondering where, exactly, we currently are on this. Seems that it’s a bigger issue than ever.

Clue: It ain’t Cleveland.
Where’s Waldo II.

The bloody consequences of open borders
I’d like to say that the Dems are sure to drop the ball on the border security. But it’s too late. The GOP already did.

No more wars
World War I and World War II may be dropped from the British curriculum if the national exams board decides they won’t be on the test.

The 8th of November, 1965
…one of the toughest Airborne battles was fought in the jungles of Viet Nam.

Iran-Bound North Korean Ship Detained
Probably just carrying baby milk and walkers for elderly people.

The Future of the Iraq Strategy
A change in strategy may be in order, but how much of a change will it be?

More Duping of America: The Democrats & Media Quagmire Lie
Some interesting comparisons.

10 Sports Stars Who Served
Cool for Veteran’s Day.

Homeland security after the midterms
Rundown at Defense Tech.

Patrick Stewart Conducts the University of Michigan Band
And proclaims “Boldly go and beat the Buckeyes!“. Video and links.

Kenya ups border security on Somalia border
Anyone in the general vicinity of Somalia should be upping security these days.

Carnival of Homeschooling – Library Edition
Yet another good homeschool link round-up. (Wonder if homeschoolers will be dropping WW1 and WW2?)

Carnival of Cordite #79
My guess is that the gunbloggers won’t be dropping WW1 and WW2. Boom.

Democrats in the Internet Age
“On the way to work this morning it struck me that the Democrats haven’t yet had to govern in the Internet Age.”

New Wars has a MiLinks post of its own
Good stuff. You can never have too much zookery.

Gas Prices by County
Locus Medius comments on the chart I posted earlier.

Don’t forget that Bill Roggio is once again Embedding in Iraq.

Finally, if you’ve got a post on your own site or a link that you think MO readers would like, leave it in the comments area of this post or send a trackback. The more zookery, the better.

Comments

  1. Yeah, they could put big bombs on the pointy end of a Trident missile. That satisfies the criteria of the USAF motto: Sure we could buy better, but we just can’t pay more. It is ironic that the only competitor to that stupid idea is a hypersonic airplane. A Mach 3 bomber like we should have had in the ’70s could be anywhere in the world within 5 hours and could be forward based to be almost anywhere within 1 hour. Why walk past the obvious for one of two fringe concepts?

  2. Hey, here’s an idea, let’s export all of our manufacturing capability to China. They’re our friends. China sub stalked U.S. fleet By Bill Gertz THE WASHINGTON TIMES Published November 13, 2006 A Chinese submarine stalked a U.S. aircraft carrier battle group in the Pacific last month and surfaced within firing range of its torpedoes and missiles before being detected, The Washington Times has learned. The surprise encounter highlights China’s continuing efforts to prepare for a future conflict with the U.S., despite Pentagon efforts to try to boost relations with Beijing’s communist-ruled military. The submarine encounter with the USS Kitty Hawk and its accompanying warships also is an embarrassment to the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, Adm. William J. Fallon, who is engaged in an ambitious military exchange program with China aimed at improving relations between the two nations’ militaries. Disclosure of the incident comes as Adm. Gary Roughead, commander of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet, is making his first visit to China. The four-star admiral was scheduled to meet senior Chinese military leaders during the weeklong visit, which began over the weekend. According to the defense officials, the Chinese Song-class diesel-powered attack submarine shadowed the Kitty Hawk undetected and surfaced within five miles of the carrier Oct. 26. The surfaced submarine was spotted by a routine surveillance flight by one of the carrier group’s planes. The Kitty Hawk battle group includes an attack submarine and anti-submarine helicopters that are charged with protecting the warships from submarine attack. According to the officials, the submarine is equipped with Russian-made wake-homing torpedoes and anti-ship cruise missiles. The Kitty Hawk and several other warships were deployed in ocean waters near Okinawa at the time, as part of a routine fall deployment program. The officials said Chinese submarines rarely have operated in deep water far from Chinese shores or shadowed U.S. vessels. A Pacific Command spokesman declined to comment on the incident, saying details were classified. Pentagon spokesmen also declined to comment. The incident is a setback for the aggressive U.S.-China military exchange program being promoted by Adm. Fallon, who has made several visits to China in recent months in an attempt to develop closer ties. However, critics of the program in the Pentagon say China has not reciprocated and continues to deny U.S. military visitors access to key facilities, including a Beijing command center. In contrast, Chinese military visitors have been invited to military exercises and sensitive U.S. facilities. Additionally, military intelligence officials said Adm. Fallon has restricted U.S. intelligence-gathering activities against China, fearing that disclosure of the activities would upset relations with Beijing. The restrictions are hindering efforts to know more about China’s military buildup, the officials said. ‘This is a harbinger of a stronger Chinese reaction to America’s military presence in East Asia,’ said Richard Fisher, a Chinese military specialist with the International Assessment and Strategy Center, who called the submarine incident alarming. ‘Given the long range of new Chinese sub-launched anti-ship missiles and those purchased from Russia, this incident is very serious,’ he said. ‘It will likely happen again, only because Chinese submarine captains of 40 to 50 new modern submarines entering their navy will want to test their mettle against the 7th Fleet.’ Pentagon intelligence officials say China’s military buildup in recent years has produced large numbers of submarines and surface ships, seeking to control larger portions of international waters in Asia, a move U.S. officials fear could restrict the flow of oil from the Middle East to Asia in the future. Between 2002 and last year, China built 14 new submarines, including new Song-class vessels and several other types, both diesel- and nuclear-powered. Since 1996, when the United States dispatched two aircraft carrier battle groups to waters near Taiwan in a show of force, Beijing also has bought and built weapons designed specifically to attack U.S. aircraft carriers and other warships. ‘The Chinese have made it clear that they understand the importance of the submarine in any kind of offensive or defensive strategy to deal with a military conflict,’ an intelligence official said recently. In late 2004, China dispatched a Han-class submarine to waters near Guam, Taiwan and Japan. Japan’s military went on emergency alert after the submarine surfaced in Japanese waters. Beijing apologized for the incursion. The Pentagon’s latest annual report on Chinese military power stated that China is investing heavily in weapons designed ‘to interdict, at long ranges, aircraft carrier and expeditionary strike groups that might deploy to the western Pacific.’ It could not be learned whether the U.S. government lodged a protest with China’s government over the incident or otherwise raised the matter in official channels.