Military & Defense

AT4s to Iraq

AT4 in Iraq

U.S. Sending Iraq Antitank Weapons to Thwart Militants’ Bombings The U.S. is sending Iraq’s military 1,000 antitank weapons to defend against armored vehicles jury-rigged by Islamic State into otherwise unstoppable suicide bombs like those it used to capture Ramadi. The weapons, due for delivery by mid-June under plans that already were under way, will give […]

US Navy cutting F-35C Buy

F-35C First Arrestment aboard USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on 03 November 2014. CDR Tony Wilson was flying CF-03 and LCDR Ted Dyckman was flying CF-05.

F-35Cs Cut Back As U.S. Navy Invests In Standoff Weapons The U.S. Navy has reduced its planned buys of the Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter by almost one-third over the fiscal 2016-2020 Future Years Defense Program (FYDP), while committing almost $800 million to new standoff weapon developments and canceling the only missile program that […]

Armored John Deer 200LC Filling Barriers

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HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Jan. 25, 2009) Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7 place dirt into Hescoe protective barriers utilizing an up-armored excavator at a forward operating base. NMCB-7 is deployed to Afghanistan to provide contingency construction support to Alliance forces supporting NATO International Security Assistance Forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael B. Lavender/Released)

R2-D2 Opens Up

The MK-15 Phalanx close-in weapons system fires a short burst during a pre-aim calibration fire aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65). Chosin is underway for routine training. (U.S. Navy photo by Fire Controlman 2nd Class Andrew Albin/Released)

The MK-15 Phalanx close-in weapons system fires a short burst during a pre-aim calibration fire aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65). Chosin is underway for routine training. (U.S. Navy photo by Fire Controlman 2nd Class Andrew Albin/Released)

USS Roanoke CL-145

USS Roanoke CL-145

In Murdoc’s opinion, Worcester-class cruisers were some of the prettiest ships ever built: Laid down in early 1945, only two of ten planned ships in the class were completed. They served until 1958. Classed as ‘light cruisers’ because they mounted 6″ guns, they displaced 18,000 tons fully loaded and were 679 feet long. The twelve […]

Abolish the Air Force?

Eleven C-130H Hercules’ and 13 C-130J Super Hercules’ prepare to take off Dec. 6, 2014, from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas in support of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School's Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 14B. The C-130H models are from various Air National Guard units and the C-130J models are from the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. In addition to the C-130s, the JFEX included approximately 20 C-17 Globemaster IIIs and various other aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Alexander Guerrero)

Jerry Pournelle: Abolish the Air Force As to the rest of the Air Force, it is more interested in the Air Force than winning wars, and considers supporting the field army as beneath contempt. A slow old Warthog does a much better job, but there is no glory in that. Best to use fast jets… […]