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Not Enough Carriers

The aircraft carriers USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) conduct a vertical replenishment. George H.W. Bush is undergoing its first underway replenishment with another aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. J.T. Schofield/Released)

In era of tight budgets, how many aircraft carriers are enough? With 11 carriers, the Navy can maintain an average of 3.5 carriers deployed, according to retired Vice Adm. Peter Daly, who commanded a carrier strike group. The average is higher than three because when one carrier is relieving another in an area of operations, […]

Tanks: ‘Something of a relic’

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conducted a joint air mobility exercise with Airmen from the 21st Airlift Squadron, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Cali., Jan. 13-17, 2014, at Fort Carson’s Arrival/Departure Airfield Control Group airfield. The exercise was held in order to validate air loads on a C-17 Globemaster military transport aircraft as part of the Global Response Force mission to rapidly deploy worldwide in support of the XVIII Airborne Corps. The joint exercise also focused on proper tie-down procedures of equipment, which included an M1A2 SEP (V2) Abrams Main Battle Tank and Bradley Fighting Vehicles. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Grady Jones, 3rd ABCT Public Affairs, 4th Inf. Div.)

The end of the tank? The Army says it doesn’t need it, but industry wants to keep building it. This article oversimplifies a lot of things about tanks and jumps to a lot of conclusions about their obsolescence, but it does contain a lot of interesting information about the state of the armor-building industry. BAE: […]

USS Washington escapes the axe for now

PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 15, 2013) The aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) receives a pallet from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 during a vertical replenishment with the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) in support of Operation Damayan. The George Washington Carrier Strike Group supports the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade to assist the Philippine government in response to the aftermath of the super typhoon Haiyan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian H. Abel/Released)

Pentagon Drops Plan to Mothball USS George Washington Aircraft Carrier The military had proposed an early retirement of the USS George Washington, reducing the U.S. carrier fleet to 10, as part of plan to deal with cost cuts imposed by Congress. That touched a nerve among a bipartisan group of lawmakers, who called on Defense […]

Umm, No

Oprah Winfrey: Americans Disrespect Obama Because He Is Black Winfrey told the BBC that President Barack Obama is receiving an unusually high amount of “disrespect” due to his skin color. There’s a level of disrespect for the office that occurs. And that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he’s African American. […]

United Nations

So Much for the UN Charade in Syria… If there’s one favor Russia and China have done for us all lately, it’s been to reduce the United Nations to glaring irrelevance in the Syria conflict. Due to these two, there has been no Security Council resolution proposing to deal with Syria, and it looks like […]

No Bright Star

US Cancels Military Exercise with Egypt The United States will not conduct the Bright Star training exercise with the Egyptian military in September due to the escalating violence by Egyptian security forces against civilians, said President Obama on Thursday.

Tanks, but no tanks

Army says no to more tanks, but Congress insists It’s the inverse of the federal budget world these days, in which automatic spending cuts are leaving sought-after pet programs struggling or unpaid altogether. Republicans and Democrats for years have fought so bitterly that lawmaking in Washington ground to a near-halt. Yet in the case of […]

4 More Years

Well, it’s clear that a lot of people in the US think very differently than Murdoc does about what government is for and how much control people should allow it have over them. Even so, Murdoc would rather live in America than anywhere else and he’s pretty sure so would all of the others who […]

Political Commercials

Murdoc’s seeing and hearing lots of comments about how this is the last couple of days we’ll be subjected to so many political commercials. That’s not really the case. It’s just that we normally call it the “evening news.”


Lockheed: No Sequestration Layoff Notices This Year Violating the law in order to not issue layoff notices before the election at the request of the White House. McCain promises to block WARN Act payments McCain says he’ll block the payments the White House has promised defense companies warning companies they have a choice whether to […]