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Arctric Vortex on Saturn?

Saturn's odd hexagonal jet stream swirls in this amazing photo taken by the Cassini spacecraft. Image released Feb. 3, 2014.

Strange Saturn Vortex Swirls in Amazing NASA Photo An amazing new photo of Saturn’s north pole puts the planet’s odd hexagon-shaped jet stream and dazzling rings on display. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft exploring Saturn and its moons snapped the photo — which NASA released today (Feb. 3) — as the probe flew 1.6 million miles (2.5 […]

Strykers arrive at Fort Carson

An eight-wheel Stryker vehicle from the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment is used in a Joint Task Force-East training exercise Sept. 3, 2009, at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo/Released)

1st Armored BCT, 4th Infantry Division, is converting to Stryker: New Stryker vehicles arrive at Fort Carson “This is a great day for 1st Brigade 4th Infantry Division,” said Col. David Hodne as he surveyed a railyard packed with the new vehicles. Hodne’s brigade is trading M-1 tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles for the lighter […]

A Bit Chilly on the Flight Line

A U.S. Air Force snowplow with the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron clears the flight line at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Jan. 22, 2014, after a snowstorm brought 6 inches of snow to the area. The base continued normal operations during the storm. (DoD photo by Roland Balik, U.S. Air Force/Released)

A U.S. Air Force snowplow with the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron clears the flight line at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Jan. 22, 2014, after a snowstorm brought 6 inches of snow to the area. The base continued normal operations during the storm. (DoD photo by Roland Balik, U.S. Air Force/Released

Red Flag B-2

A B-2 Spirit takes off during Red Flag 14-1, Jan. 28, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The B-2 is a multirole bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. Red Flag gives Airmen an opportunity to experience realistic, stressful combat situations in a controlled environment to increase their combat readiness and effectiveness. The B-2 is assigned to the 13th Bomb Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler)

Red Flag 14-1 runs through 14 February. Red Flag 14-2 will take place from March 3-14. In addition to U.S. aircraft, the Royal Australian Air Force, flying an E-7 and F-18s, and the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom, flying Typhoons, GR-4 Tornados, and an E-3D are participating in Red Flag 14-1. In March, […]

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Continuing the overhaul of the site. What Murdoc is really looking for is feedback on issues, particularly with mobile devices. Tell him what’s wrong and what you’re using. Also, I’ve added share buttons for Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, etc. If something will be of interest to those you know, don’t be shy about sharing. Let me […]

Forrestal headed to Brownsville

Former USS Forrestal (CV-59) headed to Brownsville, TX, to be scrapped

The first supercarrier is the first one to head to the scrap yard: Scrapped for a penny: USS Forrestal, Navy’s first supercarrier, begins final voyage The Navy could find no takers for the ship as a museum. She might be finished and her make-up might be running, but she still looks a lady: As a […]

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: […]

Rearranging the Furniture

Murdoc’s been goofing with stuff. Let him know if anything on the new layout seems broken. Feedback is welcome. Also, he’s finally got around to setting up a Facebook page for this site. If you’re on FB and interested, give it a like. He’s not exactly sure how he’s going to use it, but it’s […]

Chinese Navy Continues to Modernize. Quickly.

Type 052D VLS Luyang III DDG PLAN Chinese destroyer

Office of Naval Intelligence: China’s Fleet Advancing Faster Than US Expected The Chinese navy has 77 surface combatants, more than 60 submarines, 55 amphibious ships and about 85 missile-equipped small ships, according to the report first published by the U.S. Naval Institute. The report explains that more than 50 naval ships were “laid down, launched […]

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 […]