More Double-V Hull Strykers

Dar Barker, a General Dynamics Land Systems retrofit chief from Puyallup, Wa., directs an armored combat vehicle outside the Stryker battle damage repair facility at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, Oct. 5. The Stryker infantry carrier vehicle had been restored after deterioration during enemy engagement in Iraq. It's the first vehicle to adopt a new desert tan color in Southwest Asia, in preparation for a planned phase out of the Stryker's current deep green color. Photo by Dustin Senger

US Plans Radical Upgrade of Stryker Brigades If the US Army can manage to keep its future budgets in line with current projections, the service will transform all nine of its Stryker brigades into the heavily armored “double V-hull” (DVH) configuration. The Army already fields two DVH brigades while a third is in the works […]

DDG 1000 USS Zumwalt

The DDG 1000 takes to the water in Bath, Maine. (General Dynamics Photo/US Navy)

Getting close: This isn’t making Murdoc feel better though: Looks more like an IT department at a naval supplier, not a nerve center on a front line warship. Maybe that’s just Murdoc being stodgy. More info from Raytheon on the DDG 1000 USS Zumwalt.

CIWS Opens Up

ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 19, 2014) The guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) fires a close-in weapons system (CIWS) during a live-fire exercise. San Jacinto is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Preston Paglinawan/Released) Block 1B

ARABIAN GULF (Jan. 19, 2014) The guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) fires a close-in weapons system (CIWS) during a live-fire exercise. San Jacinto is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. […]

Ranger Scan

A U.S. Army Ranger with the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment scans his sector during a live-fire exercise at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Jan. 23, 2014. The Rangers were conducting training to maintain their tactical skills and overall proficiency. (DoD photo by Pfc. Sean Carlos, U.S. Army/Released)

A U.S. Army Ranger with the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment scans his sector during a live-fire exercise at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Jan. 23, 2014. The Rangers were conducting training to maintain their tactical skills and overall proficiency. (DoD photo by Pfc. Sean Carlos, U.S. Army/Released)

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, […]

More Furniture Moving

Ipads

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 […]