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New Balance Personalized Military 993’s Sneakers…….

From NiceKickes…..……

Each branch, including the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Coast Guard, is represented by their respective color scheme. Specifically, the color scheme on each sneaker draws inspiration from the respective branch’s recognizable seal. Also, this Heritage Collection was made in the USA; therefore, a United States flag is visible on the heel panel overlayed with the letters, USA. Who else is applauding New Balance for this collection? The entire collection is now available NBWebExpressClick here to view this collection in its entirety.

Also….. check out New Balance Direct……

New Balance 993 Military

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Sneakers (Kicks), Updates, Women | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

New Balance Personalized Military 993's Sneakers…….

From NiceKickes…..……

Each branch, including the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Coast Guard, is represented by their respective color scheme. Specifically, the color scheme on each sneaker draws inspiration from the respective branch’s recognizable seal. Also, this Heritage Collection was made in the USA; therefore, a United States flag is visible on the heel panel overlayed with the letters, USA. Who else is applauding New Balance for this collection? The entire collection is now available NBWebExpressClick here to view this collection in its entirety.

Also….. check out New Balance Direct……

New Balance 993 Military

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Sneakers (Kicks), Updates, Women | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The US Air Force forms a joint F-35 Electronic Warfare Sqd…….

The United States Air Force, responding to a directive from Defense Secretary Gates, has moved to shore up this countries Electronic Warfare capabilities by forming up a Joint Air Force, Navy and marines F-35 EW Unit…

Back in the day….That mission was handled by Air Force F-111’s and Navy EA-6B’s…both aircraft featured a pilot and ‘ Wizzo’ to direct the Electronic panel and equipment in the jets…..

Those aircraft where inserted into attack mission to give the fighters and bombers ‘eyes and ears’…..

With the retiring of the F-111…the Air Force took themselves out of the EW business and had to rely on Naval Aviation assets such as the A-6……

The Navy being a bit smarter than the Air Force opted to build and buy the F-18 Growler to add to its EW mission…again a pilot and a Wizzo……Two seater…..

All along the Air Force , being the premier ‘flyboys’ jerked around putting EW on aging B-52’s…which was a dumb and impractical idea….

That thankfully never got of the ground but that spend the tax payers money going nowhere….

It appears to the Dog that the new gravy train is the ‘do everything’ F-35…which the Defense  has borrowed the “To Big to Fail ‘ caption for…..

The Air Force now wants to make the ONE PILOT F-35 a EW platform???

WTF…Will wonders ever cease???

But I’ll give it to the Air Force this time…They invited everyone to swim with them….

Personally I don’t see how the F-35  pilot’s  are gonna fly the damn plane and handle all the EW shit…..

I don’t make sense….

Some how I see the F-18 Growler having this mission all for it self……Naval Aviaton …and common sense …..again…

Besides…how they gonna find a big enough batter for the F-35 to run all that stuff?

A long-running Pentagon quandary—over who conducts airborne electronic warfare, how offensive electronic-attack capabilities should be strengthened and when or what permission is needed to launch tactical cyber-attacks—now has a venue for resolution.

For months, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been pushing for reinvigoration and unification of the Pentagon’s electronic warfare and attack (EW/EA) efforts and simultaneously ensuring that funding is available to each of the services. The latest signal that a true transformation is building momentum is the U.S. Air Force activation of the 513th Electronic Warfare (EW) Sqdn. at Eglin AFB, Fla., to meet needs of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Half of the Air Combat Command unit’s staff of 130 will be USAF personnel and half Navy and Marine Corps specialists. Command will rotate among the services. Navy officials at Washington’s Navy League Convention last week said the move is more than just laying the EW groundwork for the Joint Strike Fighter. It is expected to become the focus of a single operation to create the software, algorithms and waveforms needed to field a coordinated, cross-service set of electronic tools that can combat enemy radars, missiles and networks through information manipulation, disruption of command and control, anti-electronic attacks and jamming.

Creation of the squadron, part of the 53rd Wing at Eglin, comes just as the Air Force has begun equipping its F-15Cs with new long-range active, electronically scanned array (AESA) radars (AW&ST April 26, p. 45). The advanced AESAs operate at 2-3 times the range of conventional radar and also serve as powerful weapons for airborne electronic attack (AEA) when coupled with a techniques generator that produces unique waveforms and algorithms……

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May 13, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Iraqi drawdown…..Afghan startup……moving the troops and whatever….Logistics…..

The US Army is drawing down in Iraq……and beefing up in Afghanistan……

The process of doing both…at the same timne….is mammoth……

But under orders from the Commander-in-Chief…..the Unites States Military……The US Army, Air Force , Navy and others will be packing up in one theatre …and trucking, railroading , shipping and flying two thousand miles around Iran to another war country…..

This piece gives an idea about what its all about……

In trying to speed 30,000 reinforcements into Afghanistan while reducing American forces in Iraq by 50,000, American commanders are orchestrating one of the largest movements of troops and matériel since World War II. Military officials say that transporting so many people and billions of dollars’ worth of equipment, weapons, housing, fuel and food in and out of both countries between now and an August deadline is as critical and difficult as what is occurring on the battlefield.

Military officials, who called the start of the five-month logistics operation “March Madness,” say it is like trying to squeeze a basketball through a narrow pipe, particularly the supply route through the Khyber Pass linking Pakistan and Afghanistan.

So many convoys loaded with American supplies came under insurgent attack in Pakistan last year that the United States military now tags each truck with a GPS device and keeps 24-hour watch by video feed at a military base in the United States. Last year the Taliban blew up a bridge near the pass, temporarily suspending the convoys.

“Hannibal trying to move over the Alps had a tremendous logistics burden, but it was nothing like the complexity we are dealing with now,” said Lt. Gen. William G. Webster, the commander of the United States Third Army. He spoke at a military base in the Kuwaiti desert before a vast sandscape upon which were armored trucks that had been driven out of Iraq and were waiting to be junked, sent home or taken on to Kabul, Afghanistan.

The general is not moving elephants, but the scale and intricacy of the operation are staggering. The military says there are 3.1 million pieces of equipment in Iraq, from tanks to coffee makers, two-thirds of which are to leave the country. Of that, about half will go on to Afghanistan, where there are already severe strains on the system.

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March 31, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Automobiles, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Food, Government, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The old U-2 Spy plane just Keeps on…. Keeping on…….

[ The U-2 spy plane, the high-flying aircraft that was often at the heart of cold war suspense, is enjoying an encore. Lt. Col. Rob Wehner brought one in for a landing at Beale Air Force Base in California. ]

It’s old and slow….having outlasted it’s faster bother the SR-71 which the Air Force has retired……its long wings…..black shape and unsteady take-off and landings are still happening……

It flys so high its pilots have to wear NASA like space suits……The aircraft were looked on as relics by the Air Force…whcih likes to have new toys to strap its pilots into….but somehow…with Congress’s push and shove….the U-2’s are  still up there..taking pictures, Signit (Signals Intell -radio traffic), and Humit (Pictures of Humans ) intel for the troops in spite of the ever more reliance on its unmanned cousin the Global Hawk which can leave from an airfield in the US fly to a country…loiter around for 10 hours vacuuming up Signit , pictures and radar pictures …bouncing that info down to ground commanders and up to satellites and back to the US…..

The Global Hawks and Predators are the  heavy lifters these days….but the good ole’ U-2 …..with a person on board still is needed……..

And flying these birds can be dangerous…….

The U-2 spy plane, the high-flying aircraft that was often at the heart of cold war suspense, is enjoying an encore.

Four years ago, the Pentagon was ready to start retiring the plane, which took its first test flight in 1955. But Congress blocked that, saying the plane was still useful.

And so it is. Because of updates in the use of its powerful sensors, it has become the most sought-after spy craft in a very different war in Afghanistan.

As it shifts from hunting for nuclear missiles to detecting roadside bombs, it is outshining even the unmanned drones in gathering a rich array of intelligence used to fight the Taliban.

All this is a remarkable change from the U-2’s early days as a player in United States-Soviet espionage. Built to find Soviet missiles, it became famous when Francis Gary Powers was shot down in one while streaking across the Soviet Union in 1960, and again when another U-2 took the photographs that set off the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. Newer versions of the plane have gathered intelligence in every war since then and still monitor countries like North Korea.

Now the U-2 and its pilots, once isolated in their spacesuits at 70,000 feet, are in direct radio contact with the troops in Afghanistan. And instead of following a rote path, they are now shifted frequently in midflight to scout roads for convoys and aid soldiers in firefights.

In some ways, the U-2, which flew its first mission in 1956, is like an updated version of an Etch A Sketch in an era of high-tech computer games.

“It’s like after all the years it’s flown, the U-2 is in its prime again,” said Lt. Col. Jason M. Brown, who commands an intelligence squadron that plans the missions and analyzes much of the data. “It can do things that nothing else can do.”

One of those things, improbably enough, is that even from 13 miles up its sensors can detect small disturbances in the dirt, providing a new way to find makeshift mines that kill many soldiers.

In the weeks leading up to the recent offensive in Marja, military officials said, several of the 32 remaining U-2s found nearly 150 possible mines in roads and helicopter landing areas, enabling the Marines to blow them up before approaching the town.

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March 22, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Counterpoints, Government, Men, Military, Other Things, Space, Travel, Updates | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Army is getting screwed…..

First they took away the C-27J…the Army attempt to take the load off its heavy lift Chinook Helicopters…..and gave the program to the Air Force…who will, I’m sure deep-six it, for some fast movers (fighters)…..

Now There is a problem with the E-8, J oint Stars battle surveillance aircraft…The converted B-707 can paint an area, and let field commanders see what going on in greater detail than the ‘eyes in the sky ‘ satellites or unmanned Predators or Global Hawks…..

But now the Air Force has forgotten to put the money in for the Joint-Star’s aircraft to have engine upgrades, therefore cutting down on time the five or six aircraft fleet can operate….

I do not understand why the Army has to rely on the Air Force which has a romance with speed burners….(when was the last time they got’ into it’ with a hostale air force?…the Army fights every day, 24/7, in two theaters)

It is time for Congress to send the Army to the Marine school of  ‘taking care of your own’, and give them back the C-27J short-haul mission, and let them get their own intel aircraft like the G-550 housed EL/M-2075 that the Israeli’s, Indian and Chilians have or the British ASTOR’s…both aircraft are proven…off the shelf, originate in the United States, and should be used solely by the Army for its troops….

Next thing you know the Air Force will want to glam the Army’s Emars aircraft too!

It is about time that  they stop robbing the Army, to make the Air Force happy……

That stinks…….

And the soldiers and the commanders in the field get screwed…..

November 27, 2009 Posted by | Government, Men, Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The US increases its presence in Columbia…….

The United States Air Force was kicked out of  Ecuador recently……The US has therefore scrambled to increased its presence in Columbia, from at least one base, to several…….including three air force bases, and additional two army, and naval bases, each……..it should be noted that the US provides $5 Billion in foreign aid to the country every year……to say the least…..the increased US military numbers does not sit well with a lot of South American countries…..who have several leftist leaders and bad memories of US military visits to the continent……..

August 8, 2009 Posted by | Military | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment