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New Balance Personalized Military 993's Sneakers…….

From NiceKickes…..……

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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……

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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……

More……..

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

SIkorsky slips two two years back on the initial flight of the Marines CH-53K…….

Is the Dog surprised?

Nope!

Why not?

Cause why should I be?

The Navy and the Marines have slipped up on the Marine One Chopper bid……which now is now being RE-BIDED!

So that the Navy can give the bid to Sikorsky.……. since they are obviously are so good …..that they can build a NEW Marine One Chopper…..

……better than the NINE choppers the Navy already has, but doesn’t know what to do with?

(oh, did I mention they where made by Augusta-Westland…and are just what the Bush White House Military Office ordered when the current Defense Secretary ok’d the the deal….but that’s another story )

Buy American folks!…….Let the taxpayers eat the overruns, delays and mess-ups!

It’s the American way!

Here’s the story on the CH-53K from Aviation Week…..

The first flight of the U.S. Marine Corps’ heavy lifter CH-53K helicopter has slipped two years to 2013, while its initial operational capability (IOC) has slid three years to 2018, officials have confirmed to AVIATION WEEK.

The date slips come as no surprise to the Marines and the CH-53K program office at Naval Air Systems Command (Navair). In January 2009, program manager Capt. Rick Muldoon submitted a Program Deviation Report for the aircraft’s critical design review (CDR) to the Pentagon acquisition headquarters. The CDR is now slated for September, representing a year’s delay.

“The FY ’18 IOC was directly tied to the [FY ’11] presidential budget,” Muldoon tells Aviation Week. The Marines had been hesitant to reveal new program milestone dates until the budget was finalized. “I needed to know the funding profile” prior to confirming a new plan for the aircraft, Muldoon says. “We’re delivering to the current execution schedule we laid in place, which ties in nicely to the FY ’18 IOC.”

Muldoon says the original CH-53K schedule was “overly aggressive.” The push to 2018 allows more time for manufacturer Sikorsky, the Navy and Marines to achieve the right technical maturity on all the aircraft systems……

More……..

My Previous Rants about the Marine One debacle….

Here…….

and

Here…….

April 1, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , | 2 Comments

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 height of idiocy…..The U.S. Navy is re-biding the Marine One Helo contract….

Anyone who has followed me from the P1 to the Dog, knows that easiest way to my ‘Irish’ up is to mentioned the complete screwed up Marine One VH-71 debacle……

The President of the United States travels in a Marine One Helo every time he leaves the White House to get on Air Force One, and when he has to make short trips from local airports, to a location that is more  timely,  comfortable and safely reached by air……

The Army used to handle the detail…but now it’s the exclusive responsiblity of the Marines……

The current fleet of Marine Helo’s are from 20 to 30 years old….and they need to be replaced (Contrary to the CIC Obama’s comments)….

Well….. the government bid the contract and awarded it to a consortium of Lockheed Martin and Augusta/Westland…

….. Here’s the best part…….The Navy owns outright 9 completed VH-71 Helo’s…..they paid $3 Billion for them( and will pay another billion to shut the built down) !

They are the first of a order of 23 to be completed…….

But they are now sitting around with no mission, because the contract was cancelled…..Sec of Defense Gates says because they coast too much….and don’t do what they’re supposed to do….the problem is….. the manufacturer actually did what was asked of them….You see, the White House Military Office ( Under President Bush and  Gate’s watch, mind you ) and the Secret Service added a whole boat load of stuff when they got asked for their input on the helo….so much stuff that …….the added weight necessitated the manufacture to redesign the Helo to carry all the weight….this cost more money and time……

Now Secretary Gates is now pissed because the Helo’s are overweight and over budget…..

So a year ago…Gates decided as a efficiency issue,  and the President as a politcal issue…. that they would cancel the program…..

People….. that makes no damn sense.First of all…the Navy owns 9 brand new Presidential Helo’s…owns…Second of all… while the first block of Helo’s came from Europe..they where pu together in Upstate New York (American Jobs)….Third… the new Helo’s (which almost assuredly will be Sikorsky’s American built S-92’s ….even if they can’t lift a peanut) will not be ready for at least another 5 to 10 years..making the current ones almost 40 years old before they are replaced….Last….. and this is the best!…..it will coast at least $10 to $20 Billion  to replace the $3 to 9 Billion to bring the Lockheed/Augusta Helo’s they have already have……

Wasted time and Money…..

Oh, yea……. the reason the Lockheed /August Helo won was because it had 3 engines, not 2.. like the Sikorsky Helo….It could fly farther, faster, was bigger and was a tested Helo at the time…. which the Sikorsky S-92 was not…..

Wasted time and Money…..

Here’s the link on the new contract bid…..The whole damn thing makes me sick…….

Here’s links on th previous posts on the nightmare……

Link……

LInk#2…..

Link#3…..

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Marine 'DI'….. Actor R. Lee Ermey wants the Navy to change it's name…..

The Marines want some respect……..

The actor who played the drill sergeant in “Full Metal Jacket” is coming to Washington, D.C., next week to lobby Congress to pass a long-stalled bill.

R. Lee Ermey is the national spokesman for a growing grassroots effort behind legislation sponsored by Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) that would rename the Department of the Navy as the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps.

Ermey, who was in the Marine Corps for 11 years, has been in over 100 movies, including “Apocalypse Now,” “Dead Man Walking” and “Leaving Las Vegas,” according to imdb.com.

Over the past decade, Jones has repeatedly pushed his colleagues to pass his bill. Jones’s bill has 367 co-sponsors. Roberts (R-Kan.), a Marine Corps veteran, introduced companion legislation last year.

The Marine Corps League, which is orchestrating the grassroots effort with Ermey, has started a petition-writing campaign and is bringing supporters of Jones’s legislation to Capitol Hill on Thursday.

“Marines have fought and died with their Navy brothers and sisters for more than 200 years,” said Michael Blum, Marine Corps League executive director in a statement. “It’s finally time to give the Marine Corps the recognition the branch has long deserved.”

Although the Marine Corps has been a separate service since the National Security Act of 1947, it does not get equal billing with the Navy, Air Force and Army, each of which has a Pentagon department named after it. Since the Marine Corps’s earliest days, it has operated under the Department of the Navy.

The origins of the Marines date back to Nov. 10, 1775 when the Continental Congress called for the creation of two battalions to serve as landing forces with the fleet during the Revolutionary War. It was not until July 11, 1798 that Congress officially passed an act to establish the Marine Corps. On June 30, 1834, Congress passed another act placing the Marines under the umbrella of the Navy.

The Corps functions in war and peacetime as a separate branch in nearly every way. It has its own military command structure.

The running joke has been that the Marines constitute the “men’s department” of the Navy. Yet the issue of receiving recognition is no laughing matter to many who serve in the Marine Corps. The families of those who die in combat and are awarded service commendations receive letters from the secretary of the Navy, with no mention of the Marine Corps on the letterhead.

Families of those dying in combat also receive the condolence letters on Navy letterhead with no explicit mention of the Marine Corps anywhere in the letter, according to a sample of a letter posted by the Marine Corps League.

Supporters of changing the name are quick to note that the effort does not signal that the Marine Corps wants to break away from the Navy, nor would the change cost more than the immediate change in stationary sent to families. The name change also would not alter the responsibilities of the Navy secretary or how resources between the Navy and Marine Corps are allocated, the supporters argue.

The bill is backed by FedEx founder Fred Smith, a former Marine and former secretary of the Navy Lawrence Garrett.

Ah, check the link for this..the comments are interesting……

Note:….If the Marines and the Navy got seperated in 1947…how come they’re still togther?

February 6, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 5 Comments

The Marine ‘DI’….. Actor R. Lee Ermey wants the Navy to change it’s name…..

The Marines want some respect……..

The actor who played the drill sergeant in “Full Metal Jacket” is coming to Washington, D.C., next week to lobby Congress to pass a long-stalled bill.

R. Lee Ermey is the national spokesman for a growing grassroots effort behind legislation sponsored by Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) that would rename the Department of the Navy as the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps.

Ermey, who was in the Marine Corps for 11 years, has been in over 100 movies, including “Apocalypse Now,” “Dead Man Walking” and “Leaving Las Vegas,” according to imdb.com.

Over the past decade, Jones has repeatedly pushed his colleagues to pass his bill. Jones’s bill has 367 co-sponsors. Roberts (R-Kan.), a Marine Corps veteran, introduced companion legislation last year.

The Marine Corps League, which is orchestrating the grassroots effort with Ermey, has started a petition-writing campaign and is bringing supporters of Jones’s legislation to Capitol Hill on Thursday.

“Marines have fought and died with their Navy brothers and sisters for more than 200 years,” said Michael Blum, Marine Corps League executive director in a statement. “It’s finally time to give the Marine Corps the recognition the branch has long deserved.”

Although the Marine Corps has been a separate service since the National Security Act of 1947, it does not get equal billing with the Navy, Air Force and Army, each of which has a Pentagon department named after it. Since the Marine Corps’s earliest days, it has operated under the Department of the Navy.

The origins of the Marines date back to Nov. 10, 1775 when the Continental Congress called for the creation of two battalions to serve as landing forces with the fleet during the Revolutionary War. It was not until July 11, 1798 that Congress officially passed an act to establish the Marine Corps. On June 30, 1834, Congress passed another act placing the Marines under the umbrella of the Navy.

The Corps functions in war and peacetime as a separate branch in nearly every way. It has its own military command structure.

The running joke has been that the Marines constitute the “men’s department” of the Navy. Yet the issue of receiving recognition is no laughing matter to many who serve in the Marine Corps. The families of those who die in combat and are awarded service commendations receive letters from the secretary of the Navy, with no mention of the Marine Corps on the letterhead.

Families of those dying in combat also receive the condolence letters on Navy letterhead with no explicit mention of the Marine Corps anywhere in the letter, according to a sample of a letter posted by the Marine Corps League.

Supporters of changing the name are quick to note that the effort does not signal that the Marine Corps wants to break away from the Navy, nor would the change cost more than the immediate change in stationary sent to families. The name change also would not alter the responsibilities of the Navy secretary or how resources between the Navy and Marine Corps are allocated, the supporters argue.

The bill is backed by FedEx founder Fred Smith, a former Marine and former secretary of the Navy Lawrence Garrett.

Ah, check the link for this..the comments are interesting……

Note:….If the Marines and the Navy got seperated in 1947…how come they’re still togther?

February 6, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 5 Comments

A replacement Marine One helicopter is still on the table…….

Over at Politics One the guys know how I feel about replacing the current fleet of Marine One helicopters….But I’ll repeat my argument because I am overjoyed that the  House has held on, and kept money in the budget to go on with replacing the current aging helicopters…….

The Current Marine One helicopter fleet is made up of several aircraft, of which only two types of choppers actually carry the president. The primary one is the Sikorsky VH-3D, that was put into service starting in 1962 thru 1978……The newer choppers are  Sikorsky VH-60, acquired beginning in 1989…….As you can see these airframes have been in service for almost 30 years!

While the helicopter’s that carry the Commander – in – Chief are kept in pristine condition…the fact remains that the airframes are old, labor intensive and tired……no other aircraft with the service life of these helo’s would be allowed to transport the President of the United States……The President’s plane, Air Force One is  almost 19 years old…and plans are being made to replace those two VC-25\’s which are Boeing 747-200B type aircraft, in the future ( they will be replaced with the new B-747-800 series aircraft).

About two years ago the Marines had a competition for a new Helo between the Sikorsky S-92 and the Lockheed/Augusta-Westland AW101……the L/AW101 won the competition walking away…..With three engines instead of the S-92’s two…..The AW101, a bigger, and roomer air craft,  flew farther and faster , and has an added safety factor of an additional engine. In addition, while the S-92 was a completely new program…the AW Merlin, the English version, had a good number of air hours under its belt when it was picked…….

From the start Sikorsky reverted to a’ buy american’ rational to try to derail the winning choice…..Even while the United States was pushing the American made F-35 against other foreign fighter jets around the world  to countries looking to buy new generation fighters…….

The bad guys in this was the White House Military Office..the place that controls anything military that transports the president, and the Secret Service. Both developed  ‘mission creep’ on the Marine One airframe…..The new Helo , which would only be used to transport the CIC no more than 15 minutes anywhere, was asked to have an executive wash room, an Air Force One comparable communications suite, and other amenities. Of course,  this stuff adds weight to the aircraft…..and weight means a sturdier airframe, which means more weight…bigger rotor blades, stronger engine, etc…all of this stuff means more money…..I will repeat, that these add on’s came from the White House Military Office, and the Secret Service…..not the manufacture (this scenario has been confirmed by the Navy)……so the cost of the contract balloons to $400 million a helo!……

Well, the buy american people now scream that there is a cost over run…….

People…… I like Sec Gates…And I like the President…but on this one they are wrong……..

To cancel this program is asinine…..and clearly wrong…..

The CIC is riding around in a chopper that is almost as old as he is……The Lockheed helo’s are clearly superior to the Sikorsky model’s…..and the government already owns six choppers right now…..the choppers are received in Upstate NY form Europe, and then American workers outfit the AW101’s which have been renamed, the VH-71 Kestrel, by the Marines, and the Navy…

Finally…the Navy will rebid the WHOLE CONTRACT soon because guess what?……The president needs new helicopters!

The last straw is some knuckleheads think that the new bids will be cheaper than keeping the six choppers…….. They already have …….And adding six more to complete the fleet!

Am I missing something here?????

Or is this a round about way of saying we’re going to give the president the loser and the clearly inferior chopper because it’s built by Sikorsky (hint, hint)……

If the President and Sec of Defense veto this …they are doing the American taxpayer, and themselves, a great disservice……..

Note:……for a more in-depth analysis of the situation I have described please check this link to Rotor and Wing……I don’t think I missed the boat, er helicopter here at all…something simply doesn’t make sense on this….

October 16, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics, Travel | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

More troops are going to Aftghanistan already…….

It seems that the President in ordering 21,000 combat troops for Afghanistan this spring, set in motion the movement of another 13,000+ support troops into the country…..

Whenever the United States military, be it Army, Air Force, Navy or Marines move into an area…they bring along support troops……whether it’s cooks, quartermasters, drivers,  mechanics, or weathermen they go wherever the combat troops go …..but as Iraq has shown, while they are stationed in the rear, out of the action zone…sometimes the non-action zone, doesn’t exist……support troops for all of the services, not just the Marines are being given more basic training, to defend themselves, since the incidents in the beginning of the Iraq war showed that, any soldier (male or Female) may find themselves in a firefight, anywhere in-country…..

The tallying of these extra troops was not announced, but the President,  as the Commander in Chief , was aware of the whole number, before signing off on the request……indeed, General McChrystal’s new request for troops will likely include more support troops also…….which brings up the time table of deploying McChrystal’s new increase of troops, which is straning the Army and Marines to uncomfortable levels……

There are a lot of combat and support soldiers moving into the Afghan campaign …and there will be more……..

From Iraq to Afghanistan…..the war continues moving…….

October 13, 2009 Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment