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U.S. DEFENSE – Sequestration Cuts Looming

As explained in the video here below, the U.S. military could undergo the most dangerous budgetary cuts ever.

As far as the Air Force is concerned, the 5th-generation fighter aircraft programs had widely been questioned already as a RAND study issued in 2008 (then withdrawn, following the Australian press statements about the JSF war game results), and the umpteen glitches encountered on the F-35 Lightning II shocked the public opinion. Not to mention the F-22 Raptor – its 67-billion-dollar program is questioned too as this amount of money, for instance, would be enough to finance the French defense budget for two years.

The F-22 air supremacy stealth fighter had numerous problems – Flight control software errors, OBOGS (On-Board Oxygen Generating System) investigated after U.S. pilots reported dizziness; and “Raptor cough“, MADL (Multifunction Advanced Data Link) has been delayed, the U.S. 5th generation fighterjets – either JSF or RAPTOR – cannot outperform the 4.5-generation Dassault RAFALE multirole fighter aircraft in DACT (Dissimilar Air Combat Training), and so on. It is the taxpayers who must pay for this.

What will happen? Nobody knows. Leon Panetta, the Secretary of Defense, has already stated that “full sequestration would be devastating to DoD and the defense industry.” The US military power could become a “paper tiger unable to keep up with potential adversaries.” He added later, and – “In effect, it invites aggression.”

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WWI REMEMBRANCE DAY

WWI REMEMBRANCE DAY Flanders fields poem

Flanders Fields Poem, John McCrae - Photo © Wikipedia user: Lx_121

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae (1872-1918) – Ypres battlefield 1915. Photo: Lx 121, Wikipedia courtesy

The War to End All Wars left 37,000,000 casualties – 16 million deaths and 21 million wounded. The Allies lost 5.7 million soldiers. May their souls rest in peace

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SAAB’s RAPID 3D MAPPING for Military Aircraft

RAPID 3D MAPPING is a superior awareness system able to generate three dimensional maps. It processes pictures shot by digital and thermal sensors added to live georeferenced data onboard aircraft; drones; and helicopters.

It was chosen by the SDMA – Swedish Defence Materiel Administration – in order to provide 3D imagery to Gripen simulators last year.

The images can be compared several hours apart to establish whether threats can be considered in the latest analysis. As you can see in this video, the result looks quite accurate and useful for network centric warfare (NCW) purposes:


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U.S. AIR FORCE RADIO NEWS – 10/7/2011

Headset listening

 

Listen to the USAF Radio News:           Click here:

 

 

 

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Contents:

 

- Fire Prevention Week – Fire Prevention Week highlights from Misawa Air Base.
 
- Dental Clinic – A deeper look into the daily operations of Airmen at Incirlik’s Dental Clinic.
- IPAP Program – An Airman at Aviano is working full time, and taking classes with hopes of commissioning through the IPAP Program.
- Female Rugby Player – One player on the rugby team isn’t like the rest. (USAG Yonsan)

USAF courtesy: www.af.mil

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Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2011

Here is a very interesting publication issued by the U.S. Department of Defense for public release. This report must be worth reading for SLP/PLS 4444 training as the PRC’s stakes and strategy are well explained as well as the prospective, and involvements. (click on the book below):

Books and publications

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38 Killed in Taliban Helicopter Attack

An American CH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down while in a CSAR mission on Sturday 6 August 2011. Yesterday’s death toll has increased to reach 38 KIAs – 31 American soldiers. Most of them belonged to the NAVY SEAL who were on-board to help the troops on the battlefield during a heavy firefight. Seven of them were Afghan passengers. Video:

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