Indian Navy Receives More MiG’s

Five more Russian MiG-29K/KUB carrier based fighters have been delivered to the Indian Navy.  Still think they should have gone with Super Hornet.


What Goes on In North Korea?

Charlie Crane had the opportunity to travel the world’s most isolated country and photograph what life is really like on the other side of the 38th parallel….Well, what Kim Jong Il wants you to see.

Middle East Unrest Update


Yemeni warplanes carry out airstrikes on a southern town seized by hundreds of Islamic militants over the weekend as the political crisis surrounding the embattled president descends into more bloodshed. Military units loyal to him mount a fierce assault on the southern city of Taiz, which has been a hotbed of anti-government protests since the start of the uprising in early February. A doctor at a field hospital set up in the city’s main protest camp said at least 20 demonstrators were killed. President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has clung to power despite months of daily protests, defections by key allies and international pressure to go, has repeatedly warned that Islamic militants and al-Qaida would seize control of the country if he steps down. At the same time, he has intensified a crackdown on protesters.



Residents use automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades to repel advancing government troops in central Syria Monday, putting up a fierce fight for the first time in their two-month old revolt against President Bashar Assad’s autocratic regime. The armed resistance adds a new element to an already blurry situation and raises the possibility that the popular uprising that had so far taken the form of peaceful protests by unarmed demonstrators may escalate into a Libya-style armed conflict. Authorites claim dozens of soldiers and security officers have been killed during the 10-week protest. The death toll among demonstrators has topped 1,000.



Moammar Gadhafi is ready for a truce to stop the fighting in his country, visiting South African president says after meeting the Libyan ruler, but he lists familiar Gadhafi conditions that have scuttled previous cease-fire efforts. The South African president. Jacob Zuma, says Gadhafi is ready to accept an African Union initiative for a cease-fire that would stop all hostilities, including NATO airstrikes in support of rebel forces. “He is ready to implement the road map,” Zuma says, and Gadhafi insists that “all Libyan be given a chance tp talk among themselves” to determine the country’s future. He does not say Gadhafi is ready to step down, which is the central demand of the rebels. Five Libyan army generals who defected from Moammar Gadhafi’s regime are appealing to fellow officers to join them in backing the rebels.



A prominent Egyptian activist says he has been summoned for questioning by the country’s military rulers over comments criticizing their human rights record. Hossam el-Hamalawy, 33, says he was asked to appear before military prosecutors a day later over his remarks on a popular television program. On the program Thursday, el-Hamalawy said the head of the military police was responsible for reported human rights abuses. He says the TV presenter, Reem Maged, was also summoned for questioning. El-Hamalawy is among the best-known activists and bloggers in Egypt in recent years. He has kept a record of alleged human rights abuses by authorities. He was among the public faces of the popular revolution that forced former President Hosni Mubarak to step down on Feb.11.


More Articles;

Taliban Suicide Bombers Strike Herat: link

Afghans say NATO air strikes kill 52: link

Naval base attack: Experts see insiders’ role: link

India, Pakistan Hold Talks on Strategic Glacier: link

India again denounces US military aid to Pakistan: link

Libyan rebel: Offensive against Gadhafi near: link

As many as 120 defect from Gadhafi?s armed forces: link

Defence says helicopters risky in Libya but needed: link

EU warns of ‘alarming’ situation at Libya-Chad border: link

US House wants sailors back from Libya after 207 years: link

Rebels Claim Top Libyan Officers Defecting: link

Al-Jazeera footage captures ‘western troops on the ground’ in Libya: link

Zuma and Libya hold talks after officers defect: link

Osama bin Laden Raid Avenged CIA Deaths: link

Afghan official: NATO airstrike kills 14: link

Amid bombings, Pakistan turns to conspiracies: link

U.S., U.K. helo forces collaborate in an Afghanistan of their own: link

Libya’s Misrata rebels face tough new fight: link

Libyan opposition’s treasury almost empty: link

India forges new bonding with Libya: link

Israel braces for border clashes in coming days: link

Six killed as Yemeni forces fire at protesters in Taiz: link

Syria to end nuclear secrecy: link

Syrian Tanks Attack Towns That Held Protests: link

Afghanistan: Suicide blast kills top police commander: link

Stratfor: The Bin Laden operation – tapping humint: link

Bomb Kills 8 in Tribal Pakistan: link

Downing Street approves deployment of WAH-64 to Libya: link

On board France’s flagship aircraft carrier off Libya: link

Hundreds of women report rapes by Gadhafi forces: link

Libyan Rebels Offer Amnesty to Pro-Gadhafi Soldiers: link

NATO strikes command center at Gadhafi compound: link

Aviation Historian Walter Boyne on the Stealth Black Hawk

Walter Boyne feels that a added kit on to the Black Hawk should come to no surprise.  The founder of Air and Space magazine believes everyone has misinterpreted what really was involved.  Here is his view on the helicopter’s used in the bin Laden raid.

Walter Boyne happened to release a book called ” How the Helicopter Changed Modern Warfare” about the same time that Osama bin Laden was exposed rather harshly to the reality of the book’s title.


Weekly Mil-Tech Update

This past week we have seen more delays in the F-35.  A Defense official has called the F-35 “completely unaffordable.”  Doesn’t matter the cost, it must be completed and enter service for the US and Allies.  China is continuing to grow its number of missiles aimed at Taiwan despite growing political ties between the two nations.  More of a statement than anything else.  Just letting the Taiwanese know they can wipe them out whenever they want.

Saab will begin testing their “Sea Gripen” in the UK.  Allowing the JAS-39 to operate on aircraft carriers will greatly improve on export sales for the agile and very capable aircraft.  The Gripen has seen action in the on going no-fly zone in Libya.  It’s role however has been restricted to surveillance.

The one concern many US officials are upset with now is the potential “catch up” of stealth technology in the foreign market.  China and Russia have both successfully test flown stealth fighters in the past year.  However, these aircraft are extremely difficult to design and by the time China and Russia enter their new stealth fighters into service, the US will already be onto something better, but that gap is closing quicker than anticipated.

Top Stories of the Week, enjoy;

Sea Gripen to begin testing in the UK

Pakistan Awaits 50 Jets Made With China: Minister: link

F-35 now ‘unaffordable’: Defense official: link

Senators Ask For JSF Alternatives: link

F-35 may be dropped as Japan’s next fighter: link

F-22 upgrade is over budget and behind schedule: link

The Ten Barreled CIWS of China’s Aircraft Carrier: link

China successfully develops new-generation air-to-air missile: link

China develops its own domestic AtoA missile without foreign assistance

USMC gunship: Bad guys run, good guys weep: link

China ‘To Target 1,800 Missiles at Taiwan In 2012’: link

Teeny-Tiny Drone Fires Teeny-Tiny Missile (Gulp): link

Marine Corps Special Operators: We Need Jack-of-all-Trades Tactical Vehicles link

Beastly Drone Sub Is Underwater Predator: link

German Anti-Tank Missile Tested for India: link

Britain spends $5 billion on Trident: link

Next-Generation Air Defense: No Hits and All Misses: link

First set of EMALS components delivered to CVN 78: link

Air Force Wants Satellites Smart Enough to Fly Themselves: link

Tejas LCA Enters Key Test Phase: link

Morocco to buy Sidewinder: link

Military Infrared Sensor That Ferrets Out Suicide Vests Offered to Local Law Enforcement: link

HART On-Demand Intelligence System Proves Value To Warfighters Ahead of Theater Deployment: link

BAE Systems Wins Contracts to Maintain Typhoon’s Front-Line Capability: link

Russia Tests Missile Amid War of Words With U.S.: link

USAF eyes A-10 for communications jamming role: link

Smartphones-for-Soldiers Campaign Hits Wall as Army Experiences Growing Pains: link

Israel focuses on Korean, Italian jets: link

South Korea’s KT-1 trainers set for Peru: link

VIDEO & PICTURES: F-35’s 1st airshow fly-over: link

Focused Lethality: The Mk82 QRC Program: link

Astra successfully test-fired for second day: link

Taiwan renews bid to buy subs, F-16s from US: link

Open Technology Development (OTD): link

Czechs Choose, Cancel, Then Come Back to Pandur II APCs: link

Czech's choose Pandur ll APC

India Accelerates Fighter Deal: link

Iran’s revolutionary guards get new missiles: link

North Korea and Iran’s missile power: link

Monday Image Porn: Marines KC-130J Harvest Hawk: link

CAMM On Path To Replace Seawolf: link

Stratospheric UAV Payloads Provide New Ways to Chase Al Qaeda: link

Cirit missile, main armament for T129 attack helicopter: link

Ethiopia buys unmanned aerial vehicles from BlueBird: link

Northrop Grumman to Develop New Micro Gyro Technology for DARPA: link

Iranian Silo-Based Missiles: Coming soon to a Bolivarian Republic near You: link

Army Testing Battlephones This Summer: link

Pioneer platform soars to battlefield success: link

Iraq says ready to buy Czech-made combat fighter jets: link

Uganda buys fighter jets: link

Israel to switch Hawks for David’s Sling: link

Saab to complete Sea Gripen design work in UK: link

Aeronautics wins export approval for unmanned Dominator: link

Airbus Military announces AEW&C aircraft: link

More delays in Brazil jet fighter deal: link

India’s Multi-billion Dollar Scorpene Sub Contract: link

Rivals unite for Israeli jets: link

Bulava missile finally getting itself together

The Coming Summer of Bulava: link

Pentagon weapons buyer quietly visits California to discuss bomber planes: link

Supreme Court Overturns A-12 Ruling Against Contractors: link

Navy Chief Dreams of Laser Warships, Ocean-Spanning Robots: link

China, Russia Erode U.S. Stealth Technology Lead: link

A heavy duty LCS for foreign navies. Maybe.: link

Lusty at sea: link

U.S. Military May Deploy F-35 Before Formal IOC: link

Scavenger UAS could be first to use Selex sensor concept: link

Photo: RSAFs new SPYDER-SR: link

PICTURE: First glimpse of Russian Searcher II UAS: link

First Lockheed Martin Advanced Block 50 F-16 Unveiled For Turkish Air Force: link

Aeronautics reveals work on jet-powered UAS: link

UN report: Iran secretly working on nuclear arms: link

SOCOM Looking for Smart Phone Radios: link

Paging Chris Anderson: Darpa Wants DIY Drones: link

Lockheed Martin reveals F-35 to feature nanocomposite structures: link

Experts discuss future long-range strike bomber requirements: link

Raytheon deploys MALD from C-130: link

The big birds keep on flying: link

New China Missile Unit Near Taiwan: Spy Chief: link

DoD fights HASC on competing bomber engines: link

Indonesia To Buy 16 S. Korean T-50 Trainers: link

MBDA Completes Successful PARS-3LR Missiles Test Series: link

US secretly helped French nuclear program: documents: link

Italian aircraft carrier Cavour fired Aster missiles: link

Italian Cavour active in Libyan campaign

Senior Defense Official Caught Hedging on U.S. Involvement in Stuxnet: link

Lockheed Network Suffers Major Disruption: Reuters: link

Lockheed Martin may re-engine T-50 for T-X competition: link

Raytheon Receives $20 Million Order to Provide Encrypted Identification Technology: link

Senator: Broad Support for F-16 Sales to Taiwan: link

General Atomics Joins CAE to Offer Predator B UAS to Canada: link

Russia’s “new” secret ballistic missile – a solid-fueled Sineva?: link

Spies, Meet Shakespeare: Intel Geeks Build Metaphor Motherlode: link

Israel to upgrade older C-130s: link

USAF Wants New CSAR Birds in Service By 2017: link

U.S. to help Israel buy four more Iron Dome anti-missile systems: link

Upgraded Leopard 2 MBT set for firing trials: link

The NBA Hates the 1st Amendment

Well, maybe not in it’s in entirety.  In 1996, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf was suspended for a game for refusing to stand and respect the nation that pays him, but he compromised with the NBA and was eventually allowed to sit during the national anthem, for it went against his “beliefs.”  The United States is un-Islamic, however the NBA is not.

Recently, players are being fined for their use of specific “slurs”.  Not for telling another opponents mother “to burn in hell” (G rated version), but something deemed more offensive.  During the NBA finals this week, Chicago Bulls player Joakim Noah was fined $50,000 for a remark towards a harassing fan.  In April of this year, LA Laker Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 for making a similar remark towards an NBA official.  Outside the NBA, in the world of Major League Baseball, Ozzie Guillen, Manager of the Chicago White Sox, was fined in 2006 for a similar slur.

All three of these men were fined for making “anti-gay” slurs.  Does that make all three of these men venomously homophobic?  Looking at the price they are having to pay, one may think so.  They may have gone wrong in their choice of words, but truly, they went wrong when allowing their emotions to override their moral focus.  In Noah’s case, there was likely an intoxicated fan heckling him the entire game.  Normally that would not bother him, but he was upset with his performance and like any normal human, he reached a breaking point and lashed back with words of his own.  Kobe, who was upset with the referee’s call, feeling it was wrong and making his performance substandard, lashed out with words of derogation.  Guillen, upset with what a local sports writer had to say, lashed out in frustration with that word.

The word, which seems to be replacing ethnic and cussing slurs, becomes forbidden from print.  It hides in mystery, making those who seek what Noah said for instance, a top auto suggestive search when typing his name in on Google.  I have taken notice of this campaign to rid the world of this apparent “anti-gay” infection about a month ago when I saw a NBA commercial pressing “think B4 you speak.”  I actually had to rewind it to make sure what I was hearing was matching up with what I saw.  Even in playground basketball with friends, commenting on someone’s goofy antics with the laughing response, “that’s gay”, is an attack on all gay people.  Then it slams you.  “Where have all of your morals and sensitivity gone?  You are such a terrible person.”  Lets not worry about what a pick up game of KKK members looks or worse, sounds like.  That word isn’t as campaign worthy or marketable anymore apparently.

The NBA has a new and extremely profitable opponent now from what we can see.  Are they really seeing the world through black and white, with no gray area?  Methinks that the gray area has been replaced with a greenish tint.  The NBA knows these men used that word in a degrading way specifically targeted to that individual and not in a anti-gay communal bashing.  “Noah and Bryant, NBA players by the day, gay seeking lynch mob by night.”  That is the reception they are going to receive from the gay community now that they have been portrayed in this light.

Their responses and choice of word’s come from the ‘heat of the moment’ so to say, an adrenaline rush of raw emotion and passion.  Did they suspect their targets of being homosexual prior to the event?  They just couldn’t take it any longer and finally let all the anti-gay rage out?  No.  The word, in today’s standard does not entirely target gays.  It has evolved into a degrading word on the same level as “stupid, idiot, loser, cretin, ect.” or a combination of all the above.  It has become very versatile.

The NBA will succeed in ridding the game of that word and all other “anti-gay” remarks.  But they won’t rid it by a means of granting a moral high ground in the players minds, but through excessive fines.  If you are going to campaign so hard against one topic, why not all other derogatory terms, especially since these cases were not attacks on gay’s specifically.

In 20 years, will it be the norm to turn your back to the American flag during the national anthem due to “sensitivity” issues?  Will the league be banned of all derogatory terms?  Will it decrease the level of intensity some players perform with?  Will it be more appealing if instead of lashing out in vitriolic comments, you are reduced to just making loud grunting and animal noises?  Technical fouls will surely increase seeing as how any sort of bodily response to a bad call in today’s league gets you slammed with one.

Moral of the story, next time a fan harasses you, tell him to “f*ck off!”  C’mon, “Think B4 you speak.”


The Word, is “fag

“The Beast” Bottoms Out

As humorous to the surrounding spectators watching President Obama’s armored limousine “get stuck” on a speed bump while leaving the US Embassy after a visit to Dublin, it was a potential nightmare to Secret Service members.  As much as I’ve tried to study and learn how a proper escort mission is run, when I watched the video for the first time I was left guessing for alternative options.  Having a halted motorcade is always dangerous once exposed.  Once a door is open, exposure to potential biological and chemical fumes render the limousines NBC protection useless.

All preparations are taken care of.  Alternative routes are secured.  Local Police and other counter-terrorist teams have blocked roadways to make a clear shot to the airport, and hospital for worse case scenario.  Sharpshooters are in position.  All logistical vehicles are ready, including ambulance.  The “clear” order is given and the motorcade proceeds with lead vehicles advancing first.  Then the unexpected happens.  Not a gunshot fired, not a grenade thrown, not an IED threat detected ahead.  No, none of that, but a pesky slope of asphalt.

The armored limousine, known as “The Beast” acted the way it was designed to do.  It counteracted the slope and provided the vehicle to remain level.  This is good at high speeds, in terms of evasive maneuvers, but at such a slow speed, you will get what we saw in Ireland.  The weight of the vehicle is classified, as with everything involved in it’s total design, but hat we know is that if it were to hit that speed bump at 60 mph, the limo would have kept the President and family safe and not flailing around inside.

As honored as I would be to escort the President of the United States, what do you do in this situation?  That is why we have back up plan after back up plan, and if those back plans fail, you move on to the next back up plan.  I’m glad it happened in Dublin, and not Islamabad.  I guess we can call it, “the Dublin lesson.”