Archive for the ‘Current Events’ category

Coast Guard Cyber Warfare

July 2nd, 2015

  The US Coast Guard has outlined a new cyber strategy while renewing long-standing complaints that a lack of funding has hamstrung proven efforts to interdict drug trafficking. The leadership last week put forward arguments for increased support of a unique service with law enforcement authority under the Department of Homeland Security for taking on […]

            China’s new white paper on military strategy indirectly criticizes the United States for “meddling” in South China Sea affairs but also calls for a strengthened relationship to prevent crises from occurring. The paper criticized other nations, without naming them, for “illegally occupying” reefs and islands and creating provocative situations […]

   For more than a decade, troops here have been schooled in counterinsurgency. “Mission-specific” training, they call it: going house to house, busting down doors, rooting out terror cells, recognizing crude explosives. Now, after a pair of mission-specific wars, an Army in transition aims to get back to the future. The training needed to fight full-scale, more […]

   The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is developing a ballistic wallpaper that would protect soldiers by shoring up abandoned masonry or brick used as temporary shelter in the case of a blast. I am normally all for new technology but I don’t know if this one will be […]

The Coming Iron Man Suit

June 25th, 2015

  Defense firms tried to dazzle special operations officials here in hopes of one day being selected to build the command’s futuristic operator suit — typically referred to as the Iron Man suit. U.S. Special Operations Command launched its effort to create the highly-advanced, Tactical Assault Light Operator’s Suit, or TALOS, in 2013 to “provide comprehensive ballistic […]

   North Korean leader Kim Jong Un praised scientists’ recent test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, calling it an “eye-opening miracle” and a “historical event” that has given the country a powerful new weapon. The authenticity of the test has been widely doubted, with analysts questioning whether images released by Pyongyang were doctored and whether […]

  I remember as a kid seeing futuristic aircraft flying around firing death rays at other aircraft and individuals and obliterating them instantly. This concept obviously seems to have come to life with the advent of lasers which will be mounted on aircraft. This is not a new concept but technology is just getting to […]

   During his years in hiding, Osama bin Laden urged followers to concentrate on attacking Americans and wrote bittersweet letters to one of his wives and his children, according to documents released Wednesday by U.S. intelligence officials. Many of the captured letters and documents that Navy SEALs found in bin Laden’s headquarters he was killed have been […]

  The U.S. Army is experimenting with acoustic threat detection systems to help soldiers in combat zones pinpoint the location of incoming fire, from automatic weapons to rocket-propelled grenades. This certainly sounds like a good concept but the model that I see here is genuinely lacking because it is big and cumbersome, and it seems […]

 The US Air Force plans to be able to incinerate targets such as incoming missiles with laser weapons mounted on C-17’s by 2023 as part of a directed energy developmental effort, service official said. The High Energy Laser, or HEL, is being tested by the Air Force Directed Energy Directorate. Ground tests are slated for later this year […]

  A few defense analysts including former military officers called for as many as 20,000 U.S. ground troops to be deployed to Iraq to combat Islamic militants gaining ground in the country. My first response would be to say no, however we have too much invested in the security of Iraq to allow it to […]

   The last time Frank Jordan spoke with his son, Louis Jordan was fishing on a sailboat a few miles off the South Carolina coast. The next time he spoke with him, more than two months had passed and the younger Jordan was on a German-flagged container ship 200 miles from North Carolina, just rescued […]

  A new Tuskegee Airmen exhibit recently opened to the public at the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Airman Heritage Museum. The exhibit is based on Master Sgt. William Harris, a line chief with the 332nd Fighter group who was killed in World War II. It depicts a scene where he is calling a mechanic with […]

   Benjamin O. Davis Jr. entered West Point in 1932 as its only black cadet and spent the next four years being shunned. He roomed alone, and no one befriended him. The future Tuskegee Airman and trailblazing Air Force general later said he was “an invisible man.” Now, more than a decade after his death, […]

  The Islamic State group claimed responsibility recently an attack at a center near Dallas, Texas, exhibiting cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. An audio statement on the extremist group’s Al Bayan radio station said that “two soldiers of the caliphate” carried out Sunday’s attack and promised to deliver more in the future. The statement […]