Sunday, August 15, 2010

3-D Warrior.

Second Line of Defense Website (thanks Energo) has an interesting read on the Marine Corps Aviation efforts or rather where those efforts are going.  Enjoy.


Ok gents.  I've said this before but after an hour of looking for news on individual units involved in combat in Afghanistan, I'm sure of it.


The Bull Shit Meter is spiking!

What's going on and why is this happening!-?????

F-35 critics read this and weep.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved the purchase of 20 F-35 fighter planes for the Israel Air Force on Sunday.
The planes, manufactured by the American company Lockheed Martin, are expected to be delivered to Israel between 2015 and 2017.
Barak's approval of the $2.7 billion deal came after more than two years of tough talks between the Israeli defense establishment, the U.S. Pentagon, and Lockheed Martin.
So another win to offset any losses and we still have Singapore, Japan, S. Korea and a possible additional set of purchases from Australia for their LHD to look forward to.

Game, set, and match...the F-35 has already seen more success than the F-22.

Snafu!'s one time statement on the Mosque issue.

Politics are personal.  I try and stay away from the discussion but this Mosque issue is becoming more than a bit painful.  I've tried to be patient, I've tried to be even handed but as usual the "elite" inside the Beltway (including the President and those "think tankers" that blog about military issues) are on the outside looking in of American public opinion.

For once Bill Kristol and I agree...while I think that his thinking on military matters is misguided...while I think that his thinking on democratizing the Middle East is a horrible joke that has helped get us into bad situations...this time he's right.

Read it here.

F-35 collection of must reads.

Energo over at has a collection of articles on the F-35 from the "Second Line of Defense"...this website hadn't been on my radar but its moved to my must reads.  Check it out...

Energo's collection


Second Line Of Defense Website

So much for the Mistral Carriers to Russia not posing a threat...

Via Rio Novosti...
Mistral-class helicopter carriers, which Russia plans to buy from France, will be armed with Russian Ka-52 Alligator helicopters, Air Force Commander Colonel General Alexander Zelin told the Ekho Moskvy FM station on Saturday.

The Russian military has said it plans to use Mistral ships in its Northern and Pacific fleets.
Many Russian military and industry experts have questioned the financial and military sense of the purchase, and some believe that Russia simply wants to gain access to advanced naval technology that could be used in the future in potential conflicts with NATO and its allies.
In April, the head of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, Mikhail Dmitriev, said the Mistral deal would be concluded by the end of the year.
Read the whole thing here.  One thing is certain, Georgia and the other small European countries near the sea should be concerned.