November 2009

Accused Nazi War Criminal Demjanuk Goes On Trial

by Daniel Russ on November 30, 2009

John Demjanjuk, accused of helping to murder nearly 28,000 Jews at a Nazi death camp, has gone on trial in the German city of Munich.

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Australia Buys “Fordeen” F-35s.

by Daniel Russ on November 29, 2009

“The Australian government has decided to buy 14 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters now and not review its larger commitment for operational squadrons for another few years.

After weeks of discussions, Canberra says it will put A$3.2 billion ($3 billion) into the U.S.-based Lockheed Martin program to start receiving aircraft in 2014 for testing and training. The aircraft will operate in the U.S. The spending also will buy infrastructure and support.”

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In Praise Of Peltasts.

November 29, 2009

Peltasts are the Barney Fife’s of ancient warriors; or perhaps they are Rodney Dangerfields. “No respect,” he might lament and so might they. The most basic form of combat considered is the simple act of hitting somebody with your fist, and so perhaps the first actual form of long-range combat would be rock throwing. To […]

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Nazi Hunters Discover Massive File Cache On Escaped War Criminals.

November 28, 2009

“Nov. 27 (Bloomberg) — German investigators trying to track down Nazi criminals before they die may have had their “best break” in years after discovering a trove of Brazilian immigration files more than half a century old. Kurt Schrimm, the top German justice official hunting Nazi fugitives, said his team stumbled on archives identifying “several […]

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Best Fight Scenes Of Zatoichi

November 27, 2009

Great snippets of Tadeshi Kitano’s rendition of Zatoinchi, the Blind Swordman, a fantastical tale of a blind masseuse and gambler who is also a master swordsman, so skilled that without sight he has razor sharp accuracy and reflexes. Notice the underhand iai-do grip he mostly uses. Related Posts:The Samurai Were Not Like UsGreat Katana Kata. […]

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Shuttle Atlantis Makes Picture Perfect Landing.

November 27, 2009

For the trip back to Earth, the shuttle carried 2,100 pounds of station gear, including a urine distillation centrifuge that failed shortly before Atlantis took off. A replacement will be carried aloft on the next shuttle mission in February…”

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Japan Launches 5th Spy Satellite.

November 27, 2009

“TOKYO — Japan launched its fifth spy satellite Saturday in a bid to boost its ability to independently gather intelligence, the government said.

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The War We Can’t Win

November 27, 2009

by Andrew J. Bacevich. History deals rudely with the pretensions of those who presume to determine its course. In an American context, this describes the fate of those falling prey to the Wilsonian Conceit. Yet the damage done by that conceit outlives its perpetrators. From time to time, in some moment of peril or anxiety, […]

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Obama’s Little Noticed Regulation Could Do More To Improve The Military And Military Procurement Than All The Money In The World.

November 27, 2009

“Hundreds, if not thousands, of lobbyists are likely to be ejected from federal advisory panels as part of a little-noticed initiative by the Obama administration to curb K Street’s influence in Washington, according to White House officials and lobbying experts. The new policy — issued with little fanfare this fall by the White House ethics […]

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Whadya Know? Looks Like One In Four Afghan National Army Recruits Can’t Quite Seem To Figure The Mission Out Either.

November 27, 2009

” WASHINGTON – One in every four combat soldiers quit the Afghan National Army (ANA) during the year ending in September, published data by the US Defense Department and the Inspector General for Reconstruction in Afghanistan reveals. That high rate of turnover in the ANA, driven by extremely high rates of desertion, spells trouble for […]

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Happy Thanksgiving to all our troops

November 26, 2009

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Beefeater Guards Fired For Harassment.

November 25, 2009

“LONDON — Two ceremonial guards known as Beefeaters at the historic Tower of London were fired Wednesday after an internal investigation found that they harassed their first and only female colleague. The Tower of London said it conducted a thorough investigation after allegations arose that Moira Cameron – the first female yeoman warder at the […]

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Littoral Combat Ship-2 Completes Tests

November 25, 2009

The Littoral Combat Ship is the next-generation combat vessel for close-to-shore operations. The ship will have a crew of less than 40 Sailors and will be able to reach a sustained speed of more than 50 knots. The larger flight deck will accommodate 2 SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters or one CH-53-class helicopter. It will feature […]

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USAF Makes Cuts

November 25, 2009

“The Air Force announced plans on Monday to cut 3,700 Airmen, saying the mix of a poor economy and good retention has swelled its ranks beyond manageability. The service will cut 2,074 officers and 1,633 enlisted Airmen through “voluntary and involuntary early separation and retirement programs,” an Air Force news release said. The reduction process […]

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McClatchy Reports On Troop Increase: 34,000 More.

November 24, 2009

“As it now stands, the administration’s plan calls for sending three Army brigades from the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky. and the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y. and a Marine brigade, for a total of as many as 23,000 additional combat and support troops. Another 7,000 troops would man and support […]

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New Navy Uniforms

November 24, 2009

Also, many sailors also work ashore, often in combat zones, where the camo pattern still works in built up areas. But more immediately, the camo pattern hides the grease, and other, stains that sailors tend to get on their uniforms. The stains become part of the camouflage pattern, and are one less thing for your […]

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Nuclear Weapons Chart

November 23, 2009

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Iranian Air Defense Exercise.

November 22, 2009

“The head of Iran’s air defence, Brig Gen Ahmad Mighani, told state media the aim of the war games, which will cover an area of 600,000 sq km (230,000 sq miles), was “to display Iran’s combat readiness and military potentials. “Due to the threats against our nuclear facilities it is our duty to defend out […]

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The Empire Strikes Back

November 22, 2009

About 15 rockets and mortar shells from Gaza were fired at Israel last month, the military said. About 270 have been fired since the end of Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s three-week offensive in Gaza earlier this year, the military said. It added that more than 3,300 rockets or shells were fired prior to the operation.”

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The Last Days Of The French Resistance.

November 21, 2009

There was always a robust intelligence service deep in the heart of Paris that transferred tremendously helpful and timely information. That said, the Parisians were trying to adapt to a new world order, one where a hostile occupying army ruled over them and their historic city. Adapt they did and the German officer corps fell […]

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