Category Archives: Militaria

The Pentagon Is Building a Dream Team of Tech-Savvy Soldiers

NICOLE CAMARILLO WAS touring the Army base at Fort Meade, Maryland, in early 2017 when a young captain—I’ll call him Matt, due to the sensitivity of his position—crossed her path.

I’ve got to talk to that kid, Camarillo remembers thinking. Just weeks before, she’d seen Matt deliver a presentation on a tool he was developing to counter enemy drone strikes in the Middle East. The technology, he explained, was being developed on a “shoestring budget.”


Xena madness

…Former Major Bernard Gaynor, a decorated combat soldier sacked from first the regular Army and then the Reserve for his campaign against political correctness in the military, has discovered a lengthy (237-page) official Army paper, Teaming: optimising military capability for the coming era of equality: 2020 to 2050, by Major Elizabeth G. Boulton.

It claims future Australian soldiers may be modelled on the kids’ TV sword-wielding heroine, Xena, Warrior Princess. Their mission will be, apparently, to defend the country from marauding hoardes of enemy Xenas. ‘I wish,’ Gaynor writes, ‘that I was making this up. But I’m not.’ He explains: ‘The document, published by the Army for incorporation into future policy and capability planning, states that between 2020 and 2050 the threats Australia faces are likely to be female-led and female-dominated. In response, the Army should enable the emergence of a Xena warrior cult within Australian women. ‘And consideration should be given to reducing special forces’ fitness standards to enable ‘Xena’ to thrive as a warrioress.’


Russia’s Experimental Arsenal Takes to Syria’s Skies

The Kremlin seems determined to portray its stealth fighters in the best possible light as prospects fade for mass production of the troubled warplanes.

The Russian military has finally offered an explanation for its mysterious, and brief, deployment of Su-57 stealth fighter prototypes to Syria in February.

The Su-57s conducted “practical” test launches of “promising multipurpose tactical cruise missiles,” Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu said during a May 25 address in Moscow.

But there are good reasons to believe Shoigu’s explanation is a lie. The Kremlin seems determined to portray its stealth fighters in the best possible light as prospects fade for mass-production of the troubled warplanes.


Putinganda: Russia’s ‘Syria tested’ robotic vehicle shows off its firepower

A test-run of Russia’s cutting-edge Uran-9 Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle has been caught on video. The machine, which has been deployed in Syria, will be among the newcomers in the upcoming V-Day parade in Moscow.

The remote-controlled Uran-9 is seen maneuvering through mud and firing off salvos in the latest video released by Russian Zvezda TV, an official outlet of the defense ministry. The war machine has already been seen at rehearsals for the 2018 V-Day parade, which will take place on May 9 on Red Square.


The Pentagon Is Making a Ray Gun to Stop Truck Attacks

A device that resembles an old phonograph may soon be used to jam and shut down vehicles like the one that killed 10 people in Toronto.

The van driver who killed 10 Toronto pedestrians on Monday showed that a terror technique that ISIS pioneered in Iraq and Syria in 2015 remains terrifyingly effective against unsuspecting urban populations. But the U.S. military is working on a new weapon to stop vehicle-born terrorist threats, one that could help police departments as well.


Forces plan rule changes as 15 per cent of Canada’s regular military unable to deploy

A little more than 15 per cent of Canada’s regular military is unfit to deploy, slightly higher than the U.S. armed forces which is fighting two wars and conducting numerous missions around the world.

The Pentagon recently announced a tough approach to the problem, warning troops they will be booted out if they are not capable of deploying over a 12-month period.


Honoring Vietnam Veterans Is The Right Thing To Do But We Now Fight Our Wars Using Other People’s Kids

…Senator Joe Toomey (R. Pa), said last year that an unpopular war meant that some veterans “were actually treated quite poorly (during) a tragic period in our history driven by people’s perceptions of the war. Fortunately, that, I think, is behind us now.”

Sorry, Senator, but neither commemorative lapel pins nor teary-eyed expressions of patriotic good will can camouflage an overriding generational reality: The widening gap between our soldiers and the society they swear to defend with their lives. You need look no further than the notorious example of Gregory Salcido, the Rancho Mirage, California high school teacher who recently unloaded on one of his students wearing a U.S. Marines sweatshirt.


Inside the college that trains the UK’s youngest soldiers

Sixteen-year-old Grace Monaghan, one of Britain’s junior soldiers, is unfazed by the prospect of killing someone. “It’s not a nice thought,” she said. “But it’s what we’re trained to do. It doesn’t bother me much.”

Monaghan is one of hundreds of 16- and 17-year-olds being trained at the Army Foundation College in North Yorkshire.

She rejected the description “child soldier”: the UN definition is anyone under 18. “We are not children,” she said. “Because of what we do, we mature earlier.”

Naturally the Guardian hates the very thought of such a college.


Has Russia’s Robotic Nuclear Torpedo Surfaced?

In 2015, Russia television “accidentally” showed a glimpse of plans for a proposed new 100-megaton autonomous torpedo designed to destroy American ports and poison the coastline of any adversary it targets. Analysts were left wondering whether the blueprints were a sign that Moscow was returning to the good old days of bizarre Cold War weapons development—or just bluffing to keep the Yankees off balance.

The U.S. government still appears to believe that the weapon is a real Russian program, according to a leaked draft of the Trump administration’s forthcoming Nuclear Posture Review obtained by the Huffington Post.


Mystery deepens over fate of super-secret $1 billion military satellite

Where is Zuma? What is Zuma? What went wrong with Zuma?

The Pentagon is not saying anything about the fate of the military payload, code-named “Zuma,” that was launched this week and may have crashed soon after, and neither is anyone else.

“I would have to refer you to SpaceX, who conducted the launch,” said Dana White, chief Pentagon spokesperson when questioned about the unexplained mystery Thursday, four days after the satellite did or did not go into orbit, or more likely ended up falling back to Earth and plunging into the ocean.


Canada dumps Boeing fighter jet deal over trade dispute with US

Plans to buy 18 Boeing Super Hornet fighter jets have been scrapped by the Canadian government due to the deepening dispute with the US aerospace company, sources told Reuters.

According to the sources, next week Ottawa will announce it intends to acquire a used fleet of older Australian F-18 jets. It’s the same type of plane the Royal Canadian Air Force currently operates.


‘We found one’: Searchers confirm Avro flight model discovery

A Canadian search-and-recovery mission says it has successfully found a flight test model of a Cold War-era supersonic interceptor jet.

The “Raise the Arrow” project has been searching for free-flight models of the Avro Arrow in the depths of Lake Ontario since July.

Over 60 years ago, nine models were launched into the Great Lake to test their flight design.

Searchers are using advanced sonar technology in the underwater hunt.


The Navy Is Having Collisions at Sea. Here’s Why It’s Happening and What Should Be Done.

In the past two and a half months, the Navy has experienced the worst peacetime surface ship collisions in over 41 years.

Two recent collisions—first the USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), then the USS John S. McCain (DDG 56)—took place with commercial vessels and claimed the lives of 17 U.S. sailors during routine “independent steaming” operations in the western Pacific Ocean.

These tragic incidents, coupled with the USS Antietam (CG 54) grounding and the USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) collision in the past eight months, have raised significant concerns about the state of the Navy’s surface fleet readiness and operational proficiency.