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LAS SAGA: RIGHT WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS FINALLY ON THE RIGHT TRACK…

The Senate has cut funding for 20 Light Air Support aircraft meant to backfill the precision fire support role for the Afghan Army once we have pulled the vast majority of manned airpower out of the Afghan theater. This is a passionate topic for me. … Read the rest of this entry

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WE PUT A MAN ON THE MOON IN LESS TIME THAN…

…it has taken for the DoD to field a precision light air support aircraft for Afghanistan’s fledgling Air Force! I have been pounding this for years, long before it was “a story.” This is a total disgrace for America and … Read the rest of this entry

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LAS Boondoggle Never Ends

First read this for an idea on where I stand on this issue: http://aviationintel.com/2012/10/08/karzai-begging-for-indigenous-aviation-assets-will-go-to-russia-china-and-india-if-us-does-not-act/ http://aviationintel.com/2012/12/21/your-broken-pentagon-usaf-will-re-solicit-proposals-for-the-las-contract/ http://aviationintel.com/2012/04/04/usaf-to-continue-las-bid-with-modificatins/ http://aviationintel.com/2012/10/12/iraq-to-buy-24-aero-vodochody-l-159s-usa-should-immedietly-purchase-the-rest-for-afghanistan/ The piece below says deliveries of the Light Air Support aircraft for the Afghans will be at best 14 months late since Beechcraft … Read the rest of this entry

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THE BREATHTAKING VIDEOS OF IAN SCHMIDT AND HIS SUPER HORNET

Ian, if you ever want to give up the keys to the Rhino you may have a career in film! Stunning and unique work here, great to see the Checkmates killin’ it. Finally, YouTube will not let me embed it, … Read the rest of this entry

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YOUR BROKEN PENTAGON: USAF WILL RE-SOLICIT PROPOSALS FOR THE LAS CONTRACT

Read this first: http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/awx_12_21_2012_p0-531685.xml&p=1 This is so ridiculous. Forest for the trees people, if we do not train and equip Afghans to provide for their own precision close air support and surveillance we will be spending billions in that country … Read the rest of this entry

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NEW FOOTAGE AND INFO EMERGES REGARDING STEALTH BLACK HAWK HELICOPTERS USED IN ZERO DARK THIRTY

The video posted above is a scene from the soon to be released Bin Laden manhunt super-hit film “Zero Dark Thirty” showing the launch of the pair of low observable modified Black Hawk helicopters at the beginning of their trip … Read the rest of this entry

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WHAT IT IS LIKE TO RECEIVE DANGER CLOSE FIRE SUPPORT FROM A 30MM BREATHING A-10 WARTHOG

Amazing video, make sure you turn up the sound, that is the best part. If you notice you hear the muzzle report from the A-10’s massive GAU-8/A Avenger cannon after the rounds have impacted. Those projectiles are beating the sound … Read the rest of this entry

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IRAQ TO BUY 24 AERO VODOCHODY L-159s, USA SHOULD IMMEDIETLY PURCHASE THE REST FOR AFGHANISTAN

Please read this very recent Aviationintel piece for background: http://aviationintel.com/2012/10/08/karzai-begging-for-indigenous-aviation-assets-will-go-to-russia-china-and-india-if-us-does-not-act/ Iraq is increasingly looking toward arms sellers outside the USA for its military equipment needs. Just today the news broke the Al Maliki Government will be purchasing $4.2B worth of … Read the rest of this entry

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KARZAI BEGGING FOR INDIGENOUS AVIATION ASSETS, WILL GO TO RUSSIA, CHINA, OR INDIA IF US DOES NOT ACT

Operation Enduring Freedom is eleven years old as of yesterday, it is the longest war in American history… During a recent interview, President Karzai stated: “I asked the U.S. government to equip our air force with weapons, intelligence and transport … Read the rest of this entry

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AVIATIONINTEL’S CONCLUSION TO “THE GREAT MRAP DEBATE”: WAR IS REALLY F*#KING EXPENSIVE

http://www.warisboring.com/2012/10/02/aol-defense-the-great-mrap-debate-are-blast-resistant-vehicles-worth-it/ Davis Axe, who actually survived a roadside bomb attack, has an interesting piece posted about the “hindsight” effectiveness of the controversial Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) war-wagons that were rushed into service under SecDef Gates in an effort to cut … Read the rest of this entry

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LARA LOGAN’S 60 MINUTES INTERVIEW WITH GENERAL ALLEN ON GREEN ON BLUE ATTACKS

This is a fantastic piece by Lara Logan on the sad state of affairs in Afghanistan, with a particular focus on the rash of so called “green on blue” attacks, where Afghan security force personnel turn on their ISAF trainers … Read the rest of this entry

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JARHEAD HEROISM: EVERY MARINE A RIFLEMAN AND A PATRIOT AT CAMP LEATHERNECK, AFGHANISTAN

War is a pretty damn depressing thing. Is the technology, strategy and politics related to warfare extremely interesting? Yes. But the fact that some talented Americans, both young and old, who head overseas to foreign lands to fight our battles … Read the rest of this entry

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NEWS ROUNDUP!: July 20th, 2012

THE SURGE IN AFGHANISTAN IS OVER, NOW WHAT? The 30,000+ troop surge ordered by the Obama Administration almost two years ago has concluded amongst increasingly daring attacks on coalition troops and assets by Taliban forces in the region. With the … Read the rest of this entry

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ATTACK ON CAMP LEATHERNECK – BASTION CLAIMS LIVES AND ATTACK JETS

Friday’s coordinated assault on Camp Leatheneck / Camp Bastion, located in the hostile Helmund Province of Southern Afghanistan, by Taliban commandos dressed as US Army personnel and toting suicide vests and RPGs, claimed the lives of two Marines and apparently six … Read the rest of this entry

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NEWS ROUNDUP!: August 2nd, 2012

LOCKMART LOOKS TOWARD ITS EMPLOYEES TO CUT BALLOONING F-35 COSTS This is not only a good idea, it is a proven one. About a half decade or so ago the Joint Strike Fighter, namely the F-35B, was so over weight … Read the rest of this entry

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