ReaperfiringA key architect of the air bombardment strategy in the Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom said the U.S. military must have significant success with its efforts to destroy the Islamic State from the air.

On Wednesday night, President Obama’s announced that the U.S. will lead a coalition to step up targeted airstrikes against ISIL. As the mission shifts from humanitarian support and protecting U.S. personnel to more aggressive strikes aimed at a much wider set of targets, some analysts have  questioned if the U.S. will need ground combat troops or if air power will suffice.

The U.S. has utilized air bombing strategies to support friendly forces, such as the Iraqi Security Forces, hoping to advance on the ground.

Attacking ISIL is not similar to dismantling a country’s military such as the initial bombing campaigns in the Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom. It’s more similar to the airstrikes the U.S. and allied forces have executed against insurgent and Taliban leaders in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade. [Continue reading…]

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140807-N-CS564-078Ahead of President Obama’s address to the nation on combating ISIL, the Pentagon said Wednesday that U.S. warplanes had conducted 154 airstrikes to date in Iraq that hit a total of 212 targets, including 162 vehicles.

The Pentagon also said that U.S. troops in Iraq now numbered about 1,043, plus about 100 others in the Baghdad Office of Security and Cooperation for weapons sales, for a total of about 1,143 to guard against the extremists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The total number included 754 troops providing security for U.S. personnel and facilities at the U.S. Embassy in Baghad and at the Baghdad airport, and 289 manning Joint Operations Centers in Baghdad and the Kurdish capital of Irbil and also advising the Iraqi security forces and Kurdish peshmerga forces. [Continue reading…]

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Russia SubmarinesThe Russian Defense Ministry released photos of a cargo ship transporting two of its nuclear-powered attack submarines in a pretty stunning set of photos.

Russia is transporting the Bratsk and the Samara Akula II-class submarines from Kamchatka to Severodvinsk where both are set to receive massive modernization upgrades at the Zvezdochka shipyard. The submarines will be ferried by the Russian nuclear icebreaker fleet  along Russia’s frigid northern coast before it is set to arrive Sept. 20.

The release of the photos along with an update on the modernization of the Russian’s highly-secretive submarine fleet is what sticks out. RT was the first to publish the photos.  [Continue reading…]

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LinfootThe first veteran provided an exoskeleton for personal use that enables him to walk will be in California next week as part of a veteran’s health summit that will include a look at the future of bionics.

The event, the Veterans Innovation Summit for Investing & Technology, VISIT, intends to bring together individuals, industry and organizations interested in accelerating the rehabilitation and recovery of military veterans through emerging technology and medical advances.

Retired CW5 Gary Linfoot suffered a spine-crushing injury in Iraq half a dozen years ago when the helicopter he was piloting had a hard landing. But last Veterans Day the former 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment made headlines when he walked during a press event at the Statue of Liberty.

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GVX-TThe Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency released a video (below) of what its engineers have in mind for its next generation armored vehicle.

Army and Marine officials have said their service’s combat vehicle must get lighter but remain protected on the battlefield. Lightening armor has remained a focus for years.

DARPA wants to accomplish the goal of lightening armored vehicles, but not simply with next generation armor. The Pentagon’s research lab wants to design vehicles that can dodge tank rounds and RPGs within the Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program. [Continue reading…]

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