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afghanistanDefense Secretary Gates messed up F-22 stealth fighter and other military procurement

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Retired Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz has stated in his new memoir that F-22 production was axed after building less than half the required number so that the flying force could get then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates …

afghanistanCessna’s with Hellfire missiles dominates the skies of Iraq and Afghanistan

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A turboprop Cessna with Hellfire missiles is appropriate technology for air superiority and close air support in Afghanistan. The Cessna 208 Caravan is an American single-engined turboprop, fixed-tricycle landing gear, short-haul regional airliner and utility aircraft that is built by …

afghanistanWinning – ISIS in Syria and Iraq has no land, US planes are shifting to Afghanistan, Taliban has asked for peace talks

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President Trump has delegated more authority to the US military. The US has pushed the Taliban back from several district centers and two provincial capitals. Col. Stephen “Joker” Jones is commander of the 451st Air Expeditionary Group, in charge of …

afghanistanFit soldiers = Fitness Apps = Massive security leak

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Australian student Nathan Ruser noticed that trails from Strava users in certain countries made it possible to identify military bases and other facilities operated by countries, including the U.S., in locations such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Syria. Strava released …

afghanistanAlmost 26000 US troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria and similar number of contractors

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The U.S. has almost 26,000 troops deployed total in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, according to a new DOD report, far exceeding the Pentagon’s previously acknowledged troop levels overseas. The U.S. has 8,892 forces in Iraq, 15,298 troops in Afghanistan and …

iranTurkey, Iran, and Iraq join forces against emergence of Kurdistan

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Turkey, Iran, and Iraq adopted a coordinated, aggressive force posture in retaliation for the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) independence referendum on September 25, 2017. The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) conducted military exercises on the borders of Iraqi Kurdistan with the …

afghanistanUS Dept of Defense estimate of war costs per taxpayer

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The US department of Defense reported to congress on the total incremental cost of the post-2001 wars per tax payer. Their lowball calculation is $7740 and continuing to increase by $200-300 per year. It does not include all the increased …

afghanistanUS spent $250 billion on contractors from 2007-2017 andmay adopt Blackwater 2.0 plan

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A US Congressional report shows that From FY2007 to FY2016, obligations for all DOD-funded contracts performed with in the Iraq and Afghanistan areas of operation totaled approximately $249 billion in FY2017 dollars. For the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year (FY) …

canadaCanadian Sniper has a 3.54 kilometer confirmed kill which over 1 km past old record

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A sniper with Canada’s elite special forces in Iraq has shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in military history at a staggering distance of 3,540 meters (2 miles). The 3.54 kilometer confirmed kill is 1065 meters …

chinaUSA needs to find ways to spend less on military and achieve more

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William J. Astore, a retired lieutenant colonel , makes the case at Tom Dispatch that the USA is behaving much like the Soviet Union before its collapse. Nextbigfuture thinks the USA is not in any danger of collapsing but there …