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It Was Dragon Skin All Along

I just got back from an hour and a half briefing with PEO Soldier Gen. Pete Fuller and top PMs for the service’s primary gear…


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The China CyberSyndrome

Another report was released last week that warned of China’s growing cyber capabilities. It went on to discuss China’s cyber military training program and warned…


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JSF Hits Money Wall

Colin has advanced the story broken by InsideDefense.com this morning about huge cost estimates that could dramatically restructure the Joint Strike Fighter program. A preliminary…


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Osprey Deployment Update

I’ve been getting a lot of feedback on the Osprey post from Wednesday, which “speculates” on the Marines’ deployment to Afghanistan, and particularly why the…


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USAF Launches Major Technology Review

This article first appeared in Aviation Week & Space Technology. In the midst of a deeply entrenched identity crisis, the U.S. Air Force is turning…


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FSAPV-E and X Don’t Meet Expectations

Well, there’s more to the GAO report on Army ESAPI plate testing than meets the eye. With only a couple references thrown in early on,…


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Hush Hush…The Ospreys Are Coming

My colleague Jamie McIntyre has a post over on his new blog, The Line of Departure, on the Osprey’s pending deployment to Afghanistan. He forwards…


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No Issues with M4 at Wanat

Now back to the M-4 COP Kahler/OP Topside debate. I spoke with Col. Doug Tamilio, Program Manager for Soldier Weapons and Rich Audette, the Soldier…


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Morning Joe — Apache Blend

Now, I’m not a gratuitous poster of “slam cam” vids, but I watched this the other day on Military.com’s Shock and Awe channel and was…


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Whose Test is the Best?

In another case of damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t, the Army’s getting zinged by the GAO on its armor testing procedure. We reported on the investigation that prompted this…


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Cyber Security Help Wanted

Over the past year cyber exploitation activity has grown more sophisticated, more targeted, and more serious. The Global Intelligence Community believes these trends to continue…


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Aim High (Or Were they Smokin’ Something?)

The tunes…the hair…the exciting C-5 Galaxy C-141 Starlifter … Why wouldn’t you just sign up after watching this? Great video posted by DoD Buzz commenter…



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Sunday — Fire for Effect

Who knew? Powerpoint somewhat lacking as a military decision tool Nifty slideshow of the “Wolfpack” in Nineveh Flexibility is the key to chaos Inside the…



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Tues — Fire for Effect

Good question, great answer: Why cant the regular U.S. military organizations do anything? US arms obsolete, forces stretched thin, strategies outdated Marines learn to think…


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JSF “Program Killer” Doubles Sales

The F-35 am become death, destroyer of competition. Hard to sympathize with Lockheed’s F-22 woes when they’ll be owning over half of the global fighter…


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The Forgotten War

My friend Michael Yon, writing from the islands: Until recently, Afghanistan was called The Forgotten War. The dramatic domestic, regional, and international politics of the…


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Troubled Seas Ahead

Courtesy the Heritage Foundation, via Greg McNeal at The Tank. I’ll try to stay off my soapbox, but two points are worth mentioning. First, as…


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Tues — Fire for Effect

Frankly, to be blunt about it, the notion that not buying 60 more F-22s imperils the national security of the United States, I find completely…