Articles by murdoc

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Dec 7, 1941

66 years ago today. Those 18 and 19 and 20 year-old brand new sailors and marines, assigned to USS Arizona and USS Oklahoma and other…


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Grounded Eagles

An F-15C tooling around the sky in southern Missouri with 3 of his closest aeronautical acquaintances came apart during air combat maneuvers Friday and the…


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BRIG GEN Paul Tibbets, RIP

From MSNBC article: I knew when I got the assignment it was going to be an emotional thing, Tibbets told The Columbus Dispatch for a…


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Rebuilding the Iraqi Air Force

Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in a DoD-sponsored Blogger’s Roundtable with U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Wobbema, Chief of Staff for the Coalition…


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Boola Boola, Reaper

Anytime you can combine stealth and standoff and loiter and lethality in the same platform, you’ve got a significant winner. Kudos to the MQ-9 Reaper….


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Interrogative Texaco

More than a few years ago while at 20,000 in the middle of the Med I finished a fuel check and told my trusty nose-gunner,…


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Two Seat Raptor?

Charlie: Excuse me Lieutenant…is there something wrong? Maverick: Yes ma’am. The data on the MiG is innacurate. Charlie: How’s that, Lieutenant? Maverick: Well, I just…


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San Fran Again

First USS Iowa. Then high school ROTC. Then the Blue Angels. Now the US Marine Corp. How much more dis’in can the US Military take…


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Typhoons come to Saudi Arabia

No, not the weather-type, although that would be interesting just to see the reaction of the Global Warming crowd. These are of the Eurofighter-type Typhoon,…


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UAVs (Follow Up)

Update: Reader Frank points out that JUCAS was canceled early last year (covered in Defense Tech here), and the Northrup-Grumman demonstrator is part of the…


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CAG 11 Change of Command

Changes of command happen all over the military all the time and usually one isn’t really all that different from another. When Captain Tom “Trim”…


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Bears R Us

Author’s Note: An error that appeared in the below text regarding Russian air-to-air refueling capabilities has been amended to reflect the author’s (me, in other…


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Reach Out to Touch Someone – Really Fast

Getting weapons on target, at least getting a conventional weapon on target, has usually involved a delivery platform that includes an aircraft or a missile/rocket…


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I’d Rather be In Philadelphia?

Big John, in another life known as USS John F Kennedy, is show below as it is towed out of Naval Station Mayport en route…


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Cross Deck Operations

USS Enterprise, the US Navy’s oldest carrier, recently in-chopped into the Mediterranean while on its latest deployment. As part of its operations, cross-deck flight operations…


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Russia Testing Brit Response?

Back in the “day” when the Cold War was cold and the western military had to maintain interceptor capabilities on short alert to escort Soviet…



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Reconstruction Teams to the Rescue!

Provincial Reconstruction Teams tasked with rebuilding ruined infrastructure and institutions are trying to take the lead in the U.S. strategy to stabilize Iraq and Afghanistan….


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Leadership, Iraqi Style

After three years of training by coalition forces and nonstop combat with insurgents Iraqi army and police units are battle-hardened, highly motivated and skilled in…


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What’s Next for Deepwater?

What began as an ambitious but mostly overlooked scheme to modernize the Coast Guards entire fleet of ships and aircraft over a 20-year period has,…