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‘An Awfully Expensive Hammer to Hit a Couple of Cheap Nails’

“Last Saturday’s strikes” against Islamic State “are indicative of a key complexity of the U.S.-led campaign in Iraq and Syria,” Foreign Policy’s Justine Drennan writes at Stars and Stripes. “In throwing its hugely expensive 21st-century weaponry at a band of insurgents, the Pentagon is using planes that can cost nearly $200 million apiece against pickup trucks costing virtually pennies in comparison.”

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE



Becoming Hezbollah’s Air Force

Waging endless war in the Middle East means not only turning old enemies into allies but exposing our inability to free ourselves from the mechanisms of violence and collapse.

Posted on Sep 28, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Sends Word to Congress About New Iraq Airstrikes

President Obama carried out some official business on Labor Day, giving Congress a heads-up Monday about a new round of airstrikes in Iraq he had previously approved.

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 READ MORE



The American Cult of Bombing

When you do something again and again only to see indifferent or even negative results, you wouldn’t be surprised if a neutral observer questioned your sanity. Yet few Americans question the sanity or cult-like behavior of American presidents as they continue to seek solutions to complex issues by bombing Iraq (as well as numerous other countries across the globe).

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE



Gays in the Military

A new photo book puts a face to the struggles of homosexual men and women in the U.S. armed forces.

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 READ MORE



The Three Faces of Drone War: Speaking Truth From the Robotic Heavens

It would be easy enough to assume that the kind of analytical work remote pilots do would result in a sense of job satisfaction and little more. That, it turns out, would be a mistake.

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Gov’t Agency, UPS Accidentally Send Drone Parts to College Student

Well, oops, UPS. A logistical glitch, which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is attributing to a delivery snafu by UPS, caused parts of a drone designed to monitor marine life and ocean conditions to end up far from its intended destination.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE



Drone Base Expansion Into Central Asia?

After the imminent exit of American troops from Afghanistan, the United States may attempt to maintain military control of the region by putting U.S. drones inside air bases in Central Asia.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE



Sean Davis (CC BY-ND 2.0)

‘I Worked on the U.S. Drone Program’

Politicians defending the use of drones in Afghanistan have no idea what they’re talking about, writes former U.S. Air Force analyst Heather Linebaugh, who has seen innocent women and children incinerated by Hellfire missiles and soldiers killed because of drone failures.

Posted on Dec 29, 2013 READ MORE


Ex-Air Force Pilot Discusses Trauma From Remote Killing

Brandon Bryant flew predator drones from 2007 to 2011, manning the camera on UAVs that attacked people overseas. His squadron was credited with 1,626 kills; he figures he’s personally killed 13 people, and his involvement has left him traumatized.

Posted on Oct 26, 2013 READ MORE



DVIDSHUB (CC BY 2.0)

Why Washington Can’t Stop

In terms of advanced and unchallenged military power, there has been nothing like the U.S. armed forces since the Mongols swept across Eurasia. No wonder American presidents now regularly use phrases like “the finest fighting force the world has ever known” to describe it.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE



Franco Folini (CC BY-SA 2.0)

When the Eastern Seaboard Nearly Became a Fallout Zone

A once-secret document published in The Guardian on Friday shows that the U.S. Air Force in the early 1960s came within inches of detonating an atomic bomb over North Carolina that would have exploded with 260 times the force of the device that destroyed Hiroshima.

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Drones Far Deadlier to Civilians Than Conventional Aircraft

Drone strikes cause 10 times the number of civilian casualties that manned aircraft attacks do, a U.S. military study found, contradicting claims that robotic planes are more precise than their human operated counterparts.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE


Military Assault

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Posted on Jun 5, 2013 READ MORE


Chain of Command

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Posted on May 30, 2013 READ MORE


Defense Seal

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Pig Parts

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Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Sexual Assaults and Nuclear Missiles: What’s the Matter With the Military?

After years of repeated reports of sexual assaults—and years of promises to prevent them, and then years of studies and commissions to find the best way of doing so—a Defense Department study released Tuesday estimates that some 26,000 people in the military were sexually assaulted in the last fiscal year, up from about 19,000 the year before.

Posted on May 9, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Arlington County Police Department

Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention Chief Charged With Sexual Battery

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, who heads the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response unit, has been accused of the very thing he’s been tasked with trying to stop.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE


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AP/Carolyn Kaster

Truthdigger of the Week: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told a panel of judge advocate generals that their supposed efforts to resolve the military’s sexual abuse crisis were not enough.

Posted on Mar 16, 2013 READ MORE


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Posted on Jan 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Israeli Air Force Downs Drone

Israeli troops are searching for the remnants of an unarmed drone of uncertain origin that their air force shot down in the south of the country Saturday. Though it appears to have been gathering intelligence, local reports suggest it was not from the Gaza Strip.

Posted on Oct 6, 2012 READ MORE



ElDave (CC-BY)

The Arrival of the Warrior Corporation

If Apple made weapons, they would undoubtedly be drones, those remotely piloted planes getting such great press in the U.S.

Posted on Feb 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Anonymous Plunders Security Firm on Christmas

Christmas Day was apparently the perfect day for a little holiday hactivism by the team of international cyber-teurs known collectively as Anonymous, as they rolled out the latest phase of their Operation Anti-Security initiative by cheerfully hacking their way into a security firm in Texas to avail themselves of clients’ personal and financial information.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Christopher Boitz

From Our Arsenal to Yours

Iraq has made a down payment of $1.4 billion to the United States on 18 F-16 fighter jets that are intended to protect Iraqi sovereignty when the U.S. is gone. But the planes will not be delivered for years to come, and U.S. forces are required by the status-of-forces agreement to withdraw by the end of December. (more)

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 READ MORE



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A Peek at the Military’s Budget for Eternal Salvation

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is running an investigation into how much money the U.S. Department of Defense spends pressuring military staff and families to embrace Christianity, and it is finding violations of the Constitution and rules governing federal contractors. (more)

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ted S. Warren

Boeing Boondoggle: Pork Can Fly

“The gift that keeps on giving” should have been the headline on the Pentagon’s decision to award the Boeing Co. a $35 billion defense contract. Defense of the nation, of course, had nothing to do with it.

Posted on Mar 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Two Libyan Fighter Pilots Defect Rather Than Bomb Protesters

Two Libyan air force colonels landed their Mirage F-1 fighter jets in Malta on Monday, explaining that they were ordered to bomb protesters in Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city, and chose instead to flee.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE



gizmodo.com

China’s Top Gun

The Chinese air force is drawing snickers after part of a video of military maneuvers broadcast on Chinese state television turned out to be not images of the country’s new stealth fighter but scenes from the American movie “Top Gun.”

Posted on Jan 29, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Mike Strasser

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Is Struck Down

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” is unconstitutional, a federal judge in California ruled late Thursday, striking down the military’s 17-year-old homophobic compromise that allows gay participation in the armed forces as long as they shut up about their orientation and do not “engage in homosexual acts.”

Posted on Sep 10, 2010 READ MORE



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‘Medal of Honor’ Yanked From Military Bases

American servicemen and -women stationed on U.S. Army and Air Force bases around the world won’t have the option of playing one video game in particular, Electronic Arts’ “Medal of Honor,” because it gives players the option of ... (continued)

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force

Congress Honors WWII’s Women Pilots

After decades of second-class treatment, America’s female aviators of the Second World War have been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. Although 38 of their number died in the line of duty, the women fliers received none of the benefits of male pilots and weren’t even recognized as veterans until 1977.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE



Original: U.S. Air Force / Master Sgt. Scott Reed

Insurgents Hack Predator Drones With Cheap Software

The $4.5 million Predator unmanned aerial vehicle and its at least $10 million successor are considered the future of America’s Air Force and a big part of the president’s escalation in Afghanistan. Insurgents in Iraq (and probably Afghanistan) were able to track the planes and intercept video feeds using $26 software available on the Internet. (continued)

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE



The Science Fiction of Military Marketing

The military’s fantastical advertisements promote a somewhat comforting, if disturbingly misleading, message—and it is aimed not just at potential soldiers, but also at the public at large.

Posted on Aug 28, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Master Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo

Senate Votes Down Military Boondoggle

One politician’s jobs program is another’s “inexcusable waste of money.” Luckily for the taxpayer, that’s how Barack Obama feels about the F-22 strike fighter, a plane Congress has been pushing over the military’s objections. After Obama threatened a veto, the Senate voted not to fund the jet, which was designed to fight the Soviets.

Posted on Jul 21, 2009 READ MORE


Reaper drone
uavinfo.com

‘Reaper’ Ready to Watch Over Iraq

One way the U.S. military could maintain a presence in Iraq, even if by proxy, in the near future is through the use of unmanned drones with foreboding names like the MQ-9 Reaper and the Predator, both of which are able to carry seriously sinister weaponry like the laser-guided Hellfire missile.

Posted on Aug 4, 2008 READ MORE



Army.mil / Mike A. Glas

Women Bear the Brunt of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Although women make up a small percentage of Army and Air Force personnel, nearly half of all discharges last year related to “don’t ask, don’t tell” were of women. The Pentagon could not explain to The New York Times why the numbers were so much higher for women, but it continues to stand by the policy.

Posted on Jun 22, 2008 READ MORE


Bush on energy
AP photo / Rich Pedroncelli

Blame Rising Oil Prices on Bush

Wow, a lot of people must have bought Hummers last week. How else to explain the spike in oil prices? No, I’m not being silly: They are, and by they I mean the gaggle of media pundits and other administration apologists—abetted by some green zealots—who want to explain our energy crisis by reference to profligate consumers.

Posted on Jun 10, 2008 READ MORE


Gates
bragg.army.mil

Heads Roll at Air Force

Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday axed two top Air Force honchos, Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne, in a bid to do some damage control in the wake of the alarming incident last August in which nuclear warheads were mistakenly flown from North Dakota to Louisiana and another incident in which Air Force electrical fuses for ballistic missile warheads were shipped to Taiwan.

Posted on Jun 5, 2008 READ MORE


UFO???
news.bbc.co.uk

Time to Take UFOs Seriously?

Since shortly after Project Blue Book was ordered closed in 1969, the U.S. government has officially ignored claims of UFO sightings, but an international group of former military officers and government officials says it’s time to take the potential national security threat seriously.

Posted on Nov 12, 2007 READ MORE


Cadet Chapel
usafa.af.mil

The Cancer From Within

Retired Air Force Col. David Antoon investigates the evangelical Christian takeover of the military, where proselytizing has become institutionalized and religious ideology threatens to supersede the values of the Constitution.

Posted on Nov 7, 2007 READ MORE


F-15
news.bbc.co.uk

Air Force Grounds F-15 Fleet

The Air Force has decided to ground all 676 F-15 fighter jets in service because of a recent crash that is thought to have originated from a mechanical defect that may have caused the plane to break up in flight.

Posted on Nov 6, 2007 READ MORE


MIA Nuke Case Sparks Security Concerns

The disturbing security slip-up at North Dakota’s Minot Air Force Base on Aug. 29, which resulted in the unintentional—not to mention unsupervised and unauthorized—transport of six nuclear warheads across the country to Louisiana, has touched off a major military inquiry and raised serious security concerns.

Posted on Sep 23, 2007 READ MORE


Paul Gillmor
gillmor.house.gov

Ohio’s Rep. Paul Gillmor Dead at 68

Rep. Paul Gillmor, an Ohio Republican who had held his seat in the House for nearly 20 years, was found dead in his Washington apartment on Wednesday by members of his Capitol Hill staff.  The cause of Gillmor’s death had not been officially announced by Wednesday afternoon. He was 68.

Posted on Sep 5, 2007 READ MORE


B-52
tinker-af.org

U.S. Bomber Takes Nukes on Accidental Trip

This is the kind of human error story that makes a strong case for worldwide nuclear disarmament:  Armytimes.com reported Wednesday that five nuclear warheads were mistakenly carried on a B-52 bomber from North Dakota to Louisiana on Aug. 30—which means they were effectively missing for more than three hours.

Posted on Sep 5, 2007 READ MORE


Got Debt?  Head to Iraq

Being heavily in debt is prompting some U.S. military members to volunteer to serve in Iraq or Afghanistan. Take Air Force Capt. Nick Sloan, who admits that the need to get out of debt was a significant factor in his choice to go to Iraq.

Posted on Sep 3, 2007 READ MORE


Pentagon Sold Banned Jet Equipment

The Government Accountability Office has found that the Defense Department sold roughly 1,400 parts that could be used to repair Iran’s aging air force, despite a crackdown on such sales.

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


Ali
composite by Peter Scheer / photo from SI.com

Fatherhood, Muhammad Ali and Moral Courage

A retired Air Force colonel explains how he drew moral courage from arguably the greatest boxer ever and from a pilot who refused to bomb civilians.  Antoon says that courage led him to persuade his son not to follow in his footsteps.

Posted on Jun 19, 2007 READ MORE


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