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HOMELAND SECURITY BLOWS MONEY ON CARS IT DOESN’T USE

As Much As $49 Million Wasted in FY2012
By SOF

The Department of Homeland Security blew almost $50 million on vehicles it rarely – if ever – use in fiscal year 2012. The Department reportedly drove about 60% of its vehicles less than 12,000 miles per year.

According to a report by GovExec.com, an audit by the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security revealed the under-use of a significant portion of the 56,000 vehicles the department owned. The department, which has numerous agencies, including the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Secret Service, spends a total of $534 million every year.

A DEADLIER 40 MIKE MIKE?

Army Making the M203 and M320 Deadlier
By SOF

The M203 and M320 40mm grenade launchers have given American infantry some very nice firepower at the squad and fire-team level. However, the Army is now working to give those grenade launchers even more firepower through a new program.

According to an article in Army Technology Magazine, the Army is trying to develop smarter rounds for the under-rifle grenade launchers currently in service by making the grenades “smarter.” The system is being described as a complement to the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System, also known as the Punisher.

NEW AFFILIATE FOR AL-QAEDA

Targeting India, South Asia
By SOF

Al-Qaeda, which has recently been overshadowed by the Islamic State, is now trying to re-gain prominence by targeting the world’s largest democracy. The terrorist group responsible for the destruction of the World Trade Center on 11 September, 2001 has opened an affiliate in the Indian subcontinent.

This Week's Badass: The Scariest Job Ever?

The Scariest Video You Have Ever Watched in the Name of Science?
Not For Those With Acrophobia Or With Hangovers

This Engineer show is NOT attached to this pole other than with his hands and feet is scaling a tower over 1700 feet. OSHA allows workers to free climb a tiny pole even with a thunderstorm brewing.

Video for the Online Engineer

COUNTDOWN: 10 most powerful nuclear bombs

MEET THE PATTON

America’s Old Tank Still Goes Strong
By SOF

Before the M1 Abrams, there was the M60 Patton. American troops found this tank to be a long-term standby during the Cold War – as well as during the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. The tank also found itself widely exported, and it is still seeing service in the Middle East.

DID WE GET THE BASTARD?

UAV Strike Targeted Al-Shabab Bigwig
By SOF

A Labor Day UAV strike in Somalia targeted a gathering of al-Shabab leaders. However, one question is now burning: Did the strike take out the leader?

STRYKERS DO THEIR THING

GETTING THE MARINES THERE

Amphibious Assault Vessels of the Navy
By SOF

The Marines have long had a tradition of being America’s “911 Force.” However, there is one big question: How do you get the Marines there?

There are a number of answers to that question, but one of the major answers centers around the amphibious assault ships in service with the United States Navy. These vessels are probably some of the most deceptively powerful vessels in the world. When one looks at it, there are perhaps three aircraft carriers in the world more powerful than the Wasp-class amphibious assault ships.

WORST SOLDIERS IN THE WORLD?

AMIRLI RELIEVED BY IRAQI FORCES!

Germany, Australia, Arm Kurds
By SOF

Egyptian troops with Milan anti-tank missile 

A number of American air strikes helped Iraqi forces lift the siege of the town of Amirli over the Labor Day weekend. This comes as new concerns are being raised about the Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) emerging on the Mexican border.

Mexican Paratrooper's Worst Nightmare