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This Weeks Badass Can Hump 400 Pounds: New Marine Corps Robotic Grunt.

The Legged Squad Support System (LS3) is a rough-terrain robot developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA and the US Marine Corps. It is designed to carry 400 lbs of payload and travel 20 miles without refueling. LS3 has sensors that let it follow a human leader while avoiding obstacles in the terrain.

Volocopter VC200

Check out this new helicopter design!

Concealed carry: Thinking outside the holster

By Nick Perna
From an upcoming issue of SOF!

Question: Where is the best place to keep your gun when you are out on the town?
Answer: In a holster. But what about the times that isn’t practical? Where do you keep it then? I’m talking about the everyday situations where you have to find somewhere else to put it.

As a police officer, I carry a gun for a living and have done so in uniform assignments as well as plain clothes and undercover details. As an informed citizen, I exercise my right to carry at all times, period. But there are those times when you have to put your handgun somewhere other than a holster. I’m going to cover a few of those times and how I deal with them.

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.

DOES THE G36 HAVE A PROBLEM?

Questions About Accuracy Surround Rifle
By SOF

It seems that the M4 carbine is not the only rifle that is now facing controversy over its performance in Afghanistan. The G36 carbine (pictured to the left), which is the standard-issue rifle for the German military, is also now facing question about its performance.

SPOOKY SPECTER

Tell me... who doesn't love the AC-130?

RUSSIA’S GROUND-ATTACK WARBIRD

The Su-25 Frogfoot
By SOF

The Soviet Union was facing a problem in the 1970s. The United States was deploying the A-10 Thunderbolt, which was designed to carry out close-air-support missions, which could decimate the large tank formations that the Soviets were counting on to smash NATO. They needed something similar to inflict similar losses on NATO forces. Their answer was the Su-25, which they call Grach, but which may be better known as Frogfoot. If a war is in the news, more often than not, the Frogfoot is involved.

TACTICAL LESSONS FROM THE GREATEST GENERATION

What World War II paratroopers can teach us about how to respond to active shooters
By Nick Perna

The rule of LGOPS:
“After the demise of the best airborne plan, a most terrifying effect occurs on the battlefield. The effect is known as the rule of LGOPS (little groups of paratroopers). This is, in its purest form, small groups of pissed-off, 1-year-old paratroopers. They are well trained. They are armed to the teeth and lack serious adult supervision. They collectively remember the commander’s intent as, “March to the sound of the guns and kill anyone who is not dressed like you” – or something like that. Happily they go about the day’s work…”
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This is what happened during the Normandy invasion almost 70 years ago during World War II. Over 13,000 paratroopers from American and British units parachuted into France and landed as far as 18 miles from their designated drop zones. The initial plan, which was essential to the success of the overall invasion, appeared to be falling apart. Fortunately, airborne soldiers from all types of units banded together and took objectives such as French cities and key road intersections. The confusion alone caused the Germans all kinds of headaches, tying up much of their manpower dealing with the mayhem the paratroopers caused. Follow-on forces arrived by sea, eventually relieving their airborne counterparts, but not until the paratroopers had seized most of their objectives and had put a significant hurt on the Nazi war machine.

IRON DOME VS. HAMAS

Stopping the Rocket Threat
By SOF Editor

While Hamas has been firing rockets, a number of them headed for civilian targets are being stopped en route. This is thanks to a new surface-to-air missile system called Iron Dome (IDF Photo, right).

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MALAYSIAN FLIGHT WITH 295 PEOPLE DEAD?

Malaysian Airlines 777 Goes Down Over Ukraine
By Harold Hutchison

A Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 carrying 295 people went down over the Ukraine earlier today. The airliner, the second 777 to be lost by Malaysian Airlines this year had been flying the passengers from Amsterdam to Kuala Lampur.

Always Faithful!

"'Impossible' is a word found only in the dictionary of fools."

Napoleon Bonaparte

Between December of 1941 and VJ Day (15 Aug 45), the WW I Monument Castle Tower atop Mount Battie, overlooking Penobscot Bay on the Maine Coast, was occupied continuously by volunteer members of the "Home Guard," mostly ageing WWI veterans. They scanned the Bay, day and night, for signs of Nazi submarines.

Most carried personally-owned 1903 Springfield Rifles and Colt 1911 pistols. They were always armed!

New Tactical Training Program - "JAVELIN"

THE LAST OF ITS KIND

Meet USS Peleliu (LHA 5)
By Harold Hutchison

She is the last of her kind. Once, she and her sister ships were perhaps the most modern amphibious assault vessels in the world. Nowadays, she is the oldest of her type in active service. Her name is USS Peleliu.

A-10 Warthog: Attack Run

ARMY WANTS A NEW PISTOL

Say Goodbye to the M9 and M11?
By Harold Hutchison

The DOD is looking to replace the M9 and M11 pistols with a more potent handgun. This comes after user feedback from troops who have served on the front lines of the War on Terror.