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THE GROWING CHICOM ARSENALS

Nuclear, Cyber Threats Increase
By SOF Staff

Communist China has been expanding its nuclear forces – increasing the threat to the United States – deploying new missiles and submarines, as well as other systems. The systems could place the United States at greater risk.

According to a report by the Washington Free Beacon, the annual review of Communist China’s nuclear arsenal by the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission, a congressionally-established committee, outlined just how much China’s nuclear forces have expanded.

SWCC - Navy's Best Kept Secret

BEARS PROWL AROUND GUAM AGAIN


Tu-95s Orbit Island
By SOF Staff

Two Russian Tu-95 bombers circled the island of Guam, the westernmost U.S. territory in the Pacific and a key forward base earlier this week. The operation came just over 21 months after a similar operation took place.

MEET THE ANZAC

Australia’s Potent Frigate
By Harold Hutchison

When the Royal Australian Navy faced off against a Russian convoy that included the Slava-class missile cruiser Varyag, two frigates were on the front lines. But what exactly were these frigates?

To get the answer, one has to go back to the 1980s and 1990s. The Australians were looking to replace the aging River-class frigates they had in service. New Zealand also was in the market for a replacement for their old Leander-class frigates. The two countries decided to go in together – not only to reduce costs, but to make their navies more interoperable.

GET OFF OUR BACKS, CONTROL FREAK, COMMANDERS ORDERED TO TELL OFF WHITE HOUSE

Secretary of Defense Gates Claims Obama Micromanaged
By SOF Staff

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates revealed that he instructed commanders to be very blunt in dealing with White House micromanagement from the Obama Administration.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINES!

The Corps Turns 239
By SOF Staff


The Marine Corps celebrates its 239th Birthday today. In honor of that, we at SOF are posting the Birthday Message that then-Commandant John A, Lejeune (pictured) sent out in 1921:

RUSSIAN KAMIKAZES

Report Details How Soviets Would Have Attacked American Carriers
By SOF Editor

A paper from the Naval War College by a former Soviet naval officer has revealed how the Soviets planned to target American aircraft carriers. This look carried some surprising revelations, particularly about the hybrid of influences from Axis powers in World War II.

In the paper, Maksim Y. Tokarev wrote due to an inability to match American carriers “for both economic and political reasons, the Soviet Navy had to create some system that could at least deter the U.S. Navy carrier task forces from conducting strikes against the naval, military, and civilian infrastructure and installations on the Kola and Kamchatka Peninsulas, Sakhalin Island, and the shoreline around the city of Vladivostok.”

MARINE SCORES BACK TO BACK PERFECTION

Marine Scores Back-to-Back Possibles
By SOF Editor

Perfection is hard to obtain when on the shooting range. However, one Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant has managed to achieve perfect scores on the range twice in less than three months.

F-35 LIGHTNING IN THE MIDDLE

RUSSIAN TANKERS IN EGYPT

Il-78 “Midas” Tankers Seen In Cairo
By SOF Editor

Egypt’s closer alignment with Russia has become stronger in recent months.

A MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR THE NAVY?

Could the CGNs Have Helped?
By SOF Editor

In the mid-to-late 1990s, the United States Navy discarded nine nuclear-powered guided-missile cruisers. USS Long Beach (CGN 9), USS Bainbridge (CGN 25), USS Truxtun (CGN 35), the California-class cruisers, and the Virginia-class cruisers were all retired and scrapped.

IS OBAMA SELLING OUT TAIWAN?

2001 Promise for Subs at Risk
By SOF Editor

The Obama Administration may be prioritizing a military exchange program with the ChiComs over a promise to help Taiwan modernize its submarine force. The decision could leave the Republic of China vulnerable to the ChiComs.

IS THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WHITEWASHING THE VA SCANDAL?

17 Criminal Referrals Declined
By SOF Editor

At least 17 criminal referrals to the Justice Department made by the Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs have been rejected by the Justice Department. Instead, administrative action is the course of action that is being recommended.

DEADLY DEFENSE CUTS? Scathing Report Questions Troopers' Deaths

Report Points Finger at Sequestration Cuts
By Harold Hutchison

Green Beret in Afghanistan
(Army photo)

Think that defense cuts don’t get troops killed? You might want to re-think those conclusions in light of the investigation stemming from the worst blue-on-blue incident in Operation Enduring Freedom, when a B-1B Lancer dropped bombs on a friendly position.

According to a report by the Washington Times, the deaths of five Soldiers in a 9 June “friendly fire” incident were caused by an inability of the Special Forces unit to properly train prior to deploying to Afghanistan due to “sequestration” – automatic spending cuts that hit the defense budget and entitlement spending. Special Forces units usually try to train for at least three weeks in terrain in the United States that resembles that in Afghanistan, but the Operational Detachment Alphas had those training deployments cancelled and had to make do with training at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.