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FIFTH CARRIER TO THE SCRAPYARD

USS Ranger To Make Final Journey
By SOF

The Obama Administration is planning to scrap a fifth carrier – the fifth permanent loss of a carrier in just under 25 months. This time, the carrier is USS Ranger (CV 61).

TWO C-17 SQUADRONS GET THE CHOP

Defense Cuts Hit Airlifters
By SOF

Two squadrons of the Air Force’s most modern transport plane will be deactivated over the next two years. The cuts were announced on 22 December.

According to an Air Force News Service report, the 17th and 10th Airlift Squadrons will be deactivated in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The 17th is attached to the 437th Airlift Wing, while the 10th is assigned to the 62nd Airlift Wing. Both wings will go down from four squadrons to three. The 16 aircraft will be assigned to a backup status that will save $110 million a year.

RUSSIAN BOMBERS PAY ANOTHER VISIT TO GUAM

Tu-95s Orbit Guam Again
By SOF

For the third time in the last two years, Russian bombers have orbited Guam, America’s western-most outpost. The orbits took place on 13 December, following one last month and one in February 2013.

ARE GUIDED BULLETS COMING?

DARPA Reveals EXACTO
By SOF

The 2,000-yard club has been seen as an exclusive one – making such a shot means a sniper is highly skilled, lucky, or both. Now, though, the club could geta lot more members as technology is making the bullets even better.

THE NEW LCS FOR THE NAVY...

Navy to Build Follow-On to Freedom and Independence
By SOF

The Navy has announced how it will supplement the controversial littoral combat ship program, which was curtailed at 32 ships out of a planned 55. The answer to the Navy’s LCS problem is… an upgraded LCS.

NO LANDING GEAR? NO PROBLEM!!

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. William Mahoney, AV-8B Harrier aircraft pilot, talks about his experience during a controlled landing after his front landing gear malfunctioned on the aircraft aboard the USS Bataan, at sea, June 7, 2014. Video by Sgt. Alisa Helin | 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit

WILL NUKES RETURN TO EUROPE?

Deployment Considered In Light of Russian Cheating
By SOF

Could American nuclear missiles be returning to Europe? That possibility is very distinct in light of revelations that Russia has been cheating on the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

According to a report by the Washington Free Beacon, the Department of Defense is considering re-deploying ground-launched cruise missiles to NATO should the Russians fail to comply with the INF Treaty. In accordance with that treaty, the United States dismantled MGM-31C Pershing II ballistic missiles and BGM-109G Gryphon cruise missiles.

ON THE BRINK, ONE CLOSE CALL WITH SUICIDE, A VET's HAUNTING STORY

A Vet’s Story
By SOF

Stephen Carlson had kept a gun with him for the nearly two weeks he had been on leave from a tour in Afghanistan in 2009. He swigged from a bottle of bourbon and chain-smoked. Finally, he put his 45-caliber pistol in his mouth.

“I remember how the Rem-Oil tasted, and thinking about how quick it would be. The hollow-point bullet in the chamber would explosively blow out my brain stem and that would be that,” he wrote at taskandpurpose.com. However, he didn’t go through with it.

NAVY LASER WEAPONS SYSTEM TAKES ON TWO SHIPS in Operational Demo

Dec 10, 2014
The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY

Senate Intelligence Committee Republicans and CIA Push Back on Feinstein Report
By SOF

Republican members of the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a rebuttal to the roughly 500-page “study” conducted by the Democratic majority on the committee. The Republicans, who pulled out of the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation in the fall of 2009, took issue with many of the assertions in Feinstein’s hit job.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, the Republican report, signed by Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-GA - pictured right), Richard Burr (R-NC), James Risch (R-ID), Dan Coats (R-IN), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Tom Coburn (R-OK), states “We have no doubt the CIA’s detention program saved lives and played a vital role in weakening al-Qa’ida while the Program was in operation.”

ANOTHER SPY BUSTED

ChiCom Spy Stole Tech Data
By SOF

For the second time this week, news broke of an attempt to steal data on American military technology. This time, the spy was trying to get data on the use of titanium in American fighters to the ChiComs.

According to a report by Breitbart News, Yu Long, a former engineer for a defense contractor, tried to take equations and other data on the use of the high-strength metal to Communist China. Customs officials found the data while inspecting his luggage. Long was arrested two days later.

CAN THE NEW CHICOM JET TAKE DOWN THE LIGHTNING?

Is the J-31 Hype, or a Real Threat?
By SOF

Could the newest ChiCom fighter take down the F-35 Lightning II? That is the claim coming from the president of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China.

According to a report by the Singapore Straits Times, Lin Zuoming claimed that the J-31, the new fighter unveiled recently by the ChiComs, could shoot down the F-35 in a fight during an interview with a state-run TV station.

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SPY PLOT FOILED

Targeted USS Gerald R. Ford Schematics
By SOF

A plot to sell classified plans for the Gerald R. Ford-class carriers and sell them to the Egyptian government was foiled when the would-be spy sold the plans to an undercover agent.

FOURTH CARRIER IN TWO YEARS GONE

USS Constellation  Goes to The Scrapyard
By SOF

While you were not paying attention, the Obama Administration has sent a fourth carrier to the scrapyard since 1 December, 2012. Like USS Forrestal (CV 59), USS Saratoga (CV 60), and USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Constellation (CV 64) has been discarded at a time when America is facing growing naval threats from China and Russia.