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IJC Operational Update, Dec. 3: Militants Detained in Wardak, Khwost

An Afghan-international security force detained several suspected militants in Wardak province while pursuing a Taliban sub-commander today. The joint security force targeted a compound near the village of Jamad Kheyl in the Sayed Abad district after intelligence sources indicated militant activity.

Department Focuses on F-35 Costs, Fair Tanker Competition

NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2009 – Pentagon officials are working to halt spiraling costs in the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft program, while ensuring competition for a new refueling tanker remains fair to all contenders, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said here yesterday.  Lynn told the Aerospace and Defense Conference he’s concerned about both “cost and schedule challenges” associated with the next-generation fighter aircraft that Defense Secretary Robert M.

USNS Henson Locates Aircraft Wreckage in Caribbean

U.S. Navy oceanographic survey ship USNS Henson (T-AGS 63), currently deployed for Oceanographic Southern Partnership Station, located the sunken wreckage of an aircraft Nov. 30 in the waters of the Netherland Antilles that had been missing since late October. Henson, currently deployed in the Caribbean under the operational control of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (NAVSO/C4F), was conducting oceanographic equipment testing operations near Curacao in the vicinity of the aircraft's last known coordinates.

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ON BEING AN OVERSEAS ARMS CONTRACTOR

Author’s note: The company that I worked for still has employees working in harm’s way. Therefore I will not mention whom I worked for and where exactly I worked, nor will I discuss the specifics of what we did and how we did it. The bad guys do read Western periodicals. The point of my griping in print is not to educate the Islamo-fascists but rather to inform potential adventurers in search of employment.

3-71 MORTARMEN HAVE A BLAST

ANSWERING THE CALL

LOGAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN. It’s 0200; the night is calm and the sky is clear. If it weren’t for the occasional wild camel walking by the encampment, one might believe this was an overnight field exercise. But it is not.

BORDER TRANSITION TEAMS IN IRAQ

As the United States’ presence in Iraq dwindles down, and the shift of Iraqi control that began on 30 June, 2009, continues, US forces are becoming useful in another area of Iraq—the border region. Part of the Security Agreement that was negotiated with the Iraqi government is that Iraqis are taking control and the lead of their country. US forces are pulling out of the cities (part of the surge program) and moving back to their major bases in the country.

AMERICANSNIPERS.ORG IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Shortly after the NRA show, I contacted Brian Sain, founder of AmericanSnipers.org, for an update on his organization, and for the SOF’ers who are not acquainted with AmericanSnipers.org, I asked him to summarize the history of said organization. RKB