NEW FIREPOWER FOR THE MARINES
The Marine Corps has been looking into a new Infantry Automatic Rifle. According to the Marine Corps Times, after evaluating designs from Heckler and Koch, Colt, and FN, the Marines selected the H&K entry, which is based on the HK 416. The IAR is designed to use the same 30-round magazines that the M4 and M16 rifles use. It is intended to replace the squad automatic weapon (SAW) at the squad and platoon level.
While it is lighter than the SAW, there is a concern among some about the loss of firepower. A 30-round magazine for a squad automatic weapon might have made sense when the rifles were akin to a bolt-action M1903 with five rounds or an M1 Garand with eight rounds, but does it make sense when the M4 carbines or M16 rifles also have 30-round magazines?
SECURING THE BORDER FROM PHONY BARBIE DOLLS
Vigilant border agents seized over $1.6 million in counterfeit toys at some border checkpoints. Have terrorists joined the multi-billion dollar counterfeit industry as implied on dhs.gov?
DOLPHIN DOES IT AGAIN!
The crew of USCGC Dolphin (WPB 87354) has racked up yet another bust in the War on Drugs. In this case, the crew of the cutter seized 630 pounds of weed from an 18-foot boat. This bust comes less than three months after this same cutter seized over 1400 pounds of pot from other drug smugglers. WAY TO GO DOLPHIN!!!
ANOTHER SPY SCANDAL?
Another disgusting intelligence hole needs to be plugged. According to a report in the New York Post, a second spy scandal has occurred at Gitmo. It seems that the Muslim Brotherhood was able to get some people in as interpreters, who proceeded to coach detainees on how to claim abuse and may have omitted details from their notes and reports, among other pro-jihadi activities. It is time to get answers as to why the DOD has not only allowed pro-jihadi personnel in such a sensitive environment, but also to explain why it has not been able to develop more trustworthy linguists in the eight years since the 9/11 attacks.
NEW MAGAZINES FOR THE TROOPS
Believe it or not, a lot of advancements to help troops on the front do not involve high technology or a new breakthrough – be it unmanned aerial vehicles, packbots, or smart bombs. In some cases, it could be something so simple it might not seem like much. Improving the magazines the troops use in their M4s and M16s is one recent breakthrough from the United States Army’s Program Executive Office–Soldier. It is estimated that these new magazines will cut the rate of stoppages due to magazine malfunctions by over 50 percent.
FIREARMS SAFETY 101
The Navy Safety Center recently issued a press release for naval personnel, but is something that should be remembered by everyone who exercises their right to keep and bear arms. The Navy and Marines suffered 39 firearms-related mishaps in fiscal year 2008, which is 39 too many. For more information on firearms safety, go to http://www.nrainstructors.org/searchcourse.aspx  to find NRA-certified instructors who can provide basic training in firearms safety.
The MC-12W Liberty, a reconnaissance plane based on the C-12, recently hit 1,000 missions in a little over five months in Iraq with the 362nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron. During those five months, the 362nd has aided in the capture of 12 high-ranking terrorists and three weapons caches. More impressively (and most importantly), Coalition forces have suffered no casualties while the 362nd has been providing overwatch. WELL DONE, AIRMEN! HERE’S TO 1,000 MORE SUCCESSFUL MISSIONS!
NEW CALL RELEASE
The Center for Army Lessons Learned has released a new manual for Agribusiness Development Teams in Afghanistan. These teams have been helping Afghan farmers rebuild after years of war devastated the Afghan agricultural sector. The ADT program is an initiative of the National Guard Bureau and is designed to revitalize the agricultural sector of the Afghan economy by utilizing the farming skills of National Guard Soldiers and Airmen. This is a program that could be as important as whacking the Taliban – because if Afghans can make a living from farming, then the Taliban will have a harder time hiring.
TERRORISTS TO THE HEARTLAND?
In the wake of the announcement by the Obama administration that it will be moving terrorists currently held at Guantanamo Bay to the Thomson Correctional Center in Illinois, SOF was among media outlets taking part in a conference call held by KeepAmericaSafe.com, which outlined the risks in bringing those terrorists to American soil.
Liz Cheney, a board member of KeepAmericaSafe.com, said “It really is just the latest piece of evidence that this administration is dedicated to turning back the clock, to returning the days of the pre-9/11 mentality when we treated terrorism like a crime and when we believed that law enforcement was the answer. It's a dangerous and indefensible
Debra Burlingame, the sister of “Chip” Burlingame, the pilot of American Airlines flight 77, which was flown into the Pentagon, added, “Richard Reid was touted by Attorney General Holder as an example of how we can safely hold people in maximum—terrorists in maximum security prisons. It's very important to know that Richard Reid didn't simply complain about these special administrative measures that restricted his phone calls, outside visits, mail privilege, and access to news and the media itself. He engaged in a 58-day hunger strike. … It was only after that 58-day hunger strike that the suit was dropped or that the suit—the opposition to the suit was dropped and the special administrative measures were lifted.”
Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy, who prosecuted Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind sheikh whose followers plotted terrorist attacks in New York City, pointed out, “Congress is the master of the jurisdiction of the federal court and can stop that tomorrow by divesting jurisdiction in the federal courts of people who are enemy combatants for purposes of war crimes trials during and in connection with this war.”