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DID SWEDEN HAVE A READINESS GAP?

Scandinavian Country Retired ASW Choppers in 2008
By SOF

The hunt for the mystery submarines first sighted last Friday off the coast of Sweden may have been crippled by the decision to retire the country’s force of ASW choppers. That decision, which was carried out in 2008, has now come back to bite the Swedes.

Ordering the Selected Reserve and Certain Individual Ready Reserve Members of the Armed Forces to Active Duty

ORDERING THE SELECTED RESERVE AND CERTAIN INDIVIDUAL READY RESERVE MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES TO ACTIVE DUTY

THE UNDEFEATED VETERAN

The F-15 Eagle
By Harold Hutchison

Developed with lessons from the Vietnam War in mind, the F-15 Eagle was meant to take control of the skies. Since its introduction in 1976, it has done so, going undefeated in air-to-air combat.

During the Vietnam War, the inadequacy of America’s combat aircraft in the dogfight was brutally exposed – as North Vietnamese MiG-17 “Farmer” and MiG-21 “Fishbed” fighters were using ambush tactics on F-105 Thunderchief and F-4 Phantom fighters. For too many American pilots, these failures, combined with restrictive rules of engagement, meant either a stay in the Hanoi Hilton or death.

"Whiskey on the Rocks, Again?" RUSSIANS ON SWEDISH ROCKS AGAIN?

Mysterious Sightings Believed to be Crippled Sub
By SOF Editor

In something reminiscent of the infamous “Whiskey on the Rocks” incident in 1981, sightings of what is believed to have been a Russian submarine have triggered a lengthy hunt by Swedish naval forces.

DOOLEY TO TEACH AGAIN

Ousted NDU Instructor Headed to UK

By SOF Editor

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley, who was ousted from an instructor post at the Joint Forces Staff College of the National Defense University, will again be teaching – but not in the United States.

WAR CLOUDS OVER ASIA?

CHINA WATCH: China War Arsenal Buildup Accelerates
By Harold Hutchison

China's war arsenal grows as it builds up its air and naval forces while American naval forces have been declining in number.

According to a report by the Washington Free Beacon, a congressional commission is noting that by the year 2020, China will have almost 100 more missile-firing ships and submarines deployed than the United States. A possible result could be a so-called “security miscalculation” that could lead to conflict.

AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP USS AMERICA JOINS THE FLEET

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LHA 6 Commissioned
The amphibious assault ship USS America, the lead ship in a new class of amphibious assault vessels, entered the United States Navy on 11 October.

TWO YEAR SPACE MISSION ENDING

X-37B To Land This Week
By Harold Hutchison

The United States Air Force could end what could be one of the longest test flights in history this week, as the X-37B is slated to return to Earth.

USS AMERICA SEA TRIALS

POLARIS: SUPER SMALL SIGINT SYSTEM

DRS Unveils Polaris
By Harold Hutchison

Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) brings to mind large, expensive, complicated systems like the RC-135 Rivet Joint (pictured in DOD photo) or satellites orbiting above the earth. However, an electronics firm has now developed a system compact enough to be carried in by a single individual.

CARGO PLANES SCRAPPED IN AFGHANISTAN

Sixteen C-27As Provided as Aid by US Sold for $32,000
By Harold Hutchison

Sixteen Aeritalia G222 cargo planes given to the Afghan military worth almost a half-billion dollars, were scrapped and sold for less than the price of a high-end SUV.

COULD EBOLA ENTER AMERICA VIA THE BORDER?

SOUTHCOM Commander Raises Possibility in Speech
By Harold Hutchison

Could people infected with the deadly Ebola virus enter the United States via the border with Mexico? The answer could very well be yes, according to the commander of United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).

THE STEALTHY BOMBER, THE 2 BILLION DOLLAR B-2 SPIRIT

What the B-2 Has Done, Can Do Now, And Just Might Do Later
By Harold Hutchison

Arguably the most expensive combat aircraft ever built, the B-2 Spirit by Northrop Grumman is perhaps one of the deadliest. The B-2 can deliver 16 2,000-pound GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, GPS-guided bombs, and the only warning the target will have is when the bombs hit the target.

Costing $737 million base price and a whopping $2 Billion each when research and development and manufacturing costs are included, the program was halted at 21 aircraft in 1997 – much lower than the planned procurement of 165 airframes. That decision was made even as Northrop Grumman had said it could produce more B-2s at a fly-away cost of $566 million each.

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