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Weapon Wednesday – Dressing Up Russian Tanks

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A new video on YouTube shows a how U.S. troops train to operate against enemy mechanized forces, in this case Russian tanks. U.S. soldiers at a base in southern Germany have several aging armored personnel carriers modified to impersonate Russian tanks, giving units the ability to train against opponents that kinda, sorta look Moscow’s finest. read more

Video Podcast – Transgenders in the Military

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

As an Originalist Constitutional conservative, I try to live my life by the Jeffersonian creed, “If it neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket, what difference is it to me!”

In other words, regarding this podcast, I don’t give a crap what your sexual orientation is, or which one of 500 genders you currently are, as long as it doesn’t interfere with my life or cost me anything.

And someone being gay, bi, trans, whatever, doesn’t affect my life in any way, negatively or positively. So what the heck do I care. No one should. Just don’t ask me to pay for your operations or treatments. And don’t demand that I celebrate your lifestyle, when I don’t. I’m agnostic about these issues. I just don’t care enough to demonstrate for or against it.

However, the members of the military are affected by such things. In this podcast I explain why, and why these types of “distractions” can have a negative affect on the cohesiveness of the unit. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Boeing’s Loyal Wingman

A model of the unmanned Boeing Airpower Teaming System was unveiled at the Australian International Airshow
A model of the unmanned Boeing Airpower Teaming System was unveiled at the Australian International Airshow (Credit: Boeing)

Boeing has taken the wraps off its latest combat drone, presenting a model of its Loyal Wingman UAV at the Australian International Airshow. Formally referred to as Boeing Airpower Teaming System, the concept demonstrator aircraft is being developed in partnership between the Australian government and Boeing Australia. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Lockheed’s Newest Fighter Jet – the F-21

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LOCKHEED MARTIN

Lockheed Martin has announced a fighter jet it calls the F-21. The single-seat fighter is packed with missiles, modern sensors, and can engage in both air-to-air and air-to-ground combat. It’s not exactly “new” though—the rest of the world knows this plane as the F-16 Fighting Falcon. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Navy’s New Orca Unmanned Submarine

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BOEING

The U.S. Navy has awarded a contract to Boeing for four Extra-Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (XLUUVs). In other words: giant drone subs.

The unmanned submarines, called Orcas, will be able to undertake missions from scouting to sinking ships at very long ranges. Drone ships like the Orca will revolutionize war at sea, providing inexpensive, semi-disposable weapon systems that can fill the gaps in the front line—or simply go where it’s too dangerous for manned ships to go. read more

Weapon Wednesday – New Grenade Brings Down Drones

A 40-mm practice grenade, similar in appearance to the anti-drone grenade, is loaded into a portable...
A 40-mm practice grenade, similar in appearance to the anti-drone grenade, is loaded into a portable launcher(Credit: US Air Force)

As last month’s grounding of flights at Heathrow Airport showed us, drones can cause a lot of problems – and they can even pose a security risk – when they’re flown in the wrong places. Engineers with the US Army are developing a countermeasure, in the form of a drone-netting grenade. read more

U.S. Rolls New Low Yield Nuke

USS Nebraska Successfully Tests Trident II D5 Missile

U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 1ST CLASS RONALD GUTRIDGE/RELEASED

The Trump Administration is racing to field a new nuclear weapon designed to counter Russia and enhance nuclear deterrence.

The W-76-2 warhead will be delivered to the U.S. Navy for deployment on ballistic missile submarines in late 2019. Proponents claim the new warhead will enable the U.S. to respond to Russian nuclear weapons proportionately, but critics claim the W-76-2 is just another nuclear weapon and similarly dangerous. read more

Weapon Wednesday – D-30 Howitzer Making a Comeback

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SPC Nicholas Vidro

U.S. troops tasked to advise and equip armies in smaller developing countries are learning how to operate an older, Soviet-era artillery piece. The Texas-based 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade is learning to operate the D-30 howitzer, a light artillery piece widely distributed during the Cold War so it can in turn train foreign militarizes on how to use it. read more

Weapon Wednesday – BAE Prototype Armored Vehicle

The US Army has awarded contracts to develop a prototype armored vehicle for light infantry units
The US Army has awarded contracts to develop a prototype armored vehicle for light infantry units(Credit: BAE Systems)

BAE Systems and General Dynamics have been tapped by the US Army to each build 12 prototype medium-armor vehicles. Part of the Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) program, the two US$376-million contracts aim at developing an agile, multi-terrain platform for Infantry Brigade Combat Teams (IBCT). read more