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British Elite Special Forces to Allow Women

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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The British Special Air Service, or SAS, is the effective forerunner for American Special Forces. They rival American operators in skill and toughness.

The elite SAS was founded in 1941, for the North Africa campaign against the Nazis. This was six months prior to the Americans entering the war. Two years later, in 1943, began what we know today as the Navy SEALs. When they began, the SEALs were known as the Naval Combat Demolition Unit, or NCDU, and worked exclusive in the water.

For almost three quarters of a century, the British SAS, SEALs, SWCC, Army Rangers, Delta, Green Berets, Marine Corps Special Operations Command, or MARSOC, and Air Force Special Operations Squadrons, or AFSOC, have been male only.

Then President “Feminizer” Obama was elected and things began to change – for the worse. The era of politically correct military social experimentation was on. And what a perfect group of test subjects – ones who can’t quit or merely walk out. Soldiers, sailors, airman and Marines were trapped and forced to put up with new military P.C. directives. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Military’s Threat Detecting/Spy Plants

DARPA, the US military’s arm responsible for developing new military technologies, is developing genetically modified plants that can detect threats and spy discreetly

The program aims to engineer plants to detect certain chemicals, pathogens, radiation, and even electromagnetic and nuclear signals, and use existing hardware such as satellites to monitor these plants.

The smart plants could have applications outside of the military too –  for example to help communities identify undetonated landmines from previous conflicts and testing areas.

DARPA's new Advanced Plant Technologies (APT) program aims to engineer plants to detect certain chemicals, pathogens, radiation, and even electromagnetic and nuclear signals, and use existing hardware such as satellites to monitor these plants

Weapon Wednesday – Laser Weapon for Fighter Aircraft

Lockheed Martin is helping the Air Force Research Lab develop and mature high energy laser weapon...
Lockheed Martin is helping the Air Force Research Lab develop and mature high energy laser weapon systems, including the high energy laser pictured in this rendering(Credit: Air Force Research Lab)

In a move that could revolutionize aerial combat, the US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin a US$26.3 million contract to design, develop, and produce a high-power laser weapon that the AFRL wants to install and test on a tactical fighter jet by 2021. The new test weapon is part of the AFRL Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) program tasked with developing airborne laser systems. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Tactical Gloves Keep You Warm and Dry

High-tech fabric intended for gloves and other military clothing contains silver nanowires that could be heated...
High-tech fabric intended for gloves and other military clothing contains silver nanowires that could be heated to keep soldiers warm, while a hydrogel layer would absorb sweat(Credit: US Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center)

Keeping safe and comfortable in arctic conditions is a precarious balancing act between protecting one’s self against the cold without overheating. This is particularly true of a soldier’s hands and feet while working in the cold, so scientists from Stanford University and the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center are working on energized fabrics that heat up when powered, yet wick away sweat and dry easily. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Chinese Mag-Drive Submarine

China has developed a new magnetic propulsion motor that could make nuclear submarines far stealthier, state media have claimed.

According to a new report, the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) has tested the country’s first permanent system of this kind, paving the way for quieter and more elusive high-speed vessels.

The new magnetic drive, if successful, could bring the Chinese navy more on par with the US and other Western naval forces.

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China has developed a new magnetic propulsion motor that could make nuclear submarines far stealthier, state media have claimed. A Chinese Navy nuclear submarine is pictured above, during a celebration in 2009

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Weapon Wednesday – Robotic Live Fire Demo

Top leaders from the Army gather for a Maneuver Robotics and Autonomous Systems Live Fire Demonstration
Top leaders from the Army gather for a Maneuver Robotics and Autonomous Systems Live Fire Demonstration(Credit: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE PAO Photographer)

The US Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) at Fort Benning, Georgia recently provided a glimpse into the future of combat as robotic and autonomous systems worked together as robotic “wingmen” in simulated combat operations. read more

Weapon Wednesday – M1 Abrams to Get a Trophy

 A so-called active protection system—defense tech that can shoot down threats to tanks and other armored vehicles—will equip a brigade of U.S. Army tanks, protecting them during a deployment to Europe in 2020. The Israeli-made Trophy system will be retrofitted on up to 80 M1 Abrams tanks, providing added protection against modern tank-killing threats.

Trophy is called a “hardkill” system (as opposed to “softkill”, a system that accomplishes its mission by jamming or distracting the threat), and Trophy offers 360-degree coverage. That’s especially useful on main battle tanks, which concentrate their thickest armor to the front of the tank, leaving their flanks and rear surfaces vulnerable. Trophy is also effective against high-angle threats, rockets and missiles aimed from aircraft and helicopters. It can even engage multiple incoming threats.

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Weapon Wednesday – Remote Controlled Phantom Tank

Ukrainian military officials have unveiled an adaptable war robot that can switch up its mode of travel, and even the type of weapons it carries.

The Phantom ground robot can be fitted with tank-like treads, or move about on six wheels – and, it can carry anti-tank weapons, grenade launchers, or machine guns, according to DefenseOne.

The robot was demonstrated on Monday at the Association of the US Army show in Washington, D.C., and could hit the battlefield as soon as next year. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Well – Not Really

A new prosthetic developed by the Office of Naval Research is designed to be more comfortable...
A new prosthetic developed by the Office of Naval Research is designed to be more comfortable to wear, and is fitted with sensors to monitor for infection and stress(Credit:Joseph Xu/Senior Multimedia Content Producer, University of Michigan – College of Engineering)

As useful as they are for amputees, prosthetic legs aren’t the most comfortable things to wear. With the whole body pressing down on the point of contact, they can be painful, awkward to walk with and cause infections. Now scientists from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) have developed a more comfortable and “smart” prosthetic that can be attached and detached at will, and monitored for infection and stress with an array of sensors. read more

Weapon Wednesday – ATHENA Laser has a Perfect Record

Could this be developed into a missile killer – like maybe for ICBMs?

In a live-fire demonstration at the Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, a 30-kilowatt...
In a live-fire demonstration at the Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, a 30-kilowatt class laser weapon system developed by Lockheed Martin brought down five unmanned aerial vehicles(Credit: Lockheed Martin)

It was 5-0 at the US Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico as a Lockheed Martin prototype laser weapon system shot down five unmanned drones with a 100 percent success rate. The August test of the Advanced Test High Energy Asset (ATHENA) system against five Outlaw drones was designed to demonstrate how the system’s advanced beam control technology and an solid-state fiber laser could decisively destroy unmanned aerial threats. read more