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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

Weapon Wednesday – New B-21 Raider Stealth Bomber

Artist's rendering of the B-21 Raider
Artist’s rendering of the B-21 Raider(Credit: US Air Force)

The US Air Force’s next strategic heavy bomber has passed a critical design review. On November 28 to 30, the US Defense Department carried out a multi-disciplined technical evaluation of the proposed B-21 Raider to see if its design was stable and mature enough to warrant moving on to manufacturing and flight testing, and the evaluation has determined that significant progress has been made on the three-year old project. read more

Why Did Jefferson Own a Koran?

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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I read an article yesterday from the Daily Wire which I was just going to reprint. Then I read it and thought, rather than just post the article, I should set the record straight by adding some context.

The article is simply about newly elected Muslim Congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who decided to take the oath of office using, not the Bible, but the Koran. And not just any Koran, but Thomas Jefferson’s Koran.

I encourage you to first read the Daily Wire piece, which gives an accounting, without commentary, of the swearing in and why she used Jefferson’s Koran.

Then come back and read the actual historical accounting of why Thomas Jefferson owned a Koran.

For more than a century and a half prior to America declaring its independence from Great Britain, the Muslim pirates of the Barbary Coast (North Africa) had been invading European settlements, villages and capturing merchant vessels from the Mediterranean Sea, to the Atlantic coast of Europe and the English Channel. Thousands upon thousands of Europeans were sold into slavery as laborers and concubines throughout the Islamic world. Most would never be seen again. read more

Weapon Wednesday – SB>1 Defiant is No Normal Helicopter

The Sikorsky/Boeing SB>1 Defiant is our first look at the Future Vertical Lift project that will...
The Sikorsky/Boeing SB>1 Defiant is our first look at the Future Vertical Lift project that will enter US Army service in the 2030s(Credit: Sikorsky/Boeing)

Sikorsky and Boeing have been working on this high-speed, long-range, ultra-maneuverable military helicopter design for some time, and now they’ve released the first photos of what is expected to become a highly effective US Army utility helicopter sometime in the 2030s. read more

World War One Changed Everything

Major wars have a tendency to define, or redefine history. But Historian and author Andrew Roberts argues that there was no

There was Nothing Great About it!

more definitive than World War One. In the following Prager University video, Roberts explains, correctly in my opinion, that World War I forever changed the landscape around the world. It had as much of a negative impact as did the American Revolution had a positive – maybe more.

And it all began with the assassination of one man in 1914 – Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria,  presumptive heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife Sophie. They were murdered by a Serbian nationalist. read more

Politics and the Military

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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James “Mad Dog” Mattis is out as Secretary of Defense and the left, who hated him, is now treating him like the King of Kings. So the SecDef disagreed with his boss, the Commander-in-Chief. Big deal. Like that has never happened before and will never happen in the future.

So what’s in store for the General after he leaves? He will know doubt be offered a position at one the cable networks. Just like many other former military brass.

We’ve all heard them. We’ve all seen them. An increasing number of retired Army/Air Force/Marine Generals and Navy Admirals on various cable news networks, spouting off about politics. And if that isn’t bad enough, they are hired by these networks specifically to promote the left or right agenda. They’re not contracted because of their vast knowledge of military history and battlefield strategy, but because they’ve become political pundits and Washington insiders.

In my opinion, senior military officers should remain apolitical, both while in service and in perpetuity. Some would say this just isn’t fair. After they retire from service, regardless of rank, they should be able to come out of the apolitical closet and speak their minds. True enough. It is their Constitutional right to do so. But is it proper? read more

Now the Left Loves Military Leaders?

from the American Spectator:

Mad Dog Disease

New York Times Flip-Flops on Syria

from the Daily Caller:

THE NEW YORK TIMES WAS AGAINST WAR IN SYRIA BEFORE IT WAS FOR IT

What a difference a year can make for The New York Times.

As President Donald Trump announced his decision Wednesday to withdraw the nation’s 2,000 troops from Syria, a bipartisan cadre of opinion-havers attacked him as recklessly abandoning allies in the region and jeopardizing America’s influence over foreign affairs.

One newspaper was particularly harsh: The Times. read more