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Weapon Wednesday – More Problems for The F-35

Previously unseen footage of the F-35 in flight testing lays bare an important fact: the work of test pilots is dangerous. A video of a F-35 Joint Strike Fighter flight safety seminar shows two incidents in which pilots risked their lives while attempting what will eventually be commonplace tasks—midair refueling and a night landing on a warship.

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A Self-Motivated Man Achieves his Goal of Joining the Army

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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What would you do to achieve a goal? Many have gone to extraordinary lengths to get where they want to go. But for a dream to become realty, motivation is the key. And not just motivation, but self-motivation.

Most understand that being motivated by others in easier by far. This is the reason many do not achieve their goals. Self-motivation is hard. There is no one standing behind you telling you to push through the pain, get up at the crack of dawn, or work another hour or two. It’s all on you.

But if somebody wants something bad enough, very little can stand in they way of that end. A shining example of this is one William Guinn, Jr. of Abilene, Texas. No – his dream wasn’t to cure cancer or become rich and famous. His dream was simply to join the Army.

You might ask – how difficult can that be? People join the military all the time. It can’t be that hard. It’s not, unless you weigh almost 460 lbs., as did Mr. Guinn. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Airforce C-17 Flies the Mach Loop

The Air Force’s new C-17 Globemaster III tries it hand flying the famous Mach Loop – a low altitude training area in the Welsh country-side of the U.K.. The Mach in Mach Loop is for the nearby town, Machynlleth. It is unusual to see an aircraft this large doing the Loop, as it it reserved for smaller aircraft, like fighter jets. read more

Video Podcast – Democrat Hypocrisy Alert – New VA Secretary David Shulkin

A democrat Senator has been caught investing in a business that has outsourced jobs to Mexico, while authoring legislation aimed against outsourcing jobs.

New V.A. Secretary David Shulkin is getting things done and it’s been only six months. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Army’s Tactical Augmented Reality Device

The TAR display is mounted on regular US Army helmets
The TAR display is mounted on regular US Army helmets (Credit: David Vergun)

Information is power when a soldier is enveloped by the fog of war. Precisely locating the positions of both friends and foes is key for a mission to roll out both smoothly and without avoidable casualties. The US Army has just revealed its latest innovation, a head-up display system for soldiers called “Tactical Augmented Reality,” or TAR. read more

Thank the Democrats for a Non-Functioning Missile Defense System

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Last Friday IBD wrote  that, “Shortly after the North Korea [ICBM] test, Politico ran an article pointing out that ‘the Pentagon and its contractors still haven’t figured out how to reliably shoot down an intercontinental ballistic missile.’ The Washington Post noted that after spending tens of billions of dollars, the system ‘has never faced combat or been fully tested.’”

You may recall the fanfare a few months ago over a triumphant test of our missile defense system. We successfully intercepted one of our own mock ICBMs launched from the Marshall Islands. A Ground Based Interceptor (GBI) was deployed from California and shot down the ICBM. Hooray for us!

Unfortunately, that intercept is the exception, not the rule, and that’s very worrisome. The one successful intercept was as close to being “laboratory” conditions as one can be. Everything about the trial was highly scripted.

And Missile Defense Agency (MDA) director Vice Admiral James Syring told a House committee recently that “I would not say we are comfortably ahead of the threat. I would say we are addressing the threat.” Translation: We’re in trouble. read more

Weapon Wednesday – First Shot from Laser Weapon

Raytheon mounted a high energy laser on an Apache helicopter similar to those in this image
Raytheon mounted a high energy laser on an Apache helicopter similar to those in this image (Credit: Raytheon)

Laser weapons have been tested on ships, planes, and even armored vehicles, but Raytheon has pushed the envelope further again by successfully testing a high-energy laser mounted on an Apache AH-64 attack helicopter. According to the company, the laser pod flew last April at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico under the aegis of the US Army Apache Program Management Office and the US Special Operations Command, where it was able to lock onto and hit an unmanned target. read more

Weapon Wednesday – Replacing Navy’s Ouija Board

DSIMS replaces an analog system called the
DSIMS replaces an analog system called the “Ouija board” that’s been in use since the Second World War (Credit: ONR)

Modern aircraft carriers may seem like the bleeding edge of technology, but they still rely on some remarkably low-tech tools to get the job done. read more

Weapon Wednesday – BAE’s Advance Hawk

The Advanced Hawk is an updated version of the Hawk T2 shown here
The Advanced Hawk is an updated version of the Hawk T2 shown here (Credit: BAE Systems)

Since it was introduced in 1976, well over a thousand of BAE Systems’ Hawk trainer jets have entered service in 18 countries around the world. Now the latest variant, the Advanced Hawk, has taken to the air for the first time in the skies over Warton, Lancashire, UK in demonstrator form. Boasting a new wing design and a revamped cockpit, the Anglo-Indian two-seater is intended to train pilots to handle fifth-generation combat aircraft. read more

Raising a Revolutionary Warship

More than two decades after it was discovered at the bottom of Lake Champlain, a Revolutionary War gunboat may see the light of day under a museum plan to raise and preserve the vessel.

The Spitfire, a 54-foot boat that’s part of a fleet built by Benedict Arnold before he turned traitor, sank a day after the 1776 Battle of Valcour Island, helping delay a British advance down the lake.

The Spitfire’s sinking made it possible for the 1777 American victory at the Battle of Saratoga – a key moment in the American Revolution.

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This image from a remote camera provided by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum shows a cannon, believed to be from the Revolutionary War gunboat "Spitfire", on the bottom of Vermont's Lake Champlain. The Vermont museum wants to raise the Revolutionary War gunboat where it has rested since shortly after the 1776 Battle of Valcour Island, preserve it and then display it in a yet-to-be built New York museum. (Ernie Haas/Lake Champlain Maritime Museum via AP)

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