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Marines to reduce force by 12,000

| March 25, 2020 | 44 Comments
Marines to reduce force by 12,000

U.S. Marines with Headquarters Company, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force, conduct a conditioning hike for pre-deployment training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 30, 2019.THOMAS SPENCER/U.S. MARINE CORPS One of our ninjas sends us this disturbing article, and adds: Please note the same Marine Commandant  who is listed in the […]

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Old enough to know better.

| January 24, 2017 | 84 Comments
Old enough to know better.

The Army is moving forward with the deactivation of its Small-Team Reconnaissance Units.  The drawn down of military capabilities that has been going on for the last 8 years is still in motion. Computer models were used to conclude long-range surveillance companies were not in demand by ground commanders. Defense analysts have said Army commanders […]

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“Today, the vast majority of Marine Corps aircraft can’t fly.”

| April 15, 2016 | 30 Comments
“Today, the vast majority of Marine Corps aircraft can’t fly.”

Fox News today has an article discussing USMC aviation readiness.  Bottom line:  not so good.  The article’s “money quote”: Out of 276 F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters in the Marine Corps inventory, only about 30% are ready to fly, according to statistics provided by the Corps. Similarly, only 42 of 147 heavy-lift CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters […]

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Previewing our post draw down world?

| January 29, 2015 | 19 Comments
Previewing our post draw down world?

NPR is reporting that with the increasing levels of escalation by Russia that countries in Europe are finding their military forces wanting. Last month a Russian military aircraft flying in stealth nearly crashed into a commercial passenger plane taking off from Copenhagen. In April, Russian fighter jets carried out a simulated bombing raid on Stockholm. […]

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Regarding USAF Personnel Cuts

| August 22, 2014 | 12 Comments
Regarding USAF Personnel Cuts

One of our readers of the USAF-persuasion recently provided a link regarding USAF personnel issues.  So thought I’d write about that too. As has been the case with the Army and Navy, members of the USAF are also being scrutinized for involuntary separation. The USAF recently completed a records review of 7,121 individuals in the […]

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Continuation Boards – Coming Again to a Navy Near You!

| August 18, 2014 | 21 Comments
Continuation Boards – Coming Again to a Navy Near You!

It appears as if the US Navy – like the Army – is about to engage in some “force shaping” efforts.  The Navy has announced that almost 8000 Chiefs (E7/8/9) will have their records screened for continuation in service, starting on 27 October 2014. The board will consider both active duty and reserve personnel.  Acitve […]

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Along With the A-10, Wanna Guess What Else The Air Force Wanted to Ax?

| May 12, 2014 | 38 Comments
Along With the A-10, Wanna Guess What Else The Air Force Wanted to Ax?

If you guessed the U-2 – formerly the TR-1 – give yourself a pat on the back. Yes, you read that correctly.  Although I don’t remember hearing much about it at the time, buried in the USAF’s fleet retirement proposals back in February was a proposal to retire the U-2 along with the A-10.  The […]

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YRGBSM!! (the “R” Stands for “Really”)

| May 8, 2014 | 21 Comments
YRGBSM!!  (the “R” Stands for “Really”)

I wish I were, and that this article of mine was fiction.  Sadly, I’m not – and it isn’t. DoD is buying “green fuels”.  We all knew that.  Hell, it’s one of this administration’s   obsessions    apparent means of political payback    wealth redistribution mechanisms    truly stupid ideas   pet projects. But this time, what DoD’s […]

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