Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017
|A U.S. Air Force chaplain who ministers to thousands of men and women at an Ohio base is asserting that Christians in the U.S. Armed Forces “serve Satan” and are “grossly in error” if they support service members' right to practice other faiths. |
Captain Sonny Hernandez, an Air Force Reserve chaplain for the 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, criticized Christian service members who rely on the Constitution “and not Christ.”
|“Christian service members who openly profess and support the rights of Muslims, Buddhists, and all other anti-Christian worldviews to practice their religions are grossly in error, and deceived. Counterfeit Christians in the Armed forces will appeal to the Constitution, and not Christ means they have no accountability for their souls (Heb. 13:17)". |
A retired Air Force officer says Hernandez is evidence of the trickle-down effect of President Donald Trump's relationship with the far fringes of the Christian right.
‘I , _____ , do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.’
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Lockheed Chief Financial Officer Bruce Tanner boasted that his company’s profits are likely to increase.
|The plane’s operational software remains a serious weakness and may not be compatible with the Royal Navy ships. Even Britain’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, may be unable to receive transmissions from the planes. These technical faults compelled the US Department of Defense (DoD) to spend nearly $4 billion to modernize the fighter jets. Lockheed Martin made almost $89 million in profit at the expense of British taxpayers in just three months by repairing the jets.|
Friday, September 8, 2017
Sunday, September 3, 2017
|The UN Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss an international response. Meanwhile, President Trump has warned that America may stop trading with any country that does business with the North.|
Seismologists' equipment started picking up readings of an earth tremor in the area where North Korea has conducted nuclear tests before. The US Geological Survey put the tremor at 6.3 magnitude. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said there was no doubt this was North Korea's sixth nuclear test.
Monday, August 28, 2017
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
|Following yet another angry and illogical Trump speech in Arizona on Tuesday, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper voiced concerns about Trump's mental stability, particularly in relation to his access to the US nuclear arsenal. "The whole system is built to ensure rapid response if necessary," Clapper said. "So there's very little in the way of controls over exercising a nuclear option, which is pretty damn scary." The entire system is geared towards establishing whether a launch order is "valid" only insofar as whether it's actually coming from the President. From the time that a president orders a launch, the first ICBMs would leave their silos about four minutes later.|
Monday, August 21, 2017
|U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his strategy on Afghanistan. A pillar is that the U.S. will not reveal dates, troop numbers or plans for America's longest military conflict. With Taliban insurgent forces no nearer to defeat, current U.S. troop numbers are about 8,400. Trump has been skeptical of how the United States is fighting the war in Afghanistan, which was launched by President George W. Bush in October 2001. "We're not winning," he said in July, questioning whether U.S. Army General John Nicholson should be fired. U.S. forces have remained bogged down in Afganistan through the presidencies of Bush, Barack Obama and now Trump. About 2,400 U.S. forces have died in Afghanistan since the invasion.|
Friday, August 18, 2017
|America's top-ranking military officers spoke out forcefully against racial bigotry and extremism, a very rare public foray into domestic politics that revealed a growing unease at the Pentagon with President Trump.|
Thursday, August 17, 2017
|The AN/SEQ-3 Laser Weapon System or XN-1 LaWS is a directed-energy weapon developed by the United States Navy. The weapon was installed on USS Ponce for field testing in 2014. In December 2014, the United States Navy reported that the LaWS system worked perfectly, and that the commander of the Ponce is authorized to use the system as a defensive weapon.|
LaWS uses an infrared beam from a solid-state laser array which can be tuned to high output to destroy the target or low output to warn or cripple the sensors of a target. Among the advantages of this device versus projectile weapons is the low cost per shot.
|LaWS will act as a short-range, self-defense system against drones and boats, while more powerful lasers in the future should have enough power to destroy anti-ship missiles. LaWS are meant to complement other missile and gun-based defense systems rather than replace them.|
While lasers are significantly cheaper and have virtually unlimited magazines, their beams can be disrupted by atmospheric and weather conditions and are restricted to line-of-sight firing to keep the beam on target. Conventional systems will remain in place for larger and longer-range targets that require the use of a kinetic defense.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
|President Trump, facing a growing nuclear threat from North Korea, warned the country on Tuesday against any new provocations and issued his own threat. "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States” Trump told reporters.|
The comments came after a report in the Washington Post citing a U.S. intelligence assessment that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can be affixed to missiles, greatly expanding the country’s range and power.
|Trump: "North Korea best not make any more threats to the U.S. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen." |
Trump’s rhetoric in some ways mirrors his North Korean counterpart’s.
Saturday, August 5, 2017
|Video from Flight Test Safety Committee's conference early last May offers insight into the F-35 test program. Lt. Col. D. Tom Fields goes into detail about a couple of challenges the program, a refreshing change from the usual one-sided spin from the F-35 Program Office.|
During the presentation, never seen before nighttime video recorded by the aircraft's helmet mounted display (HMD) is shown. A display malfunction nearly caused disaster during one of the nighttime shipboard landing tests. Fields makes it clear: "We got real lucky that night."