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Showing posts from April 16, 2006

Indian Missile boat goes down in collision

OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT New Delhi, April 22: A missile boat of the Indian Navy sank in the Arabian Sea last night, two-and-a-half hours after colliding with a merchant vessel off the coast of Goa. The crew of 71 was rescued and evacuated to Goa. Naval headquarters sources said the missile corvette INS Prahar ran into the merchant vessel Rajiv Gandhi, a container carrier of the Shipping Corporation of India coming from the opposite direction, around 9.45. The Prahar was a much smaller ship. The boat remained on the surface for over 120 minutes, fortunately for the crew who could ensure their SOS had been read, and sank gradually as water flooded it. There was little damage to the merchant ship, which has anchored off Goa.

Interview with Brigadier General George J. Allen

Director for C4 and Chief Information Officer Marine Corps Brigadier General George J. Allen is the director for command, control, communications and computers (C4) and chief information officer (CIO) for the Marine Corps. Prior to this assignment, he was the commanding officer, Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Allen’s previous command positions include commanding officer, 8th Communication Battalion, MarForLant; Detachment Bravo Company commander, Marine Wing Communications Squadron-38, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing; communications platoon commander, 31st Marine Amphibious Unit, III MEF; multichannel platoon commander, Communication Company, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, FMFPac; radio platoon commander, 8th Communication Battalion, FMFLant; wire platoon commander, 8th Communication Battalion, FMFLant. His previous staff assignments include assistant chief of staff, G-6, First Marine Expeditionary Force during Operation Iraqi Freedo

Surveillance From the Stratosphere

Surveillance From the Stratosphere Advertise Your Products or Services High-altitude airships could provide a host of surveillance and intelligence advantages. But policy makers have yet to put serious resources behind the concept. Still, some companies have jumped into the market on their own with early research and development. By Peter A. Buxbaum Lighter-than-air vehicles are perhaps best known for their presence at major U.S. sporting events, where they play a primarily advertising role. But they also provide a bird’s-eye view of the playing field to television audiences. The same attributes could make airships, also known as blimps, useful for military operations in Iraq, or in other similar theaters, for a number of reasons. With U.S. forces battling insurgents in urban areas, airships could arguably provide persistent surveillance more efficiently and effectively than unmanned air vehicles, such as the Global Hawk, or even satellites. And because the insurgents pose n

U.S.-U.K. JSF Fighter Hit by Budget

Interview with Could defense budget cuts weaken the special relationship between Britain and the United States? They could if they involve the cancellation of the second engine for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft, according to a member of the British House of Commons. By Dr. Liam Fox By Dr. Liam Fox Shadow British secretary of state for defense Could defense budget cuts weaken the special relationship between Britain and the United States? As shadow secretary of defense, I am an opponent of the current Labor government in Britain. But this week I came to Washington to submit testimony about an issue on which both our political parties see eye-to-eye: the need for technology transfer, STOVL and the second engine for the Joint Strike Fighter. It is not only vital to Britain’s future defense; it is essential to our continued ability to be an effective strategic military partner to the United States. The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is a new multi-role fighter designed by

INTERVIEW : Brigadier General John F. Mulholland Jr. Commander U.S. Army Special Forces Command

Interview with Brigadier General John F. Mulholland Jr. Commander U.S. Army Special Forces Command Brigadier General John F. Mulholland Jr., assumed command of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command on September 30, 2005. Prior to commanding USASFC, Mulholland was chief of the Office of Military Cooperation in Kuwait. Born in Clovis, N.M., Mulholland graduated from Furman University in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in history and was commissioned there as a second lieutenant in the infantry. His first assignment was in Fort Clayton, Panama, from 1979 to 1980, where he served as a rifle platoon leader in Company C, 4th Battalion (Mechanized), 20th Infantry, 193rd Infantry Brigade. From 1980 to 1982, Mulholland was rifle platoon leader, weapons platoon leader and company executive officer in Company A (Airborne), 3rd Battalion, 5th Infantry in Fort Kobbe, Panama. He then graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1983 and was assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (A

A Multimodal Future for Special Operation forces

Biometrically-enabled applications successfully support an expanding list of capabilities, aiding friendly forces to quickly determine whether a suspect is a person of interest, or not. By Marty Kauchak Biometric systems have become invaluable tools for law enforcement, corporate security and other communities. Biometrically enabled applications successfully support an expanding list of public- and private-sector activities, some of which are the issuance of identification cards and passports, and processing suspected criminals. These advancements have not gone unnoticed by the DoD, which is sponsoring programs to place militarized versions of these systems in the hands of its warfighters for use on the battlefield. Emerging Capability Biometrics are measurable physiological characteristics or personal behavioral traits used to recognize or verify the claimed identity of an individual. The most common physiological characteristics used in this expanding science are fingerprin

Language skills for US Special Forces

For obvious reasons, the past few years have moved language training to the head of the class. Language skills have always been a part of special operations, but the emphasis recently is dramatic. By Mickey McCarter Students at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (SWCS) in Fort Bragg, N.C., are experiencing a different approach to language training as they enter the school’s Special Forces Qualifications Course (SFQC). For example, the school has replaced its stand-alone program with a language-training regimen integrated through the six phases of SFQC. The staff at SWCS has developed many of these changes in synchronization with the Department of Defense transformation roadmap, which calls for increasing language and cultural expertise throughout the careers of warfighters, according to Lieutenant Colonel David Fitchitt, secretary general of staff at the warfare center. “Once a soldier is selected at the end of Special Forces Assessment and Selection