Real Reason for Marines’ Underpowered Rounds Revealed

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According to The Marine Times, the head of Joint Forces Command was trying to get his troops a better rifle with more powerful bullets well before the Corps deployed in Afghanistan. Pre-theater, General James...

AA-12 Developer: “The U.S. Military is Brain Dead”

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnrizaO-X00 TTAG has reported on the U.S. military's ongoing inability to provide its troops with winning weapons in The War on Terror. Needless to say, our research into this sad not to say unconscionable state...

Those Who Do Not Read The History of the Gatling Gun . . .

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Today's post about the U.S. military's strategy in Afghanistan, and their sloth in regards to supplying our troops with adequate weaponry, got me thinking. And surfing. Under Project Gutenberg (not a Police Academy remake...

Army Considering New Rifles and Bullets for Afghanistan. Still.

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TTAG writer Brad Kozak and I were shooting the breeze (Brad 1, Breeze 0) when we got to talking about the war in Afghanistan. "It looks like we won the war and lost the...

Live Aid Money Went to Guns and Terrorists

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Who'd a thunk it, eh? All those well-meaning celebrities raising money for starving Africans and millions went to buying guns. Reporting on BBC Radio 4's program "From Our Own Correspondent," Martin Plaut reveals that...

Marines Mount Mini-Gun on MV-22 Tilt Rotor Transports

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qP7jBmp-7PU After a decade of dithering, the U.S. Marines are equipping two tilt-rotor transport aircraft bound for Afghanistan with the GAU-2B machine-gun. Strategypage.com reports that the Marines will retro-fit the guns to the rest of...

Gun Bribes Highlight Afghan Corruption

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And it's one, two, three, what are we fighting for? Don't ask me I don't give a damn. I'm going to Afghanistan. A country whose rigged elections and endemic corruption was the focus of...

War on Terror Contractors Face PTSD

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In 1984, U.S. defense contractor KBR hired Wade Dill for pest control and hazardous waste disposal duty in Iraq. Speaking to ProPublica, Dill's wife Barb admitted that the ex-Marine was motivated by money. "He...

Unofficial Israeli Defense Force T-Shirts Show Civilian Targets

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Haaretz.com reports that Israeli Defense Force (IDF) soldiers are wearing T-shirts that do little to win the hearts and minds of Palestinians, and much to sour and twist them. To wit: Dead babies, mothers weeping...

Blackwater Stole 500 AK-47s from Afghan Police/U.S. Taxpayers

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The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee spent a good part of today hearing testimony about the misadventures of Afghan defense contractor Blackwater (a.k.a. Xe Services a.k.a. Paravant). The senators were not happy, calling the...

New York Times Disses Afghan Troops. Now What?

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Today's New York Times questions the efficacy of Afghan troops. And how. Writer C J Chivers more or less concludes that there's no way on God's green earth (or Afghanistan's wind blasted dirt) that...

Taliban Snipers Replace IEDs as Number One Threat in Marjah

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The New York Times reports that enemy snipers have replaced Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) as threat number one for U.S. troops attempting to "sanitize" Marjah Afghanistan. "Five Marines and two Afghan soldiers have been...