Sunday, August 23, 2015

• Worst Idea Ever: Dropping Nuclear Bombs During the Vietnam War - Steve Weintz

A crazy idea that would have broken the "nuclear taboo."
Steve Weintz - August 23, 2015
By February 1966, frustration with the U.S. bombing campaign against North Vietnam rose high enough to spur talk of going nuclear. Throughout the Vietnam War, such talk was mostly just that, but in 1966, it worried certain people enough to gin up a classified study of tactical nuclear weapons use in Southeast Asia

Sunday, June 28, 2015

• Is America Still a Military Superpower? - Harry J. Kazianis

As other nations gain some important military advantages, Washington must deal with sequestration.
No doubt talk around those always busy coffee nooks and hallways in DC think tanks these past few weeks centered around the question of America’s defense budget

Sunday, June 21, 2015

• Asian African Conference Commemoration 2015 - EPA, AFP & Reuters

EPA, AFP & Reuters

Asian and African Head of states and delegates take part in a historical walk down the street during ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the Asian-African Conference in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, April 24, 2015. By EPA, AFP & Reuters on 06:04 pm Apr 24, 2015
Category AACC2015, Asian-African Conference, Eyewitness, Multimedia, Photos
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Sunday, June 14, 2015

• Vietnamese American Scientist (Dr Dinh Nguyen) - LANL scientists are instrumental in making breakthrough for the Navy By John Severance

By John Severance
Thanks to the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), the Navy took a big step in its quest to build a powerful new anti-aircraft gun. LANL scientists have achieved a breakthrough with the Office of Naval Research’s Free Electron Laser (FEL) program, demonstrating an injector capable of producing the electrons needed to generate powerful megawatt-class laser beams for the Navy’s next-generation weapon system.

Friday, June 5, 2015

• U.S. Air Force bomber contract due in early August - By Andrea Shalal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force is expected to unveil in early August whether Northrop Grumman Corp, maker of the B-2 bomber, or a Boeing Co-Lockheed Martin Corp team will build a new U.S. long-range bomber, sources familiar with the competition said.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

• NASA drone takes off like a helicopter, flies like a plane - By Jeff Ward-Bailey

NASA's GL-10 'Greased Lightning' drone has 10 rotors that allow it to take off and land vertically. The Greased Lightning's wings rotate in flight so the drone can fly like an airplane.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

• In Danang, Where U.S. Troops First Landed, Memories Of War Have Faded - MICHAEL SULLIVAN

Members of the 9th U.S. Marine Expeditionary Force go ashore at Danang, South Vietnam, on March 8, 1965. Assigned to beef up defense of an air base, they were the first U.S. combat troops deployed in the Vietnam War.AP

• Will the Vietnam War Ever Go Away? - Dick Cavett

It’s not much fun returning to Vietnam.
I don’t mean in person and, no, I did not fight in that sad war. It’s the war we don’t like to think about but can’t quite forget.

In going through, reviewing and cataloging past shows of mine from that awful time (in preparation for a PBS special, “Dick Cavett’s Vietnam,” airing Monday), two things stand out. I’m surprised at what a vast amount of Vietnam was either a planned or unplanned part of the shows of those years. And it’s fascinating how much we all may have repressed or, mercifully, just forgotten.

• Our Vietnam War Never Ended - By VIET THANH NGUYEN

Our Vietnam War Never Ended

South Vietnamese fled Saigon in April 1975 with the help of the American military, as Communist forces from the north entered the city. CreditDirck Halstead/Getty Images
 LOS ANGELES — THURSDAY, the last day of April, is the 40th anniversary of the end of my war. Americans call it the Vietnam War, and the victorious Vietnamese call it the American War. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

• Vietnam PM attacks 'barbarous US crimes' on war anniversary AFP - By Tran Thi Minh Ha

AFP - By Tran Thi Minh Ha
Participants sing and dance with flags during a parade marking the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, in Ho Chi Minh City on April 30, 2015 (AFP Photo/Hoang Dinh Nam)

Ho Chi Minh City (AFP) - Vietnam's premier on Thursday hit out at the "barbarous crimes" of its wartime American foe as the nation marked four decades since the fall of Saigon, an event that delivered a communist victory and a painful blow to US moral and military prestige.

Friday, April 24, 2015

• US Navy conducts first drone in-flight refueling - AFP

US Navy conducts first drone in-flight refueling
The US Navy announced it had successfully completed the first in-flight refueling of a X-47B drone, pictured, widely increasing the use and range of the unmanned aircraft (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)

Friday, April 10, 2015

• US Air Force general fired for A-10 'treason' comments - AFP

A US Air Force airman cleans the canopy of an A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft in Osan, South Korea on April 14, 2009 

 Washington (AFP) - A US Air Force general who warned officers they would be committing "treason" if they praised the A-10 aircraft to lawmakers has been fired and reprimanded, officials said Friday.

Monday, February 2, 2015

• Vietnam’s concerted effort to keep control of its past By Thomas A. Bass

Thomas A. Bass is an investigative reporter who teaches English and journalism at the State University of New York at Albany.

Five years ago I began an experiment — not of my own devising — to study censorship in Vietnam. In 2009, I signed a contract to publish one of my books in Hanoi. Called “The Spy Who Loved Us,” the book tells the story of Pham Xuan An, Vietnam’s most celebrated journalist during the Vietnam War.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

• NASA’s New Space Capsule Has Flawless First Flight

George Putic
Last updated on: December 05, 2014 12:42 PM
NASA’s new generation spacecraft Orion, designed for manned deep-space journeys, has successfully orbited the Earth on its maiden flight, while the agency’s scientists tested numerous systems. NASA officials hope Friday's mission will usher in a new era of flights with astronauts on board, including a visit to Mars.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

• Fearing Bombs That Can Pick Whom to Kill - JOHN MARKOFF

A Long Range Anti-Ship Missile prototype, launched by a B-1 bomber, is designed to maneuver without human control.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

• Pacific Air Force Chief Says Wary of Risky Flying by China Jets By David Tweed

This picture taken from a Vietnam Coast Guard ship on May 14, 2014 shows a China Coast Guard ship, left, chasing a Vietnam Coast Guard vessel near the site of a Chinese drilling oil rig being installed at the disputed water in the South China Sea off Vietnam's central coast.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

• Pentagon announces new commanders for PACAF, ACC - Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Tuesday announced White House nominations for two top Air Force jobs, including a woman who would become the U.S. military’s first female four-star combat commander if confirmed.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

• US Tomahawk cruise missile


• US Laser Weapon System

• US Weapons: X-47B

• US Weapons X-37B

• US Weapons: B2 Stealth Bomber

• US Aircraft Carriers

• US Sea Based X Band Radar

China accused the United States of undermining stability in the Asia-Pacific region by positioning an X-band missile defense radar in Kyoto, Japan. The statement highlights simmering tensions over a small, disputed archipelago in the East China Sea.

• US Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidon

• Secretive X-37B space plane lands after 2 years - James Dean

James Dean
A secretive military space planelanded Friday in California after nearly two years in space. The unpiloted X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle touched down at Vandenberg Air Force Base at 12:24 p.m. ET, concluding a mission that launched from Cape Canaveral on Dec. 11, 2012.

• As China Deploys Nuclear Submarines, U.S. P-8 Poseidon Jets Snoop on Them By JEREMY PAGE

As China Deploys Nuclear Submarines, 
U.S. P-8 Poseidon Jets Snoop on Them

The P-8 Poseidon is one of the U.S. military’s most advanced surveillance aircrafts. It’s been deployed to Okinawa, Japan for one main reason: to monitor China’s growing submarine fleet.

• Underwater Drones Join Microphones to Listen for Chinese Nuclear Submarines By JEREMY PAGE

U.S. researchers are developing a mobile submarine-surveillance network called Seaweb that uses drones including the Wave Glider, seen here.