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…ahead of Biden’s visit to Wisconsin.
So, how’s that hopey, changey shit working out for you?
This President is a disaster for this country.

Wisconsin company announces layoffs ahead of Biden arrival

OSHKOSH, Wis. – Bad news will greet Vice President Joe Biden when he arrives in Wisconsin Thursday night. Hours earlier, Oshkosh’s largest employer announced that it will lay off 450 employees in January.

Oshkosh Corp., a truck manufacturer with Pentagon contracts, blamed the “difficult decisions” on looming cuts to the nation’s defense budget.

“As Oshkosh and others in the defense industry have discussed on numerous occasions, domestic military vehicle production volumes will decline significantly in 2013 due to the reduction in U.S. defense budgets and the fact that military spending is returning to peacetime levels,” the company said in a statement. “Unfortunately, these economic factors require Oshkosh to rebalance its defense production workforce starting in January 2013.”


In case you’re wondering what trucks Oshkosh makes, here’s a few:

The MRAP short for Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected:

And another workhorse the M911 6X8

And let’s not forget about this true workhorse of logistics, the HEMTT which is short for Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck there are at least eight variants to this truck:


Is this cause for alarm in the East?

An aircraft carrier gives the Chinese the ability to project power away from their own shores.

China unveils first aircraft carrier to enter service

BEIJING –  China formally entered its first aircraft carrier into service on Tuesday, underscoring its ambitions to be a leading Asian naval power, although the ship is not expected to carry a full complement of planes or be ready for combat for some time.

The Defense Ministry’s announcement had been long expected and was not directly linked to current tensions with Japan over a disputed group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.

In a brief notice on its website, the ministry said the carrier’s commissioning significantly boosted the navy’s combat capabilities and its ability to cooperate in responding to natural disasters and other non-traditional threats.

“It has important significance in effectively safeguarding national sovereignty, security, and development benefits, and advancing world peace and common development,” the statement said.

China had partly justified the launching of a carrier by pointing out that it alone among the five permanent United Nations Security Council members had no such craft. That had been particularly glaring given the constant presence in Asia of carriers operated by the U.S. Navy, which maintains 11 worldwide.


…for an anti-suicide nasal spray.

If this helps the troops, then I’m all for it.

There are too many suicides by military personnel lately. It’s not a comforting statistic.

US Army grants $3 million for anti-suicide nasal spray research

For those feeling down in the dumps, the US military now has a solution: an anti-suicidal nasal spray that delivers antidepressant chemicals to the brain.

­The US Army has awarded a scientist at the Indiana University School of Medicine $3 million to develop a nasal spray that eclipses suicidal thoughts. Dr. Michael Kubek and his research team will have three years to ascertain whether the nasal spray is a safe and effective method of preventing suicides.

The research grant comes after the Army lost 38 of its soldiers to suspected suicide in July, setting a record high. So far in 2012, the Army has confirmed 66 active duty suicides and is investigating 50 more, making a total of 116 cases.

The Army’s suicide rate is at the highest level in history, with more American soldiers taking their own lives than being killed by the Taliban. The Pentagon reported in June that suicides among soldiers averaged one per day this year, surpassing the rate of combat fatalities.

via US Army grants $3 million for anti-suicide nasal spray research — RT.

More progress in our anti-missile defense. This one is fired from the USS Lake Erie.

The shit we have is impressive as hell.

Of course, a lot of our R & D will take a huge hit with our budget issues, but we aren’t alone in that.

Now if we can just figure out how to keep the damn Chinese the hell out of our computer systems, then we might be getting somewhere.

At any rate, there’s video at the site of the intercept.

Reminds me of when I was in Desert Storm. I saw a Patriot missile shoot down a Scud missile. But that’s another story, isn’t it?

US downs missile with new interceptor

Video released by the Department of Defence shows what it claims to be the first successful test of the Navy’s newest anti-missile interceptor.

U.S. forces said they had destroyed a target in the first successful test of the Navy’s newest anti-missile interceptor, designed to protect allies from attacks by countries like North Korea and Iran.

A target ballistic missile was downed near Hawaii late on Wednesday by the latest Raytheon Co-built Standard Missile-3 interceptor, the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said.

The advanced interceptor is key to the next phase of an anti-missile shield being built by the United States in and around Europe.

via Video: US downs missile with new interceptor – Telegraph.

In case you were wondering, here’s the 2013 defense budget in a nut shell.

Winners and losers in the fiscal 2013 budget

By Barry Rosenberg

Mar 29, 2012

It’s been several weeks since the release of the fiscal 2013 defense budget, and heads are certainly still spinning in the Pentagon: Ground Mobile Radio (GMR) gone, Global Hawk Block 30 gone and the Army’s medium-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance program, the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS), also gone. There’s blood on the floor in the chief-of-staff/commandant offices at the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines. Yet there’s still plenty of good news for all, with the funding flow to improve network operations still very much in evidence.

Here are some of the winners and losers at each of the services:

Army: The Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) continues to be the “cornerstone tactical communications system” for the service. Funding in fiscal 2013 is $900 million, and totals $6.1 billion from fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2017. Fiscal 2013 funding is earmarked for the purchase of net-centric warfare IP modems and low-rate initial production quantities to support test activities.

There also is funding for something we’ve been writing a lot about in Defense Systems: the modification of Stryker vehicles to incorporate command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems to facilitate mission command-on-the-move.

via Winners and losers in the fiscal 2013 budget — Defense Systems.

This sounds promising! I hope it gets fielded ASAP. Sharks with frikkin’ laser beams baby!

Boeing Laser Avenger Destroys Improvised Explosive Devices in Test
By Boeing

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Dec. 1, 2009 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Army successfully completed a test in September in which a laser system mounted on an Avenger combat vehicle destroyed 50 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) similar to those used by adversaries in war zones.

During the laser firings Sept. 22-24 at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Laser Avenger neutralized multiple types of IEDs, including large-caliber artillery munitions and smaller bomblets and mortar rounds. The system operated at safe distances from the targets and under a variety of conditions, including different angles and ranges. Soldiers traveling with Laser Avenger would not have to get out of their armored vehicles or wait for an explosive ordnance disposal team to destroy an IED and continue their mission.