The tribulations of the F-35 program in the current fiscal environment is shaking the investment plans of an old ally: The UK’s National Audit Office reveals that the only reasons government preserved two aircraft carriers in “extended availability” were to preserve “diplomatic and commercial sensitivities”.
If DoD cancels the F-35C in favor of more [...]
As a young naval aviator, I knew at least a couple of folks – myself included – who’d pledged a hundred bucks on the O’Club bar for their friends in case of a fatal mishap. We knew they’d head there anyway. It seemed a nice gesture to offset the expense.
But this rather takes [...]
An interesting AP article on the way that criminal youth gangs in London and elsewhere – the vanguard of the recent street violence and looting within Britain – have consciously emulated their transatlantic cousins from Los Angeles:
They talk in a street patois shaped by U.S. rap lyrics, use noms de guerre lifted [...]
Good training for subduing rioters, as it turns out.
Rubber bullets authorized.
A Royal Navy submarine officer has been dismissed the service and sentenced to six months in jail for fraudulently collecting benefits:
A navy commander has been jailed for six months for dishonestly claiming £53,000 in allowances to send his two children to an exclusive boarding school.
Anthony Gray, a nuclear submarine expert, was also [...]
ENTIRE Army battalions and regiments are to be disbanded on their return from Afghanistan, a memo sent to officers discloses.
An extra 5,000 soldiers face losing their jobs in addition to the 7,000 redundancies already announced, the document shows.
The letter appears to contradict assurances to Parliament that no more soldiers would [...]
They leave something to be desired, in Afghanistan:
BRITISH soldiers who spot Taliban fighters planting roadside bombs are told not to shoot them because they do not pose an immediate threat, the Ministry of Defence has admitted.
They are instead ordered to observe insurgents and record their position to cut the risk of civilian [...]
The UK Register analyzes a MoD restructuring which sends the service chiefs to Coventry:
In outline, the three single services – and their chiefs – will lose massively in power and influence: and there will be an attempt to create a Joint Forces Command which will be the first step towards a future in [...]
The UK army and Royal Marines were over-extended in Iraq and Afghanistan. The First Sea Lord went on record last week to state that the navy was being pushed past its limits.
Now it’s the RAF’s turn:
The RAF’s ability to continue operations over Libya into this autumn has been called into question by [...]