Flintlock-2015, Chad

Рубрики: Африка, Фотогалерея, Армия Опубликовано: 17-03-2015

What Is It Like to Get Hit by an IED?

Рубрики: Северная Америка, Судьба, Армия, Ирак Опубликовано: 13-03-2015

Well into my tour while rolling down the road in a Humvee (HMMWV), eating a mostly melted Kit-Kat and minding my own business...I saw a flash to the front and left of me on the other side of a passing fuel tanker in a convoy going the other direction. The tanker was entirely ripped open and a good deal of the fuel caught fire in the air and blossomed orange. My initial thought (in deployment language) was, "Jesus, that's fucking beautiful! And I'm fucking alive! This wind feels amazing! This is the most delicious Kit-Kat I've ever fucking eaten!!" Odd thoughts, I know. My TC (truck commander) who was also my LT (lieutenant) was feverishly reaching back, trying to pull me down into the truck. A few seconds later my truck was hit with a torrential downfall of extraordinarily hot diesel fuel, and I was entirely soaked. Diesel in my eyes, mouth, ears, and nose. I rode like that for hours with burning eyes and skin and a splitting headache. I never did think about the guy in the other convoy that got hit, I just knew it wasn't us and that's what I cared about. My LT said that was the first time anything there felt real. Total time, maybe 15 seconds.

General Jim Mattis: Using Military Force Against ISIS

Рубрики: Северная Америка, Ближний Восток, Армия Опубликовано: 07-03-2015

Confronting the malignant and growing threat created by the so-called Islamic State requires us to address the unique aspects of this enemy, keeping hold of our guiding political principles while constructing a framework that will bring success in forming the international coalition needed to defeat this threat. A strong “Authorization to Use Military Force” (AUMF), supported by a majority of both parties in both houses of Congress, will send an essential message of American steadfastness to our people and to the global audience. Its passage will demonstrate our country’s fundamental unity and enable a broader commitment to deal firmly with a real and growing menace. Following more than a decade of fighting for poorly articulated political goals, the Congress needs to restore clarity to our policy if we are to gain the American people’s confidence and enlist the assistance of potential allies, while sending a chilling note that we mean business to our enemies. With enemy influence expanding rapidly, patience or half-measures cannot replace a coherent strategy for taking measured steps, aligned with allies, to counter the mutating Islamist threat in the Middle East. The AUMF that Congress passes should be constructed as one building block in a coherent, integrated strategy for dealing with a region erupting in crises. Thus the AUMF needs to serve an enabling role for defeating this enemy, and not a restrictive function.

How We Learned to Kill

Рубрики: Северная Америка, Судьба, Армия Опубликовано: 05-03-2015

THE voice on the other end of the radio said: “There are two people digging by the side of the road. Can we shoot them?” It was the middle of the night during my first week in Afghanistan in 2010, on the northern edge of American operations in Helmand Province, and they were directing the question to me. Were the men in their sights irrigating their farmland or planting a roadside bomb? The Marines reported seeing them digging and what appeared to be packages in their possession. Farmers in the valley work from sunrise to sundown, and seeing anyone out after dark was largely unheard-of. My initial reaction was to ask the question to someone higher up the chain of command. I looked around our combat operations center for someone more senior and all I saw were young Marines looking back at me to see what I would do. I wanted confirmation from a higher authority to do the abhorrent, something I’d spent my entire life believing was evil. With no higher power around, I realized it was my role as an officer to provide that validation to the Marine on the other end who would pull the trigger. “Take the shot,” I responded. It was dialogue from the movies that I’d grown up with, but I spoke the words without irony. I summarily ordered the killing of two men. I wanted the Marine on the other end to give me a reason to change my decision, but the only sound I heard was the radio affirmative for an understood order: “Roger, out.” Shots rang out across the narrow river. A part of me wanted the rounds to miss their target, but they struck flesh and the men fell dead.

Крепость Россия

Рубрики: Россия/СНГ, Армия Опубликовано: 20-02-2015

Всероссийский центр изучения общественного мнения (ВЦИОМ) представляет данные опроса о том, существует ли сегодня военная угроза для нашей страны, как россияне оценивают состояние армии и хотели бы видеть своих родственников в рядах Вооруженных Сил. Внешняя военная угроза сегодня представляется россиянам более реальной, нежели в последние пятнадцать лет: соответствующий индекс за год вырос в 4 раза (с 10 п. в 2014 г. до 40 п. в 2015 г.), достигнув исторического максимума. В существовании данной опасности для нашей страны убеждены две трети наших сограждан – 68% (с 52% год назад). Сомневаются в наличии внешней угрозы 28% опрошненных – в полтора раза меньше, чем в 2014 г. (42%). При этом состояние армии наши соотечественники сегодня оценивают выше, чем когда-либо – показатель, отражающий мнение респондентов по этому вопросу поднялся до 81 п. (с 62 п. в 2014 г.), установив новый рекорд. Доля положительных оценок увеличилась в два раза: если в прошлом году состояние армии «хорошим» называл каждый четвертый (24%), то в настоящее время – каждый второй (49%).Одновременно сократилось число негативных высказываний (с 14% до 6%). В целом удовлетворительно о положении дел в войсках отзываются 40% опрошенных.

Бюджеты наглядно

Рубрики: Армия Опубликовано: 16-02-2015

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