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    Post  George1 on Thu Jan 07, 2016 2:58 am

    Ethiopia Kicks Out US Killer Drone Base

    At the request of the Ethiopian government, the United States has stopped flying drones from southern Ethiopia in its campaign against militants in Somalia and Yemen, officials said.

    On Tuesday, US officials confirmed that drone activities had ceased at an airfield in the town of Arba Minch, which had been used to launch Reaper drones that can carry Hellfire missiles and satellite-guided bombs.

    "This was done upon request by the Ethiopian government," government spokesman Getachew Reda said, according to Reuters.

    "In the first place, this was a project with a limited timespan and both governments had long prepared themselves for this eventuality," he added without giving further details.

    The closure is likely to mean US drone activity will return to the base in Djibouti. Flights there had been halted due to safety concerns, but the facility has since been upgraded.

    Ethiopia is one of Washington's key allies and is considered a bulwark against militant Islam in the region, Reuters reported. Ethiopian troops have been fighting al Qaeda affiliate al Shabaab militants in Somalia since 2011 as part of an African Union peacekeeping mission.

    "US military personnel are no longer in Arba Minch," said David Kennedy, Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy in Addis Ababa.

    "As we work with our African partners, our mutual needs change over time, and a determination was made that our use of the facilities in Arba Minch is no longer necessary," he told Reuters in an email.

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    Post  George1 on Sat Jan 16, 2016 11:49 pm

    War Games Continue: Philippines to Allow US to Use Eight Military Bases

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    Post  JohninMK on Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:04 pm

    The B-1s in the Gulf are on their way home. No more there for several months, if they go back.

    https://www.dvidshub.net/news/186376/farewell-b-1-b-1b-lancer-sets-rotational-records-before-leaving-aor#.Vqk1ClMrJyr
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    Post  max steel on Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:50 pm

    Decision Nearing on Where To Fix Damaged LCS

    The littoral combat ship Fort Worth remains sidelined at Singapore's Changi Naval Base, waiting both for the results of a mishap investigation into how major portions of the ship's propulsion gear was damaged and a decision on where to fix the ship.

    Several sources indicated the LCS needs between six to 12 months in a shipyard to repair the damage sustained in Singapore during a pierside accident while undergoing scheduled maintenance Jan. 12.

    US Navy officials would not comment on the ongoing investigation, but the top US commander in the western Pacific confirmed that the choices on where to repair the ship are in Singapore, from where the ship has been operating for more than a year; in Japan, where the US Seventh Fleet is based; or on the US West Coast, where the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego is already preparing to overhaul the ship in 2017.

    "I'd like to get it fixed expeditiously," Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, Seventh Fleet commander, said during a Feb. 15 interview in Singapore. "I think for that though, I think Yokosuka or back in San Diego would probably be better. That's me personally. But it's still too early."

    The full extent of the damage, he said, is still being determined.

    "We've got Lockheed Martin, they are helping us look at the extent of the damage, what on the drive train can still be used," Aucoin said.

    Unofficially, several US sources indicated the combining gear, a complicated — and expensive — piece of equipment that combines power from the ship's gas turbines and diesel engines to propel water jets that drive the ship, is wrecked, and the diesel engines — installed as the most economical way to drive the ship — cannot be engaged.

    Rather, it appears the Fort Worth can get underway on its one power, but only by using the large Rolls Royce MT30 gas turbines, installed to give the ship the propulsive power to reach speeds in the upper 40-knot range.

    But the powerful MT30s — larger than the General Electric LM-2500 gas turbines that drive most of the US Navy's surface warships — are notorious gas hogs if used as the ship's sole means of propulsion. Should the ship need to make the long voyage to Japan — at least 3,000 nautical miles — or cross more than 10,000 nautical miles of ocean to reach San Diego, a fleet oiler would need to accompany the Fort Worth and conduct frequent underway refueling operations.

    Some Navy officials dismissed those concerns, noting that US ships routinely engage in underway replenishment operations.

    Repairing the Fort Worth's drive train is complicated by the densely-packed machinery spaces installed low in the ship, spaces difficult to work in in the best of circumstances. Inspectors have had to dig deep into the ship even to see how far the damage spread. Repairs are likely to involve hull cuts to gain access to the machinery spaces.

    "You have to remove heavy pieces of gear, lift it out," Aucoin said.

    "There's a lot of things associated" with determining the damage, he added. "Just removing those layers in order to get down to see the extent of damage, that's taken some time."

    Aucoin said the investigation is a standard Manual of the Judge Advocate General, or JAGMAN, probe, and that there is no criminal investigation.

    "It's just a mishap investigation," he said. "It looks like [someone was] just not following standard procedures. That does happen, people do make mistakes."

    Aucoin reiterated his support for the LCS in the western Pacific.

    "For a year, Fort Worth has been out here doing really good work," he said. "I'm very pleased with what it's done in the region. And this is a setback. I wish it hadn't happened, but we're going to learn from it.

    "I can't wait until we get other ships of that type over here because I really do think it's the size and shape of a platform that can really help us in our efforts out here."

    Aucoin decried the lengthy acquisition process in Washington. The Pentagon's Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) and the General Accountability Office continue to urge the Navy to slow down acquisition and deployment of the LCS in favor of more testing, even though the type has been under development for well over a decade. The deployment of the Fort Worth, like the previous cruise of the LCS Freedom, is in many ways seen as a test mission, employing as many operational elements as possible. The Freedom, now in overhaul at San Diego, is expected to deploy again to this region late this year, likely preceded by the Coronado, which will be making the first deployment of an Independence-class ship.

    "There is some risk involved in bringing these ships out early," Aucoin acknowledged. "We took that on, and we learned a lot, and I think we need to keep on progressing forward. I'm trying to do this in other areas too.

    "You know, our acquisition process is pretty slow. And we're trying to bring these things out earlier, to do some of the test and evaluation out here, to learn from it. To wring it out faster.

    "That's one of my key tenets," the Seventh Fleet commander said. "That's the guidance I've given to my fleet ... to not be averse to risk. Let's bring things out early. Let's test, not just platforms, but processes, the way we do things, tactics, to learn from them. And not just do the run-of-the-mill stuff and wait for the whole acquisition process."

    So could DOT&E testing and evaluation be carried out in the western Pacific?

    "We can do a lot of things out here," Aucoin declared.

    GD NASSCO Takes Over

    Behind the scenes, a little-noticed development is apparently complicating the question of where to repair the Fort Worth, several sources said.

    The General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) is taking over as the prime sustainment agent for LCS, having outbid Lockheed Martin in April. At that time, NASSCO was awarded a $24.1 million contract to maintain and modernize 12 LCSs in San Diego, including both GD-designed Independence-class and Lockheed-produced Freedom-class ships. The initial contract contains options worth up to $96 million, the Navy said.

    NASSCO took over the maintenance and repair of the LCS Independence in July, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) said in a Feb. 22 statement, and became the support agent for the latest two ships, Milwaukee and Jackson, when the ships were delivered last year to the Navy.

    Lockheed is handling the selected restricted availability (SRA, a type of Navy overhaul) for the Freedom, NAVSEA said, but will relinquish responsibility for the ship when the overhaul is completed later this month.

    Lockheed will also turn over responsibility for the Fort Worth "in March," NAVSEA said.

    "NASSCO is already ahead of the curve," NAVSEA added, "working toward [the Fort Worth's] SRA in 2017."

    Some sources indicated concerns that as Lockheed's experienced management team is replaced by NASSCO managers, a new learning curve will be injected into the LCS program. Other sources said most of the actual work is done by subcontractors and many of those already working under Lockheed on LCS will simply switch over to NASSCO.

    Sources also said NASSCO was lobbying heavily for the Fort Worth to make the Pacific crossing, despite the expense, and undergo full repairs in San Diego. Wherever the ship is repaired, the LCS is already scheduled to be overhauled at NASSCO when she gets back to the US, so the argument is that it's better to endure the transoceanic crossing than have the ship undergo major repair periods in two different shipyards.

    Sweltering at Changi

    Meanwhile, the energy of the Fort Worth's first 14 months on deployment has been been replaced by the ship's enforced idleness at this base. During a Feb. 16 visit, members of LCS Crew 101 indicated they were continuing to carry out basic maintenance and otherwise take care of the ship, but crew members were clearly disappointed.

    One problem for sailors is keeping up active qualifications. Flight crew of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35, which operates the ship's embarked MH-60R helicopter and MQ-8B Fire Scout helicopter drone, have traveled to Japan to maintain flying hours on the MH-60R, but the drone operators will need to be recertified, a crew member said.

    Nearby sat the submarine tender Emory S. Land, a repair ship carrying out a scheduled port call. The tender's presence at Changi, said Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Arlo Abrahamson, was not related to the Fort Worth's problems. While Land sailors provided some assistance to the LCS, the Guam-based tender left after a short stay.
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    Post  George1 on Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:49 am

    US Army Presence in Europe to Reach 3 Fully-Manned Brigades by 2017

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    Post  George1 on Thu Apr 07, 2016 2:29 am

    Twelve US F-15c Fighter Jets, 250 Airmen Arrive in EU to Support NATO

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    Post  George1 on Wed Apr 13, 2016 6:26 am

    Pentagon Plans Rapid Increase in Iraq Military Operations

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    Post  sepheronx on Mon Apr 25, 2016 2:15 pm

    2 F-22's arrived in Romania.
    https://www.rt.com/shortcode/7b0c/

    What a joke. But prime opportunity for Russia to monitor the Jets. Still, 400km away from Crimea.
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    Post  George1 on Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:33 pm

    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico -- The Pentagon is sending 615 additional US troops to Iraq to help bolster local forces as they prepare to invade the Islamic State group’s stronghold in Mosul

    http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/us-prepares-to-send-final-increase-of-american-forces-to-iraq
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    Post  George1 on Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:13 pm

    The US Army Public Affairs said that the United States will deploy to Iraq the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division to replace the 101st Airborne Division that has so far been training the Iraqi Security Forces.

    Read more: https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201611031047054182-usa-deploy-army-iraq/
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    Post  George1 on Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:53 am

    US to deploy more F-35A multirole fighters in Europe this week — Pentagon

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    Post  MonkeymodelBananaRepublic on Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:47 am

    https://warisboring.com/the-u-s-military-moves-deeper-into-africa/
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    Post  George1 on Tue May 02, 2017 6:09 pm

    The US Department of Defense announced that some 2,800 US forces participated in ten days of military drills with Moroccan, Tunisian and Spanish troops.

    https://sputniknews.com/military/201705031053218742-usa-join-african-lion-military-exercise/
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    Post  George1 on Sat May 20, 2017 8:04 am

    A policy expert and Pentagon higher-up during the Bush administration has claimed that the United States will need to deploy a long-term force of between 4,000 and 20,000 American soldiers in Iraq after Daesh is defeated to stabilize the country.

    https://sputniknews.com/military/201705201053799846-iraq-american-presence-daesh-defeat/
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    Post  Odin of Ossetia on Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:01 pm





    New U.S. Military Base Opens in South Korea


    It is huge, the size in area of Washington D.C.

    It is outside of the Korean People's Army's artillery range. The old base was within the range.

    Apparently the largest U.S. military base outside of the U.S.A.


    https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/us-opens-new-military-hq-in-s-korea



    U.S. needs temporary peace with the D.P.R.K. in order to move everything to the new base. That is what the Singapore Summit was needed for.


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    Post  George1 on Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:29 pm

    More artillery, air defense: US Army beefs up its footprint in Germany

    COLOGNE, Germany — The U.S. Army is expanding its presence in Germany by adding 1,500 forces to be permanently stationed in the country.

    The additional troops are a “display of our continued commitment to NATO and our collective resolve to support European security,” according to a statement issued Friday by U.S. Army Europe, based in Wiesbaden. The new forces will be on top of the roughly 33,000 American forces already stationed in Germany.

    Officials chose to activate new units in Germany, rather than relocating existing ones across the Atlantic, to create the envisioned boost in combat power, according to the command. The new units include a field artillery brigade headquarters, two multiple-launch rocket system battalions, and a short-range air defense battalion.

    Completion of the plus-up is expected by September 2020.

    https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2018/09/10/more-artillery-air-defense-us-army-beefs-up-its-footprint-in-germany/
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:59 am

    Tales of the American Empire

    https://news.antiwar.com/2020/04/27/trump-wants-all-us-troops-out-of-afghanistan-on-coronavirus-fears/

    https://tolonews.com/afghanistan/taliban-should-expect-response-if-attacks-continue-gen-miller

    https://regnum.ru/news/polit/2933498.html

    https://thehill.com/policy/defense/495103-pentagon-shifts-money-from-overseas-projects-to-fill-hole-caused-by-border


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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Thu May 07, 2020 6:33 pm

    https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/australasia/article/3083155/us-marines-headed-australian-port-darwin-after-coronavirus

    https://asiatimes.com/2020/05/us-marines-revamp-with-china-front-of-mind/?mc_cid=776bfaab36&mc_eid=5455568640

    1 day, China can take all Taiwanese held islands near its coast to help Taiwan make a decision favorable to China. The Philippines r no longer protecting its Southern flank. To me, it's not a question of if, but when Taiwan's fate will be decided 1 way or the other. The USMC, USN & Army can defend other islands but once Taiwan is annexed, China will get direct access to W. Pacific & be in better position to defend its coastline.
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Fri May 29, 2020 11:29 pm

    Better late than never, & it's about time! https://news.antiwar.com/2020/05/27/us-ahead-of-schedule-on-afghanistan-pullout/
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    Post  JohninMK on Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:22 pm

    This is big news. Unknown where they will go, possible some to Poland.

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    Trump also ordered to reduce the total number of US troops that may be stationed in Germany at any one time from 52,000 to 25,000, the paper said.

    US President Donald Trump has directed the Department of Defence to remove 9,500 US troops from Germany by September, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing US government officials.++


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    Post  Isos on Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:13 am

    They will go home to fight the peaceful protestors and protect the deep state dictatorship.
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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:18 am

    Or to bases in Poland & Asia-Pacific.
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    Post  GarryB on Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:53 am

    Hahahaha.... you can't make this shit up...

    The NYT had a story about Putin offering money to the Taleban in Afghanistan to kill US troops and the Democrats went apeshit over it... calling Trump a traitor for not doing anything about it.

    Well last thursday the House Armed Services Committee voted to block Trump’s planned withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan... there is a ceasefire with the Taleban that basically says if US forces leave we wont shoot you... now the HASC has blocked the withdrawal... wonder what the Taleban are going to do about that... perhaps start killing US soldiers because they are breaking the deal they had with the Taleban?

    So can anyone explain to me how any of this makes sense.... even assuming it is true and Putin himself is offering cash payments to the Taleban to murder US soldiers in Afghanistan how does stopping the withdrawal effect that... other than keeping in place people for the Taleban to target and kill and earn cash from?

    By blocking the withdrawal they are breaking the ceasefire deal that stops them killing American soldiers.

    So effectively the reality is that some rich americans have interests in those mountains and they don't want to be left there without US army support... they are likely mining stuff and making lots and lots of money... so they make up a story about Putin and the GRU offering bounties on US soldiers... its believable because it is something the US regularly does to foreign countries... but it is OK when they do it.

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    Post  Tsavo Lion on Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:23 am

    I would believe if bounties were offered for killing ISIS fighters- the US was leaving Afghanistan anyway, even if slowly. Putin would have more reason to bribe certain Syrians to kill GIs in Syria instead.
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    Post  GarryB on Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:17 am

    Often the only thing that will make Americans leave an area is body count, so I could understand lots of different factions making such suggestions, but why bother with a bounty... how do you check? And it was the Russians that got the Taleban to the table for the current ceasefire and American withdrawal so why would it be necessary.

    Realistically speaking the biggest funding sources of the Taleban have traditionally come from both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia... they supported the Muj in the 1980s to kill the damn infidel Soviets, why would they not keep supporting the same people against the new infidels from europe and the US?

    I mean when they found Osama he was in Pakistan... doens't that suggest perhaps cross border raids continued to date... they did that with the Soviets... why would they not do the same with the Americans and HATO?

    But the obvious question is where is Russia getting all this money to waste by giving it to terrorists they will be likely fighting again soon enough?

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