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A new law will let young people complete their firearms safety training at police shooting ranges, even though many police departments say opening their doors to the public could be a costly hassle. The law requires all publicly owned shooting ranges in the metro area, except those in Minneapolis and St. Paul, to allow youths enrolled in certified courses to shoot twice in the spring and twice in the summer under the supervision of their instructors.
Thursday, January 10, 1963 Mr. HERLONG. Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land,Fla., is an ardent and articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier, which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the dangers of communism in America.
Source: West Papua Media Press Release March 30, 2012 – Ninety organizations today urged the U.S. government and Congress not to provide deadly attack helicopters to Indonesia. Indonesia has announced that it plans to buy eight AH-64 Apache attack helicopters from the United States. The groups warned that the helicopters will escalate conflicts in Indonesia, especially in the rebellious region of West Papua: “Providing these helicopters would pose a direct threat to Papuan civilians.” The Indonesian military (TNI) regularly conducts “sweep operations,” involving attacks on villages where innocent villagers are forced from their homes.
Two separate investigations into the New Black Panthers have been conducted this month, one in response to charges of homegrown terrorism and the other in response to the group's placing a bounty on the head of George Zimmerman, the alleged shooter of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. The results of the twofold probe, one of which was released yesterday, reveals New Black Panther ties to the Middle East terrorist group Hezbollah . Congressman Peter King, R-NY, has been investigating Hezbollah's activities within the United States as part of a Congressional probe into homegrown terrorism. King is Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.
The leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee are warning the Pentagon: Don’t make any sudden moves without consulting us first. Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and ranking member John McCain (R-Ariz.) wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Monday urging the Pentagon not to reduce forces until the congressional committees have authorized the 2013 Defense budget. The senators wrote “it has become clear” that the Pentagon plans to start making moves for the 2013 budget in the current fiscal year, before the congressional committees have been able to tackle the 2013 Defense budget request. “We request that you not take actions to implement decisions that would be difficult or impossible to reverse by anticipating congressional approval of what may turn out to be very contentious proposals before the committees have had an opportunity to produce bills reflecting their responses to the fiscal year 2013 budget request,” the senators wrote.
http://www.militarytimes.com/news/2012/03/ap-man-guilty-selling-phony-military-documents-031412/ The Associated Press Posted : Wednesday Mar 14, 2012 17:12:02 EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Smithville, Tenn., businessman has pleaded guilty to selling phony military documents.
China plans to increase defense spending 11.2 percent this year as the country’s expanding global commitments and lingering territorial disputes drive demand for more warships, missiles and fighter planes. Military spending is set to rise this year to about 670 billion yuan ($106.4 billion), Li Zhaoxing, spokesman for China’s National People’s Congress, said yesterday ahead of a speech today by Premier Wen Jiabao to open the annual 10-day session of the country’s legislature. China’s defense spending, the second highest in the world after the U.S., has risen in tandem with the expansion of its economy and a new focus by the Obama administration on the Asia- Pacific region.
An AIP system allows a submarine to operate without the need to surface or use a snorkel to access atmospheric oxygen therefore increasing diesel-electric submarines stealth and endurance. AIP offers diesel-electric submarines a remarkable increase in capability. The new Israeli submarines are to be nammed Tannin and Rahav. Tannin is to be delivered this year. Israeli Navy had an option for a third unit. Israel and Germany signed a contract a few weeks ago finalizing the sale of this sixth Dolphin class submarine to the Israel Navy, according to a report in The Jerusalem Post.
The Indo-Russian fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) is superior than the similar Chinese and American rival fighter jets which include the J 20 Black Eagle and the F-22 Raptor, a top Russian military commander has claimed. India and Russia are jointly developing the Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA FGFA for their respective air forces and have plans of producing over 400 of these highly-advanced fighter jets. Commander of the Russian Air Force Colonel General Alexander Zelin told Russian news agency RIA Novosti that his country's government has decided to give top priority to the development of the joint venture aircraft. Read more <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Nerves were strained as an Iranian patrol boat approached the USS Abraham Lincoln at speed. A helicopter escort hovered above the vessel in a warning not to get any closer, and the grey boat, tiny compared to the massive U.S. aircraft carrier, eventually turned around. The encounter involving U.S. and Iranian boats, common in recent weeks, underscores rising tensions in the Gulf region between rival powers since Tehran threatened to close the Hormuz Strait, the world's most important oil shipping waterway, over Western moves to ban Iranian crude exports, Reuters reports. U.S. and Iranian warships shadow each other as they ply the Gulf in a standoff over Iran's nuclear program the West fears is aimed at producing an atomic weapon. Many fear any incident could trigger a war.
Wireless startup LightSquared might try to swap airwave licenses with similar ones operated by the Defense Department in a last-ditch attempt to save its nationwide network, The Wall Street Journal reports , citing sources familiar with the company's plans. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) moved to block LightSquared's plans earlier this week after testing showed its network would interfere with millions of GPS devices. LightSquared was planning to operate its network on frequencies adjacent to the GPS band, but tests showed its powerful cell towers would have disrupted sensitive GPS receivers.
A bombshell revelation contained in a memo written by congressional staffers on the Fast and Furious operation indicates that the drug cartel kingpins targeted by Federal law enforcement agencies were actually FBI informants. The revelation has far reaching implications for the government's stated motivation for implementing Fast and Furious. The Obama Administration claims that the goal was to catch Mexican drug cartel kingpins by walking U.S. guns across the border, making sure that the weapons found their way in the hands of cartel criminals.
http://www.militarytimes.com/news/2012/01/dn-joint-strike-fighter-may-miss-acceleration-goal-011812/ By Dave Majumdar - Staff writer Posted : Wednesday Jan 18, 2012 19:07:16 EST The F-35 Lightning II’s transonic acceleration may not meet the requirements originally set forth for the program, a top Lockheed Martin official said. “Based on the original spec, all three of the airplanes are challenged by that spec,” said Tom Burbage, Lockheed’s program manager for the F-35. “The cross-sectional area of the airplane with the internal weapons bays is quite a bit bigger than the airplanes we’re replacing.”
By Julie Pace Associated Press Wednesday, January 11, 2012 WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama has gotten a new commitment from medical schools to boost training and research for the treatment of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health injuries. The initiative is part of the first lady’s Joining Forces campaign, which focuses on issues affecting veterans and their families.
Two significant reports issued late today indicate that the U.S. economy is in much worse shape than what the American people have been told. When one local economist was asked to comment on the news, he stated, "It's twice as bad as we thought." A closer look at the figures led to a revision of that assessment, however, but the fact remains that in many cases Realtors somehow double-counted home sales. Two significant pieces of information were released that show not only is the economy significantly worse than anyone realized but it is poised to get even worse, in spite of so-called 'hopeful signs' rolled out by the Obama Administration in recent weeks. First, the National Association of Realtors reported today that sales of existing homes have been 'double-counted' since 2007.