Tag: light

Army Picks 2 Firms to Build Light and Medium Robotic Combat Vehicles

The U.S. Army has announced that it plans to strike deals with QinetiQ North America and Textron Systems to build versions of the Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV). Army Combat Capability Development Command’s Ground Vehicle Systems Center, along with the service’s Next-Generation Combat Vehicles cross-functional team, intend to award Other Transaction Agreements (OTA) to QinetiQ North America to build four light versions of the RCV and to Textron to build four medium versions, according to a recent news release from the National Advanced Mobility Consortium. The Army often uses OTAs under its new acquisition reform strategy, so it can have prototypes ... Read more

On people … and light by Dennis Hartley @denofcinema5

On people … and light: a guest post by Dennis Hartley Note: Kermet Apio is a Seattle-based comedian with whom I had the pleasure of working with in my stand-up days. Not unlike foreign correspondents, road comics get a firsthand take as to what’s happening “on the ground” anywhere their job takes them. Kermet shared some thoughts regarding the current situation between the U.S. and Iran in a Facebook post today. With his permission, I am re-publishing it here. -Dennis Hartley By Kermet Apio I have been incredibly lucky to have performed in the Middle East twice in the last ... Read more

China Deploys Latest Light Tank, Howitzer in Tibet Exercises

China’s latest weapons including the Type 15 tank and the new 155-millimeter vehicle-mounted howitzer were deployed in Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region as the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) began a first round of exercises in 2020. The weapons were specifically designed with advantages for plateau regions and can play important roles in safeguarding border areas, military experts said. In the new year exercises, the PLA Tibet Military Command deployed helicopters, armored vehicles, heavy artillery and anti-aircraft missiles across the region: from Lhasa, capital of Tibet, with an elevation of 3,700 meters to border defense frontlines with elevations of more than ... Read more

Video Shows Apache Attack Helicopter Light Up Sky Over US Embassy in Iraq

A U.S. Apache attack helicopter could be seen flying over the American embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday evening firing flares as a show of force to protesters below. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced earlier in the day that the U.S. is sending additional forces to protect the embassy after Iranian-backed protesters broke through the facility’s main entrance gate. “We have taken appropriate force protection actions to ensure the safety of American citizens, military personnel and diplomats in country, and to ensure our right of self-defense,” he wrote. “We are sending additional forces to support our personnel at the Embassy.” ... Read more

Bre Payton Lived In Light Of Eternity

Today marks almost one year ago that Bre Payton, our roommate Kat, and I stood in a soggy security tent on a rainy December Saturday waiting to take a White House Christmas tour. It was the year of Melania Trump’s infamous “red trees” that sent a triggered mob spiraling down Handmaid’s Tale conspiracies, to which Bre responded in a scathing rebuttal “Melania’s Red Christmas Trees Are My Favorite Thing.” Just days prior, Bre had publicly critiqued some media members as “a bunch of sexist bigots” for their coverage of Melania Trump’s new haircut and they were giving her heat for ... Read more

Paul Manafort and the Problem of White-Collar Crime

Subscribe to Radio Atlantic: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort will spend about seven years in federal prison—far less than the 19 to 24 years recommended by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The sentence prompted a backlash when a federal judge in Virginia said Manafort deserved leniency for his “otherwise blameless life.” But it’s not just the punishment that has people talking. Manafort’s crimes came to light only after the unlikely events that led to the Mueller investigation. Manafort’s own lawyer said as much this week: “But for” the 2016 election, ... Read more