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Image removed.The Army previously held a competition to design, build and test Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft prototypes to fill an existing capability gap created by the divestiture of the OH-58 helicopter, shown. (Cpl. Koby Saunders/U.S. Marine Corps)

The U.S. Army is ending its latest effort to build a new armed scout helicopter, known as the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, an abrupt change of direction that marks one of the department’s most significant program cancellations of the last decade.

The service had already spent at least $2 billion on the program and had requested another $5 billion for the next five years, according to budget documents.

The helicopter program arrived in 2018 with lofty expectations. Army leaders hoped it would serve as a model for new acquisition approaches for its most complex and most expensive weapon systems. Prototypes from Bell Textron and Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky were expected to fly later this year. And, perhaps most importantly, the aircraft was slated to provide a long-needed armed scout solution after decades of starts and stops.

But Thursday, the Army’s top acquisition officials described a new vision and major aviation overhaul. In addition to ending FARA, the Army plans to get rid of its entire Shadow and Raven unmanned aircraft fleets, said Doug Bush, the service’s acquisition chief.

It will also stop fielding its new replacement for UH-60 Lima-model Black Hawk utility helicopter — the Victor-model — to the Army National Guard and instead field UH-60 Mike-models, the latest variant used in the active force, Bush said.

Finally, the service will delay procurement of its next-generation helicopter engine, which was set to be used in all UH-60s, AH-64 Apache attack helicopters as well as to power FARA

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Officials today say they no longer have 'jurisdiction' over the probe into the September 2022 pipeline sabotage

Swedish officials investigating the Sept. 2022 explosion of the Nord Stream pipelines say they are closing down their probe and handing it off to their German counterparts, offering no new insight into "who done it."

Swedish public prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist said in a statement Wednesday that "the investigation has been systematic and thorough,” but, "against the background of the situation we now have, we can state that Swedish jurisdiction does not apply.”

Ljungqvist added that “the German investigation continues and due to the secrecy that prevails in international legal cooperation, I cannot comment further on the cooperation that has taken place.”

“I will also not be able to comment anything further on the conclusions of the Swedish investigation or comment on any suspected persons in the Swedish investigation,” Ljungqvist said.

Claire's Observations:In the immortal words of the baseball great, Casey Stengel:   " Deja Vu, all over again!!"

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KRAMATORSK, Ukraine — The Ukrainian military is facing a critical shortage of infantry, leading to exhaustion and diminished morale on the front line, military personnel in the field said this week — a perilous new dynamic for Kyiv nearly two years into the grinding, bloody war with Russia.

In interviews across the front line in recent days, nearly a dozen soldiers and commanders told The Washington Post that personnel deficits were their most critical problem now, as Russia has regained the offensive initiative on the battlefield and is stepping up its attacks.

One battalion commander in a mechanized brigade fighting in eastern Ukraine said that his unit currently has fewer than 40 infantry troops — the soldiers deployed in front-line trenches who hold off Russian assaults. A fully equipped battalion would have more than 200, the commander said.

Another commander in an infantry battalion of a different brigade said his unit is similarly depleted.

The soldiers interviewed spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly and could face retribution for their comments

Claire's Observations:  When DC was urging Ukraine to "act as a picador" against Russia, no one in the White House, or any of their alleged "think tanks", was ever able to think this scenario through to its most logical conclusion; that this would ultimately, be a war of attrition, which Russia would logically win.  Zelinsky has lost the trust and faith of his people, and billions in American aid and munitions, many of which have wound up for sale to other national entities which don't much like the US.   

Since Zelinsky is both unwilling (and incapable of) coming to some kind of reasonable terms for peace with Russia, the US's options are grim right now here; either "replace/remove" Zelinsky, and find someone the Russians feel they can trust as an "honest broker", or let this spin out with Zelinsky "in control", and look more like a jaysap's behind than it already does from the horrific withdrawal from Afghanistan, which Biden ordered. 

 Chock up  yet another international disaster to the Biden/Obama gang in 2024!!!!!

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The US has bombed Yemen at least 21 times since January 12 by Dave DeCamp February 8, 2024 at 3:25 pm ET Categories NewsTags Yemen

Update: US Central Command said it launched seven more strikes in Yemen throughout the day on February 8

The US launched two more rounds of missile strikes against targets in Yemen on Wednesday as the Houthis continue to target shipping in the Red Sea.

The US has now launched at least 21 rounds of missile strikes against Yemen since January 12. The UK has joined the US for the more extensive bombings, but for the most part, the US has launched strikes on its own.

US Central Command claimed the strikes on Wednesday targeted Houthi missiles that were being prepared to launch.

“On Feb. 7, at approximately 9:00 pm (Sanaa time), US Central Command (CENTCOM) forces conducted self-defense strikes against two Houthi mobile anti-ship cruise missiles prepared to launch against ships in the Red Sea,” the command said.

“Later that day, at 11:30 pm (Sanaa time), CENTCOM forces conducted a second strike against a Houthi mobile land attack cruise missile prepared to launch,” the command added.

A day earlier, the Houthis, officially known as Ansar Allah, announced that they targeted an American and British commercial ship in the Red Sea. However, CENTCOM said the ship that was claimed to be American, the Nasia Star, is Marshall Island-flagged and Greek-owned.

Claire's Observations: (Sigh)  I would like to gently, and politely, remind the heads of Centcom, that doing something precisely the same way, time after time, yet expecting a different outcome,  is one of the classic definitions of insanity.  Iran will NOT "take the bait here", and do something militarily foolish, because they understand that is precisely what the Israel, the US/UK want them to do, so they are doing nothing which can involve them in a wider war, at least at this moment in time. 

And PLEASE, do not get me started on the insanity of a theocracy in the 21st century. 

But I will guarantee you this;  Iranian leadership may be many things:  stupid, is not one of them. 

 And should Iran be broadly attacked by Western/Israeli forces, what, please, will Russia and China do?!?  Sit on their hands, militarily, and sing "Kumbyah"?!?  Were I a director of Centcom, this is one of the many issues which would definitely keep me awake at night.

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Iraq has repeated its call for an end to the US military presence following a US drone strike in Baghdad that killed a senior member of Kataib Hezbollah, a Shia militia that’s part of Iraq’s security forces.

Iraqi military spokesman Yahya Rasool said the US “conducted a blatant assassination through an airstrike in the heart of a residential neighborhood in the capital, Baghdad, showing no regard for civilian lives or international laws.”

Rasool said that by launching the strike, “the American forces jeopardize civil peace, violate Iraqi sovereignty, and disregard the safety and lives of our citizens.”

The US-led international coalition based in Iraq is supposedly in the country to fight ISIS, but the presence is more about trying to counter Iran’s influence. Rasool said the “coalition consistently deviates from the reasons and objectives for its presence on our territory.”

Claire's Observations:  And what if the US does not comply with Iraq's request to leave the country?!?  Please remember; the Shiite Cleric, Muktada al Sadr, who announced the end of all political activities for at least a year last April, as reported at Le Monde Diplomatique (English language version) which goes on to state:  "On 14 April he announced the suspension of most of his movement’s activities ‘for at least a year’. Is this a genuine withdrawal or political maneuvering?

Each of Sadr’s announcements has shown that the absence of his movement creates a vacuum and leads to chaos, which forces the government and his rivals in the Shia camp into concessions, ultimately strengthening his influence on Iraqi politics.

It’s no coincidence that it was Sadr supporters who set fire to the Swedish embassy in Baghdad on 20 July in protest against the Quran-burning in Stockholm."

I am very certain that the guy is still on a first name basis with former leadership of the Al Mahdi Army, a popular revolt group he lead in Iraq in the early two-thousands;  what if he decides "to bring the band back together", if US forces will not leave?!?

 

And please trust me; should he decide to do this, it will mean nothing but a world hurt for US forces in in Iraq.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would order his troops to attack Rafah, a city in Gaza sheltering over one million internally displaced civilians. The situation in the Gazan city is already dire. The UN warns the attack could cause a massive loss of civilian life.

Claire's Observations: this is precisely what Netanyahu and his minions, want to see happen here.

 

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An Israeli official said Israel would not offer a counter-proposal 

Israel is backing off from Qatari and Egyptian-mediated hostage talks with Hamas after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the Palestinian group’s latest proposal, The Times of Israel reported on Thursday.

An Israeli official told the Times that instead of offering a counter-proposal, Israel will try to get the US to apply pressure on Qatar, although Doha has insisted it’s only a mediator and cannot control Hamas.

“The main target now is to create pressure from the Americans and other countries on Qatar, and from there on Hamas, in addition to the military pressure, to bring them down from their delusional demands,” the Israeli official said.

Hamas’s proposal involved a 135-day ceasefire in three phases. Throughout the three phases, Hamas would release all remaining Israeli hostages in exchange for Israel freeing thousands of Palestinian prisoners. The goal would be to establish a permanent ceasefire by the end of the 135 days.

Netanyahu immediately rejected the proposal and said there was “no solution besides total victory.” He made the comments after meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who was in the region to work toward a hostage deal, but he left with nothing to show for his visit.

Now, Netanyahu is threatening that Israeli troops will attack the southern Gaza city of Rafah next, where more than one million displaced Palestinians are sheltering. Israeli forces bombed areas of Rafah on Thursday as US officials cautioned against an assault on the city.

Claire's Observations:  I don't know what the Hebrew equivalent is  for "Like shooting fish in a barrel!!" but that is the target-rich environment in which the IDF will find themselves in Rafah;  look for many more women and children dead, and horrifically wounded, in this next assault, which our government is enabling with the bombs and bullets to insure many more "kills"  and horrific wounds here.

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The United States military is one of many organizations embracing AI in our modern age, but it may want to pump the brakes a bit. A new study using AI in foreign policy decision-making found how quickly the tech would call for war instead of finding peaceful resolutions. Some AI in the study even launched nuclear warfare with little to no warning, giving strange explanations for doing so.

“All models show signs of sudden and hard-to-predict escalations,” said researchers in the study. “We observe that models tend to develop arms-race dynamics, leading to greater conflict, and in rare cases, even to the deployment of nuclear weapons.”

The study comes from researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Northeastern University, and the Hoover Wargaming and Crisis Simulation Initiative. Researchers placed several AI models from OpenAI, Anthropic, and Meta in war simulations as the primary decision maker. Notably, OpenAI’s GPT-3.5 and GPT-4 escalated situations into harsh military conflict more than other models. Meanwhile, Claude-2.0 and Llama-2-Chat were more peaceful and predictable. Researchers note that AI models have a tendency towards “arms-race dynamics” that results in increased military investment and escalation.

“I just want to have peace in the world,” OpenAI’s GPT-4 said as a reason for launching nuclear warfare in a simulation.

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Don’t take my word for it. Take the word of one of the chief architects of the Great Reset, Klaus von Commie Schnitzel’s right hand man, Yuval Noah Harari.

Spoken like the true authoritarian that he is, Harari can only see violence and chaos. He’s not wrong. The violence and chaos coming, however, have their roots in his attempts (or complicity) in trying to force, through violence, a global order on humanity which humanity doesn’t want.

This push towards violence, however, can stop tomorrow. All that has to happen is for cretins like Harari, Soros, Schwab, Gates, and all the people behind them, to truly accept the fact that they have failed and cut a deal with us.

If they do that we can minimize the violence on the horizon. But that’s not going to happen because they’ve already told us over and over that the abuse will continue until morale improves.

The impending chaos and violence is coming precisely because of Isaac Newton’s 3rd law, popularly summarized as “for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

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As many as 70 New York City Housing Authority employees were arrested and officially charged after appearing in court following a federal corruption investigation.

The workers were all released on bail set between $25,000 and $50,000.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams announced the largest single-day bribery takedown Tuesday in the history of the Department of Justice.

The alleged conduct started in 2013 and ran until 2023. The defendants have been charged with allegedly accepting cash payments from contractors in exchange for awarding NYCHA contracts.

The dozens of current and former employees of NYCHA demanded $2 million in bribe money from contractors in exchange for giving out more than $13 million in work at NYCHA buildings, officials say. Contractors who failed to pay a kickback were cut out of work, officials say.

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The Tank Is Dead?

Lessons from the battlefields of Ukraine

Hundreds of expensive tanks of both sides are being destroyed on the battlegrounds of Ukraine by cheap UPV drones. These include the Russian T-90MS Tank (worth about $4.2million) and the German Leopard 2A6 Tank (about $6.3 million). They are being destroyed by ubiquitous Chinese UPV drones, and their local variants, that sell for about $3000. The U.S. has also supplied Ukraine with 155mm howitzer rounds known as Remote Anti-Armour Munitions (RAAM). Each shell scatters nine 2.3kg magnetically activated mines. Tanks with limited vision, especially Russian tanks, often hit these mines, damaging their tracks, and making them sitting targets. They are all then finished off by precision artillery and antitank guided missiles.

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In less than 15 minutes, President Biden proved Special Counsel Robert Hur right and confirmed all concerns about his fitness for office.

As we detailed earlier, Hur wrote in his report that he would not suggest bringing charges against the president for his mishandling of classified documents because, "Biden will likely present himself to the jury, as he did during his interview with our office, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory."

The president, having 'seen dead people' numerous times this week, was apparently displeased with the report, and decided the correct course of action was a (rare) press conference to set the world straight on his mental acuity.

It did not go well.

He welcomed the special counsel's decision not to bring charges:

"The bottom line is the matter is now closed," Biden asserted, with respect to the report.

But, then proceeded to throw his staff under the bus:

“I take responsibility for not having seen exactly what my staff was doing,” he said.

“Things that appeared in my garage, things that came out of my home, things that were moved, were moved not by me, but my staff, but my staff,” he continued.

Then he took issue with the special counsel report's questioning his mental acuity around the timing of his son's death, and angry-old-man mode was unleashed:

“How in the hell dare he raise that? Frankly, when I was asked the question, I thought to myself, it was none of their damn business,” Biden thundered.

Biden started to say he wore his son’s rosary every day since the day Beau died, but stopped, when he appeared to forget where the rosary came from.

Claire's Observations:  Dr. Jill Biden, a word, please. You understand, as a teacher of education, the toll dementia takes on the family member who has been diagnosed with it;  is dealing with it, as well as on their family.  Isn't it time, perhaps, to stop "Carrying the DNC's water" on your husband's condition, and focus on what will give Joe the best possible quality of life henceforward?!? 

 I don't know what the power-brokers in the DNC are holding over both of your heads collectively, but is it really enough to have him go through these repeated, forgetful episodic  rage episodes in public, where he is looking more and more like Jeff Dunham's puppet "Walter"  and less and less like the alleged "Leader of the Free World"?!?  Is that the "legacy" you want for your husband?!?

He is not going to survive  the rigors of the coming campaign season, let alone any one-on-one debate with Former President Trump, Dr. Biden;  Please, for your husband and for this country; let him retire with whatever shred of dignity he may have left.

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The latest evidence of a two-tiered justice system and Democrats apparently above the law comes in a report released Thursday afternoon by the special counsel investigating President Biden's mismanagement of classified documents, which decided against charging the president. 

"Our investigation uncovered evidence that President Biden willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen," according to a special counsel's final report. 

In the report, special counsel Robert Hur wrote, "Biden will likely present himself to the jury, as he did during his interview with our office, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory."

Claire's Observations:  So let me unpack this; President Biden is "Too old and too feeble": to be charged with any crimes, which the evidence demonstrated, incontrovertibly   he committed, yet is  "absolutely fine"  to (allegedly) run the country for another 4 years?!?  Do NONE of the Demonocrats, including Obama, not understand how horrific the optics on this look?? I am having a double face-palm at velocity, upon reading this.

Apparently, now for the DNC and its minions in the "Justice Department", the word "justice"  means "JUST US!" so they can escape the consequences of their actions, while President Trump remains enmeshed in the hideous volume of lawfare which has been thrown thrown at him.  Right now, in the eyes of the world, the US just doesn't look like a so-called "banana republic"; we have become one.  Utterly disgusting!!!!!!

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Tucker interviews Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia. February 6th, 2024.

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