Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pic of the day. Sep. 14, 2010.

The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), left, conducts a high speed turn as it moves into position for a column maneuver exercise with the amphibious platform dock ship USS Ponce (LPD 15) Sept. 7, 2010, while en route to Pakistan to provide relief to flood-stricken regions of the country. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristin L. Grover, U.S. Navy/Released)
An AV-8B Harrier aircraft prepares to take off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) Sept. 13, 2010, while under way in the Philippine Sea. Essex, part of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group, is participating in Valiant Shield 2010, a joint U.S. military training exercise. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey H. Kyhl, U.S. Navy/Released)
U.S. Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and embarked aboard USS Essex (LHD 2) ride in a combat rubber raiding craft after departing the ship during operations in the East China Sea Sept. 9, 2010. Essex is part of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is on patrol in the Western Pacific Ocean. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark R. Alvarez, U.S. Navy/Released)
U.S. Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division parachute after jumping from a C-130 Hercules aircraft over Fort Bragg, N.C., Sept. 12, 2010. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Rissmiller, U.S. Air Force/Released)
U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Dave Teston, flight engineer instructor, scans the area for possible threats, while sitting on the ramp of his CH47 Chinook helicopter, Sept. 3. Teston is with B Company, 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment assigned to Task Force Gambler and deployed to Forward Operating Base Sharana.
Joint Combat Camera Afghanistan
Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Ross Dobelbower
Date: 09.03.2010
Location: Ajeristan District, AF

JSF to survive upcoming budget squeeze. Well duh!

via DefenseNews.com

Despite the rough year the program has endured, "I think the JSF is in great shape," said a former deputy commander of U.S. European Command, retired Air Force Gen. Chuck Wald.
"It's going to replace several airplanes," ranging from the F-16 fighter to the A-10 ground attack plane and even the U.S. Marine Corps' AV-8B Harrier and the U.S. Navy and Marines' F/A-18 fighter, he said.
"When you think about it in that context, from what we'll get from an efficiency standpoint, it's a great idea, it's a great airplane and is one of the last programs that we'd want to cut, because we're going to have to modernize the fighter fleet, and legacy airplanes will cost so much to maintain," Wald said.
Read more here.

Lockheed Martin C-5M Propaganda.