Author Dave Brown

For you loyal Scoop Deck followers who feel the need to get muddy and fight the occasional land war, or if you just want to see what fun awaits you during your upcoming IA tour, Army Times has launched a new staff blog: Outside the Wire. Here’s the mission, according to alpha-blogger and friend of Scoop Deck Mike Hoffman: This blog is much more than a bunch of bureaucrats meeting inside the Beltway, though. We intend to cover everything from the new Multi-Cam uniform’s performance in Afghanistan to the best sights for your M-4 to Army leadership to the best…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTNMcs4-29Y&eurl=http://www.strategypage.com/military_videos/military_photos_2009080412920.aspx&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] Check out this video of a Royal Australian Air Force F-111 landing without wheels at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland. Good thing to tailhook worked. Crikey!

Navy photo The remains of Capt. Michael Scott Speicher, the F/A-18 Hornet pilot who was shot down over Iraq at the start of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, have been found, according to a Navy spokesman. The remains were found by Marines stationed in Anbar province, who received a tip from an Iraqi citizen in early July, Rear Adm. Frank Thorp, the Navy’s top spokesman, said early Sunday morning. “The Iraqi citizen stated he knew of two Iraqi citizens who recalled an American jet impacting the desert and the remains of the pilot being buried in the desert,” Thorp said.…

At Tuesday’s hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., asked Adm. James Stavridis if the Navy planned on going back to the Vieques. The small Puerto Rican island was home to an integrated Navy training range until 2003, when it was shut down following a fatal bombing accident and heavy protests by the locals. Inhofe, who waged a very public battle to keep the base open, along with Naval Station Roosevelt Roads on Puerto Rico, brought it up again with Stavridis, the head of U.S. Southern Command and nominee to run European Command. “I’m getting people…

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