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    TERCOM is not some super secret god-like tech. Working principles behind it have been well known for a long time. The name itself tells you half the story. One needs detailed and current data of the flight route area, target area and of the target itself. Then you need a good set of sensors feeding the actual images into the missile's computer where the new set of images is compared with the stored set of images. A very rudimentary version of tercom could probably be done in some nerd's garage with a thousand bucks budget. It couldn't guide a missile but would probably be able to tell a remotely controlled model car how to navigate itself through a obstacle free apartment. With more time to practice and experiment, tons more money, and good experts i would say it's a given a decent TERCOM guidance is not used by just the western powers.
     
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    Several retired US Army & USMC generals have called for old D. Rumsfield to resign. I have to agree with them. Personally I just don't like the guy. He has almost bankrupted the DoD and mishandled the War In Iraq. I wish he would retire or sumpthin'. You know old G W Bush won't fire him. Afterall they are pals.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-04-13-rumsfeld-generals_x.htm

    By Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON — A sixth former general joined the criticism of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Thursday, saying Rumsfeld should resign for mishandling the war in Iraq.
    "We need a new secretary of Defense," retired major general Charles Swannack, former commander of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, said on CNN. He said Rumsfeld had micromanaged the war.

    ON DEADLINE: Will the list of generals grow?

    Retired major general John Batiste, who commanded the Army's 1st Infantry Division in Iraq in 2003 and 2004 agreed. He told USA TODAY on Thursday that Rumsfeld should step down because he ignored sound military advice about how to secure Iraq after Baghdad fell. Batiste first criticized Rumsfeld in a speech last week.

    "Sadly, we started something we weren't prepared to finish," Batiste said Thursday, adding that many senior officers shared his feelings on Rumsfeld.

    White House spokesman Scott McClellan said that President Bush "believes Secretary Rumsfeld is doing a very fine job during a challenging period."

    The 73-year-old Rumsfeld has weathered calls for his resignation from Democratic lawmakers such as Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts. The new criticism, however, is rare because it comes from inside the ranks of the military.

    Swannack and Batiste are the latest additions to the retired generals who have criticized Rumsfeld. They include:

    • Marine lieutenant general Greg Newbold, the former Pentagon top operations officer, who called Iraq an "unnecessary war" in a Time magazine column this week.

    • Major general Paul Eaton, who was in charge of training Iraqi troops in 2003 and 2004, wrote last month in The New York Times that Rumsfeld is "incompetent strategically, operationally and tactically."

    • Army major general John Riggs, who told The Washington Post that his former colleagues in the military believe Rumsfeld and his close aides "should be cleared out."

    • Marine general Anthony Zinni, the former command of U.S. Central Command and a longtime critic, said Rumsfeld should retire.

    Despite Bush's support, such criticism could be enough to help force out Rumsfeld, said Loren Thompson, a military expert at the Lexington Institute, a Virginia think tank.

    "It is so uncommon for senior military officers in the United States to criticize civilian leaders that it has to make an impression on the White House and Congress," Thompson said.

    However, Kurt Campbell at the Center for Strategic and International Studies said he doesn't "see any sign that the secretary is contemplating stepping down."

    Pentagon spokesman Eric Ruff disputed the contention that Rumsfeld failed to listen to military leaders. Ruff noted that Rumsfeld had met with the chiefs of the armed services 110 times last year. Retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Michael DeLong, Gen. Tommy Franks' deputy during the invasion of Iraq, said Rumsfeld solicited advice from military leaders involved in the fighting. "He listened to those who had information that was important and had the facts to back them up," he said.

    Michael O'Hanlon, a defense expert at the Brookings Institution think tank, said the generals themselves deserve criticism for not making their concerns known during the run-up to the war.

    O'Hanlon added that forcing Rumsfeld out would reflect badly on Bush.

    "To ask for Rumsfeld to resign is to admit a big, broader mistake," O'Hanlon said. "It ain't going to happen."

    Another Defense secretary who served during war, Melvin Laird, has known Rumsfeld for 40 years and said the criticism no doubt hurt.

    Laird said that better relations with Congress and senior military officials would probably help Rumsfeld. But Laird, 83, a Republican who served as Defense secretary from 1969 to 1973 during the Vietnam War, didn't think that Rumsfeld would be forced out.

    "I don't think this is going to influence him in any way," Laird said.

    Posted 4/13/2006 6:06 PM ET
     
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    More on D. Rumsfield.

    This is what the generals are saying about old Rummy.....I wonder if his little feelings are hurt???..Who cares? I agree with the generals on most accounts.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-04-13-rumsfeld-generals_x.htm

    THE GENERALS SPEAK OUT

    Quotes from the retired generals who are calling for the ouster of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld:
    "We went to war with a flawed plan that didn't account for the hard work to build the peace after we took down the regime. We also served under a secretary of defense who didn't understand leadership, who was abusive, who was arrogant, who didn't build a strong team."
    — Retired Army Maj. Gen. John Batiste

    "My sincere view is that the commitment of our forces to this fight was done with a casualness and swagger that are the special province of those who have never had to execute these missions — or bury the results."
    — Retired Marine Lt. Gen. Gregory Newbold

    "They only need the military advice when it satisfies their agenda. I think that's a mistake, and that's why I think he should resign."
    — Retired Army Maj. Gen. John Riggs

    "We grow up in a culture where accountability, learning to accept responsibility, admitting mistakes and learning from them was critical to us. When we don't see that happening it worries us. Poor military judgment has been used throughout this mission."
    — Retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni, former chief of U.S. Central Command

    "I really believe that we need a new secretary of defense because Secretary Rumsfeld carries way too much baggage with him. ... I think we need senior military leaders who understand the principles of war and apply them ruthlessly, and when the time comes, they need to call it like it is."
    — Retired Army Maj. Gen. Charles Swannack

    "He has shown himself incompetent strategically, operationally and tactically, and is far more than anyone responsible for what has happened to our important mission in Iraq. ... Mr. Rumsfeld must step down."
    — Retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton
     
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    Booze lockdown in effect on Andersen AFB Guam!..this is due to numerous recent alchol related incidents.

    Geezz...Well I don't drink..but if I did and I was on Guam I wouldd
    be thirsty!..

    http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=36532

    Guam base hit with three-day alcohol ban after series of incidents

    Stars and Stripes
    Pacific edition, Monday, April 17, 2006

    A three-day ban on booze will be imposed on servicemembers on and
    off Andersen Air Force Base in Guam this weekend in an effort to
    curtail what's being described as "an alarming rate" of alcohol-
    related incidents.

    The direct order forbids military members from consuming alcohol for
    72 hours starting 6 a.m. Friday, April 21 through 6 a.m. Monday,
    April 24, according to 36th Wing spokesman 2nd Lt. J.D. Griffin in
    an article in the Pacific Edge, a base newspaper.

    The order was given by 36th Wing Vice Commander Col. Stephen
    Wolborsky and applies to the entire wing, according to the article.

    The Air Force's 734th Air Mobility Squadron and the Navy's
    Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two-Five's commanding officers are
    ordering their units — also based at Andersen — to comply with the
    restriction. Wolborsky also has asked that Department of Defense
    civilians consider voluntarily participating in the drinking ban.

    The article stated that "a number of alcohol related incidents have
    occurred recently on Andersen at an alarming rate that have been
    connected with a number sexual assaults, domestic violence and other
    offenses punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice."

    Andersen's public affairs office was closed Saturday and base
    officials could not be reached for comment on specific details of
    incidents that triggered the upcoming ban.

    Wolborsky, however, was quoted in the article as saying, "Drinking,
    especially binge drinking, cannot be the off-duty focus for anyone
    on Team Andersen. Unfortunately, all too often airmen and sailors
    decide to drink first and then figure out what to do.

    "By that time they're already impaired and risk injury, criminal
    activity and even death," he said.

    There was no indication in the article how enforcement would be
    carried out or whether on-base sales of alcohol would be curtailed
    for the 72 hours.

    Wolborsky, however, said commanders will hold unit functions over
    the weekend at which drinking is not emphasized, in addition to
    holding Monday morning physical-training sessions.

    "Even if this is not their normal schedule of events it will help
    the accountability process," Wolborsky was quoted as saying. "There
    will also be a follow-up session with commanders to determine our
    success."

    The theme for the 72-hour period is "Find the Fun." The idea is that
    living in a "tropical paradise offers lots of activities that don't
    have to be centered on alcohol," the article stated
     
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    Mr. Rumsfeld responded by saying that he respected the views of these generals, but did not agree with them He said if the U.s secretary of Defence is chaged on the account of 2-3 peoples opinions, it would be like a merry go round.

    But its not that simple!! Bever before in U.s history has there been an outcry from the generals like this. Its not just 2-3 guys, its 6. And most of them had worked for the army just befor the 2003 iraq invasion. Some disagreeed with rumsfeld on how to fight the war, and retired as a result.
     
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    Miggy, sez..
    Miggy you are so right. If 6 are saying this how many more retired generals etc want to say the same things?? How many on active duty want to do the same but can't without getting into big time trouble???.

    I don't like Rummy..never have ..In my opinion he's gotta go!!!

    Rummy in one of his better moments yucks it up with US Naval Academy cheerleaders....
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    Hey guys the USN is deploying it's west coast hospital ship USNS Mercy(T-AH 19) on a "humanitarian assiatance mission" on 24 April 2006.....The US is building on rappourt it established during it's tsumani relief efforts.

    http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=23226

    Mercy Humanitarian Mission to Begin
    Story Number: NNS060419-07
    Release Date: 4/19/2006 2:33:00 PM

    From U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- The U.S. Naval hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) is scheduled to depart its San Diego homeport April 24, in support of a five-month humanitarian assistance mission to the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia.

    Following logistics stops along the way, Mercy should arrive in the Philippines in mid- to late May.

    The ship’s mission is being coordinated with host nations in the region and is being carried out in conjunction with non-governmental relief organizations to provide medical, dental and other humanitarian assistance programs ashore and afloat.

    “The deployment of USNS Mercy to Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific exemplifies the United States’ commitment to working together with our friends, partners, and the regional community,” said Adm. Gary Roughead, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. “By deploying the Mercy, we are training our medical crew in order to better prepare them to respond in times of disaster relief and armed conflict.”

    Mercy is deploying with civilian mariners, military personnel, and members of non-governmental organizations. The Mercy humanitarian mission will be led by Capt. Bradley Martin. The commanding officer of the Medical Treatment Facility aboard is Capt. Joseph L. Moore. Civilian mariner Capt. Robert Wylie is the ship’s master.

    The medical crew aboard Mercy is trained to provide general surgery, ophthalmology surgery, basic medical evaluation and treatment, preventative medicine treatment, dental screenings and treatment, optometry screenings, eyewear distribution, public health training and veterinary services.

    A Seabee detachment from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 40 from Port Hueneme, Calif., will perform civic action repair and minor construction projects in the host countries.

    The Navy Showband from Norfolk, Va., will join Mercy while deployed. The band will provide outreach and entertainment to local populations where assistance work is taking place.

    Last year, Mercy performed a similar mission following the December 2004 tsunami that struck Southeast Asia. Medical personnel aboard performed 19,512 medical procedures for more than 9,500 patients in Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea.

    “Many Americans are from the Asia-Pacific region, and we have strong ties to family members, friends and co-workers with roots in the region,” said Roughead. “It is natural we should want to be good neighbors.”

    Like all naval forces, Mercy can rapidly respond to a range of situations on short notice. Mercy is uniquely capable of supporting medical and humanitarian assistance needs, and has been configured with special medical equipment and a robust multi-specialized medical team to provide a range of services ashore as well as on board the ship.

    More information on Mercy can be found on the Pacific Fleet Web site, www.cpf.navy.mil.

    For more news from around the fleet, visit www.navy.mil.
     
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    "Adriatic Sword 06" joint exercise

    Today, on the 20th of April 2006, an air combat was simulated in Air Base Pula as part of the "Adriatic Sword 06" joint exercise. The joint exercise of the Croatian Air Force and Air Defence and the US Air Force has been conducted in the air space over northern Adriatic from the 18th to 21st April. Members of the 91st Air Base Zagreb, 92nd Air Base Pula and members of the ZMIN Brigade (Air Surveillance) and Special Tasks Battalion have participated in the exercise.

    "It is the peak of the fighter pilots training and the most demanding form of the training" said the Commander of the Pula Air Base, Brigadier Ivan Bosak adding that the aim of such exercises is to qualify fighter pilots in air combats and to protect the sovereignty of the Croatian air space, which is also one of the obligations of the Partnership for Peace Programme.
    American and Croatian pilots conducted several exercises by the NATO standards in two zones over Istra exchanging attacking roles, and they also performed Search and Rescue Mission of the pilot who was on enemy territory.
    The Commander of the Croatian Air Force and Air Defence, Major General Viktor Koprivnjak evaluated this joint exercise of the Croatian AF & AD and the USAF as successful.

    http://www.morh.hr/en/vijesti_main_en.asp?id=120

    USAF deployed F-16 fighters fore the exercise while croatian air force deployed it`s Mig-21bis fighters and Mi8 helicopters for SAR part of the exercise...
    I hope that croatian pilots could fly somthing better soon as HRZ plan to retire migs by 2010 and replace them whit Gripens or F-16s:)
     
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    probably not the smarted idea to post this, but the Americans are definitely transparent about their intentations. You would never get a public omission from PLA that it's gearing everything against the Americans (even though we all know that's the case)
    http://www.defencetalk.com/news/publish/article_005672.php
     
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    Yeah I saw that but there's a longer version with a breakdown of
    accelerated american military deployments at

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/20060420-121646-9379r_page2.htm

    I posted a while ago that the whole war on terror business was just a cover...it's interesting that now its being admitted
    that the US military is more interested in Chinese speakers than Farsi.

    However it is quite worrying that America is proceeding so fast in it's capacity to deploy forces which suggests some type of imminent land/naval war rather than simply dissuading China
     
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