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Archive for: August, 2011

US to push for lowering launch costs

By Debra Werner Classified elements of the U.S. budget make it difficult to calculate the price that U.S. government agencies pay to put each satellite into orbit. Still, top defense and intelligence officials have left no doubt that the prices are higher than they would like, and they are going public with plans to bring […]

Combatant Commanders Beware: US Army Program Cancerous, Contagious

By John Stanton A spokesman, and a high ranking official, at the Office of the Inspector General, Department of Defense, Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), could not “confirm or deny” that the Human Terrain System (HTS) is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the DCIS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Sources are adamant […]

Human Terrain System Turmoil, MISO

By John Stanton “You should look again at this cash cow of a program and ask questions…” “A spectacular failure…” “People I met in HTS are incapable of separating truth from manipulation by respondents.” Montgomery McFate, former senior social scientist for the US Army Human Terrain System (HTS) and Steve Fondacaro, former program manager for […]

Turkey’s T-129 attack helicopter prototype P6 maiden flight completes successfully

The first flight, conducted by Turkish Aerospace Industries’ (TAI) test pilots, of the T129 “P6” prototype helicopter has timely and successfully been completed at TAI’s facilities in Akıncı, Ankara, the company said today   The ATAK Program was initiated with the aim to meet the Attack/Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter requirements of the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLF) […]

Israel Deploys Drones Over Gas Fields

Israel has deployed drones to keep watch on gas fields off its northern coast, fearing attack by the Hezbollah militia from neighboring Lebanon, the Jerusalem Post daily reported on Aug. 9.  The fields lie in a part of the Mediterranean that is claimed by Israel for gas exploration and production, but Lebanon says the fields […]

International coalition of pressure against Syria

By Sami Kohen The meeting Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu had with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday constitutes a significant event in the international campaign focused on Syria lately. It is not a coincidence that as Turkey launches this latest diplomatic attempt, many countries and organizations have also expressed tough criticism of the Assad […]

Can police fight the PKK?

Ever since the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government revealed that it will start a new initiative against terrorist groups using police special forces, who were trained to fight against the PKK, a new debate has opened up as to whether the police can really fight against the rural base of the PKK. Former […]

Record increase in number of Turkish generals

The Turkish government has recently displayed a strong determination against the politically meddlesome military’s attempts to dictate the names of its service commanders to the elected authority. The government has exercised its legal right concerning the selection of generals and admirals to be appointed as the land, navy and air forces commanders. The government, however, […]

New Turkish charter to be a model for region

Turkey’s new constitution will set a model for regional and other countries that seek the “best-ever charter highlighting universal values of democracy, human rights and rule of law,” according to a senior governmental official. “I believe our new constitution, which will be the newest charter based on universal principles, will make an overwhelming impression on […]

Syria expands offensive near Turkey border

Syrian tanks stormed two northwestern towns near the border with Turkey on Wednesday, expanding a military offensive to crush protests, local residents said a day after Ankara pressed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to end killings of civilians. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least one woman was killed and 13 people injured when […]

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