Defense spending: Gates would permanently trim carrier fleet to 10

Defense Secretary Robert Gates wants to stop production of the F-22 Raptor that flies from Langley Air Force Base and decrease from 11 to 10 the number of active aircraft carriers by slowing production at Northrop Grumman Corp. Full Story
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Lori Carlson

United States

#124 Apr 8, 2009
Peninsula Tax Day Tea Party
WHEN: Wednesday, April 15 11 AM - 1 PM
WHERE: Fountain plaza, Oyster Point City Center, 710 Towne Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606
This is a family event. Bring a friend, a flag, a pocket Constitution.
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Demonstrating displeasure

Virginia Beach, VA

#125 Apr 9, 2009
Also bring your gas mask and lots of stuff to throw.
Lori Carlson wrote:
Peninsula Tax Day Tea Party
WHEN: Wednesday, April 15 11 AM - 1 PM
WHERE: Fountain plaza, Oyster Point City Center, 710 Towne Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606
This is a family event. Bring a friend, a flag, a pocket Constitution.
Website: http://www.facebook.com/l.php...
Email: peninsulateaparty@fastmail.fm
Civil War Buff

Virginia Beach, VA

#126 Apr 9, 2009
One of the resaons why the Civil War was so deadly was massed troops facing superior ordinance. Sadly, this lesson has been lost. Great BIG carriers packed with troops are the ultimate target.

Crazy Ivan would love the chance to sink an aircraft carrier.
The future is now

Virginia Beach, VA

#127 Apr 9, 2009
This is going on now, except for the work at home part.
little creek wrote:
The Predator is not just a new tool or weapon or platform.
It's looking like a learning tool to decide a new way of obtaining intelligence, monitoring and targeting, delivering precision ordinance, spending time over a battlefield or zone, assessing damage and making immediate clean-up strikes, flooding the area with many unmanned - remote piloted - considerably cheaper, widespread available assets with no lose of life.
Just to name a few battle options. There are many more capabilities. How many thousands of these could be operational just for the cost of a battle groups food or fuel or 1 or 2 ships?
Maybe the future -
Maybe the military should give out free software for gamers and recruit online winners.
They wouldn't even have to be young boot camp material who wouldn't have considered the Military.
Heck - you could even work from home! LOL
Accountant

Warren, NJ

#128 Apr 9, 2009
little creek wrote:
The Predator is not just a new tool or weapon or platform.
It's looking like a learning tool to decide a new way of obtaining intelligence, monitoring and targeting, delivering precision ordinance, spending time over a battlefield or zone, assessing damage and making immediate clean-up strikes, flooding the area with many unmanned - remote piloted - considerably cheaper, widespread available assets with no lose of life.
Just to name a few battle options. There are many more capabilities. How many thousands of these could be operational just for the cost of a battle groups food or fuel or 1 or 2 ships?
Maybe the future -
Maybe the military should give out free software for gamers and recruit online winners.
They wouldn't even have to be young boot camp material who wouldn't have considered the Military.
Heck - you could even work from home! LOL
LC-
If what you type be true, you may want to check out stock ticker AVAV.
Truth

Chesapeake, VA

#129 Apr 9, 2009
Scribe wrote:
<quoted text>
Maybe the scripture contains a typographical error, and it isn't a sign, it's a sigh.
Ghee, you're so witty. Did you think of that all by yourself? I bet you did, you witty person you.

Since: Oct 08

none

#130 Apr 9, 2009
New direction needed wrote:
Aircraft carriers are too big and slow to survive in a modern naval engagement. Multiple ships and submarines can now rapid fire missiles from many miles away. A few will get through to their target. It's the same with submarines and torpedoes, especially the new cavitating devices that travel at hundreds of miles per hour underwater. Other autonomous devices can lay in wait on the ocean floor.
Although the Navy puffs-and-blows about their carriers, they may just be building big and very expensive coffins.
The Falklands Islands War showed quite well how modern Ship armor stands up against Anti-Ship missiles.(Ans: Not very well)
Michael Hyper-Bull

Norfolk, VA

#131 May 5, 2009
The Native Americans were in Hampton Roads, VA long before Oceana, Fentress Field, Langley or any of you white people who stole the land of my ancestors ever where!!
I believe all that jet noise is a curse placed upon all you residents who live around those facilities as a result of your lust, greed and prejudice against those who are not white!!!
Racist

New York, NY

#132 May 5, 2009
If we turn up the volume, will the non-whites move away?
Ummmm

Chesapeake, VA

#133 May 5, 2009
Michael Hyper-Bull wrote:
The Native Americans were in Hampton Roads, VA long before Oceana, Fentress Field, Langley or any of you white people who stole the land of my ancestors ever where!!
I believe all that jet noise is a curse placed upon all you residents who live around those facilities as a result of your lust, greed and prejudice against those who are not white!!!
This conversation was over almost a month ago. Please go away

Since: Jul 08

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#134 May 6, 2009
A Watcher wrote:
<quoted text>The Falklands Islands War showed quite well how modern Ship armor stands up against Anti-Ship missiles.(Ans: Not very well)
Really? So I guess the US Navy is doomed? LOL!
Mike Hyper-Bull

Norfolk, VA

#135 Jul 28, 2009
Ummmm wrote:
<quoted text>
This conversation was over almost a month ago. Please go away
AS long as there are racial injustices against non-white people,the conversation should never be over especially now that we have a U.S. Attorney General who is an African-American!!
Provocateur

Half Moon Bay, CA

#136 Nov 2, 2011
Today, the United States has become the police of the world.  The U.S. military has a total of over 700 military bases in 130 countries around the world.  Total military spending by the U.S. government is nearly equal to the combined military spending of the rest of the globe.  Meanwhile, the federal government is literally drowning in debt.  So if we make some significant cuts to military spending will we fix the national debt problem?  Of course not.  In fact, it would only put a small dent in it.  But at least it would help.  The truth is that we cannot afford to be the police of the world and the Pentagon wastes so much money that it is almost incomprehensible.  Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld once publicly admitted that the Pentagon lost track of 2.3 trillion dollars and cannot tell us how it was spent.  Just imagine how your boss would react if you lost track of just 2.3 thousand dollars.  So why wasn't there more of an uproar about losing track of 2.3 trillion dollars?  Have we become so accustomed to military waste that we don't even care anymore?

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