Two decades later, Kislyi's twin obsessions with military history and strategy games have made him a billionaire. His company Wargaming.net has a highly lucrative line of accessible, historically accurate MMO combat games. It isn't just the largest game publisher to emerge from the former Eastern Bloc – it's one of the most popular and profitable publishers in the world.
Wargaming.net's line of "freemium" PC titles – World of Tanks, World of Warplanes and World of Warships – have 150 million registered players who purchase over four million in-game items every day. The most expensive are authentic recreations of vintage military hardware: A rocket-powered Japanese J8M interceptor aircraft for $54.99, a 1930s Leningrad-class Soviet destroyer for $25.99 or a WWII-era British Black Prince tank that never made it past the prototype phase for $10.49.
Transgender airmen on their way to a new gender have been given the option to opt out of taking physical fitness tests.
A memorandum signed by the Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, confirmed this change in regulation in the beginning of October.
Transgender airmen -active duty, reserve, and national guard- in the middle of hormone treatment can ask to skip physical training assessments “during their period of transition, prior to a gender marker change in the MilPDS,” if they have failed a test.
In the early 1950s, even as the US Army was working on liquid fueled ballistic missiles as atomic delivery platforms, they were also looking at developing tactical nuclear delivery platforms using solid rocket propellants. The Army’s first tactical nuclear delivery platform, the massive 280mm atomic cannon, simply took far too long to emplace, and had a rather desultory maximum range. A large solid propelled rocket promised to be quicker to emplace and fire, and offered hope of a somewhat longer useful range.
And so, Redstone Arsenal, in cooperation with Douglas Aircraft, developed the Honest John artillery rocket. The Honest John had a maximum diameter of 30 inches, and was designed to hurl a small atomic warhead about 24 kilometers. Importantly, it was quick and easy to emplace and fire.
As the Army shifted its nuclear delivery emphasis to missiles such as the Sergeant, the Field Artillery found itself consistently outranged by Soviet tube and rocket artillery. The long range an improved Honest John began to look very attractive as a general support weapon when equipped with a conventional warhead. Submunition technology was in its infancy, so the Army decided instead to use a unitary warhead with thousands of steel balls for fragmentation effect.
Accuracy of the Honest John out to its eventual maximum range of about 30 miles was surprisingly good, hitting within about 250 meters.
Obviously, such a warhead would have little effect on an armored formation. But against a logistical site, or an artillery battery, it could expect to produce good results.
For all its crudity, the Honest John had a surprisingly long service life, lasting in National Guard artillery battalions well into the 1980s (when it was replaced by MLRS) in in foreign service into the 1990s.
A four barrelled rocket launcher throwing incendiary shells 200 meters? Sure, why not.
Your humble host actually fired one of these way back in 1986. We were having a series of familiarization fire courses on both US and threat weapons. In addition to shooting various flavors of the AK family, the RPK, the PK, and the RPD, we each got to fire a four round clip of the M202. I’m not exactly sure where the division stored the launchers, because we didn’t actually keep them in our arms room. But still, fun to shoot. Just not terribly practical.
(URR here.) On the heels of yesterday's Part I investigation which revealed incitement of violence at the campaign rallies of Donald Trump (paid for by the DNC and George Soros), we have the above, which details the extensive and decades-long election fraud perpetrated with the full knowledge of the candidates of the far-left. Illegal voters, bused from polling place to polling place. Dead people registered to vote. What was once a punch line for Chicago politics is now a national crisis, and a national disgrace. Watch the whole thing. Listen to the language, the tone, the contempt for law and for their political opposition. Win the election, even if you have to steal it in the night. Yesterday and today's videos are on top of at least seventeen separate voter fraud investigations in eleven states at last count. Not to mention the Wikileaks evidence, which is overwhelming, that Clinton rigged (and stole) the Democratic nomination from Bernie Sanders. Bernie, for his part, rather quickly endorsed Hillary, perhaps because he didn't want to have his brakes fail. Or suddenly feel suicidal. Or maybe, he didn't want to have an accident lifting weights.
To all those here and on the porch who claim that voter fraud is somehow "negligible", you are either naive to the point of stupidity and expect others to be as stupid, or you are lying and know you are lying. Here is incontrovertible proof that the far-left and Clinton campaign is using the thug tactics of the totalitarian regimes of the last century and this one, while weaponizing a corrupt government to punish and persecute extralegally law-abiding American citizens for the "crime" of being political opponents. So, do you prefer Brown Shirts, or Black ones? Of course, the mainstream media is assiduously ignoring these stories, but they are getting out anyway, thanks to the remaining free-speech power of the internet. Which, with Google and Twitter and Facebook deeply in the pocket of the far-left, may not last long.
Arm up. They will come for those when they are done stealing the rest of our government.
Perhaps Barack Obama would care to address the criminal actions in the video instead of trying to pretend that it didn't happen. But then, I am sure he found out by watching the news. Who knew he caught Hannity?
On Thursday, the head of Naval Surface Forces Pacific relieved the captain of the USS Freedom of command, the second time this year it has dismissed the master of a littoral combat ship over a propulsion casualty.
Commander Michael Wohnhaas of LCS Crew 106 was the vessel's commanding officer on the day that a pump seal failed, leaking seawater into her number two main diesel engine.
After the leak, the Freedom continued on to participate in the international Rim of the Pacific exercises off Hawaii. She was not inspected shoreside until August 3, over 20 days after the casualty occurred. Due to corrosion damage, her number two engine was declared a total loss; it will require either removal and rebuilding or replacement.
Well, he had to be relieved, after that incompetent response. I mean, casualties happen, sure, but the duct tape and bailing wire approach the crew took was just dumb.
Of course, all the LCS commanders are being set up for failure with a complex engineering plant and an engineering department of about 9-10 guys! There simply aren't the hours in the day to perform routine upkeep, stand watch, run drills, and keep up with General Military Training. And in today’s politically correct Navy, if something has to fall to the wayside, it’s not going to be Sexual Harassment and Assault Reporting, it’s going to be preventative maintenance.
WASHINGTON -- Retired Marine Gen. James Cartwright has been charged with making false statements during a federal investigation into a leak of classified information, the Justice Department announced Monday.
Cartwright falsely told investigators that he was not the source of classified information contained in a book by New York Times journalist David Sanger, according to charging documents unsealed by prosecutors.
Neither the book nor the classified subject is identified in court papers. But Sanger has written about a covert cyberattack on Iran’s nuclear facilities and the use of a computer virus called Stuxnet to temporarily disable centrifuges that the Iranians were using to enrich uranium.
"At least one missile" originated from Houthi-controlled territory near the Red Sea port city of al-Hudaydah, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said in a statement to NPR's Tom Bowman.
"The ship employed defensive countermeasures, and the missile did not reach the USS Mason," the statement reads. "There was no damage to the ship or its crew." He adds that the ship employed "defensive countermeasures," without elaborating.
A U.S. Navy destroyer was targeted on Wednesday in a failed missile attack from territory in Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, the second such incident in the past four days, U.S. officials told Reuters.
The USS Mason, which was accompanied by the USS Ponce - an amphibious transport dock - fired defensive salvos in response to the missiles, neither of which hit the ship or caused any damage as it operated north of the Bab al-Mandab Strait, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The renewed attempt to target the U.S. Navy destroyer will add pressure on the U.S. military to retaliate, a move that would represent the first direct U.S. military action against Houthis in Yemen's conflict. The Pentagon hinted about possible retaliatory strikes on Tuesday.