Upgrades To President’s Helicopter To Cost Additional One Billion Dollars


According to Aviation Week, the Navy, specifically the Marine Corps, will stick with the US 101, aka the VH-71, helicopter for the helicopter version of Air Force One, known as Marine One. The upgrades will cost an additional $1 billion, on top of the original $6.1 billion price tag. The Navy had also considered the Sikorsky H-3s as an alternative airframe.
The original decision by the Navy to select the VH-71 caused some controversy because the aircraft is manufactured by a foreign company. The VH-71 is manufactured by AgustaWestland, a joint partnership between British and Italian companies.

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US Military Maritime Strategy For The 21st Century: Congress Not Impressed

In October 2007 the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard released their combined proposal for maritime strategy: A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower. As would be expected, given the group preparing the report, the strategic importance of the world’s oceans was stressed. The report lists six key tasks, or strategic imperatives:

  1. Limit regional conflict with forward deployed, decisive maritime power.
  2. Deter major power war.
  3. Win our Nation’s wars.
  4. Contribute to homeland defense in depth.
  5. Foster and sustain cooperative relationships with more international partners.
  6. Prevent or contain local disruptions before they impact the global system. Continue reading

Marine Corps: Demonstration of F-35B Joint Strike Fighter

On 18DEC07, Lockheed Martin gave a demonstration of the F-35B, Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), to the U.S. Marine Corps. The F-35B uses short-takeoff/vertical-landing (STOVL) to allow it to launch from either a short runway or to launch vertically. The F-35B will replace the AV-8B Harrier. Lockheed Martin is scheduled to make its first delivery of F-35Bs to the Marine Corps in 2012. That is if Lockheed does not experience further redesigns, as it was forced to do three years ago.

The F-35B is one of the three variants of the JSF: Continue reading

Marine Corps Video Of MV-22 Osprey In Iraq

The Marine Corps has released video of the MV-22 Osprey during its first deployment to Iraq.

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USC Cal: Final Score 24 – 17 Southern Cal

C. WashingtonThe Trojans did fall to the other Nor Cal team, Stanford, earlier in the year. But, the Men of Troy defeatedJ. Forsett the Golden Bears of Beserkeley by the score of 24 – 17.

Having attended the 223rd Marine Corps Birthday BallContinue reading

Southern California Man Lies About Being Awarded The Medal Of Honor: Will Be First Prosecution Under Stolen Valor Act

Xavier Alvarez of the Three Valleys Municipal Water District in California will be the first person prosecuted under the Stolen Valor Act of 2005.

The Act makes it a crime for a person to falsely represent “himself or herself, verbally, or in writing, to have been awarded any decoration or medal authorized by Congress for the Armed Forces of the United States . . . .” A violation of the Act is punishable by a fine or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both. The prosecution is being brought by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. Alvarez does not deny he claimed to have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, he claims he did it “just to entertain the public.” Continue reading

Inspirational Speech by MajGen J.F. Kelly, USMC

The following speech was given by Major General (Select) John F. Kelly, USMC, before the San Diego Military Advisory Council on 5 September 2007.



I want to open by offering LtGen Mattis’ apologies for missing this event.
Until recently he certainly looked forward to being here, but an unexpected change in a three and four star executive offsite in Washington prevents him from joining you today. I am his recently joined deputy at the First Marine Expeditionary Force at Pendleton, and will have the honor of taking the next Marine rotation to Iraq early next year. I was also General Mattis’ deputy once before when he commanded the 1st Marine Division on the march to Baghdad, Tikrit and beyond four years Continue reading