Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Col Jack Jacobs, discusses Afghanistan & U.S. Military Budget

Col Jack Jacobs, thinks the press conference by the Sec of Defense Bob Gates was more interesting then the photo op of our President, on his recent trip to visit our troops in Iraq. Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, we are going to do everything different then we have ever done before, in the Defense Department. We're going to quit buying lots of these very expensive systems. We're going to focus our attention on buying the capability of fighting unconventional wars. Imus ask what does that mean?
Col Jacobs, it means they're not going to spend more money on F22s and F35s, big expensive airplanes.

Col Jack Jacobs answers, what are we doing in Afghanistan. President Barack H Obama is keeping a campaign promise, he promised to shift our attention - focus to Afghanistan, and increase our footprint. Imus why did he decide to keep this campaign promise? You can listen to Col Jack Jacobs (Ret) Interview, this morning on Imus In The Morning Here.

Army Helicopters Brace For Afghanistan Buildup, April 2009,
By Matthew Rusling. NDIA's Business and Technology Magazine.

The demand for helicopters in Afghanistan is going to double, said Frederick Pieper, logistics specialist at the Army’s Aviation and Missile Command. Aircraft maintainers will have to contend not only with the larger workload but also the rough terrain, he noted. “Afghanistan is rural, almost stone age type conditions.”

The buildup may require more helicopters than the Army can spare, said Stephen Biddle, senior fellow for defense policy at the Council for Foreign Relations, in testimony to Congress in February.

Cargo helicopters, particularly, will be taxed as ground transportation convoys that travel from Pakistan into Afghanistan suffer attacks by the Taliban. Militants have attacked shipping depots in Peshawar, Pakistan, which lies along the road to Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

Shakirullah Afridi, president of Pakistan’s Khyber Transport Union, announced in December that the organization will no longer transport military goods for U.S. and NATO forces to Afghanistan.

Peri Widener, program executive of Army integrated logistics at The Boeing Co., said the company avoids the Pakistan route, and ships parts — for both the Chinook cargo and the Apache attack helicopters — from the United States through Bahrain to Bagram, Afghanistan. Then Army helicopters fly those components to Kabul. Keep Reading Here.

Hey Afghanistan, We're In Your Air Space.

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