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What is a 500lb bomb?

Navy jets have been dropping 500 lb. bombs in Iraq on ISIL positions in northern Iraq. The 500 lb. bomb is one of the smallest and one of the most common air-dropped weapons in the world. Although the nominal weight is 500 lbs., its actual weight varies considerably depending on its configuration, from 510 lbs. to 570 lbs. It comes with a streamlined steel casing containing 192 lbs. of Tritonal high explosive. The bombs being used in Iraq are laser-guided for precision.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , 500 lb bomb , ISIL , Iraq

Monday - 08/11/2014, 09:22am EDT

Potential consequences of US airstrikes in Iraq

U.S. strikes in Iraq could lead to retaliation from the Islamic State. Their primary weapon could be the Mosul dam, which sits on the Tigris River and is about 30 miles northwest of the city of Mosul. It provides electricity to Mosul and controls the water supply for a large amount of territory. A 2007 report by the U.S. government, which was involved with the construction, is warning that if it should fail, a 65-foot wave of water would be unleashed across large areas of northern Iraq.

Tags: ISIL , Islamic State , Iraq , airstrikes , Mosul dam , Pentagon and Beyond ,

Friday - 08/08/2014, 11:56am EDT

Fallen General returning home

As the body of an American General arrives back in the U.S. after being killed in Afghanistan. Afghan officials say that the soldier who killed General Harold Green came from a part of Afghanistan with a long history of Haqqani network fighters living there. The Haqqani network has strong links to the Taliban and has carried out significant attacks against U.S. forces.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , Harold Greene , Afghanistan , Haggani , Taliban

Thursday - 08/07/2014, 08:34am EDT

Army general officer killed in Afghanistan

The reality of losing an American general in Afghanistan is setting in. "Even our generals are out there, many of whom have served many tours of duty both in Afghanistan and Iraq, leading America's sons and daughters, and that's something we should all think about from time to time," says RET. Army LT. General Harold Swan. Army MAJ. Harold Greene was killed in an insider attack yesterday in Kabul City, Afghanistan.

Tags: Army , attack , Afghanistan , Harold Swan , Harold Greene , Pentagon and Beyond ,

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 11:40am EDT

ISIL acquires another tool of terror

Fighters from the Islamic State seized control of Iraq's biggest dam, an oilfield and three more towns over the weekend. This puts a major terror tool under their control. Water is essential for life and it being withheld could be used against the residents of the towns that were captured. On the other hand, worse control of the damn could be used to unleash flooding.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , Islamic State , Iraq , ISIL

Tuesday - 08/05/2014, 08:58am EDT

Obama says Putin is ignoring the long-term interests

President Barack Obama says the U.S. is limited in what it can do to deter Russia's actions in Ukraine because Russia and President Vladimir Putin are ignoring their long-term interests. He says, "people don't always act rationally," and he also says that people don't act based on their own interests.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , Barack Obama , Vladimir Putin , Russia , Ukraine

Monday - 08/04/2014, 02:40pm EDT

Kuentai-Japan racing against time

Trying to beat the clock, a Japanese nonprofit organization is scouring a New York military museum's World War II records for information they hope will lead to the graves of American servicemen still listed as missing in action on Saipan. The reason for the hurry is that a developer plans to begin construction in the fall on a condominium complex near the beach where scores of Americans were killed on July 7, 1944, during Japan's largest mass suicide attack of the war.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , World War II , Saipan , Kuentai-Japan

Friday - 08/01/2014, 05:54pm EDT

Last Enola Gay crew member dies

The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima has died. Theodore VanKirk, 93, passed away Monday in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The B-29 Superfortress aircraft dropped "Little Boy," the world's first atomic bomb, over the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. The bomb killed 140,000 in Hiroshima. Three days later, 80,000 died in Nagasaki in a second bombing.

Tags: Pentagon and Beyond , Enola Gay , Theodore VanKirk , Hiroshima , Nagasaki

Thursday - 07/31/2014, 08:51am EDT

Is American sleeping on North Korea's missile tests?

North Korea's frequent testing of ballistic missiles is of great concern to the Pentagon. The testing of ballistic missiles and other weapons is up sharply compared to last year. Adm. Samuel Locklear, who heads the U.S. Pacific Command, is concerned that the regular testing may lull some into thinking it's not such a big deal. But frequent threats to attack the U.S. may prevent that from happening.

Tags: North Korea , ballistic missiles , Samuel Locklear , US Pacific Command , Pentagon and Beyond ,

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 06:47pm EDT

The US at risk of coercion

How will the Budget Control Act impact national security? "We will no longer be immune from coercion," said Joint Chief's Chairman General Martin Dempsey, speaking at the Aspen Security Forum. Dempsey borrowed the original quote by Creighton Edwards in 1974 to illustrate concerns about how budget cuts will affect the U.S. Moving forward, Dempsey said, "if we stay on this path, we will no longer be as immune as you think we should be."

Tags: Budget Control Act , Martin Dempsey , Aspen Security Forum , Creighton Edwards , Pentagon and Beyond ,

Tuesday - 07/29/2014, 09:03am EDT
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