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Masshole last won the day on November 15 2013

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  1. The U.S. is running out of bombs to drop on ISIS http://edition.cnn.com/2015/12/04/politics/air-force-20000-bombs-missiles-isis/index.html Seems a bit Chicken-Littleish to me, but how accurate is it?
  2. I live in Arlington right by the Ballston metro, and I would recommend this area for its safety and proximity to good schools. When the Metro isn't on fire the commute is pretty seamless as the orange and silver line both take you into DC, though you must switch lines for the Pentagon and they are scaling way back on the blue line for whatever stupid reason. Driving is a problem all around because 66 cuts to two lanes in one of the busiest areas, the Beltway and 95 are awful, and the Key Bridge is a wreck waiting to happen at all times. My work is near Arlington and taking the back roads is easy.
  3. I like the new look of the site. I have not looked on mobile yet but to me this seems very well organized.
  4. 1. If you leave under your own power, you may have to reimburse any scholarship and stipend money awarded to you. I know when people were not selected to field training or were disqualified for health issues later that they were not required to pay any money back nor serve enlisted, but those were circumstances out of their control. Voluntarily leaving may be a separate animal entirely. 2. It will not matter for OTS. You will still apply with everyone else and you will still complete all of it. You will have previous leadership experience which will help you and you should work that to your advantage in the application process, but I would not say you left ROTC simply because you did not receive a pilot slot. 3. It depends on your individual cadre. I would think after being in their detachment for three years you would want their help via letters of recommendation for your OTS application, so I would be very sure to part ways on good terms.
  5. I wish the best of luck to you! I will follow to see you succeed.
  6. Not unless you shook hands with the devil and advocate self-rape. Dafuq is this?
  7. http://stopmasturbationnow.org/celebrity/sign-our-petition-to-get-american-actor-hugh-jackman-to-change-his-offensive-name/ (StopMasturbationNOW)—This is a reminder that we need more signatures to force American actor Hugh Jackman to change his offensive name. As of noon 6/12/2015 we have had 753,252 signatures which is over 75% of the needed one million required to force a name change. Our children are bombarded with anti family values messages everyday and the last thing we parents need to worry about is the name of an actor appearing subliminally in movie credits.
  8. Sell yourself on your leadership qualities through letters of recommendation, your personal statement, volunteer/work background, ect. Your scores tell you that you are at least in the top half of candidates, now push yourself ahead with everything else.
  9. How so? Because I do not drive up to a border patrol or stroll up to a TSA gate loooking to fight? What is the problem when I answer their questions? Maybe the problem is I just assume I am going to have to identify myself when I travel, instead of believing I can freely move about this world without ever having to answer to anyone. That's not how it works, and if you would like to see an example of how porous borders negatively impact safety, please go to my native country. I am sure showing your passport/driver's liscence at TSA is exactly what Benjamin Franklin had in mind. I do not think it is quite the same. If a police officer pulls you over for no reason and asks for your proof of citizenship, I would be a little concerned. Then I would question the reason for his inquiries.
  10. I do not know, I have no qualms answering (mostly) yes or no questions. It is their job to do so and I have nothing to hide. I understand as someone with a foreign accent but with an American name, I am going to have to be subject to a more pressing set of questions. In today's world I am willing to sacrifice a little more time at border patrol or TSA gates in lieu of letting something slip by.
  11. I do not understand. Why so much money for this? What damage was done in the argument that cost so much? It seems excessive but I cannot say I really understand how this works. Is that just some arbitrary amount you request in hopes you settle somewhere above a goal amount?
  12. What do you mean by throwing their money elsewhere? There is not much I can say but there are many defense officials speaking of how China is allocating its money and you can look at their budgets. The Chinese are currently not capable of producing the top-of-the-line stuff, they rely on others to export their technologies. As 11F has mentioned, China has reckless abandon regarding export partners and could definitely proliferate technologies to third parties. That is the serious threat.
  13. We are still very far ahead of China and Russia, who have very serious innovation and development problems of their own. There have been many articles and testimony about the inevitability of conflict with China and they say that is what the increase in technology is about, but no one takes into account the people that would be fighting this conflict. Neither American nor Chinese constituencies have appetite for conflict. There is no doubt that the Chinese do want to become the main power in the Pacific but that hugely depends on economic predominance that they would forego by starting a conflict with the U.S., especially because of the still present gap in capabilities between China and America.
  14. http://blogs.rollcall.com/five-by-five/lockheed-martin-on-f-35-no-gun-software-glitch-sensor-upgrades-expected/?dcz= "On Monday we shared some bad news stories about the F-35′s gun and its sensor system. Contractor Lockheed Martin, which had not responded publicly at the time, offered this response: 'Contrary to the media reporting out there, there’s no gun system software glitches or timeline delays,' said Mike Rein, a company spokesman, by telephone. 'The requirement for the gun was established in 2005. It’s always been in the block 3F weapons to be delivered in 2017, not 2019.' 'In 2008, the gun completed all of its ground qualification testing. This year we’re going to do comprehensive flight test out of Edwards, include ground fire tests, muzzle calibration, flight test integration and in-flight operational tests,' Rein said. Further, the services know 'that when they declare IOC [initial operating capability] they aren’t going to have all their weapons on their airplane at that time.' Rein also offered a written statement on the Electro-Optical Targeting System,'a proven advance targeting capability.' According to Rein: 'EOTS allows F-35 to conduct air-to-air and air-to-surface targeting missions while maintaining the F-35’s VLO [very low observable] profile – a capability that external podded systems simply cannot provide.' As of now, the overall radar, communications and electronic warfare capabilities support the execution of close air support missions, Rein said. He added: 'As with all development programs, F-35 baseline requirements define the starting place for capabilities that will be evolved and upgraded over the life of the program. There are a range of potential upgrades and enhancements for EOTS that will be implemented by the services and international partners for inclusion in future Block upgrades. Some of the additional capabilities for consideration include items such as Higher Definition Video, longer range target detection and identification, Video Data Link, and Infrared (IR) Marker and Pointer. All of the services and international partners are aware of the block upgrade plan and have endorsed its timeline.'"
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