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  (Source: U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Ricky J. Best)
USMC looks to utilize UAVs to help resupply soldiers in remote areas

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) overseas has normally involved smart bomb launches or reconnaissance, but the U.S. Marine Corps is developing a new UAV that will be able to help re-supply combat forces overseas.

The Marines are working with developers to create a new UAV that is able to carry up to 1,200 pounds of supplies on each flight, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. John Amos, recently said to the House appropriations Committee's subcommittee focused on defense.

"I'm looking for something now," Gen. Amos said to the subcommittee.  "We want to get a solution into Afghanistan by this summer."

Both the Marine Corps and Army have noticed an increase of injuries related to the heavy amount of weight soldiers deployed overseas must carry, an Army official recently said.  The combat gear weighs up to 130 pounds, and a higher number of soldiers are being hurt by stress fractures, pulled muscles and other issues.  This issue is especially problematic as soldiers prepare to be deployed to Afghanistan, where they'll have to deal with rough terrain, mountains, and bad road conditions.

The UAVs, which the USMC hopes to have by summer, will help transport ammunition, food and water, and batteries to ground troops on patrol in remote areas.

The U.S. military has been thinking about possible ways to help soldiers, and UAV development has prospered since the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  The smaller craft are silent and fast, which makes them good for reconnaissance, but larger ones can be used to drop supplies or weapons.  The BBC published a brief list of commonly used UAVs by British and American troops in the Middle East.

Precision air drops used by the Army have been able to deliver as much as 26,000 pounds of supplies per day to troops deployed.

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RE: defense spending plan
By Misty Dingos on 3/13/2009 1:18:34 PM , Rating: 3
Ted because I am nice guy and I like to help people I am going to explain something to you.

You will never know world peace. As a species we are incapable of not engaging in conflict with others of our own kind. If you haven't noticed, humans will kill the ones they love the most for the most trivial of reasons. You won’t stop that so how do you think you are ever going to stop the slaughtering of strangers in a far away land that want to kill us for ancient and unsolvable dogma?

The fantasy that everyone on this planet can have some epiphany and engage in productive peaceful dialog is laughable to the extreme.

If however, you have an epiphany yourself and realize that mankind is anything but kind (in nature). You can live with the rest of us in the real world and start working toward a realistic world that those who seek to do us or our friends harm are defeated in those ends. Well that would be great. I would welcome you into the real world.

If however you persist in this delusion that somehow that humans can stop trying to claw, kick, bite, scratch, mutilate, dismember, disembowel and kill their way to the ends they set for themselves, you will be a very sad person for as long as you live.

So there you go Ted. World peace is as much a fantasy as is the unicorn and the tooth fairy. I am glad I could help you out.

The only time we will know peace is when we lay in the grave.

RE: defense spending plan
By msomeoneelsez on 3/13/2009 2:42:31 PM , Rating: 3
Lets hear a group "Amen" please!

Those were my thoughts exactly, thanks for saving my effort to type that.

"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov
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