2013 Army Weapon Systems Handbook - Annual publication that details the U.S. Army's major weapons system programs, providing program descriptions, status and specifications, projected activities, and names and locations of large and small contractors.
Air Power Australia - Air power research and analysis. Established in October, 2004, with the aim of promoting air power; stimulating public and parliamentary debate on air power topics; educating the community; and, publishing and archiving papers and articles on air power topics. Not affiliated with the Department of Defence, the Australian Defence Force or any other Commonwealth organisation. Also see APA NOTAM series.
Air Power Doctrine - Compiled by Melrose M. Bryant and Stephen B.T. Chun, June 1999. Updated by Terry Kiss October 2004.
Airwars - Monitoring the international coalition's airstrikes against Islamic State (Daesh) in Iraq and Syria. Archiving official reports of the war. Verifying claims of non-combatant civilian casualties. Promoting accountability of the US and its allies.
AJAX - Access to U.S. and international government military and intelligence agencies.
APAN Community - Information and knowledge sharing between U.S. DoD and its global partners.
Conferences - List of private communities devoted to conferences for security cooperations and strategic partnerships.
Exercises - List of private communities committed to combined, joint and multinational exercises throughout the world
HA/DR - Communities of responders dedicated to real-world humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts.
Workgroups - Collaborate effectively and securely with your team or organization; and stay connected anywhere, anytime.
Armed Forces Journal - A monthly journal for American military officers and leaders in government and industry.
Army Emergency Relief (AER) - AER is a private nonprofit organization incorporated in 1942 by the Secretary of War and the Army Chief of Staff. AER's sole mission is to help soldiers and their dependents.
Army Financial Management - The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management & Comptroller), exercises the comptroller functions of the Department of the Army and advises the Secretary of the Army on financial management.
Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) - An n integrated, "layered" architecture that provides multiple opportunities to destroy missiles and their warheads before they can reach their targets. The system's architecture includes: 1) networked sensors (including space-based) and ground- and sea-based radars for target detection and tracking; 2) ground- and sea-based interceptor missiles for destroying a ballistic missile using either the force of a direct collision, called "hit-to-kill" technology, or an explosive blast fragmentation warhead; and 3) a command, control, battle management, and communications network providing the operational commanders with the needed links between the sensors and interceptor missiles.
Border Security and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles [.pdf] - The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to improve border security is a technique that has garnered congressional attention. This report examines the strengths and limitations of deploying UAVs along the borders and related issues for Congress. This report is not intended to provide in-depth information regarding technical or military capabilities of UAVs, but to discuss their application at the border.
BosniaLINK - The official DoD information system about U.S. military activities in Operation JOINT FORGE, the NATO peacekeeping mission in Bosnia.
Carroll Publishing - Detailed information on all federally funded defense programs. Contact information for over 10,000 key personnel at over 1,300 U.S. defense contracting firms.
Center for Economic Conversion (CEC) - Focuses on sustainability and sustainable economic development issues, including green conversion strategies for the closure of military bases.
Center for Army Lessons Learned (U.S.) - Collects and analyzes data from a variety of current and historical sources, including Army operations and training events, and produces lessons for military commanders, staff, and students.
Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance - A direct reporting unit to the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) and other US COCOMs (combatant commands) and supports them in promoting disaster preparedness and societal resiliency. The Center also provides strategic advice to military, civilian and international organizations planning for and responding to complex humanitarian emergencies.
Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft (COMD) - An anti-militarism organization that challenges the military, its effect on society, its budget, its role abroad and at home, and the racism, sexism and homophobia inherent in the armed forces and Selective Service System. COMD activities include community education, direct action youth outreach, and Draft Notices, COMD's bimonthly printed newsletter.
Costs of War - The goal of the Costs of War project has been to outline a broad understanding of the domestic and international costs and consequences of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. Documented by the Eisenhower Study Group at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies.
Counterinsurgency Operations [FMI 3-07.22] - This FMI establishes doctrine for military operations in a counterinsurgency environment. It is based on existing doctrine and lessons learned from recent combat operations.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) - Established in 1958 to prevent strategic surprise from negatively impacting U.S. national security and create strategic surprise for U.S. adversaries by maintaining the technological superiority of the U.S. military.
Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) - DeCA operates a worldwide chain of nearly 280 commissaries to provide groceries to U.S. military personnel, retirees and their families.
Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) - Responsible for performing all contract audits for the Department of Defense, and providing accounting and financial advisory services regarding contracts and subcontracts to all DoD components responsible for procurement and contract administration.
Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) - Created to reduce the cost of U.S. Defense Department finance and accounting operations and to strengthen financial management through consolidation of finance and accounting activities across the department.
Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) - DISA's mission is to plan, engineer, develop, test, manage programs, acquire, implement, operate, and maintain information systems for C4I and mission support under all conditions of peace and war.
Defense Science Board - Operates by forming Task Forces consisting of Board members and other consultants/experts selected on the basis of their preeminence in the fields of science, technology and its application to military operations, research, engineering, manufacturing and acquisition process. Also see Reports.
DoD Inspector General - Responsible for conducting, supervising, monitoring and initiating audits and investigations relating to programs and operations of the Department of Defense.
DOD Issuances - A DOD Directive (DOD Issuances) is a broad policy document containing what is required by legislation, the President, or the Secretary of Defense to initiate, govern, or regulate actions or conduct by the DoD Components within their specific areas of responsibilities. Search current issuances.
Frequency of ELF Transmissions - From The Physics Factbook. Extremely Low Frequencies (ELF) transmissions are electromagnetic waves used mainly for naval strategic communications. In general, the frequency of ELF waves range from 3 Hz to 3000 Hz. This particular range is important because of its capability in providing a communication system for submerged submarines during covert operations.
From Space Platforms to Electronic Warfare - A space platform consisting of a drone for launching weapons systems, a hypersonic attack aircraft, cruise missiles and vehicles for launching or repairing satellites or acting against enemy bases in space. Science fiction? No. This is all part of the United States' arms programme. Article from Le Monde diplomatique, Feb. 1998.
From Wounded Knee to Libya: A Century of U.S. Military Interventions - An extensive listing in chronlogical order of U.S. military interventions from 1890 to present. Among sources used, beside news reports, are the Congressional Record (23 June 1969), 180 Landings by the U.S. Marine Corp History Division, Ege & Makhijani in Counterspy (July-Aug, 1982), "Instances of Use of United States Forces Abroad, 1798-1993" by Ellen C. Collier of the Library of Congress Congressional Research Service, and Ellsberg in Protest & Survive.
GBU-43/B (MOAB) - The development of the GBU-43/B guided bomb started in mid-2002, when the Munitions Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) began studies to equip the 6800 kg (15000 lb) BLU-82/B bomb with a guidance system. At that time, the BLU-82/B was by far the largest air-dropped bomb in the USAF's inventory, and had originally been used to clear helicopter landing sites in Vietnam. In Afghanistan in 2001, bombs of this type were used to attack caves and tunnel hideouts, where the huge blast effect is particularly effective. However, the lack of any guidance system meant that the C-130 Hercules delivery aircraft had to fly relatively low and directly over the target to achieve the needed accuracy. This could bring the aircraft within range of air defenses, and relatively close to the danger zone of the bomb's explosion. AFRL eventually came up with a design that was even larger than the BLU-82/B, had a more aerodynamic shape, and used GPS-aided inertial guidance. The new weapon was called MOAB, which officially means Massive Ordnance Air Blast, but is often read as Mother of All Bombs. Also see Wikipedia entry.
GlobalSecurity - Background information and developing news stories in the fields of defense, space, intelligence, WMD, and homeland security.
Gulf War Veteran Resource Pages - Aids Gulf War veterans and their families worldwide. The site features a comprehensive document archive, locator database, testimonial stories, photo gallery, Gulf War Syndrome informaion, and more.
Information Warfare Site (IWS) - An online resource that aims to stimulate debate on issues involving information security, information operations, computer network operations, homeland security and more.
Institute for the Study of War (ISW) - Research into military affairs. Jessica D. Lewis is the Research Director at ISW. She is also the lead architect for ISW's technology and data strategy as well as the lead analyst for ISW's al Qaeda in Iraq portfolio. Her military career includes 34 months deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, where she provided intelligence support to tactical, operational, and theater commands.
International Crisis Group - An independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict.
International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) - A primary source of accurate, objective information on international strategic issues for politicians and diplomats, foreign affairs analysts, international business, economists, the military, defence commentators, journalists, academics and the informed public. IISS publications are read by key decision -makers and are commented upon within governments at cabinet level. They include the authoritative annual The Military Balance, an inventory of the world's armed forces; the online Armed Conflict Database; Strategic Survey, an annual retrospective of the year's political and military trends; the Adelphi series of books which provides in-depth analysis of general strategic issues; Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, an international relations journal; and Strategic Comments, containing short briefings on breaking strategic issues. There are also occasional publications such as the IISS Strategic Dossier range.
Issuu - A free digital publishing site that attempts to simulate the experience of reading a print publication online. As a digital newsstand with over 14 million magazines and 70 million active readers, Issuu features leading and emerging titles in fashion, culture, arts, and hyperlocal content, all of which are accessible on any device.
John Boyd - Colonel John Richard Boyd (January 23, 1927 - March 9, 1997) was a United States Air Force fighter pilot and Pentagon consultant of the late 20th century, whose theories have been highly influential in the military, sports, business, and litigation. Also see the John Boyd Compendium.
MERLN (Military Education Research Library Network) - A comprehensive website devoted to international military education outreach. It represents a consortium of military education research libraries that work together to provide access to a variety of unique electronic resources for the use of researchers and scholars. Quick links:
Military on the Internet - Portal including military organizations, specific weapon systems, and defense manufacturers (U.S. and worldwide).
Military Vehicle Technology Foundation (MVTF) - Oversees one of the largest and most significant collections of historical military vehicles in the world. Its goal is to acquire, restore, and interpret the historical significance of 20th and 21st century military vehicles. Domestic and foreign combat vehicles such as tanks, armored cars, self-propelled artillery, and other technically interesting mobile platforms are the focus of its collection.
Military Policy Awareness Links (MiPALs) - Provides access to key U.S. policy statements on the country or topic of the MiPAL. While MiPALs emphasize U.S. military policy, each MiPAL includes resources analyzing the topic from governmental and non-governmental sources, including think tanks and scholarly journals.
MQ-1B Predator - A medium-altitude, long-endurance, unmanned aircraft system The MQ-1B's primary mission is interdiction and conducting armed reconnaissance against critical, perishable targets. When the MQ-1 is not actively pursuing its primary mission, it acts as the Joint Forces Air Component Commander-owned theater asset for reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition in support of the Joint Forces commander.
MQ-9 Reaper - A medium-to-high altitude, long endurance unmanned aircraft system. The MQ-9's primary mission is as a persistent hunter-killer against emerging targets to achieve joint force commander objectives. The MQ-9's alternate mission is to act as an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance asset, employing sensors to provide real-time data to commanders and intelligence specialists at all levels.
National Security Archive - An independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University, the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The Archive also serves as a repository of government records on a wide range of topics pertaining to the national security, foreign, intelligence, and economic policies of the United States.
Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) - NCIS is the primary law enforcement and counterintelligence arm of the U.S. Department of the Navy. It works closely with other local, state, federal, and foreign agencies to counter and investigate the most serious crimes: terrorism, espionage, computer intrusion, homicide, rape, child abuse, arson, procurement fraud, and more.
National Gulf War Resource Center (NGWRC) - International coalition providing information, support, and referrals for all those concerned with the complexities of Persian Gulf War issues, especially Gulf War illnesses and those held prisoner or missing in action.
National Purple Heart Wall of Honor - Commemorates the extraordinary sacrifices of America's servicemen and servicewomen who were killed or wounded in combat. The mission of the Hall of Honor is to collect and preserve the stories of Purple Heart recipients from all branches of service and across generations to ensure that all recipients are represented. Also see FAQs.
Naval Safety Center - Provides safety assistance to enhance the warfighting capability of the Navy and Marine Corps, preserve resources and improve combat readiness by preventing mishaps and saving lives.
Naval War College Library - Works in all fields of knowledge are included in the collection, but the principal concentration is a specialized area of interest in the naval profession: naval and military science, history and strategy, management, economics, international relations, international law, oceanography, and contemporary world problems.
Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) - NMCI is intended to develop a long-term arrangement with the commercial sector which transfers the responsibility and risk for providing and managing the vast majority of Department of the Navy (DON) desktop, server, infrastructure and communication assets and services.
Okinawa Peace Network of Los Angeles - A network of individuals and organizations working in solidarity with the people of Okinawa (including the other Ryukyu Islands) in their struggle to remove the U.S. military presence there and to dismantle militarism worldwide.
Olive-Drab - Over fifteen-hundred pages of military photos and information resources. Military jeeps, HMMWVs, trucks, tanks, weapons and ammunition, rations, uniforms, web gear and field equipment, electronics, history, books & videos, and more. From World War II through Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War and the wars of the 21st Century.
Operation Inherant Resolve (CJTF-OIR) - The U.S. military's operational name for the military intervention against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, in the vernacular, Da'esh), including both the campaign in Iraq and the campaign in Syria.
Pakistani Defence - Information on current defense issues from Pakistan and India. Defence news, missile and nuclear programs, articles.
Pritzker Military Library - Consisting of over 40,000 volumes, the Pritzker Military Library's book collection is made up of titles spanning all periods of history, countries, cultures/peoples, and branches of the United States military services. Materials and resources focus on the concept of the Citizen Soldier as an essential element for the preservation of democracy. The concentration of military history titles is primarily 19th and 20th century works. Though the majority are non-fiction, the collection includes some fiction with military and political themes.
Private Military Corporations (SourceWatch) - Private military corporations, private military firms, private security companies, military services providers, the privatized military industry are all attempts to label the phenomena of private companies offering services on the world market that have normally been duties of national military forces or involve armed security detail for business in unstable regions. Every service caters to security, and the growing need for security in a world wrought with differing economic, strategic, and military interests has provided a marketplace that is rapidly expanding. These services include risk advisory, training of local forces, armed site security, cash transport, intelligence services, workplace and building security, war zone security needs, weapons procurement, personnel and budget vetting, armed support, air support, logistical support, maritime security, cyber security, weapons destruction, prisons, surveillance, psychological warfare, propaganda tactics, covert operations, close protection and investigations.
Project on Defense Alternatives (PDA) - Although PDA emphasizes the reformulation of U.S. defense policy, it has contributed since its inception to the development of defense alternatives for NATO and pioneered proposals for the "defensive restructuring" of armed forces in Eastern Europe, Russia, and the developing world.
Return of the Fallen - In response to Freedom of Information Act requests and a lawsuit, the Pentagon in April 2005, released hundreds of previously secret images of casualties returning to honor guard ceremonies from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and other conflicts, confirming that images of their flag-draped coffins are rightfully part of the public record, despite its earlier insistence that such images should be kept secret.
School of the Americas Watch (SOA Watch) - Seeks to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.
SearchMil - Search engine with over 900,000 military pages indexed and ranked in order of popularity.
SERE - An acronym for Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape, is a U.S. military program that provides personnel, Department of Defense civilians and contractors with training in evading capture, survival skills and the military code of conduct. Established by the Air Force at the end of the Korean War, it was extended during the Vietnam War to the Army and Navy. Most of its students are aircrew.
Small Wars Council - Forum concerned with small wars, counterinsurgency, military defense and intervention.
Society of Military Widows - Serves the interests of women whose husbands died while on active military duty of a service-connected illness, during disability, or in regular retirement from the armed forces.
Soldiers for the Truth (SFTT) - Founded by Col. David H. Hackworth, USA (Ret), an organization of citizens and veterans pursuing issues confronting U.S. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen in regard to their training, welfare, benefits, equipment and leadership.
Space Policy Project - Provides information and analysis on civil and military space issues, policies and programs.
Special Operations - A wide-ranging gathering of Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict (SO/LIC) related topics.
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) - Applications for synthetic aperture radar include reconnaissance, surveillance, and targeting. These applications are driven by the military's need for all-weather, day-and-night imaging sensors.
Today's Military - A resource for parents, educators and young adults curious about military services.
Treaty on Open Skies (OS) - The Treaty on Open Skies establishes a regime of unarmed aerial observation flights over the territories of its signatories. The Treaty is designed to enhance mutual understanding and confidence by giving all participants, regardless of size, a direct role in gathering information through aerial imaging on military forces and activities of concern to them. Open Skies is one of the most wide-ranging international arms control efforts to date to promote openness and transparency in military forces and activities. Also see Wikipedia.
U.S. African Command (AFRICOM) - One of six of the U.S. Defense Department's geographic combatant commands and is responsible to the Secretary of Defense for military relations with African nations, the African Union, and African regional security organizations. A full-spectrum combatant command, U.S. AFRICOM is responsible for all U.S. Department of Defense operations, exercises, and security cooperation on the African continent, its island nations, and surrounding waters. Also see AFRICOM Fact Sheet. Related:
Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) - In the Horn of Africa, CJTF-HOA is the U.S. Africa Command organization that conducts operations in the region to enhance partner nation capacity, promote regional security and stability, dissuade conflict, and protect U.S. and coalition interests. CJTF-HOA is critical to U.S. AFRICOM's efforts to build partner capacity to counter violent extremists and address other regional security partnerships. CJTF-HOA, with approximately 2,000 personnel assigned, is headquartered at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.
U.S. Air Forces Africa (USAFAF) - As the air component of USAFRICOM, USAFAF conducts sustained security engagement and operations to promote air safety, security, and development in Africa.
U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) - Operating from Vicenza, Italy, USARAF conducts sustained security engagement with African land forces to promote security, stability, and peace.
U.S. Marine Corps Forces Africa (MARFORAF) - Located in Stuttgart, Germany, MARFORAF conducts operations, exercises, training, and security cooperation activities throughout the African continent. Its staff is shared U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe.
U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVAF) - Headquartered in Naples, Italy, NAVAF's primary mission is to improve the maritime security capability and capacity of African partners. Personnel are shared with U.S. Naval Forces Europe.
U.S. Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA) - SOCAFRICA, co-located with U.S. Africa Command at Kelley Barracks in Stuttgart, aims to build operational capacity, strengthen regional security and capacity initiatives, implement effective communication strategies in support of strategic objectives, and eradicate violent extremist organizations.
U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) - The Air Force's major investigative service since 1948. The agency reports to the Inspector General, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. Its primary responsibilities are criminal investigations and counterintelligence services.
U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) - The purpose of CMA is to protect and safely store the nation's aging chemical weapons, while working toward the effective recovery, treatment and ultimate elimination of the nation's chemical warfare materiel and to enhance national security.
U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) - CID collects, analyzes, processes and disseminates criminal intelligence; conducts protective service operations; provides forensic laboratory support to all DoD investigative agencies, and maintains Army criminal records. CID also provides criminal investigative support to all U.S. Army elements and deploys on short notice in support of contingency operations worldwide.
U.S. Army Field Support Command (FSC) - The Command plays a critical role in supporting the Army's Global Prepositioning Strategy in support of the deploying forces. Its prepositioning role provides the vital link in the Army's Strategic Mobility Triad of airlift, sealift, and global prepositioning. Headquartered at Rock Island, Illinois.
U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (Natick) - Army's one-stop soldier-support organization. Natick is responsible for researching, developing, fielding, and managing food, clothing, shelters, airdrop systems, and soldier support items.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism, and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.
Veterans for Peace (VFP) - Veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, other conflicts working together for peace and justice through non-violence.
Vieques Libre - News, campaigns, articles, history, and resources concerning protests against U.S. military forces war practices, exercises and other activities on the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico.
War Resisters Support Campaign - Calls on the Canadian government to demonstrate its commitment to international law and the treaties to which it is a signatory, by making provision for US war objectors to have sanctuary in Canada.
War, Peace and Security Server - Extensive international resources maintained at the Canadian Forces College. Catalogue of books, reports, periodicals and videos held by the Information Resource Centre. Comprehensive guide to military and defence-related resources on the Internet. Access to periodical indexes, full-text periodicals and defence publications. Access to full-text doctrine websites.
War Times Journal Portal - Military resource for researchers, hobbyists, military professionals and all others with an interest in military history, science and defense.
X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle - An experimental test program to demonstrate technologies for a reliable, reusable, unmanned space test platform for the U.S. Air Force. The primary objectives of the X-37B are twofold: reusable spacecraft technologies for America's future in space and operating experiments which can be returned to, and examined, on Earth.
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