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Operation Toy Drop 20th Anniversary

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Operation Toy Drop 20th Anniversary

USArmy jumpmaster assigned to the 112th Signal Battalion relays commands during the 20th Annual Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop at Camp MacKall, North Carolina, Dec. 4, 2017.
Operation Toy Drop allows Soldiers the opportunity to train on their military occupational specialty, maintain their airborne readiness, and give back to the local community.
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Darius Davis



Best Sapper Competition

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Best Sapper Competition

1st Lt. Daniel Butensky, an engineer officer assigned to 299th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, cuts through metal with a Broco torch in sub-freezing temperatures during the Best Sapper Competition, Fort Carson, Colorado, December, 6, 2017. (U. S. Army photo by Sgt. Micah Merrill)



Battle of the Bulge

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Battle of the Bulge

American engineers emerge from the woods and moved out of defensive positions after fighting in the vicinity of Bastogne, Belgium.



U.S. Army Sniper School

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U.S. Army Sniper School

Sgt. Ian Rivera-Aponte, a U.S. Army Reserve sniper and infantryman with the 100th Infantry Battalion, Honolulu, Hawaii, clears a room during a staged promotional photo shoot for Army Reserve recruiting at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, July 25-27, 2017.
Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Michel Sauret



Arlington National Cemetery - Fallen, but never forgotten!

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Arlington National Cemetery - Fallen, but never forgotten!


The Tomb of Remembrance serves as an alternative to Department of Defense directed retirement at sea. Surrounded by Cherry and Black Gum trees, the Tomb of Remembrance has an inscription which reads: Here We Remember Those Who, "Have Laid So Costly A Sacrifice Upon The Altar Of Freedom." - Abraham Lincoln. #USArmy


U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser



171118-A-ED017-003

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171118-A-ED017-003

A Soldier assigned to 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division from Fort Riley, Kansas scans the terrain over the sights of his M-249 machine gun Nov. 18, 2017 during an Allied Spirit VII training event in Grafenwoehr, Germany. The U.S. Army, along with its allies and partners, continues to forge a dynamic presence with a powerful land network that simultaneously deters aggression and assures the security of the region. Approximately 3,700 service members from 13 nations gathered in 7th Army Training Command’s Hohenfels Training Area in southeastern Germany to participate in the seventh iteration of Allied Spirit which is scheduled for Oct. 30 - Nov. 22, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Dustin D. Biven / 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)



Operation Toy Drop

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Operation Toy Drop

U.S. Army paratroopers and eight partner NATO nations conduct airborne operations at Sicily Drop Zone during the 20th Annual Randy Oler Memorial #OperationToyDrop, Dec. 2, 2017. Operation Toy Drop, hosted by the U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) and is the largest combined airborne operation conducted worldwide. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster



2-35 Infantry Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

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2-35 Infantry Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 2-35 Infantry Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division conducted squad room-clearing training at the Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) site on Schofield Barracks, Dec. 6, 2017. The Soldiers used the MOUT site to test their battle drill proficiency with realistic and dynamic conditions.
U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon



Army Medicine

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Army Medicine

Army Medicine, Sgt. and a #USArmy Military Working Dog, assigned to the 525th Military Working Dog Detachment, prepare to board a helicopter during MEDEVAC training for MWD teams. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Lester Cannon



U.S. Soldiers assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division

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U.S. Soldiers assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division

U.S. Soldiers assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division guard a tactical assembly area during Decisive Action Rotation 18-02 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Nov. 24, 2017. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Daniel Parrott



Dogface Soldiers!

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Dogface Soldiers!

Dogface Soldiers! U.S. Army Soldier, climbs cargo net obstacle during a challenge at Fort Stewart during Marne Week 2017.
Marne Week is a celebration of Marne Soldiers, allowing them to compete in team sports and recreational group activities while honoring the division's service to the nation.



3 ID "Dog Face Soldiers"

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3 ID "Dog Face Soldiers"

3ID mascot, competes in an obstacle course with a group of #DogFace Soldiers during Marne Week, Nov. 13, 2017.



Artemis Strike 2017

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Artemis Strike 2017

An Avenger fires a Stinger missile during Artemis Strike, a live fire exercise at the NATO Missile Firing Installation (NAMFI) off the coast of Crete, Greece Nov. 6, 2017.



2nd Cavary Regiment

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2nd Cavary Regiment

Spc. Matthew Williams,a cavalry scout assigned to 2nd Cavalry Regiment fires a Stinger missile using Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADs) during Artemis Strike, a live fire exercise at the NATO Missile Firing Installation (NAMFI) off the coast of Crete, Greece Nov. 6, 2017. (Photos by Sgt. 1st Class Jason Epperson, 10th AAMDC PAO)



173rd

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173rd

#USArmy Soldier, assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade, participated in the emergency deployment readiness exercise in September 2017.
#SkySoldiers #StrongEurope #Airborne #ArmyLife
U.S. photo by SPC Stephen M Malone



109th Transportation Company, 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, U.S. Army Alaska

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109th Transportation Company, 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, U.S. Army Alaska

"Ready, aim, fire!!!!" #USArmy 1st Lt., assigned to the 109th Transportation Company, 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, U.S. Army Alaska, fires a M136E1 AT4-CS confined space light anti-armor weapon at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, during a live fire training exercise.
US Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Westin Warburton



Trooper and NCO of the Year Competition

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Trooper and NCO of the Year Competition

2d Cavalry Regiment conducted the first day of the Trooper and NCO of the Year Competition today. Competitors are seen here completing a 12-mile ruck march, qualifying on a M4 rifle, treating a casualty, assembling a radio, sending up a nine-line medical evacuation report and assembling a M9 pistol, M4 rifle and M249 machine gun.



The Old Guard

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The Old Guard

U.S. Army Soldiers (The Old Guard) hold folded American flags to be presented to family members during service at the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.



4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division and 3rd Infantry Division

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4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division and 3rd Infantry Division

4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division and 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers of Train Advise Assist Command East held a base defense drill at TB Gamberi this week. The drill improves Soldier readiness by simulating an attack on the base, complete with simulated casualties that need to be treated. This training is important to ensure Soldiers know how to respond quickly and effectively to any threat. (Photos by Sgt. 1st Class Randall Pike.)



USACE

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USACE

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continue to make significant progress in hurricane recovery operations in Puerto Rico
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Think Defence UK Defence Issues

Charles Edward Inglis and his many Bridges

Although most have probably heard of Donald Bailey, few have heard of Charles Inglis. yet it is Charles Inglis that designed the worlds first sectional military bridge. A number of different designs saw service in WWI and WWII. Click HERE to read more  

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Towards #SDSR18 – Defending Europe

Next in the series; the UK’s approach to the collective defence of Europe Click to read Toward SDSR 2018 – Defending Europe

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Towards #SDSR18 – Alliance and Politics

Next in the series, alliances, politics and a future direction of travel. Click to read Toward SDSR 2018 – Alliances, Politics and a Future Direction of Travel

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Towards #SDSR2018 – Risk

The next in the occasional series on SDSR 2018 the National Security Strategy Review. This time, a look at the main risks facing the UK If the UK is to avoid its finite defence resources being spread across multiple risk area in increasingly thinner layers it must prioritise, and learn to live with consequences. Some discussion ...

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Towards SDSR 2018 – Part 1 (Breaking the Crisis Cycle)

It is easy to advance a case for more defence funding and in our echo chambers we would all agree, with the only dissent being about what to spend the extra money on. Instead, I am going to make a case for a series of difficult choices that avoid the tired old tropes of moving ...

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New Long Read – Anglo Engineering Concepts Vehicle Proposal

A proposal from Anglo Engineering Concepts to meet British Army vehicle capability gaps and drive down support costs by adopting system engineering thinking and a design language that places the designer close to the user. Anglo Engineering Concepts is run by an experienced design engineer that previously worked as one of the three design engineers ...

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British Army Medium Weight Capability

In the late Nineties, the British Army concluded it needed to develop and field a Medium Weight Capability that would enable it to arrive quicker than a heavy force, but have greater resilience and combat power than a light force. The concept of what constituted this Medium Weight Capability has evolved through many iterations since ...

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The Story of the British Army’s Medium Weight Capability – Crowdsourcing

The last of the long form content articles on Think Defence to get a makeover is the story of ‘Scimitar to FRES to Ajax’ Have decided to broaden the scope to the struggle of the British Army to deliver a medium weight capability, normally, I would just get on with researching and writing, and publish ...

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Defence Studies Talk Series

Thought I would use Think Defence for something useful for once, not just indulging in my bridge and container fetish. Paul Barnes is a serving Warrant Officer in the British Army, highly educated, and one of the few serving soldiers I know that writes on his own blog. Paul has been on a quest to ...

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Think Defence – June 2017 Update

To repeat myself from earlier updates, Think Defence was never going away, but it was changing, so stopping short blog posts and concentrating on the longer form content was that change. The first part of that change has now more or less completed; the old long form content has either been refreshed and updated, or ...

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New Long Form Content – Joint Port Opening Capability – A Proposal

A proposal to create a Joint UK Port Opening Capability in support of defence, disaster response and Overseas Development Assistance, exploiting and expanding existing areas of expertise and a capabilities. There has been a great deal of speculation about the political and practical desirability of maintaining Overseas Development Aid (ODA) at 0.7% of GNI and ...

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From Umm Qasr to Unmanned Warrior – Royal Navy Mine Countermeasures

Mines are not only able to destroy shipping, but they can also deny large areas of sea to all traffic. A look at current and future Royal Navy MCM capabilities, trends, and a few thoughts, in 7,265 words. Click to view From Umm Qasr to Unmanned Warrior – Royal Navy Mine Countermeasures  

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UK Amphibious Capability – Today and Tomorrow

This is the first new piece of content on Think Defence for a while, a look at existing UK amphibious capabilities, issues and plans and a half a dozen ideas for the future.

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Think Defence – The Story So Far

As per previous posts, an update on progress. To recap, no more regular short blog posts, but occasional long form documents once the existing long form content has been refreshed and updated. Some of the older posts have been split apart with additional content added. Here is where I am on that, roughly 217 thousand ...

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The History of Airborne Aircraft Towing

As we approach the RAF’s 100 year anniversary year it is interesting to note the absence of information about airborne towing, a discipline that has been proven to be effective over many years and one which continues to be used by all major air forces today. During early combat air operations, low payloads and fuel loads ...

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The TD Purple Reading List

As a diversion from refreshing all the long form content, I have created, in conjunction with others (you know who you are, cheers), a joint forces reading list. The Contemporary Operating Environment Leadership Acquisition Strategy Change Land Maritime Air/Space Info Ops and Cyber Logistics Each of the 10 themes has 10 books. There is also ...

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Progress Update – February 2017

As I have explained, 2017 is the year that Think Defence goes low key but more detailed, no more frequent short blogs but longer form content at a much more relaxed pace. An update for Feb 2017

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New Long Read and a Quick Update

From my last update I reminded everyone that whilst the Think Defence blog would be winding down, the Think Defence long form content would not be. The latest long read is a piece on Multidrive Vehicles, arguably, an opportunity lost for the British Army and UK defence industry. http://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/multidrive-vehicles/ What else is happening? Various bits ...

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Closedown Phase I Complete

Phew, that took longer than expected. As I mentioned in my last post on the subject, the first part of the Think Defence blog closedown is to move most of the posts over to an archive site. Done; https://thinkdefence.wordpress.com/ What is there? In order to stay within the limits of a free blog offer, and given ...

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A Longer Farewell

Last Friday I let everyone know of my intent to shut up shop and close Think Defence. I also said I would pen a more considered farewell by way of an explanation and look forward. Beginnings The reason I started Think Defence was simply to provide a forum for (hopefully) sensible conversations about UK defence ...

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So long, fish and all that

After nearly eight years , time to call it a day. Has been a hoot, made some great friends and had the honour to interact with current and ex service personnel, academics, people from industry and members of the great British public who care about the defence of this nation, plus of course, the same ...

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The Strike Brigade – what, why, how?

A GUEST POST FROM JED It appears to this humble arm chair general, that the British Army has a fundamental problem, or three. After over a decade of constant deployment and action in a counter-insurgency role, there appears to be a resurgent interest in “high intensity” operations against so called peer level adversaries, perhaps fueled ...

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Warfighting Warrior Experimentation

Excellent news, I have been a long time proponent of experimentation without specific fully worked up statement of user requirements. The Royal Navy has been publicising the upcoming Unmanned Warrior, and even has a Fleet Robotics Officer. And now, the British Army, as revealed in the latest DESIDER magazine, is joining the party. The Army ...

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The Return of the Anti-Tank Mine?

With most of the UK’s stock of anti-tank Barmines either expired or used for Explosive Means of Entry (EMOE) in Afghanistan there is somewhat of a dilemma when it comes to the ‘return to contingency’, or conventional combined arms combat. The cupboard is bare. The Barmine Layers are currently being disposed of. Described by the ...

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SA80 Equipped to Fight

There was a flurry of news this week about the MoD considering extending the service of the SA80, with a handful of images reportedly showing prototypes of the A3 model. The images were released by the MoD as part of DVD2016 coverage, specifically on the Virtus contract for soldier equipment. What this flurry of news ...

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Defense Update News Feed

Raytheon completes first lot production of Small Diameter Bomb II

As the SDB II program is nearing completion of developmental testing Raytheon has completed the first production lot of the Small Diameter Bomb II (designated GBU-53/B) at its fully-automated manufacturing facility in Tucson, Arizona.



Jordan to Receive 25 Modernized Marder IFVs from Germany

The German government has contracted with Rheinmetall to upgrade 25 Marder 1A3 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) from Bundeswehr surplus stocks. The new vehicles will be delivered at the beginning in the first quarter of 2018.



Finland Orders PMVP Armored Vehicles for Testing

The Finish company Protolab Oy will deliver four ‘MiSu’ 6x6 Protected Multipurpose Vehicles (PMPV) for testing by the Finish MOD. The ballistic and mine protected vehicles will be tested in the next two years, as part of the evaluation of new armored vehicle for the Finnish Army.



Sweden and Singapore to Explore Air Traffic Management, Autonomous Underwater Navigation

Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and the Swedish Saab group embark on a five-year research collaboration. The agreement currently covers two focus areas: air traffic management (ATM) and underwater robotic research projects, both areas are key activities for SAAB.



Russia to Modernize Bulgarian MIGs

The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence invited Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG (RSK MiG) to provide integrated logistical support to maintain the 15 MiG-29 ‘Fulcrum’ twin-engine jet fighters in service for the next four years


 
Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) Military Vehicles News Feed

Future Ground Forces Interview with Dr. Carole Teolis

The following interview was conducted by Nick Younker, Senior Editor of the Institute



Army and Marine Corps Missions Carry Increasingly Different Vehicle Requirements

The nature of the wars in OIF and OEF have impacted military vehicle design and



How Does The Future Shape Up For Army Tactical Vehicles?

The future of tactical vehicles remains unclear at the moment. In February, the US Army



Joint Training and Simulation to Prevent Casualties in Afghanistan

When entering the theater of war it is essential that personnel have received the



Progress Continues Towards New Tactical Vehicle

A New Family of MV's to Replace Humvee A program to develop a new family of light



US Military Boosts Counter-IED Measures for Afghanistan

The threat posed to Afghanistan forces by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) is



Private Intelligence Contractors for the DoD

A New York Times Article published Monday indicated that the inner workings of the



Ground Combat Vehicle RFP

It has only been days since the official release of the final request for proposal (RFP)



Weapons Remain Key Focus For US Army

With the US armed forces committed to combat operations in Afghanistan and stability and



Irregular Warfare Necessitates Flexibility in Joint Operations

"The black-and-white distinction between irregular war and conventional war is an



Upgrading MRAP Light Tactical Vehicles for Marines

In August, Marines in Afghanistan received the first set of Mine Resistant Ambush



Military Vehicle Maintenance Proves Challenge in Afghanistan

At the beginning of October, the first Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) All



Secretary Gates' visit to Oshkosh Corporation

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates toured the Oshkosh Corporation on November 12, 2009,



The US Army's M-4 Carbine Debate

As the warfighter awaits congress to hammer out the FY 2010 defense budget, the Pentagon



Strykers and the Army's Heavy Brigade Shift

Eight years of war in Afghanistan and six years in Iraq has forced a transformational



First M-ATVs Deploy to Afghanistan

QUANTICO, Va. — With unprecedented speed, the first of thousands of Mine Resistant



U.S.-Iraq Drawdown Remains a “Difficult Job�?

"Let me say this as plainly as I can—by August 31, 2010, our combat mission



Logistics Vehicle Reaches Initial Operating

Quantico, VA—The Marine Corps’ newest logistics vehicle—Logistics



Strategy and Procurement Planning for Army Vehicles

MG Thomas Spoehr, Director of Force Development in the Office of the Deputy Chief of



U.S. Army Equipment Testing and Evaluation

Kristin Hogg, of the Reliability and Maintainabilty Directorate for the U.S. Army's



Attacking the Network: Counter IED OPS in Afghanistan

Capt D. Landon Phillips, Commander 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division,



Lightweight Material use in Military Vehicles

Dr. Pradeep Rohatgi, Director of the Composites Center at the University of Wisconsin,



Sustaining Integrated Logistics for USMC Assets

Col Benjamin Braden, Chief of Staff for the United States Marine Corps Logistics



Military Vehicle Health Management Programs

Jeffrey Banks, of the Complex System Monitoring and Automation Applied Research



Using TPU for Transparent Armoring Solutions

Mike Griffin, a product manager at Huntsman, discusses the use of thermoplastic



Civil-Military Operations in Support of Irregular Warfare

Alexandra Courtney and Steve Foster of Booz Allen Hamilton discuss preparing for



LAV and MPC: USMC Combat Developer Update

Chris Yunker, of the USMC Combat Development Command, gives an update on the LAV, MPC



Heavy Vehicle Armament Systems Integration

COL Karl Scott Flynn, Director of the Enterprise & Systems Integration Center at



Tactical and Combat Vehicle Transportability Engineering

Jocelyn Anderson, of the Deployability Engineering Branch of the Transportation



Door System Advancements in Tactical Vehicles

Rob Donaldson, General Manager of TRIMARK, discusses door systems advancements in



Increasing Readiness of Tactical Vehicle Capability Packages

Pete Ward, MRAP Project Engineer for SPAWAR Systems Atlantic, discusses increasing



Rapid Support and Fielding of Tactical Vehicles

Frank Apicella, techical director of the Army Evaluation Center (ATEC), discusses rapid



Transparent Armor Solutions for Tactical Vehicle Armoring

A panel of industry professionals in military vehicle armoring discuss new



TACOM's Tactical Vehicle Stategy

COL David Bassett, Program Manager at TACOM for Tactical Vehicles, discusses the



Current Challenges with Power Requirements in Tactical Vehicles

Michael Gallagher, Program Manager for expeditionary power systems at MARCORSYSCOM,



Garry Reid, SES on DoD Policy & Strategic Planning for Irregular Warfare

Garry Reid, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations & Combating



John Newman on Heavy Vehicle Transportability Engineering

John D. Newman, Deployability Engineering Chief SDCC - Transportation Engineering



Col Yori Escalante, USMC on Defeating IEDs by Defeating the Source

Col Yori R. Escalante, USMC discusses defeating IEDs by defeating the source at



USJFCOM Irregular Warfare Policy with James O'Connell

James O'Connell, Director of the Joint Irregular Warfare Center at USJFCOM,



COL Daniel Roper on Counter Insurgency in Complex Environments

COL Daniel Roper, Director of the U.S Army / USMC COIN Center in Fort Leavenworth, KS,



Defeating IED Threats with Scott Blaney

Scott Blaney, Senior Military Analyst at the Center for Army Lessons Learned Combat



Using Nano Materials to Reduce Weight and Improve Mobility in Tactical Gear

Dr. Kelechi Anyaogu, a senior scientist at Nico Technologies Corporation, discusses



IED Clearance Tactics with CPT Kenneth Attaway

CPT Kenneth Attaway discusses his experiences in OIF/OEF working as a U.S. Army Engineer



Heavy Vehicle Integrated Logistics Support

Tommy Morgan of the Anniston Army Depot discusses military heavy vehicle overhauls and



Using Image Scanning to Mitigate the IED threat

Paul Showgun, a radiologist at Walter Reed Medical Center and Tatjana Fischer from



Dr. Mark Fisher on Counter IED strategy

Dr. Mark Fisher, who holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Oklahoma State University,



COL Mark Barbosa discusses the future for Army Heavy Vehicles

Army heavy vehicles are critical to mission success in OIF/OEF.  However, terrain



Greg Skaff, Deputy TRADOC Capability Manager-HBCT, Discusses Modernization

Greg Skaff serves as the Deputy TRADOC Capability manager within the HBCT



Dr. Ling Rothrock on Diagnostic Vehicle Systems

Watch as Dr. Rothrock walks you through the processes of system diagnostics as it



Colonel Larry James on the Psychology of Terrorism

The United States is currently engaged in a war like we’ve never seen, having more



Transforming Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle C4ISR Integration via Lean Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma is not only useful for cutting costs and increasing profits. As the U.S.



Lieutenant Colonel Leimbach Program Manager Tank Systems at MARCORSYSCOM

In this presentation you will learn about: Tank Armor Systems • Current fleet



Phillip Cunniff of Natick Soldier RD & E Center talks about Advanced Armor materials

In this presentation you will learn about: Personnel Armor Research and Development



Karen Horak of RDECOM talks about Ballistic Protection

In this presentation you will learn about: Armored Fabric and Tentage: Force Protection



Gordon Gillerman of NIST talks about Testing and Standards

In this presentation you will learn about: New Approach to Conformity Assessment –



Dr. Mike Riley of the National Institute of Standards and Technology

In this presentation you will learn about: Advances in the Testing of Law Enforcement



Bob Lusardi, Deputy Program Manager LAV, USMC Talks about Protecting the LAV

In this keynote presentation you will learn about: Protecting Light Armored Vehicles



Col (Ret) Cobux van der Merwe of SAAB speaks about Active Armored Vehicle Protection

In this presentation you will learn about: Active Vehicle Protection • The



21st Century Infantry Weapons with Colonel Erich Weissenbock

The European Defence Agency was formed in 2004 and is directly responsible for the



Michael Gallagher from MARCORSYSCOM: Power requirements for Combat Vehicles

Michael Gallagher of MARCORSYSCOM talks about what the power world has to do with the



Future Combat Systems: Manned Ground Vehicles Fleet and What's Next

Marlon Carlson, product manager of manned ground vehicle common systems, speaks on the



David Hansen from JPO MRAP Discusses advances in Production to Fielding

David Hansen speaks on how the MRAP program will address an urgent warfighter need for



Army Transformation: Deploying Lean Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma (LSS) has become an increasingly vital part of the Department of



OSHKOSH SHOWCASES TACTICAL PROTECTOR VEHICLE FOR BORDER-SECURITY LAW ENFORCEMENT

F OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eddie Garcia, Director,


 
Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) Military Aircraft News Feed

Boeing the Winner of Tanker Decision

The Air Force announced on February 24 th   the award of a $3.5 billion engineering



UAV Development and Implementation in Iraq and Afghanistan

"Insatiable" is how the United States Army's demand for unmanned aerial



Electronic Warfare 101

Electronic warfare (EW) is a lesser known and no less important form of warfare. Carrier



Mini UAVs � Next Generation Shadow Warriors

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are not a recent discovery. The history of Unmanned



The Next Step in Preventing Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT)

Boeing has stated that there are many reasons why an airworthy airplane under the



Have We Built a Strong Enough Sustainment Bridge to Support the US Army Unmanned Aircraft System Road Map?

The Commanding General of US Army TRADOC, General Martin E. Dempsey recently published



UAVs 'changing the face of warfare'

No other weapon has changed the way the US military wages war in recent years like the



UAVs Becoming Big Business in Defense Industry

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have become big business recently and the UK is fast



Emphasis on Close Air Support in Afghanistan Military Operations

The nature of Afghanistan military operations is placing increasing emphasis on close



Follow up to COL Chris Carlile's UAV/UAS 25 Year Roadmap Podcast

The following responses are from COL Christopher Carlile, Director of the



Airlift Capabilities Bottleneck

Back in late December, this article was written (



F-35 Delays and Cost Overruns

The F-35 has had one of its bloodiest weeks ever in terms of cost, delays and management



F-35 Program on Schedule to Enhance US Combat Power

The US Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, has emphasised the importance of the joint



US Demand for UAVs Rising Due to Unprecedented Capability

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are bringing "unprecedented" intelligence,



Unmanned Air Systems

Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), also refered to as Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV), have been an



USAF Wants New Military Helicopters to Replace 62 Bell UH-1Ns

The US Air Force wants to start replacing 62 Vietnam-era Bell UH-1Ns with up to 93 new



Light Armored Vehicle Upgrade Vital for Marines in Afghanistan

IED Threat Improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, are one of the biggest threats to US



Improving Joint Military Logistics for the Future

The challenges of joint military logistics remain a key topic for defense leaders with



LAV and Stryker PMs meet with Industry

The LAV and Stryker community came together this week in Virginia to hear from Program



SAPI Plates and Saving Lives in the US Military

Body armor has been used by warfighters for millennia. As with any weapons systems,



The Common Remotely Operated Weapons System as a Force Multiplier

The Common Remotely Operated Weapons System, or CROWS, is a major improvement to



MRAP's Growth, Maturation and Transformation into the M-ATV

The MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) class of vehicles we developed back during



Air Force Research Lab UAV Update

Col Jeffrey Turcotte, Chief of the Air and Weapons Division of the Air Force Research



Rotorcraft Survivability in Afghanistan

COL John Leaphart, Project Manager for Aircraft Survivability Equipment, discusses



Technology Maturation for a Next Generation Tactical UAS

David Brown, Senior Aerospace Engineer in the Air Vehicle Directorate at the Air Force



Army Armed Scout Helicopter Update

LTC Scott Rauer, Project Manager for the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior at PEO Aviation, discusses



Role of Manned/Unmanned Teaming in the Full Combat Aviation Brigade

COL Gregory Gonzalez, Project Manager for Unmanned Aircraft Systems at PEO Aviation,



Rotorcraft Adaptability: The Changing Role of the Helicopter

COL Anthony Potts, Project Manager for Aviation Systems at PEO Aviation, discusses how



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SADF Varkpan

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SADF Varkpan

South African Defence Force (SADF) fine dining utensil number one. An SADF "varkpan" (pig pan) from my two years National Service in 1979-1981. This one came back from 7 SA Infantry Battalion (7 SAI) at Bourke's Luck. Found in the back of a cupboard at my mom's place in Pretoria, SA on Sunday, October 16, 2016.



SADF Varkpan

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SADF Varkpan

South African Defence Force (SADF) fine dining utensil number one. An SADF "varkpan" (pig pan) from my two years National Service in 1979-1981. This one came back from 7 SA Infantry Battalion (7 SAI) at Bourke's Luck. Found in the back of a cupboard at my mom's place in Pretoria, SA on Sunday, October 16, 2016.



War Comics

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War Comics

Karl and I spotted these 70's war comics at an antique emporium this lunch time :-) "War comics" like these introduced my generation to foreign phrases for the first time: Banzai Nippon! Achtung Spitfeuer! Gott In Himmel! Teufel! Schweinehund! 😁 Photographed at The Fleetville Vintage Emporium, Hertfordshire, UK, Tuesday, August 23, 2016.



War Comics

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War Comics

Karl and I spotted these 70's war comics at an antique emporium this lunch time :-) "War comics" like these introduced my generation to foreign phrases for the first time: Banzai Nippon! Achtung Spitfeuer! Gott In Himmel! Teufel! Schweinehund! 😁 Photographed at The Fleetville Vintage Emporium, Hertfordshire, UK, Tuesday, August 23, 2016.



1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Jackal - Unsent (1200)

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1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Jackal - Unsent (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1980 Radio 5 - Stand At Ease Postcard - Unsent - Front (1200)

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1980 Radio 5 - Stand At Ease Postcard - Unsent - Front (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Steenbuck - Unsent (1200)

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1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Steenbuck - Unsent (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Lioness - Unsent (1200)

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1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Lioness - Unsent (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1980 Southern Cross Fund Postcard - Front (1200)

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1980 Southern Cross Fund Postcard - Front (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Owl - 7 SAI ML Pautz - Front (1200)

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1980-06-18 SWA Postcard Owl - 7 SAI ML Pautz - Front (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1980 Southern Cross Fund Postcard - Back (1200)

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1980 Southern Cross Fund Postcard - Back (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1981 Kronenbrau 1308 Label SADF (1200)

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1981 Kronenbrau 1308 Label SADF (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1981 SADF 81mm Mortar Sticker (1200)

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1981 SADF 81mm Mortar Sticker (1200)

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1981 Kronenbrau 1308 Label SADF

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1981 Kronenbrau 1308 Label SADF

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



1981 SADF 81mm Mortar Sticker

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1981 SADF 81mm Mortar Sticker

On October 30, 2013, I found a small cardboard box amid a stack of larger boxes that put into storage in the basement of my mother’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, about three decades ago. When I pack stuff away, I usually record what's in the box by writing an inventory list on the outside. This one had nothing written on it, so I decided to take it upstairs to investigate. Back in my former bedroom, I opened the box up and found it to contain all manner of military ephemera from my two years compulsory national service in the South African Defence Force (July 1979 - July 1981). A menacing little time capsule from the worst years of my life.

The sticker from box of three 81mm mortars and the label from a bottle of Louis Luyt's "Kronenbräu 1308" beer. They stopped producing the latter in the early 80's.



Viva Umkhonto!

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Viva Umkhonto!

The Beaten Generation

During the course of 2015 I recommissioned my 21st birthday present from my father – a Micro Seiki MB-14ST that I brought over to the UK from my mom’s place in South Africa. I’ve also been slowly bringing over my collection of vinyl albums, meticulously selected and acquired, and lovingly cared for between the early-70’s and the late-80’s. They’ve also been stashed away at my mom’s place, protected from the elements in plastic sleeves and stored in bespoke cases holding about 50 albums apiece. Over the course of the past few months I’ve been playing some of the gems in my collection, and it’s been very rewarding to reconnect with my past. Both the good and the “interesting”.

On one of our trips to Europe in the late-80’s my future wife and I made our regular pilgrimage to the music stores, including WOM (World of Music) in Germany. It was here (in which city, I don’t recall) that I bought the LP "Viva Umkhonto!" a compilation of punk and hardcore music that featured previously unreleased material by European and US bands. The record was released in April 1987 as a collaborative effort by two independent labels, namely Mordam Records (USA) and De Konkurrent (Holland), both of whom were strong backers of the struggle against Apartheid. According to a statement on the back of the sleeve, “All money raised by this record goes to Umkhonto We Sizwe. So this was a benefit album for the military wing of the ANC (African National Congress).

For context, allow me to turn to Wikipedia:

Umkhonto We Sizwe (abbreviated as MK, Zulu for "Spear of the Nation") was the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC), co-founded by Nelson Mandela in the wake of the Sharpeville massacre. Its founding represented the conviction in the face of the massacre that the ANC could no longer limit itself to nonviolent protest; its mission was to fight against the South African government. After warning the South African government in June 1961 of its intent to resist further acts of terror if the government did not take steps toward constitutional reform and increase political rights, MK launched its first attacks against government installations on 16 December 1961. It was subsequently classified as a terrorist organisation by the South African government and the United States, and banned”.

The album itself was definitely banned in South Africa and so possessing it was illegal. I took it into the country through Jan Smuts Airport (subsequently known as “Johannesburg International” and now, “O.R. Tambo International”) on my return from my trip to Europe and kept it safely tucked away in the belly of the beast in South Africa's capital city, Pretoria.

On the tenth anniversary of the Soweto uprising, the Nationalist regime declared State of Emergency in June 1986. It forbade any action that could undermine the Apartheid state, nationwide. Also forbidden were any kind of “subversive statements”, defined as statements that promoted unlawful strikes, boycotts or civil disobedience, attacked military conscription, promoted disinvestment or sanctions, or that “aggravated feelings of racial hostility”. The penalty for engaging in these actions was a maximum of ten years imprisonment. Ouch - I definitely did not want to be caught with this album!

Of the people detained under these draconian regulations (circa-8,000 in the first couple of months) no names were published with the exception of those released at the discretion of the South African Police. Throughout the State of Emergency, newspapers had to engage in self-censorship, at the risk of being closed down by the government, and many used to print disclaimers alongside their articles that read” “This report has been restricted to comply with the Emergency Regulations”. Some newspapers and magazines were not able to appear, and no news came out of the black townships, except through the state’s Bureau of Information. At the time I stuck stickers on the front of my television screen and computer monitor that read “SABC News is Biased” just to remind myself to be vigilant about government disinformation.

The music on the compilation album is okay, but it’s the packaging and presentation that I really enjoyed as a snapshot of the times, and as an interesting piece of social history. Along with the record were included a poster and a booklet filled with newspaper clippings and ANC propaganda about the armed struggle against Apartheid. It also highlights companies that were breaking economic sanctions by continuing to do business with South Africa. The “Throw Well – Throw Shell” slogan is parody of oil the giant’s official marketing tag-line at the time, namely Go Well – Go Shell. I have uploaded a scan of this booklet to my DropBox.

I’m not going to comment on the accuracy or veracity of the information in the booklet, but in those turbulent times – under a state of emergency, with broad media censorship and where owning certain music could earn you a jail sentence – it was thrilling to see what people abroad were thinking and to read material that was not towing the official National Party line. With the benefit of hindsight, it’s fascinating to see how right Matt Johnson was back in 1989 (The TheMind Bomb). Although he wasn’t talking about South Africa, per se, when he sang that we were the “beaten generation, reared on a diet of prejudice and misinformation”, he pretty much hit the nail on the head. Prejudice and misinformation were weapons in the arsenal on both sides of the struggle in South Africa. I was one of the few pale South Africans to have the privilege of being exposed to both sides of that deformed coin.

The The - "The Beat(en) Generation" - YouTube Video Clip

When you cast your eyes upon the skylines
Of this once proud nation
Can you sense the fear and the hatred
Growing in the hearts of its population
And our youth, oh youth, are being seduced
By the greedy hands of politics and half truths

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

We're being sedated by the gasoline fumes
And hypnotized by the satellites
Into believing what is good and what is right
You may be worshiping the temples of mammon
Or lost in the prisons of religion
But can you still walk back to happiness
When you've nowhere left to run?

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

And if they send in the special police
To deliver us from liberty and keep us from peace
Then won't the words sit ill upon their tongues
When they tell us justice is being done
And that freedom lives in the barrels of a warm gun

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

If you'd like to take a listen to "Viva Umkhonto!" I've found a ripped copy of the LP available for download here.

Also take a look at my Blogger posting.

Cheers, 2016 ©



Throw Well, Throw Shell

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Throw Well, Throw Shell

The Beaten Generation

During the course of 2015 I recommissioned my 21st birthday present from my father – a Micro Seiki MB-14ST that I brought over to the UK from my mom’s place in South Africa. I’ve also been slowly bringing over my collection of vinyl albums, meticulously selected and acquired, and lovingly cared for between the early-70’s and the late-80’s. They’ve also been stashed away at my mom’s place, protected from the elements in plastic sleeves and stored in bespoke cases holding about 50 albums apiece. Over the course of the past few months I’ve been playing some of the gems in my collection, and it’s been very rewarding to reconnect with my past. Both the good and the “interesting”.

On one of our trips to Europe in the late-80’s my future wife and I made our regular pilgrimage to the music stores, including WOM (World of Music) in Germany. It was here (in which city, I don’t recall) that I bought the LP "Viva Umkhonto!" a compilation of punk and hardcore music that featured previously unreleased material by European and US bands. The record was released in April 1987 as a collaborative effort by two independent labels, namely Mordam Records (USA) and De Konkurrent (Holland), both of whom were strong backers of the struggle against Apartheid. According to a statement on the back of the sleeve, “All money raised by this record goes to Umkhonto We Sizwe. So this was a benefit album for the military wing of the ANC (African National Congress).

For context, allow me to turn to Wikipedia:

Umkhonto We Sizwe (abbreviated as MK, Zulu for "Spear of the Nation") was the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC), co-founded by Nelson Mandela in the wake of the Sharpeville massacre. Its founding represented the conviction in the face of the massacre that the ANC could no longer limit itself to nonviolent protest; its mission was to fight against the South African government. After warning the South African government in June 1961 of its intent to resist further acts of terror if the government did not take steps toward constitutional reform and increase political rights, MK launched its first attacks against government installations on 16 December 1961. It was subsequently classified as a terrorist organisation by the South African government and the United States, and banned”.

The album itself was definitely banned in South Africa and so possessing it was illegal. I took it into the country through Jan Smuts Airport (subsequently known as “Johannesburg International” and now, “O.R. Tambo International”) on my return from my trip to Europe and kept it safely tucked away in the belly of the beast in South Africa's capital city, Pretoria.

On the tenth anniversary of the Soweto uprising, the Nationalist regime declared State of Emergency in June 1986. It forbade any action that could undermine the Apartheid state, nationwide. Also forbidden were any kind of “subversive statements”, defined as statements that promoted unlawful strikes, boycotts or civil disobedience, attacked military conscription, promoted disinvestment or sanctions, or that “aggravated feelings of racial hostility”. The penalty for engaging in these actions was a maximum of ten years imprisonment. Ouch - I definitely did not want to be caught with this album!

Of the people detained under these draconian regulations (circa-8,000 in the first couple of months) no names were published with the exception of those released at the discretion of the South African Police. Throughout the State of Emergency, newspapers had to engage in self-censorship, at the risk of being closed down by the government, and many used to print disclaimers alongside their articles that read” “This report has been restricted to comply with the Emergency Regulations”. Some newspapers and magazines were not able to appear, and no news came out of the black townships, except through the state’s Bureau of Information. At the time I stuck stickers on the front of my television screen and computer monitor that read “SABC News is Biased” just to remind myself to be vigilant about government disinformation.

The music on the compilation album is okay, but it’s the packaging and presentation that I really enjoyed as a snapshot of the times, and as an interesting piece of social history. Along with the record were included a poster and a booklet filled with newspaper clippings and ANC propaganda about the armed struggle against Apartheid. It also highlights companies that were breaking economic sanctions by continuing to do business with South Africa. The “Throw Well – Throw Shell” slogan is parody of oil the giant’s official marketing tag-line at the time, namely Go Well – Go Shell. I have uploaded a scan of this booklet to my DropBox.

I’m not going to comment on the accuracy or veracity of the information in the booklet, but in those turbulent times – under a state of emergency, with broad media censorship and where owning certain music could earn you a jail sentence – it was thrilling to see what people abroad were thinking and to read material that was not towing the official National Party line. With the benefit of hindsight, it’s fascinating to see how right Matt Johnson was back in 1989 (The TheMind Bomb). Although he wasn’t talking about South Africa, per se, when he sang that we were the “beaten generation, reared on a diet of prejudice and misinformation”, he pretty much hit the nail on the head. Prejudice and misinformation were weapons in the arsenal on both sides of the struggle in South Africa. I was one of the few pale South Africans to have the privilege of being exposed to both sides of that deformed coin.

The The - "The Beat(en) Generation" - YouTube Video Clip

When you cast your eyes upon the skylines
Of this once proud nation
Can you sense the fear and the hatred
Growing in the hearts of its population
And our youth, oh youth, are being seduced
By the greedy hands of politics and half truths

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

We're being sedated by the gasoline fumes
And hypnotized by the satellites
Into believing what is good and what is right
You may be worshiping the temples of mammon
Or lost in the prisons of religion
But can you still walk back to happiness
When you've nowhere left to run?

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

And if they send in the special police
To deliver us from liberty and keep us from peace
Then won't the words sit ill upon their tongues
When they tell us justice is being done
And that freedom lives in the barrels of a warm gun

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

If you'd like to take a listen to "Viva Umkhonto!" I've found a ripped copy of the LP available for download here.

Also take a look at my Blogger posting.

Cheers, 2016 ©



Viva Umkhonto!

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Viva Umkhonto!

The Beaten Generation

During the course of 2015 I recommissioned my 21st birthday present from my father – a Micro Seiki MB-14ST that I brought over to the UK from my mom’s place in South Africa. I’ve also been slowly bringing over my collection of vinyl albums, meticulously selected and acquired, and lovingly cared for between the early-70’s and the late-80’s. They’ve also been stashed away at my mom’s place, protected from the elements in plastic sleeves and stored in bespoke cases holding about 50 albums apiece. Over the course of the past few months I’ve been playing some of the gems in my collection, and it’s been very rewarding to reconnect with my past. Both the good and the “interesting”.

On one of our trips to Europe in the late-80’s my future wife and I made our regular pilgrimage to the music stores, including WOM (World of Music) in Germany. It was here (in which city, I don’t recall) that I bought the LP "Viva Umkhonto!" a compilation of punk and hardcore music that featured previously unreleased material by European and US bands. The record was released in April 1987 as a collaborative effort by two independent labels, namely Mordam Records (USA) and De Konkurrent (Holland), both of whom were strong backers of the struggle against Apartheid. According to a statement on the back of the sleeve, “All money raised by this record goes to Umkhonto We Sizwe. So this was a benefit album for the military wing of the ANC (African National Congress).

For context, allow me to turn to Wikipedia:

Umkhonto We Sizwe (abbreviated as MK, Zulu for "Spear of the Nation") was the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC), co-founded by Nelson Mandela in the wake of the Sharpeville massacre. Its founding represented the conviction in the face of the massacre that the ANC could no longer limit itself to nonviolent protest; its mission was to fight against the South African government. After warning the South African government in June 1961 of its intent to resist further acts of terror if the government did not take steps toward constitutional reform and increase political rights, MK launched its first attacks against government installations on 16 December 1961. It was subsequently classified as a terrorist organisation by the South African government and the United States, and banned”.

The album itself was definitely banned in South Africa and so possessing it was illegal. I took it into the country through Jan Smuts Airport (subsequently known as “Johannesburg International” and now, “O.R. Tambo International”) on my return from my trip to Europe and kept it safely tucked away in the belly of the beast in South Africa's capital city, Pretoria.

On the tenth anniversary of the Soweto uprising, the Nationalist regime declared State of Emergency in June 1986. It forbade any action that could undermine the Apartheid state, nationwide. Also forbidden were any kind of “subversive statements”, defined as statements that promoted unlawful strikes, boycotts or civil disobedience, attacked military conscription, promoted disinvestment or sanctions, or that “aggravated feelings of racial hostility”. The penalty for engaging in these actions was a maximum of ten years imprisonment. Ouch - I definitely did not want to be caught with this album!

Of the people detained under these draconian regulations (circa-8,000 in the first couple of months) no names were published with the exception of those released at the discretion of the South African Police. Throughout the State of Emergency, newspapers had to engage in self-censorship, at the risk of being closed down by the government, and many used to print disclaimers alongside their articles that read” “This report has been restricted to comply with the Emergency Regulations”. Some newspapers and magazines were not able to appear, and no news came out of the black townships, except through the state’s Bureau of Information. At the time I stuck stickers on the front of my television screen and computer monitor that read “SABC News is Biased” just to remind myself to be vigilant about government disinformation.

The music on the compilation album is okay, but it’s the packaging and presentation that I really enjoyed as a snapshot of the times, and as an interesting piece of social history. Along with the record were included a poster and a booklet filled with newspaper clippings and ANC propaganda about the armed struggle against Apartheid. It also highlights companies that were breaking economic sanctions by continuing to do business with South Africa. The “Throw Well – Throw Shell” slogan is parody of oil the giant’s official marketing tag-line at the time, namely Go Well – Go Shell. I have uploaded a scan of this booklet to my DropBox.

I’m not going to comment on the accuracy or veracity of the information in the booklet, but in those turbulent times – under a state of emergency, with broad media censorship and where owning certain music could earn you a jail sentence – it was thrilling to see what people abroad were thinking and to read material that was not towing the official National Party line. With the benefit of hindsight, it’s fascinating to see how right Matt Johnson was back in 1989 (The TheMind Bomb). Although he wasn’t talking about South Africa, per se, when he sang that we were the “beaten generation, reared on a diet of prejudice and misinformation”, he pretty much hit the nail on the head. Prejudice and misinformation were weapons in the arsenal on both sides of the struggle in South Africa. I was one of the few pale South Africans to have the privilege of being exposed to both sides of that deformed coin.

The The - "The Beat(en) Generation" - YouTube Video Clip

When you cast your eyes upon the skylines
Of this once proud nation
Can you sense the fear and the hatred
Growing in the hearts of its population
And our youth, oh youth, are being seduced
By the greedy hands of politics and half truths

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

We're being sedated by the gasoline fumes
And hypnotized by the satellites
Into believing what is good and what is right
You may be worshiping the temples of mammon
Or lost in the prisons of religion
But can you still walk back to happiness
When you've nowhere left to run?

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

And if they send in the special police
To deliver us from liberty and keep us from peace
Then won't the words sit ill upon their tongues
When they tell us justice is being done
And that freedom lives in the barrels of a warm gun

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

If you'd like to take a listen to "Viva Umkhonto!" I've found a ripped copy of the LP available for download here.

Also take a look at my Blogger posting.

Cheers, 2016 ©



Viva Umkhonto!

anjin-san has added a photo to the pool:

Viva Umkhonto!

The Beaten Generation

During the course of 2015 I recommissioned my 21st birthday present from my father – a Micro Seiki MB-14ST that I brought over to the UK from my mom’s place in South Africa. I’ve also been slowly bringing over my collection of vinyl albums, meticulously selected and acquired, and lovingly cared for between the early-70’s and the late-80’s. They’ve also been stashed away at my mom’s place, protected from the elements in plastic sleeves and stored in bespoke cases holding about 50 albums apiece. Over the course of the past few months I’ve been playing some of the gems in my collection, and it’s been very rewarding to reconnect with my past. Both the good and the “interesting”.

On one of our trips to Europe in the late-80’s my future wife and I made our regular pilgrimage to the music stores, including WOM (World of Music) in Germany. It was here (in which city, I don’t recall) that I bought the LP "Viva Umkhonto!" a compilation of punk and hardcore music that featured previously unreleased material by European and US bands. The record was released in April 1987 as a collaborative effort by two independent labels, namely Mordam Records (USA) and De Konkurrent (Holland), both of whom were strong backers of the struggle against Apartheid. According to a statement on the back of the sleeve, “All money raised by this record goes to Umkhonto We Sizwe. So this was a benefit album for the military wing of the ANC (African National Congress).

For context, allow me to turn to Wikipedia:

Umkhonto We Sizwe (abbreviated as MK, Zulu for "Spear of the Nation") was the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC), co-founded by Nelson Mandela in the wake of the Sharpeville massacre. Its founding represented the conviction in the face of the massacre that the ANC could no longer limit itself to nonviolent protest; its mission was to fight against the South African government. After warning the South African government in June 1961 of its intent to resist further acts of terror if the government did not take steps toward constitutional reform and increase political rights, MK launched its first attacks against government installations on 16 December 1961. It was subsequently classified as a terrorist organisation by the South African government and the United States, and banned”.

The album itself was definitely banned in South Africa and so possessing it was illegal. I took it into the country through Jan Smuts Airport (subsequently known as “Johannesburg International” and now, “O.R. Tambo International”) on my return from my trip to Europe and kept it safely tucked away in the belly of the beast in South Africa's capital city, Pretoria.

On the tenth anniversary of the Soweto uprising, the Nationalist regime declared State of Emergency in June 1986. It forbade any action that could undermine the Apartheid state, nationwide. Also forbidden were any kind of “subversive statements”, defined as statements that promoted unlawful strikes, boycotts or civil disobedience, attacked military conscription, promoted disinvestment or sanctions, or that “aggravated feelings of racial hostility”. The penalty for engaging in these actions was a maximum of ten years imprisonment. Ouch - I definitely did not want to be caught with this album!

Of the people detained under these draconian regulations (circa-8,000 in the first couple of months) no names were published with the exception of those released at the discretion of the South African Police. Throughout the State of Emergency, newspapers had to engage in self-censorship, at the risk of being closed down by the government, and many used to print disclaimers alongside their articles that read” “This report has been restricted to comply with the Emergency Regulations”. Some newspapers and magazines were not able to appear, and no news came out of the black townships, except through the state’s Bureau of Information. At the time I stuck stickers on the front of my television screen and computer monitor that read “SABC News is Biased” just to remind myself to be vigilant about government disinformation.

The music on the compilation album is okay, but it’s the packaging and presentation that I really enjoyed as a snapshot of the times, and as an interesting piece of social history. Along with the record were included a poster and a booklet filled with newspaper clippings and ANC propaganda about the armed struggle against Apartheid. It also highlights companies that were breaking economic sanctions by continuing to do business with South Africa. The “Throw Well – Throw Shell” slogan is parody of oil the giant’s official marketing tag-line at the time, namely Go Well – Go Shell. I have uploaded a scan of this booklet to my DropBox.

I’m not going to comment on the accuracy or veracity of the information in the booklet, but in those turbulent times – under a state of emergency, with broad media censorship and where owning certain music could earn you a jail sentence – it was thrilling to see what people abroad were thinking and to read material that was not towing the official National Party line. With the benefit of hindsight, it’s fascinating to see how right Matt Johnson was back in 1989 (The TheMind Bomb). Although he wasn’t talking about South Africa, per se, when he sang that we were the “beaten generation, reared on a diet of prejudice and misinformation”, he pretty much hit the nail on the head. Prejudice and misinformation were weapons in the arsenal on both sides of the struggle in South Africa. I was one of the few pale South Africans to have the privilege of being exposed to both sides of that deformed coin.

The The - "The Beat(en) Generation" - YouTube Video Clip

When you cast your eyes upon the skylines
Of this once proud nation
Can you sense the fear and the hatred
Growing in the hearts of its population
And our youth, oh youth, are being seduced
By the greedy hands of politics and half truths

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

We're being sedated by the gasoline fumes
And hypnotized by the satellites
Into believing what is good and what is right
You may be worshiping the temples of mammon
Or lost in the prisons of religion
But can you still walk back to happiness
When you've nowhere left to run?

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

And if they send in the special police
To deliver us from liberty and keep us from peace
Then won't the words sit ill upon their tongues
When they tell us justice is being done
And that freedom lives in the barrels of a warm gun

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

If you'd like to take a listen to "Viva Umkhonto!" I've found a ripped copy of the LP available for download here.

Also take a look at my Blogger posting.

Cheers, 2016 ©



Viva Umkhonto!

anjin-san has added a photo to the pool:

Viva Umkhonto!

The Beaten Generation

During the course of 2015 I recommissioned my 21st birthday present from my father – a Micro Seiki MB-14ST that I brought over to the UK from my mom’s place in South Africa. I’ve also been slowly bringing over my collection of vinyl albums, meticulously selected and acquired, and lovingly cared for between the early-70’s and the late-80’s. They’ve also been stashed away at my mom’s place, protected from the elements in plastic sleeves and stored in bespoke cases holding about 50 albums apiece. Over the course of the past few months I’ve been playing some of the gems in my collection, and it’s been very rewarding to reconnect with my past. Both the good and the “interesting”.

On one of our trips to Europe in the late-80’s my future wife and I made our regular pilgrimage to the music stores, including WOM (World of Music) in Germany. It was here (in which city, I don’t recall) that I bought the LP "Viva Umkhonto!" a compilation of punk and hardcore music that featured previously unreleased material by European and US bands. The record was released in April 1987 as a collaborative effort by two independent labels, namely Mordam Records (USA) and De Konkurrent (Holland), both of whom were strong backers of the struggle against Apartheid. According to a statement on the back of the sleeve, “All money raised by this record goes to Umkhonto We Sizwe. So this was a benefit album for the military wing of the ANC (African National Congress).

For context, allow me to turn to Wikipedia:

Umkhonto We Sizwe (abbreviated as MK, Zulu for "Spear of the Nation") was the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC), co-founded by Nelson Mandela in the wake of the Sharpeville massacre. Its founding represented the conviction in the face of the massacre that the ANC could no longer limit itself to nonviolent protest; its mission was to fight against the South African government. After warning the South African government in June 1961 of its intent to resist further acts of terror if the government did not take steps toward constitutional reform and increase political rights, MK launched its first attacks against government installations on 16 December 1961. It was subsequently classified as a terrorist organisation by the South African government and the United States, and banned”.

The album itself was definitely banned in South Africa and so possessing it was illegal. I took it into the country through Jan Smuts Airport (subsequently known as “Johannesburg International” and now, “O.R. Tambo International”) on my return from my trip to Europe and kept it safely tucked away in the belly of the beast in South Africa's capital city, Pretoria.

On the tenth anniversary of the Soweto uprising, the Nationalist regime declared State of Emergency in June 1986. It forbade any action that could undermine the Apartheid state, nationwide. Also forbidden were any kind of “subversive statements”, defined as statements that promoted unlawful strikes, boycotts or civil disobedience, attacked military conscription, promoted disinvestment or sanctions, or that “aggravated feelings of racial hostility”. The penalty for engaging in these actions was a maximum of ten years imprisonment. Ouch - I definitely did not want to be caught with this album!

Of the people detained under these draconian regulations (circa-8,000 in the first couple of months) no names were published with the exception of those released at the discretion of the South African Police. Throughout the State of Emergency, newspapers had to engage in self-censorship, at the risk of being closed down by the government, and many used to print disclaimers alongside their articles that read” “This report has been restricted to comply with the Emergency Regulations”. Some newspapers and magazines were not able to appear, and no news came out of the black townships, except through the state’s Bureau of Information. At the time I stuck stickers on the front of my television screen and computer monitor that read “SABC News is Biased” just to remind myself to be vigilant about government disinformation.

The music on the compilation album is okay, but it’s the packaging and presentation that I really enjoyed as a snapshot of the times, and as an interesting piece of social history. Along with the record were included a poster and a booklet filled with newspaper clippings and ANC propaganda about the armed struggle against Apartheid. It also highlights companies that were breaking economic sanctions by continuing to do business with South Africa. The “Throw Well – Throw Shell” slogan is parody of oil the giant’s official marketing tag-line at the time, namely Go Well – Go Shell. I have uploaded a scan of this booklet to my DropBox.

I’m not going to comment on the accuracy or veracity of the information in the booklet, but in those turbulent times – under a state of emergency, with broad media censorship and where owning certain music could earn you a jail sentence – it was thrilling to see what people abroad were thinking and to read material that was not towing the official National Party line. With the benefit of hindsight, it’s fascinating to see how right Matt Johnson was back in 1989 (The TheMind Bomb). Although he wasn’t talking about South Africa, per se, when he sang that we were the “beaten generation, reared on a diet of prejudice and misinformation”, he pretty much hit the nail on the head. Prejudice and misinformation were weapons in the arsenal on both sides of the struggle in South Africa. I was one of the few pale South Africans to have the privilege of being exposed to both sides of that deformed coin.

The The - "The Beat(en) Generation" - YouTube Video Clip

When you cast your eyes upon the skylines
Of this once proud nation
Can you sense the fear and the hatred
Growing in the hearts of its population
And our youth, oh youth, are being seduced
By the greedy hands of politics and half truths

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

We're being sedated by the gasoline fumes
And hypnotized by the satellites
Into believing what is good and what is right
You may be worshiping the temples of mammon
Or lost in the prisons of religion
But can you still walk back to happiness
When you've nowhere left to run?

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

And if they send in the special police
To deliver us from liberty and keep us from peace
Then won't the words sit ill upon their tongues
When they tell us justice is being done
And that freedom lives in the barrels of a warm gun

The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Reared on a diet of prejudice and mis-information
The beaten generation, the beaten generation
Open your eyes, open your imagination

If you'd like to take a listen to "Viva Umkhonto!" I've found a ripped copy of the LP available for download here.

Also take a look at my Blogger posting.

Cheers, 2016 ©


 
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