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Steve Mercatante
on: Feb 22 2013 - 7:00pm

So, let me get this straight. The Pentagon is crying bloody murder about a sequester it's had well over an entire year to prepare for. Yet, in spite of the coming money crunch and impending doom on Wednesday out came this little goodie about the F-22 Raptor:

"Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (FA8611-13-D-2850) with a ceiling of $6,900,000,000 for F-22 modernization."

Mind you this contract was released at

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Steve Mercatante
on: Jan 31 2013 - 2:34am

We are pleased to now feature the work of Lieutenant Colonel James T. McGhee. As of July 2012 he serves in the active U.S. Army as a Deputy Commander assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 75th Training Command in Denver, Colorado. He studied history at Southeast Missouri State University, is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and holds a Masters Degree in Military Studies from American Military University.

His article "In the Shadow of the Elites: The 9th SS Panzer Division

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Steve Mercatante
on: Jan 24 2013 - 5:35pm

Good day. We just wanted to let you know that two new articles have now been posted to the Articles Section of The Globe At War. These articles are the first in our new "long-form" series that takes a more in depth look at historical events and/or recent/current military operations. What's more, our authors are both veterans of the U.S. Navy. Please read on for more about our authors and their work.

The first, "Sea Lion vs. Overlord" offers an in depth analysis and comparison of Germany's

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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: Jan 15 2013 - 11:47pm

Let's start with the good news. The Navy is preparing the first monohull designed LCS 1 (littoral combat ship) USS Freedom (in contrast to the trimaran design LCS 2 USS Independence) for its first deployment. This is welcome news since it has been just over four years since the Freedom was commissioned.

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Steve Mercatante
on: Jan 15 2013 - 12:46am

The USS Kittiwake was a US Navy submarine rescue ship built during WWII, and commissioned on July 16, 1945. Decommissioned in 1994, the Kittiwake was sunk early in 2011 as an artificial reef just off the island of Grand Cayman in the Caribbean Sea.

Though not a warship - in comparison to most modern corvettes and other such vessels the Kittiwake certainly ranks as good sized.

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Steve Mercatante
on: Dec 11 2012 - 6:54pm

The Hartford Connecticut Police Department recently received quite a surprise when during a gun buy back program a woman walked into the station with a World War II era Sturmgewehr 44; widely recognized as the world's first assault rifle. Heavy and awkward by today's standards, nevertheless when introduced the Sturmgewehr quickly became a prized possession capable of laying down tremendous firepower at standard combat ranges.

Manufactured in Nazi Germany during World War II only around 400,000

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Steve Mercatante
on: Dec 1 2012 - 4:54pm

Today the US Navy (USN) formally deactivates the Nuclear Aircraft Carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65) after 51 years of active service. The 8th Navy ship to bear the name "Enterprise" (ironically the first Enterprise was a British ship until captured by Benedict Arnold on May 18, 1775) she was the world's first nuclear powered aircraft carrier.

In 1954 Congress authorized construction to begin on the newest edition of the Enterprise (her famous WWII era predecessor had been decommissioned in

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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: Nov 16 2012 - 2:40pm

Sonny Eliot, a long time Metro Detroit weatherman and TV personality famous for his quirky personality died at his Farmington Hills home at the age of 91. An icon in the Metro Detroit region, with a broadcasting and radio career dating back to the late 1940's what many may not know is that Eliot, born Marvin Schlossberg, also spent 18 months as a POW (prisoner of war) during WWII.

Eliot enlisted after Pearl Harbor and because of some pre-war flying lessons quickly found himself in the USAAF

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Steve Mercatante
on: Nov 11 2012 - 6:07pm

Last week the keel laying ceremony for the USS Detroit took place in Marinette Wisconsin. The USS Detroit is the fourth Littoral Combat Ship built by Marinette Marine. The U.S. Navy expects to take delivery of the ship in 2015.

As a native of the Metro Detroit region I am proud to have the name of the city attached to a brand new warship. That said, I am a bit apprehensive about the Detroit. The LCS class of warships have come under a healthy dose of criticism; particularly in regards to their

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Submitted by
Steve Mercatante
on: Oct 22 2012 - 8:35pm

Antoni Dobrowolski, the oldest known survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp died today in Debno, Poland. Born on October 8, 1904 Dobrowolski was 108 years old when he died. In a world where today the word "hero" is almost casually applied Dobrowolski truly was one.

A teacher, Dobrowolski practiced his profession during the World War II German occupation of Poland.

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