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Special Operations: The Weakest Link
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June 20, 2009: U.S. SOCOM (Special Operations Command) is getting the last four of the twelve MC-130W aircraft it began receiving three years ago. Congress would not guarantee all twelve, and it has taken some persuading to get the entire dozen. SOCOM only has about 40 MC-130 aircraft, and six have been lost since September 11, 2001. The others have been worked hard, and are fading fast.

The MC-130s are all-weather aircraft, and are used for everything from moving SOCOM personnel and equipment around the combat zone, to parachuting supplies, refueling helicopters in the air,  dropping bombs and propaganda leaflets, or loading a pallet or two of electronic gear for special reconnaissance or psychological warfare missions. In other words, there are never enough MC-130s. The new ones (the MW-130W) don't have the terrain following radar that some others have, making low altitude flight more dangerous, or simply impossible. SOCOM has borrowed regular C-130s as much as it can, but these usually can't be used for night missions.

SOCOM's best bet appears to be getting possession of older C-130s and converting them to MC-130s. Even getting money for this is difficult. C-130s aren't sexy, but if the SOCOM operators can't get to where they are needed, fewer problems are going to be taken care of.

 

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LB    Ridiculous   6/20/2009 10:01:08 AM
It's simply ridiculous that any portion of the armed forces does not have enough trucks and all a transport aircraft is simply a flying truck.  Especially given all the silly make work programs in the trillion dollar stimulus package one would be forgiven for thinking the Congress would not fund all the made in USA trucks the military needs.
 
Moreover, whenever there are not enough trucks and/or aircraft the existing ones are simply used more and used up sooner.  So it's simply a false economy to not buy enough as eventually you have to pay for them anyway.  Trucks are only good for so many hours or miles.  When used more and/or used harder they simply get used up faster not to mention requiring even more maintenance hours.
 

 
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Gerry       6/20/2009 7:38:31 PM
While I do sympathize with those who want more of everything in the military, the budget for special forces throughout the military has gone up dramatically in the last eight years.
 
 Special operations commands have budget authority to buy large amounts of new equipment with little restriction. The Pentagon has given them carte blanc authority to beef up in almost every area. I think at this time it is probobly very appropriate as much will filter down to regular troops who can see how good some of this new equipment is and its value.
 
The spec ops community did get all twelve of the aircraft asked for, as I'm sure they have been given most of what they have asked for or wanted during the war on terror. So, I can say, sorry guys, make them last as long as you can, because the gravy train will end as soon as the war on terror goes to the back burner.
 
 
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jak267       6/20/2009 9:48:10 PM
And Americans start dying in our own streets.
 
Obama is big on Special Ops - but only because he cares about what the press says - not because he has any principles he'd fight for. If they kill and die in secret, he can pretend his ass-kissing foreign policy works.
 
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Gerry       6/21/2009 10:57:08 PM

And Americans start dying in our own streets.

 

Obama is big on Special Ops - but only because he cares about what the press says - not because he has any principles he'd fight for. If they kill and die in secret, he can pretend his ass-kissing foreign policy works.



Ouch!
 
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Headlock       6/22/2009 1:12:57 PM

And Americans start dying in our own streets.

 

Obama is big on Special Ops - but only because he cares about what the press says - not because he has any principles he'd fight for. If they kill and die in secret, he can pretend his ass-kissing foreign policy works.


Americans are already dying on their own streets.
Its called everyday, domestic crime.

yawn, yet more point;less, off point "Obama bin laden" crap.

Change the record, lads. 

HDK 

 
 
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