Monday, November 16, 2015

Anonymous to ISIS - we will hunt you down.

THE MIRROR: Hacker group Anonymous have declared war against ISIS after the attacks in Paris on Friday night.

Posting a video on YouTube, the group said it would use its knowledge to "unite humanity" and warned the terrorists to "expect us".

Behind their signature mask, a spokesperson speaking in French said: "Anonymous from all over the world will hunt you down.

"You should know that we will find you and we will not let you go.

"We will launch the biggest operation ever against you."

"Expect massive cyber attacks. War is declared. Get prepared.

"The French people are stronger than you and will come out of this atrocity even stronger."

Saturday, November 14, 2015

DAILY BEAST: U.S. Kills Leader of ISIS in Libya

A day after reportedly killing "Jihadi John" in Syria, the Pentagon announced it killed the top ISIS operative in Libya, Wisam al Zubaidi.

The Pentagon announced Saturday a U.S. airstrike killed the leader of ISIS in Libya Abu Nabil, aka Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al Zubaydi.

The announcement confirms The Daily Beast's original report that the U.S. targeted a senior member of the group on Friday, according to two senior U.S. administration officials.

The strike, which was carried out by F-15 aircraft, marks the first time the U.S. has directly gone after ISIS outside of Iraq or Syria.

The strike hit Wisam al Zubaidi, a.k.a. Abu Nabil al Anbarian, an Iraqi national who once led al Qaeda operations in part of Iraq.At some point after that, he moved to eastern Libya to lead ISIS operations there.

The strike in Libya is completely unrelated to the series of terror attacks that took place across Paris Friday night, leaving at least 127 people dead, said the senior official, who was not authorized to speak publicly and therefore requested anonymity.

French President Francois Hollande said Saturday that ISIS carried out the wave of terror attacks in Paris. The group itself claimed responsibility Saturday, calling the attacks “miracles” in a written statement.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Northrop's Long Range Strike Bomber may have roots in secret program.

By Steve Douglass

There's a quote from the 1997 movie Wag The Dog, starring Robert De Niro that goes, "There is no B-3 bomber, and I don't know why these rumors get started!"

I can answer the question in two ways, first there is no B-3 bomber (yet) and secondly, rumors begin when plane spotters such as myself photographed a trio of triangular shaped aircraft flying in formation over my home city of Amarillo, Texas in March of 2014.  

On 27 October 2015, the Defense Department awarded the development contract of the LRS-B (Long Range Strike Bomber) which logically could become the B-3) to Northrop Grumman. The initial value of the contract is $21.4 billion, but the deal could eventually be worth up to $80 billion.

On 6 November 2015, Boeing and Lockheed Martin protested the decision to the Government Accountability Office. Estimates of development costs vary between 10 and 23 billion dollars.

Northrop Grumman won the award in part because of a projected cost per plane of $511 million, well below the Pentagon's cost cap of $550 million.

Boeing/Lockheed's protest is based on the assumption that Northrop couldn't possibly build an advanced next generation manned stealth strike aircraft on cost and on schedule, especially considering the cutting-edge Lockheed F-35 was anything but.

Northrop plans to field the LRS-B in only ten years, a remarkable feat considering it took Lockheed 20 years to develop the F-22.

However, there is a caveat.

If the protest goes to court it may be that Northrop will be forced to admit that they are already well on their way to building the LRS-B because they are basing their cost estimates on a covert advanced strike aircraft that is already operational, and that aircraft is what Dean Muskett, Ken Hanson and myself photographed in March of 2014.

Lockheed's Skunkworks can quite literally take the credit for basically inventing stealth, first by designing and building (in near total secrecy) the F-11A Nighthawk, followed by the F-22, F-35 and various UAV's. Lockheed Martin/Boeing might argue that Northrop has not built a stealth strike aircraft since the B-2 which is based on 1980s low observable technology, now considered vulnerable to advancements in modern radar technology, especially low frequency over the horizon systems.

However in reality NG hasn't been resting on it's laurels. Since the B-2, the programs we know about that NG has developed have been numerous, such as the FB-23 (spinoff of the YF-23 Advanced Tactical Fighter that lost out the F-22) Tacit Blue,  a low observable technology demonstrator (a stealth surveillance aircraft) designed to operate close to the forward line of battle with a high degree of survivability and the highly classified RQ-180 UAV, developed out of the Northrop Grumman X-47B program to field a reconnaissance drone that could penetrate Russian, Chinese and Iranian airspace with impunity.

The RQ-180 is covertly funded through the USAF's classified budget. Northrop Grumman was awarded a contract after a competition in which it defeated Boeing and Lockheed Martin's entries. Northrop Grumman is believed to have been awarded a large development contract for the RQ-180 in 2008, with deliveries of low-rate production aircraft that began in 2013.

The LRS-B is a top priority for the United States Air Force because it is believed that China will overcome the 1980s-technology B-2's low-observable features by the mid 2020s.

According to the USAF's LRS-B requirements "Where possible, existing technology and proven subsystems will be used in order to keep the LRS-B within budget" but still making it capable of avoiding detection by rapidly advancing radar systems.

This covert yet existing technology may have given Northrop Grumman the edge over Lockheed/Boeing and account for the still unacknowledged triangular aircraft photographed over Amarillo and Kansas in 2014.

If Northrop has already fielded a manned aircraft that has (and can) penetrate Chinese, Russian and Iranian airspace, it could very well be what gave Northrop their leg up on the competition and the proof it needed to show they could keep it under budget and on time.

Since the sightings in 2014, a trickle of information about the "Flying Dorito" and the LRS-B have come to light.

First, both are manned (which is supported by the communications I recorded) and Northrop's own advertising where a pilot looks longingly at the shrouded LSR-B.

From educated guesstimates our mystery aircraft could be another flying wing and to be about three quarters the size of the B-2 (like the Northrop LRS-B concept) and may very well be a stealth transport built for the CIA, JSOC/DEVGRU (AKA the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG) to covertly insert Special Operation Forces, such as Navy SEALs, Army Rangers & DELTA, Marine Corp CSO's and CIA SAD/SOG detachments into hostile nations with advanced radars.

Where they are based is still a mystery, but other sightings suggest basing in Southern New Mexico/far West Texas, Florida and at Area 51 in Nevada.

One source tells me he has seen the aircraft flying on moonless nights between Marfa and El Paso, Texas on more than one occasion.

Another (a USAF aerial refueling boom operator) told me he refueled the aircraft off the coast of Florida between the US and Cuba.

New construction and a large hangar complex at Area 51 may support the assumption that the "Dorito" is based there but others postulate it is for the RQ-180.

What also is known isthat there was considerable insider scuttlebutt during the  2006-2007 time-frame regarding a “classified” proof of concept demonstrator contract being fought over (between Northrop and Boeing/Lockheed) for a large stealthy aircraft that was NOT the LSR-B or the Next Generation Bomber. 

Northrop Grumman was said to have won this $2B contract.

This could have been for the RQ-180 or it could have been the covert stealth transport.

What it was exactly for remains to be seen, or may have been seen by this author and three others flying over Texas.

The "black budget" has exploded exponentially since 9/11, and in 2014 alone it was over $50B.

Some of that money had to go somewhere and it could very well have gone into Northrop Grumman's bank account for the development and fielding of the "Dorito."

-Steve Douglass

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Obama to deploy SpecOps to Syria - Russia is pissed.


A small contingent of US special forces will be sent as part of an “advise and assist” mission to the Syrian rebels fighting against Islamic State militants, Reuters reported citing unnamed US officials.

Unnamed US officials told Reuters that 20-30 special forces operatives will be sent to Syria as military advisers, presumably to the US-backed rebel groups.

Obama has previously refused to send US troops to Syria, saying that local Sunni Arabs would have to fight IS (also known as ISIS and ISIL) on the ground, while the US-led coalition supported them from the air.

The troops will be sent to Kurdish-controlled territory in northern Syria, CNN reported citing multiple anonymous officials. While they are not expected to be on the front lines with rebel forces, they will have the right to fight back if attacked. They can also join rebel raids if authorized by Washington.

US special operatives are part of a 4,500-strong force already deployed in Iraq, advising and assisting the Iraqi army and militias in their fight against Islamic State forces. Last week, one of the US advisers – Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler of the secretive Delta Force – was killed during a hostage rescue raidin northern Iraq.

Russia has been conducting precision airstrikes on IS positions in Syria at the request of President Bashar al-Assad since September 30, which, according to the Russian General Staff, have already resulted in a large-scale militant retreat and the loss of much of their weaponry and equipment.

However, operations without a nod from the official government or UN authorization don't have legitimacy under international law.

Any operations – air based operations, ground based operations – in Syria by American forces will be illegal,” Konstantin Kosachev, the head of Russia’s parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, told RT earlier this week, commenting on the potential involvement of US ground troops against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Obama’s announcement comes as diplomats from 20 countries gather in Vienna for talks on a political solution to the Syrian Civil War.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

BREAKING: Northrop Grumman wins LSR-B contract.

Northrop Grumman, Falls Church, Virginia, has been awarded a contract for the Long Range Strike Bomber.


DEFENSE NEWS: WASHINGTON – Northrop Grumman has won the contract to build the US Air Force’s next-generation Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B), an industry-shaping deal that breathes new life into the world's sixth-largest defense company.

After US financial markets closed Tuesday evening, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Air Force leadership announced that Northrop beat out the team of Boeing and Lockheed Martin for the contract, which is expected to top $55 billion over the life of the program. It's the largest military aircraft deal since Lockheed Martin won the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) more than a decade ago.

Northrop now has the Pentagon's blessing to build a new fleet of aircraft to replace the Air Force’s aging B-52s and B-1s. As builder of the B-2 stealth bomber, Northrop beat out a joint Lockheed Martin-Boeing team in a closely watched competition that has lasted months longer than anticipated.

Boeing and Lockheed will likely wage intense lobbying campaigns to rally support for a protest. Boeing is expected to tap the Missouri delegation, including influential Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, while Lockheed will look to the Texas delegation, particularly Fort Worth’s Republican Rep. Kay Granger and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. William "Mac" Thornberry, also a Republican.

Earlier on Tuesday, before the announcement and after a hearing on streamlining defense acquisitions, Thornberry acknowledged concerns over a possible LSR-B protest and the litigious nature of acquisitions in general.

"It's part of the way acquisition culture has developed that every bid award has protests, and you're expected to protest – basically with no penalty," he told reporters. "So, a number of members have had ideas about improving that situation, and it's something that we will continue to discuss."



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