This page exists to provide resources for engineers interested in serving the United States defense industry. Since the terrorist attacks
on U.S. soil on 9/11/2001, there has been a new emphasis on guarding the security of our homeland. In his 2002 "State of the Union Address,"
President Bush appealed to all Americans to perform 2000 hours of volunteer work for the good of the country. Maintaining an area on RF Cafe
that is dedicated to companies supporting the mission will serve as part of my effort (in addition to the four years already spent in the USAF).
You are needed to help guard the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) from vandals during the anti-war march in Washington, D.C., on
March 17, 2007. Our politicians are too weak to have these people arrested, as we
saw in January when protestors spray painted the Capitol building steps. Please click the Gathering of Eagles link above to see how
you can help.
ABMC administers, operates, and maintains 24 permanent American burial grounds on foreign soil. Presently there are 124,917 U.S. War
Dead interred at these cemeteries, 30,922 of World War I, 93,245 of World War II and 750 of the Mexican War. Additionally, 6,010 American veterans
and others are interred in the Mexico City and Corozal American Cemeteries.
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of
their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of men and women." -- Thomas Paine, The Crisis (1776)
Until Then... A nice slideshow
tribute to our troops in the Middle East
"The proud warriors of Baker Company wanted to do something
to pay tribute to our fallen comrades. So since we are part of the only Marine Infantry Battalion left in Iraq the one way that we could think
of doing that is by taking a picture of Baker Company saying the way we feel. It would be awesome if you could find a way to share this with
our fellow countrymen. I was wondering if there was any way to get this into your papers to let the world know that "WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN"
and are proud to serve our country."
U.S. Constitution: Article IV, Section. 4. "The United States shall guarantee to every
State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature,
or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence."
The Declaration of Independence
American Military University amunet.edu/home/default.asp
Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) afcea.org
Aviation Now aviationnow.com
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) cia.gov
Defense 21 defense21.com NDIA's list of member companies
Defense Security Service (DSS) dss.mil
Defense Supply Center Columbus dscc.dla.mil
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fbi.gov
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) nasa.gov
National Defense Industrial Association ndia.org
National Security Agency (NSA*) nsa.gov
Office of Homeland Security whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/10/20011008-2.html
A Soldier, a Sailor, an Airman and a Marine got into an argument about which branch of the service was "The Best." The arguing became
so heated the four service men failed to see an oncoming truck. They were run over by the truck and killed instantly.
Soon, the four servicemen found themselves at the Pearly gates of Heaven. There, they met Saint Peter and decided that only he could
be the ultimate source of truth and honesty. So, the four servicemen asked him, "Saint Peter, which branch of the United States Armed
Forces is the best?" Saint Peter replied, "I can't answer that. However, I will ask God what He thinks the next time I see Him.
Meanwhile, thank you for your service on Earth and welcome to Heaven."
Some time later the four servicemen see Saint Peter and remind him of the question they had asked when first entering Heaven. The
four servicemen asked Saint Peter if he was able to find the answer. Suddenly, a sparkling white dove lands on Saint Peter's
shoulder. In the dove's beak is a note glistening with gold dust. Saint Peter opens the note, trumpets blare, gold dust drifts into
the air, harps play crescendos and Saint Peter begins to read the note aloud to the four servicemen.
MEMORANDUM FROM THE DESK OF THE ALMIGHTY ONE:
TO: All Former Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines
SUBJECT: Which Military Service Is the Best
1. All branches of the United States Armed Forces are honorable and noble. 2. Each serves America well
and with distinction. 3. Serving in the United States military represents a great honor
warranting special respect, tribute, and dedication from your fellow man. 4. Always
be proud of that.
Sincerely, GOD, U.S.A.F. (Retired)
"The elite didn’t realize there was a revolutionary transformation going on in American society.
We’re starting to see the military dividends of that in this generation, who are not afraid of the things that terrified their parents.
They have sort of a pop-culture casualness about them — Ray-Ban sunglasses, big muscles, dyed hair — but a deadly seriousness. And
there is not that Letterman-Seinfeld cynicism of that smart-ass urban elite."
"This war is not only going to have positive effects on the Middle East, but it’s going to create a whole generation of young people
with shared sacrifices. People admire those who risk their lives to protect the security of their fellow Americans. It’s a marked contrast
to the “vomit-ins” in San Francisco or “die-ins” in the streets of Washington. But it’s going to take a while for those people to pass
through the institutions and leave us in peace."
"One, we have a conventional military that’s very powerful, and we’re not necessarily predictable. We have emotions, too, and we
can lash out if we have to, so if you are rash terrorists you’d better be careful of our anger. Two, when leaders like the Assads or
the Khadafis look at what we did to Saddam Hussein, blowing up individual homes and rounding up killers, we almost reinvented their
own military dialectic. They always threatened us with these random stealthy killers; now in response we’re saying, 'You may have a
suicide bomber, but we can target you as unpredictably and suddenly just as much as you can target us.'”
- historian Dr. Victor Davis Hanson, describing the Operation Iraqi Freedom troops and the media elite that misjudged them.
Official 9/11 Commission
AOC: Association of Old Crows crows.org
Aviation Week & Space Technology aviationnow.com/content/publication/awst/awst.htm
Target Practice - this is a riot! kgov.com/gallery/20010911/TargetPractice.mpg
Taliban Dating Service kgov.com/gallery/20010911/TalibanDatingService.jpg
Dear Mr. BinLaden kgov.com/gallery/20010911/dear-bin-laden.jpg
Bin Laden Supporter kgov.com/gallery/20010911/terrorist-on-fire.jpg
Here's an amazing B-17 story foxnews.com/story/0,2933,94542,00.html
"Name of the Roses" - Synopsis of Russia's Failed Air Defense System mwjournal.com/journal/article.asp?HH_ID=AR_867
A Pittance of Time
This Veterans Day tribute is by Canadian citizen Terry Kelly. It was written after an experience he had on Veterans
Day in 1999. Terry went blind at an early age, but has excelled as an
athlete and a musician. It is done in the finest Celtic tradition.
Bagpipes Cryin' Tribute to our Troops
.By Rushlow Harris
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a nw nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the
proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who
here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate - we can not consecrate - we can not hallow - this ground. The brave men, living and dead,
who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what
we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which
they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -
that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here
highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that
government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
President Abraham Lincoln
See AP's Original Wired D-Day Invasion Story
On June 6, 1944, the Associated Press' (AP)
Wes Gallagher filed the first
news report from the beachhead at Normandy. The code name was "D-Day" (see today's
RF Cafe logo). It has now been 70 years since the day "American, British
and Canadian forces landed by daylight in massive strength on the Normandy coast of France today and sped inland from quickly-established
beachheads. Gen. Dewight D. Eisenhower told his troops this grand assault was a crusade which must bring 'nothing less than full victory.'"
The animation below shows day-by-day progression of WWII in all theaters of operation - sobering to see how bad things got before the U.S.
entered the war.