Military Roundup 8 Apr 2010
Photo of the Day: Brown Water Navy
A Fire Scout unmanned vehicle from the USS McInerney makes its first drug bust upon completing its training mission. 60 kilos of cocaine were captured and another 200 kilos of suspected narcotics were dumped overboard. More on the Fire Scout here
USS McFaul crew captures ten pirates and rescues eight captured crewmembers when pirates attempted to attack another vessel near Oman.
An Iranian general has stated that Iran will strike U.S. troops in the region if attacked.
According to the Associated Press, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said that the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is “inevitable.”
The U.S. spends far more than other countries on defense – $607 billion in 2008. But the American economy is so much larger than the rest of the world. When comparing defense spending as a percentage of GDP, the U.S. is actually tied at eighth place, spending even less than Saudi Arabia.