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Weapons Of The Special Forces


Special operations. The name says it all: specially trained individuals conducting highly specialized missions using a range of specialized hardware. Whether they are leading cavalry charges of freedom fighters or helping to yank foreign despots from their underground hiding places, U.S. special operations forces have at their disposal the most cutting-edge weaponry.

FUTURE FIREPOWER

Looking toward the future, special operations planners are calling for a new-generation weapons system designated the Special Operations Forces (SOF) Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR). Envisioned as a family of weapons, SCAR will be developed in two primary configurations: SCAR-Light (SCAR-L, 5.56 x 45mm) and SCAR-Heavy (SCAR-H, 7.62 x 51mm), with SCAR-L leading the acquisition process. A characteristic of the follow-on SCAR-H model is the use of an Open Architecture design that will accommodate changing calibers from the standard NATO 7.62 x 51mm. The initial caliber change is projected as the 7.62 x 39mm used in the AK-47 and other international weapons series.

Barrett M82 The .50-cal. M82 series long-range sniper rifles entered service during Operation Desert Storm and have proved effective against material targets.

Both SCAR configurations will possess the capability for barrel modularity and thus will be available in the following variants: Standard, Close Quarters Combat and Sniper Variant. Maximum size for the SCAR-L is 29.9 in. (stock collapsed or folded)/33.6 in. (stock extended with standard barrel) with a maximum unloaded weight of 7.25 pounds. Size and weight goals for SCAR-H are 30.3 in. folded/40.2 in. extended with standard barrel, and no more than 9 pounds. Among its capabilities, the SCAR family will be compatible with all components of the SOPMOD kit.

Industry designers have recently unveiled several new weapon design concepts in response to the SCAR requirements. Knight’s Armament, for example, has traced a growth path from its current SR-25/Mk11 weapons to the SCAR-H design. The company has shown great flexibility in recent years, even producing prototypes for an SR-47 (Stoner Rifle) design that was externally identical to the M4 carbine but re-engineered to fire the AK-47 banana clip and 7.62 x 39mm ammo.

Barrett XM109 Firing a 25mm “cargo round,” the XM109 marks the boundary between sniper rifle and cannon.

“We’ve showed special operations representatives the Mk11 and then we showed them a Mk11 of a different lower receiver that had a collapsible buttstock,” explains David Lutz, Vice President of Military Marketing for Knight’s. “Then we took the upper receiver—which has a 20-in. barrel—off the new collapsible lower receiver and we pulled out what we call ‘The Battle Rifle,’ with either a 16-in. or 14.5-in. barrel. That now goes on the collapsible stock SR-25 lower receiver. As far as we’re concerned, we think this is certainly your ‘immediate term’ SCAR-Heavy.”

Meanwhile, special operations planners continue to support the immediate needs of special operations personnel in the field. For their part, the special operators are continuing to go wherever they are needed and do whatever needs to be done.

TEST FIRING THE XM8

Searching for downrange targets, I slid my index finger forward in the trigger guard, hitting the bolt catch release and chambering the first 5.56mm round. The ambidextrous thumb lever on both sides of the handgrip smoothed my lefthanded transition from safe, through semi, to full-automatic fire. The initial burst was directed at a torso target, and the weapon’s high sightline and innovative stock design provided heads-up assurance that the bulk of the bullets were plastering the cardboard victim.

PM was in the Nevada desert to test fire the newest addition to the Army’s small-arms arsenal, the XM8 lightweight carbine system.

“The XM8 is an experimental M8 carbine,” explained Jim Schatz, Manager, Military Programs, HK Defense. “XM8 is the Army designation for what the Army expects will be its new combat assault rifle system. If it is successful and if it’s fielded, the XM8 weapons system is intended to replace the M16/M4 family of weapons.”

Explaining the Army’s need for the new XM8 system, Schatz acknowledged that “the M16/M4 family of weapons have been around for 40 years and they continue to serve the military very well. We take nothing from the design of Gene Stoner. It’s brilliant. But there are certain requirements that the conventional Army has for a new assault rifle to reduce the training burden, to increase the service life, and to increase the reliability of that M16/M4 system.”

The XM8 employs a proven operating system that uses a pusher rod located above the barrel, pushed to the rear by a piston. When a round is fired, gas comes up into the cylinder, pushing a piston rod that strikes the bolt carrier and drives it to the rear.

“Once the piston comes about 6mm to the rear, all the excess gas, which you don’t need to operate the gun, goes out the front, out of the muzzle and out of the gas venthole. And all the carbon goes out of the muzzle with it,” Schatz said.

The operating system is one feature in a totally modular weapons design that Schatz likens to “a Lego set” in terms of its ease of assembling components and accessories.

The XM8 weapons system includes four major variants: Baseline Carbine, Compact Carbine, Sharpshooter and Automatic Rifleman. Automatic firing rates for all variants fall within 700 to 825 rounds per minute. Barrel lengths vary from 9 to 20 in. Firing the standard NATO M855 5.56mm bullet, muzzle velocities vary from 2400 fps (9-in. barrel) to 2700 fps (12.5-in. barrel) to 3000 fps (20-in. barrel).

Moving to the range, our own firing experience with multiple XM8 variant prototypes provided a new appreciation for the design features and inherent program lethality.

As these pages WENT to press, XM8 prototype testing continued through summer 2004 with the formal “decision to adopt” scheduled for September. A positive decision would lead to initial production early in 2005 with the first fielding later that year.

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How Entrepreneurs are Building Successful and More Efficient Companies


Every good entrepreneur knows it’s true: besides having a brilliant business idea, employees are any firm’s most valuable asset. But once a business takes off, the romantic idea of founding a successful business in the proverbial garage quickly fades and reality settles in. Fact is, day-to-day issues of HR management can distract you from another key to success: growing your business.

Saving Hours by Outsourcing
The average small business owner spends more than 25 percent of his or her day handling employee-related paperwork. With additional tasks added for recruitment, hiring and training of new employees, this number quickly grows to 35 to 45 percent. In other words, rather than innovating and expanding the business, they spend almost half of any workday on administrative tasks that are a necessary evil.

While 401(k) plans or a premium benefits package keep current employees happy and attract high-caliber candidates, most entrepreneurs prefer to focus on their passion for the business, rather than on HR. They have very limited interest in federal and state regulations regarding everything from workers’ compensation to workplace health and safety, not to mention additional complexities related to employee benefits with the recent passage of the Affordable Care Act. HR outsourcing firms like TriNet, provide small, growing companies a proven way to scale, protect and streamline their business. What’s more — this approach allows entrepreneurs to focus on what matters most to them.

Power and Efficiency Through Integrated Technology Solution
Employees have come to expect anytime access to their HR information. But the cost of implementing and maintaining a state-of-the-art HR information system (HRIS) is simply out of reach for the average small and medium firm. But that’s precisely what TriNet has done — creating an affordable, cloud-based solution and mobile app to enable employees, managers and executives to access the information they need, when they need it.

Risk Mitigation: Share the Liability, Focus on Your Business
In this litigious climate, there is little room for administrative error. HR companies, like TriNet, stay on top of all employment laws and regulations so they can help their clients remain compliant.

With TriNet as your partner, you’ll have the expertise, capabilities and scalable infrastructure to grow. Our core HR services and cloud-based technology streamline the HR process for managers and employees alike. Learn more by calling 888.874.6388 or go to TriNet.com/incredible. It’s time to start achieving some incredible results of your own.

The Disrupters 2013: The Entrepreneurs Who Are Changing Their Industries


Disruption isn’t cool. Historically, disruptive ideas and companies haven’t been those behind the groundbreaking technologies or products–i.e., the cool stuff. Disrupters aren’t usually first to market with a new invention. They are, however, visionaries who grasp how an existing idea can be made better or cheaper or accessible to millions.

History is littered with examples: Ford’s assembly line and stripped-down Model T brought cars to the everyman. Steve Jobs took the computer mouse, at the time a custom-built and expensive gadget, and had someone figure out how to make it for less than a quarter of the cost. Amazon.com didn’t create online shopping, but it did bring millions of products to one storefront and deliver a better price.

The same goes for our disrupters here. They saw opportunities, ignored by existing players in their fields, to get in, grow big, change the game–and get rich along the way.

Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/227205#ixzz2YBP3VyAP

9 Famous Quotes on Sachin


Sachin Tendulkar – GOD of Cricket
9 Famous Quotes on Sachin
Tendulkar…..!!!

1. “I want my son to become Sachin Tendulkar.” -Brian Lara(WI)

2. ”We did not lose 2 a team called India , we lost 2 a man called Sachin” – Mark Taylor(aus)

3. “Nothing bad can happen 2 us if we were on a plane in India wit Sachin Tendulkar on it.”-Hashim Amla(SA)

4. ”He can play that leg glance with a walking stick also. -Waqar Younis(Pak)

5. ”There r 2 kind of batsman in the world. 1. Sachin Tendulkar and 2. all the others .-Andy Flower(ZIM)

6. “I have seen God. He bats at no.4 for India in tests.-Matthew Hayden(AUS)

7. “I see myself when i see Sachin batting.-Don Bradman(AUS)

8. “Do your crime when Sachin is batting, bcos even God is busy watching his batting. -Australian Fan The Best One

9. Barack Obama – “I don’t know about cricket but still I watch cricket to see Sachin play..Not b’coz I love his play its b’coz I want to know the reason why my country’s production goes down by
5 percent when he’s batting”

How to Change The World (a short FB blog by u know who):


How to Change The World (a short FB blog by u know who):

#1. Change your world. (All you do each day reveals your deepest beliefs and your strongest values). Get better and you’ll do better.

#2. Aim higher. (Your life reflects your standards and what you’ve settled for. As you go for world-class, you uplift everyone around you).

#3. Be kind. (Sounds really obvious but not so commonly practiced. Little acts of brave kindness remind people to be human again).

#4. Get laughed at. (Stop being so reasonable and practical. the great ones were all called crazy before they were revered).

#5. Be patient. (Changing the world is a daily process. It happens one goal and one conversation at a time. Mastery takes years of devotion. But it’s worth it).

Hope this serves you. Hope I help you. Hope you use this. To CHANGE THE WORLD. Your fan always, Robin

P.S. I really believe in this learning resource that will help you break through to an all-new level of power. Please don’t miss out on it as doors close soon: http://bit.ly/16RUOVg

24 Angelic Places That You Must Visit in Your Life


Jiuzhaigou Valley

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Biggest Mushroom

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Opera House Sydney, Australia

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Panchoran Retreat Bali

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Patagonia Argentina The Smoking Mountain

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Pisa Italy

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Pool Resorts Step outside and take a dip Bali Indonesia

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Predjama Castle a renaissance castle built within a cave mouth in Southwestern Slovenia

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Romantic canalside cafe Trattoria Sempione Venice Italy Photo by La Citta Vita

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Ronda Spain

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Sanphet Prasat Palace at Ancient Museum in Samutprakran Thailand

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Sydney Australia

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Thailand

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The Appennine Colossus just north of Florence Italy

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The old red grist mill near Eminence Missouri

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Tropea Province of Vibo Valentia Italy

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Tübingen Germany

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Tyrol Austria

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Victoria falls as seen from Zambia

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Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

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Zakynthos Island Ionian Sea Greece.Looks like the boat is floating in the air

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Lunch at Waterfalls Restaurant (Villa Escudero)

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Aescher Hotel In Appenzellerland, Switzerland

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Google introduces natural language search and machine recognition for photos


You know what photos we're searching for, right? (Image credit: Photographer / Shutterstock)

You know what photos we’re searching for, right? (Image credit: Photographer / Shutterstock)

Search is increasingly becoming human. While users from my generation have been used to search operators like “and”, “or” and the plus and minus signs, search queries are becoming more and more natural language like. Take for instance Facebook‘s Open Graph search, which launched earlier this year with mixed reception. You can use natural language like “photos of my friends taken in Tokyo,” for instance.

Google has announced a better way to find photos, which uses natural language, as well as photo recognition. This new feature lets you search for photos within your Google+ network using simple queries. To make search even better, Google is now employing “computer vision and machine learning,” which will recognize even generic images based on their characteristics.

With this update, you can simply do a search for “my photos of flowers” and Google will come up with images of flowers from your Google+ photos. You can then add qualifiers to focus your search: “my photos of flowers in New York,” for instance. This has a few implications, of course. First, Google is moving toward doing away with tags and captions. With the new update, Google’s algorithms (neural networks?) will attempt to identify the image based on image recognition.

Photos of flowers from Google search

Product manager Matthew Kulick says this is limited to English searches within Google.com (no support for other country domains, yet), and when you are logged in via Google+.

Going beyond photo search, of course, the bigger implication that comes to mind is that this improvement will tie in well with Google Glass. With Google improving its image recognition technologyand having an improved ability in recognizing faces and objects, tying this in with persistent photo and video captured through wearable computers will become a rich source of data and analytics for the search giant.

 

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