How one tiny article can show so much about the military in New Mexico, especially the stealth fighters at Holloman

Here’s another article from my files.  This is from the Albuquerque Journal in 2004.  Buried away inside the paper, it gives a clear view of the military dominance of the state.

The Journal, or more popular term Urinal, requires a paid subscription to view their site, and as I don’t want to give that shitty paper any money, I’m reprinting it here:

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Defense Budget Saves N.M. Stealth Planes

The Associated Press

A defense spending bill containing language prohibiting the Air Force from retiring 10 stealth fighters from Holloman Air Force Base has received final congressional approval.

Yep, they still want money for military equipment even if the military doesn’t want them.  Gotta keep the cash rolling.

The Senate approved the measure 96-0 and the House shipped it to President Bush by a 410-12 vote. Thursday’s votes came just hours before Congress was to start a six-week summer recess.

What a democracy we live in.  Basically, no one votes against the military, “our” troops.  And they did this  just before vacation too, so you can imagine the vigorous debate that went into it.

The final version of the $417.5 billion defense bill contains a provision requested by Sens. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., preventing the elimination of the 10 stealths.

That’s right, that’s $417.5 BILLION.   Now its about 600 billion under Obama, but that’s another story.

Reps. Steve Pearce and Heather Wilson, both New Mexico Republicans, added to the bill $9.8 million in funding for the stealths.

More money for the Stealths.  As seen earlier, the New Mexico House and Senate delegation voted for this, showing still that no politician will oppose the military, Demopublican or Republicrat.

The Stealth Fighthers at Holloman Air Force base made their home there in 1992.  They were the first ones used in the Iraq War in March 20, 2003 too: http://www.directionsmag.com/features.php?feature_id=88.  The whole Stealth fighter squadron was fully retired in April 22, 2008. http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2008/08/08/310533/f-117s-final-formation-fling.html So much for the investment in American money.  Not that I care anyway, all of Amerika’s wealth is stolen.

The bill also contains money for 39 more Army Black Hawk helicopters, a Virginia-class attack submarine and a 3.5 percent pay raise for the troops.

More killing machines, and giving the killers a pay raise.

The bill includes $66.2 million to support the High Energy Laser-Joint Technology Office in Albuquerque. It oversees the allocation of defense funding for high energy laser research and development.

More laser weapons to continue dominating the world from outer space.  They basically funnel money to contractors to make laser and other directed energy weapons.  Here’s a recent symposium they had:  http://www.deps.org/DEPSpages/DESystemsSymp10.html

The bill provides $3 million to install the primary instrumentation grid for new homeland security and emergency responder training facilities in the Bootheel community of Playas.

It also includes $31 million for a four-year project to replace 156 housing units and $4.2 million for test infrastructure modernization at White Sands.

Remember Playas?  They didn’t mention it’s White Sands “Missile Range”.  Even if they did, this shows how much money goes to the military here in New Mexico.  It is almost like a colonization.  Even the benign funding shows how dependent New Mexico is on the military.  And the citizenry likes it.  They will not oppose imperialism because it is their cash cow.

Source:

AP.  “Defense Budget Saves NM Stealth Planes.”  Albuquerque Journal.  July 24, 2004.  P. E3.

Update:

A little about Holloman Air Force Base and the Stealth Fighter.

Holloman Air Force Base is located in Alamogordo, 200 miles southeast of Albuquerque.  It was home to the militarys only combat ready F-117 fleet.  Its hangers parked 51 of the F-117 jets.  Each jet costs $45 million.  Training flights were done at nearby White Sands Missile Range and Fort Bliss in Texas.  It was created in Skunk Works in California.  It was first used in 1989 in Panama, as well as in Desert Storm, tested for its radar evading technology.  But the jets were not invincible.

The only armanents the Stealth Fighter had were a pair of internal bombs pre-determined for ground targets.  It was not the fastest jet in the military arsenal, and could not pass the speed of sound.  In March 27, 1999 during the NATO Operation Allied Force in Serbia one of the F-117’s was shot down.  The loss was attributed to a Yugoslav surface-to-air missile, or SAM.  The planes were not invincible.

Since Afghanistan did not have much sophisticated air defenses the Stealths were not used there.  In Iraq with more radar defenses they were used, as described above.  Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies said they would be used “very early” in wars to reach areas cruise missiles could not.  Cordesman said they would be used for precision strikes against sensitive facilities like headquarters and bunkers.  But with the problems described above they were retired.  The planes were given billions of dollars, and were no longer useful in the War on Terror era.

Source:

Navrot, Miguel.  “Under The Radar.”  Albuquerque Journal.  December 1, 2002.  p. B1-B4.

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About elloborojo

Okay, as the subtitle states, this is a notebook from what I call a New Mexico diaspora (look up diaspora if you are asking). I was a former resident of New Mexico, now living elsewhere, but New Mexico is still my homeland. To get more in touch with your homeland one must be away from it. This is my attempt to understand it. I was a former anti-militarism activist in the Albuquerque area. Still believe that United Snakes militarism is the greatest threat to the world, as do the majority of the worlds population. Uncovered much information about the ties in New Mexico, but never processed it all. This blog is an attempt to do that. Also hope it may come of use to others with similar interests.
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