Is it possible to train our soldiers in combat situations without physically putting them through the trials of war? Director of Marketing for Quantum3D, Pratish Shah, says that his company already has a solution to this dilemma. The Expedition DI is a 3D digital combat simulator that puts combat soldiers in real life war simulations. The combat soldiers wear a head mounted display and a visual computer backpack that creates virtual imagery in any virtual world situation. The simulator is able to create the same environments such as marketplaces in Iraq and Afghanistan that would test combat soldiers’ ability to distinguish between civilians and enemies. This level of confusion or “fog of war,” have helped deployed soldiers in preparing them for realistic urban or rural warfare situations, as well as re-hone the skills of recently returned combat fighters. Shah says that the simulator is so realistic that troops are winded and sweating after being fully immersed in these combat situations. The value of the Expedition DI was recognized as the Industry’s first self-contained combat infantry simulator and honored with an editor’s choice award from Military Embedded Systems.
Next, Senior Fellow for Middle East Affairs at the Center for Security Policy and deputy managing editor for The Jerusalem Post, Caroline Glick joins Frank to discuss the UN follies occurring regarding a solution to Palestinian statehood. Glick believes that this debate in front of the UN will only amount in escalated attacks against Israel. Additionally, she imagines that the conflict will drag out for weeks or months, in which time the UN will extract sufficient concessions from Israel to shut up Palestine. The current debate is not necessarily Palestinian statehood, as the UN has already twice recognized Palestine, but whether or not Palestine has a standing in the International Criminal Court, argues Glick. Furthermore, Israel is undermining its own leverage and the leverage of its international friends in the Israel-Palestine conflict as it refuses to cut off aid to Palestine. While some believe that Mahmoud Abbas, the current President of the Palestinian National Authority, has agreed to a two-state solution, Glick refutes these claims. In her view, Abbas has continually provided Hamas with funding and has tried to instigate political warfare and the destruction of the Israeli state.
The Honorable Representative Sue Myrick of North Carolina’s 9th district spends a little time with Secure Freedom Radio to talk about the recent intelligence hearings on the situation of al Qaeda ten years after the 9/11 attacks. As Chairman of the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence, Rep. Myrick considers these hearing to be a good step in getting the two committees together in open dialogue about the situation. While she states that al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan have been sufficiently weakened, she is worried that the organization is trying to recruit Americans to join in the effort to bring down the United States. This makes the situation even direr, as we no longer know who they are or where they are. Rep. Myrick urges the Obama administration to pay more attention to this matter and fully dedicate them to a counter-radicalization program. Rather than focusing on the growing Islamist influence abroad and in our own nation, however, the administration is trying to shut down any viewpoint on the issue that contradicts the administration’s own viewpoint.
Writer for Forbes.com and weekly regular at Secure Freedom Radio, Gordon Chang concludes today’s show enlightening us on the growing tensions over the South China Sea. China has claimed all of the South China Sea as its own internal lake. This poses a great threat to international trade, as 50% of the world’s cargo shipping passes through the South China Sea. This declaration by China of ownership of the South China Sea and its drilling in the South China Sea also challenge the United States’ dedication to freedom of navigation. Moreover, Chang gives us an insight into the change of opinion happening in the Philippines. When its nice policies have failed to pacify Beijing, the leadership of the Philippines has reached out to the United States military.