Virgin Galactic Takes you to Space (Video)

Monday blues got you down? Intercepts is here to start your week off on a good note. Below you’ll find video from Virgin Galactic, the space-based arm of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin empire. The company has been testing out its SpaceShipTwo, which will take civilian “space tourists” for a jaunt into space. During a recent test…

Sen. McCain Roughed Up By Constituents Over Syria Stance (Video)

US lawmakers from both parties and all corners of the nation this week have voiced agreement that their constituents are overwhelmingly against a military strike in Syria. The calls and emails have flooded into Washington this week from California to the office of Democratic Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein. Democratic Senate Armed Services Committee…

Rep Holt: With Each White House Syria Answer, ‘The Less Satisfied I Am’ (Video)

[HTML1] Does the White House face an uphill battle garnering ample support among House members for a use-of-force resolution in the House? You bet it does. And, to be clear, faces a steep climb in convincing its fellow Democrats to authorize even a limited military mission. Not only did numerous Democratic House members voice concerns…

Video of the Day: Rep. Duncan Hunter vs. Gen. Ray Odierno

Typically military posture hearings are a chance for lawmakers to grandstand and spout political soundbites that they promote to constituents in their home districts. Those at the witness table often stick to their script of talking points, rarely deviating from the party line, and often times don’t even get a chance to respond as a member’s time…

Drone Week Begins as Armed UAVs’ Familiar ‘Buzz’ Becoming Less Frequent

[HTML1] Since last December, Congress has had Fiscal Cliff Week then Sequestration Week then CR Week and most recently Budget Week. The Senate even had Guns Week. And now comes Drone Week. Two congressional panels on Tuesday are holding hearings on the role of armed unmanned aircraft in future military operations — and the very…

HII Shows Off New BMD Ship Concept at Sea-Air-Space (Updated with video!)

An interesting ship model was unveiled April 8 by Huntington Ingalls Industries at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space gathering outside Washington: a ship intended primarily for the ballistic missile defense mission. Using the basic LPD 17 hull designed for the U.S. Navy’s San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ships — all of which are built by HII…