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April 20, 2021

Have we broken our military?

Filed under: General — dknights @ 11:10 am
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Given some recent troubles in the US Navy, combined with this story about Ft. Bragg, one is left to wonder if we haven’t broken our military forces.

April 8, 2021

Rest easy

Filed under: General — dknights @ 2:43 pm
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The oldest living Medal of Honor recipient has died.  Clearly a life well lived.

February 23, 2021

Fascinating

Filed under: General — dknights @ 12:36 am
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Thanks to Twitter, I learned a piece of history today.  I had never heard of this unit or their fight against the Fugo balloons. Amazing.

December 30, 2020

A long shot

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:33 pm
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The US Army just achieved a pretty amazing milestone.  An PGM artillery shot from 43 miles away.  It seems as if our military is pulling further and further ahead technologically.  Now, if we can just keep China from stealing all of it.

March 11, 2020

OK, this is just crazy

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:24 am
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An artillery round with a 65 km reach.  That is insane.  It is hard to wrap your mind around that kind of range for a mobile artillery piece.

To give some perspective, the famed “Paris railway gun” had a 120 km range.

 

January 3, 2020

War robots

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 7:06 am
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Not really.  More like robot donkeys.  Story here.  While technology can’t solve every problem, a well-equipped (and well-trained) fighting force will beat even a numerically superior enemy.

November 22, 2019

What makes a “super soldier”?

Filed under: General — dknights @ 10:47 am
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The army has recognized for years that a small percentage of soldiers do a vast majority of the damage to the enemy in combat. These soldier’s effectiveness has an out-sized influence on the outcome of battle.  In battle their bravery borders on suicidal. They attack when any rational person would run and hide.  For years the army has done studies on how to identify, train and ultimately “make” more of its forces into these super soldiers.  So far they’ve been pretty unsuccessful.

As this article makes clear by example, many of these soldier (though not all) are misfits in peacetime.  They don’t fit well in the peacetime army.  They are regularly in trouble and don’t deal well with peacetime regulations.

November 6, 2019

More frikkin’ laser beams

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:53 pm
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Another story on the US military about to deploy laser weapons.  These, when combined with unmanned weapons platforms will be game changing.  When you take away the potential for heavy casualties, many military actions that were unthinkable, no longer are.

October 28, 2019

Making the world a better place

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 5:05 pm
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By removing one terrorist at a time.  Glad these guys are on the case.

October 16, 2019

Blurred lines

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:25 am
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The Army wants artillery that can fire at targets up to 1000 miles away.  Story here.  I am skeptical that it can be done, but if it can be, it would change warfare in some fundamental ways.

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