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May 24, 2019

Freedom of the Seas

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 8:44 am
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More freedom of the seas exercises by the US in and around the South China Sea.

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Is the aircraft carrier obsolete?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:35 am
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That is the question addressed in this article.  The author’s conclusion is an emphatic no.

May 22, 2019

The Chinese Navy

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:39 am
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A nice top level analysis of the current Chinese Navy and where they are heading.

May 16, 2019

Trade war

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:16 am
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An interesting perspective on the current US-China trade spat.  Tyler Cowen is a well respected economist who thinks deeply on issues like this.  I think his longer term perspective here is correct, which is why eventually China will yell Uncle…..Sam.

May 11, 2019

Hypersonic vehicles

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:53 am
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The US is on track to test two hypersonic vehicles this year according to this report.  If you haven’t been paying attention, one of the big fears being pushed is that the Chinese are “way ahead” in developing a hypersonic vehicle or warhead.  Frankly, I can’t tell how much of this is “missile gap” hype (get it? Hype.  Sometimes I amuse myself) and how much is real.  It certainly does appear that hypersonic vehicles and lasers are going to be two important areas of weapons development in the near future.

May 8, 2019

Well, this isn’t good news

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 6:55 am
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Looks like China has laid down steel for their third aircraft carrier.  Right now we don’t know much other than it is supposed to be their first “full sized” carrier.  Stay tuned.

April 11, 2019

New Zeros

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:19 pm
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And ones we need to boot.  Fine Molds is releasing a A6M prototype and an A6M2 Model 11.  These will fill a big gap for modelers of Japanese aircraft and those whose interest is in the air war in China.

April 10, 2019

It would take a heart of stone……

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:11 pm
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not to laugh at this story.  First the Russians sink the only dry dock capable of servicing their only carrier, and at the same time it is extensively damaged.  Now, they may just scrap the thing.  While I have some worries about the current state of the USN (the LCS, the DDG-1000, the Fitzgerald incident, etc) I am sure we are worlds better off than the Russian military.  Frankly, that is why we need to spend more of our time and resources addressing the Chinese threat.

April 4, 2019

Strategy Talk Podcast

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 6:06 am
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If you like podcasts, I recommend the Strategy Talk podcast, by the guys who run Strategypage.com.  The latest episode is on the South China Sea, which is one of the areas where I have a real interest.

March 25, 2019

Chinese icebreaker

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:22 pm
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It appears the Chinese are going to build a nuclear powered icebreaker.  Given the remoteness of China from the Arctic, that wouldn’t seem to make much sense, though as the article points out, it makes perfect sense as the test-bed for the propulsion of a future nuclear powered aircraft carrier.

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