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January 17, 2020

Underwater spy drones

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 3:26 pm
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We are apparently using them.  Other countries are apparently catching them occasionally.  Glad to see the USN out there.  More please.

January 14, 2020

China launches new heavy rocket

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:33 pm
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At the end of 2019, China launched a new heavy lift rocket.  This rocket is said to form the basis of the Chinese plans to have their own space station as well as launch missions to Mars.  The US better stop dragging its feet. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

January 3, 2020

Chinese trainer

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:00 pm
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I am not even sure I was aware this aircraft existed.

December 26, 2019

China’s financial woes

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:05 am
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China has some very dicey financial problems.  Story here.  Almost inevitably the Chinese economy will crash at some point. How that affects the rest of the world will depend on how entangled each country’s economy is with China.  As such, it is quite possible that the current administration’s move on Chinese trade may have an unintended beneficial effect.

December 23, 2019


Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:58 am
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Story here.  We should be much more careful than we have been regarding foreign students in the US.  US Universities have a strong financial incentive to allow in as many students as possible.  However, a thorough vetting and monitoring program in necessary to protect US interests.

November 22, 2019

Trade war

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:15 am
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The administration might have been right that the US held the stronger hand if a trade war developed between the US and China. Story here.  Of course many people have made the same point for years and have wondered why previous administrations haven’t used the same leverage.

November 18, 2019

Hypersonics. Not ready for prime time?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:03 pm
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Model-blogger Jeff “Inch High” Groves points to this article which has a very sober take on the “hypersonic craze”.  Well worth reading.

November 13, 2019

Tightening the screws

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:36 am
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The US is exerting more influence to tighten the sanctions on Iran.  Latest here.  The US needs to continue to press other countries to takes these actions.  The same goes for North Korea.  The common thread in this is that China is assisting in thwarting these sanctions.  There is where the real screw tightening needs to occur.

November 12, 2019

We need to up our game

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:04 pm
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China isn’t kidding when it comes to space exploration.  Either we step it up or we will get left behind. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger.)


November 11, 2019

F-35Bs for South Korea?

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:22 pm
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Maybe.  It only makes sense, and with the South China Sea becoming such a flashpoint, it is unsurprising that Japan and South Korea would feel the need to strengthen their capabilities at sea.

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