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July 19, 2018

Russia, Russia, Russia

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:21 am
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With Russia in the news lately, it is worth noting that the US is making huge investments in countries close to the Russian border to upgrade their ability to host and support US forces.

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July 11, 2018

French H160

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 6:35 pm
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Interesting article on the new French replacement helicopter.  It will be interesting to see if this has any success beyond the French military.

July 4, 2018

T129

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:56 am
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An interesting article on Turkey’s acquisition of a new attack helicopter and some of the politics behind the decision on what to buy.

May 31, 2018

Space Tycoons

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 7:59 am
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A great editorial from Instapundit. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

May 23, 2018

Secret Navy Ship

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:01 pm
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I hadn’t heard this story before.  I wonder how many others there are?

Asymmetric warfare

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 4:01 pm
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It has been said that the for all the technological advantages of the advanced Western powers, they are ill equipped to fight modern terrorism that uses non-traditional methods and uses the structure of the open, Western welfare state societies against themselves.  Here and here are articles on an interesting exploration of the weaknesses of the Western welfare state.  The United Kingdom has had a similar issue for years.  To win the war against the barbarians, Western societies must find a way to deal with these asymmetric threats.  War isn’t just about guns and tanks and airplanes anymore.

 

April 30, 2018

Russian mobile nuclear power plant

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:26 pm
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I’ve never heard of this before.  I know during the collapse of the USSR some nuke subs were reportedly tied up to docks and used as power plants.  This seems to be a next level purpose-built version of that idea.  I can see why folks would be concerned  about its safety.

March 12, 2018

Air Force PR

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:25 pm
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The Air Force is drawing back big on outreach while it retrains its PR operations.  IMHO, in my opinion it isn’t a good sign that they are spending this much time on bureaucracy.

February 6, 2018

Starving Russia

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:51 pm
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This op-ed talks about the financial difficulties that the Russian armed forces are facing.  Regular readers of this blog will remember that I previously mentioned this problem in a post.

January 24, 2018

More on the Russian spy ship

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:53 pm
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A Russian spy ship has been spotted off the North Carolina coast.  The Russians seem to have stepped up surveillance activities lately. I previously noted this here.

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