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May 24, 2019

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


Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 1:09 pm
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Does Turkey want out of NATO?  It seems that way from this type of behavior.  Frankly, though it has a strategic location useful to the US for Mideast operations, I am not sure they are worth the trouble.  Not sure the Russians are thinking this one through either, as adding another majority Islamic nation to their orbit might not be wise given their internal troubles in the south of Russia.

May 21, 2019

PJs to get new tech?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:14 pm
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Pararescue airmen (PJs) are some of the most respected soldiers in the military.  They are the guys who ride in on helicopters and go down ropes to rescue downed airmen and other trapped and injured soldiers.  Now, the military is looking at new ways to get soldiers and airmen who are down behind enemy lines out without having to risk so many lives.  One of the latest thoughts is adapting the developing commercial air taxis for such a purposes.  Article here.

May 12, 2019


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:31 pm
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Looks like the US has at least one S-300 Russian SAM system in a US training range.  I don’t find this surprising.  My questions is, do they have an S-400?

Whizz bang

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:23 am
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Looks like the US military has developed the small version of Jerry Pournelle’s “Rods from God“.  I’ve been watching this particular area with interest.  With private space companies bringing the cost per pound to launch items into orbit way down, I have thought for some time that within 7 years we’d have actual heavy inert rods in orbit.  Combined with precision guidance, this will make for an awesome non-nuclear capability.

May 10, 2019


Filed under: General — dknights @ 10:50 am
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Man, we are in trouble if discipline is fading in the Marine units.

May 8, 2019

The return of “Pinks and Greens”

Filed under: General — dknights @ 12:02 am
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I, for one, am happy to see this change.

April 16, 2019

A ceramic hand grenade

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:44 am
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At the end of the war in the Pacific, the Japanese were cut off from resources and desperately trying to improvise weapons.  One that I was unaware before yesterday was the ceramic hand grenade.  It is an interesting story. (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves for the pointer.)

April 8, 2019

New Whizz bang

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:01 pm
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The Army developing new hi-tech visual augmentation devices.  Today’s soldiers who grew up on video games will now have many of the features they are use to available on the real world battlefield.

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.

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