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November 19, 2019

Pilot defections

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:00 am
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Thanks to late night texting with Jim Bates, I came across this Wikipedia list of pilot defections.  Way cool.

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.

November 1, 2019

Frikkin’ laser beams

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:21 am
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An article on how the Navy and Air Force are working hard toward increasingly powerful lasers.  The USN in particular needs a power level breakthrough in lasers.  I suspect that one is coming, and fairly soon.  The question will be can we keep the Chinese from stealing it once we develop the technology.

October 31, 2019

More details

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 5:03 pm
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On the US special forces strike in Syria on ISIS.

October 30, 2019

I love this story

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:05 am
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I am deeply interested in stuff like this.  I know there is a lot of stuff that isn’t general knowledge, but I’d love to know what the government and military aren’t telling us.

October 29, 2019

Yes, next question

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:42 pm
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Question here.  Iran simply doesn’t have the ability to project its military power much beyond its borders except thru the use of terrorist proxies.

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 24, 2019


Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 1:42 pm
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Now this may be the classiest take down ever.  Someone call the burn unit.  This only raises my estimation of Gen. Mattis.

October 22, 2019

Corporate Aggressors

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:34 pm
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The USAF and USN have contracted out the aggressor role  for their air combat training.  Seven different companies have been given contracts for the work.  They have a wide variety of aircraft.  Some great modeling subjects for the future.


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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