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July 12, 2019

Turkey crosses a line

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 3:14 pm
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They have started receiving S-400 SAMs from Russia.  This means they won’t be getting F-35s.  Frankly, given its current government, I don’t see Turkey staying in NATO.  I am not sure they were ever really a good fit to begin with.


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.

November 30, 2018

Let’s here it for the Swedes

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:08 pm
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Cool story.  I always knew I like the Viggen.

November 8, 2018

Norway loses a ship

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 6:00 pm
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This is bad news.   Ouch!   Hopefully it can be re-floated and repaired.

October 12, 2018

Belgian F-16 destroyed by strafing

Filed under: General — dknights @ 3:41 pm
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by another Belgian F-16, when both were on the ground.  Wow.


August 20, 2018

F-22 v. F-35

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:40 pm
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Apparently the F-22 and F-35 recently went head to head in wargames.  Which aircraft came out on top is a big secret.

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.

January 20, 2018

Poland increases the size of its army by 50%

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 8:30 am
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Poland is expanding its army from a 100,000 man force to 150,000.  I think this is smart, thought I suspect that Putin is more likely to try to destabilize Poland politically and foment a revolt.  If I was a Polish citizen, I’d be nervous.

June 13, 2016

Smart move?

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 3:40 pm
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Moving NATO units into Poland and the Baltic republics.  I personally think this is the right thing to do.  I don’t think Putin is doing anything but bluffing, but I think it is smart to show that we are taking things seriously.

April 12, 2015

Putin is trying to make a point

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:54 am
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Story here.  The question is, is he doing it because he knows he’s weak?  Is he bluffing?

And, as I said before.

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