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July 10, 2020

Submarines: The future or the past?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:37 pm
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If the technologies in this article ever get developed, then the submarine may have outlived its usefulness.  This would be both good and bad for US interests.  It would make one of the legs of our nuclear triad more vulnerable, but it also would mean that our CVNGs would be less vulnerable.

The F-35 and the NFWS (Topgun)

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:48 am
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The F-35 is now showing up at the NFWS, which has caused them to upgrade their syllabus. Interesting article.

June 24, 2020

US Carriers

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:53 am
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Looks like we have three in the Pacific now.  I suspect that absent a flair up elsewhere, this will be standard for the foreseeable future.

June 18, 2020

The Mark 14 torpedo

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:20 am
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One of the biggest US failures of WWII.  A great explanation in the video below.  While watching it I can’t help but reflect on how many of our weapons development problems today seem to stem from the same issues from 80 years ago.

June 5, 2020

Good news

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:49 pm
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Australia and India are committing to closer joint military cooperation.  Both countries realize the danger the CCP represents.  Taking these steps now may prevent worse problems later.

June 4, 2020

Time to wake the heck up

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 2:29 am
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The CCP is not our friend.  It is vital that the USN get its head out of its butt (i.e. LCS) and figure out a strategy and a build out to meet this threat.

May 28, 2020

Naval construction

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:56 pm
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An interesting perspective.  If the economy bounces back to pre-pandemic levels quickly, then a wave of retirements really will result in a shortage of skilled workers.  Given the pay and employment security, these should be highly sought after jobs.

May 27, 2020

This one is for Inch

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:46 am
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See here.  Clarity on this issue is necessary.

May 14, 2020

USS Nevada rediscovered

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:11 pm
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Story here.  It amazes me that we did not save the Nevada and the Enterprise after WWII.

May 11, 2020

You’d have to have a heart of stone

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:35 am
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Not to laugh. Managed to do it with 50 year old technology.

Here is more of this story.

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