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December 9, 2019

Sword missiles

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:39 am
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It appears that the US has adapted the Hellfire missile to carry sword blades that deploy instead of explosives.  Guided weapons have gotten so accurate that explosives aren’t always needed.  This reminds me of my favorite weapon concept, the “Rods from God”  Frankly the US should deploy this if they can figure how to get a lot of weight into orbit cheaply enough.  It could solve the Iran/North Korea bunker problems (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves for a reminder about the article above)

November 13, 2019

Tightening the screws

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 9:36 am
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The US is exerting more influence to tighten the sanctions on Iran.  Latest here.  The US needs to continue to press other countries to takes these actions.  The same goes for North Korea.  The common thread in this is that China is assisting in thwarting these sanctions.  There is where the real screw tightening needs to occur.

October 16, 2019

Leverage

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:51 pm
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Pigs, it turns out, could lead to the denuclearization of North Korea.  The present US administration has made a resolution of the North Korea problem one of its top priorities.  North Korea teeters on the edge of starvation, at least for the vast majority of its population.  Now, North Korea has apparently been hit with “pig ebola” that has already struck neighboring China.  North Korea gets 80% of its protein from pork.  If this hits North Korea as hard as it has hit China, then it may provide an opening for the US to trade pigs for denuclearization.  Time will tell.

September 26, 2019

A hero passes

Filed under: General — dknights @ 9:27 am
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The second to last US Korean war ace has died.

September 19, 2019

Hotspot

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:49 am
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As you know the South China Sea is a hotspot I watch closely.  However adjacent to it, in the  Sea of Japan (North China Sea) a little tussle is developing between North Korea and Russia.  These two nuclear armed, third-rate powers are apparently scrapping over fishing in each other’s waters.  Both countries are economically desperate and North Korea simply has to have as much protein as they can find so I could easily see this one flaring up.  Stay tuned.

August 15, 2019

Missile defense

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:15 am
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A necessity.

May 15, 2019

Keeping the pressure on North Korea

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:26 am
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I suspect we will see more of this as the US ramps up the pressure on North Korea. The question is ultimately can they be starved into submission? I don’t think we have any choice but to try.  North Korea can’t be allowed to maintain nukes.

August 6, 2017

China ups its ASAT game

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:03 am
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Story here.  The big question is, are they doing this because they also fear North Korea?

August 2, 2017

South Korean missile defense

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:43 am
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Looks like the South Koreans are looking to beef up their missile defenses.

Speaking of Korea, looks like North Korea is working hard on submarine launched ballistic missile technology.  Might be why the South wants more THAADS.

February 19, 2015

This is awesome

Filed under: General — dknights @ 2:32 pm
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TED talk or North Korean slogan.

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