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July 31, 2018

Tar and feathers

Filed under: Legal,Politics — dknights @ 1:58 pm
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Any bureaucrat who shuts down a kid’s lemonade stand needs to be tarred and feathered.

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July 25, 2018

The Germans are not serious

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:08 am
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The Germans are not serious about defending themselves and we shouldn’t be doing it for them.

Middle East air combat

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 8:43 am
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Looks like the Israelis just shot down a Syrian warplane.  The article doesn’t say it but I am guessing it was an Su-25.

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.

July 4, 2018

T129

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:56 am
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An interesting article on Turkey’s acquisition of a new attack helicopter and some of the politics behind the decision on what to buy.

June 18, 2018

More Asian carrier development

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:07 am
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The F-35B has really changed the game when it comes to smaller navies having carrier capability.  Korea and Japan will both have such capability as soon as they put in orders for the F-35B.  (I have no doubt that they both will)

June 13, 2018

China’s naval aviation

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 1:42 pm
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It appears that a Chinese naval aviator has made the first night trap on board China’s only operational carrier.  This is significant as the USN is the only navy that regularly conducts night carrier ops.

June 11, 2018

Russian activity in the English Channel

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 7:55 pm
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Looks like the Russians sent another spy ship through the channel.  The Royal Navy provided an escort. I’ve said before that I think the Russian military, especially the Russian Navy is a paper tiger.  However, it is still best for western navies to keep on their toes.

June 6, 2018

Japanese Carriers

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:03 am
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Not the WWII kind.  Looks like the Japanese are ready to admit what everyone knew.  Their new Helicopter carriers are going to become full-fledged STOVL carriers. I see some F-35B sales in Japan’s future.

May 28, 2018

More South China Sea news

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 8:39 am
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This is now a regular occurrence. Not sure the Chinese really care since the islands are already a reality.

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