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January 10, 2020

Paper tiger

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:37 pm
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As I’ve said, generally Russia is a paper tiger.  However, that doesn’t mean they still can’t do something stupid and get a bunch a people killed. That will happen if they keep this up.

December 27, 2019

US Navy acquisitions

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:46 pm
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Looks like the USN is getting a new fleet of harbor and patrol craft.  Good news, I hope. (post for Jeff “Inch High” Groves who misses the smell of salt air)

December 26, 2019

Russian spy ship

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 2:54 pm
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A Russian intelligence gathering ship is off a US sub base off the coast of South Carolina.  This is just more of Putin trying to look like he is flexing muscles.  As I’ve repeatedly said Russians doing things like this is a sign of their weakness, not their strength.

December 12, 2019

What is the LCS good for?

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:51 am
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Apparently the USN has found out.  Sadly, the answer is pretty disappointing.

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.

November 11, 2019

Veteran’s day

Filed under: General,Technology — dknights @ 12:00 pm
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No more fitting a story for this Veteran’s day.  What a great project.

and related, another important WWII USN ship is found.  The improvements in underwater technology clearly will lead to us at least knowing the final resting places of many WWI and WWII sailors.

Undersea spying

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:16 am
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Are the Russians tapping into undersea cables?  Is this ship involved?  I’d bet the answer to both questions is yes.

October 24, 2019

This seems logical

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:09 pm
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Story here.  Given that the USCG ships operate far from home waters in some very dangerous places, it isn’t a bad idea to give them an ability to defend themselves if the balloon goes up and they are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

September 21, 2019

There is so much going on here.

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:18 pm
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I could stare to this photo for hours.

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.

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