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May 23, 2018

Secret Navy Ship

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:01 pm
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I hadn’t heard this story before.  I wonder how many others there are?

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Asymmetric warfare

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 4:01 pm
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It has been said that the for all the technological advantages of the advanced Western powers, they are ill equipped to fight modern terrorism that uses non-traditional methods and uses the structure of the open, Western welfare state societies against themselves.  Here and here are articles on an interesting exploration of the weaknesses of the Western welfare state.  The United Kingdom has had a similar issue for years.  To win the war against the barbarians, Western societies must find a way to deal with these asymmetric threats.  War isn’t just about guns and tanks and airplanes anymore.

 

F-35 in combat

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 3:29 pm
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The Israelis are apparently using the F-35 in combat.  After all the complaints, it will be interesting to see how it performs in the real world.

May 22, 2018

Russian missile update

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 11:29 am
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Previously posted about this new missile here.  Now, there are reports that it has failed in 4 out of 4 tests.  Story here.

May 13, 2018

Invisible subs

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:53 pm
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Thanks for friend and blog reader Jeff Groves for pointing out this article on a technology that might make subs invisible to active sonar in the future.  This would be a huge shift in anti-submarine warfare.

May 7, 2018

Space: Safety vs Innovation

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:32 pm
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An interesting article on how NASA has become risk adverse and how SpaceX is pushing the envelope. (Post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

May 4, 2018

More SpaceX news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 5:01 pm
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I continue to be amazed by the success of SpaceX.  I am happy enough that I am ALMOST willing to forgive Musk for all the corporate welfare his companies get. (This post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

April 30, 2018

Russian mobile nuclear power plant

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:26 pm
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I’ve never heard of this before.  I know during the collapse of the USSR some nuke subs were reportedly tied up to docks and used as power plants.  This seems to be a next level purpose-built version of that idea.  I can see why folks would be concerned  about its safety.

Big explosion in Syria

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:54 pm
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I wonder what this is all about.  I suspect the story is correct and it WASN’T an Israeli IRBM.  But, what was it?

April 27, 2018

Railguns

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 9:54 am
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Now the Army wants in on the railgun whiz-bang.  If the US gets these into service with the Navy and Army, it will put the US military far ahead of the rest of the world.

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