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November 26, 2019

More UFO speculation

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:12 pm
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Here is another article trying to analyze the USN “UFO” videos.  I hope we one day know what this was all about.  I, for one, am pretty sure there is a terrestrial explanation for all of this.

November 18, 2019

Embarrassing doesn’t begin to cover it

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:25 pm
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The story of the DDG-1000 just keeps getting worse.  Of course, no one will ever end up taking responsibility for this mess.  Every USN officer above the grade of Captain ought to have a portion of their pay docked just to remind them not to behave in ways that enable this type of disaster.

November 15, 2019

More on the USN UFO story

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:15 pm
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Article here.  Previous post here.

November 1, 2019

Frikkin’ laser beams

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:21 am
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An article on how the Navy and Air Force are working hard toward increasingly powerful lasers.  The USN in particular needs a power level breakthrough in lasers.  I suspect that one is coming, and fairly soon.  The question will be can we keep the Chinese from stealing it once we develop the technology.

October 25, 2019

What the heck is happening to the USN?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:32 am
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Frankly, more and more it seems as if the Navy is beset by institutional rot.  Latest example here.  After the LCS  and DDG-1000 debacles, at some point you have to believe that the problem is more than just programmatic.  These problems take years to set in, and they’ll take years to fix.  We best be getting on fixing them now!

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.

October 22, 2019

Corporate Aggressors

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:34 pm
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The USAF and USN have contracted out the aggressor role  for their air combat training.  Seven different companies have been given contracts for the work.  They have a wide variety of aircraft.  Some great modeling subjects for the future.


October 10, 2019


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:36 am
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I had never heard of this program before now.  Interesting technology, though sometimes I think that the defense industry does some things just to prove it can rather than being a real increase in capability.

October 3, 2019

New sub for the Navy

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 11:45 am
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The USN gets another Virginia class attack boat.  The USS Oregon.

September 28, 2019

USN submarine plans

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:58 am
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The US Navy is apparently planing on a rate increase in submarine production.  This sounds good. Let us hope they can pull it off.  My faith in the USN procurement system has been shaken of late.

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