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September 9, 2019

Walking the dog #1

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 10:00 am
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I’ve been a cat person most of my life.  While, my family had a small dog or two when I was younger, I’ve never really been a dog person, until recently.  About a year or so ago, my older daughter’s desire for a dog could be put off no longer and the modelwife and the girls adopted Charlie, who is a very good dog.


One thing that comes with dog ownership is walking the dog.  It has the virtue of getting me out and moving when the weather is nice and getting me the exercise that I might not otherwise get.

Well, as I was walking the dog the other night, I was thinking about the recent incident in Russia wherein an explosion took place and radiation was released.  As I’ve said before, I think that Russia is, pretty much, a paper tiger, though one with nukes.  Russia doesn’t have the money to maintain the forces it does have, much less a bunch of extra money to pour into weapons development.  This makes the attempt to develop a hypersonic, nuclear powered cruise missile all the more irrational, or does it?

This is the thought that occurred to me as I was walking Charlie.  Because Russia is so cash starved, deep down they know that they can’t keep up conventionally.  In fact, their attempt to prop up their man in Syria is a drain on their meager resources.  Given this situation, investing in “Hail Mary” types of technological leaps makes a certain sense.  Very similar to what Germany did in the latter stages of WWII, pouring money into the V-1, V-2, etc.  It is even possible, but unlikely that one of these long shot investments might pay off and result in a great leap forward that staves off impending Russian military irrelevance.  I doubt it, but you can’t completely discount the possibility.  Viewed in that light, the recent radiological incident makes a bit of sense.


June 21, 2019

Hypersonic weapons

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:00 am
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The US is speeding up development of these. (pun intended)  As Instapundit says, Faster, please. (that pun is intended as well.)

April 16, 2019

A ceramic hand grenade

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:44 am
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At the end of the war in the Pacific, the Japanese were cut off from resources and desperately trying to improvise weapons.  One that I was unaware before yesterday was the ceramic hand grenade.  It is an interesting story. (h/t to Jeff “Inch High” Groves for the pointer.)

January 24, 2019

EMP weapons

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 12:47 pm
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I’ve always believed that any all out attack on the US would begin with a powerful EMP inducing nuclear blast high in the atmosphere over the US.  This report suggests a number of nations are developing such weapons.  China would obviously be the biggest concern.

January 19, 2019

Aircraft mounted laser weapons

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:12 am
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Interesting thoughts on the coming use of aircraft mounted laser weapons.

November 12, 2018

Rods from God

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 8:35 pm
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I’ve been interested in this concept ever since I real about it in a Pournelle sci-fi novel.  With space lift becoming so much cheaper, I can see this becoming viable in the next decade.  The US needs to be the one to do it first.

October 13, 2018

Carl Gustav

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:28 am
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Looks like the Army really likes the Swedish Carl Gustav.

April 14, 2018

Russia’s weapons woes

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 8:37 am
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A nice article from Strategypage on why much of the Russian military is a paper tiger.  I suspect the truth is even worse than these reports.

May 25, 2016

Interesting developments

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:22 pm
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The U.S. Army is bringing back the recoiless rifle.

M60 tanks are getting an upgrade.


April 27, 2016

New Chinese weapon

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:25 am
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Story here.  Hypersonics may be a dead end if laser based ABMs are successfully developed.

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