Category Archives: Essays

DEAR USMC: YOU ARE GETTING YOUR F-35B, NOW GET THE VERY MOST OUT OF IT

After my recent piece about the Navy’s new LHA “America” class of amphibious assault ship’s inadequate thermal protection built into its flight deck, I think it is time for the Marine Corps, and the “Gator Navy,” to get serious about getting the most out of … Read the rest of this entry

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THE B-2 BOMBER OF THE SEAS: THOUGHTS ON THE ZUMWALT CLASS DESTROYER AND THE NAVY’S BROKEN PROCUREMENT STRATEGY

Earlier this month the first Zumwalt class DDG-1000 stealth destroyer was dropped into the water with some pretty decent press coverage to go along with it. I have followed this program back through three name iterations and one entire class change. Even with so much mutation it amazes me that the same … Read the rest of this entry

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PERILOUS PUZZLE: ATTACKING SYRIA, WHAT IS TO GAIN? WHAT ARE THE RISKS & HOW SHOULD IT BE DONE?

I have received a ton of email asking me to address the current situation in Syria. I was one of the very first to drive home the dire realities surrounding Syria’s Chemical Weapons, Russia’s unique strategic interests in the country and I adamantly called for a … Read the rest of this entry

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WHY IS THE STEALTHY F-117 NIGHTHAWK STILL FLYING?

I am trying to catch up with reader requests and one common strain of emails pertains to questions surrounding why the F-117 Nighthawk, America’s first stealth attack aircraft, is still flying around the Nellis Range Complex years after it’s official … Read the rest of this entry

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SEA BASING’S ANCESTOR: THE FORGOTTEN COMMERCIAL FREIGHTER “AIRCRAFT CARRIERS” OF THE FALKLANDS WAR

Many people know about the Harrier’s exploits during “Operation Corporate,” the UK’s offensive to reclaim the Falkland Islands in 1982. The two Royal Navy carriers that played a key role in countering Argentina’s air force, which outnumbered the Royal Navy’s … Read the rest of this entry

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BACK TO THE FUTURE: USN & SOCOM MODIFY THE USS PONCE IN PREPERATION FOR “TANKER WARS II”

In breaking news it would appear that the US Navy, working with Special Operations Command (SOCOM), is rushing to deploy a floating sea base, tailored to support special forces and mine-sweeping operations. This floating outpost will come in the form … Read the rest of this entry

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CHINA’S ANTI-SHIP BALLISTIC MISSILE & THE LOST RQ-170 SENTINEL DRONE

China’s mysterious Dongfeng 21D anti-ship ballistic missile program, supposedly able to take out American aircraft carriers and other capital ships at distances of up to some 2,000 miles. The DF-21D uses a ballistic delivery concept to send its deadly payload … Read the rest of this entry

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RQ-170 SENTINEL ORIGINS PART II: THE GRANDSON OF “TACIT BLUE”

PLEASE READ RQ-170 ORIGINS PART I FOR FULL CONTEXT BEFORE CONTINUING ON: http://aviationintel.com/2011/12/28/rq-170-sentinel-origins-darkstar-has-grown-up/ My first piece on the ancestry of the RQ-170 Sentinel, America’s secret unmanned stealthy sensor truck of choice, got a lot of traffic and was the topic … Read the rest of this entry

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PLAYING CHICKEN WITH THE WORLD’S OIL SUPPLY: WHAT SHUTTING DOWN THE STRAITS OF HORMUZ REALLY MEANS TO THE REGION AND THE WORLD

News out of the Middle East has dominated world events over the last week. Between Iran’s war games and their subsequent threats to shut down the incredibly vital Straits of Hormuz shipping channel in response to looming sanctions over their … Read the rest of this entry

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RQ-170 SENTINEL ORIGINS: DARKSTAR HAS GROWN UP

                  Since the “Sentinel Down” escapade began I have wanted to do a piece about the probable origins of the RQ-170, in an attempt to answer many of the looming questions as … Read the rest of this entry

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RQ-170 “SENTINEL DOWN” THEORY ROUNDUP!

        Since Iran put what is most likely a real American RQ-170 Sentinel Drone on display it seems that a cottage industry has emerged of folks who try to explain how the bat-winged spy in the sky was brought down. … Read the rest of this entry

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America Needs A Heavy Stealth Revolution

It’s a shame that all of our fighter aircraft that have been designed as “stealth” or low observable have very limited range. Take the F-22 for example, it has about a 550 mile combat radius when supercruising (flying +1 mach without … Read the rest of this entry

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RUSSIA’S MULTI-ROLE, SEMI-REGIONAL FIGHTER-BOMBER: THE SU-34 “FULLBACK”

Russia and the US did similar things when it came to coming up with replacements for their aging swing-wing deep strike bombers, in their case the SU-24 “FENCER”, and in our case the F-111 “Aardvark.” Instead of clean sheet designs both … Read the rest of this entry

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CHINA WOULD FLOOD AMERICA’S AIR DEFENSE NETWORK WITH CONVERTED FIGHTER DRONES IN A CONFLICT OVER TAIWAN

A little known fact is that China, realizing the limits of even America’s most modern tactical fighters, has converted HUNDREDS of aging F-7 (MiG-21 Copy) fighter into attack drones. In an opening volley during a conflict over Taiwan, China would flood … Read the rest of this entry

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F-35: IF MANEUVERABILITY IS IRRELEVANT WHY DO WE NEED A FIGHTER AT ALL?

The F-35s Distributive Aperture System (DAS) is amongst its strongest attributes. It makes sense that it could cue High-Off-Bore-Sight (HOBS) missiles to their targets via data-link,  without the launching aircraft needing to turn almost at all. In other words, at the merge, … Read the rest of this entry

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