Category Archives: Opinon

My commentary on issues and topics

TOTAL CRAP: THE F-35 “NEWS BROCHURE” ON 60 MINUTES

What the hell has happened to 60 Minutes? The name of the story was “Is The F-35 Worth It,” yet I really heard no debate in regards to that question whatsoever. What I did hear and see was an ill-informed reporter getting a look into the military’s … Read the rest of this entry

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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 CONCURRENCY MYTH: NOW AVAILABLE IN SUPER CARRIER SIZE!

        Concurrency, in defense procurement parlance means putting something into production while the weapon system is still in testing, or not even tested really at all. The inaction of this crazy concept may be the result of … Read the rest of this entry

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ARMY AIR BRINGS THE THUNDER WITH SUPER BOWL FLYOVER 2014!

I was super excited to see that the US Army was getting the opportunity to execute Super Bowl flyover 2014. Yes it is less than ideal having dark helicopters do the job after sundown, and yes a quartet of F-15s or F/A-18s … Read the rest of this entry

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F-35 FLOUNDERS ON WHILE ESSENTIAL F-16 UPGRADE PROGRAM MAY GET AXED

More of the same from the DoD and USAF regarding borrowing from their existing fighter fleet’s capability to pay for their Death Star of boondoggles, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. There is a new information out highlighting the continuing “teething … Read the rest of this entry

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ACCORDING TO THE SKUNK WORKS, TOMORROW’S FIGHTER IS, UM… THE NORTHROP YF-23?

So I was getting caught up on youtube aviation videos and I came across this Lockheed Martin Skunk Works promo video. They show multiple systems in development or in the conceptual phase, including my personal favorite, the VARIOUS UCAV. Then … Read the rest of this entry

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CHINA’S J-20 IN ITS NEW MISSIONIZED CONFIGURATION

                                              The testers at Chengdu are making some progress on their mammoth J-20 fighter. It looks like the … Read the rest of this entry

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DISGRACE: NAVY’S NEW PURPOSE BUILT “F-35B CARRIER” CANNOT WITHSTAND CONTINUOUS F-35B OR MV-22 OPERATIONS

http://news.usni.org/2014/01/15/sna-2014-heat-f-35-mv-22-continue-plague-big-deck-amphibs?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sna-2014-heat-f-35-mv-22-continue-plague-big-deck-amphibs The issues with the F-35B’s exhaust gasses, and the MV-22 Osprey’s as well, damaging the decks of America’s “L class” ships is nothing new. What is new is that America’s latest amphibious assault ship, the USS America, designed without … Read the rest of this entry

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DOUBLE EDGED SWORD: ARMY RAPIDLY ACQUIRES BIRD LIKE STEALTHY DRONE NAMED MAVERIC

As I have discussed for years, drones are going to start looking much more like organic species (if you have not read this article yet than please do now). The Army sees the value of hiding in plain site, this … Read the rest of this entry

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“ARMY OF ONE” LESS HELICOPTER TYPE?: ARMY MAY SAY GOODBYE TO THE OH-58 KIOWA

Amazing. After over a decade of incredibly efficient and deadly warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as successfully and economically training future Army helicopter pilots for decades, the OH-58 Kiowa may be put to rest… For good. Replacing or … Read the rest of this entry

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LAUGHABLE: AMAZON CEO PIMPS DRONE DELIVERY WITHOUT TELLING VIEWERS IT IS IMPOSSIBLE

Last night on 60 Minutes I watched Jeff Bezos, the creator or Amazon, “unveil” their new concept for drone delivery. Yes you heard right, DRONE DELIVERY. He says it could be ready for prime time in a few years. Are you … 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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ATC AUDIO OF BOEING DREAMLIFTER LANDING AT THE WRONG AIRPORT!

Here is an ATC audio recording of the Boeing Dreamlifter landing at the wrong airport while on a parts run from McConnell AFB to Boeing’s Wichita plant. Sounds like there were some very low information pilots flying that massive and highly modified Boeing … Read the rest of this entry

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AIRBORNE SEA CONTROL COMES BACK DOWN TO EARTH

Sea Control and airborne anti-surface/submarine warfare and surveillance is becoming a very hot mission set for air arms from around the world to invest into. This is especially true as “globalization” and the world’s disparate economies become more intertwined. Design it here, build … Read the rest of this entry

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LRASM IS BASICALLY A SUICIDAL SMART UCAV

Lockheed’s new low observable LRASM (Long Range Anti Ship Missile) is a cousin of JASSM will replace the AGM-84 Harpoon series as the Navy’s go-to anti-ship missile system. This video is basically all you get to know about LRASM, but in it you will see its most prominent feature is that it … Read the rest of this entry

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