Tag Archives: defense

WOMEN IN COMBAT?

I have been hit with an avalanche of emails asking for my thoughts on this. I am going to make this very short- I think it’s fantastic and about time. But what about physical requirements that will have to be relaxed for … Read the rest of this entry

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HAMAS ROCKET BARRAGES & THAWING PEACE AT ITS BORDERS: ISRAEL GETS TOUGH IN THE AGE OF IRON DOME

I cannot tell if what is playing out the skies above Gaza and Southern Israel right now seems more like it is out of a dystopian science fiction novel or the Bible. Regardless, these videos of Hamas and affiliated militia … Read the rest of this entry

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MORE JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER NEWS: PROGRESS IS A RELATIVE TERM WHEN IT COMES TO ALL THINGS F-35

One of the other major issues with the F-35, its super cool but super finicky advanced helmet mounted display, is going to finally get the testing attention it desperately needs as program officials are designating one F-35 exclusively for helmet … Read the rest of this entry

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NEWS ROUNDUP!: SEPTEMBER 10th, 2012

CHINESE FLANKERS TURN BEIGE Apparently China has painted up a portion of their Flanker fleet in a desert camouflage which looks similar to the recent Moroccan F-16 scheme. The shot was posted over at Alert5 and looks to be originally … Read the rest of this entry

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ARTHUR C. CLARKE’S SHORT STORY “SUPERIORITY”: A DIRE WARNING AGAINST PROGRAMS LIKE THE F-35 JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER

This fantastic and haunting short story, written by the famous Science Fiction visionary Arthur C. Clarke in 1951, warns us about the opportunity cost of hyper-focusing on developing super high-end weaponry. I first read this story in high school back … Read the rest of this entry

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SMALL BUT CRUCIAL OPPORTUNITIES & OMINOUS SIGNS OF THINGS TO COME FOR US-IRANIAN RELATIONS

First off, news came today that the American flagged cargo ship Maersk Texas was rescued by Iranian naval combatants from a swarm of marauding pirates. This happened in the Gulf of Oman, a familiar hunting ground of pirates operating out … Read the rest of this entry

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OUTRAGEOUS!: DoD STILL BUYING IMPOSTER COMPUTER CHIPS FROM CHINA

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/china-made-counterfeit-parts-found-in-us-military-aircraft-senate-372155/ Somehow, against every ounce of logic imaginable, America continues to purchase counterfeit microchips from China. After being bombard for years with everything from “60 Minutes” features to the never-ending articles about this subject, I think it is time that … Read the rest of this entry

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NEWS ROUNDUP: April 19th, 2012!

F-35 MAKES A VERY LOW LEVEL BOMB DROP !                 Well maybe it was just into a concrete pit while it was hung above but none-the-less it did release a weapon! Oh and … Read the rest of this entry

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NAVY MAY MOUNT A VERSION OF THE APACHE’S M230 30MM CANNON ON IT’S SEAHAWK HELICOPTERS

The folks over at Military.com posted an interesting piece linked below about the Navy’s apparent interest in arming their H-60 Seahawk fleet with the Apache’s potent M230 cannon, albeit with a longer barrel for greater range and accuracy. This upgrade … Read the rest of this entry

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HOW IS EACH IRON DOME INTERCEPTOR ROUND SO CHEAP?

After a some discussion in the comments section and a few emails from my uber-intelligent readers it seems we have come to a bit of a conundrum.  A single strap-on Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) GPS guided bomb kit, a … Read the rest of this entry

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ISRAEL’S IRON DOME ROCKET DEFENSE SYSTEM IS A MASSIVE OPERATIONAL SUCCESS BUT IS IT ALSO A FISCAL NIGHTMARE?

The truly amazing defense capability that a system like Iron dome offers, the ability to neuter 80-90% of rockets fired at Israel’s citizens from standoff range, may be a game changer, but it is necessarily a game finisher? Each Iron … Read the rest of this entry

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THOUGHTS ON THE F-22 RAPTOR & F-15 GOLDEN EAGLE AIR DOMINANCE TEAM

Since only 187 examples of the F-22 had been procured by the Bush and Obama administrations the USAF had to look toward its own tired ranks for bolstering of America’s air superiority capabilities. This led to the F-15 “Golden Eagle” … Read the rest of this entry

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F-35 NEWS FEBRUARY 6th, 2012

Key Senators Levin & McCain do not jive with Panetta’s stance on taking the F-35B off probation. This is a big deal as both are the senior ranking members on the Senate Armed Services Committee. They cite that the F-35B … 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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BLEEDING EDGE TECHNOLOGY: SATELLITES MAY GET INFRA-RED COUNTERMEASURES

http://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=24041.php In a fantastic piece posted over at nanowerk.com there appears to be an emerging capability that may allow key defense surveillance and communications satellites to be outfitted with a robust countermeasure against anti-satellite weaponry. Like heat seeking missiles on … Read the rest of this entry

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