Archive for the ‘Military’ Category

Russia plans "Large Scale Rearming"

March 17, 2009

According to the New York Times, not only does Russian plan on “bolstering” their armed and nuclear forces, Russia as started “an effort to overhaul the operations of the armed forces, which are still run largely according to Soviet-style dictates.”

Welcome to the Age of Obama. As our gaffe prone VP got right, our enemies abroad see this inexperienced President, who would prefer to ignore non-domestic issues, as an opportunity to expand their power at the expense of the United States and the rest of the Free World.

UPDATE: As Russian works to upgrade their military capabilities, Team Lightbringer is cutting major US military weapons programs.

Two defense officials who were not authorized to speak publicly said Gates will announce up to a half-dozen major weapons cancellations later this month. Candidates include a new Navy destroyer, the Air Force’s F-22 fighter jet, and Army ground-combat vehicles, the offi cials said.

Let’s see, cutting Naval ships while the Communist Chinese Navy is getting more aggressive, cutting the F-22 while the Russians are upgrading their anti-aircraft systems to take out everything but the F-22, and the Army ground-combat vehicles that give the US Infantry a good chunk of it’s advantage on the ground.

I’m starting to get a nasty feeling that Billy Jeff Clinton cared for the members of the United States military more than our Dear Leader does.

Additional Update: Our Dear Leader sends a clear message to US military veterans and it isn’t pretty. According to the Washington Times, BHO plan to generate extra budget money by forcing veterans to pay for some medical treatments through their private insurance.

Let me get this straight, our Dear Leader is OK with sending $900 million of the US Tax Payer’s earnings to the Islamofascists in Hamas, but covering the medical bills wounded US military veterans is something he feels can be cut from the budget?
That is just plain wacked wrong.

An excellent interview with Dr. Pournelle

February 18, 2009

Stephen Euin Cobb has an excellent interview with Dr. Jerry Pournelle in his podcast, The Future and You.

The interview is spread across three episodes (1/28/09, 2/4/09, 2/11/09), and focuses mostly on his work other than writing science fiction novels.

From Mr. Cobb’s website about Dr. Pournelle,

After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he acquired Master’s degrees in both experimental statistics and systems engineering, and Doctorates in both psychology and political science. He co-wrote a military textbook called The Strategy of Technology which was required reading at West Point and the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He helped to write a portion of Ronald Reagan’s State of the Union Address concerning a missile defense system which the media at the time enjoyed making fun of and calling Star Wars, since they believed the technology needed to shoot down incoming missiles with our own missiles was impossible. He worked in operations research at Boeing, The Aerospace Corporation, and North American Rockwell Space Division. He was founding President of the Pepperdine Research Institute. He was campaign manager for Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr., as well as for Mayor Sam Yorty. And he was a columnist for Byte Magazine beginning in 1982.

One of the more interesting parts of the interview, IMNSHO, was an explanation of Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy, and why it hasn’t taken hold very strongly in the US Military (and has in some other countries armed forces).

Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself. Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach children, vs. union representative who work to protect any teacher including the most incompetent. The Iron Law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions.

Other fascinating items were Dr. Pournelle’s involvement in the SDI program (which my Senior Senator was flat out wrong about) and its effect on the outcome of the Cold War.

This probably violates Apples whimpy terms of service

January 20, 2009

Ok, not the letter but definately the spirit of “You also agree that you will not use these products for…the development, design, manufacture or production of misiles, or nuclear, chemical or biological weapons.”

However, seeing a iPod Touch mounted to a M110 Sniper Rifle to provide an external ballistics calculator is kinda cool.

Monday’s Book Pick

December 29, 2008

Rogue Warrior by Richard Marcinko

The autobiography of the founder of SEAL Team Six, the Navy’s anti-terrorist unit.
Written in prison to pay off his legal fees. Considering one of his jobs in the Navy was to piss off Admirals, hardly surprising.

The Monday Book Pick Archive.

Flaming Rocket Balls!

November 13, 2008

A new, way cool, weapon for taking out hardened WMD bunkers.

The Pentagon has a new secret weapon to neutralize sites containing chemical or biological weapons: rocket balls. These are hollow spheres, made of rubberized rocket fuel; when ignited, they propel themselves around at random at high speed, bouncing off the walls and breaking through doors, turning the entire building into an inferno. The makers call them “kinetic fireball incendiaries.” The Pentagon doesn’t want to talk about them, but published documents show that the fireballs have undergone tests on underground bunkers.
…Smaller fireball payloads have been suggested for shoulder-fired rockets and grenades for tactical use. The DTRA is known to be interested in a payload for the 84mm SMAW rocket launcher for agent defeat; at present, ground forces have no tactical options for dealing with a suspected chemical/biological lab operated by terrorists or others.

HT to AoSHQ

Mean while, in France

June 9, 2008

The French military is literally falling apart. Remember kids, France is the model oh so many far left liberals thinks the US should follow.

According to confidential defence documents leaked to the French press, less than half of France’s Leclerc tanks – 142 out of 346 – are operational and even these regularly break down.

Less than half of its Puma helicopters, 37 per cent of its Lynx choppers and 33 per cent of its Super Frelon models – built 40 years ago – are in a fit state to fly, according to documents seen by Le Parisien newspaper.

Two thirds of France’s Mirage F1 reconnaissance jets are unusable at present.

First Salute

May 28, 2008

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First Salute, originally uploaded by Eclipse Pics (∆ncient).

First Salutes were done after the commissioning of a batch of fresh new O1s from the Charles River Battalion.

12 Myths of 21th Century War

November 4, 2007

Hersir has ’em.

Myth No. 1: War doesn’t change anything.

Myth No. 2: Victory is impossible today.

Myth No. 3: Insurgencies can never be defeated.

Myth No. 4: There’s no military solution; only negotiations can solve our problems.

Myth No. 5: When we fight back, we only provoke our enemies.

Myth No. 6: Killing terrorists only turns them into martyrs.

Myth No. 7: If we fight as fiercely as our enemies, we’re no better than them.

Myth No. 8: The United States is more hated today than ever before.

Myth No. 9: Our invasion of Iraq created our terrorist problems.

Myth No. 10: If we just leave, the Iraqis will patch up their differences on their own.

Myth No. 11: It’s all Israel’s fault. Or the popular Washington corollary:

Myth No. 12: The Middle East’s problems are all America’s fault.

Go read them all in detail.
HT to soldiergrrrl

Silence In Syria, Panic In Iran

September 26, 2007

I’m using Dr. Wheeler’s title, it nails the topic so well.
He makes a very important point about one of the most important recent events that didn’t get very much news coverage.

Notice how far away Dayr az-Zawr is from Israel. An F15/16 attack there is not a tiptoe across the border, but a deep, deep penetration of Syrian airspace. And guess what happened with the Russian super-hyper-sophisticated cutting edge antiaircraft missile batteries when that penetration took place on September 6th.

Nothing.

El blanko. Silence. The systems didn’t even light up, gave no indication whatever of any detection of enemy aircraft invading Syrian airspace, zip, zero, nada. The Israelis (with a little techie assistance from us) blinded the Russkie antiaircraft systems so completely the Syrians didn’t even know they were blinded.

Now you see why the Syrians have been scared speechless. They thought they were protected – at enormous expense – only to discover they are defenseless. As in naked.

Thus the Great Iranian Freak-Out – for this means Iran is just as nakedly defenseless as Syria. I can tell you that there are a lot of folks in the Kirya (IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv) and the Pentagon right now who are really enjoying the mullahs’ predicament. Let’s face it: scaring the terror masters in Tehran out of their wits is fun.

HT Jim at WizBang

Today in history

September 12, 2007

Tam reminds us of this key victory over the Ottoman Empire:

In a real life “Battle of the Pelennor Fields”, the well-timed cavalry charge led by Sobieski’s winged hussars shattered the Ottoman infantry before the gates of Vienna, turning the tide of Turkish expansion into Europe. Put that in your Polack joke pipe and smoke it.

Fairly elegant that it falls on the same day as Marathon.