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« Reply #650 on: June 21, 2017, 09:27:45 AM »

http://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2017/06/20/five_signs_the_f-35_fighter_is_a_smashing_success_111621.html

F-35 has emerged as the global gold standard of next-gen air power

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« Reply #651 on: June 21, 2017, 09:56:07 AM »

Not so fast:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/beltway/2011/06/03/spacex-loren-thompsons-deceit/#44064927740a

Maybe it IS worth the astronomical price tag, or  maybe it isn't.  I don't know who to believe or trust.

To know if  this guy is part of the "military industrial complex" Eisenhower warned us of , vs a true independent objective observer analyst is impossible to know.  But when a ton of money is involved all bets are off. in mho.

Would a team of pilots who are not connected to special interests be the best judge?  I don't know.

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« Reply #652 on: June 21, 2017, 10:46:07 AM »

OTOH I'm a fan of the Warthog  grin

https://www.facebook.com/MilitaryInsider/videos/1100653713368960/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED
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« Reply #653 on: June 21, 2017, 04:26:33 PM »

http://www.scout.com/military/warrior/story/1670801-how-different-is-it-to-fly-the-stealth-f-35
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« Reply #654 on: June 24, 2017, 12:41:10 AM »

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/23/world/asia/destroyer-fitzgerald-collision.html?emc=edit_ta_20170623&nl=top-stories&nlid=49641193&ref=cta
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« Reply #655 on: June 24, 2017, 01:03:52 AM »

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Forecast Highlights

    A limited defense budget will force the Kremlin to make difficult decisions to prioritize its most critical defense needs.
    The Russian military will temper its maritime ambitions as it reinforces its continental capabilities.
    Russia will not entirely abandon the seas, however, as its greatest security concern will remain its nuclear deterrent, comprising land, air and maritime components.

Russia's military modernization efforts are entering a critical stage. The state armaments program (GPV), covering 2018-2025, is due to be finalized in September. The plan will determine not only the country's weaponry capabilities well into the 2030s, but also the strategic direction of the Russian military at large. Early indications point toward a significant downgrade in Russia's maritime ambitions as Moscow amps up its focus on continental power.

As Russia evaluates where its military will be heading over the next several years, the Kremlin's primary constraint will be financial. After almost two decades of explosive growth, Russia's defense budget has started to face considerable headwinds in recent years, since a sharp decline in oil prices in 2014 curtailed the country's financial freedom. Its fiscal challenges culminated this year, when the Kremlin cut the defense budget by 5 percent. The reduction, the first since the 1990s, means Russia won't be able to achieve its official goal of modernizing 70 percent of its forces by 2020. The total funds in the 2018-2025 GPV are expected to be just half of what the Defense Ministry was hoping for. Consequently, the Kremlin will have to make tough decisions about how the Russian military prioritizes its investments. Economic turbulence and industrial issues have already delayed finalizing the GPV by two years, and Russia can no longer afford to postpone decisions on matters of its military future.
A Sinking Ship

Key parts of the Russian navy, meanwhile, are in desperate need of funding. Though the navy has undergone some notable modernization programs over the last decade, for the most part it still relies on small or aging warships. The Russians have not built a new type of surface warship larger than a frigate since the end of the Cold War, and the country's sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, was first launched in 1985. If Moscow wants a powerful oceangoing navy with large surface warships and carrier aviation, it has no choice but to allocate substantial funds to its navy as part of the 2018-2025 GPV.

But it's already becoming clear that the necessary funding won't materialize. The Russian Ministry of Defense appears to be prioritizing established — and less risky — weapons programs over new ones. That puts Russia's navy at a disadvantage because the force has not undertaken a large surface combatant program since the Soviet Union collapsed. Furthermore, the limited defense budget will focus on cost-effective weapons systems rather than on pricey flagship programs, leaving no room for the enormous expense of building large warships. Dimming Moscow's maritime prospects all the more, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, a key figure overseeing the defense industry, said in May that unlike the United States, Russia is not a maritime power. Instead, he emphasized, it is a continental power. (In the same vein, Rogozin questioned the need for Russia to field an aircraft carrier.) A meeting in mid-May between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kremlin military leaders confirmed these statements, and Russian media later announced that the development of destroyer warships and a new aircraft carrier would be indefinitely postponed.
Putting the Money Where It Matters

Still, at least one part of Russia's naval dreams will avoid the chopping block: nuclear submarines. The country's top defense consideration has long been its nuclear deterrent, which involves a troika of land-based missiles, nuclear-capable bombers and nuclear ballistic missile submarines. During the Cold War, nuclear submarines were so prized that the Soviet surface navy became more or less an auxiliary arm of its submarine force tasked with protecting the underwater craft using a bastion strategy. Russia's military will continue to value its nuclear deterrent above much else in the years ahead.

Aside from ample funding for nuclear submarines in the upcoming GPV, early signs suggest Russia is further strengthening its air force. The Kremlin will put money into more strategic transport aircraft and advanced combat jets, with a focus on upgrading fourth-generation jets as opposed to pursuing newer, more cutting-edge models such as the T-50 stealth fighter. Russia will also home in on investments to make its air and ground forces more nimble, flexible and lethal, including precision-guided munitions; enhanced electronic warfare capabilities; upgraded command and control equipment; space assets; and improved intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance gear, namely drones.

As for the regions that are set to benefit most from the 2018-2025 GPV, the expectation is that Russia will keep focusing on its Southern and Western military districts. The zones are responsible for important operational areas including the Baltics, Ukraine and the Caucasus. The Kremlin will also prioritize the Arctic Joint Strategic Command — which will receive military district status by 2020 — because it involves a key portion of Russia's nuclear forces and aligns with the military's strategic focus.

Russia's defense priorities reflect what the government perceives as its greatest security threats. From Moscow's perspective, the No. 1 risk remains the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's encroachment on its western flank, which calls for a powerful nuclear deterrent reinforced by dependable and lethal ground and air forces. Russia is increasingly embracing missions that involve projecting power into distant regions — from the Arctic to Syria — as well, so long as the areas have a friendly ground base from which to operate. With these considerations in mind, the Kremlin will place high value on building up a light and flexible ground force with an enhanced strategic air transport fleet. Moscow recognizes, after all, that it cannot be a great maritime power and a great continental power at once.
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« Reply #656 on: June 27, 2017, 01:38:43 AM »

http://www.wearethemighty.com/articles/this-is-what-happens-when-the-army-puts-a-laser-on-an-apache-attack-helicopter
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« Reply #657 on: July 08, 2017, 12:38:00 PM »

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/07/transgender-men-womens-showers-must-get-dignity-respect-u-s-army/
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« Reply #658 on: July 08, 2017, 01:09:36 PM »


Everyone involved in this garbage needs to be removed from the military ASAP!
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« Reply #659 on: July 09, 2017, 08:51:05 PM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwIU3YkrLM4&feature=youtu.be&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily-brief-WLXHKAPFXH37&utm_content=daily-brief-WLXHKAPFXH37&utm_source=daily-brief&utm_term=Tucker+Carlson+suggests+James+Mattis+should+resign
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« Reply #660 on: July 13, 2017, 02:00:13 PM »

WSJ
By The Editorial Board
July 12, 2017 7:14 p.m. ET
80 COMMENTS

On Monday 15 Marines and one Navy sailor died when a Marine KC-130 crashed, with debris covering a field in Mississippi. It’s too early to draw conclusions about what caused the transport plane to suffer a catastrophic failure on its flight from North Carolina to California, reportedly at cruising altitude. But such tragedies are becoming more routine and deserve some attention.

It is unknown what led to the crash, and it could be anything from equipment malfunction to human error. The plane appears to have been loaded with munitions that might have caused or contributed to the crash. The names of the service members on board still weren’t public by our deadline.

One reality is that Marine aviation has recently experienced a rise in “Class A Mishaps,” which are incidents that carry a body count or result in more than $2 million in aircraft damage. House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry pointed out at a hearing last year that the rate for the Marine aviation community has “been increasing significantly.”

Over the past decade the rate has hovered around 2.15 events for every 100,000 hours flown, Mr. Thornberry noted. But in 2015 the figure increased to 3.29 and 3.39 in 2016; that year 12 Marines died when two helicopters crashed into each other off the coast of Hawaii. The rate so far for 2017 is 4.47, including Monday’s crash.

One hypothesis that deserves to be examined is a combination of old equipment and the fact that pilot hours have been reduced in recent years because of funding cuts. Planes like the F/A-18 are stretching past their lifetimes. Earlier this year Navy officials testified to Congress about a number of pilot “physiological episodes”—e.g. oxygen deprivation—that compound the risk of human error.

None of this will come as news to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has made addressing readiness problems a central part of his agenda. But Marines and other service members sign up for duty knowing the risks of combat, and they shouldn’t have to endure an increasing threat to their safety from routine training or transport.
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« Reply #661 on: July 14, 2017, 05:04:41 PM »

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/new-book-zero-footprint-reveals-ex-soldiers-hired-kill-article-1.2491345

Hired to kill: New book ‘Zero Footprint’ tells of ex-soldiers paid top dollar for jobs too dirty and dangerous for U.S. military


This book actually ties lots of things together, especially Benghazi. There is a line in the book about the author's work in Syria that still haunts me.


"Just when I thought we'd seen the worst image of devastation, another greeted us from around the corner. This time it was the sad eyes of a girl of four or five standing by the road and clutching a battered teddy bear with one arm. The other ended at the wrist, a bloody stump covered with dirty bandages. I felt something clutch in my chest as her mother ran out of a nearby shack to pull her away."
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« Reply #662 on: July 27, 2017, 09:04:03 AM »

http://dailysignal.com/2017/07/26/5-good-reasons-transgender-accommodations-arent-compatible-military-realities/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWlRJNVpEWmhZakE1WlRKaCIsInQiOiJRc0ZwOXkrWE1wbFVYVlJDekpIeWpGSVdZb2ptVXhpRFQ0NW4wNUxlQVpRdU5randCMVV5MDIyR1NWcGt6R0tGNVd3K2J3eXZxeXc4TVwvVjJNamUrcW8rSm9GOXpWejBpYWo4ZzlZa1ZYY2VXTFp0Zk5mRDMrRHNiTStOXC95K3ZCIn0%3D


http://www.dailywire.com/news/19054/combat-vet-gives-powerful-testimony-against-trans-amanda-prestigiacomo

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« Reply #663 on: July 27, 2017, 11:46:17 PM »

https://patriotpost.us/posts/50404
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« Reply #664 on: August 01, 2017, 12:31:59 AM »

http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/news/a27511/russia-drone-thermite-grenade-ukraine-ammo/
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« Reply #665 on: August 01, 2017, 12:24:24 PM »

second post

OAN reported last night that this technology is good to go-- what I got out of the piece was that this is basically a missile delivered EMP sans nuclear blast.

http://defense-update.com/20150516_champ.html
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« Reply #666 on: August 04, 2017, 01:33:27 PM »

http://nypost.com/2017/08/02/special-forces-test-out-boba-fett-combat-helmet/
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« Reply #667 on: August 05, 2017, 08:48:48 PM »

https://qz.com/499618/the-us-marines-tested-all-male-squads-against-mixed-gender-ones-and-the-men-came-out-ahead/
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« Reply #668 on: August 05, 2017, 09:40:29 PM »


I thought that trannies were the key to military dominance.

Pretty sure that was the meme that was being pushed last week.
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« Reply #669 on: August 06, 2017, 10:18:18 AM »

I thought that trannies were the key to military dominance.

Is winning wars still the objective of the US military?  Or is it a social spending program with an emphasis on social and cultural transformation? 

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« Reply #670 on: August 06, 2017, 10:19:49 AM »

I thought that trannies were the key to military dominance.

Is winning wars still the objective of the US military?  Or is it a social spending program with an emphasis on social and cultural transformation? 



Anyone remember the last war we won?
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« Reply #671 on: August 07, 2017, 06:31:17 AM »

Let's see, not Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan.  Outside of ccp and Reagan winning in Grenada, Japan 72 years ago was our last victory?
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« Reply #672 on: August 07, 2017, 07:12:19 AM »

Let's see, not Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan.  Outside of ccp and Reagan winning in Grenada, Japan 72 years ago was our last victory?

We must have had a bunch of LGTBQPWTF troops back then. It is the key to effective warfighting!
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« Reply #673 on: August 07, 2017, 07:34:10 AM »

It was great to see the US military get the credit they deserved from Grenada and the Lebenon bombing.

After the LEFTish news media tried to maul the reputation of our men who were is the miltary during and after Vietnam  the majority of people gave the media a big "shove it" when they tried to pull the same crap with Reagan at Grenada

The LEftist pricks in the media are still doing the same to 'America' but pretend they are for the military now. 
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« Reply #674 on: August 12, 2017, 11:04:13 PM »

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/u-s-guam-shielded-north-korean-missiles-high-tech-defenses/
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