Saturday, February 4, 2023

Bandit.

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F-22 American fighter plane to the rescue. Chinese bandit intruder balloon shot down!

But the story continues.

"ANOTHER Chinese spy balloon is spotted: Mystery 'surveillance device' floated over Costa Rica before reaching Venezuela, the Pentagon confirms amid frenzy over airbone spyware in the air over the United States"

From www.dailymail.co.uk the article by RONNY REYES and NATASHA ANDERSON | PUBLISHED: 3 February 2023 | UPDATED: 4 February 2023.

* "Second Chinese spy balloon was spotted over Latin America, officials confirmed" * "Pentagon said it does not appear the balloon is heading into the United States" * "It comes after a different Chinese balloon hovered over Montana and Missouri"

A second Chinese spy balloon was spotted hovering over Latin America just hours after the Pentagon accused Beijing of using a similar balloon to spy on sensitive military sites in the US.

 Click on image to see an enlarged view. Thanks to the Mail for the graphic.

"Early reports indicated the surveillance craft was flying over Costa Rica, Colombia and Venezuela. Officials say the new balloon does not appear to be heading to America."

Comments:

* F-22 fighter plane shot down the errant balloon and not a F-16.

* Balloon is capable of reaching an altitude of 120,000 feet? Line-of-sight [LoS] at that altitude is ≈ 500 miles [800 km.]. 120,000 feet ≈ 36,000 meters.

* Several things missing from the Mail graphic. Course of balloon as it crossed the continental USA also passing well within LoS distance of additional important military facilities to include Whiteman AFB and King's Bay naval submarine base.

* And as for the second off-course balloon South America? What do we make of that?

Debris from the instrument package if recovered will be of intense interest to USA military planners? 

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Friday, February 3, 2023

Maneuverable.

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Shoot the damned thing down! Now!

Unmanned Chinese surveillance balloon now over USA not wholly dependent on the upper air current direction for course? Has some sort of undisclosed technology that allows for course correction?

"Suspected Chinese Spy Balloon Is ‘Maneuverable,’ Has Changed Direction At 60,000 Feet: Pentagon"

From www.dailywire.com  DailyWire.com the article by Ryan Saavedra | Feb 3, 2023.

"The U.S. Department of Defense revealed Friday that the suspected Chinese spy balloon that is flying over the United States has the ability to maneuver and has changed direction at 60,000 feet."

"Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder would not say how the balloon could be maneuvered and refused to state if the communist Chinese government was in control of the balloon."

There is a LOT of media attention to this high-flying Chinese balloon. All the experts are of the opinion that they baffled as to the intention of the balloon payload if this flight it is indeed that of an intelligence and surveillance mission. The consensus is that you can do all that sort of "spy work" so much easier and without creating a headache if you USE satellites of which the Chinese have more than a few in orbit.

A maneuverable balloon totally unlike that of the American Genetrix series of photographic intelligence balloons NOT floating aimlessly driven only by the winds of the upper atmosphere I must admit as far as I know a first.

Maybe more than maybe the USA needs to shoot that balloon down and do so now!

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Bodge.

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"bodge: To boggle; botch; patch."

Thanks here the tip from Lorenzo.

From www.wionews.com | London, United Kingdom | Edited By: Prisha | Feb 02, 2023.


"Reports suggested that glue was used to stick broken bolts of HMS Vanguard’s reactor chamber.   An urgent investigation was ordered by the Royal Navy amid claims that broken bolts in the reactor chamber of the Trident nuclear-armed submarine were fixed using glue by workers. As per a report by the Sun, faulty repairs were discovered on HMS Vanguard’s cooling pipes after one of the bolts came out during an inspection."

I would have to assume that every last single bolt already inserted as part of this repair process would have be removed and inspected for intactness.

You cannot dodge the bodge.

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Genetrix-2.

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“The balloon is currently travelling at an altitude well above commercial air traffic and does not present a military or physical threat to people on the ground,” - Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder.

This sounds like something from over sixty years ago! Indeed it is something from over sixty years ago.

And as such must be considered in the historical context.

"1. China spy balloon - live: American military detects high-altitude surveillance balloon hovering over US"

"Pentagon has been tracking the Chinese balloon for several days as it travelled over the northern United States"

From www.independent.co.uk | Graeme Massie | Arpai Rai | Los Angeles | 2 Feb 2023.

"The US military is tracking a suspected Chinese high-altitude spy balloon as it makes its way over the northern United States."

"Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said that the US has so far decided against shooting down the surveillance balloon"

Click on image to see an enlarged view.

Consider historical circumstances from "over sixty years ago" the American high-altitude balloon intelligence gathering Project Genetrix.

"Project Genetrix, also known as WS-119L, was a United States Air Force program designed to launch General Mills manufactured surveillance balloons over Communist China, Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union to take aerial photographs and collect intelligence."

[....]

"Between 10 January and 6 February 1956, a total of 516 high-altitude vehicles were launched from the five different launch sites Gardermoen, Norway; Evanton, Scotland; Oberpfaffenhofen and Giebelstadt, West Germany; and Incirlik, Turkey; 54 were recovered and only 31 provided usable photographs."

Take and product from the project rather scant and mediocre for the amount of effort. Genetrix "discovered only one target of significance".

USA also testing from four years ago much to my surprise newer and extremely more sophisticated high-altitude drifting surveillance balloons.

2. "Pentagon testing mass surveillance balloons across the US"

From www.theguardian.com | Mark Harris | 2 Aug 2019. Archived article.

"Exclusive: the high-altitude balloons promise a cheap monitoring platform that could follow multiple cars and boats for extended periods"

"The US military is conducting wide-area surveillance tests across six midwest states using experimental high-altitude balloons, documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reveal."

"Up to 25 unmanned solar-powered balloons are being launched from rural South Dakota and drifting 250 miles [400 km.] through an area spanning portions of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri, before concluding in central Illinois."

Wide-area surveillance of large swaths of landscape beyond merely taking pictures!

A balloon drifting at an altitude of 70,000 feet [22,000 meters] that line-of-sight either side of the balloon's path about three-hundred seventy-five miles [600 km.].

Balloons yesterday, today, tomorrow, forever.

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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Time.

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Never thought of this one before. But Moscow did!

Time zones as an expression of sovereignty?

The Russian exercising control of conquered territory the Ukraine Conflict.

"Russia plans to impose Moscow time zone on annexed Ukrainian territories of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia"

www.abc.net.au by Brianna Morris-Grant 27 Jan 2023.

"Russia says it will impose Moscow's time zone on four occupied areas of Ukraine."

"The move will affect Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, four territories annexed by Russia in October last year."

"If the new law is approved, residents in all four territories will have to put their clocks forward an hour, having previously observed Eastern European Standard Time, the same as Ukrainian capital Kyiv."

Passports/TV weather broadcast insets/stamps/maps/scarves/cartoons/bank notes all as an expression of  "revanchist ideals or territorial designs".

See previous blog entries as applicable:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/11/abominable.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2022/11/scarf.html

And now time zones!

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Foolish.


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“'a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush' - Essentially, the proverb means to be grateful for what you have rather than lust after the prospect of something better."

Denmark generous to a fault?

"Denmark to send artillery to Ukraine, delaying own build-up"

From www.reuters.com | Reuters | January 19, 2023.

"Danish Deputy Prime Minister Jakob Ellemann-Jensen attends the Joint Expeditionary Force meeting in Riga, Latvia December 19, 2022." | REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

"COPENHAGEN, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Denmark said on Thursday it will donate 19 French-made Caesar howitzer artillery systems to Ukraine, fulfilling the wish of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy but stunting the Nordic country's own military build-up."

"Kyiv last month asked Copenhagen to supply the weapons systems, sparking a debate in Denmark over whether the country could afford to donate much-needed artillery at the expense of its own armament as it seeks to build up depleted stock."

THE ENTIRE DANISH ARMY ARTILLERY INVENTORY TO BE DONATED TO THE UKRAINIAN!!

The Royal Danish Army now sans artillery at least until 2024 at the earliest? Israeli ATMOS 2000 as a replacement but still in the pipeline as we speak.

Consider the Dane NOW not being able to EXECUTE NATO mission if called upon?

I know Denmark a sovereign nation but was NATO told about this advance with consultation?

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Wagner USA.

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Wagner PMC quite intentionally recruiting Americans? Seems to be so. Personally I was surprised there even was such an effort.

See this You Tube video: "Recruiting video for Americans to join Wagner PMC".


To see the closed caption in English: go to settings - subtitles - English (auto generated).

Appeal here to the American trained and experienced military man of patriotism, the perspective of a degenerate and decaying society, fascism and the threat of atomic annihilation all a possible and inevitable unless something must be done and fast. 

Join Wagner PMC!

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