Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Interventionists.

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Sunni versus Shia but much more than that?

The civil war in Yemen continues unabated apparently without any end in sight. As in Syria the presence of foreign military interventionists a major factor in the conflict.

Without regard to only those in the Saudi coalition arrayed against the Houthi rebels and as extracted from the South Front Internet web site:

"SUDANESE FORCES IN YEMENI WAR"

"Let’s count the countries, which have participated in the activities of the Saudi-led coalition, and define their roles."

Nations part and parcel of the Saudi coalition to include:

* Saudi Arabia.
* United Arab Emirates (UAE).
* Bahrein.
* Kuwait.
* Qatar.
* Jordan.
* Morocco.
* Egypt.
* Senegal.
* Sudan.

Understanding full well the contributions of each nation other than Saudi rather limited and sometimes only consisting of promises not kept.


Houthi fighters pose in front of the destroyed armored wheeled vehicle  That vehicle with slat armor but still vulnerable to a lightly-armed but still determined adversary 

"The US, some NATO countries, Turkey and others were involved in secondary roles. Their main goals are logistics, reconnaissance, arms delivery, moral support etc. but, according to some reports, the US Armed Forces have taken and are taking a limited role in clashes at the Saudi-Yemeni border."

"Secondary" roles but I might think much more significant that realized.

WE ARE NOT EVEN COUNTING THOSE FOREIGN INTERVENTIONISTS FRIENDLY TO THE HOUTHI CAUSE. IRANIAN AND HEZBOLLAH COMBATANTS, AID AND ASSISTANCE! NOR EVEN CONSIDERING OR INCLUDING IN THE MIX TERRORISTS OF THE AL QAEDA IN THE ARABIAN PENINSULA [AQAP].

Yemen a regional conflict with potential global geo-political ramifications? Strait of Bab al-Mandeb and all that!

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Soldados.

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One man, many weapons!

The Winged Hussars of the Polish cavalry I was familiar with.

The Leatherjackets [Soldados de Cuero] of New Spain I was not familiar with. [Spanish colonial possessions in North and South America referred to as New Spain]

Cavalry of the period each horseman in both cases carrying a mélange of weaponry.

 "mélange - - n. A mixture"

Poles carrying: * Lance * saber * rapier * musket * pistol * bow and arrow * war hammer.

One man, many weapons!

That Spanish soldado his multiplicity of weaponry to include: * short musket * a pair of pistols * bow and arrows * a short sword * a lance.

Again, one man, many weapons!

Armor also integral to the heavy cavalryman of the time. Poles wearing a metal helmet, metal breast plate and metal gauntlets.

Soldado carrying a small shield [buckler] and wearing a jacket consisting of seven thick layers of leather Leatherjackets!

"though leather was of course well known back into the Spanish colonial days the Southwest....the Soldados de Cuero (leatherjackets) wore these to stop Apache arrows"

Soldado rated as BEST horsemen in the world. Stirrups in the Mongol manner a platform allowing for the horseman to stand up while riding.

Read at this web site the advantage to be gained for the rider using a stirrup of the "Mongol" variety.

Impressive!

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Macedonia.

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Some damn fool thing in the Balkans?

All of this is rather strange. At least to me.

From the Russia Insider Internet web site. Russia Insider I had not heard of before. Some sort of Moscow government controlled media akin to RT and Sputnik?

"NATO Welcomes Another Military Midget"

"Today the transatlantic alliance [NATO] has descended into farce. Earlier this year, NATO invited the small Balkans country of Macedonia to join its ranks. In what now passes for the historic 'Great Game' in Europe, officials anxiously awaited the results of Macedonia’s referendum on a national name change. Approval would allow the Western alliance to augment its collective forces by an astounding 8,000 men and 31 tanks."

Macedonia the nation-state desiring entry into the European Union and eventual membership into the NATO alliance.

All this abhorrent to the Russian? That referendum not even including 50 % of the voting public and is not going to be binding?

See other Internet web sites and articles here and here the topic of which was a variety of outsider machinations. Macedonia as a strategic factor in Balkan and European calculations I think to many the very idea is amusing. But no?

Some damn fool thing in the Balkans must be taken in the context of Sarajevo, the Archduke and his wife, 1914! Hardly that we might never forget.

EVEN IF MACEDONIA IS EVENTUALLY ACCEPTED INTO THE NATO ALLIANCE IN WHATEVER CAPACITY, THEIR MILITARY SO SMALL AS TO BE NO THREAT TO THE RUSSIAN! SO WHY ALL THE FUSS THEN?

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Impasse?

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Australians now at odds with the French? Shortfin now fini? Soryu yes Barracuda no? I thought this was a done deal!

From the story as seen at Freeper.

"Aussies At Impasse With France Over New Sub; Japan May Win"

"You don’t often think about France and Australia, unless you really know your history and know that a French explorer arrived in the Antipodes days after the First Fleet arrived from Britain and that much of the vast continent was surveyed by French sailors. But France and Australia may grow much closer . . .  if they can sign a strategic partnership agreement to clear the path for work on a stealthy attack submarine known as the Shortfin Barracuda. That is beginning to look less likely, with French and Australian politicians and policymakers increasingly questioning the program."

"France and Australia must resolve major differences over the Aussie’ new submarine program before a new Australian government is elected next year, and the most obvious alternative is Japan."

A$50 billion [Australian dollars] contract at stake here? NO chump change as they say.

See previous blog entries the topic of which was the next-generation RAN submarine. Royal Australian Navy having decided first on the French model Shortfin Barracuda but now the impasse?

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/02/shortfin.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/04/steel.html

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Allies.

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To war with insect! Cyborg style!

"Cyborg - - A cyborg short for "cybernetic organism" is a being with both organic and biomechatronic body parts"

"Cyborg insect! Beyond micro-drone. A weapon of war."

Thanks to Freeper and the original story from Live Science.

"The Pentagon Wants to Make an Army of Virus-Spreading Insects. Scientists Are Concerned."

"Pentagon research project called 'Insect Allies.' Funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the project involves using gene-editing techniques like CRISPR to infect insects with modified viruses that could help make America's crops more resilient."

HAS THE POTENTIALITY AS A BIO WEAPON VECTOR [vector an organism, typically a biting insect or tick, that transmits a disease or parasite from one animal or plant to another.]. IF YOU CAN USE THESE CYBORG TO MAKE AMERICAN CROPS MORE "RESILIENT" YOU CAN ALSO USE TO MAKE CROPS OF AN ENEMY LESS RESILIENT!

The future is NOW too! These cyborg insects already commercially available.

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DWI Darwin.

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Another American military man behaving badly. Aussies beware.

"Head of US marine force in Darwin stood down for drink-driving on nightclub strip"

Thanks to the tip from Freeper and the story by Jacqueline Breen courtesy ABC.

"The head of the US marine force stationed in the Top End [Darwin] has been relieved of his command for drink-driving on Darwin's nightclub strip."

"Colonel James Schnelle, 48, appeared in Darwin Local Court this morning, charged with medium-range drink-driving."

Charged and evidently relieved of command. Pending conviction? That is not clear? Nonetheless the man removed from his position.

Be ashamed. Be very ashamed. Setting a poor example for the lower ranking and younger men.

See previous blog entry [with further links] the topic the USMC contingent stationed Darwin:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/04/mrf-2017.html

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Unified.

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C^3 = Command, control. communications.

Again belatedly so from that latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter:

"Syria's S-300s will be integrated in Russia's national nuclear C^3 command and control system"

3 October.

"When Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Oct. 2 that the 'unified' S-300 air defense systems in Syria will be installed in Syria by Oct. 20, he meant its integration in the Russian homeland system. That is the real import of Moscow's response to the downing of its Il-20 spy plane on Sept. 17 . . . Putin seized on the disaster to establish in Syria an advanced air defense weapons system linked not only to the Russian Khmeimim Air Base in Latakia, but integrated in Russia's own C^3 command, control and communications system against nuclear attack."

During the era of the Cold War Soviet air defense referred to as PVO Strany. Air Defense of the Homeland. That combined force of surface-air missiles, manned interceptors, radars and anti-aircraft -artillery.

PVO now gone since the time of having merged with the Russian Air Force.

Syria and Russian air defense now a combined and unified entity with robustness that cannot be denied. A regional threat beyond mere borders!

Unprecedented and ominous and obviously of concern to the Israeli primarily so?

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