Friday, August 17, 2018

Demographics!

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Demographics = destiny?

Demographics Japan!

From WIZARD through Harry at Sharkhunters:

"Japan's military [JSDF] plans to raise the maximum age for new recruits in a bid to cope with a shrinking pool of potential soldiers due to the country's low birth rate and fast-aging population. The maximum age for enlisted personnel and non-commissioned officer applicants will be raised to 32 from 26 from Oct 1 to secure 'a stable supply of Self-Defense Forces personnel amid a declining pool of recruits due to the recently declining birth rate, the defense ministry said."

"The number of Japanese people aged between 18 and 26 years old - the current age band for recruits - is forecast to fall below eight million by 2046 from 11 million this year and a peak of 17 million in 1994."

Declining birth rate with aging population a world-wide phenomenon in what is normally referred to as the Western World or Industrialized societies.

Just from a practicality standpoint it would seem that a man at age thirty-two without any prior military experience IS JUST TOO OLD TO BEGIN WITH!

NOT ENOUGH YOUNG PERSONS AROUND TO FILL "SLOTS" WITHIN THE MILITARY. MAN-POWER CONSTRAINTS CAUSING A "SHORTAGE" OF PERSONNEL WORRISOME TO MILITARY PLANNERS!

Consider also not only enough persons merely bodies but enough CAPABLE persons. Consider additionally that under current guidelines about 3/4 of young American men of military age UNFIT for military service!! Lots of consider!

Japan also can be seen as an acute example of a problem again being a world-wide phenomenon!

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SS-297.

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"The tangled web we weave!" - - Sir Walter Scott.

From a most recent Hot Mail courtesy Sharkhunters an update on the USS Ling and the apparent vandalism as reported in a previous blog entry. Thanks to image from Pet Scribblers.

"USS LING was in the Hackensack River for decades, a tribute and a memorial to the 3,505 American submariners killed in action in World War Two. Over the years, the river has silted up and is now far to shallow for the submarine to float. Consequently, she is stuck fast in the mud. Some time ago, the property was sold by the Bergen Register newspaper to Macromedia Corp and they plan to demolish the old Register building and build a 600-unit luxury condo with shopping mall and river walk. So the group that operates USS LING was told to get the boat moved…..but there is not enough water in the Hackensack River to float her and worse yet – over the years, FIXED bridges have been built over the river and they do not have enough room for the boat to proceed beneath. USS LING is stuck there."

"vandals came aboard the boat at night, cutting locks and going below. According to the report, they were familiar with submarine operations as they opened the sea cocks to sink the boat. However, since the boat was sitting about four feet into the mud bottom of the river, she didn’t sink but the water filled the bilges and lower spaces of the boat. Then these vandals ripped four memorial plaques honoring the 3,505 who did not return and all those who rode the boats from their concrete bases. These four stolen plaques were valued at $10,000 in monetary value but they were priceless for their memories."

To reiterate, the key points:

1. Bronze plaques alone have a scrap value of $10,000.

2. Boat not sunk but flooded, interior damaged from water.

3. Surrounding property highly-valued for development. Ling an impediment?

Villains must be caught and severely punished! Look to who is to benefit the most! Follow the money trail if one can be found! Chastise in a harsh manner with real punishment those responsible!

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

USS Ling.

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Invasion! Hackensack, New Jersey, USA under attack!

I fear this is not an isolated incident. At any rate, is not casual vandalism or theft. Is malicious and cruel and deliberate destruction of a war memorial with intent to hurt. How apropos within the context of a very recent blog entry.

"Hackensack submarine USS Ling apparently flooded intentionally, memorial plaques stolen"

"Armed with tools to cut through locks, they worked to open hatches on the 312-foot long, 2,500-ton behemoth, letting gallons of Hackensack River [New Jersey] water rush into the vessel. These vandals knew the inner workings of the historic ship, it seems, even opening hatches to the bilges, the lowest compartments of the submarine."

Again, I fear this is not going to be an isolated incident and we have not heard the final word with regard to this matter.

This was not about stealing the plaques for the scrap metal value or just mere childish vandalism. These perpetrators seemed to know quite well what they were doing and were able to maximize their damage, even irrevocably?

See that entire list of American submarines as museum/memorial exhibits.

Forewarned is forearmed! Curators and security enhance your safeguards appropriately and now!!

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Bells.

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Bells of St. Mary's this is not!

From the New York Times and the article by Richard C. Paddock.

Trophies of war to be returned!

"U.S. Set to Return Philippine Bells That Once Tolled to Mark a Massacre"

"BANGKOK — The American soldiers were eating breakfast in Balangiga’s town square when Filipino villagers, including men disguised in dresses, attacked them with bolo knives. Forty-eight Americans died."


A monument [American soldiers as depicted in bronze], foreground, in Balangiga’s town plaza depicting the breakfast scene in 1901 when Filipino soldiers attacked American soldiers. Credit image: Jes Aznar for The New York Times

Unarmed American soldiers attacked without a whole lot of provocation. The mere presence of these American foreigners was enough to cause the Filipino to attack?

Troops unarmed at the behest of their commander. That officer-in-charge not wanting to create "an incident".

Those bells the significance of which not made totally clear. Ringing loud and clear and to the initiated [Filipino] signalling the attack to commence! Now you know the rest of the story.

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Hyper USA.

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Vlad has hypersonic weaponry and boasts of same. Don has them too!

U.S. Army! U.S. Air Force! U.S. Navy? They all got them? AHW. ARRW. HCSW.

From a variety of sources to include the Russia media outlet Russian Times [RT]:

1. "Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW)"

"The Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW) is a demonstrative long-range glide vehicle capable of flying within the planet’s atmosphere at hypersonic speed."

"The technology was developed through the cooperative effort of the US Department of Defence to evaluate a conventional prompt global strike (CPGS) capability for striking time-sensitive high-value targets."


Click on image to see an enlarged view. Ground/sea/air launch possible. That conventional bomb as described hardly conventional. Hundreds [?] or thousands [?] or tungsten rods descending almost vertically over target at extreme velocity each rod having twelve times [12x] the energy of a fifty caliber [.50] round. Everything within a square mile [two and one-half square kilometers] of ground zero obliterated that devastation more or less equal to the amount of damage from the detonation of a tactical nuclear munition.

2. "US orders $480mn-hypersonic missile prototype suitable for ‘great power competition’"

GREAT POWER COMPETITION! RUSSIA, UNITED STATES, CHINA!

"The US Air Force paid $480 million for a second top-spec hypersonic missile prototype to gain ground . . . following reports of Russia’s successes in developing unrivaled high-speed weapons."

"The Air Force awarded a $480-million contract to Lockheed Martin, tasking the company with designing a second hypersonic missile prototype, referred to as the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW)."

Global reach using these hypersonic delivery systems a warhead allowing American military planners a non-nuclear option during a time of crisis. Not a bad idea. Land, sea, air!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Disorder 2040.

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The Swedes are making ready! The Swiss are making ready! the Germans too are making ready?

A dissolution of the existing world order with chaos ensuing? Make ready and be ready?

Chaos with an international dimension, draconian methods only the last resort but to be implemented if need be.

Thanks to the English Telegraph from 2017 but just as relevant now as it was then!

"German army 'plans for break up of the European Union' in war game scenario"

"The German army has war-gamed the break up of the European Union in study of security crises that could face the country by 2040."

BREAK-UP OF THE EU ONLY ONE OF SIX SCENARIO AS WAR GAMED!

"Military planners in Berlin played out a scenario in which a growing number of countries follow Britain in leaving the EU, resulting in an 'increasingly disorderly' world, Der Spiegel reported."

A break-up of the European Union [EU] as may occur from a combination of reasons. Movements  of people from within the former union and beyond merely one terrifying consequence.on an apocalyptic and Biblical scale not seen since the Dark Ages, uncontrollable and far-reaching.

No amelioration possible without resorting to military force!

We prepare for the worst while hoping for the best. That German military as it exists now relatively unable to respond in an effective manner to crisis? Much needs to be done.

Think also much prior to the year 2040? 

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Romans.

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"Prepper - - Someone who focuses on preparedness, generally for various worst-case scenarios like [peak oil] or [Armageddon]. Sometimes used to avoid the more loaded term [survivalist]."

"SHTF - - When the Shit Hits The Fan. To survivalists and preparedness people, this is the big disaster. Normally connotes suggesting the total break down of civilization and social order."

As seen at a prepper Internet web site and as extracted from same some key points worth reading. Thanks also to Jeremiah Johnson.

"Lessons from the Roman Army for Post-SHTF Combat Operations"

"Friends, Romans, country men, lend me your ears."

"Let’s 'fix' ‘em: set the enemy up and zap ‘em!  Let’s do a few things that the Romans were famous for…using these techniques here and now."

1. "Choose the Ground: Yes, you choose the place you will engage them.  Along with this, you pick the time of day, the formation of the attack, the objective, and the criteria for withdrawal."

2. "Prep the Ground: The Roman Army were masters of this task".

3. "Always Fight with the Sun at your Back: The Romans positioned themselves and attacked to place the sun in the eyes of their enemies."

4. “'SPECVLATORES'- the Speculatores…the deep-cover operatives…the Special Forces and Reconnaissance warriors of the Roman Empire." Intelligence gathering with eyes on the ground!

5. "Alliances – 'The enemy of my enemy is my friend.' Not always so, but you can use such rifts to your advantage…with other groups who your enemy is at odds with."

6. "Feed Them Disinformation: Yes, the Romans were very adept at sending messages or planting information that was false. This regarded their strengths, their movements, supplies, and reinforcements."

7. "Lure Them and 'Stake' ‘Em – the Roman Army would plant different things out in front of an approaching enemy force in order to delay and distract them…making them ripe for an attack or ambush."

8. "The Violence of Action in a Controlled Manner – the Romans did not win their mastery over all of Europe and most of the Middle East by conducting drill and ceremony."

9. "A Perfect Chain of Command – Modern militaries all have a chain of command and an order of succession for someone to fill the 'vacancy' at all levels."

10. "Discipline: this encompasses all areas . . . Physical toughness, adherence to standard operating procedures (SOP’s), a cool head and iron nerves, and endurance…the ability to keep this up for years…to go the distance"

The Ten Commandments so to speak? Applicable not only to preppers but any military under any scenario or circumstance? I guess so.

Preppers perceiving danger and preparing for conflict of the low-intensity, war-of-the-flea asymmetric nature. Tips and hints as derived from the Romans as valid now as was the case two-thousand years ago? You the devoted reader to the blog decide for yourselves.

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Desecration.

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Here without a whole lot of comment a series of images monuments of various nations to include war memorials desecrated by graffiti and downright vandalism. This is not hardly just an American phenomenon and the world is a worse off place for it!!

Click on all images to see an enlarged view:


"Place de la République, Paris. The Place de la République: . . . contains a monument which includes a statue of the personification of France, Marianne . . .  Marianne is surrounded with three statues personifying liberty, equality, and fraternity, the values of the French Republic. These statues also evoke the three medieval theological virtues. Also at the base is a lion guarding a depiction of a ballot box."


Place de la République, Paris. Place a memorial dedicated to the French Revolution and not to war dead, but nonetheless of great significance to the French nation that undeniable.


English war memorial, Kensington.


Etaples, near Boulogne on the Channel coast  British war memorial. Thanks to the Guardian.


Vietnam War memorial in the Venice area of Los Angeles

Evil! Evil! Stop!

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Six.

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Cap the Knife!!

As extracted from "The Reader's Companion to Military History" and the article by Michael L. Handal:

The Weinberger Doctrine. Casper Weinberger. Secretary of Defense during the administration of President Reagan.

"The Weinberger Doctrine was a list of points governing when the United States could commit troops in military engagements. ... The Weinberger doctrine: The United States should not commit forces to combat unless the vital national interests of the United States or its allies are involved."

The Six Criteria of the Weinberger Doctrine From Vietnam to Bosnia.

1. "Vital U.S. interests involved."
2. "Commitment to victory."
3. "Clearly defined political and military objectives."
4. "Continual reassessment of troop/objective ratio and of costs."
5. "U.S. government mobilized people opinion before action."
6. "Intervention/war was last resort."

As to American wars [or interventions] from Vietnam onward to include: *Vietnam * Grenada * Lebanon * Central America * Panama * Gulf War I * Somalia *Bosnia.

Vietnam NO to all six criteria military invention nonetheless occurring. The outcome a loss.

Gulf War I a YES to all but criteria # 6, troop intervention still a YES the outcome a win.

As for Afghanistan and Gulf War II, the Iraqi counter-insurgency and the intervention against the Islamic State the devoted reader to the blog can draw his own conclusions.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Suvorov.

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Conclusion Military Olympics Russian style!

 Tank driving! Armor off-road driving skills + gunnery.

Links of interest event past and present:

1. "Suvorov Onslaught | Tank Nut Stan"

"The People's Liberation Army of China brought four Type-96 tanks for the Tank Biathlon, four infantry combat vehicles for the Suvorov Onslaught competition, 120mm self-propelled mortar-howitzer PLL-05 systems to participate in the Masters of Artillery fire contest and Russian-made Su-30MKK ..."

2. "Suvorov onslaught - Ministry of Defence"

"'Suvorov onslaught' — motorized rifle units will show off-road driving skills and overcoming obstacles on their vehicles, firing accuracy on different type targets and teamwork."

3. "Russia: Drone captures armour pushed to its limits at ..."

"Drone footage captured the challenges faced by the crews participating in the 'Suvorov Onslaught 2015' competition during the International Army Games-2015, ..."

Suvorov that great Russian general officer from the time of Napoleon and the black-powder era of warfare. Alexander would not have understood the Suvorov Onslaught?

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Elbruz.

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Military Olympics Russian style continued!

Skyrunning. Mt. Elbruz!

TROOPS LADEN WITH GEAR AS A UNIT AND IN COMPETITION WITH OTHER TEAMS MAKE AN ASCENT OF MT. ELBRUZ. HIGHEST POINT IN ALL OF EUROPE!

Links of interest past and present:

1. "Power, precision and persistence: Stunning images from ..."

"As well as established favorites, such as Aviadarts - in which hypersonic planes compete to hit ground targets - and Ring of Elbrus, which forces teams of soldiers in full uniforms to ascend to the 5,642-meter summit of Russia's tallest mountain, for the first time ever there has been a drone piloting competition."


Skyrunning World War Two combat style. German mountain troops make an ascent of Mt. Elbruz. Hoist the Nazi flag. Actual [?] wartime footage courtesy of You Tube. Considered a stunt by A. Hitler not worthy of respect.

2. "Elbrus Race - Wikipedia"

"The Elbrus Race (or RedFox Elbrus Race), is an international skyrunning competition held for the first time in 2008. It runs every year in Mount Elbrus, ..."

3. "Climb Mount Elbrus with Alpenglow Expeditions - Alpenglow"

"Climb mount Elbrus with Alpenglow Expeditions, led by our most experienced western guides. One of the 7 summits, Elbrus is perfect for beginners. Join us!"

YOU TOO CAN CLIMB OR RUN MT. ELBRUZ! PERFECT FOR BEGINNERS? GOOD LUCK AND COUNT ME OUT!

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Aviadarts.

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Military Olympics. Russian style, past and present.

Aviadarts that military combat aviation portion of the competition.

Some links of interest:

1. "Aviadarts - Главная"

"'Aviadarts' — pilots, best from RF Air Force units and formations, as well as pilots of foreign armies will show mastership in low altitude piloting and using their aircraft combat capabilities.

2. "Russia Brings Together Some of the World's Best Fighter Pilots"

"Chinese and Russian fighter pilots have been testing their skills in an unprecedented series of maneuvers in southeast Russia. Some observers have billed the Aviadarts exercise as a Russian Top Gun—a…"

3. "#aviadarts hashtag on Twitter"

"On 9 Aug 2017 @CGTNOfficial tweeted: '3rd-round #Aviadarts competition of 2017..' - read what others are saying and join the conversation."

4. "It's a Knockout: Russia hosts Aviadarts competition for ..."

"The international military aviation competition Aviadarts-2015 has opened in Russia as part of the Army Games, dubbed the 'world's first military Olympics.'"

5. "Su-57s destroy mock targets at Aviadarts army contest (VIDEO ..."

"A pair of cutting-edge Russian Su-57 fighter jets have taken part in the Aviadarts-2018 army competition, launching a mock attack on ground targets and destroying them.The modern jets are currently undergoing extensive testing."

Close-air-support? Hit the target? Who is best. Precision-guided weaponry of the Paveway version are allowed?

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Olympiad.

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As if this was not to be expected.

Here begins a series of blog entries the topic of which is the international military games as hosted by the Russians and recently concluded . An Olympics of sorts.

Russians # 1.

Thanks to the Russian media outlet Russian Times [RT].

"‘Best not mess with these guys’: Russia wins international army games, challenges NATO (VIDEOS)"

"Russia beat China and 30 other states in the biggest International Army Games yet, which wrapped up after 28 different disciplines were contested across seven countries."

International military sport those various competitors however from among those nations as had been nominally or otherwise part of the Soviet bloc.

More to follow.

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Hoax.

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A cruel hoax? Nothing to the story at all? Gold worth BILLIONS of dollars [$USD] as reported found to be nothing more than an elaborate scheme?

From Freeper:

"The Russian 'Treasure Ship' Was Likely a Fraud Meant to Boost a Cryptocurrency Scam"

"A South Korean company’s claimed to find $100 billion in treasure or more. A South Korean company that announced it had found more than a hundred billion dollars in gold treasure in a Russian warship is under investigation for possible fraud. The gold apparently does not exist and the company allegedly planned to use news of the treasure to boost a new cryptocurrency"

See previous blog entry, hoax as now exposed! Embedded You Tube video also as noted no longer available.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Tubes.

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As goes America so goes England?

At least with regard to missile firing submarines?

THE KEEL FOR THE FIRST OF THE COLUMBIA CLASS MISSILE FIRING SUBMARINES HAVING NOT EVEN BEEN LAID AND YET THE PROGRAM ENCOUNTERS A PROBLEM?

Also this not boding well for the English Royal Navy [RN]?

Thanks to WIZARD  through Harry at Sharkhunters:

"MORE ROYAL NAVY SUBMARINE PROBLEMS"

"Britain's new nuclear submarines [Dreadnought class] face glitches as the US boats fitted with same missile tubes have been found to have cracks. Faulty welding found in the missile tubes of the new US Columbia Class nuclear-armed submarines could delay the future delivery of British Dreadnought boats. Seven of 12 tubes on the $122.3 billion programme were found to be in need of repair when delivered to General Dynamics Electric Boat."

"The Columbia-class submarine . . . is a future United States Navy nuclear submarine class designed to replace the Trident missile-armed Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines."

THOSE DREADNOUGHT CLASS MISSILE FIRING SUBMARINES OF THE BRITISH ALREADY IN THE WORKS HAVING THE SAME FOUND-TO-BE-DEFECTIVE MISSILE TUBES? THIS IS THE QUESTION? HOLD THE HORSES? STOP! FULL STOP!

"The Dreadnought class [successor to the Vanguard class missile firing submarines] is the future replacement for the Vanguard class of ballistic missile submarines. Like their predecessors they will carry Trident II D-5 missiles."

The Columbia and Dreadnought share only missiles and nothing more? British designed and built sub with British designed atomic warhead as distinct from the American brand, Trident D-5 alone a commonality?

Better to find defects now and not later. Someone at least is on-the-ball with regard to quality control and assurance very vital!

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Yperite.

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Cl-CH2-CH2-S-CH2-CH2-Cl.

Yperite = Mustard agent.

"First World War battlefield in Verdun still a danger"

Thanks to Freeper:

"First World War battlefield in Verdun still a danger with thousands of exploded shells 100 years on. Nearly 100 years since the end of the First World War and there are still areas of France unsafe to be visited because of unexploded shells. Some 300,000 soldiers were killed in the Battle of Verdun between France and Germany from February to December 1916. During the onslaught, around six million shells - including many containing mustard gas - were fired by the opposing sides. One million of those failed to explode. Dozens of unexploded shells are unearthed every day"

One-sixth of artillery rounds as fired at Verdun did not detonate! Correct to the extent that you want an artillery round to explode only when you want it to explode. Just as you only want a bomb to explode when you want it to explode. Quality control as understood at that point in time either not a concern or as well implemented as is now? I am not sure.

See previous blog entry the topic of which was unexploded ordnance from both World Wars.


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Thursday, August 9, 2018

F-117 LV.

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Plane spotting! See us if you can!

Much to the surprise of all, the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter-bomber even when removed from service and the inventory still active, up in the air and flying..

Thanks to David Cenciotti of the Aviationist Internet web site and Sputnik.

1. "Let’s Talk About The Sightings Of F-117 Stealth Jets Flying Over Nevada Few Days Ago"

"10 years after their official retirement the 'Black Jet' continues to fly. And no one seems to know what’s the purpose of their secretive missions. Here’s everything we know about their flights."

"In the last few years we [Aviationist] have documented the flights of some F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Jets over Nevada, missions that have continued to be carried out well after the aircraft was officially retired from active service in 2008."

2. "Retired’ US Nighthawks Conduct Mystery Mission Near Area 51 (VIDEO)"

"Two retired F-117 Nighthawk aircraft have been spotted flying over Nevada airspace, and the lack of a clear explanation for their flights has sparked curiosity among US aircraft observers."

With instantaneous and intuitive 100 % metaphysical certitude [courtesy the late John McLaughlin] I can reasonably surmise these surviving and operational F-117 being used to test the various sensors of the F-35 Lightning.

IF THE LIGHTNING CAN DETECT A NIGHTHAWK IT CAN DETECT ANY OTHER WARPLANE, STEALTH OR OTHERWISE!

We can see you!

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Welcome.

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ברוך הבא

From a variety of media sources to include Russian and American. Thanks to all.

1. "Middle East Intelligence Official: Mossad Behind Syrian Rocket Chief Car Bomb"

"It's been reported a senior Middle East intelligence agency official has blamed Israel's controversial intelligence agency Mossad for the assassination of a top Syrian rocket scientist."

2. "Israel ‘welcomes’ murder of Syrian scientist – but denies any involvement in assassination"

"Israel’s minister of intelligence says he 'welcomes' news that a Syrian scientist was killed by a car bomb, even as Tel Aviv denies any part in the murder. The New York Times reported that Israel’s Mossad was behind the attack."

3. "REPORT: Israeli Intelligence Assassinates Syrian Rocket Scientist"

"The Israeli intelligence service, Mossad, assassinated a top Syrian rocket scientist on Saturday using a car bomb, the New York Times first reported Tuesday. The scientist, Aziz Asbar, led a confidential unit known as 'Sector 4”'at the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center developing cutting edge missile technology designed to further Syria’s efforts to initiate the long range bombing of Israeli cities."

THINK THE CANADIAN DOCTOR [PhD] GERALD BULL. HIS BABYLON LONG-RANGE ARTILLERY GUN BEING BUILT UNDER THE AUSPICES OF SADDAM HUSSEIN DESIGNED TO FIRE A CONTINUOUS BARRAGE OF NERVE AGENT SHELLS AT THE ISRAELI. THE ISRAELI NOT WANTING TO WAIT FOR A CATASTROPHIC SITUATION TO TRANSPIRE, DOCTOR BULL AS ALLEGED THE VICTIM OF A MOSSAD OPERATION!

הֱיה שלום

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

QC USAF.

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Confidence is high! I repeat, confidence is high!

As is apropos to a previous blog entry. Nutshell type stuff the testing on a periodic basis of Minuteman III missiles AND launch crew. Soup to nuts the process explained. Thanks to the article by Jared Keller.

"Here’s How The Air Force Tests A 40-Year-Old Nuclear Minuteman ICBM"

1." Five years 'before the missile is ever launched,' the Air Force pulls a random Minuteman ICBM for a 'test launch' at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California."

2. "Before the ICBM leaves its home base, Air Force personnel conduct an inspection of the transporter erector launcher (TEL) truck that’s used to actually transport the missile:"

3. "Upon arrival at Vandenberg, the TEL is actually erected…"

4. "the Minuteman is hoisted down into a test silo, where other Air Force personnel will fully assemble the ICBM:"

5. "A month later, the ICBM is test-fired at the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific, some 4,000 miles away while Air Force personnel gather data [telemetry] on the process, from the initial key-turning to impact"

Confidence is high and MUST be high!

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Uighur Syria.

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Terrorists as defined by the Chinese in this instance the Uighur people.[WEE-ghurs]

"Chinese Ambassador To Syria: We Are Willing To Participate 'In Some Way' In The Battle For Idlib Alongside The Assad Army"

"As the Syrian regime army prepares to launch a campaign for the recapture of Idlib in northern Syria, the Chinese Ambassador to Damascus, Qi Qianjin, told the pro-regime daily Al-Watan on August 1, 2018 that the Chinese military would be willing to participate 'in some way' in the campaign in Idlib or in other parts of the country. The ambassador expressed his support for what he called Syria's war against the terrorists, and noted that there is cooperation between the Syrian and Chinese armies. The report also quoted the Chinese military attaché in Syria as saying that the Chinese military wishes to enhance its relations with the Syrian military, and as expressing regret that Chinese Uyghurs are taking part in the fighting against the Assad regime."

Entire villages of northern Syria as abandoned by the locals and now occupied by Uighur? So it has been noted! Uighur in exile fleeing persecution in China finding refuge and succor under the patronage of the Turk!

OCCUPATION OF SYRIAN VILLAGES BY ETHNIC UIGHURS ABOUT TO END COURTESY OF THE CHINESE? AND THE TURK WILL SAY WHAT?

See previous blog entry the subject of which was the Uighur TIP and the connection to the Syrian Civil War.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Pigeon.

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"Light Risk, Low Stakes, Little Return"

To war with pigeon! Columba. Resistance WW2 style!

Details of this successful British intelligence operation from the era of the Second World War not released to the general public UNTIL 2007!!

Courtesy the BBC History Magazine and the article by Gordon Corera:

"The pigeons' war on Hitler"

"describes and ingenious British operation to subvert Nazi rule in Europe - - using carrier birds [homing pigeons]"

Columba a World War Two intelligence mission, crates of homing pigeons as dropped on occupied Europe.

"birds . . . donated were placed in containers which then floated to the ground . . . beneath a parachute. On the outside of the container was an envelope with an questionnaire - - a plea for help from Britain . . . The aim was to gather intelligence from ordinary people living under Nazi occupation."

RESIST! Send us a message via carrier pigeon.

Examples of actual messages as sent from Nazi occupied Europe to England as from the BBC article:

"German troop movements are always at night . . . there is a large munitions dump at Herzelee 200 metres from the railway station. Yesterday a convoy of Horse Artillery passed towards Dunkirk via Bambecque and another to Hazebrouck. The Bosches [Germans] do not mention an invasion of England . . . the RAF have never bombed those parts they should come to bomb the brick works as the proprietor is a [traitor] . . . I await your return, I am and remain a Frenchman." - - ABCD34. April 1941.

"I would ask you my friends . . . to warn the population a few minutes before bombing because you kill many civilians who are your friends. Very few Germans get killed it is nearly always the civilians who suffer from your aircraft. If you circle before dropping your bombs, the population would have time to withdraw from the town, thus avoiding many French victims. you must spare your friends and kill the Germans. Please send us arms, rifles, revolvers and ammunition by parachute." - -  a French farmer.

The CIA document regarding Columba asserts the project producing scant results probably not even worth the effort.

As to: "light Risk, low Stakes, little Return" in lieu of anything better you go with what you got at that exact moment. Columba!

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Resist.

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From "The Reader's Companion to Military History" and the article by M.R.D. Foot the topic of which is RESISTANCE of a populace to a foreign occupying military power or a legally established government corrupt and despotic!

The archetype of a successful wartime resistance the French Resistance or the Soviet Partisan movement during the Second World War.

"It [a resistance] may seek to achieve its objectives through either the use of nonviolent resistance . . . or the use of force . . . In many cases . . . a resistance movement may employ both violent and non-violent methods"

Resistance generally conceded as most effective when combined with conventional military operations.

According to Foot:

"Resisters can usefully carry out four main tasks"

Four main tasks: [not strictly limited to but primarily so]

1. Provide intelligence.

2. Sabotage.

3. Escape networks.

4. Maintain morale and hope.

More to follow!

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Monday, August 6, 2018

SE F-35.

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"And the beat goes on."

SE = Social Engineering. "Honeypot - - 1 : one that is attractive or desirable"

"Honey Pot: RAF Staffer Leaks F-35 Secrets on Tinder - Report"

"A perpetrator hacked a female RAF staffer's dating app profile, using her online presence to sweet-talk a male Royal Air Force employee and stealing secret information about the US fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighter just weeks after the first four jets entered service, according to a report by Mail Online."

Malware as found on hacked smart phones and social media Internet web sites and used for espionage purposes. This is a growth business and has been for some time now.

This incident just one many recent incidents. NO real damage done so they tell us. Well, they would tell us that, wouldn't they?

BOYS! YOU HAVE BEEN FOREWARNED AND REPEATEDLY. AND YET YOU FAIL!

See a number of previous blog entries the problem as with hacking of smart phones that military dimension:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/04/honey.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/03/united.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/02/ban.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/01/fitbit.html

The beat indeed "goes on"! Thank you Sonny and Cher!

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Curiosities.

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Herewith curiosities and novelties of Soviet era submarine design.

Thanks in all cases to the H.I. Sutton Internet web site "Covert Shores".

1. "Stalin's Super Sub - Project P-2"

"A monstrously large submarine by any standards, the 5,360 ton P-2 design was to be equipped with both Ballistic Missiles and Cruise Missiles, as well as its own midget submarines."

Fire missiles, cruise and ballistic both, torpedoes fore and aft, launch midget submarines, had deck guns [one dual 57 mm mount and one dual 25 mm mount] and probably could deploy sea mines!

2. "Project 673 submarine  Soviet sailless super-sub"

"Sail - - In naval parlance, the sail (American usage) or fin (European/Commonwealth usage) of a submarine is the tower-like structure found on the dorsal (topside) surface of submarines"

"The Project 673 submarine was designed as an interceptor boat, to be kept in port and sent out in the event of an intruding NATO submarine. It was therefore designed for speed."

"Many design concepts from the Project 673 were put into practice in the Project 705K ALFA Class which entered service in the 1970s."

DESIGN CONCEPTS INCLUDED IN THE ALFA CLASS SUB TO INCLUDE TITANIUM HULL, AUTOMATION, HIGH-SPEED NUCLEAR REACTOR!

3. "Piranha Special Forces submarine"

"The p.865 'Piranha' midget submarine was a dedicated Spetsnaz special operations craft capable of delivering 6 frogmen to a target over 400 miles from its base."

MANY IMAGES OF PIRANHA I HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE. ONLY SEVERAL PIRANHA WERE EVER BUILT, TITANIUM HULLED AND USED STRICTLY FOR NAVAL COMMANDO OPERATIONS. RANGE HOWEVER LIMITED UNLESS CARRIED OR TOWED TO TARGET BY ANOTHER VESSEL IF POSSIBLE.

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

France 1940.

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From the Internet web site "Small Wars Journal" and the article by David Campbell and Jesse McIntyre III the topic is the Battle of France 1940 those points of interest in the nutshell type of stuff the defeat of the French army.

"A Policy of Defeat"

"Time Magazine commented in August 1939 that French Army General Maurice Gamelin was head, by unanimous acclaim, of the world’s finest military machine."    

Six major reasons given for French defeat include:

* 1) "Deficiencies in morale, caused by widespread defeatism."

* 2) "Faulty French military doctrine and policy"

* 3) "Inadequate training of reserves in peacetime"

* 4) "The detrimental effects of the Maginot Line"

* 5) "Incompetent aged leadership"

 * 6) "Irreconcilable political divisions within France’s Third Republic"

* "A seventh additional reason is security agreements that committed France to countries that lacked reciprocity."

My personal comments:

* Gamelin apparently more incompetent than anything else. NOT however a traitor as has been suggested by some.

* The French COULD HAVE won the Battle of France 1940 but according to Dupuy placed TOO LITTLE faith in the Maginot Line. Four armies deployed vicinity the line in a strictly defensive posture when ONLY ONE would have sufficed!!

* NOT so much the French were bad as the German were good? That blitzkrieg consisting of concentrated  armor and tactical aviation working in concert WITH strong and effective anti-aircraft-artillery [AAA] useful in consolidating and protecting gains!

Devoted readers to the blog can suggest additional reasons? Let me hear from you.

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Arrest!

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If and when this proceeds none of it bodes well:

"Hate Speech Erdoğanist Turkish lawyers seek arrest of US officers at Turkey’s İncirlik Airbase"

"A group of pro-Erdoğan Turkish lawyers has applied to the Adana Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office for the arrest of members of the US military at İncirlik Airbase in Adana for their alleged cooperation with the Gülen movement"

AND WHAT EXACTLY WILL OCCUR IF AN WHEN TURKISH POLICE OR MILITARY EITHER MAKE AN ATTEMPT TO ARREST THE AMERICAN OFFICERS OR EVEN ACTUALLY TAKE U.S. PERSONAL INTO CUSTODY?

INCIRLIK ALSO A STORAGE AREA FOR AMERICAN ATOMIC WEAPONRY WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF NATO MISSION AND CONTINGENCY! THOSE WEAPONS HAVE BEEN MOVED? COMPROMISE TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE UNDER ALL CIRCUMSTANCES AND DIRE CONSEQUENCES AS A RESULT OF ANY TURKISH UNILATERAL ACTON IN THIS REGARD!!

See previous blog entries with further links the topic of which was Incirlik AFB and the atomic arsenal as stored at same:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/03/incirlik-turkey.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/01/incirlik-afb.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/08/atomics-incrilik.html

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Bab.

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Bab as in Bab al-Mandeb! Yet again that narrow water-way a critical choke point an important factor in world geopolitical machinations of the highest order.

From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter type of coverage you will find no where else.

1. "Iran's Saviz 'cargo' ship orchestrated Red Sea attack on two Saudi oil tankers"

28 July.

"The attack on two Saudi supertankers on the Red Sea on Wednesday, July 25, was orchestrated by the Iranian Saviz, a weapons-carrying spy ship . . . It is packed with advanced surveillance gear for tracking shipping on the Red Sea. Before the attack, signals from the Saviz were intercepted informing the Houthis' shore base when the tanker would be passing within missile range."

"Although the damage minimal, the Saudis decided not to take any chances and announced the suspension of oil shipping through the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandeb until conditions were secure. Oil prices shot up by one percent on the world markets."

2. "Netanyahu: If Iran tries to block Bab al-Mandeb, it will face a coalition with Israel in full military array"

1 August.

"Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Wednesday, Aug. 1, issued a warning in a speech to graduates of the Navy's Captains' course in Haifa: 'Early this week we saw an Iranian proxy [Houthi] trying to interfere with shipping sailing through the Straits of Bab al-Mandeb. I am convinced that an international coalition resolved to prevent this happening awaits Iran. And this coalition will include the State of Israel with all its full military array.'  He [Benjamin] was talking about a lineup of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Israel, following the Yemeni Houthi missile attack on two Saudi super tankers in the Red Sea."

YOU HAVE ALL BEEN WARNED!

"And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet." - - Matthew 24:6.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

GBSD.

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GBSD = Ground Based Strategic Deterrent.

First from the Russian media outlet RT. Think also cost-effective?

1. "US Air Force destroys ICBM after ‘anomaly’ during test launch"

"A Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile [ICBM] test ended in failure when the projectile was ordered to self-destruct due to an 'anomaly' that developed during the flight, the US Air Force has confirmed."

A NORMAL AND PERIODIC TEST OF MINUTEMAN III ICBM GOES AWRY. MISSILE DESTRUCTS WHEN LAUNCHED AND AIRBORNE. THIS IS UNCOMMON BUT DOES OCCUR FROM TIME TO TIME.

Second thanks to the tip from RT that successor to Minuteman III in the works? GBSD?

2. "New ICBM Cheaper Than Upgraded Minuteman: Boeing On GBSD"

That article from Breaking Defense by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.

"ARLINGTON: A brand-new ICBM may cost the nation more than $85 billion, but keeping the geriatric Minuteman will cost even more. That’s according to Boeing, the aerospace giant that began building the original Minuteman I in 1958 and has maintained the much-modified Minuteman III since 1970."

Minuteman III that part of the Nuclear Triad as it is called. Ground-based nuclear deterrent persuasive. A missile and system quite ancient [original program began in 1966!] now. A replacement is in the works?

EASIER AND CHEAPER TO BUILD AND PLACE INTO THE INVENTORY A NEW ICBM THAN ENDLESSLY MAINTAIN AND UPGRADE MINUTEMAN III? THIS IS THE QUESTION?

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Poseidon.

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From the H.I. Sutton Internet web site "Covert Shores" some details of the Russian nuclear-powered torpedo NATO code name Kanyon.

Thanks to the tip and original article as seen at the Russian media outlet RT.

Details of the latest and greatest Russian "Doomsday" weapon some specifications, parameters, capabilities, and discussion of possible American counter-measures.

"Russian 'Poseidon' Intercontinental Nuclear-Powered Nuclear-Armed Autonomous Torpedo'Poseidon' / 'Status-6' / 'Skif' seabed launched variant / NATO: KANYON"

"The Poseidon is the largest torpedo ever developed in any country. At around 2 meters (6.5 ft) in diameter and over 20 meters (65 ft) long, it is approximately twice the size of submarine launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and thirty times the size of a regular ‘heavyweight’ torpedo."

ATOMIC WARHEAD OF KANYON REPUTED TO BE MERELY TWO MEGATONS RATHER THAN ONE-HUNDRED MEGATONS AS ORIGINALLY THOUGHT. A BIG BANG NONETHELESS!


See this Russian language video courtesy You Tube. Kanyon carried to the target by a dedicated submarine and launched, autonomous from that point forward. Kanyon also can be deployed in the manner of a sea-mine?

Kanyon apparently hardly an on-the-drawing-board novelty but now accepted as a valid and dangerous weapon system! I also recommend the Internet web site "Covert Shores" highly without qualification or reservation. Outstanding.

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Bombastic.

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It had been hoped ever since the dissolution of the old Soviet Union such war-like language and boasting of military weaponry and prowess was a thing of the past. NO!

"Russia’s Doomsday Way of Diplomacy and War"

From the Dr. Rich Swier Internet web site the original article by Dr. Peter Pry.

"Vladimir Putin’s March 1, 2018, televised warning that Russia is developing new nuclear super-weapons — including POSEIDON, a doomsday machine with a 100-megaton TSAR warhead — may signify the world is closer to the nuclear brink than most in Washington think."

"Moscow has an affinity for doomsday weapons — and for revealing their existence in a crisis."

During that time of the Cold War [Soviet Union] the super-weapons or systems associated with the super-weapons to include: [not necessarily limited to]

* Tsar Bomba. The super-bomb. One-hundred megatons [100 MT]

* Dead Hand. Soviet/Russian Doomsday system.

* VRYAN. Soviet/Russian C3I nuclear-arsenal computer.

Those modern [Russian] super-weapons to include: [but I might think not necessarily limited to]

* Hypersonic air-launched missile. [Unstoppable/maneuverable]. Air-launched Stone SSM?]

[Might also be a Zircon anti-ship hypersonic missile?]

* Nuclear-powered torpedo with nuclear warhead [100 MT?]. [Poseidon]

* Nuclear powered cruise missile. [unlimited range/endurance]

* Satan-2 ICBM. [Two missiles can destroy all of Texas]

* Avangard hypersonic-maneuverable intercontinental atomic warhead delivery system.


Watch this You Tube video of the Avengard in action as might be the case if and when a nuclear exchange occurs between the United States and Russia. Avengard able to elude all known detection and anti-ballistic missile defense systems.

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