Wednesday, September 18, 2019

MARAD.

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I am sure we can be assured that some persons in important places are being notified about this and we can expect anxiety to follow.

THIS IS NOT AN EXERCISE NORMAL AND ROUTINE WILL BE THE THOUGHT.

Thanks to the trip from Freeper:

"U.S. Orders Large-Scale Turbo Activation Exercise of Ready Reserve Force Ships"

"The U.S. Department of Defense has ordered a large-scale turbo activation of ships in the U.S. Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Ready Reserve Force fleet. The turbo activation is part of a large-scale activation exercise ordered by the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) on September 16. The activation calls for a total of 28 RRF fleet vessels to transition from reduced operating status to fully crewed and full operating status within 5-days. Activations are commonly followed by immediate sea trials."

OBSERVANT READERS WILL UNDERSTAND WHEN I SAY NOT MORE BE SAID!

This does bear watching. Routine exercise? We shall see.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Unpredictable.

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Hidden agenda?

DARPA = Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. USA.

From the Internet web site of Soren Dreier and thanks to the tip from Jay.

"DARPA Wants to Remove Hallucinatory 'Side Effects' from Psychedelic Medicines"

"A newly announced research program from DARPA is looking to remove those pesky hallucinatory side effects from novel psychedelic medicines such as MDMA and psilocybin. The program is currently calling out for research proposals investigating innovative drug treatments targeting post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD] and depression that can be administered without the 'unpredictable consequences' of current psychedelic medicines."

Drugs as used to treat depression and PTSD in soldiers? That is what this is about?

A hidden agenda does exist here? I am thinking what is euphemistically referred to as the INTERROGATION PROBLEM! [often called MK ULTRA by conspiracy theorists]

That INTERROGATION PROBLEM consisting of: 1. How to get a person while captive to talk when they do not want to talk. 2. How to know the captive is telling the truth when talking.

Decades ago psychedelic drugs such as LSD tested on unwitting subjects and found to be unreliable and unpredictable.

This "research study" has a two-fold purpose? One-above board, overt with good intentions and the other not spoken about in polite company?

Slip me a tab dude! Did you know you're melting?

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MH-1A

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More Russian tooting their horn with pats on the back in an undeserved manner?

From TASS that article the Russian NPP goes online. Nuclear power plant floating.

"World’s first floating NPP starts mooring in Russia’s Chukotka"

"The floating NPP will generate electricity for Pevek, a town with a population of about 4,000, as well as nearby settlements and mining facilities"

"MOSCOW, September 14. /TASS/. The world’s first-ever floating nuclear power plant "Akademik Lomonosov," which arrived to Russia’s northeasternmost region of Chukotka earlier this week, started mooring at its operating site in the city of Pevek, a regional government spokesperson told TASS on Saturday."

NO! NOT THE FIRST FLOATING NUCLEAR POWER PLANT! FAR FROM IT!

From DECADES ago the U.S. Army floating nuclear barge MH-1A ready to go:

"MH-1A was the first floating nuclear power station . . . this pressurized water reactor built in a converted Liberty ship was part of a series of reactors in the US Army Nuclear Power Program, which aimed to develop small nuclear reactors to generate electrical and space-heating energy primarily at remote, relatively inaccessible sites"


As far as I know MH-1A only on-call, never was activated and sent to the scene of catastrophe or war. Army enlisted personnel nuclear power plant operators at the time [five decades ago] their variable-reenlistment-bonus the highest in the Army. MH-1A now deactivated and dismantled, no longer in existence.

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Rays.

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In most locales interfering with a public transportation vehicle is a very serious offense that warrants hard prison time!

More counter-drone weaponry. From the English tabloid The Sun and thank to same.

"BT could use laser guns to shoot down drones deployed by eco activists, terrorists or pranksters"

[personally I consider individuals interfering in whatever form with a commercial airliner while on approach for landing or during take-off to be in the same category as an arsonist. Such persons are worthy of being shot on sight by law enforcement personnel. My personal opinion!]

"BT [formerly British Telecom] has signed a deal with Australian company DroneShield, which has worked with the British Army. Its DroneGun Tactical weapon shoots rays to take down a target from more than a mile away. BT will also offer clients use of the DroneSentinel, which can track a pilot operating the drone up to three miles away. The tech could have avoided last year’s Gatwick drone saga which cost police up to £900,000 [about $1.2 million USD] — with nobody brought to justice. Eco-activists were arrested last week amid fears of travel disruption at Heathrow".

"Its [DroneShield] DroneGun Tactical weapon shoots rays to take down a target from more than a mile away."

"RAYS will be used to shoot down the drone. RAYS! RAYS of some sort not specified.

See previous blog entries the topic counter-drone weaponry:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/07/nerod-f5.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/07/madis.html

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Monday, September 16, 2019

BOPE.

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Blame it on Rio!

In consonance with this prior blog entry some video of BOPE.

Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais (BOPE). "Special Police Operations Battalion" Brazil.

Paramilitary special operations type police unit their responsibility the various favela vicinity Rio De Janeiro.

Paramilitary police of the sort as will be needed to secure the dystopian urban areas of the future. Note the future is NOW in many parts of the world beyond Brazil.



Massive and overwhelming use of force hardly enough to combat the lawlessness and misbehavior of those occupying the dystopian urban area. Force first but pacification must also include follow-up operations normally referred to as civic action [issuing government approved ID, providing fresh water, opening medical clinics]. Prevent the criminal element from returning and once more exerting control over the inhabitants of a favela in the Brazilian case.

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Keller USAF.

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One man against Rome? One man against the Islamic State! Daniel Keller CCT USAF!

"An Air Force Combat Controller (CCT) is an FAA-certified air traffic controller who provides combat support on missions by establishing air control."

"COMBAT CONTROLLER AWARDED AIR FORCE CROSS FOR FIGHT AGAINST 350 ISIS MILITANTS"

Article as seen at the Internet web site Black Rifle Coffee by Kevin Knodell  September 13, 2019

"Today the U.S. Air Force chief of staff presented the Air Force Cross to Technical Sergeant Daniel Keller, a combat controller in the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, for his actions on the battlefield in Afghanistan during the summer of 2017. The Air Force Cross is the second-highest medal for combat valor an airman can receive, second only to the Medal of Honor."

Air traffic controller special operations USAF on the job and standing tall and well deserving of his award.

THIS IS NOT THE USAF I WAS ACCUSTOMED TO FROM OVER FIFTY YEARS AGO NOW!

1. Special operations USAF [Air Commando units] was a great rarity. Almost strictly limited to pararescue jumpers [PJ] and Ranch Hands what they were called.

2. Enlisted men winning high decoration again almost totally unheard of. PJ maybe but very few of them.

NOW enlisted airmen at the forefront of combat and comporting themselves well! Kudos to all.

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Oilfields.

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Oilfield attack Saudi, combat drone!

From DEBKAfile the latest update the drone attack on the Saudi oil fields.

"The big drone attack on Saudi oil facilities was launched by Iran-backed Yemeni Houthis from… Iraq"

"Early Saturday, Sept. 14, Yemeni Houthi rebels fired at least 10 drones against the Saudi Aramco’s biggest oil facility and second largest oil field from Iraq. Our sources report that they used pro-Iranian Shiite militia bases in southern Iraq, instead of across the Yemen border."

Houthi indeed attacking the Saudi oil fields with considerable damage as a result. Drones as launched from Iraqi territory. with the connivance of Iraqi Shia. That Shia militia undoubtedly beholden to the Iranian.

The noted blogger Spengler considers DEBKAfile to be unreliable under all circumstances. Where ever the drone attack originated let no one doubt this situation dire, potential for severe consequences on a global scale undeniable!!

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Panic.

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Hold onto your hats everyone! A wind is blowing!

Attack Saudi oil fields drone attack. Houthi?

From Bloomberg and the story by Maria Jose Valero and Nadeem Hamid

"Pompeo Blames Iran for Drone Attack on Saudi Oil Industry"

* "Comment comes after Trump offers support for Saudi defense"
* "Saudi oil output cut in half by drone strike on Aramco site"

"Secretary of State Michael Pompeo blamed Iran for attacks on a massive Saudi Aramco oil facility, saying there was no evidence the drones originated in Yemen."

Proxy attack by Iran on the Saudi oil production capacity using combat drone? Houthi rebels claim responsibility? Yemen is a long way from the Saudi oil fields.

CONSIDER THIS TO BE NOT MERELY A REGIONAL MATTER! HAS WORLDWIDE CONSEQUENCES. MASS PANIC WITH OIL PRICES WILL OCCUR WITH A SCRAMBLE FOR SUPPLY OCCURRING? EVEN A THREAT OF DISRUPTION CAN BE DISASTROUS.

And the Saudi will do what exactly? Retaliate in kind? Like I said, hold onto your hats.

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Mega.

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Dystopian!

"A dystopia is a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. It is translated as 'bad place' and is an antonym of utopia"

From the tip at the Internet web site Intercept this video a must watch.

I recommend highly without qualification or reservation.


The future is urban and the street gang the greatest threat. That proper combination of money, organization, numbers, weapons and ruthlessness.

Currently in this regard the Brazilian favela street gang most prominent. See previous blog entry [with additional embedded links] as to the para-military threat as posed by the Brazilian street gang:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/03/3g2-atomic.html

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Blocks.

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USS IOWA once more rules the waves.

Thanks to Mike through Harry at Sharkhunters.

"USS IOWA – The huge World War Two battleship USS IOWA (BB 61) is now a museum in the port of Los Angeles, but a new USS IOWA (SSN-797) is being born . . . this new boat, the 24th in the VIRGINIA Class submarines has just had the keel laid for her construction . . . [the USS Iowa is a] Block IV boat, requiring three major overhauls during her lifetime rather than the four required of older boats and thus allowing her one more deployment."

Battleship yesterday, submarine tomorrow.

As to the term Block, i.e. Block I, Block II, Block III, etc. consider:

"[it] comes from US military procurement, where it refers to the actual items (vehicles, weapons systems, etc.) being produced and delivered. For example, if you want 10 ships of a single class built over 4 years, but the latest and greatest radar system won't be available right away, the contract might refer to two 'blocks' of ships, 4 ships in Block I with the older radar, and 6 ships in Block II with the new radar"

Older vessels of earlier blocks when undergoing refurbishment done so in a manner that latest innovations included in the process. A Block I boat meeting Block IV specifications.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Danmark ASW II.

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"Earlier this year, the US slammed Denmark for not spending enough on defence. According to the US ambassador, despite the fact that Denmark is to increase its defence budget to 1.5 percent of its GDP by 2023, this is a far cry from the in 2014 NATO agreement that sets the bar at 2 percent."

Conclusion.

ASW = Anti-Submarine-Warfare. Denmark to the rescue. Again thanks to the Russian media outlet Sputnik.

"US Sonar to Keep Track of Russian Subs"

"According to the commander of the Danish Navy, this procurement will place Denmark 'in another league'."

"Danish defence has boosted its submarine detection capability by securing an advanced sonar system from the US in a deal worth an estimated DKK 1.3 billion ($190 million)." [Danish Krone]

"Aside from the dipping sonars, Denmark’s anti-submarine warfare capacity will be further bolstered by 600 sonar buoys that will be laid across a larger body of water."

"A sonobuoy . . . is a relatively small buoy . . . expendable sonar system that is dropped/ejected from aircraft or ships conducting anti-submarine warfare or underwater acoustic research."

"dipping sonar.  A sonar transducer that is lowered into the water from a hovering antisubmarine-warfare helicopter and recovered after the search is complete."

Also, once more think the Greenland-Iceland-United Kingdom gap.

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Danmark ASW I.

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"Earlier this year, the US slammed Denmark for not spending enough on defence. According to the US ambassador, despite the fact that Denmark is to increase its defence budget to 1.5 percent of its GDP by 2023, this is a far cry from the in 2014 NATO agreement that sets the bar at 2 percent."

ASW = Anti-Submarine-Warfare. Denmark to the rescue? Thanks to Sputnik.

"Denmark Vamps Up Navy, Prepares to Hunt Submarines"

"For the first time in 14 years, Denmark is getting ready for submarine hunts. The nation's capacity will be upped in both the Baltic and the Arctic."

"As part of the recent decision by the Danish parliament to beef up defense spending, the Nordic nation's 'commitment to anti-submarine warfare will be drastically bolstered, the Ingeniøren trade newspaper reported.'"

THE GREENLAND-ICELAND-UNITED KINGDOM gap [GIUK].

Denmark as a constituent member of NATO bearing partial responsibility for ASW GIUK. Russian submarines in a time of war the target obviously. That increase in defense spending apparently a GOAL and not a MUST meet requirement. 2 % is all that is asked. And does anyone doubt that the Danes would not be increasing their defense if Don of the USA had not applied pressure?

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Qanas.

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"We are going to bomb the sh.t out of them" - - D. Trump, Presidential candidate.

THEM the Islamic State. To an extent ISIL fighters still active. Even having strongholds.

One stronghold gone? Indeed.

From STARS AND STRIPES the article by CHAD GARLAND.

"US bombs ISIS island in Iraq’s Tigris River"

QANAS ISLAND. TIGRIS RIVER. IRAQ.

"Coalition and Iraqi forces carried out airstrikes Tuesday against an island south of Mosul in the Tigris River believed to be a safe haven for the Islamic State group in Iraq."

"Fireballs exploded across Qanus Island in Iraq’s Salahuddin province, as plumes of smoke billowed up into the sky, a video posted on Twitter showed. Black-clad Iraqi counter-terrorism troops are seen watching over the operation from the ground."

GO SEE THE EMBEDDED VIDEO!

Ground assault to follow by Iraqi special operations counter-terrorism troops. I hope it goes or has gone well. Get rid of the bad guys. Maybe just a bunch of stunned individuals aimlessly moving around in a state of what used to be called shell-shock. I would like to hope so.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Guaranty.

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From WIZARD through Harry at Sharkhunters some naval items of interest:

1. "SOLD AS IS AND SHOWN" – Anyone who buys a used car in the USA has seen that on the window sticker, but brand-new US Navy ships?

"The U.S. Navy’s new FFG(X) frigate will not come with a warranty. Instead, each ship will come with a 'guaranty,' in which the shipbuilder pledges to correct defects—though only up to a certain dollar value, and with the government paying for part of the repairs"

As regarding the cost of the FFG(X) class consider from the wiki:  "The U.S. Navy wants the follow-on ships in the FFG(X) program (i.e., ships 2 through 20) to have an average unit procurement cost of not more than $950 million each (in constant 2018 dollars)."

NONE OF THIS MILITARY STUFF IS CHEAP IS IT?

2. "THE FIRST AND STILL READY".

"USS OHIO was the first of her class in America’s 'Boomer'  boats [nuclear-powered missile-firing submarines] and she just completed ending a 27-month maintenance period with updates and upgrades to most major onboard systems with almost 400,000 man-days of work."

Keep it simple and keep it cheap. Far easier said than done. Cost of the boat brand-new quite high! Cost of the boat over and extended period to include period refits expensive too!

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A-Bomb.

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"I want one too!"

An atomic bomb that is!

From the Times of Israel the Sultan [President Erdogan] says count me in.

"Erdogan says Turkey should have nuclear weapons like Israel"

"Turkish leader says fact his country is barred from having atomic bombs is unacceptable, says Israel is untouchable due to nuclear deterrent"

"Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that it was unacceptable that Turkey was barred from having nuclear weapons while other nations in the region had them."

Turkey barred from having nuclear weapons due to 1. Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty 2. Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty both of which Turkey is a signatory to.

MY THOUGHT THAT THE TURK IS BARRED FROM POSSESSING NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN SOME MANNER RELATED TO NATO OBLIGATIONS INCORRECT.

Hardly I think the concern strictly limited to parity vis-a-vis Israel. The Turk sees themselves as eventual major players on the world stage and wants to be prepared for that day, when it comes.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Slave.

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Courtesy the tip from the Internet web site of Daniel Pipes and his article.

"Louvre Museum: Gabriel Martinez-Gros discusses military slavery"

MILITARY SLAVERY WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD.

Military slavery a concept and practice particularly unique to the Islamic world?


Gabriel Martinez-Gros born in French Algeria and considered to be an authority on the Islamic world of al-Andalus [the Iberian peninsula].

Military slaves as preferred from among the people of the Caucasus mountains. Chechens, Circassians, etc.

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Compensation.

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Soldiers of fortune not a concept valid in the modern era. But at one time a phenomenon quite common. Poverty stricken peasantry and even impecunious lower nobility seeking riches through military expeditions and conquest.

THE REWARD IN MONETARY VALUE AS WOULD BE UNDERSTOOD TODAY MADE THE RISK WORK IT? CONSIDER SEVERAL HISTORICAL EXAMPLES.

1. Conquest of the Inca Empire. Rank and file soldiers under the command of Pizzaro their reward nothing less than a tidy sum, even by modern standards.

[at the link scroll down to item # 4 to read it all.]

"The common soldiers in Pizarro's army did well, each of them getting about 45 pounds of gold and twice that much silver from the emperor's ransom."

The value of that precious metal by current value: $984,000 gold. $20,000 silver.

2. Fort Mims Massacre, Creek War, 1813. Scalps for dollars.

Rumor without foundation precipitating a massacre of American soldiers and settlers, the taking of scalps for bounty a primary motivation.

"The Red Sticks' [Creek Indians] blood lust may have been partially fueled by a false rumor which stated that the British would pay five dollars [$5] for each white scalp delivered to Pensacola [current day Florida] . When the killing ended, as many as 517 settlers and soldiers [Americans] had been struck down"

$5 in 1813 money worth in 2018 =

"Compensation labor value
$1,140.00 or $3,080.00
income value $3,060.00"

Taking of a scalp for bounty the same as modern labor value?

Any devoted reader to the blog finding my calculations based on assumptions to be questionable? Let me hear from you.

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Tax.

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To war with bank tax, Swedish style!

From the Russian media outlet Sputnik:

"Sweden to Finance Its 'Biggest Defence Reinforcement in Decades' Through Bank Tax

"The idea behind the new tax levied on Sweden's largest banks is to enhance their contribution to society and at least partially finance an ambitious $2-billion defence hike".

Tax as used to finance an increase in and enhancements of military capacity and capability to include such items as:

"Moreover, * a mechanized battalion will be placed on the Baltic island of Gotland, which had been de-militarized for about a decade. The * number of conscripts will be increased from 4,000 to 8,000 by 2024. The defence agreement also includes * an upgrade of tanks and combat vehicles, * new air bases, procurement of 48 new Archer type * artillery pieces, a replacement of older * air defence systems from the shoreline, an upgrade of the * Navy's vessels with air defence, enhanced submarine-hunting ability in marine helicopters, as well as new vehicles, boats, grenade-launchers and * armoured vehicles for the home guard."

AND TO ALL THIS THE GREAT SWEDISH WARRIOR/KING GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS WOULD SAY?

See previous blog entries prudent preparations of the Swedish military:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/05/cash.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/06/forty.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/05/fallout.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/03/fortress.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/03/sweden-mp.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/03/draft-sweden.html

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Eighteen.

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As is germane to a previous blog entry, the incorporation of a foreign submarine into the inventory or under the command of the British Royal Navy [RN] not such a wholly unique phenomenon. During WW2 a practice more common than you might think.

"England was terrible[y] short of submarines herself as the British Submarine Force, then still commanded by Admiral Max Kennedy Horton, had lost themselves 31 submarines in operations and accidents since the start of the war"

SHORTAGE OF VESSELS ACUTE!

Foreign submarines under RN command [manned by foreign crews] to include:

• Eight Dutch submarines
• Five Greek submarines
• Three French submarines
• One Polish submarine
• One Norwegian

British Royal Navy [RN] submarine losses during WW2 excessive and primarily incurred during operations in the Mediterranean. Shallow waters with a number of  "choke points" facilitating the task of enemy [Axis] anti-submarine warfare [ASW] forces.

Submarines of foreign origin manned by foreign crews a valuable asset if used judiciously but again, the problem being spare parts.

During wartime and desperate circumstances you have to go with what you got?

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Spend.

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As from You Tube the original courtesy Iranian PressTV.

I recommend highly and without qualification and also without hardly any commentary. Go watch.

"Top 15 countries in the world by military spending per year from 1914 to 2018"


Spending as measured in American dollars [$].

Those years the Soviet Union spending more on the military than the USA during a period when the Soviet economy only one-tenth [1/10] as large as the United States. A huge and stupendous burden than could never be sustained.

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Karma.

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More combat drone stuff. Thanks to the tip once more from MiMI and the story as seen at the English tabloid Sun. 100 % success rate not guaranteed!

"JIHADI KARMA – How an ISIS fighter was killed by his own drone bomb"

"Karma means action, work or deed . . . cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual influence the future of that individual". What goes around comes around literally so in this case.

"AN ISIS terrorist blew himself up when the drone bomb he was operating ran low on battery — and flew back."

Mosul, Iraq. I thought the battle of Mosul was over two years ago. Evidently sporadic attacks by the Islamic State fighter still occurring. Of the combat drone variety.

Return to sender. See previous blog entries most recent use of combat drone:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/08/zap.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/08/beirut.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/08/brigade-45.html

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Alonzo.

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Don Alonzo. Special dispensation required!

This You Tube video I recommend highly without qualification or reservation. I must also suggest further inclusions as to a possible GREATEST!


Missing from that list of GREATEST female warriors and perhaps foremost above all the Spaniard Don Alonso Diaz Ramirez de Guzman. The finest "swordsman" in all of New Spain. As has been the subject of a much prior blog entry. Add to that list also the Spaniard Inés de Suárez, hardly also a warrior to be trifled with.

As to the special dispensation from the Pope as was given to Don Alonzo and the significance thereof you must read for yourself. Understand cross-dressing during the period might result in a death sentence.

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Blimp.

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Colonel Blimp sir? Gad sir!

British general officers in command of Canadian troops often cited as rather incompetent. Dieppe as an example. And before there was Dieppe there was the Northwest Rebellion. Thanks to the outstanding Internet web site isegoria.net

"Before D-Day, there was Dieppe"

Most specifically from a comment Bruce says:

"Reminiscences of a Bungle, By One of the Bunglers is an excellent military memoir. By a Canadian who was on the expedition that suppressed the 1885 Northwest Rebellion"

"Well, in this book every Canadian in the army hated the British general commanding them. And by extension, the British Empire commanding Canada."

THAT BRITISH GENERAL COMMANDING THE TROOPS SENT TO SUPPRESS THE NORTHWEST REBELLION WE CAN REASONABLY INFER IS THIS MAN:

General Sir Frederick Dobson Middleton.

"General Sir Frederick Dobson Middleton KCMG CB . . . was a British general noted for his service throughout the Empire and particularly in the North-West Rebellion."

"There were also other criticisms of Middleton's command during the rebellion, such as his hesitancy to unleash the Canadian militia troops to assault the Métis positions at Batoche, and unfair treatment and poor maintenance accorded the troops under his command"

Middleton according to the wiki entry a capable combat commander. At the time of the Northwest Rebellion somewhat "elderly", thought to be timid [that word timid in the military sense of the word very pejorative].

Middleton rather think of a man more prudent than timid? In command not of regular army troops but rather militia and volunteer, a motley crew to say the least.

THE REBELLION WAS DEFEATED AFTER ALL. GAD SIR!!

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Smart.

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From WIZARD through Harry at Sharkhunters.

FOREWARNED IS FOREARMED!

"AMERICA’S SMART SHELLS - A Cannon-Delivered Area Effects Munitions is a 155 millimetre [eight inch] artillery round in development for the Army’s M777 howitzer; the shell will be able to guide itself toward its intended target, even in areas where GPS is jammed by enemy forces."

Expect in the conventional warfare scenario of tomorrow that the Global Positioning System [GPS] guidance systems to be jammed or interfered with. Weapons systems currently highly reliant on GPS for guidance becoming ineffective.

I cannot confirm but I think those "smart shells" as mentioned are Excalibur rounds. Can use GPS guidance for pin-point accuracy with one round fired.

Alternative methods for "pin-point" accuracy now exist. Inertial guidance and precision-guidance when the round as guided onto target by laser illumination.

Inertial guidance: "Inertial guidance system, electronic system that continuously monitors the position, velocity, and acceleration of a vehicle, usually a submarine, missile, or airplane [or even an artillery round with micro-electronics], and thus provides navigational data or control "

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CDN.

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WARNING: If you are squeamish or easily offended by images of blood and gore of the extreme variety hit ESCAPE now!

From Breitbart, the tip from MiMi and the story by ILDEFONSO ORTIZ and BRANDON DARBY and thanks to same.

"GRAPHIC: Los Zetas Cartel Attacks Mexican Army Fort near Texas Border"

"The ongoing violence between cartel fighters and Mexican authorities in Nuevo Laredo led to 12 gunmen dying within a 24-hour span this week."

Regarding Los Zetas:

"Los Zetas is a Mexican criminal syndicate, regarded as one of the most dangerous of the country's drug cartels. While primarily concerned with drug trafficking, the organization also runs profitable sex trafficking and gun running rackets."

Los Zetas has morphed from a gang of drug smugglers into a para-military style criminal organizxation and apparently this has been for some time.

Openly attacking Mexican military forces and not hesitant to do so. Para-military in that the cartel fighters wear a standard military uniform with battle kit, operate openly, equipped with crew-served and vehicle-mounted heavy weapons apparently to include machine guns of the fifty caliber [12.7 mm] variety.

See prior blog entries, the Brazilian street gangs and their representing a general threat beyond mere drug trafficking.

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/02/3g2-ii.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/03/3g2-atomic.html

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

1939 II.

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1939 conclusion!

From that front page of the Chicago Daily Tribune dated 1 September 1939 continuing with bulletin headlines a continuation from the previous blog entry:

"POLES REPORT ATTACK BY NAZI PLANES, TROOPS"

"BRITAIN, FRANCE TO MARCH WITH POLISH ALLIES"

"WAR BULLETINS"

"War on Poland Begun, Hitler Tells Nation"

"GERMANY TAKES DANZIG; NAVY BLOCKADES GDYNIA"

"London Sends its Children to Safe Area"

HARDLY DID THE FRENCH AND BRITISH MARCH WITH THEIR POLISH ALLIES. BUT THAT IS ANOTHER STORY.

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1939 I.

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Begins here a series of headlines and extracts from the Sunday edition of the Chicago Tribune newspaper. In commemoration of what is perhaps that most infamous day in all of recorded human history, 1 September 1939 and the start of the Second Word War [WW2].

As reported by the Chicago Daily Tribune as it was known at the time.

"WAR! BOMB WARSAW!"

"NAZI ARMY ORDER"

"BERLIN, Sept 1 (Friday) (A.P.) - - Adolf Hitler today ordered the German army to meet force with force. His order of the day to the army read:

"The Polish state has rejected my efforts to establish neighborly relations and instead has appealed to weapons. German in Poland are victims of a bloody terror, driven from house and home. A series of border violations unbearable for a great power show that the Poles no longer are willing to respect the German border."

"To put and end to these instance incitations, nothing remains but for me to meet force with force from now on. The German army will conduct a fight for honor and the right to the life of the resurrected German people with firm determination. I expect that every solider, mindful of the great traditions of the eternal German military, will do his duty to the last."

"Remember always that you are representative of the National Socialist great Germany. Long Live our people and our reich!"

Much more to follow!

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Capture.

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Capture, high seas! Tit-for-tat.

Here with an aspect of submarine warfare as waged during the Second World War [WW2] I was not familiar with.

British capturing a German submarine [U-570] and incorporating same into the inventory of the Royal Navy. Germans capturing a British submarine [HMS Seal] and incorporating same into the inventory of the Kriegsmarine.

1. HMS Graph. Formerly German U-570.

"HMS Graph (pennant number P715) was a German Type VIIC U-boat that the British Royal Navy captured during World War II. Commissioned as U-570 in Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine in mid-1941, she was attacked and captured on her first patrol."

"She [U-570] provided both the Royal Navy and United States Navy with significant information on German submarines, and carried out three combat patrols with a Royal Navy crew, becoming the only U-boat to see active service with both sides during the war. She [HMS Graph] was withdrawn from service in 1944 due to problems maintaining her."

2. German U-B. Formerly HMS Seal.

"U-B. The former HMS Seal commissioned as U-boat U-B . . . U-B was of limited value to the Kriegsmarine except for training and propaganda purposes. Analysis of her British torpedoes led to development of a superior pistol design (torpedo detonation device) to replace the existing highly unreliable [German] type."

THE BIGGEST HURDLE WITH SUCCESSFULLY INCORPORATING AN ENEMY VESSEL INTO YOUR OWN NAVY IS SPARE PARTS! SURELY THE CASE IN THESE TWO INSTANCES. COMBAT CAPABILITY SEVERELY LIMITED AS A RESULT!

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Underwater.

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The title of this You Tube video misleading:

"There's only been ONE underwater sub battle in history"

NO! Not a strictly underwater battle, submarine mano-a-mano, both boats totally submerged, no optical or visual input involved..


Watch the entire video and devoted readers to the blog I am sure will agree with my assessment. This was not a strict submarine battle totally underwater as would be understood in the modern naval context.

Modern submarine warfare both vessels submerged combat dependent on passive sonar for detecting the enemy, torpedoes when fired either wire guided to target or using embedded active sonar for the final terminal guidance to the enemy warship.

THAT MISSION OF THE GERMAN U-834 SEEMINGLY DOOMED FROM THE START ANYHOW! U-834 STILL REMAINS A SERIOUS DANGER TO THE ENVIRONMENT, SLOWLY BUT SURELY LEAKING MERCURY INTO THE SURROUNDING WATER, ALBEIT THE SITUATION AMELIORATED TO A DEGREE BY MEASURES AS TAKEN BY THE NORWEGIAN GOVERNMENT.

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Brigade 45.

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War by drone. Again. 

Iraqi PMU unit [Brigade 45?] subjected to Israeli drone attack. Dire consequences. 

Once more from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter:

"DEBKAfile: PMU convoy bombed in Iraq carried Zelzal 2 surface rockets"

26 Aug.

"According to our sources, the Popular Mobilization Forces [PMU] trucks bombed by drones on the Iraq-Syrian border on Sunday were loaded with Zelzal 2 surface rockets, which have a range of 300km [188 miles]. They were hidden under camouflage netting. The PMU officer in charge of Iran’s arms delivery route to Syria and Lebanon was among the operatives killed in the attack."

A BALLOON IN THE AREA KEEPING CLOSE SURVEILLANCE OF THE AREA PRIOR TO THE ATTACK. AMERICAN SPECIAL OPERATIONS TROOPS ACTIVE IN THE AREA?

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Beirut.

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To war by combat drone! Israeli style!

Israeli combat drones over Beirut! Targeted assassination!

From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter:

"Israel in counter-terror mode: Beirut drone attack was targeted assassination.  Strikes on Lebanese Beqaa. Drone hits PMU convoy"

26 August.

"In its exclusive account of the Aug. 25 Israeli drone crash in Beirut . . . [the] real objective: the targeted assassination of Hizballah’s senior operational liaison officer with Al Qods chief Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s supreme Mid East commander. That operation was just as significant as the Israeli aerial strike a few hours earlier which pre-empted an imminent Iranian killer drone attack. This was Israel’s first targeted assassination by air over a main street in Beirut."

TARGET ASSASSINATION OF A SENIOR HEZBOLLAH OFFICER EVIDENTLY UNSUCCESSFUL. RETALIATION AND IN KIND.

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Zap.

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To war with drone. Combat drone.

Massive [?] Iranian armed drone attack on Israel thwarted.

From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter:

"Israel’s army chief: Soleimani masterminded thwarted drone attack. We’re ready for all contingencies"

25 August.

"Al Qods chief Qassem Soleimani personally masterminded and trained the killer drone team for a major attack on N. Israel . . . A force attached to the IRGC’s Al Qods Brigades, under Soleimani’s direction, had been planning the attack for months, using Mohajer drones, each packed with 5kg of explosives, of the type used by Yemeni Houthi rebels against Saudi Arabia. The teams and the drones were preparing for the attack at Akraba, a village south of Damascus, where Al Qods rented a fenced compound with villa, swimming pool and storehouses. On Thursday, IDF observation posts saw 4 men leaving the compound carrying drones and entering Arnah, another Syrian village much closer to the Israeli Golan. When they tried to launch them, Israeli forces zapped their mechanisms, hoping that was the end of it . . . Israel has learned . . . that Iran has embarked on a new time [round] of serial war against Israel with explosive UAVs."

COMBAT DRONES AS EVIDENTLY COMBAT TESTED BY THE YEMENI HOUTHI REBELS NOW BEING DEPLOYED FOR USE AGAINST ISRAEL. ZAPPED BY WHAT MEANS NOT SPECIFIED.

"zap [ zap ] - - verb 1. to kill or shoot. 2. to attack, defeat, or destroy with sudden speed and force. 3. to bombard with electrical current, radiation, laser beams, etc."

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Silver-zinc.

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Silver-zinc si, lithium no!

From the Internet web site Strategy Page yet one more Losharik item the submarine disaster.

"Submarines: Losing Losharik"

Losharik not lost but badly damaged. Cause as yet undetermined but thought be battery failure.

From the Strategy Page article:

"There are still questions about the batteries the Losharik used. The sub was originally designed to use Ukrainian made silver-zinc batteries but since 2014 Ukrainian military imports have been less 'available' and Losharik switched to Russian made lithium batteries, which behave differently than silver-zinc ones. Lithium batteries will catch fire and explode if they are short-circuited. How that happened on Losharik is still unknown, much less how to avoid it."

UKRAINIAN MADE BATTERIES NOT AVAILABLE BECAUSE OF BORDER DISPUTE AND CONFLICT WITH RUSSIA. KARMA CAN BE A BITCH!

Silver-zinc batteries as used the experimental American submarine Albacore (AGSS-569). Albacore a test-bed for new and promising technology. Silver-zinc batteries the advantages for submarine operations undeniable.

'when outfitted with her [Albacore] special high capacity silver-zinc battery, could out run a contemporary nuclear submarine. In 1966, she set the record as the world's fastest submarine having attained an underwater speed of nearly 40 miles per hour."

[it is believed the Soviet Alfa class and Papa class submarines during the era of the Cold War exceeded this speed, but only one vessel of those respective classes ever having sailed]

As to the advantage of using silver-zinc batteries from the wiki:

"Experimental new silver–zinc technology (different to silver-oxide) may provide up to 40% more run time than lithium-ion batteries and also features a water-based chemistry that is free from the thermal runaway and flammability problems that have plagued the lithium-ion alternatives."

As with some Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones so too with the Losharik?

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Reconstruction.

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The Russians do it too! What are called reenactments in the USA are called reconstructions in Russia.

Here thanks to Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty a Russian reconstruction incorporating a controversial aspect. Thanks also to You Tube for the two video.

"Mock Execution Of World War II 'Traitor' In Siberia Misfires For Many"

"The guns were fake, the man acting, and the WWII uniforms part of a family oriented history festival at which this mock execution was merely one element. But video of it quickly went viral, sparking mockery on Twitter and anger from critics who saw it as further proof of the militarization of Russian society."

"Death to the traitor". And the sentence carried out with all due speed.


The condemned apparently in the uniform of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. Ukrainian nationalists who fought both the Germans and the Soviets.


Yet one more video of a Russian reconstruction well worth watching. I recommend highly without qualification or reservation.

 Also: "During the war, the Red Army executed an estimated 217,000 Soviet citizens, many of them soldiers."

Indeed, about 1 million Soviet citizens joined forces with the German Nazi and fought the Soviet Red Army. About 20 % of the German Sixth Army at Stalingrad Soviet citizens, those unfortunates continuing to fight the battle TWO MONTHS beyond German surrender.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Fort Davis.

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Images from a field trip to Fort Davis, Texas, USA. A national historic site.

Color has been edited from the original in all images.

Fort Davis as an important U.S. Army installation during the American Indian Wars and often occupied by Buffalo Soldiers. American cavalry called in the parlance of the time Colored Troops.

Cavalry their main opponent the Apache and their leader the American Indian war chief Victorio.

To the images:


Crossing the bridge and entering onto the Fort Davis national historic site itself. Those are married officers quarters in the background. Parade ground in the foreground.


Closer view of the parade ground. Walking in a counter-clockwise direction.


Barracks of the enlisted men. Not much left, is there? Strictly foundation and nothing more. Two squads of about ten men each living in each building.  


Falling down, are we? Adobe structure having some sort of purpose as undetermined. Has been left in the state as was found when the National Historic Site was declared.


A dilapidated adobe structure slowly but surely crumbling away to nothing. It has been over one-hundred fifty years now since Fort Davis was established, so what do you expect?.


Several additional dilapidated structure made of adobe and again slowly deteriorating away to nothing. But it is desert country and that process going to take a while. Note the rugged terrain in the background.


Buildings the function of which is unclear to me. Some sort of operations and staff function. Even post headquarters perhaps. I cannot say for sure.


Quarters of unmarried officers. Today the nomenclature would be Bachelor Officer Quarters [BOQ].


Residence of the post commander. The dwelling at one time of Colonel Benjamin Grierson, his wife and children. A home of the period probably better than average. Two bedrooms, a drawing room and a dining room. NO bathroom or kitchen as would be found in a modern home. Persons washing themselves and performing bodily functions using a wash basin and chamber pot respectively. Food cooked in the kitchen of a separate building and brought to the dining room table.

And YES, Fort Davis, Fort Davis the town, Davis country Texas all named for Jefferson Davis. Senator, War Secretary and President of the Confederacy. Fort Davis established 1854 BEFORE the American Civil War.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Grierson.

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"The only White officer who supports the unit is Regimental Commanding Officer Colonel Benjamin Grierson. Ostracized by other officers for his enthusiastic command of the African-American troops, Grierson believes in the abilities, dedication, and record of performance of the Buffalo Soldiers and declines offers to lead at any other post. General Pike offers to relieve Grierson 'of this self-imposed exile and have him commanding a real cavalry regiment within a month,' but Grierson refuses"

THE ONLY WHITE OFFICER! GRIERSON. BENJAMIN GRIERSON. A REAL CAVALRY REGIMENT!

Grierson a distinguished cavalry command combat officer from the era of the American Civil War. And beyond that too in a way I was not aware of.

Grierson volunteering as an amateur at the onset of the American Civil War but showing his mettle even as a novice arrayed against professionals. The Grierson's Raids often cited as epitome of behind-the-lines unconventional warfare!

Post-bellum Grierson continuing his military career as a professional, forming distinct cavalry units of what was termed Colored Troops. Buffalo Soldiers. Racial segregation in the U.S. Army at the time institutionalized.

WHITE OFFICERS AS HAVING TO SERVE IN COLORED UNITS THOUGHT TO HAVE THE WORST DUTY IN THE U.S. ARMY. BUT NOT GRIERSON. THE MAN APPARENTLY RELISHING THE TASK. GRIERSON HIS ABILITY AND PROFICIENCY AT THE OPERATIONAL ART CONTINUING TO EXCEED THE NORM DURING THAT PERIOD OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN WARS.

Colored Troops a significant and vital component of American military during the time of settlement of the Old West.

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OZ.

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OZ = Australia.

More submarine stuff, France and Australia, Barracuda Shortfin.

From WIZARD through Harry at Sharkhunters:

1. "EXPENSIVE BARRACUDA FOR OZ - Prof White believes Australia erred in choosing the Shortfin Barracuda at an estimated cost of $50 billion for 12 vessels, making it the most expensive conventional submarines ever built."

2. "NO DEFENSE IN OZ - The technical difficulty and cost of delivering these submarines could leave Australia without any operating submarines at all in the 2030s when the country’s six Collins-class submarines may need to be retired. The last of the 12 new submarines won’t be delivered until 2050."

3. "NO DEFENSE FOR AUSTRALIA? Australia’s decision to buy 12 of the 'most lethal conventional submarines ever contemplated' may actually leave it exposed to attack, according to an expert."

Ever since the time of the Second World War Australian espionage personnel and special operations forces highly reliant on submarine for behind-the-lines insertions.

See also previous blog entries the topic the submarine contract controversy, Australian and France:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/05/vernacular.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/10/impasse.html

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

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/06/unacceptable_6.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/04/barracuda.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/09/soryu.html

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Monday, August 19, 2019

McCain.

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"The USS John S. McCain had been fitted with an 'Integrated Bridge and Navigation System' — with touchscreens controls and displays."

"Complexities of the interfaces led to the McCain's helmsmen struggling to manage helm and propulsion."

"The destroyer took its fateful course directly into the path of the Alnic MC [commercial tanker] after the port throttle was mistakenly operated on its own."

"This served to translate an intended reduction in speed into a turn."

RESULTING IN HORRIFIC COLLISION! NEARLY FATAL! COMPLEXITIES. BACK TO THE OLD WAYS! OUT WITH THE NEW AND IN WITH THE OLD!

"Navy switching out touchscreen for manual controls for destroyers after USS John McCain collision"

"The U.S. Navy is knocking certain technologies down a peg in their fleet of warships, following a deadly collision in 2017."

"Guided-missile destroyers will soon have touchscreen throttle controls replaced with mechanical ones, giving less room for hardware failure in scenarios such as the 2017 collision of the USS John S. McCain and a Liberian oil tanker."

COLLISION DUE TO ERROR WITH THE TWO TOUCH-SCREEN DIGITAL CONTROLS? HELM [DIRECTION] AND THROTTLE [SPEED] INADVERTENTLY SWITCHED IN A MANNER TO CAUSE CONFUSION? THAT IS WHAT THIS WAS. THE SOLUTION BACK TO MECHANICAL CONTROLS.

Doesn't give you a whole lot of confidence. But was not remote hacking as thought might have been the case? A foreign power hostile to the United States did not intrude into the electronics of the ship? Let us hope it was not so.

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ROBO.

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Who needs a man when you can get a robot. Mr. Robot at the controls. 

Once more thanks to the tip from Dee and the story as seen at the Internet web site New Atlas the article by David Szondy.

"ROBOpilot makes maiden flight in US Air Force tests"

DRONES CURRENT UNMANNED WILL NOT BE "MANNED". BUT ONLY FIGURATIVELY SO!

"A new US Air Force kit that can turn a conventional aircraft into a robotic one has completed its maiden flight. Developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and DZYNE Technologies Incorporated as part of the Robotic Pilot Unmanned Conversion Program, the ROBOpilot made its first two-hour flight on August 9 at the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah after being installed in a 1968 Cessna 206 small aircraft."


This particular image shows the laboratory contraption and not the unit as was installed in the Cessna 206?

Next step logically to install in a drone and combine with Artificial Intelligence [AI] and you are ready to go. Make sure provisions are included to shut the damn thing down if it turns on you Skynet style.

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Silence.

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For shame! This is as it was back in the days of the old Soviet Union!

Thanks to Dee for the tip and the story as covered by the Wall Street Journal.

Russian machinations of an unseemly kind.

"Russian Nuclear Monitoring Stations Went Silent After Missile Blast"

"Outages spur concerns by experts that Moscow is trying to restrict evidence of the explosion"

"Two Russian monitoring stations designed to detect nuclear radiation went silent soon after the explosion at a missile test site this month, spurring concerns among observers that the Russian government is trying to restrict evidence of the accident."

"Two days after the explosion of a suspected nuclear-powered cruise missile undergoing testing Aug. 8, two monitoring stations nearest the site of the accident stopped transmitting data."


Map of the world-wide nuclear detonation monitoring system. Click on image to see an enlarged view. Also read about the means and methods used to detect nuclear weapons tests and detonations.

Russian missile failure not an atomic event as ordinarily understood. Not a fissionable explosion. Rather a spew of nuclear particles as released into the atmosphere but not the big atomic "bang".

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sonar.

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Underwater combat swimmer. Naval commando. Anti-naval commando.

Technology hitherto unavailable for anti-naval commando operations now exists? An alternative to crude and probably ineffective methods of warding off naval commando asymmetric attack has been developed?

From the Sheldon Adelson Internet web site Israel Hayom for the story!

"Israeli researchers develop breakthrough sonar technology for identifying hostile divers"

"With NATO funding, University of Haifa researchers develop innovative system capable of differentiating between divers attempting to sabotage ships, ports and aquatic life."

"Researchers at the University of Haifa have created an innovative system for identifying hostile divers attempting to approach ships or ports in an attempt to sabotage strategic targets."

Technology does exist to detect approaching underwater swimmers of the naval commando type. Such technology as currently available unable to successfully "differentiate" between marine life and a human diver? Lots of false positives? Current technology effective but only to a degree? NOW we have better?

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Bags.

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Back to the future, U.S. Navy style!

Signals and messages the old-fashioned way. Thanks to Freeper and Popular Mechanics for the story.

"To Prevent Cyber Snooping, the U.S. Navy Is Relying on WWII-Era Communications"

"The U.S. Navy, anticipating a future when a high-tech enemy could read its electronic communications, is going back to a hack-proof means of sending messages between ships: bean bags. Weighted bags with messages inside are passed among ships at sea by helicopters."

To prevent hacking of computer systems and intercept of radio-frequency communications, the U.S. Navy communicating via weighted bags containing messages as dropped from airplanes.

Within the military context sometimes the old-fashioned ways are the BEST ways!

Naval signalling from times of yore to include but scarcely limited to:

* Aldis lamps. * Flag hoist. * Semaphores. * Megaphones.

Add weighted bags with written messages.

NAVAL COMMANDERS IN THE ANCIENT AND VENERABLE MANNER TRADITIONALLY GIVEN GREAT DISCRETION AND AUTHORITY. ABLE TO THINK THROUGH AN OPERATION AND ACCOMPLISH A MISSION WITHOUT A WHOLE LOT OF COMMUNICATION WITH HIGHER AUTHORITY. SUBORDINATES ALSO ENCOURAGED TO EXERCISE INITIATIVE AT THEIR DISCRETION. EXCESSIVE MICRO-MANAGEMENT DISCOURAGED. LEARN TO FIGHT WITHOUT COMMUNICATING!

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Leviathan.

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 "Casus belli is a Latin expression meaning 'an act or event that provokes or is used to justify war'"

Israel enters the fray? Persian Gulf!

PARTICIPATION BUT NOT NECESSARILY WITH MILITARY WARSHIPS. PRESENCE BUT INDIRECTLY?

From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter:

"Israel’s participation in Gulf security force opens its 5th front against Iran"

12 August.

"Tehran is treating the Israeli role planned for the US-led Gulf defense force much as Israel would react to the sudden arrival in Beirut of an Iranian submarine fleet - i.e. casus belli . . . Israel’s addition to the US-led naval, aerial and intelligence force for safeguarding Gulf shipping instills the sense in Tehran that its most deadly foes are rallying at its front and back doors  - hence the almost daily warning from Tehran:  'This illegitimate presence by the Zionists in the waters of the Persian Gulf could spark a war.'  is no longer empty rhetoric. For years, Iran took no notice of Western claims that Israel’s nuclear-armed Dolphin submarines had established a permanent presence in Gulf waters as a 'second-strike' resource in the event of an Iranian attack on the Jewish state."

See additional links as relevant:

https://tinyurl.com/y3szgcnl

https://tinyurl.com/yynluvxf

https://tinyurl.com/yyxqnvkk

https://tinyurl.com/yytqdofd

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Friday, August 16, 2019

REO.

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REO = Rare Earth Oxides. REO Arctic. REO Greenland.

First thanks to Strategy Page and the article by Colonel Austin Bay.

1. "On Point: Diplomatically Countering Threats to Arctic Real Estate"

"U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's candid May 6 speech at the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Finland startled many in his well-heeled audience."

Sovereignty of disputed and overlapping territorial claims in the Arctic region needs to be resolved by negotiations. Of extreme urgency is the clarification for each concerned nation: Arctic Exclusive Economic Zone and natural resources to found in same.

"Arctic Russia, Greenland and Canada have (respectively) the second, fifth and sixth largest REO deposits. These are land deposits. The Arctic seafloor may well have large deposits."

Next from the Russian Internet media outlet Sputnik:

2. "Greenland: Trump Reportedly Interested in Buying Greenland - Yes, the Whole Thing"

"The idea definitely sounds wild on the surface, but as it turns out, there are several very solid reasons for the endeavor. In fact, the United States already attempted this exact plan not too long ago."

"former US President Harry Truman attempted to buy Greenland for $100 million in gold in 1946."

TO REITERATE, GREENLAND FIFTH LARGEST DEPOSITS OF REO IN THE WORLD!!

Indeed, this topic of Greenland and proposed purchase by the USA DID SURPRISE ME and a lot.

REO ESSENTIAL TO MODERN ELECTRONIC DEVICES! REO IS WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT?

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George V.

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"In late March 1945, King George V and Howe [battleships] were sent to the Pacific with other Royal Navy vessels as a separate group to function with the U.S. Navy's Task Force 57. On 4 May 1945, King George V and Howe led a forty-five-minute bombardment of Japanese air facilities in the Ryukyu Islands. King George V fired her guns in anger for the last time in a night bombardment of Hamamatsu on 29 July and 30 July 1945. Duke of York and Anson were also dispatched to the Pacific, but arrived too late to participate in hostilities."

Thanks here to the outstanding Internet web site isegoria.net for the idea.

Yet one more instance of British contribution to the war in the Pacific during the Second World War.

Naval gunfire, Japanese targets ashore.Think British contribution as outside of Malaya and the China-Burma-India [CBI] area of operations. DIRECT STRIKE AGAINST THE JAPANESE HOME ISLANDS!

See the wiki entry, the naval gunfire shore bombardment of the Japanese home islands at the most latter stages of World War Two.

"During the last weeks of World War II, warships of the United States Navy, the Royal Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy bombarded industrial and military facilities in Japan."

95 % of all military worthy targets in Japan within naval gunfire range of battleships cruising close to shore.

See prior blog entry the topic British involvement in the Pacific theater, the Japanese home islands the target:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/07/cc-i.html

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Toxics.

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"The workers I represented were suffering from serious illnesses they believed were caused by repeated exposure to the burning of highly toxic materials at Area 51, and the government certainly didn’t want questions asked about that. Two of the workers — Robert Frost and Wally Kasza — have since died. The likely cause of their deaths was as outrageous as it was unnecessary." - - J. Turley.

The op-ed from the LA Times courtesy the esteemed law professor and attorney Jonathon Turley commenting on Area 51.

"Op-Ed: Area 51 holds secrets, all right, but they don’t involve UFOs and aliens"

More Area 51 stuff! 

"Testing of the tissues from workers showed chemicals that were unknown to doctors."

Read the entire article. The group contemplating the "storming" of Area 51 in search of space aliens [and finding none] the danger not only from plutonium poisoning but also from toxic substances the nature of which UNKNOWN to the medical profession.

See previous blog entries as relevant to Area 51:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/08/storm.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/07/project-57.html

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

CCM Mk1.

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Listen up US Navy and ship spotters! The future is now and the future is itty-bitty. Smurfs!

"itty-bitty - - adjective Informal: very small; tiny."

From the Internet web site Zero Hedge and the article by Tyler Durden

"Ship Observer Photographs Navy's New Stealth Boat"

"Two US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) stealth boats were spotted by a ship observer at a Japanese port last week who posted the images onto social media, reported Defense Blog."

Stealth vessels to be used primarily by [naval commando type units?] and indeed like a PT boat of yore.


"CCM Mk1 is the newest stealth boat to enter USSOCOM's fleet. The vessel's primary mission will be 'to provide small-caliber gunfire support, infiltrate and exfiltrate Special Operation Forces, conduct VBSS (visit, board, search, and seizure), special reconnaissance, coastal patrol and interdiction, counter-terrorism operations, and FID (Foreign Internal Defense)'"

Further: "The vessel measures 60-feet [20 meters] and features a bullet-resistant hull. It's powered two turbocharged diesel engines that can propel the boat up to 40 mph [sixty-four kilometers per hour]".

Those BIG BUCK [$$] warships you can build only a few of them now as budget constraints are so great. So go with little. Swarm tactics and all that. Think from a long time ago the French naval concept of Jeune Ecole?

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Tory.

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See the wiki entry for Project Pluto. American atomic powered cruise missile circa 1960's. Project never got off the ground literally so. The Tory American reactor however tested albeit in a very limited way.

Consider Pluto within context of the most recent Russian missile failure and the apparent release of radioactivity.

Radioactive releases previously detected on repeated occasions not from the Mayak atomic processing plant but from the Russian nuclear-powered cruise missile?

IT CAN REASONABLY BE INFERRED THAT THE RUSSIAN MISSILE AS EXPLODED WAS THE ANALOG OF THE AMERICAN PLUTO?

As extracted from that wiki entry:

"The principle behind the nuclear ramjet was [is] relatively simple: motion of the vehicle pushed air in through the front of the vehicle (ram effect), a nuclear reactor heated the air, and then the hot air expanded at high speed out through a nozzle at the back, providing thrust."

"The proposed use for nuclear-powered ramjets would be to power a cruise missile . . . In order to reach ramjet speed, it would be launched from the ground by a cluster of conventional rocket boosters. Once it reached cruising altitude and was far away from populated areas, the nuclear reactor would be made critical . . . After delivering all its warheads, the missile could then spend weeks flying over populated areas at low altitudes, causing tremendous ground damage with its shock wave and fallout. When it finally lost enough power to fly, and crash-landed, the engine would have a good chance of spewing deadly radiation for months to come."

CONVENTIONAL ROCKET BOOSTERS TO GET THE MISSILE UP-TO-SPEED FOR THE "RAM EFFECT" TO OCCUR AND BEFORE THE REACTOR TURNS ON. LIQUID-FUELED BOOSTERS PRESUMABLY.

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