Sunday, July 21, 2019

AUD.

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From Strategy Page more on drone defense.

Directed energy weaponry!

"Air Defense: Ray Guns Versus Small Threats"

"July 17, 2019: The U.S. Air Force is testing two AUD (Anti UAV Defense) systems that use strong microwave electronic transmissions to disrupt the electronics in UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and cause them to crash. The air force has tested two such weapons which differ mainly in terms of range and price. The system closest to combat zone use is THOR (Tactical High Power Microwave Operational Responder), which is a $10 million system that is shipped in and used from a standard 40 foot shipping container."

Read the entire Strategy Page article. Everything you always wanted to know about defense against drone attack and then some.

Current AUD to include systems with names like: THOR [USA]. CHIMERA [USA] . DRONE DOME [ISRAEL].

AUD INDEED DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONRY! APPARENTLY FOILS A DRONE ATTACK WITH EITHER JAMMERS OR A BURST OF HIGH INTENSITY MICRO-WAVE ENERGY THAT "FRIES" THE INTERNAL ELECTRONIC CONTROL SYSTEM OF THE DRONE.

Those mini-drones of the type AUD designed to counter from the UAS Group to include:

Group 1. Type specimens to include: RQ-11 Raven, WASP.


RQ-11 Raven.

Group 2Type specimens to include: ScanEagle, Flexrotor.


Scan Eagle.

Group 3. Type specimens to include: RQ-7B Shadow, RQ-21 Blackjack


RQ-7B Shadow.

Group One, Two, Three drones NOT able to carry large amounts of munitions [if any at all]. Drones of group one, two, three for reconnaissance and surveillance and not for delivering "bang stuff" on a target.

I can well imagine that the radar of the various AUD can be linked to other systems that have a "kinetic kill" capability.

DRONE DOME PROTECTING BRITISH GATWICK AS WE SPEAK. DRONE DOME COMBAT TESTED!

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Four & Five.

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MADIS [anti-drone system] as per the previous blog entry designed to engage and destroy enemy drones of the Group 4 and Group 5 category.

From the wiki those groups defined.

1. Group 4 Type specimens to include: MQ-8B Fire Scout, MQ-1A/B Predator, MQ-1C Gray Eagle.


MQ-8B Fire Scout. Personnel giving you some sense of scale.

2. Group 5. Type specimens to include: MQ-9 Reaper, RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-4C Triton.


RQ-4 Global Hawk. Again personnel giving you some sense of scale.

Group four and five sized drones able to carry considerable munitions, "bang-stuff" with lethal consequences if used in the manner of a kamikaze!

Smaller sized drones MADIS not able to counter? More on this to follow.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

MADIS.

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From only today an instance of "directed energy" weaponry in use?

Iranian drone approaching too close, the USS Boxer in danger, drone engage and destroyed. Courtesy U.S. Marines.

Thank MADIS.
 
"Marines Took Out Iranian Drone for the Cost of a Tank of Gas"

Story courtesy the US Naval Institute and the article by Sam LaGrone. July 19, 2019 5:42 PM.

"During a transit through the Strait of Hormuz into the Persian Gulf on Thursday, Marines – operating a new electronic warfare system on the deck of USS Boxer (LHD-4) – downed a hostile unmanned aerial vehicle 1,000 yards from the amphibious warship."

"The new Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS) used is a combination of components that includes electronic jammers, radars and gun systems to take out UAVs."

MADIS does work. Evidently uses radars, jammers of both the radio frequency and electro-opto type with some sort of "kinetic kill" capability. A multiplicity of means and methods used simultaneously to counter the drone threat. Directed energy usually refers to laser or particle beam weapons. MADIS not exactly in the same sense. MADIS described as Urgent Operational Need [OUN]. "Kinetic kill" appears to be a fifty caliber [12.7 mm] machine gun.

AND AGAIN, MADIS DOES WORK. NOW BATTLE TESTED. GO MADIS AND GO MARINES.

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Pessimism.

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Again from the New York Times and the article by Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Taimoor Shah, Najim Rahim.

"International"

"On the Front Lines of the 17-Year War in Afghanistan"

More correctly on the front lines during the American involvement in Afghanistan since 9/11.

"KABUL - - Afghanistan - - The war in Afghanistan has rage for nearly 18 years, cost billions of dollars, shattered countless families and consumed the administrations of three American presidents. But it has taken a particularly heavy toll on Afghan troops and police officers, 45000 of whom have been killed in the past years of fighting alone."

The U.S. government for the last eight months in negotiation with the Taliban, seeking an amicable and agreed upon solution to the conflict, final withdrawal of all USA forces from Afghan to be accomplished.

Here with anecdotal accounts from various Afghan military and police sources, in particular with regard to the negotiations:

"THE NEGOTIATIONS"

* "I wonder what kind of peace talks these are"

"I am not optimistic. the American forces are preparing to leave Afghanistan and the Taliban see the potential to take over Afghanistan from the current government."

* "Our soldiers get attacked two or three times every day and we lose our friends in these attacks. I wonder what kind of peace talks are these . . . the ongoing peace talks have a very bad effect on the morale of our soldiers"

* "To achieve peace, you always need to be powerful. The Taliban are using these peace talks just for getting more power. They have intensified their attacks on the battlefield."

IT DOES NOT SOUND GOOD! Pessimism abounds!

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Hlaing.

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Burma the predominant ethnic group. Myanmar the political entity.

From a recent edition of the New York Times the article by Richard C. Paddock.

"Myanmar Generals Are Barred From the U.S."

"Secretary of State Cites Roles in Atrocities Carried Out Against the Rohingya"

"BANGKOK - - The United States has imposed sanction of Myanmar's top military commander. Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, and three of his highest-ranking generals for their roles in the atrocities carried out against Rohingya Muslims since 2017, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced."

General Hlaing and his immediate subordinates FORBIDDEN TO TRAVEL to the USA.

An almost totally meaningless gesture. Burmese military figures both paranoid and reclusive, NEVER even leaving the country period!!

So paranoid and reclusive are the Burmese junta on the advice of astrologers the capital city was moved in entirety from Yangon [Rangoon] several hundred miles inland to forestall an attack by U.S. Marines the general officers greatly fear was going to occur.

"junta - - noun: a small group ruling a country, especially immediately after a coup d'├ętat and before a legally constituted government has been instituted."

And General Hlaing there never were any U.S. Marines on the way!!

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Project 57.

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Please do not do this! Beware! No aliens to be found! Invasion Area 51!

Invasion Area 51 will create a nationwide catastrophe.

It was supposed to be a joke. But has gone way beyond that now.

Thanks to FOXTROT ALPHA and the tip  from Jay:

"Here's What You'll Face When You Try to Invade Area 51"

"This week, the Internet is going crazy with talk of a mass People’s Invasion of Area 51. More than one million people have signed up on Facebook to breach the gates of the most famous top secret government facility in the world. The event, which sprang to life as a joke started by social media shit posters, has now racked up an enormous amount of publicity worldwide, with media outlets taking it utterly seriously and others as the joke it always was."

FOR THOSE OF YOU EVEN POSSESSING THE MOST DIMINISHED OF MENTAL CAPACITY, DO NOT JOIN ATTEMPT AN INTRUSION OF AREA 51! YOU WILL PERHAPS RECEIVE A LETHAL DOSE OF PLUTONIUM POISONING AND THAT AT A MINIMUM!!

This all a result of Project 57. From the era of the Cold War. 

"Project 57, the Atomic Energy Commission, the U.S. Air Force, and defense contractor[s] . . . would work together to simulate an Air Force airplane crash involving an XW‑25 nuclear warhead—a crash in which radioactive particles would 'accidentally' be dispersed on the ground. The land around the mock crash site would be contaminated by plutonium, which, according to scientists, would take 24,100 years to decay by half. At the time, scientists had no idea what accidental plutonium dispersal in open air would do to beings and things in the element’s path. The 57 Project was a test that would provide critical data to that end."

DETONATIONS OF ATOMIC MUNITIONS, HIGH EXPLOSIVE ONLY, A ZERO-YIELD TEST TO STUDY THE DISPERSAL PATTERN OF PLUTONIUM IN CASE OF A NUCLEAR WEAPON FIZZLING [A DUD]!

Chances are hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands of persons tramping through Area 51 will kick up immense clouds of sand and dust, some particles of which will be radioactive and ingested/inhaled. Or carried back home on clothes to spread further contamination.

As many as six [?] of such tests occurred? Anyhow, stay away from Area 51. You have been warned!

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SANDF.

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SANDF = South African National Defense Force.

Military as an internal police force? Martial law? Thanks to the tip from Matt.

"South Africa military deployed to quell Cape Town gang crime"

The Tavern of the Seas. The Fairest Cape. The Mother City. Cape Town. Street gangs run amok.

MILITARY FORCE REQUIRED.

"Cape Town. South African soldiers on Thursday started patrolling Cape Town's crime-ridden townships under a deployment order by the government to counter a surge of shootings, gang violence and murders."

Street gangs posing a severe internal security threat within many nations.

TO INCLUDE THE UNITED STATES!

Street gangs posing that proper combination of numbers, weapons, money, organization AND ruthlessness.

Traditional policing just does work in such circumstances.

The article suggest the use of military units patrolling for a period of three months only. Don't count on it.

See previous blog entries the threat as posed by street gangs:

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

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

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

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/07/mtgm.html

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Old.

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The old ways are the best ways? With regard to the modern [2019] battlefield it may become so.

From Freeper and thanks to same:

"U.S. Field artillery back to learning manual methods after Russian intervention in Ukraine"

 "The U.S. Army Field artillery going back again to manual methods of fire direction and gunnery after lessons of Russian intervention in Ukraine. The U.S. Army has not had to contend with electronic warfare during the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the conflict in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region showed an increase of electronic attack threat levels. With the growing threat of cyber attacks, the U.S. Army Field Artillery School has placed a renewed emphasis on learning manual methods."

ELECTRONIC WARFARE IN ALL MANIFESTATIONS AS DIRECTED AGAINST AMERICAN ARTILLERY UNITS TO INCLUDE CYBER ATTACK.

Jamming, intrusion, spoofing! Communications, data links, GPS all either denied or severely degraded.

"spoof - - INFORMAL - - verb: 1.imitate (something) while exaggerating its characteristic features  2. hoax or trick (someone)."

WE ARE GOING BACK TO THE ERA OF WORLD WAR ONE, IN PARTICULAR THE METHOD KNOWN AS "FLASH SPOTTING" AND "SOUND RANGING".

American military men their abilities at math and arithmetic are questionable? Tables will not be good enough! Hand held calculators and slide rules are going to become predominant again?

Back to the future and then some. Good luck one and all!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Mike.

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Bq = Becquerel. A measure of radiation.

First from Freeper:

1. "Radiation Levels of Sunken Russian Nuclear Submarine 100,000 Times Higher Than Normal"

"Radiation levels in the water around a sunken Soviet-era nuclear submarine are some 100,000 times higher than normal, scientists have warned, raising fears that the K-278 Komsomolets may still pose a threat 30 years after it sunk"

Mike class Soviet era submarine K-278 Komsomolets on it's first operational patrol foundered and sank. 

Additionally from the Barents Observer and the article by Thomas Nilsen:

2. "'Komsomolets' leaks radioactivity"

"One sample taken from an open ventilation hole of the wreaked Soviet nuclear powered submarine shows levels of about 800 Becquerel [Bq] per liter." [one liter equals about one-quarter gallon U.S.]

Undersea ROV [remotely operated vehicle] at the site of the sinking taking multiple water samples to measure the radiation sample at the boat itself.

"The highest level researchers found was around 800 Bq per litre. Typical levels for seawater in the Norwegian Sea today are around 0.001 Bq per litre. In other words; the samples shows radioactivity 800,000 times higher than normal"

A radioactive level of 100 becquerel/liter is not considered to be dangerous!

"'Komsomolets' (K-278) rests at the seafloor at a depth of 1,680 meters, where there are very little marine life, so the risks of having the radioactivity into the food chain is very little."

I guess we are OK then?

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Doomsday.

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"if someone really wanted to risk the extinction of humanity, starting a C-bomb [cobalt bomb] arms race is arguably one of the most promising strategies."

Further regarding the near disaster of the Russian AS-12 Losharik submarine. Thanks in this instance to Russian Insider.

"Russian Servicemen ‘Averted Planetary Catastrophe’ During Nuclear Submarine Accident"

"Just What Was That Stricken Russian Submarine Carrying?"

THE SUPER-WEAPON THAT CAN ERADICATE ALL MANKIND?

"Russian servicemen ‘averted planetary catastrophe’ during nuclear submarine accident, military official claims at funeral..."

"Among other reports we've seen (not verified so grain of salt) is that seven of the dead were captains, meaning whatever they were up to was pretty important."

"The best guess I've seen is a high-yield, 100 - 200 megaton, cobalt thermonuclear bomb."

Read the entire wiki entry for the cobalt bomb. This was an atomic weapon with radiological significance as used to scare the public during the era of the 1950's especially. Nuclear war was not probably going to happen but could/would eradicate mankind forever.

Russian Insider more Russian Internet controlled [?] media used to spread disinformation, agitprop, scare tactics? See a previous blog entry Russian Internet media as described.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

MQ-8C.

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"It also has the ability to autonomously take off and land on any aviation-capable ship and from prepared and unprepared landing zones."

"US Navy's Helicopter Drone Is Ready For Combat"

The article by Tyler Durden from Zero Hedge thanks to the tip from Jay.

"Last summer, we [Zero Hedge] reported how the US Navy completed the first comprehensive Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOTE) of the Northrop Grumman MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter. One year later, the Navy declared initial operational capability (IOC) for the MQ-8C"

NAVAL UAV COMBAT DRONE ROTARY WING NOW READY TO GO!! MQ-8C.

"The MQ-8C is a sea-based unmanned helicopter for reconnaissance, aerial fire support and precision targeting missions".

"The MQ-8C uses the Bell 407 airframe, with the insides completely stripped out and replaced with automated systems and extra fuel tanks."

An existing design, a fly-able and long-time in the inventory [almost ancient and venerable] warplane. Good to go now rather than better tomorrow. Manned aircraft now unmanned.

"The 407 uses the four-blade, soft-in-plane design rotor with composite hub developed for the United States Army's OH-58D Kiowa Warrior"

UAV as used by the U.S. Navy for combat operations hardly new. From the era of the Cold War over fifty years ago now read of the Gyrodyne QH-50 DASH anti-submarine drone.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Horizontal.

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The threat awesome but can be countered?

See these two previous blog entries here and here as pertinent to the topic.

USUALLY IF SOMETHING SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT IS NOT TRUE.

Again from the Internet web site of Bloomberg and the article by Hal Brands.

"The Too-Good-to-Be-True Way to Fight the Chinese Military"

“'Horizontal escalation' is a new strategy to shift a war to the enemy’s weak spots. Unfortunately, it won’t work on its own."

"An American war against China or Russia would be truly awful. Even if the U.S. won — no sure thing — it could well suffer costs and casualties that would make the toll of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars seem minor by comparison. So is there a way the U.S. could stymie a Chinese attack in the Pacific, or a Russian land-grab in Eastern Europe, without having to defeat enemy forces head-on?"

READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE. EXPLAINS IN DETAIL ALL ASPECTS OF HORIZONTAL ESCALATION.

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Pivot

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South China Sea. Updates. EEZ = Economic Exclusion Zone.

Filipino and Chinese interests and territorial sovereignty claims clash.

From the latest edition of the Wall Street Journal and the article by Jake Maxwell Watts.

"Sea Collision Tests Philippine Ties to Beijing"

"The alleged sinking of a Philippine fishing boat by a Chinese vessel has emerged as the biggest test yet of President Rodrigo Duterte's pivot to China, as his decision not to push Beijing over the incident prompts condemnation from critics who say he is selling out his country's sovereignty for economic gain."

Territorial flash points: [recent incidents maritime incidents South China Sea]

* Sandy Cay November 2017.
* Fiery Cross and Mischief Reef April 2018.
* Scarborough Shoal March 2019.
* Thitu Island April 2019.
* Reed Bank June 2019.

Duterte has chosen a policy in the South China Sea of go-it-alone. No aid or assistance of a bilateral nature with the Americans.

Hope go-it-alone goes well. You have to ask if it has.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Media.

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RT = Russian Times.

From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter:

A freedom of the press issue?

"London bars Russia’s RT and Sputnik from media conference"

9 July.

"The UK Foreign Office refused accreditation to RT and Sputnik to attend a media freedom conference in London, accusing them of an 'active role in spreading disinformation.' The Russian Embassy complained to the Foreign Office, accusing the UK of a 'months-long smear campaign' against RT, which said in a statement: 'It takes a particular brand of hypocrisy to advocate for freedom of press while banning inconvenient voices and slandering alternative media.'"

Often I extract material for blog entries the source is Russian Times [?] and Sputnik. To what extent these Russian Internet media outlets are controlled either totally or even partially by the Russian government I cannot say.

Stories as found at RT and Sputnik having a degree of validity but nonetheless part of a Soviet-style agitprop operation on behalf of the Russian government?

RT AND SPUTNIK NOT LEGITIMATE A JOURNALISTIC EFFORT?

I would be remiss not to mention that noted blogger Spengler has rated the DEBKAfile totally unreliable under all circumstances. So there!

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Skyborg.

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From Russian Internet media Sputnik SkyNet and the terminator closer than we think?

Skyborg!

"US Air Force to Begin First Tests on New AI Algorithms For Skyborg Program"

"The US Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Skyborg program is getting its first flight test this summer, with officials focusing their attention on autonomy algorithms and artificial intelligence."

"The tests, set to take place at Edwards Air Force Base in Kern County, California, are expected to be conducted on a 'small, but representative high-speed surrogate aircraft,'”

Those "small but representative" surrogates to include:

* Kratos XQ-58A.
* Composite Engineering BQM-167.
* Boeing QF-16.

Combat UAV [UCAV] as envisioned to function in aerial warfare as a "wingman" for a manned combat warplane. UCAV not operating totally independently but having a limited autonomous capability nonetheless.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Planetary.

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In summary and finally with a full [?] understanding of the recent Russian nuclear submarine disaster.

From the Internet web site of Bloomberg and the article by Henry Meyer and Stepan Kravchenko.

It could have been worse. Even much more so?

"Crew of Russian Nuclear Sub Prevented ‘Planetary Catastrophe,’ Officer Says"

"The 14 sailors who died during a fire last week on a nuclear-powered Russian military submarine prevented a 'planetary catastrophe,' a top naval officer said at their funeral, according to media reports."

A "PLANETARY CATASTROPHE" OF EXACTLY WHAT NATURE UNSPECIFIED. A SPEW OF RADIOACTIVITY OF PRODIGIOUS PROPORTIONS WITH DISASTROUS CONSEQUENCES FOR THE ARCTIC OCEAN AND BEYOND?

AND NO AMERICAN SUBMARINE FIRED UPON AND SUNK BY THE RUSSIAN MOTHER SHIP EITHER.

See previous blog entries the Russian Losharik AS-12 submarine disaster:

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

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/07/as-12-loshark.html

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

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

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

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

WSJ IV.

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Conclusion!

Historical headlines the Wall Street Journal those with a military dimension.

August 15, 2002.

"DON'T ATTACK SADDAM"

By Brent Scowcroft

"Our nation is presently engage in a debate about whether to launch a war against. Iraq. Leaks of various strategies for an attack on Iraq appear with regularity. The Bush administration vows regime change, but states that no decision has been made whether, much less when, to launch an invasion"

"It is beyond dispute that Saddam Hussein is a menace. He terrorizes and brutalizes his own people. He has launched war on two of his neighbors. He devotes enormous effort to rebuilding his military forces and equipping them weapons of mass destruction. We will all be better off when his is gone."

"That said, we need to think through this issue very carefully. We need to analyze the relationship between Iraq and our other pressing priorities - - notably the war on terrorism - - as well as the best strategy and tactics available were we to move to change the regime in Baghdad."

And we all know the rest of story, don't we. Gulf War II. The end of Saddam. The Iraqi Insurgency. The rise of the Islamic State and the defeat of same. And the beat goes on.

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WSJ III.

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Yet more continuing historical headlines the Wall Street Journal:

December 8, 1941

"WE HAVE A DUTY"

"The business and financial discussion which customarily appears on this page in Monday morning's issue of the Wall Street Journal was written Saturday evening and given to the compositors yesterday. As the galley proof reached the editorial room, press association wires carried the flash that the Japanese had attacked Hawaii."

. . . .

"Every citizen has and knows his duty. It will be heavy for all. The sacrifice will be particularly heavy for the business and financial community of America."

"We say that the sacrifices will be made. The duty will be performed."

AND IT WAS! ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY!

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WSJ II.

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Continuing with historical Wall Street Journal headlines those having a military dimension:

December 8, 1941

"What's News - - World-Wide"

"JAPAN ATTACKS HAWAII, DAMAGE AND LOSS OF LIFE REPORTED HEAVY; JAPAN DECLARES WAR ON U.S., ENGLAND"

"ROOSEVELT TO ADDRESS CONGRESS TODAY TOKYO ENVOY DELIVERS REPORT TO U.S.; HULL: 'INFAMOUS,' FILLED WITH LIES REDS CLAIM GAINS ON ALL FRONTS BRITISH, AXIS TANKS IN MAJOR BATTLE"

"JAPAN ATTACKED U.S. bases at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Guam and Cavite on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, occupied the international settlement in Shanghai and then declared war on the U.S. and Britain"

THE DAY THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY!

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Monday, July 8, 2019

WSJ I.

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Here begins a series of blog entries from the Wall Street Journal edition as of yesterday..

"A HISTORY OF THE WORLD. AS SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF THE WALL STREET JOURNAL SINCE ITS DEBUT IN 1889"

Headlines as having a military dimension.

August 5, 1914.

"GERMANY WARS ON FRANCE; ENGLAND STANDS BY BELGIUM"

"GERMANY GIVEN TWELVE HOURS TO DECLARE ITS POSITION TOWARD THE BELGIAN NATION"

"100,000 German Troops March to Invade France - - Germany Appeals to Italy to Rejoin the Alliance - - Switzerland Completes Mobilization - - Skirmishing Along Prussian Frontier - - English War Party in Power"

"Developments followed in quick succession yesterday in the European conflict expanded to include practically entire Continent"

And well we know the rest of the story!

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BW Navy.

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Declassified!! 

U.S. Navy bio-warfare. Film as dated 1952. Original classification unknown. When declassified also unknown.

I recommend highly without qualification or reservation.


Primary consideration of the U.S. Navy with regard to biological munitions dispersal. Development of such toxins a responsibility of the U.S. Army. Three experimental dispersal as described vicinity San Francisco bay area, Key West, Florida, USA and the Southeastern states of continental mainland America.

Dispersal methods involving air, surface and sub-surface delivery. The latter submarine using naval sea mine.

Naval commando units also as envisioned as having a role in bio-warfare agent dispersal. SEALs.

THE USE OF NAVAL CARRIER BORNE AIRCRAFT AS A MEANS OF DELIVERING ON TARGET BIO-WARFARE TOXINS HIGHLY STRESSED. A STRATEGIC CAPABILITY FOR SUPER-CARRIER AS IT WAS IN 1952.

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

BASH USA.

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The Indian Air Force has such occurrences. The U.S. Air force has such occurrences. BASH. Bird Accident Strike Hazard!

From the Aviationist:

"An A-10 Accidentally Lost Three Practice Bombs After Bird Strike in Florida."

"Accident Happened Over Controlled Range, Practice Bombs Remain Missing."

SOUNDS DIRE! THESE ARE PRACTICE BOMBS HOWEVER AND CONTAIN NO EXPLOSIVE MATERIAL. NO "BANG STUFF".

"A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II was involved in a bird strike incident that resulted in the loss of three practice bombs over a restricted bombing range in northern Florida on Monday. There were no injuries reported."

Regarding those missing bombs [BDU-33]:

"BDU-33 is a standard 25-pound practice bomb used by both the USAF and the U.S Navy . . . The BDU-33 does not carry a destructive explosive warhead, but a small spotting charge that releases smoke when the bomb strikes a target as an aid in judging bombing accuracy in training."

Unless you are directly under the bomb and it hits you on the head, nothing to worry about then.

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Dragons.

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Naval commando World War Two, Japanese style!

This was a new one on me. Thanks to the tip from Billy and the article "Suicide Squads" by R O'Neill.

Fukurya. Combat divers functioning as a human mine, a suicide mission.

"The fukuryu 'crouching dragons,' were divers armed with lunge mines, each capable of sinking a landing craft up to 950 tons."

"These divers could stay submerged for up to 10 hours, and were to thrust their explosive charges into the bottom of landing craft and, in effect serve as human mines."


"1,200 Fukuryu graduated from Kawatana and Yokosuka Mine School with 2,800 still under training, They had a 'clumsy helmet', and were equipped with bulky air circulation and purification tanks. If this worked a man could stay at 50 ft down for 10 hours sustained by a supply of liquid food."

"They were to use a 22 lbs. (10 kg) impact fuzed charge on the end of a stout pole, rather like the anti-tank 'lunge mine'. Underwater pill boxes were to be constructed to provide shelter. These were arranged so each Fukuryu could cover an area of 390 sq, meters [20 X 20 yards]."

These Fukuryu ascending vertically and detonating their demolition on the bottom of a vessel. Death for the combat diver of course a certainty.

THERE WERE NO RECORDED INSTANCES [?] OF FUKURYU EVER BEING USED IN COMBAT. THE WAR CAME TO A CLOSE BEFORE THEY COULD BE EMPLOYED!

 Japanese also during the earliest stages of the war in the Pacific having surface combat swimmers, naval commandos referred to as "Kaiyu":

"a Kaiyu swimmer unit was 22 men strong each equipped with 3 grenades a knife and a wooden box 160 cu. inches ( 2,620 cu. cm) filled with the explosive Lyddite. These were surface swimmers and such swimmers had been used earlier in the war . . . to clear mines in Hong Kong."

Kaiyu similar to and having a mission analogous to American UDT [Underwater Demolition Team]. Fukuryu in a league all by themselves.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Batteries.

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Batteries!

More on the incident of the Russian AS-12 Losharik research/reconnaissance submarine fire. Some hands lost but ship saved.

"Russia reveals its fire-hit mystery submarine was nuclear powered"

Thanks to CNBC and the article by Holly Ellyatt

KEY POINTS:

* "A top secret Russian military submarine hit by a fire earlier this week was nuclear powered, Russia has admitted, with the country’s defense minister saying the nuclear reactor has been contained."

* "Russia has been accused of something of a cover-up after it failed to reveal details of a fire on a military submarine that led to the deaths of 14 sailors."

* "President Putin asked his defense minister about the condition of the vessel on Thursday."

DEVOTED READERS TO THE BLOG WILL NOTICE NOTHING NEW HERE!

The cause of the fire the batteries? Batteries on submarines traditionally a problem. Out-gassing of hydrogen creating a combustible situation that the slightest spark can set off. These nuclear submarines ALL have batteries in case back-up and emergency power needed?

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

BAMS-D

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"That platform [Global Hawk UAV] was sent to be sacrificed in an effort to fine tune our intelligence of Iranian anti air order of battle."

BAMS-D = (Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator). Global Hawk.

American Global Hawk drone as shot-down by the Iranian. Much more to  the story than is realized?

From Soldier of Foirtune [SoF] by Babatim  Free range international.

"U.S. Navy Suckers Iran into Shooting Down Surplus Drone: Scores Big Intelligence Coup"

"Intentionally or not, in the current contest of wills with Iran, the United States is now in a dominant geo -political and military position. Intentionally or not, the United States now has the most accurate, comprehensive, intelligence on Iran’s order of battle that any adversary has ever harvested from its opponent in history."

American drone as shot-down by the Iranian sent in a provocative manner so as to be engaged and destroyed by Iranian air defense. A sacrifice worth the cost of a demonstrator model about to be scrapped? So is the THEORY!

THE ENTIRE AIR DEFENSE NETWORK OF THE IRANIAN WOULD HAVE BECOME ACTIVE IN RESPONSE TO THE INTRUSION [DELIBERATE] OF THE UAV! RADARS, COMMUNICATION NETS, AIR INTERCEPTORS, MISSILE FIRING BATTERIES ALL AT THE READY. AMERICAN MILITARY FORCES POISED FOR ACTION VERY VALUABLE INTELLIGENCE GAINED!!

See recent blog entries as germane: [note the Triton drone is not the same as the Global Hawk]

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/06/triton.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/06/sayyad-3.html

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Losharik

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As of this exact moment no mention in the news media of an American submarine have been torpedoed by the Russians and sunk.

The fire with loss of life on the Russian AS-12 Losharik submarine is reported.

Nothing further with regard to additional possible submarine disaster.

Also in certain media reports that President Putin was meeting in emergency meeting with his defense chiefs. AND Vice-President Pence canceling a scheduled trip and also returning to Washington DC in a hurried manner.

LOSHARIK DESCRIBED AS A "SPY SHIP". NOT "SPY" IN THE TRADITIONAL SENSE OF THE WORD. RECONNAISSANCE AND SPECIAL OPERATIONS OF A MILITARY NATURE RATHER.

1. Thanks once more and further still to the H. I. Sutton Internet web site the mission of Losharik as discussed in detail as best understood.



Losharik as envisioned not operating in a fully 100 % autonomous and independent manner. Slung underneath a modified Soviet era Delta III class missile firing submarine. Carried to the "scene of the action" by the "mother-ship" and released. Recovered when mission completed. Losharik not going it alone.

2. Losharik a "spy ship" apparently with a primary on-call mission the interdiction of undersea Internet fiber optic cable. Intercept and "listen in" to Internet communications and traffic during a time of peace. Sever such cables during a time of war or possible conflict.

Naval strategy for over one-hundred years the protection of oceanic choke points as deemed essential to world commerce and war-making capability of nations heavily dependent on trade and commerce, transport of raw materials via merchant marine vessels essential to vital industries.

As extracted from the Strategy Page article by Colonel Austin Bay: "On Point: Protecting Choke points Remains a Key Strategic Challenge"

INTERNET MARITIME UNDERWATER FIBER-OPTIC CABLE CHOKE POINTS!

"Everyone using a computer knows Internet data can be disrupted. The cyberspace 'domain' has features analogous to geographic features. The 21st-century's best-known cyber superhighway is the Internet."

"However, the Internet has maritime choke points . . . [as of 2010] 90 percent of global email traffic was 'conveyed via undersea fiber-optic cables. These cables bunch in several critical sea areas (off New York ... the English Channel, the South China Sea ... and off the west coast of Japan).'"

"Maps from 2018 record more undersea cables, but their routes differ little from 2010. One trade organization estimated they handle over 95 percent of all intercontinental data."

INTERRUPT THOSE UNDERSEA FIBER-OPTIC INTERNET CABLES AND YOU HAVE A WAR-WINNING MEASURE??

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Research.

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Devoted readers to the blog will fully understand I am on this story instantly.

From the Barents Observer the story of the distressed As-12 Losharik research submarine.

Thanks to the story by Atle Staalesen July 02, 2019

"Fire onboard nuclear-powered submarine, 14 sailors killed"

"The 'Losharik' started burning during underwater research activities in Russian territorial waters."

"'On 1st July a fire started onboard an underwater research vehicle that was engaged in biometric research activities of the Arctic seabed for the Russian Navy,' a statement from the Russian Armed Forces reads."

"'14 submariners died because of intoxication', the Navy says. The statement is referred to by news agency TASS." Smoke inhalation.

"The fire was reportedly extinguished by a 'self-sacrificing crew.' The submarine is now located in Severomorsk, the headquarter city of the Russian Northern Fleet."

Here once again read everything you need to know about Losharik.

Losharik nuclear-powered.

Underwater research within Russian territorial waters stressed. And not off the coast of Alaska. 

AND NO MENTION OF AN AMERICAN SUBMARINE SUNK!!


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AS-12 Losharik.

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That story of the AS-12 Russian Losharik reconnaissance and underwater research submarine in trouble. As reported AS-12 with casualties. No mention of an American nuclear submarine.

"Fire on Russian submersible leaves 14 crew members dead"

 From CNN and the story by By Darya Tarasova and Tara John

As was reported from six hours ago.

"(CNN) A fire aboard a Russian deep water submersible killed 14 Russian crew members, state news agencies reported Tuesday, citing the Ministry of Defense [Russian MoD]."

"The submariners died from smoke inhalation after a blaze broke out on the craft, which was carrying out research in Russian territorial waters, according to the state-run news agency Tass."

ACCORDING TO THE OUTSTANDING H.I. SUTTON INTERNET WEB SITE LOSHARIK CARRIED TO THE SCENE OF INTEREST BY A MUCH LARGER "MOTHER SHIP".

This news item no mention of Alaskan waters. Northern Fleet of the Russian navy operates in the Barents Sea, vicinity Norway. Please notice the article stresses Losharik suffering damage and taking casualties while operating in Russian territorial waters.

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Scuttle.

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Consider this major if true. Very major. Nearly as major as it can get.

AMERICAN SUBMARINE SUNK BY THE RUSSIANS??

Thanks to DEBKAfile in this case.

"Urgent consultations in Washington, Moscow on reported US-Russian submarines in firefight"

"First reports reaching DEBKAfile’s military sources say that a US submarine intercepted a Russian nuclear sub [AS-12] in American waters opposite Alaska. The Russian sub escorting the nuclear submarine responded with a Balkan 2000 torpedo and scuttled [sank] the US vessel. Urgent consultations in both the White House and the Kremlin were taking place on Tuesday night. US Vice President Mike Pence called off an appearance in  New Hampshire after being recalled to Washington for a conference called by President Donald Trump without explanation."

Russian submarine [AS-12] in Alaskan waters reported to be a reconnaissance and deep-diving vessel used for research purposes. Russians aboard the AS-12 also reportedly killed and many others injured. AS-12 also called Losharik and can be carried to an oceanic site of interest by a much larger attack submarine with combat capability.

As to the credibility of DEBKAfile and their reporting the famous blogger Spengler considers DEBKA to be unworthy and unreliable under the best of circumstances.

Indeed, if an American submarine has been sunk by the Russians they will not be able to easily explain this away and it will be shortly become common knowledge the vessel is gone, perhaps with total loss of crew.

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Destruct.

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From a question as asked by myself in a previous blog entry:

"Don't these missiles have some sort of self-destruct mechanism if they miss the intended target?"

Syrian SA-5 missile having missed the target continuing on course, hitting a hillside in Cyprus.

And the answer to the question is YES!

As per conversation with an acknowledged aviation authority:

"They are supposed to have both a command-initiated destruct mechanism as well as an auto destruct that self initiates when they fly a certain distance or time without hitting a target. Very unusual; probably a malfunction. The self and auto destruct mechanisms not only  [1] prevent the missile from hitting one’s own civilians . . .  but also to [2] prevent the technology from falling intact into enemy hands."

There you have it. In the nutshell. That this missile after missing the intended target either did not "command-initiated" or "auto destruct" apparently a violation of procedures and protocols.

A major malfunction. Both destructs failed! Hard to think so.

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Biggest.

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Here you go! Israeli air force attack on Syrian targets, 1 July.

As is germane to the previous blog entry.

Thanks to the outstanding Internet web site SouthFront and copied more or less in entirety.

"ISRAELI STRIKES HIT DAMASCUS AND HOMS CAUSING CIVILIAN CASUALTIES"

"Israeli Strikes Hit Damascus And Homs Causing Civilian Casualties. Early on July 1, Israeli aircraft carried out a series of strikes on Syria targeting Damascus and the countryside of Homs."

"The strikes were aimed at military targets in the districts of al-Mazzeh, al-Dimass and Jomrayah north and northwest of Damascus as well as three military positions west of Homs city."

Israeli aircraft firing missiles from over Lebanese air space at targets within Syria.

"One of the S-200 missiles employed by the Syrian military crashed in Northern Cyprus, near North Nicosia."

Again, collateral damage Cyprus. What goes up must come down. Don't these missiles have some sort of self-destruct mechanism if they miss the intended target?

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S-200 SA-5.

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Collateral damage Cyprus.

What goes up must come down!

Thanks to the English tabloid Mirror:

"'Russian-made' missile explodes into fireball in Cyprus near capital city"

"Residents saw a light in the sky and heard three massive explosions when the stray missile hit just miles [kilometers] from Nicosia, Cyprus"

. . . .

"It appears the missile was fired from a Syrian air-defence system guarding against an Israeli strike, and it's the first time Cyprus has been caught in the cross hairs of the war in Syria."

"Israel had launched an air strike against Syria with its warplanes targeting military positions in Homs - just over 190 miles [300 kilometers] from Nicosia - and the outskirts of Damascus, according to Syrian state media."

. . . .

"Syrian air defences had fired at Israeli missiles which were launched from Lebanese airspace, according to the state media report."

Apparently Israeli warplanes over Lebanese air space the target. This was a Russian S-200 SA-5 missile? Missed the target and just kept going and going.

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

TF-X.

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“Our machine is a mock-up, but in 2023 there will be a real machine, and first flight is in 2025, and [it will be in] service in 2028.”

From Russian Internet media Sputnik:

"Turkey Unveils New Fifth-Generation Jet TF-X, Indigenous Alternative to F-35 (VIDEO)"

F-35 Lightning has met it's match? TF-X here we come?

"Just as Turkey lost access to Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Turkish Aerospace Industries unveiled a model of its indigenously designed fifth-generation fighter jet, dubbed the TF-X, at the Paris Air Show on Monday."

"According to Defense News, the TF-X will have a top speed of Mach 2, a range of 600 miles, and will be capable of lifting 60,000 pounds upon takeoff. Its engines will provide the jet with 20,000 pounds of thrust each, making it roughly comparable to the Joint Strike Fighter, although a tad faster."

As the article says the Turk is already building fuselages for the F-35. So they are not starting from scratch. Whether this is a go or not remains to be seen, a completed and fly-able combat warplane.

AND EVEN IF THE TF-X IS A SUCCESS, ERDOGAN HAS GUTTED HIS AIR FORCE TO SUCH AN EXTENT IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE RECENT COUP ATTEMPT HE WILL NOT HAVE ANY PROFICIENT PILOTS TO FLY THE FIFTH GENERATION WARPLANE.

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Junk.

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"We prefer not to talk about it."

Inspectors. Scavengers. Killers. Threats.

Courtesy Australian Internet media.

"Space junk or sabotage? Space clean-up drones could have military implications"

"A recently declassified Chinese report reveals it is building tiny robotic satellites. And they can either save — or destroy — the space race."

"China calls them scavengers, Russia calls them inspectors and the US calls them threats."

APPARENTLY THESE ARE SMALL SATELLITES [MICRO-SATELLITES?] WITH SOME SORT OF ROBOTIC FEATURE FOR GATHERING SPACE DEBRIS.

"And strange things are already happening in orbit."

Reconnaissance satellites. GPS. Communications. Etc. All at risk.

Read the whole article. There is a lot of "junk" in outer space. These satellites do have a dual-purpose on-call as they say?

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

BASH IAF.

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Collision, birds. BASH!

Bird Accident Strike Hazard.

Aircraft and pilot of the Indian Air Force [IAF] extremely lucky on this occasion.

From the Russian Internet web site Russian Times.

"WATCH Indian pilot fly into bird flock, avert deadly crash by ditching fuel pods in huge explosion"


Keep in mind that is a PRACTICE LOAD OF ORDNANCE AND FUEL PODS!

"The Indian Air Force almost met its match after a pilot encountered a flock of birds upon takeoff for a training mission, nearly downing his craft and forcing him to drop a haul of fuel pods, which erupted in a fiery explosion."

Jettisoning of fuel to prevent a catastrophic landing with explosion.

Film footage of this type hardly ever recorded. Events of this nature usually result in loss of plane and pilot.

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Cyber Iran.

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Cyber-war Middle East. Covert. Unattributed.

And determined to have been less effective than thought?

Thanks to the latest edition of the DEBKAfile news letter details of an American active cyber-war operation the target Iranian and Iranian proxies military capability. Items copied from the DEBKAfile news letter in entirety.

1. "US covert cyber war on Iran may prompt Russian, Chinese cyber aid for Tehran against America"

24 June.

"President Donald Trump is reported widely by US media to have embarked on a covert, unattributed cyber-war on Iran in the same way as Tehran never owned up to its recent provocations in the region. This campaign to be conducted by Cyber Command and the CIA, is meant to disable Iran’s means of aggression, namely, missile bases and command centers, IRGC speedboats used to damage half a dozen Gulf oil tankers this month and Iran’s proxies across the region. The CIA’s covert forces will operate inside Iran for striking essential infrastructure and stirring up unrest.  The first US cyber-attack on Iran was launched on Thursday, June 20. It targeted the computers of the IRGC missile command center that directed the missile attack on the US drone a few hours earlier, as well as the networks of an Iranian intelligence group held responsible for managing the strikes on the oil tankers. President Trump believes that his hard-hitting sanctions supported by this clandestine, unadmitted cyber campaign will deter Iran without entangling the US in another Middle East war. Among its drawbacks are ignorance of Iran’s cyber capabilities for striking back and the potential for Russia and China to leap to Iran’s aid with their cyber weapons."

ATTACK AT THIS STAGE CONFINED TO MILITARY TARGETS? IRANIAN CIVILIAN INFRASTRUCTURE NOT ENDANGERED?

2. "Failed US cyber strike on rocket control systems in Lebanon stirs war fears in Israel"

28 June.

The US Cyber Command conducted a cyber-attack on Sunday, June 23, on the Lebanon-based logistical command centers of the Iraqi Shiite Kata’ib Hezbollah militia, one of Tehran’s key proxies. Deferring directly to Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the Kata’ib’s troops fight for Iran in Iraq and Syria. DEBKAfile reveals that this Iraqi Shiite militia has established a command and control center in Lebanon attached to the Hizballah’s general staff. They are ready for the intake of combat forces from Iraq and Syria if Hizballah goes to war against Israel. The Iraqi militia has been assigned sectors and set up positions along the Lebanese-Israeli border.

"According to some Middle East intelligence sources the American operation failed to achieve its objective, which was to incapacitate the militia’s command and communications rocket system. This was a test for US to aid Israel in the event of a war by using cyber warfare to disable Hizballah and its ally’s ability to unleash a rocket barrage. The failure of this test, or even its partial success, has set alarm bells ringing in Israel that Iran’s pawns will attack this country in reprisal for US sanctions. It would mean that Iran has acquired superior systems for counteracting cyber warfare."

Cyber-war analogous to other weapons of mass destruction? [WMD] The threat of retaliation in kind too strong. An Iranian response can be expected? With bad consequences for American society across the board? We shall see.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Priceless.

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Hold your breath. The Amber Room has been found?

Priceless. One-of-a-kind. Absolutely unique. Eighth wonder of the world! Superlatives cannot sufficiently apply. Sublime.

"Treasure Hunters Searching for Lost Amber Room in Poland Open Hatch and Find Wartime Shaft"

Missing treasure room as looted by the Nazi during the Second World War and searched for but never found. Until now?

"Earlier, museum workers used ground-penetrating radar equipment to discover a well-hidden underground tunnel near a town in northeastern Poland where the priceless 18th century Imperial Russian artifact plundered by the Nazis during the Second World War was rumoured to have been hidden all these years."

"Workers from the Mamerki Bunker Museum have opened a hatch leading to a mystery tunnel near the town of Wegorzewo, which served as the former headquarters of the German Army during the war, and where they believed the fabled lost Amber Room may have been stored."

Hold your breath but not for too long! Rumors of looted treasure from the era of the Second World War and the finding of same usually based on conjecture and seldom factual.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Sayyad-3.

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Surface to air missile [SAM] Iran! Sayyad-1, Sayyad-2, Sayyad-3.

From a previous blog entry:

"Those are MAJOR size drones [and expensive] normally flying at high altitude. The Iranian possesses some sort of very sophisticated surface-air-missile [SAM] with HITHERTO UNKNOWN capability?"

Iranian SAM in this case hardly UNKNOWN!

From the Internet web site Strategy Page everything you always wanted to know about Iranian air defense but were afraid to ask:

"Air Defense: Defending Iranian Air Space"

"June 23, 2019: In early June Iran announced that its new Khordad 15 radar and air defense fire control system had entered service. Three weeks later Iran announced it had shot down an American Triton maritime surveillance UAV (an aircraft based on the 14 ton RQ-4 Global Hawk)."

SAM in question that downed the Triton drone evidently an Iranian Sayyad-3. Sayyad-3 an improved version of the Sayyad-2. Sayyad-2 in turn A KNOCK-OFF COPY of the U.S. navy SM-1 missile as was purchased over four decades ago by the regime of the Shah!!


"Iran's Sayyad-2 is based on the RIM-66 (SM-1) naval SAM and launched from Patriot-style canisters. Source: Iran MoD".  "The Sayyad-2 is a canister-launched version of the RIM-66 Standard (SM-1) naval surface-to-air missile that Iran obtained from the United States before the 1979 revolution"

Details of Sayyad-2 and Sayyad-3 here.

Iran even possessing an air defense radar of Over-the-horizon [OTH] of indigenous [?] design. Few countries have such a capability as OTH!

For those devoted readers to the blog also consider the Sayyad-1 additionally a knock-off copy of the antiquated Soviet era SA-2 SAM [NATO code name Guideline].

Iranian air defense rather more formidable that American military planners would like to believe?

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Sixth II.

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Sixth conclusion!

With regard to the previous blog entry consider also this Russian Internet Sputnik article:

"F-35A Lockheed Tries to Catch Up With Announced European 'Sixth-Gen' Fighters by Vowing F-35 Upgrades"

"European countries have recently revealed their progress in creating sixth-generation fighter jets showcasing the Future Air Combat System [FCAS] suite of weapons at the Paris Air Show this week."

"Lockheed Martin’s Vice President Greg Ulmer has revealed the company's plans for the future of its key F-35 programme during a briefing, which suggests evolving it to a degree, when the line between the now fifth generation jet and the next generation blurs".

Upgrades!

Variants of the F-35 with blocs to continue as long as the plane is in service. [F-35 expected to be in  the main American air superiority fighter plane at least until the year 2050!]

Currently the F-35 existing in A variant [air force model], B variant [Marine model] and C variant [navy model].

"Models (A, B, C, D, E, etc.): major changes that affect the entire role of the plane, such as Air Force missions and runways, Marine aviation (sometimes with no runways), or carrier duty."

"Blocs: changes within the models made for 5, 10, 20, or 50 planes coming off the line, caused by the changes found necessary years after the model was designed."

That number of blocs basically unlimited, improvements primarily evolving as modern technology evolves.

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Sixth I.

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From Sputnik Russian news Internet outlet surely this yet one instance of the cart before the horse.

Also the European ideal of the independent and totally self-sufficient military force able to guard against all comers and autonomous from the United States.

"WATCH: Euro Defense Ministers Reveal Sixth-Gen Future Combat Air System"

"In front of a full-size, veiled mock-up of the Future Combat Air System [FCAS], French, Spanish and German defense ministers signed an accord Monday on the development of the sixth-generation aircraft before dramatically unveiling the model. The FCAS is expected to become their mainstay fighter jet by 2040."

NOT UNTIL 2040 DEPLOYED!! AS ENVISIONED!

Sixth-generation fighter planes conventionally and usually defined as:

* Unmanned.
* Stealth.
* Directed-energy weaponry.

Development and deployment of the FCAS 1. Going to be costly. 2. Europeans as it is now unwilling to even spend the 2 % of GDP for military expenditures as was agreed upon.

THIS FCAS IS JUST NOT GOING TO FLY! PIE-IN-THE-SKY ALMOST LITERALLY SO!

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Incels.

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Incels. Never heard of such a thing!

"Air Force warns about nationwide threat of ‘involuntary celibates’"

INCELS! INVOLUNTARY CELIBATES! NO SEX!

From the New York Post the article by Chris Perez and the tip from Jay.

"Air Force instructors have been warning troops about the growing threat of radicalized 'incels' — aka guys who can’t find women to sleep with them, a report says."

"Airmen stationed at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland were recently briefed on the 'involuntary celibates,' with documents cautioning them about an 'increase in nationwide activity,' according to the military website Task and Purpose."

"A number of shootings and mass casualty events have been linked to the incel movement in recent years —"

THERE IT IS IN THE NUTSHELL. ANGRY AND VOLATILE YOUNG MEN TAKING THEIR FRUSTRATIONS OUT ON WOMEN. EXTREME VIOLENCE COMBINED WITH VISCERAL  HATRED. MILITARY MEN IN PARTICULAR HAVING THE SKILL AND ABILITY TO INFLICT A LOT OF DAMAGE IF THEY SO WISH.

I must be getting old!

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Super.

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The Dodge plant, Chicago Illinois, USA. World War Two.

I highly recommend without reservation or qualification this You Tube video. A must.

The super factory manufacturing the super engine for the super bomber. The latter the B-29 Superfortress.


The Dodge plant built entirely from scratch, at the time the most advanced manufacturing facility in the world.

Need I say or remind any devoted reader to the blog that the B-29 Superfortress [Enola Gay] dropping the first atomic bomb on Japan. Courtesy aircraft engines the Dodge plant.

Chicago, Illinois, USA the "Second City", the labor force absolutely vital to the American war effort. Again, need I mention the Manhattan Project, experimental atomic reactors CP-1 and CP-2, etc. Chicago, the B-29 bomber, the atomic bomb, all hand in glove as they say.

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Triton.

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In finality with extracts from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter.

Shooting down American UAV drones seems to be all the rage!

"Iran shoots down US drone over Hormuz amid soaring friction"

20 June.

"An Iranian surface-to-air missile [SAM] shot down a US Navy MQ-4C Triton over the Strait of Hormuz, an America official reported on Thursday June 20. The missile’s description indicates it was fired from Iranian soil at an aircraft flying over international waters, which makes the incident that much graver. The downing of the Triton was disclosed shortly after Iran said its Revolutionary Guards shot down an American US RQ-4 Global Hawk spy drone over the village of Kuhmobarak in the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan. The Pentagon dismissed the Iranian claim that a US drone penetrated Iranian air space as 'false' and said the drone was provocatively attacked over international waters."

Those are MAJOR size drones [and expensive] normally flying at high altitude. The Iranian possesses some sort of very sophisticated surface-air-missile [SAM] with HITHERTO UNKNOWN capability?

Pentagon military planners are biting their fingernails nervously?

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Teams.

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Continuing more extracts from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter.

RUSSIA ENTERS THE FRAY?

"Iran mulls foreign air defense aid for domestic security. Russian S-400s with teams?"

19 June.

"Amid high tension with the US, Tehran is looking at a possible invitation to a foreign power to boost its domestic security against aerial attack.  'We currently face demonstrative threats. Nevertheless, when it comes to air defense of or country, we consider using foreign potential in addition to our domestic capacities,' said Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Chairman Ali Shamkhani on Wednesday, June 19 when he was asked if Iran might purchase Russian S-400s."

"The official’s words indicate that Tehran is in advanced talks with Moscow on the deployment to Iran of Russian S-400 air defense missiles. They would be flown in with Russian teams since Iran lacks the know how for operating these advanced systems . . . although Moscow may think twice before getting entangled in a potential US-Iranian war situation."

Mr. Putin indeed think twice. And three times. And four times. Etc.

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Credible.

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Further yet still extracts from the latest version of the DEBKAfile news letter:

ADDITIONAL MACHINATIONS OF THE WRONG KIND FROM THE IRANIAN?

"US intel: Iranian strike at major Saudi oil target imminent. Trump releases 1,000 more US troops"

18 June.

"US intelligence learns from a highly credible source that Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ have completed preparations for a large-scale assault on an important Saudi oil facility within days. On Monday, June 17, the aides of senior US congress members were summoned to the White House for a briefing on this intelligence and informed that this time the administration is gearing up for a military response . . . Saudi Arabia has placed all its oil installations, terminals, ports and oil fields on maximum alert."

MAXIMUM ALERT AS OF FOUR DAYS AGO BUT NOTHING YET HAS OCCURRED! WE HOLD OUR BREATH!

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Yemen UAV.

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Still more extracts from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter.

EVEN THE YEMENI HOUTHI GOT SAM? Surface to air missile of some capability beyond norm? AMERICAN UAV BEWARE!

"Yemeni Houthi rebels shoot down US drone"

15 June.

"Houthi rebels in Yemen have released video footage and photos of what they claim is an American MQ-9 Reaper being shot down and crashing in Yemen.US said that the Reaper had been downed in the Red Sea likely by a missile fired by Houthi rebels. According to an earlier report of another incident, Iranian Revolutionary Guards aimed and anti-air missile against an American UAV tracking them in the vicinity of the oil tankers that were attacked in the Gulf of Oman."

Here with an instance of a high-fling American drone shot out of the sky by a surface-air-missile [SAM].

Drones of the Reaper variety normally out-of-range for a MANPAD type SAM. Man Portable Air Defense.

The Houthi have SAM. The Houthi have ballistic missiles. The Houthi have attack drones. What is there the Houthi do not have?

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