Thursday, March 21, 2019

Ushakov.

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Never heard of this man before.

Think not Nelson of Copenhagen. Think not Nelson of the Nile. Think not Nelson of Trafalgar.

Think rather Ushakov the Russian. Naval commander the combat record of which exceeded Nelson?

Indeed, a case could be made that this Ushakov is the most brilliant and accomplished military commander of all time?

From the Internet web site Russian Insider and thanks to same:

"40 Naval Battles - He Won Them All - The Brilliant Russian Admiral Ushakov"

"He fought 40 battles without defeat and put the British Lord Nelson to shame."

"Fyodor Fyodorovich Ushakov . . . was the most illustrious Russian naval commander and admiral of the 18th century."

Further from the wiki:

"Distinguishing features of Ushakov's tactics were: use of *  unified marching and fighting orders; * resolute closing to close quarters with the enemy forces without evolution of a fighting order; * concentration of effort against enemy flagships; * maintaining a reserve (Kaiser-flag squadrons); * combination of aimed artillery fire and maneuvering; and * chasing the enemy to its total destruction or capture. Giving great value to sea and fire training of his staff, Ushakov was a supporter of generalissimo Suvorov's principles of training for sailors and officers. Ushakov's innovations were among the first successful developments of naval tactics, from its 'line' to maneuvering concepts."

THOSE COMMANDERS RECOGNIZED AS GREAT CAPTAINS NORMALLY MILITARY LEADERS ONLY OF LAND FORCES. NAVAL COMMANDERS GIVEN SHORT SHRIFT.

Alexander the Great and Horatio Nelson those two military commanders only normally as historically recognized as having been undefeated during their careers.

Ushakov also in a league with an Alexander or a Nelson and perhaps even beyond? Ushakov however his accomplishments unheralded and unrecognized. Until now?

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

3G2 Atomic.

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You know this headline would stimulate my curiosity instantly.

The street-gang Brazilian style [3G2] gone nuclear? GWOT? WMD?

Thanks to the story from the Russian controlled [?] media Russian Times:

"Armed gang raids convoy carrying uranium fuel to Brazil nuclear plant"

"A truck carrying nuclear fuel to one of Brazil's power plants has come under attack by a group of armed men who engaged in a shootout with police officers guarding the convoy."

"The uranium shipment came under attack on Tuesday in the town of Frade, about 30 km (19 miles) from Angra dos Reis, where the Angra 2 nuclear power plant is located. Following an intense fire exchange with the gunmen, the officers, none of whom were injured, managed to thwart the assault, police said."

Read previous entries here and here, the street-gang as a threat to the internal security of many nations and also the street-gang as having an international dimension in addition.

STREET-GANGS THEIR MOTIVATION AS THEY EVOLVE NOT STRICTLY MONETARY. THE DESIRE FOR POLITICAL CONTROL AT SOME POINT BECOMES A MAJOR CONSIDERATION!

Nuclear fuel [not weapons grade uranium] either for: 1. Sale on the international black market. 2. A means to intimidate the Brazilian government. Construct the dirty bomb [radiological device] and threaten detonation of same. INTIMIDATION!

Attack this time unsuccessful and thank GOD for it. Next time? Beware!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Three-fold.

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NOT just pantomime?

"India, Pakistan threatened to unleash missiles at each other: sources"

Thanks to the tip from Freeper the original story as obtained from Reuters.

Closed to the nuclear holocaust than thought? From Freeper and copied more or less in entirety.

"The sparring between India and Pakistan last month threatened to spiral out of control and only interventions by U.S. officials, including National Security Advisor John Bolton, headed off a bigger conflict, five sources familiar with the events said."

"At one stage, India threatened to fire at least six missiles at Pakistan, and Islamabad said it would respond with its own missile strikes 'three times over', according to Western diplomats and government sources in New Delhi, Islamabad and Washington.

"The way in which tensions suddenly worsened and threatened to trigger a war between the nuclear-armed nations shows how the Kashmir region, which both claim and is at the core of their enmity, remains one of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints."

"flashpoint - n - 1. something that causes violence or conflict to flare up 2. a critical moment beyond which a situation will inevitably erupt into violence"

Missiles "unleashed" does not necessarily mean missiles with an atomic warhead? Or I am being overly optimistic and naive?

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Garland.

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As was referred to in a prior blog entry and worthy of further consideration:

"Her father embarked at sunrise
with a flask of water, a samurai sword
in the cockpit, a shaven head
full of powerful incantations
and enough fuel for a one-way
journey into history"

- - Beatrice Garland.

READ THE ENTIRE KAMIKAZE POEM WITH ANNOTATION. ALL THANKS HERE TO BEATRICE GARLAND!

See also these You Tube video the topic the Beatrice Garland poem Kamikaze. The recital of the poem itself followed by critical analysis. I recommend highly without reservation or qualification.









Shame and dishonoring the family name remains an important factor in modern Japanese society. Shame and dishonor in some cases only being expiated by suicide.

See another blog entry atonement for guilt in the Second World War done in a manner most devastating to others.

Devoted readers to the blog be well aware it often amazes Bert himself the places for which I get ideas and topics for blog entries. Kamikaze! Poetry! Wow!

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Omissions.

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Euro Army. Euro Corps. Euro Force.

Pie-in-the-sky?

From an article as seen at the Internet web site "As I Please" of Martin van Creveld the topic of which is an European Army.

"From NATO to EUA (European Union Army)?"

Macron of France and Merkel of Germany having both proposed and endorsed a transnational European army independent of NATO and capable of totally independent military action.

"The idea of a united Europe, complete with a united European army, goes back at least as far as Napoleon. Not to mention Charlemagne a thousand years previously. In a certain way, Napoleon did in fact adopt the concept."

Read the whole thing.

At least from my perspective Van Creveld fails to list two serious impediments for the EUA to exist as a viable and serious military force. Impediments of a much more profound nature not easily to be overcome if at all.

1. Financing.

Those nations part and parcel of the EUA will need to markedly increase their defense spending beyond what already is the case. CONVENTION WAR-MAKING IS EXPENSIVE AND THOSE NATIONS OF NATO ALREADY UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO MEET SPENDING GOALS.

2. Nuclear weaponry.

France and England [assuming the British become part of the EUA] at the present have a very small strategic atomic force. And at least to my knowledge little if ANY tactical nuclear weapons as that term "tactical" understood. An EUA will require a ROBUST nuclear potential way beyond what already exists. Politically again from my perspective the European Union any decision to go atomic in a much bigger manner is dead-on-arrival as they say.

Am I wrong about all this? Devoted readers to the blog let me hear from you. Thanks in advance.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Mini-Harpy.

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SEAD = Suppression Enemy Air Defense.

Devoted readers to the blog will understand fully well my instantaneous response to the South Front Internet web site headline:

"Israeli Defense Firm Released Video Showing Destruction Of S-400 Radar"

Rest assured [?] devoted readers to the blog that no such attack has actually occurred. A Russian S-400 surface-air-missile [SAM] battery has NOT been destroyed.



See this You Tube video of Israeli anti-radiation munitions as capable of destroying a Russian S-400 SAM battery.

Harop, Harpy and Mini-Harpy. Israeli drone UAV each and everyone a dedicated to the SEAD mission. The latter an anti-radiation drone with loitering feature. Anti-radiation [radar homing] with an additional opto-electronic guidance feature.

Russia too having just announced a new UAV drone with "kamikaze" like performance. Undoubtedly too KUB the mission of which probably also SEAD.

But once more devoted readers to the blog. Israeli having the ability to destroy the S-400 SAM system but has NOT actually done so. If and when such an eventuality does occur it is going to be front-page news and big time.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Renewal.

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We've only just begun?

The India/Pakistan crisis/skirmish not over?

Once more from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter:

"India and Pakistan on alert to renew Kashmir skirmishes"

14 March.

"Western intelligence sources report that India and Pakistan are bracing for a resumed round of hostilities over Kashmir. On Thursday, both air forces were on high war readiness. On Wednesday, the Indian air force downed two Pakistani drones over the Indian side of Kashmir. The Pakistani air force is reported to have moved its entire fleet of F-16 fighter bombers to bases close to the Indian border and placed them on the ready."

Pantomime not over? More rituals forthcoming? That is what this all seems to me.

FOR A SHORT TIME THERE IT SEEMED AS IF THE INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT WAS GOING TO GO NUCLEAR IN THE WARFARE SENSE OF THE WORD.

See the most recent and prior blog entries the topic the India/Pakistan crisis/skirmish and atomic war as a possible:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/03/winter.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/03/encounters.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/03/threshold.html

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Counter.

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From the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter:

"US military buildup in Iraq via Israel and Jordan ready for clash with pro-Iranian Iraqi militias"

9 March.

"US troop reinforcements were flown in from Jordan and Israel to northern Iraq and eastern Syria on Wednesday, March 6 ready for an offensive by Iraq’s two largest pro-Iranian militias on US bases there. The next day, when those militias called for 'resistance to US presence in the region,' American forces in the Gulf region and southern Europe, particularly in Romania and Bulgaria, were also placed on high readiness. The US command in the region estimates that those militias have been deployed by their commander, Al Qods chief Gen. Qassem Solemani, to positions in Syria as well as Iraq"

THE GAME IS AFOOT. THE BATTLE LINES HAVE BEEN DRAWN. STANDBY!

See previous blog entry as most germane, the triple strategy of Solemani to make USA troops Iraq and Syria turn tail and run!

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Duckworth.

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Senator Tammy Duckworth. Disabled combat veteran and now Senator from Illinois. Thanks to the article by Lynn Sweet as extracted from the Chicago Sun Times newspaper.

"Sen. Duckworth warns military may find itself short of recruits"

"WASHINGTON — Wounded Iraq war vet Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., a new member of the Armed Services Committee, on Wednesday warned that the military may find itself short of recruits."

"But the pool of potential recruits, she said, could be expanded if more youths were physically fit; non-citizen immigrants were welcomed; and discrimination against transgender troops ended."

 “Recently, for example, the Pentagon announced that only 29 percent of Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 are considered fit to serve. Just 29 percent. The other 71 percent either failed the basic math or English tests or could not pass a physical or were barred from enlisting because they made a mistake years ago that still lies on their record. Like getting caught with marijuana in a state where it’s now legal or once struggling with an opioid addiction."

"Some 27 percent of potential recruits are cut because they are overweight."

Comments:

* Non-citizens have always been able to join the USA military. You go to the local embassy in your home country and speak to the military attache and express your interest. Follow all legalities.

* Hardly is going to allow transgender troops or serve going to solve the problem of recruitment shortfall. That percentage of the population identifying as transgender and eligible to enlist less than 1 % of the youth cohort I might think.

"cohort - - noun - - 2b : a group of individuals having a statistical factor"

* Youthful indiscretions are often taken into account  during the recruitment process. Habitual indiscretions often also a sign of character weakness.

See previous blog entry [with additional embedded links] as germane to the recruitment problem:

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Clowns.

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Attention! Class clowns. Snowflakes. Binge gamers. Selfie addicts. Me me me Millennials. Phone zombies.

THE BRITISH ARMY WANTS YOU?

More recruits for the British army. Courtesy the "'snowflake ad campaign". As reported by the Standard.

"Capita hails ‘snowflake’ ads for helping mend army recruitment contract"

"Outsourcer Capita said a problem contract to handle British Army recruitment was on the mend after the recent blockbuster 'snowflake' ad campaign."

. . . .

"Applications for the British Army are at a five-year high and the ad campaign led to a 78% rise in website visits."

PHONE ZOMBIES WE HAVE TO STOP AND THINK ABOUT THAT ONE FOR A WHILE!

The English not alone in having difficulties fulfilling military recruitment quotas. See previous blog entries as applicable.

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/03/gamers.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/03/staggering.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/11/cutters.html

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Tops.

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As is the case once per year!

2018's Top Hits at MilitaryAnalysis.blogspot.com

Looking over the past year's statistics, my ten most-read articles [# 1 most-read] of 2018 (ignoring articles from prior years) were:

1. Golan-1000.

2. KJ-600.

3. J.D. Salinger.

4. C6ISR.

5. Mark VI-ASM-I.

6. Ansarullah.

7. Steel.

8. NK Syria.

9. Kinzhal.

10. Boost. [tie]

10. Dubna. [tie]

I promise all devoted readers to the blog this year [2019] to be even better. A promise made will be a promise kept. Yours in blogging.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Freemasons.

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Got Gold? Hoax? Fake news? Fooled you? Shame on you?

The Hidden Gold of Egon? Egon knows. If he ever existed.

The hidden treasure of gold. Hidden or gone missing during a time of war. Long-lost loot never found but constantly being searched for.

1. "'No One by That Name in SS': Historian Pokes Holes in 'Nazi Gold Diary' Story"

"Earlier, treasure seekers around the world were intrigued following media reports that the diary of an SS officer said to contain clues about the location of millions of dollars' worth of Nazi loot was discovered after being hidden away in a Freemasons lodge in Germany."

"The 'diary of SS Officer Egon Ollenhauer' said to contain details of a special operation approved by Adolf Hitler to hide some 260 truckloads of gold bars, coins, valuables and priceless artwork at nearly a dozen discreet locations across Poland in the closing months of World War 2 simply isn't credible"

2. "Syria Accuses US Stole 40+ Tons of Its Gold"

FIFTY TONS OF GOLD NO LESS! CURRENT MARKET VALUE ABOUT $ TWO BILLION USD! A TIDY SUM AS THEY SAY!

"Information from local sources said that US army helicopters have already transported the gold bullions under cover of darkness on Sunday [February 24th], before transporting them to the United States."

"The sources said that tens of tons that Daesh [Islamic State] had been keeping in their last hotbed in al-Baghouz area in Deir Ezzor countryside have been handed to the Americans, adding up to other tons of gold that Americans have found in other hideouts for Daesh, making the total amount of gold taken by the Americans to the US around 50 tons"

See other previous blog entries [some having additional embedded links] the topic lost gold treasure of immense value:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/03/route-555.html

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

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/08/hoax.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2018/12/ss-minden.html

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Hallucinating.

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Do you know you're melting?

Far out dude!!

From Russian controlled [?] Internet media:

"Russia’s newest warship sails near UK coast with ‘HALLUCINATING’ device on board"

Admiral Gorshkov on the loose. English beware! The secret weapon for which there is no known defense.

"A Russian frigate sailed through the English Channel after a stop off the Scottish coast, where it was shadowed by a UK warship and closely watched by local media that fanned fears about a 'hallucination-inducing device' on board."

See previous blog entries topic the Gorshkov and devices that may cause zombie-like behavior, hallucinations and visual distortion:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/03/gorshkov.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/02/zombie.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/02/strobe.html

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Kami-kaze.

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From the Internet web site Quora the question is asked and answered.

"How effective were the Japanese Kamikaze pilots against the U.S navy during WWII?"

THE CONSENSUS [?] IS THAT THE SUICIDE ATTACK OF THE JAPANESE KAMIKAZE WAS:

"Initially effective, then became increasingly ineffective as the war progressed"

"According to a wartime Japanese propaganda announcement, the missions sank 81 ships and damaged 195"

Depending on who your source is the numbers of American naval vessels sunk or damaged by kamikaze attacks vary:

* "more than 70 U.S. vessels were 'sunk or damaged beyond repair'"

* "attackers sank 34 Navy ships, damaged 368 others"

* "a total of 57 ships sunk by kamikazes"

* "47 ships known to have been sunk by kamikaze aircraft."

THE KAMIKAZE SUICIDE BOMBER OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IS THE ONLY INSTANCE IN RECORDED MILITARY HISTORY OF WHERE THE RESULTS WERE GREATER THAN THE CLAIMS. TAKING INTO ACCOUNT TOTAL OF SHIPS SUNK AND DAMAGED!!

"Her father embarked at sunrise
with a flask of water, a samurai sword
in the cockpit, a shaven head
full of powerful incantations
and enough fuel for a one-way
journey into history
"

- - Beatrice Garland.

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Gamers.

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Short on recruits? Go gamers?

Be assured this is not going to work!!

Video gamers army recruits? Again, I assure you this is not going to work!

"Army Struggles To Reach Generation Z, Tries Recruiting At Video Game Tournament"

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

"Army recruiters are having a challenging time convincing Americans born between 1995 and 2005 to sign up and serve. The situation is so dire that Army Recruiting Command has turned to e-Sports video game tournaments."

Sponsoring video game tournaments is an effort to boost recruitment after the Army fell short of its 76,500 recruitment goal by 6,500 people last year."

"However, there is a problem: 'Health-Risk Correlates of Video-Game Playing Among Adults' study shows that video gamers in America are overweight and depressed."

ONLY one-quarter [25 %] of American youth able mentally and physically eligible for military enlistment by current standards. Deficiencies of a physical [overweight] and mental [educationally lacking] nature combined with drug use and criminal record precluding enlistment.

See previous blog entry the topic Chinese youth unfit for military service one particular consideration being: "a dependence on mobile and computer devices . . . with the fixation on screens".

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

MAHEM.

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The future is now in conclusion!

Weapons of the science-fiction variety hardly science-fiction.

"11 real-life sci-fi weapons that are the future of war"

"Technology has drastically changed the way we wage war in the modern world. The days of two masses of humanity standing in parallel lines and charging at each other have been replaced by asymmetric deployments, cyber attacks, and guerrilla warfare."

* Liquid metal missiles. MAHEM!!

"The Magneto Hydrodynamic Explosive Munition (MAHEM) is a weapon being developed by DARPA that would utilize molten metal to penetrate enemy armor. The molten metal would be propelled by electromagnetic fields from explosions. The munition would be delivered to a target as a warhead 'packaged into a missile, projectile or other platform.' It would penetrate the armor of an enemy vehicle then explode when it gets inside, destroying the vehicle from the inside out. DARPA predicts the weapon will have greater efficiency, control, and precision than conventional explosively formed penetrators."

THIS SOUNDS TOO MUCH LIKE THE SHAPED-CHARGE WEAPON THAT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR SOME TIME NOW. BUT MAHEM IS NOT THE SAME FOR SOME REASON? SHAPED-CHARGED DESTROYS FROM THE OUTSIDE-IN WHEREAS MAHEM "PENETRATES" INTACT AND DESTROYS FROM THE INSIDE-OUT? IS THAT IT?

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Centrifugal.

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Centrifugal gun. "Pushing the limit."

Firepower plus stealth! Indeed!

Never even heard of this before. The future however is now?

Continuing as extracted from the original article by Geek.com some items of interest.

Weapons of the science-fiction variety hardly science-fiction.

"11 real-life sci-fi weapons that are the future of war"

Technology has drastically changed the way we wage war in the modern world. The days of two masses of humanity standing in parallel lines and charging at each other have been replaced by asymmetric deployments, cyber attacks, and guerrilla warfare.

* Centrifugal gun.

"This has been developed to move the world on from the traditional method of placing explosives into a tube and out into the air at a target. Centrifugal powered guns have been developed, similar to machine guns except that they use centrifugal force and can emit more than 100,000 rounds each second."

See these You Tube video the topic is the centrifugal gun:









But with all the apparent advantages as of this particular instant the centrifugal gun has not found a valid application in warfare?

A WEAPON OF THE FUTURE AND ALWAYS WILL BE?

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Thunder.

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The future is now!

As extracted from the original article by Geek.com begins some items of interest.

Weapons of the science-fiction variety hardly science-fiction.

"11 real-life sci-fi weapons that are the future of war"

"Technology has drastically changed the way we wage war in the modern world. The days of two masses of humanity standing in parallel lines and charging at each other have been replaced by asymmetric deployments, cyber attacks, and guerrilla warfare."

* Thunder generator.

"It has already been used by Israel’s military for a few years now as a deterrent weapon and was originally used to scare birds away from crops. It fires shock waves into the air and is a force strong enough to knock targets back and deafen people who are 100 feet away"



Gulls at a garbage dump scared away [at least temporarily by the thunder generator. Israeli Air force [IAF] having more planes brought down by BASH incident than by combat with an enemy!!



Fish-eating birds devouring prey at an aqua-culture fish bond scared away they thunder generator.



Thunder generator used at close range against a cardboard box. Would make the target uncomfortable I am sure but is not lethal nor causing debilitating injury.

Hardly at this exact moment the "thunder" generator a weapon of war except in the most peripheral manner. Not able to stun or kill an adversary, turning the foe on the battlefield to mush on the inside.

At least not yet!

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Staggering.

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EVEN THE CHINESE! EVEN THEM!

From WIZARD though Harry at Sharkhunters:

"IN ‘LOVE’ WITH ONE’S SELF - Alarm bells are ringing within security circles in China over the condition of potential army recruits, with the Ministry of Defence reporting a 'staggering' increase in physical examination failures among hopefuls. Habits such as excessive masturbation and an over indulgence in soft drinks have been pinpointed as reasons for a poor crop of youths trying out for the China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA)."

"Meanwhile, a dependence on mobile and computer devices accounted for 46 per cent of army trialist failures, with the fixation on screens apparently hampering their depth of vision."

Chinese PLA during the initial stages of the Korean War their reputation very good. Probably the BEST light infantry in the world.

Lots of money, lots of material goods, lots of self-indulgence and a bunch of just plain ordinary bad habits has weakened the Chinese young man. Chinese young bucks of military age WEAK in comparison to their grandfathers.  And MARKEDLY SO!

Young men of military age unable to pass a routine recruit physical exam a WORLDWIDE phenomenon and must be recognized as so!

The GOOD TIMES have been had by one and all. With disastrous results for military recruitment.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Gorshkov.

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Courtesy the tip from Jay Big Red on the move. Oceanic style. Russian warships transit the English channel.

"Russian cruise missile frigate, group of Northern Feet ships enter English Channel"

"This is the first voyage for the frigate Admiral Gorshkov"

"MOSCOW, March 5. /TASS/. The Russian missile frigate Admiral Gorshkov, the multifunctional logistics support vessel Elbrus, the rescue tug Nikolai Chiker and the sea tanker Kama are passing through the English Channel, the press service of the Russian Northern Fleet reports."

. . . .

"In the next few months, the ships’ crews will be performing long-distance voyage missions in various parts of the World Ocean. The voyage aims to demonstrate the Russian Navy’s flag and provide for naval presence in operational areas of the long-distance oceanic zone."

SHOW THE FLAG! POWER PROJECTION WITH GLOBAL GEO-POLITICAL MACHINATIONS IN MIND!

Historically the British very antsy and on-edge when it come to the presence of naval vessels of hostile foreign powers in the English channel. Think the Spanish Armada, the Channel Dash, Dogger Bank and the most recently the Admiral Kuznetsov.

"ant·sy. - - ADJECTIVE. NORTH AMERICAN. informal: agitated, impatient, or restless."

British not fearful but concerned? It is just a normal training and operational exercise? Right?

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

PMC MIAMI.

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PMC = Private Military Contractor.

From the article as seen at the Internet web site Zero Hedge and the article by Tyler Durden thanks to the tip from Jay.

"Welcome To MIAMI: Military Intervention And Mercenaries Inc."

"Now home to thousands of limited liability corporations linked to the CIA, as well as private military contractors, sketchy airlines flying from remote Florida airports, the interventionist US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), and exiled oligarchs running destabilization operations in their native countries, Miami – or MIAMI, 'Military Intervention and Mercenaries, Inc.' – serves as the nexus for current Trump administration 'regime change' efforts."

See from the wiki further info PMC recent and ancient:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandline_International

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Outcomes

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academi

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Company

Giovanni would feel right at home within the ranks of MIAMI? Perhaps even a commander? I do think so.

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Simple.

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Yet more items of interest from WIZARD through Harry at Sharkhunters.

"PTSD REPAIR - A simple course of antibiotics could dramatically reduce the distress experienced by people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a new trial has found. The discovery by University College London gives hope of better treatment for thousands of soldiers and victims of violence afflicted by the condition. Researchers identified 'matrix enzymes', crucial for the formation of memories, and realized that a course of commonly available doxycycline could target the enzymes and reduce the fear response triggered by remembering traumatic events by as much as 60 per cent."

SEEMS WAY TO SIMPLE. REDUCTION OF 60 % OF SYMPTOMS BY SIMPLE APPLICATION OF A MEDICATION? IF SO, THIS COULD BE MAJOR!

"DON’T CUT BUDGET - A leading US general warned yesterday against cost cuts to Britain’s armed forces as the new defence secretary made his first outing on the world stage. Gavin Williamson joined defence ministers from 28 other member states, including James Mattis, his US opposite number, for two days of meetings at NATO headquarters in Brussels."

See previous blog entry cost saving measures as to be implemented by the British military.

"US ARMY PFR IN ISRAEL - The head of the IDF’s combat fitness department would like to see the new American Army Combat Fitness Test implemented in the IDF."

See previous blog entry the topic the new U.S. Army physical training test.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

F-117.

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Gone but not forgotten? But not so gone?

Nighthawk F-117 to the rescue Syria? From the Russian controlled [?] media outlet Sputnik.

"Decommissioned F-117 Nighthawks Were Used in Syria, Iraq in 2017 – Report"

"The once famous F-117 stealth attack jets were decommissioned several years after one was shot down over Yugoslavia in March 1999 by a Soviet-made S-125 missile defense system and after the F-22 took over some of the F-117's roles, when precision strikes were deemed essential for a mission."

"Four of the now decommissioned attack jets F-117 Nighthawk [brought back into service and] were deployed for operations in the Middle East in 2017 due to an 'operational need' that emerged"

OPERATIONAL NEED THE DROPPING OF SMALL DIAMETER BOMB [SDB] AS DESCRIBED IN THE SPUTNIK ARTICLE.

SDB effective within the context of irregular warfare the desire to limit deaths to civilians and avoid as much collateral damage as possible. It maybe the F-22 is unable to carry SDB internally? Nighthawk filled the void? F-117 carries payload internally so it appears.

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Type 26.

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More from WIZARD thanks and through Harry at Sharkhunters.

British Royal Navy [RN] stuff this time.

Warships armed to the teeth but without teeth?

"EMPTY MISSILE TUBES – Still happening England; the Type 26 Frigate fleet will be armed with Sea Ceptor [Sea Captor, CAMM] missiles with additional types to be carried decided at a later date. 'A navy programme to build a fleet of new warships at a cost of £8bn [$11 billion USD] it emerged the ships would have missile-launching tubes — but Britain has no missiles to fire from them.'”

Type 26 STILL will have considerable armaments even minus CAMM? A variety of anti-ship missiles and a naval gun of the five inch [127 mm] variety. Sea Captor is strictly [?] surface-air?

RN personnel however will now be able to wear the high-neck sweaters off-duty now?

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Terminate.

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Terminate with extreme prejudice! Kill!

From WIZARD through Harry at Sharkhunters.

The English army has just won the war?

1. "BAD COMPLEXIONS…..OUT! - Over 14,000 British Army applicants are said to have been declined for having acne and minor food allergies over the course of the last couple of years, in line with strict Ministry of Defence [MoD] rules."

2. "BRITISH ARMY DRASTIC FORCE REDUCTION - The British Army is reportedly facing cuts that would see it reduced to numbers last seen more than 200 years ago. Three funding plans drawn up by military bigwigs have been described by a Whitehall source. The proposed plans include cutting the army by 11,000 soldiers, [additionally] giving 2,000 Royal Marines and sailors the boot."

3. "NO MORE FRIENDLY FIRE? - British troops will soon wear new ‘Terminator’ kit that tracks their location and that of the enemy in a move that will ‘revolutionise’ urban warfare and help prevent accidental deaths."

"Soldiers will use lasers on their weapons and audio sensors to share the location of enemy fighters firing at them with the rest of their unit so they can kill them quicker without being seen."

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Weight.

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Within context to the previous blog entry and from a conversation [edited to an extent at my discretion] with an acknowledged aviation authority:

"When I flew Fox 4s [Phantom F-4], I weighed 143 lbs. [sixty-five kilo grams stripped as they say sans equipment] — every day for the entire time I flew. But weight wasn’t a factor for the lightweights amongst us, as the survival gear [during combat air missions] we always wore added significantly to our weight. When I weighed myself fully equipped for a combat mission, I tipped the scales at 205 lbs. [ninety-five kilo grams]. Stateside, where I didn’t carry so [much survival gear] . . . my weight in the US minus all that [impedimenta] was probably only around 160-170 lbs. [seventy-five kilo grams]."

Survival gear as noted during combat air missions to include:

* Survival handguns + ammo for same.
* Grenades.
* Knives.
* Rations.
* Medical gear.
* Survival radios and batteries for same.

Those persons overweight the solution for the "patient" under the care of a military medical professional to subsist on a controlled diet of three hard-boiled eggs per day all the while drinking copious amounts of water. Weight reduction fast!

And thank you acknowledged aviation authority. You input greatly appreciated.

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Eject!

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Devoted readers to the blog will understand I was onto this one right away.

Best categorized as being in the strange but true category?

More problems for the F-35.

From Strategy page and the article found at same.

"Attrition: RAF Pays For A Weighty Problem"

"March 2, 2019: Martin-Baker, the British firm that pioneered the ejection seat and is the largest supplier, has another weight problem with its popular Mk16 model used in F-35 fighters. The British RAF (Royal Air Force) found it has a problem with some potential F-35 pilots being too heavy to use the Mk16. The current upper weight limit for the Mk16 is 111.3 kg (245 pounds) but that means some RAF pilots are going to have to lose weight or the Mk16 seat must be modified. Western pilots (the main users of Martin-Baker seats) have been getting heavier over the last half century and the upper weight limit for pilots has increased 25 percent."

Weighty for those non-native English speakers in the figurative sense as meaning: "weighty - - 1a : of much importance or consequence : momentous"

A BAD ASPECT OF AMERICAN CULTURE AS INTRODUCED INTO FOREIGN NATIONS THE OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY PROBLEM! TOO MUCH McDONALD'S BIG MAC MEALS.

Good luck with this one English.

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Track.

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Boys beware!

Electronic-counter measures NATO! Directed against NATO by NATO!

Consider this blog entry to be so apropos within context of a most recent blog entry:

"NATO Tricks Own Troops Into Spilling Sensitive Data Using Facebook, Instagram"

"The alliance decided to test how well prepared its soldiers are for the evolving methods of espionage in the world of modern technology and social media by using fake accounts and social engineering."

THIS HAS BEEN A POPULAR TOPIC FOR BLOG ENTRIES. MALWARE AS DOWNLOADED ONTO SMART PHONES AND OTHER INTERNET CONNECTED DEVICES ALLOW A HOSTILE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE ENTITY TO SPY ON THE INDIVIDUAL TROOP EFFECTIVELY AND SURREPTITIOUSLY. YOUR SMART PHONE HIJACKED AND BEING USED AGAINST YOU!

NATO personnel presumably having been forewarned the object of this exercise [electronic-counter measures] to test the real-world adherence to the security rules as stated by higher command.

AND HOW WELL IS NATO DOING? WE SHALL HARDLY EVER KNOW I THINK.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Winter.

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Small-scale they call it.

We are back to the future. Nuclear winter deja vu all over again?

And is relevant to the ongoing India-Pakistani crisis.

"How a nuclear war between India and Pakistan could reverse global warming"

"We're at a scary moment internationally as tensions escalate between the nuclear powers of India and Pakistan, and we should all be praying for things to calm down. In addition to the horrible death toll and humanitarian crisis that would follow, according to scientists, a small-scale nuclear war could actually reverse global warming and actually cause devastating global cooling."

This is similar to the Nuclear Winter hypothesis as was the rage over thirty years ago now.



This particular You Tube video describes the exact scenario of a nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan! Detonation of hundreds of atomic warheads [a nuclear exchange between Pakistan and India] of the Hiroshima size [twenty kilotons] within the time span of a few hours to several days at the most. Cooling on a planetary scale with world-wide devastation as a result!! Not even counting radioactivity.

AS I RECALL IT WAS SUGGESTED THAT THE MORE OR LESS SIMULTANEOUS DETONATION OF A THOUSAND HIROSHIMA-SIZED ATOMIC WEAPONS WOULD CAUSE IRREPARABLE HARM ON A GLOBAL-SCALE!

India and Pakistan between them have less than half that number of a thousand nuclear warheads? So we are good to go then?

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Encounters.

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Crisis between India and Pakistan not simply relegated to air strikes and air combat activity. Ground units also involved.

As reported by Russian controlled [?] sources.

1. "De-escalation delayed: India & Pakistan exchange shelling on Kashmir border, casualties reported"

"Just a day after an Indian pilot was freed from Pakistani captivity, offering hope for de-escalation, the two countries resumed shelling in Kashmir, killing a number of civilians on both sides, according to local authorities."

2. "Terrorists in India's Kashmir Kill 4 Soldiers, Gun Battle Still Raging - Reports"

"The encounter reportedly broke out at midnight after a joint team of the Indian army's 22 Rashtriya Rifle, 92 Battalion Central Reserve Police Force and local police launched an operation at Khanan Babagund in Langate, acting on a tip-off about the presence of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists in the area."

Dispute and conflict between Indian and Pakistan follows almost a set-piece routine? Incident, followed by retaliation and then counter-retaliation. Tension involving weapons fire between the two adversaries for a period followed by de-escalation and then relative calm. Almost a pantomime ritual but with deaths however.

Kashmir however remains divided as ever with hardly ever it seems any resolution to a seventy year old low-intensity war between two nuclear powers.

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Threshold.

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DEFCON-3.

Will they or won't they? Use atomic weapons!

Thanks to the tip from Paulie and the article by Michael Kugelman

"Opinion: India, Pakistan, and the remote but real threat of nuclear war"

"India and Pakistan are currently embroiled in their most serious crisis in several decades. While a nuclear exchange between the two sides is highly unlikely, the possibility nevertheless remains"

"For years, it’s been a bedrock principle of international security: Possessing nuclear weapons deters nations from using them in warfare. Indeed, since 1945, no country has used one. However, there’s an important caveat to this: Nuclear weapons may forestall nuclear exchanges, but they don’t deter nuclear states from using military force against each other."

PAKISTAN IN CONTRAST TO INDIA SAID TO HAVE A LOW NUCLEAR THRESHOLD!!

MEANING THE PAKISTANI WILL RESORT TO THE USE OF ATOMIC WEAPONS QUICKER AND FOR LESS REASON!!

See from a variety of Internet web sites a discussion of the LOW Pakistani nuclear threshold as perceived:

http://www.sunday-guardian.com/analysis/pak-lowers-nuclear-threshold

https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201902281072837922-india-pakistan-air-clash/

https://fpif.org/threshold-nuclear-war-pakistan-india-keeps-dropping/

https://www.geo.tv/latest/23659-pak-appears-to-cross-nuclear-threshold-against-india

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Surprise.

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Yet more from the South Asia Terrorism Portal [SATP] as reported the crisis between India and Pakistan as you might well imagine a topic of concern. As copied in entirety and thanks to the Portal:

"Detail Of Terrorism Update - - Wednesday, February 27, 2019"

"Get ready for a ‘surprise’ ISPR DG Major General Asif Ghafoor responded over Indian air strike claim"

"Pakistan on February 26 categorically rejected Indian claim of carrying out an airstrike in the Pakistani territory and killing 350 terrorists, declaring the incursion just a ‘dry run’ that was effectively and immediately repulsed by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), reports Daily Times. 'Today, the prime minister has asked everyone to get ready for every eventuality. We are all ready. Now it is time for India to wait for our response,' Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Major General Asif Ghafoor told a press conference. 'The response will come at a point and time of our choosing, where our civil-military leadership decides, and as a matter of fact, has decided,' he added."

"TIME AND PLACE OF OUR CHOOSING". AND ALREADY HAS?

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JeM.

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From the South Asia Terrorism Portal as reported the crisis between India and Pakistan as you might well imagine a topic of concern. As copied in entirety and thanks to the Portal:


"Around 350 militants killed in Indian Air Force’s strike on JeM camp inside Pakistan"

"Indian Air Force (IAF) on February 26 carried out pre-dawn air strikes pounding Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)’s biggest training camp at Balakote in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan, about 80 kilometers deep inside Pakistan from the Line of Control (LoC), killing over 350 terrorists including top ‘commanders’ of JeM, trainers and recruits, reports Daily Excelsior. According to the reports the militants were sleeping in ‘five-star’ facility equipped terror camp when the fighter jets pounded it with laser guided bombs weighing over 1000 kilograms [2,000 pounds]."

FIVE-STAR FACILITY? RAID ATTACKING A CAMP AS REPORTED EIGHTY KILOMETERS BEYOND THE BORDER WOULD INDICATE THIS WAS AN ATTACK PERHAPS NOT USING SPICE MUNITIONS?

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Armageddon?

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Courtesy the Russian controlled [?] media Russian Times see these two You Tube video.

Everything you ever wanted to know about the current India-Pakistani crisis. Please watch.

"Nuclear Armageddon v[ersus] new-found equilibrium: How far can current Indo-Pakistani confrontation go?






"Unfortunately, once you have this kind of weapons on both sides and if there is a desperate situation, then a desperate situation will lead to desperate measures."

Nothing more to say on my part other than "weapons on both sides" atomic weapons. Devoted readers to the blog reach your own conclusions.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Apology.

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Apology not accepted!!

See previous blog entry. Thanks also to Freeper.

"Russian choir draws criticism over performance describing nuclear attack on U.S."

"The Russian Orthodox Church expressed regret over a choir performance that featured a satirical Soviet-era song describing a nuclear attack on the United States in the midst of heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow. The Feb. 23 performance by the St. Petersburg Concert Choir at the historic St. Isaac’s Cathedral attracted widespread attention after it was posted on social media."

TOO LATE. THIS ACTION WAS DELIBERATE, PROVOCATIVE, MALICIOUS AND DONE WITH RELISH. VERY SAD! EVEN I MIGHT VENTURE DONE WITH APPROVAL FROM POWERS ON HIGH AND NOT GOD EITHER.

AT WHAT WOULD ST. ISAAC SAY??

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St. Isaac.

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I don't want to believe this is true. Even though I know it is true.

What are the Russians thinking? Especially within the context of the prior blog entry.

"Russian Choir Sings About Nuking D.C. on Patriotic Holiday in Cathedral"

NUCLEAR ATTACK WASHINGTON DC. Courtesy the article from the Moscow Times ^ | Feb 25 2019.

"The choir sang the song during a concert celebrating Defender of the Fatherland Day."

"The St. Petersburg Concert Choir sang the song in St. Isaac’s Cathedral during a concert celebrating Defender of the Fatherland Day, a holiday that honors Russia’s armed services every Feb. 23. The lyrics translate in part: 

“'On a nuclear-powered submarine, with a dozen bombs just under 100 megatons, I crossed the Atlantic and called up the gunner: ‘Point, Petrov, toward Washington, D.C.,’ I say.'” 

"'Forgive us, America, good old America, but it was a shame you were discovered 500 years ago,' the choir continued." 

BOOM! THEN WORLD CONFLAGRATION!! THIS HARDLY SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE SUNG ABOUT IN A CATHEDRAL! EVEN IN JEST!!

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Jim Creek.

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Unusual! And scary? Jim Creek, McClellan, Pentagon!

I thought the bad old days of the Cuban missile crisis were behind us. Thanks to Fox News.

"Russian TV lists potential nuclear strike targets in US after Putin warning"

"Russian state TV listed potential targets in the U.S. in the event of a nuclear strike and claimed that its new hypersonic missile technology could reach them in less than five minutes."


Military radio transmitters Jim Creek and McClellan transmitting the go-codes to American nuclear equipped forces.

UNUSUAL INDEED!!

для гру офицеров. Пожалуйста остановись. Это никому не поможет. Спасибо товарищи.

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