Saturday, June 15, 2019

Gigantic.

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Aviation gasoline [AVGAS] U.S. Navy.

Thanks once more to the tip from Jay.

"Groundbreaking Report Gives Us a Glimpse of the US Military’s Gigantic Carbon Footprint"

"There are a lot of superlatives that can be used to describe the U.S. military. It represents the biggest chunk of the federal budget. It’s extremely good at killing people. And it’s also a prolific carbon emitter and serial oil user."

This Gizmodo article by Brian Kahn fails to mention perhaps that most "prolific" and profligate use of petroleum products by the U.S. military.

EACH AND EVERY SIX MONTH PATROL BY AN AMERICAN AIRCRAFT CARRIER ABOUT ONE MILLION GALLONS OF AVGAS IS RELEASED INTO THE OCEAN. AIRCRAFT PRIOR TO LANDING DUMPING EXCESS FUEL HIGHLY MITIGATING THE POSSIBILITY OF A CATASTROPHIC FIRE RESULTING FROM A CRASH WITH ALL THAT WOULD MEAN FOR THE WARSHIP!!

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Galapagos.

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As it was over seventy years ago as it will be again!

American military presence Galapagos islands. 

Thanks to the tip from Jay and the article from the English Independent courtesy Tom Embury-Dennis.

"Ecuador gives US military permission to use Galapagos island as airfield"

"Criticizing [the] agreement, former president says Pacific archipelago is 'not for gringo use'". Ecuador si, gringo no.

"Under a deal with Ecuador’s right-wing government, the Pentagon will use the tiny airport on San Cristobal island to 'fight drug trafficking'"

This will not be a permanent base? Patrol aircraft will be allowed merely landing and refueling rights? That is all?

Consider also as it was over seventy years ago:

"During World War II, the Galapagos Islands held a great secret: Base Beta – not-so-affectionately nicknamed 'The Rock' by U.S. military personnel. This was a U.S. military base, established to protect the western access of the Panama Canal."

Just landing and refueling rights! That is all?

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Krieg.

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"In time of peace, prepare for war!" - - Cicero.

And so true. Kriegspiel American style 2019. War game. Courtesy U.S. Marine Corps.

Without question and within the military dimension this particular article as obtained from the "War On The Rocks" Internet web site A MUST read for all devoted followers to the blog and those merely perusing casually. I recommend highly without qualification or reservation.

THE THIRD WORLD WAR [WW3] AND HOW IT WILL PLAY OUT. GREAT POWERS VERSUS GREAT POWERS, WORLD DOMINATION THE GOAL!

"HOW DOES THE NEXT GREAT POWER CONFLICT PLAY OUT? LESSONS FROM A WARGAME"

"The United States can win World War III, but it’s going to be ugly and it better end quick, or everyone starts looking for the nuclear trigger."

"That is the verdict of a Marine Corps War College wargame I organized that allowed students to fight a multiple great state conflict last week. To set the stage, the students were given an eight-year road-to-war"

I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE A SLOW AND CAREFUL READING OF THIS ARTICLE.

Comments:

* Three regional wars melding into global conflict. Great powers versus great powers.

* American military forces fighting in all circumstances with allies in coalition warfare.

* Outcome predicated in measure according to future investments in war-winning technology.

* War waged initially with conventional weaponry, but with the use of fission or thermonuclear munitions always a dreaded possible.

Everyone has eight years to go according to the scenario. Make your investments now.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Energy.

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To war with light bulb?

From the Russian media outlet Sputnik more agitprop?

"Brits Unknowingly Subsidizing Nuclear Submarines Through Energy Bills - Report"

The British government maintain a robust [?] nuclear power industry in part to maintain a  "supply chain" and "skills base" as is essential to built, crew, maintain nuclear submarines??

BUT RESULTING IN HIGHER ELECTRICITY BILLS FOR THE AVERAGE CONSUMER??

"If confirmed, the research is likely to raise alarm among many, and may serve to bolster calls for alternatives to nuclear power, such as wind turbines, which according to the same researchers, may be available at nearly half the cost."

"UK homeowners are paying higher energy bills in part because they are unknowingly subsidizing the country's fleet of nuclear submarines"

See some previous blog entry [with many additional embedded links] the Royal Navy [RN] nuclear submarine force a continual subject of controversy:

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Burst.

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Some damn fool thing in the Baltic!

The Russian threat in the Baltics well understood. A2/D2 as it is deemed seen as a significant threat. Russian military forces in the enclave of Kaliningrad able to “keep-out" unwary and foolish adversaries.

From a Swedish think tank an appraisal of the Russian A2/D2 Baltic threat.

That Russian A2/D2 threat consisting of  * Air defense missile of the S-400 SAM type. * Coastal defense anti-ship missile of the Bastion variety. * Ground-ground precision ballistic missile Iskander  [NATO SS-26 Stone].

Extracted from the executive summary first and last paragraph. Thanks to the authors Robert Dalsjö, Christofer Berglund, Michael Jonsson and the tip from Don:

"Bursting the Bubble"

"Russian A2/AD in the Baltic Sea Region:
Capabilities, Countermeasures, and Implications"

"Executive summary"

"Russia’s potential to create 'keep-out zones' or anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) 'bubbles' in its near abroad has become a hot topic and a source of concern in recent years. In a land-grab operation against a weak neighbour, it is feared, Russia could keep help from reaching the victim in time by cordoning off the area of operations with a combination of long-range sensors and missiles. Soon, notions of nearly impregnable Russian A2/AD-barriers or bubbles extending far beyond its territory became widespread in the West, as did maps with large circles indicating areas out of bounds."

. . . .

"All in all, this demonstrates that Russia’s 'A2/AD bubble' is smaller than often thought, not impenetrable, and probably even burst-able. The main implication of this is that the prospects for defending or resupplying the Baltic states in a crisis or war are not as bleak as is often claimed. The challenges can probably be handled, provided there is political and military will and that the commensurate resources are allocated. Another implication is that the dynamics of this contest of long-range capabilities will almost inevitably have an impact on all the states in the region, regardless of whether they are a primary party to the conflict or not. For Sweden, this has arguably already contributed to the acquisition of Patriot air defence systems and the deployment of troops to Gotland."

RUSSIAN A2/D2 THREAT MUCH VAUNTED AND FEARED BUT ALSO MUCH OVER-RATED? COUNTER-MEASURES DO EXIST.

Burst that bubble! It is possible. Given will and resources.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Keto.

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For navy divers only?

From the Washington Times and the article by Ben Wolfgang

"Pentagon eyes controversial diet in bid to build more lethal warriors"

"Ditching carbs [carbohydrates] may be the key to military success in America’s future wars".

"Top Pentagon officials say research has shown that human bodies in ketosis — the goal of the popular and controversial ketogenic diet — can stay underwater for longer periods, making the fat- and protein-heavy eating plan a potential benefit to military divers. It is one example of a rapidly growing trend as military researchers zero in on how nutrition and certain drugs can enhance how fighting men and women perform in battle."

Personally I am not so familiar with the ketogenic diet. Other than it is controversial. Allows navy divers are able to function in a much more effective manner?

Drugs of course too work and are quite effective in many instances but also have serious problems if used in a prolonged and irresponsible manner, creating unwanted dependencies.

I guess the idea is - - in lieu of something better, go with it??

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Hot-work II.

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"Hot work is any work that involves burning, welding, using fire- or spark-producing tools, or that produces a source of ignition"

Further info, shipyard repairs resulting in damage to yet one more American destroyer. Very similar situation almost identical as the problem that exists with the USS Fitzgerald.

DAMAGE OF THIS SORT APPARENTLY NOT EXISTING IN A VACUUM. CALLOUS SAFETY PRACTISES AT BEST, DELIBERATE SABOTAGE AT WORST.

 Thanks to the article once more by Ben Werner courtesy the United States Naval Institute.

"USS Oscar Austin Fire Damage Repairs Will Stretch into 2022"

"The guided-missile destroyer damaged in a fire in a Norfolk maintenance yard last year won’t rejoin the fleet until at least 2022, USNI News has learned."

"USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) will undergo repairs caused by the fire at least into the first quarter of 2022, according to an unclassified Navy maintenance summary reviewed by USNI News. The summary included a request from the Navy’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center for more time to repair the ship that suffered extensive damage from an accidental fire."

WHAT IS WRONG WITH ALL THIS? SHIP IN DOCK AGAIN SUBJECTED TO FIRE DAMAGE [EXTENSIVE] AS A RESULT OF "HOT WORK" GONE AWRY. THESE SHIPYARD WORKERS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE PROFESSIONALS.

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Hot-work I.

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"Hot work is any work that involves burning, welding, using fire- or spark-producing tools, or that produces a source of ignition"

As is absolutely applicable to item # 1 from a most recent blog entry.
 
"Fitzgerald CO: Destroyer Repairs at Risk from Poor Shipyard Fire Safety"

Thanks to the article by Ben Werner courtesy the United States Naval Institute.

"Poor fire safety practices in the yard are putting at risk the two-year, $523-million effort to repair USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer heavily damaged in a deadly 2017 collision, warns the ship’s commanding officer."

"Cmdr. Garrett Miller, commanding officer of Fitzgerald, noted a series of more than 15 fire safety incidents aboard the ship since it arrived at the Ingalls Shipbuilding yard in Pascagoula, Miss., nearly 18 months ago. Fitzgerald was heavily damaged on June 17, 2017, when it collided with ACX Crystal off the coast of Japan, killing seven sailors in what was the first of two deadly DDG collisions with commercial ships that summer."

First the monumental cost just to repair a damaged modern warship! Second that number of "fire incidents" as the result of "hot work" excessive to say the least.

MORE DANGER TO THE WARSHIP WHILE AT DOCK AND IN REPAIR THAN WHILE AT SEA AND ON PATROL. SOMETHING NOT RIGHT HERE!

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

95 %.

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“Today, Hezbollah possesses more firepower than 95 percent of the world’s conventional militaries, and more rockets and missiles than all European NATO members combined,” 

Devoted readers to the blog will fully well understand that this assertion got my attention instantly.

Hezbollah. Best light infantry in the world [according to the # 3 man at the FBI] and a militia possessing some extraordinary firepower.

Hezbollah their fighting force a religiously oriented army of fanatics sworn to the destruction of Israel.

From the Jewish News Syndicate:

"Hezbollah has more firepower than ‘95 percent of the world’s conventional militaries,’ warns report"

"(November 8, 2018 / JNS) Israel and Hezbollah have been adversaries for decades now, dating back to the Jewish state’s involvement in the Lebanese civil war. However, bolstered by the military and financial support of its Iranian patron, the Lebanese terror group now poses a threat to Israel unlike anything the Jewish state has seen in recent history."

ROCKET ARTILLERY IN PRODIGIOUS NUMBERS WITH SIGNIFICANT CAPABILITY. HEZBOLLAH THEIR MILITARY FORCE AS DESCRIBED IN THE ARTICLE ABOUT 20,000 FULL TIME REGULARS AND APPROXIMATELY A SLIGHTLY LARGER GROUP OF RESERVISTS.

Hezbollah too have gained extensive combat experience from the Syrian conflict.

Beware!!

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Friday, June 7, 2019

HGV.

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Something not right here! Cart before the horse and all that?

Germany now in the space race? Hypersonic missile on order which will confound and counter the Russian threat? Thanks to Sputnik for the article.

"Germany Orders Development of Hypersonic Missile to Counter Certain 'Threats'"

"Sales manager at European missile developer and manufacturer MBDA Peter Heilmeier has revealed in an interview with Die Welt newspaper that the company is currently working on a hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) for the German military."

As described the HGV to be strictly a "defensive" weapon system. Useful when engaging top-of-the-line Russian armor.

See the previous blog entry the entire concept of hypersonic from the perspective of some fraught with too many difficulties.

See previous blog entry too the entire German military apparatus questionable both from the material and manpower standpoint.

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Dvina S-75.

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IDF = Israeli Defense Forces.

Thanks to the Israeli Internet web site Ynet:

"IDF: Radars detect anti-aircraft missile launch from Syria"

"Missiles fail to reach Israeli territory and no injuries or damage were reported; incident comes just days after several rockets were fired from Syria toward Israel's only ski resort on Mount Hermon"

"Several anti-aircraft missiles were fired from Syria toward the Golan Heights, Israeli military said Thursday."

THESE ARE AGED AND ANTIQUATED SOVIET ERA DVINA S-75 [NATO CODE NAME SA-2 GUIDELINE] AIR DEFENSE MISSILES CONFIGURED FOR THE SURFACE-SURFACE ROLE?

WARHEAD OF CONSIDERABLE SIZE CAPABLE OF CAUSING A BIG BANG AND CAN BE GUIDED FROM THE GROUND ONTO TARGET IN A BALLISTIC MISSILE ROLE.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

HELIOS

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The Russians already have such a system.

The Chinese are believed to have one too.

And also now the USA has one.

Dazzle military laser technology. 

Thanks to the tip from Freeper.

"One lucky destroyer crew will officially be the first to rock the Navy's newest laser weapon"

"The Pearl Harbor-based USS Preble will be the first destroyer to be equipped with a high-energy laser to counter surface craft and unmanned aerial systems, according to a published report, with the Navy planning to one day use the powerful light beams to defend against Chinese or Russian cruise missiles. Rear Adm. Ronald Boxall, the Navy's director of surface warfare, told Defense News that the Preble will be outfitted in 2021 with the High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical- dazzler With Surveillance system, or HELIOS"

Initial system onboard the Preble having a capacity to cause visual impairment and disorient the adversary.

BUT WITH A MORE ACTIVE DESTRUCTIVE CAPABILITY IN THE FUTURE?

Read further here and here instances of dazzle technology, ancient and more modern respectively.

Nothing new under the sun and nothing new under the laser either.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Cost.

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"WHAT DOES IT COST?"

Further still and concluding according to numbers provided by WIZARD:

High performance combat aviation an hourly flight the costs astronomical.

• $1,500 per flight hour for a Reaper drone.
• $11,500 per flight hour for the A-10 Warthog.
• $70,000 per flight hour for the V-22 Osprey.
• $32,000 per flight hour for the F-35 fighter.
• $44,000 per flight hour for the F-22 fighter.
• $135,000 per flight hour for the B-2 stealth bomber.

Look at the figures for a drone as compared to manned aviation!! No comparison and another indication of why the UAV is going to be the preferred warplane of the future.

See this previous blog entry a disposable towed decoy the cost per unit also very high.

Even for ground forces the dollars for just doing business almost beyond belief. A British army Chieftain main battle tank circa 1980 just to fire one round from the main gun an expense of $3,000 USD!

No one ever said war was easy and never think war to be cheap either.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Blow.

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Naval matters American and English both. And neither for the best.

Yet more from WIZARD through Harry at Sharkhunters:

1. REPAIRS! "Poor fire safety practices in the yard are putting at risk the two-year, $523-million effort to repair the USS FITZGERALD, a guided-missile destroyer heavily damaged in a 2017 collision."

MERELY TO REPAIR A DAMAGED WARSHIP A HALF BILLION DOLLAR REPAIR PROJECT.

2. "SNOWING in the Royal Navy [RN] - Once again!"  "Three sailors aboard a Royal Navy submarine HMS VENGEANCE carrying 16 nuclear missiles have been caught taking cocaine, 2d June."

See previous blog entry RN sailors manning a Trident missile firing nuclear submarine their use of illegal drugs unmasked.

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Tattoo.

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Body art RAF. RAF = Royal Air Force [British].

From WIZARD through Harry at Sharkhunters:

"The RAF is relaxing its hard line policy on tattoos in a bid to appeal to boost falling recruit numbers.  The Air Force, which was founded in 1918, has never allowed servicemen and women to display body art while wearing uniform but for the first time, personnel, will be allowed to display tattoos on the back and sides of their neck as well as their fingers."

Body art [tattoo] allowed but not to be displayed when military personnel in uniform. A regulation effective for over one-hundred years now no longer applicable.

See previous blog entry [with further embedded links] the subject recruitment to the British military all branches. Good men [and women too for that matter] hard to find.

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