Sunday, January 24, 2021

Visby.

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FREMM class frigate to be adopted by the U.S. Navy as acknowledged not the most recent design [even if a proven class of warship]. Lacking in some respects with "capability" as military naval planners might most desire.

"Here’s a list of the capabilities that a new ship – any type of new warship – ought to have to fight a future war, based on the threats we can reasonably anticipate"

As to stealth:

* "Stealth – Extreme Visby-level stealth to include radar, acoustic, IR, and visible signature reductions.  With the proliferation of EO guided imaging missiles, visible signature reduction will be just as important as radar and IR signature reduction."

Regarding what is termed "Visby-level" stealth:

"The Visby class is the latest class of corvette to be adopted by the Swedish Navy after the Göteborg and Stockholm-class corvettes. The ship's design heavily emphasizes low visibility, radar cross-section and infrared signature. The first ship in the class is named after Visby . . . The class has received widespread international attention because of its capabilities as a stealth ship."

Visby stealth measures hardly confined to avoiding radar detection. Incorporates dazzle camouflage paint pattern. This particular image [not of the Visby] shows the same merchant vessel [era WW1] with [left] and without [right] the dazzle paint pattern as it would appear in the periscope of a German U-boat. Dazzle conceals [?] the direction the ship is headed?

The devoted reader to the blog might find confusion as would a German U-boat captain?

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Dowry.

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Courtesy the tip from the Internet web site Anti-War.com.

Place this one in the strange but true category?

The Taliban boys behaving badly?

"Taliban now discouraging fighters from taking multiple wives. The reason may surprise you"

"The leader of the Afghan Taliban has told members to avoid taking multiple wives so that the hardline Islamist militant group will not invite 'criticism from our enemies'."

"Mullah Hibatullah issued a decree warning Taliban members against the practice so 'they won't need to get involved in corrupt and illegal practices'"

The Taliban boys Islamic warriors evidently engaging in multiple marriages [allowed by Islamic Sharia law to four wives max] merely to obtain dowry from the family of the bride. Enriching themselves in a less than noble manner and against the puritanical beliefs and practices of the Taliban leadership as espoused.

MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL THEY SAY!

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Burned.


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With regard to a previous blog entry the U.S. Navy as an expedient measure to solve a perceived problem perhaps making things worse?

From the Internet web site "Anti-War" and thanks to same.

"Burned by Failed Futuristic Designs US Navy Now Building a Frigate That Will Be Obsolete From the Start"

As extracted:

"Well, consider this … the FREMM design dates back to the early 2000’s, making the design nearly two decades old by now [2021] and it will be three decades old, or older, by the time the first few US Navy frigates will enter actual service (scheduled delivery 2026, IOC around 2030 – and schedules always slip).  Can a 30+ year old ship design really be called a success?"

"Consider the issue of stealth.  When the FREMM was first designed, it may have been considered stealthy but by today’s standards, its appearance would suggest that it is only marginally stealthy, like the Burke.  Is a brand new ship that will become our front line surface combat ship as the Burkes are replaced by unmanned vessels, really a success if it’s only marginally stealthy?"

Burke = Burke class destroyer. Burke as a class of warship generally described as a success.

FREMM frigate class warship a stop-gap solution as a response to the failed LCS class American warship a more than half-measure, rather inferior?

See previous blog entries the topic FREMM:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/05/fremm-ffg-x.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/03/must.html

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Kaput II.

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EMALS bad! EMALS gone?

From the Internet web site "Politics That Matter" and the article by rbrooks.

"U.S. Navy to award contract for new electromagnetic aircraft catapult"

SOUNDS BAD! VERY BAD!

"General Atomics, a defense contractor that manufactures electromagnetic aircraft launch and recovery systems, will receive a contract for the procurement of supplies and services in support of new digital catapult systems of the Ford Class of Carriers."

Advanced electromagnetic aircraft carrier launch system not working to standard. Catapult kaput?  Bright shiny and new to be replaced by yet another bright, shiny and new?

See previous blog entries as relevant problems U.S. Navy hardly confined to EMALS::

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2021/01/cno.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/12/uss-ford.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/05/emals.html

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Abbott.

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More yet the National Guard troops present Wash D.C. for the swearing-in ceremony as was yesterday. National Guardsmen some degree of skepticism being voiced regarding reliability.

STRONG WORDS IN RESPONSE FROM THE GOVERNOR OF TEXAS.

"Gov. Abbott blasts vetting national guard members ahead of inauguration as offensive, disrespectful"

"Abbott criticized the review ahead of the Biden-Harris inauguration that later led to the removal of 12 U.S. Army National Guard members from their duties for the event."

"AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott used the words 'offensive' and 'disrespectful' in a tweet to describe the vetting of the 25,000 National Guard members on hand for the inauguration as U.S. defense officials attempt to erase any potential for an insider attack when President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in Wednesday."

Strong words indeed!! My instantaneous reaction to all this being: "quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" - - "who can watch the watchmen?"

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Daredevil.

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Back in the saddle. New, bright, shiny, modernized.

Soviet/Russian 240 mm mortar.

"Russia modernizes batch of 2S4 Tyulpan self-propelled 'nuclear' mortars"

Thanks to the Internet Defence-blog: NEWSARMY By Dylan Malyasov 

"Russia’s Uraltransmash company, a subsidiary of Uralvagonzavod, has showcased the 2S4 Tyulpan self-propelled mortar upgraded with the new onboard systems and communication complex


Previous incarnation of the 240 mm mortar the Soviet era M240. A towed breech-loaded mortar beast of a weapon POSSIBLY ABLE to fire an atomic round!!

2S4 now having a munition laser-guided to the target for destroying with pin-point accuracy fortifications. This is Daredevil!

Further as described by the Soviet era defector Suvorov:

"I have actually seen twelve 240mm mortars in action together . . . I found the noise absolutely staggering. It  was amazing that men could retain their sanity in the midst of it. While the firing was in progress, one had the impression that thousands of tons of explosives were going off each second  and the whole process seemed to last an age."

Whoa boy!!

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Vācietis.

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Within context of the most recent blog entry.

"How Latvians defended communism in Russia"

From the rbth.com/ HISTORY Internet web site and the article by BORIS EGOROV.

HEROES OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION/CIVIL WAR THAT MILITARY CONTINENT MOST DEDICATED TO THE COMMUNIST CAUSE.

Red Latvian Riflemen. Politically reliable beyond any measure.

"Excellent soldiers and brutal enforcers, Latvian troops did much to shore up Bolshevik power in Russia. Their reward, however, was not quite what they had in mind…"

"They were the most reliable and effective military force in the Bolshevik ranks. The Red Latvian Riflemen not only helped preserve Soviet power in the Russian Civil War, but even saved Lenin himself on more than one occasion."

MISSION TO GUARD THE KREMLIN AND THE  SUPREME LEADESHIP OF THE COMMUNIST RULING CLIQUE. LENIN AND OTHERS AT THE VERY TOP NOT TRUSTING THEIR ORDINARY RUN-OF-THE-MILL GREAT RUSSIAN TROOP.

Indeed! The first commander of the Red Army [RKKA] a Latvian who had previously been a professional soldier of the Imperial Russian Army. Jukums Vācietis.

"Jukums Vācietis . . . Ioakim Ioakimovich Vatsetis . . . was a Latvian Soviet military commander. He was a rare example of a notable Soviet leader who was not a member of the Communist Party (or of any other political party), until his own demise during the Great Terror."

[it is worthy to note that their also existed a White Latvian Riflemen contingent. Opposed to the communist regime desirous of a free and independent Latvia.]

Fate of the Red Latvian Riflemen eventually very grim. Most liquidated during the Soviet Great Terror of the late 1930's. A reward I would imagine the devoted Latvians hardly even thought would occur.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Vetting.

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"Vetting- - Vetting is the process of performing a background check on someone before offering them employment . . . in intelligence gathering, assets are vetted to determine their usefulness."

Consider this in the context of the forthcoming oath-of-office taking of President-elect USA Joe Biden. Normally such material would not even be a consideration for a blog entry this time I make an extreme exception!!

TROOPS GUARDING THE CAPITAL AND THE SWEARING-IN CERMEMONY THEIR RELIABILITY QUESTIONED!

1. "FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack"

2. "Troops at Inauguration Pre-Screened for Extremism, Says DC Guard Commander"

3. "Steve Cohen feels 'overwhelming White' National Guard could be threat to Joe Biden as 'most did not vote for him'"

A government not willing to trust it's own military in serious trouble. In this case from the very onset.

MOST TROUBLING! MY INSTANTANEOUS RESPONSE WAS THE CASE OF THE RED LATIVAN RIFLEMEN. FROM THE TIME OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION. THE BOLSHEVIK HIERARCHY RULING CLIQUE NOT TRUSTING THE COMMON RUSSIAN SOLDIER OF THE RED ARMY. LATVIANS DEDICATED AND ACKNOWLEDGED COMMUNISTS BROUGHT TO MOSCOW WITH THE SPECIFIC MISSION OF GUARDING THE SUPREME COMMUNIST PARTY ELITE.

Is this what it has come to in the USA? I can only conclude it is so!!

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Overrated?

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An evolution and not a revolution?

One more thanks to the tip from the Internet web site Anti-War.com

"Hypersonic Superweapons Are a Mirage, New Analysis Says"

As extracted and as defined what exactly constitutes a hyper-sonic super-weapon:

"By definition, hypersonic vehicles fly at more than five times the speed of sound — or up to dozens of times faster than jetliners. The warheads rise into space atop a traditional long-range missile but then descend quickly into the atmosphere to bank, careen and otherwise maneuver. They’re basically stubby gliders. The curved upper surfaces of their wedge-shaped bodies give them some of the lifting power of an airplane wing"

Hypersonic having a poor LIFT-DRAG ratio? Size of warhead [conventional] will be rather itty-bitty? Hypersonic the threat not to be minimized but also should not be exaggerated?

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CNO.

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"'I don't mean to be dramatic,' . . . 'but I feel like if the Navy loses its head, if we go off course and we take our eyes off those things we need to focus on, I think we may not be able to recover in this century.'" - - [U.S.] Navy CNO Adm. Mike Gilday.

"CNO: Shipbuilding Mistakes Could Mean ‘We May Not Be Able To Recover In This Century’"

NO! The Admiral is being dramatic and with good reason. When the Chief of Naval Operations speaks we must all listen.

Thanks to the Internet web site "Breaking Defense" and the article by PAUL MCLEARY.

"WASHINGTON: The Navy will have to walk a tightrope in the coming decade,  balancing the divestment of older ships with the introduction of new designs  — and its dismal acquisition track record has left Congress frustrated and distrustful."

Mistakes such as the USS Ford aircraft carrier.

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/12/uss-ford.html

Mistakes such as the USS Zumwalt.

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/12/zumwalt-i.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/12/zumwalt-ii.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/10/zumwalt-vls.html

Mistakes such as the Littoral Combat Ship.

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2020/05/fremm-ffg-x.html

Projects, programs, concepts when at-sea not performing to standard as envisioned too much time and money wasted. Calamity. NOT for a hundred years will the U.S. Navy be able to recover? 

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Foreboding.

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Normally, receiving an e-mail with relatively banal content would not raise an eyebrow. Within context as events as have recently transpired in the  USA some degree of concern might well be warranted? 

ONLY AS RECEIVED TODAY AN E-MAIL FROM THE AMATEUR RADIO RELAY LEAGUE [ARRL] TO ALL USA RADIO AMATEURS [HAMS].

"ARRL on the Purpose of Amateur Radio"

"For over 100 years amateur radio and ARRL — the National Association for Amateur Radio® — have stood for the development of the science and art of communications, public service, and the enhancement of international goodwill. Amateur Radio’s long history and service to the public has solidified the well-earned reputation that 'Amateur Radio saves lives.'”

"Amateur Radio Operators, due to their history of public service, their training, and the requirement that they be licensed by the FCC have earned their status as a component of critical communications infrastructure and as a reliable resource 'when all else fails.'"

"Amateur Radio is about development of communications and responsible public service. Its misuse is inconsistent with its history of service and its statutory charter. ARRL does not support its misuse for purposes inconsistent with these values and purposes."

[enlarged medium size text my emphasis. Pay particular heed to the use of that word misuse.]

American amateur radio operation organized to provided nation-wide communications during a time of crisis/national emergency/natural disaster/global thermonuclear war. And prepared to do so, even minus the nation-wide electrical grid. [many amateurs possess on-call portable generators]

Ham are an INDEPENDENT and AUTONOMOUS entity normally the dedication and law-abiding nature of hams beyond question. SO WHY ALL THIS NOW!

DEVOTED/CONCERNED/INTERESTED READERS TO THE BLOG YOU MAY TO PASS THIS PARTICULAR ENTRY ON TO ALL OTHER DEVOTED/CONCERNED/INTERESTED PARTIES.

I RECOMMEND SO AND NOW!

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Wolves.


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Training exercise. That is all this is? Right? Gone awry but yes, just an exercise. Right?

"Canadian Armed Forces Try Out Black Propaganda on Nova Scotians"

"Forged letter warning about wolves on the loose was part of Canadian forces propaganda campaign"

"Black propaganda: is a form of propaganda intended to create the impression that it was created by those it is supposed to discredit."

"A letter from the Nova Scotia government sent out to residents to warn about a pack of wolves on the loose in the province…was forged by Canadian military personnel as part of a propaganda training mission that went off the rails."

"The training also involved using a loudspeaker to generate wolf sounds, the Canadian Forces confirmed to this newspaper."

"The fake letter was part of new skills being tested by the military as it hones its expertise for launching propaganda missions at home and abroad. The letter was developed by information warfare specialists with the Halifax Rifles, a reserve unit."

TO WHAT EXTENT THE "EXERCISE" WAS SUCCESSFUL IS NOT MENTIONED. WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THE NOVA SCOTIA POPULATION DID  BELIEVE A PACK OF WOLVES WAS LOOSE IN THE PROVINCE MIGHT NEVER BE KNOWN WITH ANY DEGREE OF CERTAINTY.

Messing with the minds of the public even if in the context of a military training exercise is fraught with danger? 

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Justum.

 


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Once more from the  Internet web site abelard.org extracts regarding the concept  of "just war".

Personalities throughout the last two-thousand  years their  ruminations and pronouncements.

"The just war".

* "Cicero (106-43 BC) believed in universal standards, his view was that there was a 'society of mankind rather than of states'."

Cicero the famous Roman lawyer and noted orator BELIEVING that there MUST be some sort of universal standards of correct behavior that MUST be adhered to. EVEN in time of war. 

* "Augustine (354-430 AD) included duties of just treatment of prisoners and conquered peoples, saying that mercy should be shown to the vanquished, particularly if they are no longer a threat to peace."

"Augustine held that legitimate war must meet the test of just cause, must be 1. under competent authority, could be used 2. to establish peace and order, and that 3. the state (like the individual) has a right to self-defense against both internal and external enemies. He developed his theology from Roman legal concepts. Thus warfare was abhorrent but sometimes necessary."

* "Gregory VII (1015/1028-1085) [Pope] extended just war to the promotion of ‘right order’."

* "Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) developed the principles of ‘the just war’, in order to reconcile the moral imperatives which the Churches have traditionally upheld; with the realities of the statesmen who must deal with external threat to their citizens. Aquinas outlined his Just War theory in that section of his teachings which dealt with charity. The three tests for war suggested by Aquinas are"

1. Just cause;

2. Competent authority;

3. Right intention.

Augustine, Gregory, Aquinas addressing the topic of just war within the context of Christian theology. A war waged by Christians in self-defense and done so in a righteous manner to the greatest degree possible not in conflict with Christian teachings.

* "Grotius (1583-1645), from a secularist standpoint, says that a war is just if three basic criteria are met."

1. The danger faced by the nation is immediate.

2. The force used is necessary to adequately defend the nation's interests.

3. The use of force is proportionate to the threatened danger.

Grotius as mentioned the SECULARIST approach and appreciation of just war without religious or theological considerations.

MODERN COMPETENT AUTHORITIES THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF JUST WAR HARDLY EXCEEDING THAT OF THE ANCIENTS I FEAR.     

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Preposterous.

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"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

I am almost ashamed to post this blog entry but here goes. 

Cloaking device Klingon Empire. Dyess AFB USA? Courtesy the English tabloid "Express" the tip from the reputable The National Interest.

"UFO sighting: Claim ’Alien tech’ spotted next to US Air Force B-1 Bomber on Google Earth"

"UFO hunters have excitedly shared a bizarre new Google Earth image they believe shows an alien craft at a US Air Base."

Excitedly so? Stupidly so?

"Ghost image of the cloaked B-1 bomber as indicated. A real B-1 bomber to the right. Captured space aliens having been interrogated by experts. Aliens divulging secrets of invisibility to the American military that has been put to good use. Click on image to see an enlarged view.

Whatever explanation could there possibly be??

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

HVMS 60.

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IMI and Oto Melara. HVMS 60. Direct-fire anti-tank gun. Towed carriage-mounted gun in the venerable manner but developed in the aftermath of the anti-tank guided-missile [ATGM]!

Consider this to be somewhat of a surprise to me. With the demonstrable efficacy of the ATGM during the 1973 war between the Israeli and the various Arab powers I would have thought weaponry such as the HVMS 60 so obsolescent as to be never again a consideration. Evidently that was not so.

There were advantages to the HVMS 60? Poorer nations seeking more modern weaponry might be in favor of such a weapon?

"Officially, the weapon is known as the 60 mm High-Velocity Medium Support (HVMS) Gun. It was a joint development started in the late 1970s between Israeli Military Industries (IMI) and OTO-Melara of Italy."

"The Towed HVMS 60 anti-tank gun is a towed version of the TAAS - Israel Industries 60 mm HyperVelocity Medium Support weapon (HVMS 60) designed for mounting in AFV turrets."

"Early prototypes of the 60 mm HVMS were mounted on converted ex-British six-pounder anti-tank gun carriages, but these mounts were for trials purposes only."

"The weapon was equipped with both High-Explosive (HE) and Armor-Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding-Sabot, Tracer (APFSDS-T) rounds. Both rounds were produced by OTO-Melara. In Israeli tests, the gun proved to be precise at over 2,500 m [1 1/2 miles]. The APFSDS projectile flew at an initial speed of 1,600 meters-per-second and was able to penetrate the side armor (15 – 79 mm thick) of two T-62’s [Soviet Cold War tanks], side-by-side, at 2,000 m."

"There may be some people who underestimate Italy as a country of great thinker, but not the GRU. The GRU [Soviet/Russian military intelligence] know that the Italians have very good brains, the brains of great inventors. Few people realize that before the Second World War Italy's technology was at an incredibly high level. The Italians were not especially brilliant in battle, and that obscured the extent of Italian achievement in military technology." - - Surorov, GRU intelligence officer and defector.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

EMBT.

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Eurotank? Never heard of it before. Enhanced main battle tank.

British keen on the Eurotank so it seems.

From 19fortyfive.com and the article by Caleb Larson


"Despite leaving the EU, London may be source its next main battle tank from France and Germany. According to industry reports, the United Kingdom may be interested in the jointly developed Franco-German Eurotank project to replace their aging Challenger 2 main battle tank, which though not a particularly aged tank, will eventually need replacement."


Eurotank not a newly designed from the-ground-up machine. A combination of an existing German Leopard tank chassis and an existing French LeClerc tank turret. With possible gun upgrade at some point in the future. Enhanced yes!

Additionally consider this excerpt from Corporal Frisk with regard to the HESH [high-explosive squash-head] anti-tank round and street fighting in the urban environment as might be encountered during a NATO defense of the Baltic states:

"While the HESH isn’t really up to par with destroying modern armor, one of the places where it does outshine other kinds of tank rounds is for destroying buildings and fortifications. As such, putting the Challengers [current British main-battle-tank] to fight in an urban environment would be a classic example of playing to the strengths of an otherwise outdated technology."

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Precision.


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Came across this one quite by accident.

"E. ROOSEVELT HAILS PRECISION BOMBING; Rome Was Photographed Months Before Raid, He Says in Capital"

Elliot Roosevelt that is. Son of President Franklin Roosevelt.

From the archives of the New York Times and dated July 25, 1943.

"WASHINGTON, July 24 (AP) -- Col. Elliott Roosevelt, back from duty in North Africa as commander of an Allied photographic reconnaissance group, said today that precision bombing in his opinion was the answer to winning the war."

Precision bombing as that term during World War Two generally thought to be very ineffective. Given the climate of central Europe during the war long-range strategic daylight bombardment of critical targets the results very poor. Losses of the four-engine bombers in comparison to damage the debits outweighing the assets.

CONSIDER ALSO AS EXTRACTED FROM A PDF DOCUMENT AS WRITTEN IN 1943.

"DUGWAY PROVING GROUND, GERMAN-JAPANESE VILLAGE, GERMAN VILLAGE"

"The Dugway German Village was the primary American site for testing incendiary bombs prior to large scale attacks near the end of World War II against civilian targets such as Dresden, Germany."

Strategic planners of the U.S Army Airforce still espousing precision bombing while at the same time preparing for saturation bombardment of German cities with massive amounts of incendiary weapons. De-housing the goal.

Comments:

* Construction of the German village supervised by German refugee architects, predominantly if not wholly Jewish.

* That German village built with a remarkable and amazing attention to detail, fastidiously so it seems. Nothing left to chance. 

Consider even further this comment from an acknowledged aviation authority:

"That should prove that the mantra that the US daylight bombing raids were (1) precision and (2) not aimed at civilian areas, was in fact a lie. Why would they want to find out how to burn German civilian homes and towns if they weren't going to do it? (As for the Japanese, no pretense was made that the US wasn't aiming at burning cities to the ground, including the civilian inhabitants.)"

"mantra: noun - - a mystical formula of invocation . . . or incantation"

And to all this J. Robert Oppenheimer would have said?

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Assassinate.

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Yet one more You Tube video courtesy Mark Felton.

Assassinate the Kaiser! Wilhelm in actual command of German forces in the field, World War One.


Forward chateau command post [Western Front] of the German in 1918 where the Kaiser ensconced under Royal Air Force [RAF] attack. 

Attack futile. Bombs as dropped way off target, damage minimal to nil. 

The Kaiser not even present during the air raid. Intelligence poor.

Hear this National Public radio interview the topic the killing of a senior enemy military officer or a head-of-state discussed during a time of war discussed..

I recommend highly without qualification or reservation all the Mark Felton You Tube video as found on the Internet. Go watch!

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Earthquake.

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As seen at the Tulsa World 2002.

Search for the remains of the American military aviator James McGovern.

One of the two earliest USA combat deaths of the Indo-China Wars. First Indo-China War in this instance. American pilot deemed in some quarters as a "mercenary".

"Soldier of fortune: Search for 'Earthquake McGoon'"

Original story RICHARD BYLE Associated Press.

"McGovern's cargo plane was shot down May 6, 1954, on a last-ditch supply mission over Dien Bien Phu, in former Indochina, while working on a CIA-sponsored mission. Now, 48 years later [2002], the U.S. military is seeking his remains."

LARGER THAN LIFE FIGURE SERVING AS A MERCENARY [?] PILOT FOR THE AMERICAN CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. FLYING RE-SUPPLY MI8SSIONS TO THE SURROUNDED FRENCH GARRISON DIEN BIEN PHU.

As of 2006 the remains of James McGovern identified and repatriated to the USA for burial at Arlington cemetery.

Comments:

* McGovern as a mercenary paid $3,000 USD per month for his work. That amounts about to a yearly salary of $350,000 USD by current value. A tidy sum.

* McGovern his aircraft shot down during a re-supply mission to Dien Bien Phu. Anti-aircraft-artillery [AAA]. AAA DBP compared unfavorably to the level of AAA as experienced over Berlin during WW2, if not worse?

James McGovern RIP.

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Pollyanna.


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"Pollyanna - - noun: an excessively or blindly optimistic person."

An extract with comment from the Internet web site Strategy Page:

"Wars Update: Myths To Die For"

"The Great Nuclear Ceasefire [GNC] Stumbles On"

"Despite the growing military power of China, and the saber rattling from Russia, the major military powers continue the GNC (Great Nuclear Ceasefire) that began in the 1950s, when Russia got nuclear weapons, and suddenly realized they could not afford to use them without risking more destruction than past foes like the Nazis, French or Mongols inflicted. As more countries got nukes, the 'we can't afford to use them, but they're nice to have' attitude, and the unprecedented truce, persisted. There have been wars, but not between the big players who have the largest and most destructive conventional forces. Because of the GNC a historical record was broken in 1986, as there had never before, since the modern state system developed in the 16th century, been so long a period without a war between major powers. That is, the kind that could afford, these days, to get nukes. Since the Cold War ended in 1991 there have been fewer wars, at least in the traditional sense, and the GNC holds. Not only have there been fewer wars since the 1950s but there has been a lot less poverty, especially since the Cold War . . . ended in the 1990 . . . At the end of the Cold War (late 1980s) 40 percent of the world population lived in destitution (extreme poverty) but three decades later that poverty rate is down to ten percent [10 % ]."

"The down side there are a lot more low-level rebellions and civil wars, but overall a lot less death, destruction and extreme poverty. Most people are unaware of this situation, because the mass media never made a lot of the GNC as it was something that was just there and not worth reporting."

Comments:

* Without question [?] World War Three would have occurred a long time ago if nuclear weaponry did not exist. The experts all agree about this?

* Low-intensity rebellions and conflicts such as the First Congo War [and Second Congo War] deaths and destruction horrific and must be understood as so, even lacking heavy conventional military weaponry.

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

e.e. Cummings.

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As seen at a previous blog entry:

"Abelard to a degree imitates the American poet e.e. Cummings. Deliberate distortion and breaking of the general rules of English as written but not so excessively so."

regarding the military service [?] of the famous American poet e.e. Cummings:

"in 1917, with the First World War ongoing in Europe, Cummings enlisted in the Norton-Harjes Ambulance Corps. On the boat to France, he met William Slater Brown and they would become friends. Due to an administrative error, Cummings and Brown did not receive an assignment for five weeks, a period they spent exploring Paris. Cummings fell in love with the city, to which he would return throughout his life."

e.e. serving in the same fashion as the famous American writer Ernest Hemingway. Ambulance driver.

"during their service in the ambulance corps, the two young writers sent letters home that drew the attention of the military censors. They were known to prefer the company of French soldiers over fellow ambulance drivers. The two openly expressed anti-war views; Cummings spoke of his lack of hatred for the Germans. On September 21, 1917, five months after starting his belated assignment, Cummings and William Slater Brown were arrested by the French military on suspicion of espionage and undesirable activities. They were held for three and a half months in a military detention camp at the Dépôt de Triage, in La Ferté-Macé, Orne, Normandy."

CUMMINGS HIS ATTITUDE TOWARD THE WAR CONSIDERED TO BE "UNDESIRABLE ACTIVITIES" HARDLY UNIQUE DURING THE GREAT WAR. PROBABLY MUCH MORE COMMON THAT THE PUBLIC WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THOUGHT.


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063 Russia.

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Russian  aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov still a going concern? Hey, I thought the Kuznetsov was going to be decommissioned and scrapped. I guess that has all changed!

"No more smoke on the water from Russia's aircraft carrier"

"The Northern Fleet's aircraft carrier will embark on tests in the Barents Sea in 2022 with main boilers, diesel generators and main turbo-gear units replaced."

Kuznetsov looking like a warship from the time of the Dreadnought era. Coal-fired at the time and "belching" enormous clouds of black smoke. In the case of the Kuznetsov unburned fuel the culprit.

Various authorities have commented on the cloud of smoke as emitted from the Kuznetsov. Refurbishment work has been on-going for YEARS and even when done, the life expectancy of the ship will be extended for only five more YEARS!

See previous blog entries the topic the Russian aircraft carrier Kuznetsov:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/12/kuznetsov.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/12/kuznetsov-ii.html

Is it all worth it?

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Friday, January 8, 2021

Quiz IV.


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In finality with one more quiz as extracted from the H.I. Sutton Internet web site "Covert Shores". 

1. World Submarines quiz.

2. Warship quiz.

3. Battle of Midway quiz.

4. Target quiz.

5. Cold War Recognition quiz.

Thanks yet one more time to H.I. Sutton. 

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Quiz III.


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Continuing one more quiz courtesy the H.I. Sutton Internet web site "Covert Shores". All thanks to H.I. Sutton.

SECRET projects so SECRET no one is supposed to know about them. 

1. NATO versus Russia quiz 1.

2. Secret Projects quiz 1.

Hard, aren't they? None of those are easy.

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Quiz II.


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Continuing with quizzes. Thanks once more to H.I. Sutton and his outstanding website.

Naval special operations quiz:

1. Unit Insignia quiz 1.

2. Special Forces Weapons quiz.

3. WW2 Midget Submarines quiz 1.

4. Combat Boats.

Combat boats as that term ordinarily understood often associated with naval special operations units.

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Quiz I.


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Here begins a series of quizzes as extracted from the H.I.
Sutton Internet web site "Covert Shores".

Believe me, these quizzes are difficult. Even difficult in the extreme.

Good luck everyone.

1. Assault Rifle Quiz 1.

2. Assault Rifle Quiz 2.

3. Assault Rifle Quiz 3.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

GI Amok.

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Thanks to the abelard.org Internet website.

Abelard to a degree imitates the American poet e.e. Cummings. Deliberate distortion and breaking of the general rules of English as written but not so excessively so.

"humans killing humans"

"From a useful but slack background item, not recommended to unsophisticated readers.:

“[...] the recipient of modern military conditioning is statistically no more likely to engage in violent crime than a nonveteran of the same age. The key safeguard in this process appears to be the deeply ingrained discipline that the combat soldier internalizes with his military training. However, with the advent of interactive 'point-and-shoot' arcade and video games, there is significant concern that society [civilian] is aping military conditioning, but without the vital safeguard of discipline [...]”

CORRECT! THE MILITARY WANTS YOU TO BE ABLE TO KILL BUT ONLY ON COMMAND!

Within context consider these very recent lurid news headlines:

1. "Illinois bowling-alley massacre suspect is Green Beret with possible PTSD"

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS-SYNDROME.

2. "Army colonel allegedly beat wife, threatens suicide in standoff with cops"

3. "Fort Bragg soldier kills pregnant wife, turns gun on himself"

In all three cases troops on active duty and special operations personnel. Highly trained soldiers for whatever reason gone out of control. The most highly disciplined of the disciplined amok.

"amok: 1: in a violently raging, wild, or uncontrolled manner"

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PIO F-4.

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More F-4 Phantom fighter-bomber stuff. In keeping with a recent previous blog entry. Courtesy "The Drive" Internet web site and the article by THOMAS NEWDICK.

"The Navy Got Its Hands On Its First Operational F-4 Phantom Sixty Years Ago Today"

"The service introduction of the mighty Phantom wasn’t without its problems."

THE FIRST "SAFE" JET WARPLANE NOT WITHOUT PROBLEMS. TEETHING AS THEY CALL IT.  "teething troubles/problems: small problems that happen when a business, project, system, etc., is first started or used"

PIO = Pilot induced oscillation.

"excessive pilot inputs on the flight controls led to the aircraft vibrating, effectively shaking itself apart."

"The Phantom itself was remarkably stable. Indeed, the stability of the design was a remarkable improvement over what we were flying then. But those who were ham-fisted would overcontrol the Phantom, or overcorrect if something went awry. The aircraft would then oscillate like mad. The best way to get out of this high-vibration problem is to remove your hands from the controls and just watch. At high altitude, you can recover easily. At low altitude, PIO is instant death." - - Commander Wilbur Norton.

"ham-fisted - -  not skillful in physical movement especially with the hands; clumsy; bungling"

Instant death! Doesn't sound so good!

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Brothers.

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Must see item?

"FOR BALTIC DEFENSE, FORGET THE ‘FOREST BROTHERS’"

Thanks to the Internet web site War on the Rocks and the article by KEVIN BLACHFORD AND RONALD TI. Further input from You Tube and additional thanks to same.

BALTIC DEFENSE FOR THE NATO MEMBER-STATES OF LATVIA/ESTONIA/LITHUANIA IN CASE OF  RUSSIAN ATTACK.

"Given the power, depth, and scope of modern offensive firepower coupled with the sophistication of intelligence, surveillance, and target acquisition capabilities, the overwhelming lesson from recent asymmetric conflicts is that only an urban environment can enable a much weaker force to operate in the face of increasing asymmetries. Urban terrain is more likely to provide a weaker force the ability to move below the threshold of detection, and only urban terrain provides sufficient hardness and friction to negate the advantages of modern firepower and surveillance. The forests and wooded terrain typical of the Baltics provide none of these mitigations, which can tip the balance in the favor of a weaker defensive combatant."

THINK GROZNY THE TWO CHECHEN WARS!! STAY-BEHIND LITHUANIA/ESTONIA/LATVIA. GLADIO BALTIC STYLE URBAN WARFARE!


You Tube video The Forest Brothers. Continued fighting in the Baltic nations post-1945. Guerrilla warfare resistance to the Soviet occupier. Suppressed only by great difficulty.


Russian controlled [?] media Russian Times response to the video. 

Armed resistance to a Russian invasion of the Baltic states best combatted by urban warfare? Destructive in the extreme for all sides including civilians. Preparations Gladio style being  made even as we speak? NATO front-line nations as the ready? Russians must realize the gains are far out-weighed by the debits.

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Loggerheads.

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From Australian Internet media and thanks to same.

Captured. Chinese UUV. Unmanned underwater vehicle.

"Sinister catch exposes China’s underwater spies on Australia’s doorstep"

"An unexpected catch has revealed Beijing’s sneaky underwater spying activities right on Australia’s doorstep – a scary new escalation in tensions."

"Three undersea spy drones have been caught in Indonesian waters. They appear to be a Chinese design, and they were in shipping lanes crucial for Australia’s security."

Chinese UUV as shown for a sense of scale. I imagine you can proliferate an area with these the data take immense.

UNTIL RELATIVELY RECENTLY AUSTRALIA ONE OF THE TWO NATIONS IN THE WORLD WITH A GOVERNMENTAL REVENUE SURPLUS. ALMOST [?] EXCLUSIVELY FROM THE EXPORT OF RAW MATERIALS TO CHINA. IRON ORE AND COAL.

Now China and Australia at loggerheads. Continual disclosures and confrontation resulting much less that cordial relations?

"loggerheads - - quarrelling, opposed, feuding, at odds, estranged, in dispute, at each other's throats, at daggers drawn, at enmity "

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Concrete.

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As it was for the ancient Romans so as it is today too for the Iranian?

American [and Israeli too for that matter] bunker-busting bombs beware?

"Smart concrete".

"Iran makes some of the world’s toughest concrete. It can cope with earthquakes and, perhaps, bunker-busting bombs"

"A DUAL-USE technology is one that has both civilian and military applications. Enriching uranium is a good example. A country may legitimately do so to fuel power stations. Or it may do so illegitimately to arm undeclared nuclear weapons. Few, however, would think of concrete as a dual-use technology. But it can be. And one country—as it happens, one that is very interested in enriching uranium—is also good at making what is known as 'ultra-high performance concrete' (UHPC)."

“... unlike conventional concrete, Iranian concrete is mixed with quartz powder and special fibers – transforming it into high performance concrete that can withstand higher pressure with increased rigidity. What this all translates to is excellent building material given the environment that has found peaceful applications like the construction of safer bridges, dams, tunnels, increasing the strength of sewage pipes, and even absorbing pollution.”

ALL MANNER OF PEACEFUL APPLICATIONS. AND APPLICATIONS OF A MILITARY NATURE TOO WE MUST ASSUME. BUNKERS THAT WITHSTAND EVEN A PENETRATION BOMB DIRECT-HIT?

Able to even defy ordnance of the World War Two Grand Slam or Tall Boy variety?

See additionally from the History.com Internet web site the Roman use of concrete. Better than modern  concrete.

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BOMB.

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More regrettable foolishness from the Hal Turner Internet web site.

"China Army Installs Helmet BOMB to Self-Destruct Troops and Equipment"

"The Chinese Army is now incorporating a remote-controlled skull-bomb in Army helmets to self-destruct soldiers if being captured or failing to follow orders, and destroy their gear, to protect secrecy!  Put simply, if they don't kill YOU, their bosses will kill them, by remote control."

A helmet equipped with some sort of opto-sensors and digital electronics that allow the individual troop to know at an instant the WHO/WHAT/WHEN/WHERE on the modern battlefield. And allow the commander to know the WHO/WHAT/WHEN/WHERE of each individual troop at any given moment.

A digital electronic system evidently that can be self-destructed remotely at an instant to prevent intact capture by the enemy. Internal electronics scrambled.

NOT a helmet that will blow the head of the troop off!

Hal Turner a confirmed controlled asset of the American FBI. 

See additional material of a sensational nature courtesy Hal Turner:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/12/boom.html

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Sunday, January 3, 2021

Safe!


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As extracted from a Strategy Page Internet article the slow but steady retirement of the ancient and venerable F-4 Phantom warplane.

Used widely by U.S. forces during the Vietnam War and continued to be a main-line warplane for USAF and  allied nations for DECADES!

And as generally accepted the first combat jet fighter with a safety record admirable.

"Attrition: Phantom Fades Slowly"

"The F-4 was also one of the first jet fighters to be quite safe to fly. Combat aircraft have, for decades, been getting more reliable, even as they became more complex. For example, in the early 1950s, the U.S. F-89 fighter had 383 accidents per 100,000 flying hours. A decade later the rate was in the 20s [twenty accidents per 100,000 flying hours] for a new generation of aircraft. At the time the F-4, most of which served into the 1990s, had a rate of under 5 [accidents] per 100,000 hours. Contemporary Russian aircraft (MiG-21/23/27) had a rate 10-20 times higher"

See my previous blog entry regarding the F-89 warplane:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/07/f-89-scorpion.html

Additionally as extracted from the wiki and thanks to same.:

Regarding  the Soviet MiG-21 and deficiency that made the plane susceptible to accident:

"Like many aircraft designed as interceptors, the MiG-21 had a short range. This was exacerbated by the poor placement of the internal fuel tanks ahead of the center of gravity. As the internal fuel was consumed, the center of gravity would shift rearward beyond acceptable parameters. This had the effect of making the plane statically unstable to the point of being difficult to control, resulting in an endurance of only 45 minutes in clean [sans external weaponry, fuel tanks, etc.] condition . . . Additionally, when more than half the fuel was used up, violent maneuvers prevented fuel from flowing into the engine, thereby causing it to shut down [flame-out] in flight."

FLAME-OUT NO GOOD IN COMBAT! YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE AN EXPERT TO UNDERSTAND THAT!

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Saturday, January 2, 2021

VLWT.


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Offensive and defensive. DECADES! VLWT.

Courtesy Yahoo, Popular Mechanics and the article by Kyle Mizokami.

"Here Comes the Navy’s First New Torpedo in Decades"

"The U.S. Navy's new Very Lightweight Torpedo (VLWT) will be both an offensive and defensive torpedo."

"The torpedo can attack submarines or torpedoes."

Anti-torpedo torpedo.

"Unlike previous lightweight torpedoes, the VLWT will be used by aircraft, surface ships, and submarines."

. . . . 

"Originally designed to protect aircraft carriers from incoming torpedoes, VLWT could be used by aircraft, surface ships, and even submarines. The weapon can be used both as an offensive weapon against enemy submarines, or a defensive one against inbound torpedoes."

THIS CONCEPT OF ANTI-TORPEDO TORPEDO HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN TRIED BY THE U.S. NAVY BUT FOUND TO BE LACKING. NO MORE?

Torpedo los!

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Friday, January 1, 2021

No. 10 Polyarny.


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Hot work Russian style!

Courtesy  the Independent Barents Observer andthearticle by thomas Nilsen.

"Illegal immigrants blamed for ship fire at yard in closed military town"

"Law enforcement found five foreign workers without permit to stay in the closed town of Polyarny on Russia’s Kola Peninsula."

"The five, all referred to as illegal immigrants, were working on decommissioning the Northern Fleet’s large landing ship Mitrofan Moskalenko. The ship caught fire on December 8, and investigation now points the finger of blame at the five foreigners. Their work may be the cause of the fire, reports regional news online Severpost.

RUSSIAN WARSHIP WHILE DOCKED, BEING DECOMMISSIONED, ON FIRE. A RESULT OF "HOT WORK" AS THAT TERMED DEEMED.

Illegal immigrants [part of the work crew] responsible? Polyarny a "closed" Russian city. Only essential workers/personnel with proper papers allowed to work/live in Polyarny.

The Americans do it, the Russians do it too.

See previous blog entries the topic damage to warships from "hot work":

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/06/hot-work-i.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/06/hot-work-ii.html

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