Friday, April 3, 2020

Kafia Kingi.

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From the outstanding Internet web site Strategy Page article: "Congo: Old Rebels, New Diseases" an extracted paragraph of interest.

"March 14, 2020: Uganda believes the LRA (Lords Resistance Army) and its commander, Joseph Kony, are now based in Kafia Kingi, an area that borders the CAR, Sudan and South Sudan. Apparently Kony no longer controls subordinate LRA factions. His own group now consists of a few dozen people, including his sons. They are reportedly living as subsistence[only growing enough crops to feed themselves] farmers. A defector reported that in 2018 Kony told LRA fighters that they are no longer at war with the Ugandan government and must now consider themselves refugees. Kony is wanted as a war criminal. Kony has been active since the late 1980s when he led resistance to government massacres in northern Uganda. Government violence ended in the 1990s but Kony never stopped being a charismatic rebel."

JOSEPH KONY HAS GIVEN UP THE FIGHT? GONE BACK TO THE PLOW AND ASSUMED HIS PRIOR LIFE?

THAT MOST RECENT ATTEMPT TO APPREHEND THE ACCUSED WAR CRIMINAL IN VAIN. JOSEPH HIS FATE TO DIE IN ANONYMITY IN SOME OBSCURE PLACE HIS DEATH GOING UNNOTICED?

Many prior blog entries the subject of which was the hunt for Joseph Kony. Devoted readers to the blog can search for themselves. Joseph not really worth a whole more keystrokes on my part.

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Resolute.

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"Attention Mr. and Mrs. America and all ships at sea!" - - W. Winchell.

This one you just gotta place in the strange but true category.

Cruise ship one, Venezuelan zero. More COVID-19 with a military dimension. From only today and thanks to Freeper for the tip.

"Venezuelan warship shoots, rams into German cruise vessel before sinking"

"A Venezuelan navy ship fired shots at a German-owned cruise ship on March 30 and rammed into the passenger vessel, leading to the sinking of the warship in the Caribbean. The Iranian regime-allied Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused the captain of the RCGS RESOLUTE cruise ship of 'terrorism and piracy' and sought to force the ship into a new direction on the high seas"

CRUISE SHIP WITH [?] SICKENED PASSENGERS ON BOARD REFUSED PERMISSION TO DOCK. CRUISE SHIP PROCEEDING, ATTACKED AND THEN RAMMED. THE NAVAL VESSEL SINKING!!

OH, someone is going to hear about this one. I fully understand the trepidation of the Venezuelan authorities to allow a cruise ship to dock with infectious passengers aboard, but this overboard literally.

THAT RCGS RESOLUTE CAN OPERATE IN THE POLAR REGIONS. THAT SHIP IS OF ROBUST CONSTRUCTION EVIDENTLY!!

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Dolfijn.

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COVID-19 the military dimension.

In particular naval vessels [as are cruise ships] the problem severe. Submarines most acutely so.

From a variety of sources and only today!

1. "Dutch Navy submarine aborts North Sea training mission due to Covid-19 outbreak on board"

"A Dutch combat submarine was forced to cut its voyage short and quickly return home after several of its crew members tested positive for the Covid-19 disease."

"The mission was aborted after 15 sailors on board the Walrus-class submarine HNLMS 'Dolfijn' showed flu-like symptoms. Eight of them later tested positive for Covid-19"

A SUBMARINE IN PARTICULAR THE CLOSE-QUARTERS AND CONSTANTLY SUBMERGED CONDITIONS MAKE A SPREAD OF THE ILLNESS INEVITABLE AND OCCURRING WITH LIGHTNING SPEED!

2. "US Navy evacuating virus-struck aircraft carrier Roosevelt"

"Coronavirus is spreading uncontrollably through the crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, its captain said "

"The US Navy is evacuating thousands of sailors from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in Guam after its captain warned a coronavirus outbreak was threatening the lives of the crew."

In addition and finally from today consider this thanks to Freeper: "Coast Guard directs cruise ships with infected passengers to stay offshore 'indefinitely'"

NOT TO SOUND CAVALIER OR FLIPPANT BUT THE MORTALITY RATE OF THE COVID VIRUS VERY LOW AMONG THOSE INFECTED BOTH YOUNG AND HEALTHY!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

LEO.

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LEO = Low Earth Orbit.

Outer space U.S. Army style.

"ARMY LOOKS TO LEVERAGE ‘LOW EARTH ORBIT’ SATELLITES"

"ARLINGTON, Va. — Constellations of small satellites orbiting close to Earth may provide faster communications and be less vulnerable than traditional ones,"

"Larger geosynchronous satellites are very expensive and vulnerable to attack,"

"Smaller, low earth orbit satellites, known as LEO, will present less of a target . . . they move at faster speeds and because they will orbit in large numbers."

LEO satellites most useful [but not limited to] rapid and world-wide military communications of a redundant nature not so susceptible to destruction. Traditional geosynchronous satellites too expensive and too prone to enemy action.

As was with Motorola Iridium now with LEO? Iridium in the mid-1990's too expensive, hand-sets too cumbersome. LEO a marked advancement in all categories.

See previous blog entries as applicable:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/02/muos.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/09/starfighter-f-104.html

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/10/kestrel.html   [Imaging LEO]

See additionally from the wiki items of interest the Small Satellite and CubeSat:

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

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

BERT IN PARTICULAR LIKES THE IDEA OF USING AN ANTIQUE BUT STILL FORMIDABLE F-104 STARFIGHTER AS A LAUNCH VEHICLE FOR THE LEO. GOOD IDEA. AN OLD DOG LEARNS NEW TRICKS AND DOES THEM WELL.

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Bliss.

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"The only news they [submariners] receive is sent by the high command. No matter how serious the situation is, there is nothing a submarine can do about it. And since he cannot do anything, better than he know nothing."

Ignorance is bliss? COVID-19.

"French Navy keeps sub crews in dark about virus"


Often I have thought that in the instance of some overwhelming cataclysmic natural disaster such as a comet, asteroid or meteor shower striking earth among the last human survivors might be the crew [all male] of a nuclear submarine. And maybe totally oblivious to events as having transpired? Where is everyone?

Think too if just one crew member prior to sailing infected with the virus those closed quarters of the submarine mean that little if any remedial action can be taken to suppress the spread of the virus. An entirely sick crew a hazard no one has ever foreseen or prepared for?

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Languages.

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Came across this quite by accident.

Borderline relevant but still of educational value. An indication of a legacy unappreciated from the era of the Korean War and the Second Indo-China War. Courtesy the Internet web site Slate and thanks to same.


Korean. Vietnamese. Hmong. Most commonly spoke languages other than English and Spanish. USA. Tagalog [Filipino national language] also spoken widely in three states, California, Hawaii and Nevada. Think the Spanish-American War 1898 and the Philippine Insurrection 1900. Philippines generally speaking the USA held in high esteem.

Who would have thought it?

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Invincible.

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SRBM = Short Range Ballistic Missile.

From the Iranian Press TV yet more instance of combat drones in action.

"'Yemeni domestically-built missiles, drones strike sensitive targets in Saudi capital, elsewhere'"

"Yemeni Armed Forces say they have targeted strategic and sensitive sites in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh and elsewhere in the kingdom by a squadron of domestically-manufactured combat drones and ballistic missiles."

"Brigadier General Yahya Saree [Yemeni] said on Sunday afternoon that Sammad-3 (Invincible-3) unmanned aerial vehicles and Zulfiqar short-range ballistic missiles struck designated targets in Riyadh last night with great precision."

Drones and missiles as employed to include:

* Sammad-3. Combat drone.

* Zulfiqar. SRBM.

* Badr-1. SRBM?

* Qasef-2k. Combat drone.

See previous blog entry with an additional number of links the topic the combat drone:

https://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2019/12/songar_17.html

Missiles and combat drones domestically made as described but built in an Iranian factory on Yemeni soil? That is my guess.

IN AN ASYMMETRIC WAR THE COMBAT DRONE THE WEAPON OF CHOICE. SUCH AN ATTACK IF NO DAMAGE DONE THE PSYCHOLOGICAL MESSAGE QUITE CLEAR. YOU ARE A TARGET AND ARE NOT IMMUNE FROM OUR FORCES.

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