China is involved in a series of increasingly tense territorial disputes in the East China Sea with Japan and in the South China Sea with Vietnam and the Philippines. The US, along with several other governments in the region, believes that China is pushing these claims as part of a broader strategy to exert greater control over large areas of the western Pacific. Iranian warships dispatched to the Atlantic Ocean will travel close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time, a senior Iranian naval commander said Saturday. John Paul Jones summed it up: “…without a Respectable [...]
The Pentagonian budget wars heat up as the Navy’s counter to the USAF’s threat to retire the A-10, the retirement of the USS George Washington, has been withdrawn. The name of the game is to offer up a capability that is key to strategic, operational or tactical success so that Congress and The People (who pay attention) are so alarmed that additional money is borrowed (usually from our mortal enemies and our great-great-great-great grandchildren) to pay for the capability. The only player in the game who has no clue is the Army. I’d recommend the Army offer up the Green [...]
Get your rage-o-meters plugged in. How about an “action team” that’s dedicated to sweeping the seas of America’s enemies? No way– too radical. Nope. Never happen. I wonder if the P.L.A.N. has diversity action groups? Time will tell.
During a discussion of Jed Babbin’s commentary on the SecAF, the talk changed from a discussion Captain Thomas J. Hudner’s attempt to save Ensign Jesse L. Brown to a comparison of MiGs and Sabre-jets over Korea to the air war over Vietnam and Pardo’s Push.
Can we afford it? The Pentagon’s latest weapons testing report is not kind to the $400-billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the military’s biggest and arguably most troubled program. The annual report by the Office of the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation includes 20 pages listing the Lockheed Martin-built JSF’s ongoing problems. A jack-of-all-trades radar-evading jet meant to replace no fewer than 2,400 existing fighters in the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, the F-35 has been dogged by budget overruns, schedule delays and redesigns. Overly complex in order to satisfy the diverse needs of three military branches, the [...]
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan signed America up for an ambitious strategy: use American industrial and technical strengths to destroy the Soviet Union. America began an arms race, borrowing billions over the next decade to invest in America’s military. The USSR, already deeply in debt and in a decades-long recession, spent all they had, and all they could have ever made in order to keep up with America. In the end, the USSR stumbled economically, and then crumbled politically and chaos ensued. Sound familiar? The communists all over the learned from Ronald Reagan. A new, ocean-going aircraft carrier, aircraft, Silkworms, [...]
I ran across the trailer for the Documentary: The Unknown Known. The title of the documentary comes from a DoD briefing in February of 2002 when he famously said: “There are known knowns.” It was directed by Academy Award winner Errol Morris whom also directed The Fog of War, which was an excellent documentary about the life of Robert McNamara. I’m unsure how I will take this, I grew up in the shadow of war following, 11 SEP 2001. However, I will say I was well read, knowing of the Neo-Conservative movement and all of the folks that were in [...]
Derived from an offline discussion betwixt the five of us, should any of the Services be handing out bonuses for pilots, given that facts that a flight contract is much sought-after, flight slots have more applicants than openings, and the civilian job market ain’t what it used to be? Again– ANY of the Services. This is not a dig on the Air Force. I say, NO.
So, Red China thinks it can muscle us out of the area. There hasn’t been any shooting yet, but these things tend to escalate, you know. (Over at URR’s place the consensus is they that might just succeed.) According to the officials, the run-in began after a Chinese navy vessel sent a hailing warning and ordered the Cowpens to stop. The cruiser continued on its course and refused the order because it was operating in international waters. God forbid that any U.S. vessel ever heaves-to for any foreign flag. But with the current crowd in power, anything– any indignity, any [...]
Stray Shots From Around the Web. I took three days of leave this week, I was suppose to go to Pennsylvania on some personnel business, however my wife’s mother is ill so instead I put her on an airplane. So I have had time to wander the web so to speak in the morning and find some interesting articles as I drink coffee and eat breakfast while I take care of our eleven cats (yes I said eleven we are the crazy cat people at the end of the cul du sac) and two dogs. Item 1: Our USAF Missile [...]