Sunday, May 28, 2017

I'm not a Mattis fanboy but this is pretty funny!

Thanks to Max for the link!

I'm not a Mattis fanboy but this is pretty funny...and cool.  Nice to know he hasn't lost that Marine Corps swagger when he switched from a uniform to a suit.

This is an alarming amount of firepower off the coast of Korea...

Zebra Dunn rattled off the power that we're seeing off the coast of Korea and while I initially asked "what the fuck is going on", I've now gone toward the position of saying "oh's about to get real"!

Zebra was spot on but let me highlight it for you...via Wikipedia...
A carrier strike group[1] (CSG) is an operational formation of the United States Navy. It is composed of roughly 7,500 personnel, an aircraft carrier, at least one cruiser, a destroyer squadron of at least two destroyers or frigates,[2] and a carrier air wing of 65 to 70 aircraft. A carrier strike group also, on occasion, includes submarines, attached logistics ships and a supply ship. The carrier strike group commander operationally reports to the commander of the numbered fleet, who is operationally responsible for the area of waters in which the carrier strike group is operating.
The stunning thing is that we've seen no reaction from China to this move.  Russia is silent on the issue too.

Check this out via Wikipedia...
A fleet or naval fleet is a large formation of warships, which is controlled by one leader[1] and the largest formation in any navy. A fleet at sea is the direct equivalent of an army on land.
If we heard that the 3rd Army was being activated and they were deploying to Saudi Arabia, everyone would be jumping thru hoops and the mainstream news media would be going ape shit.  We're seeing the naval equivalent off the coast of Korea and no one is even batting an eye.  I am dazed and confused by that.  I guess people really don't understand the military and don't get it when they hear the drumbeats of war.

WTF is going on in Korea...3 carriers? UPDATE!

Thanks to Sam for the link!

via VOA
The United States is sending a third aircraft carrier strike force to the western Pacific region in an apparent warning to North Korea to deter its ballistic missile and nuclear programs, two sources have told VOA.

The USS Nimitz, one of the world’s largest warships, will join two other supercarriers, the USS Carl Vinson and the USS Ronald Reagan, in the western Pacific, the sources told VOA's Steve Herman.
This is somewhat alarming.  Everyone is still on alert, 3 carriers are about to be in the region, the rest of the Navy has gone silent, the 2nd ID is acting like they're Delta Force and you don't hear or see them at all...and the usual loud as hell, chest thumping USAF Pacific is church mouse silent.

Wow.  If I didn't know better I'd think we were seeing a combatant commander assembling forces before a planned assault.

Why aren't we seeing more ground troops moving?  My guess is because someone wants to test out the Air-Sea Battle, but that's just crazy talk right?

I mean no one would want to do a quick, hardcore, air - sea assault (meaning aircraft, cruise missiles...not an amphibious assault) on the little fat boy's nuke facilities would they?

Update! Hey guys, I don't think many are understanding what a big deal this is.  When we send a carrier to a region, its not just a carrier but a carrier battle group! This news means we have 3 carrier battle groups near Korea. That is unusual to say the least and a MASSIVE show of force. Think about US commitments worldwide.  If the US is deciding to put this many carriers off the coast of Korea then its not for fun and games. 

More pics of the Singapore Next Generation Armored Recovery Vehicle

Thanks to Benjamin for the link!

Add this one to your blog rolls guys!  Kementah Blog!  The guy is a former defense correspondent that decided to hang up his own shingle and the site is a wealth of information!

I've been trying to tap into more blogs in that region and this is a good one!

Canadian Army @ Maple Resolve Exercise. Parachute Malfunction Practice and Jump...

With all the busted knees and backs they should be stressing proper PLFs and backwards PLFs (do they still call it that?)....either way...I'm betting a bit of ground rush was felt by all ... ya can't help but look at the ground instead of the horizon..wonder why that is?!

Shenyang J-31...the beast is real...

Thanks to Enrique 262 for the pic!

If the F-35 doesn't do everything we've been told it does, if the theories about the future air battle isn't what we've been told it is, then we're screwed.

Syrian 5th Assault Corps Overview ...vid by Southern Front (MUST SEE)

Thanks to Noble for the link!

Noble made this statement that bears highlighting...
I've long felt that the Russians have the "secret sauce" to training and leading large-scale forces of "locals", at which, IMO, the US still has a poor track record (from South Vietnam to Afghanistan). Can anyone glean from this description of Syria's 5th Assault Corps what the Russians are doing that we aren't?
That's the 25 million dollar question isn't it?

How can the Russians get so much out of their allies with a much lower expenditure of lives and treasure than we do? 

The UK is screwed...they have a division(+) worth of terrorist roaming their country!

via Times of London
Intelligence officers have identified 23,000 jihadist extremists living in Britain as potential terrorist attackers, it emerged yesterday.

The scale of the challenge facing the police and security services was disclosed by Whitehall sources after criticism that multiple opportunities to stop the Manchester bomber had been missed.

About 3,000 people from the total group are judged to pose a threat and are under investigation or active monitoring in 500 operations being run by police and intelligence services. The 20,000 others have featured in previous inquiries and are categorised as posing a “residual risk”.

The two terrorists who have struck in Britain this year — Salman Abedi, the Manchester bomber, and Khalid Masood, the Westminster killer — were in the pool of “former subjects of interest” and no longer…
23K terrorists?  If we go by the US Army standard of a division numbering around 18K troops, then we can properly state that the UK has a REINFORCED DIVISION of terrorists within its borders!  It's even more powerful than that. We can assume that everyone of them is a shooter, or willing to blow themselves up so in essence they probably have the combat power (insurgent power) of a division and a half.

The UK is screwed.

There is only one answer...

Just joking.

But we seriously need to properly screen people from the UK entering the US.  We probably need to screen people coming from the EU.  We must prevent their terror problem from becoming OUR terror problem!

GR-50 Heavy Military Dropship MK5 Series...Concept Art By Stephane Chasseloup

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Boys will be boys but c'mon! You're a fucking Officer of Marines! UPDATE!!! SCOPOLAMINE IS SERIOUS!

via Sputnik.
After a day spent at a business conference in the Colombian city last February, a pilot, a theater security cooperation planner and an exercise planner, all with the United States Marines, allegedly walked into a bar in an off-limits section of Bogota, solicited several sex workers and took the women back to their hotel rooms.

All three may now be charged with, at a minimum, "conduct unbecoming an officer" following a report that Marines Chief of Staff Colonel Michael Farrell wrote for Marine Brigadier General Kevin Iiams, the commander at the time of the incident, according to

According to the Marine Corps report on the investigation obtained by the Miami Herald, the three officers must face "appropriate administrative or judicial proceedings."

In detailing the charges, the report observed that the three officers violated a 1 a.m. curfew, traveled to an area of the city forbidden to Marines, entered a local bar and solicited four sex workers, who they then took back to their hotel rooms.

One of the officers was documented as stopping off on the way back to their rooms to draw cash advances off of a US government travel card, according to

Two of the officers later became unconscious in their room, in spite of, according to Farrell's report, being previously told about "the specific hazard associated with local nationals utilizing the drug scopolamine to incapacitate and rob their victims."
Jesus!  Fucking seriously?  Do you really need to have someone tell a fucking Officer of Marines the danger of dealing with strippers in a foreign land?  On top of that we're talking about fucking Colombia!  Yeah.  I know.  The women are HOT!  But it's fucking Colombia!!

Please let this be a fake news story!  Tell me these guys weren't this damn dumb!

Sidenote:  Why would you bring a stripper back to your motel room where you have secret materials?  If you're picking up hookers then you strip down to just your fucking ID and the money to pay for "services" don't take them back to your primary for fun and games, where you have your weapons, coms, documents etc.......that's what sleazebag hour motels are for! 

Sidenote 1:  This drug is some serious shit!  They call it the zombie drug.  Why?  Because while you're on it ... well fuck that ... check out what Huffington Post says about this insanity...
Bank account bone dry?
Have the sneaking suspicion you spent the evening in a zombie-like state shuffling from bank machine to bank machine at the behest of South American crime lords?
Dude on your couch eating Cap'n Crunch in your pajamas, casting devious stares in your direction?

Yup. Sounds like you may have been the unwitting recipient of a blast of 'devil's breath'.
Or, at least, that's the diabolical scenario health experts are warning about amid the apparent surge in popularity of a drug called scopolamine. Also known as burundanga. Best remembered by its infernal street name.
Or, apparently, not remembered at all.
Hailed in a recent Vice documentary as 'the world's scariest drug,' scopolamine is tasteless, odourless and has a reputation for being something of a 'zombie' drug -- meaning victims are still very much active while they're on it, remembering precious little of those activities the next day.
In 2012, there were nearly 1,200 cases of scopolamine and other 'zombie' drugs being used on unsuspecting targets, GlobalPost reports. Among the victims? Well-known politicians, foreign embassy staff and average Colombian citizens.
“They go out to party and then wake up two or three days later on a park bench,” Maria Fernanda Villota, a nurse at San Jose University Hospital in Bogota, told GlobalPost.
The hospital, she says, receives several scopolamine victims every week. “They arrive here without their belongings or their money.”
Last month, El Mundo reported on four women who fell prey to the Devil's Breath in isolated incidents -- each case was marked by the use of paper sheets, apparently, doused with an alkaloid from the plant. Once inhaled, everything goes a little... zombie.
Did you read that?  The drug can be placed on a paper sheet and you're dosed with it?  This stuff is crazy!  I need to dig into this but this sounds like a thief's dream drug.  You worry about nuclear war?  I worry about sick chemist that dream this shit up.

Oh and you can bet your last dollar that this will show up in the US if it isn't here already.

Ballistic Helmets and Vests for fire depts??? This is the latest trend for first responders!

Thanks to Jonathan for the link!

via ChelseaRecord.
The Chelsea Fire Department union is calling on the City and Fire Chief Len Albanese to immediately outfit the members of its union with ballistic helmets recommended by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the wake of the active shooter incident on Warren Avenue.

President Anthony Salvucci said the union, Fire Chief and City Manager Tom Ambrosino have been in discussions over the past several weeks to get funding for the new ballistic helmets, which would have protected the heads of firefighters as they moved in.

So far, Salvucci said the City has deferred on the expense, and want to include it in next year’s budget. According to Salvucci, that is no long acceptable.

“We sat down with Tom and the Chief and they said, ‘When will we ever use this,’” said Salvucci. “Well, here we are two weeks later. At the end of the day, we want what’s best for the community. We’re not looking to stop this or to stop any training or drills, but we want what is best practice. We want the equipment that is recommended by DHS. We’re not opposed to this. This is a very real thing. The world is changing and we want to change with it.”

Already, the City has invested recently in some active shooter training and in ballistic vests, which Chief Albanese said were actually put on the apparatus earlier this month.

The time for those vests was perfect.

“We trained with them through the month of April and put them on the apparatus May 5, and now here we are already using them,” he said, noting that grant money paid for the vests.

The training that was recently engaged in included tactical training to prevent hemorrhage, Warm Zone entry with force protection and command staff coordination.

He said all of those trainings were directly applicable on Monday night.

“Utilizing the training and preparation for Active Shooter incidents, we were able to adapt quickly to this dynamic scene,” he said. “Once the house was heavily involved in fire, our firefighters made a cautious exterior attack, with ballistic protection, under the cover provided by Police and SWAT. The communication between Police and Fire was excellent.”

Salvucci said they agree that the situation played out well, but they also believe that it was a red flag for making sure that the right equipment is in their hands.

He said it would cost about $7,000 to $15,000 to outfit the entire department with ballistic helmets. He pointed to a $34 million Free Cash fund and about $2 million available in the Stabilization Fund.

“When you’re standing next to a SWAT guy and you’re fighting a fire and he’s wearing that helmet, you want to have the same protections that he has in that situation,” he said. “We’re not talking about big money here so I don’t think we should have to wait until the next fiscal budget. You wouldn’t send a firefighter into a burning house with half of his or her equipment.”
Have you been watching this trend?  If not then let me get you up to speed.  A quick Google search reveals that fire depts all across the nation are buying ballistic gear for their firefighters.  Right now its the common combat type stuff but I fully expect that to evolve into traditional firefighter colors so that their will be no confusion between them and police forces.

The reality?

As much as we might not like it, history has proven that this is a needed precaution.  Just a year or so ago firefighters were caught in an ambush setup by an active shooter.

Mobile Acute Care Hospital
In the future we'll probably see a fire being used to lure these guys into a kill zone.

You might think this is overkill but I think its long overdue.

Sidenote:  The next step is to get paramedics and the local trauma hospitals
to get in gear.  They need a tactically trained paramedic that can make entry with SWAT Teams and they need trauma surgeons to be mobile enough to set up a field hospital in the vicinity of an active shooter situation. Something like you see above ... maybe a regional asset...but something that is available if the worst case scenario happens.  That Golden Hour needs to be preserved.  Besides its better to have it and not need than not have it when you need it the most!

Singapore Army's Next Generation IFV

Thanks to Benjamin for getting these pics for us!

Its kinda hard to get the scale of how large this vehicle is but if you look at the first pic you can see the Bionix in the background.

This is one big puppy!

Probably rivaling the Bradley or even a few feet bigger.  This one bears watching.  The Singaporeans are making a huge push on the international armored vehicle market and the established players need to be paying attention!