Monday, July 24, 2017

Russia MiG-35D Multi-Role Fighter Simulation

Hate them if you must but the Russians are building a nice hi-lo mix by upgrading their "legacy" fighters with the latest tech.

The Mig-35D is a great example.  As usual the secret sauce is a basic platform that is inherently high performance, add an AESA array, upgrade the defense suite and there you have it.  A potential F-35 killer!

What the fanboys don't state is that the F-35 is optimized to fly at 25K feet. It's optimized for high subsonic speed. It's a bomb truck not a swing fighter! How do we know?  Because every successful multi-role fighter has as its base being an air superiority platform.  We KNOW without a doubt that the F-35 is NOT optimized toward the air superiority mission!

Every enemy fighter it could face in the future is optimized to fly high, and look down.  The closest analogy for ground guys is having to assault uphill against a dug in enemy, backed by machine guns that have ever possible line of approach covered and crack mortar crews that have the enter area indexed.

UNITAS LVIII (USS Somerset well deck ops) by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Allison

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Did General Dunford warn of a possible war with N. Korea?

via SHTF Plan.
“Many people have talked about military options with words like ‘unimaginable. I would probably shift that slightly and say it would be horrific, and it would be a loss of life unlike any we have experienced in our lifetimes, and I mean anyone who’s been alive since World War II has never seen the loss of life that could occur if there’s a conflict on the Korean Peninsula. But as I’ve told my counterparts, both friend and foe, it is not unimaginable to have military options to respond to North Korean nuclear capability. What’s unimaginable to me is allowing a capability that would allow a nuclear weapon to land in Denver, Colorado. That’s unimaginable to me. So my job will be to develop military options to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
Story here. 

Everything I've read indicates to me that forces are being moved in place for a conflict with N. Korea.

Statements like the one above just confirm to me what I'm seeing with my own two eyes.

Forces are being moved and the campaign to prepare the American public for the conflict is in full swing.

Don't be confused.  It's low level now with a story or two every couple of days.  As a matter of fact N. Korea is being covered on MSNBC this morning as part of their "news roll".

What should you look for?

Military movements?  I don't think so.  Everything that was going to be done for public consumption has already been done.  What you should look for is more breathless claims of N. Korea assembling an ICBM.  Graphics showing what would happen if one of their low yield nuclear weapons exploded over Honolulu or San Diego or even Los Angeles (in this regard ship movements might be telling...where are the ABM capable Burkes?).

When you see the average American talking about war with N. Korea then you will know that it's about to kick off.

Turk Altay Main Battle Tank on trials...via Bmashina Tumblr Page.

81 TV - China Army Brigade At Tibet 5000m Above Sea Level Live Firing Exercise

Open Comment Post. July 23, 2017.

I've been doing a couple things but have monitored the conversation on the recent police shooting with great interest.

Suffice it to say that the discussion broke down the way that I thought it would.  No nuance.  Little thought.  Much bias.  Some down right racist views, etc...

Am I disappointed?


As I said I expected as much.

Does it confirm some views that I have about certain individuals?  You bet your ass.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Minneapolis police chief says Justine Damond 'didn't have to die'

via UPI
Minneapolis' chief of police on Thursday said the fatal police shooting of unarmed Australian woman Justine Damond was unnecessary -- her first remarks on the growing scandal.

"Based on the publicly released information from the [Bureau of Criminal Apprehension], this should not have happened," Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said during a news conference. "On our squad cars, you will find the words, 'To protect with courage and serve with compassion.' This did not happen."

"I believe the actions in question go against who we are as a department, how we train and the expectations we have for our officers," she added. "These were the actions and judgments of one individual."
Story here.

I've been watching this one with great interest.

No voicing of support from the usual "police are always right" crowd.

No voicing of condemnation from the usual "police are always wrong" crowd.

Just silence from all parties.

This has been very instructive so far.  It's almost like no one wants to see what's happening here.  Don't get me wrong.  I believe that EVERYONE has an "oh shit" moment.  We're human that's allowed.  But just because you had a massive brain fart does not excuse the action.  You still have to pay the piper.


This case is telling us something about American society and we should all be ashamed.

Upgunned Expeditionary Strike Group. What happened to "disaggregated MEU"?

Thanks to Ogden for the link!

via Shepard Media.
The upgunned ESG was a ‘concept in development by the US Navy’, said USN Rear Adm Marc Dalton, commander of the Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet, addressing a question from Shephard aboard USS Bonhomme Richard.

The initiative will take the existing three-ship Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with embarked Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and add three cruisers, destroyers or frigates.

These additions from the Pacific Command’s Surface Action Group will protect the amphibious ships and add new capabilities.

The full upgunned ESG will make use of USS Wasp (LHD 1) when it deploys later this year from Japan with a squadron of F-35B fighters embarked for the first time.

‘We’ve used this [Talisman Saber] exercise to work concept development, especially for the cruiser/frigate/destroyer integration into the force as we build towards adding the F-35B. Wasp will deploy with the F-35B in early 2018 for the first time. That will be our first opportunity to operate the complete package as we see the upgunned ESG,' Dalton explained,.

‘We’ve got a tremendous amount of insights into how we can take full advantage of that integration between amphibious capabilities and surface combatants, and all the capabilities with the aircraft and helicopters that the task force brings, so that, as we add the F-35B, it will be just another step and we will be proficient much more quickly in bringing these capabilities together.’
Story here. 

Sounds good don't it?  Sounds like a real smart thing to do don't it?  If the F-35 ever delivers as promised then it will take a dedicated task force to challenge our Expeditionary Strike Groups don't it?

But wait!  What about the freaking "disaggregated MEU concept"!!!!

via Marine Times.
Operating in multiple theaters and under separate chains of command likely will become a more common experience for troops deployed with Marine expeditionary units.

It's known as being disaggregated and split. The latter means ships within an amphibious ready group are more than 200 miles apart, the range of a helicopter. The former refers to those same ships operating in differing combatant commands.

Splitting an ARG is fairly routine, said Marine Col. L.M. Landon, branch head of plans, policies and operations. But disaggregating an MEU was much less common not long ago, he said.

"Historically, they generally stay together," Landon said. "Usually, you would have all three ships within a couple of hundred miles."

But that has changed over the years. The recently returned 22nd MEU, for example, undertook simultaneous operations in the Mediterranean Sea, the Middle East and Africa during its deployment.

"I don't know how much more complicated you can get," said Navy Capt. Neil Karnes, ARG commander, during a briefing before policy experts at a Virginia-based think tank earlier this month.

There are several reasons driving the shift, said Landon, the primary one being the lack of standalone ARGs in the Mediterranean as well as in Central Command.

"You could ask most military guys: We'd rather have an [ARG] in the Mediterranean and another one in CentCom, but right now we can't get there," Landon said. "Disaggregate has become more common way now of operating."
So on one hand we're increasing the combat power of an MEU and on the other splitting it up?

I don't get it.

I don't understand how these competing ideas can be allowed under the same roof.  Additionally if the F-35 is the key to leveraging all this capability then the LPD and LSD are just around for shits and giggles.

Maybe the real answer is just to cancel the LX(R) stop work on the LPD class and just sail LHA/LHD.  They certainly can carry enough Marines (the air company and then the wing can act as SOCOMs bitch), so we would economically have a one ship MEU with an upgunned escort.

That's the only way this actually makes sense.

Blast from the past. The LSD: Description and Employment 1944 US Navy Training Film; Landing Ship, Dock; WWII

Armored BURAN. Hunter for the Tiger

Thanks to Costas TT for the linK!

Ok Russian readers...what are they saying in the vid?

Is the US empire collapsing? Some policy makers seem to think so!

Recently the US Army War College published a report titled, At Our Own Peril: DoD Risk Assessment in a Post-Primacy World. The report, which was written by high level officials from the Pentagon and multiple think tanks, essentially spells out where the American empire is going. In fact, it tacitly admits that the US government is indeed an empire.
The order and its constituent parts, first emerged from the World War II, were transformed to a unipolar system with the collapse of the Soviet Union, and have by-and-large been dominated by the United States and its major Western and Asian allies since. Status quo forces collectively are comfortable with their dominant role in dictating the terms of international security outcome and resist the emergence of rival centers of power and authority.
The report goes on to admit what almost everyone in the alternative media has been saying for over a decade. This empire is rapidly crumbling. But this report goes a step further, by suggesting that the nation state model of governance is falling apart across the board, and not just in America.
In brief, the sta­tus quo that was hatched and nurtured by U.S. strategists after World War II and has for decades been the principal ‘beat’ for DoD is not merely fraying but may, in fact, be collapsing…
…All states and traditional political authority structures are under increasing pressure from endogenous and exogenous forces… The fracturing of the post-Cold War global system is accompanied by the in­ternal fraying in the political, social, and economic fabric of practically all states.
Story here! 

I've called globalization a scheme on these pages because the very foundations of it seem to be built on sand.

The very tenets of the global economic, social and military order makes absolutely no sense!

It appears that some in govt are finally waking up to the facts that the "tinfoil" hat crowd have been crowing about for years.  War is coming between major powers not because we want it, but because the global order almost demands it.

We either get ready for the fight, accept that we're gonna get bloodied bad (God save the Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen that will be sacrificed in the effort) and steel ourselves to the fact that instead of a war of choice the next one could be a war of national survival.

Open Comment Post. July 21, 2017

Magpul D-60.  Saw it online for about 100 bucks...time to get one or two now before the Marine Corps climbs onboard and the price skyrockets!