Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Marine Corps’ Builds New Littoral Regiment

 via Breaking Defense.

The Marine Corps is moving quickly to develop a new kind of infantry unit to challenge Chinese claims on small islands in the Pacific, while the Navy is developing new and smaller ships to move and supply them once they deploy.

The new Littoral Regiments won’t be fully fleshed out for several years, but Marine Corps leaders said today they will be bolstered by logistics and air defense battalions once they’re ready to go.

The Corps is wargaming “what assets would we be able to place in that battle space that are very low signature and that give us the firepower that we need to be a relevant force that provides consequences, should we get past the deterrence phase,”  Maj. Gen. Kevin Iiams, assistant deputy commandant of Combat Development, told reporters at the virtual Modern Day Marine event today.

The Corps envisions three new regiments, with two based in Japan and one in Guam.

Plans call for the regiment to undergo wargames and experimentation for about three years until a unit is fleshed out and ready to actually deploy.

“Much like our [Marine air-ground task forces] that we have now, there are support elements to it,” Iiams said. “So, we’ll have a littoral combat team; we’ll have a littoral logistics battalion; and we’ll have an anti-air battalion,” Iiams added.

The units are part of the Corps’ effort to move toward building a fast-moving, hard to detect “inside force” that can operate within range of Chinese and Russian weapons ranges while packing a potent offensive punch.

Story here.

A few things.

*  We already knew this.  I view this "announcement" as an effort to regain the momentum in Berger's "transformation".  He's bogging down and he's running out of time.

*  Remember when it was all about penetrating China's A2/AD zone?  Now its all about operating inside of it.  Amazing isn't it?

*  Ships.  A new toy is the make or break part of this concept?  Stupid thing to place such a huge bet on.  Think about it.  The US Navy has finally rid itself of the amphibious assault requirement (you're welcome Navy...our Commandant is being batshit crazy) but in exchange the Missile Marines are asking for new ships?  While the Navy already is lacking battle force ships that can contribute to the fight (yeah the Marines are talking about shooting from shore...Navy leadership is well aware that the cost benefit analysis of this plan is poor at best)?  This is a hard ask for the Navy, a punch in the gut and probably viewed as pure folly.

*  They're now talking anti-air?  Seriously?  This is another crazy part of this plan!  Short range anti-air missiles against a storm of Chinese cruise missiles that will obliterate on shore anti-ship missile complexes?  Its not gonna work.

*  The cost of this plan must be staggering if its taken to completion.  Think about it.  The Marine Corps is standing up a littoral regiment.  Building a division that is focused on China...but in order to do it, it's had to slash tanks, F-35's, CH-53K's and other forces?  Is this new plan even affordable?

So much more to talk about but I'm out of time.

Russian Fighter shoots down ANOTHER Russian Fighter during training?

Hmm. Don't know how much stock I put in reports like this. I'll wait and see before jumping thru hoops. Don't know if you're aware but we had reports of this earlier this year and late last year and they could never be confirmed but were vigorously denied. Time will tell?

Open Comment Post. 23 Sept 2020


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

271 Griffon & 42 Jaguar set to enter service between 2022/2023.


Open Comment Post. 22 Sept 2020


1969 Chevrolet C40 Custom Truck



Macron is laying down redlines to Russia? Is he smoking crack?

 <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">French President Emmanuel Macron demanded an immediate explanation from Russia over the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, warning that Paris would not allow its red lines on the use of chemical weapons to be crossed <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Reuters (@Reuters) <a href="">September 22, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

Dragon IFV 8x8 Pic...


Boeing envisions B-1Bs & B-52s becoming hypersonic missile carriers

Iran’s T-72M1 upgrade.

"The Griffon's first screening in Mali is scheduled for 2022"


Monday, September 21, 2020

Berger wants to move fast but the cornerstone of his concept, the Light Amphibious Warship is bogging him down and will lead to his concept's failure!


First I gotta get this off my chest before we dig into this thing.  Where are the screws on this ship?  I can't see how it moves thru the water if they're not at the stern (cause I can't see them at the bow) and if they're back there then how will it not beach itself.  Additionally you do realize what this is don't you?

Type:Tank landing ship
  • 4,793 long tons (4,870 t) light
  • 8,342 long tons (8,476 t) full load
  • 522 ft 4 in (159.2 m) oa
  • 562 ft (171.3 m) over derrick arms
Beam:69 ft 6 in (21.2 m)
Draft:17 ft 6 in (5.3 m) max
Speed:22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph) max
Range:2,500 nmi (4,600 km; 2,900 mi) at 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Troops:431 max
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • 2 × Mk 63 GCFS
  • SPS-10 radar
Armament:2 × twin 3"/50 caliber guns

It's just a MODERNIZED Newport Tank Landing Ship!  Even the specs are similar...

But onto the story.  via Defense News.

The U.S. Marine Corps is moving as fast as it can to field a new class of light amphibious warship, but it remains unclear what it will do, where it will be based or what capabilities it will bring to the fight.

The idea behind the ship is to take a commercial design or adapt a historic design to make a vessel capable of accommodating up to 40 sailors and at least 75 Marines to transport Marine kit over a range of about 3,500 nautical miles, according to a recent industry day presentation.

While the presentation noted that the ship should have few tailored Navy requirements, that also creates a problem: If the Navy is going to pay tens of millions to develop, build, crew and operate them, should it not provide some additional value to the fleet?

A bit more.

When asked whether the ship should contribute to a more distributed sensor architecture to align with the Navy’s desire to be more spread out over a large area during a fight, King answered in the affirmative.

"[But] I really see it benefiting from [that architecture] more,” he said. “We need to build an affordable ship that can get after the ability to do maritime campaigning in the littorals.”

The unstated implication appeared to be that if the ship is loaded up with sensors and requirements, it will slow down the process and increase the cost. Analysts who spoke to Defense News agreed with that, saying the Navy is likely trying to put more systems on the platform that will make it more complex and more expensive.

A little bit more and the real meat of the story.

 "The commandant can’t divest of some of the legacy platforms he’s building — these big, expensive and vulnerable platforms — until he has something that replaces it in the water. And so he’s anxious to get going with something else so he then has a reason to move away from what he has.

“The commandant is well aware he has a four-year clock and its ticking. So if he’s going to make changes, he’s got to get moving to get those changes in place and commit the Marine Corps to them to make sure it’s going to last. And right now I’m not sure there’s a lot of high confidence that they are going to last.”

Hendrix acknowledged that the Navy has good reason to want the light amphibious warship to have more capability, but added that the Corps is more interested in something simple than something costly and elaborate.

“What that does,” Hendrix said, “is drive up unit cost and drive down the numbers that can be purchased.”

Story here. 

The stark reality facing the Commandant of the Marine Corps?  He attempted to be a change agent but stumbled into the common failure of all change agents.

He went bold.  He went big.  But he failed to get those he led onboard with his change.