Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Bravo Company, 4th Tanks Battalion @ Pohjankangas Training Area Finland....pic by Staff Sgt. Marcin Platek

UK Strike Brigade Concept via Think Defence...

Story here.

Still taking in this Strike Brigade Concept but I get the impression that they're trying to build a two tier Medium Weight Force.

What do I mean?

Take the Ajax Scout and the Boxer.  Tracked and wheeled.  I could easily be wrong but I see the Ajax being targeted toward high intensity warfare and the Boxer for out of area operations.

The rest of the force is assembled as needed but those two vehicles are the linchpins of  the entire thing.

That's my impression at least.  Hopefully TD or the author will sort it out on the comments section of the blog over there.

HASC says F-35 lacks range to be of use to the Carrier Battle Group..

via Stars and Stripes...
The Navy’s newest fighter jet, the stealthy F-35C, may not have the range it needs to strike enemy targets, the House Armed Services Committee said in a new report, raising troubling questions about whether the multibillion-dollar program is already outpaced by threats.

And critics say the Navy fighter — part of the Joint Strike Fighter initiative, the most expensive weapons program in history — may actually have been out of date years ago.
Story here. 

Hmm.  The Gorilla in the room is the report commissioned by the SecDef that ordered a comparison of the Super Hornet vs F-35C.

That report still hasn't been released.

But back on story.  The Navy is working the problem of carrier strike, attempting to solve the riddle of Chinese naval attack systems and even working on distributed attack.

F-35 fanboys will attempt to tout all the work done as being "enabled" by the F-35 but that's just another lie.

The same applies to the range issue.  The new UAV will unburden the Super Hornet from refueling duties and will put carrier strike back in the game.

The Navy is on it.

The problem is that the F-35 isn't central to the solution to the problems they face.  Quite honestly its probably an albatross around the neck of Carrier Aviation.  The last thing the Navy needs is a maintenance whore that sucks up funds the way a New Orleans hooker sucks up tourists in a skanky back alley.

Open Comment Post. May 23, 2018

N. Korea is a cyber superpower. Do they really need nukes? Does any computer literate 3rd world country to prevent invasion?

via Breaking Defense.
To add some perspective to his analysis, Bennett estimated causalities from a two-kilogram biological weapon — up to 85,000. deaths — and up to 110,000 deaths from a one-ton chemical weapon. Yes, up to 85,000 deaths from two little kilograms of a biological agent.

There was much more grim news on the same day that President Trump appeared to prepare the world for delay or cancellation of the planned June 12 summit with Kim. Reviewing the challenges of war against North Korea — whom he described as the equals of the Israelis as innovators — a former senior South Korean commander characterized North Korea as a “cyber superpower.” Just to make sure everyone of the roughly 1,400 people here at the Lanpac conference put on by the Association of the US Army, got his point, retired Lt. Gen. In-Bum Chun, said: “I repeat– North Korea is a cyber power.”
Story here. 

Are we thinking 20th Century Warfare in a 21st Century world?

Don't get me wrong on this and please hear me out.  I know the services are seeking to incorporate cyber tech on a tactical level.  I disagree with that move.

This statement by the former senior S. Korean commander gives me pause and cheers me on in my belief.

Cyber warfare is a strategic, not tactical weapon.

Having said that I also have to ask this. 

Are nuclear weapons really necessary in this day and age?  If a country is able to develop a robust cyber warfare capability then they SHOULD be able to achieve the same effects with the expenditure of pennies on the dollar.

Cyber warfare on a strategic level should not only be cheaper but just as if not more effective.  Not only will you be capable of sending an enemy back to the stone ages but you'll also have the added benefit of watching their citizens die a slow painful death.

I stand ready to be corrected but the future of cyber warfare IS NOT on the battlefield.  That domain will continue to be ruled by weight of fire.  Maneuver. Shock action.  Initiative of individual units.

But on a strategic level cyber could become the new, cheap, yet highly effective and even ecologically friendly nuke of the future.

Note.  From my chair the little fat boy can give up his nukes, hide under China's umbrella and develop its cyber capabilities to make any move against his regime a nightmare.  Make the deal and then target Hawaii or a California city as a test/demonstration and then apologize sincerely and execute a convict to show contrition.  It sounds crazy but that's what I would do if I was leader of that hermit country.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Airbus H135 helicopter to be offered for Helicopter Trainer Replacement Program ....

@airbus_helicopters Inc. will offer the Airbus H135 helicopter as the solution for the @usnavy’s planned helicopter trainer replacement program. An H135 demonstrator aircraft in Navy trainer markings is on display this week at the 2018 Naval Helicopter Association Symposium in Norfolk, Va.

i’ve been compromised...

Apples to apples comparison shows China spends more on defense than US?

Story here.

This is rather obvious and has been talked about for years.  It's good to hear senior military leaders actually voice it in public. 

What I'm still waiting for is a bit of reality.  Russia is showing a defensive posture in their military spending.  China?  China is obviously aggressive and yet we still see our forces oriented toward a defensive Russia instead of the real Dragon in the corner waiting to gobble us up.

Spanish Army quietly conducts Land Forces 2035 summit with business...

Trying to find out a bit more about the Spanish Army's Land Forces 2035 summit.  They posted the above pic on their Flickr page but not much more is being said.

Bravo Company, 4th Tank Battalion @ Exercise Arrow 18 in Pohjankangas Training Area Finland....pic by Staff Sgt. Marcin Platek