Monthly Archives: February 2016

The First Stealth Drone Fuel Truck

So the Navy had to accede to pressure to adopt the F-35, but managed to keep the X-47B in service as an airborne refueling platform. This is actually quite brilliant. Even if it isn’t optimal, it’s a good move by … Continue reading

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Apologies for late comment approval

I normally get an email notice to approve comments, but I found two in the “waiting for approval” queue that I didn’t which have since been approved. Hopefully no one feels slighted, but if so, the error is all my … Continue reading

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When an upgrade is just a sidestep, the H&K416

Several years ago the Army held a carbine test, and decided to stick with the M4 because NONE of the entrants competing with the M4 showed the massive increase in reliability that the Army was and is looking for in … Continue reading

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The Amygdala Hijack

I guess I should put the “this article may trigger irrational feelings of anger, frustration, and inadequacy in Marines” right here so anyone who wishes to avoid such feelings can stop reading now. Otherwise, if you are intellectually curious, read … Continue reading

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Apple, Encryption, and Compliance

If you haven’t heard by now about the FBI attempting to force Apple to create a customized hacking tool to investigate the contents one the San Bernadino shooters iPhone by now, just realize that this is an important story. Go … Continue reading

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5th Gen Aircraft Proliferation

One of the problems with the “5th Generation” designation for aircraft is that various definitions have come and gone for what 5th Gen actually means. At one point the ability to supercruise at mach 1.6 was a requirement, and when … Continue reading

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Fifth Generation Warfare? The Struggles Beyond Ukraine

The military scholars argue about the generations of warfare. What we are seeing in Ukraine with the Gerasimov Doctrine of openly non-attributable actions by the state in order to avoid a direct confrontation with a peer foe isn’t really fifth … Continue reading

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Army EW and Downsizing

For the last three years, Army Electronic Warfare Officers have been selected for promotion from Captain to Major at a lower rate than any other branch or functional area. The vast majority of the few who do get promoted have … Continue reading

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Metadata

Edward Snowden is a despicable traitor, but he did raise more public awareness of surveillance activities as a traitor than all the Libertarians harping about PRISM combined. I’ve talked with a few people in the cyber community who lamented that … Continue reading

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Laws are for the little people….

One of the fundamental measures of “legitimacy” of a government is how universal is the “Rule of Law” in that nation. Is no one above the law? Or are some animals more equal than others? Or in a nation where … Continue reading

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