Martin

Martin

  • Commented on The Pivot
    Interesting that you deny that the Russian Army has ever provided support to the Donbass rebels...or that Russian soldiers have ever fought in Eastern Ukraine. It does make me wonder why Russian military deaths in peacetime are now regarded as...
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    At least the subsequent investigations by Sandia and the GAO exposed the likeliest cause, even if the US Navy dug its heels in and denied it. It's an interesting contrast to their response after the shooting down of Iran Air...
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    Who exploded ammo depot with a billion $ worth of ammunition? Saboteurs did it Similar explosions have happened in Cyprus (Soviet-designed munitions), in Murmansk (Soviet-designed munitions), and several ammunition depots in Russia... It doesn't need to be saboteurs - poor...
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    Some questions for you: Do you believe that the Georgian Army ever invaded Russian territory? Do you believe that the Russian Army ever invaded what the international community regards as Georgian territory? Do the Russian Armed Forces currently occupy what...
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    Bouncing rubble, whether it's in Baghdad or Berlin doesn't do a damn thing when it's time to occupy the ground. It doesn't do anything to help the Army move. It does, if it's SEAD or Offensive Counter-Air (that Hardened Aircraft...
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    Purpose of ABM, established since then, is not really to destroy strategic balance, but to prevent catastrophic escalation scenario if only a half dozen of missiles will fly somewhere This is, as I understand it, the only reason for the...
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    Not much sign of the F-35s though, even though they show them off at the Miramar air show. Weird... No need for conspiracy theory. The first F-35 aren't scheduled to arrive at Miramar until 2020, according to this USMC press...
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    Of course, dreams about reliable way to intercept ballistic missile and thus neutralize the threat entirely have been up in the air since time immemorial and US never gave it away. Not strictly correct. There was a reason for the...
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    You're somewhat out of date regarding the F-35... They've just delivered the 300th aircraft of the program; the UK has 15, four of which are now at RAF Marham. The Israelis recently announced that they've been using it on operations....
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    Yes. It's almost worse in the UK, where the the threats our military is claimed to be defending against (and, apparently, are being designed for) are those of yesterday, not today, and certainly not tomorrow. I'm curious as to why...
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    To be very unfair to Martin, he did a classic demonstration of the problem, by comparing $40, $80, whatever. He forgot the millions, and it showed in his argument. Errr.... you are being unfair, because I used $80M rather than...
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    Seriously? You'd put that expensive a pinata that close to the anti-aircraft defenses? Seriously? You'd put slow, unprotected, radar reflectors in harm's way? That's a death sentence for the pilot, I hope you realise. You really must read this link....
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    ... other than the low priority the Air Force assigns to performing those missions. Proof? Because AIUI an awful lot of the missions in DESERT STORM were CAS/BAI (the F-111 going tank plinking, the A-10 shooting anything that moved, including...
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    Part 2... Compare the progress made during the first 58 years after the Wright Brothers with the LACK of progress made in the 57 years since Yuri Gagarin went into orbit! We've made huge strides since Gagarin. We're far less...
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    ...Do away with the Air Force's "Tactical" mission and restore that to its proper place as the Army Air Corps... ...Beware Dunning-Kruger... The problem is where you draw the line between "tactical" and "operational" level flying - because airspace needs...
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    Bear in mind that the US Air Force is what happened when the bureaucracy behind the US Army Air Force achieved escape velocity from the Army in 1947-ish; the US Navy air arm is still a component of the US...
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    Ah, the old list all over again, you wouldn't believe how many times in recent years I was met with the same set of superstitions of that sort. Most of them can easily be disproved by curious Google search, so...
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    Standards of living are improving everywhere How does that fit in today's announcement, that the retirement age in Russia is going to rise? (55 to 63 for women, 60 to 65 for men). Unfortunately for US, by barring a nation...
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    ...there was negligible and at most ineffectual Russian involvements in electoral processes I'll accept that, if we're talking about direct involvement... ...but if you look at the flow of refugees, I do wonder about "causation or correlation" between Merkel's August...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I assembled my first ever Ikea-grade flatpack furniture yesterday and it was as bad as expected. I'd be wary of that statement, unless you've assembled both Ikea and non-Ikea flatpack stuff... We lived in West Germany (among other places) when...
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    ...and in the spirit of second-sourcing media from non-traditional sources, it's fair to point out that the Russian Navy has cats too... https://www.rbth.com/economics/2015/05/30/bears_cats_rats_all_paws_on_deck_on_russian_ships_43411...
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    Meanwhile, for those of a feline disposition, someone in RN Media Ops has had a blinding act of inspiration... https://twitter.com/R08Cat Enjoy the posts from the Ship's Cat......
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    Ahhhh, thankyou. I wasn't aware of that add-on, you've made my life easier. It's let me 'hush' the Seagull, and anyone who seems to only ever appear immediately after the Seagull to say "awesome post!"......
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    What I've seen personally is a correlation between very smart successful people in a field of endeavor or two think they are experts in EVERYTHING. Their opinions should be taken as fact by everyone. Since they are always the smartest...
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    Ooooh, kudos. My two big sighs of relief came when I finally managed to hand over responsibility for all the documents under my signature at work (for various reasons, our requirements and algorithm documents were classified NATO Secret)... And a...
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    Re: Airports. Fortunately, we’ll be staying in EASA, because the alternative is a no-fly-zone over the UK. The CAA insist on it, Government accepts it, EASA knows it, it”s the declared plan of record for everyone concerned. Granted, the swivel-eyed...
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    I suggest that you reread what I said, more carefully this time. Hmmmm......
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    There are technologies that depend on raw computing power. Fly-by-wire avionics,... Not sure that FBW is quite the processing monster you suggest... here are two European development aircraft in 1981 (link), using late-1970s technology. Meanwhile, the first portable GPS systems...
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    Yup. In the example of "excavator takes out gas line", it was the Social Services department trying to identify vulnerable individuals, talking to police/fire/rescue (who might be the only people with mobility during flooding, or the only people who can...
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    My father's second? third? career involved Emergency Planning, although (like "Personnel" becoming "HR") the name du jour is "Resilience". You can now pay him lots of consultancy cash to turn up to your board meeting and smile at your general...
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