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    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southchinasea-ru...

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southchinasea-ruling-china-insight-idUSKCN10B10G



    Bunch of chicken hawks. Who would've thunk?
  2. The back and forth decision over catapults on the...

    The back and forth decision over catapults on the Queenie class was hilarious, if it wasn't so sad.
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    A thought just struck me. Suppose the PLAN...

    A thought just struck me. Suppose the PLAN decides to hold a live firing exercise in the waters and there is a Freedom of Navigation cruise cutting across it.

    1. How would the USN react?

    2....
  4. Forget it. The amount of atmosphere you have to...

    Forget it. The amount of atmosphere you have to burn through is not enough to even suntan the target with current chemical laser power output. Plus, where are you going to mount the deflectors?
  5. http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-ukraine-...

    http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-ukraine-president-russian-forces-20140828-story.html
  6. So Putin is intending cut his losses and pull the...

    So Putin is intending cut his losses and pull the plug?

    The Ukrainians can inspect any outgoing "cargo" the way they did with the incoming convoy.
  7. I wonder if it would be better to capture these...

    I wonder if it would be better to capture these Russian SF and parade them on the streets of Kiev. Too provocative?
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    Back in 2010, there were leaks on the contingency...

    Back in 2010, there were leaks on the contingency plans for the defense of the Baltic states. Apparently 9 divisions are earmarked, including US, German, and Polish formations. I'm sure there are...
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    I don't really want to derail this thread into...

    I don't really want to derail this thread into one on energy, but there are claims that the US can replace Russia with gas from fracking to supply Europe. Do calculations actually bear out? (If this...
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    It is one thing for company grade officers to...

    It is one thing for company grade officers to lead from the front as an example for the men. It is another for flag officers to run around in a tank within range of RPGs. Moreso in the case of Soviet...
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    The Russians don't have 90 active full strength...

    The Russians don't have 90 active full strength divisions to drive for the Atlantic coast. They don't even have 90 active full strength divisions. What they have are a lot of paper divisions to be...
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    Those bases can be killed by: 1. Destroying...

    Those bases can be killed by:
    1. Destroying ventilation/utilities/logistics shafts.
    2. Exit points for the aircraft to launch

    We don't have to kill bases outright.
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    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28260781 The...

    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28260781

    The fighter plane in question: Textron AirLand Scorpion



    It is being pitched as a lost cost alternative to the current fighter jet fleets. In...
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    On the topic of KSA. As far as I am aware, the...

    On the topic of KSA. As far as I am aware, the ruling class are not true believers of Wahhabism; instead they use it as a means to placate the clergy and the masses (ie giving them more religion)....
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    Are there any figures on the proportion of Sunni/...

    Are there any figures on the proportion of Sunni/ Shia/ Kurd within the ranks? That may play a role in the lack of motivation.

    I think it is a toxic mix of army recruitment amounting to a jobs...
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    Is that even possible? I highly doubt the...

    Is that even possible? I highly doubt the necessary intel for real time targeting is available.
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    In all honesty, no armed force like MOUT, well...

    In all honesty, no armed force like MOUT, well training or not. MOUT requires slow and methodological advances, and more importantly, inflict disproportionally heavier casualties on the attackers.
    ...
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    Just a note on Indonesia, and even Malaysia. The...

    Just a note on Indonesia, and even Malaysia. The SEA region was under Hindu influence for centuries long before Islam was born, or even before Christianity was born. The influence can still be seen:...
  19. Gentlemen, China is trying to resurrect the Kra...

    Gentlemen, China is trying to resurrect the Kra Canal ('s construction): http://chinadailymail.com/2014/03/16/china-to-bypass-malacca-strait-by-kra-isthmus-canal-in-thailand/

    I think China has...
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    Elder brother dead, younger captured. ...

    Elder brother dead, younger captured.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22228151

    Not surprising that someone will declare that it is some government conspiracy that involves framing two...
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    Poll: The North has rejected South's call for talks....

    The North has rejected South's call for talks. This indicates to me that the South is more willing to talk than to start a war. The government still balks at the cost of reunification, especially on...
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    Poll: From the reports by the defecting civilians, the...

    From the reports by the defecting civilians, the famine in the 90s took a severe toll, in deaths and the health of those who survived. This is especially true in areas outside of Pyongyang. I am sure...
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    Poll: Based on what I have read in this:...

    Based on what I have read in this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nothing_to_Envy

    No. Not likely to work.

    1. For those with state sanctioned TVs and radios, they can't be tuned to any other...
  24. 1. The PLA still does not have the ability to...

    1. The PLA still does not have the ability to invade and occupy Taiwan (see their amphibious capabilities). There is also no sign that the PLA is engaging in efforts to build up its amphibious...
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    Poll: http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?ai...

    http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2928852

    There are other articles out there.



    China? No one else has the leverage to do so.
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