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  1. An exemplar on several levels For an outside...

    An exemplar on several levels

    For an outside assessment of the nature of UAV targeting recently employed against Saudi oil facilities see: ...
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    On 13 August it was reported the XM-25 project...

    On 13 August it was reported the XM-25 project has been conclusively terminated:
    https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2018/08/13/rip-army-finally-cancels-xm25-punisher/

    Hence the US Army is now...
  3. How many MBT in a multi-role brigade ?

    Australian Defence has scheduled an Industry Consultation Day on 21 February to survey a proposed expansion of Army's heavy armour force in projects LAND 907 Phase 2/ LAND 8160 Phase 1....
  4. AAR for the F-35A - reduced but salvageable

    There is potentially yet another problem with the F-35A CTOL variant of the JSF. For Air-Air Refuelling the F-35A has on its fuselage spine a standard US Air Force-style AAR receptacle designed to...
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    What is or is not going on ?

    US Army authorities have revealed little about the status of the XM-25 project in 2017. It may be continuing as a technology demonstrator for ‘brilliant’ ammunition/technology. Alternatively the...
  6. Still more on and of the M1 Abrams

    During 2016 the Australian Army took delivery of six more 64-tonne M88A2 Super Hercules ARVs to supplement its heavy armour force of seven M88A2 and fifty-nine 60-tonne M1A1 Abrams MBTs procured from...
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    running repairs

    It could seem strange that the Royal Navy and USMC are planning early combined deployment of the short takeoff vertical landing F-35B as the only type of fighter to be carried on the 70,000 tonne HMS...
  8. Thread: Blogs to Watch

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    ASPI blog

    The Australian Strategic Policy Institute is effectively owned by the right wing of the left-leaning Australian Labour Party. So the ASPI blog has to accept a quota of items from would-be luminaries...
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    still one legged imbalance

    http://www.cobham.com/mission-systems/air-to-air-refuelling/news/cobham-contracted-to-develop-aerial-refueling-kit-for-v-22/, 25 Oct 2016;
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    mutual support or deathly embrace

    The twin tilt-props of the V-22B Osprey are prone to excess disc loading and instability during rapid transition and vertical descent. Hence the slower short-range lower-flying UH-1Y Venom utility...
  11. big and/or small picture views

    The merger of Long-Range Surveillance Companies into Ranger units would serve the apparent Joint Force practice of enlarging the extent of USSOCOM at the cost of the individual services.

    If that...
  12. productive ‘disestablishmentarianism’

    Disbanding Army and Guard long-range surveillance companies could free-up skilled personnel for posting to reconnaissance and observation/sniper sections in infantry battalions.

    Long-range needs...
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    Brexit: demonising VS analysis

    When attempting to dull and overpower the senses, demonisers typically avoid hard issues and instead buttress their interests by using contrived targets and emotive language. But demonising is a poor...
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    Time to stand aside

    The Brexit forces have won the day and that should probably have been expected. The EU is an awkward construct intended to homogenise regional groups which do not share a common language and a common...
  15. lightweight is fashionable but ...

    The term lightweight is a catalyst for all manner of projects intended to benefit military operations, for example the Combat Lightweight Automatic Weapon System (CLAWS) and the Lightweight...
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    Would be pleased to have made these delightfully...

    Would be pleased to have made these delightfully concise remarks,
    but the credit belongs to Granite State.
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    hot and cold calculations

    Evangelism can be emotionally and socially rewarding and the current politically correct view is that US infantry units should be promptly changed from all-male to mixed male-and-female. That would...
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    fatal assumptions

    It is interesting that those proposing women as suitable for service throughout the military and especially in combat elements such as infantry are not also proposing women compete against men in...
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    Until recently have been receiving Stratfor’s...

    Until recently have been receiving Stratfor’s free service and much enjoyed reading its analyses. That service has been drastically reduced but have decided not to become a commercial subscriber.
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    40mm LV/IRAP deconflicted to beyond 2018

    April 2015 RFI to be followed by 2016 market survey and 2018 EMD program,

    see http://www.stratvocate.com/grow/find-opportunities/view-opportunity?noticeid=597752&solnbr=W15QKN-16-X-02V3
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    Is XM-25 charging or staggering forward ?

    Project was/is planned to continue until at least Spring 2016:
    see
    'Army’s XM25 Gets More-Powerful, Streamlined Optic’', Army Times, 14 Oct 2015,...
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    strategies: evangelical, maniacal and rational

    The reason the US is a popular study is that it is large enough and tolerant enough to permit many forms of useful and also eccentric behaviour. So the world can look on and learn and choose bits and...
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    a possible strategy

    This is a second effort. But have looked up the US Department of State and been told by Wiki that the term metonym preceded State’s move to Foggy Bottom. So this partial recap of lessons experienced...
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    Abdel Bari Atwan's article reads like a real Arab...

    Abdel Bari Atwan's article reads like a real Arab nationalist. And he seems to have good reasons for pessimism.

    Entering any contest without a guiding purpose is an indulgence, diletantism or...
  25. Ps.

    Should have noted the troopers were wearing goggles. Also it's not victory that's needed because if one is careful it's success.
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