USS Yorktown collision at sea with a Soviet Krivak-class destroyer during a freedom of navigation op on 12 FEB 1988.
RAND throws one over DoD’s “green fuels” initiatives:
The authors conclude that DoD goals for alternative fuel use in tactical weapon systems should be based on potential national benefits because the use of alternative fuels offers no direct military benefit over the use of conventional petroleum-derived fuels. Consequently, DoD and Congress should decide whether [...]
Ross Douthat on riding the tiger:
(History) makes fools of us all. We make deals with dictators, and reap the whirlwind of terrorism. We promote democracy, and watch Islamists gain power from Iraq to Palestine. We leap into humanitarian interventions, and get bloodied in Somalia. We stay out, and watch genocide engulf Rwanda. We [...]
VAQ-129 throws its hat in the ring for the Centennial of Naval Aviation:
Honoring 100 years of naval aviation, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 unveiled an EA-6B Prowler and an EA-18G Growler painted in the World War II paint schemes of a Douglas TBD-1 Devastator and a Grumman TBF-1 Avenger, respectively, Jan. 20.
The Fort Wort Star-Telegram has a pre-postmortem on the F-35 schedule delays. As usual, it comes down to a fundamental lack of realism on the front end, in terms of technology risk, schedule and cost, and change management in process, as engineers were dedicated to re-working the Marines’ F-35B STOVL variant for weight creep:
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In the PRC, it’s more like copyright theft:
A few days ago, China Central Television showed footage of what they claimed was an air force training exercise conducted on January 23. From the looks of things, they were actually just playing clips from Top [...]
Speak, Muse! And tell me of the pros and cons of molten salt reactors, such as the Peoples’ Republic of China plan to create:
Chinese energy demand is growing rapidly, and despite the world’s largest campaign of new nuclear construction, the vast majority of Chinese power generation still comes from fossil fuels. China has [...]
The majority of nuclear-armed Pakistan’s citizenry are Sufi Muslims, an ascetic, mystical sect not given to the wilder excesses of their Deobandi brethren who give religious legitimacy to Taliban-style tactics.
But they’re not exactly the Lutheran Ladies League, either:
Following the assassination of a liberal politician who criticized federal blasphemy laws, loud support for [...]
Afghan security leadership reports progress, of a sort:
Afghanistan is expected to sign a formal agreement with the United Nations on Sunday to stop the recruitment of children into its police forces and ban the common practice of boys being used as sex slaves by military commanders, according to Afghan and United Nations officials.
Long time fan of democracy, first time protester:
For most of the day, black-clad riot police in phalanx formations fired near-constant barrages of tear gas, plugged the cities bridges and central thoroughfares and successfully held disparate groups of protesters at bay on the periphery of central Cairo. But they were overwhelmed as numbers steadily [...]