The USS Constellation was commissioned in 1961, and was the first warship I ever made a full deployment on. She was also the last, we came home together on her last cruise – and mine – in 2003. She was a good ship, a hard fighter and well-served by her crew. She We called [...]
It’s been interesting hearing the details of the SEAL’s latest mission in Somalia. And it must have been fun for the White House to share them with us.
But not everyone is so pleased, according to an operator who has recently left the service:
Adm. William H. McRaven, America’s top special-operations commander, wrote in [...]
That was apparently the decisive factor in India’s choosing Dassault’s Rafale multi-role fighter over the EADS Typhoon:
French firm Dassault has emerged as the lowest bidder for a $10bn (£6.3bn) contract to supply India jet fighters.
Dassault Aviation, as preferred bidder, will now enter final talks before signing a deal that will supply India’s [...]
Returning to a subject we have discussed before, David Brooks takes on the great social divide of our age, as illuminated by Charles Murray:
(Murray’s) story starts in 1963. There was a gap between rich and poor then, but it wasn’t that big. A house in an upper-crust suburb cost only twice as much [...]
The editors of the WSJ opine that, the next time the Navy gets in a fight, the decisions made by our president and his secretary of defense seem designed to ensure it is a fair one:
A ship can only be in one place at one time. So numbers do matter if the Navy [...]
England’s King Henry VIII famously went through six wives on his way to finding one that would deliver a male heir for the throne. Poor Catherine of Aragon was a political marriage that didn’t quite take, although her daughter Mary would survive to give Ann Boleyn’s Elizabeth a hard time. Elizabeth I was their [...]
Which, about yesterday, regrets, apologies, gomen nasai. Nothing could be done, at least not from my end. My hosting service having suffered summat of a meltdown due to an auto-update script that went profoundly wrong. Whole constellations of sites having taken a hit, including several whose owners make an actual living off them. Which, [...]
A quick status update to the “most transparent administration” evar meme, in which President Obama’s executive emissaries are alleged to be circumventing Congress, the U.S. Constitution and the EU parliament in order to protect the interests of Hollywood.
In strike aviation, especially in the old days, before smart weapons made the task of identifying and destroying hard targets easier, a principal risk to the striker was a phenomenon known as “target fixation.” This typically involved a low altitude attack which took advantage of direct and indirect terrain masking to approach a target, [...]