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Ground soldiers’ view of the A-10

Posted by picard578 on December 1, 2016

Introduction

Pentagon is going back and forth on its decision whether to retire the A-10 Warthog. This is due to various pressures, both internal and external. Military industry cares only about the money, and retiring the A-10 would bring huge profits to the defense contractors as the aircraft would have to be replaced – likely by several times more expensive F-35. Upper levels of the military itself are connected to the military industry with a system of revolving doors, and retired generals get highly paid jobs inside the military industry. This means that active generals are under extreme pressure to secure profitable contracts to large military corporations.

A-10 is an anthithesis of everything that technophilic industry and generals believe in. It is an embodiement of the World War II military adage, „Keep it simple, stupid“. Aircraft itself is basically a flying gun – literally, as the gun was designed first and then an aircraft was designed to carry it. It is also heavily armoured and highly maneuverable at low speeds and altitudes, and does not rely on either high speed or radar „stealth“ to keep it alive. As a result, it is a major embarassement to both the military industry and the US Air Force, both of which maintain that top-of-the-line technology is absolutely necessary for a useful weapon. It also looks ugly, unlike Mach 2 fast jets that seem perfect for PR photoshoots.

Because of this, USAF generals are very motivated to try and retire the A-10. They use half-truths, lies and promises to warp the public image of the aircraft. USAF states that fast jets such as the F-15, F-16 and F-35 can perform the close air support as well as the A-10, completely ignoring many doctrinal and technical difficulties they face: pilots that train for many missions, not just close air support, and do not understand situation on the ground; limited situational awareness when aircraft are at high altitude due to „soda-straw“ view of the sensors such as radar and FLIR; „smart“ munitions missing due to fins being bent at release, sensors or computers malfunctioning; bad weather forcing the aircraft to come within enemy weapons envelope, which fast jets cannot survive; inability to provide timely close air support due to fast jets being incapable of lotering above the troops or flying from dirt strips near the troops in contact. This betrays complete lack of interest in and understanding of the close air support mission, which is far more complex than merely dialling in the coordinates and requires a community dedicated to nothing but close air support to keep alive. More importantly, presence of a dedicated CAS aircraft forces the USAF leadership to keep the mission alive, instead of airmen who trained only for hitting strategic targets from fast jets being forced to come up with ad hoc solutions on the spot, and making mistakes – oftentimes deadly – in the process. But right now, USAF leadership is cutting maintenance to the A-10, in an attempt to artificially induce mechanical and other failures which would then be used as a „proof“ that the A-10 „has to be retired“ due to „old age“.

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Why an apologist argument to the Ohio attack is fallacious

Posted by picard578 on November 30, 2016

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As I reported on earlier today, a terrorist attack occurred in Ohio State University in which a Somali refugee ran into pedestrians with his car, and then proceeded to continue the attack using a knife. Luckily, a police officer was near the scene, and shot the terrorist dead before more damage could be inflicted.

However, I predict that Islamopologist Leftists are already salivating at the justification the refugee seemingly gave.

In a Facebook post, the refugee who went by the name of Abdul Razak Ali Artan, wrote: “I am sick and tired of seeing [Muslims] killed & tortured EVERYWHERE. … I can’t take it anymore.”

In another post, he proclaimed; “I wanted to pray in the open, but I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media. I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be.”

If this reasoning were to be taken literally and in isolation, one would…

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Islamic Terrorists not Poor and Illiterate, but Rich and Educated

Posted by picard578 on November 30, 2016

Causes of islamic terrorism are ideological, not social or economic. Islam is in state of war against the West and againt the whole of civilization, and has been for the past 1.400 years. Unless we recognize that, we are going to lose the war.

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“Islamic Terrorists no Poor and Illiterate, but Rich and Educated”, Gatestone Institute, November 19, 2016:

“There is a stereotype that young people from Europe who leave for Syria are victims of a society that does not accept them and does not offer them sufficient opportunities… Another common stereotype in the debate in Belgium is that, despite research which refutes this, radicalization is still far too often misunderstood as a process resulting from failed integration… I therefore dare say that the better young people are integrated, the greater the chance is that they radicalize. This hypothesis is supported by a lot of evidence.”

That was the result of extremely important Dutch research, led by a group of academics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Terrorists seem to be models of successful integration: for instance, Mohammed Bouyeri, the Moroccan-Dutch terrorist who shot the filmmaker Theo van Gogh to death, then stabbed…

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The role of nationalism

Posted by picard578 on November 21, 2016

Nationalism is in the basis of democracy, thus plutocrats try to destroy it through policies such as the supranational integrations (European Union) and agreements (TTIP, TPP). But people seem to be moving in different direction.

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Throughout President Obama’s final swansong urging the world to keep sight of globalist policies, nationalist ideas have been heavily criticized. According to the President, nationalism is to blame for World War Two and virtually every other tragedy in human history.

However, the circumstances under which nationalism has been a force for good, should not be overlooked.

“Is Obama’s world a Utopian myth?”, Pat Buchanan, November 18 2016:

Speaking in Greece on his valedictory trip to Europe as president, Barack Obama struck a familiar theme: “(W)e are going to have to guard against a rise in a crude form of nationalism, or ethnic identity, or tribalism that is built around an ‘us’ and a ‘them’ …

“(T)he future of humanity and the future of the world is going to be defined by what we have in common, as opposed to those things that separate us and ultimately lead us into conflict.”

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In defense of nationalism (Priznajem HR)

Posted by picard578 on November 16, 2016

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A summary of the article in points:
– history shows that ethnically homogenous states are the most stable
– nationalism did not cause wars. Greed did, and nationalism was just a tool, no different from “freedom”, “democracy” etc.
– neoliberalism and Islam are just codifications of greed of their founders, Milton Friedman and Muhammad
– nation is also attacked because it is an old structure in a system that uncritically declares everything new as being good
– journalists do not understand nationalism because they are part of the elite
– nationalism cannot be equated with chauvinism or Nazism, because nationalism is not an agressive, but defensive, ideology
– main reason nationalism is being attacked is that it goes against plutocratic interests expressed in free trade, globalism and supranational integrations
– liberals uncritically accept anything new, foreign and “exotic”, including such genocidal ideologies as Islam. Nationalism is against that.
– progressivism treats all people as being not only equal but identical, exchangeable parts of a machine. Nationalism accepts differences, and thus goes against progressivism.
– historically, agressors were mostly multinational/supranational empires or states aiming to become such
– nationalism prevents conflict by preventing mixing and teaching people respect for different cultures
– wars were caused mostly by the same things that are most hostile to nationalism: free trade, multiculturalism, supranational integrations
– stable nation is based on ethnos and a single culture
– nationalism is required to keep elites at least somewhat connected to the society. Religious or economic divisions, if not bridged by nationalism, will destroy society (e.g. North Africa, Middle East)
– nationalism is prerequirement for democracy, and appearance of democracy coincides with appearance of nationalism
– by replacing heirarchies based on the education, wealth or religion, nationalism allows social care, and freedom of speech, belief and action required for the democratic society
– Nazism is an expression of weakness of nationalism, because healthy nationalism and connections it fosters remove the need for a totalitarian government
– ethnic nationalism is more stable in turbulent times than civic one
– large number of independent, ethnically and culturally independent nations is good for humanity as a whole because it fosters progress, unlike today’s situation when transnational plutocratic organizations do all the decision-making
– ideal state is ethnically, culturally and territorially homogenous, but since that is impossible, a balance between Gesselschaft and Gemeinschaft is needed

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Starship armaments based on CGI models

Posted by picard578 on November 16, 2016

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Soros plots against Trump

Posted by picard578 on November 15, 2016

In the beginning, I believed that Trump was just an average plutocrat who will either not change anything, or make the matters worse. However, this changed. Main reason for the change was the fact that Trump is being opposed by George Soros, a man who has done much and more to try and destroy democracy in Croatia, my homeland. Anyone whom Soros does not like must, at the very least, be a better option than anyone whom Soros does like. Wether this means that Trump will be objectively good, or simply not as bad as Hillary would have been, remains to be seen.

Some more reading:

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2016/11/14/george-soros-meets-with-democratic-donors-to-plot-plan-to-take-back-power-from-trump/

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/11/george-soros-declares-war-on-trump

George Soros Funds Anti-Trump Riots Across America

George Soros Exposed as Money Behind Anti-Trump Protests

https://www.rt.com/usa/366579-soros-orgs-driving-trump-protests/

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-12/anti-trump-us-color-revolution-includes-soros-and-clinton-%E2%80%98purple%E2%80%99-takeover-0

http://www.novi-svjetski-poredak.com/tag/george-soros/

http://www.dnevno.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/otkrivamo-planove-milijardera-sorosa-u-hrvatskoj-46476#axzz4Q4ToXXki

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2016/11/14/george-soros-meets-with-democratic-donors-to-plot-plan-to-take-back-power-from-trump/

BREAKING: White House Abandons TPP & TTIP

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Air Supremacy II: Re-learning Asymmetry

Posted by picard578 on November 11, 2016

This recalls my old post, but more detailed and better explained:
https://defenseissues.net/2013/10/12/symmetric-and-assymetric-counters/

War is all about counters and counter-counters. It is fought by people, not machines, and people will do everything to avoid being killed. As a result, any kind of attrition-based, symmetric warfare scenario is flawed. Training is paramount, to allow soldiers knowledge necessary to adapt to changing circumstances.

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[This is a continuation of a previous article in a series]

There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

b17 B-17 Flying Fortresses Over Germany in April 1945
(USAF Photo)

The founding fathers of military aviation had an uphill battle in advocating the value of airpower to their doubtful Army and Navy counterparts. Though their approaches (and successes) varied, all of these advocates shared a common underlying theme: airpower, operating in the third dimension, provides an asymmetric advantage in warfare. Almost a century later, have we forgotten this keystone principle?

Joint US doctrine defines asymmetric as “the application of dissimilar strategies, tactics, capabilities, and methods to circumvent or negate an opponent’s strengths while exploiting his weaknesses” (JP 3-15.1). Doctrine covers all types of warfare: nuclear warfare, conventional warfare, irregular warfare, and even hybrid warfare. Interestingly, the only references to asymmetric warfare…

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Inverting the Paradigm: The 21st Century High-Low Force

Posted by picard578 on November 11, 2016

US Air Force actually does everything to retire the A-10. One part of this is deliberate underutilization, forcing the F-15 and F-16 to do the work that the A-10 is far more suited for. As a result, USAF’s fast jet inventory has gotten worn out. As a result, A-10 pilots are not doing the job they are trained for, and fast jets pilots are doing the jobs they are insufficiently trained for. USAF is also eating itself alive, replacing the F-15 / YF-16 high-low mix with first the F-15 / F-16C high-medium mix and then the F-22 / F-35 ultra-high / high mix. Result of this is that USAF has to rely on very old machines, pilots that do not get anywhere close enough flying hours as they should, and a suboptimal force mix for either current or potential conflicts. Even in high-intensity conflicts, very high risk missions that may actually require stealth aircraft would be a minority; much would be taken up by the close air support, which again would require the A-10. And for COIN, even the A-10 is often an overkill – Embrear Tucano would be enough.

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[This is a continuation of Air Supremacy and Airpower Asymmetry]

1 F35 F-35s at Hill AFB in Utah
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Today’s Air Force fleet structure is in the midst of an identity crisis, full of contradictions and built upon a multi-role fighter foundation. Despite this, the Air Force Future Operating Concept document categorizes its current force structure as a high-low mixture. It defines this mix as, “the intent to acquire a limited number of high-cost/high-capability platforms supplemented with many lower-cost/lower-capability platforms…to operate against adversaries that pose advanced threats to joint/multinational force efforts in any domain. To conduct follow-on sustained operations, or a sustained irregular warfare effort in a permissive or semi-permissive environment, AF forces primarily will use lower-cost/lower-capability assets.”

Today the F-16 comprises 50% of the USAF fighter/attack aircraft inventory (1,017 of 2,018 aircraft). At either extreme, the high-end of 187 F-22s is balanced almost equally with the 284…

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The 90% Solution, Some Guy Called ‘Pareto’ and Why the Best Fighter Pilots are Often Seen as the Laziest

Posted by picard578 on November 11, 2016

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getoutIt became apparent to me during my last tour that a lot of the effort that I put into my work was inefficient. I remember speaking to a senior officer whilst I was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan with the US Army and she said – ‘you have to just get the work out of the door as complete as you can – aim for the 90% solution’.

In the military we have to be as efficient as possible because we work with taxpayer’s money and there is a lot of work to be done. The workload on some postings can be quite extreme and I have had tours that are no exception; I have worked genuine 12 to 16 hour days in my career for 5 days a week (or 7 days a week on ops, which, of course, is entirely to be expected). Now, I get that people in…

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