On multirole aircraft

Basic idea of multirole fighters sounds almost too good to be true: aircraft that can carry out both air to air combat and bomb enemy positions; in some cases, far more. Usual argument for multirole fighters is that it allows for more effective force, since certain number of aircraft will not be split among many…

Originally posted on On Genocide:
CC. Attribution and sharealike david_shankbone at http://flickr.com/photos/27865228@N06/4596336419 There is a question used to illustrate the way in which presuppositions can constrain discourse: “Have you stopped beating your wife yet?” The discourse of US international relations is somewhat like the inverse of that question – perhaps equivalent to “have you been…

Saab Gripen analysis

Program history SAAB Gripen is a result of relaxed-stability fighter rush initiated by (at the time) revolutionary F-16 fighter aircraft. It is not surprising that SAAB opted for delta-canard layout they themselves pioneered in 1960s, but other options were also evaluated (and rejected). This was influenced by testing programme of Viggen in late seventies, which…

“Why we must continue to fund the F-35” rebuttal

Corporatistic American Enterprise Institute has published an article titled “Why we must continue to fund F-35“.   Despite their claims, F-35 fighter does not provide for either size or quality of the fleet. At 197 million USD unit flyaway cost for A, 237,7 million USD for B, and 236,8 million USD for C variant, F-35…

Applyig John Boyd’s Patterns of Conflict on War in Afghanistan

Main point of Boyd’s presentation is following: One should operate at faster tempo than opponent and get inside his OODA loop, causing confunsion This can be achieved through generation of rapidly changing environment and distorting adversary’s observation of it. Guerrilla warfare is basically based around it, denying opponent knowledge of where guerrilla forces are, as…