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Archive for November 16th, 2015

What is the F-35 Good For? Answer: Nothing. It’s Totally Useless.

Posted by picard578 on November 16, 2015

Note: F-35 might be capable of SEAD/DEAD operations, but even there its low sortie rate / high maintenance downtime and limited payload / endurance will limit its effectiveness.

Défense et Géopolitique

The RealClearDefense website has published an interesting article on the Israeli Air Force – arguably the best in the world. It worries that the IAF, its pilots’ skills notwithstanding, may lose its technological edge, because the F-35 cannot defeat modern Russian fighters, especially those equipped with infrared search and tracking systems:

“If the F-35 cannot hold its own against fourth-generation fighters, which are increasingly equipped with infrared sensors that can detect stealth aircraft, it will be limited to ground-attack missions and require escorts to carry-out operations in contested airspace. The former head of the USAF’s Air Combat Command admitted last year that the F-35 was not built as an air-superiority fighter and needs the USAF’s existing stealth fighter, the F-22, to protect against enemy aircraft.

This shortfall represents a major problem for Israel, which cannot acquire the F-22. Congress banned its export and production ended in 2011. Israel will…

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Mush for Brains –How Putin Sees America

Posted by picard578 on November 16, 2015

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by Stephen Bryen

I am not a Kremlinologist, and Kremlinology sort of went out of fashion with the collapse of the Soviet Union.

But I always enjoyed the speculation that Kremlin-watchers were so good at. Who lined up on top of the reviewing stand in Red Square during military parades; who was missing; who said what to whom? These and countless other outward signs were diagnosed and re-diagnosed ad nauseam, but sometimes the Kremlin-watchers got it right.

Should we be doing that again now? There is clearly something big going on in Russia. Is Putin listening to the hard-line faction, or is he (or was he) trying to promote a different option?

Putin took himself to New York not just to tell the UN what he intended to do in Syria, but more importantly to make a case to Obama about what both of them should do. Obama rejected Putin’s…

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The COTS Danger to American Security

Posted by picard578 on November 16, 2015

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by Stephen Bryen

F-35 in Flight Test by Andy Wolfe – This Image was released by the United States Navy with the ID 110211-O-XX000-001

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Security is but a dream.  –Mostly by Anon.

The Pentagon dreams about cyber security, but in many ways it is responsible for the government-wide debacle that is undermining the United States, imperiling the critical infrastructure, and compromising our defense and intelligence systems. For unexplained reasons, given the number of high priced scientists and engineers and a budget that is the envy of the world (despite recent reductions), instead of making progress tightening up cyber defenses, the number of successful attacks has grown exponentially and the amount of damage has escalated with it. No one doubts we are in a cyber war; but instead of fighting it properly, we are falling deeper and deeper…

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