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Islamist attacks in Brussels

Posted by picard578 on March 22, 2016

34 people were killed and over 200 wounded in a newest example of Islamic terrorism. Responsibility for the attacks was claimed by the ISIS, a Western-supplied terror group operating in the Middle East and Northern Africa. A suicide bomber struck at Brussels Zaventem airport, followed by a Maelbeek metro station an hour later. Both places were logical terrorist targets due to large number of people typically present at such locations. Both these and earlier Paris attacks were helped by a combination of large number of Muslim refugees and open borders Schengen policy implemented by EU plutocracy.

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Measuring fighter aircraft maneuvering performance

Posted by picard578 on March 21, 2016

Maneuvering performance can be divided into several types. Those types are transient maneuverability, angular maneuverability, energy maneuverability and endurance. Transient maneuverability denotes aircraft’s ability to quickly switch from one maneuver to another. Energy performance measures aircraft’s ability to gain, lose or maintain energy (speed and/or altitude). Angular (turn) performance measures aircraft’s ability to achieve and sustain a certain turn rate. Endurance measures aircraft’s ability to stay and fight without refueling. All these characteristics are important for winning a fight, and thus measures should be found to reliably measure them. There is also a significant overlap: acceleration (energy gain/loss) is in nature energy maneuverability characteristic, but is also part of transient maneuverability. Similarly, pitch and turn onset rates, while transient in nature, also factor highly in turn performance (up to a point). And too short endurance can force the pilot to preserve fuel, thus negatively impacting aircraft’s actual energy and turn performance. Read the rest of this entry »

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Movie review: The Pentagon Wars

Posted by picard578 on March 11, 2016

The Pentagon Wars is a movie made on the basis of a book of the same name, written by the US Air Force Colonel James Burton (ret.). Story, which is told through a series of flashbacks, focuses on the development of the Bradley infantry fighting vehicle.

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More is not necessarily better

Posted by picard578 on March 1, 2016

Modern materialistic society has ingrained many beliefs into human mind, beliefs which are typically taken for granted and thus rarely questioned. One of these beliefs is that having more of something is better than having less of it.

More information, for example, can have a positive effect of helping person reach a conclusion. But that is only true as long as person is capable of properly processing, analyzing and comparing the information. If not, thought process can be slowed down or stopped, something which, in combat, is almost invariably lethal – too much information is as bad as too little. For this reason, humans have many filters – most of them subconscious – which help them choose which information to process. This allows us to function, but also creates various different forms of bias. However, when it comes to fighting, system itself has to reduce the information flow, as pilot is too busy trying to kill the other guy and stop him from doing the same. Read the rest of this entry »

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