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goodbye cruel 2016

This is where people wax eloquent on the things that happened in 2016. They list the great things, the not so great things and the things they want to improve on in the coming year.

I know lots of good things happened in 2016 for me. I don’t remember many of them.

If 2017 is as awesome as I remember 2016, I may just become a hermit midway through the year.

If bad comes in threes and that means two more years like 2016, please bring the Revolution the left seems to want, so I can be a casualty.

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The Kurds do good

http://tinyurl.com/Go-Kurds

 

A few weeks ago, the Kurds took land to act as buffer zones against the ISIS radicals.  That was a good decision.

Now the Kurds have taken several oil fields in the Kirkut area.

I am glad at least one group of people in the (soon to be) former Iraq has the brains and balls to act in a self sufficient manner without being completely corrupt, self centered narcissist bastards.  From the stories I have heard from our Special Op soldiers is that the Kurds (as a group) are honest fighters and very willing to keep any assjacks out of their area of control.  Be those people,  Sunni, Shiite, Al Queda or John Kerry.

Now please help me to understand our stance on actively inhibiting this.

We have a mostly pro US group (despite our previous treachery) who really only wants to keep their ancestral homes and way of life from falling under the control of the “Caliphate of Islam” or whatever ISIS is calling its land.  Why are we not falling all over ourselves to assist this proven group of fighters.

Oh wait, see Isreal (and any other group who is pro US and mostly self sufficient)

 

Update:

Now, we won’t even buy Kurdish oil or SELL the Kurds ammunition so they can defend themselves against ISIS.

Hell, we should be DONATING  BEGGING THEM TO TAKE boat loads of ammo  as well as offering incentive pay to Spec Op guys with existing relationships with the Kurds, to go back in theater.

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Does Israel have the right to self defense?

http://tinyurl.com/UN-on-Isreal

Palestinian U.N. envoy, Riyad Mansour, said the Palestinians’ understanding is that the cease-fire should go into effect immediately.

Really asshole.  So when you send several hundred rockets into Israeli residential neighborhoods, you know, aimed at innocent civilians that is ok.  Israel sends several sorties of guided missiles at legitimate military targets and there needs to be an immediate cease-fire?
 
He said the Palestinians will be watching closely to see if the Israelis respond to the council’s call, stressing that if they don’t “we have a lot of tools in our arsenal.
 
Really asshole, if you had more tools you would be using them. 
Suicide bombers, seen them
unguided rockets – meet iron dome
knife and gun wielding terrorists attacking children, seen that too
 
why don’t you try some economic sanctions – oh wait, you don’t have an economy
What about a stand up fight – oh wait, you don’t have an army … or discipline
 
 
When I was a little kid, my dad gave me some good advice.  Don’t start a fight you can’t finish, and if your smart don’t start a fight you can’t win.  But, its even better if you can avoid the fight.  For those fights you have to be in, be sure to win.
 
Somehow, I think the Palestinians didn’t have that talk with their dad.  It looks like they just run and hide behind mom’s skirt and pray mom will protect them from their own stupidity.
 
I say, buck up little boy.  You pick a fight with the Big Guy, expect to get you ass handed too you.  The right to self defense and all that.
 
If I was Israel, I would be seriously tempted to pull up all the reserves and drive all your people back to where they came from and build a fence. Like the one we need on our Southern Border.

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What D-Day should tell the world

June 06, 1944

D-Day was the name given to any date that an attack was to be initiated.  Since June 06, 1944, it has meant the beginning of the recovery of Europe from the Nazi scourge.  Those who are not familiar with military jargon only know of this one day as D-Day.

From the beginning, the planning for D-Day accepted that it would be a difficult task and a large portion of the men who assaulted would likely die.  The task was originally assigned to three assault divisions with two division as reserve and reinforcement.  Fairly quickly, this was bumped up to five assault division, two reserve division and three paratrooper divisions dropped behind the lines.  The biggest issue with enlarging the assault was haul capacity.  You can only move so many men and so much equipment in a ship.  The ships can only travel so quickly and expecting none of them to be combat casualties is a fools errand.

We, along with the British, designed and tested a “floating” tank.  These were known as DD tanks “Donald Duck” tanks by the crews. On Omaha Beach, 29 of these modified tanks were launched into six foot seas at up to two miles from shore.  Of the 29 so launched, 27 sank prior to reaching shore.  No less than five of the crews took the time to radio back to the higher ups the specific difficulties and suggested solutions for their brethren who were scheduled to do a similar assault in a few hours.  This tells us something.

The first day’s assault at Omaha beach consisted of roughly 12,000 men.  Of these, roughly 2400 died.  Many of those casualties occurred prior to even making contact with dry land.  Despite many units fighting strength being halved, despite most of the units landing far from their objective, despite most of the officer and NCO corp becoming casualties; they pressed on.  This tells us something.

Due to an error in timing / inclement weather, the pre-invasion bombardment of the fortifications did not happen.  The planes arrived as the last of the first nine companies where exiting their landing craft.  In order to no inflict friendly fire casualties, the pilots dropped their bombs behind the shore zone.  The entire German defense was designed to repel invaders at the shore.  No significant damage was done to the defensive effort by this close support air assault.  The soldiers pressed on.  This tells us something.

Due to bad luck, poor navigation, smoke obscuring the landing zones, high casualties, immense loss of leadership only one company was fighting as the force it originated as.  They were seriously depleted at roughly 120 men (from roughly 200).  They pressed on.  This tells us something.

Groups of combat engineers were assigned to sixteen objectives / obstacles on Omaha Beach.  Of these sixteen assignments, five groups landed within operational distance of their objective.  Three other groups landed with ZERO supporting infantry or mechanized units.  Despite these hardships and roughly a 40% KIA loss, they pressed on and cleared six of their objectives.  This tells us something.

I have no hard documentation for what I am about to write, but several sources have indicated that one significant reason for beach assignments in Operation Overlord was by nationality.  If there was a huge problem with assaulting a certain beach, send in the Americans.  The theory was, add a few extra units and let the Americans figure it out.  In each case, the adapted and pressed on.  This tells us something.

This something that D-Day keeps telling us, is that there is such a thing as American Exceptionalism.

American Exceptionalism has been drilled into the American psyche since before the birth of our nation.  We never had enough to do the job according to the manual.  So we re-wrote the manual.   We were sick of Kings telling us how to do things from the top down.  So we re-wrote the manual.  US Constitution – Bill of Rights.  We accepted the idiom that an idea that works is not a stupid idea.  This basic belief catapulted the USA from a backwater colonial rebel to the only Superpower in just over 200 years.

An idea so powerful as providing philosophical, educational, economic and spiritual freedom to the citizens of a nation; is what lead to American Execptionalism.  Look very carefully at those four broad areas of freedom.  Think for a minute.  Then thinks of all the ways those four areas are under ATTACK.  Now, ponder for a second if that is an accident.

The men (and women) who rode the first wave of the attack at D-Day knew what to do when an organization threatened them.

Do we, anymore?

 

 

 

 

 

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Military reveille waking up citizens (in NJ).

First of, I am not so sure people who live in NJ are actually citizens, but that is another topic.

Second, If you chose to live next to a military base…

The base plays reveille at 0800  (8 AM).  Some of the neighbors are suing to get the base to stop playing reveille.

Are you kidding?  You chose to live next to a military base, airport, slaughter house, school yard, industrial park, prison… you chose to live next to the source of your own irritation and most likely paid a whole lot less than if you had purchased the exact same house in a “better” location.  This is because everyone EXCEPT you figured out there would be some inconvenience associated with living there.

Nut up junior.  Buy some earplugs and get on with life.

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CVE for 2020

In my opinion The US Navy has far too much of its capital and assets wrapped up in the Supercarrier model.  The latest iteration, the Ford Class, costs roughly $14B each.  This is approximately 40% more than the Nimitz class and likely will grow over the course of the procurement process, almost completely assuring less than the projected 10 carriers will be built.

I posit the US Navy should reduce the 10 ship Ford Class to a 7 ship production run and free up $30-42B to be switched over to production of 6 smaller carriers of a new class.  I christen this class CVO  (CV other than Supercarrier).

From open source data, current production cost of an Essex Class carrier would run just over $1B.  To this we need to add the new radars, avionics, steel under Kevlar decks, steam catapults etc.  For this we will add on another $1B.  Then I would like the advantages of nuclear propulsion.  We can add another $1B (although I think that is way too much).  At $3B each, the cost of 6 would be close to half the money saved by dropping 3 from the Ford Class.

 So for a rough cost of $3B we would get this.

 Essex Class carrier size with a 9 degree angled deck layout.

Length – 850-880 foot
beam – 90 to 125 at maximal width of deck
Draft – 25 ft empty 29 ft loaded
Displacement – 35,000 tons empty 39,000 tons full

Propulsion
triple S8G nuclear reactors
60,000 shp each for a
total of 180,000 shp available able to cross connect steam with twin to quad shafts
or
Single A1B nuclear reactor 140,000shp

max speed 36
knots running at 85% on all 3 reactors
single S8G reactor max speed 15 knots
Max speed 33 knots A1B reactor

CATOBAR
3 launch steam catapults and 3 arrestor wire sets

Radars
lots

point defense
12 Rim-7 Sea Sparrow
2 Phalanx CIWS

Air Squadrons

Navy role

22 Attack  – 3 electronic suppression – 4 early warning radar – 2 logistics – 6 ASW fixed wing – 6 large drones

2 x 7 F/A-18C Navy pilots – CAP / Attack
1 x 8 F/A-18C Marine pilots – Attack
3 EA18G Growlers – electronic suppression
4 E-2C Hawkeyes – radar extenders
2 C-2 Greyhounds – logistics
6 HH-60H Seahawks – ASW
6 large drones TBD in type and multiple small drones

Marine support role

12 Attack  – 3 electronic suppression – 3 early warning radar – 4 logistics – 12 fixed wing Attack -6 ASW fixed wing – 6 large drones

1 x 6 F/A-18C Navy pilots –  CAP / Attack
1 x 6 F/A-18C Marine pilots – Attack
3 EA18G Growlers – electronic suppression
4 E-2C Hawkeyes – radar extenders
4 C-2 Greyhounds – logistics
6 HH-60H Seahawks – ASW
12 AH-1Z Cobra – Fixed wing Attack
6 large drones TBD in type  and multiple small drones

For me the bottom line is:

13 air power projection points is way better than 10

Smaller carriers are less expensive and the loss of one is less crippling while creating more varied mission options.

When serious power projection is needed a CVO task force of 2 or 3 CVO’s would have very similar power to a CVN but have the advantage of having multiple launch and recovery platforms.  Not to mention no more than 5 countries could / would seriously attempt to battle with a single CVO much less the way they should normally (2-3) be tasked against any serious opponent.

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