Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Trump threatens 'total destruction' of North Korea in United Nations speech

President Donald Trump has said the United States will be forced to "totally destroy" North Korea unless Pyongyang backs down from its nuclear challenge. Loud murmurs filled the green-marbled UN General Assembly hall.

Unless North Korea backs down, he said, "We will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea." Many are considering the remarks genocidal.

Monday, September 18, 2017

US deploys stealth jets and bombers as China-Russia naval drills held near North Korea

The US flew four F-35B stealth fighter jets and two B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula on Monday in a show of force after North Korea’s latest nuclear and missile tests. They were the first flights since the North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3 and staged an intermediate-range missile test over Japan last Friday.

China and Russia began a joint naval exercise east of the Korean peninsula. The drill will be held in waters between the Russian port of Vladivostok and the southern part of the Sea of Okhotsk, further north

Sunday, September 17, 2017

U.S. Air Force chaplain - All other faiths 'Serving Satan'

A U.S. Air Force chaplain who ministers to thousands of men and women at an Ohio base is asserting that Christians in the U.S. Armed Forces “serve Satan” and are “grossly in error” if they support service members' right to practice other faiths.

Captain Sonny Hernandez, an Air Force Reserve chaplain for the 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, criticized Christian service members who rely on the Constitution “and not Christ.”
“Christian service members who openly profess and support the rights of Muslims, Buddhists, and all other anti-Christian worldviews to practice their religions are grossly in error, and deceived. Counterfeit Christians in the Armed forces will appeal to the Constitution, and not Christ means they have no accountability for their souls (Heb. 13:17)".

A retired Air Force officer says Hernandez is evidence of the trickle-down effect of President Donald Trump's relationship with the far fringes of the Christian right.
And here is the oath Captain Sonny Hernandez swore to God ...

‘I , _____ , do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.’

Saturday, September 9, 2017

'Appallingly Bad' F35s costing UK plenty

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) will pay around £80 million ($103 million) more for its F-35s, which have faced widespread criticism due to a number of technical mishaps, undermining their performance in almost every key area. The UK is purchasing 138 F-35s for use by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. Weapons experts have blasted the MoD’s £150 billion order, as the aircraft is plagued by an “unbelievably abnormal number of issues.”

A leading aviation analyst blasted the costly planes saying their “maneuverability is appallingly bad." It has terrific problems trying to fly fast at low altitude. “It overheats, and when you detect the overheating, you have to open the bomb bay doors to cool the missiles that are inside.” More serious, dozens of F-35s were grounded after five pilots suffered hypoxia. The cause of the oxygen-supply malfunction remains unknown, but the stealth fighter jets returned to action after 11 days.

A UK F-35 report found the ‘only thing stealthy’ to be ‘the price tag’.

Lockheed Chief Financial Officer Bruce Tanner boasted that his company’s profits are likely to increase.
The plane’s operational software remains a serious weakness and may not be compatible with the Royal Navy ships. Even Britain’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, may be unable to receive transmissions from the planes. These technical faults compelled the US Department of Defense (DoD) to spend nearly $4 billion to modernize the fighter jets. Lockheed Martin made almost $89 million in profit at the expense of British taxpayers in just three months by repairing the jets.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

North Korea nuclear threat: Mattis warns of 'massive military response'

Pentagon chief James Mattis says any threat to the US or its allies by North Korea will be met with a "massive military response". His comments came after a national security briefing with President Donald Trump about the secretive communist state's latest nuclear test.

The UN Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss an international response. Meanwhile, President Trump has warned that America may stop trading with any country that does business with the North.

Seismologists' equipment started picking up readings of an earth tremor in the area where North Korea has conducted nuclear tests before. The US Geological Survey put the tremor at 6.3 magnitude. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said there was no doubt this was North Korea's sixth nuclear test.

Monday, August 28, 2017

North Korea fires missile over Japan, sharply escalating tensions

North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan and landed in waters off the northern region of Hokkaido early on Tuesday, marking a sharp escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula.

The test, which experts said appeared to have been a recently developed intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missile, came as U.S. and South Korean forces conduct annual military drills on the peninsula, against which North Korea strenuously objects. North Korea has conducted dozens of ballistic missile tests under young leader Kim Jong-un, the most recent on Saturday, but firing projectiles over mainland Japan is very rare.
The United States, Japan and South Korea asked for a United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss the test, diplomats said. A meeting of the 15-member Security Council would be held later on Tuesday, they said. Earlier this month, the Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea in response to two long-range missile launches in July. South Korea's military said the missile was launched from near the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, just before 6 a.m. (2100 GMT Monday) and flew 2,700 km, reaching an altitude of about 550 km.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Trump could launch a nuclear attack in 4 minutes

Following yet another angry and illogical Trump speech in Arizona on Tuesday, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper voiced concerns about Trump's mental stability, particularly in relation to his access to the US nuclear arsenal. "The whole system is built to ensure rapid response if necessary," Clapper said. "So there's very little in the way of controls over exercising a nuclear option, which is pretty damn scary." The entire system is geared towards establishing whether a launch order is "valid" only insofar as whether it's actually coming from the President. From the time that a president orders a launch, the first ICBMs would leave their silos about four minutes later.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Trump Strategy for Afganistan nobody's business

U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his strategy on Afghanistan. A pillar is that the U.S. will not reveal dates, troop numbers or plans for America's longest military conflict. With Taliban insurgent forces no nearer to defeat, current U.S. troop numbers are about 8,400. Trump has been skeptical of how the United States is fighting the war in Afghanistan, which was launched by President George W. Bush in October 2001. "We're not winning," he said in July, questioning whether U.S. Army General John Nicholson should be fired. U.S. forces have remained bogged down in Afganistan through the presidencies of Bush, Barack Obama and now Trump. About 2,400 U.S. forces have died in Afghanistan since the invasion.

Friday, August 18, 2017

U.S. military leaders condemn racism following Trump's comments on Charlottesville

America's top-ranking military officers spoke out forcefully against racial bigotry and extremism, a very rare public foray into domestic politics that revealed a growing unease at the Pentagon with President Trump.
The members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff -- the senior uniformed brass of the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force -- all posted messages on their official Twitter accounts to denounce the far-right extremists behind the violence in Charlottesville, Va.
“The Army doesn't tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks,” Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff of the Army, tweeted. “It's against our Values and everything we've stood for since 1775.”

The 82nd Airborne Division used Twitter to disavow a man photographed giving a Nazi salute while wearing a hat with the division's insignia. "Respectfully, anyone who thinks this man represents our culture and values has never worn the maroon beret... and never will," the 82nd Airborne tweeted.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Laser Weapon System (LaWS)

The AN/SEQ-3 Laser Weapon System or XN-1 LaWS is a directed-energy weapon developed by the United States Navy. The weapon was installed on USS Ponce for field testing in 2014. In December 2014, the United States Navy reported that the LaWS system worked perfectly, and that the commander of the Ponce is authorized to use the system as a defensive weapon.

LaWS uses an infrared beam from a solid-state laser array which can be tuned to high output to destroy the target or low output to warn or cripple the sensors of a target. Among the advantages of this device versus projectile weapons is the low cost per shot.
The LaWS is designed to be used against low-end asymmetric threats. Scalable power levels allow it to be used on low-power to dazzle a person's eye to high power to fry sensors, burn out motors, and detonate explosive materials.

Against a vital point on small UAVs, one can be shot down in as little as two seconds. When facing small boats, the laser would target a craft's motor to disable it. LaWS is accurate enough to target explosives if on board. Against larger aircraft like helicopters, it is able to burn through vital components, which would cause them to crash.
LaWS will act as a short-range, self-defense system against drones and boats, while more powerful lasers in the future should have enough power to destroy anti-ship missiles. LaWS are meant to complement other missile and gun-based defense systems rather than replace them.

While lasers are significantly cheaper and have virtually unlimited magazines, their beams can be disrupted by atmospheric and weather conditions and are restricted to line-of-sight firing to keep the beam on target. Conventional systems will remain in place for larger and longer-range targets that require the use of a kinetic defense.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Soviet Su-35S

This is a story of two jets and two air shows. The Paris Air Show was supposed to put to rest the unpatriotic criticisms of Lockheed's majestic F-35. It didn't. The jet performed mediocre at best. At worst, people were basically calling it a 5th generation toaster.

That was back in June. Fast-forward to the present. The Su-35S gave a performance to remember at MAKS, the annual international air show held outside of Moscow.
MAKS is an international airshow held at Zhukovsky International Airport, the home of the Gromov Flight Research Institute in Zhukovsky, 40 km (25 mi) southeast of Moscow, Russia. 200 aircraft took part in the event’s flight program and 116 others were showcased on the ground.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

'Trump chicken'; makes inflatable Chickens great again

A giant inflatable chicken resembling U.S. President Donald Trump waded into the swamp of U.S. politics, rearing its coiffed head just outside the White House gates. With its swooping gold hairstyle, angry eyebrows and emphatically-gesturing finger-feathers, the nine-metre white chicken balloon sparked many comparisons to the president of the United States.
A Chinese factory started producing balloons with a “Trump chicken” design in January.

The bird was spotted in Washington in April at a protest demanding Trump release his tax returns, but this marks the first time the chicken POTUS has come home to roost at the White House itself.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Trump threatens North Korea with 'fire and fury'

President Trump, facing a growing nuclear threat from North Korea, warned the country on Tuesday against any new provocations and issued his own threat. "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States” Trump told reporters.

The comments came after a report in the Washington Post citing a U.S. intelligence assessment that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can be affixed to missiles, greatly expanding the country’s range and power.
Trump: "North Korea best not make any more threats to the U.S. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."

Trump’s rhetoric in some ways mirrors his North Korean counterpart’s.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Navy Reveals F-35 Helmet Display Videos And Flight Test Dangers

Video from Flight Test Safety Committee's conference early last May offers insight into the F-35 test program. Lt. Col. D. Tom Fields goes into detail about a couple of challenges the program, a refreshing change from the usual one-sided spin from the F-35 Program Office.

During the presentation, never seen before nighttime video recorded by the aircraft's helmet mounted display (HMD) is shown. A display malfunction nearly caused disaster during one of the nighttime shipboard landing tests. Fields makes it clear: "We got real lucky that night."
An F-35B struggles to refuel behind a KC-135R. Its refueling probe's tip gets snapped off in the tanker's receptacle basket.
The test's goal was to see if the F-35B could use its afterburner to go "higher, heavier, and slower" while refueling. The answer is absolutely nope.
 You can watch the video in its entirety by clicking this link.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Trump Says U.S.‘Losing’ Afghan War

President Donald Trump has become increasingly frustrated with his advisers tasked with crafting a new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and recently suggested firing the war's top military commander.

Trump repeatedly suggested that Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford replace Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, because he is not winning the war. Trump has not met Nicholson, and the Pentagon has been considering extending his time in Afghanistan.
Over nearly two hours in the situation room, according to the officials, Trump complained about NATO allies, inquired about the United States getting a piece of Afghan’s mineral wealth and repeatedly said the top U.S. general there should be fired. During the meeting, Trump criticized his military advisers seated around the table in the White House Situation Room.