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  1. Kirkhill

    Cognitive Warfare - Diplomacy or ?

    China's upset. CO of puny American destroyer not showing appropriate fear of majestic Chinese carrier. And he is pointing the soles of his boots at it. https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/05/time-for-cognitive-warfare-against-china/ Short form, IMO, we don't know nuffink for sure. All of our...
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    Swarms

    Swarms of Small Diameter Bombs dropped from F16s/F18s to decoys to deep sea gliders. https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/38604/the-age-of-swarming-air-launched-munitions-has-officially-begun-with-air-force-test...
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    Marines rapidly seize - Army indefinitely holds?

    The author is arguing what type of vertical lift the Army should acquire and whether or not it should go for the Tilt Rotor or the Contra-Rotator to replace the Blackhawk. In the process the author seems to apply some clarification on how the Marines and the Army see each other and how they...
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    The Myth of a Rules-Based World

    No comment other than I find no fault. The Continuing Competitive Age. https://www.realclearworld.com/articles/2021/04/12/the_myth_of_a_rules-based_world_772304.html
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    The Threat of Mackinder's World Island?

    https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2021/04/09/the_blue_arctic_and_the_world-island_772044.html So this strategist posits that Oceania is once again under threat from the combined forces of TROW (The Rest Of the World). China is on the rise and working with Russia. So says...
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    Barbarossa - Horse Drawn Blitzkrieg

    Jonathan Dimbleby is a bit Leftish for my taste his recent article has an interesting graphic https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/jonathan-dimbleby-inside-story-barbaric-battle-really-lost-hitler/?li_source=LI&li_medium=liftigniter-rhr The thesis is that Hitler beat himself. Arguable...
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    USAF concerned that the Army is poaching again

    As the Army gets back into Long Range / Intermediate Range / Medium Range missiles again the USAF is starting to get shirty. Problems of Strategic Air Command, Redstone Arsenal and Bombers vs Missiles all over again. But now USAF is also bracketed by the US Space Force...
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    The New Death of the City

    Cities dying is nothing new. The Old World is full of abandoned cities. Some get reborn but many just get covered over by deserts, grazing land and forests. https://www.city-journal.org/covid-19-the-death-of-density For some of us, a vanishing few, this is not a new phenomenon. It...
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    Austal USA moves to add steel shipbuilding

    https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2021/03/29/with-a-second-frigate-yard-competition-on-the-horizon-austal-usa-moves-to-add-steel-shipbuilding/ Austal USA is the supplier of the aluminum ferries, the JHSVs and the trimaran Independence class LCSs. The parent company in Australia is also in the...
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    "Theirs is the Glory"

    A 1946 movie filmed in Sept 1945 the survivors of the 1 Airborne Div re-enacting the Arnhem drop.
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    RCAF Authorities / Future Unmanned Aircraft for RCAF

    If they already have a cubicle with a screen then don't they just need joysticks? Or do they have those already as well?
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    RN Trialling UAVs for Royal Marines Future Commando Force

    Royal Marines conducting trials with an Autonomous VTOL UAV capable of meeting some of the CQSM's requirements Video marines having their rucks delivered to them in a tactical situation by a Malloy T150 The base line product is an electrically powered Malloy Aeronautics T150 (capable of...
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    Australia! Australia! Australia! - New Strategy for handling China.

    Australia Is Having a Strategic Revolution, and It’s All About China https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/07/22/australia-military-strategy-regional-policy-china/ Now that is strategic renewal.  When's ours?
  14. Kirkhill

    Median Age by Country (per CIA)

    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/343rank.html#AS Best predictor of disorder?  How easily swayed?
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    The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend .... and then what?

    Henry Kissinger and Niall Ferguson are of the opinion a new cold war is in the offing - 45 years after Kissinger thought he had "solved" the last one. https://www.belfercenter.org/publication/america-and-china-are-entering-dark-forest Bipolar.  Two poles.  The old Cold War was always...
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    What if Oxford PPE graduates on TV were made to wear pink conical hats?

    The Spectator offers the right sort of opinions to my mind.  ;D Rory Sutherland What if Oxford PPE graduates on TV were made to wear pink conical hats? From magazine issue: 27 June 2020 You can’t discuss racial inequality without using the N-word. And you can’t debate social justice without...
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    China - India

    I don't know if this one has been started yet or if we have to blend the China and India Superthreads I remember somebody saying something to the effect that the war after the next would be fought with rocks and clubs. It appears that the Indians and Chinese have decided to skip the bit in...
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    Militarization of Police.

    I hear a lot of talk about Militarization of the Police these days. Simple really. The politicians created the situation.  Aided and abetted by the Army.  Trump and Cotton are getting beat up about implementing something called the Insurrection Act.  In Canada we refer to it as Aid to the...
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    An Independent People - Presbyterians

    I haven't seen these shows before.  I have been well impressed. It tells the tale from an Irish perspective but it is a tale that resonates through Canadian history.  Ireland's first revolutionaries, first republicans, were Presbyterians.  Just as they were a strong, if not dominant force, in...
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    How to handle losing -

    Julian Smith, a British Tory MP, Chief Whip under Theresa May and Northern Ireland Secretary under Boris Johnson, was sacked. Here is his public reaction to the change in fortunes.  "Play up! Play up! And play the game!" Be nice if more people were able to understand that the world doesn't end...
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