Friday, May 26, 2017

Shock Troop.

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From the outstanding Internet web site War is Boring a reference to a movie the topic of which was the German Storm Troop of the Great War [WW1].

In German with subtitles in English, re-mastered and edited more or less in entirety. Forgotten for many decades but now available on You Tube and can be viewed for free as an example of historical cinematic excellence..

"‘Shock Troop 1917’ Is a Brutal War Film … From 1934"

"The movie was popular with German nationalists"

"Hans Zöberlein’s 1934 feature film Stoßtrupp 1917 — Shock Troop 1917, in English — depicts German storm troopers fighting on the Western Front during World War I, slogging from the Aisne to Champagne to Cambrai."


German storm troops. Lots of hand grenades. That man in the front is wearing a Red Cross armband and yet carrying a grenade! Storm troops often had to advance through an area which only a few minutes earlier had been subjected to an artillery barrage delivering poison gas on target!

"The film is deeply nationalistic — and was hugely popular in its time. Compared to contemporary films such as All Quiet on the Western Front and West Front, Shock Troop 1917 is less pacifist in tone"

"All Quiet on the Western Front" pacifist and anti-war. "Shock Troop" the opposite but not so excessively so. Combat as it was during that period and as presented and depicted quite realistic for the time!!

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

P-8 Black Sea.

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I  had to read this several time before I properly understood.

Russian submarine as having left port and sailed from the Baltic to the Black Sea.

"What Was a US Spy Plane Searching for Along Russia's Borders on V-Day?"

"On Friday, Russia's Defense Ministry confirmed the Pentagon's report that Russia scrambled an Su-30 fighter on May 9 over the Black Sea to intercept a US Navy P-8A Poseidon, which was 'conducting routine operations in international airspace.'"

"The expert [Sudakov] noted that recent reports suggested that one of the submarines might now be on its ocean passage from the Baltic Sea where it has undergone its final testing. Hence the US aircraft might have been waiting for it to obtain its acoustic profile, which is individual for each particular submarine and which will help to locate it in the future."

TRACKING A RUSSIAN SUBMARINE DURING VOYAGE FROM THE BALTIC TO THE BLACK SEA! HARDLY "SPY" OR ESPIONAGE AS THOSE WORLD ORDINARILY, GENERALLY AND COMMONLY UNDERSTOOD!

American submarine probably closely shadowing the Russian all the way up to the Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus. Poseidon in international airspace and perhaps even pursuant to NATO mission following from that point forward. ROUTINE!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

John Georgelas.

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"Rise, cut ties: spies disguised in white,
by the sword, for the Lord of Might
Defeat the cheat, trite fleet of fright,
by rod—by God!—by baud, by byte"

For those familiar with computers baud and byte are familiar terms!.

"The American Climbing the Ranks of ISIS"

I RECOMMEND THIS ATLANTIC ARTICLE WITHOUT QUALIFICATION OR RESERVATION! A MUST READ.

"John Georgelas was a military brat, a drug enthusiast, a precocious underachiever born in Texas. Now he is a prominent figure within the Islamic State. Here’s the story of his long and troubling journey."

The True Believer!! A devolution story? A nobody who became a somebody?

This man, an American now described as "a prominent figure" within the leadership of the Islamic State. JOHN GEORGELAS A CONVERT TO ISLAM A/K/A Yahya Abu Hassan A/K/A Yahya al-Bahrumi


An American of prominence in the ranks of the Islamic State. Having influence and perhaps even counted among those who rank at the very top of the ISIL power structure.

Key points as extracted:

* "Americans are known to have traveled to Syria as jihadists. Most are knuckleheads. Yahya, it seemed, was unique."

* "When John uttered the Muslim declaration of faith, the ashes of the World Trade Center were barely cool."

* "Yahya and Tania [his wife] lied to anyone who inquired about their activities. When Syrian government spies started asking neighbors about them, they moved on."

* "When a SWAT team came to their  house in Grapevine, Texas, early in the morning, Yahya and Tania were already awake for dawn prayers."

* "Yahya is the Islamic State’s leading producer of high-end English-language propaganda. Recently, clues have emerged that he may be much more."

JOHN FROM A FAMILY OF HIGH-ACHIEVERS BUT HIMSELF A LOW-ACHIEVER UNTIL THAT EXACT MOMENT JOHN BECAME A SALAFIST MUSLIM OF THE MOST EXTREME TYPE. NOW HE IS A MAJOR PLAYER IN A DANGEROUS GAME OF GEO-POLITICAL STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE. WHO WOULD EVER HAVE THOUGHT IT COULD BE!

John has a way with the words and the poetry too, doesn't he!

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Linux USN.

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"Don’t think anything could possibly go wrong when a British Trident submarine, fitted with American manufactured (and maintained) nuclear warheads – managed via American manufactured (and maintained) nuclear warheads – managed via American developed software infected with American hacking tools when the red button is pushed? Think again."

That newest American warship DDG 1000 Zumwalt class destroyer not relying on Microsoft product for the Information Technology solution!

NOT using proprietary software but an off-the-shelf and commercially available operating system, Linux Red Hat!

"The Navy’s newest warship is powered by Linux"

The U.S. Navy knows something the Royal Navy [RN] does not?

"The advantage of [using Linux] over operating systems such as Windows is that security flaws are caught before they become an issue for the public. Because Linux does not dominate the market like Windows, there are some disadvantages to using the operating system. ... One main issue with Linux is drivers."

Linux SUPERIOR as compared to Microsoft?

Advantages and disadvantages of Linux as compared to Microsoft disscussed here!

A sampling of Linux advantages to include but hardly limited to:

* "Easy to install applications."
* "Secure."
* "Easy to change options."
* "Community."
* "Free."

Again, the U.S. Navy knows something about software and malware embedded the Royal Navy [RN] does not know?

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Dwindling.

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From the Chicago Tribune as of this last Sunday:

"NEWS BRIEFING"

"Iraq's special forces shrink ISIS stronghold in western Mosul"

"BAGHDAD - - Iraq's special forces declared their aspect of the mission to reclaim Mosul completed Saturday. However heavy fighting still looms between other Iraqi forces and the Islamic State group, which clings to a dwindling portion of Iraq's second largest city."

Stalingrad in the desert continues and has done so for SEVEN FULL MONTHS NOW!

I think everyone knew Mosul was going to be hard but did anyone anticipate it was going to be this hard? Urban warfare everyone grants is difficult. Especially if YOUR ADVERSARY HAS HAD SEVERAL YEARS TO PREPARE!

See previous blog entries the topic of which was the battle for Mosul:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/02/golden.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/02/five-bridges.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/03/bridges-mosul_6.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/04/old-city.html

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Trident II.

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Within context of the two previous blog entries consider this item as extracted from an article as seen at the outstanding Internet web site Strategy Page.

SLBM = submarine [sea] launched ballistic missiles.

"Strategic Weapons: SLBM Success Elusive"

"You don’t often hear about complex weapons that consistently perform flawlessly. They do exist. For example, test firings of production models of the U.S. Navy Trident II SLBM (Sea Launched Ballistic Missile) have never failed. There have been 143 of these missile launches, which involve an SSBN (ballistic missile carrying nuclear sub) firing one of their Trident IIs, with the nuclear warhead replaced by one of similar weight but containing sensors and communications equipment."

"The test results for the Trident while in development were equally impressive, with 87 percent successful (in 23 development tests) for the Trident I and 98 percent (49 tests) of the Trident II. The Trident I served from 1979-2005, while the Trident II entered service in 1990."

TRIDENT II UNTIL THIS RECENT FAILURE OF A MISSILE AS LAUNCHED FROM A BRITISH SUBMARINE 100 % SUCCESSFUL!

Soviet/Russian and Chinese SLBM in contrast to Trident far less reliable! Very questionable as can be reasonably inferred!!

Never a failure of a production model Trident II until now. So some investigation is warranted. Don't be so rash and throw the baby out with the bath water however,.

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MS XP Trident.

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"Don’t think anything could possibly go wrong when a British Trident submarine, fitted with American manufactured (and maintained) nuclear warheads – managed via American manufactured (and maintained) nuclear warheads – managed via American developed software infected with American hacking tools when the red button is pushed? Think again."

Once more to the subject of the recent British Royal Navy [RN] Trident missile malfunction. Routine test of ship, crew and missile as having gone awry to the consternation of many. British Members of Parliament [MP] up in arms over this issue as they say?

Thanks again also to Global Research and the original article as extracted from.

"MPs accuse Theresa May of covering up Trident malfunction"

[all spelling again in the British fashion]

The Guardian wrote that Theresa May was:

    “'under pressure to come clean in the House of Commons about the failure of a Trident missile test after MPs accused her of covering up the truth before a crucial parliamentary vote on renewing the nuclear deterrent.'”

"There was a catastrophic test-firing of the UK’s Trident II D5 ballistic missile in June last year off the coast of Florida. This was not some revolutionary new development still at the experimental stage."

. . . .

The Ministry of Defence said:

    “'The problem appears to have involved telemetry data, information gathered from various points and fed to the missile. There seem to have been a communication breakdown involving directional data.'“

"This is the same submarine class that was fitted with ‘Windows for Submarines’. In other words, the outdated software failed. Microsoft stopped supporting the MS XP system completely in 2014."

Warship and crew in harmony, but missile went erratic. Failure as is to be expected from time to time now a major difficulty for Prime Minister May. Elections soon in England and this will prove to be a hot-button item. Hopefully not!

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OS Submarine.

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Begins here some items of interest with regard to the Royal Navy [RN] submarine fleet computers of which are apparently susceptible [?] to the most recent world-wide hacking attack Ransomware.

Thanks to Global Research for the original article.

"British Nuclear Submarines, Microsoft and That Ransomware Attack"

[All spelling in the British fashion]

"In 2008, the UK’s nuclear submarines were fitted out with exactly the same systems that have just been involved in this cyber-attack."

"From a 2008 article – The Register: 'Royal Navy completes Windows for Submarines™ rollout'"

    “'The programme is called Submarine Command System Next Generation (SMCS NG), and uses varying numbers of standard multifunction consoles with two LCD screens, hooked up on an internal Ethernet network installed on each sub. Initial reports as the programme developed suggested that the OS in question would be Windows 2000, but those who have worked on it have since informed the Reg that in fact it is mostly based on XP.'”

"Windows were so chuffed at 'Windows for Submarines' they even advertised the fact to the entire world"

"chuffed - - adjective, British Informal. 1. delighted; pleased; satisfied."

Windows 2000 and Windows XP operating systems no longer maintained and for which security patches also no longer are made available?

Nothing can go wrong, go wrong, go wrong, go wrong, go wrong, go wrong!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Czar Brett I.

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Czar Brett I. Never heard of this man before. Someone who in just the last several days has become a hot button item?

Thanks to the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter:

"Turkey calls for ouster of Washington's ISIS war czar McGurk"

18 May.

"In the latest sign of a rift between US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu claimed Thursday that the US special envoy to the coalition against ISIS, Brett McGurk, should be removed from his post. The minister claimed in an interview that 'McGurk openly supports the (Kurdish) PKK (underground) and (Syrian Kurdish) YPG (militia)' so 'it would be beneficial' to oust him."

As to who this War Czar is:

1. "Brett H. McGurk - Wikipedia"

"Brett H. McGurk; Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant"

2. "McGurk, Brett"

"Brett McGurk serves as Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS at the U.S. Department of State."

3. "Turkey says 'pro-Kurd' US envoy Brett McGurk should leave"

"Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu accuses US envoy Brett McGurk of supporting Kurdish militants."

4. "Brett McGurk, one indispensable anti-ISIS warrior - NY Daily News"

"For all the coverage of senators grilling cabinet nominees, the most crucial national security official in Washington, now and after Donald Trump is sworn into office, is someone most people have never heard of"

Mr. McGurk a man of Ambassadorial rank coordinating all efforts civil and military as directed against the Islamic State.

THE TURK MUCH TO THEIR DISCREDIT AT THE WORST POSSIBLE MOMENT INSISTING ON THE REMOVAL OF THIS MAN! NOT GOOD!

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3D Tunnels.

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From the Israeli Internet web site Ynet a description of computerized 3D training for those IDF [Israeli Defense Forces] personnel preparing to engage in tunnel warfare.

"New virtual goggles assist IDF in tunnel combat"

"The 3D goggles now being used in the elite combat engineers Yahalom unit contain software enabling soldiers to familiarize themselves with details pertaining to construction and layout of Hamas terror tunnel network and to easily identify explosives to facilitate quicker disposal; ‘This is a great technological leap forward...They can learn without leaving the class.'"


From all appearances those tunnels very well engineered and built. Reminiscent of the type of structures the American military encountered in Vietnam. A tunnel that ogive [?] form self-supporting

See previous blog entries the topic of which was the tunnels of Gaza as dug by Hamas and the Israeli response to same:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/07/tunnels-of-gaza-i.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/07/tunnels-of-gaza-ii.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/07/tunnels-of-gaza-iii.html

Hezbollah too having an extensive network of tunnels and caves as to be used in further conflict with the Israeli.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Tunnel Sinjar.

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Also from Russian Sputnik News as described the underground lair of ISIL combatants discovered.

Tunnel complex underneath the newly liberated city of Sinjar. Elaborate and far-reaching. It can be expected where ever the forces of ISIL are to be found so will such complexes.

"Secret Underground ISIL Lair With US Weapons and Drugs Found in Iraq"

"Secret underground tunnels used by ISIL militants have been discovered under the Iraqi town of Sinjar. Kurdish forces made the discovery of the hideouts strewn with US made weaponry and drugs."

"The network of tunnels stretch for hundreds of meters, and are believed to have been dug by the forced labor of prisoners."

"Sinjar has only recently been liberated from ISIL control by Kurdish troops in the last two weeks."

Sinjar before ISIL occupation a city of 200,000 persons. NOW uninhabited and uninhabitable and probably will be so for some time to come!

Alcohol forbidden by Islam but drugs such as opiates not so. BZ also popular among the jihadi on a suicide mission!

P.S. My apology this blog entry inadvertently posted a second time. Devoted readers might want to also refer to a more recent blog post as is pertinent to ISIL tunnel warfare.

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Year 1918.

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Additionally thanks to the BBC "History" magazine and as extracted the article: "What was history's most dramatic year?".

Most dramatic in this instance also having a military dimension.

According to Jeremy Black that year was 1918!

"Years that mark the close of major wars generally reflect significant changes, but 1918 was particularly traumatic and the changes that occurred have had consequences right up the present day. The fall of the Austrian, German and Turkish empires, and the outbreak of civil war in Russia [with the dissolution of the Russian Empire too], created long-term instability in the Balkans and the Middle East. The Cold War really began in 1918 - - but as a hot war. it was the brutal revolution that set the pattern for many others."

Other English historians having their own perception of "history's most dramatic year" to include:

* 30 B.C. * 1492 * 1572 * 1956. Once more I elaborate no further.

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Year 1260.

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From the BBC "History" magazine and as extracted from the article "What was history's most dramatic year?".

Thanks to Nicholas Vincent, Professor of Medieval History at The University of East Anglia large portions copied almost in entirety without shame.

Dramatic in this instance within the context of the military dimension.

According to the Professor that year was: 1260!

Ain-Jalut. Mongol versus Mameluke. Jezreel Valley in what is now modern-day Israel.


"The battle of Ain-Jalut, fought in the Jezreel Valley north of Jerusalem on 3 September, 1260 marked a turning point in world history a great deal more significant than the little local difficulty of Hastings 200 years before." [William the Conqueror, the Norman Conquest of England, 1066.]

The Mongol having destroyed Baghdad and the Abbasid Caliphate [1258] their designs and intentions for further conquest moving westward toward the Mediterranean.

"Instead at Ain Jalut, the Mongols were defeated by the rulers of Cairo. Against this resurgent power of Egypt, the few outposts of Christian rule in the Middle east stood little chance of survival. Within 30 years, what remained of the Crusader states had been swept away."

"From Ain Jalut flowed other consequences. The Mongol empire declined into civil war, and was never again to pose a serious threat to European stability. The regions south and east of the Mediterranean developed as an Arabic-speaking Islamic enclave, in rivalry with the Christian regions to the north and west. Rome's former empire was permanently cut in two. Christian dreams of conquest now shifted to the Baltic and Atlantic worlds"

Other English historians having their own perception of "history's most dramatic year" to include:

* 30 B.C. * 1492 * 1572 * 1956. I elaborate no further.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dreadnought 2017.

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Yet one more alternative to the modern aircraft carrier [heavy-weight boxer with a glass jaw] is the modernized, refurbished and improved brought-out-of-mothballs battleship?

"glass jaw - - excessively fragile . . . is vulnerable to even a light blow."

Iowa class warships one more sailing on the high seas as in time of yore?

From a variety of sources and authors:

1. "Is It Time to Bring Back the Battleships?"

"What if America had a true successor to the classic battleship, designed to both deal out and absorb punishment?"

2. "Russia is bringing back the battleship, refurbishing Cold War warriors with ultra-fast new missiles".

"IN an age where aircraft are losing their edge to drones and missiles, Russia is spending big bucks on bringing back to life ships that were dinosaurs even before they were built."

 3. "The Rise and Fall of the Battleship (And Why They Won't Be Coming Back)".

"Those who cover the militarized aspects of the ocean eventually will encounter a group of people who want the U.S. Navy to get back into the battleship business"

4. "21st Century Battleships".

NOT NECESSARILY THE BATTLESHIP AS THAT WORD COMMONLY, ORDINARILY AND USUALLY UNDERSTOOD BUT BETTER WHAT IS DEEMED AS THE BIG SHIP!!

AND NOT MERELY FOR SHORE BOMBARDMENT IN SUPPORT OF AN AMPHIBIOUS LANDING BUT A WARSHIP FOR SEA CONTROL!

The modern aircraft carrier having a lot of vulnerability. Lots of firepower and striking potential but also being described as the "heavy-weight with a glass jaw!".

A MODERN BATTLESHIP ABLE TO SUSTAIN REPEATED HITS, KEEP GOING, ALL THE WHILE CONSIDERABLE OFFENSIVE POWER HARDLY DIMINISHED. A FIGHTER, THE HEAVY-WEIGHT BOXER WITHOUT THE "GLASS JAW".

Consider that the DDG destroyer of the Zumwalt class cost about $3 billion USD per copy. A brand-new and much larger vessel than the DDG with fighting capacity in the traditional manner but not an aircraft carrier would cost HOW MUCH?

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Singapore II.

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Consider this item within the context of the previous blog entry:

Thanks to the Internet web site diggerhistory.info and the article "The Fall of Fortress Singapore"

That historical narrative repeated over and over is that plans for the defense of Singapore in case of Japanese attack included coastal artillery that could only fire seaward and not at inland targets.

Here with the rest of the story and elaboration:

"Myths about Fortress Singapore"

Myth: "The guns could only face the ocean, they could not be fired towards Malaya."


Singapore island not so large. Depending how you measure about 29 miles [46 kilometers] by 16 mile [26 kilometers]. That profusion of coastal artillery as located at the bottom of this image did not have the range anyhow to engage targets to the north [top of the image]?

 "Not so. The naval guns installed could manage full traverse and fire towards Malaya. Unfortunately there was little use in so doing. They were NAVAL guns with ammunition for firing at ships at sea over very long distances i.e. flat trajectory. That is totally different from firing at a bunch of infantry soldiers on pushbikes. As anti-personnel weapons they were useless, regardless of which way they pointed."

 ". . . A further point which soon emerged was that most of the ammunition for these guns was of the armor piercing variety, quite unsuitable for the bombardment of ground forces."

Assumptions as made by the British military planners as regard to Singapore all wrong? Seems it was so! Plans predicated on correct assumptions as a consequence also totally wrong much to the disadvantage of the defenders! And we all know how the story ended!

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Singapore I.

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From the Strategy Page Internet web site this item of interest:

"Artillery: Singapore Can Afford The Needed Precision"

Artillery in the Soviet sense to include ALL mortars of 120 mm and larger!

"April 6, 2017: Singapore has ordered 2,000 APMI GPS guided 120mm mortar shells. These will cost $33,000 each. Singapore needs these GPS guided mortar rounds because most of Singapore is heavily built up and you need something like guided mortar rounds to minimize collateral damage to structures and civilians,"

LET ME REITERATE! EACH AND EVERY TIME YOU FIRE ONE OF THESE PRECISION MORTAR ROUNDS THAT IS $33,000 USD LITERALLY DOWN THE TUBE!!


An APMI [Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative] round on the downward trajectory. GPS guided. The wonders of micro-electronics at work.

Mortar rounds [other nations refer to the projectile as fired by a mortar a "bomb"] as descending from a high trajectory having advantage in the highly urban terrain of Singapore.

The highly professional military planners of the Singapore city-state have given some careful thought to the subject of national defense and come up with the right solution as to indirect fire support? It seems so! Cost too is not such a major factor? Singapore relatively wealthy, even the envy of other developed countries!

"Singapore strives to obtain all the military advantages it can because it is one of the smallest nations in the world, being a tiny (633 square kilometers) island city state but also one the wealthiest. Defense spending is only about $12 billion a year for a population of 5.2 million. The armed forces consists of 71,000 active duty troops, of which 55 percent are conscripts. But on a per-capita basis, Singapore spends more on the military and has more people in uniform than the United States. The troops are highly trained, not easily replaced and the obvious solution is better weapons and equipment."

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Bulat.

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As active in the recent competition Strong Europe Tank Challenge 2017 a Ukrainian T-64BM.

A T-64? A T-64? A tank antiquated attempting to compete with the new boys?

"The T-64BM Bulat is a Ukrainian upgrade of the aging Soviet T-64B main battle tank [MBT]."

AGING AS IN THE FIRST PRODUCTION MODELS ROLLING OFF THE ASSEMBLY LINE IN 1964!!

Extensive modifications having been made to the original production models the result of which is a much improved and upgraded tank of some considerable lethality.

Upgrades and improvements to include:

* "In 2014 this MBT saw action during ongoing military conflict in Ukraine." Bulat is combat tested.

 * "Protection was improved by installation of add-on passive and explosive reactive armor."

* "Vehicle is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems."

* "This main battle tank is armed with a fully-stabilized 125-mm smooth-bore gun, fitted with automatic loader." A crew of three all that is needed."

* "The Bulat is compatible with the . . .  AT-11 Sniper anti-tank guided missiles." Sniper fired from the main gun of the tank for which NATO armor has no [?] comparable weapon.

* "Secondary armament consists of coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun and remotely operated 12.7-mm anti-aircraft machine gun." The latest Abrams apparently also has a remotely operated heavy-machine gun.

* "This main battle tank is fitted with new fire control system .

* "All sights and aiming devices were also upgraded."

* "The Bulat MBT has an upgraded power-pack."

See my previous blog entry the comments of the Soviet era defector and tank officer by training and experience Suvorov. That topic the deficiencies and weakness of the T-64 as it existed during that period of the Cold War.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mexico 1865.

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As extracted to a large extent in entirety and without shame from the outstanding Internet web site The Mad Monarchist we have:

"Foreign Influence in the Mexican Empire"

Particular emphasis in this instance to American involvement in what is variously described as "The second French intervention in Mexico/Maximilian Affair/Mexican Adventure/the War of the French Intervention/the Franco-Mexican War/the Second Franco-Mexican War" The Mexican republicans of Juarez versus the French imperialism of Napoleon III

American military involvement extensive and highly instrumental to the final victory of the Mexican republican forces.

From the Mad Monarchist:

"Most of the non-Mexican forces among the republicans of Benito Juarez were Americans, predominately former U.S. Army troops from north of the Mason-Dixon line who viewed the French Emperor Napoleon III as their enemy because of his perceived sympathy with the Confederacy of southern states. The establishment of a monarchy in Mexico was also seen by many in the northern states as a challenge to American republicanism and a threat to U.S. domination of North America. A large percentage of those Union troops who went to Mexico to fight for Juarez were African-Americans who tended to be even more sympathetic to Juarez than their other comrades in blue, seeing him, a Zapotec Indian, and his fight against the Austrian Maximilian as a struggle by a dark-skinned native against White, European domination"

"Although thousands of American veterans served with Juarez, the greatest support from the United States was not in men but in weapons, uniforms, equipment and the diplomatic pressure they brought to Paris to force Napoleon III to withdraw his support for Maximilian and his struggling empire . . .  It must have seemed a strange sight given the long history of antagonism between the United States and Mexico to see so many Mexican troops who could have been mistaken for U.S. Army regulars, wearing complete U.S. Army uniforms, carrying American rifles, complete with ammo boxes and belt buckles stamped 'US'”

. . . .

"About the only foreign country solidly on the side of the Mexican republicans was the United States but, of course, that was the one country that mattered the most for Mexico . . . This is important to remember since the conflict in Mexico is so often portrayed as 'Mexico versus the foreigners' . . . the ultimate victory of the republic of Benito Juarez is owed entirely to the United States. Mexican patriots would do well to give that some serious thought even today."

Counter-insurgency units of Emperor Maximilian and the French army using draconian and scorched-earth methods to fight the republicans and those allied with them.  See previous blog entries regarding this topic also thanks in each instance to Mad Monarchist:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/10/red-devils.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/10/dupin.html

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Challenge 2017.

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Austria # 1, Germany #2, USA #3.

From the Daily Mail and the article by Rebecca Taylor and a lot of good images thanks to the tip from Freeper.

"Gearing up for World War Three: NATO tanks put on massive show of strength in Germany while Putin's troops practice dropping their armor by parachute"

"NATO tanks have put on a show of their strength during a competing exercise in Germany, testing offensive and defensive operations to see who can prevail."

"Austria took first place in the Strong Europe Tank Challenge 2017 as six nations and partner nations battled it out in Grafenwoehr, beating France, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and the USA in the exercise."

Comments:

1. This used to be called the Canadian Army Trophy? NATO tank units in competition a yearly event.
2. Austria is a member of NATO? Since when?
3. Ukraine obviously not a member of NATO. A message is being sent to the Russian?
4. American units have done well but only on one time won this type of competition?
5. Hardly a "massive show of strength"  Three tanks per nation is a platoon sized unit.

See a You Tube video of a dated Canadian Army Trophy shoot as it used to be.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

NNSA.



For official Use Only. [FOUO].

At least apparently it was in 1976!

From Gizmodo and the article by Matt Novak

"The Nuclear Security Administration Lost a Film Titled 'Skull Melting Demonstration'"

"Back in August [2016], I submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for a bunch of films held by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). We looked at one yesterday from 1976 about nuclear extortion, and we’ll explore the others in the coming weeks. But there was one that I requested that the NNSA can’t seem to find. The title? 'Skull Melting Demonstration'.”

AN EXACT DEFINITION OF WHAT ACTUALLY CONSTITUTES "SKULL MELTING" NOT GIVEN.

Also this:

"But you know what they did find, which was another film that I requestedsight unseen? Something titled 'Terrorists Scale Security Fences' fromeither 1984 or 1994. And it’s... everything the title promises, no more, no less."

MILITARY PERSONNEL WITH RELATIVE EASE SCALING A FENCE AS IS USED TO PROTECT A NUCLEAR FACILITY. ONLY AN EXERCISE BUT INDICATIVE OF WHAT COULD HAPPEN [AT LEAST CIRCA 1976]. THOSE ARE ISRAELI SOLDIERS?? A DEVOTED READER TO THE BLOG CAN IDENTIFY?

Viet Cong sappers of the Vietnam War era would have gone over that fence NAKED!

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MUTT & SC.

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Human in the loop. So they say! I hope so!

To war with robot. Skynet stuff! MUTT!

From the article at Gizmodo thanks to Matt Novak

1. "This Machine Gun Robot Will Probably Lead the Uprising One Day"

An "uprising" as defined a force of military combat robots with a KILL potential becoming sentient, fearing a threat from their operators, becoming autonomous and going rogue, waging war against the human master. Skynet.

"This particular robot is called a multi-utility tactical transport (MUTT) and was demonstrated by the General Dynamics Land Systems and the US Navy during an event at Camp Pendleton late last month. And despite its adorable canine-inspired acronym, it’s a killer. Yes, that’s a machine gun on top."

Also thanks to Gizmodo and Matt Novak

2. "DARPA Tried to Build Skynet in the 1980s"

"From 1983 to 1993 DARPA spent over $1 billion on a program called the Strategic Computing Initiative. The agency's goal was to push the boundaries of computers, artificial intelligence, and robotics to build something that, in hindsight, looks strikingly similar to the dystopian future of the Terminator movies. They wanted to build Skynet."

BEFORE THE MOVIE TERMINATOR AND SKYNET THERE WAS SKYNET? THE CONCEPT ON PAPER AT THAT EXACT MOMENT NOT DO-ABLE! BUT THE IDEA WAS THERE!

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Chordus Raqqa.

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Some will see this as putting the cart before the horse. NOT so!

Thanks to Freeper.

"Syrian Kurds set up body to govern Raqqa after IS defeat"

"Kurds in Syria’s Raqqa province set up a civilian assembly on Tuesday that will govern the region after the ousting of Islamic State (IS) from its capital city, local media reported. 'The city will be liberated soon and our assembly will be consolidated. Then, we will be able to deal with all the problems,' Mehmud Sewax Bersan, the administration’s newly-elected co-chair, said as quoted by the Firat news agency.The creation of the assembly was announced at a meeting in the town of Ayn Issa, north of Raqqa, the main stronghold of IS in Syria. It will consist of 14 committees."

The Syrian Kurd [in collaboration with Arab allies] with strong American backing making ready for the assault on the Islamic State capital city of Raqqa.

Planning it would seem proceeding quite well. Taking into account WHAT WILL TRANSPIRE IN THE AFTERMATH OF ISIL DEFEAT!

Prudent measures to prevent total chaos. A city more or less rendered uninhabitable by urban warfare resulting in a total dearth of essential services as is normally the case within the city setting..

Essential services to include sewage, fresh water, electricity, garbage pick-up, control and accommodations for refugees, etc. Governmental services and a return to normal in the most expeditious manner. possible. Ferreting out and exposing the inevitable ISIL stay-behind units also a must!

WITHIN THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT GENERAL MARSHAL HAVING HIS SUBORDINATES PREPARE THREE YEARS IN ADVANCE FOR THE EVENTUAL DEFEAT AND OCCUPATION OF NAZI GERMANY!

Nor is Assad or the Turk for that matter going to see the liberation of Raqqa by YPG units as a  favorable event. The Kurds setting up a de facto autonomously ruled territory counter to the wishes, desires and long-term goals of the various regional despots.

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Multi-Domain.

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A war understood properly with regard to 1. Reasons for the war. 2. The actual fighting of the war, the mortal combat. 3. The aftermath of the war.

From an article by Dr. Gary K. Busch, for Lima Charlie News.

"Military Technology and the Multi-Domain Battle Plan"

"That will be the greatest challenge to the development of U.S. military interventions. Can we afford to win and who will do the necessary chores when we do?"

In the proverbial nutshell fighting the war, winning and then the aftermath as to what occurs. With emphasis here obviously in context of the current Middle Eastern situation but even as was prior to that the case in Vietnam. Chores as described to include but obviously not solely limited to:

   * "Support for weak, corrupt and unrepresentative governments"
   * "Supporting indigenous armed forces which do not have the support of the citizens"
   * "Building and staffing many bases across a vast and hostile territory"
   * "Delivering cash to an administration which steals most of the money"
   * "Paying for repairs to an infrastructure which is largely irreparable."
   * "Turning over control of many civil and military functions to private contractors"

NOBODY EVER SAID ANY OF THIS WAS GOING TO BE EASY DID THEY!

That American military man such as Mac Arthur acting in the role of a benevolent dictator [a military man entrusted with the power to make political decisions] with hindsight his performance superior.

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SDF Raqqa.

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From the Chicago Tribune as of today:

"NEWS BRIEFING."

"Kurdish -led forces advance on ISIS -held Raqqa, activist say"

"BEIRUT - - Syrian Kurdish-led forces were closing in Saturday on the de-facto capital of the Islamic State group in Syria, seizing a cotton mill only a couple of miles north of Raqqa and clashing with the militant group on a number of fronts, activists and Kurdish media reported.

. . . .

"The offensive brings the SDF 2.5 miles [4 kilometers] from northeast of the city. Fighting was also reported 3.7 miles [6 kilometers] north of Raqqa and 8 miles [13 kilometers] to the north-east."

SDF a coalition of Kurdish and Arab combat units. With American air support an important factor.

Caliph Ibrahim beware!! The day of reckoning is at hand!

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

CAV-X.

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With the previous blog entry in mind consider the latest and newest [apparently] naval special operations weapon with an anti-submarine capability [perhaps]. Thanks to the Russian Internet web site Sputnik and the article by Anton Denisov.

Apparently and perhaps. 

"Sleeping With the Fishes: Norway Devises Swimming 'Sub Killer' Bullets for NATO"

"A Norwegian company is hoping to woo NATO with a revolutionary new product: 'swimming' bullets that remain effective even after significant distances underwater. Additionally, the new super-weapon's creators purport that its capable of taking out a submarine"


Here with an image of the CAV-X round. Appears to be not a whole lot different than any other round as fired from a firearm but notice the tip! Creates the super-cavitation effect that reduces friction from the water to a remarkable degree!

"The Norwegian company DSG Technology has produced CAV-X super-cavitating bullets, which due to a specially turned tip and carefully calibrated balance and mass can be shot through water, in an air bubble. The bubble enveloping the bullet has a friction-less surface, which reduces the drag through the water and increases speed."

See the You Tube video a demonstration somewhat contrived of the CAV-X in action.

Naval special operations units can put this technology to good use. A single underwater combat swimmer [free-swimming frogman] under certain exact certain circumstances now has the capability to take-on an enemy submarine with his personal weapon? Maybe not sink but at least damage to the extent the vessel can be rendered inoperable?

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MK 1/QSPR/SPP-1.

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NOT so much the weapon itself but the projectile as fired from the weapon!

1. "That’s Right the Navy had an Underwater Revolver"

"The M1 gun, also called the Mark 1 Mod 0 Underwater Defense Gun, is a firearm developed for underwater use by the United States military during the height of the Cold War with the Soviets. Like most other underwater guns, it was designed to fire a longer, streamlined projectile rather than a bullet."

Soviet naval special purpose units as you might correctly surmise also equipped with a similar underwater weapon.

2. SPP-1 underwater pistol (Russia).

"The SPP-1 (Spetsialnyj Podvodnyj Pistolet = Special Underwater Pistol) has been developed in late 1960s by the TSNIITOCHMASH organization on request from the Soviet Navy. The SPP-1 was intended for Soviet combat divers ('frogmen')."

Finally from that era of the Vietnam War an experimental firearm as to be used exclusively by American "tunnel rats". A firearm the flash, report and recoil mitigated, firing tungsten fléchettes with great lethality.

3. Quiet Special Purpose Revolver.

"Some Smith and Wesson Model 29s were rebuilt by the AAI Corporation to make the Quiet Special Purpose Revolvers (QSPR)."

"The cartridge is the real story behind this revolver. The captive piston round was capable of containing the blast noise, flash, and other energy normally done by the weapon. In essence, the round is the weapon and the revolver is simply the carrier."

ONLY about two dozen experimental models of the QSPR were made and to my knowledge never used in combat. Perhaps a devoted reader to the blog knows better?

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MRF Europe.

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From the Russian Internet web site more alarmist headlines that don't do anyone any good at all.

More or less this is the same as the MRF Darwin. NOT a permanent base and stationing of troops as those words and terms generally, commonly and ordinarily understood.

Rotation of troops [U.S. Marines] for training purposes in conjunction with the military units of other NATO nations.

"US Marines Consider More Than Doubling Troops at Controversial Norway Base"

"The US Marine Force deployed in Norway may grow larger still. USMC leadership is currently considering a plan that would up the count of Marines in Norway from 300 to 650."

"In January [2017], some 285 Marines were deployed to a small Norwegian base as part of a new initiative, Marine Rotational Force-Europe. They were to participate in Joint Viking, a Norwegian-British-US training exercise to season NATO elite forces for both cold-weather fighting and defensive warfare in Norway."

Joint training {Joint Viking] involving American, Norwegian and British units. That latter Royal Marine Command and already possessing very good skills at winter and mountain warfare, all the time being amphibious to boot!

See previous blog entries the topic of which was MRF Darwin:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/04/mrf-2017.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/03/mrf-darwin.html

Referred to as "defensive warfare" training probably more correctly called "combat operations".training.

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Halder.

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In part from the book: "1001 THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WORLD WAR II" by Frank E. Vandiver.

Comments of Franz Halder as to the personality and basic nature of Adolf Hitler. Halder the German Army Chief of Staff during those earliest years of the Second World War.

Regarding disputes and arguments between Hitler and his most senior military commanders:

"the product of a violent nature following its momentary impulses, which recognized no limits to possibility and which made its wish-dreams the father of its acts" - - Halder.

"There were daily quarrels all summer. The point upon which we had our final disagreement was the decision of an offensive on the Caucasus and Stalingrad - a mistake, and Hitler didn't want to see it. I told him the Russians would put in another million men in 1942 and get another million in 1943. Hitler told me that I was an idiot - that the Russians were practically dead already. When I told Hitler about Russian armament potentials, especially for tank materials, Hitler flew into a rage of fury and threatened me with his fists." - - Halder [1942?].

See these You Tube videos as taken from the Made-for-television mini-series "War and Remembrance", Hitler in confrontation with his commanders to include Halder:

1. "War and Remembrance (1988) - Hitler, Brauchitsch, Halder"

2. "War and Remembrance (1988) - Ad. Hitler - A. Von Roon - Fr. Halder - Al. Jodl - W. Keitel"

Manteuffel was on record as saying that Hitler did have a good understanding of military affairs and operations at the divisional level and lower. Discussing combat operations at those levels of command above division [corps/army/army group] that understanding of Hitler poor!

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Gentoo.

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Who ever would have thought such a thing? Some articles the topic of which is battle-zones which have become wild-life refuges.

Animals able to exist and even thrive in an area of hostilities where humans dare not to tread!

1. "The Falklands penguins that would not explode"

"The minefields laid in the Falkland Islands were intended to kill or maim British soldiers, but over the last 35 years they have become de facto nature reserves for penguins"

Penguins able to wander through minefields, nest, raise their young unmolested by mankind. Such is the situation on the Falkland Islands. A legacy of the war between Argentina and England decades ago now. [just seems like yesterday!] The penguins evidently too light to set off a mine as intended to blow the leg or foot off a human.

Read further of the Demilitarized Zone in Korea [DMZ].For a period of over sixty years now more or less left to the natural state, reverting back to the original form as it was before the presence of man on the Korean Peninsula.

2. "The most dangerous nature reserve in the world"

"A long-legged white crane flits languidly through a paddy field as birdsong fills the air among the lush green hills. Welcome to possibly the most dangerous nature haven on the planet – the demilitarized zone separating South and North Korea."

3. "How wildlife is thriving in the Korean peninsula's demilitarized zone"

"The forces that lock humans out of the DMZ have allowed other species to thrive. Could a remnant of violent conflict become the symbol of a greener, more peaceful future?"

REPUTEDLY ONE OF THOSE ANIMALS ALIVE AND DOING WELL IN THE DMZ THE SIBERIAN TIGER. AMERICAN MILITARY PERSONNEL USING REMOTE SURVEILLANCE EQUIPMENT AND NIGHT-VISION-DEVICES HAVE SPOTTED THE PREDATOR AND CONFIRMED THE PRESENCE THEREOF!

The DMZ in Korea often referenced and cited as an example of what would occur to the planet if mankind became extinct for what ever reason.

Again, who would have thought.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Pirate Somalia.

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Captured, the most dangerous beast of them all!

As is pertinent to a recent blog entry understand the Chinese NOT to BE active in Djibouti in the near future but ALREADY ARE!

From the Voice of America and the article by Harun Maruf.

"Chinese Navy Hands Over Notorious Pirate Leader"

"The Chinese navy on Friday handed over a notorious pirate leader captured last month after a failed hijack attempt."

Pirates as understood by Admiralty and international law and characterized as hostis humani generis [common enemies of all mankind] beyond redemption.

SUBJECT TO UNIVERSAL JURISDICTION AND PROSECUTION. ANYONE WHO CAN GET THEIR HANDS ON THEM THEY ARE YOURS!

"Hostis humani generis (Latin for 'enemy of mankind') is a legal term of art that originates in admiralty law. Before the adoption of public international law, pirates and slavers were already held to be beyond legal protection and so could be dealt with by any nation, even one that had not been directly attacked."

I hope the local authorities on the scene [the Somali government what ever that is] are willing and able to deal out appropriate punishment to the miscreants. The normal and traditional penalty for piracy is HANGING that however I don't expect to occur!

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tsar Alex.

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As extracted from the outstanding Internet web site Mad Monarchist we have this item most germane to some previous blog entries.

That role of Imperial Russia during the American Civil War.

"Monarch Profile: Czar Alexander II of Russia"

"During the American Civil War, some feared that the biggest and bloodiest conflict in the western hemisphere might draw the Old World into conflict as well. With the British and French empires being seen as sympathetic to the southern Confederacy, Russia had little choice but to foster good relations with the United States. Expansion in Asia was also underway at this time and there, again, the British were the primary opposition to Russia. 1861-62 saw the Russian Imperial Navy wintering in New York so that, in the event of war with Britain and France, the Russian fleet would be free to prey upon their ships in the Atlantic rather than being stuck in the ice blocked ports of the Russian coast. San Francisco, California also received a visit from the Russian navy."

"The effort to foster better relations with the United States, it must be said, was not because of any political or ideological sympathy, despite what some historians have tried to portray as a friendship between President Lincoln and Czar Alexander II as two crusaders against slavery. At most, Russia wished to encourage the United States as a counter-weight against the British Empire, particularly at a time when Anglo-American relations were extremely poor due to the U.S. blockade of southern ports and the building of ships for the Confederate navy in England. It was also not as though the spread of the American Civil War to Europe was the only potential source of conflict."

IMPERIAL RUSSIAN DURING THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR FAVORABLY DISPOSED TOWARD THE UNION! RUSSIAN WARSHIPS MAKING COURTESY CALL TO AMERICAN PORTS NOT NECESSARILY THE RUSSIAN DOING SO OUT OF PURELY ALTRUISTIC REASONS.

GRAND STRATEGY OF A GEO-POLITICAL NATURE ON A GLOBAL SCALE!

See previous blog entries regarding the topic:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/09/russians.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2013/09/admiral-lisovski.html

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Chin Peng.

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Before there was Joseph there was Chin!

Joseph Kony and Chin Peng. Insurrectionist/insurgent/forest guerrilla/terrorist.

Neither during their lifetimes ever brought to justice. When thinking of Joseph also think of Chin?

"Chin Peng . . . was a long-time leader of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP). A determined anti-colonialist, he led the party's guerrilla insurgency in the Malayan Emergency, fighting against British and Commonwealth forces in an attempt to establish an independent communist state. After the MCP's defeat and subsequent Malayan independence, Chin waged a second campaign against Malaya and, after 1963, the new state of Malaysia in an attempt to replace its government with a communist one from exile, until signing a peace accord with the Malaysian government in 1989"

"Chin Peng died at the age of 88, in Bangkok, Thailand. Prior to his death, he was living in exile in Thailand and had not been permitted to return to Malaysia"

As regards the Malayan Emergency and insurrection.

"The Malayan Emergency . . . was a guerrilla war fought in pre- and post-independence Federation of Malaya, from 1948 until 1960. The main antagonists were the Commonwealth armed forces, and the Malayan National Liberation Army (MNLA), the military arm of the Malayan Communist Party"

. . . .

"Despite the communists' surrender in 1960, communist leader Chin Peng renewed the insurgency against the Malaysian government in 1967; this second phase of the insurgency lasted until 1989. He fled to exile in Thailand, where he lived until his death on 16 September 2013."

The CT's [Communist Terrorists] of the Malayan Emergency never 100 % fully defeated. Waging guerrilla war more or less continuously for a period of at least forty years, a negotiated settlement only bringing a cessation to hostilities.

As it was with Chin Peng and the CT's so will it be with Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army? Small groups of insurrectionists MORE A NUISANCE than a threat. But never totally again 100 % run-to-ground and defeated, obliterated with finality!

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Underground ISIL.

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Raqqa and Mosul if and when liberated by the allied coalition will not mean the end of the Islamic State? Underground ISIL as in both literally and figuratively so!

1. "Fall of Raqqa and Mosul Will Not Spell the End for Isis"

From the article by Patrick Cockburn as seen in the Ron Unz Internet web site review.

. . . .

"The capture of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria is often presented as the death knell for Isis, but its demise is by no means so certain. The loss of the two cities means that the self-declared Caliphate will be shrunken and lose much of its population. But prior to its explosive advances in 2014, when it captured much of western Iraq and eastern Syria, it was a skilled and experienced guerrilla movement. Unable to stand against the firepower of an enemy in total control of the air, there are signs that it is moving many of its fighters and officials out of Mosul and Raqqa to rural areas where they can hide more easily."

As is speculated in the Cockburn article already is the case!!

2. "Thousands of IS fighters have retreated to desert of Anbar, where they are launching deadly attacks against vulnerable non-combat troops"

"Having secured the towns and villages of Anbar province, and with commanders focused on the battle for the city of Mosul, Iraqi forces are now having to contend with a new Islamic State (IS) group tactic – desert ambushes."

"Military sources say that beneath the sand, thousands of IS militants are hiding in underground tunnels and bunkers, from which they are launching a campaign to unnerve and disorientate the Iraqi army, already weary after years of fighting."

ROVING BANDS OF ISIL COMBATANTS IN CAPTURED HUMVEE AS IN THE MANNER OF THE VENERABLE DESERT BEDOUIN WARRIOR AND STAY-BEHIND UNITS AS TO BE FOUND IN AREAS AS LIBERATED FROM THE ISLAMIC STATE? NOT SO MUCH THE FUTURE BUT IS NOW!

See previous blog entries most germane:

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2016/01/humvee-isil.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2015/12/pirates-bedu.html

http://militaryanalysis.blogspot.com/2017/02/gladio-isil.html

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Marines Syria.

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Indeed, this is very bad. 

At that exact moment when the final assault and presumably knock-out blow to the Islamic State is being prepared, obstacles arise divisive and troubling, totally unnecessary and very unwanted.

From that latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter:

"US Marines in Syria to defend Kurds against Turkey"

30 April

"By sending more marines to Syria, President Trump chose to keep the Kurdish militia assigned to fight ISIS safe after Turkish air strikes killed 20 members of the US-backed Kurdish YPG (People's Protection Units) militia, injured 18 and destroyed the local Kurdish command headquarters. The marines will act as a buffer between them after clashes erupted between Turkish and Kurdish forces . . . Turkey which also struck Kurdish PKK positions in Iraq made it clear that its national security interests in crushing the Kurds in Syria and Iraq takes precedence over the US and Russian drives against ISIS."

And with even more.

"Despite US Marines in Syria, Erdogan will continue striking Kurds"

1 May.

"Shortly after the arrival in Syria of an additional group of US marines to shore up the defense of the Kurdish YPG militia, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan declared: 'We may come to strike the YPG overnight, all of a sudden without warning.' . . .  Erdogan also said he would put this complaint before President Donald Trump when they meet in Washington on May 16."

YPG the Syrian Kurdish militia and enjoying success in combat with forces of the Islamic State. YPG absolutely essential to American strategy, without YPG not assault on the Islamic State capital of Raqqa possible!

Turkey is a partner in the war against ISIL, isn't it? And Turkey also is a NATO ally of the United States, isn't it? Concerted and concentrated action against the common foe is necessary for victory, isn't it?

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Savoia.

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Yet one more instance of Italian heroics during the Second World War [WW2].

Thanks to the tip from a You Tube video:

"Charge of the Savoia Cavalleria at Izbushensky"

"The charge of the Savoia Cavalleria at Izbushensky was a clash between the Italian cavalry regiment Savoia Cavalleria and the Soviet 812th Siberian Infantry Regiment, part of the Soviet 304th Infantry Division, that took place on August 24, 1942,"

Victory for the Italian, defeat for the Russian. 

"Though a minor skirmish in the theater of operation of the Eastern Front, the Izbushensky charge had a great propaganda resonance in Italy and it is still remembered as one of the last cavalry charges in history."

UNDERSTAND FULL WELL NOT THE LAST USE OF CAVALRY IN WARTIME BUT A CAVALRY CHARGE PERHAPS THE LAST SUCCESSFUL MASSED CAVALRY CHARGE IN HISTORY!!

From the wiki: Aftermath.

"32 cavalrymen had died, including the commanders of the 3rd and 4th squadrons, 52 were wounded. Well over 100 horses were also lost. The enemy had left behind 150 dead, 300 wounded, 600 prisoners . . . 4 cannons, 10 mortars and 50 machine guns."

See my entire index of blog entries regarding Italian superior performance, bravery and courage as was the case during WW2. Under the correct circumstances the Italian contrary to popular opinion could and did fight well.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Marines China.

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Yet one more indication of Chinese geo-political manifestation on the world state. Sea power as in this instance a combination of naval and naval infantry [marines].

CHINESE MILITARY UNITS TO BE STATIONED ABROAD, FAR FROM HOME.

"China Is Building a 100,000 Strong Marine Corps"

"The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is set to increase the size of its Marine Corps from about 20,000 to 100,000, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on March 13. According to unnamed PLA insiders and experts interviewed by SCMP, elements of the expanded Marine Corps would be stationed abroad, including Djibouti in the Horn of Africa and Gwadar in southwest Pakistan."

NOTHING LIKE THIS HAS OCCURRED IN ALMOST SIX-HUNDRED YEARS! NOT SINCE THE DAYS OF THE CHINESE ADMIRAL ZHENG HE!!

Such a decision to station Chinese troops well beyond the conventional boundaries of China proper yet one more manifestation of the String of Pearls doctrine.

Djibouti also now and has been for some time a staging area and base for French Foreign Legion [FFL] units and also American Marines.

Devoted readers go and see from the You Tube video the topic of which is FFL desert training program, Djibouti. CECAP [Centre d'entrainement commando et d'aguerrissement à Djibouti]. It doesn't get more difficult than that.

An additional You Tube video shows the water qualification course [La piste nautique du 2 REP au CECAP] as held at Djibouti. Nothing easy about that either. Team work for success a necessity.

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Sundries & Such.

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Herewith a number of miscellaneous items from a variety of sources each with a military dimension

First and thanks to the tip from Al:

1. Tungsten 1914. The Great War. WW1.

"It was the belief of some Allied military experts that in six months Germany would be exhausted of ammunition. The Allies soon discovered that Germany was increasing her manufacture of munitions and for a time had exceeded the output of the Allies."

"The change was in part due to her use of tungsten high-speed steel and tungsten cutting tools. To the bitter amazement of the British, the tungsten so used, it was later discovered, came largely from their Cornish Mines in Cornwall."

Tungsten a by-product of the mining and smelting of tin! Those tin mines of Cornwall ancient and historically vital to weapons and munitions manufacture even from the time of the Bronze Age!!

Now as extracted from the excellent Internet web site The Mad Monarchist:

2. War of 1812.

"It is worth remembering that one of the reasons for the War of 1812, cited by the United States, was the conscription of U.S. citizens into the Royal Navy. In fact, most of these were men who had been British sailors who had 'jumped ship' for the peace and better wages of the American merchant marine and who had then taken U.S. citizenship. However, in those days, the British government did not recognize the right of any British subject to renounce their nationality. You were British by virtue of the blood in your veins and some piece of paper from the American republic could not change that or absolve you of your allegiance to your lawful king"

Aspects of this I was not aware of. American citizens forcibly impressed into military service by the Royal Navy a casus belli. American citizens however by choice and not necessarily birth, still by the British considered to be subjects of the Crown!!

Additionally and finally as extracted from an article as seen at the Internet web site isegoria.net:

3. Sanctions Hermit Kingdom.

"Remember that economic sanctions are not measures short of war but, as Herbert Hoover and others reminded us, measures of total war. Sanctions foster government control and rationing, do not injure the military, and victimize merchants and intellectuals. Avoid the creation of 'hermit kingdoms'"

KOREA! Long referred to as the "Hermit Kingdom" and a reputation for isolation that was well deserved.

Sanctions not necessarily an act of war in all instances and not always a measure of war as I understand it. Close but not totally so in all circumstances.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Igloo Syria.

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 "It is possible to fight terrorism and its financing by destroying the terrorist infrastructure, including energy, on the ground. Since the beginning of the operation in Syria, the Russian Aerospace Forces have destroyed more than 3,000 gasoline tank trucks and over 200 plants for processing and pumping oil products," - -  Dmitry Feoktistov.

From the Russian Sputnik Internet web site we have this article of which I am skeptical.  

"Russian Combat Jets Destroy Over 3,000 Tank Trucks of Terrorists in Syria"

"Russian combat jets have destroyed more than 3,000 gasoline tank trucks of terrorists and over 200 plants processing and pumping oil products"

"ROME (Sputnik) — Since the start of the operation in Syria, Russian combat jets have destroyed more than 3,000 gasoline tank trucks of terrorists and over 200 plants processing and pumping oil products"

 My skepticism based on statistics as from the Vietnam War. The American Igloo White project and Commando Hunt [aerial bombardment and interdiction] of the Ho Chi Minh Trail resulting in statistics being bandied about that in retrospect probably are wildly exaggerated!

From the wiki::

PAVN = North Vietnamese Army.

"During Commando Hunt for example, the Air Force claimed that 46,000 PAVN trucks had been destroyed or damaged by air strikes in Laos. These figures were hard to reconcile with the 6,000 trucks imported annually into North Vietnam between 1965 and 1970 – for all of its operations. American claims that 80 percent of the materiel that started down the trail was destroyed while en route to the southern battlefields had to be altered in the face of loss claims of only 15 percent by the Vietnamese."

Devoted readers to the blog take it from there.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Dogg.

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Dogg swims with the fishes! First we have Luca and now we have Dogg!

Place this one in the strange but true category. Thanks to News Max and the tip from Ken.

As was originally reported 29 Oct 2015.

1. "US Strike Kills Former German Rapper Who Joined ISIS"

"A former German rapper who participated in propaganda videos for Islamic State and sought to lure foreigners to the militant group has been killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria, two U.S. officials said on Thursday."

"Born in Berlin, Denis Cuspert was once a popular rapper known by the name "Deso Dogg." But he turned his focus toward militant Islam and joined Islamic State in 2012."

NOW FOR THE REST OF THE STORY. IT DID NOT ALL END WITH THE DEATH OF DOGG!

AS WAS REPORTED FROM ONLY A FEW DAYS AGO!

2. "CNN: Ex-FBI Employee Traveled to Syria, Married ISIS Terrorist"

That article by Solange Reyner as of  Monday, 01 May 2017

"An FBI employee in 2014 traveled to Syria, married an ISIS terrorist, and told him he was being investigated, CNN reported."

"Daniela Greene was later prosecuted and served two years in prison, her sentence reduced after she cooperated with authorities."

WE NEED TO BE ABUNDANTLY CLEAR ABOUT WHAT HAS OCCURRED HERE! DANIELA A CONTRACT EMPLOYEE FOR THE FBI INVOLVED IN COUNTER-TERROR OPERATIONS! WENT OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE AND EVEN MARRIED DOGG THE TARGET OF INTEREST!! DANIELA NOW RELEASED FROM PRISON AFTER SERVING A MINOR TERM FOR AN EXTREMELY GRAVE OFFENSE BORDERING ON TREASON!1

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

J. Kony LRA.

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More Joseph Kony stuff courtesy the English tabloid The Guardian.

Hardly gone and will never be forgotten! The aftermath of Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army most grim and as seen in a photo-essay. Images most terrible and dreadful.

1. "Uncatchable: the fruitless quest for Kony – in picture"

By Hannah Summers.

"The curtain may be falling on the six-year hunt for Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, but the terror and suffering he and the Lord’s Resistance Army wreaked in Uganda and beyond will never be forgotten by those affected"

2. "End of Joseph Kony hunt raises fears Lord’s Resistance Army could return"

"Conclusion of six-year search for fugitive warlord triggers concern that his splintered forces could regroup, plunging communities into renewed violence"

YES! You can assume that Joseph is not so totally down-and-out and might enjoy a "comeback",.

As much as we might regret to say it is so, we have not heard the last of Joseph! Just be prepared.

coolbert.