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Trump Review Leans Toward Proposing Mini-nuke

 

http://www.politico....ini-nuke-242513

 

Introduction:

 

The Trump administration is considering proposing smaller, more tactical nuclear weapons that would cause less damage than traditional thermonuclear bombs — a move that would give military commanders more options but could also make the use of atomic arms more likely.

 

A high-level panel created by President Donald Trump to evaluate the nuclear arsenal is reviewing various options for adding a more modern "low-yield" bomb, according to sources involved in the review, to further deter Russia, North Korea or other potential nuclear adversaries.

 

Approval of such weapons — whether designed to be delivered by missile, aircraft or special forces — would mark a major reversal from the Obama administration, which sought to limit reliance on nuclear arms and prohibited any new weapons or military capabilities. And critics say it would only make the actual use of atomic arms more likely.

 

"This capability is very warranted," said one government official familiar with the deliberations who was not authorized to speak publicly about the yearlong Nuclear Posture Review, which Trump established by executive order his first week in office.

 

"The [nuclear review] has to credibly ask the military what they need to deter enemies," added another official who supports such a proposal, particularly to confront Russia, which has raised the prominence of tactical nuclear weapons in its battle plans in recent years, including as a first-strike weapon. "Are [current weapons] going to be useful in all the scenarios we see?"


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"Mini-nuke"

 

Yeah, the fucking Davy Crockett and W54.

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The most adorable WMD on Earth. Apparently forgotten by this administration.


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I think we should make antimatter catalyzed nuclear bullets. Obviously not as powerful as a regular nuke, but a single bullet could still level multiple city blocks.


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U.S. Army: Brown people need not apply.
U.S. Army recruiters have abruptly canceled enlistment contracts for hundreds of foreign-born military recruits since last week, upending their lives and potentially exposing many to deportation, according to several affected recruits and former military officials familiar with their situation.

 

Many of these enlistees have waited years to join a troubled immigration recruitment program designed to attract highly skilled immigrants into the service in exchange for fast-track citizenship.

Now recruits and experts say that recruiters are shedding their contracts to free themselves from an onerous enlistment process, which includes extensive background investigations, to focus on individuals who can more quickly enlist and thus satisfy strict recruitment targets.

Margaret Stock, a retired Army officer who led creation of the immigration recruitment program, told The Washington Post that she has received dozens of frantic messages from recruits this week, with many more reporting similar action in Facebook groups. She said hundreds could be affected.

 

http://www.msn.com/e...cid=mailsignout


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Northrop Grumman Buying Missile Maker Orbital ATK in $7.8 Billion Deal

 

http://fortune.com/2...er-orbital-atk/

 

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U.S. defense contractor Northrop Grumman said on Monday it would buy missile and rocket maker Orbital ATK for about $7.8 billion in cash, giving it access to lucrative contracts with NASA and the U.S. Army.

 

The deal, which comes as North Korea tests threatening missiles, will also help Northrop increase its arsenal of missile defense systems and is a rare departure for the company, which has not made a large acquisition in several years. It last bought TRW in 2002 for about $7.8 billion.

 

The acquisition, which would establish Orbital as a new, fourth business sector under Northrop (NOC, -0.41%), also comes ahead of a likely jump in demand from the planned upgrades of U.S. ballistic systems.

 

The Air Force last summer called for proposals to replace its aging nuclear cruise missiles and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system as the military moves ahead with a costly modernization of older atomic weapons systems.

 

Northrop's offer price of $134.50 per Orbital share represents a premium of 22% over the stock's Friday close. Orbital's shares were trading at $131.75 before the bell.


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U.S. To Send Over 3,000 Troops To Afghanistan: Mattis
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday the United States would send over 3,000 troops to Afghanistan and that most were either on their way or had been notified of their deployment.

“It is exactly over 3,000 somewhat and frankly I haven’t signed the last of the orders right now as we look at specific, small elements that are going,” Mattis told reporters.

Reuters previously reported that the United States would send about 3,500 additional troops to Afghanistan.

 

Read more: https://www.reuters....s-idUSKCN1BT2HE


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Nimitz aircraft carriers undergo planned $2.8 billion midlife upgrades
brian wang | September 20, 2017 |
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The US Navy is performing planned midlife refueling and technology upgrades to the Nimitz aircraft carriers. Carriers are planned to operate for 50 years and halfway they get nuclear refueling and new technology. The cost is currently about $2.8 billion per carrier and it takes 46 months.

Carriers will receive upgraded weapons systems;
* Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM),
* Evolved NATO Sea Sparrow Missile System,
* Close-In Weapons System (CIWS),
* Mk-38 25mm automatic gun systems, and
* Anti-Torpedo Defense Systems.

 

https://www.nextbigf...e-upgrades.html


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U.S. Senate Pushes for New Record-breaking Defense Department Expenditure Bill

 

http://fair.org/home...ntagon-funding/

 

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The Senate’s new record-breaking Defense Department bill also comes at a time when the Republican-dominated Congress is trying to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and reduce taxes on the rich.

  

With the help of corporate media, pundits have constantly insisted the US supposedly cannot afford basic social programs like single-payer healthcare (Newsweek, 9/13/17; Chicago Tribune, 9/15/17). Yet the same corporate media leading the charge against the attempt to institute a Medicare for All system are effectively cheering on an additional $0.7 trillion for Defense Department warmongering.

 

The 1,215-page Senate bill, a version of which was approved by the House, allots $640 billion for Pentagon operations and $60 billion for war operations abroad. The legislation also designates $705 million for Israeli missile programs, $500 million for Ukraine and $100 million for anti-Russian operations in the Balkans.

 

The United Nations and anti-poverty organizations have estimated it would cost just $30 billion per year to end world hunger.


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As a counter point to the above, here is this observation found and cited by Yuli Ban:

 

https://www.reddit.c..._us_is/dn9mqdq/

 

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In addition, the US has goals that other rivals don't care about. Let's see, what do we the US people demand?

  • Commitment to NATO and our allies in Asia across two vast oceans (thus we need the equipment to get us there)
  • Commitment to winning wars (we don't like to lose conventional wars)
  • Care that our weapons are precise (so we don't kill the wrong people)
  • Care that our soldier's lives aren't needlessly wasted (hence the best training and equipment and dominance in battle)

Compare that to say China or Russia, who don't care as much about collateral damage, can conscript people to serve, and don't need to answer to their populace the way our nation does. Yeah, it might cost a bit more money for us to achieve all that

The reality is, if you are looking at spending differences, without accounting for differing costs of living, production costs, and prioritization of spending (the US spends 16-19% of its annual budget on procurement; China is estimated at 30-35% a year per SIPRI), you're not seeing the full picture. China and Russia are a LOT closer to the US than most people realize (ithey've spent all their money modernizing their forces with a focus on confronting the US, while the US has had a lot of legacy equipment leftover to maintain and years wasted fighting people in pickup trucks).

 

 

I suppose that argument makes sense if you support the imperialist ambitions of the U.S. and assume that the U.S. should take on the role of policeman of the neo-liberal  system that has evolved into being. A neo-liberal system in which the U.S. often allies itself with countries that are essentially undemocratic.  See, for example, the "Where do our Weapons Go"  graph in the above post.


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Was The Merchant Ship Hacked?  McCain Collision is First Run for Navy Cyber Investigators

 

http://breakingdefense.com/2017/09/mccain-collision-is-dry-run-for-navy-cyber-investigators/

 

Introduction:

 

WASHINGTON: The Navy is making cyber investigations automatic after any mishap, starting with the at-sea collision that killed 10 sailors aboard the USS McCain. They don’t expect to find any evidence of a cyber attack this time, admirals emphasize, but they’re using the McCain as a test case.

 

If there was a cyber attack, however, it’s quite possible that there’s no evidence aboard the McCain to find. It would have been much easier for an adversary to hack the merchant ship involved in the accident, the Alnic MC, causing it to turn unexpectedly across the destroyer’s path. That’s the hypothesis — admittedly speculation — of a Navy IT expert we’ve featured previously in these pages, recently retired Capt. John Zimmerman. He commanded the submarine USS Jefferson City, served as deputy chief information officer at Navy Sea Systems Command, and now is vice-president at contractor SubSystems.

 

 “I am certain that the Navy will do an excellent assessment of any possible cyber attack of the McCain – and it should be reiterated, that the Navy has said they have no indications that a cyber attack occurred,” Zimmerman told me. “However, if an adversary wanted to perform this attack, the easier vector of approach would be to attack the merchant ship involved instead of the warship.”

 

“The merchant ship will have common commercial radar equipment that will be easier to hack, and the bridges of the merchant ships are quite often only manned by one watchstander in the middle of the night,” Zimmerman explained. “So, if you hack the merchant’s radar so it provides no warning to the watchstander or the ship’s autopilot, you now have a 50,000 ton ballistic missile traveling at 15 knots.”

 

“The benefit of this approach is it is less likely to be discovered than someone directly attempting to hack a warship,” Zimmerman said. “Granted any well-trained crew of a US warship will be able to take evasive action in this case and maneuver to keep themselves safe. However, if the crew isn’t well trained, or alert at their watchstations, then sometimes in these situations they freeze up and don’t take the correct actions.”

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The USS McCain heads for Shanghai after a collision that killed 10 sailors.


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US military working on constant connections and updates between all ships, planes and vehicles
brian wang | September 28, 2017 |

 

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein wants all military fighters, bombers, planes, ships, tanks and other military assets to be as connected as Tesla cars. H/T To Patrick Tuckrer at Defense One.

Goldfein waxed enthusiastically about how Tesla was able to remotely increase the battery capacity of cars in the U.S. Southeast to facilitate evacuation before the recent hurricanes.

“Every Tesla car is connected to every other Tesla car,” said Goldfein, referring to a presentation by Elon Musk about the ways his firm’s vehicles learn from their collective experience. “If a Tesla is headed down the road and hits a pothole, every Tesla that’s behind it that’s self-driving, it will avoid the pothole, immediately. If you’re driving the car, it automatically adjusts your shocks in case you hit it, too.”

 

https://www.nextbigf...d-vehicles.html


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Athena laser weapon destroys 5 "outlaw" drones

 

 

ATHENA, (Advanced Test High Energy Asset), is one of the most exciting of these new American laser weapons.  During recent testing with the U.S. Army's Space and Missile Defense Command at the Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the 30-kilowatt weapon slayed five Outlaw drones. Not toy hobby sized drones, but drones with nearly 11 foot wingspans.

http://www.foxnews.c...-5-outlaws.html


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ATHENA, (Advanced Test High Energy Asset)...

 

The USA will continue leading the world militarily until someone else steps up their acronym game


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Proposed acceleration of superchopper replacement starting in 2025
brian wang | September 29, 2017 |

 

Bell Helicopter is so confident in their new V-280 tilt-rotor prototype that they want the Pentagon to accelerate the Future Vertical Lift program by five to eight years. This would pull production of the first future helicopter replacement, twice as fast and longer-ranged replacement for Army UH-60s and Marine UH-1s, from the 2030s to as early as 2025.

The Army should cancel its $10 billion Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP), which aims to boost existing helicopters’ power by 50 percent and reallocate the money to the all-new FVL.

Russian rockets and massed rifle fire during the Iraq war showed the vulnerability of existing US helicopters.

Boeing and Sikorsky don’t share Bell’s passion for accelerating FVL, either. They both build helicopters in current service with the Army – the Boeing CH-47 and AH-64, the Sikorsky UH-60 – so keeping those systems in service longer is a sure bet for their business. Replacing those current helicopters with FVL, by contrast, runs the risk that Boeing’s and Sikorsky’s products will be replaced by Bell’s.

 

https://www.nextbigf...ng-in-2025.html


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Hypersonic SR-72 spyplane demo spotted
brian wang | September 29, 2017 |
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A subscale demonstrator of the SR-72 hypersonic spyplane was reportedly spied at Lockheed’s facilities in California.

A proposed hypersonic reconnaissance and strike aircraft, the SR-72 would serve as a replacement for the famed SR-71 Blackbird, which was retired by the Air Force back in 1998. The SR-71 Blackbird could fly at 2200 mph (over 3 times the speed of sound).

Lockheed has said they are working on a combined-cycle engine. It uses both a turbine and a scramjet to achieve hypersonic speeds. Lockheed Martin is testing Aerojet Rocketdyne from 2013 to 2017. Two combined-cycle engines are planned to power the SR-72, which is designed to be about the same size of the SR-71 and could achieve first flight in the late 2020s.

 

https://www.nextbigf...mo-spotted.html


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DARPA captures real time video through clouds
brian wang | October 1, 2017 |

 

A new radar sensor that can capture real-time video through clouds has been developed and demonstrated by the U.S. military.

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, said the sensor is part of its Video Synthetic Aperture Radar, or ViSAR, program that recently completed flight testing.

“The recent flight tests of the ViSAR sensor marked a major program milestone toward our goal, proving that we can take uninterrupted live video of targets on the ground even when flying through or above clouds,” Bruce Wallace, program manager in DARPA’s Strategic Technology Office, said in a news release. “The EO/IR sensors on board the test aircraft went blank whenever clouds obscured the view, but the synthetic aperture radar tracked ground objects continuously throughout the flight.”

 

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Navy aircraft crashes in Tennessee, U.S. military confirms

 

http://www.msn.com/e...ID=ansmsnnews11

 

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A Navy aircraft carrying explosives crashed in Tellico Plains, Tennessee, the U.S. military confirms Sunday. Federal authorities "assume the crash is fatal."

 

Officials are looking into the possibility that it is a T-45 Goshawk jet from Training Air Wing ONE based out of Naval Air Station in Meridian, Mississippi.

 

CBS affiliate WVLT-TV writes that the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said the jet crashed in the Cherokee National Forest.

 

The station writes that investigators are keeping civilians three miles away from the crash site because the jet had explosives in it.

 

The U.S. Navy said in a news release that the aircraft was training in the area and didn't return to the air station.


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I think we should make antimatter catalyzed nuclear bullets. Obviously not as powerful as a regular nuke, but a single bullet could still level multiple city blocks.

 

This would be awesome, but tactically speaking the USA doesn't really need more ways to level city blocks. 

 

They need to level entire mountains which may or may not be full of Taliban, or they need to kill the terrorists hiding in the city full of civilians.

 

 

Trump Review Leans Toward Proposing Mini-nuke

 

I like to think that the logic behind getting mini nukes (or more mini nukes) is basically "Given that the president is almost certainly going to nuke something before his term is up, we need to develop weapons that allow him to nuke a strictly military target and therefore avoid WW3"

 

But this is probably not their thinking. 



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I think we should make antimatter catalyzed nuclear bullets. Obviously not as powerful as a regular nuke, but a single bullet could still level multiple city blocks.

 

This would be awesome, but tactically speaking the USA doesn't really need more ways to level city blocks. 

 

They need to level entire mountains which may or may not be full of Taliban, or they need to kill the terrorists hiding in the city full of civilians.

 

 

Trump Review Leans Toward Proposing Mini-nuke

 

I like to think that the logic behind getting mini nukes (or more mini nukes) is basically "Given that the president is almost certainly going to nuke something before his term is up, we need to develop weapons that allow him to nuke a strictly military target and therefore avoid WW3"

 

But this is probably not their thinking. 

 

Tora Bora, that is all.







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