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New “Adaptable” Drones Could Alternate Between Fixed-Wing and Rotary-Wing Flight

 

In Brief BAE Systems and Cranfield University have partnered on the design of an Adaptable UAV capable of switching between fixed-wing and rotary-wing flight modes mid-mission. BAE Systems believes military forces could be using their UAVs "within the next few decades."

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US Senate budgeting $200 million in 2018 to speed laser and microwave weapons
brian wang | October 5, 2017 |
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The US Senate’s version of the annual defense bill provides $200 million for rapid prototyping of directed energy weapons.

There’s no shortage of U.S. military interest in battlefield lasers and other directed-energy weapons. From truck-mounted lasers to high-powered microwaves that take down small drones, the Army, Navy, and Air Force are all exploring the possibilities. But congressional leaders say for all that interest, the technology’s not getting into the field fast enough.

The $200 million the Senate bill provides could be used to prototype various directed energy weapons at the assistant secretary’s discretion, it highlights several “specific missions in which directed energy could provide solutions to capability gaps,” including fighting off UAVs, rockets, artillery, and mortars.

 

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Bell ground test V-280 Valor which will be twice as fast as Apache choppers
brian wang | October 5, 2017 |
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The Bell V-280 Valor is a third-generation tiltrotor aircraft being developed by Bell Helicopter and Lockheed Martin for the United States Army’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program. Video was recently released where it was shown in a ground test. The V-280 will be twice as fast as an Apache helicopter and have about three to eight times the range.

The V-280 is reported to be designed for a cruising speed of 280 knots (320 mph; 520 km/h), a top speed of 300 knots (350 mph; 560 km/h), a range of 2,100 nautical miles (2,400 mi; 3,900 km), and an effective combat range of 500 to 800 nmi (580 to 920 mi; 930 to 1,480 km). Expected maximum takeoff weight is around 30,000 lb. In one major difference from the earlier V-22 Osprey tiltrotor, the engines remain in place while the rotors and drive shafts tilt. A driveshaft runs through the straight wing, allowing both prop rotors to be driven by a single engine in the event of engine loss. The V-280 will have retractable landing gear, a triple-redundant fly by wire control system, and a V-tail configuration. The wings are made of a single section of Carbon fiber reinforced polymer composite, reducing weight and production costs. The V-280 will have a crew of 4 and be capable of transporting up to 14 troops. Dual cargo hooks will give it a lift capacity to carry a 10,000 lb (4,500 kg) M777A2 Howitzer while flying at a speed of 150 knots (170 mph; 280 km/h). The fuselage is visually similar to that of the UH-60 Black Hawk medium lift helicopter. Bell expects the V-280 to cost around the same as a AH-64E or MH-60M.

 

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China developing advanced hypersonic weapons, laser and modern aircraft carriers
brian wang | October 8, 2017 |
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According to DOD, China could build several aircraft carriers in the next 15 years. China may ultimately produce five ships—for a total of six carriers—for the PLA Navy.

The third through sixth Chinese carriers are likely to be flat deck ships, like U.S. aircraft carriers, that utilize steam or magnetic catapults and would enable the PLA Navy to employ aircraft armed with heavier munitions intended for maritime strike or land attack missions.

The third carrier is the Type 002 carrier. It is in development and is slated to complete in 2020 or 2021, will be a 70,000-ton aircraft carrier with catapults designed to launch heavier aircraft.

China is building its fourth aircraft carrier and is expected to deploy the vessel in six years in around 2023.

 

https://www.nextbigf...t-carriers.html


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Trump Is Upset That He Has Fewer Nuclear Bombs Than Obama

 

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Sigh. I suppose I have to post this report from NBC News. Apparently our commander-in-chief was upset to learn that America’s nuclear force is smaller than it was in the 60s:

 

Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve….Officials briefly explained the legal and practical impediments to a nuclear buildup and how the current military posture is stronger than it was at the height of the build-up. In interviews, they told NBC News that no such expansion is planned.

 

The July 20 meeting was described as a lengthy and sometimes tense review of worldwide U.S. forces and operations. It was soon after the meeting broke up that officials who remained behind heard Tillerson say that Trump is a “moron.”

 

….[Trump’s] comments raised questions about his familiarity with the nuclear posture and other issues, officials said.

 

How dangerous is it to have a president with no clue about how the military works? He doesn’t know what the nuclear triad is. He doesn’t realize that we’ve been negotiating down nuclear stockpiles for decades. He casually threatens nuclear war against North Korea. He thinks the army should have “surrounded” Iraq’s oil. He kept turning down the Pentagon’s ISIS plans because he couldn’t stand the thought of doing pretty much the same thing as Barack Obama.


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Apparently, Trump not only "wanted a bigger stockpile", but wanted a "tenfold increase."

 

See:  http://www.msn.com/e...=ob-fb-enus-280

 

No wonder Tillerson is alleged to have called Trump a "moron."  


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Apparently, Trump not only "wanted a bigger stockpile", but wanted a "tenfold increase."

 

See:  http://www.msn.com/e...=ob-fb-enus-280

 

No wonder Tillerson is alleged to have called Trump the world's most dangerous "moron."  

 

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It's evident by the fact the North Koreans are actually frightened by this man, hence all those unprecedented missile and nuclear bomb tests.


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Pentagon is still preparing for global warming even though Trump said to stop

 

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WASHINGTON ― The Pentagon has continued to take steps to defend its military bases against extreme weather despite direction from President Donald Trump to stop preparing for climate change.

 

In March, President Donald Trump rescinded all climate-related federal agency actions directed by President Barack Obama. The Obama-era initiatives that were killed included one that directed the Pentagon to plan for a future where storms, like this week’s Hurricane Irma, are a frequent factor in the Pentagon’s operations.

 

To meet Obama’s order, the Defense Department published a “climate change roadmap” in 2014 and launched a defensewide review of its installations to identify vulnerabilities.

“A changing climate will have real impacts on our military and the way it executes its missions,” the Defense Department concluded in the 2014 report. “The military could be called upon more often to support civil authorities … in the face of more frequent and more intense natural disasters.”

 

 

“Hampton Roads region in Virginia, which houses the largest concentration of U.S. military sites in the world, we see recurrent flooding today, and we are beginning work to address a projected sea-level rise of 1.5 feet over the next 20 to 50 years,” the roadmap concluded.


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Weather Disasters Can Fuel War in Volatile Countries

 

http://www.climatece...-fuel-war-20557

 

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Following the warmest two years on record and spikes in violence that fueled a global refugee crisis, climate scientists on Monday reported that armed fighting is prone to follow droughts, heatwaves and other weather-related calamities in turbulent countries.

 

Nearly a quarter of deadly armed conflicts in the countries with the most diverse ethnic makeups from 1980 to 2010 were found to have occurred at around the same time as an extreme weather event.

 

 “It’s significant that you can make that statement — that nearly 25 percent of those conflicts coincided with some type of climate-related disaster,” said Jonathan Donges, a Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research scientist who helped lead the new study.

 

Donges and three other European researchers detected the pattern after analyzing extreme weather events that inflicted heavy economic damages, and outbreaks of fighting that left at least 25 dead in a year. The results were published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

“What’s much more important is that this number is highly statistically significant and robust,” Donges said. “You cannot explain it by chance.”

 

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African countries like Uganda are among the world's most ethnically diverse, and they are also vulnerable to climate change. 
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International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Wins Nobel Prize for Peace

 

https://www.nobelpri...2017/press.html

 

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The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, the Switzerland-based coalition of civil society groups that led successful efforts to approve a nuclear weapons ban treaty. The UN voted in favor of the treaty in July; it will take effect 90 days after 50 countries ratify it. So far, three have done so.

“It is now 71 years since the UN General Assembly, in its very first resolution, advocated the importance of nuclear disarmament and a nuclear weapon-free world,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee wrote. “With this year’s award, the [committee] wishes to pay tribute to ICAN for giving new momentum to the efforts to achieve this goal.”

 

The ban treaty was approved despite vigorous opposition from the United States and other nuclear weapons countries that boycotted treaty negotiations; some of those countries, in the words of the New York Times’ Rick Gladstone, “denounced the treaty as a naïve and dangerous diversion.”

 

The Times covered the award with a straightforward account that included this quote from an ICAN statement: “This prize is a tribute to the tireless efforts of many millions of campaigners and concerned citizens worldwide who, ever since the dawn of the atomic age, have loudly protested nuclear weapons, insisting that they can serve no legitimate purpose and must be forever banished from the face of our earth.”

 

Some other major media outlets were less balanced and thoughtful. The Economistwins some kind of prize for snarkiest headline of the day with: “This year’s Nobel peace prize rewards a nice but pointless idea.” The Washington Post (which devoted one paragraph to the adoption of the nuclear weapons ban treaty in July) receives an honorable mention certificate in the passive-aggressive category for “The Nobel Peace Prize for an anti-nuclear-weapons group probably won’t please the U.S.”

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South Korea Just Revealed a “Blackout Bomb” That Can Wipe Out Electrical Grids

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South Korea has acquired the technology to develop bombs capable of short-circuiting power stations, leaving the affected area completely powerless. These "blackout bombs" are yet another tool the country is prepared to use against North Korea if the country acts on its threats.

BLACKOUT BOMBS
South Korea is in the midst of developing a bomb that can target electrical grids to essentially render an area’s electronics utterly useless.
Known as “blackout bombs,” these devices are designed to be dropped by a plane onto key power stations. Upon impact, they release carbon graphite filaments capable of short-circuiting and disrupting any nearby hardware that relies on electricity.


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Damn the only way to prevent that would be to build a thin covering or something


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Growing threat: Cyber and nuclear weapons systems

 

https://thebulletin....ns-systems11201

 

 

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Every day, it seems, news of another cyber breach emerges. From huge entertainment companies to credit agencies to fast-food operations, cyber attackers are doing their dirty work and putting the public at risk. Name a company—Sony, Experian, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Arby’s, Saks Fifth Avenue—and it has been victimized. The implications are staggering—recent disclosures show that a 2013 attack on Yahoo e-mail compromised 3 billionaccounts. Governments and government systems also have been hit, including the US Office of Personnel Management. In that 2015 incident, hackers targeted millions of people’s Social Security numbers and other personal information.

 

Given the frequency and scope of cyber threats and cyberattacks worldwide, it’s easy to imagine waking up one day to find even more frightening headlines. What if the targets compromised in a cyberattack were not just e-mail accounts or even banking systems, but nuclear weapons (or related systems)? What if:

 

A nuclear watch officer’s computer screens indicated that nuclear missiles were on the way? Could the officer be sure that she wasn’t the victim of a cyber-spoof? How would she respond?

 

Military officials were unable to communicate with the men and women controlling US nuclear weapons during an international security crisis? What would they think had happened? How would they respond?

 

Officials discovered malware on a nuclear-critical system—and suspected that it was just the tip of a cyber iceberg?


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A Russian Ghost Submarine, its U.S. Pursuers and a Deadly New Cold War

 

https://www.msn.com/...=ob-fb-enus-280

 

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The Krasnodar, a Russian attack submarine, left the coast of Libya in late May, headed east across the Mediterranean, then slipped undersea, quiet as a mouse. Next, it fired a volley of cruise missiles into Syria.

 

In the days that followed, the diesel-electric sub was pursued by the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, its five accompanying warships, MH-60R Seahawk helicopters and P-8 Poseidon anti-sub jets flying out of Italy.

 

The U.S. and its allies had set out to track the Krasnodar as it moved to its new home in the Black Sea. The missile attack upended what had been a routine voyage, and prompted one of the first U.S. efforts to track a Russian sub during combat since the Cold War. Over the next weeks, the sub at points eluded detection in a sea hunt that tested the readiness of Western allies for a new era in naval warfare.

 

An unexpected resurgence in Russian submarine development, which deteriorated after the breakup of the Soviet Union, has reignited the undersea rivalry of the Cold War, when both sides deployed fleets of attack subs to hunt for rival submarines carrying nuclear-armed ballistic missiles.

 

When underwater, enemy submarines are heard, not seen—and Russia brags that its new subs are the world’s quietest. The Krasnodar is wrapped in echo-absorbing skin to evade sonar; its propulsion system is mounted on noise-cutting dampers; rechargeable batteries drive it in near silence, leaving little for sub hunters to hear. “The Black Hole,” U.S. allies call it.

 

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Russian attack submarine Krasnodar, seen in the North Sea in early May 2017.

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^ This is probably disinformation fed (or encouraged) by the US Navy. They're intentionally overestimating the capabilities of this Russian sub.

 

I'm pretty sure it's to mislead the Russians and other potential adversaries into thinking this submarine is on par with the newer US submarines when in fact the US submarines are virtually undetectable even by most advanced submarine detection technologies.

 

This is a form of psychological warfare in which the enemy broadcasts misleading information to entice its adversaries into some level of complacency, therefore slowing down their efforts to modernize or advance their military technology, or trick them into thinking their efforts are effective enough to keep up with them.


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Air Force could recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to address serious shortage
Source: USA Today
 

WASHINGTON — President Trump signed an executive order Friday allowing the Air Force to recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to active duty to address a shortage in combat fliers, the White House and Pentagon announced.

By law, only 25 retired officers can be brought back to serve in any one branch. Trump's order removes those caps by expanding a state of national emergency declared by President George W. Bush after 9/11, signaling what could be a significant escalation in the 16-year-old global war on terror.

"We anticipate that the Secretary of Defense will delegate the authority to the Secretary of the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for up to three years," Navy Cdr. Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement.

But the executive order itself is not specific to the Air Force, and could conceivably be used in the future to call up more officers and in other branches.

 

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US Navy Hypervelocity projectiles tests tripled range of 5 inch guns and with superaccuracy
brian wang | October 23, 2017 |

 

Navy hypervelocity projectile tests from Navy ships will start soon. The Hyper Velocity Projectile (HVP) is a next-generation, common, low drag, guided projectile capable of executing multiple missions for a number of gun systems. TheUS Navy plans to issue a Broad Agency Announcement soliciting a mature design concept for 5-inch guided projectile to support a test demonstration in 2018. They HVP will more than triple the range of the common 5 inch guns and increase accuracy.

 

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US Virginia and Columbia submarines from now to 2030
brian wang | October 22, 2017 |

 

The US Navy is considering increasing maintaining a 2 Virginia class attack submarine build rate along with a production of one Columbia SSBN sub per year.

Adding 7 more Virginia class submarines will add about $18 billion in spending over the next 13 years. The proponents argue that they will get 7 for the price of 6 as they will save about the price of one submarine in production efficiency.

The Navy has assigned only a “43% confidence interval” that it will keep costs at or below the $100.2 billion (2017 constant dollars) research acquisition cost for the Columbia SSBN submarines.

 

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^ This is probably disinformation fed (or encouraged) by the US Navy. They're intentionally overestimating the capabilities of this Russian sub.

 

I'm pretty sure it's to mislead the Russians and other potential adversaries into thinking this submarine is on par with the newer US submarines when in fact the US submarines are virtually undetectable even by most advanced submarine detection technologies.

 

This is a form of psychological warfare in which the enemy broadcasts misleading information to entice its adversaries into some level of complacency, therefore slowing down their efforts to modernize or advance their military technology, or trick them into thinking their efforts are effective enough to keep up with them.

Also useful for getting public opinion in favor of military spending. 



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^^ Yes, in fact I tend to think that the military spending angle is far more important than any attempt at psychological warfare.


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