Archive for May, 2009

Chew On This: These Car Dearships are going fast

Posted in HOOAH!, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 31, May 2009 by chockblock

Tasty links, incredible shrinking car dealerships and the British Press get some:

To cleanse the pallet, here is a video of 9 year old Yuto Miyazawa:

Air Defense Artillery: Short Range Air Defense

Posted in ADA, army life, army training, guns, HOOAH!, tech pron, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 31, May 2009 by chockblock

SHORAD (SHOrt Range Air Defense) means low altitude targets , like helicopters, aircraft and drones. In the past guns were used. they ranged from .50 caliber to 100 mm.

World War II was the swan song of the anti-aircraft gun. While radar made aircraft easier to hit, small jets could out fly the big guns unless they were close.

“Service trials demonstrated another problem however: that the problem of ranging and tracking the new high-speed targets was almost impossible. At shorter ranges, the “lead” required (aiming in front of the target because it is moving) is so small that it can be done manually while, at very long ranges, the apparent speed is so slow that simple mechanical slide rules could be used. For the ranges and speeds that the Bofors worked at, neither solution was good enough.”

Computers were developed to aim and fire the guns at jets. However a faster solution was need. Missiles shrank enough that they could be mounted on vehicles and eventually carried by soldiers. Today missiles rule HIMAD (High to Medium Air Defense). Patriot and the next generation SAM’s rule the skies.

But short range is still and issue. Air Defense must be able to follow troops. Patriot can’t be everywhere at once. Cruise missiles ans UAV‘s add to the headache.

Short range Air Defense is both guns and missiles. The guns are used against helicopters and UAV’s. Even then missiles are squeezing out the gun. The 20mm Vulcan is being phased out by the Rolling Airframe Missile as the Navy’s last ditch defense. The C-RAM is the land-based version of the Phalanx Close in Weapons System. It shoots down small rockets and mortars.

For over 20 years, the Stinger ruled the roost of SHORAD. Based off of the earlier Redeye missile, the Stinger was an improvement. Redeye was a tail chasing missile, meaning it locked onto the heat of the plane’s exhaust. Two problems with that: 1. The aircraft has already dropped its bombs on your friends, 2. the Sun or other heat source (like flares) can trick the missile. Stinger was all aspect. That meant any part of the aircraft could be locked onto. Stinger was small enough to be man-portable, yet be mounted on vehicles. The Navy used to keep them on ships as a last resort during the cold war.

The Army employed stingers in the following ways:

  1. 14M soldiers were the MANPADS, stinger teams. Carrying Stinger launchers on foot they would hide in the terrain.StingerMissile
  2. The Linebacker was a variant of the M2 Bradley. Tracked, it kept up with armored units and provided them with air defense. 14R soldiers crewed these vehicles.Bradley Linebacker
  3. The Linebacker was too heavy for Airborne and infantry units so the Avenger system was developed. Two four shot launchers were mounted on a HMMWV. 14S soldiers crewed that system.Avenger System

Along side the missiles used to be a Vulcan cannon, but after Desert Storm, it was withdrawn.

However new threats called for a new missile. Enter SLAMRAMM. . Brad has a nice video up showing the launch of AMRAAM missiles off of a HMMWV. But the launcher is only part of the system.

SLAAMRAAM launcher

SLAAMRAAM launcher

In addition to the launchers, the system used the Sentinel radar and a battery command post.

Complete SLAMRAAM SYSTEM

Complete SLAMRAAM SYSTEM

The Sentinel Radar is optimized for low altitudes. It can distribute data over Army radios. The battery command post can link into Army networks to receive targets and send target data out. E battery 2-43 ADA is currently testing the system for the Army.

Recently, Air Defense has moved to Fort Sill. The HIMARS system is used by Field Artillery. The Army wants a common launcher to ease maintenance and training, so it tested a HIMARS with SLAMRAAM missiles.

HIMARS fires SLAMRAAM

HIMARS fires SLAMRAAM

War and Peace: Missing the Target

Posted in ADA, politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 29, May 2009 by chockblock

The world trembles in fear of North Korea, yet the signs were always there:

In October 2006, North Korea witnessed the incredible diplomatic success it could reap from belligerence. Its first nuclear test brought resumption of the six-party talks, which gave Kim Jong Il cover to further advance his nuclear program.

Now, Kim is poised to succeed again by following precisely the same script. In April, Pyongyang launched a Taepodong-2 missile, and National Security Council official Gary Samore recently confirmed that a second nuclear test is likely on the way. The North is set to try two U.S. reporters for “hostile acts.” The state-controlled newspaper calls America “a rogue and a gangster.” Kim recently expelled international monitors from the Yongbyon nuclear complex. And Pyongyang threatens to “start” enriching uranium — a capacity it procured long ago.

– John Bolton
20 May 2009, the Wall Street Journal Online

Five days later the North Koreans did it.

Time and again, warnings about the real world seem to slip through the media’s fingers.
China’s new anti-ship ballistic missile is dismissed by War is Boring. “China has every right to defend itself, and to influence its waters and its neighbors.” quips David Axe. Yet CBS News headlines the threat of china using these missiles to attack all shipping in the missile’s “1,500 km+ range could hold ships at risk in a large maritime area, far beyond Taiwan into the Western Pacific. “

Iran tested a new missile, putting hundreds of cities at risk. The media’s take before the launch? More talking points from “experts” about how such primitaves missiles could never be launched by Iran, yet so advanced that the US could never stop one. Yet Iran’s new Sejjil-2 missile puts these cities in its range:

  • Warsaw, Poland
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Bucharest, Romania
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Athens, Greece

Ironic given European opposition to missile defense.

All the stories articles forget that defense and offense are what keeps these missiles and the countries that build them, at bay.

The time for diplomacy is over. North Korea, Iran and even China see the US as a paper tiger. Trying to treat them as states or parties we can deal with is fruitless. North Korea is a failed state clinging to life by acting out and threatening the west. Even Esquire, that bastion of “blame America-first”ism admits that diplomacy has failed (a rare ray of light in the media). Yet many countries continue to insist on diplomacy. It worked so well that Iran tested its missile. And China? The chess masters there are on our side for now, but they see a gunshy west that (in their eyes) would not go to war over Taiwan or the other nations in the Pacific.

Just remember…missile defense remains unproven. However, when it comes to diplomacy, especially ‘smart’ and ‘tough’ diplomacy, everyday is a new day. Ace Of Spades.

Without a strong America, expect to see more nukes. With out missile defense, expect to see Iran and North Korea jerking the world’s markets around as they threaten country after country. The media is gaga over small-wars and terrorism. But armies are not going out of style, WMD is not out of style. The game has changed, there are some new rules, but many of the old players are still there. They care more about the battlefield or how their show of force plays in the media than any empty UN resolution.

The left and the media? Looking in the wrong direction:

  1. Calling John Bolton crazy for talking about North Korea, five days before the nuclear test.
  2. Claiming that Iran’s leaders don’t want nuclear weapons.
  3. After the North Korea nuke test, the left tries a little CYA to minimize the danger.

We cannot let 9/10 thinking dominate our foreign policy. They talk and talk in hope of avoiding war. But the resolutions, the treaties, the rhetoric, it’s all in vain. Without the United States standing for something, willing to put steel on target, we will get war not peace.

A memorial Day Message: Gettysburg on the USS Lincoln

Posted in army life, army training, HOOAH!, politcs, War On Terror with tags , , , , , on 25, May 2009 by chockblock

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate… we can not consecrate… we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government : of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln

HOT CREW! : Star Trek’s Marina Sirtis

Posted in army training, HOOAH!, tech pron, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 20, May 2009 by chockblock

The new movie is out now, it’s hard to believe that over twenty years ago Star Trek: The Next Generation appeared on the small screen. On September 28, 1987, I watched “Encounter At Farpoint” , the pilot. Part of the appeal was the sexy Counselor Deanna Troi. Marina Sirtis was one of the first desktop wallpapers I put on my brand new 486.

She’s been busy since Trek (from Wikipedia):

After the end of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1994, Sirtis continued to work regularly. She provided the voice of Demona in the Disney animated television series Gargoyles, (1994-1996 and two one off specials). She voiced the character again for an episode of the unmade Animated Series Team Atlantis.

Sirtis popularly appeared in episodes of other science fiction television shows; The Outer Limits, Stargate SG-1 and Earth: Final Conflict. Her other guest starring roles include Diagnosis: Murder, Threat Matrix (playing a Bio-weapons scientist from Iraq), The Closer, a three episode recurring role on Girlfriends and Without a Trace.

She also has done voice work for computer games, as the character Matriarch Benezia for the Xbox 360 and PC 2007 RPG Mass Effect, as well as Deanna Troi in Star Trek: A Final Unity and Star Trek: Generations PC Games.

Sirtis has read a few audio books including Powers That Be, by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Anne Scarborough.

I can see why she’s been busy:

Why the Anti-War Movement is made of FAIL.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on 19, May 2009 by chockblock

Yet another loser is unmasked, bloggers doing the work the media will not do (via Mudville Gazette):

t seems an anti-war “Marine” from IVAW has now been unmasked as a lying mental patient. He’s never served a day in the Marines, as he has claimed.

“Rick Duncan” (Richard Glen Strandlof) of Colorado Springs was a prominent anti-war activist who claimed to have served in Iraq on three tours of duty AND survived the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.

Greyhawk updates: Real Iraq veterans get suckered into joining IVAW (Iraq Veterans Against War), too. Here’s a resignation letter from one of them that offers insight into what this fraudulent “anti-war” group is really all about.

Hell, even their leader (allegedly a former Coast Guard member) isn’t an Iraq vet. (At least he admits it.)

The message was more important than the fact that this man’s story never added up. Many imposters get lots of traction and marketing from the left because they fit the mold. Claim to have committed war crimes, then go on to attack the country you claim that you love. Be sure to educate as many as possible about the “horrors you saw.” Even better, a tv special, national exposure.

As long as they can smear the military and service members, the facts don’t have to get in the way.

They say they care for the troops yet they slander us day in, day out. This Ain’t Hell quotes some of the anti-war bloggers:

Saying no to war is the most important way to bring it to a halt. If troops had the guts they think they have they would get up and walk away from the most blatant display of American arrogance in this Century.

…an ongoing Spanish investigation is adding harrowing details to the ever-emerging portrait of the torture inside and outside Guantánamo. Among them: “blows to [the] testicles;” “detention underground in total darkness for three weeks with deprivation of food and sleep;” being “inoculated … through injection with ‘a disease for dog cysts;’” the smearing of feces on prisoners; and waterboarding. The torture, according to the Spanish investigation, all occurred “under the authority of American military personnel” and was sometimes conducted in the presence of medical professionals.

They need to see us as the other. The dupes who signed up to fight for oil. If they see us as professionals fighting for our freedom, their cause rings hollow. It’s someones elses fault that the American people tire of their shrill rhetoric. They band on the same points over and over again. No matter that we are the people from their communities, the kids they went to school with?

Supporters and bystanders get hell too. Remember the protests at recruiter’s offices? They are not over:

The taxes that support the Army Experience Center come from a variety of Americans, many of whom – like me – are troubled by this means of recruiting young people. Society agrees that many of them are not developed enough even to drink a beer or drive a car.

This is not an argument against defending ourselves, or against employing violence when it’s necessary. This is an argument for giving kids the information they need to make the best decisions for themselves. One thing we can do is instill in them a much more rich, complex, and cooperative view of human life on the planet – not the good-guys-blasting-bad-guys dichotomy drilled into them by the Army Experience Center.

I never fell for any “propaganda” or ‘good-guys-blasting-bad-guys dichotomy”. I joined up with an open mind. I came to respect the army values. All throughout basic, we were given the opportunity to quit at any time. No one held a gun to our heads. Quite a few quit or were kicked out. The children who visit the Army Experience in Philly will get a soft sell, yes, but when they decide to sign up some day, they will do so without being suckered. The army don’t take children, as my drill sergeant used to say. Either you grow up or get kicked out. Most recruits are older then those mall rats visiting the Army Experience anyway. But that did not stop the leftist groups form marching on the mall. Never mind that the Army Experience was open 5-10 minuets after they left. That protest speaks more to the delusion that the left lives in.

In their world, lies are ok. When caught, they dodge the issue as much as possible.

ith so many new member applications coming through, new member processing was slow. Member packets were slow on being sent out. My speculation is that “Duncan” used his skills at a con to exploit that weakness-building on frustration with national office paperwork issues, he may well have complained that they had ‘lost’ his paperwork. He may have approached this at a sidways angle-using a respected IVAW organizer in Colorado to call the national office and get his access to the website. Is it right? No. Is it understandable? Unfortunately, I can understand why human error happens. That doesn’t mean we don’t need to work at closing that issue.

Well, “activeduty patriot” why didn’t anyone try to contact Mr. “Duncan”‘s former unit? Why did no one come forward claiming to have served with him? Like I said, too busy spreading the message of hate to do real work. Richard Glen Strandlof stole thousands of dollars from a vets group in Colorado, leaving the anti-war crowd with a lighter wallet.

Truly the anti-war left’s finest hour.

War and Peace: State of Decay (or how the left is running this country into the ground)

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 19, May 2009 by chockblock

We are a nation at war. We debate the war, we criticize the war, we support the troops. But on the left, noting but scorn, crocodile tears for those suffering, or angst over the war.

The media. Where to begin? When I was a boy the paper was a big thing. From ads, news stories to cartoons, I spend many an afternoon with my father reading the paper. Over time I discovered TV then the internet, but I still kept up with the paper. Now?

NEW YORK — New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has admitted to using a paragraph virtually word-for-word from a prominent liberal blogger without attribution.

Dowd acknowledged the error in an e-mail to The Huffington Post on Sunday, the Web site reported. The Times corrected her column online to give proper credit for the material to Talking Points Memo editor Josh Marshall.– Fox News. (h/t: Jawa)

That stunt would have given me a F in high school. The New York Times kills a story about ACORN and the Obama campaign over “game-changer for either side that close to the election.” Ethics? Naw, those are out of style. The Chicago Sun-Times denounces its readers after running a photo of two lesbians kissing. It seems that people are not entitled to their opinions, unless the paper gives it to them. PBS is going after member stations who air “religious services of faith-based groups” because that is inappropriate. No more Catholic mass for shut-ins, or programming from religious groups that OWN public TV stations. Why? Because it is “harming the brand” (PBS). This corporate statement from a non-profit organization.

The problem is the “person is political” doctrine at the left’s core. It’s all about advancing their agenda no matter the cost. Steal? No problem. It’s just a blog after all. If it had been the other way around however OH THE OUTRAGE!
Bury damaging stories about a presidential candidate? Not if he’s a democrat. A republic gets a rectal exam, but Obama got a pass. The readers are morons who need the media to guide them of course.

There will always be a media, but it will be more local. The big media (print, TV, magazines) will probably die out or become shadows of their former selves. They are narrow casting to the liberal base that hates this country. Patriotic stories, good news from Iraq get buried as they try to trash the last eight years and pump up the empty suits in the Whitehouse. Blogs, the internet, Youtube, they did not kill the media watchdog. It committed suicide from a diet of leftist garbage and a “blame America/hate America” mindset. The people in “flyover” country have moved on, they took their cash with them, starving the traditional media. Even the New York Times admits that the old business models will not carry it through 2011.

Sure, some can make the case for saving the traditional media (from Neptunis Lex):

The Internet mantra is that information ought to be free, but how can it be if the gaining of that information comes at a cost? We’ll either have to suffer the indignity of public sponsorship of media as a kind of utility or incorporate some kind of micropayment scheme. The alternative is a populace dumbed down to a lowest common denominator getting their news from comedians or fools, who stand to knowledge in roughly the same position as Oliver Stone stands to history.

Sadly, until the money and ratings start really dropping (Keith Olbermann is losing to Fox), we can expect more of the same. Government money won’t change that. PBS is government funded, yet they are politically leftist. Traditional media hated the internet because the freedom here erodes their monopoly of TV, print and Hollywood.

We should not subsidize crap. Especially anti-American crap. The masses have spoken, the bloggers are taking down the clowns, the fools and the Oliver Stones. As traditional media dies it rails against them, the last gasps of a dying worldview. Long Live the blogs and local media. National media either has to adapt or die. Succeed on your merits or fail. That is America.

Any government money to big media smacks of the Third World/1984 school of journalism.

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