Mush for Brains –How Putin Sees America

Mush for Brains –How Putin Sees America

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by Stephen Bryen

I am not a Kremlinologist, and Kremlinology sort of went out of fashion with the collapse of the Soviet Union.

But I always enjoyed the speculation that Kremlin-watchers were so good at. Who lined up on top of the reviewing stand in Red Square during military parades; who was missing; who said what to whom? These and countless other outward signs were diagnosed and re-diagnosed ad nauseam, but sometimes the Kremlin-watchers got it right.

Should we be doing that again now? There is clearly something big going on in Russia. Is Putin listening to the hard-line faction, or is he (or was he) trying to promote a different option?

Putin took himself to New York not just to tell the UN what he intended to do in Syria, but more importantly to make a case to Obama about what both of them should do. Obama rejected Putin’s…

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News: USAF rules out international A-10 sales

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/usaf-rules-out-international-a-10-sales-414975/ USAF has decided not to sell the A-10 to its allies. Why this decision? Because selling the A-10 would run contrary to everything USAF was and is saying. USAF has for years, and against all evidence, maintained that the A-10 is unsurvivable and that fast jets can and will do its job - close … Continue reading News: USAF rules out international A-10 sales

Aircraft costs 2013-2015

http://comptroller.defense.gov/Portals/45/Documents/defbudget/fy2015/fy2015_p1.pdf   NOTE: Since spending does not include R&D or any associated equipment, it is a good indication of actual aircraft cost.   Pg.40:   FY2013 EA-18G: 967.725.000 USD for 12 aircraft - 80.643.750 USD F/A-18E/F: 2.609.504.000 USD for 37 aircraft - 70.527.135 USD F-35C: 917.052.000 USD for 4 aircraft - 229.263.000 USD F-35B: 1.211.635.000 … Continue reading Aircraft costs 2013-2015

NATO air forces proposal

Current state As of fall of 2013, NATO member states were Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States. Air forces were as follows: Albania: no fixed-wing aircraft or attack helicopters Belgium: … Continue reading NATO air forces proposal

US military proposal

US military proposal

Army Current state Currently, United States have 8.725 M1 Abrams MBTs. At unit cost of 8,6 million USD, this gives total expenditure of 75 billion USD for MBT force. As for APCs, there are 6.000 M113s costing 1,8 billion USD, 6.724 M2s costing 12,1 billion USD, and 4.187 Strykers costing 20,5 billion USD, for a … Continue reading US military proposal

Quick solution to USAF downwards spiral

Link US aircraft procurement is on obvious downwards spiral - huge increases in spending have resulted in equally huge decreases in procurement. Most numerous tactical aircraft in US service is still F-16, and is likely to remain so for next few decades. This is my solution.

On AviationIntel F-22 vs Typhoon article

http://aviationintel.com/2012/07/28/in-response-to-reports-of-simulated-f-22-raptor-kills-by-german-eurofighters/   While author is indeed correct that training sorties do not necessarily mean that one type of aircraft is superior, multiple sorties can, when analyzed properly and assuming that setup is known, provide some information about respective fighter's capabilities. Huge control surfaces and thrust vectoring are useful for high-altitude and low-speed maneuvers, not in … Continue reading On AviationIntel F-22 vs Typhoon article

US looking to a new generation fighter

http://www.wnd.com/2012/11/u-s-looking-to-new-generation-fighter/ Despite F-22 choking its pilots – issue that may not have been solved even now – and F-35 having more problems than all European armaments programmes put together, US Department of Defense has decided that work should begin on a new stealth aircraft. It is easy to understand why – with F-22 out of … Continue reading US looking to a new generation fighter

Cleaning up Red Flag Alaska F-22 vs Typhoon debate

Since Eurofighter Typhoons defeated F-22s at Red Flag Alaska in June 2012, discussion has produced many claims. I will address some of them here: 1) WVR combat is only small spectrum of air combat. Yes, and no - it mainly depends on numbers, and who you are shooting at. As enemy numbers, as well as quality of … Continue reading Cleaning up Red Flag Alaska F-22 vs Typhoon debate