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Vortices representation

Posted by picard578 on September 20, 2014

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F-35 fast facts fixed

Posted by picard578 on September 20, 2014

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NATO navies proposal revised

Posted by picard578 on September 13, 2014

Introduction

 

Submarine is the modern capital ship – primary ship for control of the sea against enemy navy. Only submarines can establish control of the sea, clearing it of the enemy ships and opening way for surface transport craft to carry ground troops into an area of operations. Carriers are primarly useful for support of amphibious landings, carrying out tasks including defending invasion fleet from airborne attacks, establishing air superiority over the area and providing close air support for the invasion force. Cruisers, destroyers and frigates can be useful for fire support of landing operations, while missile boats and fast attack craft can be useful in shallow coastal waters. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aircraft carrier proposal 3

Posted by picard578 on September 6, 2014

Aircraft used

 

Aircraft used will be an air superiority fighter (FLX), CAS fighter (AX) and observation aircraft (OLX), plus transport aircraft (C-2). This will allow it to be useful for carrier’s primary tasks: defending fleet from an attack by enemy ground-based aircraft, as well as supporting amphibious landings and providing close air support for ground troops. Read the rest of this entry »

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Canard aircraft configurations

Posted by picard578 on September 4, 2014

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Iraqi bitzkrieg

Posted by picard578 on September 3, 2014

Originally posted on Slightly East of New:

[revised June 23, 2014] Are the ISIS forces using maneuver warfare tactics? Have they read John Boyd?

I don’t know the answer to either of these, but it seems to me that their tactics — multiple thrusts, use of time, ambiguity, deception, terror, propaganda — fit well within either MCDP1 or Patterns of Conflict.

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Is blitzkrieg enough?

Posted by picard578 on September 3, 2014

Originally posted on Slightly East of New:

Did the Germans win WW II?

Maneuver warfare, a modern updating of the infiltration tactics that led to the stunning German successes in 1939 through late 1941, is a better way to fight opposing military forces: Create a gap in the enemy defenses, penetrate into his rear areas, cause panic and chaos, and exploit before he can figure out what’s going on. Numbers become irrelevant and can even be a vulnerability once panic sets in.

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Tactics of the Islamic State

Posted by picard578 on September 3, 2014

picard578:

Another problem is that US following the neoliberal dogma in restructuring Iraq created a perfect seeding ground for all kinds of extremism and funamentalism. Boyd has stressed moral superiority in 4th generation warfare, and indeed it is all about moral superiority – superiority that US, and post-Saddam Iraqi governments, have given away to extremists on a silver platter through extremistic privatiization. More on progress of privatization of Iraq can be read here:

http://www.iraq-businessnews.com/tag/privatisation/

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/nov/07/iraq.comment

http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/07/28/us-iraq-privitisation-interview-sb-idUSTRE56R2HV20090728

Originally posted on Slightly East of New:

In a post on the situation in Iraq today, Pat Lang has suggested that “This has Guderian, Patton, Manstein, et al., written all over it.”

True. Boyd did a nice summary of these tactics:

Message: By exploiting superior leadership, intelligence, communications, and mobility as well as by playing upon adversary’s fears and doubts via propaganda and terror, forces of The Islamic State operated inside adversary observation-orientation-decision-action loops.

Result: Outnumbered IS fighters created impressions of terrifying strength—by seeming to come out of nowhere yet be everywhere.

Hence: Subversive propaganda, clever stratagems, fast breaking maneuvers, and calculated terror not only created vulnerabilities and weaknesses but also played upon moral factors that drain away resolve, produce panic, and bring about collapse.  Patterns of Conflict, chart 28.

OK, I did make a few insignificant changes to bring it up to date.

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Comparing modern fighter aircraft

Posted by picard578 on August 30, 2014

Nature of air to air combat

 

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

—G. Santayana

 

Fighter aircraft exist to destroy other aircraft, and allow other aircraft to carry out their missions without interference from enemy fighter aircraft. That being said, there exists a colloqial – and incorrect – use of term “fighter aircraft” as being applicable to any tactical aircraft, even those that are primarly or exclusively designed for ground attack, such as the A-10 and the F-35. Task of the aircraft is to enable pilot to bring weapons systems in position for a successful kill.

 

You never make a big truck and tomorrow make it a race car. And you never can make a big bomber and the next day a . . . fighter. The physical law means that you need another airplane. . . . You should do one job and should do this job good.

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Rafale passive targeting capability

Posted by picard578 on August 30, 2014

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