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Fbi and Fang Fang
« Reply #850 on: December 30, 2020, 05:03:25 AM »
I was wondering how Fang Fang left the country
so easily if the FBI knew about her

did they let her to see where she goes and follow her?
did they want to avoid a Chinese - US incident?
did she like all Chinese spies simply outsmart us?
wanted to protect Eric the democrat?

other?

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Re: Military Science, Military Issues, and the Nature of War
« Reply #851 on: December 30, 2020, 09:25:03 AM »
Indeed.

Similarly I wonder if Smallwell tipped her off.


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Israel's F-35s
« Reply #853 on: January 30, 2021, 04:30:21 PM »

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Re: Military Science, Military Issues, and the Nature of War
« Reply #856 on: February 13, 2021, 07:10:38 PM »
In this case because it contains factual information on an issue of interest to us. 

Agreed they are what they are- the woke folks of the Pentagon-- but they address issues of interest to us which are lightly covered elsewhere.  Also, good to know how the powerful factions for whom they write think.  Occasionally we might learn something--- it is not like anyone on our side is be followed blindly. 

The world is shattering assumptions left and right.

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The new Woke Navy oath
« Reply #857 on: February 15, 2021, 03:30:24 PM »

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Re: Military Science, Military Issues, and the Nature of War
« Reply #858 on: February 15, 2021, 07:12:18 PM »
 :-o :-o :-o :x :x :x :x :x :x

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The Woken Dead of the Biden Pentagon vs. "White Nationalism"
« Reply #860 on: February 17, 2021, 06:49:32 PM »
Obviously genuine nazi types are not who we want in our military, but OTOH for the  Woken Dead of the White House and the Pentagon all traditional  Americans are Nazis.

https://www.rollcall.com/2021/02/16/pentagon-report-reveals-inroads-white-supremacists-have-made-in-military/?fbclid=IwAR3pjQ-AqE5BBilIQOi1f2p_V7BFUKy-jrnGkUKO0lsOTcnoqwh708tlNQ0

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Re: The Woken Dead of the Biden Pentagon vs. "White Nationalism"
« Reply #861 on: February 17, 2021, 07:04:37 PM »
 :roll:

Remember when an US Army officer was obviously a jihadist and his superiors were too scared to do anything about it?

And after the "workplace violence" the biggest concern was diversity?

http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/11/08/general-casey-diversity-shouldnt-be-casualty-of-fort-hood/


Obviously genuine nazi types are not who we want in our military, but OTOH for the  Woken Dead of the White House and the Pentagon all traditional  Americans are Nazis.

https://www.rollcall.com/2021/02/16/pentagon-report-reveals-inroads-white-supremacists-have-made-in-military/?fbclid=IwAR3pjQ-AqE5BBilIQOi1f2p_V7BFUKy-jrnGkUKO0lsOTcnoqwh708tlNQ0

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WOKEmil doomed
« Reply #862 on: February 22, 2021, 04:18:52 PM »
http://ace.mu.nu/archives/392826.php

We totally outclass our near-peers on trans-acceptance!


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Fighting the Last War that Never Happened
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WSJ: Biden budget not up to the threats
« Reply #886 on: June 16, 2021, 04:50:53 AM »
President Biden is telling the world in Europe this week that “America is back” as the leader of global democracies. Sounds good. But China, Iran and Vladimir Putin would be more impressed if Mr. Biden wasn’t cutting America’s defense even as he rightly stresses the challenge from the world’s authoritarians.

Unremarked in the White House spending deluge is that its trillions for “infrastructure” include little new for defense. Mr. Biden’s $715 billion Pentagon budget for fiscal 2022 is a 1.6% increase over last year. Adjusted for inflation, this is a cut. The bipartisan National Defense Strategy Commission and other experts say the Pentagon needs steady 3% to 5% real increases annually to address threats from “near peers” such as China and Russia.

President Trump increased defense spending modestly, but that fillip has passed and spending is still at its modern norm of about 3% of GDP. America is rapidly piling up debt past 100% of GDP while shrinking its defenses.

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The brightest budget spots are places where the Administration declined to make matters worse: The Administration didn’t slash the Army; active-duty end strength holds at about 485,000. But the service requested about $3.5 billion less than last year’s enacted budget, in part due to a drawdown in Afghanistan.

The Biden Team also overruled progressive critics and asked to fund upgrades to an aging nuclear deterrent. The anachronism known as the “overseas contingency operations” fund will be folded in the normal budget, a more honest accounting.

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But nowhere is underinvestment clearer than in the stormy forecasts for the U.S.Navy. At roughly 300 ships the Navy soon won’t have the size or capability to compete with the more than 350-ship fleet China is minting. In April China reportedly commissioned three warships in a day.

The Navy’s 2022 proposal would hasten the retirement of two cruisers to save money. The Navy would procure eight ships; only four are combatants. The request for the shipbuilding account is down about 3% from last year’s level. The Navy is worried about readiness, particularly overworked carriers, and that a larger fleet won’t be properly manned or maintained, which are real concerns. But that is a case for more investment.


A consensus in Congress agrees the Navy should grow to 355 ships, but the officer briefing reporters on the defense budget conceded that with “a 300-ship navy and a 30-year life, you have to recapitalize at 10 per year and so eight is not going to do it.”

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The 355 number is not holy writ, and Pentagon press secretary John Kirby weighed in with the obvious that “a fleet of 355 tugboats” wouldn’t mean much for American defenses. But as many naval experts have noted, what a carrier and a frigate have in common is that they can only defend one sea at a time, and quantity has a quality all its own. There is a narrow window to turn around the decline. Building ships takes years, and the U.S. is deciding today the fleet the country will have if China provokes a maritime conflict in 10 or even 20 years.

The Biden team says it will “divest to invest,” or send about $2.8 billion in old stuff to the bone yard to free up dollars for more modern equipment. As ships and planes age, they become expensive and time consuming to maintain, draining readiness accounts. And the military does need to spend more on innovations like hypersonic missiles.

But new equipment seldom arrives on time or as promised. In any event, proposals like the Air Force plan to retire more than 40 workhorse A-10 bombers are unlikely to survive impact with Congress. The Biden Administration also undercuts its tut-tutting about “hard choices” on spending by marking $617 million for climate change. This money will inevitably be spent in ways that make the F-35 fighter program look cost-efficient.

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The responsibility for these budget shortfalls doesn’t fall only on civilian leaders. The case for more resources is tougher to sell to the public when flag officers take shots at cable news hosts over the culture wars or promote progressive books about “anti-racism.” The brass need to be honest about actual threats rather than indulge in woke politics. It took a decade for the military to rebuild after the damage from Vietnam, and decline can come again as Hemingway described bankruptcy—gradually, then suddenly.


Congress will massage the Biden request, and members should level with the American public: A military that is large, modern and ready to fight is expensive. We’ll be the first to endorse military health-care changes or civil-service reform to reduce ballooning personnel costs.

But the choice America is facing is not whether to buy more ships instead of tanks. It is whether to defend itself adequately or pretend to do so while shrinking defense to fund an ever-growing social-welfare state. Adversaries can see the trend even if the White House would rather not acknowledge it.