Wednesday, January 27, 2010

State of the Union

So lets count the potential pitfalls...

1.  Gays in the Military.
2.  Healthcare
3.  Unemployment
4.  Falling housing prices
5.  Runaway debt
6.  Illegal immigration
7.  Carbon tax

That's all I can remember from this speech but all those issues are potential pitfalls for the Administration and he's still going to try and tackle them all.  Wow.  He setting himself up for major league failure.  This will not end well.  His political party will get slaughtered in the fall.

Commandant looks pissed...

Obama announced the repeal of don't ask, don't tell and they panned to the faces of the Joint Chiefs.

The Commandant looked pissed...

Strangely that pleases me.  Great minds think alike.

State of the Union Speech...

About 30 minutes into this thing and so far I'm not impressed.  The nation is going through tough times and all I'm hearing is the same tired bullshit.

I'm pissed.
Wow.  This is going to be trouble.

Reports: Obama to call for gay ban repeal

Staff report
Posted : Wednesday Jan 27, 2010 20:33:07 EST
Multiple media outlets reported Wednesday that President Obama will seek a repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy during his State of the Union speech later that night.
White House senior adviser David Axelrod told CNN on Wednesday that Obama would seek to end the policy, enacted in 1993 under President Clinton.
The move follows comments earlier in the week by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., that alluded to Obama possibly announcing a policy change during the speech.
The Obama administration asked the Senate Armed Services Committee to delay any announcement of hearings on repealing the ban on gays openly serving in the military until after the State of the Union speech.

Pic of the day....

090407-N-5735P-112 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 7, 2009) The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) is underway from Naval Station Norfolk conducting acceptance trials and the Board of Inspections and Survey to test the ship's material conditions and readiness. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st class Demetrius L. Patton/Released)

Great Photographer...

If you're into nature photos then you've got to check out this guys Picasa Web Album....Extekergo 's Public Gallery ...

Thales i-Mast...

Never really paid much attention to this aspect of ship design but the people at Thales have an interesting video on the subject.

Swarms of small boats...

I just got finished reading a post over New Wars and this is the passage that got my attention...
The final problem is not just with the LCS, but with the frigate type warship itself, now costing as much as a destroyer, when its well armed or not. At 3000 plus tons it is too big for operating in shallow seas facing swarming tactics from small boats, and as we have seen too expensive to be considered a “low end escort”, impossible to build in adequate numbers unless you neglect everything else.
My  question is quite simply.  What is the definition of a "swarm of small boats"?  If we're talking about your typical well outfitted fishing boat in the states then you're talking about a boat that's about 12 feet long with a powerful outboard motor.  If you're talking about the boats that are conducting piracy operations off the coast of Africa, you're pretty much talking about the same just much older.

The solution to those type ships are machine guns mounted around the boat with sailors, Marines or NECC's at the ready.

If my definition is correct then the LCS will be able to handle the threat.  Heck even a Burke can handle the threat.  I think that we've stumbled onto a problem with future requirements.  No one has properly defined the issues.

They're finally getting what they deserve!

Bill Sweetman has a post on the continuing debate in the UK about what to cut in future defense budgets.  Seems like a noted journalist/author has put forth the idea of scaling back the Royal Air Force. 


The air arms of the UK and US have been banging away at ground forces for years.  They have espoused a doctrine that states that they can win wars alone. 

They're wrong.  Now its seems that many opinion makers are coming to that conclusion too.


Eurocopter Romania...

I didn't know that Eurocopter had a branch of its operation in Romania.  Interesting.  From Defpro.News
Eurocopter Romania delivers 50th helicopter of Puma family 
09:49 GMT, January 27, 2010 As Romania's Actmedia News Agency reports, Ambassador of France in Bucharest Henri Paul, and Ambassador of Germany Andreas von Mettenheim on Friday visited the Eurocopter Group Romania on the IAR Ghimbav platform in the county of Brasov (country center).

Head of the Eurocopter Group subsidiary Jean Louis Face presented the two diplomats the economic situation of the unit founded in 2002 and which has since grown into one of the most advanced subsidiaries of the group that is expanding on the IAR platform.

According to Mascle, Eurocopter Romania completed this month the 50th delivery of an aircraft of the Puma and Super Puma family, with maintenance and capital repair works carried out in Brasov. Eurocopter Romania, Mascle added, has become the main global competence center of the Eurocopter Group for the maintenance of this helicopter family. Most orders come from military contracts won around the world: Africa, Europe, Middle East, South America and Asia.

Check out the Europter Romania website.