The Brandon Administration is not concerned about the two million illegal aliens who have swarmed across the US Southern Border. They ARE concerned about YOU –
“The United States remains in a heightened threat environment fueled by several factors, including an online environment filled with false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories.”
The problem with conspiracy theories over the past few years is that they have turned out to be accurate. Even the crazy ones that one shucks off as to fantastic to be believed. The USGOV line on almost anything seems to be predicated on fantasy at best and calculated propaganda at worst.
Peaceful protest is now labeled as “insurrection” and BLM/Antifa riots resulting in murder, arson and the destruction of billions in private property is encouraged.
DHS needs to flush out its headgear and decide where the danger to America is coming from here in Obama’s third term in office.
Drone Wars – Commentary
Claudio brought this article to my attention. While I am acutely aware of what small drones can do, there are a world of things that limit them. Flight time and wind for a start, make small battery-powered vertical lift drones ineffective as artillery spotters unless we’re talking spotting for short-range mortars. Even if you swarm them for survivability, they still have to get five or ten or twenty miles and the battery tech just isn’t there. Winged drones have a longer range but they can’t pop up and down and have the limitations of stalling and powered turns that are common to all winged aircraft.
To get the range you need a different power source and internal combustion engines are hot. The heat bloom in a winter environment means that sensors can track them easily and then their demise is just arithmetic. They need to fly higher than vertical lift drones to avoid trees and obstructions and when they see you, you see them.
I realize that they are the “new threat” but they won’t be for long. The article brings up man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) like the SA-24 Igla-S and SA-25 Verba. Yeah, they’re. effective and they work against aircraft engaging ground targets within their threat envelope. They are cheap and F-35’s – the USAF’s go-to for close ground support (they hate the Warthog) are dramatically expensive.
The Russians have always loved artillery. The USA loves counter-battery fire. Can the Russians shoot and scoot fast enough to avoid the 155mm time-on-target barrage? Maybe not, but they’re Russians. They rely on numbers of tubes to save them. Maybe they’re right?
Quote of the Day
WC24 “Command Reconnaissance Car,” built to provide transportation and communications for staff officers on the battlefield. – for WSF.
I recommend the Mercedes-Benz W31 G4 instead simply because it has a certain panache that the Dodge lacks.
Roman Ship Building
Unlike the Greeks or the Carthaginians, the Romans were not traditionally seafaring people. They were mostly land-based people who learned to build military and merchant ships from the people that they conquered. Sailing the seas was often considered un-Roman and even the Roman navy never acquired the status of a fully autonomous branch of the Roman military.
Building ships in the ancient world relied mostly on rules of thumb and inherited techniques rather than science. Early shipbuilders built the outer hull first, then proceeded with the frame and the rest of the ship while the planks forming the outer hull were sewn together. Building a ship (that would not sink) starting from the outer hull was quite a difficult task and required a lot of experience.
From the sixth century BC onwards, the locked mortise and tenon method rather than the sewing method was used to join the planks together, and starting from the first centuries AD, Mediterranean shipbuilders shifted to another shipbuilding method which consisted of building the ship starting from the frame and then proceeding with the hull and the rest of the ship. This shipbuilding method (frame first, hull, then rest of the ship) is still the method being used today to build modern ships. It is more systematic and allowed the Romans to build ships on an almost industrial scale.
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