Q and A
Name the US General
And if you can’t, you should reassess whether or not you should be reading this blog.
And where (which continent) is he standing?
Name the Army
Name the Aircraft
The answers to the “name the (insert here) is at the bottom
Bonus points: Do you see pasta in this picture?
How do you feel?
About magazines stacked this way for a quick re-load?
About single point slings?
One issue with single point slings doesn’t concern her- they tend to hit you in the dick. Another concern with single point slings…the barrel can run into the dirt. A double could pull that up a bit. Still sexy… just more practical.
Know your enemy
US Air Force News
And for you haters, no, the US Air Force hasn’t been absorbed into the US Space Force (yet).
In a strong show of bipartisanship, the Senate Armed Services Committee lapproved its version of the National Defense Authorization Act with a 25-2 vote. It must still earn full Senate approval and weather a House-Senate conference before it becomes law, BUT this version of the NDAA has made four big moves that will improve Air Force capacity, capability, and posture for years to come.
More fifth-generation fighters.
The Air Force budget has grown by more than 30 percent over the last four years. The lion’s share of that has gone toward developing future weapons and a digital communications infrastructure, all the while hoping that Congress would fund additional combat platforms for the service. For those of you unfamiliar with the USAF budgeting process, this is how they work – they spend their money on personnel, upgraded housing, computers and new weapons and THEN ask Congress if they can have aircraft to go with it. The strategy is paying off, at least in part, with the Senate bill. It authorizes the Air Force to procure 12 additional F-35As and to take possession of six more F-35As formerly bound for Turkey. When combined with the 48 fighters proposed in the president’s budget, the FY21 NDAA will add 65 fighters to the Air Force TO&E.
386 operational squadrons is the new minimum. Two years ago, the Secretary of the Air Force and Air Force Chief of Staff unveiled “The Air Force We Need.” The study revealed that the service needed to grow from 312 to 386 operational squadrons to meet the demands of the 2018 National Defense Strategy. Among the “missing” squadrons were seven additional fighter squadrons, five additional bomber squadrons, and 14 additional tanker squadrons needed just to handle a peer-level fight with China or Russia. Ok, that’s bull-hit, but they want more planes for their pilots.
The move to establish the number of squadrons that USAF asked for effectively thwarts the service’s stated intent to retire 17 B-1 bombers, 44 A-10 fighters, 16 KC-10 and 13 KC-135 tankers in fiscal 2021. If the Air Force is unable to save money by divesting those platforms and receives no additional funding to sustain them, it will have to reallocate funds from other areas like Research, Development, Test, & Evaluation to make its budget work.
Today, the active duty Air Force has 32 fighter squadrons. Ten are based in the Pacific; six are in Europe, and there is not a single fifth-generation F-35A squadron among them. You might ask where the F-35A’s were sent.
The Senate committee bill forbids the Air Force to remove F-15C air superiority fighters currently based in Europe, and encourages the Air Force to base F-35As in the Indo-Pacific region to deter, or immediately respond, to a hostile move in the region. So, the COMING WAR WITH CHINA.
To emphasize the need to prepare for a war with a peer competitor, the NDAA requires the Defense Secretary to recommend a minimum number of bombers that would give the Air Force the long-range, penetrating strike force it would need to hold the heartland of a peer adversary like China at risk.
Name the General – Answer
LTGEN George S. Patton, US Army, North Africa, after getting his third star.
Name the Army – Answer
French Army gun crew with their Canon de 12 La Hitte Mle1859 – a rifled 26-pounder – c.1870 in the Franco-Prussian war6
Name the Aircraft – Answer
Bonus Point – Answer
There is no pasta in the picture.