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          North Korea rocket launch ‘would be catastrophe for diplomacy’      Cache   Translate Page      

North Korea using a possible rocket launch as leverage in negotiations with the US would be catastrophic for global diplomacy, a South Korean presidential adviser has said. US-based websites recently released satellite photographs indicating North Korea has restored structures at its long-range rocket launch facility that it dismantled last year at the start of diplomacy with the United States. Other satellite images show increased vehicle activities at a separate North Korean facility used to manufacture missiles, and rockets for satellite launches. Some experts say these suggest North Korea may be assembling a long-range rocket to carry out a banned satellite launch in the wake of last month’s North Korea-US summit in Hanoi that ended without any agreement. Moon Chung-in, a retired university professor who is now a special adviser to President Moon Jae-in, told a panel discussion that North Korea using a rocket launch or other nuclear activities as leverage in negotiations would be a “bad move”. Mr Moon said such a North Korean move could eventually cause a “catastrophic” consequence or a “big disaster” in the US-North Korea diplomacy. “I wonder if North Korea should avoid” such an action, Mr Moon said. He said both North Korea and the US must restrain themselves to keep diplomacy alive and start unofficial contacts to resume talks. He said the Hanoi summit showed how “difficult” and “painful” it would be to achieve de-nuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula. The Hanoi summit fell apart due to disputes over how many sanctions reliefs North Korea could win in return for limited nuclear disarmament steps. Washington and Pyongyang accuse each other of causing the summit’s breakdown, but both sides have avoided harsh criticism against each other and expressed hopes for future negotiations. No official meeting between the countries has yet to be publicly scheduled. The February 27-28 summit was the second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump since they met for the first time in Singapore last June.

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          Russia to test Sarmat heavy ICBM      Cache   Translate Page      
March 11, 2019 -- #RussianMilitary #SarmatMissile #ICBM #Sarmat Russia’s new intercontinental-range ballistic missile (ICBM), the super-heavy thermonuclear-armed RS-28 Sarmat, is due to make its first test flight early this year. Interactive graphic shows specifications of the RS-28 Sarmat ICBM
          US will not accept 'incremental' disarmament, insists envoy to North Korea      Cache   Translate Page      

US will not accept 'incremental' disarmament, insists envoy to North KoreaStephen Biegun, the United States envoy to Pyongyang has stressed that Washington will not settle for the incremental disarmament of North Korea and that it is aiming for complete denuclearisation by the end of US President Donald Trump’s first term in 2021.  “We are not going to do denuclearisation incrementally,” Mr Biegun told a conference in Washington hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in his first comments since the failed summit between Mr Trump and Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, Vietnam, last month.  Mr Biegun insisted that sanctions would not be lifted unless Pyongyang completely eliminated its nuclear weapons, stressing that it was Washington’s goal to achieve this within the current administration.  "We stand by the expectation that if we fully mobilise our resources ... we could align ourselves in a manner sufficient to achieve this in something approaching a year," he said. His statements marked a reversal from previous pronouncements emerging from the White House, with analysts warning that the hardening of the US position is an unrealistic strategy that will end in further stalemate with Pyongyang.  Stephen Biegun, the US envoy to North Korea Credit: Ed Jones/AFP Ahead of the Hanoi meeting, Mr Trump had declared that he had “no pressing schedule” on denuclearisation. “As long as there is no [missile] testing, I’m in no rush,” he said.  Mr Biegun, meanwhile, had indicated in an speech at Stanford University at the end of January that the US was willing to take a more stage by stage approach to the issue – a policy favoured by Pyongyang.  “We have communicated to our North Korean counterparts that we are prepared to pursue – simultaneously and in parallel – all of the commitments our two leaders made in their joint statement at Singapore last summer,” he said, referring to the two leaders’ first meeting in the city-state last June.  Their second summit in Hanoi in late February ended abruptly without any kind of deal.  The Hanoi summit started out well but ended abruptly with no deal Credit: Evan Vucci/AP Mr Trump said that Kim had insisted all economic sanctions were lifted before he agreed to give up his entire nuclear arsenal – a position he could not accept. “Sometimes you just have to walk,” he said. However, Ri Yong Ho, the North Korean foreign minister, countered that Pyongyang had only requested “partial relief” on sanctions enacted between 2016 and 2017, and had offered a “realistic proposal” to dismantle uranium enrichment facilities in return.   The talks ended on friendly terms, but North Korea has since shown frustration at the collapse of the summit, with the state-run Rodong Sinmun commenting that the public “are feeling regretful, blaming the US for the summit that ended without an agreement.” In a more alarming development, experts at California’s Middlebury Institute of International Studies, said last week that satellite images suggested that Pyongyang could be preparing to launch a missile or space rocket.  In response to questions about what the signs of activity at rocket launch facilities meant, Mr Biegun replied: “The short answer is: we don’t know.” He added that “the door remains open” for further negotiations. “Nothing can be agreed until everything’s agreed,” he said.  Nuclear and North Korea analysts expressed scepticism about his statements.  “Biegun: “Nothing can be agreed until everything can be agreed.” – a losing strategy,” tweeted Jenny Town, a Korea specialist at the Stimson Centre, a Washington think tank.  Others commented that the insistence on full denuclearisation before the lifting of any sanctions would create a bottleneck with Pyongyang, which has consistently argued for reciprocal concessions.  “If we don’t move off this position, we have nowhere to go,” Vipin Narang, a MIT nuclear expert, told Vox. “There’s no zone of agreement if we insist on everything — I mean everything, complete surrender — up front.”



          Pentágono dice que producirá sistema de misiles prohibido por INF      Cache   Translate Page      


El Departamento de Defensa de EE.UU. dice que iniciará la fabricación de partes de sistemas de misiles de crucero lanzados desde tierra, prohibidos por el INF.

El anuncio fue realizado el lunes por la portavoz del Departamento estadounidense de Defensa, Michelle Baldanza, quien dijo que el Pentágono fabricará los componentes de nuevos misiles de crucero lanzados desde tierra (GLCM, por sus siglas en inglés), en línea con la decisión del Gobierno de Washington de retirarse del Tratado de Fuerzas Nucleares de Alcance Intermedio (INF, por sus siglas en inglés).

“Comenzaremos las actividades de fabricación de los componentes para apoyar las pruebas del desarrollo de estos sistemas: actividades que hasta el 2 de febrero habrían sido incompatibles con nuestras obligaciones en virtud del tratado”, indicó la vocera del Pentágono, en declaraciones recogidas por el diario local The Hill.

Se trata de armas “convencionales y no nucleares”, afirmó Baldanza, que también señaló que “el estudio y el desarrollo están diseñados para ser reversibles”, por si Rusia se aviene al cumplimiento completo y verificable (del Tratado INF) antes de que salgamos del tratado en agosto de 2019”, agregó.



El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, anunció el 1 de febrero el inicio de un proceso de retirada —que durará un total de seis meses— del Tratado INF, suscrito en 1987 entre la extinta Unión de Repúblicas Socialistas Soviéticas (URSS) y Washington, acusando a Moscú de violar los términos del mismo.

Las autoridades rusas han negado en reiteradas ocasiones haber incumplido el convenio y acusan, a su vez, a EE.UU. de “ignorar” todas sus propuestas “constructivas” para salvar el acuerdo.

Mientras tanto, el Ministerio ruso de Defensa ha revelado mediante imágenes satelitales que Washington empezó a violar el Tratado INF en 2017, al iniciar los preparativos para la fabricación de misiles prohibidos por el referido pacto.

Moscú ha censurado, en un sinfín de ocasiones, el desprecio de Washington hacia los compromisos bilaterales e internacionales, y ha advertido que las ilusiones de Estados Unidos de dominar militarmente el mundo hacen que este se vuelva inseguro y elevan el peligro de que se produzcan enfrentamientos.

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          Turkey says done deal on Russia missile ignoring U.S.' warning      Cache   Translate Page      

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey's deal to buy Russian S-400 missile defense systems had "nothing to do" with the security of the U.S.

He said in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir that it is very clear why Turkey has bought this air defense system, under what conditions it has bought them and how it will be used, adding that the "issue was not about the S-400s" but about Turkey "taking actions on its own accord," especially in Syria.


          The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Effect      Cache   Translate Page      

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Thus, what was supposed to be a morale-boosting quickie regime-change operation to cheer up the rank and file on the road to Tehran – the overthrow of Nicolas Maduro’s sanctions-starved socialist state in Venezuela, the oil-rich fly in the ointment of “our own backyard” – has become just another entry on a long list of ignominious failures. Even the truest of true believers can no longer pretend that the US is in the business of spreading democracy – not when all the evidence and information available points the other way. The only remedy left for the “sole superpower” is to cut off the flow of information entirely and build an informational Iron Dome, an epistemological missile shield capable of withstanding all truth.

Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?

Lazy propaganda is largely to blame for the lapse in narrative superiority. The same tawdry psy-ops are recycled again and again, as we see now in Venezuela, where Iran-Contra felon and smirking genocide enthusiast Elliott Abrams has been wheeled out of cold storage to work his death-squad magic>>>


          Dropzone Commander 1500 point Battle Report - UCM Vs PHR - Tournament Practice      Cache   Translate Page      
With my first Dropzone Commander tournament fast approaching I decided to get some much needed practice on one of the scenarios in the tournament pack. Spud and Aaron were happy to oblige.

As there was quite helpfully 10 scenarios in the Hawk Wargames 2015 tournament pack we decided to just roll a d10 and see which one fate chose. So we rolled up the "Search" scenario, which has a deployment map that looks like it has the measles. 


Although after discovering that we only had 20 possible objective markers and the scenario required us to mark some as real we decided to go for the 5 out of 20 to be real. No we could have mixed them up and placed them our selves to be really tactical... but we decided to be lazy and get Aaron to place them for us.

We also filmed a battle report of this game:

So I don't spoil the results of the battle report I'll put my closing thoughts below:
So after that game what have I learnt? getting the initiative is vital, and I am going to try using a higher level commander in the next test game. This should also provide me with more useful command cards (having a bigger hand of cards).

The Athena (fast mover) didn't quite have the impact I expected, now this could be down to bad luck. Especially as it failed to turn up on its first attack run. So I might take it out the list.

More Apollos are needed, I don't think I can get enough of this unit with its ability to get where I need it and not really needing a transport (thus saving much needed points).

Stealth Missiles are not an upgrade worth the points, unless I have nothing else to spend the points on.

Finally I think I might try taking a second unit of Sirens as they are only 28 points more than a unit of immortals (after transports etc.)

Thanks for reading/watching

Dan (DeathBringa) Cain

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Protect your land driving your favorite tank! WAR BOXES TOWER DEFENSE is a new offline tower defence game with si-fi tanks! Build turrets and stop the attacks of the enemy waves. Rush into battle and defend the base from airplanes and assaulters. Jump into epic cube war! Shoot with missiles, cartridges, plasma, lay mines and ...
          The Media's 6 Biggest Lies About North Korea      Cache   Translate Page      
The Trump delegation surprised Kim with a take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum that included the "elimination of the DPRK's "chemical and biological weapons, "their ballistic missile program" along with complete denuclearization.
          What happens when a treaty that's working is cancelled: The Insanity of a Hypersonic Nuclear Cruise Missile Arms Race      Cache   Translate Page      
Americans (and the people of the world) are paying for three presidents' decision (Bush II, Obama and Trump) to renege on promises made and treaties signed. Now we're in a hypersonic nuclear cruise missile rage that nobody wins and eveyone loses. Time for diplomacy and sanity writes TCBH! journalist Dave Lindorff
          North Korea Could Be Preparing New Missile Launch Just Weeks After Failed Trump Summit, Satellite Images Show      Cache   Translate Page      

Kim Jong-un with North Korean military leaders.

North Korea appears to be planning the new launch of a missile or satellite just weeks after a summit with Donald Trump about denuclearization came to an abrupt end with no deal in sight.

As the BBC reported, satellite images of a facility near the North Korean capital of Pyongyang shows activity that suggest preparations for a launch from a site known as Sanumdong. This report comes just days after another suggested that North Korea had rebuilt another main rocket launch site at Sohae.

Donald Trump had been pushing for North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons operation and cease all weapons testing, at times bragging that North Korea had done both of these things. But on Friday, Trump struck a more uncertain tone as he expressed hope that North Korea would not go back to weapons testing.

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          Bruxelles et le traité du FNI : Washington menace la sécurité de l'UE      Cache   Translate Page      
Le Traité sur l'élimination des missiles à moyenne et à courte portée cesse d'exister : Washington a déjà investi dans la production de ces missiles interdits. Peu importe ce que disent les États-Unis à propos du missile russe 9M729, quelles que soient leurs suspicions et leurs hypothèses, nous devons comprendre que la question du non-respect de l'accord a été soulevée à une lointaine année 2009. Le président des États-Unis, Barack Obama, avait décidé d'adopter une (...) - Tribune Libre

          150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg      Cache   Translate Page      
Today marks the 150th Anniversary of the bloody battle of Fredericksburg, VA. Confederate forces held the town, and for two days, Federal forces under the command of General Ambrose Burnside had been building pontoon bridges across the Rappahannock River.

General Ambrose Burnside, of facial hair fame.
As the 142nd PA Infantry waited across the river from their first battle, they were doing so without their commanding officer, Col. Robert P. Cummins, who was sick in the hospital in Washington, DC. They were being commanded by Lt. Col. Alfred B. McCalmont. The regiment was part of a larger group of Pennsylvania units in Gen. John Reynold's First Corps. On the afternoon of Dec. 12, 1862, the 142nd crossed a pontoon bridge near Deep Run Creek, and spent the night on the Fredericksburg side of the river.

Most scholarship on the battle of Fredericksburg has centered around the Federal assault on the stone wall at the base of Marye's Heights that resulted in the destruction of so many Union troops. The 142nd was not involved in this action however. They were involved in an assault a few miles south of town, on what is now known as the Slaughter Pen Farm.

Battle map of Slaughter Pen Farm action, Dec. 13, 1862.  142nd is part of Magilton's Brigade .  PhotoCredit:www.civilwar.org



The boys woke up on the morning of the 13th knowing that they were going into their first battle. Company F's 1st Sgt. Jacob Zorn wrote extensively about the preparations for battle in his diary:

"At Seven oClock. we moved forward to the Left & front about a half mile when we were ordered to unfling Knapsacks. about this time the Reb Shells began to find us. which excited more than a little. Im sure we dodged when the Shells went high above our head. after unflinging knapsacks we moved forward. crossed. Bowlin green Road about 40 Yards beyond the Road and about twenty Steps in the Rear of our batterys we were ordered to lay down. after lying here Some time Col CUMMINS came riding into the field when least expected as he had been sent away Sick. hearing of the advance of the Army the Col left a Sick bed inorder to get to his Regt in time of nead but when come into the field the Regt gave three hearty cheers."

Further north, at Marye's Heights, Federal commanders kept sending wave after wave of troops to assault the stone wall that the Confederate forces used as cover. They never came close to breaking through the Confederate lines. The Slaughter Pen Farm was the only time the Union troops broke through southern lines. Under a helpful cover of dense fog, Federal troops under Gen. George Meade crossed the open fields and the railroad tracks. Sgt. Zorn wrote that "...the way the field was raked with Schell and canister is entirely beyond description."

The Union breakthrough was short lived, and soon the Federal troops were pushed back by the Confederate artillery batteries on the high ground. The 142nd  fell back away from the field of battle to the spot the occupied two days prior.

Federal losses for the day were high: 12,600 casualties to the Confederates 5,300. The 142nd PVI lost 270 men, killed, wounded, or missing.

Two days later, they would cross the pontoon bridges and settle in Culpeper, VA for their winter camp as combat veterans. In 1889, at the unit's second reunion,  the 142nd's final commander, Col. Horatio N. Warren spoke about his regiment's first battle:

"Here, my comrades, let me say, is where our first genuine experience of war commenced - here is where we passed the first ordeal that was calculated to try men's souls - here is where we heard the first rattle of musketry and knew and realized the leaden missiles, screaming past our ears, coming directly from the muzzles of well-aimed muskets, in the hands of our common enemy, must deal death and destruction to our ranks, and summon many a good friend and comrade to lay his life upon the altar of his country and manfully meet his God."

The Union loss at Fredericksburg was but the first faltering step taken by the 142nd PVI. This step would lead to a run that would end in Appomattox Courthouse, VA two and a half years later.


          Johnstone: Pelosi Tacitly Admits That Russiagate Is Bullshit      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

In an interview with the Washington Post yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she opposed the impeachment of President Trump. This comes shortly before Mueller’s investigation into Trump-Russia collusion is expected to wrap up.

“I’m not for impeachment,” Pelosi told the Post.

“This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.

The response to Pelosi’s remarks has been swift and strong.

“Wrong!” exclaimed MSNBC’s Russiagate con man Malcolm Nance via Twitter. “What the hell is wrong with the @SpeakerPelosi Congress that they absolve themselves of their duty! Nothing is criminal anymore?! Trump can do and say like a dictator as he pleases? All of his crimes are OK even if you see them? This requires a public outcry. #Disgraceful”

“I like Speaker Pelosi but this is NOT the right approach,” tweeted Michael Avenatti of Stormy Daniels fame. “If Trump has committed impeachable offenses, he must be charged and he must face a trial in the Senate. Would the Repubs take this approach? Hell no! And this is why we get outplayed.”

“Sorry, Madam Speaker,” tweeted Esquire’s Charles P Pierce. “If you really believe the president* is an unprecedented threat to the Constitution, your oath demands that you begin the process to remove him. It’s your job.”

The House’s most virulent Russiagater, however, sang a different tune.

“If the evidence isn’t sufficient to win bipartisan support for this, putting the country through a failed impeachment isn’t a good idea,” said Congressman Adam Schiff told CNN yesterday.

As you might expect, those voices in alternative media who’ve been voicing skepticism of the Russiagate narrative since the beginning have been having a ball with this one.

“BREAKING: The Democrats’ Congressional leadership is realizing that their two-year Russia conspiracy theory is not going to pan out,” tweeted journalist Aaron Maté, who has been in my opinion the single most lucid Russiagate critic for a long time now.

“If Trump is literally controlled by Putin to the point where Trump is forced to act in the best interests of Russia *at the expense of the US*  -  which has been the prevailing claim not of Dem fringes but its mainstream  -  how can it be morally justified not to impeach him???” tweeted journalist Glenn Greenwald in response to Pelosi’s comments.

How indeed? Pelosi’s comments go completely against the narrative that mainstream Democrats have been selling America for over two years now, and this close to the Mueller report amount to a rejection of that narrative. Her statement is a tacit admission that she knows Russiagate is bullshit, has always been bullshit, and will continue to be bullshit.

“Is it possible that Putin has something on Pelosi?” Greenwald joked.

Or perhaps Democratic politicians and their media allies have been knowingly feeding the party base and cable viewers unadulterated, deranged, unhinged bullshit that they now can’t carry through on with the power in their hands because it was all self-serving, manipulative dreck? Anyone who has ever believed Trump is controlled and blackmailed by Putin to the point that Putin makes Trump treasonously sacrifice America’s interests for Russia’s — and there are a lot of you — should be marching in fury in the streets over Pelosi’s refusal to impeach Trump.”

But, of course, they will not. There will be no protest against Pelosi’s opposition to impeachment because those who would lead it know there will never be any evidence that could possibly lead to a bipartisan willingness in the Senate to remove him from office.

Anyone who’s paid close and intellectually honest attention to the Russiagate circus has known since the beginning that Trump was never going to be impeached for a treasonous conspiracy with the Russian government, despite the endless fantasies inflicted upon the blinkered Maddow muppets day after day after day for over two years now. Back in 2017 I said that “Mueller will continue finding evidence of corruption throughout his investigation, since corruption is to DC insiders as water is to fish, but he will not find evidence of collusion to win the 2016 election that will lead to Trump’s impeachment,” because it was obvious to anyone who knew anything. And that has proven to be the case with uninterrupted consistency.

If those who have been driving the Russiagate conspiracy theory really believed what they’ve been pushing, they would be up in arms at Pelosi’s remarks. Instead, we see responses like Russiagate grifter Bill Palmer publishing a hilarious article titled “Nancy Pelosi is playing rope-a-dope with Donald Trump on impeachment”, explaining that her remarks were actually a brilliant 57-D chess maneuver designed to “play this Trump fool like fiddle.”

“Instead, by answering the question in this manner, Pelosi accomplishes two things,” says the Palmer Report, where sitting US senators and top Harvard law professors go for the important updates they need to continue fueling Russia hysteria in America.

“First, she manages to put off the question until she and her allies have managed to carve Donald Trump up. Second, she’s messing with him. She just insulted him by saying he’s not worth the trouble of impeachment. Pelosi is looking to bait Trump into publicly feuding with her over the question of impeachment. That way it’ll be Trump introducing the concept, not her. And that’ll serve to help put the impeachment process on the right track. Just don’t call it ‘impeachment’ quite yet.”

So that tells you a bit about where the Russiagaters are at today.

This all comes out, by the way, at the same time as a new Wall Street Journalreport that Trump once attempted to personally cajole German Chancellor Angela Merkel into ceasing to buy gas from Russia out of fear that “it will make Europe’s largest economy excessively reliant on Russian energy.” Hardly the behavior you’d expect from a Putin puppet, but then neither are the rest of the many, many other actions that this administration has taken against the interests of Moscow.

It is right and appropriate that those few voices on the left who’ve been sharply critical of Russiagate from the beginning are now taking some time to gloat at and mock its peddlers with increasing scorn. The centrists who chose to spend more than two years forcing everyone’s energy into this blatant psyop which escalated a cold war against a nuclear superpower were wrong, and the leftists who objected to it were right. Trump’s term is more than halfway over, and Russiagaters chose to suck all the oxygen out of the room for this brainless, fruitless, worthless endeavor instead of allowing space for progressive reform and for criticism of Trump’s actual pernicious policies from the left. And they did it on purpose.

Mock the Russiagaters. Mock them ruthlessly, and never, ever let them forget the horrible thing that they did. Never stop making fun of them and reminding them how stupid and crazy they acted during this humiliating period of American history. And never stop using it as a weapon against them. They were wrong, so they should not be leading the way on what passes for America’s political left today. Skepticism was the only appropriate response to Russiagate in a post-Iraq invasion world, and those on the left who made that appropriate response should be treated with infinitely more respect and deference than those who did not.

They were wrong, we were right, and now even Nancy Pelosi is all but admitting it. Never let them forget it.

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          Russia to ‘unveil secret submarine in 2020 which is armed with SIX nuclear devices and can spark radioactive tsunamis’      Cache   Translate Page      
RUSSIA will deploy underwater submarines armed with nuclear drones capable of causing a 300ft radioactive tsunami, state media reports The so-called Poseidon strategic missiles, carrying up to 200 megaton warheads, will be deployed by 2020 and could wipe out the likes of Los Angeles, according to reports. Putin’s military plans to deploy the weapons on […]
          3/13/2019: ENQUÊTE: DES MISSILES S-400 DÉPLOYÉS DANS L’OUEST      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Planes, Space and Submarines: Here’s What’s In the Pentagon’s 2020 Budget Request      Cache   Translate Page      

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“Today the Department of Defense rolls out our FY 2020 budget proposal.,” Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan said in a statement. “With the largest research and development request in 70 years, this strategy-driven budget makes necessary investments in next-generation technology, space, missiles, and cyber capabilities. The operations and ...

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Had the law now passed been in force in July 2014, crucial information about the secret transportation to Ukraine of a Russian BUK missile carrier and its use in downing  Malaysian Airliner MH17 would have never come to light
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Healing from Unjust War

They wanted war and lied to have it – The Mother Jones Time Line

January 20, 2001  - George W. Bush is Inagurated as President of the United States. We now know he was not legally elected.
February 3, 2001 - National Security Council (NSC) directed NSC staff to cooperate fully with the Energy Task Force as it considered the “melding” of two seemingly unrelated areas of policy:

The review of operational policies towards rogue states,” such as Iraq, and “actions regarding the capture of new and existing oil and gas fields”.
It is confirmed that these oil companies attending the meeting.  Officials from Exxon Mobil Corp., Conoco (before its merger with Phillips), Shell Oil Co. and BP America Inc. From:  Washingtons Blog and Washington Post.

Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts  Part One – Judicial Watch
Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts Part Two –  Judicial Watch

CNN interviews former Treasury Secretary, Paul O'Neill, who says, "From the very beginning, there was a conviction that Saddam Hussein was a bad person and that he needed to go," O'Neill told CBS, according to excerpts released Saturday by the network. "For me, the notion of pre-emption, that the U.S. has the unilateral right to do whatever we decide to do, is a really huge leap."

September 11, 2001 – The World Trade Center in NY and the Pentagon are hit, sending shock waves around the Globe.  The world reaches out to American in sympathy. 

Published: Wednesday May 2, 2007

September 28, 2001 – Osama ben Laden catagorically denies having any part of the attack on NY and the Pentagon in an interview published in Ummat, a Pakistani daily published in Karachi on September 28, 2001. The interview was translated into English by the BBC World Monitoring Service and made public on September 29, 2001. 
During the interview ben Laden said, “I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States. As a Muslim, I try my best to avoid telling a lie. I had no knowledge of these attacks, nor do I consider the killing of innocent women, children, and other humans as an appreciable act. Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children, and other people.  From: Global Research

Such a practice is forbidden ever in the course of a battle. It is the United States, which is perpetrating every maltreatment on women, children, and common people of other faiths, particularly the followers of Islam. All that is going on in Palestine for the last 11 months is sufficient to call the wrath of God upon the United States and Israel.”

October 7, 2001- The United States and a coalition force launch Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.   which, under Taliban control, had provided a safe haven for Osama bin Laden while he and other al-Qaeda leaders plotted attacks against the Western world. President Bush declares a war on terrorism and vows to hold states responsible for harboring terrorist organizations.4


October 8, 2001 - The Office of Homeland Security, later to become the Department of Homeland Security, is established.

October 9, 2001 - Letters containing anthrax were sent to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. 1   Both senators had been attempting to slow the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act. Just seven days before the incident, Leahy accused the Bush administration of reneging on an agreement on the bill. 2   9/11 Research   

October 26, 2001 – Patriot Act - President Bush signs into law the USA Patriot Act, which greatly expands domestic law enforcement capacity to conduct surveillance and wiretaps, increases presidential powers during a terrorist attack and tightens federal oversight of financial activities. Concerns soon arise over restriction of civil liberties.

November 8, 2001 - The New York Times and the PBS program “Frontline” report that an Iraqi defector, an army general, claims that the Iraqi military trained Arab fighters to hijack airplanes. These claims could not be substantiated and one of the defectors is later exposed by Mother Jones to be using a false identity. 

December 3, 2001 – Bush denounces Saddam Hussein as evil.

December 5, 2001 - Interim government placed in Afghanistan

December 9, 2001 The city of Kandaharis surrendered by the Taliban.  Osama ben Laden is traced to the Tora Bora caves. Al-Qaeda leaders continue hiding in the mountains, 

August 26, 2002 -  Dick Cheney publicly states, “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.”
September 16, 2002 - Iraq agrees unconditionally to the return of inspectors. CNN

September 19, 2002 - Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri delivers a letter to the United Nations from Saddam Hussein stating that Iraq has no chemical, nuclear or biological weapons. CNN

October 1, 2002 - The United Nations and Iraq agree on terms they say are consistent with existing U.N. resolutions. The United States threatens to veto unless a U.S. resolution is approved that would allow military action for non-compliance by Iraq. CNN

November 8, 2002 - The U.N. Security Council passes Resolution 1441. CNN

November 13, 2002 - Iraq delivers a letter to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, accepting the terms set forth in resolution 1441. CNN

November 27, 2002 - Inspections resume in Iraq. CNN

December 7, 2002 - Iraq submits a 12,000 page report on its WMD programs. CNN

January 16, 2003 - Inspectors discover 12 chemical warheads, 11 of them empty, at the Ukhaider ammunition storage area. CNN

January 20, 2003 - After two days of negotiation, Hans Blix, Mohamed ElBaradei, and Iraqi officials reach an agreement about Iraqi cooperation and concessions regarding the inspections. CNN

February 5, 2003 -Secretary of State Colin Powell briefs the U.N. Security Council on inspections. He presents evidence that the United States says proves Iraq has misled inspectors and hid proscribed weapons and equipment. CNN

February 14, 2003 -Blix and ElBaradei brief the U.N. Security Council. Blix reports that the inspectors have not yet found any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Blix also reports that Iraq is in violation of U.N. resolutions concerning its al Samoud 2 missile program. CNN

February 19, 2003 - Inspectors visit the Ibn al Haytham factory northwest of Baghdad and tag 32 al Samoud II missiles. CNN

February 27, 2003 -Iraq agrees to destroy the country's al Samoud II missile stock. However, the letter doesn't specify a date that the missile destruction will begin.

March 10, 2003 - It is revealed that Iraq possesses drone aircraft that could have been used to launch a chemical or biological attack against other countries. The plane has a wingspan of 24 feet five inches, which suggests that it could fly further than 150km/93 miles, which is the limit imposed by U.N. resolutions.

March 16, 2003 – Dick Cheney publicly states,  “And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.”  Statement made just three days before the invasion.
March 18, 2003 - Inspectors withdraw from Iraq.

March 20, 2003 – Bush announces the start of a war against Iraq. Allied forces begin the campaign with strikes on military targets, including an attempt to kill Saddam Hussein.

April 9, 2003 - Saddam Hussein's rule collapses in a matter of hours as much of Baghdad comes under American control. Across much of the capital, Iraqis take to the streets to topple statues of Mr. Hussein, loot government ministries and interrogation centers, and give a cheering, often tearful welcome to advancing American troops. 

Published: Wednesday May 2, 2007
According to NBC's chief Pentagon correspondent, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said that his "interest is to hit Saddam Hussein" just hours after the attacks on September 11, 2001, "even though all indications pointed at al-Qaida as the guilty party," a Rhode Island newspaper reports.
At the annual Business Expo at the Rhode Island Convention Center Tuesday, NBC's Jim Miklaszewski "advanced a theme garnering attention since former CIA director George J. Tenet made his public revelations last week," writes Tom Mooney for the Providence Journal.
"Some things are right on the mark, when he says the Bush administration appeared predisposed to attack Iraq," Miklaszewski says of Tenet's book At the Center of the Storm.”


Quote from Dick Cheney from RightWeb  - “During the lead up to the invasion of Iraq, for example, he said that there was “no doubt” that the Saddam Hussein regime had “weapons of mass destruction” and predicted that Iraqis would greet U.S. troops as “liberators.” In 2005, Cheney insisted that the Iraqi insurgency was in its final stages. Faced with criticism for his mistaken views, Cheney has been unrepentant, arguing in July 2014: “I look back on it now, [the invasion of Iraq] was absolutely the right thing to do.”[1]

Letter from Washington   February 16, 2004 Issue

What did the Vice-President do for Halliburton?
By Jane Mayer
The list of cronies and how they used war for their own benefit is frightening.  The asserted, self-serving meme that America is, according to daughter, Elizabeth Cheney, “We know that America is the exceptional nation, and that there is no substitute for American leadership around the world.”[4]  is a chilling reminder of the  constructed reality these people have built, which allows them to ignore the swimming pools of blood draining from their victims. 


As the Invasion forces from America left, for what proved to be a temporary hiatus, the oil companies who had signed on with Cheney before 9/11 remained to steal the natural resource of this devestated nation.  Aljezeera - Western oil firms remain as US exits Iraq  by Dahr Jamail

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They wanted war and lied to have it – The Mother Jones Time Line

January 20, 2001  - George W. Bush is Inagurated as President of the United States. We now know he was not legally elected.
February 3, 2001 - National Security Council (NSC) directed NSC staff to cooperate fully with the Energy Task Force as it considered the “melding” of two seemingly unrelated areas of policy:

The review of operational policies towards rogue states,” such as Iraq, and “actions regarding the capture of new and existing oil and gas fields”.
It is confirmed that these oil companies attending the meeting.  Officials from Exxon Mobil Corp., Conoco (before its merger with Phillips), Shell Oil Co. and BP America Inc. From:  Washingtons Blog and Washington Post.

Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts  Part One – Judicial Watch
Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts Part Two –  Judicial Watch

CNN interviews former Treasury Secretary, Paul O'Neill, who says, "From the very beginning, there was a conviction that Saddam Hussein was a bad person and that he needed to go," O'Neill told CBS, according to excerpts released Saturday by the network. "For me, the notion of pre-emption, that the U.S. has the unilateral right to do whatever we decide to do, is a really huge leap."

September 11, 2001 – The World Trade Center in NY and the Pentagon are hit, sending shock waves around the Globe.  The world reaches out to American in sympathy. 

Published: Wednesday May 2, 2007

September 28, 2001 – Osama ben Laden catagorically denies having any part of the attack on NY and the Pentagon in an interview published in Ummat, a Pakistani daily published in Karachi on September 28, 2001. The interview was translated into English by the BBC World Monitoring Service and made public on September 29, 2001. 

During the interview ben Laden said, “I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States. As a Muslim, I try my best to avoid telling a lie. I had no knowledge of these attacks, nor do I consider the killing of innocent women, children, and other humans as an appreciable act. Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children, and other people.  From: Global Research

Such a practice is forbidden ever in the course of a battle. It is the United States, which is perpetrating every maltreatment on women, children, and common people of other faiths, particularly the followers of Islam. All that is going on in Palestine for the last 11 months is sufficient to call the wrath of God upon the United States and Israel.”

October 7, 2001- The United States and a coalition force launch Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.   which, under Taliban control, had provided a safe haven for Osama bin Laden while he and other al-Qaeda leaders plotted attacks against the Western world. President Bush declares a war on terrorism and vows to hold states responsible for harboring terrorist organizations.4


October 8, 2001 - The Office of Homeland Security, later to become the Department of Homeland Security, is established.

October 9, 2001 - Letters containing anthrax were sent to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. 1   Both senators had been attempting to slow the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act. Just seven days before the incident, Leahy accused the Bush administration of reneging on an agreement on the bill. 2   9/11 Research   

October 26, 2001 – Patriot Act - President Bush signs into law the USA Patriot Act, which greatly expands domestic law enforcement capacity to conduct surveillance and wiretaps, increases presidential powers during a terrorist attack and tightens federal oversight of financial activities. Concerns soon arise over restriction of civil liberties.

November 8, 2001 - The New York Times and the PBS program “Frontline” report that an Iraqi defector, an army general, claims that the Iraqi military trained Arab fighters to hijack airplanes. These claims could not be substantiated and one of the defectors is later exposed by Mother Jones to be using a false identity. 

December 3, 2001 – Bush denounces Saddam Hussein as evil.

December 5, 2001 - Interim government placed in Afghanistan

December 9, 2001 The city of Kandaharis surrendered by the Taliban.  Osama ben Laden is traced to the Tora Bora caves. Al-Qaeda leaders continue hiding in the mountains, 
April 4, 2002 - “I made up my mind that Saddam needs to go.” - Bush
April 18, 2002 - Democratically elected Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is removed from power in a military coup. The Bush Administration blames Chavez for his own downfall and recognizes the interim government of businessman Pedro Carmona. Officials from the Organization of American States tell the London Observer that the United States sanctioned the coup and that Carmona and his fellow plotters had been received at the White House by Bush's key Latin America policy maker. Carmona dissolves the Venezuelan congress and suspends the constitution. Governments across the Western Hemisphere condemn the coup. Chavez is reinstalled 48 hours later. Mother Jones Time Line

August 26, 2002 -  Dick Cheney publicly states, “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.”
September 16, 2002 - Iraq agrees unconditionally to the return of inspectors. CNN

September 19, 2002 - Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri delivers a letter to the United Nations from Saddam Hussein stating that Iraq has no chemical, nuclear or biological weapons. CNN

October 1, 2002 - The United Nations and Iraq agree on terms they say are consistent with existing U.N. resolutions. The United States threatens to veto unless a U.S. resolution is approved that would allow military action for non-compliance by Iraq. CNN


November 1, 2002 - High-level CIA operatives stationed in the Middle East gather in London for a secret meeting. They are told war is inevitable, and just a few months away, according to James Risen's book, "State of War." Lie by Lie: The Mother Jones Iraq War Timeline

November 8, 2002 - The U.N. Security Council passes Resolution 1441. CNN

November 9, 2002 – An ordinary American becomes aware of events which point to a conspiracy for invasion.  “Articles appeared from NBCNewsthrough Associated Press, in the Daily Mail, and Washington Post,  reporting offers from Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq before the invasion began either weeks before the date of the invasion or within days of the beginning of hostilities. This is followed by a demand issued by George Bush that Saddam and his sons leave within 48 hours before the scheduled invasion. A letter to this effect was issued from the White House and remains online today.
If Saddam was willing to leave and be paid to do so we should have let him or just left him alone.  One Billion dollars is much less than we are in the hole for today. 
War is expensive in every way imaginable. Paying Saddam to leave struck me as the better choice. Then no war would be necessary and we could return to focusing on our own country and the many problems confronting us. Then,  I trusted the good judgement of those in government to see this. 
Saddam Hussein would leave, being paid as he exited. But I also expected an announcement which never came. This was an investigation of Bill and Hillary Clinton for entering into a dialog with Saddam the previous November and telling him no invasion was seriously planned. It was clear we were getting ready for war – why would the Clintons lie?
I saw the correspondence between Saddam and the Clintons only partially, but these included one or two of the ongoing emails between traveling from Sidney Blumenthal, to his son Max, and then to Uday Hussein. I was told by the person who had hacked Blumenthal's computer the previous summer that Saddam was negotiating through this backdoor so he could leave Iraq and be paid for doing so. The hacker was my daughter.  I found out when she forwarded me a draft chapter of the book Blumenthal was then writing.  I advised her to stop - but she felt justified because Blumenthal had done the same to her earlier.  To told her to stop sending me his correspondence and the draft chapters of Sidney's book, "Clinton's War."
As for Saddam, leaving sounded like his best option.  But why would the Clintons tell him no invasion was imminent? You could tell it was going to happen.
As soon as I had realized what was happening, that shocking day in November, 2002, I informed someone well known to me at the CIA expecting any necessary action would be taken. The Clintons with Blumenthal, I believed, were acting without the knowledge of the White House.
Now, it appeared I had been very mistaken in trusting anyone within the U.S. Government.
It now appears this unexpected breech in a confidential back door had revealed information already well known to the Bush Administration. The assurances delivered by the Clinton via the Blumenthals, father and son, were orchestrated to lull Saddam into believing a deal had been cut, apparently. The only problem was the existence of a few people who had blundered into the scene playing out. That would be myself, the hacker-daughter, and two other people we had trusted with the information.
Now, we know the Bushes and Clintons were friendly after the end of the Clinton Administration. Hillary was receiving generous donations from Bush's 'Associates,'   If Saddam thought they had the power to negotiate he probably had reasons for believing this was authorized.
The stories about Saddam leaving and being paid were cover to stall any statement by Saddam, inconvenient to the Bush Administration and overwhelm any possible action on his part before the invasion began.
This is why these four additional names are included.  If they helped Bush they are also guilty.” 

November 13, 2002 - Iraq delivers a letter to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, accepting the terms set forth in resolution 1441. CNN

November 27, 2002 - Inspections resume in Iraq. CNN

December 7, 2002 - Iraq submits a 12,000 page report on its WMD programs. CNN

January 16, 2003 - Inspectors discover 12 chemical warheads, 11 of them empty, at the Ukhaider ammunition storage area. CNN

January 20, 2003 - After two days of negotiation, Hans Blix, Mohamed ElBaradei, and Iraqi officials reach an agreement about Iraqi cooperation and concessions regarding the inspections. CNN

February 5, 2003 - Secretary of State Colin Powell briefs the U.N. Security Council on inspections. He presents evidence that the United States says proves Iraq has misled inspectors and hid proscribed weapons and equipment. CNN

February 14, 2003 - Blix and ElBaradei brief the U.N. Security Council. Blix reports that the inspectors have not yet found any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Blix also reports that Iraq is in violation of U.N. resolutions concerning its al Samoud 2 missile program. CNN

February 19, 2003 - Inspectors visit the Ibn al Haytham factory northwest of Baghdad and tag 32 al Samoud II missiles. CNN

February 27, 2003 - Iraq agrees to destroy the country's al Samoud II missile stock. However, the letter doesn't specify a date that the missile destruction will begin.

March 10, 2003 - It is revealed that Iraq possesses drone aircraft that could have been used to launch a chemical or biological attack against other countries. The plane has a wingspan of 24 feet five inches, which suggests that it could fly further than 150km/93 miles, which is the limit imposed by U.N. resolutions.

March 16, 2003 – Dick Cheney publicly states,  “And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.”  Statement made just three days before the invasion.
March 18, 2003 - Inspectors withdraw from Iraq.

March 20, 2003 – Bush announces the start of a war against Iraq. Allied forces begin the campaign with strikes on military targets, including an attempt to kill Saddam Hussein.

April 9, 2003 - Saddam Hussein's rule collapses in a matter of hours as much of Baghdad comes under American control. Across much of the capital, Iraqis take to the streets to topple statues of Mr. Hussein, loot government ministries and interrogation centers, and give a cheering, often tearful welcome to advancing American troops. 

Published: Wednesday May 2, 2007
“According to NBC's chief Pentagon correspondent, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said that his "interest is to hit Saddam Hussein" just hours after the attacks on September 11, 2001, "even though all indications pointed at al-Qaida as the guilty party," a Rhode Island newspaper reports.
At the annual Business Expo at the Rhode Island Convention Center Tuesday, NBC's Jim Miklaszewski "advanced a theme garnering attention since former CIA director George J. Tenet made his public revelations last week," writes Tom Mooney for the Providence Journal.
"Some things are right on the mark, when he says the Bush administration appeared predisposed to attack Iraq," Miklaszewski says of Tenet's book At the Center of the Storm.”


Quote from Dick Cheney from RightWeb  - “During the lead up to the invasion of Iraq, for example, he said that there was “no doubt” that the Saddam Hussein regime had “weapons of mass destruction” and predicted that Iraqis would greet U.S. troops as “liberators.” In 2005, Cheney insisted that the Iraqi insurgency was in its final stages. Faced with criticism for his mistaken views, Cheney has been unrepentant, arguing in July 2014: “I look back on it now, [the invasion of Iraq] was absolutely the right thing to do.”[1]

Letter from Washington   February 16, 2004 Issue

What did the Vice-President do for Halliburton?
By Jane Mayer
The list of cronies and how they used war for their own benefit is frightening.  The asserted, self-serving meme that America is, according to daughter, Elizabeth Cheney, “We know that America is the exceptional nation, and that there is no substitute for American leadership around the world.”[4]  is a chilling reminder of the  constructed reality these people have built, which allows them to ignore the swimming pools of blood draining from their victims. 

As the Invasion forces from America left, for what proved to be a temporary hiatus, the oil companies who had signed on with Cheney before 9/11 remained to steal the natural resource of this devestated nation.  Aljezeera - Western oil firms remain as US exits Iraq

          In 1959 Dad took me to hear something he thought was important.      Cache   Translate Page      
He was right.  Dr. Arthur F. Pillsbury, my father, was a life-long Conservative who understood the problems we still face today with pollution, water, air and land.  Dad was named to the first EPA in 1969.

This is a transcription of this speech made for the convenience of readers and researchers. A copy of the text of this speech exists in the Senate Speech file of the John F. Kennedy Pre-Presidential Papers here at the John F. Kennedy Library.
No change in a fast-changing world presents a greater challenge 2– no problem in a world full of problems calls for greater leadership and vision – than the control of nuclear weapons, the utter destruction which would result from their use in war, and the radioactive pollution of our atmosphere by their continued testing in peace-time.
It is not a simple problem with simple answers. The experts disagree – the evidence is in conflict – the obstacles to an international solution are large and many. But the issue of nuclear tests and their effects is one which should be discussed in the coming months – not as a purely partisan matter, but as one of the great issues on the American scene.
It was well, therefore, that this issue was raised last Sunday in a constructive way by the Governor of New York. His statement contributed to the dialogue on this basic issue – it represented the position of a leading figure in the Republican Party – and he did not attempt to evade the question. So I commend Governor Rockefeller for stating his views, and I hope they will be considered and debated by interested citizens everywhere.
But I must also express my own emphatic disagreement with his statement, which called for this country to resume nuclear test explosions. Such a proposal, it seems to me, is unwise when it is suggested just prior to the reopening of negotiations with the British and Russians at Geneva on this very question. It is damaging to the American image abroad at a time when the Russians have unilaterally suspended their testing and the peoples of the world are fearful of continued fall-out.  And, while Mr. Rockefeller did suggest that the testing take place underground to prevent fall-out, he also – according to press reports – “discounted” the harmful effects of fall-out – which I am unwilling to do.
While many competent scientists agree that there has been no great harm done to mankind as a whole from the amount of radiation created by bomb tests so far, it is also true that there is no amount of radiation so small that it has no ill effects at all on anybody. There is actually no such thing as a minimum permissible dose. Perhaps we are talking about only a very small number of individual tragedies – the number of atomic age children with cancer, the new victims of leukemia, the damage to skin tissues here and reproductive systems there – perhaps these are too small to measure with statistics. But they nevertheless loom very large indeed in human and moral terms. Moreover, there is still much that we do not know – and too often in the past we have minimized these perils and shrugged aside these dangers, only to find that our estimates were faulty and the real dangers were worse than we knew.
Let us remember also that our resumption of tests would bring Russian resumption of tests – it would make negotiations even more strained – it would spur other nations seeking entry into the “atomic club”, with their own tests polluting the atmosphere – and, in short, it could precede the kind of long, feverish testing period which all scientists agree would threaten the very existence of man himself.  And, perhaps even more importantly the ability of other nations to test, develop and stockpile atomic weapons will alter drastically the whole balance of power, and put us all at the mercy of inadvertent, irresponsible or deliberate atomic attacks from many corners of the globe. This problem – called the nth country problem, because we do not know how many nations may soon possess these weapons – is at the real heart of the Geneva negotiations. For once China, or France, or Sweden, or half a dozen other nations successfully test an atomic bomb, then the security of both Russians and Americans is dangerously weakened.
The arguments advanced in favor of a test resumption are not unreasonable. The emphasis is on weapons development – the necessity to move ahead “in the advanced techniques of the use of nuclear material.” This reason is not to be dismissed lightly. Our basic posture in world affairs relies on technical military superiority. We need to develop small tactical nuclear weapons and so-called “clean” nuclear weapons, in order to deter their use or other forms of limited aggression by the enemy, and in order to facilitate a decision to respond in good conscience with atomic weapons when necessary. We need to increase the flexibility and range of weapons in our arsenal in order to increase the flexibility and range of diplomatic possibilities. This is not, I might add, justification for cutting back our ground forces and our ability to wage conventional warfare – but it is nevertheless important. Certainly the destruction rained upon us all by a small nuclear battle – and this our weapons development program is intended to deter – would be many times the damage caused by all the test fall-out in the future. But such a weapons development program cannot be suspended indefinitely in a free country without our scientists and technicians scattering to other positions in other laboratories.  In addition, France and other nations on the verge of becoming nuclear powers will resent a ban – and their goodwill is also important.
But it is even more important that we find a way out the present menacing military situation.  And let us remember that our present test suspension is implicitly conditional on a continued Russian test suspension. If we are not developing new weapons in the absence of tests, so, in all probability, will they. And the facts of the matter are that, generally speaking, we are ahead of the Russians in the development of atomic warheads of all sizes but behind in the development of delivery systems. Until this lag can be overcome, there is a lesser value for us in testing and developing further “techniques in the use of nuclear material.” In short, for both sides to resume atomic tests today might well turn out to be more of a disadvantage to the West militarily than a help. The Soviet Union – which apparently made great progress in it 1958 tests – is quite as likely as we in any new tests to score a break-through with some new means of destruction which will make all the more delicate the present balance of terror.
I would suggest, therefore, the following alternative position:
1. First, that the United State announce that it will continue its unilateral suspension of all nuclear tests as long as serious negotiations for a permanent ban with enforceable inspections are proceeding with tangibly demonstrated good faith, provided that the Russians do not meanwhile resume their own tests. The latest extension of our test suspension announcement expires on December 31 – and we cannot take the chance of continuing it indefinitely without an inspection system – or afford the cost of extending a temporary suspension so long that our scientists disperse and our laboratories break down. But neither can we afford to undercut negotiations close to success – to resume polluting the atmosphere while the Russians pose as moral leaders. As long as serious, good faith negotiations continue into the early month of 1960 – and are not prolonged indefinitely beyond that – we must continue our suspension beyond December 31.
2. Secondly, the United States must redouble its efforts to achieve a comprehensive and effective agreement to ban all nuclear tests under international control and inspection – and this means developing a single, clear-cut, well 2– defined, realistic inspection proposal of our own. We do not have this today. We have not made as concentrated and effort on techniques for preserving mankind as we have on techniques of destruction. Nor do we have a clear, concrete policy for the general arms control of disarmament program which must necessarily follow an agreement on testing if it is to be meaningful. But the whole international climate could benefit from this demonstration that East and West can reach significant, enforceable agreements. At least a part of the burdensome arms race would come to a halt. The danger of new nuclear powers emerging would be lessened. For the first time the Russians would have accepted effective international controls operating within their own territory. The hazards of health would be over. Such an agreement, in short even if not perfect – even, for example, if it looks to further modification regarding inspection systems for underground or outer-space tests – would nevertheless be worth far more effort than we are presently exerting. And it would be far more valuable than the military benefits to be gained from test resumption.
3. Third – if our best efforts do not succeed, the negotiations collapse, the Russians resume testing and it becomes necessary for our test to resume, even then they should be confined to underground and outer-space explosions, and to the testing of only certain small weapons in the upper atmosphere, in order to prevent a further increase in the fall-out menace – and in hope, moreover, that the Russians and others will be forced by world opinion to follow our example.
4. Fourth and finally, we must step up our studies of the impact of radioactive fall-out and how to control it, through the Public Health Service here at home and a special United Nations monitoring commission abroad. Let us not discover the precise point of danger after we have passed it. Let us not again reject these warnings peril as “catastrophic nonsense” (to quote Mr. Nixon), as they were rejected in 1956 when put forward by a great Democratic standard-bearer, Adlai E. Stevenson. There is every indication that had a test ban been accomplished then, it would have been far more useful, far more easily accomplished and far more beneficial to our national security than it would today, now that the missile gap had widened so far.
These four policy positions that I have stated are no magic solution – nor can they be achieved overnight without effort. The course which I am suggesting is full or risks. It will require more effort, more leadership, more moral courage than merely “running scared.” But the new and terrible dangers which man has created can only be controlled by man. And if we can master this danger and meet this challenge, we will have earned the deep and lasting gratitude, not only of all men, but of all yet to be born – even to the farthest generation.

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Just when it looks like North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may restart his ballistic missile testing program, U.S. President Donald Trump has proposed trimming the missile defense budget, as one set of deterrents is delayed by two years.

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Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer has approved Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as the site for the commissioning of the future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117). The event will take place July 27, 2019.
The guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Paul Ignatius (DDG 117)
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Joseph Patterson grew up on a farm and learned mechanical engineering out of necessity. When equipment broke, he had to fix it.
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Interview
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Via Teleconference
March 12, 2019


QUESTION: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joins us now. Secretary Pompeo, thank you for your time.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Laura. It’s great to be with you.

QUESTION: The U.S. has recently become the world’s largest oil producer and new reports say it could soon be the largest oil exporter. I understand your address today will focus on how this strengthens our national security. How is that?

SECRETARY POMPEO: I wanted to come to Texas today to talk about that very fact. This is a game-changer for American national security. As America’s most senior diplomat, I travel the world, and boy, there’s not a country I go to where energy isn’t at the top of their list, and what this does – what all of this success here in American domestic energy production does for me and for Americans, to keep them safe – is it permits us to share with those countries our wealth, our resources, to cut deals that support their energy security in places as far off as Vietnam and the Philippines and Europe.

And it permits them too to wean themselves from energy that they’re taking from adversaries, countries that want to do their country harm. This is a big deal for American national security. It gives us lots of power throughout the world, and our capacity has increased during the Trump administration. We intend to – intend to continue to do that, not only to create wealth for and jobs here in the United States, but to enhance America’s national security posture around the world as well.

QUESTION: The big news today again is Venezuela. One statistic you mentioned in a press conference yesterday is that Venezuela’s oil production is down by half since Nicolas Maduro took power. You accuse Cuba’s involvement as being about oil. Is oil also at the center of U.S. interest in Venezuela?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Only in the sense that we want the Venezuelan people to have access to their own wealth and not the corruption – the corruption that has followed the Maduro regime, this oil wealth being stripped away by the kleptocrats of the Maduro regime, taken for their personal benefit and not shared with the Venezuelan people. The Cubans have done the same. This isn’t what the Venezuelan people deserve, it’s not what they want, and America’s efforts to restore democracy and the rule of law, and to help feed and have medicine for the Venezuelan people – that’s the purpose of our efforts in Venezuela. And when we get this right, when Maduro is gone and there’s fair and free elections and democracy is restored, the oil wealth of Venezuela will be returned to its people.

QUESTION: Along with Cuba, you point to Russia as helping to support Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro. You just announced you’re withdrawing all diplomatic staff in Venezuela. In a tweet, you said, “The presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on U.S. policy.” How do you mean?

SECRETARY POMPEO: We decided yesterday that it was important that we keep American diplomats safe, and so we made the decision that we would withdraw the remaining personnel there in Caracas and bring them back to the United States. So we’ll do that over the days ahead. Anytime you’re dealing with a situation that is deteriorating as fast that it is – as it is in Venezuela today, decisions you make are always encumbered by the fact that you know there’s real risk to your own people, people that you’ve sent into harm’s way. We wanted to get them back, we wanted to get them out of the country so that we could move forward in a way that provided that opportunity.

We have 200 metric tons of food sitting in the region, trying to deliver into Venezuela to feed the hungry and to provide medicine for the sick. We want to make sure that as we continue to work in the region alongside of our partners, we don’t have any constraints on action that we might need to take in order to achieve that.

QUESTION: That food that is waiting to support Venezuelan people, I assume part of the State Department budget goes out to pay for programs and food like that. What do you do with the Trump administration’s new budget proposal, which includes $13 billion in proposed cuts? Does that mean that support like this for places like Venezuela is lessened?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Oh, in fact just the opposite. Contained in the President’s budget request is up to $500 million, an enormous amount of resources that the Trump budget is proposing to provide to assist the Venezuelan people when the time is right. This budget will serve America well, America’s national security interests, because we’re prepared to help the Venezuelan people with real resources. The American taxpayers have been most generous, and President Trump has led that charge.

QUESTION: So as Trump’s budget decreases the spending for the State Department and also includes more military spending, should Americans be worried about policy shifting from diplomacy to boots on the ground?

SECRETARY POMPEO: You can take a look at the first two years of the Trump administration to see the effectiveness of our foreign policy. Our capacity to deliver really solid, really sound diplomatic outcomes – to build coalitions in a way that, frankly, the previous administration just chose not to do – a global coalition to put sanctions on North Korea, to hopefully get them to denuclearize. The world has come together – 50-plus nations – to recognize that Maduro’s time had come. A big, global coalition to take down the caliphate – over 80 countries in the Defeat-ISIS Coalition. We have worked diplomatic – incredibly successfully in the President’s first two years, and I’m very confident that we’ll have the resources, and I know we have the talent to deliver good outcomes for the American people in the days and weeks and months ahead as well.

QUESTION: You mentioned North Korea. The proposed cuts to the State Department come soon after a second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, where no agreement was made. Where do we stand now in that situation?

SECRETARY POMPEO: I’ve personally been working on this alongside the President for my entire time as the Secretary of State, and in fact even just a bit before. In Singapore, in June of last year, Chairman Kim made a historic commitment to denuclearize his country, and in exchange the United States and President Trump made a commitment to provide peace and security and stability on the Korean Peninsula and a brighter future for the North Korean people. Our Japanese partners, our South Korean partners are working alongside us to achieve each of those goals from Singapore.

We didn’t make as much progress as we would have hoped in Hanoi, but the conversations continue. And meanwhile, there are not missile tests being conducted, there aren’t nuclear tests being conducted. We’ve made progress. Obviously more needs to be done. This has been a problem of a long standing, and we continue to march down the path, hopefully leading to a place where the threat of nuclear weapons from North Korea will be enormously diminished.

QUESTION: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Houston today for the energy conference known as CERAWeek. Secretary Pompeo, thanks again for your time.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Laura. You have a great day.

QUESTION: You too.


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          Press Releases: Interview With Hal Jay and Brian Estridge of WBAP Morning News      Cache   Translate Page      
Interview
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Via Teleconference
March 12, 2019


QUESTION: Yes, and Secretary Mike Pompeo joins us (inaudible) Secretary of State, kind enough to carve out a couple of moments for us. He’s headed to Houston for a – to deliver a keynote to – at a big energy conference, Hal.

QUESTION: All right.

QUESTION: And we’ve got a lot to get into. Secretary, thanks for the time this morning. Let’s dive right into the news that came out this week that all of the sudden, the U.S. is the number one exporter of energy in the world, and this really strengthens our standing internationally, doesn’t it?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: Well great, it’s thanks to be with you. And it does, that’s why I’m down here. I wanted to talk about what U.S. energy production does for American national security, how it keeps people from Dallas and San Antonio and Houston and all across Texas safer, lets us work more closely with our friends and puts real pressure on those who want to do harm to the United States. So this energy production really matters. I wanted to come down here and talk about how, as American’s most senior diplomat, we use that to advantage to keep America safe.

QUESTION: Yeah, is that leverage for you when it comes to negotiating around the world?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: There are very few countries I travel to – I was in the Philippines last week and Vietnam, I’ll be in Europe in a couple of days and the Middle East. Everywhere I go, energy is at the top of the list. Demand for energy is only growing, and those who can produce and provide it have an enormous advantage when it comes to security around the world.

QUESTION: Are we at the point now where America can say we don’t have to worry about other countries anymore, Middle East oil, anything like that, we’re – we are on our own?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: So we’re getting close to where we’ll have true American energy dominance. It’s a global market; it’s a complicated market. But the more energy that we produce here in America, so the more we can do – and the Trump administration’s done a lot of this, reduce regulations, create opportunities for jobs and wealth creation in the energy industry in America – the safer Americans will be around the world as well.

QUESTION: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is with us right now. That leverage that we talk about when it comes to energy doesn’t just play in the Middle East. Does it factor into the negotiations that are ongoing with North Korea at all?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: North Korea presents a special situation for sure, but nobody can escape the truth. The truth is to grow an economy you need energy. Their electrical infrastructure needs work. They need refined petroleum products. One of the ways that we’ve convinced North Korea to move towards denuclearization is to reduce the amount of energy that they can import, and those sanctions that the United Nations put in place alongside of us have made a material difference. It’s made it harder for the North Koreans to do the things they need to do, and I think that’s at least in part why Chairman Kim made the commitment to denuclearize, and we’re hopeful that even though we didn’t get as far as we would have liked when the President and I were in Hanoi last week, we still have a path forward there.

QUESTION: Is North Korea – are we paying too much attention to it? Is there – is there a real true threat?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: So the – any time you have a nation that has nuclear weapons and the capacity to either sell those weapons to those that would want to present risk to the United States or the capacity to use a missile system for delivery, there’s a threat to the United States. Nuclear weapons are unique and especially risky, as you all well know, so I think it’s important, important that we get this right, important that we take down that threat to the United States.

QUESTION: A different kind of threat in South America with Venezuela that I know has your attention as well.

SECRETATRY POMPEO: It does. Last night we made the decision that we would withdraw the last of our diplomats from Caracas, so they’ll all be coming home. The calamity, the chaos that is engulfing Venezuela today is a direct result of socialism, of the Maduro regime and the Cubans and the Russians all destroying a once proud economy. The United States, the neighboring regions in South America, Central America, they want to have a better life, democracy restored in Venezuela. And America is prepared to play its part, an important part I believe, in helping that happen.

QUESTION: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is with us. What keeps you up at night?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: Oh goodness. Lots of things to focus on in the world, but just like you all, right, you just keep focused, you set priorities. I work for a President that understands the incredible importance of American national security, and you get up each day, put your helmet on, and get to work.

QUESTION: Just so you’ll know, I voted for Donald Trump, so I’ll ask you this: Fill in the blank. I wish the President would stop --

SECRETATRY POMPEO: I’m not going to answer that one for you this morning. (Laughter.)

QUESTION: How about this one then: I wish the President would start --

SECRETATRY POMPEO: (Laughter.) You’re not going to draw me into that.

QUESTION: Okay.

SECRETATRY POMPEO: I think --

QUESTION: That’s why --

SECRETATRY POMPEO: I think we’re getting it right most days.

QUESTION: That’s why I said I voted for him, and I didn’t mind asking those questions, so – well, thanks for playing along.

QUESTION: Yeah, and your timing is perfect. You’re there for the last week of the Houston radio – rodeo. The Kings of Leon are playing tonight. Enjoy the concert.

SECRETATRY POMPEO: I would love to get to that, and Susan and I – my wife – we’re from Kansas. We love rodeo too.

QUESTION: Yeah. Mike Pompeo --

QUESTION: There you go.

QUESTION: -- the Secretary of State, thanks for the time today.

SECRETATRY POMPEO: Thank you very much. You all have a good day.

QUESTION: Yeah, you too.

QUESTION: And keep up the good work by the way, too.

QUESTION: Yeah.

QUESTION: Thanks for serving us.

SECRETATRY POMPEO: Thank you very much. Very nice, thank you.


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          Press Releases: Interview With Jimmy Barrett and Shara Fryer of KTRH Houston's Morning News      Cache   Translate Page      
Interview
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Via Teleconference
March 12, 2019


QUESTION: Joining us from our Secretary of State Department – the State Department, is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning.

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, welcome to Houston and thank you for joining us here this morning.

SECRETARY POMPEO: It’s great to be with you this morning.

QUESTION: Tell us a little bit about what’s going on in Venezuela and why we’re removing the last of our diplomats there.

SECRETARY POMPEO: We made the decision yesterday that it just was prudent to get these folks back. The situation there is deteriorating. The Maduro regime’s horrific leadership over the last years has just made life there so difficult, it began to make it more difficult for the United States to take the actions that it needed to do to support the Venezuelan people. So we concluded this was simply the right step to take and this was the right time to take it.

QUESTION: Now you’re more or less going around the country right now speaking to people. I understand we’re second on your tour. You’re here talking about energy policy. In Texas, energy security, border security, these are the foremost of Texans’ minds. How can you address both of those?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So that’s the reason I wanted to come down here. I – before I entered government service for the second time in my life, I was in that industry. I ran a company that made pumping units and sold (inaudible) equipment. I know the Permian Basin, I know East Texas well, and as the Secretary of State, energy turns out to be at the very center of what I do many, many days, whether I’m in the Philippines or in Europe. The issue of American energy, the ability of us to deliver that energy around the world, helps keep American safe. It’s an important diplomatic tool for the United States and the production boom that’s taken place over the past years is enormously important for American national security. I wanted to come to Texas today and share those thoughts with the people of Texas.

QUESTION: Okay. Do you have any thoughts on the border while you’re here as well? That’s an area that’s very, very important to the President is to secure more border wall funding to get that job done. Is there anything further we – that can be done in order to advance that agenda?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So you saw yesterday the President’s request for additional funding for the border wall and additional security measures as well. As the chief diplomat for the United States of America, I understand that we need to know who’s coming into our country. We need to make sure we can control the flow of not only people but drugs and other contraband across the border. So securing that border’s important. President Trump has made it an enormous priority and he is asking Congress to provide our administration the resources to achieve that goal.

QUESTION: We – how much cooperation are you able to get from these other countries? I mean, Mexico I know has been taking steps to try to help this blow-through that we’re getting from Central America, but how much influence can you really exert?

SECRETARY POMPEO: My relationship with the new Mexican Government has been fantastic. My counterpart Foreign Minister Ebrard has truly done a number of things which I think will, over time, have a real benefit, but we need them to do more. The number of folks crossing over the past weeks has increased. This isn’t good for Mexico to have these folks traversing. It’s not good for the people who are having to make this dangerous trek through Mexico as well. We need to do this collectively. We’re working closely with President Obrador and my foreign minister counterpart to come up with a comprehensive solution that will secure our border and also ensure that there’s less risk to the people who are sometimes living very desperate situations.

QUESTION: This is maybe a nonquitter here, but Europe, the EU is going to start requiring visas from Americans who want to head over to Europe. What’s that all about?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So I’ve seen those reports. I think we need to just learn a little bit more before we jump to too many conclusions.

QUESTION: All right, again, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is with us here on NewsRadio 740, KTRH. Obviously the President met not that long ago with Kim Jong-un in an attempt to try to move things a little bit forward in our dealings with North Korea. There’s been all sorts of reports about whether or not the North Koreans are restarting up some of their nuclear program. Is there anything you can tell us about that and bring us up to date on that story?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So the most important thing, I think, for folks to know is that the progress that we’ve made with North Korea over the past – goodness, year and change – has been real. They haven’t conducted any further missile tests, no more nuclear testing, two important tools for advancing their program. I was with the President in Hanoi. We didn’t make as much progress as we would’ve hoped achieving what Chairman Kim told us he would do. I’ve been with Chairman Kim I think now four or five times. He has promised to denuclearize. He did not arrive there prepared to do as much as we need him to do, and we’re going to continue to work to achieve that outcome. It is a real threat to the United States of America and we want to get North Korea to honor its commitment to denuclearize, and then there can be a brighter future for the North Korean people as well.

QUESTION: Stopping the war exercises or the naval exercises with South Korea, good idea you think?

SECRETARY POMPEO: The Department of Defense is confident it can maintain the readiness it needs to take whatever action it might need to take at some point to work with our allies, Japan and South Korea, and to keep the American people safe. President concluded that this made sense as we’re trying to develop a relationship with the North Koreans such that we can get this ultimate objective, something that frankly America has been trying to do for decades now without success. He concluded it made sense and I’m confident we can still protect American interests while reducing the number of major war games that take place there on the peninsula.

QUESTION: All right, Mr. Secretary, enjoy your time here with us in Houston.

QUESTION: We don’t have time to get to China, but thank you so much for --

SECRETARY POMPEO: Good enough. Good to talk to you. Thanks for having me on the show. It’s great to be here in Houston.

QUESTION: It’s good to have you here, sir. Thank you again.


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          Units armed with new S-400 missile systems enter combat duty in Russia's west      Cache   Translate Page      
The Western Military District’s missile regiment, that had been previously armed with S-300s, received new S-400 systems for re-armament
          Zircon missile to be test-launched from Admiral Gorshkov frigate at end of 2019 — source      Cache   Translate Page      
Trials of launching a missile from a naval vessel may start at the end of the year
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          US Navy’s Stealth Destroyer Departs From San Diego On First Operational Cruise      Cache   Translate Page      

U.S.S. Zumwalt (DDG-1000), a 16,000-ton next generation guided-missile destroyer, left its San Diego homeport for its first “operational period at sea,” the U.S. Navy said in a March 8 statement.

The Navy said the milestone demonstrates the service's commitment to advancing the lethality of stealth warships through cutting-edge technologies in combat systems, weapons, and engineering plant.

“Zumwalt is designed for stealth,” said Capt. Andrew Carlson, the ship's commanding officer.

“This aids her role as a multi-mission surface combatant and improves the fleet commander’s options for delivery of naval combat power to meet the Navy’s emergent mission requirements.”

The ship was commissioned in October 2016. Following the commissioning, the Zumwalt was stationed in San Diego where advanced weapon systems were installed. According to the statement, the ship’s crew completed a post-delivery maintenance examination of the destroyer’s electronic, powerplant, and weapons systems before the departure.

“My crew has been looking forward to continued testing and operations at sea, leveraging the newly installed capabilities of this platform," said Carlson. "Our primary focus is executing a safe underway, while building both competence and confidence in operating Zumwalt across the spectrum of naval warfare.”

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command snapped an image of the newly-commissioned @ZUMWALT_DDG1000 departing from San Diego late last week.

The Zumwalt is about 100 feet longer and 13 feet wider than the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, is powered by two Rolls-Royce turbine generators capable of producing 78 megawatts (105,000 hp), and also has enough power to fire electrically-powered weapons.

Armed with 80 missiles in vertical launch tubes within the hull and two 155-caliber cannons, the vessel is expected to have directed-energy weapons once the technology matures.

While the Navy provided limited details on the vessels next stop, CTV Vancouver Island said the ship is scheduled to make a port call to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt on Vancouver Island later this month.

“While the exact date of the ship’s arrival and duration of its stay remain closely guarded secrets of the U.S. Navy, the ship’s oddly angular design, stealth capabilities and state-of-the-art electric drive system are sure to attract the attention of naval watchers and neophytes alike,” read the report.


          [ Politics ] Open Question : Too much winning?      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON — Pyongyang is likely to reject Washington’s “big deal” approach toward denuclearizing North Korea as indicated by signals the country has been sending through missile launch preparations, said experts. U.S. Special Representative Steve Biegun laid out President Donald Trump’s approach toward denuclearizing North Korea at a conference held by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on Monday, saying, “We are not going to do denuclearization incrementally.”
          War Robots v4.8.0      Cache   Translate Page      
Win the Great Iron War! New 3D mech robot shooter in PvP mode!Get Ready for the Holidays with Google Play's Festive Updates

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          New trailer for Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid shows off some gameplay and a few new characters      Cache   Translate Page      

A new gameplay trailer dropped today for the upcoming Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid and the main thing that sparked my interest was the reveal of a few new characters beyond the same few we've seen the past couple of videos. Previous videos showed gameplay with Jason (Mighty Morphin Red), Gia (Super Megaforce Yellow), Tommy (Mighty Morphin Green), and Lord Drakken (Tommy from an alternate timeline in the comics where he never strayed from evil even when Rita's spell was broken). In the new trailer that dropped today, we also now have Mastodon Sentry, Ranger Slayer (both from the comics), Goldar (Mighty Morphin), the Magna Defender (Lost Galaxy), and Kat Manx (S.P.D.).

The gameplay trailer also shows off a bit of the game's Megazord Ultras, specifically Tommy summoning the Dragonzord and finishing off opponents with its Finger Missiles, Drill Tail, and...I kid you not...stepping on the opponent and crushing them. That's just glorious and I now can't wait to summon a giant robotic dragon to literally walk all over opponents.


          Media attention to the U.S. Sade into Korea should think twice before – Sohu news-www.av7788.com      Cache   Translate Page      
The United States media attention "Sade" in Korea: should think twice before the news – Sohu, South Korea announced against North Korea’s missile threat ", will be formally launched" Sade "to discuss the deployment of anti missile system in South korea. China believes that this move not only is not conducive to all parties to […]
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Rocket soldiers Huguo treasure mountain dwelling frequency in recent years Hayward new network – in the mountain Dwelling — a treasure snow rocket in a missile brigade technology a battalion of the front pipe even near the Spring Festival, the mountains to put on a thick layer of white. Under the train, the reporter drove […]
          Trump and the School of Roy (Cohn, that is)      Cache   Translate Page      
Trump and the School of Roy

by digby




Never back down, never say you’re sorry, never acknowledge any mistakes, if something goes wrong it’s somebody else’s fault, double down, triple down, throw anything back in the opposition’s face...


Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star wrote up one of Chris Hayes' favorite segments:

The prepared text of his State of the Union address in 2018, emailed to reporters by the White House in advance, had Trump lauding a Homeland Security agent named Celestino Martinez, who “goes by C.J.” Instead, Trump said, “He goes by D.J.”

Then he added: “And C.J. He said, ‘Call me either one.’ So we’ll call you C.J.”

Trump has repeatedly used “and” in this way — to suggest his erroneous initial word was just as valid as the correct word he has added afterward. He has spoken of a Border Patrol agent “on the Clintons’, and Chiltons’, ranch,” mocked a country that opposed the presence of U.S. “mishes, and missiles,” urged skeptics of his Israel policy to “open our hearts and minds to possible, and possibilities,” and boasted of beating election expectations “for the midtown, and midturn, year,” not quite getting to “midterm” on the second try.

He pulled the “and” trick three separate times in his September speech to the United Nations, as MSNBC’s Chris Hayes noted. In one of them, he said that “tolerance for human struggling, and human smuggling, and trafficking, is not humane.”

Gwenda Blair, author of a biography on Trump, said the president is a disciple of the “school of Roy.” One of Trump’s key mentors, the late ethics-challenged lawyer Roy Cohn, advocated endless brawling over any admission of fault.

“Never back down, never say you’re sorry, never acknowledge any mistakes, if something goes wrong it’s somebody else’s fault, double down, triple down, throw anything back in the opposition’s face,” Blair said. “It’s worked pretty well with a certain constituency.”

There might also be a famously large ego involved — and Trump’s oft-expressed worry about being laughed at. For Trump, Blair said, “saying you’re wrong for something small is as bad saying you’re wrong for something large. It’s admitting some kind of fallibility.”

At an Illinois rally in October, Trump said a large percentage of American steel jobs were “vanquished” before he took office, an inadvertent departure from his usual line about how they had “vanished.”

“You could say ‘vanquished’ and ‘vanished.’ It’s a combination of both,” he said.

Appearing in June on the Fox News show Fox and Friends, Trump was attempting to complain about the diversity visa lottery program when he mixed up his words.

“We have the lottery program. It’s called lotta visary,” he said.

“Diversity lottery program,” host Steve Doocy interjected.

Trump’s dismissive response: “Yeah, or lottery visa. OK? Whatever. They have 50 names. Every one of them has ‘lottery.’”

There was at least one time Trump confessed to a word error. Or, perhaps, a supposed word error.

Trump received furious criticism in July for saying, while appearing beside Russian President Vladimir Putin, that “I don’t see any reason why it would be” Russia that interfered in the 2016 election.

His implausible explanation more than 24 hours later: “I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t.’ The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t — or why it wouldn’t — be Russia.’”

Press secretary Sarah Sanders said the next day that Trump’s willingness to admit such errors demonstrates his “credibility.”

“When he sees that he has misspoken,” she said, “he comes out and he says that.”

Except, of course, he does exactly the opposite. And that's when he isn't just lying outright, as he was with the Tim Apple gaffe and the "would-wouldn't" nonsense.

Most people make these sorts of mistake. (Not the would-wouldn't which he clearly meant to say the first time.) But because he is such a lying egomaniac, his automatic reaction is to pretend that he meant to say what is obviously a mistake.


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          Opal Mines and Rocket Ranges      Cache   Translate Page      

Coober Pedy – Port Augusta

According to our guide book when you arrive in Coober Pedy “you might think you’ve arrived in a post-apocalyptic shithole.” A little harsh perhaps but there is no doubt it is a unique setting packed full of interesting people with only one thing on their mind: Opal.||

With 80% of its residents living in underground dugout homes to escape the heat, and mining equipment littering its dusty streets, Coober Pedy certainly felt a little surreal. Opal fever has seen fortune seekers come from 44 different countries for the past 100 years so it actually feels quite cosmopolitan.

It all started in 1915 when 14 year old Willie Hutchison disobeyed the strict orders of his father, James Hutchison, the leader of a gold prospecting expedition. The party had run out of water amidst the worst draught South Australia had ever experienced. While the adults went in search of a water source, young Willie had been left in charge of tending the campfire. His father quickly forgave him his disobedience when, on his return, Willie had found not only a bag full of loose opals, but also a water hole in the vicinity.

Thanks to Willie, miners have been flooding to Coober Pedy ever since, staking their claims, digging and blasting shafts in the sandstone hoping to uncover their fortune. So how much does the average miner make? A local summed it up nicely:

“Well, take my mate, he found $50,000 worth of opal in a single day. The next 2 years he spent his days toiling away underground for the total sum of $100.”

Coober Pedy   Tunneling machine

As the town is located in an unforgiving environment, much effort is required to provide power and water for its inhabitant as well as for visiting tourists. The town water comes from an artesian bore and has to be desalinated and filtered to make it drinkable. A diesel generator provides power for the town, making electricity quite expensive.

There is plenty to explore and we really enjoyed the Old Timers mine, a mine that was rediscovered when a dugout home was being built. It was subsequently turned into a tourist attraction and during the process they found over $100,000 worth of opal that the original miners had missed by just a few feet.

Space ship   TVs

The town is littered with unusual artefacts, walking around your never really know what you might stumble across, hopefully not a shaft! Outside a hotel we came across a spaceship that seemed to have crashlanded just meters from the entrance. It turned out to be an old movie prop from the film Pitch Black. At the entrance of a mine we found old TV sets carefully placed as if they were regularly used.

During the three days we spent in Coober Pedy it did not stop raining, converting the usually sunparched and dusty streets into a muddy sludge.

No explosives in theatre   Miners car

Leaving Coober Pedy was a little daunting as we had the longest stretch of “nothingness” on our entire trip to cover: 260km without a single human dwelling. Luckily we had found out from fellow campers that there were two water tanks on this stretch, reducing our need to carry large amounts of water.

Trees do not grow naturally in the Coober Pedy area, and the landscape was quite devoid of features. When looking closely however, we still found stunning wild flowers covering the land, grateful for the recent rains.

Pretty flower   Sturt Desert Pea

We were now cyling trough the Woomera Military Exclusion Zone, which meant no deviating off the road was allowed. With the prohibited area being nearly the size of England, it took us several days to cross it.

Arriving at the first water tank one of our worst fears came true; it was empty. Luckily there was a small tank for hand washing near the toilets so over the course of half an hour we managed to drain out just enough to get by. The water tanks in South Australia are fed by rainwater running off the roofs of picnic areas, making the water supply less reliable and more likely to be contaminated than the tanks in the Northern Territory. As a result we have started filtering our water again.

On our second night out of Coober Pedy, as we wheeled the bikes into the bush for another wild camp we realised we had just walked through a field of thorns. On closer inspection we discovered dozens of spiky thorns embedded into our tyres. We spent over an hour taking the little pricks out of our tyres and much of the next morning carrying our kit to the road and doing further checks.

Thorns in tyres   A naughty thorn

The continuous effort of cycling into the wind was taking its toll, and Guy suffered from bad knee pain, reducing his speed to a crawl. We barely managed 70km a day now as we were cycling so slowly, and even painkillers did not relieve his discomfort.

At camp, we had seen some emu footprints. We hadn’t seen any wild emus yet and were just contemplating the fact that emus were extremely shy animals when we spotted a group of three adults with about a dozen baby emus in a field near Glendambo, the first roadhouse after Coober Pedy. The emu is the second-largest bird in the world after the ostrich, and over the coming days we saw quite a few of them. Despite their size, they usually took flight as soon as they spotted us. 

Emu footprints   Emu

After three days of pure outback, we felt like we had arrived back in civilisation when we pulled into Glendambo roadhouse. It was quite exciting to see a human dwelling again, even though it was just a humble fuel station and motel.

When we left Glendambo in the morning, we could see a road train in our rear view mirrors. Oddly, it was flashing its lights and pulling over just behind us. We soon realised it was our buddy, Craig. We had met him a week earlier at a roadhouse. He was interested to know more about our ride and perhaps check on our mental health. We refused to accept his offer of donating his lunch to us (yum, lasagne!) but accepted some spring water which was a step up from our salty bore water.

Guy’s knee pain was no better and we were pretty relieved when we finally reached Lake Hart right on sunset. This is usually a dried out salt lake, but thanks to the recent rains it had water in it and was amazingly beautiful.

Guy with Craig   Camping at Lake Hart

The following morning we passed one of the biggest salt lakes in the state often used by speed enthusiasts intent on breaking their necks and/or land speed records. Much of central Australia used to be covered by a vast inland sea, which is much easier to imagine once you have seen these huge salt lakes.

Salt lake

Five days after leaving Coober Pedy, we arrived in the settlement of Woomera. This village had been established in 1947 to support the Woomera Rocket Range. After WW2, the British had been looking for a place to test new weapons, rockets and missiles. The Woomera region had been chosen and was used for decades by British, Australian and American forces to experiment with top secret military equipment. The visitors center has a great exhibit detailing the role of Woomera´s past and present but it was disappointing that there was no mention of the devastating nuclear tests that occured in the late 1950´s, contaminating the local aboriginal communities and inflicting great suffering on the servicemen working in the area completly unprotected.

The village of Woomera itself had been off-limits to the public until 1982. It is still used by the military and is an oddly artificial place with a campsite, a supermarket and a couple of museums. We took a day off here to let Guy’s knee recover.

Rocket park at Woomera   Rocket

The road south of Woomera was very busy with lots of road trains and school holiday traffic. The amount of roadkill on this stretch was the worst we have ever encountered: every hundred metres or so the stench of a dead kangaroo or a rotting cow filled the air and this made us think (rather morbidly) about our road kill list to date. We thought we might share it with you. Over the last 14 months we have seen dead horses, pigs, cows, camels, kangaroos, wallabies, snakes, sheep, foxes, mice, dingoes, dogs, frogs, cats, monitor lizards, hedge hogs, echidna and a dozen or so varieties of birds. Sometimes cycling is not for the faint-hearted!

On a more positive note, we were enjoying a lovely tailwind and beautiful sunshine and found another great camp spot on our last night in the Outback. There is something about camping out here that makes you feel really connected with nature. Sitting around a cosy fire under a million stars was a natural part of our ancestor’s life but is such a rare experience nowadays.

Port Augusta

Finally after 3,600km of riding we arrived at the sea (the top of the Spencer Gulf), officially marking the end of our time in the Outback. In only one week’s time we would be in Adelaide, staying with our friends Paul and Jenny, and boy were we looking forward to some creature comforts.


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Russian officials warned the United States that our missile can not long eye – Liaoning Channel – people.com.cn original title: Russian officials warned the United States that our missile can not long eye, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Tymoshenko’s corner?. (photo source: Xinhua United States), a Russian military official warned the 6 day that […]
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The Pentagon is taking steps to develop new missiles, following the Trump administration's decision to suspend the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a 1987 arms-control agreement that the Trump administration has said it plans to exit due to Russian violations.

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No open limit to South Korea "but Korean car share fell from 8.8% to 6.92- automobile Sohu South Korea decided to decorate" Sade "missile defense system, the Chinese limit Han order" in the September 1st implementation of the news very spread in the market, there is no public documents, possibly due to South Korean President […]
          The Grey Theory Combining the Taguchi Method for the Best Parameters: A Case Study of Polishing M300 Steel      Cache   Translate Page      
M300 steel, as high-chromium alloy steel with strong wear resistance and corrosion resistance, is widely used in the manufacture of complex profile molds and aerospace military equipment such as missile parts. However, there are still some problems such as the contradiction between productivity and surface quality in the polishing process for M300 steel. Therefore, in order to solve these problems, surface polishing experiments on M300 steel, single-factor and orthogonal experiments, and parameters’ optimization were studied. In this paper, orthogonal experiments are conducted for four selected machining parameters: grain size (A), grinding speed (B), cutting depth (C), and feed rate (D) on a grinding machine. The experiment and parameters’ optimization of the ball type abrasive tool polishing M300 were investigated by a five-axis machining center, electronic analytical balance, and three-dimensional surface topographer, and the optimal process parameters and preferred intervals were optimized. The optimal parametric condition obtained for simultaneous minimization of surface roughness (Ra) and maximization of material removal rate (MRR) is as follows: grain size=#320, grinding speed=4500 r/min, cutting depth=0.4 mm, and feed rate=80 mm/s. The above parametric combination has been validated by confirmatory tests.
          “着火了” 天佑回应杨幂事件      Cache   Translate Page      
泉州相邻两家工厂被大火吞噬 工人们争执不休 今天早上6点50分左右,南安丰州镇东门工业区,两家相邻的工厂被大火一口“吃”了。一家是制造卫生纸设备的机械厂,一家是制造羽毛球拍的工厂。事后两家工人都说,大火是从对方那先烧起来的,这是咋回事?羽毛球拍厂工人许阿伯说,和往常一样,他是早上6点40几分就赶到工厂上班,没想到刚走到大门口,就看到在机械厂里有一团大火正熊熊燃烧,接着羽毛球拍厂也被烧起来,但火势没机械厂的那么凶猛。他赶忙找灭火器去灭火,可火太大,小小灭火器根本灭不了。没过多久,消防车一辆接着一辆呼啸而来,消防队员喷水灭火。一名机械厂工人则说,机械厂打算搬到洛江去,前几天还在搬家,平时是8点才上班,而羽毛球拍厂是6点50分上班,两家工厂每晚都会关掉电闸,只保留照明用的。事发当时,他听到羽毛球拍厂有贵州口音的工人大喊,“着火了”,后来一问才知道该工人刚推电闸送电就发生碰火,还窜出火苗,因此大火可能是从羽毛球拍厂先烧起来的。两家工厂共用一个保安室,一名不愿具名的保安说,是他打的119,当时听到有人喊“着火了”,就立即拉下电闸,并报火警。所幸两家工厂里都没有人员被困。今天上午9点半左右,海都记者赶到现场,大火已经被扑灭了,消防队员也撤离现场了。只见一栋五六米高的铁皮厂房内部已被烧得一片乌黑,四周窗玻璃基本上都爆裂了,车间里还堆放着很多大型机械,地面上还有好几大捆一两米高的卫生纸,站在门口也能感觉到仍有一股热浪扑面而来。铁皮厂房紧邻着一栋呈L造型的三层钢筋混凝土结构的羽毛球拍厂房,透过卷帘门能看到里面墙壁和地面也是乌黑一片。海都记者从南安美林消防中队了解到,接警后,泉州消防支队派出美林、特一、北峰三个中队共10辆消防车火速赶往现场灭火,大概9点左右大火才被扑灭,无人员被困伤亡。目前,对于火灾原因和着火点究竟在哪,消防部门还在调查中。>相关的主题文章: 石庄医院工作人员 可燃冰试采关井 阿东当选三沙市长 Zack Bohannon | Apr 10th 2014 – No matter how much you would like to this hasn’t been true 90后阅兵走红 朴槿惠狱中怪异 for the price of one missile. It is very pitiable to notice that investigations show that one of every eight children less than the age of twelve in […]
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Survivors of the Holocaust grow fewer and fewer with each passing year.
Their voices must be remembered.  Diet Eman is one of those. (Photo by D. Holder)

I recently finished listening to a three-part podcast by Dutch resistance member, Berendina “Diet” Eman, now 92, who reports with clarity the struggles she and her fiancé Hein, endured during WWII, while successfully saving the lives of hundreds of Jews. 

At 20 years of age, Diet, Hein and other members of the Christian resistance movement called “Group Hein” sprang into action when the Netherlands was invaded by the Germans, and the homes of Jewish friends were confiscated.

Group Hein risked their lives by hiding and forging papers and ID cards for Jews who were desperate to escape the tightening noose of the Nazi reign of terror. Thankfully, many Dutch farmers were willing to take them into their care and hide them from occupying forces.

Diet and her fiancé continued to fight for the protection of the Jewish people until 1944 when they were both arrested.  Of course, Diet and Hein were separated, and neither saw each other again.  Diet can only surmise the torment that Hein endured as he was moved from the Netherlands by train to Germany.  Diet, who called herself “Willie” in prison, was eventually freed, but only after she lied about who she was.  She was released at the prison gates and rode on top of a farmer’s truck of manure to freedom.

Hein was on a train to Germany when he found a small square of toilet paper.  He wrote a love letter to Diet where he told her he had no regrets, and that if they did not have the chance to build a family on earth, they would see each other in heaven.

Hein found a piece of brown paper and wrapped his missile in it, wrote Diet’s name on the outside and tossed it out of the train as it was leaving the Netherlands.  He left his letter to the mercies of the rain and wind of his homeland—probably realizing Diet would never have the opportunity to read of his undying love for her and for their mission.

By a Divine miracle, the note did indeed find its way to her, and Diet still has it today. She looks at it as a reminder that each of us are called to be courageous, regardless of who we are or where we are. Our economic or cultural circumstances should not be a deterrent to standing up for what is true and right in God’s eyes.

This does require that we actually see what is happening around us.  A life fettered by digitized distractions and littered with email and blogs, can blind us to our calling.  We must engage our middle eye, as I often call it, to see the truth and to find our way. 


          Speeches: Stability Engagement With Nuclear "Third Parties": Regional Risk Reduction Diplomacy      Cache   Translate Page      
Remarks
Dr. Christopher Ashley Ford
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
2019 Deterrence and Assurance Workshop and Conference
University of Nebraska at Omaha, NE
March 8, 2019


Good day, and thank you for inviting me.

This is a conference on deterrence, and I am glad to see so many bright people coming together in order to explore its challenges. Deterring large-scale aggression against the United States and its allies has always been the core function of our armed services, and this is no less true for our nuclear forces. But in this nuclear age, doing deterrence right presents special risks and challenges.

It is critical to ensure that a potential adversary sees no viable path to getting his way by force, certainly. At the same time, however, the potential costs of getting things wrong could be so catastrophically high that it is also very important to be continually aware of the sometimes-overlooked stability dynamics of nuclear posture choices.

But let me back up a bit, and offer some background about why I am myself so focused upon such questions. One of our areas of specialization in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the State Department is regional security. This includes working with other countries not just to help them be better partners in preventing the further proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, but also to help them develop better — that is, safer and more stable — relationships with each other.

Such diplomatic efforts involve encouraging approaches to regional security that minimize incentives for proliferation, but — where past nonproliferation efforts have been unsuccessful and countries unfortunately have come to possess nuclear weapons — it can also involve working with partners to encourage wiser choices and practices in managing their nuclear status. Let me be clear, this is not to condone proliferation once it occurs; nor am I referring to stability-focused engagements with irresponsible states that have a track record of illegal nuclear weapons work that it is our objective to roll back, such as North Korea or Iran. I mean only to make the point that, in some cases, if proliferation does occur and cannot be reversed, we want states to exercise restraint and make choices regarding nuclear technology, doctrine, and posture that maximize regional — and global — security and stability. This is nuclear risk reduction in the highest sense.

This means, for instance, that while others in the Department handle diplomatic engagements related to America’s own nuclear forces and posture, we in ISN work to encourage other possessor states to make prudent, stabilizing choices in order to avoid catastrophic outcomes. So let’s take a brief trip together down the strategic posture theory rabbit hole.

I. Diplomatic Engagement for Crisis and Arms Race Stability

I should preface these comments, I suppose, by making clear that I make no claim that we are bearers and purveyors of infallible wisdom in these regards; deterrence and escalation theory remain, as they have always been, controversial and contested in many ways. It is also true that every deterrent relationship and every arms competition has its own idiosyncrasies, and that for this reason, it may not necessarily be the case that lessons learned in one arena make sense mutatis mutandis in nuclear weapons relationships that emerge in different contexts.

However, given what is at stake, i.e., the preservation of geopolitical stability and the prevention of nuclear war, we should not shrink from using diplomatic levers to encourage constructive learning wherever possible. One side effect of our long and anxious national history of living in a strategic nuclear dyad of our own — striving to deter aggression, prevent a breakdown in deterrence, extend deterrence to allies, defuse proliferation pressures, limit proliferation opportunities, and preserve crisis stability and unwanted escalation, all at the same time — is that these challenges contributed to the development of a rich ecosystem of strategic thinking about how to walk the deterrence tight rope entailed by trying to do all of these things at at the same time.

At least in the West, where we prized and preserved freedom of thought and expression, there developed over time competing schools of public discourse on strategic issues, a rich academic literature, a diverse infrastructure of competing faculties, think tanks, and academic programs, and a bestiary of inside-the-bureaucracy governmental elements devoted to managing a nuclear relationship without catastrophe. Conferences like this one today, and associative groups such as the Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance, make people like you the inheritors of this tradition. This does not mean we got all the answers right, but we certainly have a long history of examining the issues very carefully from multiple perspectives.

So there is surely room for useful engagement and reciprocal learning with our diplomatic partners as they struggle with modern stability challenges. To my eye, perhaps one of the most useful things we must all vigilantly pursue is how to minimize and manage the risk of unwanted escalation – recognizing, of course, that the capability to manipulate risk to achieve political objectives can be a major reason why states acquire nuclear weapons in the first place.

II. Thinking about Stability: Less “How Many?” Than “What? And How?”

In meeting this challenge of minimizing and managing the risk of unwanted escalation, it seems to me that raw numbers may sometimes matter much less than the types of systems each rival possesses and how they are postured against each other. With respect to any other countries’ arms competitions, therefore, there is clearly much room for thoughtful engagement on the complex crisis stability dynamics created by the interplay of possessors’ choices about equipment, posture, and doctrine.

To help such engagements be as productive as they can be and enable those partners to reduce nuclear risks as much as possible for so long as they feel compelled to remain in nuclear weapons relationships, we owe ourselves and our diplomatic partners as much clear thinking and thoughtful consideration as possible about whether, and the degree to which, particular weapons systems, force postures, and doctrinal choices are stabilizing or destabilizing.

So let me give a few examples of how one might think through such stability questions from the perspective of national choices about particular weapons systems. I do not offer these as any kind of Holy Writ, of course, nor with the claim that they are absolutely the only conclusions a reasonable person could reach, nor that these suggested conclusions would necessarily follow in all imaginable arms-competitive contexts. However, I do think these examples have value as illustrations of how one might develop a stability-focused discourse to inform choices between nuclear possessor states.

III. Illustrative Examples

A. Heavy, Many-Warhead, Fixed ICBMs

First, how might one think about the stability impact of traditional, fixed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) carrying extremely large numbers of warheads? It became clear during the late Cold War that it was possible to develop very large missiles with as many as 10 or 12 separate warheads, each capable of hitting a different target. Over time, however, people began to have some second thoughts about such monsters, informed by game-theoretical thinking about nuclear crisis stability.

Let’s explore this. If Country X has a large number of warheads co-located in individual missiles, each of which is subject to being destroyed by only one or two of Country Y’s warheads, this could, in a crisis, create a dangerous incentive for a first strike. That unfavorable exchange ratio — several of X’s warheads lost in exchange for perhaps only one of Y’s warheads expended — means that Y has some reason to err on the side of pre-emptive attack, trying to destroy X’s heavy fixed ICBMs before he can use them. If this works, Y might not only have destroyed X’s land-based force rather efficiently, but might indeed also still have plenty of warheads left over for other targets.

At the same time, and for precisely analogous reasons, X himself might have a dangerous incentive in a crisis to launch his missiles first — perhaps even preemptively, or upon the slightest hint of attack warning — not just to go after Y’s own heavy missile silos (if it has them) and thus seize a similar “exchange-ratio bonus” for himself, but also simply because the unfavorable ratio of incoming warheads to target warheads makes it especially dangerous for X to risk “riding out” a possible incoming salvo. Hence traditional, Cold War-style heavy, many-warhead fixed ICBMs are now generally thought to be destabilizing: they seem to maximize incentives for pre-emption and automatic, unthinking launch on warning.

We ourselves used to have heavy, many-warhead silo-based systems, of course, but in U.S. strategic posture across the last few administrations we have moved away from such choices. Although the U.S. Nuclear Posture Review has made clear that a portion of our ICBM force could again be uploaded if there were a need to do so, but we have successfully transitioned our own ICBMs from multi-warhead to single-warhead systems and we have long since abandoned very large, mega-MIRV’d systems such as the Peacekeeper.

If one were to take this game-theoretical insight to heart, it would presumably follow that developing heavy, mega-MIRV’d silo-based ICBMs — such as Russia’s forthcoming Sarmat ICBM — would be a poor strategic choice almost tailor-made to promote crisis instability. Sound and thoughtful diplomacy with countries having their own nuclear arsenals should thus encourage better, more stability-focused approaches.

B. Forward-deployed Battlefield Weapons

As a second example, consider the challenges potentially presented by large numbers of and diversity in small, battlefield nuclear weapons. Such things were deployed in some numbers during much of the Cold War — including some notoriously small, portable systems such as the “Davy Crockett” battlefield rocket that could be mounted on a Jeep, a nuclear artillery shell for an 8-inch Army howitzer, and a man-portable atomic demolition mine. The stability impact of such very short-range (or zero-range!) systems — and the degree to which their use could be reliably controlled in a conflict — has long been questioned, and after careful consideration we ourselves moved emphatically away from them years ago. Many observers fear that such devices deployed close to the anticipated front line in a conflict between nuclear rivals — particularly if authorization for their use is devolved to battlefield commanders, since reliable, centralized command-and-control is usually thought to be essential to crisis management — might lead to inadvertent or dangerously precipitous escalation and early nuclear use.

These dangers arise because such easily-usable weapons deployed very far forward could be targeted preemptively or quickly overrun, the imminence of which might lead to precipitous use. In that case, the result could have strategic consequences (in the form of nuclear combat) triggered by strategically unimportant minor or inconclusive fluctuations in the contours of that front line. Some observers might speculate this could strengthen deterrence, on the theory that such amazing dangers might make an invasion less attractive to an aggressor in the first place.

However, even if such worrying brinksmanship did have value, there would still be huge dangers of losing control. To the degree that control of easily-portable devices were delegated far down the chain of command, this would greatly challenge crisis management and warfighting command and control by national-level authorities. Catastrophically consequential decisions being made under stress by ill-informed junior battlefield commanders who lack the big picture does not bode well for crisis stability.

Stability considerations thus make large numbers of and diversity in small, easily-portable battlefield devices such as nuclear artillery shells or demolition mines seem highly problematic. Such reasoning contributed to decisions by both of the nuclear superpowers to pull non-strategic weapons significantly back from the control of unit commands. This is a compelling logic that other nuclear possessors might also wish to consider.

I would also urge other possessing states to follow the U.S. model of highly centralized and rigorous command and control practices, which promote stability and predictability even in times of crisis — and to avoid either devolved, uncontrollable use controls or mindlessly automated release procedures such as the Dr. Strangelove-style “Perimeter” system for automatically initiating nuclear war. Methods of dispersion in a crisis should also be scrutinized, since such small, portable devices a susceptible to threats from guerrilla or terrorist groups within one’s borders. The implications of deployment modalities and command-and-control questions are not the sort of “sexy” nuclear weapons matters that get much attention from armchair strategists, but they are critical questions for the real professionals, and we should encourage countries with nuclear weapons to think these things through carefully.

C. Context Matters

Third, nuclear powers might also bear in mind that what makes sense in one nuclear context may not make sense in another. I have noted how the risks associated with large numbers of or diversity in small, forward-deployed weapons increase tremendously if they are deployed where guerrillas or terrorists might seize them in the field – which is, if you ask me, a pretty important context-specific factor – but difficulties can also arise with other systems.

If you are a nuclear power engaged in a nuclear weapons relationship with an adversary many thousands of miles away, there’s obviously some logic in acquiring delivery systems with intercontinental range. Participants in a regional dyad, however, should carefully consider limiting the range of their systems to avoid having too much range, which could end up drawing them into deeply problematic provocation dynamics with nuclear powers outside the core deterrence dyad. Such a dynamic would carry with it potentially catastrophic risks of inadvertent escalation, miscalculation, or unlooked-for intervention or pre-emption.

These various challenges are difficult and problematic enough when a relationship remains dyadic, so stumbling into escalatory problems with extra-regional players could be notably unwise, especially if those additional players are very powerful and one does not actually have any particular antecedent strategic-level problem with them in the first place. Nuclear possessors need to think through such dynamics, for it matters whether, and how, one’s own regional nuclear dynamics are connected to, or entangled with, broader ones.

D. Unlimited-range Cruise Missiles

Fourth, I would suggest that exotic new technologies and methods need careful attention as well — because what might initially seem to be an attractive “feature” of a new weapons system could turn out to be, from a stability perspective, very much a dangerous “bug.” As an example, take something as seemingly simple as a weapon system’s range. More range seems like it would always be better, right? Well, not always.

It is at least theoretically possible to develop a nuclear-powered cruise missile that could have an essentially unlimited range. In the late 1950s, for example, U.S. and Soviet researchers both worked on designs for a nuclear-powered airplane, the advantage of which was thought to be its ability to remain “continuously airborne.” The U.S. program was rather sensibly terminated in 1961, and the Soviet concept apparently never even got off the drawing board, but one could at least imagine a cruise missile loosely based upon such technology today. To say that such a thing might be possible, however, is not to say that it would be in any way wise.

For one thing, there might be alarming technical, safety, and humanitarian issues associated with a nuclear reactor flying through the air across intercontinental distances — especially a reactor running hot enough to superheat ingested atmospheric gases for propulsion and probably of necessity lacking much by way of radiation shielding. What would the implications be if it were to crash or be shot down, moreover, especially if its flight route took it for thousands of miles through the airspace of any number of countries? Yet even leaving those obvious concerns aside, it is far from clear that such a system would make any sense whatsoever from a stability perspective. Quite the contrary.

Some strategists might perhaps value such a missile as a strategic delivery system because of its potential ability to arrive over enemy territory at low level and from an unexpected or even unwatched point of the compass after a long and craftily circuitous transit. The extreme range that could make this possible might indeed make defending against such a missile difficult, but that’s hardly the end of the story, and such an apparent advantage would likely be offset by other problems. The possibility of an “infinite-range” cruise device might well be quite destabilizing, and could create a major risk of inadvertent nuclear war — not least because of the weird, but hardly hypothetical, possibility that such a missile could be launched into indefinite-duration “holding pattern” flight paths that might be intended to maximize perceptions of imminent threat in order to facilitate an aggressor’s coercive diplomacy, but that in fact would likely elicit unpredictably escalatory responses and escalation dynamics.

I would think that the moral of this story about the stability externalities of unlimited range is simple: it is foolish to plunge forward in nuclear weapons and delivery system development rashly. Considerations of stability cannot be ignored, and the fact that one can build something does not always mean that one should. Some choices are just bad ones.

E. Transparency and Clarity

Sixth, and finally, I believe there is intrinsic value in offering the kind of transparency that helps provide one’s potential clarity about how one thinks about nuclear weapons. I don’t mean the kind of “transparency” that relates to exactly how many one has, specific details about exactly when one would (or would not) actually use a nuclear weapon, or sensitive details about their deployment. Instead, I’m referring to insight into the basic concepts that underlie one’s nuclear posture and doctrine. Providing reasonable clarity about posture and doctrine can serve the interests both of deterrence and of crisis stability and escalation management, by helping increase predictability and reducing the kinds of uncertainty that may fuel dangerously mistaken assumptions.

This is a kind of transparency that we in the United States provide very publicly with every edition of our Nuclear Posture Review, as well as in periodic public statements, reports, and documents of various varieties. We are, in fact, by far the most transparent of any nuclear weapons possessor in this respect. We make such information public, we explain it to adversaries and onlookers alike, and we defend it in public so that we are as clear as we can be about the role that nuclear weapons play in our defense planning and the reasons for the posture choices we have made.

Nobody else does it like this, but I would argue that they should: the more transparency of this sort, the better. As I noted last year in an event at the Preparatory Committee meeting for the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in Geneva — at which two of us from the U.S. State Department joined representatives from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in explaining the latest Nuclear Posture Review — we Americans are deeply transparent about these fundamental conceptual and doctrinal issues, and we challenge other possessors to follow our lead in being that way too.

IV. Conclusion

As I said earlier, I hope no one takes the arguments I have suggested as entirely conclusive. I offer them not as hard and fast conclusions, but as illustrations of a stability-focused thought process. We in the United States engaged in a good deal of such thinking for decades, and we must not forget how to do it. Such ways of thinking may also be worth fostering with and among nuclear powers engaged in their own nuclear weapons relationships.

 

At any rate, I hope this gets you thinking. To that end, I hope the scholarly and think tank communities can work with us to encourage the development of stability-mindful strategic thinking — and hence real nuclear risk reduction — wherever national leaders find themselves in enduring nuclear weapons relationships. We must all endeavor to prevent our relationships from collapsing into conflict during the presumably still lengthy era still ahead of humanity until – in the phrasing of Article VI of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty – we can ease international tension and strengthen trust between states enough to permit the stable and sustainable elimination of all such weapons.

Thank you.


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          US missile defence budget cut as North Korea pushes ahead      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON: Just when it looks like North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may restart his ballistic missile testing programme, US President Donald Trump has proposed trimming the missile defence budget, as one set of deterrents is delayed by two years. The US Missile Defence Agency - charged with ...
          Experts See Washington’s 'Big Deal' Approach to Denuclearizing N. Korea Facing Rejection      Cache   Translate Page      
Pyongyang is likely to reject Washington’s “big deal” approach toward denuclearizing North Korea as indicated by signals the country has been sending through missile launch preparations, said experts. U.S. Special Representative Steve Biegun laid out President Donald Trump’s approach toward denuclearizing North Korea at a conference held by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on Monday, saying, “We are not going to do denuclearization incrementally.” Biegun also said sanctions imposed on North Korea will not be lifted until North Korea achieves complete denuclearization.  Washington took an all-or-nothing approach or “big deal” approach toward North Korea’s denuclearization when it began its negotiations last year but gradually shifted to a phased, incremental approach, which is favored by Pyongyang, until the Hanoi summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. And weeks before the Hanoi summit, Biegun seemed to suggest in a speech at Stanford University that the U.S. would pursue a step-by-step approach toward achieving agreements made at the Singapore summit last June. ​Now, the U.S. has resumed its initial “big deal” position, and Biegun said last month’s Hanoi summit faltered because North Korea asked the U.S. to lift “basically all the sanctions” while offering to dismantle “a portion of their nuclear program.” Scott Snyder, director of the U.S.-Korea policy program at the Council of Foreign Relations, said the Hanoi summit revealed the U.S. has reverted to its original position. “It turns out that going for a ‘big deal’ almost brought the U.S. back to its initial negotiating position,” said Snyder. “And it raised the bar in terms of what both the U.S. was willing to give to Kim Jong Un, but also in terms of what the U.S. was expecting from Kim Jong Un.” Biegun also said that North Korea’s chemical and biological weapons “would be unacceptable” at the Carnegie conference. Robert Manning, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will not accept the U.S. position. “Kim has been clear and consistent from his first meeting with (Chinese President) Xi (Jinping) in Beijing that North Korea wants to move forward in a ‘phased synchronous process,’” said Manning. The leaders first met in March 2018 before the first inter-Korean summit was held in April. ​“Pyongyang will not accept the idea they give up everything, trust the U.S. and then they get some benefit,” Manning said. “It is too asymmetrical.” Evans Revere, acting assistant secretary at the State Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs during the George W. Bush administration, said, “Pyongyang will reject U.S. efforts to pursue a ‘big deal’ requiring North Korea to give up the entirety of its nuclear weapons and related weapons of mass destruction program” because it considers them “the key to the survival of the regime.” Revere said North Korea will consider giving up its nuclear weapons only when the current level of pressure increases to an “existentially overwhelming array of sanctions and pressure.”  He continued, “The current sanctions and other measures have not reached the level necessary to compel the shift we seek. It remains to be seen whether the Trump administration will be able to muster the diplomatic, political and moral leadership necessary to achieve the end it seeks.” Since the Hanoi summit breakdown, movements have been detected around North Korea’s missile facilities suggesting the country is not living up to its commitments made at the first summit and possibly preparing to launch a missile.  Commercial satellite images showed North Korea rebuilding the Sohae Satellite Launching Station at Tongchang-ri, which Pyongyang began to dismantle after the first summit with the U.S. in Singapore. ​There were also movements around the Samundong facility that suggest preparations may be underway for a test missile launch.  Experts see these activities as North Korea signaling its refusal to accept the U.S. position. “Kim Jong Un is sending a warning to Washington that he’s prepared to resume satellite launches if there’s no agreement on lifting sanctions in exchange for some measures toward denuclearization,” said Gary Samore, the White House coordinator for arms control and weapons of mass destruction during the Obama administration. Robert Gallucci, chief U.S. negotiator during the 1994 North Korean nuclear crisis, said North Korea is expressing “its unhappiness over the position taken by the U.S. at the Hanoi summit” which was rejecting its offer to dismantle the Yongbyon nuclear facility in exchange for receiving sanctions relief from the U.S.  Christopher Hill, a chief negotiator with North Korea during the George W. Bush administration, said he would be surprised if North Korea would fire a missile, but because “all the president’s men are getting less patient,” firing a missile would be “the end of this diplomatic phase.” Lee Jo-eun, Ahn So-young contributed to this report which originated with the VOA Korean Service. 
          Putin Now Thinks Western Elites Are "Swine"      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Dmitry Orlov via Russia Insider,

An article I published close to five years ago, “Putin to Western elites: Play-time is over”, turned out to be the most popular thing I’ve written so far, having garnered over 200,000 reads over the intervening years. In it I wrote about Putin’s speech at the 2014 Valdai Club conference. In that speech he defined the new rules by which Russia conducts its foreign policy: out in the open, in full public view, as a sovereign nation among other sovereign nations, asserting its national interests and demanding to be treated as an equal. Yet again, Western elites failed to listen to him.

Instead of mutually beneficial cooperation they continued to speak the language of empty accusations and counterproductive yet toothless sanctions.

And so, in last month’s address to Russia’s National Assembly Putin sounded note of complete and utter disdain and contempt for his “Western partners,” as he has usually called them. This time he called them “swine.”

The president’s annual address to the National Assembly is a rather big deal. Russia’s National Assembly is quite unlike that of, say, Venezuela, which really just consists of some obscure nonentity named Juan recording Youtube videos in his apartment. In Russia, the gathering is a who’s-who of Russian politics, including cabinet ministers, Kremlin staffers, the parliament (State Duma), regional governors, business leaders and political experts, along with a huge crowd of journalists. One thing that stood out at this year’s address was the very high level of tension in the hall: the atmosphere seemed charged with electricity.

It quickly became obvious why the upper echelon of Russia’s state bureaucracy was nervous: Putin’s speech was part marching orders part harangue. His plans for the next couple of years are extremely ambitious, as he himself admitted. The plank is set very high, he said, and those who are not up to the challenge have no business going near it. Very hard work lies ahead for almost everyone who was gathered in that hall, and those of them who fail at their tasks are unlikely to be in attendance the next time around because their careers will have ended in disgrace.

The address contained almost no bad news and quite a lot of very good news. Russia’s financial reserves are more than sufficient to cover its entire external debt, both public and private. Non-energy-resource exports are booming to such an extent that Russia no longer needs oil and gas exports to maintain a positive balance of trade. It has become largely immune to Western sanctions. Eurasian integration projects are going extremely well. Russian government’s investments in industry are paying dividends.

The government has amassed vast amounts of capital which it will now spend on domestic programs designed to benefit the people, to help Russians live longer, healthier lives and have more children. “More children—lower taxes” was one of the catchier slogans.

This was what most of the address was about: eradication of remaining poverty; low, subsidized mortgage rates for families with two or more children; pensions indexed to inflation above and beyond the official minimal income levels (corrected and paid out retroactively); high-speed internet for each and every school; universal access to health care through a network of rural clinics; several new world-class oncology clinics; support for tech start-ups; a “social contract” program that helps people start small businesses; another program called “ticket to the future” that allows sixth-graders to choose a career path that includes directed study programs, mentorships and apprenticeships; lots of new infrastructure projects such as the soon-to-be-opened Autobahn between Moscow and St. Petersburg, revamped trash collection and recycling and major air pollution reductions in a dozen major cities; the list goes on and on.

No opposition to these proposals worth mentioning was voiced in any of the commentary that followed on news programs and talk shows; after all, who could possibly be against spending amassed capital on projects that help the population?

Perhaps the most ambitious goal set by Putin was to redo the entire system of Russia’s government regulations, both federal and regional, in every sphere of public life and commerce. Over the next two years every bit of regulation will be examined in order to determine whether it is necessary and whether it responds to contemporary needs and if it isn’t or doesn’t it will be eliminated. This will significantly ease the burden of regulatory compliance, lowering the cost of doing business.

Another goal was to continue growing the already booming agricultural export sector. Last year Russia achieved self-sufficiency in wheat seed stock, but the overall goal is to achieve complete self-sufficiency in food and to become the world’s provider of ecologically clean foodstuffs. (As Putin pointed out, Russia remains the only major agricultural producer in the world that hasn’t been contaminated by American-made GMO poisons.) Yet another goal is to further grow Russia’s tourism industry, which is already booming, by introducing electronic tourist visas that will be much easier to obtain.

Last year’s address surprised the world with its second part, in which Putin unveiled a whole set of new Russian weapons systems that effectively negate every last bit of US military superiority. This year, he added just one new system: a supersonic cruise missile called “Zirkon” with a 1000 km range that flies at Mach 9. But he also provided a progress report on all the others: everything is going according to plan; some new armaments have already been delivered, others are going into mass production, the rest are being tested. He spoke in favor of normalized relations with the EU, but accused the US of “hostility,” adding that Russia does not threaten anyone and is not interested in confrontation.

Putin’s sharpest words were reserved for the US decision to abandon the INF treaty. He said that the US acted in bad faith, accusing Russia of violating the treaty while they themselves violated it, specifically articles 5 and 6, by deploying dual-use launch systems in Romania and Poland which can be used for both air defense and for offensive nuclear weapons which the treaty specifically prohibits. Nuclear-tipped Tomahawk cruise missiles, which the US could deploy in Poland and Romania, would of course pose a risk, but would not provide the US with anything like a first-strike advantage, since these cruise missiles are obsolete to the point where even Syria’s Soviet-era air defenses were able to shoot down most of the ones the US lobbed at them as punishment for the fake chemical weapons attack in Douma.

Speaking of the American dream of a global air defense system, Putin called on the US to “abandon these illusions.” The Americans can think whatever they want, he said, but the question is, “can they do math?” This needs unfolding.

First, the Americans can think whatever they want because... they are Americans. Russians do not allow themselves the luxury of thinking complete and utter nonsense. Those who are not grounded in fact and logic tend to get the Russian term “likbez” thrown in their faces rather promptly. It literally decodes as “liquidation of illiteracy” and is generally used to shut down ignoramuses. But in the US shocking displays of ignorance are quite acceptable. For an example, you need to look no further than the astonishingly idiotic “Green New Deal” being touted by the freshman congresstwit (how’s that for a gender-neutral appellation?) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. If she were Russian she’d have been laughed right out of town by now.

“But can they do math?” Apparently not! There is another Russian term—“matchast”—which literally decodes as “material part” but stands for the understanding that can only be achieved through the knowledge of mathematics, the hard sciences and engineering. In Russia, ignoramuses like Ocasio-Cortez, who think that transportation needs can be provided by electric vehicles powered by wind and solar, get shut down by being told to go and study “matchast” while in the US they are allowed to run wild in the halls of congress.

In this case, if Americans could “do math,” they would quickly figure out that there is no conceivable defensive system that would be effective against the new Russian weapons, that there are no conceivable offensive weapons that would prevent Russia from launching an unstoppable retaliatory strike, and that therefore the “new arms race” (which some Americans have been daft enough to announce) is effectively over and Russia has won. See above: Russia is not spending its money on weapons; it is spending it on helping its people. The US can squander arbitrary amounts of money on weapons but this won’t make an iota of difference: an attack on Russia will be the last thing it ever does.

Russia does not plan to be the first to violate the ABM treaty, but if the US deploys intermediate-range nuclear weapons against Russia, then Russia will respond in kind, by targeting not just the territories from which it is threatened but the locations where the decisions to threaten it are taken. Washington, Brussels and other NATO capitals would, clearly, be on that list. This shouldn’t be news; Russia has already announced that in the next war, should there be one, will not be fought on Russian soil. Russia plans to take the fight to the enemy immediately. Of course, there won’t be a war—provided the Americans are sane enough to realize that attacking Russia is functionally equivalent to blowing themselves up with nuclear weapons. Are they sane enough? That is the question that is holding the world hostage.

It is in speaking of them that Putin used the most withering word in his entire address. Speaking of Americans’ dishonesty and bad faith in accusing Russia of violating the ABM treaty while it was they themselves who were violating it, he added: “…and the American satellites oink along with them.” It is rather difficult to come up with an adequate translation for the Russian verb “подхрюкивать”; “oink along with” is as close as I am able to get. The mental image is of a chorus of little pigs accompanying a big swine. The implication is obvious: Putin thinks that the Americans are swine, and that their NATO satellites are swine too.

Therefore, they shouldn’t expect Putin to scatter any pearls before them and, in any case, he’ll be too busy helping Russians live better lives to pay any attention to them.


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It’s a daily miracle that the general public accepts the existence of the aviation industry. Every day, around 100,000 flights take off and fly between towns and cities around the world, each carrying fuel with the stored energy of a cruise missile jammed up alongside scores of families, tourists, businesspeople and pets.That we tolerate and even welcome this state of affairs is a tribute to the generations of engineers and administrators – and regulators – who’ve made travelling by air safer…
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Mi hai tolto le parole di "tastiera" 😉 Cmq sia, ancora tre giorni di chiacchiere e poi finalmente si vedrà chi ha bleffato, gufato, sparato il missile, oppure semplicemente sbagliato progetto.
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I haven’t been to the JFK Presidential Library in Boston in a long time. I was inspired to make a visit recently to see a special exhibit, “To the Brink: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis.” I’ve always been intrigued … Continue reading
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Play Heavy Legion 2 Control a heavy armored tank and go to the battlefield to test the tank abilities. Launch missiles from the tank cannon and destroy all enemy tank units before they destroy your tank.


          The US Navy and its partners are 'under cyber siege' from Chinese hackers and are hemorrhaging national security secrets      Cache   Translate Page      

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) transits the Pacific Ocean.

  • An internal review found that the US Navy and its industry partners are "under cyber siege" from Chinese, Russian, and Iranian hackers, among others, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
  • Chinese hackers, accused of stealing boatloads of sensitive data on US military projects over the years, are reportedly considered the primary threat.
  • The review paints a dire picture, one that comes despite neither the Navy nor the Pentagon knowing the full extent of the damage.

An internal US Navy review concluded that the service and its various industry partners are "under cyber siege" from Chinese hackers who are building Beijing's military capabilities while eroding the US's advantage, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Chinese hackers have repeatedly hit the Navy, defense contractors, and even universities that partner with the service.

"We are under siege," a senior Navy official told The Journal. "People think it’s much like a deadly virus — if we don’t do anything, we could die."

Breaches have been "numerous," according to the review. While China is identified as the primary threat, hackers from Russia and Iran have also been causing their share of trouble.

US Navy Cyber Command

Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer launched the recently concluded review in October, warning that "attacks on our networks are not new, but attempts to steal critical information are increasing in both severity and sophistication."

"We must act decisively to fully understand both the nature of these attacks and how to prevent further loss of vital military information," he added.

In one high-profile incident last year, Chinese government hackers stole important data on US Navy undersea-warfare programs from an unidentified contractor. Among the stolen information were plans for a new supersonic anti-ship missile, The Washington Post reported in June, citing US officials.

That and a second breach led Navy leadership to order the review.

Read More: Chinese hackers are reportedly stealing loads of US Navy secrets, and the Navy is scrambling to stop it

The Journal described the findings of the internal Navy cybersecurity review as "dire," adding that the report "depicts a branch of the armed forces under relentless cyberattack by foreign adversaries and struggling in its response to the scale and sophistication of the problem."

The Navy and the Pentagon reportedly "have only a limited understanding of the actual totality of losses that are occurring," meaning the situation could be even worse than the Navy fears.

Last week, The Journal reported that Chinese hackers have targeted more than two dozen universities in the US and elsewhere in an attempt to steal military secrets, particularly those related to maritime technology.

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The Navy is not the only US military service branch in China's crosshairs.

Adm. Philip Davidson, head of US Indo-Pacific Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee in April 2018 that Beijing is snatching anything not nailed down — "stealing technology in just about every domain and trying to use it to their advantage," Stars and Stripes reported.

A US defense official previously told The Journal that China was targeting America's "weak underbelly," saying that cybersecurity breaches are "an asymmetric way to engage the United States without ever having to fire a round."

China has repeatedly denied engaging in cyberattacks against the US or other countries.

SEE ALSO: US Navy wants to get rid of an aircraft carrier to buy new weapons needed for a next-level fight with China

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          NORTH SEA (March 11, 2019)      Cache   Translate Page      

Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) handle line during a replenishment-at-sea with the German navy replenishment tanker FGS Spessart (A 1442). Gravely is deployed as the flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 to conduct maritime operations and provide a continuous maritime capability for NATO in the northern Atlantic. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Andrew Hays (Released) 190311-N-JX484-433
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Damage Controlman 2nd Class Isaiah Lapid records fire response steps aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) during a general quarters drill. Mitscher is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jacob Milham (Released) 190304-N-OW182-2024
          US Army considers mobile artillery system deployed in the South China Sea against Chinese missiles-windjview      Cache   Translate Page      
The U.S. is considering the deployment of mobile gun system in the South China Sea confrontation China missile picture: USS   Reference News Network February 25th U.S. media reported that the U.S. Army and The Pentagon senior strategic analysts and planners are considering how in a new way in the existing global weapons platform fire […]
          North Idaho I-90 Crash Was Semi Loaded With 2000 Pound Missiles      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Park Geun hye group of North Korean nuclear test and missile propulsion thad said to be deterring Py-www.henhen.com      Cache   Translate Page      
Park Geun hye group of North Korean nuclear test and missile propulsion are said to be thad deter Pyongyang – Sohu this KCNA news August 25, 2016 photo shows North Korean submarine launched missile test site. Xinhua news agency KCNA Reference News Network reported on September 23rd Korean media said that South Korean President Park […]
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The military publicly for the first time " 2" at the beginning of land-based air defense missile types over the United States Sohu – Military Channel text with map: red -22. Shortly before the end of the 2016 Zhuhai airshow, Chinese air force and a service of advanced land-based air defense missile system — the […]
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NORTH Korea appears poised to conduct new missile or rockets tests after satellite imagery showed renewed activity at a missile factory and a known launch site. The threat of renewed tests emerged amid reports of minor acts of defiance against the...
          Bruxelles et le traité du FNI : Washington menace la sécurité de l'UE      Cache   Translate Page      
Le Traité sur l'élimination des missiles à moyenne et à courte portée cesse d'exister : Washington a déjà investi dans la production de ces missiles interdits. Peu importe ce que disent les États-Unis à propos du missile russe 9M729, quelles que soient leurs suspicions et leurs hypothèses, nous devons comprendre que la question du non-respect de l'accord a été soulevée à une lointaine année 2009. Le président des États-Unis, Barack Obama, avait décidé d'adopter une (...) - Tribune Libre
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Ever wondered what the ramps are which you can find on Tisy military camp? The ramps are for the strategic missile system S-200 surface-to-air missile system. NATO designated it as the SA-5 Gammon. It comprised of the S-200 Vega missile and would sit on a launcher on the ground. The radar system would stand on […]
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Play Heavy Legion 2 Control a heavy armored tank and go to the battlefield to test the tank abilities. Launch missiles from the tank cannon and destroy all enemy tank units before they destroy your tank.


          US begins work on new missiles after pulling out of arms control treaty with Russia      Cache   Translate Page      
The Pentagon is taking steps to develop new missiles, following the Trump administration's decision to suspend the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a 1987 arms-control agreement that the Trump administration has said it plans to exit due to Russian violations.
          #InternationalWorthitDay      Cache   Translate Page      
Tweets (Tulsi Gabbard). She is literally the only sane choice from either party.

"Bernie Sanders-Style Politics Are Defining 2020 Race, Unnerving Moderates" (Martin/Ember) (((('donors'))) and their employees are terrified, not that a progressive Democrat will lose, but that she or he might win):
"And about the Republican strategy, led by Mr. Trump himself, to pin the “socialism” label on the Democrats in 2020?

Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii said it was mostly just his party’s elite “donor class” that had anything to fear from a sweeping, progressive agenda.

Well, them and the arbiters of conventional political wisdom, he added.

“What we’ve learned from last two presidential elections is that nobody knows anything,” Mr. Schatz said of the election of former President Barack Obama and Mr. Trump. “The people who write op-eds and stroke their chins and tell us how to win are the people who have been getting it wrong for almost two decades now.”"
"Power Failure and Blackout: An Update on the Situation in Venezuela" (Strether).  "Venezuela Denounces US Participation in Electric Sabotage".  Little Marco knew more about the details than he should have known, and also seemed able to predict that this would happen.  "The Psychosis of the Neocons: Senator Marco Rubio “Makes Fun” of the Suffering of the Venezuelan People" (Nimmo).

Speaking of Albright:  two devils: tweet (William Owen):
"500,000 dead Iraqi children and a coup in Venezuela "
"Another Failed Coup in Venezuela?" (Ciccariello-Maher) (Guido's a big bust, and is now more valuable to the CIA as the short end of a false flag):
"On Monday, Guaidó made a less-than-triumphant return to Venezuela and, despite his violation of a travel ban, the government has opted not to arrest him for now. If anything, Maduro will protect him at all costs: Amid threats on Guaidó’s life, the Lima Group has warned of dire consequences should anything happen to him. If Guaidó were to be killed, however, it would almost certainly be at the hands of a Venezuelan right-wing eager to provoke military intervention (the government has dismantled similar plots in the past)."
"Trudeau, Bolsonaro, et al: “Informed Consent” and the Political Contempt for Human Life" (Deutsch).  Bolsonaro, Guido, Trudeau, peas in a pod and the statesmen of our time.  "The hidden key to the SNC-Lavalin scandal" (Garossano).

"Macron Calls for “European Renaissance” in Controversial Alt-Right Pivot" (Durocher).  "Macron publishes platform for European elections calling for EU police state" (Lantier).  "Algeria: The Iceberg That Could Sink Emmanuel Macron" (McConnell). It is useful for people to see what a Khazarocracy looks like:  "Act 17: Police soak Yellow Vest demonstrators with water cannon, fire teargas (VIDEO)".  Tweet (Sarah Abdallah):
"Meet the unarmed protesters who have been mutilated by Putin’s thugs. Oh no wait... These are demonstrators disfigured by Macron’s police in France. Nothing to see here. "
"Rouhani and Imran Khan Discussion Action Against al Qaeda":
"Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to take “decisive” action against the al-Qaeda* linked Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group which claimed responsibility for the deadly 13 February terror attack against IRGC forces on a highway in eastern Iran near the Pakistani border.

‘We are awaiting your decisive action against these terrorists,” Rouhani told Khan in a phone call on Saturday, as quoted by Press TV.

The Iranian leader added that Iran was “fully ready to cooperate with the Pakistani Army and government to eradicate these terrorists, whose presence is not in favour of us, you or the region.”

“We should not allow decades of friendship and fraternity between the two countries to be affected by the actions of small terrorist groups, the source of whose financing and arms is known to us both,” Rouhani stressed.

Tehran earlier accused Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States of facilitating terrorist violence against Iran.

Khan reportedly responded that Pakistani forces had closed in on the terrorists’ hideouts, and that there would soon be “good news” for Iran.

“It is in Pakistan’s own interest not to allow our territory to be used by terrorist groups, and the Pakistani army is prepared to confront the terrorists more decisively with the information provided by Iran,” the Pakistani prime minister said, according to Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency."
"Mueller's Manafort Scam: 4 Years In The Slammer For Helping Ukraine Against Russia!"(McCarthy).  It can't be repeated enough that there is wrongdoing, but it all involves Ukrainians, the people who have set up much of #Russiagate.  The short sentence reflects the fact that what Manafort did is standard, bipartisan, operating procedure in Washington, done by all these political camp followers peddling influence, and the only reason Manafort ended up in a courtroom was the need to find somebody to take the fall for #Russiagate, simply to prove that it exists in some form, so the Democrats could maintain their precious ((('donor'))) model of grifting.  He's a terrible fellow, and indubitably a crook, but also a victim.

"Trump and the Gordian Knot, Year Two" (Armstrong).  It remains unclear if Trump, what with all those circumcised dicks in his mouth, has completely given up on MAGA and decided to take a break from sanity to collect more shekels, or whether the most recent round of nonsensical behavior is just some kind of head fake before he returns to electioneering mode.  Despite everything, he still hasn't crossed any Rubicons.

Yank and Yang and dine:  tweets (Daniel Schulman). Trump consistently invites the local human trafficker/pimp to dine with him and his fancy pals, and the pimp sets up an office to sell seats at the same table.  This strikes as more of a real scandal than the entirety of #Russiagate.

"The Trump-Yang Voter Explained" (Wallace).  "Andrew Yang Rejects Support From White Nationalists" (Wallace).  There are two big elephants in the room - the Anthropocene, and the massive job losses which are going to occur very soon due to various forms of automation.  It is striking that both are completely ignored by most of the political classes, and Yang is the only one even mentioning the massive social effects of the job losses.

"Syria Preparing Its Missiles for the Next Battle with Israel" (Magnier).  It would be hilarious if Israel reached its inevitable ignoble end as a result of some desperation Bibi campaign stunt.

The English language has an expression 'if the shoe fits', and the Khazars, as part of their Jewish pseudoscience of psychoanalysis, have the concept of projection.  "Did pro-Israel lobby funding influence Democrats' responses to Ilhan Omar?" (Perkins).  "The Shameful Attack that Backfired" (Zogby).  Tweet (Roosh):
"PornHub employee appears on Reddit AMA criticizing their forced incest porn trend to say that it is "antisemitic rhetoric." Thing is, no one brought up the Jews. She quickly edited her comment. "
It is not uncommon for the guilty to misinterpret what they hear as an accusation that in fact has not been made.  Omar has in fact been extremely careful throughout in what she says, as devastating as it has turned out to be, because the Khazars and their beshekeled stooges consistently rushed to fill in the blanks.  It is interesting that the things that she didn't say, the words they put in her mouth to make a better story - largely as bait to the Americans who see a visible Muslim - the quintessential elements of 'anti-Semitism', are actually 100% true.  Note from the Mandel tweet that he actually admits everything, but claims it is just self-defense for the poor universal victims buying a little respite from the haters (and a series of wars which have ruined the lives of millions of people).

More 'emperor's new clothes' truth, and gleeful responses to finally hearing it:  "Ilhan Omar Blasts Obama For "Caging Of Kids" Along Border, 'Getting Away With Murder' Overseas" (Durden).

"Meghan McCain Ridiculed After Accusing Jewish Cartoonist Of Anti-Semitic Cartoon Of Her" (Scarce).

"More Power to You Miss Omar" (Margolis) (such a 'nice' people!):
"The prescient and courageous Pat Buchanan said it years ago: the US Congress was ‘Israeli occupied territory.’ His political career was ruined.

So was my mother’s career. She was one of the first American female journalists to cover the Mideast in the early 1950’s. After extensively reporting the unknown fact that there were nearly one million Palestinian refugees driven from the new state of Israel, she was silenced by advertisers pulling ads from the papers she wrote for and, finally, threats to throw acid in my face. Her career was ruined."
"If US sanctions Turkey, can India be far behind?" (Bhadrakumar) (but was it really Melania?):
"The Turks harbour the suspicion that the failed coup in July 2016, which was masterminded by the Turkish Islamist preacher Fetullah Gulen living in Pennsylvania in exile for the past two decades, had covert American support.

Last week, incidentally, US First Lady Melania Trump visited a pre-kindergarten class in Oklahoma, which Ankara believes is linked to supporters of Gulen. Turks believe that the White House was taunting Erdogan."
"“Canada’s Dershowitz”, Apologist for Israeli War Crimes, nominated for Peace Prize" (Engler). Cotler.  A total monster, a man so evil that most of us can't even comprehend it.  Blood pours from his fangs, so he is a perfect winner.

Although it is not, of course, in the (((media))), the fish-in-a-barrel murder tactics of the 'nice' people - I just can't get over how consistently 'nice' they are! - continues, week by week:  tweets (Billy):
"My former doctor, a wonderful human being from London, Ontario, Canada, was shot by Israeli security forces. He was there to treat casualties and conduct research on 3D printed tourniquets. He never approached the fence."
"Why is there so little media skepticism about Leaving Neverland and its allegations against Michael Jackson?" (Walsh).  Both alleged 'victims' have separately been completely debunked.  Oprah Winfrey is working overtime to sell this drivel, and she is essentially an employee of David Geffen, with this movie part of the massive Geffen-protection racket of distraction.  Geffen is infamous for being the big 'Hollywood' pedo ringleader, and the strategy - which includes the Atlantic take-down of Singer (also guilty as hell, but a relatively small fish) - has been very successful, with Geffen never mentioned except on the gossip sites.  The same (((people))) are still finding ways to make money off poor Michael.
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s air force says one of its fighter jets successfully test-fired a locally developed missile, described as a “smart weapon.” The announcement follows recent skirmishes with rival India over disputed Kashmir during which Pakistan said it shot down two Indian planes and captured a pilot, who was later returned to India. An […]
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The $12bn Military Radar System Market is set to grow by 2.43% in the 2019-2029 period. This is in large part due to near rival fielding of more signature managed systems, as well as the Western pivot from asymmetrical threats to more conventional threats, including those fielding aerial forces and signature management capabilities. Proliferation of active protection systems will further drive this, as will new missile threats and sensor fusion integration. This report is key to those in the
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Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) has entered into contract with Japan to supply the initial deliveries of JSM (Joint Strike Missile) for their fleet of F-35 fighter aircrafts. The JSM development started in 2008 and was completed in mid-2018 after a series of successful validation test firings. “This is an important international breakthrough which demonstrates the importance of cooperation between Norwegian authorities, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment and Norwegian
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Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and MBDA have successfully completed a joint, company-funded effort to incorporate the Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM) family into the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS). CAMM is the first non-U.S. missile system to be integrated with IBCS. “This is another demonstration of the ‘any-sensor, any-shooter’ IBCS design that integrates weapons in a short time and at a small fraction of traditional costs,” said
          Optimal Control of Endo-Atmospheric Launch Vehicle Systems: Geometric and Computational Issues. (arXiv:1710.11501v2 [math.OC] UPDATED)      Cache   Translate Page      

Authors: Riccardo Bonalli (Palaiseau, LJLL, CaGE), Bruno Hérissé (Palaiseau), Emmanuel Trélat (LJLL, CaGE)

In this paper we develop a geometric analysis and a numerical algorithm, based on indirect methods, to solve optimal guidance of endo-atmospheric launch vehicle systems under mixed control-state constraints. Two main difficulties are addressed. First, we tackle the presence of Euler singularities by introducing a representation of the configuration manifold in appropriate local charts. In these local coordinates, not only the problem is free from Euler singularities but also it can be recast as an optimal control problem with only pure control constraints. The second issue concerns the initialization of the shooting method. We introduce a strategy which combines indirect methods with homotopies, thus providing high accuracy. We illustrate the efficiency of our approach by numerical simulations on missile interception problems under challenging scenarios.


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Токио вооружается для борьбы за спорные территории

Для своих истребителей F-35A Страна восходящего солнца заказала авиационные оперативно-тактические крылатые ракеты JSM (Joint Strike Missile). Контракт на их поставку японцы заключили с норвежской компанией Kongsberg Group.

Об этом говорится на ее сайте. Детали соглашения не уточняются, однако известно, что "товар" собран на базе местной противокорабельной ракеты NSM, к появлению которой приложили руку американские корпорации Lockheed Martin и Raytheon.

В компании с F-35A, для которых JSM предназначены, спецзаказ представляет серьезную опасность. Двухступенчатая ракета, созданная с применением стелс-технологий, с турбореактивным двигателем TRI-40 фирмы Microturbo с завидной скоростью поражает любые цели на земле и над водой. Дальность ее полета достигает 180 километров. А навигация осуществляется сразу несколькими способами: с коррекцией по GPS и с помощью системы TERCOM, уточняет "Царьград".

Возникает вопрос: зачем японцам такое оружие? Ведь ни одно из соседних государств не представляет для них угрозы. Ответ очевиден: если Москва не уступит Токио Курильские острова, будет держать оборону.


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The US Army has successfully deployed its new aerostat-based radar surveillance system over Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, with the system to be used to monitor incoming threats over Washington DC. Источник: JLENS deployed to monitor Washington DC Система JLENS (Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System – «Единая сетевая система средств …

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When I think about the big wins we have had over the years, they almost all exhibited a combination of a large market, a great product, and a talented founding team.

Those three may not be the appropriate, useful, means of prediction for the future and, instead, at times one should concentrate on deeper fundamentals that, yes, won't fundamentally conflict with that history and might in part explain it, but will be much more useful to crucial for doing well in the future.

I know; I know; jockey, horse, course are partly just a joke, but, just clever wording aside, they neglect a LOT. The neglect is not just in the three words but, also in practice, reality. Need more, deeper, better, more fundamental, that is more meaningful and hopefully, credibly causal. As an entrepreneur, I, too, have t bet. It's a little like bacon and eggs for breakfast: The chicken is involved, and the pig is totally committed. Any entrepreneur is closer to the pig than the chicken.

E.g., in 1940 Bell Telephone found that their big wins were based on lots of copper wire, vacuum tubes, and women with plug boards. They were not yet thinking about transistors, solid state lasers, optical fibers, computer controlled switching, digital transmission, wireless with cells, etc. The differences were HUGE.

In 1940 the US Army found that their big wins were based on horse drawn artillery, bolt action rifles, and gun powder. They were not thinking about jet engines, guided missiles, radar, the proximity fuse, uranium, or plutonium. The differences were HUGE.

In 1970 or so, the US car industry found that their big wins in engines were based on float bowl carbruators, temperature controlled chokes, exhaust pipe heat riser valves, distributor caps, and breaker points. They were not yet thinking about mass air flow sensors, oxygen sensors, and computer controlled fuel, ignition, and transmissions. The differences were HUGE.

In 1980, IBM was still thinking about central mainframe computers for big organizations. They were not yet thinking enough about microprocessors, several per person, now for $100 with 8 cores and 4.0 GHz clocks. The differences were HUGE.

Quite broadly, in all business, especially in parts where there might be rapid change, it's dangerous to follow simplistic patterns seen in from the past. Instead, need to look for stronger, more important, more fundamental causes and possibilities.


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The defense strength of any country is based upon how far it can hit with precision and for that Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles play an important role in increasing the overall defense of any...
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A Tesla é conhecida por instalar “easter eggs” e escondê-los dentro de seus automóveis. Um dos mais comentados, porém, não deve mais aparecer nos lançamentos futuros da montadora: o jogo “Pole Position”, um dos primeiros simuladores das corridas de F1 (o esporte, não a plantinha fumável), figurava no console principal dos veículos Model S, Model X, e Model 3 desde a atualização de firmware 9.0 do sistema da empresa, mas versões futuras não terão mais o jogo instalado.

Segundo a própria Tesla, o motivo para isso é bem simples: não houve renovação do licenciamento da propriedade intelectual do jogo, que pertence à Atari. Apesar de ter sido desenvolvido pela Namco em 1982, Pole Position (ainda) não se encontra em domínio público, então os devidos royalties devem ser negociados, ainda que não seja mais possível comprar um console Atari ou um cartucho do jogo.

Aliás, o mesmo vale para “Tempest” e “Missile Command”, outros dois clássicos da Atari que já figuraram no catálogo de software dos carros da Tesla.

A notícia não é de todo ruim, porém: questionado sobre a remoção dos jogos no Twitter, o CEO da Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, explicou a questão do licenciamento, mas disse que um substituto viria, sem nomear qual.


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The Pentagon is taking steps to develop new missiles, following the Trump administration’s decision to suspend the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a 1987 arms-control agreement that the Trump administration has said it plans to exit due to Russian violations. Read more here.

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Suppose you are at sea, and there is an inbound cruise missile aimed at the con. You want a system that can react within milliseconds to a recognized threat, and take it reliably out, rather than waiting on a human operator to respond, be on battle station, arm, and trigger the weapon. Too slow, you and everyone else aboard is now dead.
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India carried out the third successful trial of Pinaka-guided missile at Pokhran on March 12. Two trials were conducted on March 11. Pinaka is a multi
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North Korea is covertly developing and testing nuclear arms and ballistic missiles at civilian facilities in a bid to prevent a "decapitation" military strike against its weapons plants and storage depots, according to a report by a UN panel of experts.

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Play Heavy Legion 2 Control a heavy armored tank and go to the battlefield to test the tank abilities. Launch missiles from the tank cannon and destroy all enemy tank units before they destroy your tank.


          Πώς η Ρωσία με την πώληση των S-400 οδηγεί σε αδιέξοδο τις σχέσεις Τουρκίας - ΗΠΑ      Cache   Translate Page      
Russian servicemen drive S-400 missile air defense systems during the Victory Day parade, marking the 73rd anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, at Red Square in Moscow, May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
Η Μόσχα επιμένει ότι η πώληση του συστήματος πυραυλικής άμυνας S-400 στην Τουρκία, παρά τις έντονες αμερικανικές αντιδράσεις, θα είναι "πολύ ομαλή" και θα είναι "απλά μια εμπορική πράξη".
"Αυτό είναι ένα σύστημα που το θέλει η τουρκική κυβέρνηση και θέλουμε κι εμείς να το πουλήσουμε" δήλωσε ο Βίκτορ Κλαδόφ, διευθυντής διεθνούς συνεργασίας και περιφερειακής πολιτικής στη ρωσική αμυντική εταιρία Rostec, σε πρόσφατη αμυντική διάσκεψη στο Αμπού Ντάμπι. Συνεργαζόμαστε με συνεργάτες και πιθανούς συνεργάτες, ανεξάρτητα από το ποιος αρέσει σε ποιον."
Ερωτηθείς αν η Ρωσία θα παρέμβει με τη δική της προσφορά μαχητών Su-35, αν οι Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες αντιταχθούν αρνούμενοι την παράδοση των F-35 στην Άγκυρα, ο Kladov πρόσθεσε: «Όχι, δεν λειτουργεί έτσι τα πράγμα, αυτό είναι κάτι που θα αποφασιστεί από τους [Τούρκους]. "
Γιατί έχει σημασία: Η πώληση των S-400 έχει οδηγήσει ακόμα μια σφήνα στις σχέσεις ΗΠΑ-Τουρκίας. Η Ρωσία είχε αρχικά δει το τουρκικό αίτημα για το ρωσικό σύστημα αεροπορικής άμυνας ως διαπραγματευτική τακτική από την Άγκυρα προς την Ουάσιγκτον, με την οποία διαπραγματευόταν την αγορά του συστήματος Patriot. Όμως, καθώς οι συνομιλίες μεταξύ Τουρκίας και Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών σταμάτησαν, η Μόσχα έκανε ό,τι μπορούσε για να καταστήσει τη συμφωνία πώλησης των S-400 στην Τουρκία οικονομικά και πολιτικά βιώσιμη - τόσο όσον αφορά τη διεύρυνση του ρήγματος μεταξύ ΗΠΑ-Τουρκίας όσο και την ενίσχυση της δικής της εταιρικής σχέσης με την Άγκυρα.
Η Μόσχα και η Άγκυρα έχουν εδώ και καιρό συμφωνήσει στην τιμή της συμφωνίας και στο εάν η Ρωσία θα ήταν πρόθυμη να μεταφέρει ευαίσθητη τεχνολογία στην Τουρκία. Τον Δεκέμβριο του 2017, ο διευθύνων σύμβουλος της Rostec, Σεργκέι Τσεμέζοφ, καθόρισε την τιμή πώλησης στα 2,5 δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια. Οι πρώτες παραδόσεις προγραμματίζονται για το φθινόπωρο του 2019.
Σε συνέντευξη που έδωσε στις 10 Φεβρουαρίου στην Washington Post, ο Τσεμέζοφ, ο οποίος είναι και ένας παραδοσιακός έμπιστος φίλος του Πούτιν και υπόκειται σε αμερικανικές κυρώσεις, αποκάλεσε την αμερικανική αντίδραση στη συμφωνία "ένα απλό παράδειγμα αδίστακτου ανταγωνισμού." Επέμεινε ότι η Μόσχα δεν ανησυχεί για τη δική της ασφάλεια εξ αιτίας του ότι παραχωρεί ένα τέτοιο σύστημα σε ένα μέλος του ΝΑΤΟ, αφού οι S-400 "δεν είναι επιθετικό αλλά αμυντικό σύστημα."
Μάλιστα είπε στον Αμερικανό δημοσιογράφο: "Μπορούμε να το πουλήσουμε στους Αμερικανούς εάν θέλουν να το αγοράσουν".
Ισχυρό αντιαεροπορικό σύστημαΡώσοι στρατιωτικοί λένε ότι οι S-400 θα είναι το πρώτο σύστημα αντιαεροπορικών πυραύλων μεγάλης εμβέλειας της Τουρκία;. Προς το παρόν, η Τουρκία εκμεταλλεύεται μόνο τα αμερικανικά συστήματα MIM-14 και MIM-23 μεσαίας εμβέλειας και το βρετανικό Rapier μικρής εμβέλειας.
Ο κ. Viktor Murakhovsky, αρχισυντάκτης ρωσικού στρατιωτικού περιοδικού, δήλωσε ότι τα στρατιωτικά τεχνικά χαρακτηριστικά του συστήματος S-400 που θα εξαχθεί, διαφέρουν σημαντικά από την εγχώρια έκδοση.
"Όλες οι ευαίσθητες τεχνολογίες που η πολιτεία θεωρεί «διαβαθμισμένες» δεν θα ε'ιναι ενσωματωμένες στα συστήματα που είναι για εξαγωγή», δήλωσε ο Murakhovsky το 2017, ανατρέποντας τους ισχυρισμούς που έλεγαν ότι το ΝΑΤΟ θα μπορούσε να εκμεταλλευτεί την πώληση για να αποκτήσει πολύτιμες πληροφορίες που θα μπορούσαν να χρησιμοποιηθούν κατά της Ρωσίας. Τόνισε ότι και η Ελλάδα, άλλη χώρα του ΝΑΤΟ, έχει εκμεταλλευτεί εδώ και καιρό το ρωσικό S-300.
Αλλά ένας άλλος στρατιωτικός αναλυτής, ο κ. Mikhail Khodarenok, δήλωσε ότι ακόμη και το σύστημα "μειωμένης δυναμικότητας" που πωλείται στην Τουρκία αποτελεί "ένα από τα πιο προηγμένα αμυντικά συστήματα στον κόσμο που μπορεί να θέσει τον εναέριο χώρο μιας χώρας υπό προστασία".
Εν τω μεταξύ, ο επικεφαλής της Ρωσικής Ομοσπονδιακής Υπηρεσίας για τη στρατιωτικο-τεχνική συνεργασία, Ντμίτρι Σουγκάεφ, δήλωσε πρόσφατα ότι η Μόσχα κατανοεί τη φιλοδοξία της Τουρκίας να αναπτύξει τη δική της αμυντική βιομηχανία. Είπε ότι η Ρωσία έχει κάνει κάποιες «συγκεκριμένες προτάσεις» για τα έργα που ενδιαφέρουν περισσότερο την Τουρκία - ειδικότερα στις αεροπορικές τεχνολογίες και στους κινητήρες.
"Οι όροι της σύμβασηςτων  S-400 συνεπάγονται περαιτέρω τεχνολογική συνεργασία", ανέφερε. "Είμαστε έτοιμοι να δούμε την παραγωγή ορισμένων στοιχείων του συστήματος [στην Τουρκία]."
Τι θα γίνει στη συνέχεια: Η Ουάσινγκτον προειδοποίησε την Άγκυρα ότι η αγορά του S-400 θα οδηγήσει σε επανεκτίμηση της συμμετοχής της Τουρκίας στο πρόγραμμα αεριωθούμενων αεροσκαφών F-35 και ενδεχομένως σε εις βάρος της κυρώσεις.
Την περασμένη εβδομάδα, ο πρόεδρος της Τουρκίας Ρετζέπ Ταγίπ Ερντογάν δήλωσε προκλητικά ότι "η συμφωνία έχει ολοκληρωθεί" και είπε ότι η Άγκυρα ήταν έτοιμη να εξετάσει το ενδεχόμενο να αγοράσει ακόμα και το πιο προηγμένο σύστημα S-500 στο μέλλον.

-Maxim Suchkov
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          Trump Administration Announces U.S. Will Pull Out Of INF Treaty      Cache   Translate Page      
Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: The United States will withdraw from a Cold War-era arms control treaty. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says talks between the United States and Russia - the parties here have failed because Russia has not agreed to destroy some of its missiles. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) MIKE POMPEO: We provided Russia an ample window of time to mend its ways and for Russia to honor its commitment. Tomorrow that time runs out. Russia has refused to take any steps to return real and verifiable compliance over these 60 days. The United States will therefore suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty effective February 2. INSKEEP: That's tomorrow. INF Treaty - that's Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. We're talking about medium-range missiles, the kinds of things you could reach from one country in Europe to another country in Europe with. NPR's Michele Kelemen is covering this story from the State Department. Good morning,
          UN: N.Korea continues violating sanctions - NHK WORLD      Cache   Translate Page      
UN: N.Korea continues violating sanctions  NHK WORLD

UN experts say North Korea's nuclear and missile programs remain intact, and it is continuing to illegally raise funds in violation of UN sanctions.


          Pentagon Requests $13.6Bln for Missile Defence in Fiscal Year 2020      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington DC (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2019
President Donald Trump has requested $13.6 billion to upgrade existing missile defence and begin developing space-based weapons to counter hypersonic missile threats, the Defence Department has said in a statement. "The FY 2020 Budget funds the sustainment of the surge in missile defense investment we undertook in FY 2018 and FY 2019, while also investing in Missile Defense Review efforts
          US should verify Chinese lunar activity not military related says US official      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington DC (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2019
The United States should monitor China's activity on the far side of the Moon to ensure there is no military activity, US Space Integrated Planning Element chief Joseph Guzman said during a panel discussion on space support to air and missile defence on 12 March. "If the Chinese are in fact putting a military base on the moon, I'm sure they wouldn't admit it... They certainly have the tech
          Kongsberg to supply Joint Strike Missiles for Japanese F-35s      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington (UPI) Mar 12, 2019
Kongsberg Gruppen will supply the first Joint Strike Missiles for Japan's fleet of F-35 fighter jets. The Norwegian company's defense and aerospace division's missiles will expand overall capabilities of the F-35, according to a news release Monday. The company and Japan's government didn't disclose the value or volume of the contract. The long-range sea- and land-target missile
          Russia stations anti-missile system near Saint Petersburg      Cache   Translate Page      
Saint Petersburg (AFP) March 12, 2019
Russia said on Tuesday it has stationed its newest S-400 air defence missile systems in the northwestern Leningrad region which includes its second city Saint Petersburg. "The most modern air defence systems S-400 were put on standby alert in the Leningrad region to protect military, administrative and civilian sites," the defence ministry said. The S-400 surface-to-air missile is one o
          Destroyer USS Zumwalt heads to Canada for first deployment      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington (UPI) Mar 11, 2019
The USS Zumwalt, a guided-missile destroyer, left its San Diego homeport for its first operational deployment up the West Coast to a naval base in Canada. The destroyer was seen departing just before 11 a.m. Friday, USNI News reported. The ship then headed out for open Pacific as part of the deployment, which the Navy refers to as "operational underway." The Zumwalt, designed for
          North Korea missile bases      Cache   Translate Page      

North Korea has missile bases that it has refused to acknowledge. If North Korea started to negotiate a nuclear disarmament treaty, these bases would make the matter more difficult.

However, I think that relaxing the hostility that could lead to renewed war in Korea is a good thing even if North Korea retains nuclear weapons.


          The Hanoi Summit - What Happens Next in U.S.-North Korea Relations      Cache   Translate Page      

Ted Galen Carpenter

Despite the spin that both the Trump administration and the North Korean government adopted, the outcome of the Hanoi summit was a major disappointment. Widespread expectations existed that the meeting would at least produce a joint declaration ending the Korean War, the establishment of liaison offices in the two capitals, and some progress on the thorny issue of Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs. The abrupt end to the summit without even the publication of a joint communique was not according to script.

Both sides apparently wish to continue the bilateral dialogue, and that’s a good sign. However, the United States needs to adopt more limited, realistic goals. North Korea’s complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization remains a long-shot proposition at best. It would require a degree of mutual trust that does not exist now and is not likely in the foreseeable future. Washington’s duplicitous behavior toward Libya and Iran following agreements on their nuclear programs has hardly encouraged such trust.

Instead of continuing to pursue the chimera of an end to Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs, Washington should propose more modest, limited agreements. Indeed, if North Korea truly did seek only a partial lifting of sanctions in exchange for closing the Yongbyon reactor complex, Trump should have accepted that trade. Likewise, an understanding (written or unwritten) to continue the mutual restraint whereby North Korea refrains from conducting nuclear and missile tests and the United States puts its annual joint military exercises with South Korea on hold is a limited but constructive step. A peace declaration and the establishment of embassies (not just liaison offices) are both achievable, worthwhile accords. Such measures should be at the top of the agenda for the next summit.

Washington’s overall goal needs to reflect two changes. One is to establish a normal relationship with Pyongyang. That means ending the cold war hostility to the North Korean regime, despite its repression and brutality. A normal relationship likely also means learning to live with a North Korea that has at least a limited nuclear capability.

The other policy change should be to reduce America’s risk exposure. That means not remaining the point man in dealing with North Korea over the long term. After establishing a more stable bilateral relationship with Pyongyang, U.S. leaders should inform North Korea’s neighbors that they must now take primary responsibility for containing that country. It is both bizarre and unnecessary for the United States, located thousands of miles away, to be in charge of policy toward Pyongyang. East Asian countries that have more extensive interests at stake should have that task.

Ted Galen Carpenter, a senior fellow in security studies at the Cato Institute and a contributing editor at the National Interest, is the author of twelve books and more than 750 articles on international affairs. His latest book is Gullible Superpower: U.S. Support for Bogus Foreign Democratic Movements.
          Russian Knights aerobatics team practices launch of air-to-air missiles      Cache   Translate Page      
In total, over ten air crews took part in the exercise.
          Pentagon begins developing missiles after exiting INF Treaty with Russia      Cache   Translate Page      

[USA], Mar 13 (ANI): The United States has begun work on new missiles following the decision to suspend the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia.

CNN quoted Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza as saying, "We will commence fabrication activities on components to support developmental testing of conventional, ground-launched missiles."

Baldanza noted that prior to Trump administration's decision, developing of these missiles would have been "inconsistent with our obligations under the Treaty". She, however, asserted that the missile under work was non-nuclear.

"This research and development is designed to be reversible, should Russia return to full and verifiable compliance before we withdraw from the Treaty in August 2019," she added.

US President Donald Trump suspended the historic INF Treaty, a 1987 arms-control agreement, stating that the US plans to pull out of the pact due to Russian violations.

Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order suspending Russia’s compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with immediate effect.

The text of the order published on the Kremlin website read, “In accordance with Item 4 of Article 37 of the Federal Law No. 101-FZ dated July 15, 1995, On International Treaties of the Russian Federation, to suspend the implementation of the Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles of December 8, 1987, until the United States of America rectifies its violations of the said Treaty or until it expires.” (ANI)


          Militants attack Syria's Latakia for first time this year      Cache   Translate Page      
Militants launched several missiles towards the municipal stadium area, causing a number of explosions in the process.
          Destroyer USS Zumwalt heads to Canada for first deployment      Cache   Translate Page      
The USS Zumwalt, a guided-missile destroyer, left its San Diego homeport for its first operational deployment up the West Coast to a base in Canada.
          Economic, Energy, Agricultural and Trade Issues: Interview With Rose-Ann Aragon of KPRC 2 Houston      Cache   Translate Page      
Interview
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel
Houston, Texas
March 12, 2019


QUESTION: All right. So I just wanted to – well, first of all, thank you for being here today.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Great to be with you.

QUESTION: And I wanted to ask, what is your message to the people who are coming to this very large conference? Obviously, CERAWeek is a big deal. Can you tell me, what is your message to everyone here today?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So it’s great to be in Houston. I came down really to talk about three things: first, the incredible importance of America’s continued energy success to what I do, the task of trying to keep America and Americans safe. Our capacity to deliver energy around the world and to have less demand here, to be less dependent as a nation on others for energy, frees up a lot of capacity for us to do good around the world and to keep America safe.

The second thing I wanted to talk about is recruiting. We’re always looking for talented people. I want to make sure we get out and talk to people all across America, and the State Department is a noble calling. It’s a wonderful task to be an American diplomat. I want to share with people the real opportunities there are to serve America working with the United States Department of State.

QUESTION: Great. And can you talk to me about the energy revolution? And it – had mentioned that the energy revolution and this ability to help us keep America safe. National security – can you talk to me about that lane?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So we will be the world’s largest exporter of crude oil in just a relatively short number of months. That’s an amazing turnaround from a place where we were 10 years ago, where we were consuming product from all around the world and we depended upon the Middle East and other countries to provide us with those energy resources. This shale revolution, the amazing innovation that’s taken place in the United States of America has fundamentally transformed energy markets, not only for crude oil but for natural gas as well, and those have real ramifications for America’s national security.

When I travel, wherever I go – I was in the Philippines last week, and in Vietnam; I’ll be in the Middle East next week, and then on to Europe – everywhere I go, these issues of energy security are out there. Countries would much rather take their energy from a place like the United States, where we value the rule of law, we treat partners well, than to have to rely on Russia or someone else that doesn’t behave that way. That gives me as America’s most senior diplomat real opportunities to develop close partnerships and in turn keep the American people safe.

QUESTION: Thank you. Now turning to foreign affairs, specifically with North Korea. Can you talk with us about you – what is your take on the situation with North Korea, the satellites showing that they’re maybe restarting this long-range rocket facility? And also the situation in Iran, with them potentially working on missiles that are blacklisted. Can you talk to me about what is your take on the situation in North Korea right now?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So we’ve been working at this, since the administration came into office, diligently. We’ve now got missile tests stopped; nuclear testing hasn’t taken place for a while either. We think we can continue to maintain that. Chairman Kim committed to not doing those things when we were in Hanoi. President Trump sat down with Chairman Kim to try and fulfill his commitment to denuclearize. These nuclear weapons present a threat to the world, to our partners of Japan and South Korea in the region, and to the United States. And we’re determined to follow through on the commitments that were made in Singapore. If we can get this right, there will be a brighter future for the people of North Korea and reduce risk all around the world.

We’re mindful of the challenges. We know that it will be a bumpy, long road. This problem’s been out there for quite some time. But we continue to be optimistic that Chairman Kim wants to denuclearize and that he intends to go down that path.

QUESTION: And when you’re seeing certain pieces of what could be evidence of – satellite images and things like that, is there a concern there and how are you addressing that concern if that exists?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So I can’t talk about what we know, American intelligence. We – what I can say is this: There’s still work to do. North Koreans have not fulfilled the commitment that Chairman Kim made yet. They came partway there when the President traveled to Hanoi, but it wasn’t enough. It’s not just enough for America; this is the entire world. The United States has built out a fully global coalition. The resolutions that are putting pressure on North Korea are UN Security Council resolutions, not American sanctions. The whole world understands this threat, and the whole world is urging Chairman Kim to make the right strategic choice to get rid of his nuclear weapons and rejoin the world.

QUESTION: And this comment, does that also apply to the sanctions, the alleged breaking of the sanctions, importing oil and selling weapons and things like that?

SECRETARY POMPEO: It certainly does. These are UN sanctions. Enforcement of those sanctions matters an awful lot. We are urging every country to enforce them as rigidly as they can, and frankly, we’ve done pretty well. There are gaps. When we find gaps, we work to close them.

QUESTION: Okay, great. And the last topic I wanted to talk about is Venezuela. Can you talk to me about the decision to pull out the many American diplomats from the country?

SECRETARY POMPEO: It was really pretty straightforward. Last night, the – we made the decision that we would remove the remaining diplomats that we had on the ground in Caracas, Venezuela. We’ll get them out in the next few days. The situation on the ground is deteriorating. It’s so tragic. The humanitarian conditions there are just awful. You have people starving, can’t get medicine to the sick. The American people have been incredibly generous, a couple hundred metric tons of food and hygiene kits and medicine sitting in Colombia, and the Maduro regime denying us the ability to get them to people who are starving. It’s horrific; it’s evil. Maduro has to leave. The Interim President Juan Guaido is working diligently alongside the Colombians, the Brazilians, the OAS, a group called the Lima Group, to build out a coalition that when this happens, when the Venezuelan peoples’ voices are finally heard and Maduro leaves, we can restore Venezuela to the economic powerhouse that it has the capacity to be and a place where basic human rights are respected.

QUESTION: Okay, and in the interest of using up some time, because I want to make sure I’m using all my five minutes --

SECRETARY POMPEO: Of course.

QUESTION: Would I be able to just ask you about the state of U.S. image in terms of foreign affairs? They’ve described President Trump’s leadership style as somewhat unilateral. Would you say that that is the case, and is that a good or a bad thing for the United States image?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Remember, I’m America’s senior diplomat. Our first client is the American people, and I think President Trump definitely recognizes that. When I travel the world, when I meet with my foreign counterparts, they understand too that we’re doing this alongside them. The coalition that we built out to put pressure on North Korea was worldwide. Today there are 50-plus countries that are recognizing that we’ve got to do something fundamentally different in Venezuela. We built out an 80-plus country coalition to defeat ISIS and take down the caliphate. Those are real partnerships. America led many of those efforts, and we’re very proud of the work we do alongside those other countries, being mindful every day that our task is to keep the American people safe.

QUESTION: Thank you so much for your time today.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you very much.

QUESTION: I really appreciate it.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you.

QUESTION: Thank you. It’s a pleasure to meet you.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. It was wonderful to meet you, too.


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          Free Download X-Wing Flight 1.93 APK Android Latest Apps      Cache   Translate Page      
The Empire is coming. Pilot X-Wing to fight with Star Destroyer and Tie fighter.There are three weapons can be choice during the fight. Laser, heat seeking missile and ship killer bomb. Destroy all the enemies.Don’t lost in the deep space. Fans made game. new: U Wing, ETA-2
          India successfully conducts third trial of Pinaka guided missile - Zee News      Cache   Translate Page      
India successfully conducts third trial of Pinaka guided missile  Zee News

New Delhi: India on Tuesday successfully conducted the third trial of the Pinaka guided missile in Rajasthan's Pokharan. Two trials - both successful - were ...


          Pakistani fighter jet test fires new 'smart' missile amid tensions with India - AMN Al-Masdar News      Cache   Translate Page      
Pakistani fighter jet test fires new 'smart' missile amid tensions with India  AMN Al-Masdar News

Pakistan's Air Force has announced that one of its JF-17 fighter jets successfully test-fired a locally developed “smart” missile. “The weapon has been.


          Pakistan air force says fighter jet test-fired smart missile      Cache   Translate Page      

Pakistan's air force says its fighter jets successfully test-fired locally developed 'smart' missile

The post Pakistan air force says fighter jet test-fired smart missile appeared first on Federal News Network.


          Product For Sale: 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis      Cache   Translate Page      

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          New Music Releases Week 10 (2019)      Cache   Translate Page      
01. Marshmello - Here With Me 02. Jay Sean - With You 03. Louis Tomlinson - Two of Us 04. Dido - Take You Home 05. Sabrina Carpenter - Pushing 20 06. Ava Max - So Am I 07. Alesso - CONFESSION 08. Juice Wrld - Make Believe 09. Prince Fox - Tell Me 10. Maren Morris - A Song for Everything 11. Inna - Tu Manera 12. Becky G - Rain 13. Starkillers - A Million Nights 14. Dvicio - Valeria 15. Becky G - Garden 16. Channel Tres - Brilliant Nigga 17. M83 - Karl 18. Soak - Deja vu 19. Subb - Summer Life 20. Liily - I Can Fool Anybody in This Town 21. Hardwell - I'm Not Sorry 22. Ferreck Dawn - In My Arms (Vocal Mix) 23. Goldn - honest 24. Feed Me - Own Ghost 25. Alesso - TIME 26. Jonas Blue - Rise 27. Greyson Chance - timekeeper 28. Audien - Favorite Sound 29. Kiana Lede - EX (Remix) 30. S.P.Y - See Your Face Again 31. Crankdat, Sara Skinner - Welcome to the Jungle 32. Jordan Suckley - Moskva 33. Feed Me - Shimmer 34. MEMBA - Schools Out 35. Bryant Myers & Nicky Jam - Tanta Falta Remix 36. Bossfight - U Got Me 37. Danny Daze - Positive Ventilation (feat. DeFeKt) 38. Local Natives - When Am I Gonna Lose You 39. Lucas & Steve - Say Something (Club Mix) 40. Stella Donnelly - Die 41. Soul Reductions - Got 2 Be Loved 42. City Fidelia - Snakes (Eva Shaw & Luca Rezza Remix) 43. Maya B - Dollar To A Diamond 44. Genix - Como 45. Mac Demarco - Nobody 46. Mahalo - So Cold (feat. Lily Denning) 47. Ed Sheeran - Don't Touch Me (ft. Travis Scott) 48. exes - Parachute 49. LZRD - Anything Anymore 50. Fuego - Bien Fancy 51. Idiot Pilot - Murderous 52. GAWP - Aphrodisiac (Edit) 53. Le Castle Vania - Freak (The Otherside Series, Vol.2) 54. Flor - slow motion 55. The Afters - Lightning 56. Bob Sinclar - Electrico Romantico (Bob Sinclar & Rayven & Valexx Disco Mix Radio Edit) 57. Just Us - Fever 58. Synchronice - Memories 59. Kevin Roldan - Estrella 60. Kidswaste - Sleeping Pills 61. Deante' Hitchcock - Side Nigga Anthem 62. Sam Fender - Hypersonic Missiles 63. Fake Laugh - Surrounded 64. TOMORROW X TOGETHER - CROWN 65. Deorro - Pica 66. Johan Gielen - Say My Name (Uplifting Mix) 67. Ben Platt - Temporary Love 68. Conan Gray - The King 69. Cadmium - Forever 70. Gesaffelstein - So Bad 71. Grip - BREGMA Freestyle 72. Bambi - Vuelve A Casa 73. Robbie Rivera - You Can Have Everything (Radio Edit) 74. Wuki - IGD 75. Robin Thicke - That's What Love Can Do 76. El Freaky - La Profesional 77. Peekaboo - Wrecking Ball 78. YBN Cordae - Have Mercy 79. Dwilly - crayola 80. Kings of Tomorrow - Liquid Interlude 2 81. Graves - Reset 82. Barrie - Darjeeling 83. Purple Disco Machine - Body Funk (Edit) 84. Loud Luxury - Love No More (Brohug Remix) 85. Baker Grace - Numb 86. Eli & Fur - Coming Back (Maya Jane Coles Remix) 87. Gente De Zona - El Mentiroso 88. Global Dan - W.A.N.T.S 89. Adexe & Nau - En Mi Corazon 90. Paige - Genius of Love 91. Michael Bibi - Frequency (Original Mix) 92. Orjan Nilsen - Wait 4 It 93. Joe Moses - Stop It 94. 13 - Oath 95. Faulhaber - Savannah (Club Mix) 96. Yellow Claw - Kaolo, Pt. 4 97. Justin Mylo - Not Afraid 98. Vampire Weekend - Sunflower 99. LION BABE - Western World 100. Judah & the Lion - Why Did You Run_ 101. Brooke Evers - Check Me Out 102. Yandel - Que No Acabe 103. ATB - Heartbeat (Original Mix) 104. HoodRich Pablo Juan - Can't Fall N Luv 105. 88GLAM - Lil Boat (Remix) 106. AlphaLove - Down By The River 107. Tim Baresko - Another (Mercer Remix) 108. Mokita - Kiss & Tell 109. Giuseppe Ottaviani - Panama 110. Rayana Jay - Real Something 111. Tritonal - Diamonds 112. Paul Oakenfold - Stonehenge 113. Lost Frequencies - Recognise (feat. Flynn) 114. AC Slater - Free Your Soul 115. Anton Powers - Make Your Move (Joe Stone Edit) 116. Madison Mars - Mirai 117. TheFatRat - Chosen 118. Marina - Handmade Heaven (Krystal Klear Remix) 119. Clean Bandit - Mama (feat. Ellie Goulding) (Tiesto’s Big Room Remix) 120. Klaas - Don't Wanna Grow Up 121. Julian Jordan - Backfire 122. Sander van doorn - 500 (PCM) 123. DubVision - Enlighten Me 124. Brohug - Dust 125. IAmChino - Solo Tu 126. Lil Poppa - Man Of The Year 127. Cage The Elephant - House Of Glass 128. Tierra Whack - Gloria 129. Sam Smith - Dancing With A Stranger (Cheat Codes Remix) 130. Leslie Shaw - Faldita 131. Daya - Insomnia 132. Billie Eilish - wish you were gay 133. Emilia - Recalienta 134. Promise Land - The Love 135. Shadient - Abberate 136. Flux Pavilion - Saviour feat CRaymak & Tasha Baxter 137. Diego Torres - Esa Mujer 138. Third Party - Falling (Radio Edit) 139. Nick Murphy _ Chet Faker - Sanity 140. Bossfight - Heat 141. The National - You Had Your Soul with You 142. The Blizzard - Morning View 143. Todd Terry - Psychodrama (feat. Jasmien Nanhekhan) 144. Mark B. - Hoy 145. James Morrison - So Beautiful 146. Matt Nash - Belong 147. Eastblock Bitches - Riddim 148. Shishi - Mahamudra 149. Pivot Gang - Jason Statham, Pt. 2 150. Sara Bareilles - No Such Thing 151. Blinders - Relieve 152. Jhon Montoya - Solo Quiero 153. Idk - Trigger Happy 154. Lil Gotit - Drop the Top (feat. Lil Keed) 155. Khalid - My Bad 156. John Newman - Feelings 157. D-block & S-te-fan - Darkest Hour (The Clock) 158. Bingo Players - 1000 Years 159. Freddie Gibbs - Bandana 160. Klingande - By The River 161. DVBBS - Somebody Like You 162. Bossfight - No Sleep 163. Sonny Fodera - Hurt Me 164. Griffin Stoller - Lovesick Lullaby 165. David Guetta - This Ain't Techno 166. Hailee Steinfeld - Living 167. Color - Corazones Rotos 168. WurlD - Wishes And Butterflies 169. Skytech - Out Of My Mind (R3HAB Edit) 170. Quix - All I Have (feat. Aviella) (Kuur Remix) 171. Bear's Den - Laurel Wreath 172. Trevor Jackson - Puddles 173. Kapera - Still Get Chills 174. Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine - Love Strong 175. Chloe Lilac - Jesus Couldn't Love Me 176. Dion Timmer - Internet Boy 177. Foals - In Degrees 178. YoSoyMatt - La Nina del Volcan (Polocorp Remix) 179. Bright Lights - Gringa 180. Dagny - Hit Your Heart 181. Delacey - My Man 182. Pegboard Nerds - Gunslinga 183. Mark Diamond - Promise 184. Sidney Samson - Mutate (2k19 Festival Mix) 185. Becky G - Not Backing Down 186. Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine - You 187. Party Favor & GTA - Work It Out 188. Chris Brown - Just As I Am Ft. Prince Royce (English Version) 189. LTN - Sleeping At The Airport (Original Mix) 190. Helado Negro - Seen My Aura 191. Wiwek - Curious 192. Jay Pryor - So What 193. The Black Keys - Lo_Hi 194. Juice Wrld - Fast 195. tyDi, JES - Fading 196. Above & Beyond - Sahara Love (Seven Lions Remix) 197. Sigrid - In Vain 198. Calvin Harris - Giant (Weiss Remix) 199. Bailey Bryan - Perspective 200. Ummet Ozcan - Eins Zwei 201. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Energy Fantasy (Baltra Vocal Remix) 202. Jag - How It Feels to Be Black (feat. Reason) 203. Area21 - HELP 204. Tayla Parx - I Want You 205. yotto - Walls (Joris Voorn Remix) 206. Boombox Cartel - Nothing to Hide 207. Gareth Emery - Electric Pirates 208. BISHU - Get To Know Me 209. Gammer - Crank Up The Dank 210. 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           Comment on New Helmet for Upgraded Mig-21 Enabled It to Shoot Down F-16 by Simon       Cache   Translate Page      
India at first deny losing any Migs until Pakistan showed images on social media of the downed aircraft and captured pilot so its entirely plausiable not just one but two of their fighters was lost. Its clear one of both countries will not reveal what they lost until evidence is revealed. Its strange how the American appear not too interested about India's claim of a American missile they have claim to be fired from an F16 but instead want to find out from Pakistan. I generally think India particularly Hindus exggerate what they have and havent done to make themselves superior. Indian incursion into Pakistan Kashmir was a total failure resulting in no destruction of alleged terrorist camp, its bombers forced to drops its payload in open field and driven away by PAF. The dogfights across the border the next day resulted in India losing two fighter planes. Imran Khan playing the role of a charismatic stateman promting peace while Modi hid away in shame tells me who the victor and loser is. Modi's election campaign to humiliate Pakistan backfired.
          The World Has Never Been Closer to World War III – Dave Hodges – The Common Sense Show      Cache   Translate Page      
In anticipation of a US attack on Venezuela, the Russians have moved a sizeable number of submarines 12 miles off both the East and West coast of the United States. NATO has moved nuclear missiles batteries close to the Ukraine. Yesterday, Russian ally, Syria, military threatened Israel. Why would  a military inferior force such as […]
          The NRA Tackles the Nuclear Issue      Cache   Translate Page      

Mushroom cloud over Nagasaki

There’s been a lot of talk about nuclear weapons in the news lately. That nuclear weapons are the problem. You know, I grew up around nuclear weapons, and not once have I ever seen a nuclear weapon arm itself, load its payload into a ballistic missile, and fire itself at an unsuspecting city.

It takes two people to turn the little keys around their necks in two locks at the same time, open the protective covering, and push that little . . .

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          Japonsko nakoupí norské stealth střely JSM pro stíhačky F-35A Lightning II      Cache   Translate Page      
Norská společnost Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace potvrdila prodej unikátních protizemních a protilodních stealth střel JSM (Joint Strike Missile) pro japonské stíhačky F-35A Lightning II. Označení „unikátní“ je v tomto případě více než na místě, protože JSM jsou jediné protizemní a protilodní střely dlouhého dosahu, které lze umístit do vnitřních zbraňových šachet F-35.
          Pakistani Fighter Jet Test-Fires 'Smart' Missile Amid Escalation With India      Cache   Translate Page      
The announcement comes just a day after the Hindustan Times reported that Pakistan had deployed an entire F-16 fighter jet squadron along the Indian border as tensions between the two nuclear armed neighbours have reached a boiling point.
          Scholar Suggests Russia's S-400 Could Spark US-Turkey Political, Military Crises      Cache   Translate Page      
US Defence Department Deputy Secretary Charlie Summers told reporters that Turkey could face great consequences if it procures the S-400s. However, President Erdogan has claimed that the purchase of the S-400 missile systems by Turkey is not connected with the security of NATO or the United States.
          WASH Cluster Incident Report №176, 09/03/2019      Cache   Translate Page      

KEY PUMPING STATION SHELLED REPEATEDLY

Voda Donbasa (VD) informed the WASH Cluster, that on the morning of 9th March 2019, staff of the 1st Lift Pumping Station the South Donbas Water Way (PS of SDWW) identified one destroyed section of the fence of the PS. Shrapnel and pieces of missile were identified near the damaged place.
The 1st LPS supplies water to five filter stations, between them providing clean water to more than 1,1 million people, mainly in GCA (Mariupol, Pokrovsk, Volnovakha) but also Donetsk city, Yasynuvata, Dokuchaievsk, Yasne and Olenivka in NGCA. The filter stations are Donetska Filter Sstation (378, 983 people), Krasnoarmiiska Filter Station (267,403 people); Velykoanadolska Filter Station (89,241 people); Starokrymska Filter Stations №1 and №2 (470,436 people).
During this incident, the two workers at the pumping station heard explosions in the early morning. It is perhaps noteworthy that the trilateral group in Minsk agreed to start another ceasefire on 8th March (at 0.00 am) and sadly, in spite of that, another incident sees to have affected water supply. Only by good fortune was no serious damage caused to the pumping station or injuries of civilian staff.
The WASH Cluster is in touch with Voda Donbasa and OSCE and will inform partners of any additional information or needs.


          North Korea Covertly Building Missiles, Nuclear Arms at Civilian Sites      Cache   Translate Page      

North Korea is covertly developing and testing nuclear arms and ballistic missiles at civilian facilities in a bid to prevent a "decapitation" military strike against its weapons plants and storage depots, according to a report by a UN panel of experts.

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          Pentagon rolls out $718 billion budget for 2020      Cache   Translate Page      
"This strategy-driven budget makes necessary investments in next-generation technology, space, missiles and cyber capabilities," Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said in a statement on Tuesday.
          The World Has Never Been Closer to World War III – Dave Hodges – The Common Sense Show      Cache   Translate Page      
In anticipation of a US attack on Venezuela, the Russians have moved a sizeable number of submarines 12 miles off both the East and West coast of the United States. NATO has moved nuclear missiles batteries close to the Ukraine. Yesterday, Russian ally, Syria, military threatened Israel. Why would  a military inferior force such as […]
          Commentaires sur 737 MAX : Boeing rappelle la procédure en cas de bug par anemometrix      Cache   Translate Page      
@ Raphaël Delion : En 1940 Airbus n'existait pas. Il faut comparer à types d'avions et technologies comparables. Par ex , pour plus de 1000 B777 vendus, 2 crash, 1 abattu par un missile en Ukraine, 1 bêtement crashé par une faute majeure des pilote à San Francisco, et 1 disparu (MH370) Combien de 330/340 crashés ? (ne pas oublier celui crashé à Blagnac par un équipage d'essais en vol) Il vaut mieux s'attarder à corriger ce qui peut l'être dans le sens de la sécurité des vols.
          Australia approved for $240.5M AMRAAM purchase      Cache   Translate Page      
Australia has received State Department approval to buy 108 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air missiles, as well as air vehicles and spare guidance sections.
          Lockheed tapped by Navy for rapid missile technology development      Cache   Translate Page      
Lockheed Martin was awarded an $84 million contract by the U.S. Navy for design and development work on the JASM, LRASM, JAGM and Hellfire missile systems.
          ?Japanese F-35s get powerful anti-ship capability      Cache   Translate Page      
Kongsberg has entered into a deal with Tokyo to supply its Joint Strike Missile (JSM) for use by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF). ...
          US plans August test of long-banned type of missile      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. defense officials say they are planning an initial test in August of a type of cruise missile that has been banned by treaty for more than 30 years.
          North Korea Evades Sanctions With Elaborate Smuggling Strategy      Cache   Translate Page      
North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile program remains in tact while the country continues to defy United Nations resolutions with significantly increased illegal ship-to-ship oil and coal transfers, a UN Panel of Experts wrote in an annual report published this week. “These violations render the latest United Nations sanctions ineffective by flouting the caps on the import of petroleum products and crude oil by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as well as the coal ban, imposed in 2017 by the Security Council in response…
          Russian Army reportedly tested over 300 models of new weaponry in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      
The Russian army has tested 316 models of advanced weapons during its participation in the Syrian conflict, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Monday. "We have tested 316 models of modern weapons", the minister told the lower house of the Russian parliament. Shoigu also stated that since the beginning of the Russian campaign against terrorists in the Middle Eastern country, the military has carried out at least 166 strikes with long-range cruise missiles. The Russian military has been supporting the Syrian Arab Army in its fight against terrorism since 2015 at the request of Damascus. Addressing the operations in the region last year, the Russian Defence Ministry stated its forces have killed more than 86,000 militants and 830 gang leaders of various jihadist organisations, including Daesh.
          (USA-MD-Laurel) Senior Radar System Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
## Position Description **Introduction:** The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Radar and Combat System Engineer. **Job Summary:** Provide life-cycle Radar and Combat Systems engineering support for in-service and advanced sensors in AEGIS, SSDS, and TSCE Combat Systems, focusing on sensor integration and Integrated Air and Missile Defense performance for Navy and MDA sponsors.** Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent** **at each task):** 1. Perform radar system analysis for in-service and advanced Navy and MDA systems to develop critical insights into Integrated Air and Missile Defense Systems capabilities, primarily using modeling and simulation (M&S;). Develop Govt requirements and evaluate contractor designs. (25%) 2. Interface with Air and Missile Defense Department Program Management and Navy and/or MDA sponsors, and contractors regarding radar performance analysis and system design issues. (25%) 3. Develop new M&S; capabilities for radar analysis for Air Defense, Ballistic Missile Defense, and Surface Warfare for both in-service and advanced systems for emergent threats and complex, operational littoral/EW environments. (20%) 4. Support land-based and at-sea shipboard test & evaluation. Work with operational support communities such as NSMWDC to develop recommendations and guidance for radar setup and operations. (10%) 5. Develop novel radar signal and data processing algorithms that could practically be integrated into contractor designs to solve challenging problems. (10%) 6. Investigate physics-based phenomena affecting radar, EW, and communication systems. (10%) ***Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.*** ## Qualifications **Required Qualifications:** MS in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or equivalent technical field with at least 5 years of systems engineering experience. Strong understanding of radars and/or physics-based phenomena affecting radar or communications systems. Good interpersonal and communication skills. Must have ability to obtain a Secret clearance. **Desired Qualifications:** PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or equivalent technical field. Experience with Army, Navy and/or MDA radar and combat systems. **Special Working Conditions:**Occasional opportunity to ride USN ships, APL research vessel, and work at US Navy testing sites around the country. **Security:**Applicant selected must have at least an interim secret clearance and will be subject to a government security clearance investigation. Hires will eventually be required to gain a full secret clearance. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship. **Benefits: **APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at www.jhuapl.edu. **Equal Employment Opportunity: **Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. *Primary Location:* *United States-*Maryland-*Laurel *Req ID:* 20470
          (USA-MD-Laurel) Senior Software/Systems Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
## Position Description **Introduction:**The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking an experienced Software Engineer. **Job Summary:**Collaborate with an outstanding team of radar and combat systems engineers on the development of simulation capabilities for assessing performance of advanced operational and next-generation radars supporting AAW, BMD, and SUW mission areas for Navy and MDA sponsors. **Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):** 1. Lead A2A radar and physics-based Modeling & Simulation (M&S;) development efforts. Design, develop, and test models characterizing RF propagation phenomenology. Take designs for new simulations from concept to implementation based on system specifications. Perform unit, integration, and regression tests as well as validation to recorded tactical system data. Integrate physics-based radar simulations into runtime-integrated combat/weapon system simulations. Oversee and maintain configuration management controls. Support Air and Missile Defense (AMD) radar and combat systems analysis and concept exploration using developed M&S; capabilities. (50%) 2. Support software development efforts to realize next generation capabilities for AMD M&S.; Develop high fidelity, physics-based phenomenology models in advanced client-server architectures that stimulate next generation radar, EW, and communication system simulation capabilities. Leverage advanced hardware architectures, gridded-parallel computing, and GPUs. Develop advanced capabilities for supporting Surface Warfare, Air Defense, and Integrated Air and Missile Defense. Support embedded tactical code-based radar simulations. Explore M&S; concepts for time-controlled, virtualized tactical systems as very-high fidelity representations of operational systems stimulated by physics-based simulations. (50%) **Note:** This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time. ## Qualifications **Required Qualifications:** BS in Electrical/Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Math, Physics, or equivalent, with 5 or more years of relevant experience in a DoD-related program or similar. Demonstrated skills in modern software design and development using C++ or Java object oriented programming, distributed computing, client-server messaging, database systems and design. Experience with modeling and simulation development, DoD system performance analysis, and good system-level understanding of modeled/analyzed system. Good communication skills, and ability to work collaboratively in a team environment. **Desired Qualifications:** MS or PhD in computer engineering/science with strong EE/physics/math background. Familiarity with agile software design methodologies, GPU programming such as with CUDA, and distributed computing environments and architectures. Experience in surface Navy combat systems, particularly AEGIS, or other radar or electronic warfare systems. **Special Working Conditions:** Occasional opportunity to ride USN ships, APL research vessel, and work at US Navy testing sites around the country. **Security:**Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship. **Benefits:**APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at www.jhuapl.edu. **Equal Employment Opportunity:** Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. *Primary Location:* *United States-*Maryland-*Laurel *Req ID:* 20469
          Principal Embedded Software Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
MN-Minneapolis, Principal Embedded Software Engineer Plymouth, MN Job Overview: Position is for a Principal Embedded Software Engineer, with full software development life-cycle experience. A small team of engineers with domain experience in gun systems, weapon systems, missiles, or positioning/navigation will work embedded within the client to understand how they do work and how EXB can best engage a larger team
          Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program: New Developments - Farhad Rezaei      Cache   Translate Page      
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          British Vehicles Special Vol.15 FV432 Variants (English, 64 pages)      Cache   Translate Page      
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While British Special 9014 - FV432 dealt with the vehicle in the armoured personnel carrier role and its mission-related kits this publication concludes the FV432 story with the variants and specialised vehicles on the chassis. Includes comprehensive text and many hitherto unpublished photographs.
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          British Vehicles Special Vol.18 Nuclear Artillery: Corporal, Blue Water, Honest John 57-93      Cache   Translate Page      
British Vehicles Special Vol.18 Nuclear Artillery: Corporal, Blue Water, Honest John 57-93British Nuclear Artillery
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Throughout the Cold War, it was apparent that NATo could not withstand a determined conventional assault by Warsaw Pact forces on the central front in Europe; Soviet superiority in conventional arms and manpower could not be matched by Western democracies in peacetime. Instead, NATo openly relied upon the threat of nuclear weapons to counter a Soviet attack as soon as the position on the ground indicated the line could not be held. This publications tells the story of the British Army's nuclear-capable tube artillery and missile artillery that was for decades a military secret. Comprehensive coverage with informative text and many hitherto unpublished photographs allow a vital gap in military-vehicle history to be closed with this book.
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          Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunders Will Get Deadly New Radar, Weapons Upgrades      Cache   Translate Page      
The JF-17 Thunder, jointly developed by Pakistan and China, is getting some new upgrades that will make the tactical aircraft all the deadlier. The news comes amid claims by Islamabad that it was a JF-17 that India shot down last month, not a US-made F-16, as well as a successful smart missile test by the Pakistan Air Force using the jet.
          US Senator Confident Some NATO States Will Agree to Host New American Missiles      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Senator Tom Cotton said Wednesday that he is confident European countries will host new American missiles after Washington’s withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
          Electrical Technician      Cache   Translate Page      
FL-Oldsmar, Acara Solutions is looking for Electrical Technician for our client located in Oldsmar, FL Test, troubleshoot, repair, and modify developmental and production electronic components, parts, equipment, and systems, such as computer equipment, missile control instrumentation, electron tubes, test equipment, and machine tool numerical controls, applying principles and theories of electronics, electric
          US to Make Missile Parts Banned by Treaty Trump Suspended      Cache   Translate Page      

US to Make Missile Parts Banned by Treaty Trump Suspended | Pentagon admits activities would've been inconsistent with INF

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           By: BigJimSTL       Cache   Translate Page      
Well, I can't let this go unchallenged. Mr. Moore does raise some interesting points, and I agree about half of the time with him, but there are many many contradictions in his routine. Take a look at <a href="http://www.genecowan.com/blog/index.php?URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.moorewatch.com" rel="nofollow">http://www.moorewatch.com</a>, or even better, <a href="http://www.genecowan.com/blog/index.php?URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bowlingfortruth.com" rel="nofollow">http://www.bowlingfortruth.com</a>. I can't say I agree with EVERYTHING they say, but they raise some things you'll never hear Mr. Moore admit about himself: After the conclusion of the "Wonderful World" montage -- Right after the footage of the airplanes hitting the Twin Towers, Bowling shows a B-52 memorial at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Moore intones: "The plaque underneath it proudly proclaims that this plane killed Vietnamese people on Christmas Eve 1972." The point is only half way obvious to most viewers, although even those not catching the direct connection - the understanding is inserted : that the United States government and Al-Qaeda both perpetrate murder by airplane. This phrasing intentionally insinuates that the plaque praises the bombing of civilians. In fact, the plaque on the B-52 at the AFA is not quite as Moore describes it. The plaque says : "B-52D Stratofortress. 'Diamond Lil.' Dedicated to the men and women of the Strategic Air Command who flew and maintained the B-52D throughout its 26-year history in the command. Aircraft 55-083, with over 15,000 flying hours, is one of two B-52Ds credited with a confirmed MIG kill during the Vietnam Conflict Flying out of U-Tapao Royal Thai Naval Airfield in southern Thailand, the crew of 'Diamond Lil' shot down a MIG northeast of Hanoi during 'Linebacker II' action on Christmas Eve, 1972." Hardly sounds like a proud proclamation of Vietnamese killing. But Moore brushes it off. According to Ebert, Moore's response to this criticism was as follows: "I was making a point about the carpet bombing of Vietnam during the 1972 Christmas offensive. I did not say exactly what the plaque said but was paraphrasing." (1) However - offering no evidence to support the claim that this historical account was in any way bragging about civilian death - Moore boldly deceives the audience here. Since he supports his opinion of the plaques supposed inferences with nothing, we must rely on grammar - none of which has a hint of anything that denotes pride in death. He of course doesn't show the plaque so he can get away with the deception, and didn't expecting anyone to check him on this fact, and thus gets away with it. The truth behind the plaque is a much different story, as told by David Hardy of Hardylaw.net: "The particular feat was accomplished by Airman First Class Albert E. Moore, who brought down a MiG-21 which was closing to attack 'Diamond Lil.' The reason its MiG kill was so celebrated was that a B-52 which got within range of a fighter almost always lost the fight. B-52s were built on the assumption that enemy fighters would be kept at bay by their own fighter escort, and so they had minimal defensive guns. A WWII B-17 carried, oh, 10 to 14 (depending on model) .50 machineguns facing in every possible direction; they flew in dense formations so that there were hundreds or thousands of guns covering each direction. Facing WWII fighters, the B-17s still took severe losses. A B-52 had only one defensive gun position, in its tail, which could cover no direction save rearwards: early models had four .50s in it, later ones a 20 mm. It had, in short, a lot less defensive capability, yet was up against modern jet fighters with hundreds of knots speed advantage, air-to-air missiles that could kill from miles off, and heavier guns for close-in. If an enemy fighter closed on a B-52, odds of survival were low. Diamond Lil was thus commemorated for its rare feat of downing the attacking enemy fighter, instead of being downed by it. A feat which Moore apparently finds appalling." Moore thus confirms the absurdity of the blame-America-first position popular among the Hollywood Left, by showing that such views require the ignoring of obvious facts — such as the difference between financial aid to a dictatorship and humanitarian aid to refugees, or between fighting enemy pilots and perpetrating war crimes against civilians. Mike Wilson of MSNBC wrote I don't know if you caught it, but Mike Moore was confronted about our film while he was on MSNBCs Buchanan and Press a few weeks ago to promote BFC on DVD. When the hosts pressed him to give me an interview, he said, "I don't appear in other people's films, I make my own documentaries." Note that Moore appeared in the film Lucky Numbers opposite John Travolta and Lisa Kudrow. And if he meant that he doesn't give interviews for documentaries, he's lying there as well. Also: As we first documented, when "Bowling for Columbine" was released in theaters, it featured a 1988 Bush-Quayle ad called "Revolving Doors", which criticized a prison furlough program in operation when Michael Dukakis was governor of Massachusetts. Though Horton was furloughed under the program in question, the ad did not explicitly mention him, unlike the more famous ad aired by the National Security Political Action Committee, which had close ties to Bush media advisor Roger Ailes. But because this part of "Bowling" attempted to show how portrayals of black men are used to promote fear in the public, Moore apparently inserted the caption "Willie Horton released. Then kills again." into the ad, using a text style nearly identical to the ad's original captions. A casual viewer would assume that the text was part of the original ad. The fictitious caption more directly connecting Bush to Horton is used to back up Moore's statement, which runs over the sequence, that "whether you're a psychotic killer or running for president of the United States, the one thing you can always count on is white America's fear of the black man." However, according to the archived video of the ad linked above, media reports and interviews with a high-level Dukakis official and political experts, the caption did not appear in the original ad. Moreover, it was incorrect -- Horton raped a woman while on furlough, but he did not commit murder. In a tacit acknowledgment that the caption was both phony and factually incorrect, Moore has altered the text in the DVD version. The caption now reads "Willie Horton released. Then rapes a woman." Clearly, every fact in the film was not true, and critics who pointed the alteration of the Horton ad (among other things) were not committing libel. Moreover, Moore's correction doesn't make the insertion of text that wasn't in the original ad any more excusable.
          Gästinlägg: Socialdemokraternas försvarspolitiska inriktning mot 2025?      Cache   Translate Page      
Nedanstående är ett gästinlägg signerat Sebastian Merlöv (S).

Debatten kring den framtida försvars- och säkerhetspolitiken börjar just nu komma upp i varv och man kan ta del av hur olika experter och politiska partier föreslår i vilken väg man ska gå.
Pansarpatina.
Jag som socialdemokratisk politiker, med stort intresse (och förhoppningsvis visst kunnande) kring försvarspolitik, har varit frustrerad under en tid att vi som är landets största parti inte tydligare tar till orda i denna fråga. Särskilt då jag vet att både kompetens och kunnande finns inom partiet.
Ändå har vi visat att med Peter Hultqvist som försvarsminister så har vi för första gången på länge en minister som tar försvaret på riktigt allvar. Vi har Björn von Sydow som ordförande i Försvarsberedningen som också har en stor och viktig erfarenhet inom området.

Försvarsdebatten just nu

Debatten präglas just nu av att man övertrumfar varandra kring nivåer av BNP, anskaffande av nya, ofta avancerade vapensystem, vill utöka armén till 5 mekaniserade brigader, fler fartyg m.m.

Det är sannolikt sammantaget investeringar som sannolikt skulle kräva att vi gick upp i samma investeringstakt som under beredskapsåren vilket inte är realistiskt. Det riskerar också att bli ett lapptäcke där man vill ”bocka av” så många vapensystem som möjligt men där inget är tillräckligt robust eller går att kombinera tillräckligt bra i en sammanhållen doktrin så att man får tydliga 1+1=3-effekter.

Jag saknar också en diskussion kring de konkreta slutsatserna som Försvarets ”Perspektivstudien” eller Försvarsberedningens ”Motståndskraft” landar i där hybridkonfliktens alla scenarier är ett återkommande tema och militär konflikt bedöms som trolig i det fall en motståndare vill kontrollera mindre delar av svenskt territorium som är strategiskt viktiga i en större stridsplan.

Antingen landar hybriddiskussionen i beredskapspoliser, att stärka upp myndigheter eller uppsättningen av cyberförband. Enskilda åtgärder som sannolikt inte kommer hinna med i en händelseutveckling som en hybridkonflikt oftast innebär. OODA-loopen kommer gå snabbt och beröra funktioner som idag inte är utformade att kunna fungera ihop så snabbt och effektivt som krävs.

Socialdemokratisk utgångspunkt måste bygga på utredningarnas slutsatser

Vi bör utgå från en doktrin som bygger på att säkra försvar av strategiska områden, fixera och fördröja en eventuell motståndare som når vårt territorium och sen slå tillbaka en motståndare så att denne inte kan uppnå sina operativa mål – utnyttja svenskt territorium för att kunna påverka sin huvudmotståndare.

Att med givna parametrar utifrån möjlighet att skala upp, återta nationell förmåga samt maximera effekten både utifrån budget och förmågan att producera krigsförband av olika typ.

2+3 brigader

Att förutom de befintliga två mekaniserade brigaderna upprätta tre lätta brigader med placering i Norrland, Stockholm och Götaland med huvuduppgift att försvara och fördröja en motståndare och där de två planerade mekaniserade brigaderna därmed frigörs att kunna slå tillbaka motståndare och inte bindas upp. Förslaget motsätter inte en förstärkning av Gotland eller upprättandet av ytterligare en amfibiebataljon. Befintliga bataljoner med specialförmågor såsom tex luftburna och underrättelsebataljonen behålls givetvis.

De lätta brigaderna bör också bli en central komponent i ett hybridmotstånd då man i denna gråzon kan behöva personal på plats med kort varsel, som är förövad i sitt territorium, och där man kan verka på ett sätt som inte upplevs dramatiskt eskalerande med bepansrade fordon och tung beväpning.

Uthålligheten är också viktig där dessa brigader till större del än mekaniserade brigader kan nyttja civila resurser kring underhåll och sjukvård.

Fyra förmågor ska känneteckna dessa lätta brigader:

• Förmågan att med egna resurser och vapensystem bedriva tredimensionell strid (direkt, indirekt eld samt minor/fältarbeten)
• Bli ett av nordens främsta förband inom urban krigföring
• Bemästra mörkerstrid till en fördel gentemot motståndaren
• Vinterförmåga. Större krav för den norra brigaden men för att säkra upp uthållighet och möjlighet att verka över hela landet vid behov ska alla brigader ha denna förmåga.

Materiel till de lätta brigaderna ska bestå av fordon som är kostnadseffektiva, mobila och så låga kostnader och underhåll som möjligt med primärt TB14 och TB1522 för de två södra brigaderna och BV206-BV401 för den norra brigaden.

Vapensystem är samtliga som är kända inom Försvarsmakten där indirekt eld primärt stöds genom 81 och 120 mm granatkastare, pansarvärnsvapen och granatgevär. Det enda nya vapensystemet bör vara lätta manpads likt ”Stinger” för att förhindra att motståndaren kan nyttja helikoptrar eller lågt flygande attackplan fritt. Ingen av materieltyperna innebär att instruktörer kan bli en avgränsade faktor som med ett mekaniserat förband.

De lätta brigaderna kan också utgöra en plattform för att långsiktigt helt eller delvis ”uppgradera” dessa till mekaniserade brigader i det fall man anser att behov och resurser finns för detta.

Nytt specialförband med fokus på hybridkonflikt

Förslaget innebär också upprättande av ett nytt specialförband (benämns Särskilda Motståndsgruppen - SMG) med fokus på hybridmotstånd där dessa kan verka med de lätta brigaderna och Hemvärnet.

SMG:s uppgift är att öka det operativa lokala motståndet i konfliktområden i syfte att stödja och samordna såväl militärt och civilt motstånd lokalt när detta inte kan organiseras centralt.

Förbandet ska ha lokalkännedom och vara väl förövade i de 4–5 strategiska områden som finns i Sverige. Förslagsvis en skvadron per militärregion.

Alltså ingen ersättare till säkbataljonerna eller motsvarighet till de tidiga MP(J)-skvadronerna utan snarare en svensk variant av amerikanska ”Special Forces”, som inte likt DEVGRU eller vår egen SOG ”sparkar in dörrar”, utan jobbar med såväl militära och civila resurser för att vara en ”force multipler” till existerande resurser.

Med fördel är det personer med flera års bakgrund från jägarförband eller motsvarande och som också besitter viktiga civila kompetenser och stora delar av detta förband kan vara tidvis anställda. Dvs vi kan ”Bydena” de främsta inom dessa förband så att deras kompetens kan byggas vidare på och användas ytterligare 10-15 år när yngre förmågor tar deras plats i jägarförbanden. SMG går också att sättas upp omgående då möjlig personal för detta finns idag men som sannolikt idag bedriver en civil karriär.

Dessa förband blir också insteget att få en mer komplett ”tröskelförmåga”. Ett tröskeltänk som är fokuserat på att man tror att Sverige kan inslutas i en sköld genom flygvapen, ubåtar eller andra långdistansvapen kan vara förrädisk både utifrån att konflikten med stor sannolikhet kommer bestå av varierande form av hybridkrigföring där varken Gripen eller u-båtar hjälper men där också en motståndare kan optimera sin stridsplan och resursanvändning mot ett fåtal kvalificerade svenska system. Vilket kan innebära att när väl ”skalet knäckts” så är det fritt fram.

Ju bredare palett av svenska resurser han ställs inför desto mer komplicerad och riskfylld blir hans operation. Omvänt, desto större möjligheter har vi att med olika system, flyg, fartyg, ubåtar, markstridsförband, att påverka skeendet. Det är denna av olika system sammansatta tröskel som avhåller från angrepp mot Sverige – inte något enskilt system.

Därför måste en tredje typ av ”tröskelförmåga” införas genom utgörs av snabbrörliga, lätta förband som kan möta upp en motståndare redan i ett inledande skede när konflikten inte är helt öppen men också för att vid en eventuell luftlandsättning eller landstigning se till att fixera/fördröja/störa en motståndare. Och för att bädda för det ”fjärde” steget i den samlade tröskeln, motanfall med de operativt rörliga markstridsförbanden – de mekaniserade brigaderna.

När vi tittar på samarbete med tex NATO eller Finland så måste vi också se till vad en sådan samarbetspartner sannolikt kan bidra med. Baserat på vad vi lärde oss av Trident Juncture så är både numerär och kvalitet i att få stöd från markstridsförband inte något vi kan bygga vår planering på. Där är vi bättre än många i Europa men numerären måste upp vilket ovanstående tar tag i.

Låt oss i sådana fall i vårt samarbete nyttja sådant som våra partners kan mycket bättre än en potentiell motståndare. Dvs avancerade sensorsystem och långräckviddig bekämpning. Vilket också från NATOs beslutsvägar går mycket snabbare att sätta in än marktrupp.

Därav att utifrån ”samarbete med andra” så bör fokus ligga på ovanstående förmågor och inte nya system som en samarbetspartner ändå kommer ha både bättre förmåga kring än vi rimligtvis kan skaffa. Utbilda de lätta brigaderna att leda in NATO-flyg istället för att lägga resurser på inköp av kryssningsmissiler.

Slutligen finns det tre andra områden som vi måste inkluderas i en socialdemokratisk försvarspolitik som handlar om att få ut mer effekt av det vi redan har oaktat vilken exakt nivå av BNP man landar i.

Införa ”uppdragstyrd förvaltning” på stabsnivå och på kasern.

Ledningsfilosofin ”New Public Management” har tagit ett hårt grepp om våra staber och funktioner när vi inte är i fält. Försvaret är inte ensamt i detta utan präglar i dagsläget huvuddelen av våra myndigheter. Vi administrerar i onödan, överreglerar och har mer fokus på att göra saker på rätt sätt än att saker får rätt effekt. För liten del av skattekronorna vi stoppar in går till försvarsförmåga. Vilket om vi tänker på det är tvärtom utifrån ur vi fungerar ute i fält där uppdragstaktik är ledningsfilosofin och en svenska försvarets riktigt starka förmågor. Låt oss använda det tänket kring vad vårt ”uppdrag” är när vi nu ska skala upp våra verksamheter.

Säkra upp finanserna

Här har Försvarsmakten reda tagit stor lärdom av Ekonomistyrningsverket där samarbetet leder till en bättre tydlighet, budgetering och uppföljning för alla och det bör försätta. Vidare bör Försvaret ersättas för den felräkning som gjorts utifrån ”Försvarsprisindex” där naturliga kostnadsökningar som alla andra myndigheter naturligt får till del inte gjort på korrekt nivå för Försvaret.

Återskapa samarbetet med försvarsindustri baserad i Sverige

De upphandlingar som gjorts historiskt har särskilt kopplat till ”bottenplattan” gjorts enligt ”lowest bidder” principen med följd att stridsvästar inte är flamsäkrade, kängor går sönder i förtid, ryggsäckar inte håller tillräcklig kvalitet etc. Produktion görs utomlands vilket gör att vi får dålig kvalitet till ett lite billigare pris men där skattekronorna samtidigt lämnar landet istället för att delvis återvinnas om produktionen skett i Sverige. Här vet jag att både M och L tror att om vi konkurrensutsätter vår egen försvarsindustri stenhårt så ska den ideologin öppna upp så att tex Frankrike i större utsträckning skulle bjuda in svenska försvarsföretag och köpa från dem. Där bör socialdemokratisk politik istället handla om att stärka företagen på hemmaplan så att de är starkare att gå på export.

Slutord

Jag står som fristående s-märkt debattör i försvarsfrågor utan någon som helst formell koppling till Försvarsdepartementet eller Försvarsberedningen. Men detta är tankar som både rimmar väl med hur våra värderingar ligger kopplat till folklig förankring, synen på att hela totalförsvaret ska fungera men också att växa verksamheten så att varje ny skattekrona kan göra maximal effekt.

Det är inte tankar som jag helt själv suttit på kammaren funderat ut. De bygger på egna erfarenheter som tidvis anställd på 32. Underrättelsebataljonen, alla rapporter och bra artiklar som skrivits i ämnet de senaste åren och framförallt av alla de idéer som diskuterats både på denna bloggen och i sociala medier som vi ibland kallar ”Försvarstwitter”. Som entreprenör inom IT-branschen sen över 20 år tillbaka vet jag att de bästa lösningarna ofta kommer när man kombinerar befintlig kunskap som sätts i nytt sammanhang.

Alla kommer vi bidra i denna debatt i vår önskan om att Sverige ska få ett försvar som står redo att möta framtidens utmaningar. Slutresultatet kommer bli idéer och förslag från olika håll.

Ovanstående kommer jag verka för att det blir den politik, som mitt eget parti kommer driva och bistå med i frågan de kommande 5 åren.

Sebastian Merlöv, (S) debattör inom försvarsfrågor
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon plans to begin flight tests this year of two types of missiles that have been banned for more than 30 years by a treaty from which both the United States and Russia are expected to withdraw in August, defense officials said Wednesday.

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U.S. looks to test ground-launched cruise missile in AugustThe United States is aiming to test a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of about 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) in August, a Pentagon official said on Wednesday, after Washington announced that it plans to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Last month, the United States announced it would withdraw from the INF Treaty in six months unless Moscow ends what Washington says are violations of the 1987 pact. Russia announced it was suspending the treaty.



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