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LCS Ennui

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On May 2, 2008
Last week’s NYT article on the difficulties with the Littoral Combat Ship is quite fantastic. The LCS project publicly began in November 2001, but the ship is a natural outgrowth of shifts in USN doctrine in the 1990s. Contrary to the general belief that the Navy continues to prepare to defeat the Imperial Japanese Navy/Red […]

World Defense Spending

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On April 13, 2008

This is stuff that we all kind of know, but it’s still interesting to take a look now and again… 1 United States $ 583,283,000,000 2 France $ 74,690,470,000 3 United Kingdom $ 68,911,000,0

A Victory for Transparency

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On April 5, 2008
Well, maybe not. Regarding the search for the responsible party in the “bad ammo to Afghanistan” scandal, Laura Peterson writes: The public may never really know, if a recent Government Accountability Office report is any indication. The GAO found that 42 percent of the workforce at the Army’s Contracting Center for Excellence, a division of […]

Nuclear War Hilarity

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On March 19, 2008

Yesterday in class I showed the following: Which is the first of a three part propaganda film asserting that the United States was vulnerable to Soviet nuclear attack. Contained therein are a series o

Old News Worth Revisiting

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On March 10, 2008

This is nothing new, but it’s worth revisiting now and again. For the monthly cost of the war in Iraq, conservatively estimated for our purposes at $8 billion, the Pentagon could buy: 10 F-22A R

Stratcom Offers a Deal

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On March 6, 2008
Via Armchair Generalist, STRATCOM Chief General Kevin Chilton is asking Congress to make a deal: But as U.S. officials look to the future, Chilton said, “What we need is a modernized nuclear weapon to go with our modernized delivery platforms that we’ve worked on and are working on, and a responsive infrastructure, one that can […]

Big Tanker News…

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On February 29, 2008

This is rather a surprise…. Northrop Grumman and European partner EADS, parent company of Airbus, beat out presumptive favorite Boeing for the U.S. Air Force’s $40 billion, 179-plane tanke

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