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Alternative Boomer Collision Theory

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On March 25, 2009
Joe Buff has an idea: The two boomers may have been practicing sub-on-sub combat maneuvers, including the classic close-trail so well dramatized in “Hunt for Red October.” Would two boomers ever fight in a real life war situation? Oh yes! It’s public info that SSBN crews train hard so that, if they ever do have […]

Boomer Crash Explanation?

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On February 17, 2009

Gitlin forwards me the following on the SSBN crash: To the tactical oceanographer, the Atlantic may be less large than it at first appears. It seems the British sub was heading out to sea, while the F

Charlton Heston? Really?

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On December 27, 2008
I have never pictured Jack Aubrey as looking even vaguely like Charlton Heston, but apparently Patrick O’Brian did. I suppose that I might be more open minded about that possibility if I hadn’t seen Master and Commander before reading the first Aubrey-Maturin novel; the film obviously has its failings, but in general they concern the […]

The Human Button

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On December 5, 2008

I can’t recommend highly enough the BBC Radio program “The Human Button,” which explores the human element of the British nuclear deterrent. The program interviews a number of former

Who’s Buying the F-35?

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On September 29, 2008
The United Kingdom is considering pulling out of the F-35 project: BRITAIN is considering pulling out of a £9 billion project with America to produce the new Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft, intended to fly off the Royal Navy’s forthcoming aircraft carriers. The move is part of an increasingly desperate attempt to plug a £1.5 […]
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Happy Birthday, Lord Nelson

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On September 29, 2008

Today marks the 250th birthday of Vice-Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson. It is also the third birthday (observed) of Lord Cat Nelson.A common infirmity is not the only connection between Vice Admiral Lord

BMD Confusion

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On August 1, 2008

Cernig: The head of the Missile Defense Agency, General Trey Obering, has previously justified the massive expense and foreign policy jeopardy of placing land-based anti-missile facilities in Eastern

On Minimal Deterrence

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On July 23, 2008
Jeff Lewis has a good article in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists on minimal vs. robust deterrence. The latter, advocated by folks like Albert Wohlstetter, asserts that nuclear deterrence is a delicate flower that will collapse if not nourished properly by thousands of warheads in multiple launch configurations. The former suggests that states that can […]
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