Daisy tipped me off to a site called “The War Zone”, a very active, current, military-developments and technology site. Also, a lot of speculation goes on there, apparently from well-informed people. All observations are welcome, especially any who have professional knowledge, but DO NOT COMMENT if it could get you into trouble. It’s better for civilians to play guessing games than for anyone with inside knowledge to get in trouble. As you read the following, keep in mind that disinformation, rumors, propaganda, and lies are common in military matters.
The purpose of this article is both update and perspective. There is a massive amount of material at the links below, on many new weapons, new weapons plans, new threats, new-threat counters, financing for all the above … it makes my head spin. It appears that under President Trump, the US is making some wise military choices, but the complexity, number, and massiveness of the threats is the greatest the world has ever faced. And when I say “the world”, I mean the US.
All these articles would convince me, if I didn’t already believe it, that there is only one entity in the Universe that can handle our problems: the God of the Bible. I believe He is real, He cares about people, and He has made provision for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life in Heaven for those who believe that He raised His uniquely-born only Son Jesus from the dead. That is where my hope lies, not in any human weapons. If you haven’t considered this, please do. Soon and fast. I don’t think we have much time left before the trends below produce their natural, inevitable result.
This is going to be somewhat random …
An awesome US weapon plan: This was in 2019. “The Army’s requirements for the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW) [earlier weapon; same type] were a sustained speed of at least Mach 8 and the ability to travel approximately 3,700 miles in 35 minutes … If the new design has similar capabilities, it would give [the launch platform] an unprecedented ability to launch short- or no-notice strikes against time-sensitive and other critical targets. What makes hypersonic weapons, including unpowered boost-glide vehicles, especially threatening is their ability to maneuver inside the atmosphere and fly more unpredictable routes to their targets …”
Other advantages of a hypersonic weapon versus a standard ICBM:
“… this air-breathing engine generates a very different signature from a rocket motor … A projectile flying at a mile a second would be too much … for even the most fast-scanning surface- and airborne radars that exist at present … engaging something going that speed within the atmosphere represents a huge set of problems of its own … Hypersonic weapons could be the key to breaking through [an enemy’s] protective layers … maintaining America’s ability to hold its enemies under threat.”
Russia claimed that it had already tested its own hypersonic weapon platform, December 2018: “Russia has released multiple videos of a recent test of its nuclear-capable Avangard hypersonic boost-glide vehicle, offering the best imagery publicly available so far of the complete weapon system. The Kremlin says this combination of vehicle and booster rocket is now in serial production and the Russians still plan to deploy the first examples operationally in 2019 … Existing U.S. space-based early warning systems would be able to spot the plume of the missile launch, but the United States has no effective means of tracking Avangard … There is no independent confirmation that the test met its objectives.”
“China is also making (unverified) claims of hypersonic weapons capability:” … which, if true, would probably make aircraft carriers just big, soft targets: 2016 article, but you get a quick, brief idea of the “threat/counterthreat” game.
A hint (a long, convoluted hint) of the complexities of space war and hypersonic weapons is available here.
The War Zone points out that alleged anti-missile defense systems (of any country, as of 2017) are way overstated: “What people should know is the truth, which is that [US anti-ballistic missile] systems offer some form of defense from small-scale attacks, but they represent anything but an impervious barrier … This is not just due to technological or financial limitations. It’s also because it is so easy for the enemy, even one with highly limited resources, to effectively counter.”
Israel, of course, is confident its upgraded Iron Dome missile protection “will be equipped to confront evolving threats in the region”, when it deploys.
President Trump’s Space Force is aimed at countering those threats:
“The Air Force And SpaceX Are Teaming Up For A ‘Massive’ Live Fire Exercise” – “The demonstration will reportedly involve shooting down a drone and a cruise missile … will also include ground forces, submarines, ships, and a variety of space-based assets.”
But can we handle the threats we are likely to be facing?
The counter-counter threat: “Russia has a number of what it calls ‘space apparatus inspectors’ in orbit, which the U.S. government and others warn the Kremlin could use to gather intelligence on other satellites or function as ‘killer satellites,’ using various means to damage, disable, or destroy those targets.”
While we’re talking about Africa, Turkey is extending its reach. And asking the US for Patriot missiles. Talk about chutzpah: “There are also now unconfirmed reports that Turkey has followed up this naval deployment with the insertion of a contingent of troops that includes tanks.”
America’s two most powerful enemies have not been idle in the last few years.
See this earlier article on same topic: “Our ships can no longer expect to operate in a safe haven on the East Coast or merely cross the Atlantic unhindered to operate in another location … We have seen an ever-increasing number of Russian submarines deployed in the Atlantic, and these submarines are more capable than ever, deploying for longer periods of time, with more lethal weapons systems … “
Cheap, commercially-available, small drones – the possible consequences.
“It’s well established what non-state actors can already do with relatively low-end unmanned aircraft technology—Houthi rebels alone have been using suicide drones for two and a half years—just imagine what a peer state will be able to do in the very near future. Instead of a mass of individual suicide drones layered in with other weapons, like cruise missiles, attacking a target simultaneously, imagine a swarm [of drones] that is fully networked and works cooperatively to best achieve their mission goals, including jamming or killing air defenses in order for the swarm to make it to its final destination. America’s adversaries are all too aware of this game-changing potential and the lack of defenses to counter it in any robust manner.”
The cowboys are getting tired of letting the bad guys pass by unmolested:
American and Russian road rage in Syria.
Gunfight at the Syrian Corral: we didn’t start it, but we finished it!
More costs for Research and Development: The system would carry its own air-to-air missiles and would be launched like a drone from under the jet’s wing, after which they would fly off and engage aerial targets with their missiles … DARPA is asking for $13.27 million in its budget request for the 2021 Fiscal Year for the flying gun effort, which it has dubbed Gunslinger.
I see no human solution to this mess. Do you? Unless World War Three is a solution.
“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness…”
I remembered Snake likes this one ❤️. RED Friday, REMEMBER EVERYONE DEPLOYED! Love, prayers and God’s Blessings on our deployed.
PS The Heartbeat is missing you, MG and Bam! ~Daisy
James 1:2-6 2Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.