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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

More JSF Thoughts, Theme Hospital, George W. Bush Vs Tony Abbott, and More

- people in charge of running the PR behind the JSF program have handled it really badly at times. If anyone wants to really put the BVR combat perspective back into perspective they should point back to the history of other 'sealth aircraft' such as the B-2 instead of simply repeating the mantra, it will work in the future. People can judge the past, they can only speculate about the future and watch as problem after problem seems to be highlighted with the program
http://www.airforcetimes.com/story/military/2015/09/20/general-usaf-considers-measures-f-35-survive-complete-mission/72403642/http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/buying-single-engine-f-35s-for-canada-a-serious-mistake-report-1.2669476
http://warisboring.com/articles/u-s-air-force-requires-airmen-to-praise-troubled-stealth-fighter/ 
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/us-air-force-warns-f-35-o/2129430.html
http://www.dodbuzz.com/2015/09/15/general-blasts-a-10-vs-f-35-debate-as-ludicrous/
http://www.dodbuzz.com/2015/09/15/general-warns-budget-woes-may-limit-f-35-purchases-in-2016/
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/17/us-lockheed-martin-fighter-logistics-idUSKCN0RG35320150917
http://www.afr.com/news/special-reports/defence-and-national-security/critics-misunderstand-f35-program-20150914-gjm5l8
http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/air-space/strike/2015/09/09/-crossroads-f-35-still-faces-challenges/71970864/
http://news.investors.com/business/091015-770366-f35-production-alis-computer-system-worry-officials.htm
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/09/lockheed-martin-f35-usa-idUSL1N11F28X20150909
http://fightersweep.com/2698/f-35-worst-fighter-ever/
http://taskandpurpose.com/skyline/the-f-35-capabilities-were-watered-down-to-meet-deadline/
http://warisboring.com/articles/we-have-proof-the-u-s-air-force-watered-down-the-f-35-to-avoid-embarrassment/
http://warisboring.com/articles/the-marines-f-35s-are-not-ready-for-combat/
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-28/lockheed-f-35-s-reliability-found-wanting-in-shipboard-testing
http://www.pogoarchives.org/straus/2015-9-1-DoD-FOIA-ocr.pdf
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-27/f-35-engines-from-united-technologies-called-unreliable-by-ga
http://www.stopthef35.com/
http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/air-space/strike/2015/09/21/norway-australia-team-to-develop-missile-for-f-35/72590888/
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/justin-trudeau-vows-to-ditch-f-35
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-election-2015-trudeau-scrap-f35-halifax-1.3235791
- for a lot of countries the single engined nature of the aircraft makes little sense. Will be interesting how the end game plays out. It seems clear that some countries have been co-erced into purchasing the JSF rather than the JSF earning it's stripes entirely on merit
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/f-35-s-french-rival-pitches-canadianized-fighter-jet-1.2577234
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-election-2015-f35-trudeau-harper-monday-1.3237046
http://ottawacitizen.com/news/politics/canada-could-pull-out-of-f-35-deal-without-financial-penalty-procurement-expert
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-election-2015-f35-military-jets-1.3238263
http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/f35-lightning-ii-faces-continued-dogfights-in-norway-03034/
http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/blog/f-35-timeline-canadas-biggest-air-defence-purchase-ever
https://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/f35-lightning-ii-faces-continued-dogfights-in-norway-03034/
Norway to reduce F-35 order?
http://www.f-16.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=27952
F-35 - Runaway Fighter - the fifth estate
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwA4RaaJSeI
- one thing I don't like about the program is the fact that if there is crack in the security of the program all countries participating in the program are in trouble. Think about computer security. Once upon a time it was claimed that Apple's Mac OS X and that Google's technology was best and that Android was impervious to security threats. It's become clear that these beliefs are nonsensical. If all allies switch to stealth based technologies all enemies will switch to trying to find a way to defeat it
- one possible attack against stealth aircraft I've ben thinking of revolves around sensory deprivation of the aircrafts sensors. It is said that the AESA RADAR capability of the JSF is capable of frying other aircraft's electronics. I'd be curious to see how attacks against airspeed, attitude, and other sensors would work. Both the B-2 and F-22 have had trouble with this...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northrop_Grumman_B-2_Spirit
- I'd be like the US military to be honest. Purchase in limited numbers early on and test it or let others do the same thing. Watch and see how the program progresses before making joining in
- never, ever make the assumption that the US will give back technology that you have helped to develop alongside them if they have iterated on it. A good example of this is the Japanese F-2 program which used higher levels of composite in airframe structure and the world's first AESA RADAR. Always have backup or keep a local research effort going even if the US promise to transfer knowledge back to a partner country
http://www.f-16.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=25357&p=303229#p303229
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2015/09/22/2015092201153.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_F-2
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_Martin_F-22_Raptor
- as I've stated before the nature of detterance as a core defensive theory means that you are effectively still at war because it diverts resources from other industries back into defense. I'm curious to see how economies would change if everyone mutually agreed to drop weapons and platforms with projected power capabilities (a single US aircraft carrier alone costs about $14B USD, a B-2 bomber $2B, a F-22 fighter $250M USD, a F-35 JSF ~$100M USD, etc...) and only worried about local, regional, defense...
http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/americas-f-35-fighter-killer-the-sky-the-defense-budget-13811
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/americas-lrs-b-stealth-bomber-headed-crash-landing-13820
- people often accuse the US of poking into areas where they shouldn't. The problem is that they have so many defense agreements that it's difficult for them not to. They don't really have a choice sometimes. The obvious thing is whether or not they respond in a wise fashion
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_military_alliances
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_treaties
http://www.state.gov/s/l/treaty/collectivedefense/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_wars
http://observer.com/2015/09/washington-waffles-on-korean-missile-defense-cheering-china-and-russia/
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/2015/09/16/bandow-south-korea-wean-us-military-aid/72340392/
- in spite of what armchair generals keep on saying the Chinese and Russians would probably make life at least a little difficult for the US and her allies if things came to a head. It's clear that a lot of weapons platform's and systems that are now being pursued are struggles for everyone who is engaged in them (technically as well as cost wise) and they already have some possible counter measures in place. How good they actually are is the obvious question though. I'm also curious how good their OPSEC is. If they're able to seal off their scientists entirely in internal test environments then details regarding their programs and capabilities will be very difficult to obtain owing the the heavy dependence by the West purely on SIGINT/COMINT capabilities. They've always had a hard time gaining HUMINT but not the other way around...
http://thediplomat.com/2015/08/should-the-pentagon-fear-chinas-newest-weapon/
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140216000084&cid=1101
http://www.valuewalk.com/2015/09/u-s-is-helpless-against-some-russias-military-hardware/
http://www.ibtimes.com/russia-military-flame-throwing-system-under-development-amid-rising-regional-tensions-2063287
http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/how-china-russia-plan-crush-americas-stealth-aircraft-13708
http://www.ibtimes.com/russias-advanced-stormbringer-drone-ideal-recon-missions-slated-mass-production-2033356
http://www.ibtimes.com/russias-microwave-gun-can-disable-drones-warheads-6-miles-away-official-says-1967170
http://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/darpa-and-us-air-force-are-developing-hypersonic-weapons/story-fnpjxnlk-1227382375769
- some analysts/journalists say that the 'Cold War' never really ended, that it's effectively been in hibernation for a while. The interesting thing is that in spite of what China has said regarding a peaceful rise it is pushing farther out with it's weapons systems and platforms. You don't need an aircraft carrier to defend your territory. You just need longer range weapons systems and platforms. It will be interesting to see how far China chooses to push out in spite of what is said by some public servants and politicians it is clear that China wants to take a more global role
http://www.chinafile.com/document-9-chinafile-translation
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/09/xi-jinping-china-book-chinese-dream/406387/
http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/09/22/china-xi-jinping-public-support-confidence-opinion-map/ 
http://www.valuewalk.com/2015/09/us-vs-russia-possible-ice-war/
http://www.valuewalk.com/2015/09/only-russia-can-destroy-us-u-s-ambassador/
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/let-iaf-test-fly-fifth-generation-fighter-aircraft-india-asks-russia/articleshow/48932038.cms
https://news.vice.com/article/nato-is-two-properties-away-from-a-baltic-monopoly-and-russia-is-freaking-out
http://dailysignal.com/2015/09/12/china-just-sent-a-message-to-america-dont-mess-with-us/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_aircraft_carrier_programme
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/chinas-aircraft-carrier-stacks-up-to-other-world-powers-2015-9#/#the-liaonings-particulars-and-capabilities-sound-impressive-2
http://www.ibtimes.com.au/china-building-worlds-longest-aircraft-carrier-1459568
http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/china-builds-worlds-largest-aircraft-carrier-dock-south-13466
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/why-china-wants-aircraft-carriers-13071
http://www.cnbc.com/2015/09/02/china-defense-spending-to-double-by-2020-report.html
http://www.cnbc.com/2015/09/02/the-new-global-cyberwar-without-boundaries-or-winners.html
http://www.cnbc.com/2015/09/02/why-china-russia-care-if-you-cheated.html
http://www.janes360.com/images/assets/976/30976/China_aircraft_capabilities_1.pdf
http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/russias-armata-t-14-tank-vs-americas-m-1-abrams-who-wins-13825
http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/how-china-russia-plan-crush-americas-stealth-aircraft-13708
http://fortruss.blogspot.ca/2015/08/nato-russian-electronic-warfare-is.html
http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/policy-budget/warfare/2015/08/02/us-army-ukraine-russia-electronic-warfare/30913397/
http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/chinas-master-plan-destroy-the-stealthy-f-22-f-35-battle-13871
http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/policy-budget/warfare/2015/09/17/analysis-rand-says-us-facing-tough-fight-china/72304540/
http://www.rand.org/paf/projects/us-china-scorecard.html
http://in.rbth.com/blogs/2015/04/20/why_the_brahmos_armed_sukhoi_is_bad_news_for_indias_enemies_42687
http://www.smh.com.au/business/china/china-has-created-a-monster-it-cant-control-20150903-gjev9m.html
http://www.afr.com/news/world/china-military-show-spooks-the-neighbours-20150903-gjek3b
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/03/the-guardian-view-on-chinas-display-of-military-muscle-to-what-end
http://observer.com/2015/09/will-china-invade-alaska-canada-will-russia/
- technically, the US wins many of the wars that it chooses. Realistically, though it's not so clear. Nearly every single adversary now engages in longer term, guerilla style tactics. In Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya, and elsewhere they've basically been waiting for allied forces to clear out before taking their opportunity
- a lot of claims regarding US defense technology superiority makes no sense. If old Soviet era SAM systems are so worthless against US manufactured jets then why bother to going to such extents with regard to cyberwarfare when it comes to shutting them down? I am absolutely certain that there is no way that the claim that some classes of aircraft have never been shot down is not true
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantsir-S1
http://news.antiwar.com/2015/09/11/russian-shipments-of-air-defense-systems-to-syria-rile-israel/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-300_(missile)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-400_(missile)
http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/air-space/strike/2015/09/12/israel-eyes-exclusive-dibs-f-35/72014016/
http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/lockheed-worried-about-idf-unauthorized-modifications-in-f-35/2015/09/06/
http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-israel-to-double-attack-range-of-f-35-stealth-fighter-1001068513
http://warisboring.com/articles/in-f-35-debate-air-force-leaders-love-to-bully-critics/
http://www.globalresearch.ca/syria-shoots-down-israeli-warplane-f-16-bomber-and-helicopters/5471009
http://www.military.com/daily-news/2015/09/15/russia-closing-gap-between-us-with-newer-air-defenses-general.html
- part of me wonders just exactly how much effort and resources are the Chinese and Russians genuinely throwing at their 5th gen fighter programs. Is it possible that they are simply waiting until most of the development is completed by the West and then they'll 'magically' have massive breakthroughs and begin full scale production of their programs? They've had a history of stealing and reverse engineering a lot of technology for a long time now
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-us-could-sanction-chinese-companies-as-early-as-next-week-2015-9?IR=T
http://sputniknews.com/asia/20150903/1026561135.html
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/exclusive-secret-nsa-map-shows-china-cyber-attacks-us-targets-n401211
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/31/china-stole-data-from-600-american-cyber-targets-s/
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-wp-blm-news-bc-declassified31-20150731-story.html
- the US defense budget seems exhorbitant. True, their requirements are substantially different but look at the way they structure a lot of programs and it becomes obvious why as well. They're often very ambitious with multiple core technologies that need to be developed in order for the overall program to work. Part of me thinks that their is almost a zero sum game at times. They think that they can throw money at some problems and it will be solved. It's not as simple as that. They've been working on some core problem problems like directed energy weapons and rail guns for a long time now and have had limited success. If they want a genuine chance at this they're better off understanding the problem and then funding the core science. It's much like their space and intelligence programs where a lot of other spin off technologies were subsequently developed
http://thediplomat.com/2015/05/us-navys-deadly-new-gun-wont-be-ready-for-some-time/
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/394715/railguns-next-big-pentagon-boondoggle-mike-fredenburg
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417306/age-aircraft-carrier-over-jerry-hendrix
http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/09/air-force-fighters-will-carry-laser-cannons-cyber-weapons-by-2020/
http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2015/09/11/Northrop-Grumman-speeds-manufacture-of-F-35-center-fuselages/4801441994663/
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/08/politics/us-navy-size-military-election-2016/index.html?iid=ob_article_organicsidebar_expansion&iref=obnetwork
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-ambitious-us-air-force-plan-to-make-a-flying-aircraft-carrier-2015-9?IR=T
http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2015/08/military-wants-swarm-bots-retrieve-midair/119795/?oref=d_brief_nl
http://warisboring.com/articles/f-14s-versus-ufos-in-iran/
http://warisboring.com/articles/yes-america-has-another-secret-spy-drone-we-pretty-much-already-knew-that/
http://www.defenseone.com/news/2015/08/the-d-brief-august-31-2015/119843/
http://nextbigfuture.com/2015/08/us-b-3-stealth-bomber-planned-for-2025.html
- reading a lot of stuff online and elsewhere it becomes much clearer that both sides often underestimate one another (less often by people in the defense or intelligence community) . You should track and watch things based on what people do, not what they say
http://www.nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/chinas-carrier-killer-really-threat-the-us-navy-13765
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/russia-and-china-trying-to-make-stealth-obsolete-2015-8
http://atimes.com/2015/08/this-is-how-china-and-russia-plan-to-crush-americas-stealth-aircraft/
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/china-unveiled-a-possible-stealth-drone-2015-1
http://www.nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/how-china-russia-plan-crush-americas-stealth-aircraft-13708
http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/01/13/chinas_drone_program_keeps_stealthily_inching_forward/
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1434040/smog-chinas-top-defence-against-us-laser-weapons-says-pla-navy-general
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/chinese-naval-ships-came-within-12-nautical-miles-of-american-soil/2015/09/04/dee5e1b0-5305-11e5-933e-7d06c647a395_story.html
- a lot of countries just seem to want to stay out of the geo-political game. They don't want to choose sides and couldn't care less. Understandable, seeing the role that both countries play throughout the world now
- the funny thing is that some of the countries that are pushed back (Iran, North Korea, Russia, etc...) don't have much too lose. US defense alone has struggled to identify targets worth bombing in North Korea and how do you force a country to comply if they have nothing left to lose such as Iran or North Korea? It's unlikely China or Russia will engage in all out attack in the near to medium future. It's likely they'll continue to do the exact same thing and skirt around the edges with cyberwarfare and aggressive intelligence collection
https://www.rt.com/uk/314196-henry-jackson-crimea-report/
https://www.rt.com/business/314236-Russia-China-cooperation-agreements/
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/09/03/u-s-sub-takes-on-russia-in-santa-s-backyard.html
http://www.rt.com/politics/311146-third-world-war-would-be/
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/how-russias-move-to-send-a-military-advance-team-to-syria-poses-concerns-for-us/articleshow/48835565.cms
- It's clear that the superpower struggle has been underway for a while now. The irony is that this is game of economies as well as technology. If the West attempt to compete purely via defense technology/deterrence then part of me fears they will head down the same pathway that the USSR went. It will collapse under the strain of a defense (and other industries) that are largely worthless (under most circumstances) and does nothing for the general poplation. Of course, this is partially offset by a potential new trade pact in the APAC region but I am certain that this will inevitably still be in favour of the US especially with their extensive SIGINT/COMINT capability, economic intelligence, and their use of it in trade negotiations
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/09/16/russian-attack-helicopters-spotted-in-syria/
http://jubileedebt.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/The-new-debt-trap_07.15.pdf
- you don't really realise how many jobs and money is on the line with regards to the JSF program until you do the numbers
http://www.zacks.com/stock/news/189942/7-incredible-facts-about-the-lockheed-martin-f35
http://aviationweek.com/blog/f-35-stealthier-f-22
http://www.cnbc.com/2015/09/09/f-35-joint-strike-fighter-extends-reach-with-help-from-allies.html

An old but still enjoyable/playable game with updates to run under Windows 7
http://gamefixes.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/how-to-install-and-play-theme-hospital-under-windows-7-64-bit/
http://themehospital.co.uk/
http://themehospital.co.uk/download-windows-7/

Watching footage about George W. Bush it becomes much clearer that he was somewhat of a clown who realised his limitations. It's not the case with Tony Abbott who can be scary and hilarious at times
http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/john-olivers-hilarious-reaction-to-tony-abbott-eating-a-raw-unpeeled-onion/story-e6frfmyi-1227508279661
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Tony Abbott, President of the USA of Australia (HBO)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3IaKVmkXuk
Must See Hilarious George Bush Bloopers! - VERY FUNNY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEbZqvMu2cQ

Once upon a time I read about a Chinese girl who used a pin in her soldering iron to do extremely fine soldering work. I use solder paste or wire glue. Takes less time and using sticky/masking tape you can achieve a really clean finish
http://www.jaycar.com.au/Tools-%26-Soldering/Soldering/Accessories/Solder-Paste-SMD-Syringe-15G/p/NS3046
http://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/2379/smd-solder-now-or-later
http://www.instructables.com/id/hand-soldering-teeny-tiny-chips!/
http://www.instructables.com/id/Soldering-tiny-SMD-components-the-easy-and-fast-wa/
http://www.jaycar.com.au/Service-Aids/Chemical-Aids/Adhesives/Wire-Glue-9ml/p/NM2831

Sweet Chilli Chicken/Pork/Beef Noodle Recipe, Random Stuff, and More

This is the latest in my series on quick, easy, and tasty meals: http://dtbnguyen.blogspot.com/2015/05/vegas-style-food-recipes.html ht...