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  1. AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    Light a candle but why only the AT-6B and A-29 in the second round of LAE? To plagiarize @ClearedHot "Scorpion crushes the other offerings" and that is not to say the others are not without merit but the difference in capability is too great to pretend they are similar aircraft. But if it is to be between the AT-6B or A-29 let's just cut to the chase and get the AT-6B. Not resignation as the AT-6B is a good buy but just impatience at wanting to see LAAR finally get here.
  2. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    Quite a large head of pressure with moisture following the repeated gusts
  3. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Ditto. I don't know if this generation of AF "leaders" / other public officials (very last boomers / oldest Gen X'ers) desperately trying to seem cool realizes that Millenials can smell their cheesy lame attempts at "connection" a mile away. My oldest is amongst those oh so ironic sensing cohort and I may be naive but I have her respect by not attempting to be just like them, you know young kids, but I act like an adult, reasonably mature and not ham handily trying to emulate their idioms, mannerisms, humor or fads. Unsurprisingly, I am treated well by her and her friends because more than anything people respect honesty. This goes not just for AF leadership but other public officials: people (especially young people and those serving in a defined hierarchy) want to respect the person in charge more than they want to identify with them on a personal level. You can't respect someone that is not genuine and honest, you may not like someone but if they can have your respect and loyalty if they are honest, capable and moral. Give them reasons to respect you rather than reasons to like you.
  4. B-21 Raider

    Agreed but the MX and sustainment cost of the B-2 is prohibitive given the small production run and consequently low parts availability from premature truncation of the program. Didn't realize the B-21 had a lower range unrefuelled than the B-2, that's UNSAT. If anything, give the next bomber greater range to keep from telegraphing its ingress when it ARs pre-strike and push the tankers further back from the beginning of the A2AD area
  5. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Yes Wiki on Stop Loss: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop-loss_policy US Code DoD policy is based on: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/10/12305
  6. AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    Yup, that sounds about what the machine is likely to deliver in lieu of procurement. The Borg collective is just incapable of admitting a mistake, that they should have bought a LAAR around the 2005-06 timeframe when it was obvious we were in for a long slog in two different theaters with no air/air threat and for fixed wing a mostly low threat environment. Yet here we are.
  7. Saddle up for Syria? Or Op Deny Christmas '13

    What a useless punk...
  8. Saddle up for Syria? Or Op Deny Christmas '13

    1. We don't know. Something less genocidal than a few years ago. 2. To stymie Russia/Iran. 3. Yes. I would add there is no good move in Syria (or what's left of it) just less bad moves than others depending on what day of the week it is. Bomb the remnants of ISIS, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, etc... try to avoid the Russians / Iranians but sure as hell don't back down if they try shenanigans, keep the Kurds armed and fend off the Turks/Iranians from attacking them, keep funding the Iraqi central gov as it is better than letting it implode and hold your nose while this shit sandwich is chewed on for the next 5-10 years. Unless we are ok with letting the Kurds get the shit kicked out of them when we pull out (sts) then we are there to keep them semi-sovereign, not bombed and attacked with chemical weapons. They're good allies, they deserve our support.
  9. AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    Yeah, I think it is low on the priorities and they are probably only doing this to placate Congress / keep another branch from procuring this aircraft or mission ala the C-27 but one can hope.
  10. AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    Another round of OA-X demos in May - July timeframe: http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/will-the-air-force-really-buy-new-light-attack-aircraft-24397 and IOMAX wants to adapt Archangel to a coastal / maritime patrol mission: https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/singapore-airshow/2018/02/09/iomax-may-adapt-its-archangel-aircraft-to-patrol-asian-coastlines/
  11. Israeli Viper Shot Down in Syria

    This Onion headline seems similar to the the current situation in Syria.
  12. Taxes, the Deficit/Debt, and the Fiscal Cliff

    Rand Paul on Neil Cavuto, not usually a fan of his but as we pass 20+ trillion debt now with a trillion dollar deficit forecast in few years, along with higher interest rates inevitably necessary, shit is about to get real IMO in a few years. Skip to 9:45 and he has a good idea, individual spending bills vs. the all or nothing omnibus bills we choke on now. Department by Department, vote on each and IMO should have 3 COAs for each: Full Resourcing, 5% haircut across the Department's individual programs or 5% haircut with discretion granted to the head of the Dept to shift resources to achieve the 5% savings. For the 2018 budget, it is about 3.654 trillion in revenues vs. 4.094 trillion in appropriations, for about 440 billion in deficit spending or about 9% over budget. Let's dip our toes in the water of fiscal sanity and aim for just 4% over budget and shift just 5% of budget and spending authority to gov officials who don't have a huge need to beg of campaign contributions and face reelection every 2 or 6 years...
  13. Future T-38 replacement?

    Ditto. Saw a video on the Orion spacecraft system and it was designed specifically with plenty of dials, switches, physical buttons, etc. for human factors and with touchscreen capacity for reversion capability. 20 lb. brains working on a multi-billion dollar spacecraft think keeping a conventional control system is a good idea, it probably is.
  14. It was insanely cool. SLS / Orion is gonna be impressive when it comes to be (fingers crossed) in Dec 2019. http://spacenews.com/nasa-sets-december-2019-date-for-first-sls-launch/ I'm hoping this interest and optimism given the successful launch can be sustained. We can get to Mars orbit sooner rather than later (maybe 6 years from now) get a solid win and ask the for the big, big mission(s) - Mars landings with a permanent outpost. http://hom.planetary.org Also, give NASA one penny at least... http://www.penny4nasa.org/mission/
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