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Lawman last won the day on October 26 2019

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  1. Yet most of Kuwait is still built out of tents. Long term planning is hard in an organization where leaders only reap the rewards they are present for and think little of what they do now effecting anything further than 18 months out. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. All things Equal the manned platform will be preferred over unmanned. Yes *insert call sign here* was padlocked to just go look at something not even in the city limits of Raqqa repeatedly and not just by one task force JTAC. Yes, I’ve watched 9 lines punted from one asset to another because dudes training didn’t get it done or because they weren’t responsive enough to the dynamic nature of the target. Drones weren’t the primary VBIED killer over Mosul, the Apaches flying at Block 7-9 under them were. Or did they just imagine the 1100 Hellfires we shot into that city. You guys asked the open ended question of “does the ground force care” without actually living/knowing the ground force and you seem to have definitive answers to speak for those guys. Or you don’t buy it when somebody gives you their take. Which one of us probably has the answer and backstory as to why they feel the way they do about it. It’s not hard to know how they feel about drones vs manned aircraft and why they prefer one over the other when you actually spend time with the dude who to the rest of the stack is a callsign and suffix. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. This isn’t “one time at Band Camp” crap. I’ve watched plenty of robots be either flat booted to “padlock useless building at grid....” or piss in the pool bad enough that they are pushed back for the rest of that task forces rotation when there is any other option. Remember not all of us on here are with Big Blue. Some of us live with the ground force. The guys that get all the toys are picky and they have their reasons. Whether there is an equipment limitation or other those guys design that sensor plan and there is a hierarchy to what they want if they get to pick from the whole menu. Robots aren’t at the top of it. Especially not if there is a Gunship or even a U-28 available. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Because when you compare the number of times a JTAC has had to bench a manned asset vs an unmanned one number is significantly higher than the other. It’s not that robots don’t have a place, it’s that historically if somebody in the stack is likely to go full Bozo it’s the drone. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Yeah I think this falls into somebody sensationalizing the report when reality is “we don’t have a memo/frago for it.... yet.” In 72 hours we had procedures for masks service wide though so somebody please stop worrying about refining that crap and do some real work. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Not just ground forces. Primary desire for the HAF going in with that GF aboard is that asset is both live and able to do it line of sight to all the players in the stack. SATCOM is a secondary. Ideal desire is that not only can that asset be manned, but be low enough in the stack and with a fires capability to do something about it. Hence why the Gunship is so tasked with that role. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. That’s because Divisions don’t deploy as a complete set anymore. Easy way to tell the difference is names ca numbers. If they call themselves something like “Task Force Lightning” than it’s a 25th ID brigade with some supporting elements trying to sound like its badass. If it’s just some numbers... then it’s actual bad asses from somewhere in the SOCOM hierarchy and their supporting players. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. You’ll never get Flag officers into the back of an OV-10. It’s cramped and there are no windows for their aide to lick. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. F that. Look how many damned times do we have to learn the same lesson on airplanes/helicopters that carry cargo (or passengers who disembark without landing). Ramps are a requirement. Period full stop. Anybody saying otherwise has never tried to put something not luggage into a “light cargo aircraft.” Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. That guys numbers on available cargo loads were obviously limited to his experience on google. I would love to see the mission profile that has an Osprey lifting 20k anywhere in Afghanistan from the months of April-Oct with enough fuel to go anywhere outside the pattern. There is a reason nobody has come up with a “heavy lift” tilt rotor design that works. It’s because tilt rotor ACLs are more drastically effected by negative environmental performance due to the effective lift generated by the disk. That’s why the 53 and 47 are still projected out well into the middle of the century. You want to buy something to make a big impact in the log train? Let’s get more small robust/spartan interior Intra-theatre transport planes. Give us a plane big enough in cube space and forgiving enough on CG to put 2-3 randomly loaded pallets on with minimal effort to JI and move. That’s the reason the Army uses rotary wing to move stuff all the time at the cost of more blade hours and maintenance. It’s because when 2x ISUs and a dozen dudes need to go from KAF to JAF and I don’t have 3-4 days to wait to do it. Col wants that stuff up there now, and I’ve got 47Fs that can move it... unfortunately that means I take 2 chinooks doing a job to move 1/2 of a chinooks worth of stuff. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Better question... How are all these masks getting to deployed personnel at location X/Y/Z. We’re having conversations about rationing flight hours and not being able to get back filled on parts that might cause breaks in mission because of flights in/out of country. Now you’re telling me we are gonna get a C17 full of F’ing masks to some of these outlier places? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I wanted to choke a kid over here who said “this can’t get any worse” between this after losing the gym and having to go plates only in the chow hall. About smacked him, pointed at the big Charleston tail sitting on the ramp and went “You see that! Those can stop F’ing coming.” Morale is down no doubt, but this could get far far worse as far as making life suck over here. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. And we are closing out that show too... You act like there is an assumption we will just take the billion dollar deployments of units from the Stan and CENTCOM and transplant that to PI, African, etc... If it didn’t justify assets yesterday it won’t suddenly get the billion dollar stack we’ve become too accustomed too in recent years. We are broke, we are tired, we have to reset the military and buying stuff that would have been useful 12 years ago for a fight we are leaving isn’t going to be a big hit on the hill. It will lose its fight when people are asking to replace 25 year old armored vehicles or upgrade/replace a 45 year old 707 series of support aircraft that will be critical to a near peer fight. If your operation doesn’t justify all the help from ARSOA, U-28s, and AC-130s right now yet their mission still goes on, you’re crazy if you think there will suddenly be a JUONS that justifies AFSOC buying a bunch of light attack. Outside AVFID there is no and will be no appetite to put this thing to work. We are scaling back our SOF footprints because we desperately need too so what mass customer demand do you think is going to demand this, because they are the reason for its existence. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Hate to break it to you guys but any and all desire at this point to spend money on this will die in approx 12-14 months. Afghanistan is over. The primary customer for this aircraft requirement is done doing missions. Every day that continues you move further and further from your single biggest example of justification. Nobody will care about building this capability for the next mired quagmire war. All the focus will go right back to the big war thinking and acquisitions and the best we can hope for is somebody saves all these power point briefings on a drive somewhere and is in the CSAF and others office on Day 1 of the occupation and rebuild in Venezuela/Sudan/whatever banging it into their heads we can’t afford to consume the F35 fleet flying it around for 10 years doing XCAS against Toyota’s with PKMs on them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Well... back on our heads... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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