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Lawman last won the day on October 26 2019

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  1. Which is fine for AVFID. We are talking about making this item part of the conventional order of battle. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I just don’t see that logic tracking through the demands of high level people. We already have a fleet of non utilized liaison aircraft and instead we fly important people on their own much more expensive aircraft that could be used for any other mission. We flew the Chinook hours out of an entire Brigade in Iraq because for some reason we couldn’t use a C-12 to move 2 people regularly. Honestly it would have been smarter to just pull one of the dozen manned ISR platforms and make it do that job. Likewise we have “airlift” capability in aircraft that will never because of the demand of their other mission be used as airlift in the minds of the planners. How often is anybody sticking pallets in a KC-10 when it can do that and in some cases do it at greater volume than other airlift in country. Not talking about "hey we can take our stuff TDY" I mean looking at the available lines and taking aircraft from mission A to task to mission B. It doesn’t happen because nobody is giving up a tanker to move pallets of stuff. ISR would get the same treatment. Even if it’s pod mounted, you might as well weld it on, because when the COCOM with the big show going on is trying to steal assets from other theatres like CENTCOM in 16-17, you aren’t going to see them turn one of your available TOC porn relay stations into a high value low density parts transport. Oddly enough... this is exactly the mission the C-27 was intended to do. Irregular immediate request logistical support. It don’t fly ring routes, and it’s not for anybody else to retask. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. The second you put a pod or ball on it you will cease to have it as an option for airlift. There is no limit to the thirst for FMV from manned platforms. Honestly the only way to protect an airlift platform is to make sure it can’t be used as a jack of all trades crappy substitute for GOCO C-12s or U-28s. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Just saying.... the unrefueled distance required to launch from Israel and range all of Iran and the distance from say.... Lakenheath to Moscow are nearly identical....
  5. Honestly it’s always surprised me given their investments they didn’t find one, but a long range combat radius aircraft with the ability to defeat or counter air defense is something the Israelis would kill for. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. It was outstanding being in Iraq when we stood back up with all the “that’s not how it used to be” issues we created ourselves. Logistics... oh just put those parts on the rotator.... What do you mean there is no rotator? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. The simple fact is too many of our doctrinal lessons have been lost on an entire generation who is now at the reigns of leadership. Brigade Commanders grew up in the era of TOC Porn, unending lines of support, bus schedule designed mobility, and conops instead of 5 para orders. Now those same captains/Majors are wearing Eagles or Stars calling out their sister services for “not supporting us” because the reality is in a non GWOT war, you won’t always get whatever you want and if you aren’t the main effort that’s exactly what is supposed to happen. In fairness though the don’t understand Army stuff like the fact that surge is a temporary situation that requires repayment on the back end. Hence dumb stuff like blanket extensions to duty day, priority target lists and NAIs that don’t function as they should, etc. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Ah, couldn’t give you specifics on here, but as to say the level of micromanagement on what the AWT line is doing in Iraq is pretty insane. We were constantly banging against it when I was there. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. If you’re referring to the festivities at BAF, that was for different reasons (gate guards literally locking down ECPs even to people briefed to cross them. But yes I’ve had permission to launch denied while I sat blades turning during IDF and told to remain level 1. So it’s too dangerous to fly because mortars/rockets, but no too dangerous to sit in a running aircraft while we receive that fire with a dude outside completely exposed to launch us. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. No you’re talking direct Battlalion echelon attack supporting Brigade operations. None of that is de conflicted the way Divisional/theatre ISR plans are. I’ve got Army C-12 guys across the hall. You know what they don’t do? Coordinate via the CAB here. You know what an aviation brigade sends to an attack battalion as far as airspace coordination? Not a damn thing except maybe it’s hot walls if you’re lucky. You know who does go get that information? The Battalion Tacops guy. The one warrant that figured out how to load the file on the AMPS because the F if some Captain in the plans or FUOPS cell has any idea what they are even looking at. I spent too many days cleaning up 7th IDs G3 Air disaster of and being told by both 1-2 and 2-2 SBCTs “we don’t have an ALO so just figure it out,” to watch you lecture us all on how great the Army is at integrating the battle space. And don’t think you can tell us this is an “Army takes care of its people” argument. I spent more than a few hundred hours flying counter IDF over places like Warrior or Sharana that never took any only so we could have those poor bastards at FOB Boris get to keep their heads down. Brigade commanders don’t share low density assets any better than the Air Force apportionment. In fact after watching the main effort brigade steal all our organic shadows for their ISR collection plan it’s pretty obvious they don’t give a damn about what’s outside their AO. Because we stopped supporting a lot of units just so they could have a few more TVs worth of TOC Porn. Not that any of the work of the CAB would really matter in this case, since the specific idea is using these in support of clandestine ops in austere locations (IE USASOAC). So paint the bitches black and lets stand up 5-160 already... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I’ll give you all the conventional Cyber for no trade at all. For F sake can we make that part of space force already? Having people promoted to leadership in that MOS while they are being compared against their peers for how fast they run and what their rifle qual was is insane. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Oh bullshit man You know what direct Apache Support lines look like so don’t go misrepresenting in. Flying “Silver line” in Afghanistan.... ok go Support Dragon brigade for 2 hours for “named operation” Thunder Road... which was NAI recon of the same road every day. Well done Dragon S3 for making that a named operation... Ok they got theirs for the day. Now head 40 miles west of current location, refuel and conduct “counter IDF” over Shank/Dalke. Hey wow look we are supporting multiple brigades... you can’t actually shoot anything but maybe your presence will make them not go set their IDF. (Nope). And if you’re really lucky they will let you do ground postured QRF for the remainder of your gun line at BAF so you can maybe get a plate while you sit. Or you can get dedicated QRF line for a location that has no mission and then the CG can turn off countless named operations in vicinity Al Asad because part of their min Force is rotary wing fires. But hey, you got Apaches staged at location X ready to respond to anything within 60 minutes.... if they ever actually get approval to launch (which we didn’t... even when we had a DART outside the wire). Yeah man, we really got that stuff figured out. Again, I spent more than a decade and several deployments seeing how well we understood airspace. You’re nuts if we think we understand enough to even integrate with the rest of the Air battle space to suddenly go employing a 10k altitude 300 knot platform without being a risk to ourselves and everybody else in that airspace. When a CAB doesn’t even have an LNO at the CAOC it cannot be anything but reactive and restricted to the little set aside boxes they carve out for you to play in. That is not how you can even remotely try to employ this type of platform. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Working well into my second decade as an Army aviator with first hand experience watching us not get out shit in a sock. No we have no god damned clue what we are doing when it comes to anything above the coordinating altitude (the altitude where the ATO/ACO just says “stay down there and kill yourselves if you want too, but don’t get any higher”). That is exactly where this platform would live. Unless we just want to go with the default dumbassery of “stay low and we won’t need to coordinate so it’ll be ok.” I’ve seen that method used to great effect. When you have 1 guy per company of aviators who even knows what the ATO is and maybe 2 guys in a battalion that understand how to pull it off the spins... when your ALSE guy is a W2 PI dude that spent two weeks learning how to sew and now has to worry about oxygen and ejection seats/chutes.... When your S6 can’t get crypto into the equipment you have and now we want to add GPS keys to guided munitions maintained at a flight line that won’t be collocated with your battalion... When your brigade worries more about making sure the piloted are painting their faces in the field with a flammable paint and ignoring the fact your aircraft have no ASE installed and sends them to China Lake to run the radar lane... that last one was 4 CAB at NTC just a few months ago. Don’t even get me started on the guard.... No the last thing the Army needs is a fixed wing attack airplane. And I was a staff aviator working up to Brigade level before I said F this I’m tired of banging my head against the wall for these idiots to ignore basic facts/requirements and crossed over. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Ha Because the Army has ever had its priorities together when it comes to an aviation platform.... No... just hell no. The last thing we need in the CABs is another platform and mission they don’t understand when they can’t get UAS right most of the time. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. So basically do what existed in the 80s when the Guard had a FAC(A) mission with the OV-10s. Wait.... it’s almost like we’re buying the same damn plane if we went with the *drumroll* OV-10X. F me I’ll bet there are still pubs regarding doctrine of such a unit buried right next to books on Air Land Battle. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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