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  1. Saddle up for Syria? Or Op Deny Christmas '13

    New audio clips apparently uncovered from the Russian mercenaries that attacked US troops in Syria. http://www.newsweek.com/total-f-russian-mercenaries-syria-lament-us-strike-killed-dozens-818073 Best quote, “We got our fucking asses beat rough, the Yankees made their point.”
  2. AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    Re: sensor cost... > $1million for the most capable ones that you would want. My understanding is the Scorpion's advertised fly away cost includes it's currently-integrated sensor as does the A-29 and AT-6. For comparison, the MX-15DiD that was fielded on Scorpion for LAE is vastly superior than the old-ass FLIR Brightstar equipped on the A-29, and that sets aside that the Scorpion has been tested with and could field something like the MX-20 or MTS-B that would not fit on the smaller AT-6 or A-29. BL: Scorpion has a much better sensor out of the box and gives you the option to go Gucci in the future with more $$, whereas the A-29 or AT-6 almost certainly lock you in to a 15" class sensor, and at some point you just can't squeeze out more fidelity without larger optics. Re: speed...the Scorpion is much faster in transit than the A-29 or AT-6. The sensor weight isn't super relevant in that statement because transit speeds are compared with a combat load, which includes all fuel/sensors/humans/weapons/etc. that you would want on each platform. Re: backseaters...well that's like your opinion man. AFSOC certainly isn't getting rid of CSOs, and even if you just fucking hate navs, you could fly with another pilot in the back. I mean light attack is supposed to be a component of the new ramp-up of UPT production now right? It's also a moot point because all platforms at LAE were dual-seat, so it's not a differentiator between the platforms.
  3. The Next President is...

    I'm not a constitutional law professor (let's elect more of those!), but the article below was written by one is the first result on google. TL;DR - yes, because long-held SCOTUS legal precedent says so https://www.learnliberty.org/blog/t-he-constitutional-rights-of-noncitizens/
  4. AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    This. If they are stretching out the timeline to buy into FY20, why did they artificially cull the field last summer? And TBH the cut happened even before the actual LAE flights because of the way the requirements were written. Air tractor and Scorpion knew going in that they didn't meet all the requirements (some of which were bull IMHO). Whoever wrote the requirements wrote them basically to a T for the A-29's current fielded capes. Also could not agree more that the Scorpion jet is an amazingly capable aircraft and really the only one that fits the SECAF's light attack talking points re: modularity, plug-and-play, expandability, future-proof, etc. Much higher, much faster, more payload, internal payload options, more stations time, two engines, tons of power generation from those two jet engines, far better sensors, datalinks and avionics, etc. etc. etc. Granted it's less mature and Textron has some issues where they shot themselves in the foot as a company, but as a crew dawg it's frustrating when what I think is clearly the most capable platform wasn't selected. Especially when Scorpion could have continued to mature over the 2+ years between LAE and the actual buy. All that being said, something is way better than nothing and if the money is there we should just get on with it and standup an A-29 squadron at Moody tomorrow.
  5. The Next President is...

    Like I said, I know you won’t believe this...
  6. The Next President is...

    I know y'all won't believe this, but there is the idea that these kinds of things shouldn't be political bomb-shells dropped right before an election. I think that's what Casey is getting at, and would also note that he has absolutely no say in what Mueller does or when he does it whatsoever. Not dropping what can appear like partisan bombshells goes for the original Russia hacking when Obama was in the seat. As soon as McConnell said he wouldn't sign on to a joint statement that sealed the deal. Think back to how you would have reacted if the Obama admin put out an intel report saying that the Russians were running an influence campaign trying to elect Trump while the GOP leaders in Congress said that they disagreed. "Politicizing intel!! It's a brazen move against Trump!!" And like, it would have seemed that way even if the report was a very straight-laced accounting of the facts as the IC knew them. I somewhat feel the same way about the Mueller investigation now. It would be better if it wasn't an October surprise right before the midterms, assuming it'll be nearing conclusion by then. I think that's what Senator Casey is getting at...anything released right before an election will inevitably influence it, and that's generally not what you want even if some of those bombshell thing help your side. That being said, I'd default to letting the special counsel be on whatever timetable the investigation requires, because even saying anything at this point gets politicized, as evidenced by your questions about Sen. Casey's motives. Let the investigation play out and let the chips fall where they may. None of us in the peanut gallery can do anything else anyways.
  7. So either I’m taking crazy pills this morning or AROWS is different. Looks like there’s no more inactive duty authorizations, just certifications. When you go into certifications instead of picking from a list of approved authorizations, you create a new duty type and proceed from there. Anyone seen any guidance on the change? Seems like a positive development in that you don’t have to route paperwork twice for the same period of duty, although now do you basically have to work the days on verbal orders before finding out if the paperwork in the system is approved? There is also a new Duty Summary page that is a nice backup to the excel sheet I currently use to track all my days. It breaks down all orders types per FY and per quarter for things like AFTPs. Edit to add: sorta answered my own question with more digging. From the AROWS homepage before you select the “member” menu (says), click on “AROWS Information Repository.” That takes you to a share point page, scroll down to a folder labeled “AROWS Release Management Notes.” Scroll down and open the PDF for Release Notes Build 41 15 Feb 18. Buried on page 11 of those release notes it says basically that inactive duty authorizations are gone and the streamlined process means members only do certifications. Doesn’t fully answer the questions about the new process but at least it’s a start. And yes, for anyone wondering, things are slow working AT on a federal holiday...
  8. The Next President is...

    Thanks for the add...it’s a pdf I attached so IDK why the forum isn’t handling that well.
  9. The Next President is...

    Let’s wait for the conclusion of the Mueller investigation to make any final judgments. Today’s announcement was not the first indictment and my prediction is that it will not be the last. Re: faith in institutions. I’m for letting the FBI and DOJ do their work without disparaging or discrediting what they’re doing. If the President and his administration officials are totally innocent as they claim they should be happy to do the same. Strong law enforcement institutions do their work on the level, indict the guilty and exonerate the innocent, and people believe their conclusions. When judging today’s actors, ask yourself, “Is this how an innocent person would act?” Nixon and his folks discredited the special counsel at the time and obstructed congressional and DOJ investigstions because they were guilty of knowing about and trying to cover up the watergate break-in. Clinton lied to the investigators and the American people because he DID in fact have sexual relations with that woman. Time will hopefully reveal the truth and even though I’m somewhat impatient, I’m willing to wait and let the chips fall where they may. If Mueller concludes that POTUS is innocent of all crimes I plan on accepting that.
  10. The Next President is...

    Mueller announces grand jury indictments for 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian entities re: 2016 influence campaign. 371672481-U-S-v-Internet-Research-Agency-et-al.pdf
  11. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Thank God they're not considering Contractor Undergraduate Navigator Training...I did a double-take the first time I saw the CUHT acronym for the helo dudes. Overall it seems like Big Blue has gone full-auto, spray-and-pray at the wrong target, so I've got my popcorn ready for the next 5-10 years of this mess! ANG is much better, although I am currently mired in a multi-year UFT production bottleneck...
  12. The Next President is...

    I agree with Justin Amash here, and we don’t agree on a lot. My preference on these stupid memos is: 1. Release none, let investigations play out without needless Congressional partisan posturing. ...big gap... 2. Release the memos from both sides and let the public decide what seems more credible. ...Grand Canyon... 3. Release only one side and suppress the other. Unfortunately as of today, we’re apparently going with door number 3.
  13. The Next President is...

    Seriously, a lot of y'all haven't even read the dossier have you? It's not that long (~35 pages) and has been out for over a year. If you care about this story one way or another it's worth at least reading just to understand the contours of the battlefield. The relevant section reads, with all typos being original to the document: "However, there were other aspects to TRUMP's engagement with the Russian authorities. One which had borne fruit for them was to exploit personal obsesslons and sexual perversion in order to obtain suitable 'kompromat' [compromising material] on him. According to Source D, where s/he had been present, (perverted) conduct in Moscow included hiring the presidential suite ofthe Ritz Carlton Hotel, where he knew President and OBAMA {whom he hated] had stayed on one ottherr orhcial trips to Russia, and deriling the bed where they had slept by employing a number of prostitutes to perform a 'golden showers' (urination) show in front of him. The hotel was known to be under FSE control with microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything they wanted to." So FWIW, which may not be much, it's not "pissing on hookers," it's paying hookers to piss on the bed that Obama had previously slept in in the Moscow Ritz. You are correct sir that pissing with a boner is a challenging physics problem to overcome Also FWIW, all the most salacious stuff isn't the meat of the issue here. I honestly wish the dossier hadn't been published and people would focus on the obstruction case and other more probable issues rather than the very jusciest of the unverified allegations. Hey, if Moscow has kompromat of that level on POTUS, that's bad, but I'm not sure we're ever gonna find that out unless Putin decided to release any compromising evidence he might have. Since none of us are Putin, not sure it's relevant to speculate on whether or not that kompromat exists because if it does, there's nothing we can do about it, and if it doesn't then well problem solved, there is no problem. If I'm was the prediction business, I would predict Mueller has a much stronger case on obstruction of justice than he would on Trump or Trump associates straight-up being agents of the Russian government based on kompromat or collusion or whatever else. Based on everything I've read I think some untoward things happened during the campaign between the Trump campaign and Russia, but there's not a super-clear legal area to prosecute that...not colluding with foreign powers to win an election is more of a norm than a law I guess. Obstruction of justice however is more clear and has been the basis for the two modern impeachments of Presidents, and again based on everything I've read, I think there is a solid obstruction case to be made. It's been a weird case to digest mostly because it seems like the President doesn't quite understand what that crime entails and just says things out loud in public that would be scandalous if said in private and then uncovered later. Nixon at least had enough political savvy to run a pretty tight ship in terms of the cover up for over a year before that obstruction case got blown open by one of the convicted burglars, James McChord. The Slow Burn podcast is worth checking out re: Watergate for those who are interested.
  14. The Next President is...

    President Trump, as a candidate, touted wikileaks regularly...141 times in the last month of the campaign alone. Here are some direct quotes: ""This just came out," Trump said. "WikiLeaks, I love WikiLeaks." - 10 Oct 16 ""Another one came in today," Trump said. "This WikiLeaks is like a treasure trove." - 31 Oct 16 "Boy, I love reading those WikiLeaks." - 4 Nov 16 Don Jr. was also in direct, private, personal contact with Julian Assange during the campaign. Ok, so wikileaks released the hacked Podesta emails as well as some of the hacked DNC emails. But what is wikileaks? They're just some transparency-loving neutral party led by this kooky vampire holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London right? From the DNI report "Background to “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections”: The Analytic Process and Cyber Incident Attribution": "We assess with high confidence that Russian military intelligence (General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate or GRU) used the Guccifer 2.0 persona and DCLeaks.com to release US victim data obtained in cyber operations publicly and in exclusives to media outlets and relayed material to WikiLeaks." - page ii-iii "We assess with high confidence that the GRU relayed material it acquired from the DNC and senior Democratic officials to WikiLeaks. Moscow most likely chose WikiLeaks because of its self-proclaimed reputation for authenticity" - page 3 "The Kremlin’s principal international propaganda outlet RT (formerly Russia Today) has actively collaborated with WikiLeaks. RT’s editor-in-chief visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in August 2013, where they discussed renewing his broadcast contract with RT, according to Russian and Western media. Russian media subsequently announced that RT had become "the only Russian media company" to partner with WikiLeaks and had received access to "new leaks of secret information." - page 3 "Russia used trolls as well as RT as part of its influence efforts to denigrate Secretary Clinton. This effort amplified stories on scandals about Secretary Clinton and the role of WikiLeaks in the election campaign." - page 4 "We assess the 2016 influence campaign reflected the Kremlin’s recognition of the worldwide effects that mass disclosures of US Government and other private data—such as those conducted by WikiLeaks and others—have achieved in recent years, and their understanding of the value of orchestrating such disclosures to maximize the impact of compromising information." - page 5 So for those keeping score from the 2016 Presidential election, the hacker alias Guccifer 2.0 (which is the Russia GRU) hacks DNC and John Podesta's emails, then releases them via Wikileaks (which is paid directly by Russian government through RT contracts), then RT and paid Russian social media operators amplify negative messages about Clinton in english-language media including RT TV, twitter and facebook. There is no question who hacked the DNC and John Podesta (Russian intelligence), there is no question what wikileaks is or who they were working for (Russian government), and there is no question that the U.S. media and Trump campaign were all too happy to amplify those email releases during the fall campaign, to the detriment of most other public policy issues. As Americans, we need to stand up together and say NO to foreign intelligence services interfering with our elections. Voters need to reject foreign influence campaigns, and both parties need to be clear that using or touting or highlighting information about your opponent derived from criminal activity and released by foreign intelligence services is out of bounds. A big fear after 2016 was that this type of campaign could continue unabated in 2018 and beyond, and guess who's in power? The GOP controls Congress and the White House, and if the Russians want to cause maximum chaos and make the U.S. look weak, divided, and scandalous, who do you think are the next logical targets? This is a good start from Sens. Rubio and Van Hollen...there is absolutely no reason why this issue has to be so brazenly partisan. The Russians and other adversaries want us divided and squabbling amongst ourselves instead of steeling our defenses for the next attack. Unfortunately this thread is a great example of that being "Mission Accomplished."
  15. The Next President is...

    Relevant new information. "Russians Penetrated U.S. Voter Systems Says Top U.S. Official" https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/russians-penetrated-u-s-voter-systems-says-top-u-s-n845721