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  1. I’d venture their job security is far more cemented in the seniority of their Congressional Representative in a given district/State vs anything that actual occurs in the building. Same as it is for guys in ship building. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. I can only imagine how fast your marriage ends when you do what he did… “Honey I know you’ve put up with the moves, the single parent birthdays and holidays, packing the house alone because I needed to do the school enroute, the loss of money and self respect because you took your degree and flushed any hope of ever using it, and countless times of reminding our kids that Daddy wants to be here and they are the most important thing even if I can’t be…. And I just want you to know I pissed all that away and have no retirement plan because I wanted to make a bold public statement on social media. Love you sweetie…. What do you mean you’re leaving and never want to see me again? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. The president has absolute authority on the understood expectation he is acting in the best interest to protect our country and its citizens… that’s what grants him he authority to order a launch under the current law, and while there has been an effort of late to limit the President from First Strike ability under actual law, there is an important and ignored part of the checks and balances on this…. The Presidents cabinet and the people who would chose to say”dude isn’t fit for office, let’s exercise the 25th amendment” are Senate confirmed positions for that exact reason. The expectation is that the senate exercises that oversight to make sure the room isn’t full of some weird death cult bushido type crazy’s who would follow the president down into the bunker to watch it all burn together. That checks and balances process was eroded when the party in power changed cabinet confirmation (along with others like judicial) to a simple majority… in 2013. Gee…. Wonder if the Democrats wanted that decision back after Trump got elected. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. So long as the Congress is democratically aligned with a sitting Dem president no. And I’d argue the same would be true the other way around. Funny I remember all sorts of loud urgency on the need to collapse the expanded Presidential powers once Trump used the act to take out Solemani. Wonder where that emphasis went… Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. Found it particular interesting when he threw the military in front of the bus when asked directly, “who authorized closing Bagram prior to the evacuation?” Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. There is no guarantee we can ever call something a “low threat environment.” That’s the problem with the mindset of some sort of nostalgia/sexy in regards to providing some kind of persistent ISR and Fires capes in the unimproved theatre fight, especially when that nostalgia is single engine. It’s like we completely ignore the repeated lessons of history and the inevitable march of ever cheapening and miniaturizing technology. 50 years ago when the first truly portable Gen I MANPADS SA-7 showed up on a battlefield it effectively ended the reign of the held over WWII/Korea designs like Skyraider. Even with as technologically limited as that system was it would eat the envelope they lived in. We didn’t start making weapons like Hellfire and Maverick because we weren’t effectively killing the bad guys with iron bombs and gun pods, we did it because they started knocking us down at alarming rates with things like Gen I IR SAMs and radar directed AAA. So much has been written about the telephone pole vs strike jet/bomber fight and yet we forget a whole lot of the last 2 years of Vietnam in the low slow ugly aircraft fight we ignore a lot of painfully learned lessons. We live in a world where systems with Verba capes or AHEAD capable systems are very real briefed in country threats. Anybody that remembers early ops a few years ago in Syria remembers how a half dozen systems had everybody in theatre going through all sorts of hoops. That problem only gets worse every day going forward as they proliferate. So to all these companies with 80s era fighter pilot retirees selling us something, yeah show me the crazy/sexy P-51 concept… just do it with 6-9000 lbs of bolt on federated/integrated threat protections like some form of IRCM and a buttload of expendables/jammers because that’s the world it lives in today. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Somebody with an ounce of awareness to current and emerging threats needs to make an updated model of these just to point out how ridiculously vulnerable they would be. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. https://abcnews.go.com/amp/Politics/blinken-denies-taliban-holding-americans-hostage-us-struggles/story?id=79872338 Because if the Taliban is known for anything in particular, it’s their ceaseless commitment to accurate record keeping and the administrative process of running a major airport… Could we get a better example of the press pool being unwilling to push against this admin the way they overzealous went after the last one over anything. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Watching the F’d up relationship State and DOD had both during normal ops and then during a HADR was pretty eye opening. It was like watching a bad marriage at the geopolitical level. That was during the Obama era though where it was clear to everybody in the room who of the two was the favored vs adopted child. Of course none of that would happen under Biden… oh wait no we have a 30 year history to draw from with his statements on DOD and opinions of their ability to contribute during policy shaping are well known. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. If you’re talking about those silly guys who always demand on bringing dirt bikes to blast around the MSS site and act like traffic cops, I’ve yet to see them actually improve ground security and operations at any MSS they participated in. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Given the varying quality of ATC at some locations it’s sometimes better to not tell them what you’re going to do… Taji Tower unsecure: “Army aircraft I need to know your type!” Then clears a flight of Iraqi Hips in a language only they can understand… Escorting a flight of Chinooks with the Theatre commander and his staff: “My type is Army and you can go F yourself if you need more than that.” Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. It’s not so much that there isn’t a need… It’s that in the F’d up too many chiefs not enough Indian process of acquisitions we are trying to mesh a bunch of concurrent requirements from reps fighting for AFSOC, ACC, USSOCOM, AVFID, AETC, and what the hell why not the Corps of Goddamn Engineers or some such. So everybody has their own list of things this airplane needs to do to please them and screw the other guys at the table. So in the end we are going to get a high utility low hour cost “commercial off the shelf” *insert necessary buzzword here* aircraft, but we will end up spending F-35 level dollars to do it. That’s why I’m choosing to advocate the following COa: F it lets just buy some more F-35s and continue to use race thoroughbred horses for a job more suited to Mules. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. And a half dozen programs to buy “low cost” strike aircraft for a low intensity fight we aren’t doing anymore…. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. Your last point is probably one of the most glaringly ignored brief points for this pretend “great powers fight” we think we are ready for. All of our support enabling functions are being performed by aircraft that started life when people were still crossing the oceans in propeller driven aircraft and ocean liners. We need some new shit airplanes and we need them 9 years ago. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. I’m pretty sure whatever staff planned that shitshow can’t even spell MDMP. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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