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Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday Film: "What's Under the Ocean?"

Must be from the early 1960's and seemingly intended for children of some sort.



More recent video with some recent science about water under the water:





Saturday, March 09, 2019

On Midrats 10 March 2019 - Episode 479: John Jackson: One Nation Under Drones, with John Jackson

Please join us at 5pm (EDT) on 10 March 2019 for Midrats Episode 479 - One Nation Under Drones, with John Jackson
How are unmanned systems and the increasing use of robots from the kitchen to the battlefield impacting how our personal, professional, and national lives are being run?

What are the obvious and not so obvious places they are already a dominate presence today, and where are trends leading us?

Our guest for the full hour to discuss the issues he raises in his book, One Nation Under Drones will be John E. Jackson, CAPT, USN (Ret.).

Professor Jackson has served at the Naval War College for more than 20 years, teaching
in the areas of national security decision-making, logistics, and unmanned and robotic
systems. He holds the E.A. Sperry Chair of Unmanned and Robotic Systems and lectures frequently. His latest book “One Nation, Under Drones" was published by the U.S. Naval Institute in December 2018. He is the program manager for the Chief of Naval Operation's professional reading program. Additionally, he serves on the President's Action Group and as chairman of the 9-11 Memorial Committee. A retired Navy Captain, he served in supply and logistics assignments both afloat and ashore retiring in 1998 after 27 years of active service.
Join us live if you can, but if you miss the show you can always listen to the archive at Spreaker.

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Friday, March 08, 2019

Friday Films: Drone Anti--Submarine Helicopter (DASH) and the WWII TDR-1 Drone Torpedo Bomber

Before the U.S. Navy stopped this program, it provided small ships like destroyers with a stand-off ASW weapon. 160 ships underwent a modernization
program to allow them to carry DASH.

As you can see, DASH was not a big aircraft, and its counter-rotating rotors eliminated the need for a vertical tale rotor to stop it from spinning like a top . . .

More about DASH from its manufacturer, Gyrodyne from which the above photo was liberated with a hat tip. The DASH history is of particular interest.



As noted a couple of years ago here, such aircraft are not a new idea, though the electronics have improved considerably.

Background of the TDR Drone.




Monday, March 04, 2019

Islands in the Streams of Geology

And the oceans shall rise and the waters shall drown the earth and so forth.

Ain't the first time, either, as anyone who ever lived in the ancient ocean bottoms of the American mid-West can see around them. Or as portrayed here:





Weren't any humans around, either, just the earth shifting plates about on a geologic time scale.

We're going to need a bigger Navy if it happens again.

Sunday, March 03, 2019

On Midrats 3 March 2019 - Episode 478: "Five Ocean Navy Strategy" with Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) & Dr. Jerry Hendrix

Please listen at 5pm (EDT) on 3 March 2019 to Midrats Episode 478: "Five Ocean Navy Strategy" with Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) & Dr. Jerry Hendrix
During the 2016 election, then candidate Donald Trump ran on building a 350 ship Navy.
That number soon moved up to 355.
Two years after his inauguration, the path to get there is hard to see.
There is a movement of navalists who are not just looking for the path to 355, but looking to the challenge of China at the end of the next decade, want our Navy to move north of 400 ships.

To that end, in February a resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Jim Banks (R-IN) titled,“Five Ocean Navy Strategy.”

Congressman Banks will join us Sunday from 5-6pm Eastern along with Dr. Jerry Hendrix, CAPT, USN, (Ret) to discuss the Resolution and the need behind it.

Join us live if you can, but if you miss the show you can always listen to the archive at Spreaker.

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Friday, March 01, 2019

Friday Film: "Advance Base" - A Seabee Homage

A word of warning for those who find images of enemy dead upsetting, this film was made during WWII and depicts some of the effects of the hard fought war to capture island bases for American forces - and also how those bases were built by the U.S. Navy's Construction Battalions. Narrated by Quentin Reynolds, author and war correspondent.

In any event, the film, due to its graphic nature was - um- "withheld" from public distribution for some years.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

On Midrats 24 February 2019 - Episode 477: Afghanistan & the Long War with Bill Roggio

You can listen to the show at this link:  Midrats Episode 477: Afghanistan & the Long War with Bill Roggio
We are going to take a clear, cold, and unsparing look at the status of the conflict in
Afghanistan and the Long War in general with our returning guest, Bill Roggio.

In a far-reaching discussion, we will touch on the rather unpleasant reality of where we have put ourselves through our own action, and what people should expect going forward.

Bill is a senior fellow at FDD and editor of FDD’s Long War Journal, which provides original reporting and analysis of the Global War on Terror from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, North Africa, Iran, and beyond. He is also president of the nonprofit media company Public Multimedia Inc.

Bill was embedded with the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, and Iraqi forces in Iraq between 2005 and 2008, and with the Canadian Army in Afghanistan in 2006. From 1991 to 1997, Bill served as a signalman and infantryman in the U.S. Army and New Jersey National Guard. His articles have been published in The New York Times, The Weekly Standard, The Daily Beast, National Review, and The New York Post, and his work has been in outlets including The New Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, Foreign Policy, and Bloomberg.
You might note that the link is to Spreaker which is something new for us.

UPDATE:

Some things mentioned during the show:

The Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) annual Worldwide Threat Assessment

A map from that Assessment showing areas where ISIS is active and a couple of maps of historic Caliphates:


source

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Another Threat to Society - "Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence"

A really interesting article from the Hillsdale College publication Imprimis Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence
Over the last 30 years, psychiatrists and epidemiologists have turned speculation about marijuana’s dangers into science. Yet over the same period, a shrewd and expensive lobbying campaign has pushed public attitudes about marijuana the other way. And the effects are now becoming apparent.

Almost everything you think you know about the health effects of cannabis, almost everything advocates and the media have told you for a generation, is wrong.
If you are concerned about the effects on our society of the promiscuous use of legal and illegal drugs, then this article about the relationship of marijuana to mental diseases, you should read this article.

The issues raised need far more exposure.

Not only should we be concerned about what the research reported on by Mr. Berenson indicates, we should also be concerned about the long-term effects on the bodies of habitual users of marijuana - if inhaling tobacco smoke or chewing tobacco are known cancer risks, it seems pretty obvious that doing the same sort of ingestion with another substance must pose some risk - one that the users of today will tomorrow being suing the legal purveyors of their supply for "misrepresentation" of the health benefits of their product.

Of course, the illegal suppliers will prove to be unlikely defendants in such trials.

Full disclosure - I graduated many years ago from the Navy's Drug And Alcohol Counselor School and was the director of one of the Navy Counseling and Assistance Center/Alcohol Rehabilitation Drydock facilities and thus have some practical experience in the drug and alcohol abuse world.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

On Midrats 10 February 2019 - Episode 475: The US Navy's Face Mission; Naval Presence - History & Present Use

Please join us at 5pm (EST) on 10 Feb 2019 for Midrats Episode 475: The US Navy's Face Mission; Naval Presence - History & Present Use

From showing the flag in the Mediterranean in the first decades of our
republic's history, through Teddy's Great White Fleet, to FONOPS in today's South China Sea - "being there" is a little understood strategic mission.

What is its history and utility in the 21st Century?

Our guest fo the full hour will be Dr. James Holmes, returning to Midrats to discuss this and related issues.

Dr. Holmes is a professor of strategy and former visiting professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College. A former U.S. Navy surface-warfare officer and combat veteran of the first Gulf War, he served as a weapons and engineering officer in the battleship Wisconsin, engineering and firefighting instructor at the Surface Warfare Officers School Command, and military professor of strategy at the Naval War College. He was the last gunnery officer to fire a battleship’s big guns in anger.

The book he co-authored with Toshi Yoshihara, Red Star over the Pacific, now in its second edition.
If you can't listen at the regular time, you can also pick the show up later by visiting either our iTunes page or our Stitcher page.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

On Midrats 27 January 2019 - Episode 473: The Fort Report on the FITZGERALD Collision with Geoff Ziezulewicz

Please join us at 5pm (EST) for Midrats Episode 473: The Fort Report on the FITZGERALD Collision with Geoff Ziezulewicz
Over 18-months after the deadly collision of the USS FITZGERALD with the
Philippine-flagged merchant ship ACX Crystal off the Sea of Japan, from the courtroom to the fleet, we still have not come to terms with latent causes, accountability, or even a full understanding about what happened from a human and machine perspective.

Earlier this year, journalist Geoff Ziezulewicz received a copy of the Fort Report made shortly after the collision by Rear Admiral Brian P. Fort, USN.

Geoff will be our guest for the full hour to review the findings, the reactions to it, and further developments.

Geoff is a senior staff reporter for Military Times, focusing on the Navy. He covered Iraq and Afghanistan extensively and was most recently a reporter at the Chicago Tribune. He welcomes any and all kinds of tips at geoffz@militarytimes.com.
If you can't listen at the regular time, you can also pick the show up later by visiting either our iTunes page or our Stitcher page.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Friday Film: Effects Of An Atomic Blast On Electric Power Facilities

EMP?

Recently released report dated 2017 (released to public in July 2018) NUCLEAR EMP ATTACK SCENARIOS AND COMBINED-ARMS CYBER WARFARE (pdf), leading to this piece by Bill Gertz China, Russia Building Super-EMP Bombs for ‘Blackout Warfare’:
"Nuclear EMP attack is part of the military doctrines, plans, and exercises of Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran for a revolutionary new way of warfare against military forces and civilian critical infrastructures by cyber, sabotage, and EMP," the report states.
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The latest EMP commission report, "Nuclear EMP Attack Scenarios and Combined-Arms Cyber Warfare," is the 13th and final report of the commission. It is dated July 2017. However, as a result of a lengthy security review the report was made public last week.
Well, it's not like we haven't known of this potential threat and more - here's a film based on 1955 "Civil Effects Tests" -



And an 2016 interview with the author of the report -

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Time Again for this: "Men Without Chests"

Nice piece of work from the Acton Institute. You can acquire C.S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man, of which this is the first chapter, for free here.


Monday, January 21, 2019

U.S. Navy Office of Naval Intelligence Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report 17 December 2018 - 16 January 2019 and HORN OF AFRICA/GULF OF GUINEA/ SOUTHEAST ASIA: Piracy Analysis and Warning Weekly (PAWW) Report for 10 - 16 January 2019

Of special interest:
MEXICO On 9 January, illegal fishermen attacked and boarded a ship from an environmental NGO which was conducting a patrol in the Vaquita Refuge in the Upper Gulf of California.
More here:
More than 35 skiffs attacked a vessel belonging to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the international maritime wildlife conservation organization, in the upper Gulf of California on Wednesday, hurling “lead weights, dead fish, and even Tabasco sauce” at the ship.

According to Sea Shepherd, poachers aboard the skiffs also threatened the organization’s M/V Farley Mowat with Molotov cocktails, sprayed gasoline at the ship and poured it in the water around the vessel.




Saturday, January 19, 2019

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Reading Eisenhower

Reading Eisenhower's Crusade in Europe, which is a pretty amazing book.

These days it's hard to believe how poor (in nearly every sense except leadership) our military was in the late 1930's and how rapidly it grew. The planning and logistics - an incredible effort. This is a great book for those people who know virtually nothing about what it takes to put major forces, fully equipped and trained, into the field.

General Eisenhower was a straight shooter who greatly admired General George Marshall and his leadership - this excerpt is from when the future President was chief of OPD on Marshall's staff:


Recommended reading.

U.S. Navy Office of Naval Intelligence Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report 10 December 2018 - 9 January 2019 and HORN OF AFRICA/GULF OF GUINEA/ SOUTHEAST ASIA: Piracy Analysis and Warning Weekly (PAWW) Report for 3 - 9 January 2019




Sunday, January 13, 2019

On Midrats 13 January 2019 - Episode 471: Over the horizon, under the radar, & in your MEZ: ASCM & ASBM

Please join us at 5pm (EST) on 13 January 2019 for Midrats Episode 471: Over the horizon, under the radar, & in your MEZ: ASCM & ASBM
This Sunday we're going to focus on the things of nightmares; Anti-
 Ship Cruise Missiles and Anti-Ship Ballistic Missiles with fellow paleo-milblogger SteelJawScribe.


In a wide ranging discussion, for the hour we'll cover ASCM history, Cold War tales, and what present day Russia and Crimea are bringing to the game.

SJS is a retired Navy Captain with multiple operational tours, including command of the VAW-122 Steeljaws, flying the E-2C Hawkeye as a Naval Flight Officer. With over 3500 hrs in type and 525 carrier arrested landings he was a designated Mission Commander, NATOPS and PMCF check flight NFO, a NATOPS qualified NFO copilot and the first CVW strike lead from the VAW community. He also was navigator on the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69).

Shore tours included time at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA where he earned a Masters (with honours)in National Security Studies (Russia) and multiple joint penance tours working operational/technical intelligence, collection management and strategy/policy. Following retirement he worked in industry, first in BMD supporting the Missile Defense Agency and then helping establish the Navy Air and Missile Defense Command in Dahlgren VA. As the Navy’s premiere center for all things associated with ballistic and fleet air defense, NAMDC became the IAMD division (Dahlgren) of the Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) in 2015, where SJS works today after transitioning to govt work.

An honours graduate of the Naval War College, SJS also teaches 2of 3 JPME-1 courses as a Fleet Seminar Program professor and is a published author. Together with his wife Sharon and their fearless dachshund, Jake, they live in Chancellorsville, VA

If you can't listen at the regular time, you can pick the show up later by clicking here. Or you can also pick the show up later by visiting either our iTunes page or our Stitcher page.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Friday Film: "Admirals in the Making" (1956)



Some background - a study here, reported:
Although service academy graduates have historically attained flag rank at a much higher percentage rate than ROTC and OCS
graduates, the significant shift occurred between 1972 and 1990. In 1972, only about 20% of flag officers were from ROTC and OCS combined, whereas in 1990 over 50% of general/flag officers were from ROTC and OCS commissioning sources. Differences in
career progression between the three main commissioning sources were indistinguishable in the GAO Report.

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Saturday Is Old Radio Day: The Cavalcade of America - "Pathfinder of the Seas" (1940)

Matthew Fontaine Maury


On Midrats 6 January 2019 - Episode 470: Ninth Anniversary Midrats Show

Please join us at 5pm EST on 6 January 2019 for Midrats Episode 470: Ninth Anniversary Midrats Show
Nine years of Midrats. 


That’s right, CDR Salamander and Eagle1 have had the pleasure of
talking to you and our guests for nine years.

This Sunday we’re going to have just the two of us on to talk about not just the last nine years, but the general growth of podcasting the last decade. We’ll also review what we have top-of-mind for 2019.

As always on our free-for-all shows, you’re invited to call in or ask questions in the chat room.

Join us!