Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Wednesday Econ Lesson: "I, Pencil" An Animated Version

UPDATE: In this spirit, a history of toilet paper *I note that modern day long distance hikers use a variation on that Deuteromony peg thing to this day.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

On Midrats 19 September 2021 - Episode 603: September Maritime Melee

Please join us at 5pm on 19 September 2021 for Midrats 29 August 2021 - Episode 603: September Maritime Melee

Sal and EagleOne are tanned, rested, and ready to dive in a … well … where does one start for the last couple of weeks.

Australia pivots strong to China with here plans to move to SSN, France gets grumpy with the Anglosphere as a result but still kills a baddie for us, fleets of container ships are haunting out ports, and we’re all digesting what happened in Afghanistan. That’s just a start.

Join us for the full hour LIVE Sunday. The chat room will be open and the studio line too.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Countering Drones: U.S. Surface Navy Getting a New Tool

Reported at USNI News Navy Arming Surface Ships with Drone Repellent System:

The Drone Restricted Access Using Known Electromagnetic Warfare system, or DRAKE, built by Northrop Grumman and originally used on Humvees during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is now used across the Navy’s surface fleet.


“What this essentially does is it works like a normal jammer. So whenever we have a drone that gets a little bit too close, or flies somewhere that it shouldn’t be, or is in any way, shape or form a risk to us, we can just turn on our DRAKE and the DRAKE will basically keep it from coming close to the ship,” he added. “So it projects basically like an umbrella. So when the drone flies in, this will just cut off the signal.”

Variation on a ground based system.

A 2106 video from Northop Grumman shows DRAKE in operation:

DRAKE is not the only system out there - like RAFAEL's system shown in this video: