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Rules of Stealth

Rules of Stealth

7/16/2019 12:00:00 AM EDT
2 months ago

America's B-2 stealth bomber made its dramatic first flight thirty years ago on July 17, 1989.  Today, America's military is preparing to face advanced threats from Russia, China, and others.  Can the B-2 still dominate?  Yes, says this short paper Rules of Stealth.  Low observables break up the air defender's chain of detection, fire control and missile launch.  With updates that refine survivability tactics, the twenty B-2 bombers are still at the heart of conventional war plans and nuclear deterrence for the United States.  Much of the counter stealth chatter comes from Russian military equipment marketing.  Stealth ...

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Rules of Stealth

Rules of Stealth

7/16/2019 12:00:00 AM EDT
2 months ago

America's B-2 stealth bomber made its dramatic first flight thirty years ago on July 17, 1989.  Today, America's military is preparing to face advanced threats from Russia, China, and others.  Can the B-2 still dominate?  Yes, says this short paper Rules of Stealth.  Low observables break up the air defender's chain of detection, fire control and missile launch.  With updates that refine survivability tactics, the twenty B-2 bombers are still at the heart of conventional war plans and nuclear deterrence for the United States.  Much of the counter stealth chatter comes from Russian military equipment marketing.  Stealth ...

B-2 Stealth Bomber At War

B-2 Stealth Bomber At War

6/4/2019 12:00:00 AM EDT
3 months ago

B-2s are at the center of war plans, for every theater of operations around the globe. 

B-2 Stealth Bomber At War  highlights twenty years of missions as seen by pilots and the team of the Air Force's 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB.  The story begins with the B-2's first flight on July 17, 1989.  Ten years later, the B-2 went to war for the first time in NATO's Operation Allied Force, introducing precision, all-weather stealth attack in the 78-day air campaign.  In 2001, a B-2 crew set the record for a combat mission at 44.3 ...

B-2 Bomber and NATO's Air War for Kosovo

B-2 Bomber and NATO's Air War for Kosovo

3/27/2019 12:00:00 AM EDT
5 months ago

20 years ago, NATO goes to war for the first time, and so does America's B-2 stealth bomber.  It's March 24, 1999.  Two B-2 bombers snap off their running lights high over the Mediterranean Sea and climb to combat alititude to begin their target run over Yugoslavia.  Cruise missiles expode below them.  Enemy MiG-29s are airborne. It is night one of NATO's Operation Allied  Force.  Read more about  the 78-day air campaign that followed.

US Navy's Aviation Crisis

US Navy's Aviation Crisis

11/13/2018 12:00:00 AM EST
10 months ago

It’s becoming a familiar story.  Monday, November 12, 2018, an F/A-18F Superhornet fighter-attack jet flying from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan crashed while on deployment in the Western Pacific.  An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter also from USS Ronald Reagan’s Carrier Air Wing 5 crashed on October 19. 

The Navy is still investigating both crashes, and fortunately all crew members survived.  But the fact is naval aviation is in a readiness crisis. 

Less than half the Navy’s Superhornets are ready to fight, according to VADM Dewolfe Miller, Commander, Naval Air Forces, known as the “Air Boss.” 

The ...

North Korea: No Missile Tests, But Is Kim Jong Un Capable of Denuking?

North Korea: No Missile Tests, But Is Kim Jong Un Capable of Denuking?

9/24/2018 12:00:00 AM EDT
12 months ago

When President Trump and President Moon talk in New York, they should take a moment to reflect on the improved situation with North Korea.  No missile tests for 10 months.  And very intense negotiations on denuclearization.  It’s excellent progress.  So why aren’t the press and analysts cheering?

 

The lingering worry from a military perspective is, what is Kim Jong Un hiding?  North Korea has put long-range artillery in caves for decades.  What if Kim is hiding missiles and nuclear weapons in the caves?  Can the world ever be sure?  It might take an army of IAEA inspectors to ...

After Helsinki, Russia's Real Goals for Their Evil Cyber Tools

After Helsinki, Russia's Real Goals for Their Evil Cyber Tools

7/17/2018 12:00:00 AM EDT
1 years ago

After Helskini, here's a little historical perspective.  

Russia has very evil tools, and they are after far bigger prizes than the DNC.  Their 2016 campaign sought to gain influence, pick up dirt by hacking, and sow discord, which is the classic pattern they carry out in many other countries.  

Actual intrusions to US voter mechanisms were not effective.   Here is the August 2016 CNN piece on Russian hacking attempt on Arizona voter registration.  

All this was summed up in a rare Joint Analysis Report on the Russian cyber attacks on prominent individuals codenamed Grizzly Steppe, emailed to me and ...

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B-2 Stealth Bomber At War

B-2 Stealth Bomber At War

6/4/2019 12:00:00 AM EDT
3 months ago

B-2s are at the center of war plans, for every theater of operations around the globe. 

B-2 Stealth Bomber At War  highlights twenty years of missions as seen by pilots and the team of the Air Force's 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB.  The story begins with the B-2's first flight on July 17, 1989.  Ten years later, the B-2 went to war for the first time in NATO's Operation Allied Force, introducing precision, all-weather stealth attack in the 78-day air campaign.  In 2001, a B-2 crew set the record for a combat mission at 44.3 ...

Smart Data Fusion for Multi Domain Operations

Smart Data Fusion for Multi Domain Operations

9/17/2018 12:00:00 AM EDT
1 years ago

Data fusion at the tactical edge is a top need for the US military's new concept for Multi-Domain Operations.  US forces came to rely on combat data networks developed in battles in Afghanistna, Iraq and Syria.  But Russia and China's electronic warfare and cyber systems threaten US combat networks.  Fortunately, the technology is ready to test smart data fusion hubs: a new type of network "box" that fits on current airplanes, ships and other platforms to process, sort and refine data in real time, at the tactical edge, while operations are underway.   Over time, the connections and processing ...

Power Up Army Helicopters

Power Up Army Helicopters

11/2/2017 12:00:00 AM EDT
1 years ago

New engines can boost the range and payload of the US Army's Blackhawk and Apache helicopters.  GE and ATEC, a Pratt&Whitney and Honeywell team, are developing improved turbine engines to remove and replace on Arny helicopters.  This viatla competition will power up Army missions, making it possible to carry more soldiers, equipment and to omit hazardous forward area refuelings.  Under any budget IREP is a vital Army program -- and one that makes sense for America's global missions and counterterrorism fight.

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F-35 in the Pacific

F-35 in the Pacific

11/2/2017 12:00:00 AM EDT
1 years ago

US military options in the Pacific depend on airpower.  This paper examines how stealth and legacy fighters like the F-35, F-22 and F/A-18 among others may be deployed to counteract Chinese activity and give US commanders maximum options. 

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Remembering Desert Storm

Remembering Desert Storm

9/3/2017 12:00:00 AM EDT
2 years ago

Strike sorties over Iraq and Syria now total 32,828 for the 3-year war that began in late 2014.  That's close to the number for Operation Desert Storm.  On Janaury 17, 1991, the US-led Coalition began a fight to eject Iraqi forces from Kuwait.  The six-week war dominated by airpower and finished up with 4 days of ground fighting redefined American military power.  The impact on Iraqi ground forces day after day led Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Merrill A. McPeak to conclude, "My private conviction is that this is the first time in history that a field ...

Contested Seas

Contested Seas

10/2/2014 12:00:00 AM EDT
4 years ago

Vice Admiral Kevin Cosgriff, USN, Ret. and Dr. Rebecca Grant discuss the Navy's requirement for versatile, bluewater fighting capability in its surface combatant fleet.  

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