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  1. Kirkhill

    USN Laser and Drone swarms....

    North America is NOT far away. And the threats are not just ICBMs and Bombers. They can be long and short range missiles, ballistic and cruise, locally launched or even locally manufactured. Already ports, cities and airports have to manage UAVs the same way they manage birds, as a...
  2. Kirkhill

    Ukraine - Superthread

    I think the Ukrainians would likely consider it a win if, through offensive action, they can keep it as "no-man's land". Just like WWI trench raids. If they own the river and the marshes they can keep the Russians pushed back and away from artillery range of Kherson and Mykolaiv.
  3. Kirkhill

    Informing the Army’s Future Structure

    So this image accompanied an article about a unit being stood up with 40 Pickups and 40 UAVs. The inclusion of the two helicopters stood out for me. Shortly after the US authorized the transfer of 40 armoured riverine/littoral patrol boats to the Ukraine (concurrent with reports of Kinburn...
  4. Kirkhill

    Informing the Army’s Future Structure

    Helicopters, helicopters and more helicopters... https://warontherocks.com/2022/11/how-can-marines-learn-from-the-falklands-war/
  5. Kirkhill

    Freedom Convoy protests [Split from All things 2019-nCoV]

    See also https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/indigenous-homicide-saskatchewan-1.6273828 Strong correlation between indigenous population and homicide rates.
  6. Kirkhill

    Freedom Convoy protests [Split from All things 2019-nCoV]

    Doug Ford is already taking steps that would create a Toronto City-State. The expansion of the GTA. The Golden Horseshoe. The more powerful mayor. All he needs to do is reallocate taxing powers to John Tory.
  7. Kirkhill

    USN Laser and Drone swarms....

    Yup. Agreed. So the units need to be on alert and need to master the equipment. What portion of the staff needs to be full time, what portion can be integrated with the civilian world, what portion can be permanently locally based, what portion can be hired on a part-time, shift-work basis...
  8. Kirkhill

    Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread

    Seminal documents for PET Rerum Novarum Quadragessimo Anno
  9. Kirkhill

    Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread

    Bai Lan? Let it rot? Anybody heard about this?
  10. Kirkhill

    Ukraine - Superthread

    More on the South Despite the title we are still talking about recce and raids - not a lodgement.
  11. Kirkhill

    USN Laser and Drone swarms....

    I believe you are thinking in army-centric terms. Not National Defence terms. Unless I mistake you, you are focused on protecting the manoeuver force. My focus is on protecting cities, trade and approaches.
  12. Kirkhill

    Ukraine - Superthread

    WW2 Siberians lived in felts and furs. Modern Siberians live in Adidas.
  13. Kirkhill

    USN Laser and Drone swarms....

    Tell me again about the need to commit Reserve PYs to the maintenance of 105mm C3 skills?
  14. Kirkhill

    USN Laser and Drone swarms....

    Related https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/30474/this-containerized-launcher-for-the-xq-58a-valkyrie-combat-drone-could-be-a-game-changer https://www.thedefensepost.com/2019/10/15/saab-boeing-ground-launched-small-diameter-bomb-sea-target-test/
  15. Kirkhill

    USN Laser and Drone swarms....

    The game continues to evolve quickly https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/29789/spear-mini-cruise-missile-getting-an-electronic-warfare-variant-to-swarm-with-is-a-huge-deal Apache Hellfire Tornado Brimstone Delivery Van Brimstone And now SPEAR-3 and SPEAR-EW Swarms Simplest launcher...
  16. Kirkhill

    Ukraine - Superthread

    And it is all estuarine lands - digging trenches and staying dry are both going to be problematic.
  17. Kirkhill

    Ukraine - Superthread

    But perhaps not harder when the "defenders" are so wrapped up in their own misery that even a grenade in their trench can't motivate them?
  18. Kirkhill

    CH-146 Griffon

    Like this? https://newatlas.com/military/black-hawk-helicopter-autonomous-rescue-mission-without-crew/
  19. Kirkhill

    Informing the Army’s Future Structure

  20. Kirkhill

    Freedom Convoy protests [Split from All things 2019-nCoV]

    Late to the party but immediately thought Gestapo CT Stasi.
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