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"Turned wrong way round, the relentless unforeseen was what we schoolchildren studied as 'History,' harmless history, where everything unexpected in its own time is chronicled on the page as inevitable. The terror of the unforeseen is what the science of history hides, turning a disaster into an epic.”

 

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Chicago Tribune - US Soldiers revealing sensitive information by jogging

 

 


An interactive map posted on the internet that shows the whereabouts of people who use fitness devices such as Fitbit also reveals highly sensitive information about the location and activities of soldiers at U.S. military bases, in what appears to be a major security oversight.

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That's pretty much anyone who uses such apps. Hell, last time I checked, the default settings of Endomondo had your position tracked and marked on a map live. Combine this with a public account and recorded statistics and you know exactly when to abduct someone without anyone noticing it. Folks are crazy fearless about such tech.

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Supposedly 2x Russian 5th gen PAK FA/ Su57 (plus a Su27 family escort) on deployment in Syria. Which would be their first combat deployment.

 

(Guy who took the photo definitely lives near HmeimemAB and has been proven correct before, but it's a pretty extraordinary claim without other evidence)

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Interesting article on a recent speech by US Marine Corps Commandant Neller: https://breakingdefense.com/2018/02/marines-need-submarines-commandant-neller-on-major-war/

USMC wants to be a self contained service? :p


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Supposedly 2x Russian 5th gen PAK FA/ Su57 (plus a Su27 family escort) on deployment in Syria. Which would be their first combat deployment.

 

Looks like there are 4 Su57 there now. The first two are pretty much absolutely confirmed to be there (multiple pictures, video) and have (supposedly, there's still not even official confirmation they're there) already been used in combat. Seems the project is a lot more advanced than it was rumoured to be, most were skeptical about even 2 being deployed outside Russia let alone being combat ready.

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So far as I am aware they're still using the Su35 engine rather than the new one. Who knows though, most of the information available on their readiness seems to have greatly underestimated it so I guess they could have rolled out the new engines on their first serial production run. Seems unlikely, but if you'd said a week ago that there would be 4 Su57 in Syria no one would have believed that either.

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New engines are not set to be implemented for quite a while.


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"Turned wrong way round, the relentless unforeseen was what we schoolchildren studied as 'History,' harmless history, where everything unexpected in its own time is chronicled on the page as inevitable. The terror of the unforeseen is what the science of history hides, turning a disaster into an epic.”

 

-Philip Roth, The Plot Against America

 

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"Always write angry letters to your enemies. Never mail them."

 

-James Fallows

 

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Yeah, I'd be very surprised, but I- and pretty much every single expert who I've seen comment- was surprised by the deployment full stop and many seemed to be of the opinion that they could not be deployed since they couldn't even properly use their weapon systems yet. That blog isn't convincing in itself either:

 

The VKS officially hopes to accept its newest fighter in 2017, and take delivery of five in late 2017 or 2018.

 

 

That seems to have happened, more or less, and at least one prototype has the new engines fitted already. So it is possible, just very unlikely.

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That blog isn't convincing in itself either:

 

The VKS officially hopes to accept its newest fighter in 2017, and take delivery of five in late 2017 or 2018.

 

 

That seems to have happened, more or less, and at least one prototype has the new engines fitted already. So it is possible, just very unlikely.

 

I wouldn't be quick to jump the gun to say that we'll see those airframes involved in actual combat ops, or even weapons release, so the blog's assertion makes sense if those Su-57s are in-country for a short stint for further testing and trials. Keep in mind that it's only been 8 years since the PAK-FA's first flight, where it took 14 years from first flight of the F-22 to introduction and 12 for the F-35.  


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"Turned wrong way round, the relentless unforeseen was what we schoolchildren studied as 'History,' harmless history, where everything unexpected in its own time is chronicled on the page as inevitable. The terror of the unforeseen is what the science of history hides, turning a disaster into an epic.”

 

-Philip Roth, The Plot Against America

 

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-James Fallows

 

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Let's get back to designer soldier wear. Like, uh, Hugo Boss.

 

There's a fairly strong correlation between looking stylish and losing.

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Amazing how one defeat undoes their reputation in all their past wars.


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That made me curious so I looked up France's war record. Good God they are a quarrelsome lot. The French/Franks/Gauls/etc. have been in a LOT of wars these last 4000 years!

 

As for how good they were at it... win some lose some

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It's really only the 20th century that caused the French to have the bad rap militarily speaking.


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