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  1. I wouldn't base too much design theory on...

    I wouldn't base too much design theory on MRAP-derivative vehicles. They were COTS, and not necessarily optimized for military use. For instance, many/most commercial wreckers have dual wheel rear...
  2. JLTV Success?

    Except some priorities have changed. JLTV procurement is likely to be way less than originally anticipated, and HMMWVs will live on for potentially decades.
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  3. This was an impressive set of responses. As a...

    This was an impressive set of responses. As a Soldier who commanded a company for COL Mansoor for a very short time (before he left), I actually have a better impression of the man now than I did...
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    https://warisboring.com/the-u-s-navys-redesigned-f...

    https://warisboring.com/the-u-s-navys-redesigned-future-ship-still-won-t-fight-7b2e066b4705?mc_cid=0164b3e5f4&mc_eid=c684da70eb#.ncxhltu2b

    The current JCIDS process is purpose-built for complex...
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    I'm going to add a bit to Z's earlier comments. ...

    I'm going to add a bit to Z's earlier comments. I commanded a tank company team in Tal Afar and Ramadi, Iraq. We would often have very close interaction between dismounts and tanks. The notion...
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    I believe gunner's quadrants went away with the...

    I believe gunner's quadrants went away with the M1. However, I have also been told that the British version of what we call the Master Gunner's Course was still teaching indirect fire techniques for...
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    Whew

    Makes me wonder about the aluminium in the Independence-class. Also, while acknowledging how little I know about ship damage control, it is kind of impressive that she didn't burn to the waterline....
  8. Actually, they should know better. One of the...

    Actually, they should know better. One of the first rules for a scout is to report what you see, not what you think you see. Is it an F-35? Or is it a twin-engine jet with twin canted rudders? I...
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    Friedberg, Germany, Christmas 2004. I had...

    Friedberg, Germany, Christmas 2004. I had arrived to the battalion in August and decided to take local leave. This set me up as the senior officer in the battalion, which also meant the guy to go...
  10. I had already posted this (noting that...

    I had already posted this (noting that duckhunters suck at everything, including being duckhunters) on social media.

    However, I think SDP hit it - if you are doing visual target recognition, it...
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    Well, it sounds like I'm still beating this dead...

    Well, it sounds like I'm still beating this dead horse, but this recently showed up:
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    Form stability is higher in a multihull, but that...

    Form stability is higher in a multihull, but that starts to fall greatly as significant wave action impacts the shape. What this means is that while it may be able to conduct rotary wing operations...
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    Besides the price increase for the sensors and...

    Besides the price increase for the sensors and weapons, what is the downside to this move? Are they losing the modular spaces to additional crew stations and increasing crew compartments for a...
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    simpler logistics

    It may be cheaper, but you likely don't burn diesel in your helicopters. As Albany Rifles mentioned, JP8 runs just about everything in the US Army, to include all aviation, trucks, combat vehicles...
  15. Gun Grape, 6 hard points. 2 guns, 2 bombs, 2...

    Gun Grape,

    6 hard points. 2 guns, 2 bombs, 2 free to save weight.

    How long does it have to stay around, dropping multiple pieces of ordnance?

    Again, we are not flying this in an...
  16. Citanon, I'm not sure I completely follow your...

    Citanon,

    I'm not sure I completely follow your scenario. I don't have the time to crunch the numbers. If we reduced the number of F35 by X (perhaps 5%), and acknowledge the penalty in per...
  17. Sometimes you can't put munitions on target. ...

    Sometimes you can't put munitions on target. Sometimes you need the bad guys to know that there are aircraft hunting them, so they stop firing and allow you freedom to maneuver. Sometimes you can't...
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    Steve, VLO? Is that 'very low observable'? ...

    Steve,

    VLO? Is that 'very low observable'? In the aviation world, I think it means the speed rating of your landing gear or the speed it can be extended, so a little confused.

    Tankersteve
  19. I'd make the reverse arguement. We aren't going...

    I'd make the reverse arguement. We aren't going to use an F-22 90% of the time, so why have it? Well, we do need it and I am being facetious. But we have needed low intensity CAS platforms for the...
  20. I think someone did a study not too long ago,...

    I think someone did a study not too long ago, that tried to compare the cost of a cheaper platform for other than near-peer/high threat environment. The gist of it was a cost comparison of a pure,...
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