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Navy vet. Tweets on Navy, space, watches, scotch, history & other random unserious musings. All opinions mine, not employer's. Formerly Defense News, Navy Times
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14 May
*Logs on to American Airlines*

I'm on my way. standard.co.uk/news/uk/brits-…
On a two week trip that would be 8 beers a day, which is doable. Or just all in one go in an Oliver Reed death ride.
Pretty sure my West Highland Way trip kept that pace.
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14 May
Eh, I don't know. This GW looks like he was arrested for securities fraud.
John Adams looks less President and more chair of the Ways and Means Committee.
Jefferson, that smug bastard, this is spot on.
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13 May
Mt Everest is for rich people with a death wish or who greatly overestimate themselves. msn.com/en-us/video/pe…
Want a challenge? Go hike 100 miles with a full pack on a well marked trail in a national park with Rangers. Then work your way up from there.
Patrolled by park rangers, not with Army Rangers. I wouldn't start there.
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13 May
Why won't @Bremont make a special issue watch for radar scope operators? We may not fly, but we track things that do.
So now that I've thought about this and now that @BremontMilitary is receptive, the need for accurate time is essential for not just CIC -- which obviously has its own digital clocks -- but generally for the whole Navigation/Sea & Anchor/UNREP Detail.
So what's needed is actually a general topsider surface Navy watch, which would encompass Operations just generally -- the Boatswains Mates, Quartermasters, Operations Specialists, the Navigator, Tactical Action Officers, OOD, Conning officer, CO, XO.
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9 May
I have come around to the thinking articulated by the gentleman from Maryland.
Particularly his point about the overemphasis on warfighter vice war deterrence, which are two different things. "A military so large that nobody will ever challenge it" is a myth, like a leprechaun is a myth. They're going to challenge it, just maybe not head on.
And then they may just find that your military is so large it may lack the agility and imagination to confront those lower grade yet effective challenges.
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8 May
As cool as this would be, I don't think I would want to visit the ISS even if I won the lottery. I might want do a few orbits though.

spacenews.com/nasa-increases…
So: Rocket into space? Yes. Take the Yuri tour of the planet? Yes. Several days with people I don't know on the ISS? I'll pass.
Also, spacewalk is one step too far for me. They're not going to allow it anyway but I'm out on that one nonetheless. That freaks me out.
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8 May
*Destroy the BEF before it can escape escape the continent.*

Göring: Airpower

*Force Britain to sign a peace agreement*

Göring: Airpower

*Resupply beseiged 6th Army*

Göring: Easy, Airpower.
Something about aviators, man
Imagine what Göring could have done with a single B-1B
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7 May
Ian Urbina, known on this space as @ian_urbina, does some of the most important work on the maritime issues we'd all just as soon not talk about: Migration, illegal fishing, slavery, stowaways, etc.. I proudly support his work, in a small way, on SubStack.
You should read his book, first and foremost, and you can find his outlet here:
theoutlawocean.substack.com
I had my own run-in with the tragic outcomes faces by migrants on the world's oceans on my 2005 deployment to the Horn of Africa. Nobody who was on Normandy or Firebolt that day is going to forget it. But this issue is close to my heart for that reason. webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache…
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2 May
I do want to return to this question of PRC rationality @PeterDombrowsk6 because I don't trust that notion at all. People before the Iraq War likely thought "Well, the US is rational" but can you really make the argument fully now?
Taiwan is an emotionally charged issue. Can an issue be emotionally charged and fully rational?

Japan was probably considered rational before WWII, but was Pearl Harbor a rational move? It had it's own logic, but I'm not sure how rational it is.
*was.

And what even does rational mean? Who defines or sets the parameters of what is rational? When I say you are overcomplicating the issue, it's because I see too many people who assume they know what China sees as rational. I assume the opposite, I just go by what I see.
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2 May
This idea that we might barter away part of our position in the world to China in exchange for a Climate Change deal: I mean, either it's an existential threat to humanity (which, last I checked, would also impact China) or it isn't. It has nothing to do with anything else.
*Asteroid races toward earth*

QUICK! GIVE CHINA THE SENKAKUS SO THEY HELP US STOP THE ASTEROID!!!

Don't make no sense. Let's stop pretending it does.
Clarifying that nobody in the Administration has suggested anything like this, but it's a view at the fringes and was an worry expressed by some opposed to John Kerry's role as Climate Czar.
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1 May
I suspect Known Agenda's agenda is to win the Kentucky Derby.
Soup & Sandwich is gonna make me rich
Nvmd
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1 May
Incorrect.

"Japan lies beyond the effective reach of China’s A2/AD capabilities and could thus be supplied from its eastern ports."

foreignaffairs.com/articles/asia/…
The Rhineland and Sudetenland are not core U.S. interests, this appears to be arguing. Image
Oooffff

"All that said, even if Chinese conventional capabilities did grow as a result of control over Taiwan, it wouldn’t matter as much; because the United States would no longer be committed to protecting Taiwan, the odds of a major war with China would drop precipitously."
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1 May
I know I complain and profess to hate politics and especially this era of dumb that we live in, but I was just catching up on the Gaetz case because it's a train wreck and ... wow. Image
Since sadly I think we'll never get to hear him say "Bond, James Bond," this will probably be the best line of his career.
By the way, James Bond DESPERATELY needs a rethink.

1) Daniel Craig hates this role.

2) The world is dark enough, I don't need my Bond to be moody right now.

3) Just start the whole franchise over again, update it, make it interesting, or just stop making the movies.
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1 May
I'd like a proper socialist/marxist read on Beauty & The Beast's song "Be Our Guest." Lines like "Life is so unnerving, for a servant whose not serving," cry out for dissection in a college sophomore term paper.
The whole idea that the labor force is sitting around waiting to serve the ruling elite reinforces classist ideals, portraying serving the ruling elites as a kind of raison d'etre for the proletariat
Can I write for Jacobin now?
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1 May
I don't know why I'm suffering through these mild, flu-like symptoms when locking myself away and never interacting with humanity again was a perfectly viable alternative to being vaccinated.
I would like to report that I feel very, very sorry for myself right now. I feel not terrible but just icky enough to not be having a great day.
Just feels like a touch of the flu. Headache, aches, a few chills. It feels a little like the day after you know you drank way too much, but you are thankful that the hangover isn't as bad as it could have been.
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6 Apr
My Future: A Thread.

I've accepted a position as Editorial Lead at Northrop Grumman's Space Park office in Redondo Beach, California. I'll be working on various writing and communications functions as part of Space Systems.
This may seem like a weird move for me, given that Space Force wholly rejected the sensible policy of adopting Navy ranks. But for those who know me well, it's not quite as strange as it seems.

I have, even pre-dating my love of all things nautical, been a space nerd.
I was the kid with a telescope in my bedroom and the Milky Way Galaxy lovingly arranged on my ceiling in glow-in-the-dark stars. Apollo 13 came out when I was 11, and I watched it countless times growing up, along with endless Space Race documentaries from the Pennsauken Library.
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6 Apr
We're all human beings and we're all susceptible to the same societal pressures, but an aspiring dictator have to overcome quite a bit of societal and cultural baggage here in the US to not have 60 percent of the country laugh in his/her face at the idea of Biden or Trump Thought
Of course Trump had whole cults spring up around him (Q) so not EVERYONE would laugh. But the vast majority of Americans would not be very receptive. Dogging our political leaders is much more American Tradition than venerating them.
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5 Apr
"For liberals, then, 'infrastructure' is about windmills, green grids, and the antiquated choo-choo trains that One Percenters like Joe Biden like to take up and down the East Coast corridor."

18 percenters, David. 18% of the U.S. population lives in the DC-Boston corridor.
My mom is a musician and my dad is a minister: I took Amtrak regularly and we were not a member of the 1 percent. Not by a long shot. I also drive on 95 regularly and I drive on 66 pretty regularly. Our Infrastructure is garbage.
Guessing David hasn't rode on the DC Metro for work recently or regularly ever. Because it's pretty bad.
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5 Apr
Have we confirmed that Lt. Allison isn't an errant time traveler from 19th Century who ended up in the 21st Century by accident but went back to the US Navy because its all he knew?
Like, I genuinely feel bad. This reads like he's at the end of his rope and it seems like he's got some bad neighbors. But, uh, this isn't the way, man.
I don't see in the report where he tried talking to his neighbors.

I learned in the Navy that if you have a problem with someone, best to address it up front. Letting it fester is how you end up having a terrible day, then someone does something that bothers you and you snap.
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5 Apr
An armored brigade in Taiwan. That's a bold suggestion.

forbes.com/sites/lorentho…
It's not clear to me that a rotational presence of 5,000 U.S. troops would be a popular move on Taiwan. I'm no regional expert but when I've researched this in the past, most of the people there seem to tend to favor the status quo. This would change things a bit.
Oh, and it could trigger a shooting war.
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4 Apr
There is a nugget of truth in here where he points to bigness not being a substitute for brains. That's true. It's also true that the US is woefully deficient in explaining what its military is doing at why. I'd encourage Fareed to read this USNI essay. usni.org/magazines/proc…
The argument for our system of Military alliances was and ever shall be both economic and ideological. The very rise of Trump's America First politics means we've missed the boat on explaining how closely our alliances and economic success are linked.
I find Fareed's arguement annoying and more than a little disingenuous, but it's not illogical. And that is where the danger lies.
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