Smug Alert

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Spencer Ackerman posted a pretty smug blog entry on about how China refurbing the Varyag isn’t that big of deal. Some of the whoppers: “It’s more like the aircraft carrier equivalent of buying a used car.” “but it’s conspicuous that the first Chinese aircraft carrier can’t defend itself[lacking SSMs] from seaborne threats.” “There’s only […]

Categories: Carriers, Plotholes, Ships


Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Anyone read the latest turd to float up from Wired’s “Danger Room” blog? In it Ackerman complains that the USN is turning their vessels(both comissioned and in service) into “floating Gitmos”. What a horrible turn of events! Except, hmm, that isn’t how it works. In both the instances mentioned the POIs in question were taken […]

Categories: Carriers, Plotholes, Ships

Blamin’ Barry

Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 7:48 pm

So, one of the podcasts I listen to while I hike is “Mid Rats”, which is surely the only maritime security podcast worthy of the description. Tomorrow they are having on two scallywags by the names of Mackenzie Eaglen and Bryan McGrath to talk about the a paper(here) they put up on The Heritage Foundations […]

Categories: Carriers, Plotholes, Ships, Strategy

F-35 Death Watch II

Friday, August 7, 2009 at 6:17 pm

Hi all, new contributor for alternate wars here.  I was a former USN sailor, and my current profession is as a IT contractor for a DoD Agency in the DC Area.   Hope to add to the blog, although Shep is a bit more nuts and bolts than me. As an update to yesterday’s entry about […]

Categories: Aircraft, Carriers, F-35

This Day Will Be Long Remembered I

Monday, July 6, 2009 at 6:49 pm

So on the news today is the news that Robert Strange McNamara died in his sleep around 5:30 this morning. Unfortunately, that’s five decades too late. The world will not miss the likes of him, a known fraudster and con artist. You might think I am speaking too harshly of Mr. McNamara; but his most […]

Categories: Carriers, Nuclear Power, Nuclear Warships, Robert McNamara