This Day Will Be Long Remembered II

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 3:00 am

So Edward Kennedy is dead. Not many people do not know this, but we had a fully operational ABM (Anti-Ballistic Missile) system in place and fully operational…for a few days in the 1970s. What happened? Well, Teddy led the effort against it in the Senate, and eventually led the final effort which defunded SAFEGUARD of […]

Categories: Nuclear Weapons

The Myth of the Z-Plan

Friday, August 21, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Fans of German military prowess make much of the so-called “Z-plan” that the Kriegsmarine embarked upon in the winter of ’38-39. The story goes that Admiral Raeder proposed to Hitler two plans: The first was a short term warplan that only included surface ships either commissioned or in advance stages of construction and submarines. The […]

Categories: Napkinwaffe, Strategy

Money as a Strategic and Tactical Weapon

Monday, August 17, 2009 at 1:54 am

While pondering the whimsical suggestion of “Operation Cuban Freedom” by a friend of mine as he set about making that happen in a game; I had the facetious comment that if we gave everyone in Cuba a modern Chevrolet to replace their 1950s cars; we would have no problems at all in Cuba. Then the […]

Categories: Strategy

Why the F-35 will continue to stumble forward

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Despite the many difficulties with the program, there are only two other “4.5+” generation Western aircraft out there on the open market besides the F-35 family, the Typhoon and the Rafale(I suppose one could include the F/A-18E/F and Gripen as well). The “Stealth Eagle” isn’t in production, and the F-22 is forbidden from being sold […]

Categories: Aircraft, F-35, Oops

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

Don’t Get It Wet I

Friday, August 7, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Here is an interesting alternate turn of events in August 1945: The Enola Gay loses an engine on takeoff, and goes into the drink offshore at Tinian — the Mark One device onboard — (“Little Boy”) — initates, and Tinian gets beaten around some. This was a concern to the Target Committee Meetings that met […]

Categories: Nuclear Weapons, Oops

Mission Statement

Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 9:01 am

A long time ago, I had the idea to create a series of websites under the following domain names: And use them to disseminate information on whatever paper projects everyone else had in World War II; as a counter to all the sites which give you the performance claims for some dirty […]

Categories: Aircraft, British Secret Projects

F-35 Death Watch I

Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 8:03 am

And it Begins In a significant about turn the MoD has indicated that it will ditch the jump-jet version of Joint Strike Fighter in favour of the conventional model, as the planes for its two new aircraft carriers. The Daily Telegraph has learnt from senior defence officials that an announcement will be made this autumn. […]

Categories: F-22, F-35