“Proven and Reliable”

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 7:55 pm

The next time you hear someone talk about deploying only “proven and reliable” missile defense systems; think about what I’m about to say for a moment. The first SLBMs the U.S. Navy deployed – the Polaris A-1s; had less than 50% reliability. That meant out of 16 SLBMs on a SSBN, only eight (at best) […]

Categories: ABM, Nuclear Weapons

Classic Games I (and Plotholes)

Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 5:25 am

One of my favorite games of All Time™, “System Shock”; was released in 1994 by Origin, under the development of Looking Glass. Even fifteen years later (my god has it been that long?); the game is still eminently playable (within either DOSBOX; or with a hacked executable that fans of the game have put together); […]

Categories: Classic Gaming, Plotholes

ABM circa 1944

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 8:55 am

ABM is not some new exotic technology. The very first ABM system was in fact invented in 1944, and came very close to being operationally tested against actual V-2s. When the Germans began firing V-2s against England, the existing CHAIN HOME radar system actually could detect V-2s in the boost phase; and this gave the […]

Categories: ABM

What’s Old is New Again I

Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 11:35 am

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the Navy quietly conducted studies of their own Sea Based ABM system (as in $3 million spent on studies; vs $4 billion on Nike-X); and proposed a purpose built, nuclear powered warship, of which an artist’s concept is below. The SABMIS concept would have mounted the missile detection/tracking radars, […]

Categories: ABM, Ships

And now, for an opposing viewpoint…

Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 7:42 pm

The proposed anti-missile sites in Poland and the Czech Republic appear to have been unceremoniously tossed out the window by the Obama administration. The static sites will be removed in favor of a “distributed, adaptable, and flexible” system that will be largely based upon the USN’s SM-3 missile. As a former sailor, I would be […]

Categories: ABM, Nuclear Weapons, Strategy

The Coming Problems with Navy Sea-Based BMD

Friday, September 18, 2009 at 9:49 pm

So it seems that Ground Based ABM, such as GBI, KEI, and THAAD are basically dead in the water, killed by a sleight of hand, and some murmurings about how a “proven and reliable” system is the only way to go forward. The big problem that all the other ABM systems other than SM-3 have […]

Categories: ABM

Civil Defense Utilization of Ships and Boats

Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 11:16 pm

I recently finished HTMLing a 250+ page document I found on DTIC, by the US Navy’s Radiological Defense Laboratory on the effectiveness and efficiency of using surplus Liberty ships as portable fallout shelters, command posts, or fuel storage points. Link to Main Body of Document Link to Appendixes in Document So, question for those out […]

Categories: Nuclear Weapons, Strategy

Alternative WWII Scenario I: The Mosquito Option

Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 4:33 pm

This one has been discussed ad nauseam as far as I know since World War II ended; what if Bomber Command had used Mosquitos instead of Lancasters? The advantages are that the Mosquito flies much higher and faster than the Lancaster: 275 MPH @ 15,000 ft fully loaded maximum speed for a Lancaster vs 340 […]

Categories: Aircraft