Af/Pak & Other News (6/8/2013)

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Jun 8, 2013, 8:29:16 PM6/8/13
Pakistani activists to new prime minister: Shoot down the drones or be

British soldiers to get new multi-purpose combat vehicle dubbed 'Swiss
Army Knife':

Major militant clash feared near Pak-Afghan border:

Three Americans killed in Afghanistan insider attack, officials say:

Attacker in Afghanistan Hid Bomb in His Body:

Kabul demands British forces transfer prisoners within weeks:

NATO post-ISAF mission evolves:

This Is Pakistan's Answer to U.S. Drone Defiance:

Another Indian MiG-21 crash:

U.S. Helps Allies Trying to Battle Iranian Hackers:

The Turkish Spring:

Syrian forces capture final rebel stronghold in Qusair region:

Syria Rebels to Sit Out Talks Unless Arms Are Sent, General Says:

The Weapon Route from Russia to Syria: How it Works:

UN rejects Russian offer to send peacekeepers to Golan Heights:

Cyprus asks Israel, Greece to assist in clearing munitions dumped

U.S. C-130 mistaken Israeli airport for Jordanian one:

At least 11 reported dead in anti-militia clashes in Benghazi:

Case closed on Algeria MiG-29SMT saga:

Nato suffered 2,500 cyber attacks in 2012:

Turkmenistan Makes Another Quiet Purchase Of Warships:

Pilot Report Proves A400M’s Capabilities:

‘Missile defense killer’: Russia finalizes testing on prototype ICBM:

Staying Out Of Jail While Working Beyond The Law:

Obama Asked Intel Agencies to Draw Up List of Possible Cyber Targets

Guardian publishes third secret NSA document, on cyberwar:

How the NSA, and your boss, can intercept and break SSL:

What the Tech Industry and Politicians Are Saying About NSA’s Massive
Data Collection:

U.S. Internet Spying Draws Anger, and Envy:

The real story in the NSA scandal is the collapse of journalism:

American Secret Sauce Sours:

AN/ALQ-214(V)4/5 to be installed on USN F/A-18C/D:

NavWeek: LCS -- The Battle Within:


Jun 8, 2013, 9:54:26 PM6/8/13
Il 09/06/2013 02:29, ha scritto:
> Pakistani activists to new prime minister: Shoot down the drones or be
> sued:

well, 23mm and 14.7 ammo are cheap, and does a nifty show of fireworks
and a loud bang... so, the outcome is obvious: issue a standing order of
firing some boxes of mostly tracer ammo in some direction, not
necessarily the correct one (and neither timely) and everyone is

Best regards from Italy,
dott. Piergiorgio.


Jun 8, 2013, 10:53:42 PM6/8/13
Il 09/06/2013 02:29, ha scritto:
well, at least a pair of outstanding issues are around, one ironically
in the most "old way" of thinking.

one is that a ship whose crew should conduct and not maintain the ship,
whose depend to a network for maintenance is a sure-fire way to be
looked down from Mediterranean admiralties, from, poignantly, Gibraltar
to Alexandria and Dardanelles, because, the major full regional power
has a renowned penchant for targeting and wreaking havoc on hostile
ports, and not necessarily by airpower.

the issue linked to the very core of "old way" of thinking lies in the
"vulcanization" of the 3" OTO, whose briefly, gives to nearby every
medium and small warship in the world the gunnery range of a B* (that
is, ~40km) and this in a littoral context, is tantamount to a
"dreadnought revolution" and half of the LCS get the same short stick of
the predreadnoughts of yore (I think that is feasible to upguning the
Freedoms, but is obvious at glance that for the Independences there's no
hopes for upgunning)

of course, in few years, after designing three shells (3", 5", and land
6.1") around pre-existing guns, OTO can felt confident in designing new
guns incorporating the Vulcano concept and things will start to be
*really* interesting and surely the debate on "old" and "new" Naval
thinking will be rather heated (larger Vulcano shells imply that these
will start to reach, and fly more time inside, the external, thinner
layer of atmosphere, and there's not much brain needed in assessing the
dreadful (pun intended) impact of broadside ranges comparable to IRBMs
and perhaps even ICBMs (with the much shorter reload time typical of a
Naval gun...)
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