Friday, 12 February 2016

Specialised Marine Craft - "Smoke and Mirrors"

More details about the Specialised Marine Craft (SMC) revealed, via Jane's Defence Weekly.


In the minds of many military enthusiasts, the SMC has more secrets up it's sleeve...

For example, the stated primary role of "coastal interception of threats at sea", doesn't require a stealth design.

But "smoke and mirrors" is not unexpected, from a military force that wishes to keep the adversary guessing. :)

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

“The Past and Future of War” - Prof Azar Gat - 23 Feb 2016

Just alerted via email
Abstract:
When did war start? Is it as old as our species (Hobbes), or a late cultural invention that emerged only with agriculture, complex societies and the state (Rousseau)? Travelling through the millennia, is war decreasing in today’s world, and if so what are the nature and causes of this decline? What are the countervailing forces that may undermine the trend as we advance into the 21st century?
Details in link below.
http://www.rsis.edu.sg/event/tba-rsis-seminar-by-professor-azar-gat-ezer-weitzman-chair-for-national-security-department-of-political-science-tel-aviv-university

Friday, 4 December 2015

One big step for women


Great news, all combat roles will be open to women.

This will have positive multiplier effects beyond gender equality, both in terms of combat performance and overall outlook of the US armed forces

Thursday, 8 October 2015

The Role of the Military in Future Conflict" by Dr Thomas X. Hammes

A swarm of drones attacking Kuwait International Airport. Or terrorists setting off an explosion at a chemical plant in Oklahoma, which then releases deadly gases and causes massive poisoning.

These were just 2 of many grim scenarios that Dr Thomas X. Hammes painted, at his talk at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS).

Always refreshing to hear from a former "practitioner", especially one who is candid, pulling no punches.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Black OPFOR uniform

Photo courtesy https://www.facebook.com/1-4-Infantry-Regiment-156335791124263
Came across this on Facebook today.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.906453626112472.1073742044.156335791124263

Didn't know about this all black uniform earlier. 1st Battalion 4th Infantry Regiment are currently based in Hohenfels, Germany, in an OPFOR role.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

NATO’s Readiness Action Plan


Measures implemented to bolster the eastern flank of NATO. Hopefully, the political process is also reviewed to improve reaction times.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Renewed focus

http://understandingwar.org/employment

Reading the details of the job ads in the above page, crystallises what I hope opswarfare to become, and also the workflow that needs to be worked out, to enable regular articles to be produced.

Just that all those roles are rolled into one person. :)

Monday, 20 July 2015

Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team


Nope, haven't posted in the wrong blog.

This is not your usual Gundam series; really refreshing, with usage of real military tactics and scenarios. Even issues of military command & control, and discipline.

And the Gundams here are not omnipotent; they need to work together with other assets, functioning like just another military platform, and break down sometimes. And instead of flying all over the place, they fight in jungle warfare. Very down-to-earth, literally.  

Really worth a watch. Just finished episode 6...

Recording our thoughts

The latest edition of #CCLKOW struck a chord with me.
http://kingsofwar.org.uk/2015/07/bridging-the-gap-and-the-art-of-record-keeping/

Prompted a rare tweet

Re: latest #CCLKOW article, find info overload a problem; tonnes of draft blog posts; maybe better to try writing in a physical notebook [link]

I have so many draft posts in the opswarfare blog; all in various stages. It's not easy to write a proper article with a coherent hypothesis, or a full analysis of an interesting development that I come across. And definitely not in one sitting.

With the busy lives we lead, with multiple interests, it is tough, but as with all projects, it requires determination and planning. Hope to write more regularly.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

NBC system for ships

Cool photos spotted on Facebook.

SNMG1 unit HNLMS Tromp testing the pre-wetting system. This system protect the ship against Nuclear, Chemical and Biological adverse environment. [source: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.999409840078619.1073741865.559878640698410]

Haven't seen such a NBC system before. Did a quick search; seems it's a water sprinkler system to be activated in the event of a imminent NBC attack.