Saturday, 21 December 2013
The Close Combat Vehicle (CCV) programme was meant for the Canadian Army to procure/develop a heavy armoured personnel carrier (APC) / infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) to accompany their Leopard 2 main-battle tanks.
It is now dead.
The German equivalent, the Puma IFV, also seems to be undergoing teething problems...
http://www.tagesschau.de/inland/ruestung122.html [in German]
Monday, 16 December 2013
"50. Authorizes the French forces in the CAR, within the limits of their capacities and areas of deployment, and for a temporary period, to take all necessary measures to support MISCA in the discharge of its mandate as provided by paragraph 28 above; requests France to report to the Council on the implementation of this mandate in the CAR and to coordinate its reporting with the reporting by the African Union referred to in paragraph 32 above and decides to review this mandate within six months after its commencement and calls upon the Transitional Authorities to cooperate fully with the deployment and operations of French forces, in particular by ensuring its safety, security and freedom of movement with unhindered and immediate access throughout the territory of CAR and further calls upon neighbouring countries of CAR to take appropriate measures to support the action of French forces;"
Friday, 18 October 2013
Saturday, 5 October 2013
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
Have been meaning to write about the work of the "Syrian Electronic Army".
As mentioned in the article above, they have been very active. The latest target is a "military" one, compared to the previous attacks on news websites.
Marines.com is not the main USMC website. It's more of a promotional website for the Marines. So it is likely that no serious infiltration or loss of information has occurred.
The "attack" is more likely a hack on the DNS, to direct users who type www.marines.com to another website, instead of the real Marines.com website.
It is more an asymmetric attack. But it also brings to reality the many articles written about cyber warfare. Some have been dismissive, but it seems we no longer can ignore this threat.
Friday, 9 August 2013
Thursday, 8 August 2013
Gilad Schalit's capture, in his own words, part II
Thursday, 1 August 2013
More OSINT gems from Jane's. This time, Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) of the recent attack on military facilities in Syria.
Saturday, 27 July 2013
IHS Defense and Security: After recent IHS #satellite imagery analysis revealed a ballistic #missile facility near Al-Watah (http://bit.ly/14dQiZc), this IHS infographic shows potential strike ranges of #SaudiArabia's DF-21 and DF-3 #nuclear-capable intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) capabilities - with #Israel and #Iran well within range.
Thursday, 13 June 2013
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
After completing basic military training (BMT) back in 2004, two platoon mates and I found to our dismay that we were being dispatched to be trained as logistics supervisors.
We were medically fit and while not exactly top performers, we had passed all the physical, marksmanship and field craft tests reasonably well. So we were mystified that the army had found us unsuitable for combat roles.
I went where I was sent, and it was not a "slack" non-combat role. That stint providing logistical support to about 100 men proved mentally draining at times, but I soon grew frustrated with a job I simply had no interest in.
After months of fighting administrative battles, I managed to get redeployed as a radio signaller. Relaying coded messages and bridging communications may not sound like much, but it was a world of excitement after dealing with inventory logs and ration schedules.
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Some key essentials if you are attending the Navy Open House this weekend
- 18-19 May 2013 (Saturday & Sunday), 9am - 7pm
- Entry is by shuttle bus only
- Free shuttle services between Singapore EXPO Hall 3 & Changi Naval Base (CNB)
- 1st bus - 8am (18 May)
- 1st bus - 8.30am (19 May)
- be mentally prepared for long queues and jams on the way to CNB
- Dynamic Display showtimes
- 18 May (Sat) - 9.30am and 2.30pm
- 19 May (Sun) - 10.30am and 2.30pm
- Sea cruise (by balloting)
- both days - 11.30am, 1pm, 3.30pm and 5pm
Suitable attire (text from Navy Open House website)
Ladies, strong winds and metallic edges will be your adversaries at the Naval Base. As such, we do not recommend skirts, dresses, heels, sandals and slippers. We suggest wearing sturdy shoes, shorts, trousers or jeans – for our gentlemen too.What to bring
- sun-block; cap/hat
Sunday, 12 May 2013
Will follow up with photo captions & report, including my observations.
p.s. details on the Navy Open House below.
Saturday, 11 May 2013
Talking NS without fear or favour | Breakfast Network | An Eye on the News Singapore
Quite a few valid points in this article. Hope to find time to pen down my thoughts and send to the Committee to Strengthen National Service.
Sunday, 17 March 2013
New fitness test for all 3 branches (Air Force, Army, Navy) of the Canadian Armed Forces.
|Sandbag Lift||30 consecutive lifts of a 20 kg sandbag to a height above 91.5 cm, alternating between left and right sandbags separated by 1.25 m.||3 minutes 30 seconds|
|Intermittent Loaded Shuttles||Using the 20 m lines, complete ten shuttles (1 shuttle = 20 m there, 20 m back), alternating between a loaded shuttle with a 20 kg sandbag and an unloaded shuttle, for a total of 400 m.||5 minutes 21 seconds|
|20 metre Rushes||Starting from prone, complete two shuttle sprints (1 shuttle = 20 m there, 20 m back) dropping to a prone position every 10m, for a total of 80 m.||51 seconds|
|Sandbag Drag||Carry one 20 kg sandbag and pull four on the floor over 20 m without stopping.||Completed without stopping|
General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, seemed to deliberately do the test slower than Peter MacKay, the Defence Minister.
But anyway, it seems like a useful combat-oriented fitness test, unlike our IPPT, which is modified from the NAPFA test that we first did in school.
Thursday, 7 March 2013
I've always wondered; how do we have a meaningful debate on how much to spend on defence?
For example, if I were to say, can we stop buying additional F-15SGs, some would naturally say something like "You can't put a price tag on peace".
But we all know that this is not sustainable in the long run.
We have to be able to say, based on our projections, X amount of weaponry will be more than sufficient.
It doesn't help that much of what we need to know, to decide on that X amount, is off-limits due to Operations Security (OPSEC).
Thursday, 28 February 2013
Sunday, 27 January 2013
Link to the actual memo below.
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Postscript [3rd Jan 2013]
Looks like the 23rd Engineer Company is quite popular. Another documentary, this time by Discovery Channel.
Heroes of Hell's Highway