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The Specter of the Gun

USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) The DDG 1000 has again appeared in recent news. Its secondary armament was in the spotlight earlier this month as the ship’s Program Manager CAPT Jim Downey discussed the change in the ship’s close in gun (CIG) system. Show More Summary

Court Rules Wearing Unearned Medals Is a Crime

Lying about receiving a military medal is protected speech, but there's no right to wear a combat decoration that hasn't been earned, a federal appeals court said.

Deception and the Backfire Bomber, the Finale

For previous installments, see Parts I, II, III, and IV Final Thoughts It should be hoped that Tokarev’s article will be the first of many revelations in the coming years illustrating how the Soviet and U.S. navies actually used EW and tactical deception against each other to gain edges in their struggle for maritime scouting superiority. Show More Summary

Guns And State Preemption And Nullification

Guns.com: With the stroke of a pen Tuesday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) turned a controversial bill into law that will allow third parties to sue municipalities over local gun codes stronger than the state’s. The measure, added as an amendment to a metal theft bill, had passed the state legislature earlier this month by […]

Notes From HPS

Kurt Hofmann: An interesting new concept in “smart guns” is now reaching technological maturity, according to All Outdoor. This device, made by Yardarm Technology, has a purpose significantly different from previous “smart guns,” and the idea (for now, at least) is to apply it only to cops’ duty weapons … Still, though, if cops can […]

Veterans in Congress Could Hit Lowest Level Since World War II

The number of veterans serving in Congress could fall to the lowest level since World War II. Currently, 106 members of Congress have a military service record. That number could drop depending on the results of multiple races in the mid-term elections.

Deception and the Backfire Bomber, Part IV

For previous installments, see Parts I, II, and III Ingredients of Counter-Deception How could a U.S. Navy battleforce then—or now—avoid defeats at the hands of a highly capable adversary's deceptions? The first necessary ingredient is distributing multi-phenomenology sensors in a defense’s outer layers. Show More Summary

Deception and the Backfire Bomber, Part III

For previous installments, see Parts I and II The Great Equalizer: Backfire Raiders’ Own Use of Deception The key to improving a Soviet maritime bomber raid’s odds of success appears to have been its own use of EW and tactical deception. Show More Summary

Deception and the Backfire Bomber, Part II

Part I available here Was U.S. Navy Tactical Deception Effective? Since Backfire needed pathfinder support, the U.S. Navy’s key to disrupting if not decapitating a raid by the former was to defeat the latter. As part of my thesis research, I came across much circumstantial evidence that the U.S. Show More Summary

Small update to China's 5th gen project

Most recently, we've seen a set of 3 photos coming out of CFTE testing center at Yanliang. The test aircraft in question were J-20 prototype No 2012, Y-20 prototype No. 783 and Y-8FQ (ASW variant) prototype No. 731. All 3 of these projects are obviously very important, but J-20 has the special distinction as China's first 5th gen fighter jet project. Show More Summary

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