I’m just going to drop this right here.
The U.S. Army is shitting its pants over the prospect of future wars in a city that looks like something out of Blade Runner.
“When the Army looks to the future, it sees cities. Dense, sprawling, congested cities where criminal and extremist groups flourish almost undetected by authorities, but who can influence the lives of the population while undermining the authority of the state.
And the service is convinced that these “megacities” of 20 million or more people will be the battleground of the future.
The problem from a military strategists’ point of view, however, is that no army has ever fought it out in a city of this size. So in thinking through the issue of what to do about the coming age of the megacity, the Army’s Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) got together with US Army Special Operations Command, the chief of staff’s Strategic Studies Group and the UK’s Ministry of Defence in February to explore these types of urban operations.
“There is no historical precedent” for these kinds of operations, Brig. Gen. Christopher McPadden, ARCIC’s director of concept development and learning directorate, said on Aug. 28. “We really have to figure out the scope and scale of the kind of operations we’ll have to participate in.”
The rest here at Army Times (including feedback from H.R. McMaster)
Physicist Norris Bradbury sits next to “The Gadget”, the nuclear device created by scientists to test the world’s first atomic bomb, codenamed the Manhattan Project, at the Trinity Site in Alamogordo, New Mexico 16 July 1945. Just three weeks later an operational device was dropped on August 6, 1945, over Hiroshima, in the Empire of Japan. Four weeks after that, World War Two ended.
Found these three images in the past few weeks while pursuing through images of Mexico’s ongoing drug war, which is pitting hyper-violent narco cartels against overworked (and often corrupt) police and military forces, while independent vigilante groups find themselves– at times– arrayed against both in an effort to keep their towns and villages intact.
One common thread among all sides, is that the Colt 1911 and its variants (which include the Obregon and Trejo, both of which were 1911-ish guns made in Old Mexico for generations) seem to be the go-to hardballer in the conflict.
James Holmes at National Interest has a lot to say about the Sōryū-class submarines of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. These diesel boats are not your grandpa’s old WWII-era smokers. Equipped with the best Air Independent Propulsion tech that could be licensed from the Swedes, these X-tailed, 4200-ton boats are large (275-feet overall), capable (6100 nm range, modern combat sensors, 30 torpedoes/sub-launched harpoons), and can remained submerged for weeks if needed, all while remaining quieter than many of the world’s more expensive nuclear-powered attack submarines. They are also a comparative bargain at $500 milly a pop, while the current U.S. SSN runs a few times that even in the most optimistic figures.
The JMSDF has plans for ten of these (and currently has half in service already), but Holmes is suggesting something else.
“In short, Soryus are optimized for plying the China seas and Western Pacific. Those are precisely the waters the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard singled out as crucial in the 2007 Maritime Strategy, the sea services’ most authoritative statement of how they see the strategic environment and intend to manage it. Soryu SSKs are proven platforms manned by experienced mariners who can bequeath their knowledge to their U.S. comrades. That makes these boats a logical common platform around which to build a combined SSK squadron.”
A Navy veteran and his wife are suing the government of the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands to force the territory to repeal its ban on handguns.
The suit, brought by David J. Radich and his wife, Li-Rong, is challenging the commonwealth government’s anti-gun policies, particularly its total ban on handguns and refusal to issue permits for long arms. This comes after the couple suffered from a home invasion that left Li-Rong severely injured. Following the attack, the Radich couple filed for Weapons Identification Cards with the CNMI Department of Public Safety in July 2013, required to own one of the few long guns allowed in the territory.
However, with their WICs still in limbo, the couple filed suit Sept. 5 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern Marianas Islands, claiming their Second and Fourteenth Amendment rights are in violation.
And after looking at what some Second Amendment scholars had to say, and talking to Radich’s attorney, me thinks they just might be on to something there.