Friday Linkzookery – 27 Jan 2006

Keel Laying Ceremony Held for 2nd Littoral Combat Ship
LCS 2, to be built by General Dynamics, is scheduled to be commissioned in 2008. Lockheed Martin built LCS 1 USS Freedom and will build LCS 3.

Kurdistan: The Other Iraq
“The Kurdistan Region in Iraq is a good news story that seldom gets told.”

Born French, Died an American Hero
Capt. Patrick M. Rapicault of 2nd Bn. 5th Marines.

New super-gun to be tested in Feb
The long-awaited Metal Storm.

Supply route to Iraq’s Command Outpost North will cut commute by 16 hours

Organizing The Air Force Out of Existence
More on the dispute between the USAF and the Army over control of UAVs.

WWII chemical weapons jeopardise Baltic pipeline
Mustard gas, lewisite, and tabun from Nazi Germany and dumped by the Rooskies is in the way 100 meters down 60 years later.

Jarhead Red – The Cab that makes you say “Ooh-Rah!”
“Jarhead Red is a wine made by Marines, for Marines.” (see also: Strategy Page)

Bin Laden Starts Book Club, Vows to Crush Oprah
Scrappleface strikes again.

More Linkzookery “below the fold”:

Battleship’s anchor makes move to new site
The USS Oklahoma’s anchor, long displaying in Oklahoma City, is moving to a new spot in town.

Broncos fan, 17, says teacher humiliated him
If he felt uncomfortable, then that’s a lesson; that’s what (the class) is designed to do,” says the Pittsburgh teacher. (I was once on the news because I was wearing my Redskins hat in a Colorado Springs mall the week before the Washington-Denver Super Bowl. Redskins 42-10, baby!)

Littoral Warfare facility near completion

USAF produces new rocket telescope
My, what big eyes you have!

Pentagon may trim Wyo missiles
From 500 to 450?

Israel Kicks Off Program to Improve Its F-16s and F-15s
I still say we ought to sell them a squadron of F-117s.

Wing to install advanced tactical laser on C-130H
The “Advanced Tactical Laser”, a belly-mounted technology demonstrator for the 747-based Airborne Laser.

Yokota to observe ‘quiet hours’ on Japanese schools’ testing days
Special request for extra “quiet time” during listening comprehension testing granted by Yokata Air Base. A continuing attempt to not lose hearts and minds in Japan.

Iraqi Army Division Takes Security Lead in Two Provinces
Slowly but surely.

Tanker talk could turn to Boeing 777s, 737s
That abandoned lease plan for 767s just keeps looking worse and worse…

Ford plant bans competitors’ cars from lot
Dearborn manager says employees can only park if they drive a Ford

Stuck on 1968
Revisiting the “conventional wisdom” of the day.

U.S. Brings Back the .45
9mm handguns just aren’t cutting it. Nothing new.

Air Force ranks No. 1 for renewable energy use
Notice how I worked in an alternative energy link while sticking to my mostly-military theme? Murdoc’s more clever than you give him credit for.

Canada’s new leader takes on U.S. over Arctic
Harper to deploy icebreakers, build port; U.S. says waters belong to all…Murdoc noted this conflict last month.

Pentagon tanker study leaves time frame in air
What? Uncertainty surrounds the tanker program? Quick! Add more people to the committees!

Air Force Plans Flight Tests Of Hypersonic Vehicle
DARPA Falcon to go for Mach 19 in September of 2007.

Czechs to Buy 199 Pandur II APCs for $1 billion and
Eire Buys 15 More Pirahna IIIs for EUR 30M
Euros liking the wheels, I guess. DID covers the deals.

SuitSat To Be Thrown Overboard February 3
Turning old space suits into useful satellites. Listen in at 145.990 MHz FM.

IED Answer: Foot Patrols?
Murdoc thinks not. But what does Murdoc know?

The AP misrepresented Gen. Pace’s comments. Go figure.


  1. The Kurdistan news is in fact bad news, not good. When I was a child in Iraq, around the time of the fall of the monarchy, our family had an Armenian nanny who had been through the Armenian genocide as a baby. She reported that the Kurds were in fact far worse than the Kurds (I won’t repeat her story). Anyway, the point is that whatever the beneficial results for the Kurds, it is very bad news for everybody else in the area. They will be gradually squeezed out with all the incidental suffering that involves. What is more, the Kurds’ connection to democracy is likely to be superficial at best, at any rate until the rest of what is involved grows in over time. Most likely – judging by their past behaviour – they are just doing what is fashionable and convenient and would as readily switch to something else (just look at Mustapha Barzani’s career). On the metal storm thing, it is surprising how often US reports omit the amount of knowhow they get from other countries – in this case Australia – or it would be if it wasn’t such a regular thing. The same applies to much of the technology going into the whole littoral ship thing too. The relevant companies are now US companies, as they had to transfer there to qualify to sell to the USA. On the patrolling for IED thing, it may be worth reminding people of what the Portuguese found in Angola: cavalry patrols meant that mines were more survivable, since the horse took much of the damage.

  2. P.M.: The ‘good news’ bit on Kurdistan is a quote from their website, not Murdoc’s thoughtful analysis. I’m, in fact, worried that the Kurdish issue is going to be quite troublesome.

  3. One thing I forgot to mention, about the USAF involvement with recycling. They once did an in-depth study of running their auxiliary air base vehicles off Stirling (Sterling?) Engines, burning otherwise-waste lubricating oil. Apparently it turned out to be nearly viable; an almost that was certainly worth trying out.