Monday, December 31, 2018

You Can Read Me Now In US Naval Institute Blog.

Russian Navy, Mission Found?

You may read my new piece on some doctrine-technology issues in today's USNI Blog post. Link is below. 

Let's Try Q & A And Whatever Else Sticky Post

Here is the post which I will try to keep sticky for people to ask questions and share their thoughts which are not on topic. This, I think is known as Open Thread. Fire away.

You May Read Me on Unz Review Too.

1. I got my first piece published on Unz Review today, so you may check it out there

2. You can read my piece on some peculiarities of Russo-Chinese "alliance" at Unz Review. Here:

The Russo-Chinese "Alliance" Explained 

3. Here is the latest One. 

Russia's Stand-Off Capability: The 800 Pound Gorilla in Syria

4. On INF Treaty.   

 The Sand Castle INF Treaty

5. New piece on geopolitics and navalism.

The Russo-Chinese "Alliance" Revisited  

6. My new piece on Putin's speech came out today at Unz Review. 

The Implications of Russia's New Weapon Systems

Thursday, August 16, 2018

I Have Become Comfortably Numb...After The Age Of Titans.

How can you top this, how can one possibly surpass this... Are there any peaks to conquer after this? We were a lucky generation--we grew up with that. It is Thursday, but I took a day it is Friday. 

Randy, SOB, you shouldn't have taken that helicopter (or airplane) ride...

But even "pop" then was so good...

Some Seattle girls who almost became female Led Zeppelin... Oh, wait... Because Youtube is run by a bunch of totalitarian losers here is a real deal with Jimmy Page, Robert and John Paul almost break into tears listening to the end of an era, Ah, yes, Jason Bonham plays drums... Don't pay attention to Obamas--they are irrelevant.

Oh wait, the best song Led Zeppelin never wrote... At least it is still out there.


New Marshal Shaposhnikov.

Remember two years ago I wrote this about modernization of Project 1155 (Udaloy-class) BPK Marshal Shaposhnikov? Well, Marshal Shaposhnikov is being modernized and by modernization I mean MODERNIZATION. Thanks to wonderful resource Sdelano U Nas, here is Shaposhnikov's photo in the dry dock in Vladivostok. 

As you can see, it is in effect a construction of a new ship. Everything new in terms of electronics will be installed on this old-timer and, most importantly, apart from 8 launchers of the X-35 Uran anti-shipping missile to be installed in place of the Rastrub anti-submarine missiles, second bow AK-100 is removed and 8 cells of UKSK vertical launchers will be installed and that means the ability to launch any Kalibr family  missile, be it TLAM, ASCM or anti-submarine one. It will be interesting to see what this modernization, once Shaposhnikov is recommissioned, will do for the rest of the fleet of these venerable and impressive ASW ships.  Nine of them are still around and Shaposhnikov is not the youngest of them.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Funny START.

And here we go again. As I stated before, Russia is not going to discuss ANY of Russia's new weapon systems within extension of the START III (New START) treaty between the USA and Russia. Simple as that, in fact--absolute no-brainer. All those negotiations are merely exercises in semantic futility since, as Vice Chairman of Defense and Security Committee of Federation Council Evgeny Serebrennikov pointed out today (in Russian):

He also (tongue in cheek?) expressed hope that maybe American side will accept Russian arguments on this issue. Of course, the United States will not do so under any circumstances. Everybody knows it and it all becomes just the matter of posturing. Ironically, Russia can easily prove Sarmat to be not covered by START since Sarmat can carry hyper-sonic gliders, which are conventional (that is non-nuclear) weapons with a truly strategic impact. But then again, the whole plethora of brand-new Russian weapons was designed from the outset as a dual, nuclear and non-nuclear, capability. 

What will the US do to apply pressure? It is obvious--it will place some weapons, from INF-abrogating ballistics to ABM systems into the territory of its lap-dogs such as Baltic states and more of the same into Romania. After all, as General Hyten stated a week ago:
Well, yes--I understand John Hyten's sentiment but this is not how competition between peers works. Especially, I underscore that, between Russia and the US. Only retards or completely sublime people believe anymore in America's "good intentions" and "friendship"--Russians know all too well what does it mean. So, in this case Russia will survive the status of America's "not-friend" but will continue to develop and increase its lead in new weapon systems in order to prevent some hot heads in Washington from exercising all kinds of nutty ideas. Well, one of these ideas is so stale and so unimaginative (lack of imagination is a defining feature of current American exceptionalist view of herself) that now it creates only boredom among real experts.

The United States wants to repeat Cold War 1.0 in which it concluded (wrongly) the Soviet Union bankrupted itself in the arms race with the US. Reality, of course, was very different but it is difficult to explain to people who write doctrines for Washington establishment (Deep State, BORG, whatever one wants to call it) that they have to take a reality pill and start assessing United States' REAL standing in terms of power competition in the military-technological field. I am not going to wax Clanciesque here but the simple truth is that any American move on confronting Russia militarily already has a response which nullifies any attempts. Obviously, once the US violates INF Treaty (it will) the flight time of ballistics launched from the Baltic States against targets in Russia will be very short. This, most likely, will necessitate a deployment of S-500 AD complexes in appropriate sectors, including Kaliningrad, this is not to speak of the immediate measures against US proper, not just Europe, with conventional "calming" strike on equally significant non-civilian object. But that is the reality which Deep State still can not face--only those who have a decisive conventional superiority control escalation to the nuclear threshold. I have some news for "exceptionalists" and neocons--it is Russia. But I am sure, at least some of them know that--that is why they are so desperate and hysterical.   

So, the Cold War 2.0 is on and it will only escalate, with economic pressure and sabotage against Russia only increasing but, as old Heraclitus wisdom states, one cannot step into the same river twice. Russia learned a hard lesson with the combined West in the words of Putin:
Russia learned her lessons, will the US?   

Friday, August 10, 2018

Soviet Union's Underground Anthem.

It is still  the greatest break up (or otherwise) anthem of all times. David Byron (oh-h, David--alcohol is never good for anyone) , Ken Hensley, Mick Box, Paul Newton, Iain Clark and, yes, Manfred Mann on Moog in a climactic coda of this masterpiece. It is Friday and it is time to experience Uriah Heep's Gothic majesty and drama sculpted into music. 

I am not sure how many virginities were lost to in 1970s between Hotel California and This. My ballpark figure would be around 65-70% combined, with about even split between the two, but it is just me--I am not really good at this kind of statistics. Yet, it is Friday and it is time to get back to the times when music was awesome. Like this, which was blowing your brains out from UH's stunning album Look At Yourself. You think you know what real HEAVY is? Farting and "screaming" in mic and using over-distorted guitars doesn't make one "heavy". As Roger Glover of Deep Purple once said--heavy is not loudness, it is attitude. Here is how real heavy sounds. 

Wait, it was also this. Can you believe it--we also danced to this in 1977. Last album with David in 1976. 

 But, of course, there was a stunning Return To Fantasy in 1975