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

The Hell You Say. Say It Ain't So.

You know, that Press creates (or incites) wars. The American Conservative suddenly (and good for them) decided to take a look at how US media Helps To Start Wars
Well, I have some news--MOST of US Press, with some very minor exceptions is yellow and is staffed with some, mostly badly educated and completely ideologically indoctrinated (be that left, right or whatever else) pretentious creeps who think that they have  valuable skills and by the virtue of their names or mugs being present or exposed in public spaces have the right to express their opinions on military and geopolitical matters about which they have no clue. 

I commend the author of this piece, Ted Gallen Carpenter, for this conclusion: 
As is so often the case with Trump’s arguments, his accusation that the press can cause wars is an exaggeration, but one that contains an important kernel of truth. Irresponsible media coverage has undoubtedly strengthened public sentiment for ill-advised wars in the past, and it could do so again in the future. The sometimes shrill hostility of the mainstream media towards Russia is pushing the United States toward an increasingly hardline policy that now borders on a second cold war. The original Cold War nearly escalated to a hot one on several occasions. The press needs to be doubly cautious about pushing policies that would send America down a similar perilous path. Trump is wrong to brand the press as an enemy of the people, but it is still a powerful institution that has not always used its great influence responsibly regarding matters of war and peace.
But it is time to face the truth--if not for war criminals, as an example, such as ambitious ignorant bimbo Christian Amanpour and her "journalist" brethren who went into the direct propaganda for Kosovo Jihadists and criminals, there wouldn't have been a political pressure on Bill Clinton to start war against Serbia. If not for loud mouth ignoramuses from Western so called "news" outlets who support still all kinds of Islamic terrorists from Al Qaeda to ISIS and follow Jihadist' narrative on "chemical weapons"--the tragedy of Syria might have been avoided. So, NO! They not only "play the role"--they participate in atrocities directly by lying to everybody and are as culpable as political cowards who give the orders to bomb and dismantle one nation after another. Those people are no good, pathetic pretentious creeps who, at some point of time, will have to answer for their huge role in bringing the world to the brink of a new global war and they, from Wall Street Journal to NYT, to WaPo, to imbeciles in HuffPo know damn well who they are--they might look up the fate of Goebbels' accomplices after Nuremberg Trials to contemplate what they might be against in the future. 

There is no such profession as "journalist", nor there any academically sound foundation for people getting their BA or other graduate degrees in handling microphones and cameras and studying how others BSed the nation before them--anyone with IQ slightly above room temperature and AA degree in English Language or Literature with agile enough tongue can become a "journalist". Whores are more honorable because they do not pretend to be moved by high moral standards--they are into it just to make an honest buck. Western media are pathetic and they are dangerous for the freedom of speech. They are dangerous for their own nations, they are dangerous for the world, of which they know nothing but increasingly irrelevant narratives. 

An Amazing Short Journey.

We sometimes lose the grasp of real superpowerdom, but it is enough to lift our eyes towards the skies and recall that 250 miles above us the material embodiment of scientific and engineering genius of Russians, Americans, Japanese and Europeans circles the Earth. It is absolutely amazing what International Space Station represents in these nations' cooperation. It also represents a club of nations so elite, so exclusive, that it is sometimes difficult to convey how incredible they could be in creating true technological marvels which are beyond the grasp of most. Want to see a real hi-tech? Here, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemiev runs the longest route in ISS. It is fascinating. Some people complain that it is claustrophobic--those people forget what Vostok or Gemini looked like. Well, or Project 613 (NATO-Whiskey-class) subs, for that matter. ISS is vast. 


Thursday, August 9, 2018

I'll See You On The Dark Side Of The Moon.

The KGB is on the grass.
The KGB is on the grass.
Remembering games and daisy chains and laughs.
Got to keep the loonies on the path.

The KGB is in the hall.
The SVR are in my hall.
The paper holds their folded faces to the floor
And every day the paper boy brings more.

And if the dam breaks open many years too soon
And if there is no room upon the hill
And if your head explodes with dark forebodings too
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.

The GRU is in my head.
The SSO is in my head
You raise the blade, you make the change
You re-arrange me 'til I'm sane.
You lock the door
And throw away the key
There's someone in my head but it's not me.

And if the cloud bursts, thunder in your ear
You shout and no one seems to hear.
And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon. 

Senator: Russia has 'penetrated' Florida counties ahead of midterms

Small comment from DHS followed:
Department of Homeland Security spokesperson Sara Sendek told Yahoo News that the agency tasked with securing the nation’s elections was unaware of a specific new breach by the Russians in Florida.
If anyone forgot the title of this Pink Floyd's masterpiece from the immortal The Dark Side of The Moon--it is Brain Damage.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Another Round.

Evidently Lindsey Graham and his cronies from the Senate have a very vague understanding of the meaning of "crushing" when introducing yet another set of sanction against Russia, whom they also want to define as Sponsor of Terrorism.

I am sure Russians will be "pleased" to be identified as sponsors of terrorism by the same ol', same ol' cabal of "legislators" we all got used to so much in the last 10 years. It is worth, however, repeating who they are:

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) added that the bill is "the next step in tightening the screws on the Kremlin."Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) are also supporting the legislation. It comes as lawmakers are growingly increasingly concerned that Russia will try to interfere in the 2018 elections, where control of Congress hangs in the balance.

I can only express amusement to these, and other, senators' complete inability to learn. It is expected from US Congress to be oblivious on most matters concerning Russia, once the "quality" of US diplomatic corps and intelligence machine, not to speak of quality of legislators themselves, is considered, but continuing doing the same and expecting different outcomes? Isn't it what Albert Einstein defined as insanity? But then again, common sense and competent people are a rare commodity in both houses. 

My personal attitude to all this circus is to merely quote a very famous movie director and truly cultured and knowledgeable man, Karen Shakhnazarov, who recently (a week or so ago) praised economic sanction on Russia, which, as he insisted "if not for sanctions we (Russia) we wouldn't be doing what we are doing now. Sanctions are good for us". I completely share Shakhnazarov's point of view. I also am getting tired from, promoted mostly by humanities and finances "educated" so called analysts from all kinds of liberal rags both in Russia and the West, the concept of some Russia's "dependency" on Western "technology". It is to be expected from people who never worked a real industrial job in their life and do not understand what real technology or manufacturing is. Reality, of course, is quite different: the main issue of Russia in terms of Western "technology" is not anymore technology per se—that technology is being developed and introduced in Russia as I type this. The issue is bulk.

It is not easy to immediately remove, as an example, Siemens' or GE's MRI machines when Russia only recently, about 3-4 years ago developed own MRI machines and is getting them into production. Just as a passing fact, Russia has own world-class X-Ray manufacturing. The other example, of course, is (or rather was) the issue of power plants for Russian naval ships—a major pain in the butt with mostly Ukrainian manufacturers, together with German MTU, who, for obvious reasons, blocked or sabotaged for three years introduction of new Russian naval ships into services since were main manufacturers of both gas turbines and diesel engines for Russian Navy for years. Well, this is not the case anymore. Russia is doing it herself. But, of course, it takes time to get off the needle of imported technology and ramp up production. But no, rephrasing Mark Twain, the rumors of Russia's dependence of Western technology were grossly exaggerated. So, sure, let the US introduce new sanctions and see what happens and how they will "crush" Russia. Good luck with that.

Russia being branded a sponsor of terrorism is, of course, a completely different matter. It shows:

1. An utter desperation of the Washington's globalist establishment, which is ready to go to any length to destroy Trump's presidency and with it destroy at least some faint chance for the US to get its own house in order. 

2. Russophobia which is entering a terminal stage and criminalizes not only any relations with Russia but, eventually, will criminalize the state of being Russian as such. Any ethnic Russian in the US automatically becomes a suspect in the whole spectrum of "subversive activity", since we all know today that Russians are "genetically driven" to do a mischief. I still hear crickets on the part of the "free" American media who think it is OK to view Russians as genetic danger to American democracy. Where did I hear this before? Hm. Something is on the tip of my tongue.   

3. It shows steadily diminishing number of adults in Washington D.C. with it being dominated by personalities who are ready for their very personal benefits, be that political careers, payoffs and bribes of all kinds and, simply, egos larger than cathedrals—a first sign of mediocrity—discard any pretense of so called "service" to the American people, by means of getting these very same American people, whom these legislative scumbags allegedly "serve", into the situation in which an overwhelming majority of Americans, should these American people were properly informed, would hate to be in the first place.  

Russia, who suffered from terrorism on the order of magnitude more than the United States, even the tragedy of 9/11 considered, will "gladly", I am sure, receive such a distinction. I'd say to Lindsey Graham and Menendez—go for it. Awareness of being in a glass house is not their strong point.

In the meantime. It is 10th Anniversary of Russian-Georgian War, known in Russia as 080808. In five days Georgian Army, trained and partially equipped by NATO and Israeli instructors was utterly demolished by allegedly backward Russian 58th Army and sent the message which Washington still cannot comprehend to this day. And by comprehension I mean internalization and application of the message to practical activity. When even Condoleezza Rice had to admit that it was Saakashvili and his nation whipped into the nationalistic frenzy who started the war, it is the time to really reassess (yeah, yeah, any minute now) a geopolitical reality. Just to demonstrate a complete imbecility and incompetence of most American "observers" of that war, here is the "pearl" of military "wisdom" from Strategic Studies Institute. Get this for fun:

How Georgian Army, utterly demolished by forward units of the 58th Army, with most of those 58th Army tanks being re-deployed from exercises with much of their ammo still being practical (that is blank—for training purposes), "benefited" is difficult to comprehend. I have a dirty joke about that but I will abstain. Already then Russian Army was in the transformation process and for all its ills and mistakes in that campaign, the outcome was never in doubt (well, except for many Western "analysts"). As General Khrulev said himself yesterday—the difference between then (2008) and today (2018) would be that today Russian Army would demolish Georgian Armed Forces not in 5 but in 2 days (in Russian). I guess this is the main reason which drives Washington's establishment insane and we can observe that in real time.