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What Washington Refuses To Admit

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Originally posted on The Dish:

[Re-posted from earlier today]

Let me put this as baldly as I can. The US fought two long, brutal wars in its response to the atrocity of September 11, 2001. We lost both of them – revealing the biggest military machine in the history of the planet as essentially useless in advancing American objectives through war and occupation. Attempts to quash Islamist extremism through democracy were complete failures. The Taliban still has enormous sway in Afghanistan and the only way to prevent the entire Potemkin democracy from imploding is a permanent US troop presence. In Iraq, we are now confronting the very same Sunni insurgency the invasion created in 2003 – just even more murderous. The Jihadism there has only become more extreme under a democratic veneer. And in all this, the U.S. didn’t just lose the wars; it lost the moral high-ground as well. The president himself unleashed brutal…

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US Navy Robot Swarms

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Finally it seems the US navy is understanding the value of swarm naval tactics, and interestingly advancing it with using autonomous swarm systems.

Littoral Warfare : Part-1 : Introduction

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Originally posted on Defencyclopedia:

Littoral warfare is the art of fighting a war in the areas of the sea close to the coastline, around islands, in the middle of restricted water bodies, in short, away from the deep ocean. This kind of warfare is drastically different from open ocean naval warfare.

The main reasons are:

■ The water bodies are usually confined In areas like a gulf region, island chains etc.  Since there is limited space, large vessels which have a slow speed will be ineffective.

■ Midget submarines and quiet diesel submarines can lurk in the shallow water and hide without making noise

■ Since it is close to the coast, the enemy will use fast attack boats armed with missiles. The missile attacks in a swarm cam overwhelm even the most modern air defense systems

■ The shallow waters and limited space require the use of tactics which are different from open…

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