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Sep 22nd 2019 at 8:17:44 AM

Things that I want, a USSPACECOM patch. You can find a picture of it floating around, since suddenly the forums think I have a new account and doesn't let me post external links.

Edited by TerminusEst on Sep 22nd 2019 at 8:21:16 AM

TuefelHundenIV Watchman of the Apocalypse from Wandering Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchman of the Apocalypse
Sep 22nd 2019 at 8:28:47 AM

To add to that mess we have the Zumwalt class ships which are approaching cruiser sizes in the US fleet.

"Who watches the watchmen?"
Deadbeatloser22 from Disappeared by Space Magic Relationship Status: Hoping Senpai notices me
Sep 22nd 2019 at 9:50:39 AM

[up][up]What, you mean this thing?

"Yup. That tasted purple."
Sep 22nd 2019 at 10:02:08 AM

No, that's the Air Force Space Command. I mean USSPACECOM.

Edited by TerminusEst on Sep 22nd 2019 at 10:04:59 AM

AFP The Great and Wonderful from The Pale Blue Dot Relationship Status: In Lesbians with you
The Great and Wonderful
Sep 22nd 2019 at 1:54:38 PM

The thing with the growing destroyers is further blurred by the increased mission set of modern-day destroyers. They're cruisers in all but name now in every way that matters, which is why we haven't tried to replace most of the cruisers we decommissioned in the past few decades (I think we have four Ticonderogas still in service?).

Originally a destroyer was just an escort intended to screen the capital ships against torpedo boats, not to mention being relatively cheap ships that could perform torpedo runs against enemy ships. They gradually picked up additional missions as time went on, as is the nature with things.

Quod Scripsi Scripsi (until I use the edit function...)
Sep 22nd 2019 at 11:10:51 PM

When it comes to tactical brevity codes, while the link I posted is for US and NATO forces, is it applied outside those countries or do countries outside of them like Russia, China, Japan, and Peru have their own?

Sep 23rd 2019 at 1:29:53 AM

Everyone has their own.

Sep 23rd 2019 at 1:39:21 AM

The SDF uses the NATO ones since there our primary ally, makes joint operations easier.

Edited by Imca on Sep 23rd 2019 at 1:41:12 AM

Sep 24th 2019 at 12:38:18 AM

[up] So how would "Fox 4/Guns, guns, guns" be said by JSDF then? Still said in English that might be questionable depending on pronunciation or is there an equivalent to the two terms in Japanese?

Edited by HallowHawk on Sep 25th 2019 at 3:41:15 AM

eagleoftheninth from the Crisis of the 21st Century Relationship Status: With my statistically significant other
Sep 24th 2019 at 1:52:20 AM

At least 40 Afghan civilians at a wedding party were killed in a government raid. This time there was a major fight between government and insurgent forces, with US aircraft in support.

After all, what power would Hell have if the damned could not dream of heaven?
Deadbeatloser22 from Disappeared by Space Magic Relationship Status: Hoping Senpai notices me
Sep 24th 2019 at 3:26:44 AM

Fox Four isn't a brevity code though.

Also maybe looking up gameplay video for the Ace Combat games in Japanese might be a starting point for how that ends.

Edited by Deadbeatloser22 on Sep 24th 2019 at 11:27:34 AM

"Yup. That tasted purple."
LeGarcon Blowout soon fellow Stalker from Skadovsk Relationship Status: Gay for Big Boss
Blowout soon fellow Stalker
Sep 24th 2019 at 3:32:53 AM

Fox 4 used to be the brevity code for firing guns but it was replaced by saying Guns Guns Guns years and years ago.

Oh really when?
Sep 24th 2019 at 3:49:39 AM

GATE was made by a military buff, so I am skipping to it to save having to go find ace combat at the exact time some one makes a callout.

To confirm though, the answer is yes.

Ominae Organized Canine Bureau Special Agent
Organized Canine Bureau Special Agent
Sep 24th 2019 at 6:45:22 PM

The Japan Coast Guard has officially referred to prosecutors an unnamed Marine pilot who crashed an Osprey back in 2016. This is due to SOFA rules.

As of 2019, they weren't able to question the pilot who made the crash landing.

"Exit muna si Polgas. Ang kailangan dito ay si Dobermaxx!"
TheWildWestPyro Currently attending college in the US. from Hong Kong, China Relationship Status: Healthy, deeply-felt respect for this here Shotgun
Currently attending college in the US.
Sep 26th 2019 at 5:35:32 PM

Despite heavy casualties, the Afghan government has managed to liberate three entire districts from Taliban control. American airstrikes were crucial to the victory as always.

Edited by TheWildWestPyro on Sep 26th 2019 at 5:38:12 AM

Funny how the world works.
KazuyaProta Porky from A Industrial Farm Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Sep 27th 2019 at 2:04:48 AM

Meanwhile in Norway, the media alleges that Spetsnaz have been operating in Svalbard and other areas (google translate does the trick). Mostly recon and setting up technical surveillance.

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The justification for everything
Sep 27th 2019 at 2:38:18 AM

Presumably the agents in civilian clothes were discovered when asked to pronounce 'ø'.

The news that they have nothing to fear is guaranteed to strike fear into the hearts of innocents everywhere.
Sep 27th 2019 at 3:41:29 AM

That wouldn’t be too surprising. Messing with Northern European states is one of Russia’s favorite pastimes.

I’m sure they’ve got some ridiculous excuse ready. “Russian patriots who got lost while hiking”, or something.

Ominae Organized Canine Bureau Special Agent
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Sep 27th 2019 at 6:14:40 AM

The UN's announcing all active Sri Lankan military personnel in official PKOs are being pulled back according to AFP reporters.

The United Nations has suspended Sri Lankan troops from peacekeeping duties after Colombo ignored repeated warnings and appointed a general accused of war crimes to head its army.

The UN and several Western nations expressed concern over the promotion of Major General Shavendra Silva last month despite the allegations against him.

"In light of this appointment, the UN Department of Peace Operations is therefore suspending future Sri Lankan Army deployments...," Deputy UN spokesman Farhan Haq told AFP in New York.

"A Sri Lankan Army unit and individual officers currently serving with UN Peacekeeping will thus be repatriated, beginning next month, in accordance with their rotation dates and will not be replaced by Sri Lankan personnel," Haq said.

In Sri Lanka, the foreign ministry said its secretary, Ravinatha Aryasinha, will meet with the Department of Peace Operations on Friday.

Aryasinha is scheduled to "discuss this matter with the Under Secretary General of the UN Department of Peace Operations," the ministry said in a statement.

Some 490 Sri Lankan troops are currently deployed for peacekeeping operations in Mali, Lebanon and Sudan. Two Sri Lankan soldiers were killed in a mine attack in Mali this year.

Human Rights Watch welcomed the UN decision, saying it "sends a strong signal to governments that sweeping suspected war crimes under the carpet will not go unnoticed by the world body."

President Maithripala Sirisena promoted Silva as the new army chief brushing aside international outrage over his appointment.

Silva has been accused by the UN of committing war crimes during the final stages of Sri Lanka's separatist conflict, which ended in May 2009.

The 55-year-old general has dismissed the allegations against him while praising Sirisena's "courageous decision" to give him the top job despite intense foreign pressure.

The government has also rejected as "unwarranted and unacceptable" the avalanche of international criticism over Silva's ascension to the top job.

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said at the time she was "deeply troubled" by Silva's appointment.

The US embassy in Colombo described allegations of gross human rights violations against Silva as "serious and credible".

Sri Lanka's successive governments have resisted calls for an independent investigation into the conduct of troops during the final months of the 37-year conflict, in which an estimated 100,000 people were killed.

Edited by Ominae on Sep 27th 2019 at 6:14:48 AM

"Exit muna si Polgas. Ang kailangan dito ay si Dobermaxx!"
Sep 29th 2019 at 1:13:04 AM

The new Japanese Defense White Paper has been released for anybody that happens to be interested.

Some takeaways:

1. The Big Bad Three: China, North Korea and Russia as main adversaries

2. National defence policy: developing multi-domain operations, strengthening the US-Japan alliance, increasing security cooperation across the Indo-Pacific.

3. Defence development: Space, cyberspace and EM spectrum capabilities to be developed and expanded + traditional domains. Developing and securing logistics both military and civilian. Reinforcing human resources, tech etc. bases

Edited by TerminusEst on Sep 29th 2019 at 1:35:26 AM

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The Great and Wonderful
Sep 29th 2019 at 3:23:27 AM

Chief Wright, Superstar

An article about CMSAF Wright, AKA "Enlisted Jesus", and his priorities for his last year in the Air Force before he puts in for retirement.

The tl;dr version:

  • Overhaul the EPR and promotion systems, including getting rid of promotion testing for NCO grades (we already got rid of it for SNCO grades)
  • Updating the fitness program (focus on improving airmen who fail the PT test, rather than punishing them)
  • Updating the leave program to include Bereavement Leave for airmen who suffer deaths in the family (under the current system, you cash in regular leave to deal with a deceased family member, but you can get free leave to go compete in an athletic competition).

Quod Scripsi Scripsi (until I use the edit function...)
LeGarcon Blowout soon fellow Stalker from Skadovsk Relationship Status: Gay for Big Boss
Blowout soon fellow Stalker
Sep 29th 2019 at 4:49:40 AM

Increasing security cooperation but acting like children and destroying intelligence agreements with the Koreans.

Oh really when?
Sep 29th 2019 at 5:49:48 AM

GSOMIA is so low maintenance, that even US defence officials were furious with South Korea. Nah, Moon just did a very silly move. Not that it excuses anything that happened in that long series of tit-for-tat moves.

Now we're just back a few years.

Edited by TerminusEst on Sep 29th 2019 at 5:53:58 AM

Ominae Organized Canine Bureau Special Agent
Organized Canine Bureau Special Agent
Sep 29th 2019 at 7:43:23 AM

Indeed. GSOMIA was suppose to overcome the limitation of the Trilateral Information-Sharing Agreement. The former allows Japan and Korea to make contact with intelligence related to North Korea.

The latter has the two countries at a disadvantage since the US needs to be involved.

"Exit muna si Polgas. Ang kailangan dito ay si Dobermaxx!"

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