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09 December 2013

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Alba Etie

All
Thanks for the well wishes .

William R. Cumming

Appears no further shutdown of the Federal Government this year but significant hit to the DoD budget looks like it will hold up!

Tyler

Thanks for the recommendation on Flying From the Black Hole. The book started strongly in the vein of what I was hoping for, then bounced back and forth between overwhelming technical detail to a pretty interesting description of how navigation and bombsights work. My eyes did glaze from time to time but as we get closer to Vietnam it gets more interesting. You weren't kidding though about the realization about the time and effort put into maintaining an effective power platform though. It makes the claims of "drone warfare is the future" seem pretty silly.

As far as the quiet professionals go, I think that is sadly a dying art due to the fact that self promotion is overwhelmingly expected, whether its legitimate or not. Too much emphasis put on spin, not enough on simply owning up to your mistakes.

SAC Brat

Here is a video of a B-52 (cake) operation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdoAY3qGLHk

F-105's in Thailand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hun_uUuufOs

The Black Hole book was interesting for me as my father was an aircraft commander on B-52s at the same time as the author, and flew Chrome Domes and flew all through Operation Niagara. I'm hoping to get his review on the book soon, as my copy got absorbed into his library.

With The Possum And The Eagle by Ralph Nutter is another good read. Nutter was a lead navigator for Curtis LeMay, first in Europe and then in the Pacific. A good precursor to the B-52 book.

Nutter appears in this video at 3 minutes in: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgO6DX_9z0I

William R. Cumming

Some have alleged that Bernie Madoff hid over $9B in Israel before turning himself in! Madoff is documented as fronting Russian criminal funds in various ways. Are there links to the Central Bank of Israel whose former head Stanley Fischer appears up for nomination to the position of Vice Chairman of the US Fed? Does the US FED support criminal elements worldwide? How does the US Fed police itself against internal corruption? Or help police against international organized crime?

William R. Cumming

Should dual citizenship of USA citizens be a matter of public
record?

Fred

It should not be allowed.

William R. Cumming

Fred! Is it accurate that any dual citizenship must be surrendered when entering the Armed Forces of the US?

Bandolero

I wonder if anyone would like to comment on the Chinese "Air Defense Identification Zone" in the East China Sea?

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-12/12/c_132963255.htm

Is there any connection to the middle east?

My second thought is that it might be quite helpful for those who argue that the US shouldn't be so much entangled in the middle east because US military assets are needed elsewhere, too.

Fred

A very interesting man:
http://rt.com/news/kalashnikov-dies-inventor-ak-47-887/

Fred

I do not know. The oath, however, is to protect and defend the Constitution. So dual nationality would appear to conflict with that directly.

William R. Cumming

Fred! I agree!

William R. Cumming

Fred! But non citizens do serve in the Armed Forces in substantial numbers?

turcopolier

WRC

We have several times been through this business of service by foreign nationals in the us armed forces. Foreigners may join if they are legally resident. Anything else is illegal. There were other laws in other times but that is ended. Commissioned officers must now be US citizens. The verbal flatulence that is seen on TV about "this poor lad serving in Afghanistan just now receiving citizenship" is simply pro-immigration reform propaganda. pl

William R. Cumming

Thanks PL! Helpful!

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