Another assorted link dump

in English:

(possibly the future of non-nuclear submarines)

Update on the construction of islands and airfields in the South China Sea

15 lessons from 15 years of blogging
(I agree largely after seven years)

The American Public: A Tough Soldier or a Chicken Hawk Cowering in a Cubicle? Some Thoughts on ISIS Intervention

Submarine Cable Map
(with stylized and thus inaccurate positions)

Scribd: US Military Vehicles (till the 50's)
I was especially fascinated by Chapter 11; "The Low Silhouette Project"

Corps to field new lighter, smaller warning lasers
I always wondered why there wasn't more noise made about dazzling lasers for suppression.It could greatly help against the 'weight of ammunition carried' problem if it works. I wonder whether it was proved impractical or whether the spectral filter (laser protection insert) goggles are a too good countermeasure.

(andere) deutschsprachige Links:

(über BND Spionage)

(teilweise über Gerüchte)

Ideen sterben nicht


  1. I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on the "American Public" article. I would characterize this article as "more rant than reason," written by the sort of hawk you supposedly despise. It ignores the stated aim of preventing an IS from becoming a permanent power, the actual pretext for war being a cry for help from Iraq, and it equates the Saudi executions in August with the IS rampage through non-Sunni populations whereas the state of Texas might be a more rational comparison.

    1. I don't interpret anything hawkish into it. To me it's an accusation that warmongering is too effective, and actual domestic problems neglected. Save for the style it could have been written by Bacevich.

  2. Just as a quick answer to a stated question above: Laser filtering goggles are pretty good at what they do. We've got a pair where I work, and they're almost too effective. Nobody uses them when they operate our laser, because we usually rely on low-intensity laser scattering to align the laser before we use it, and you're completely blind to the laser with protective goggles on. I don't know how the inserts stack up to professional safety goggles, though. That being said, the wavelength they work against is limited, so you could potentially switch wavelengths, to get around them, but it's probably cheaper to switch goggle inserts than switching lasers.

    I do wonder if you could use that to your advantage, though. You could force the use of inserts that leave the user with reduced vision in a useful wavelength, potentially increasing the effectiveness of your camouflage. I don't know, just brainstorming on that.