Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Utumno, Jun 14, 2014.
I wonder what the calculus for billion-dollar manned vs. cheaper unmanned drones vs. SAM will be for air superiority in the near future.
When I left the F-35 program, right as it was getting into full production they were already using testbed variants of it as a drone. They wouldn't turn this plane into a drone though, because the entirety of the design is based around keeping a person alive which negates all positive benefits drones offer. It would have to be fully redesigned.
Huge infighting between defense engineers and the military over piloted aircraft and modern SAM's. Military wins out as they pay the bills, top ATDC people in defense would become enraged and say the idiots at the Pentagon romanticize about the "pilot with a scarf" mentality.
Being inside a plane/tank/ship is just a convenient coffin in any actual conflict between major powers. The navy is affected the most, they are insanely slow and can't maneuver. All anti missile systems suffer from saturation attacks.
So just imagine rolling up on China with all of our Armada's, and China launching countless volley's of hundreds of thousands of missiles, not to mention dummy's meant to waste SAM's.
Russia recently tested their drone tanks in Syria, the Uran-9.
Let's get the mooch in here because why not
also he has no idea what he's posting, those are ISIS and his link is about ISIS
To see Chinese future foreign policy, it will be based around the One Belt One Road initiative, at least for old world continental policy.
China's long game for Middle East influence
China has stayed out of regional conflicts in the Middle East for decades, but with its massive international infrastructure plan, Beijing is finally ramping up involvement — and it's determined to win influence.
Between the lines: If it's successful, a big reason will be that China hasn't taken sides or made enemies in the Middle East. The question is how long that can last.
The big picture: Middle Eastern countries are interested in seeing what China's up to, but they're all hedging, says Barbara Slavin, who leads the Atlantic Council's Future of Iran Initiative. Still, they can be much surer about President Xi Jinping's longevity than they can about that of President Trump, she says.
The U.S. exit from the Iran deal leaves a lane open for China.
Beijing is the top consumer of Iranian crude oil and is deeply invested in the region for its energy resources.
Washington's sanctions on companies and countries that do business with Iran will hit European firms the hardest. That leaves room for China and Russia, both well-positioned to evade U.S. sanctions, to strike deals with Iran.
The China National Petroleum Corporation partnered with the French oil and gas company Total to develop Iran's South Pars oil field, and if Total loses its stake in the deal due to U.S. sanctions, China could take over.
China is investing money and human capital in the Middle East.
Under Xi's leadership, the Chinese are setting up new think tanks that focus on the Arab world and creating scholarships for language training.
Chinese entrepreneurs are also settling and opening factories in the Middle East.
One major project within China's Belt and Road infrastructure initiative is a railway from Kazakhstan to Iran, which Beijing has described as a tool to integrate Central Asia with the Middle East.
China has also sought out the United Arab Emirates as a key partner in developing regional infrastructure. The two countries are close to signing onto a "Belt and Road exchange," reports CNBC.
"China sees the UAE as influential but also small ... Maybe a nice-sized swimming pool to dip their toes in," says Chris Johnson, a former CIA China analyst who's now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
China is growing as a naval power in the Middle East and North Africa.
In the past decade, China has used a global anti-piracy push to increase its maritime presence in the region, Dan Blumenthal, a former China director at the Department of Defense who's now at the American Enterprise Institute, tells Axios.
China steadily developed relationships with Gulf countries for logistical and fueling purposes as part of the anti-piracy effort, and those ties culminated in China building a full military base in Djibouti. Earlier in May, China fired military-grade lasers at U.S. military planes from the Djibouti base.
Beijing hasn't made enemies in the Middle East — yet.
"China's still a free rider. They will never make a difficult decision ... They've played both sides of the Iran–Gulf split; they will not get their hands dirty in Syria," says Blumenthal. The South China Morning Post notes that "six of the 11 vetoes cast by China at the UN Security Council since 1971 had been on resolutions concerning Syria."
But Chinese nationals working abroad have been attacked by terrorists, and Beijing has a history of human rights violations against Muslim Uighurs in northwestern China. "China has one of the worst records on Muslim rights in the world," Blumenthal says. "The question is, how long do Muslim-majority countries turn a blind eye to that?"
The Foundations of Geopolitics: The Geopolitical Future of Russia is a geopolitical book by Aleksandr Dugin. The book has had a large influence within the Russian military, police, and foreign policy elites and it has been used as a textbook in the Academy of the General Staff of the Russian military. Its publication in 1997 was well-received in Russia and powerful Russian political figures subsequently took an interest in Dugin, a Russian fascist and nationalist who has developed a close relationship with Russia's Academy of the General Staff.
Dugin credits General Nikolai Klokotov of the Academy of the General Staff as co-author and main inspiration, though Klokotov denies this. Colonel General Leonid Ivashov, head of the International Department of the Russian Ministry of Defence, helped draft the book.
Klokotov stated that in the future the book would "serve as a mighty ideological foundation for preparing a new military command." Dugin has asserted that the book has been adopted as a textbook in many Russian educational institutions. Former speaker of the Russian State Duma, Gennadiy Seleznyov, for whom Dugin was adviser on geopolitics, has "urged that Dugin's geopolitical doctrine be made a compulsory part of the school curriculum".
In Foundations of Geopolitics, Dugin calls for the influence of the United States and Atlanticism to lose its influence in Eurasia and for Russia to rebuild its influence through annexations and alliances.
The book declares that "the battle for the world rule of [ethnic] Russians" has not ended and Russia remains "the staging area of a new anti-bourgeois, anti-American revolution." The Eurasian Empire will be constructed "on the fundamental principle of the common enemy: the rejection of Atlanticism, strategic control of the USA, and the refusal to allow liberal values to dominate us."
Military operations play relatively little role. The textbook believes in a sophisticated program of subversion, destabilization, and disinformation spearheaded by the Russian special services. The operations should be assisted by a tough, hard-headed utilization of Russia's gas, oil, and natural resources to bully and pressure other countries.
The book states that "the maximum task [of the future] is the 'Finlandization' of all of Europe".
Germany should be offered the de facto political dominance over most Protestant and Catholic states located within Central and Eastern Europe. Kaliningrad oblast could be given back to Germany. The book uses the term "Moscow-Berlin axis".
France should be encouraged to form a "Franco-German bloc" with Germany. Both countries have a "firm anti-Atlanticist tradition".
The United Kingdom should be cut off from Europe.
Finland should be absorbed into Russia. Southern Finland will be combined with the Republic of Karelia and northern Finland will be "donated to Murmansk Oblast".
Estonia should be given to Germany's sphere of influence.
Latvia and Lithuania should be given a "special status" in the Eurasian-Russian sphere.
Poland should be granted a "special status" in the Eurasian sphere.
Romania, Macedonia, "Serbian Bosnia" and Greece – "Orthodox collectivist East" – will unite with "Moscow the Third Rome" and reject the "rational-individualistic West".
Ukraine should be annexed by Russia because "Ukraine as a state has no geopolitical meaning, no particular cultural import or universal significance, no geographic uniqueness, no ethnic exclusiveness, its certain territorial ambitions represents an enormous danger for all of Eurasia and, without resolving the Ukrainian problem, it is in general senseless to speak about continental politics". Ukraine should not be allowed to remain independent, unless it is cordon sanitaire, which would be inadmissible.
In the Middle East and Central Asia:
The book stresses the "continental Russian-Islamic alliance" which lies "at the foundation of anti-Atlanticist strategy". The alliance is based on the "traditional character of Russian and Islamic civilization".
Iran is a key ally. The book uses the term "Moscow-Tehran axis".
Armenia has a special role: It will serve as a "strategic base," and it is necessary to create "the [subsidiary] axis Moscow-Erevan-Teheran". Armenians "are an Aryan people … [like] the Iranians and the Kurds".
Azerbaijan could be "split up" or given to Iran.
Georgia should be dismembered. Abkhazia and "United Ossetia" (which includes Georgia's South Ossetia) will be incorporated into Russia. Georgia's independent policies are unacceptable.
Russia needs to create "geopolitical shocks" within Turkey. These can be achieved by employing Kurds, Armenians and other minorities.
The book regards the Caucasus as a Russian territory, including "the eastern and northern shores of the Caspian (the territories of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan)" and Central Asia (mentioning Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan).
China, which represents a danger to Russia, "must, to the maximum degree possible, be dismantled". Dugin suggests that Russia start by taking Tibet-Xinjiang-Mongolia-Manchuria as a security belt. Russia should offer China help "in a southern direction – Indochina (except Vietnam), the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia" as geopolitical compensation.
Russia should manipulate Japanese politics by offering the Kuril Islands to Japan and provoking anti-Americanism.
Mongolia should be absorbed into Eurasia-Russia.
The book emphasizes that Russia must spread Anti-Americanism everywhere: "the main 'scapegoat' will be precisely the U.S."
In the United States:
Russia should use its special services within the borders of the United States to fuel instability and separatism, for instance, provoke "Afro-American racists". Russia should "introduce geopolitical disorder into internal American activity, encouraging all kinds of separatism and ethnic, social and racial conflicts, actively supporting all dissident movements – extremist, racist, and sectarian groups, thus destabilizing internal political processes in the U.S. It would also make sense simultaneously to support isolationist tendencies in American politics."
The Eurasian Project could be expanded to South and Central America.
Muqtadar Sadr won the most seats in Iraq elections with Hader Al Amiri's Fatih (Badr) coming in second, and Abadi coming in third. Maliki came in fourth. Amar Hakim came in fifth.
Reiterating that Sairoon, formerly (Mahdi Army/Muqtada Al Sadr) won the Iraq election with 55 seats while Fatih (Badr/Hader al Amiri) a militia formed in Iran received 45. Shia parties Dawa (Abadi) and Maliki's gained the 3rd and fourth spots, also Qadim another Shia group won the 5th top spot.
No one thought Sairoon would be the winner and that Abadi (current leader) would fall to third let alone Hader Al Amiri taking second.
Pic of Qassem Suleimani on the back of Al Amiri
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