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Postby zaratustra » Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:34 am

I'm very curious as to how bombing would damage North Korea measurably. Because the two major military assets NK has are: a quarter of the population is in the army, and nukes.

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Re: War. War never changes. (Except when it does)

Postby Mothra » Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:43 pm

THAAD Missile System Will Be Online Within Days In South Korea, Admiral Says:

President Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis have said all options are on the table to counter what Harris called "the reckless North Korean regime" in his testimony today before the House Armed Services Committee. But Harris also stated, "We want to bring Kim Jong Un to his senses, not to his knees."

Hours before the admiral spoke to members of Congress, parts of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system began the trip to their deployment site in a rural part of South Korea.

China has opposed the deployment, saying the system's radar could provide a new way to spy on its military and that THAAD missiles could undercut China's nuclear deterrent. The country has also warned of an arms race between defensive and offensive weapons on the Korean Peninsula.

The U.S. says the THAAD system is not an offensive weapon — a point that Admiral Harris reiterated on Capitol Hill today.

"This system is a defensive system that will help protect South Korea from ballistic missile attacks from North Korea," Harris told the House committee during Wednesday's public hearing. "It is a purely defensive system," he added, saying that the THAAD components are "aimed north" — not at China to the west.


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Re: War. War never changes. (Except when it does)

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Re: War. War never changes. (Except when it does)

Postby Hardly Ideal » Thu May 25, 2017 11:49 am

KPCC mentioned something about NATO on the way to work, something about the requirement that member nations spend at least 2% GDP on defense. Not sure, was too tired and not listening closely.

But I did suddenly wonder about something. You know all those crazy firearms that come out of places like Belgium's Fabrique Nationale? I suddenly wondered if those were actually made for some defense purpose, or just serve as money-sinks to help meet that 2% threshold. Like, sure, the F2000 is a fine killing machine, absolutely rich with fancy features. Ambidexterous, small form factor, lightweight, select-fire, dust-resistant, all that great stuff.

But there's gotta be more ordinary weapons that work about 80% as well. It just seems crazy to develop such weird sci-fi guns when the world is being threatened by ex-shepherds wielding old Soviet guns. But it doesn't look so crazy if you're developing something just to spend money and meet a goal.

I dunno, maybe I'm reading too much into things and seeing things that aren't there. Also, does this tin foil hat make my head look fat?
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Re: War. War never changes. (Except when it does)

Postby zaratustra » Thu May 25, 2017 11:53 am

But what would be the point of making ten million Default Rifles if most of them would go unused or go to central american narcos

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