Sunday, October 14, 2018

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, October 14th, 2018




Sunday once again... And I am one really pissed off Northerntruthseeker, so here we go with my weekly rant..

First, I am sick and tired of the lying sacks of shit behind the entire Global Warming fraud.... These freaks have had the nerve to release a UN 'report' last Monday claiming that we only have 11 or so years to live on this planet unless we all bend over and allow our criminal governments to fleece every single one of us to the tune of some $2.4 TRILLION dollars annually in a  vain and stupid attempt to get the average temperature on this planet down about 1 degree Celsius.... AND these lying sacks of shit have also stated that they need to have even MORE money, somewhere to the tune of some $122 TRILLION dollars (more than every single nations' entire economies combined) to sustain that cooling trend for decades to come!   When I saw that report, I thought to my self that people could not be this ignorant and that many would come out screaming to high heaven that this was nothing more than pure highway robbery.... BUT the sad part is the Jew spew media is on board with all of this bullshit and is saying NOTHING against it..... Where the fuck are the people out there with common sense???

I have spent over a decade at this blog writing article after article showing the clear cut evidence that this entire "Global Warming" scheme was a criminal act to not only take a lot of our hard earned wealth away from us in the form of fraudulent "carbon taxes" and yet few are seeing the reality that they are about to be truly fucked!   This Carbon tax swindle in Canada alone calls for each and every single Canucklehead to absorb some $50 per tonne PER PERSON in extra tax burden..... That equates to well over the $1500 annual increase in taxation that I said before, and is something that most Canadians can NOT afford to pay... It will mean that many families that are already barely making it by will be in perpetual debt and insolvency for the rest of their lives..... But the most disgusting fact is how the gullible Canadians out there are too stupid for their own good and will gladly accept this "new tax" for the 'good of the planet' which is complete and utter bullshit...

Need I remind people that it is getting colder on this planet, and that cooling effect is being felt world wide?   Right now, it is well below normal in temperatures here in Central Canada, and just last week we had some 2-4 centimetres of SNOW on the ground.... We have not seen snow on the ground in these parts for decades, and this early snow fall is only the beginning... The Farmer's Almanac which runs independent of the Global Warming bullshit has stated that the next few winters will be much colder and a lot longer.... This makes sense of course due to the fact that our Sun, Sol, is indeed entering what is called a 'Grand solar minimum' with reduced solar radiation output... The effect will be a long and possibly decades long period of intense cold world wide that will see a lot of people shivering and ill prepared for this cold while their own crooked governments continue to promote the lie that the planet is overheating!....

And one aspect that I have not touched on which is deadly serious is this:  This planet has already a fragile ecosystem and food supply system that relies on periods of warm weather and the right climate for grain and other food source growth... As we enter this cooling trend, many crops in especially places like Canada will not be able to mature and reach harvest, cutting off vital food supplies for a lot of people world wide.... The facts are simple as the world gets colder, there will be a massive reduction of food supply to feed the planet's 7.2 billion people.. The result could be disastrous as large scale famines take place as people world wide are starving to death.... That is the worse case scenario, and I find it troubling that our governments are so crookedly hooked on filling their coffers with money obtained from the lie of Carbon Taxes, rather than prepare for large scale food shortages.....  If you want to understand that many wars in the past were started due to nations needing desperately to obtain food to feed their own citizens, just wait....

So again, fuck the IPCC and their "planet is overheating" lies... People need to wake the fuck up and see that their lies are indeed 'fear porn' and people should have the common sense to challenge these fuckers and their so called "research"..... The planet is about to enter a period of global cooling that could be catastrophic for a lot of nations, and we should be putting our resources towards preparing for that period of intense cold...

OK, The other thing that has pissed me off are the bullshit Liberal pansies south of here in the US that are out to ruin the nation... These stupid fuckers are wanting to see turmoil and outright riots right across that formerly free nation, and many of them are now claiming that they will continue with their revolt until they are able to overthrow the US government itself.... I have looked carefully into these so called Liberal freaks and their "Me too" crapola, and what I found is that many of their so called 'organizations' that are running their "riots" are funded directly by that ultra criminal that I have called "Dr Evil", George Schwartz aka "Soros"..... It is a well known fact that this ultra Jewish criminal freak has openly stated for years that he wants to see the overthrow of many western nations, and he has bragged openly that his organizations are behind many of the so called groups gunning for those overthrows and revolts.... It should be apparent that this Jewish freak has now taken aim for the overthrow of the US Government itself, and he has fooled so many stupid and gullible Americans into joining into the downfall of their own nation!... I for one would dearly wish for these Liberal freaks to actually get an education and some brain cells and understand that they are being used as tools and idiots as they assist in the destruction of their own country...

The other aspect of the sickness that I see going on across America has been this new concept that all women should be believed for the Liberal freaks are out there claiming that "women do not lie".... This of course pertains to the ever increasing cases of women coming out of the woodwork now and claiming that so many men have " sexually assaulted" them in the past..... Yes, there are many women that are indeed finding the courage to come out now and go after their assailants, BUT there is a large part of them that are and have been lying their asses off about being "assaulted" when the truth is entirely different.... The lying group of women that have put false claims of assault on so many innocent men, and then have been revealed through court cases and testimonies to have lied their asses off, shows that the concept that "women do not lie" is complete and utter bullcrap.....

Well, there continues to be some "progress" in the peaceful de-militarization of the Idlib pocket in northern Syria, as the Russian-Turkish peace agreement of a few weeks back is indeed holding... However, I found it alarming this past week as reports have come out that several groups that are not adhering to the agreement have now resorted to shelling Syrian army and Syrian civilian villages in northern Hama province... It should be apparent that these US backed groups do not want any "peace" deal and would instead want to do as their US/Israel/NATO masters dictate and try to have the entire deal collapse by forcing the Syrian army to retaliate for their shelling of civilian targets.... And we find other reports about how the US backed "Al Qaeda" bullshit "terrorists" still operating in Idlib province have seized several caches of Chlorine chemical weapons from the more moderate "rebels"... The US may still try to use those chemical weapons as part of their sick and twisted game of blaming a "chemical attack" on Assad's government forces to have the entire Idlib agreement collapse and have the US directly intervene in the conflict.... Basically the situation in Idlib is far from over, and until the Russians and Turks can get all of the "rebels" and "terrorists" to lay down their weapons,  escalation of the conflict could still happen...

Meanwhile... We find the US and their proxy SDF forces continuing in putting out their outlandish and bullshit claims that they have been "fighting" US proxy ISIS forces on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River... I read some of these reports and I could not stop laughing my ass off... The US is absolutely continuing their "attacks" against their own "ISIS" forces as nothing more than a pure propaganda stunt to try to sell to the world their lies that they are indeed in Syria to "fight terrorism"..... What I found alarming in some of the reports has been the continuing use by the US forces of Phosphorous bombs and munitions against civilian targets.... The US used these munitions against the city of Raqqa last year as part of their ethnic cleansing of the civilians there, and now they are continuing with this same measure against civilians on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River as well..... Tens of thousands of civilians have been killed by the US this way as part of their bullshit "fight against terrorism"...

Little news has been coming out via the Jew spew media about what the psychotic state of Israel is now doing against the civilians holed up in the worlds largest open air concentration camp called the Gaza Strip... The psychos in Israel have already cut off most aid and food supplies being sent into the strip,and their latest action has been to cut off the fuel supplies to the citizens living in that strip as well... Without fuel, the hospitals and electrical systems cannot function and thousands of innocent civilians will perish due to this criminal Israeli action..... That, and the psychos in Israel are once again claiming that they need to 'attack' the strip to eliminate the "terrorists" still holed up there, and when that attack does take place many more thousands of innocent Palestinians will be killed as a result... And where is the outrage across the world due to these acts of genocide by the psychos in Israel?  Not one peep anywhere, as the Jew spew media continues to try to brainwash people into the false idea that the Palestinians are the problem!

Honestly, I was indeed delighted to see that ultra criminal Jew dick sucking Nimrata Randhawa aka "Nikki Haley" stepping down as the US err.. Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations... That sick freak of nature has shown herself time and time again at the UN to be a raving lunatic that spewed so many lies about nations such as Syria, Iran, and even Russia.... That freak seemed at times to be a blood thirsty psychopath that did everything to claim that the psychotic state of Israel was "innocent" and that every other nation that opposed Israeli dominance in the Middle East had to be "attacked"...It was so bad, that many nations rightfully called this freak of nature the "Ambassador for Israel" rather than the United States... Any yes, Nimrata absolutely did exactly what her Jewish masters dictated, and only now can we say "good riddance to bad rubbish".... .The problem is of course that this blood thirsty psychopath did such a great job for her Jewish masters, that these monsters are actually considering having her made the next US President..... I will say that if this freak does indeed run for the US Presidency in 2020 and "wins" the "election", then may gawd help us all....

As I said in my last article, I have not been sold on the amount of "damage" that has been reported by the Jew spew media in regards to the latest hurricane named "Michael" that struck the Florida panhandle area.... That hurricane was originally nothing more than a category one hurricane with storm winds of less than 150 km/hour.... With winds in that range, much of the damage would have been done to the shoreline and residences within a few hundred meters of that shoreline... However, some alarming reports have shown that somehow the storm suddenly went from a category One to a category three or worse in the space of under a day... Category three hurricanes have winds well over 250 km/hour and can indeed do a lot of the damage as the Jew spew media reported.... BUT I have a few questions of course about this storm, especially in HOW did this Cat 1 storm suddenly in no time flat grow into a Cat 3 storm in less than one day?   Some in the alternative media are saying that this storm was manipulated (HAARP?) and made into the monster that the Jew spew media reports, while others in the alternative media are claiming  that the Jew spew media has been lying their asses off to make this storm worse than it actually was...... Either way, the reported damage done, if we are to believe the Jew spew media reports, has indeed been severe and could cost the US BILLIONS to fix......

And... I continue to watch the war in the nation of Yemen, especially with all of the reports that are coming out showing that it is indeed a humanitarian catastrophe... Last week I found reports about how the criminal Saudis are indeed now targeting the food supplies and food growing areas of Yemen as they absolutely are intent on having every single civilian living in that war torn nation being starved to death.... Yes, this is indeed genocide and against every rule of war making the Saudis war criminals.... And where is the US government in all this??  Even though they allowed the Saudis to go out and murder an outspoken reporter and critic of the Saudi regime who wrote columns for the Washington Post, Jamal Khashoggi, in Turkey over a week ago, the US is still providing all the weapons of war and logistics to allow the Saudis to continue their acts of genocide in Yemen...  This shows the utter hypocrisy of the US government as it criticizes the Saudi regime on one hand, while aiding them in the killing of millions on the other......

But all is not doom and gloom in Yemen, as other reports showed that the Houthis are fighting back and fighting back hard against their Saudi enemies... First, I saw a report where the Houthis attacked and sunk a Saudi warship in the Red Sea that had been shelling civilian targets along the Yemeni coast... And then I found several articles about how the Houthis have invaded and attacked many Saudi military sites within Saudi Arabia itself killing hundreds and blowing up major installations in the process.... I for one am glad the Houthis are indeed fighting back and giving the Saudis a black eye to boot!

Well, I guess that is enough for the moment.... I always do miss a lot of other interesting news in the major parts of these rants, and do my best to cover such news right here in my last minute tidbits, so lets get to them....... I have long expected the Ukrainian military to finally launch their offensive against the breakaway republics in the Donbas, and reports this week show that the Ukrainian army is now moving their heavy equipment and weapons forward to launch that assault soon.  It may come as early as this coming week, and when it does I do expect a slaughter of the innocent civilians there.  It will be interesting to see how the Russians react to this upcoming massacre.........The US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) is out there supporting Big Pharma once again this year in calling for all US citizens to get their "flu shot".   It is amazing how the CDC supports these criminals that are only in it for the money and to once again poison millions with their fraud vaccines!  And need I remind everyone to NOT take these phoney "flu shots" into their bodies, but instead eat healthy and take lots of Vitamin C and Vitamin D instead of the poisonous vaccines.......I see Hillary "Killary" Clinton is out there once again campaigning across America for another run at the 2020 Presidential "elections".  Only this time, Killary is actually stating that her "Liberal" supporters should continue with their nation wide revolts until the Democrats seize power!  I thought this was an act of treason against the American republic, and if so, why in the hell isn't this bitch not in jail for advocating treason??........More anti-Iran bullshit, as the latest US excuse for staying in Syria is 'until Iran leaves Syria".  Need I remind the idiots in the US that both Iran and Russia were invited into Syria to actually fight US led "terrorism" while the US is there illegally???............I have to ask this question: WHY is there no investigation in the US for the missing $21 TRILLION dollars that has been stolen from the American people for the last 10 or so years at least?   I find this one to be difficult to comprehend, for that missing money had to go somewhere (Israel) and that money alone could solve America's economic and infrastructure problems in a heartbeat!........... I had a good laugh this last week when I saw reports about how Israel's "threats" of using their "stealth" US built POS F35 fighters against S300 targets in Syria have been "postponed", due to the long list of problems associated with the F35 itself.  I honestly would love to see these Jewish pricks send a few of these non-"stealth" aircraft against the S300 facilities only to see those aircraft be blasted out of the sky!......The criminals in the Pentagon are actually considering a war against China?   Insanity of course, for the US is absolutely unprepared for any conventional war against either China or Russia, and when the US starts to lose, they will indeed start hurdling a few nukes at Chinese targets only to have it escalate into a full blown thermonuclear war.  If this is the solution to try to stop the economic collapse of the US, by going to war against China, then we are all in trouble.......And speaking of economics, I for one have long looked at the so called DJIA (Dow Jones Industrial Average) on Wall Street to be a bullshit number on how "well" the US economy is overall.  The massive plunge in the indexes we saw last week are only the beginning, as the Jewish pricks behind Wall Street are continuing with their manipulation and will be the ones who instigate any "crash"........You know that society has become sick when we see the Liberals out there screaming that crowds should not "clap" when applauding in stadiums, halls, etc.  They claim clapping "offends" some people.  I say these idiots are fucking nuts, and as far as I am concerned, people should clap even louder to piss off these fools.......How to further distract the American people from their economic woes?  Why not invade another nation, say Venezuela!   Yes, the US has created the crisis in Venezuela through their grotesque economic embargo and now they offer the "solution" by invading that peaceful nation and overthrowing their government and imposing a US puppet dictatorship in its place.  And the US gets Venezuela's massive resources in petroleum to boot!  What a sweet deal!......... Arsenal is not playing this week as the entire Premier League has a week off.  While going through my soccer withdrawals, I noticed that the National Hockey League has started their new season.  My prediction? Sorry Toronto Maple Leaf fans, but I can see the Tampa Bay Lightning versus most probably the Nashville Predators in the finals this year, with the Winnipeg Jets being the probable "dark horse" to possibly make the finals...... I see that Kanye West has upset the idiot Liberals in America for telling it like it is and calling them out for their insanity.  West may be married to skank Kim Kardashian, but I will give him credit for telling it like it is...... And speaking of the Kardashians, other than Kanye actually showing some sanity this last week in America, the rest of the skanks are still out there being their usual gaggle of bitches and hoes.   It does puzzle me greatly that as America goes to hell, they pay more attention to these misfits than the shape of their own nation!

More to come

NTS

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Global Warming Fraud: Climate Alarmists Admit They Want To Dismantle Our Free Enterprise System (No Kidding!)

I am sick of the constant bullshit news that I have been watching this last week concerning the fraud of Global Warming... The freaks out there promoting that bullshit have had the nerve to state that the recent Hurricane that hit the Florida panhandle area was due to the "planet overheating" and that this type of hurricane is "only the beginning".... I have not commented on that hurricane at this blog, simply because I am not sold on the liars in the Jew spew media promoting it to be the "worse of all time".... I will state that the damage was severe, but NOT to the extreme that these lying bastards are trying to promote...

As everyone is aware, the criminal IPCC group of liars and fraud artists behind the Global Warming scam put out their "report" this last Monday.... And that report speculates that "unless" we all "combat Global Warming now", the planet has only about 11 or so years left to "fix the problem" to survive!  To me, this was nothing more than "fear porn" and some of the worse propaganda imaginable in trying to sway the gullible people out there to accept the criminal 'carbon taxation' that the pricks behind the entire fraud want to impose on the entire planet.....

I have already attacked that fraud IPCC report in a previous article this week, and now to further show exactly what the criminals behind the fraud of "Global Warming" are truly all about, I want to present the following report that comes from the "Daily Signal" website, at www.dailysignal.com, that is entitled: "Climate Alarmists Admit They Want To Dismantle Our Free Market System"... This is a very important report for my readers to read, and I have it right here in its entirety.... I have my own thoughts and comments to follow:


ENERGYCOMMENTARY

Climate Alarmists Admit They Want to Dismantle Our Free Enterprise System


The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is warning that the dire costs of climate change are going to be here sooner than we think.
The planet is close to reaching its alleged 1.5-degree Celsius warming threshold, and civilization only has 11 years to fix it.
Oh, yeah, and the solution is to tear down the global free-enterprise system responsible for human flourishing and raising levels of prosperity for billions of people.
Don’t take my word for it.
A writer for the eco-friendly Grist tweeted, “The world’s top scientists just gave rigorous backing to systematically dismantle capitalism as a key requirement to maintaining civilization and a habitable planet.”
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report itself warns: “There is no documented historical precedent” for the transformation (aka de-development) necessary to curb global warming.
The Associated Press reported:
A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.
Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of ‘eco-refugees,’ threatening political chaos, said Noel Brown, director of the New York office of the U.N. Environment Program.
He said governments have a 10-year window of opportunity to solve the greenhouse effect before it goes beyond human control.
The year 2000? Oh, wait a minute. The AP article is from June 30, 1989. Scratch that last warning from nearly three decades ago.
The reality is that, though the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report and proponents of dismantling the free-enterprise system have been shockingly honest in revealing their true intentions over the past few days, the sentiment is not new.
In fact, three years ago, U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres made similar remarks in a push for the Paris climate accord.
Figueres said, “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.”
The current economic development model that reigns supreme does so for compelling reasons.
People that freely exchange ideas and products, that have protection from government coercion and that have well-defined and protected property rights because of a strong rule of law have done quite well for themselves.
Free, competitive energy markets drive innovation and provide the affordable, reliable energy that families and businesses need, and yield a cleaner environment.
Conversely, international efforts to combat climate change have been centrally planned boondoggles. They’ve resulted in wasted taxpayer money, higher energy prices, and handouts for preferred energy sources and technologies—all for no noticeable impact on climate.
Eighty percent of all energy consumed by Americans comes from conventional sources, such as coal, oil, and natural gas. About 80 percent of the world’s energy needs are met by these natural resources, which emit carbon dioxide when combusted.
Levying a price on carbon dioxide will directly raise the cost of electricity, gasoline, diesel fuel, and home-heating oil. But the economic pain does not stop there.
When considering the impact of a carbon tax on individuals, it is important to note that carbon is intertwined in all parts of life. Energy is a necessary component for just about all of the goods and services consumed, so Americans would pay more for food, health care, education, clothes—you name it.
The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report suggests policy proposals that would be economically cataclysmic.
It proposes a carbon tax of between $135 and $5,500 by 2030. A $5,500 carbon tax equates to a $50-per-gallon gas tax. An energy tax of that magnitude would bankrupt families and businesses, and undoubtedly catapult the world into economic despair.
Importantly, an extreme climate policy would also divert resources away from pressing environmental concerns, such as investing in more robust infrastructure to protect against natural disasters or new, innovative technologies that improve air and water quality.
Are those costs worth it? After all, having wealth, health, and affordable power don’t mean all that much if people don’t have a planet to live on. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates the climate costs could total $54 trillion without action.
But is there any new revelation in the scientific literature that makes climate doom imminent?
Not according to climatologist Judith Curry, a former chairwoman of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Curry asserts that the main conclusion from the report is that “things would be a little better at 1.5C relative to 2C.”
Furthermore, she notes, “Over land, we have already blown through the 1.5C threshold if measured since 1890.
“Temperatures around 1820 were more than 2C cooler.  There has been a great deal of natural variability in temperatures prior to 1975, when human-caused global warming kicked in any meaningful way.”
Another critical point Curry highlights is the fact that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change largely disregards the lower thirds of likely climate sensitivity values between 1.5C and 4.5C.
Equilibrium climate sensitivity attempts to quantify the earth’s temperature response to carbon dioxide emissions, answering the question: How does the earth’s temperature change from a doubling of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?
There is a lot of scientific debate about equilibrium climate sensitivity within the climate literature, with a fair amount of uncertainty. And, as Curry mentions, “Much of this problem goes away if ECS is actually 1.5 to 2C.”
What about natural disasters? The University of Colorado’s Roger Pielke Jr., who specializes in analyzing extreme weather trends, emphasizes that “the IPCC once again reports that there is little basis for claiming that drought, floods, hurricanes [and] tornadoes have increased, much less increased due to [greenhouse gases].”
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s politicization of policy actions presents another problem, and it is evident in the way the report treats nuclear energy.
Nuclear power provides nearly 60 percent of America’s carbon dioxide-free electricity, yet the climate panel engages in fearmongering about its expanded use. One would think that if climate change were an existential crisis, the world would need all the nuclear power it can get.
While the report acknowledges that any pathway to meeting carbon dioxide-reduction targets will include increased nuclear buildout, the report says more nuclear “can increase the risks of proliferation, have negative environmental effects (e.g., for water use), and have mixed effects for human health when replacing fossil fuels.”
Writing in Forbes, Michael Shellenberger documents the IPCC’s historic bias against nuclear power. Yet, the report unabashedly supports expanded wind and solar development and offers personal lifestyle changes to reduce the planet’s carbon footprint, such as air-drying laundry, eating less red meat, and biking to work.
Regardless of the cause, there are undoubted challenges from a changing climate.

Investing in coral reef protection or in preparation for extreme weather events can be worthwhile. However, the combination of fearmongering and offering solutions that would require a takeover of the global economy are unrealistic and counterproductive.

NTS Notes: I absolutely agree with the findings put forward by the author of this article... And especially the big huge lie promoted in 1989 that stated that the sea levels would rapidly rise and inundate major shorelines by the year 2000... The year is now 2018 and there is still NO sign of this rapid "sea level" increase at all!

I also found some alarming numbers put forward by these monsters as to the COST of all of their "initiatives" that they want to "save the planet".... And get this... For some estimates go from around $2.4 TRILLION dollars a year for the next 18 or so years to "lower the temperature" as they speculate,  to as much as $122 TRILLION dollars overall to 'save the planet'.... With these outlandish figures, it is no wonder that these criminals are indeed out to dismantle our entire economic systems... To pay these 'ransom" figures out in the form of "carbon taxation" would bankrupt nations across the planet!

I will again state the facts... There is ABSOLUTELY NO MAN CAUSED GLOBAL WARMING, PERIOD.........It is a scam and nothing more than fear mongering to get gullible people to accept the fraud of Carbon Taxation which is being thrown out there to fleece individuals of their hard earned wealth..... Carbon Dioxide is ABSOLUTELY NOT A GREENHOUSE GAS.... Being a chemist myself, and a man who understands how Greenhouse gases do work through absorption of heat in the infrared spectrum of light, I will state that CO2 itself is NOT molecularly made up for such absorption... CO2 is in fact a coolant and is a vital necessity for life on this planet.... Plants desperately need CO2 to survive, and I have shown in a previous article that CO2 increases in our atmosphere have actually been a gawd-send for plant life as plants have flourished under more CO2 in our atmosphere!    

The issue has always been that the pricks and bastards behind the entire Global Warming scam have needed something to force their tax on gullible and stupid people,and after realizing that they could not tax water vapour (H2O) (Good luck on that one.. Taxing water??) or Methane (CH4) (Methane is a greenhouse gas, but it rapidly breaks down in an Oxygen rich atmosphere such as Earth's) for their "tax", they came to the conclusion that the next best thing to force on people was to tax Carbon Dioxide (CO2) which of course is NOT even a greenhouse gas!

Yes, this fear mongering has gone too far now... The IPCC and other criminals are now resorting to these type of threats and fear mongering in the hope that it sticks with the most stupid people in our societies....  I and others are not fooled and are trying our best to actually educate people as to the truth behind this scam.... Hopefully the message is getting through...

More to come

NTS

Friday, October 12, 2018

Update On The Kangaroo Court Trials Of Monika And Alfred Schaefer In The Formerly Free Nation Of Germany: Letter From Alfred To Friends And Colleagues

I must apologize to my readers.. I have been a bit behind in what has been happening with that kangaroo court trial in Germany for both Monika and Alfred Schaefer, for their 'crime' of questioning history.... The last post I put up about their status was a while back, and there has been little or no new news being sent my way about their status since that time, especially with their ridiculous court sessions.. At least until now....

I want to present the following letter that was sent from Alfred Schaefer to several colleagues and supporters living in America, dated from September 15th , 2018... I was sent an email of this letter from John Kaminski and I do want to share its content with my own readers here.... I have my own thoughts and comments to follow:



Alfred Schaefer 
JVA Stadelheim
Stadelheimer Str 12
81549, Munich (Munchen)
GERMANY

September 15th 2018 letter #1 from Alfred Schaefer

Dear Jim Diane and Joe thank you so much for your letter from August 25th. It arrived here on September 13th. 

Yesterday, the 14th of September was a fine day in the morning as I was waiting in the holding cell with almost 12 other prisoners for the prison transport to the “Justice Palace” or Inquisition, I got a glimpse of Monica as she was herded along with a handful of other women prisoners from the women's prison. Our cell door was open as additional men were processed. Monica was one of the last prisoners to leave the woman's prison bus, and was herded into an adjacent room. I actually had a few tears of joy seeing her for 3/4 of a second through the crack in the door. 

I could write an entire book after 73 days in prison. What an education. I wouldn't trade it for anything not for $6 million dollars unless of course I have to stay here for six million years. This place gives me so much hope and confidence. I know that we are going to win. Not because of me or because Monica but because of the people I have met here. Fantastic! Most are zombies and surplus Negroes and Arabs and other Asian riffraff, but it is the common sense of the few good people that gives me this confidence. Also life here is a taste of things to come if we do not win. Pure f###ing hell. But unless you experience pain and horror, we will not truly appreciate and be willing to sacrifice to have comfort and joy. 

I will run a short story by you, and then return to the 3/4 of a second where I saw Monica.

We – Monika and I, now have 13 days of Inquisition behind us, and the following story happened on July 17, 2008 on Inquisition day #8. I was brought down to the holding cell, the room I was just talking about. We were about 12 or 13 people in that room and although it is supposed to be non-smoking these other prisoners always sneak some tobacco stuck to their nuts or someplace and light up as soon as they are pushed into this room. It was smoky and noisy. There was one there, a white face amongst this crowd. I asked him if he spoke German or English and in a Scottish accent so thick I could hardly understand it, he told me his story. It made me very sad, but gave me great hope, all at the same time. 

He was a 20-year-old Scotsman, traveling through Europe with a couple of buddies. And at some Pub he had a few too many beers and somehow fell onto a table while the people at the table that he fell on pushed him off and he landed on his back on the floor. What did he do on his back, totally drunk, his fighting Spirit uninhibited and fierce as can be, he picked up a glass that was lying there on the floor where he lay and fired it at the people who pushed him off the table. (Hey that reminds me of my youth.) Well the glass that he threw at them hit its target and caused a slight injury. (When I was young that happened all the time, but nobody went to prison for it. Boys will be boys!) This young Scotsman was more now close to going insane with frustration. He told me that another English guy he met in prison here was trying to get sleeping pills so he could sleep away the nightmare. 

What is the nightmare? The entire summer has been extremely hot this year and about 90% of the prisoners are dark-skinned Invaders. Remember they have emptied the prisons in Africa and elsewhere to enrich European countries in the biological sense. These Invaders like to communicate with each other all day and until about midnight by yelling out their cell windows to each other.  This poor Scotsman now had 2 months of nothing but the white walls of his cell to look at while being blasted by a nonstop yelling in many different languages, none of which he could understand.  This is like a prison in Africa with German prison staff.  All the few Germans that I have met here are very decent and upright people. 

After listening to this young man, I told him that these conditions are not the fault of the German people. We are in occupied country. I am in prison because I showed the audience, at a political rally, how high my pet dog Paolo can jump. I told him that the reward that the UK got for bombing the living hell out of Germany in 1945 is that now London has a Pakistani mayor and brown-skinned invaders can rape white-skinned English girls with impunity and if the English want to extradite the rapists, then the English taxpayer pays millions of pounds to Jewish attorneys to prevent the brown skin from being extradited.  Remember: The Jew loves treason but hates the traitor. The successful genocide of millions of Germans is now a template for the destruction of what is left of the white race. 

I told the Scotsman that we are positioned with our backs against the wall, and we stand shoulder-to-shoulder. It is do-or-die! When this young man, not even very big, rifled that glass from the floor, on his back drunk as he can be, he showed what we all have in us.  We need to get this energy and resolve channeled in the direction that will secure our homelands and our future. I wrote my name on a piece of toilet paper, that was the only available paper in that stinking room full of Invaders. He was so happy to have had that dialogue with me. 

Now, back to the 3/4 second glimpse of Monica, in route to Inquisition day #13 on the 14th of September 2018. Arrival at the “Justice Palace” after waiting for whatever time we have to wait, I get called out and there in the hall is Monica attached with handcuffs to her “Beamte” (police guard), and I get attached to my Beamte, and we march off in a little procession: Beamte - Beamte/Monika - Beamte/Alfred.  We follow the hallways and staircases until we reach the courtroom. We get detached from our Beamten after the door behind us is closed and the other Beamten have their eyes on us.

On this date, the Beamten were different from the ones the days before and they were very strict - NO TALKING! NO NOTHING! But still Monica and I were the happiest people in all the room.  Previous days, the police guard was more normal and even prided himself by sharing his awareness of WTC 7 (the tower on 9-11 that wasn’t hit but fell in demolition style anyway). 

Without going into all the details of the proceedings, since they make no sense anyway, I only want to summarize briefly the following. The very worst day so far was Thursday August 16th. The state prosecutor walked in with two binders and proclaimed, “We have the property investigations and financial data and we expect a multi-year  sentence for Mr. Schaefer due to the gravity of his crimes.”  They normally take everything you own and disappear you for many years. I love jews.

Friday, August 17th was a turning point. I was exhausted from the very long previous day. I had reached the sanctuary of my cell by about 9:30 p.m. The night before and I was in a state of shock from a totally helpless feeling of this insanity. On our way down after that horrible day, I told Monica, “Monica we will walk out of here as free people.”  She just roared with laughter and said to her Beamte, “Alfred's always so optimistic!” But what could I do?  It was so surreal - out of a Brave New World or George Orwell horror show. The total absurdity led me to believe that it can't be real so things have to change. And change they did.

I'm going to make it brief now.  The Friday following the day of horror, a witness was called in who had already been there earlier and we were back to “gathering evidence.”  And now we have court dates all the way to the end of October. Can you imagine grown people spending this level of resources on this kind of nonsense? Hard to believe, but that is the Muppet Show that Monica and I have the honors of having secured two important leading roles. We love it.

Okay, now a few words about the weapons being used against humanity in a last-ditch effort to keep the state of induced mental sanity locked into place. All the hype generated by talk of “Nazi war crimes,” “Holocaust,” “Syria warned of consequences for using GAS.” blah blah blah. All of those words do nothing more than rejuvenate the indoctrination of the past 80 years. These things need to all be called out as “marked cards” in a card game of All or Nothing. We must not respond to any of them, EVER, other than calling them out as marked cards ... 

(Included because it was so clever) Re-edit and correct my six million spelling mistakes. I wish I could spell as good as Uncle Adolf could paint, but he was a true Man Of All Trades.  I could keep writing but if they disappear this letter it would be all for nothing. This time I told the story of the Scotsman, there is a great story about a 16-year- old Afghan Warrior who really gave me a lot of Hope ... Coming soon. I would hire that guy as my personal bodyguard, he was that good. And remember we are winning! What we are observing now are the expected symptoms of the initial phase of our healing over space and time. These are natural processes that can be observed throughout nature. 

Your friend and comrade Alfred.



NTS Notes:  I am so glad that Alfred is in "good spirits" in spite of the madness that he is facing while being illegally incarcerated in the German "gulag" prison system....

But the facts are that in spite of his hoping that both he and Monika will "win" this court battle, their verdict was already set in stone well before they went in front of those clowns who call themselves 'judges" and that verdict will absolutely be 'GUILTY'.... That outcome was demanded by the Jewish pricks who want to see both Monika and Alfred put away for years for their challenging the lies of history, and no matter what defense these two put forward, they will be guilty.. .Such is the way of this "kangaroo court"...

Yes, the formerly great nation of Germany is now no more... Destroyed by the Jewish pricks that have not only castrated the German people with their lies of history, but now absolutely destroyed by the filth and sewer rats that have been allowed to invade the nation, turning it into the disaster we see today... And again we can thank the Jewish monsters for their control over that hideous Merkel's government in Berlin that has opened the doors wide to allow these vermin into that nation..

I will indeed be continuing to keep tabs on what is happening with this "trial" in Germany.... I will present that information to my readers here when it does become available, so stay tuned...

More to come

NTS


Important Analysis: Why The US Military Is Woefully Unprepared For A Major Conventional Conflict

I have seen a wide assortment of articles coming out over the last few days, where the authors were claiming that the United States was getting ready for a major world war and that the nutcases in the Pentagon were stating that not only would the US want to fight in such a war against possibly both the Russian Federation and China, but that they were all stating that they would actually win such a war and therefore secure American dominance over the entire planet for decades to come... To me, this is sheer madness, for I have been looking at a lot of material on the shape of America's military establishment today and what I found has been alarming in that the the US is absolutely unprepared for ANY conventional war anywhere across the planet!

I want to present the following very important article right here for all to see for themselves... This one comes courtesy of the Southfront website at www.southfront.org, and is entitled:"Why The US Military Is Woefully Unprepared For A Major Conventional Conflict"... It backs up a lot of what I have already stated as the real poor shape of the American military today,  with a full analysis of the major parts of the US military that would be involved in such a major world conflict... I have my own thoughts and comments to follow:

WHY THE U.S. MILITARY IS WOEFULLY UNPREPARED FOR A MAJOR CONVENTIONAL CONFLICT


Introduction

In the Department of Defense authored summary of the National Defense Strategy of the United States for 2018, Secretary James Mattis quite succinctly sets out the challenges and goals of the U.S. military in the immediate future. Importantly, he acknowledges that the U.S. had become far too focused on counter-insurgency over the past two decades, but he seems to miss the causation of this mission in the first place. U.S. foreign policy, and its reliance on military intervention to solve all perceived problems, regime change and imperialist adventurism, resulted in the need to occupy nations, or destroy them. This leads to the growth of insurgencies, and the strengthening of long simmering religious radicalism and anti-western sentiment in the Middle East and Central Asia. The U.S. military willfully threw itself headlong into a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The United States engaged in unnecessary wars, and when these wars were easily won on the immediate battlefield, the unplanned for occupations lead to guerilla insurgencies that were not so easy for a conventional military to confront. The U.S. Army was not prepared for guerilla warfare in urban areas, nor for the brutal and immoral tactics that their new enemies were willing to engage in. They obviously had not reflected upon the Soviet experience in Afghanistan, nor the nature of their new enemies. As casualties mounted due to roadside IEDs, snipers, and suicide bombers hidden amongst civilians, the U.S. military and the defense industry were forced to find ways to protect soldiers and make vehicle less vulnerable to these types of attacks. This resulted in vehicles of every description being armored and new IED resistant vehicles being designed and fielded in large numbers. This in turn, equated to a vast amount of time, effort and money. It also focused both the U.S. military services and the defense industry away from fighting conventional wars against peer adversaries.
After a decade of fighting an insurgency in Afghanistan and almost as long in Iraq, the U.S. leadership decided to destroy the sovereign nation of Libya, and foment a war in Syria immediately afterward. There is no doubt with the knowledge of historic events today, that the CIA and State Department facilitated a foreign invasion of Syria of Islamist radicals. They funded and armed these groups, provided clandestine training, and facilitated the logistical movement of fighters and weapons into a sovereign nation to cause its disintegration. In these two examples they decided not to occupy these countries, but to destroy all semblance of ordered society and replace it with brutally violent chaos. The U.S. political and military leadership seems to have learned that their past adventurism resulted in costly occupations, yet instead of refraining from using the military option as a tool to alter geopolitical realities they did not like, they merely opted to abandon the responsibility of occupation and reconstruction all together.
Why the U.S. Military is Woefully Unprepared for a Major Conventional Conflict
Benghazi, Libya. An example of democratic progress and stability in North Africa courtesy of U.S. led “humanitarian intervention”.
While Secretary Mattis describes the “near peer” nations China and Russia as “revisionist powers”, it was not these nations that made the irresponsible and reckless decisions that have weakened the U.S. military establishment, nor aim to revise the ill-conceived and executed catastrophes of their American “peers”. They have reached a state of military and technological parity with, and in many cases a position of superiority vis a vis the United States, because they exercised better judgement over the past two decades, invested their time, talent and treasure in developing powerful conventional and nuclear forces, and refrained from using their national defense assets to punish their perceived adversaries in such a way that more damage was caused to themselves. In many ways, the poor example of the United States and its ill-conceived military expeditions, influenced both Russia and China to advance along different paths. Now, without recognizing and acknowledging the failures of leadership and decision making that have lead the U.S. military to a weakened state, the United States has declared that it is now in a period of strategic competition with the two other strongest kids on the block.
In order to understand how Secretary Mattis has come to such a declaration, we have to look at the U.S. military decisions, actions, mistakes, and failures of leadership at the highest levels that have brought us to this point. A brief analysis of the resultant metamorphosis of the United States military from a robust and balanced conventional fighting force, backed up by a viable nuclear deterrent into a force obsessed with occupation and counterinsurgency must be conducted. This must be followed by a study of how the U.S. military has decided to invest its extensive funding, the weapons systems it has pursued, and how it envisions that it is best suited to protect the national security interests of the state. Finally, a comparison must be conducted of the capabilities of its declared strategic adversaries. A conclusion can then be made regarding the ability of the United States military to successfully engage and defeat these adversaries in a future conflict.

Imperial Expansion, Regime Change and Occupation

When the Soviet Union dissolved in December of 1991, a global power vacuum was immediately created. Regardless of the many assurances given to the Gorbachev government (which were finally revealed in the December 2017 National Security Archive releases of official NATO correspondence) that NATO would not expand and that the former Soviet federated states would be included in the established European economic and security apparatus, the United States immediately embarked on a policy of NATO expansion and economic exploitation of post-Soviet territories.
Just scant months earlier, the United States deployed military forces to Saudi Arabia as the backbone of an international coalition to confront and reverse the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. This resulted in Operation Desert Shield, the greatest deployment of combined military forces on the part of the U.S. military since the Vietnam War. By January of 1991, not even a month since the U.S.S.R. ceased to be, Operation Desert Shield transitioned to Operation Desert Storm, with the invasion of Iraq and Kuwait. The conventional military power utilized by the U.S. was greatly effective, and most combat systems worked extremely well on the battlefield. Air superiority was soon absolute, as the Iraqi Air Force largely left the skies uncontested. The great success of Operation Desert Storm largely gave the military planners of the Pentagon a false sense of superiority, which as we shall see, led to a number of wrong assumptions and poor decisions being made regarding the future development and transformation of the U.S. military.
Why the U.S. Military is Woefully Unprepared for a Major Conventional Conflict
M1A2 Abrams tank platoon advancing during Operation Desert Storm. The armored combat vehicles of the U.S. Army proved very effective against a far inferior opponent in this conflict, yet they proved capable and reliable. Logistical requirements; however, did prove to be a challenge.
The first post-Cold War military “humanitarian intervention” conducted by the U.S. was the Yugoslavian civil conflict interdiction of 1995. Predicated upon escalating ethnic atrocities, the NATO intervention was actually designed to make the fracturing of the former Yugoslavian Republic permanent, and to establish a number of pro-NATO, or pro-U.S.-Atlantic establishment nations on the Balkan periphery of Russia. Slovenia became a NATO member state in 2004, followed by Croatia in 2009, and then Montenegro in 2017. At the same time that a civil war was raging in the former Republic of Yugoslavia, the U.S. and its Gulf State allies fomented and aided Islamic insurgencies in the Caucasus Republics of the newly comprised Russian Federation in an attempt to further weaken and encircle it. At the conclusion of U.S. intervention in the Balkans, which included the deployment of U.S. ground forces as part of multiple NATO-led operations including Operation Joint Endeavor, Operation Joint Guard and Joint Forge in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the Kosovo Force (KFOR), the United States would de facto create the statelet of Kosovo. As many as 43,000 NATO troops were serving as part of these operations at any given time between 1995 and 2002.
Why the U.S. Military is Woefully Unprepared for a Major Conventional Conflict
U.S. Camp Bondsteel in the U.S. sponsored protectorate of Kosovo located in southwestern Serbia. The intervention in Kosovo had nothing to do with humanitarian concerns as usual, but in establishing a permanent military foothold in the Balkans.
As I have described and explained in an earlier analysis entitled “U.S. Army Armored Vehicle Developments in the 21st Century; The Future Combat System gives way to Mobile Protected Firepower”, although the U.S. military leadership was pleased with the performance of its legacy armored vehicles and weapons systems in both Operation Desert Storm and its Operation Joint Endeavor, it was not satisfied with the amount of time required to deploy large combined Arms units via available sealift and airlift capacity. The complex logistics involved in mobilizing and moving heavy armored units does not lend well to rapid deployments, especially over significant distances. Even pre-deployment of heavy armored equipment, either in host countries or loaded in sealift vessels kept on stand-by at forward deployed bases (such as Diego Garcia) or berthed at major seaports of the continental United States, present a whole host of logistical challenges.
The desire to streamline U.S. military logistics, and to create a fighting force that was more rapidly deployable, flexible and yet maintained the highest levels of lethality, and that leveraged advanced information technologies and communications systems led to the genesis of the Future Combat System (FCS). Embracing the FCS concept, the Army set very high deployment goals, which would prove to be unattainable. General Eric Shinseki, then Chief of Staff of the Army, stated that the Army would strive to attain the ability to deploy a combat brigade anywhere in the world within 96 hours, a full division within 120 hours, and no less than five divisions in 30 days. Then Secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld was a vocal supporter of the FCS concept. The U.S. Army would eventually pursue the FCS program, the largest defense acquisition program in U.S. military history with a price tag of approximately $200 billion USD. The program was eventually cancelled in 2009, yet its influence in transforming the U.S. Army have proven substantial, and have had a negative influence on the Army’s ability to fight near peer adversaries in today’s warfighting environment.
The United States military would become a force for invasion and occupation during the Neo-Con era spanning from 2000 to the present. BY 2003, the U.S. was once again invading Iraqi territory, this time during Operation Iraqi Freedom. By this time the U.S. Army had partially realized some aspects of FCS, mainly in the area of rapidly deploying combat ready forces of the Brigade size. Operation Iraqi Freedom was envisioned as a rapid invasion utilizing highly mobile, self-contained, combined-arms combat teams supported by overwhelming airpower. The Iraqi military was far weaker in 2003 than it had been in 1991. It was a shadow of its former self and had been repeatedly targeted over the intervening decade, especially its air-defense and command and control networks. A combined ground force of approximately 148,000 men was deployed and ready for offensive operations in approximately a month and a half. Ground operations of the invasion lasted from March 20th until May 1st, 2003. The initial victory was impressive, but it soon became quite obvious that there was no realistic and pragmatic plan to occupy the country and render aid to a stable and capable new government.
What followed was a time of crisis for the U.S. military. When the U.S. soldiers were not greeted as liberators, and a number of organized and ruthless anti-occupation insurgencies formed, some motivated my patriotism, some my tribal and religious factions, and still others by terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda, the soldiers tasked with the occupation of Iraq were woefully unprepared for the task asked of them. U.S. troops deployed to a nation whose minimal civil infrastructure they had just destroyed, were tasked with reconstruction and nation building in a country producing a growing anti-occupation insurgency on many different levels. Convoys and patrols were increasingly the targets of ambushes by insurgents operating along key roadways and within urban centers. Light vehicles and military transports were targeted and destroyed in significant numbers, and the crews had no protection from weapons ranging from small arms and RPGs to extremely powerful improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
The Bush administration at the time, who had claimed that the U.S. troops would be widely embraced as liberators, began to scramble for ways to reduce the mounting U.S. casualties. The answer was to add armored protection to all existing vehicles, whether they be HMMWVs, or the LMTVs and HEMMTs of the logistics units. Adding armor to logistical support vehicles not meant to see front line combat greatly reduced their fuel efficiency (of great importance in the logistics arm) and was only accomplished at great cost. The U.S. Army only had one armored security vehicle in active service at this time, the M1117, albeit in small numbers. The decision was made to armor the ubiquitous HMMWV and to give it the tasks of armored patrol, internal security and crowd control vehicle. The HMMWV was designed and used quite effectively as a light utility vehicle and had always performed well in such a role; however, it was never intended for the roles it was called upon to perform after 2003.

An Obsession with MRAPs

A number of different armor packages were developed for the HMMWV, mainly to increase the likelihood of crew survivability. The armored Hummer was merely a stopgap until purpose-built armored vehicles could be developed and fielded in greater numbers. Although effective against high caliber small arms, shrapnel and mines, the M1117 was fielded in very limited numbers in 2003 with military police units, mostly in security duties on U.S. military installations. Large orders of the vehicle were placed after the 2003 Iraq invasion, and the number grew from approximately 50 to over 1,800 units in active service.
Why the U.S. Military is Woefully Unprepared for a Major Conventional Conflict
M1117 at the head of a column of HMMWVs and an LMTV halted along a road in Iraq sometime after the 2003 invasion.
The U.S. military enlisted the help of both the U.S. and international defense industry to produce an armored vehicle that could better serve the needs of an army now faced with occupying not only one rebellious nation, but two. Between 2003 and 2007, the U.S. military would suffer increasing casualties in both the Iraq and Afghanistan theatres of occupation. In the case of Afghanistan, casualties would continue to increase until 2010 before decreasing over consecutive years. Most of these casualties were the result of ambushes with IEDs. Such attacks increased six fold from 2003 to 2007.
The DOD would award billions of dollars in contracts for Mine Resistant Ambushed Protected vehicles (MRAP) between 2003 and the present. The total acquisition cost of the various MRAPs ordered and put into service conservatively exceeds $45 billion USD. The U.S. military has no less than seven different types of MRAPs in service as of today, more than any other nation by far. As the U.S. has reduced its active footprint in both Afghanistan and Iraq, it has sold many of these vehicles to local security forces, and even U.S. domestic police forces, as they are of little use on a contested battlefield where the U.S. military would be fighting a conventional conflict with a powerful adversary. The following list details the main types of MRAPS in use by the U.S. military and costs associated:
M-ATV
The genesis of the MRAP All Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) was the desire to gain both the IED level protection of an MRAP and the mobility of a lighter all-terrain vehicle. It was realized early on that the armored M1114 HMMWV variant sacrificed much of its off road performance with the addition of heavy armor plate, yet failed to provide adequate protection. A purpose-built light MRAP was called for. Oshkosh Corporation was awarded the initial $1 billion USD contract to supply the new M-ATV to the U.S. Army, USMC, Air Force and Special Operations Command (which employs special operations elements of all the military services) in mid-2009. The initial contract order grew four fold within a few years, and total M-ATVs produced to date has approached 10,000 units of different variants. The acquisition cost not corrected for inflation likely exceeds $4 billion USD, and additional contracts have been awarded to update and refit all units retained in U.S. service. Many units have since been handed over to allied governments in the Middle East and Europe at far reduced prices. NATO recipients include both Poland and Croatia.  Both the U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia have made use of the M-ATV in the conflict in Yemen, and have lost a significant number in combat.
Why the U.S. Military is Woefully Unprepared for a Major Conventional Conflict
Comparative size of the armored HMMWV and the M-ATV. The ubiquitous “Hummer” was never meant to be an armored car, and hundreds were destroyed by IEDs in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Cougar
The Cougar is a much more robust vehicle than the M-ATV, resembling a heavily armored truck. It comes in a 4 x 4 and larger 6 x 6 version, with several variants based on these two platforms, depending on the intended role. The Cougar was developed by Force Protection, Inc. in 2004. The company was later acquired by General Dynamics in 2011. The Cougar was rushed into service after a very simple and rudimentary testing program in 2004, as the U.S. military wanted thousands of MRAPs for service in Iraq as soon as possible. The Cougar can trace its lineage to earlier South African designed and fielded vehicles, and was also adopted into British and Canadian service as well.
The Cougar was produced in great numbers between 2004 and 2010 for the U.S. military, with further orders filled by the British military, who have fielded the Cougar in at least 4 different variants. A number of Cougars have also be gifted to other NATO countries with contingents serving in Afghanistan. The U.S. military spent approximately $2.5-3.0 billion USD to acquire its Cougars, and additional funds have been spent to upgrade the roughly 20% of the surviving fleet selected to remain in service.
Why the U.S. Military is Woefully Unprepared for a Major Conventional Conflict
British Army variants of the 4×4 and 6×6 Cougar (Mastiff and Ridgeback) in a convoy protecting military transports in Afghanistan.
Caiman
Probably the most cost effective MRAP to be developed to meet the requirements of the MRAP Vehicle Program is the Armor Holdings (since acquired by BAE Systems) Caiman. The Caiman initially shared 85% of its construction components with the Stewart & Stevenson/Oshkosh family of military tactical vehicles (FMTV). This family of light to medium trucks have been produced since the early 1980s, with over 74,000 units of varying configuration put into service. This commonality of construction reduced manufacturing, maintenance and inventory carrying costs. The total cost of the Caiman contract (including a later contract to upgrade and improve vehicles to the Multi-Terrain Vehicle standard) amounted to over $1.15 billion USD. The United States sold 1,150 Caiman MRAPs that had been put in surplus status to the U.A.E. to aid in their operations in Yemen.
MaxxPro
Manufactured by Navistar Defense, a subsidiary of the Navistar International Corporation, the MaxxPro MRAP is based on a commercial truck chassis and makes use of a bolt-on armor construction as much as possible. This reduces manufacturing cost when compared to welded construction, and allows for easier repair in the field. Approximately 9,000 MaxxPro MRAPs were built for the U.S. Army, Marine Corps and Air Force. At an average per unit cost of $515,000 USD, the Maxxpro cost the United States military over $4.6 billion USD, not counting a number of upgrade contracts. Of the 9,000 units constructed and delivered, the U.S. military services announced in 2013 the intension of keeping only a third of these units in service beyond 2014.
Buffalo MPRC
The largest MRAP in the U.S. inventory, the Buffalo was designed as an IED and mine clearance vehicle. Manufactured by Force Protection Inc., it is based on the Casspir MRAP that has been in service with the South African Army for decades. The Buffalo in a 6×6 armored vehicle with a maximum service weight of 25,000 kgs. (56,000 lbs.). After building the first 200 units, the Buffalo was upgraded to the A2 standard in 2009, after which an additional 450 units were produced. Over 750 total Buffalos have been produced in total, with 650 of these in service with the U.S. military at a cost of over $1 billion USD.
Why the U.S. Military is Woefully Unprepared for a Major Conventional Conflict
Force Protection Buffalo IED and Mine Clearance MRAP removing an explosive devise by use of its articulated, hydraulically-operated claw.
The Buffalo’s origins are clearly a response to the dangers posed by a prolonged military occupation in an environment of active guerilla warfare. It was based on a proven design, and has been extremely effective in its intended role. The traditional vehicle for mine clearance or IED disposal would normally be an MBT fitted with mine clearance apparatus. The Buffalo is cheaper to manufacture, maintain and operate than an MBT, and is slightly more flexible in a multitude of environments. It also can accommodate 12 soldiers in addition to a normal crew of two.
Nyala RG-31/33
Manufactured by Land Systems OMC (BAE Land Systems) of South Africa and FNSS of Turkey, the RG-31/33 NyalaMRAP is produced in a 4×4 (RG-31) and 6×6 (RG-33) version to meet the requirements of the Mine Resistant Ambushed Protected Vehicle Program. Although used by the U.S. military in the highest numbers (almost 2,000 vehicles), ten other nations use this MRAP to some degree. The USMC ordered 1,385 of the Mark 5E variant, and operate more RG-31s than any other military service. The total cost of RG-31/33 acquisition is easily in excess of $2.7 billion USD.
JLTV
The most ambitious of all of the MRAP programs, the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) is meant to replace the HMMWV in use by all of the U.S. military branches. Although the design of the new vehicle is meant to allow it to exceed at a number of military tasks, it is at its core a mine resistant, ambush protected vehicle. The JLTV is suited to take over the tasks of light armored reconnaissance, armored security, special operations, utility and convoy protection. The JLTV is meant to be flexible enough to perform all of these tasks and its very design allows for the upgrading or downgrading of armor and weapons systems tailored to the task required.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimated in 2015 that the total acquisition cost of the JLTV across all services would likely be $53.5 billion USD, with a total of 5,500 units for the UMC and 49,099 for the U.S. Army requested. In 2016, the Department of Defense claimed that the total cost of the program would be reduced due to revised unit costs and corrected “cost estimate methodologies”; however, past experience has proven that the Pentagon is usually quite bad when it comes to managing finances. The procurement timetable proposed has the first JLTVs being delivered beginning in 2018, and not being completed until 2040 for the U.S. Army. The 5,500 units requested by the USMC should be delivered between 2018 and 2022.
The JLTV program clearly embodies the U.S. military’s fixation on its experiences in both Iraq and Afghanistan with occupation and the resultant insurgencies motivated by inevitable anti-U.S. and anti-Western sentiments. Invaders are never seen as liberators, but always as subjugators and occupiers. Occupiers are never safe, as the frontline is everywhere. The U.S. military reacted to protect itself by armoring everything. Light utility vehicles and logistics transport of all categories were armored for protection. Only a nation that plans to invade and occupy other countries, and that will find itself always in a hostile environment will require so many MRAPs and armored transports. No other major military in the world has decided to follow this new U.S. model. Perhaps that is due to the fact that the main duty of their armed forces is to fight defensively in defending their own territory. Armies of national defense have no need to prepare themselves to fight a hostile native population.
Why the U.S. Military is Woefully Unprepared for a Major Conventional Conflict
A side-by-side comparison of an unarmored HMMWV and an armored JLTV. The new vehicle is twice as heavy as the standard HMMWV.
The JLTV is an armored, all-terrain monster that can carry a payload between 1,600 and 2,300 kgs. (3,500 – 5,100 lbs.), weapons as large as the SHORAD (Short Range Air Defense variant of the Hellfire missile) or the 30mm M230LF automatic cannon, and provide crew survivability in most IED attacks. The DOD has decided to replace both MRAPs and the HMMWV family of utility vehicles with the new JLTV platform. The JLTV is equipped with a 6.6 liter diesel V8 which can generate at least 300 horse power. The vehicle weighs in at between 14,000 and 15,639lbs. depending on the variant. By comparison, the unarmored HMMWV weighed in at 7,700 lbs. fully loaded and made use of a diesel V8 (some models used a turbo diesel) generating a maximum 190 hp. Even considering greater efficiencies achieved through modern internal combustion engine technology, a vehicle that weighs twice as much and requires greater horsepower will lead to higher fuel consumption and require higher levels of maintenance.

Counter Insurgency

Not only did the U.S. military experience with occupation and counterinsurgency shape the armored vehicle procurement projects and design priorities of future armored vehicle acquisitions, but it also resulted in an over-focusing of resources toward a traditionally elite, limited and specialized subset of conventional fighting forces; special operations. All effective modern national defense forces operate a small cadre of special operations units. These units are made up of highly motivated, highly trained and highly skilled soldiers who can perform any number of military tasks, but are specifically focused on asymmetrical, hybrid and very specialized warfare subsets. They complement and enhance conventional fighting forces, and often act as significant force multipliers in any conflict.
Prior to the U.S. wars of occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq, the United States operated a robust special operations force comprising of units from all services. The considerable investment in these highly selective forces, the high standards demanded, and the extremely difficult training requirements have always kept these forces small; however this has changed a great deal over the past 17 years. The need for soldiers with a skill set specific to counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan lead to increased focus and demand on special operations. From 2001 to the present, the special operations forces under the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) have expanded from 42,800 to approximately 63,500 today. Special operations specific funding has grown four fold in the same time period, from $3.1 billion USD to $12.3 billion USD. According to SOCOM, an average of 8,300 special operators are deployed in missions in as many as 149 nations across the globe on a weekly basis, and 70 nations on any given day.
Why the U.S. Military is Woefully Unprepared for a Major Conventional Conflict
U.S. Special Operations Command has access to uniquely qualified units from across all branches of the U.S. military.
There is little doubt that the Pentagon’s over-focus on counterinsurgency (the State Department is guilty here as well) has lead to U.S. military adventurism involving it in the internal conflicts of 75% of the countries of the world. Does this clandestine military involvement in the civil or regional strife of most of the planet really have anything to do with U.S. national security? Does it make the U.S. any safer, or is it only creating more enemies? SOCOM has even deployed assets to clandestinely train amongst the civilian population of the United States itself, a clear violation of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878.
This disproportional over-emphasis on special operations has resulted in an atrophying of more traditional martial structures and establishments. While the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have stayed at the forefront of modern armor and artillery development, and have advanced the related tactics, the United States has fallen far behind. Even the Peoples Liberation Army has made great strides in these conventional warfare realms in comparison to the United States. The United States surely has the economic resources, and the technical capability to close the gap, but the focus of the military needs to be realigned toward conventional warfighting.
Secretary Mattis has obviously recognized the need to focus higher procurement towards conventional forces, as well as fund R&D efforts into better field artillery, rocket artillery, armored fighting vehicles such as the AMPV, and a new main battle tank (MBT). In identifying near peer adversaries as the greatest national security threat, Secretary Mattis realizes that the U.S. must waste no time in closing the technological and quality gap that now exists between the conventional fighting forces of the United States and Russia and China respectively.

A Navy in Disarray

While the ground forces of the United States have suffered from two decades of occupation and counterinsurgency, which has morphed them from a balanced, combined arms conventional fighting force, into a force obsessed with IEDs, insurgents and guerilla warfare, the U.S. Navy seems to have lost any idea of its national security role. After two decades of enjoying uncontested control of the seas and the ability to use aircraft carrier-borne airstrikes to pummel inferior adversaries, none of which possessed a viable navy or air force, nor a modern air defense network or shore-based anti-naval capability, the U.S. Navy has seemed determined to sail further into the realm of irrelevancy in any future conflict. Unless it intends to engage in battle against significantly weaker opponents, the U.S. Navy will not possess an advantage over its two most powerful possible adversaries, Russia and China.
The United States Navy has not engaged in a major naval engagement with a major adversary since the closing days of World War Two. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union largely kept one another at bay, with very close competition leading to significant advancements in naval warfare. They did not engage in any verified hostile actions. Although the U.S. Navy engaged in combat with Libyan military forces in 1986 in the Gulf of Sidra, as well as sunk a small force of Iraqi Navy vessels of small displacement at the “Battle of Bubiyan” (not really much of a battle at all and UK Navy helicopters did most of the fighting), these engagements were largely one-sided and no one could ever say that the outcomes were a surprise. Regardless, the U.S. Navy apparently has decided that it is an indomitable force that can go wherever it pleases and no one can stand in its way. Such hubris and arrogance are one of the reasons why it is in such poor shape today. The other reason must surely be attributed to a military industrial complex that has sold the service on an expensive pipe dream of wonder weapons that have failed to live up to their hype. All to the tune of huge profits. The following are the most egregious examples:
The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS)
Based on a flawed concept from the start, of a small surface combatant that could make use of modularity to tailor it to specific tasks as opposed to a traditional multi-purpose design, the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) was largely doomed for a number of reasons. Two different designs were awarded contracts, the trimaran Independence Class designed by General Dynamics, and the mono-hull Freedom Class designed by Lockheed Martin. The decision to produce two different designs to meet the needs of a single class should have been seen as problematic. Here the Navy accepted the responsibility and costs associated with maintaining two different platforms, with separate maintenance needs and schedules, not to mention two separate training programs for LCS crews.
The concept of the LCS was also divergent in many respects, and quite frankly, too much was expected of a ship that was smaller in size than a conventional frigate. The U.S. Navy expected the vessels to marry significant striking power, with modularity tailored to just about every form of modern naval warfare, and new networking and information technologies that would reduce the required crew to a minimum. What resulted was what those serving in the force would begrudgingly coin the “Little Crappy Ship”. The aluminum and composite (Independence Class) and lightweight steel (Freedom Class) hulls of the ships provide little armored protection, offensive striking power is far from adequate for either surface warfare or fire support for forces deployed inland, the platform has yet to meet anti-submarine requirements, and the reduced crew size has been determined to be unmanageable.
Why the U.S. Military is Woefully Unprepared for a Major Conventional Conflict
This image of the construction of USS Independence LCS-2, clearly illustrates the aluminum structure of the hull. Aluminum offers little armored protection, burns vigorously at high temperature, and led to increased corrosion of steal propulsion components in areas where the dissimilar metals were in close proximity below the waterline.
As a result of its overwhelming failure to meet the expectations of the U.S. Navy or Congressional oversight, the total fleet size of LCS vessels has been reduced from the original 50 planned down to 32. Project cost overruns, a number of high profile system failures, and the smaller fleet size have resulted in a total cost of $12.4 billion USD for the first 26 vessels. The U.S. Congress capped the per-unit cost at $480 million per ship, bringing the theoretical total cost to $15.5 billion USD. All for a ship that has a minimal chance of surviving most modern naval combat scenarios. There is little wonder why the U.S. Navy has decided to start building a multi-purpose frigate, dubbed the FFG(X), to pick up where the LCS has failed.
 DDG 1000 Zumwalt Class 
If the LCS was not a huge and unequivocal disappointment, then the much vaunted stealth destroyer, the DDG-1000 Zumwalt Class was a total embarrassment and unmitigated failure.  Envisioned as a high-tech game changer, the DDG-1000 was supposed to make use of powerful new technologies, overwhelming firepower, and massive power generation, all wrapped in stealth that would render it invisible. Although designed as a multi-mission surface combatant, added emphasis was put on naval surface fire support (NSFS) while operating in littoral waters. Due to a number of factors, mostly the exorbitant cost of the program, the Navy is now trying to find a role for the Zumwaltclass vessels.
Originally, the Navy intended to build 32 of these stealth destroyers, yet the exorbitant initial cost plus huge cost overruns led the Navy and the U.S. Congress to reduce the fleet to 24, then 16, then 7, and finally to only 3 vessels. Correspondingly, the cost per vessel increased tremendously, as did the cost of all class-specific systems including weapons systems, power generation and propulsion systems. Cost per vessel stands at over $7.5 billion USD.
The 155mm Mark 51 advanced gun system (AGS) deck guns designed specifically for the DDG 1000s were made to fire guided rounds over a range in excess of 80 nautical miles, with a circular error probable (CEP) of just 50 meters (160ft.). Each DDG 1000 is equipped with two AGS on the forward deck. These guns were designed to strike shore targets accurately from coastal waters in support of allied ground forces and amphibious landing forces. Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems developed the Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP) for use in the AGS, but due to the now 3 vessel fleet, the per unit cost of each LRLAP had risen to over $800,000 USD. The Navy had already procured 90 rounds before the decision was made to cease purchasing the rounds due to the prohibitive costs.
The DDG-1000 utilizes the same MT-30 Rolls Royce gas turbine engines as the Freedom Class LCS vessels; however, in the case of the destroyers the gas turbine is linked to a massive electrical grid that not only powers the electric motors that propel the vessel, but just about every other system onboard, including the weapons systems. The arrangement is proving problematic, as the first two vessels in class have both experienced main engine failures and damages. The USS Michael Monsoor DDG-1001 suffered damage to the turbine blades of one of its main engines during sea trials in February of this year. The MT-30 engine will have to be replaced at the cost of $20 million USD. The USS Zumwalt DDG-1000 famously broke down during its transit from Maine to San Diego and had to be towed from the Panama Canal to its new home port.
The U.S. Navy is now struggling to find a new niche for the DDG-1000s. Now that its NSFS mission is a non-starter, it is being adapted as a platform to strike inland targets with land-attack cruise missiles (LACM) and engage other surface ships with an anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) that has yet to be accepted into the service. The DDG-1000s lack a strong anti-air warfare (AAW) capability, and would thus be tied to other fleet components such as the Arleigh Burke Class DDG-51s and Ticonderoga Class CGs which have strong AAW capabilities. In an attempt to utilize the USS Zumwalt, the Navy has added legacy weapons systems, radars and communications antennas to the stealthy superstructure, undoubtedly negating its minimal radar signature. It remains to be seen what munitions will be provided for the two AGS turrets, as no munitions other than the cost prohibitive LRLAP exist.
Why the U.S. Military is Woefully Unprepared for a Major Conventional Conflict
The latest revision of the DDG-1000 Zumwalt Class lead vessel’s once smooth and unblemished superstructure is now marred by various external sensory and communications arrays. Two rear deck guns for close-in defense have also been added.
CVN-78 Gerald R. Ford Class
As if the U.S. Navy was not content with wasting $38 billion USD on the failed LCS and DDG-1000 programs, an even more grandiose undertaking was envisioned for the service that would revolutionize the all too important and largely obsolete “super carrier”. It is a widely accepted fact that the U.S. Navy has been obsessed with the aircraft carrier since World War II and the pivotal naval battles between the U.S. Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy. This obsession is alive and well to this day, seemingly immune to the realities of modern missile technology, especially in regard to guidance, speed, range, and the advent of armed and semi-autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) of increasing lethality.
The U.S. Navy embarked on a program to replace the existing Nimitz Class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers currently comprising the central component of the aircraft carrier strike groups (ASG), of which the service operates 10 (with the additional CVN-65 Enterprise in reserve), in 2005 with the advanced construction of CVN-78. In 2008 the U.S. Navy signed a contract with Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding worth approximately $5.1 billion USD to build the first in a series of four such carriers. The goal is to build each carrier in four year periods under the current funding schedule. The Gerald R. Ford Class was supposed to take advantage of a number of new technologies and experience significantly improved efficiencies in aircraft carrier operations over the preceding Nimitz Class.
While the initial cost estimate for CVN-78 was around $10 billion USD (U.S. Congress had caped it at $10.5 billion USD in 2007), the total cost for the vessel has exceeded $13 billion USD as of May of this year when it was revealed that the Advanced Weapons Elevator and a main thrust bearing had suffered damage in sea trials and required repair. The CVN-78 is by far the most expensive warship ever constructed. In a controversial move, it was decided to try and incorporate a number of new, unproven systems in the new design. In retrospect, this decision was bound to result in cost overruns and a more problematic breaking-in period. New systems integrated into the Gerald R. Fordinclude an electro-magnetic launching system (EMALS), advanced aircraft arresting system, advanced weapons elevator system, dual band radar (DBR), and a more powerful nuclear reactor.
There was much discussion in the Navy regarding the wisdom of introducing so many new technologies in a single platform. Many senior officers argued that there were bound to be serious delays in working through both the foreseeable and unforeseeable problems associated with rendering so many new technologies operational. This opinion turned out to be of merit, as the Gerald R. Ford immediately experienced problems with just about all of its new systems. The vessel has experienced two main propulsion malfunctions over the past year, the advanced arresting gear has proven unreliable, and the EMALS (as well as other “critical systems”) has displayed “poor or unknown reliability” according to the Navy Operational and Test Evaluation Force. In early testing, the EMALS was unable to launch F-18 strike aircraft at weights even close to a full combat load. All of these problems or shortcomings were revealed during sea trials and the vessel returned to shipyard in Newport News, Virginian on July 15th, 2018 to undergo extensive repairs and improvements.
In should have been of little surprise to most naval architects, engineers, and naval line officers who have held vessel commands, that the above mentioned problems were inevitable. The big question is why the leadership of the Navy decided upon such a platform at all. What is the point of investing so much money and effort into such a large and advanced vessel, regardless of the unproven nature of many of the critical systems, when aircraft carriers have become so vulnerable to modern anti-ship missiles? Of even greater significance, why invest so much in a new carrier and not invest in increasing the range and striking power of the carrier air wing? An aircraft carrier is worthless without a powerful and flexible air wing element.
Carrier Air Wing Vulnerabilities
As much as President Trump and various administration officials and Senators tout the power of the U.S. military, often citing an increasing defense budget as an indicator of strength, efficiency and effectiveness, there is little doubt that U.S. naval aviation has atrophied over decades of misuse, neglect and poor decision making at the highest levels. U.S. naval aviation is arguably in its worse state since the opening days of the Pacific Theatre of operations during the Second World War. Not only is it in disrepair, but it is ill-equipped for a fight against a peer adversary.
Let us address the first issue, the ever shrinking air wing with its shrinking range. In the last decade of Cold War naval competition between The U.S. and the U.S.S.R., the Nimitz Class aircraft carriers deployed with nine, or even ten squadrons of fixed-wing aircraft. Today, that has been reduced to six. Of greater importance, the only aircraft utilized for combat operations is the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet with all of its inherent shortcomings, most importantly its limited operational range of 370 nautical miles (full strike combat weapons load and fuel). The aircraft it replaced, the A-7 Corsair II and A-4 Skyhawk in the Navy and the F-4 Phantom in the USMC, all had much longer operational ranges and all but the A-4 had greater weapons payload capacity. The F/A-18 is a jack of all trades and a master of none. In an attempt to lower costs (although few combat aircraft has ever operated at lower cost than the A-4 Skyhawk) by using one airframes for all roles, the U.S. Navy has put all of its eggs in one basket, and that basket is not up to the task. This is not to say that the F/A-18 Hornet and F-/A-18E/F Super Hornet are poor aircraft. The plane merely cannot do all of the things asked of it as well as many other aircraft. What has resulted, is an aircraft carrier air wing that is less capable in all respects, and cannot compete and excel in a future conflict with a peer adversary.
Why the U.S. Military is Woefully Unprepared for a Major Conventional Conflict
This image clearly illustrates the ordinance payload capacity of the A-4 Skyhawk. It could carry 9,900lbs. of munitions on 5 external hardpoints. It had an effective combat radius from an aircraft carrier of over 700 miles, and a maximum range of 2,000 miles.
Although the improved F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is significantly larger than its predecessor, and gains about 100 nautical miles in range due to larger internal fuel capacity, it still lacks the required range needed to protect its carrier. Not surprisingly, even though there was a better option, the Navy decided to use F/A-18s for aerial refueling duties as well. The S-3 Viking had been kept in service as a carrier borne aerial tanker, having given up its original role as an ASW aircraft, and was superior to the F/A-18 in this respect. Although most S-3s in service still have approximately 12,000 hours of service life left on their airframes, the Navy pushed ahead with their retirement in 2009. With a much greater range than the F/A-18 and a fuel capacity of 16,000 lbs., the S-3 was a better and far cheaper solution. The fact that it was a far cheaper option was probably its downfall. Profit drives the U.S. military industrial complex, not efficiency or performance.
Why the U.S. Military is Woefully Unprepared for a Major Conventional Conflict
The only fixed wing aircraft that operate from U.S. Navy aircraft carriers today are the F/A-18 Hornet, F/A-18E Super Hornet and E-2C and E2-D Hawkeye AEW&C aircraft.
The second issue, which is perhaps more damning, is the fact that the F/A-18 squadrons that the Navy relies on to conduct almost all carrier air wing duties including attack/strike missions, air superiority, fleet defense, buddy refueling, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and surveillance, are in an alarming state of disrepair. The Navy announced in February of 2017, that two thirds, or 62% of all F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets were unserviceable due to maintenance issues. Twenty-seven percent of these aircraft were undergoing major maintenance depot work, not minor or preventive maintenance. Of the 542 total F/A-18 and E/F-18 Hornets, only 170 were mission capable. Fast forward one year and a new and increased defense budget, and the Navy is still a long way from solving the shortfall in available replacement parts just to meet normal maintenance requirements. The decision was also made to take 140 of the oldest single seat Hornets (A/C variants) in the Navy and either cannibalize them for parts or transfer them to USMC squadrons that are experiencing similar maintenance issues. In the case of the USMC, they have been waiting so long for new F-35Bs that their legacy F-18s are falling into disrepair.
Why the U.S. Military is Woefully Unprepared for a Major Conventional Conflict
Maintenance crews performing repairs on an F/A-18 aboard a carrier. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps must address the maintenance crisis plaguing the services, yet the problem cannot be remedied at this level. Only a reduction in the tempo of deployments, flight operations or the provision of added funding will alleviate the issue which will be determined by the White House and Congress.
Has anyone asked the question, “What good is an advanced, gigantic aircraft carrier with an air wing that is limited in range and capability?” If the U.S. Navy does manage to get the first three Gerald R. Ford Class carriers in service, how many F/A-18E Super Hornets will be mission capable to fly from them? Will the F-35C and F35B Joint Strike Fighters meant to complete the complement of strike and fighter aircraft going to finally be available for deployment? Seeing that the F-35 does not close the “missile gap” that threatens U.S. aircraft carriers in general, is the Navy soliciting the defense industry to produce a carrier-borne aircraft, whether manned or unmanned, to correct this obvious weakness? Russian and Chinese anti-ship ballistic missiles and hypersonic cruise missiles can strike U.S. CSGs long before their aircraft can get within range of striking the territories of either of these near peer adversaries. This “missile gap” will not be rectified anytime soon.

The One-Size-Fits-All Fighter Aircraft 

After a short review of the Navy’s decision to settle on a single airframe to fill all of the roles of the carrier air wing, it should come of little surprise that the Pentagon would come to a similar decision on a much broader scale. A cursory study of combat aviation history has proven that there is no one-size- fits-all solution to the many combat functions performed by military aviation. It appears that the decision to introduce a multi-role fighter making use of many new technologies and heavily reliant on stealth to be effective in modern aerial warfare for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and USMC was more about making huge profits for the defense industry and providing jobs to American workers than it was about providing the U.S. military with a superior tool.
The story of the development of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is a cautionary tale of a weapons development program that was ill conceived and soon spiraled out of control.  Perhaps the most controversial and scandalous of any such program, the JSF is the costliest weapons program in world history. Newly revised estimates from the Pentagon put the cost of development and procurement of the 2,056 fighters that the DOD wants at $406.1 billion USD. The total cost to procure these aircraft and maintain them over the 20 year life span of the aircraft exceeds $1.5 trillion USD.
While the F-35A first flew in 2006, the only U.S. military branch to declare the F-35 operation and to use it in combat is the USMC. The F-35 was developed from the outset for export to allied nations, and Israel has used the F-35 for strikes against targets in Syria. It is important to note that Israel has relied heavily on its decades old squadrons of F-15 and F-16 multi-role aircraft to bear the brunt of most combat missions. Approximately 300 units of all versions have been produced so far for both the U.S. military and foreign militaries, yet only Israel and the USMC have declared the aircraft combat ready. A major issue facing the program is the fact that aircraft manufacturing began years before the plane was deemed fit for operational deployment, largely because so many deficiencies have been identified and have had to be rectified. This was the result of concurrency, a procurement process that allowed for production of the aircraft prior to final approval of the design. It was agreed that all deficiencies identified would eventually be addressed and rectified in airframes already manufactured at a later date in order to bring them up to the latest standard.
Not only has the F-35 not attained wide operational status seventeen years after its first flight, but it has pulled an exorbitant amount of funding from existing, combat proven aircraft. What could have been done to maintain and improve existing squadrons of F-15 Eagles, F-16 Fighting Falcons, A-10 Thunderbolt IIs, and F/A-18 Hornets currently in varying states of disrepair and serviceability? The idea of replacing all of these front line aircraft with the F-35 is laughable. What kind of imperial hubris and institutional tunnel vision could have led to such an ill-advised decision?  The answer is the institutionalized corruption and waste of the U.S. military industrial complex. It continues to leave the United States less protected, and sends American soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen into combat with increasingly less capable weapons.

Atrophy and Exhaustion

The U.S. military has been engaged in counterinsurgency warfare in Afghanistan for over seventeen years. The disastrous invasion of Iraq, the destruction of Libya, and counterinsurgency operations in a host of nations including, but not limited to Yemen, Somalia, Niger and Nigeria, have all taken a toll on the U.S. military. Not only has a great deal of military hardware been destroyed, but a great deal of equipment has been worn out and essentially must be retired from service. More importantly, the constant deployments have undermined the personnel needs of all services, with thousands of men having been killed or physically and psychologically maimed for life. Tens of thousands of the most skilled commissioned and non-commissioned officers have left the services, many of them having served multiple combat deployments.
The fact that 62% of U.S. Navy’s F-18s are not mission capable is not an anomaly. In 2017, approximately 72% of all U.S. Air Force aircraft were not flight worthy. Many of the airframes are quite old, yet well within their engineered service life, but most are in need of maintenance. Both the Navy and Air Force claim that there is not enough money in their respective budgets to procure the needed spare parts to keep these aircraft flying. One would wonder that if this is the case, why tens of billions of dollars are being poured into new aircraft when existing fleets are being left in disrepair. The decisions being made in the upper echelon of the DOD are quite perplexing for the thousands of soldiers, sailors and airmen struggling to keep weapons and vehicles ready for action.
The U.S. Army finds itself looking for buyers of surplus MRAPs, vehicles of little utility in a major conventional war with a peer adversary, while at the same time lacking spare parts and munitions for armored vehicles and artillery systems. While the Army has made some progress in procuring the first of the 49,099 JLTVs it wants, it is far behind in all other armored vehicle procurement and development programs. BAE has delivered the first batch of 29 AMPVs to the U.S. Army for extensive testing before the decision can be made to start low rate initial production (LRIP). Once the LRIP begins, it is estimated that BAE will be able to produce approximately 262 units annually, unless the company’s main manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania is expanded. The initial contract is worth $1.6 billion USD. The Army wants at least 3,000 AMPVs of six different main variants to replace the thousands of M113 armored vehicles still in service. The M113 first saw service in 1962 and a replacement for the venerable vehicle has been required for decades.
Defense Secretary James Mattis made it crystal clear in his National Defense Strategy that the U.S. must rebuild its conventional warfare capabilities. The U.S. Army’s proposed 2019 budget lays bare the new priorities of a service facing a major transition in priorities. Procurement of tracked combat vehicles, as well as artillery rounds, rockets and missiles account for much of this latest budget request. Procurement is up by 18.4% over the previous year, with procurement of weapons and tracked vehicles up 84% over the previous year. Although upgrading of the M109 Paladin self-propelled howitzer to the M109A7 level is down by 56% compared to 2018, procurement of 155mm artillery rounds is up a whopping 800%.
Why the U.S. Military is Woefully Unprepared for a Major Conventional Conflict
The percentage of total procurement directed toward weapons and tracked combat vehicles in the 2019 proposed budget denotes that the U.S. Army recognizes its weakness in conventional warfighting capability.
Why the U.S. Military is Woefully Unprepared for a Major Conventional Conflict
This chart clearly shows the desire on the part of the U.S. Army to upgrade and rearm conventional capabilities. 155mm artillery rounds and Army Tactical Missile System upgrades to the M207 MLRS are at the top of the list, followed by MBT upgrades and acquisition of new AMPV vehicles.
As the U.S. Army attempts to rebuild its aged and depleted armored brigade combat teams and conventional and rocket artillery, the U.S. Navy and Air Force are facing their own challenges. The Navy finds itself in a position that is far from enviable, but was very easy to predict. Having dumped $38 billion USD into two failed new classes of warships and a further $13 billion into a new aircraft carrier that will likely not become operational until 2022, the service is currently in the process of realigning its priorities. The service is struggling to procure the new VirginiaClass SSN and Columbia Class SSBNs that are required to ensure the viability of the nation’s nuclear deterrent triad well into the foreseeable future. These defensive weapons programs, which are integral to U.S. national security, could have benefitted greatly from the $50 billion wasted on the LCS, DDG-1000 and Gerald R. Ford programs. Russia and China have spent the same time wasted by the U.S. Navy on updating and modernizing their own submarine forces, chiefly their ballistic missile submarines.

Institutional Corruption

If one had to identify the main reason behind the utter failure of the U.S. political establishment and military leadership, both civilian and in uniform, to identify and prioritize weapons programs and procurement that was truly in line with the national defense needs of the country, it would be the institutional corruption of the U.S. military industrial complex. This is not a fault of one party, but is the inevitable outcome of a thoroughly corrupted system that both generates and wastes great wealth at the expense of the many for the benefit of the few.
Massive defense budgets do not lead to powerful military forces nor sound national defense strategy. The United States is the most glaring example of how a nation’s treasure can be wasted, its citizens robbed for generations, and its political processes undermined by an industry bent on maximizing profitability by encouraging and exacerbating conflict. At this point it is questionable that the United States’ could remain economically viable without war, so much of its GDP is connected in some way to the pursuit of conflict.
There is no doubt that the War Department was renamed the Department of Defense in an Orwellian sleight of hand in 1947, just a few years after end of World War II. The military industrial complex grew into a monolith during the war, and the only way to justify the expansion of the complex, was by finding a new enemy to justify the new reality of a massive standing military, something that the U.S. Constitution expressly forbids. This unlawful state of affairs has persisted and expanded into a rotten, bloated edifice of waste. Wasted effort, wasted wealth and the wasted lives of millions of people spanning every corner of the planet. Tens of thousands of brave men and women in uniform, and millions of civilians of so many nations, have been tossed into the blades of this immoral meat grinder for generations.
President Donald Trump was very proud to announce the largest U.S. military budget in the nation’s history last year. The United States spent (or more accurately, borrowed from generations yet to come) no less than $874.4 billion USD. The declared base budget for 2017 was $523.2 billion USD, yet there are also the Overseas Contingency Operations and Support budgets that have to be considered in determining the total cost. The total DOD annual costs have doubled from 2003 to the present. Yet, what has the DOD really accomplished with so much money and effort? Very little of benefit to the U.S. tax payer for sure, and paradoxically the exorbitant waste of the past fifteen years have left every branch of the U.S. military weaker.
The U.S. Congress has the duty and responsibility of reigning in the military adventurism of the executive branch. They have the sole authority to declare war, but more importantly, the sole authority to approve the budget requests of the military. It is laughable to think that the U.S. Congress will do anything to reign in military spending. The Congress and the Senate are as equally guilty as the Executive in promoting and benefitting from the military industrial complex. Envisioned as a bulwark against executive power, the U.S. Congress has become an integral component of that complex. No Senator or Representative would dare to go against the industry that employs so many constituents within their state, or pass up on the benefits afforded them through the legalized insider-trading exclusive to them, or the lucrative jobs that await them in the defense industry and the many think tanks that promote continued prosecution of war.

Possible Reforms

It would be quite simple for the U.S. Department of Defense to rectify the current endemic problems that have rendered it weaker and less prepared for a major conventional conflict with a peer adversary. The greater challenge is transforming the relationship between the federal and state governments back to the constitutionally intended one, and to dissolve the powers of the now allied executive, legislative and judicial branches of the federal government. This would undermine the ability of the military industrial complex to coerce the nation into working against the interests of the states and the citizenry. The military industrial complex and the Deep State that serves it can only exist when power is greatly concentrated in a federal system.
For the sake of argument, if the political will could be found to work against the military industrial complex in the interests of true national defense and fiscal responsibility, the following steps could be taken immediately to rectify the many problems facing the military services of the United States:
The U.S. Army
Abandon the obsession with counterinsurgency and occupation and realign the focus of the Army on the defense of the homeland and a handful of historical allies. Rebuild the Army as a lean and well-equipped conventional fighting force. The most highly trained and experienced cadres of special operations forces should be retained, with other members dispersed to more conventional infantry, airborne and reconnaissance units. Most of these men would be moved to reserve status. Personnel should be cut by at least 25%, the majority retained moved to reserve status, and many overseas bases and operations ceased. The focus should be on defense of the nation’s own territories, while also safeguarding the economic interests and maritime trade lanes that are the lifeblood of any nation.
All legacy systems that have proven capable and efficient on the modern battlefield should be refurbished and upgraded to the most modern standard. The M2 Bradley modernization program should be continued, and the AMPV program given increased priority so that the thousands of M113 vehicles can finally end their 56 year tour of duty. MRAP inventories should be reduced to the very minimum and all surplus units sold off to recoup some of the expense incurred in their procurement and the money directed into offsetting procurement costs of new AMPVs and JLTVs.
The JLTV platform is a modular, easily upgradable light tactical vehicle that can be tailored to fit the mission. Although most units should be the basic utility variant, many will need to be acquired to fill the roles of light armored reconnaissance, armored security, convoy security, and light special operations vehicles. An air-droppable airborne armored fighting vehicle should be developed based on the JLTV. The U.S. airborne forces have lacked any real armored fighting vehicle that can accompany them in parachute operations since the M551 was retired in 1996. An up-armored JLTV equipped with a 30mm autocannon would serve as a good stopgap until a purpose built tracked vehicle could be designed. The venerable and ubiquitous HMMWV should maintain its utility role in all non-combat formations, as well as the basis for the Avenger light anti-aircraft missile system for years to come.
Of greatest importance is the rejuvenation of the armored and mechanized units of the U.S. Army. The M1126 Stryker family of wheeled armored vehicles cannot bear the weight of a conventional conflict with either Russia or China. The M1A2SepV3 MBT upgrade, including the addition of the Trophy APS should be afforded adequate funding, yet the greatest need of the Army is the replacement of the M113 in combat units.  The U.S. Army’s proposed 3,000 unit procurement of AMPVs is a good start.
The artillery arm of the U.S. Army must gain the attention it has lacked since the dissolving of the Soviet Union and the success of Operation Desert Storm. U.S. military planners and the leadership of the DOD must realize the continued importance of both conventional and rocket artillery on the modern battlefield. The U.S. Army only operates two self-propelled artillery systems, the M109 Paladin and M270 MLRS. This is not necessarily a bad thing as long as both systems are maintained, upgraded and fielded in sufficient number. The M109A7 upgrade program must gain greater funding in the immediate future.
The U.S. Navy
The LCS and DDG-1000 programs are a national disgrace and should be declared as such. The two existing DDG-1000s should be used as test beds for future engineering and weapons systems. The third vessel should be cancelled immediately. As for the LCS, the existing fleet should be used for littoral patrol duties, and all units currently under construction or planned should be cancelled. Enough money has been wasted on these horribly conceived and even more horribly manifested examples of the monumental corruption and waste so integral to the U.S. defense industry.
Why the U.S. Military is Woefully Unprepared for a Major Conventional Conflict
Freedom Class LCS (background) and Independence Class LCS (foreground). Arguably two of the most monumental failures of warship design in modern history. A cautionary tale of waste and ineptitude.
The FFG(X) program to design a modern yet conventional multi-purpose frigate for the U.S. Navy should be fully embraced. The new frigate should adhere to the traditional naval warfare duties of a frigate and should be designed to sufficiently fulfill a balance of AAW, ASW, and surface warfare missions.  In conjunction, priority should be given to procurement of the new DDG-51 Arleigh Burke Flight III. The Arleigh Burke has been the backbone of the U.S. Navy since it entered service. It is a well-designed, balanced, flexible and powerful naval combatant of significant displacement. It puts the LCS and the Zumwalt to shame in every respect, and has existed as a symbol of U.S. Navy power and presence across the length and breadth of the globe since 1991.
It is almost unconscionable that with the richest and most accomplished history of aircraft carrier aviation under its belt, that the U.S. Navy could not come up with a better design for the next generation of CVNs than the Gerald R. Ford Class. Perhaps the namesake of the lead vessel in the class was well chosen, as President Ford was far from a memorable performer; however, the wisdom of the entire program from its very inception must be questioned. The U.S. Navy must outgrow the “super carrier” fixation. There is a future for aircraft carriers, yet on a far different pattern than what the U.S. Navy has operated for the past 50 years.
The greatest area of concern for the U.S. Navy is the weakness of the carrier air wing, a weakness that will not be fundamentally corrected by the introduction of the F-35 in U.S. Navy and USMC service aboard U.S. carriers. A new, longer range fleet defense aircraft akin to a modern F-14 Tomcat must be developed. In addition, a new attack aircraft must be developed with a range that exceeds that of the F-18 Super Hornet by a factor of 100%. It is hard to believe that the F-4 Skyhawk had an operational combat radius exceeding 700 miles (2,000 mile maximum range), twice that of a Super Hornet. Additionally, the S-3 Viking must be re-tasked as a carrier borne aerial tanker, and the many airframes now mothballed, yet with thousands of hours of use left, need to be repurposed to this task. The current carrier air wing as it stands, even with the introduction of the F-35, is of little utility against a peer adversary such as Russia or China.
Why the U.S. Military is Woefully Unprepared for a Major Conventional Conflict
S-3 Viking in use as a carrier borne aerial refueling tanker. Even without significant modification, this stout little aircraft can carry 16,000 lbs. of fuel. The US Navy has 108 of these aircraft sitting in storage at a military aircraft storage facility in Arizona.
The United States must acquire both an SSN and SSBN to replace the Los Angeles and Ohio Class vessels that are approaching the end of their service lives. There is no greater defensive role for the U.S. Navy in ensuring the security of the nation than the continued operation of its attack and ballistic missile submarine forces. Both Russia and China understand this, and have greatly modernized their own submarine forces. Much of the success they have achieved in pushing the envelope of submarine design was due to their intense competition with a U.S. Navy submarine force that was always at the cutting edge of sub-surface warfare.

Conclusion

The United States stands at a crossroads in many respects, and the nation’s military equally so. All empires experience a period of over-expansion, military, economic and political over-reach and imbalance. The United States has followed in the wake of the many imperialist endeavors before it, with apparently little lessons having been learned. Imperialism is the inevitable result of power devoid of wisdom and humility. A nation borne out of a revolution against empire and absolutism has itself devolved into a much more dangerous and immoral avatar of its former oppressor. This must change.
While Defense Secretary Mattis clearly acknowledged the need to transform the U.S. military and realign it in a direction more focused on fighting and winning a conventional conflict with the near peer adversaries he identified as Russia and China, one can only hope that he realizes how the U.S. military that he served in for decades, got to the deplorable state that it now finds itself in. The greatest enemy that the U.S. military has fought for the past seventy years is undoubtedly the military industrial complex that it is an integral component of. The Soviet Union, North Korea, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, and Syria were never as much of a threat to the U.S. Armed Services as the corrupt military industrial complex and the Deep State that serves as its guardian.
The United States military is in the weakest state of material strength and readiness since the conclusion of the Cold War. The conventional ground forces of the Army have been transformed into a force bent on occupation and counterinsurgency. Its heavy armored formations are in a state of disrepair and material inferiority vis-a-vis its most capable theoretical adversaries. The cornerstone of American power projection and intimidation, the aircraft carrier strike groups, are a sad shadow of their former self. The carrier air wing, the entire reason that an aircraft carrier exists in the first place, has devolved into a tool of increasingly limited utility, with an ever diminishing reach.
The corrupt military industrial system that permeates every facet of American economic, political and even cultural life has sucked the very lifeblood from the nation, eroded its morality, bankrupt its economic future, and stolen a generation of its most patriotic and selfless sons and daughters. While James Mattis acknowledges the challenges facing the national security of the United States, he clearly misattributes the blame and misidentifies the very real adversary. Russia and China are not existential threats to the continued welfare of the American state. James Mattis need only look in the mirror to see the real threat, for he has come to represent the cabal of special interests that enslaves the nation and constitution he has pledged to serve, and holds the remainder of the world equally hostage.
There is very little chance that the reforms mentioned in this analysis will be adopted, or that the United States will move in a direction that brings it back to its inception as a constitutional republic. The interests of the military industrial complex in promoting conflict, and maximizing financial profit will continue to steer the United States military, and the nation as a whole, on an unsustainable and self-destructive path. There is little doubt that if the Deep State pushes the nation to war against Russia or China, and likely an alliance of the two, that the United States military has ever been in a weaker position. Such a conflict would be of no benefit to any of the nations concerned, yet many potential flash points exist that could lead to a conflict, including the South China Sea, Syria or Ukraine. As the United States plays catch-up after decades of military adventurism, China and Russia have spent that same time patiently and judiciously gathering their strength. The scenario of a one-sided victory in favor of the United States is pure fantasy, existing only in the daydreams of the emperor who wears no clothes.

NTS Notes: I could go bit by bit through this entire article giving it my own two cents worth.. But I do want to touch on some of the aspects of the American military today that I have found alarming and most troubling...

One is of course the move by the US military to scrap most of the different aircraft used by three arms, the Air Force, the Marines, and of course the Navy, and replace much of their front line fighters and support aircraft with the abysmal F35 piece of shit "fighter" that is proving again and again to be the WORSE aircraft imaginable.... Besides this "fighter" being an unmitigated disaster, it has already cost the US taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars with the eventual cost for the entire F35 program now estimated near the 2 TRILLION dollar mark... And what each of these arms of the US military will have is a failure that will be blown out of the sky in any future conventional war.....

The second is the shape of the US navy today where the emphasis is still on the aircraft carrier which in a modern war will only have a maximum survivability of days due to advanced Russian and Chinese missiles.....   And the cost of these modern behemoths, especially the Gerald R Ford class CVN78 and up, will be around 5 BILLION dollars each not including each carrier's air wings....  The US navy is still living in the past and cannot seem to accept that the era of the aircraft carrier as the "majestic weapon" of the seas is now over....

I honestly cannot see the US itself able to sustain a long protracted military conflict anywhere across the planet for the simple fact that the US does not have the industrial manufacturing capabilities to support such a conflict... Most American heavy industry for manufacturing the weapons of war does not exist today with much of it already "offshored" to foreign markets.... And the electronics for many of the modern weapons are not made in America at all, but are shipped to the United States from their major "adversary" in a future war, China itself...

The facts are simple.. If the American government or the so called 'deep state' that many say actually controls America today goes off and starts a world war, then there is a fear that once the US starts losing such a conflict that these maniacs in the Pentagon will simply threaten to go nuclear and actually start using nuclear arms to try to stem the tide and prevent defeat... At that point then the nuclear genie will be out of the bottle and we could see a thermonuclear war unleashed that will kill us all......

More to come

NTS