Major Gunboat Diplomacy

A show of force aimed directly at that lunatic dictator in North Korea.

Three U.S. Navy carrier strike groups are operated alongside one another in the Western Pacific through November 14th, 2017. The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), USS Nimitz (CVN-68), and the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), along with the Japanese helicopter carrier Ise and its destroyer escorts, are training to work cooperatively as a single punishing force.

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Nearly 200,000 US troops are currently deployed around the world — here’s where

With Trump on his extended Asian tour the geopolitics of the region is at the forefront. Especially the Korean military dilemma. Below is a report on US overseas military deployments.

U.S. and South Korean forces during joint exercises

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There was no shortage of cuts proposed in Trump’s budget for 2018, which was released earlier this week.

However, one of the few departments that did not receive a haircut was the Department of Defense.

If the proposed budget ultimately passes in Congress, the DoD would be allocated an extra $54 billion in federal funding – a 10% increase that would be one of the largest one-year defense budget increases in American History.

To put the proposed increase in context, the United States already spends more on defense than the next seven countries combined.

Meanwhile, the additional $54 billion is about the size of the United Kingdom’s entire defense budget.

Military Spending (2015) by country

With over half of all U.S. discretionary spending being put towards the military each year, the U.S. is able to have extensive operations both at home and abroad. Our chart for this week breaks down military personnel based on the latest numbers released by the DoD on February 27, 2017.

In total, excluding civilian support staff, there are about 2.1 million troops. Of those, 1.3 million are on active duty, while about 800,000 are in reserve or part of the National Guard.

On a domestic basis, there are about 1.1 million active troops stationed in the United States, and here’s how they are grouped based on branch of service:

Active Domestic Personnel by military branch

Internationally, there are just under 200,000 troops that are stationed in 177 countries throughout the world.

Here are the top 20 countries they are stationed in, as well as an “Other” category that represents the rest:

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In 2015, Politico estimated that there are 800 U.S. bases abroad, and that it costs up to $100 billion annually to maintain this international presence.

Source: Businessinsider.com

US firm develops drone with gun and grenades

As if the world needs more killing machines.

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Duke Robotics has come up with a weaponized drone capable of aiming and shooting while in mid-air.

The TIKAD drone, which won an award for security innovation from the US Department of Defense, has been hailed as an important new tool in the war against terror.

Capable of being fitted with either a gun or a grenade launcher, the drone can be remotely controlled from a safe distance so that it can enter dangerous combat scenarios without risk to its operators.

But just how safe is a drone like this and what would happen if it fell in to the wrong hands ?

“Big military drones traditionally have to fly thousands of feet overhead to get to targets, but these smaller drones could easily fly down the street to apply violent force,” said Professor Noel Sharkey, a robotics expert from the University of Sheffield.

“This is my biggest worry since there have been many legal cases of human-rights violations using the large fixed-wing drones, and these could potentially result in many more.”

There are also fears that ISIS could copy this technology and create their own killer drones.

“We already know that Islamic State is using drones laden with explosives to kill people,” said Prof Sharkey. “What’s to stop them from getting their hands on this ?”

North Korea launches ballistic missile at North America

After doing some bad methamphetamine, Kim Jong Un and his brown nosing generals decide to hit the U.S. with their new long-range missile the KN-08. The intended target was either Los Angeles or San Francisco according to RAND Corporation analysts.

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The missile guidance system fails, as predicted by Stephen Colbert, and lands a thousand miles to the north. The missile and its nuclear warhead land in southern Alberta, Canada. Barley missing blowing up a herd of 10,000 black Angus cattle.

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It is time Canada gets on board with the U.S. anti-ballistic missile defense system.

 

Tight Squeeze: Aircraft Carriers pass under the Golden Gate Bridge

The modern American super carriers are big ships. They are 1,100 feet long and 250 feet high.  When the giant ships dock in San Francisco Bay they have to go under the Golden Gate Bridge and sometimes the Bay Bridge.  Clearance on both bridges at high tide is 220 feet. To clear the bridges the ships have to wait for extreme low tide. This allows just enough room for the mega ships to pass under. But just enough room, the top of the radar mast usually has 18 inches of clearance from the bottom of the bridges.

 

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How the North Korean military likes to see itself

The Korean People’s Army constitutes the military force of North Korea and, under the Songun policy, the central institution of North Korean society. Kim Jong-un is the Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army and Chairman of the Central Military Commission. The KPA defence force consists of five branches: Ground Force, the Navy, the Air Force, the Strategic Rocket Forces, and the Special Operation Force. The Worker-Peasant Red Guards also come under control of the KPA.

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Manpower
Conscription 17 years of age
Available for
military service
6,515,279 males, age 15-29 (2010),
6,418,693 females, age 15-29 (2010)
Fit for
military service
4,836,567 males, age 15-29 (2010),
5,230,137 females, age 15-29 (2010)
Reaching military
age annually
207,737 males (2010),
204,553 females (2010)
Active personnel 1,190,000 (2012) (ranked 4th)
Reserve personnel 600,000 reserves (2012)
5,889,000 paramilitary (2012) (ranked 1st)

Little Kimmy likes his military toys

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The submarine fleet is for the most part made up of rust buckets. Looks like Kimmy going for a boat ride in the clunker below.

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During testing a lot of the missiles go way off target.

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A high percentage of the force is made up of women.

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Poor brainwashed saps. Although they would fight hard I reckon.

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Looks like Dennis Rodman helped design these camo uniforms.

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Way too bright. A Canadian sniper could take one of these guys out at over 3,000 meters