WWRW falls on a Thursday this week. Yesterday was busy at work, then Avengers night at home, and today featured some dental work in the morning, so here we are, at last, with a somewhat lighter post than usual.
- May’s issue of Defence Technology Review – Parvusimperator notes with pleasure that a professional defense writer agrees with him on IFV weights; also, the issue has a good overview of IFV weights generally.
- Some historical TO&Es for Cold War Soviet formations – It comes from a wargame, but wargamers are nerds, so it’s probably pretty accurate.
- Tired: pay a local to knife your target in a bazaar. Wired: knife missile. – Great-Game-style espionage and double-dealing is for chumps. Bring on the technology!
- The Sahara is terror’s new front line – They couldn’t have picked a nicer neighborhood to wreck.
- Little Bird Down – A narrative after action report of the loss and recovery of Valiant 411 in the Iraqi desert.
- Three cheers for forward presence – TLDR: don’t skimp on carriers.
Science and Technology
- Hackers steal almost $41 million in Bitcoin from a crypto exchange – On the one hand, enormous virtual bank robberies! On the other hand, I have a hard time believing you’d find ready buyers for $40.7 million in Bitcoin on short notice, so it’s very much paper wealth.
- Could quantum mechanics explain the existence of space-time? – Interesting conjecture (that entanglement is what makes space-time space-time), but very little attempt to support that claim in a way the layman can understand. If I see a Quanta article on it, I’ll share that too.
- Saudi oil stations attacked by drones – First those oil tankers, now this. Iran? Definitely Iran.
- China launches a pair of Type 052Ds – What’s that, like one a week now?
- Plans for the Virginia Block VI – Special operations, unmanned systems.
- A silent mortar for Russia – Piston-launched for quiet operation with little muzzle flash or smoke. Nifty. 1.2km range. Not as nifty.
- Raytheon’s SPY-6 is a gallium nitride radar, with huge sensitivity gains over previous radars – They say 100 times more sensitive. Assuming that’s only counting received power, it’s still something like a four-fold increase in range.
- The life story of an Indianapolis Motor Speedway photographer – The Indy 500 is something worth seeing at least once in your life.
- Eagle Dynamics developer busted for shipping flight manuals to Moscow – This could have gone under any of the non-grab-bag headings or its own Games heading, so I gave it its own. It touches pretty much all of our topics.
- Names changed, of course. ↩