- Written by Michael Z Williamson
So I'm going to disagree with a friend on a board that Selective Service is "Alive and well."┬á It's a barely breathing, corpulent relic that serves no purpose and exists due to the bureaucracy's inability and unwillingness to ever euthanize a terminally ill patient.
And speaking as a retired vet--we don't want the pathetic kind of untermenschen who need to be ordered to backfill support roles we can fill with reservists, retirees, civil service, and contractors for cheaper per-slot costs.┬á And we sure as shit don't want you pretending to be line troops. If you could pass the physical training. Which most of you soibois cannot. So bleat on Twitter, drink your energy drinks, eat your junk food or "organic" bullshit, watch your Youtube, and play CoD.┬á And otherwise keep quiet. The men will handle this.
And let's look at the history of these protests:
Rescue run to Grenada: "ZOMG! DRAFT!"
Dig out a guy in Panama: "ZOMG! DRAFT!"
Several debacles in the Balkans, Africa and Caribbean under Bill Clinton: INFORMATIVE SILENCE.
Expedition to Kuwait: "ZOMG! DRAFT!"
Operations in Iraq: "ZOMG! DRAFT!"
Angry tweet about NK. "ZOMG! DRAFT!"
Single fucking missile on a legit target. "ZOMG! DRAFT!"
It's a childish protest bleat.
EDIT: in response to that last:
In response to my snarking commentary on hemorrhoid┬ápussies shrieking about a draft,┬á
some liberal shithead called
Nixon ended Vietnam and the draft, but somehow gets blamed for the war started by Truman.
Carter reintroduced Selective Service. Now, which party was he? ┬áOh, right.
I moved to the US in 1978, and was SERVING IN THE US MILITARY from 1985-2010 and watched nearly every minor operation lead to Demorrhoid pussies shrieking about a draft. ┬áExcept from 1993-2000. ┬áThe Balkans never happened and we don't still have troops there (except it did and we do) and "Clinton ended that war and brought the troops home" except they're still there. ┬áMogadishu never happened.
From Bush down, officials say there'll be no draft--but makings are there WAR IN THE GULF
Charlie Wrangel re-introduced a draft in 2003, shrieked to the press that Congress was considering a draft and it was all Bush's fault. No one else supported it, and his grandstanding stunt died in committee.
"Sooner or later, the government will need a draft to fight a longer or larger-scale war, or to maintain a permanent occupation force in Afghanistan, Iraq,"
https://hasbrouck.org/draft/draftandwar.html (which also contains the liberal lie that the Mujahideen became al Qaida)
"Widespread fears of a new draft crash selective service system."
So anyone thinking otherwise can take their OWN selection bias and fuck themselves with it.┬á┬á
- Written by Michael Z Williamson
From time to time, someone who used to be a Marine will loudly announce that they used to be a Marine, and then proceed to lecture you on why that credential is somehow impressive.
In this case, it was a thread under this video:
He then proceeded to tell us how being a Mareen┬áMuhrean Mar...grunt, made him an expert on this.
I pointed out that having been a Marine, of itself, gave no credibility.
He replied with:
Michael being a Marine has everything to do with anything warfare. We are the tip of the spear of the greatest war machine that has ever existed....So go back to your keyboard there warrior.....and don't say sorry, it makes you look like a little bitch. Side note, we have the technology to make our guys superpowers bulletproof cyborgs yet we still fight with weapons that existed in Vietnam 50 years. You think there would be funding for ground troops to guard against every high tech gadget when they are first released. Think of the introduction of machine guns in world war 1 trench warfare. They killed battalions of men carving them into the wall of round....asshole.
Well, wasn't that special.
It's fake. But even if it was real, let's explain how this goes down:
THEM: "Facial recognition."
US: "All troops will now wear masks or paint their faces in geometric camo."
US: "Develop a counter drone and ECM."
US: "Hack that sucker and bring them down."
US: "Now send them back to source. Aim every one of those motherfuckers at the president of that country. I want him e-fucked to death by an orgy of a million drones."
In the meantime, if only there were some gadget our troops could wear on their heads that would slow or stop a 3 gram charge. Something made of kevlar or carbon fiber and fitted to the shape of the head...possibly with something over the eyes, so the standoff distance was too great for such a charge.
And if only there were something we could deploy that would trap those little rascals. Something made of some kind of loosely woven cloth, that we might call a "mesh."
Now onto the rest of Former Marine Boy's post:┬á
The machine gun is a lot older than 100 years or WWI.┬á And the fact that a single French general was a retard does not change the fact that both sides had the weapon, and matched others, and therefore were at a standstill for years.
As far as "The same weapons as 50 years ago," I haven't seen any F4s, M60 MBTs, or even any M60 machine guns lately.┬á Though it's true:┬á We still use aircraft, tanks and machine guns, just like we did in WWI.
The important thing here is that being a "Former Marine" is irrelevant to anything that wasn't in that Marine's MOS or duty experience.┬á He may know certain other things AS AN INDIVIDUAL, but being a "former Marine" has nothing to do with it.┬á It's a ludicrous authority to appeal to. Certainly, there are former Marines who are geniuses. Others are borderline retards. Some have served with great distinction. Others were cowards or deranged assassins.
Since Gene doesn't state he was either an RPV operator, an intel or threat analysis expert, or a War College graduate with relevant research experience, his actual experience (and since he doesn't say "Rifleman," I'm going to guess clerk or supply) means dick.
And as a currently best selling SF author, I can assure you of that.
- Written by Michael Z Williamson
Posting here because I can't find the original thread, and got a "reply" notification.┬á
Backstory:┬á This is all part of the complete meltdown and retardery around the A10, almost always by people who have no fucking clue what they're talking about.
In the thread, someone once again did the "just convert them for carrier use and give them to the Marines. Simple," retardery someone in my previous thread claimed was a straw man. Funny, I hear that several times a week, obviously from retards.┬á While we're at it, why don't we simply redesign it to be supersonic and convert into a giant battle robot?┬á Seriously, go fuck yourself, shit for brains. You're retarded. (I'm repeating that word because retards are slow learners.)(If the use of the word "Retarded" offends you, go fuck yourself.)
Then another idiot chimed in, about how "we need the A-10 to avoid friendly fire."┬á Except that, oh, wait---the A-10 has had friendly fire incidents, too. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/02/05/a-10-john-mccain-iraq-afghanistan/22931683/┬á In fact, it tops the list.┬á Next time, have a fucking clue what you're talking about, or at least do some googling.
Then I got this response:
Brian Wheaton mentioned you in a comment.
October 29 at 10:33am
Michael Z. Williamson Weather itss called bule on blue, friendly fire, or fratricide doesn't mater to the recipient. The Army has required spotters to observe the fall of shot for inderect fire, yes it still happens. To address your retort more directly the Air Force does not nor has it ever required an observer on the ground, I will point and laugh if you mention ALOC, since you mentioned artillery which do you think accout for more dammage and loss of life since WWII stary artillery or air drop ordnance?
Okay, Brian, let me see if I can parse your comments:
Yes, targeting errors occur in war. It's war.┬á We agree. Moving on:
Wait, so YOU want the support, YOU call for the support, but you expect SOMEONE ELSE to doublecheck your math?┬á Hey, thanks for admitting Airmen are smarter than Soldiers!┬á
BTW, you're wrong.┬á There are at least two USAF AFSCs devoted to providing fire support to the Army--Tactical Air Control and Combat Control. And the Army can have them pretty much any time it asks.┬á If they don't ask...so now you're demanding the USAF tell the Army how to do its mission? Well, seeing as you're trying to tell the USAF how to do theirs, at least you're consistent. And yet, when told the A10 won't be around much longer, you then get all smart and try to tell the USAF how much you know about CAS aircraft.
So, wait, after a steady diet of "The Infantry is the only part of the military that matters," we're now being told, "As long as a bunch of other people help us do the job"?┬á Well, yes.┬á EVERYTHING is a team effort, which, when you work with expensive aircraft or ships, you know instinctively. Fifty people can cause an aircraft to crash even before it leaves the ground, and I suspect hundreds of Sailors could each have the opportunity to fuck up a ship, because I suspect the Navy doesn't take anyone aboard they don't need, given the cramped quarters and resource consumption.
The difference being, ship drivers and pilots are typically respectful to their teams and appreciate their support.
But frequently, some grunt (ASVAB requirement: 31) comes along and tries to tell everyone smarter (almost everyone), and frequently stronger (better than half) than he is how they're complete shit and don't matter.┬á It would be insulting if the speaker was smart enough to matter. As it is, it's just cute watching them go past full retard all the way to rutabaga.┬á No, it's not ALL infantrymen, but 7 times out of 10, that behavior is an indicator. The other three, it's someone who either wanted to be a grunt and couldn't, or is trying to white knight for them.
As to your last comment, air power has caused more casualties and damage. That's what it's for. So, you're admitting the USAF is superior to the Army in that respect.
Now, we can very roughly divide war into two components--A: smashing the enemy. 2) causing them to accede in person.┬á The first we do with lots of bombs, the second with boots on the ground.
That, added to your bleats, supports once again my theory that the Army should be incorporated into the USAF as a Ground Corps, much like the Navy has the Marine Corps. First, the USAF will smash the enemy, then it will send its ground corps in to secure things. And since they'll be in the USAF, they won't be able to bitch about how the USAF doesn't support them.┬á But I'm sure they still will.
Basically, if the USAF provides support, you'll bitch, and if they don't, you'll bitch, and if they don't provide it exactly the way you think it should be done, even though you have no fucking clue how it's done, you'll bitch.
I guess my only advice is to stop being a little bitch.
And stop trying to tell people who are smarter than you how to do their jobs.
Not the answer you wanted? Well, too bad.
I expect now you'll threaten to never read my books, or never read them again.
I'm cool with that.
- Written by Michael Z Williamson
Okay, first let's look at the numbers of combat aircraft in the USAF:
F-16 Fighting Falcon General Dynamics F-16C/D ┬á ┬á982
A-10 Thunderbolt II Fairchild Republic A-10C ┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á 280
F-15E Strike Eagle McDonnell Douglas F-15E ┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á┬á 219
F-15 Eagle McDonnell Douglas F-15C/D ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á 193
F-22 Raptor General Dynamics F-22A ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á186
B-52 Stratofortress Boeing B-52H ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á 78
B-1 Lancer Rockwell B-1B ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á 62
F-35 Lightning II Lockheed Martin F-35A ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á 47
AC-130 Lockheed & Boeing AC-130U/W/J ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á27
B-2 Spirit Northrop Grumman B-2A ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á ┬á 20
See that? The A-10 is the second most numerous model, third most numerous airframe (since both F-15 variants are on the same frame).
Does that sound like something they're "trying to get rid of"?
Now, I keep hearing the same ignorant, and sometimes idiotic, comments about this, fueled by internet outrage, emotional stories, and instant expertise.
"The Air Force refuses to do CAS for the Army."
Really? In what battle did the Air Force refuse to do this? Please name the event, date and location.
"The Air Force wants to get rid of the only plane that can do CAS."
Really? What do the Army, Marines and Navy use for CAS, since they have no A-10s? What do other NATO allies use?
"The Air Force should be ordered to design a replacement."
You're an idealistic idiot and that's not how that works. The USAF doesn't design craft.┬á First, it holds a forum to determine needs, which costs money and takes Congressional approval. Then, it takes the needs to Congress, and begs them for money for R&D. Then, it has contractors submit proposals, and has Congress assign money to develop prototypes. Then it tests the prototypes. Then it picks one, begs Congress to bless it, then begs them for money to build it.┬á Then, Congress blames the cost on the AF, counts the R&D into the production cost, claims the production cost is too high, halves the numbers, complains the per unit cost has doubled, halves it again, complains how expensive new planes are, and cancels the project. And it takes 20 years.
BTW, we DO have such a replacement. It was even designed with the participation of the Navy and Marines. It's called the F-35. Oops.
"The Soldiers love the A-10, so the Air Force should be made to keep it."
Okay, and? Since when does a grunt's personal desires dictate air doctrine? HINT: Never.┬á Marines liked the battleships for beach support.┬á The Navy still got rid of them when they got old.
Then we get into really stupid territory.
"The Air Force should just give it to the Marines. They want it."
A: Cite, please, the USMC document stating their interest in this platform.
2) The Marines vastly prefer aircraft that are carrier capable, for forward deployment.┬á This leads to the response of:
"So just put carrier landing gear on it and make the wings fold."
a} You don't "just" put carrier gear and folding wings on an airframe. It has to be DESIGNED for such. Even if it is
II] that adds a LOT of weight to the frame, typically about double, which reduces your payload, so you wouldn't have an A-10 anymore, and
C. it would cost a CRAPTON of money.
V| how do you think, btw, the Marines do CAS now, if they have no A-10s? Possibly they use other aircraft?
Then we go full retard.
"The Air Force should be made to give it to the Army."
Okay.┬á So, assuming you revoke the Key West Agreements and give it to the Army, what then?
Hey, Army, that sure is a nice looking plane you have there. Looks GREAT!
Oh, right...the Army doesn't have any fixed wing CAS pilots. I wonder where they'll get those?
Oh, you think USAF pilots will just transfer right over and take the Army's bullshit to fly the plane?┬á (All branches have bullshit, but they're used to USAF bullshit, and prefer it, or they'd have gone Army in the first place.) Well, SOME Hog drivers will, they love the plane that much. But others will say, "Fuck it, I'll go back to Vipers."
So, the Army will have to get trained pilots. And who will train Army pilots on the A-10? OH, right--USAF pilots. And that will take a year or so.
So, now they have planes and pilots...and where do they fly these planes from? Army FOBs are sorely lacking in runways.
Now, if you were stupid enough to propose this idea, you're probably stupid enough to think some poured concrete and planks makes a runway, and I'm going to laugh in your face.
Where is the Army going to get trained airbase engineers?
So, either beg, borrow, or steal them from the USAF, OR, add enough Army engineers to do the job, AND have the USAF train them in how to build airbases.
Get that? You have to ADD PERSONNEL to the Army to do this. And the USAF isn't going to lose any personnel, which I'll come back to in a bit.
Then, you need jet mechanics, airframe specialists, aircraft electricians, pneumatics-hydraulics specialists, life support equipment, munitions, PMEL and NDI specialists, ground support...
And all those troops need support troops--medics, supply, cooks, etc.
Some can be cross-trained from existing Army fields, but you'll still need more of them.
You're going to build 10 Expeditionary Air Wings for the Army.
And then you're going to give them a single 40 year old airframe that, best case, is going to retire in 13 years, and only does one mission, and the rest of the time, sits there as a target while the support element sits there waiting.
Oh, yeah--more MPs.
I've even heard from Army aviation troops where the Infantrytards wanted to pull them off duty, "park" the helos and just fire them up when needed. If you don't understand why that doesn't work, you probably are the type of person who proposed the idea above, so it would take too long to explain why you're an idiot.
More importantly, there's a very good chance you're in the Army, and have Dunning-Krugered yourself enough to think that operating aircraft is SIMPLER than driving trucks and shooting rifles (Yes, I was in the Army, I know there's more than that, but I'm responding with a like attitude. How does it feel?).┬á Thanks. You've proven EXACTLY why we have the Key West Agreement and why the Army doesn't get to manage the Air Force.
Now, coming back around--it's ONE craft that does ONE mission. It was the best plane in the world at busting tanks, 40 years ago. It was one of the best at busting bunkers, movements and positions, 40 years ago.┬á But that's all it does, and it's no longer as awesome and unique as it was.
You see, other aircraft can do those missions. Sometimes they have to overlap, but those craft also do other things, and the A-10 does not. So, the USAF will keep all its existing personnel for its other aircraft.┬á All you'll have done is driven up Army costs and complexity.
These days, CAS is done by A10s, F16s, F15s, AC130s, B52s, occasionally B1s, but not, as far as I know, by B2s. It's done by Navy and Marine FA-18s, AV-8Bs, EA-6s, Marine and Army AH-60s, AH-64s, AH-1s, and various UAVs. Smart munitions make a lot of difference.
Now, let's look at the F-16. It has this cute trick where, if you try to attack it during its CAS mission, it suddenly goes supersonic, locks onto you, and splashes you with Sidewinder air to air missiles that it pretty much always carries for just such an emergency.
The A-10, in similar circumstances, has this cute trick where it calls for an F-16.
Which means your Army CAS wing would need a USAF fighter wing to cover its ass while it did its mission, assuming a modern enemy with an air force.
And if you're not fighting a modern enemy with an air force, you probably don't need A-10s to blow them up, most of the time.
It was originally designed to bust tanks in the Fulda Gap, when we were outnumbered 25:4.┬á The plan was to go in slow, low, blow stuff up, take a lot of fire, duct tape back together, take more fire, and hope the aircraft lasted long enough to reduce the tank numbers so the Army could handle what was left.┬á It wasn't expected to survive, just to die with style.┬á And "Close" in this case is about 4000 yards. That's what the gun is indexed for.
Forty years later, neither the Russians nor Chinese would let an A-10 get that close. They know what it can do, and they have much better air defense.┬á You're going to have to send high performance fighters anyway, and stand off and lob missiles. In which case, the fast movers can lob the missiles, and you don't need an A-10.
Oh, sorry, did you say "BRRRRRRRRRT!"?┬á That's not quite the sound it makes, actually. It's more like a farting dragon. But it also turns out that if you get that close, you don't usually need 30mm to punch holes, and if so, Maverick missiles do it from 20 km away, and if you really think you need to get close, UAVs are cheap and don't risk pilot lives.
Now, are there missions for which the A-10 can't be replaced? Yes, a few. The combination of slow and lots of hardware does have its place (helos require more maintenance, have less loiter time, and smaller payloads).
But, then we come to budget.
The USAF is tasked with some essential but non-combat missions. Heavy strategic airlift, theater airlift, nuclear deterrence, intel and reconnaissance, refueling, transport.┬á Those all move material and people into and around the war zone, and deter our enemies.
The combat missions roughly break down to interdiction-strike, interception, air superiority, and close air support. Four main categories.
So, hypothetically, if you have four missions, ten planes per mission, you have forty planes.
Then you get told your budget is 35 planes.
The strike craft can do CAS.┬á The air sup can be equipped to do some, as can the interceptors. But, the CAS craft can't do ANY of the others.┬á If you have to get rid of 5 birds, it's going to be the ones you can't cross-deploy. It's simple numbers. An F16 is not an ideal CAS platform, but it can and has done it. It can also intercept, strike and maintain air superiority.┬á An A-10 cannot intercept, cannot do air superiority, and can do strike, but not long range (not quickly enough to matter in most engagements) and not without cover from the others.┬á There is ONE recorded air-to -air kill by an A-10, of a hovering helicopter. Against any kind of modern fighter, it is steak.
You want to keep the A-10? The USAF needs more budget.┬á Cut some of those handouts to non-productive people and put that money back into defense (and roads, and schools, and science, but DoD for this argument) and they can fly more missions with more aircraft.
Now, the USAF will continue to fly the A-10 for the next several years. And even when it doesn't, it will cheerfully kill anything the Army paints with a laser or has a JTAC identify. Because blowing shit up is cool.
It was doing that before the A-10 existed, and will do it afterward, and will probably do it better in the future.
But it won't be with the A-10 for long, because even though there are older aircraft, most of them don't take the heavy pounding of low altitude, high-G maneuvers, nor as many sorties.
In the meantime, new gunship packages are being developed to put even more firepower into them. They shoot sideways and poop bombs out the back ramp.┬á Expect to see a lot of that doing CAS.
Now, the F-35 is almost an air parallel to the M-14 rifle. The M-14 was intended to replace the Garand, the Browning Automatic Rifle, the Thompson, the M3A1 Grease Gun and the M1 Carbine.┬á In the end, it was a so-so replacement for the Garand at 3X the unit cost, but didn't do anything else worth a damn. It seems no one learned from that history.
The M-14 was a terrible replacement for the BAR, and all hopes had been pinned on it.┬á It failed.
But we still got rid of the BAR.┬á It was old, it no longer was as awesome as it had been in WWI, so it went away.
The M-60 was probably a terrible choice to replace the BAR. It was a general purpose machine gun, not an automatic rifle.┬á But it's what we had.
So the A-10s replacement, if not the F-35, will possibly be some cobbled together C-17 Globemaster with forward firing 105mm howitzers.
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