Aviation / History / Warfare

On Naval Strategy, Part 1

MHV, in responding to questions about the inefficiencies and inadequacies of the Wehrmacht before and during the Second World War, describes the Kriegsmarine as “not ready.” He further describes naval strategy as “build strategy,” noting accurately that it takes years, if not decades, to build robust naval power.  In this series, we will endeavor to … Continue reading

Aviation / History / Warfare

Power Projection

Yesterday I began responding to Luke Parsnow’s “An Apology for Hiroshima is Unnecessary,” specifically pointing to the shocking conclusions in a 70-year-old interrogation report.  Sixth Army was arrayed to assault Kyushu on X-Day (Operation Olympic scheduled for 1 November 1945, the first stage of the larger Operation Downfall against the Japanese Home Islands) and Walter … Continue reading

Aviation / Current / History

Aviation Investigation Snow Job

Someone want to explain this possible claptrap to me? The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 purposely crashed the plane into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board, officials said Thursday. “We at Lufthansa are speechless that this aircraft has been deliberately crashed by the co-pilot,” said Carsten Spohr, CEO of Lufthansa, which owns … Continue reading

Aviation / Current

Earth To Airbus: WTH?

What’s With Your Fly-By-Wire Programming? Yesterday a Germanwings A320, 4U 9525, crashed into the French Alps en-route from Barcelona, Spain to Dusseldorf, Germany.  144 passengers and six crew (likely two pilots and four flight attendants) were killed in the impact.  I’d normally wait for some investigators to release a preliminary statement before commenting, but I … Continue reading

Aviation / Current / Economics

Modern Indentured Servitude

A friend of mine, the aviation expert for this blog, began screaming at me last night that economists have no clue what they are talking about. This friend is wrong, of course, yet the ire triggered by this entry by Paul Krugman…     My soon-to-be-colleague Branko Milanovic writes forcefully against the term “human capital”; Elizabeth Bruenig … Continue reading