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

The Blitz Effect

As I mentioned in my previous posting, ACTS created a rather bizarre strategy prewar: The Air Corps Tactical School was established in 1920 as a Field Officer’s School at Langley Field, Virginia. It expanded its scope and placed emphasis on airpower employment at the end of the decade. In 1931, the school moved to Maxwell … 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

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