DoD Training Manual: “White Privilege” and “Assume racism is everywhere, everyday”

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Once again, the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) is spouting the hackneyed and bigoted drivel of racist and grievance politics, with full endorsement of the Defense Department.   Todd Starnes has the story.

“Assume racism is everywhere, everyday,” read a statement in a section titled, ‘How to be a strong ‘white ally.'”

“One of the privileges of being white is not having to see or deal with racism all the time,” the manual states. “We have to learn to see the effect that racism has.”

And it is not just bigoted drivel, but the language of Bolshevik class warfare so common in the Obama Administration:

On page 181 of the manual, the military points out that status and wealth are typically passed from generation to generation and “represent classic examples of the unearned advantages of social privilege.”

“…the unfair economic advantages and disadvantages created long ago by institutions for whites, males, Christians, etc. still affect socioeconomic privilege today,” the manual states.

DEOMI states that “full access to the resources of the club still escape the vision of equitable distribution.”

Oh, and if you’re white, you’re a racist.  Don’t bother denying it.

The military also implies that white Americans may be in denial about racism.

In a section titled, “Rationalizations for Retaining Privilege and Avoiding Responsibilities,” the military lays out excuses white people use.

“Today some white people may use the tactic of denial when they say, ‘It’s a level playing field; this is a land of equal opportunity,’” the manual reads. “Some white people may be counterattacking today by saying political correctness rules the universities or they want special status.”

DEOMI points out that if “white people are unable to maintain that the atrocities are all in the past, they may switch to tactics to make a current situation seem isolated.”

The military concludes the section by urging students to “understand and learn from the history of whiteness and racism” and “support the leadership of people of color.”

As for Congressman Allan West, a black man who served in the US Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in Iraq?  Not a fan.

West said he is very concerned about the training guide.

“When the president talked about fundamentally transforming the United States of America, I believe he also had a dedicated agenda of going after the United States military,” he said. “The priorities of this administration are totally whacked.”

I fear Congressman West is entirely correct.  So do many others.  And that Obama is weeding out those in senior ranks who disagree with his socialist-communist secular progressive agenda, using trumped-up charges and reasons, and replacing them with supplicant political lap dogs and ideological fellow travelers.   The relief of General Carter Ham and RADM Gaouette certainly fit that description.  Perhaps the tales of negligence and misconduct on the part of senior Officers tasked with security of our strategic deterrence (nuclear) forces point to the same reasons.  How convenient for Obama, since he desires unilateral American nuclear disarmament.  After all, this Administration and the President himself have few qualms about fabricating stories, obfuscating truth, and when necessary, lying outright.

Another senior retired general told TheBlaze on the condition of anonymity, because he still provide services to the government and fears possible retribution, that “they’re using the opportunity of the shrinkage of the military to get rid of people that don’t agree with them or do not toe the party line. Remember, as (former White House chief of staff) Rahm Emanuel said, never waste a crisis.”

For this despicable Reverend Jeremiah Wright-style excrement being forced upon US service members, Chuck Hagel and Marty Dempsey are responsible.  Gents, you own it.  You allowed it to happen, if not encouraged it.  Neither of you are fit to be followed in any fashion.  You should both resign forthwith, and would do so if you hadn’t already sold your honor.
The DEOMI student guide goes on to state:
If one group is privileged over others on the basis of something like race or religion, this institutionalizes discrimination and bigotry.
That would certainly explain how Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Kathleen Sibelius, and Jeh Johnson got where they are.   And why such divisive Saul Alinsky-style 60s radical propaganda makes its way into the US Government.

Everything new was once old

gCaptain has a nifty little clip of a small STOL aircraft landing on a merchant ship’s main cargo deck.

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It’s been done.

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OK, so the Brodie device wasn’t quite the same.  But other LSTs did operate as launch (but not recovery) platforms for light aircraft with an extremely narrow deck.

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This ain’t Hell, but you can see it from here » Blog Archive » VA’s John Sepulveda pleads the fifth

Remember those training seminars a few years ago that the VA held which cost us American taxpayers millions of dollars? Well, Congress has been exercising it’s oversight responsibility finally and questioning the people responsible for those lavish parties. John Sepulveda is the latest, the third, to hide behind the fifth amendment, according to the Washington Times link sent to us by Country Singer;

via This ain’t Hell, but you can see it from here » Blog Archive » VA’s John Sepulveda pleads the fifth.

Go ahead and click through, read the whole thing.

I certainly have no wish to deprive anyone of their absolute right under the 5th Amendment to remain silent.

But our civil service system is badly broken when the official actions of employees is effectively exempt from oversight by this means.

A simple fix would be that any invocation of the 5th is not merely grounds for, but results in, automatic termination.

I’d like to remind you that Scooter Libby didn’t have to talk himself into  a (dubious at best) conviction, but that President Bush made clear to all appointed officials during the Plame investigation that their continued employment was contingent upon speaking with an cooperating with the investigators.

Instead, with civil servants such as Louis Lerner, and now Mr. Sepulveda, we see employees who cannot be compelled to testify (fair enough) but who also face only the punishment of indefinite suspension… with pay! That’s what you and I would call “vacation.”

Hell of a way to run a railroad.

 

DDG-1000 and Battle Damage

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Over at Salamander’s digs, there is some spirited discussion about the next experimental transformational phantasmagorical monstrosity to be inflicted upon the sailors of the United States Navy.  USS Zumwalt, DDG-1000, is now fitting out in the cold waters of the Maine coast.  The Navy’s propaganda blitz for DDG-1000 continues, but I shall not enumerate all of the highly questionable “features” of the class here, only noting that a quote from the DefenseNews article caught my eye.

Sensational projections about DD(X) technical risk and cost have proved inaccurate.

Here is an image provided by uber-smart commentor Sid over at the porch.  This is the “operations center” aboard Zumwalt, as conceived:

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Wide-open space, crammed with electronic gizmos, computers, display screens, data lines, power cords, etc.  You get the idea.  Looks like NASA.  Not only is this place gonna be sitting WAAAAAYYY above the water line, and will be an interesting place to be with a tumblehome hull form in heavy seas, but it is protected (?) by a bulkhead of carbon fiber, sandwiching a sheet of balsa wood.  Not exactly Kruppstahl.

One cannot but wonder what the results would be of a hit by a medium caliber projectile or cruise missile warhead, causing damage much similar to what you see below, on USS San Francisco (CA-38).  The 10lb plate pictured on San Francisco is many orders of magnitude more robust, by the way, than any structural material above the maindeck on Zumwalt.

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The Zumwalt “operations center” would be a shambles of fried circuitry, shattered display screens, and dead and dying sailors.  Technical risk?  You bet your sweet a**.   We would do well to study our own history from time to time.   Oh, by the way, San Francisco suffered the damage as a result of combat in the littoral, off Guadalcanal.

Bigger And Better: MQ-8C Takes To The Skies

The Fire Scout system has proven itself in numerous and diverse operational deployments, supporting troops on the ground in Afghanistan, completing weapons Rapid Deployment Capability (RDC) testing with the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS), continuing deployments on Guided Missile Frigates (FFG) class ships, and now preparing to welcome a new air vehicle to its ranks. This week the newest Fire Scout variant, MQ-8C Fire Scout, will take to the skies for the first time.

via Bigger And Better: MQ-8C Takes To The Skies.

I still have some lingering doubts about the Fire Scout program in general. Unmanned helicopter operations from small US combatant ships have a surprisingly long history, dating back to the QH-50 DASH program of the late 1950s. They also have a history of very high attrition rates. There’s a reason the DASH program gave way to the LAMPS manned helicopter program that continues to this day.

Having said that, it would seem the MQ-8 FireScout program is here to stay. And the potential of an unmanned off-board sensor system is great. The ability of a warship to control sea space is primarily a function of the reach of its sensors. Further, in this age of limited warfare, discrimination of targets is critical. Radar can detect targets at fair ranges, but even now it generally requires electro/optical sensors on a target to determine if a potential target is in fact a target. And so the Fire Scout gives a commander a set of eyes that can quickly view objects of interest, even far over the horizon.

One of the selling points of the MQ-8B FireScout was that it used a relatively cheap airframe, based on the civilian Schwietzer 333 helicopter. It’s relative low cost and small size meant that a Littoral Combat Ship could carry one manned MH-60 series helicopter and up to three MQ-8B’s.

But along the way, the Navy began to realize that a big part of the FireScout system was not tied to any particular airframe. The investment in the semi-autonomous control system, and the sensor and networking package was the heart of the program.

And end-users began to ask for more and more endurance. And so the MQ-8C FireScout was born. As an indication that the payload was the heart of the program, rather than the platform, the same MQ-8 designation was applied to an entirely different airframe, something we can’t recall ever before.

The MQ-8C uses essentially the same payload, but he airframe is the tried and true Bell 407, an evolution of the decades old Bell JetRanger helicopter.

When the use of the 407 was first floated a couple years ago, I scoffed that the Navy had managed to take an essentially 50 year old helicopter design and simply unload the pilots. My first thought would have been that it would be cheaper and easier to simply fly manned Bell 407s (or OH-58Fs) from ships.

But then I saw the one critical difference in performance between a stock 407/OH-58 and the “Charlie” FireScout.

Endurance.

Most manned helicopters give an endurance of about three, maybe four hours tops.

But by using all the payload capacity that would formerly have been applied to squishware* instead to fuel, the “Charlie” has an incredible endurance of up to 15 hours. That’s roughly four to five times what you get from a manned helicopter, and roughly twice what the earlier MQ-8B had.

That kind of endurance gives a ship’s captain a great deal of time on station and persistence in his ISR** organically that he could never achieve even with support from manned long range platforms like the P-3C or the new P-8A.

And while the Charlie is a good deal larger than the Bravo, if they can fit two Charlies in the space allocated for three Bravos aboard an LCS, that will be a net positive in time on station, especially given that the Charlie won’t have to cycle back to Mother for gas as often.

Currently, most DDGs and FFGs capable of operating helos only carry one MH-60, even though they have hangar space for two. Will the second hanger be utilized for an MQ-8C? If not, why not?

To be sure, there will be challenges in the FireScout program. And some failures. But a program I was deeply skeptical of at first is starting to win me over, slowly.

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**Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance

Guy And His Girlfriend Dress As Plastic Army Men For Halloween

“GF and I decided to be homemade army men for Halloween this year. Bazooka Girl and Telephone guy. Her bazooka was made out of simple sewer pipe, and my telephone was made from a recycled Clarisonic box I found in the trash. Here we are waiting on the train platform before we head into the city.”

via Guy And His Girlfriend Dress As Plastic Army Men For Halloween.

Small plane crashes at big airport; no one notices – CNN.com

Authorities struggled to explain how a small plane crashed at an international airport, erupted in fire, but evidently went unnoticed for hours.

The incident occurred early Tuesday in Nashville.

But exactly what time remains a mystery.

The single-engine Cessna registered to the Windsor Flying Club in Ontario, Canada, evidently crashed sometime after 3 a.m. local time, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

But it wasn’t noticed until well after sunrise when another plane taxiing for take-off saw an engine cover on the edge of runway 2C — the middle of three parallel runways.

via Small plane crashes at big airport; no one notices – CNN.com.

Well… this should result in an interesting NTSB report. And a lot of controllers having very uncomfortable interviews with investigators.