DARPA Launches Ekranoplan Liberty Lifter Program for Strategic Lift

Among the most important American successes of the Second World War in the industrial field, it is common to refer to combat aircraft such as the P-51 Mustang or the F-6F Hellcat, to the Sherman tank or to the aircraft carriers of the Wasp class. However, the material which undoubtedly played the most decisive role in defeating Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan was the Liberty Ship, a model of cargo ship 135 meters long and 10.000 tons displacement, produced in 2,710 copies, and which transported the entire American and allied war effort to Africa, Europe and…

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The Pentagon's Pele Transportable Nuclear Reactor program takes off

Every day, the Pentagon consumes 50 million liters of fuel for its armed forces, and this figure could more than double in the event of a major engagement. In addition to the exorbitant costs that such consumption represents even for an oil-producing country like the United States, and the increasingly problematic impact for the some 100 million kg of CO2 released into the atmosphere every day, this dependence also constitutes a permanent logistical headache for the American forces deployed outside the territory, even though the War in Ukraine has demonstrated the immense vulnerability of the logistical chains in the face of modern weapons systems and infantry...

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How will the war in Ukraine transform strategic planning in Europe?

Just 3 weeks ago, very few in the West believed that Russia was indeed going to wage a global war of aggression on Ukraine. For many, the deployment of Russian force around Ukraine was intended to make President Zelensky bend over his NATO membership and the status of the breakaway republics of Donbass. For the best informed, like the General Staff of the French Armies, and as we discussed in an article of February 23, the military and political risks associated with such an offensive did not outweigh the potential benefits, so that such a decision appeared irrational and therefore little…

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Have we overestimated the Russian Armies?

Since the beginning of the Russian offensive against Ukraine, the armies of the Kremlin have been closely observed by military specialists. This is, in fact, the first massive deployment of these armies since the invasion of Georgia in 2008, an operation which revealed many serious shortcomings within them. However, as in 2008, it appears that the Russian Armies are the subject of significant difficulties, even though the reforms of 2008 and 2012 were designed specifically to correct them and bring the Russian Armies to a much higher operational standard than that observed in the field. Under these conditions, and in view of the observations made on...

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US Air Force invests in production of aviation fuel from atmospheric CO2

If the new Joint All-Domain Command and Control doctrine put forward by the American armed forces provides numerous responses to the multiplication of threats, it also induces, as we have discussed on numerous occasions, a notable complexification of the supply chain for forces deployed in smaller and more dispersed units. In this area, two particularly important problems have emerged, particularly during the Afghanistan campaign which, in a way, foreshadowed the logistical constraints which the American forces will be confronted with, namely drinking water and fuel, representing between them more 50% of the mass transported daily for…

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The US Army will experiment with 107 new technologies during the Convergence 2021 project

Like the US Navy and the US Air Force, the US Army simultaneously develops several hundred Research and Development programs with often very disparate ambitions and schedules. And like its counterparts, it must validate its cooperative capabilities in application of the new Joint All-Domain Command and Control doctrine, or JADC2, which frames the strategic and tactical evolution of American military operations in the years and decades to come. To do this, since last year it has been organizing a major exercise every autumn, called the "Convergence Project", specifically intended to validate the cooperative capacities of some of its programs, as well as to assess their operational added value...

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The US Navy still in the dark to counter China in the Pacific

To say that the US Navy is going through a period of uncertainty in terms of naval programming would be an understatement, as it struggles, and this for several years, to propose firm and effective planning. But the rapid rise in power, and moreover perfectly mastered, of the Chinese naval and naval air forces, associated with the return in the making of Russian maritime power, add to these uncertainties, creating a very palpable feeling of vagueness for several months in the discourse of the Pentagon officials. A report by Think Tank Govini published a few days ago sheds a particularly interesting light on the phenomenon, pointing out the fact that the planning of…

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DARPA is again interested in Ekranoplan

In September 2020, three American officers from the US Navy and Marine Corps published a flamboyant article on the website of the very serious US Naval Institute. Captain of the Marines Walker D. Mills, Lieutenant-Commander Phillips-Levine and Captain of the US Navy Joshua Taylor presented, in fact, a remarkable analysis on the opportunity for the American armies to develop and deploy a fleet of 'Ekanoplan, also Wing in Ground effect or WIG across the Atlantic, to evolve and strengthen the strategic transport capabilities of US forces in the face of the challenges posed by specific geography and the denial of Chinese access to the Pacific. Obviously,…

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Chinese Air Force Strengthens Positions Against India

While the unarmed clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers on the Ladakh plateau in June 2020, which resulted in the death of several dozen soldiers from both sides, did not lead to a massive military escalation between the two countries, it did bring Beijing like New Delhi to review the deployment of their forces in this highly strategic region on the borders of the Himalayas. On both sides, many heavy military forces have been deployed near this area of ​​tension, so as to be able to respond, if necessary, to an aggression in a short time. Thus, numerous observations made it possible to establish that the People's Liberation Army there…

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The US Army will test the Iron Dome to protect its vulnerable infrastructure

One of the major lessons of the war that pitted Azeri forces against Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh in 2020 was the great vulnerability of force support sites, such as logistics areas, command posts, and fortifications, in the face of modern artillery systems coupled with reconnaissance drones. And if the Armenian anti-aircraft defenses managed to keep the Azeri fighters at a distance, they were largely idle in the face of the small reconnaissance drones directing the enemy artillery fire. Beyond this example, the increase in range and accuracy of modern and future artillery systems, whether artillery…

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