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    Re: US - China potential military confrontation

    Post  RTN on Thu Sep 25, 2014 5:13 pm

    magnumcromagnon wrote:All the high tech U.S. Weapon designs that the Chinese have in-depth knowledge on, the source is straight from the Pentagon:

    This cannot be possible. In whichever server the information pertaining to such technologies are stored, there will be NO internet connection.

    How will the Chinese hack into it?

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    Re: US - China potential military confrontation

    Post  Werewolf on Thu Sep 25, 2014 5:24 pm

    RTN wrote:
    magnumcromagnon wrote:All the high tech U.S. Weapon designs that the Chinese have in-depth knowledge on, the source is straight from the Pentagon:

    This cannot be possible. In whichever server the information pertaining to such technologies are stored, there will be NO internet connection.

    How will the Chinese hack into it?

    Maybe old fashioned way. US is often lacking high qualified personal so they get professionals from east like always and let them work for good money and exploit their knowledge and expertize, while China is exploiting exact this situation by giving this high educated personal to US which provide access or information from within over years maybe decades.

    Old fashioned espionage.

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    Re: US - China potential military confrontation

    Post  magnumcromagnon on Thu Sep 25, 2014 6:09 pm

    RTN wrote:
    magnumcromagnon wrote:All the high tech U.S. Weapon designs that the Chinese have in-depth knowledge on, the source is straight from the Pentagon:

    This cannot be possible. In whichever server the information pertaining to such technologies are stored, there will be NO internet connection.

    How will the Chinese hack into it?

    The Pentagon themselves are claiming this, take your questions up with them! BTW Northrop Grumman was convicted in U.S. federal court for providing Airforce 1 source-code to Russian intelligence, and the mere fact that they haven't been kicked out of the United States and are receiving record profits for mega carrier contracts indicates that Dwight D. Eisenhower's worst fears have came to light concerning the take over of the Military Industrial Complex. You may very well be right, maybe instead of obtaining secrets through hacking the defense firms probably just sold the tech to China in secret, and using the hacking story as a cover.

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    Re: US - China potential military confrontation

    Post  GarryB on Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:00 am

    The obvious problem of trying to make your important information available to all your people who might need it no matter where or when it might be means a decent hacker can have the same access.

    Of course it could have contained some false information, but a real country with decent spy penetration would already know that and the false info ignored.


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    Re: US - China potential military confrontation

    Post  Mike E on Fri Sep 26, 2014 8:28 am

    I'd just like to add something on "hacking US weapons"........

    One of my older brothers used to work at a US government contractor in the field of software... He claimed that we are 10 years behind where we "could" be, and that the rest of the world would catch up (keep in mind he said this many years ago). As such, I'm not surprised that the US has had so many weapons hacked! Software is always number one when it comes to "being hack-proof". I'm in disbelief that NATO so heavily relies on AEGIS which is thirty years old excluding updates.

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    Re: US - China potential military confrontation

    Post  type055 on Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:34 am

    It's bullshit. we clearly know USA military power is stronger than all the other countries combined. USA is the only Superpower in the world,and have many allies (maybe some indians say they are superpower HAHAHA ) before 2040 I don't think  any country will catch up with USA. China need keep low profile and develop technology and economy.

    this article is build on  the Cold War mentality . even though we have different opinion about some international issues, but we have huge common economical  interest , not like soviet union and USA .

    by the way I personally prefer F35 than SU35

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    Re: US - China potential military confrontation

    Post  GarryB on Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:09 am

    Yeah, it is Strategy Page.... it is an uber weapon that makes all other existing equivalents obsolete... like the F-35, which is of course ridiculous because every country in the world does not need an F-35 and less than 15% of countries in the world could afford them anyway.

    In other words it has the mentality of a 12-14 year old... if it is not the best then it is worse than useless... tell that to american soldiers with missing limbs from IEDs... a block of explosive in no way could defeat the worlds greatest superpower with satellites and stealth fighters and stealth bombers.

    the biggest threat in Afghanistan is Kalashnikovs from 800-900m... and of course IEDs.

    Of course they often go the other way like talking about Chinese anti carrier ballistic missiles... it is good to talk up technologies that can be defeated already... ballistic missiles have a very predictible flight path... that is what ballistic means.

    What would be far more deadly would be if the Chinese developed stealthy high speed low flying cruise missiles with ranges of 5,000km to 8,000km that could be routed to fly low and fast with IIR seekers and just fly search patterns beyond the islands of taiwan in the north pacific searching for large ships...

    they could receive some assistance from space based assets and even sea bed based assets and civilian fishing vessels and cargo ships...

    But no.. lets talk up ballistic missiles cause they are easy to spot and follow a very predictable flight path to allow interception by a range of weapons from PAC-3, to THAAD, to Standard-3 and other systems already in service. Hell the ABM systems in Alaska could probably help...


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    Re: US - China potential military confrontation

    Post  max steel on Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:13 pm

    Wait ! What ? Chinese anti-aircraft carrier icbms cqn be intercepted by usa naval sm-3 & 6 ? Is it true or a sarcastic comment ?

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    Post  max steel on Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:40 pm

    Garry you're right perhaps

    THAAD usable against China's DF-31 missile ICBM let alone China's DF-XX Anti-aircraft carrier missile affraid cry


    The US's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-ballistic missile system which will be deployed to South Korea can potentially pose a threat to China's national security as it has the ability to monitor the People's Liberation Army's DF-31 intercontential ballistic missile, according to Chinese nationlist tabloid, the Global Times.

    "A neighboring country can have its own opinion on the possible deployment of the THAAD system here, sert up by US forces in South Korea," said Kim Min-seok, the spokesman of the South Korean Defense Ministry on Mar. 16 regarding China's opposition to the deployment. "But it should not try to influence our security policy." Under pressure from both China and the United States, debate is still going on in the nation about whether South Korea should accept the missile defense system or not.

    Park Hwee-rhak, dean of the Graduate School of Politics and Leadership at Kookmin University said that the X-Band radar system of the THAAD missile can not be used to detect missiles launched from China, during a seminar held by JoongAng Ilbo based in Seoul. However, the Global Times said that the AN/TPY-2 radar system of the missile defense system has a detecting range of 1,000 kilometers. It can be deployed to any theater within a short period and be placed aboard cargo planes such as the C-5 and C-17.

    If China wants to attack the US with its DF-31 ballistic missiles, the place for it to mostly likely launch the attack is either northern China or Manchuria according to Hans M. Kristensen from the Federation of American Scientists. Both those ranges are close enough for the THAAD system in South Korea to monitor the movements of the Chinese missiles according to the Global Times. The paper went on to say that North Korea is being used only as an excuse for US to contain China

    http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20150321000091

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    Re: US - China potential military confrontation

    Post  magnumcromagnon on Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:05 am

    max steel wrote: Garry you're right perhaps

    THAAD usable against China's DF-31 missile ICBM let alone China's DF-XX Anti-aircraft carrier missile affraid  cry


    The US's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-ballistic missile system which will be deployed to South Korea can potentially pose a threat to China's national security as it has the ability to monitor the People's Liberation Army's DF-31 intercontential ballistic missile, according to Chinese nationlist tabloid, the Global Times.

    "A neighboring country can have its own opinion on the possible deployment of the THAAD system here, sert up by US forces in South Korea," said Kim Min-seok, the spokesman of the South Korean Defense Ministry on Mar. 16 regarding China's opposition to the deployment. "But it should not try to influence our security policy." Under pressure from both China and the United States, debate is still going on in the nation about whether South Korea should accept the missile defense system or not.

    Park Hwee-rhak, dean of the Graduate School of Politics and Leadership at Kookmin University said that the X-Band radar system of the THAAD missile can not be used to detect missiles launched from China, during a seminar held by JoongAng Ilbo based in Seoul. However, the Global Times said that the AN/TPY-2 radar system of the missile defense system has a detecting range of 1,000 kilometers. It can be deployed to any theater within a short period and be placed aboard cargo planes such as the C-5 and C-17.

    If China wants to attack the US with its DF-31 ballistic missiles, the place for it to mostly likely launch the attack is either northern China or Manchuria according to Hans M. Kristensen from the Federation of American Scientists. Both those ranges are close enough for the THAAD system in South Korea to monitor the movements of the Chinese missiles according to the Global Times. The paper went on to say that North Korea is being used only as an excuse for US to contain China

    http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20150321000091



    ...Perhaps you missed my post from the previous page...

    magnumcromagnon wrote:
    Flyingdutchman wrote:Sounds like the japanese underestemating the US in WW2.

    All the high tech U.S. Weapon designs that the Chinese have in-depth knowledge on, the source is straight from the Pentagon:

    A list of the U.S. weapons designs and technologies compromised by hackers

    Weapon designs and technologies compromised

    The following is reproduced from the nonpublic version of the
    Defense Science Board report “Resilient Military Systems and the Advanced Cyber Threat”:

    Table 2.2 Expanded partial list of DoD system designs and technologies compromised via cyber exploitation

    SYSTEM DESIGNS

    Terminal High Altitude Area Defense

    Patriot Advanced Capability-3


    Extended Area Protection and Survivability System (EAPS)

    F-35

    V-22

    C-17

    Hawklink

    Advanced Harpoon Weapon Control System

    Tanker Conversions

    Long-term Mine Reconnaissance System

    Global Hawk

    Navy antenna mechanisms

    Global Freight Management System

    Micro Air Vehicle

    Brigade Combat Team Modernization

    Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System

    USMC Tracked Combat Vehicles

    Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T)

    T700 Family of Engines

    Full Authority Digital Engine Controller (FADEC)

    UH-60 Black Hawk

    AMRAAM (AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile)

    Affordable Weapons System

    Littoral Combat Ship

    Navy Standard Missile (SM-2,3,6)

    P-8A/Multi-Mission Aircraft

    F/A and EA-18

    RC-135 Detect./Collect.

    Mk54 Light Weight Torpedo

    TECHNOLOGIES

    Directed Energy

    UAV video system

    Specific Emitter identification

    Nanotechnology

    Dual Use Avionics

    Fuze/Munitions safety and development

    Electronic Intelligence Processing

    Tactical Data Links

    Satellite Communications

    Electronic Warfare

    Advanced Signal Processing Technologies for Radars

    Nanostructured Metal Matrix Composite for Light Weight Ballistic Armor

    Vision-aided Urban Navigation & Collision Avoidance for Class I Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV)

    Space Surveillance Telescope

    Materials/processing technologies

    IR Search and Track systems

    Electronic Warfare systems

    Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch

    Rail Gun

    Side Scan sonar

    Mode 5 IFF

    Export Control, ITAR, Distribution Statement B,C,D Technical Information

    CAD drawings, 3D models, schematics

    Software code

    Critical technology

    Vendor/supply chain data

    Technical manuals

    PII (email addresses, SSN, credit card numbers, passwords, etc.)

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/a-list-of-the-us-weapons-designs-and-technologies-compromised-by-hackers/2013/05/27/a95b2b12-c483-11e2-9fe2-6ee52d0eb7c1_story.html


    ...The interesting thing about the PAC-3 industrial espionage, is that we actually have physical/empirical evidence that it happened, and likely the Chinese benefited and in which they secretly helped Iran, with plausible deniability. At the '1:43' time stamp is the Iranian PAC-3:


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    Re: US - China potential military confrontation

    Post  max steel on Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:30 am

    Ohk maybe it was done by ussa dod delibrately  in order to demand increase in the funds . sUCH EXCUSE WILL suit their purpose .


    But How exactly USA aegis ships will intercept chinese anti-aircraft carrier DF-21 icbm with their SM-6 ? That i want to know .


    Chinese S-400 can cover Taiwanese airspace but media nver reported that Taiwan also posses PAC-3 . (http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=&id=20150514000096 :  Military media exposes pictures of Taiwan's PAC-3 missiles

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    Post  George1 on Sat Jul 18, 2015 2:13 am

    US Pacific Fleet Commander: We Are Ready to Act in South China Sea


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    Re: US - China potential military confrontation

    Post  George1 on Thu Aug 20, 2015 4:42 pm

    US Sees Space as Next Potential Battlefield With China

    United States should revisit its historic reluctance to militarize space, and integrate a space-based layer of defense into traditional defense architecture, a US defense contractor said.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States must take a defensive posture in space to counter threats posed by Chinese anti-satellite capabilities, Booz Allen Hamilton Executive Vice President Henry Obering said on Wednesday.

    "We must treat space for what it is, it is a domain in which we must be prepared to fight and win," Obering stated at a Hudson Institute conference on advanced military threats from China.

    Over the past decade, China has demonstrated increasing capabilities to counter advanced space assets. It tested last year an anti-satellite interceptor missile capable of destroying a satellite in low-earth-orbit.

    US Department of Defense officials have expressed further concerns that China also has developed missiles capable of reaching satellites in high-earth orbit, which could jeopardize the full spectrum of US satellites.

    Obering argued that the United States should revisit its historic reluctance to militarize space, and integrate a space-based layer of defense into traditional defense architecture.

    "We should dramatically expand our investment in the battlespace [that] is growing into space," Obering said.

    Much of the US concern over Chinese anti-satellite weapons is heightened by China’s extensive development of a range of ballistic missile capabilities. The United States currently relies heavily on a wide network of protected satellites to operate its missile defense platforms.

    The nominee to become Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, testified in July that he would dedicate Defense Department resources to address Chinese threats to the United States in space.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150819/1025938213.html#ixzz3jMkZO7EJ


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    Re: US - China potential military confrontation

    Post  max steel on Thu Aug 20, 2015 6:25 pm

    Lol so us is pissed that someone else can also destroy their satellites ? I think both China and Russia should militarize space because usa sm-3 & 6 are anti-sat weapons too. Militarization of Space will rather puncture usa further expensive budget.




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    Post  George1 on Sat Sep 19, 2015 1:21 am

    Let’s Pretend: What Happens If the US and China Clash in the Pacific?

    As the United States continues provocative actions the South China Sea, it’s worth asking: What would happen in a hypothetical military confrontation between Washington and Beijing? A new report from the nonprofit RAND Corporation compares the capabilities of the two countries in 10 separate fields.

    The recently released 430-page report written by 14 scholars on military strategy focuses strictly on military might. Ignoring political policy issues, "US-China Military Scorecard: Forces, Geography, and the Evolving Balance of Power, 1997-2017" considers two hypothetical scenarios – a Spratly islands campaign and a Chinese invasion of Taiwan – to gauge which side would win.

    Chinese Air Base Attack


    While the Chinese military had only a handful of short-range ballistic missiles in 1997, that number has now risen sharply. With nearly 1,400 in Beijing’s arsenal, those missiles could easily cripple the Kadena Air Base, a US installation on the island of Okinawa.

    "Committed attacks might close a single base for weeks," the report reads, and that could dramatically increase the distance that the US Air Force would be required to travel. Forcing the US military to operate out of Alaska, Guam, or Hawaii could give China more time to react to offensive maneuvers.

    US vs. Chinese Air Superiority


    Beijing has seen a rapid improvement in its air force, modernizing half of its fighter jets. According to RAND, the two nations’ capabilities in the air are almost comparable, with a slight advantage given to the US.

    Still, in protecting Taiwan during a hypothetical invasion in 2017, "US commanders would be unable to find the basing required for US forces to prevail in a seven-day campaign," the report reads.

    While the US could gain an advantage if it drew out such an operation into a longer campaign, that action could also put ground and naval troops at a greater risk.

    US Airspace Penetration

    The Chinese military has added a large number of surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems since 1997. With nearly 200 now in Beijing’s arsenal, as well as improved air detection systems, US aircraft would have a difficult time operating in the Taiwan scenario, given its proximity to the Chinese mainland and those defenses.

    In a Spratly scenario, however, US stealth aircraft could gain the upper hand, given the archipelago’s 800-mile distance from the Chinese mainland.

    US Air Base Attack


    American long-range weapons could give the US the capability to shut down Chinese air bases. Looking at 40 bases within range of Taiwan, the US would be capable of closing airstrips for approximately eight hours. Adjusting for 2017, those closures could last for two to three days.

    Still, the report acknowledges that this advantage relies on a limited missile stockpile.

    "While ground attack represents a rare bright spot for relative US performance, it is important to note that the inventory of standoff weapons is finite, and performance in a longer conflict would depend on a wider range of factors," the report reads.

    Chinese Anti-Surface Warfare

    While Washington would inevitably rely on aircraft carriers if war were to break out in the South China Sea, Beijing’s development of anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBM) could pose a significant threat to US naval forces.

    While those carriers may be able to successfully defend against any ASBM with onboard countermeasures, the US would also have to contend with China’s improved intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities and submarine fleet.

    US Anti-Surface Warfare

    In the Taiwan scenario, RAND estimates that the US would fare well in repelling Chinese amphibious assaults. Able to eliminate roughly 40% of the amphibious fleet, China could suffer "losses that would likely wreak havoc on the organizational integrity of a landing force."

    China has, however, already doubled its amphibious capabilities since 1997, and is rapidly improving its anti-submarine potential.

    US Counterspace

    Washington has been improving its counterspace capabilities since 2002, and features the Counter Communication System, which can jam enemy satellites. Ballistic missile interceptors could also be used to bring down intelligence satellites.

    RAND also recommends that the US create high-energy laser systems which could overwhelm the Chinese space program.

    Chinese Counterspace

    The report calls the threat to US communication satellites "severe," based on a series of successful anti-satellite missile tests conducted by Beijing since 2007.

    "More worrisome" is China’s possession of Russian-made jamming systems.

    US vs. China Cyberwar

    RAND estimates that the sophistication of US Cyber Command and the US National Security Agency would give Washington a cyber advantage during wartime.

    Both sides, however, would "nevertheless face significant surprises." The report also points out that the US relies heavily on unclassified Internet networks, which could be easily breached by enemy hackers.

    Nuclear Stability

    While China has steadily improved its nuclear forces since 1997, it is still far from robust enough to prevent a retaliatory strike from the US, which has a significant stockpile. RAND gives the US a nuclear advantage of 13 to one.

    Conclusion


    The report predicts that China’s growing military power could create a large decrease in US influence in the Pacific region. Beijing could, hypothetically, "achieve limited objectives without defeating US forces."

    "Geographically – the 'bones of strategy' – vastly complicates the challenges faced by the United States," the report reads.

    While both sides would suffer heavy losses, the United States doesn’t hold the same kind of Pacific dominance that it once did.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/asia/20150919/1027222939/RAND-US-vs-China.html#ixzz3m8Rh87wJ


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    Analysis: RAND Says US Facing Tough Fight With China

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    Post  max steel on Mon Oct 12, 2015 10:11 pm

    An Interactive Look at the U.S.-China Military Scorecard


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    Post  max steel on Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:01 pm

    China Summons U.S. Ambassador, Slams Obama Decision To "Threaten Peace" With Warship Challenge

    China Unleashes The Jingoist Rhetoric: "If U.S. Ships Stop, We Should Lock Them By Fire-Control Radar" Laughing

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    Post  max steel on Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:53 pm

    Australia Prepares Option of Sail-Through to Test China

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    Post  max steel on Sun Nov 01, 2015 8:56 pm

    European Union sides with United States on South China Sea incident


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    Post  max steel on Sun Nov 01, 2015 9:58 pm

    Should America Fight For The Spratlys?

    Should America Fight For The Spratlys?

    2 diffrnt analysis.

    The irony - US insists everybody else obey the international law of the sea based on the UN Law of the Sea Convention which the US itself has not ratified and most likely won't ever.


    It appears that Washington, ever a seething cauldron of bright ideas, is looking for a shooting war with China, or perhaps trying to make the Chinese kowtow and back down, the pretext being some rocks in the Pacific in which the United States cannot possibly have a vital national interest. Or, really, any interest. And if the Chinese do not back down?

    Years back I went aboard the USS Vincennes, CG-49, a Tico class Aegis boat, then the leading edge of naval technology. It was a magnificent ship, fast, powered by a pair of airliner turbines, and carrying the SPY-1 phased-array radar, very high-tech for its time. The CIC was dark and air-conditioned, glowing with huge screens – impressive for then – displaying all manner of information on targets in the air. Below were Standard missiles, then on a sort of chain drive but in later ships using the Vertical Launch System. It was, as they say in Laredo, Muy Star Wars. (The Vincennes was the ship that later shot down the Iranian airliner.)


                               The Vincennes. The boxy thing up front is the radar. It is not hardened.


    Being something of a technophile, I took all of this in with admiration, but I thought – what if it gets hit? As a kid in my preteens I had read about the battleships of WWII, the Carolinas but in particular the Iowa class, fast, brutal ships with sixteen-inch belt armor and turrets that an asteroid would bounce off of. The assumption was that ships were going to get hit. They were built to survive and continue fighting.

    By contrast, the Vincennes was thin-skinned, hulled with aluminum instead of steel, and the radar, crucial to combat, looked perilously fragile. A single hit with anything serious, or perhaps even a cal .50, but certainly by anything resembling a GAU-8, and she would be hors de combat until refitted.

    One hit.



    The Iowa, BB-61. I went aboard her at Norfolk at the Navy’s invitation. It altered my appreciation of guns. I came away thinking that if you can’t     crawl into it, it isn’t really a gun. And solid: There is a reason why no battleship was sunk after Pearl Harbor.



    I also knew well that the Navy played Red Team-Blue Team war games in which our own submarines – then chiefly 688s – tried to “sink” the surface fleet. The idea was that if the sub could get into firing position, it would send up a green flare. The subs were then running if memory serves the Mk 48 ADCAP torpedo, a wicked wire-guided thing with a long range. Sailors told me that invariably the subs “sank” the surface force.

    When I mentioned this at CHINFO, the Navy’s PR operation in the Pentagon, flacks told me that the potential bad guys only had piddling diesel-electric subs, far inferior to our nukey boats, and couldn’t get near the fleet in open seas. Yes, no, maybe, and then. It sounded like happy talk to me. In WWII, diesel-electrics certainly got in range of surface ships, perhaps the most famous example being when Archer Fish sank Shinano.

    I do not know a great deal about the Chinese Navy, having been out of that loop for years. I do know that the Chinese are smart, and that they have optimized their forces specifically to take out carrier battle groups near their territory. They do not try to match the US ship-for-ship in the kind of war America wants to fight. They would lose fast, and they know it. The key is to swarm the fleet with cruise missiles arriving all at once, accompanied perhaps by large numbers of aircraft. Would this work? I don’t know, but that is certainly the way I would bet.

    The Navy has not been in a war for seventy years. It has sat off various shores and launched aircraft, but the fleet has not been engaged. Over decades of inaction, complacency sets in. Unfortunately, wars regularly turn out to be otherwise than expected. Further, the American military’s standard approach to a war is to underestimate the enemy (there is probably a manual on this).

    Yet further, great emotional and financial capital resides in a carrier-battle group, one of the most impressive achievements of the human race. (I mean this: the technology, organization, and competence involved in, say, night flight ops are…”astonishing” is too feeble a word.)

    This assures reluctance to question the fleet’s effectiveness in the face of changing conditions. Such as high-Mach, stealthed, maneuvering, sea-skimming cruise missiles. Or terminally guided anti-ship ballistic missiles. America is accustomed to fighting enemies who can’t fight back. This may not include the Chinese.

    There is also the fact that the American military simply doesn’t matter, which reduces concern with whether it can fight and who it can fight. It doesn’t defend the US, since there is nothing to defend it against. (What country has the remotest possibility of invading America?) So the military is used for what are essentially hobbyist wars, keeping Israel happy, providing markets for the arms companies, and for social engineering: we have girl crews who would be a disaster at damage control, but we assume that there will never be any damage to control.

    Uh…yeah. The evidence is that these ships are fragile:


      The carrier Forrestal, 1967. A single Zuni missile was fired accidentally. A huge fire ensued, bombs cooked off, 134 men were killed, and the ship   was devastated, out of service for a very long time. One five-inch missile. Something to think about.



                      USS Stark, 1987. Hit by two Exocet missiles fired by an Iraqi Mirage.


    What would happen if in a shooting war the Chinese crippled the American fleet? Washington is rampant with large egos, especially that of John McCain, the senator from PTSD. If it were discovered that China could disable the Navy, many other countries might conclude that they could do it too. They most certainly would think of this. Washington could not accept the discovery: Fear of the carriers is a large element in Washington’s intimidation of the world. To save face, the US would be tempted to go nuclear, or seriously bomb China proper, with unforeseeable results.

    The Air Force and Navy could hurt China badly by conventional means, yes, for example by cutting off oil from the Mideast, or destroying the Three Gorges dam. For a variety of reasons this would be playing with fire. The economic results of any of these bright ideas would be god awful.


                     USS Cole, 2000. Blown up by suicide guys in a small boat.

    Washington seems not to realize that it wields far less military power than it thinks it does, and that the power it does wield is ever less useful than before. As a land power, it is very weak, being unable to defeat Russia, China, or peasants armed with rifles and RPGs. Air power has regularly proved indecisive.

    If Washington somehow won a naval war with China, so what? It would provide the satisfactions of vanity, but China’s danger to the US imperium lies in increasing economic power and commercial expansion through Asia, where it holds the high cards: it is there, Washington isn’t. Grrr-bowwow-woofery in the far Pacific, even if successful, is not going to stop China’s commercial expansion, and a defeat would end the credibility of the Navy forever.

    As I say, Washington is full of bright ideas. sunny


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    Post  Airbornewolf on Sun Nov 01, 2015 11:36 pm

    max steel wrote:European Union sides with United States on South China Sea incident


    Vassals will be vassals censored

    i mentioned it before, Europe's military itself lacks the will to go to war against either Russia or China. The morale simply is not there to do so.


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    The U.S. Ought to Un-Swivel Its China Pivot

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    Post  George1 on Wed Nov 04, 2015 1:44 pm

    Chinese Attack Sub Allegedly Tails US Aircraft Carrier

    A Chinese submarine is said to have "sailed very close" to the USS Reagan, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, just days before Washington caused uproar by sending the USS Lassen within 12 nautical miles of man-made islands which Beijing claims as its own, the Washington Free Beacon reported, citing unnamed US defense officials.

    "Disclosure of the Chinese submarine encounter comes as Adm. Harry Harris is visiting China for the first time as the commander of US forces in the Pacific. Pacific Fleet and Pacific Command spokesmen declined to comment on the submarine encounter but did not deny that the incident occurred," the media outlet noted.

    The encounter is alleged to have happened on or around October 24 in the Sea of Japan after the USS Reagan left its homeport of Yokosuka, Japan. No additional details of the incident are available, including the type of the Chinese submarine or the distance between the two warships.

    The Washington Free Beacon referred to the incident as "the closest encounter" between a US aircraft carrier and a Chinese submersible in nearly a decade. A previous incident involving the USS Kitty Hawk and a Song-class attack submarine took place on October 26, 2006.

    On October 26, 2015, the US carried out a so-called "freedom of navigation" operation in the South China Sea, which Beijing denounced as a violation of its sovereignty and a "blatant provocation." On Wednesday, China's Defense Minister Chang Wanquan urged the US to refrain from similar acts in the future.

    Chang Wanquan reaffirmed that Beijing is strongly against any US moves that threaten "China's sovereignty and security interests and undermines regional peace and stability," Xinhua news agency reported.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/asia/20151104/1029578025/us-china-attack-submarine-uss-reagan.html#ixzz3qWfgqgLZ


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    Post  Walther von Oldenburg on Wed Nov 04, 2015 2:08 pm

    Airbornewolf wrote:
    max steel wrote:European Union sides with United States on South China Sea incident


    Vassals will be vassals censored

    i mentioned it before, Europe's military itself lacks the will to go to war against either Russia or China. The morale simply is not there to do so.

    Is the moreale in Euro armies really so low?

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