The US Military Is Quietly Building SkyNet

Maybe Elon Musk had a point…
The US’s military leaders have agreed on a strategy to guarantee the US military retains its global dominance during the twenty-first century: Connect everything with everything, as DefenseOne describes it. The result? An unimaginably large cephapoloidal nervous systemarmed with the world’s most advanced weaponry, and in control of all military equipment belonging to the world’s most powerful army.
Sound familiar? It should…
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A networked military – an extreme take on the ‘internet of things’ – would connect everything from F-35 jets to the Navy’s destroyers to the armor of the tanks crawling over the land to the devices carried by soldiers – every weapon would be connected. Every weapon, vehicle, and device connected, sharing data, constantly aware of the presence and state of every other node in a truly global network.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 29, 2017.

China Conducts First Ever Live Fire Military Drill In Its First Overseas Military Base In Africa

The Chinese military has for the first time staged live-fire drills at the country’s first overseas base opened recently in the Horn of Africa, near the strategic Straits of Hormuz in Djibouti.
Less than two months after inaugurating and deploying troops to China’s first foreign naval military base abroad, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA) held live-fire drills for the first time in this east African location on Friday, the South China Morning Post reported on Monday.


This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 26, 2017.

China’s Maritime Strategic Realignment

China has begun construction of the first Type 075 Class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD).
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Construction most likely started in January or February of this year, with some satellite imagery and digital photos appearing online of at least one pre-fabricated hull cell. The Type 075 will be the largest amphibious warfare vessel in the Peoples’ Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), with similar displacement and dimensions as the U. S. Navy Wasp Class LHD. The PLA has also made it known that the force plans to expand the current PLA Marine Corps from 20,000 personnel to 100,000.
As China completes preparations for its new military base in Djibouti, located in the strategic Horn of Africa, it has also continued its substantial investment in developing the port of Gwadar, Pakistan. Not only will Gwadar become a key logistics hub as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the ‘One Belt, One Road’ trade initiative, but will also be a key naval base in providing security for China’s maritime trade in the region. When these developments are viewed in conjunction with the decision to reduce the size of the army by 300,000 personnel, it is obvious that China has reassessed the strategic focus of the nation’s armed forces.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 23, 2017.

WITH ALL EYES ON KIM JONG-UN, CHINA INCREASES PRESENCE IN SOUTH SEA

As Kim Jong-Un continues to defy sanctions and increase the already bow-tight tensions, China is sneaking around the South Sea with very little notice. While Kim Jong-Un tests his missiles and the global attention is focused squarely on the chubby dictator, China has their eyes on disputed territory in the South Sea.
According to Bloomberg, last month, a Philippine lawmaker released photos he said showed Chinese fishing, coast guard, and navy vessels surrounding a Philippine-occupied isle in the Spratly island chain. The Chinese vessels successfully prevented the Phillippines from making planned repairs to a runway. In July, Vietnam halted drilling in an area leased to Spain’s Repsol S. A, amid reports it did so under Chinese ‘duress.’
The move suggests that the Chinese have seized the opportunity to take advantage of the world’s eyes being on the North Korean regime and the increasing tensions between it and the United States. However, as of right now, the US is still doing what it calls ‘freedom of navigation’ naval operations in the South China Sea, testing China’s claims to exclusive access and there are plans to conduct two to three more such maneuvers in the next few months, according to the Wall Street Journal.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on SEPTEMBER 6, 2017.

Shot At And Overrun: Volunteer Rescue Workers Have Been Attacked In Houston

If you look at the situation in Houston right now, it appears that things can’t get any worse. Much of the city is flooded, people are stranded in or on their homes, relief efforts are spread thin, and an unknown number of people have died. But you can believe it, the Hurricane Harvey isn’t finished yet.
For example, the floodwaters haven’t even peaked yet. As the rain continues to pound the Gulf Coast, the flood isn’t expected to stop rising until later this week. Two separate dams near Houston are overflowing, and evacuation orders have been issued for people living downstream. And to top it all off, it was reported yesterday that looting is starting to become a problem.
Without a doubt, it’s a problem that’s getting worse. According to a volunteer rescue organization known as the Cajun Navy, they’ve been fired upon by looters.

This post was published at shtfplan on August 29th, 2017.

Who’s Hacking Our Ships? US Navy Suspects USS McCain Collision Was Caused By Cyber Attack

Tragedy struck the USS John S. McCain on Monday, when the destroyer collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Singapore, leaving 10 sailors missing and five injured. The US Navy is still struggling to find all of the remains of the missing sailors, and has ordered an operational pause for all naval fleets around the world as investigators try to figure out exactly why this terrible accident occurred.
Among the possible causes that are being looked into, one has a raised a few eyebrows. Over the summer there have been two accidental collisions involving the 7th fleet, and a total of 4 similar incidents this year. This has led some Navy officials to suspect that a cyber attack may have been responsible for the crash, as well as other recent Naval accidents.
The Navy has not ruled out an intentional action behind the latest deadly collision between a Navy destroyer and a merchant ship, the chief of naval operations told reporters Monday.
‘That’s is certainly something we are giving full consideration to but we have no indication that that’s the case – yet,’ Adm. John Richardson, the CNO, said at the Pentagon.

This post was published at shtfplan on August 22nd, 2017.

Is It Significant That The USS John S. McCain Was Damaged In A Collision On The Same Day As The Solar Eclipse?

Could it be possible that it wasn’t just a ‘coincidence’ that a naval vessel named the USS ‘John S. McCain’ was severely damaged on the exact same day as ‘the Great American Eclipse’. I have previously written about how solar eclipses have long been believed to be warnings that judgment is coming upon a nation, and this eclipse was the first in all of U. S. history to only be seen within the borders of our own country. Tens of millions of Americans looked up into the sky to watch this eclipse take place, but it certainly wasn’t the only historic event to happen on Monday. When a 600 foot long oil tanker rammed into the USS John S. McCain, according to local time it was already August 21st. Many are wondering if these two events could be related somehow.
Of all the members of Congress, Senator John McCain has long been considered the most outspoken advocate for the aggressive use of U. S. military might.
And of all the vessels in the U. S. Navy, it was a ship bearing his name that was involved in this collision. Of course this warship was not actually named after Senator McCain. Rather, the destroyer was named after Admiral John S. McCain, Sr. and Admiral John S. McCain Jr.
You see, Senator McCain’s grandfather and father were both high ranking admirals, and that is how we got a destroyer with Senator McCain’s name on it. If you are not familiar with the accident by now, the following account from the Daily Mail is a pretty good summary…

This post was published at The Economic Collapse Blog on August 22nd, 2017.

US Navy Halts Pacific Fleet Operations As Historical Path Of Collided Warship Emerges

Following the second collision of US warships in two months, the US Navy’s Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) has calling for a comprehensive review of recent incidents in the Pacific in the wake of the USS John McCain collision with an oil tanker early Monday morning. In a video, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson called for an “operational pause” with commands and leaders across the fleet, and a deeper look into the training and certification of forces operating in the Navy’s 7th Fleet – those in and around Japan.
“I have directed fleet commanders to immediately conduct an operational pause with commands and leaders across the fleet, to ensure we are taking all appropriate immediate measures to enhance the Navy’s safe and effective operation around the world…. This is the second major collision in the last three months, and is the latest in a series of major incidents, particularly in the Pacific theater,” said Richardson. “This trend demands more forceful action.”


This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 21, 2017.