Moving time for the blog and a slightly different direction

I am moving and changing my blog. This blog known as ELP is going to take a different path.

I will write about Defens(c)e matters, but I will also write about other things: Australia, the U.S., politics, technology, and anything of interest.

The albatross known as the F-35 may come up from time to time, but those days are mostly done. If someone hasn’t figured out that it is a failure by now, they never will until it is too late.

I am going to be less abrasive. It was a useful tool that suited the purpose to get people’s attention but it is not me. And; it is a rather tiring act. I don’t want to be type-cast.

I want to help out others or at least highlight them more. That would be Galrahn, War News Updates, Alert5, and some others that have to be your daily read. I want to help Sam and crew at Lowy Institute’s The Interpreter Blog be more successful with their goals to have a wider coverage. They are important daily reads; for me anyway.

I will also be blogging more on a variety of Aviation Week articles.

Also, I don’t have to agree with something everyday; all the time to like it.

I am still working on the layout of this blog. As there are a lot of mobile users, don’t expect it to be anything but a simple format.

I hope you enjoy where I am going.

USAF 2012 budget and interesting questions about F-35 cost #military #auspol #cndpoli

The charts below are from the U.S. Air Force 2012 budget. They outline how much money the USAF has to fund to procure and field the F-35A.

USAF will be the largest alleged purchaser of this airframe. It is a similar type to what export customers such as Australia and Canada claim that they will purchase.

The sales force for the maker of the aircraft have been stating to countries like Australia and Canada that they won’t pay for U.S. research and development costs like the U.S. Government. What is interesting is that for the charts below, they have nothing to do with research and development costs either. They are only about what the USAF will pay to field the aircraft.

What can Australia and Canada really expect to pay for their F-35s? Follow the USAF. And there is no way that another country is going to get a lower price than the USAF.

Interesting is the more detailed chart. That is $106.756 million for the special roll-away price for the jet without an engine. Add the engine and you are now up to $120.541 million. Then there is another $2.411 million just for engineering change orders. So for 2012, the F-35A costs the USAF $122.952 million to get it out the door with no spares and support equipment.

Maybe if the Canadian DND and Australian New Air Combat Capability (NACC) and their fan base wish upon a star, it will show just how stupid they really are. How low will this price be in 2016? Who knows? The DND and the NACC don’t; that is for sure.


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OBOGS explained—in relation to the F-22 grounding #military

The OBOGS  or maintenance processes attached to it are being blamed for the F-22 grounding. Many fighter aircraft use OBOGS.

While not an F-22, this explanation of the F-20 OBOGS can get you up to speed on how the system works. Note, besides the basics, it is possible that the system explained doesn’t act quite like the one in the F-22.

Dilbert describes Unity and Gnome shell #linux

The Gnome interface–simple as it is–is about the most useable Linux graphical front end for mobile computers simply because in Ubuntu and Mint configurations, it just works out of the box with the common Dell and HP setups in business environments. XFCE and KDE are good but require more configuration work.

With the push to fix something that isn’t broken by forcing Unity and Gnome shell on Gnome 2.x users (Gnome 2.x will go away unless forked), Dilbert nails the situation as it is today for people that have to actually use their computers for day to day work. Unity and Gnome shell suck.

Trying to ask the right questions about the Osama raid #military

Investigative reporting….

Q: Can your senior intelligence official or yourself — can you tell the world anything about the last moments alive of Osama bin Laden? Did he die peacefully? Did he die violently? Can you tell us anything about his last moments?

SR. INTELLIGENCE OFFICIAL: He died during a firefight, Barbara.