25 Oct

I had no idea: Sweden’s deadly subs

This is a fairly fascinating tale of military leapfrogging:

Sweden Has A Sub That’s So Deadly The US Navy Hired It To Play Bad Guy: “We have been glued all week to the sub saga off the coast of Sweden, where six days in Swedish forces have only now called off their search for an elusive sub hiding in the waters off Stockholm. Yet what nobody has mentioned is just how deadly and capable Sweden’s own subs are, and there are few better weapons for catching a sub than another sub.”

(Via Jalopnik.)

I would totally have worked that into Arctic Rising if I’d known.

Something to come back to in the third novel, possibly.

05 Feb

Why the Israeli military is going green

Another notable military force is committed to going green. Those fucking hippies are everywhere:

“The addition of these solar panels is far from the IDF’s first step towards an environmentally friendly military.

During the past several years, the Israel Air force has been transforming its entire energy infrastructure into alternative fuels, with an emphasis on solar power.

‘Two years ago, it was hard to convince commanders that the IAF needed to become more environmentally friendly. Now they don’t need convincing,’ says Capt. Bouganim, who has been heading the IAF’s revolutionary project Blue Going Green (blue is the official color of the Air Force) for the past few years.”

(Via Going Green: Israeli Military Chooses Solar Energy over Diesel.)

15 Aug

US Army going more solar

Those leftist hippies:

“Field patrols will soon have almost weightless solar blankets as well. These will be able to capture a once unthinkable 35pc of the sun’s light as energy with thin membranes, a spin-off from technology used in satellites.
This new kit is a military imperative. Taliban ambushes of supply convoys are a major killer. The Pentagon says the cost of refueling forward bases is $400 a gallon.”

(Via Solar power to trump shale, helped by US military – Telegraph.)

h/t to Philip Brewer for the link.

05 Oct

Holy shit, tree hugging hippies are running the US Military

From the NY Times, which is realizing that the US military is horribly interested in not being fossil fuel dependent:

Even as Congress has struggled unsuccessfully to pass an energy bill and many states have put renewable energy on hold because of the recession, the military this year has pushed rapidly forward. After a decade of waging wars in remote corners of the globe where fuel is not readily available, senior commanders have come to see overdependence on fossil fuel as a big liability, and renewable technologies — which have become more reliable and less expensive over the past few years — as providing a potential answer. These new types of renewable energy now account for only a small percentage of the power used by the armed forces, but military leaders plan to rapidly expand their use over the next decade.

Holy shit, tree-hugging hippies are in charge of the US Military.

Well, that’s what the headline would be if certain politicians treated the military the way they are domestic renewables.

I’ve been pointing out the that the US Military has been level headed and leading a great deal of research into both alternative energy and, surprisingly, futurism around global warming. Leaders in the US Military are very, very concerned about these things. Reading some of the literature I’ve been able to wrangle reads like something out of TreeHugger.com.

“There are a lot of profound reasons for doing this, but for us at the core it’s practical,” said Ray Mabus, the Navy secretary and a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, who has said he wants 50 percent of the power for the Navy and Marines to come from renewable energy sources by 2020. That figure includes energy for bases as well as fuel for cars and ships.

That’s 50% within the next 10 years. That’s ambitious, and interesting.