We are getting mere crumbs of information regarding the most important U.S. military program in decades: the B-21 bomber.
Here is yet another scrap, this time from Bloomberg:
While I think the official rendering of the bomber is just propaganda, and the real thing probably will not resemble the B-2, it is very intriguing that the concept art shows no exhaust ports.
Perhaps this feature represents a clue about the propulsion technology?
Articles that purport to describe the bomber’s capabilities just spout vague pronouncements.
I have no reason to doubt the public expressions of praise about the business aspects of the program. Officials are obviously very confident that the company can meet cost requirements.
But exactly how and why they are able to virtually guarantee this result is a deep mystery.
I suspect it stems from the real possibility that the basic platform has already been developed and extensively prototyped; in other words, flown.
The fact remains that we still have no idea, for example, how large it will be, how fast will it fly, payload capacity, exactly how much it will cost, etc.
Chapter 6 of Flying Saucers paints a remarkably similar scenario: the scrambling of F-15 fighters in response to a UFO sighting.
I wish people would stop saying it makes no sense for it to have been an above-top-secret U.S. military vehicle because it was flying in broad daylight over congested airspace.
It makes perfect sense if we are testing how well the technology can evade detection while performing surveillance over major airports, facilities, and so on. This is especially true if the goal is to practice in true-to-life scenarios and conditions, a so-called “living lab.”
Just the news reports alone would provide practical information, together with radar data from commercial and military airports, etc., all of which would be available.
But I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know.
It’s all in Flying Saucers!
U.S. military officials are hinting of secret weapons that have “other capabilities” and are “global in their positioning.”
These comments surfaced over the weekend in a Washington Post article regarding tensions on the Korean peninsula: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/10/29/in-standoff-with-north-korea-the-u-s-keeps-deployment-of-strategic-assets-mysterious/?utm_term=.47f14590f525
They seem to be reminiscent of former defense secretary Ash Carter’s cryptic references to secret weapons.
Anyway, here are a few tantalizing tidbits from the Post article:
Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: “Is it different things? No … Is it doing different things at different times? Yes. And is it incorporating other capabilities on occasion? Yes.”
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has been even more vague. Asked Saturday at a news conference in Seoul if strategic assets will stay on the South Korean Peninsula for a fixed amount of time, he declined to answer.
“Regarding our strategic assets, they are global in their positioning,” he said. “They are global in their reach, and we are quite assured that they are in a position to be responsive . . . So, that’s all I’ve got to say about that.”
Well, this is my big takeaway from Anthony Capaccio’s article in Bloomberg.
Money also will be spent on producing engineering drawings for a “clean-sheet” design, he said, which means the new bomber won’t be an adaptation of the B-2 stealth bomber or other existing aircraft, as some analysts have suggested.
Northrop’s performance is “generally on track” and “within the windows of expected progress that we’ve expected at this point,” Donovan said. Still, “there is some risk in this program because it’s a brand new, clean-sheet design. So we’ll work through those.”
So, what ever happened to that Air Force concept drawing that strongly resembled the B-2? Was it a complete ruse, a distraction to confuse the media?
Other officials have said the new platform is based on extensively tested technology that is “very mature” yet unknown to the public.
What does it mean? Perhaps the B-21 is something completely different, to borrow a phrase from the great Monty Python.
Thank you, Mr. Capaccio!
Interesting article touching on the mysterious black world of the military-industrial complex and focusing on the SR-72.
The writer is asking all the right questions.
It seems fairly obvious that the SR-71 was replaced long ago with something far more advanced.
The SR-72’s just a smokescreen. There has got to be a reason for them to park the alleged prototype on the tarmac for people to see.
Hmm … now the media are finally catching on … Are we talking about something so overwhelming, so game-changing that North Korea would simply be cowed into submission?
From the CNN article:
Asked at an off-camera briefing at the Pentagon if there are military options that would not put Seoul at “grave risk?” He answered: “Yes there are, but I will not go into details.”
Mattis would not clarify if the options he was referring to are kinetic- meaning strikes using conventional weapons.
The Pentagon is looking at potential covert cyberattack options. But other non-kinetic options could include a show of force in the air or on land in the region or increasing the US military presence in the area by deploying more ships or troops.
Well, this is certainly interesting and intriguing. Did Sec. Mattis learn of some above-top-secret capability? Why would he say “there are” military options now when he didn’t say so before? What types of weaponry could possible prevent North Korea from shelling Seoul? Perhaps an electromagnetic pulse technology? If so, how might such a weapon be delivered?
Whatever these weapons are, he is obviously referring to some capability that is not known to the public.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hinted that the United States still had military options left for dealing with North Korea, but did not elaborate when asked for details Monday … according to Mattis, the Pentagon has a few tricks up its sleeve that wouldn’t involve the decimation of Seoul.
… When asked, “is there any military option the U.S. can take with North Korea that would not put Seoul at grave risk?” on Monday, Mattis responded, “Yes, there are, but I will not go into details.”
… Previously, Mattis said a war with North Korea would “involve the massive shelling of an ally’s capital, which is one of the most densely packed cities on earth,” in reference to Seoul.
These cryptic references to potential military options in Korea remind me of Ash Carter’s mysterious allusions to secret weapons and the “military space community … “
So, let me pose the one question all the media are FAILING TO ASK.
Does the Pentagon have secret weapons that might be used in its stalemate with North Korea?
Also, while I’m at it, let me answer said question: Hell yeah, the Pentagon has secret weapons!
Where have you been?!
It’s all in Flying Saucers …
Here is my main takeaway:
The strategy applies to the Pentagon broadly, but the U.S. Navy and Air Force have been its primary benefactors. A significant portion of Third Offset developments are apparently so advanced that U.S. military officials only make vague references to them and have yet to put them on public display. The secretive Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO), which answers directly to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, facilitates many of these efforts.
Two major items have surfaced in the news regarding the military industrial complex!
- Revelations that Northrop Grumman is doing a lot of classified “space projects” …
I’ll bet …
Northrop executives disclosed that the growth was not just for aircraft. The firm saw a plus up in classified space projects, Northrop CFO Kenneth Bedingfield said on the call … Executives as other firms have told me they’ve seen an uptick in secret space business, particularly as the military looks to better protect its satellites … Meanwhile, Raytheon reported more than $900 million in classified deals in the second quarter of 2017. That includes $555 million in secret work for the Intelligence, Information and Services division; $137 million for Space and Airborne Systems; and $214 million for Missile Systems.
2) And, a report suggesting the U.S. military is using a secret ‘electricity bomb’ in Syria … this is more evidence that the Pentagon has developed various electromagnetic weaponry capable of crippling electronics!
The new report emerged on July 7, 2017, when Jenan Moussa, a “roving reporter Arabic Al Aan TV,” an Arabic-language satellite television network with its headquarters in the United Arab Emirates, wrote on Twitter that members of the U.S.-supported Syrian Democratic Forces told her American warplanes sometimes dropped an “electricity bomb.” The SDF fighters added that when the weapon went off, anyone carrying metallic items would “burn.”