Archive for September 27th, 2007

Nu-clear Terra

A new post over at the Homeland Security Digital Library weblog points to a new report on securing the bombthe bomb, as in nuclear – under the fear-inducing title “Nuclear Threat Just a Bomb Away, According to New Report.”

While this is certainly nothing new – the “nuclear threat” is, and has long been, “just a bomb away” – I am, at least, pleased to see that the report, from the Nuclear Threat Initiative, manages to abstain from some of the politically-convenient and completely baseless fearmongering certain other nonproliferation parties engage in. It may waffle a bit in a few places, and accepts unchallenged a number of unverifiable government claims, but it’s generally well-sourced, and refrains, as far as I can tell, from making stuff up, which is always a good sign.

Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', General, Security | on September 27th, 2007 | Comments Off on Nu-clear Terra

Reaching Out To – and Recruiting – Today’s Youth

About four months ago, I wrote about the burdens facing recruiters trying to entice the youth of today into military service. If the outlook seemed bleak then, a newer presentation from the Navy (8MB PowerPoint file) identifies, in the best tradition of military analysts the world over, a number of unsettling problems and trends, yet presents no meaningful ideas on how to solve them.
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Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', General, Security | on September 27th, 2007 | 3 Comments »

Dead Birds are SO Useful

Following on from yesterday’s Army poster about stupid helicopter pilots, here’s another, part of a safety campaign to teach pilots to watch out for trees. Yes, trees; apparently helicopter-tree contact are a surprisingly common phenomenon – at least, in those parts of the world where they have trees.
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Published in: Geekiness, General | on September 27th, 2007 | 1 Comment »