The Surveillance State: Augury

US military using tool that captures ‘93% of the internet’ 

Multiple branches of the US military have bought access to “petabytes” of American citizens’ private online data via a tool called Augury, giving them access to an almost omniscient set of data points, Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) claimed in a letter to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on Wednesday. The alleged data trove includes an individual’s email communications, browsing history, and other behavioral information, all on demand and without a warrant.

There is No such thing as Online Privacy.

Proceed with Caution.

 

 

The Tank is not Obsolete and Other Observations about the Future of Combat

The Tank is not Obsolete and Other Observations about the Future of Combat

 

“The available data from Ukraine, as well as the recent war in Nagorno-Karabakh, indicate that tanks are still critical in modern warfare and their vulnerabilities have been exaggerated. Russia’s heavy tank losses can be explained by employment mistakes, poor planning and preparation, insufficient infantry support, and Ukrainian artillery. The use of Javelins and other light anti-tank systems in Ukraine has not demonstrated that the tank is obsolete any more than the Sagger anti-tank guided missile did in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, as discussed by David Johnson in these pages.”

 

 

Know Your WW1 Weapons: Germany’s MG08 Heavy Machine Gun

Germany’s Heavy Machine Gun of WWI: The MG08

 

All you former infantryman out there might find this fact jaw dropping:

“The MG08 machine gun itself weighed approximately 60 pounds. Combined with its “Sled” (or Sledge) mount that used four legs, the whole affair weighed around 140 pounds, excluding the water can and ammunition supply. Along with the sled mount were extra barrels, tools, and oil containers, all attached to the sled. A team of four soldiers was required to move the entire gun and accessories.”

This BEAST weighed in at 140 pounds, not inclduing the water can, sled and ammo!!

This thing earned it’s name as a HEAVY machine Gun for sure.

 

Know Your Weapons: The Mauser — 15 Assorted Facts And Tidbits

The Mauser — 15 Assorted Facts And Tidbits

 

One of the first Curio and Relic Guns I bought when I got my license many years back was a very nice K98 with an authentic leather sling and a bag of stripper clips.

Soon after that I obtained a Yugo Mauser.

To this day Mausers remain one of my favorite military bolt-actions to shoot, that 8mm is a BEAST of a round.

Know Your Military Weapons History: MANPADS

 

Like alot of Modern Weapons Systems in use today MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense System) owes it’s origins to Nazi Germany.