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Airpower Analysis Phase II: F-35 – Flying Circus Center Ring

Blown Slick Series #10 For some time now, center ring for the airpower flying circus has been the F-35 Lightning II. But since the F-35 was similarly noted as the elephant in the room in #8 in this series some … Continue reading

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Thinking Airpower in Context: American War in Seven Charts

Blown Slick Series #9  Seven Charts That Help Explain American War How Many Years In Its History Has America Been at War? Where Has America Fought? Why Has America Fought? How Does America Fight ? Who Are America’s Formal Defense Partners? … Continue reading

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Airpower, Elephants and Such (Part 3)

Blown Slick Series #8 (Part 3/3) Continuing from Part 1 & 2 – the “something new” Airpower Application and 5th Generation Aircraft The term “fifth-generation aircraft” is part of the problem facing the future of airpower. The usage of the term … Continue reading

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Airpower, Elephants and Such (Part 2)

Blown Slick Series #8 (Part 2/3) Continuing from Part 1 – drilling down To make reasonable decisions in regard to analysis of future airpower, and also how implementation of emerging technical and derivative tactical concepts plays into the application of airpower, one … Continue reading

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Airpower, Elephants, Fallacies, Bonfires, Something Old, Something New

Blown Slick Series #8 (Part 1/3) Airpower characteristics itemizes strictly enduring physical features: speed, reach, height, and as a consequence ubiquity, agility, and concentration. A relatively high technological focus by air forces is inevitable, necessary, and indeed desirable. But the … Continue reading

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Users’ Guide Part 2 – Tools

Blown Slick Series #7 (Part 2) … We will use this scheme of pulling things apart (analysis) and putting them back together (synthesis) in new combinations to find how apparently unrelated ideas and actions can be related to one another.     Boyd Part … Continue reading

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Users’ Guide for Building A Blown Slick “Snowmobile”

Blown Slick Series #7 (Part 1) To discern what is going on we must interact in a variety of ways with our environment. In other words We must be able to examine the world from a number of perspectives so … Continue reading

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“It’s Only Reading If You Do It”

Blown Slick Series #6 It is a true statement but not an indictment, that the fleets of the world never had a formal requirement for an airplane, or a submarine, or a communications satellite. Instead, in all cases, a debate … Continue reading

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The 4th of June – Remembered Sky Day

Blown Slick Series#5 The A-7 Corsair II carried a healthy fuel load for a carrier based strike aircraft.  On major strikes – those to significant, highly defended targets – into North Vietnam called “Alpha Strikes” with 30 -40  A-7,s, A-6’s, F-4’s, bombers, … Continue reading

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Memorial Day 2015: Mondo and Arlo

Sometimes on days like today, I find myself lost in the abstract -service to country, freedom, sacrifice, the flags, the tombstones of Arlington. The feelings are not wrong, indeed they are most important and necessary, but at the base are … Continue reading

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