Category Archives: Analysis

1942- The Year of the Aircraft Carrier; Part 10 – Guadalcanal Campaign Major Events Overview

Blown Slick Series #13 Part 10 Watchtower Guadalcanal is no longer merely a name of an island in Japanese military history. It is the name of the graveyard of the Japanese army. —Major General Kiyotake Kawaguchi, IJA Commander, 35th Infantry Brigade … Continue reading

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1942- The Year of the Aircraft Carrier; Part 9 – Guadalcanal Introduction

Blown Slick Series #13 Part 9 On Land, on Sea, in the Air 9 February, 1943 Major General Alexander Patch, USA, Commander, U.S. Forces on Guadalcanal to Vice Admiral William Halsey, Jr., USN, Commander, South Pacific Area,  TOTAL AND COMPLETE DEFEAT … Continue reading

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1942 – The Year of the Aircraft Carrier; Part 8 – Midway Trilogy Epilogue

Blown Slick Series #13 Part 8 Decisive victory? Depends on how you look … a fundamental transformation in naval power had just taken place. Carriers usurped the prime strategic role of battleships in that their principal opponents were their enemy … Continue reading

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A Second Look – Aviation Week Debate on the F-35

Blown Slick Series #12 Last summer Aviation Week conducted a podcast debate between the first commanding officer of a USMC F-35B squadron, retired  LtCol. David Berke,  and former “fighter mafia” participant during the Light Weight Fighter competition (YF-16/17) Pierre Sprey. … Continue reading

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Thinking Multi-Role “Strike Fighter”

Blown Slick Series #11 Air to air is what you do going into and coming off of the target. Ed Rasimus, Air Force Vietnam War F-105 and F-4 fighter pilot   In the previous post, I suggested as a thought experiment that … 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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