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General Discussion / Re: Where it makes sense to go Russian
« on: December 10, 2016, 02:15:47 AM »
"The US actually supplies Mi-17s to the Afghan Air Force, to the consternation of the US Congress that want this money going to US companies and are working to end this practice."

Interestingly enough, I met up a few months ago with a highschool classmate of mine who's a Warrant Officer in the US Army. He cross-trained on the Mi-17 and is currently attached to a Special Operations task force assisting the Afghan's in rebuilding their airforce. He's quite a fan of the "Westernized" Mi-17's they operate. If we ever got some of those he'd jump at the opportunity to help train the PAF should a gig become available as he's close to taking retirement.

The US supplied Afghanistan with Hips because at the time, Afghan AF maintainers and pilots were familiar with Russian equipment and mostly (notwithstanding the changes in regimes) the infrastructure and Institutional Memory to support it without a big transition.

Ironically because of challenges cross-training and embedding safety practices into the Afghan AF, the US is now looking to dump the old A-model UH-60s in the National Guard, refurb them and and equip them with the AAF. That will give the Guard the excuse to move to M-models.

War on Drugs / Duterte seeks AFP Help in Drug War
« on: December 09, 2016, 03:06:43 AM »
This opens the AFP to direct sanctions. The US State Department Blue Lantern program delivers sanctions and penalties at the Agency Level, which could mean cuts or halts to US military aid.


Duterte seeks AFP help in drug war, says PNP 'fractured
By CNN Philippines Staff
Updated 00:40 AM PHT Thu, December 8, 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte (L) welcomes Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año as new Armed Forces chief.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Describing the police organization as "fractured," President Rodrigo Duterte repeats his call for the military to step in and help him out with his war against illegal drugs.

In his speech at Camp Aguinaldo on Wednesday during the change of command ceremony of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Duterte said that "there were so many (police) men and officers involved in the drug industry."

He again admitted that he could not handle the problem on his own — as he would run out of time — and bullets — if he were to deal with this alone.

"And that is why, I repeat my orders and that's the reason why I declared a state of lawlessness so that I can call upon you, the Armed Forces, to help the civilian sector, to help the police. Di nila kaya 'to. At ang pulis mo, the policeman, the very ones who would be preventing the crimes, solving the crimes, arresting the criminals, are themselves into it."

First posts / Re: Tyros need five posts . . .
« on: December 09, 2016, 03:00:40 AM »
As a final Tyro Post you can also find some of my articles occasionally on the United States Naval Institute blog.

First posts / Re: Tyros need five posts . . .
« on: December 09, 2016, 02:57:39 AM »
Tyro Post # 4.

First posts / Re: Tyros need five posts . . .
« on: December 09, 2016, 02:56:48 AM »
Tyro Post # 3. As an aside, I write for and tech-support an Independent Think Tank called The Center for Maritime Security ( We have a wide reach across Global Security issues and some have been cross-referenced in the old forum. I write under the same Pseudonym as my user name here.

First posts / Re: Tyros need five posts . . .
« on: December 09, 2016, 02:52:59 AM »
Tyro Post #2.

First posts / Re: Tyros need five posts . . .
« on: December 09, 2016, 02:50:19 AM »
Old Forum member. Tyro Post #1.

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