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4 posts from May 2009

Aviators Take Note: the WingMan/Woman Needs a Boost

At a point, we have to pause and realize that the aerospace industry has made huge advancements through forward-looking innovation and collaboration. A cause to celebrate: the US has some of the most sophisticated aircraft in the world. But, this is hardly news.

I just wanted to mention that we still don't have it quite like the little guys. They require no equipment and are perfectly optimized, in their diversity, for varied missions.

See our other flighted friends in "Aviators By Design and Assistance by Necessity" now



United States Air Force Fighter Gap: CBO Report Released

Yep, it's true: We may be light on Fighters. The United States Air Force, like the Navy and Marine Corps, is keen on landing the newest models. Over the next 25 years, that is. Meanwhile, the current fighter aircraft are thinking about their golden years of blissful retirement.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has published a study that addresses the DoD plans, as well as budgetary, as well as tactical, concerns. You can see the report, Alternatives for Modernizing U.S. Fighter Forces here.

Defense Budget and Options for Green Future Warfare Technologies

Still scratching your head over the defense budget under the new administration and possible sequestration? Does the SecDef keep you guessing?

All we know is that there is a lot of change going on. But one thing remains true: We must be vigilant in seeking technology that helps us lower costs and increase our intelligence with minimal roll-out, or budgetary, pains.

The Voxida digital communications recording systems (DVRS) manufactured by Accurate Always, Inc. are field-proven and engineered to analyze radio, telephone, analog, digital, radar, video and VoIP communications with a rapid rollout. Used to record telemetry, test ranges, remote installations and other classified requirements, they are agile and trusted. All DVRS components are COTS or MCOTS. As such, Accurate Always projects continued growth in the area of communication recording and monitoring and Voxida remains a valuable asset, regardless of funding realities.

But, there's always the question of future warfare technology. With the current commitment to exploring solutions with less environmental impact, we have been looking for additional options. While this idea is early stage, and not developed by Accurate Always, there is a new technology- a green bomb- that may address funding uncertainty and green initiatives in these times.

We may have already said too much, but we highly recommend downloading the PDF that addresses the green face of the modern war space. Please share with your colleagues or in your next planning conference. Yeah, you can thank us later.

Soviet Woman Pilots and the End of the Great Patriotic War

On May 9th, 1945, Russia first celebrated the end of the Great Patriotic War. I have a Russian friend who pointed out that this was not just the victory of the Soviet communist system over fascism. He felt it needed to be said that the people were not at war to fight for a certain abstract ideal such as "Victory for Communism" as commonly reported. Instead they fought and died for other fathers, mothers, children, as well, of course, as the Motherland.

So, two days before celebrating Mother's Day in the US, I just wanted to honor some of the real heroes of the war, regardless of personal political views.


Photo from http://mysite.pratt.edu/~rsilva/sovwomen.htm

Female Soviet Air Force (VVS) pilots flew more than 24,000 sorties during the war. The Hero of the Soviet Union award was bestowed on sixty-eight of these pilots.

They were known as the Night Witches, or Nachthexen, by the Germans, who feared their accuracy and skill.

The Night Witches flew without parachutes, in planes such as the Yak 1s, Yak 7Bs and Petlyakov Pe-2 2 engine bombers. The continued bravery defined the female pilots of the 586th, 587th and the 588th Women's Fighter and Bomber Regiments. It appears that this was much more likely a fight for something concrete, possibly of family and home, than abstract concepts or hate.*

In celebration of women, and mothers everywhere, you can read more about the VVS female pilots here

Oh, and Happy Mother's Day to all.

*Plus, let's face it: many of the best pilots are female pilots. :)


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