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  1. Thread: Mali.

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    Any of whom Mali could object to.

    Any of whom Mali could object to.
  2. Thread: Mali.

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    You mean if we had invited them here to do so...

    You mean if we had invited them here to do so because the internal dispute was about to overwhelm the DF and take Dublin. Keep it equivalent.
  3. Thread: Mali.

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    Possibly akin to Ireland still expecting the UK...

    Possibly akin to Ireland still expecting the UK to defend our airspace.
  4. Thread: Conscription

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    Hmm. Context. The Treaty forbade the Free State...

    Hmm. Context. The Treaty forbade the Free State to institute conscription. Maybe because militia along Swiss lines had been one of the balloons floated by Sinn Fein before it was signed. This would...
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    Recruitment campaign... At a distance, admitted...

    Recruitment campaign... At a distance, admitted .. Good luck. Back in the 80s and 90s you hardly needed to campaign. (What was done with recruits thereafter is another issue). These days, just what...
  6. Thread: PDF retention

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    There is a need at this point for an...

    There is a need at this point for an administrative referendum to remove the absolute restriction on the number of full ministers from the constitution.
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    There are worse culture shocks... An Irishman I...

    There are worse culture shocks... An Irishman I know going to the US in the 1930s and getting drafted, another going to South Africa in the 1980s and getting drafted.. Into a war.
    Or any poor sod...
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    No, the other crowd stopper.:-D

    No, the other crowd stopper.:-D
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    No, the other crowd stopper.

    No, the other crowd stopper.
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    Absolutely. There is no magic weapon on the...

    Absolutely. There is no magic weapon on the battlefield*, though each arm thinks they are it. The key going forward is combined arms, at every scale of operation.

    Edit: *with the possible...
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    Scarlett Johansson naked?

    Scarlett Johansson naked?
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    Dunno, said they weren't the most important...

    Dunno, said they weren't the most important thing.
    Don't care, if they are ever wanted the shed and the range will be found. Everything else the state wants to bother with can be found.

    But I'd...
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    At the least, don’t rely on equipment supply from...

    At the least, don’t rely on equipment supply from the people you might have to fight. If Ireland is to go for MBTs, let’s face it..the Leopard and it’s likely Franco-German replacement is the...
  14. Thread: Drydocking?

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    The Irish Steel site can be cleaned up, plans to...

    The Irish Steel site can be cleaned up, plans to do this we’re put on hold due to cost. The problem is that the plan is to Turn it into a public park. The navy could be left with nowhere to grow on...
  15. Thread: Drydocking?

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    Actually, given the sale and reuse of land, will...

    Actually, given the sale and reuse of land, will Haulbowline be a viable base at all in twenty years when a 10-12 ship fleet including two 140m + vessels and an auxiliary becomes conceivable and...
  16. Thread: Drydocking?

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    Wait ten years and make Belfast the second naval...

    Wait ten years and make Belfast the second naval base.

    Only slightly joking.
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    Irrelevent if you are not western or don't lose.

    Irrelevent if you are not western or don't lose.
  18. Thread: Timoney

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    Gotcha. Don't know for commercial machines,...

    Gotcha.

    Don't know for commercial machines, but on the press I use (manual) the tool head contains all the dies for the calibre I'm loading and I can just swap out the entire tool head to change...
  19. Thread: Timoney

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    For quantity of vehicles, yup. Which is precisely...

    For quantity of vehicles, yup. Which is precisely why arms companies often need government investment until they have a reputation and market. If you’re not willing to lose money for five to ten...
  20. Thread: Timoney

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    The army selected the Landsverk tank in the 1930s...

    The army selected the Landsverk tank in the 1930s explicitly with a view to having it built in Ireland. The government's argument was that no Irish manufacturer was interested in building it....
  21. Thread: Timoney

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    Given the state of Irish industry in the 1970s...

    Given the state of Irish industry in the 1970s and ‘80s (trade unions, I’m looking at you) it was, I say reluctantly, a smart play to buy foreign. It might have been possible if government had...
  22. Thread: Pilatus PC-9M

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    Jesus, I have a 13km drive to work and its...

    Jesus, I have a 13km drive to work and its normal. Many people I know have 20-30 including my wife. Quite a few have 70km each way.
    People should be grateful they live on an island the size of a...
  23. Thread: Pilatus PC-9M

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    Because willingness to relocate has been such an...

    Because willingness to relocate has been such an essential part of every other re-organisation.

    We're talking about soldiers, right?
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    If the numbers here are correct the RDF is no...

    If the numbers here are correct the RDF is no longer of a size - particularly based on the training regime - to be any use as an infantry training-based reserve. At a t should rather be reconfigured...
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    Don’t forget that, even if the terrain...

    Don’t forget that, even if the terrain doesn’t allow for the ever-extended Olifant MBT, the SANDF fields that in organic formations including ATGM firing Rooikats and G6 self propelled 155...
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