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    Watch yourselves, whenever there's any mention of...

    Watch yourselves, whenever there's any mention of the US Army's WO ranks, some loon turns up demanding that members of other militaries salute them....
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    The fundamental, big, scary choice to make is...

    The fundamental, big, scary choice to make is whether the DF should be configured as a stand-alone force (in whatever form), or as a contributing ingredient into a wider EU defence capability (and...
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    Only if they travel on the surface. So, err....

    Only if they travel on the surface. So, err....
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    Don't confuse what India will want with what the...

    Don't confuse what India will want with what the US will offer.

    Turkey, a NATO country, was refused access to the top drawer PATRIOT system - what attitude do you think the US takes to its holiest...
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    I'd be hesitant in assuming that the...

    I'd be hesitant in assuming that the sensors/processing on the Indian P-8's have the same capability on the US and selected other operators P-8's...
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    I disagree - one of the problems with the RuAF...

    I disagree - one of the problems with the RuAF flights is the safety issue of flying without flight plans and transponders, as well as trailing several miles of ULF antenna. Decent, ground based,...
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    Yeah, the 'European solidarity' angle is likely...

    Yeah, the 'European solidarity' angle is likely to get a great big FO, given Ireland's attitude to 'European solidarity' on the EU's eastern frontier...

    Reap, sow...
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    The timing is likely to be something of a...

    The timing is likely to be something of a coincidence, as not least the BEAR F was talking to subs, and subs don't fly to the eastern Atlantic.

    The concentration is also coincidence - Sov, err......
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    Why would they be champing at the bit to do so,...

    Why would they be champing at the bit to do so, only waiting on an invite?

    France is fighting a war in Saharan Africa, while also deploying in eastern Europe. Norway, Sweden and Denmark have their...
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    MADRAS49 - a QRA tanker - left BZN about an hour...

    MADRAS49 - a QRA tanker - left BZN about an hour ago and went north...

    Hello again by the way - all well?
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    Sticky: Poll: Have they offered to pay for the MRV, or to...

    Have they offered to pay for the MRV, or to donate some boots - or are you just talking shit having not actually read the treaty?
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    Sticky: Poll: Read it more carefully. Signitures to the...

    Read it more carefully.

    Signitures to the treaty are required to help, but the nature, quantity, timing and extent of that help are matters purely for the assisting state to decide, with no role...
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    The UK swapped production slots of the F-35 with...

    The UK swapped production slots of the F-35 with Israel - they wanted airframes asap, we didn't need them at that point because a) we were inbedded in the US testing programme and were getting crew...
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    There's no such thing now - and we've discovered...

    There's no such thing now - and we've discovered that it doesn't matter.

    Lots of people, me included, wear the Aku base boot for general mooching, but once you're out on the range or whatever it's...
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    Financially I'm not sure it will - back in the...

    Financially I'm not sure it will - back in the day when we we issued the old DMS high leg, and after that the assault boot, no one - and I mean no one - wore them on exercise or ops. That meant they...
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    They will, after a year of anything non-office...

    They will, after a year of anything non-office based use, look pretty ropey...

    They'll be entirely serviceable, but bristle-headed, red-faced shouty men won't be very happy...
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    Haix make good quality boots, these are an...

    Haix make good quality boots, these are an excellent, all round, robust boot for training and ops in temperate and warmer climates.

    The gore-tex lining means it will be a bit stuffy in really hot...
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    Sticky: Well, you could put a roof on the flight deck I...

    Well, you could put a roof on the flight deck I suppose...
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    Conversely of course, you could ask why...

    Conversely of course, you could ask why applicants for other militaries are prepared to wait months on end for a joining date - and go through a recruitment procedure that can take more than a year...
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    The SLAM programme has had the odd failing, but...

    The SLAM programme has had the odd failing, but it's been an overwhelming success. The 'rip it down and start again' ideology has been worth its weight in gold in allowing the project to be...
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    Does it matter? If you are squabbling over the...

    Does it matter?

    If you are squabbling over the fate of 20 pairs of combat trousers then you probably ought to close up shop - if 'losing' 20 sets of uniform places that much strain on your...
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    I'm afraid that the 'corporate image' thrust is...

    I'm afraid that the 'corporate image' thrust is flogging a dead horse - how many times have journalists described RAF helicopters (with ROYAL AIR FORCE in 2 ft high letters helpfully written all over...
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    Handsome, witty, charming...

    Handsome, witty, charming...
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    Wrong way around. The UN is sufficiently...

    Wrong way around.

    The UN is sufficiently desperate for competent forces that will fulfill the mandate that they will take what they're offered.

    If the Irish government says that they they will...
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    So that journalists can recognise them as 'not...

    So that journalists can recognise them as 'not Army'. This is critical deconfliction for budgetary purposes...
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