NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM SEPT 26 2019

NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM SEPT 26 2019

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I only just today blogged about the strange refit on US aircraft carriers, when I opened my email inbox today, I found two crucial articles sent by G.B., to whom we owe a big thank you. You'll want to listen to this News and Views from the Nefarium "update" version on the blog. Here's the articles. It's important to note the dates here: the first is from 2019, and the second from 2018:

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/29626/shadowy-new-electronic-warfare-system-has-been-installed-on-u-s-navy-7th-fleet-ships

https://qz.com/1478054/the-us-navy-wants-electronic-warfare-equipment-that-goes-to-11/

17 thoughts on “NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM SEPT 26 2019”

  1. Just ran across these comments over at Ars. Interesting implications as to whether high-powered emitters can ‘scramble’ civilian flight computers:
    https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/09/feds-say-boeing-737-needs-to-be-better-designed-for-humans/?comments=1&post=38033665#comment-38033665
    cyberjudge – Sep 28, 2019 12:17 PM
    “Been watching air disasters on the Smithsonian channel. The same thing happened to two Airbus planes when the flight computer put the planes in nose dives in Australia.
    it dot slashdot dot org/story/11/12/20/0127215/software-bug-caused-qantas-airbus-a330-to-nose-dive
    You would thing Boeing would have picked up on this about flight computers giving wrong info and taking over full control.”

    https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/09/feds-say-boeing-737-needs-to-be-better-designed-for-humans/?comments=1&post=38033707#comment-38033707
    normally butters – Sep 28, 2019 12:32 PM
    “That was different. That was a computer anomaly which remains unexplained to this day. The only root cause theory ever developed was that both incidents occurred as the jets were approaching the northwest coast of Australia where the Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt operates a powerful array of VLF radio antennas. After this theory was suggested, a test flight was ordered, but they were unable to reproduce the issue. No changes were made the A330 as a result of the investigation, and the issue has never recurred again.”

  2. Hmm. Who is the most heavily vaccinated population on the planet? US military? That’s a lot of mercury and aluminum among other lovelies in there right? Getting through blood brain barriers?

  3. One hasn’t doubted research and development of unique weapons systems. It’s their deployment that raise concerns. There’s only so much safety designers and engineers can incorporate into these formidable arrays before there’s a risk / trade off encountered. And, then whose found in the cross-hairs when used, another concern. Aluminum screening decades ago seemed a reach for those unfamiliar, not anymore.

    Shipboard exposure has mixed returns. Each time they’re used it’s a learning experience for designers, engineers, builders, users and maintainers, strategists, and command and support. Insisting on being an adversarial receiver of these platforms output is not recommended. Treatment for unexpected consequences of their use remains an ongoing exercise for the practitioner. Treated like a hot potato these weapons systems do not do as much harm, if there is such a thing as not-as-much-harm, when exposure limits are imposed.

    Given the Saudi refinery attack, which still has a serious and immediate aerial defense problem to solve, one can understand the raised awareness of these systems and even heightened interest. There’s great potential and need abroad as well as at home. Interest in them may seem benign enough but they draw another set of interested parties through infiltration and coercion. Crew members become targets, a not so entertaining set of circumstances, as those once targeted already know. It’s one of those situations where one really doesn’t want to become a person of anyone’s interest by default. As long as the physics and engineering behind the machinery have been around, they remain fun to talk about, even a stress reliever for those who’ve kept their secrets for the decades these things have been on drawing boards, as well as far reaching into other non-weapons detection applications. There’s a lot of spin-off from them likely around the corner. There might even be a celestial navigation application from use.

  4. Now imagine solar powered space based satelite arrays. Or lunar, Martian, and my favorite; tightly orbiting the Sun arrays for the biggest bang. Earth destroying asteroids and whistle blowers beware

  5. “Fully network enabled!”[10:46]
    Holly Cow Batman!
    Engineered to go rogue! False flag written all over it!
    Who pulled the trigger?
    [Host ship and/or Remotely?/11:02]
    A Phased antennae array = weather control?[11:32]
    Control the electromagnetic warfare spectrum?[18:49]
    W/power equivalent to emit black-hole-jets and/or gamma ray bursts![20:20].

    Another outstanding news & views!

  6. The Array Armada has to continuously compensate, for the nods drifting apart, to maintain pinpoint accuracy.

    Suddenly, a flying bread crumb appears, and all the Moby Ducks gang up in a mob, to sing an interference motet.

    In that sense, 9/11 is explained and admitted, as operation “bread crumb in duck pond”.

  7. I have so much to say about this episode today and I have thoughts on “What ifs”.
    1) Super weapon scenario. This works out and we get a super weapon coupled harmonic oscillator, what kind of super weapon are we going to have.
    1a) In effort to stop our super weapon, the Asian allies pick a fight to stop it. Instead of a pyramid war, we have navy war.
    2) Skynet Scenario, AI or hacker takes over and it turns on all ships and they firing at other countries, launching missiles ect
    3) Battlestar Galactica Scenario. ships are hacked thanks to an update, bad guys disable like the “Fitzgerald” and crews can do nothing because everything is networked and become a turkey shoot.

  8. From the first article: “…a ship’s ‘soft kill’ electronic warfare systems are just as, if not more important than its kinetic ones.” and “…it [AN/SLQ-59 Transportable Electronic Warfare Module, or TEWM] is only described as a counter-terminal threat defensive system. In other words, it is built, at least primarily, to fend off enemy missiles – or other weapons – during their end-game attack on the ship itself.” and “…given their mounting locations, this seemed less likely than [countering] an advanced cruise anti-ship missile system – possibly one with extreme speed and a relatively exotic radar seeker.”

    From the second article: “The US Navy… is looking for devices that can be used to jam enemy radar and missile systems and deceive hostile forces…” and “Because to jam it an adversary would have to generate equivalent power and generate at a very high frequency…” and “Electronic countermeasures send signals at specific frequencies calibrated to confuse or render useless enemy systems.” and “…such technology would also potentially be capable of frying enemy electronics with the amount of radiation it generated.”

    All you ever wanted to know about AESA-style radars:
    http://self.gutenberg.org/articles/aesa_radar

    All you ever wanted to know about Electronic Warfare:
    https://fas.org/man/dod-101/navy/docs/fun/part11.htm

    In some ways, this AN/SLQ-59 is just the ships starting to catch up with the radars deployed on the latest fighters…

    (And yes, I do wonder how standing yards away from powerful transmitters could effect/affect one’s brain – both from physical heating and from interfering with electrical currents.)

    1. That makes the navy’s comments about crews needing retraining more honest sounding. Makes for an odd kind of toe shot. The few details that came out on those rammings showed some odd routes taken by the ships involved. It looked weird that they were able to find and ram each other at all.

    1. Easily, but likely much more between the lines. It would seem that energy from a presumed vacuum source needs to be detected, especially, navigating the cosmos.

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