Minutemen on Guard

Well, I see the Norks have launched an ICBM. It was a test, or a demonstration, of course. It’s nice to see they are making so much progress, all the way up to what the Soviet Union was doing in the mid-fifties. That’s not to denigrate it, it could be a real threat, especially given their loony-tunes leadership. But technically for a nation state, it is trivial. It’s also pretty useless since it just has to be cheaper to pay somebody else to launch your satellites, and launching actual nukes…well, if you want to rule a sheet of glass from hell, it might be viable, otherwise, not so much.

In non-news, yesterday the US was planning to launch a Minuteman III test flight. I haven’t checked by am fairly confident they did, and it passed. After all, Minuteman first deployed in the mid-1960s and has been upgraded and its service life extended a few times. Warsclerotic has some details.

The US Air Force test-launched a Minuteman III missile, just days after North Korea fired its latest ICBM into the Sea of Japan (also called the East Sea). The US missile, carrying no warhead, is expected to hit a mock target on a Pacific atoll.

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) lifted off at 2:10am local time from the US Air Force North Vandenberg base, some 210km (130 miles) northwest of Los Angeles, AP reported.

The launch is said to “validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy of the weapon system,” according to Colonel Michael Hough, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command’s 30th Air Wing.

“Team V is postured to work with Air Force Global Strike Command to test launch the Minuteman III missile,” Hough said in a statement. “Our long history in partnering with the men and women of the 576th Flight Test Squadron shows that the Western Range stands ready and able to create a safe launch environment.”

This will be the fourth Minuteman ICBM launched from the Vandenberg base this year. The first 2017 test took place in February, involving a Minuteman III that traveled to the Marshall Islands, carrying a non-explosive warhead. Another test was conducted by the Air Force on April 26. Days later, a third test missile launched from Vandenberg base.

Nice to know they still work after all these years.

I saw some pictures the other day of a Nork parade, you know infantry goose stepping along, tank commanders saluting proudly, ridiculously vulnerable mobile missiles and all. My thought was, “Just what are you trying to prove, and to whom?” Everybody in the west understands that you could make a pretty ugly mess – while you commit suicide with your people, which is effectively what happens when you overtly attack the US. I suspect your people know perfectly well, even if they are wise enough not to say it, that building these toys to amuse yourself, is why you are starving your people. torturing them, killing them.

Or is it really all ego, “look daddy at my toys, they’re even newer than Uncle Sam’s!” Which they are, since we build tools to do a job, and I’m not sure anybody is convinced that Minuteman IV would be any real improvement, so let’s not waste the money.

Just an irrelevant question, anybody remember when we last had a strictly military parade in Washington? I’m thinking it was as the armies went home back in 1865, but maybe there was another one or two. Not very important, is it? The military itself, like the Minuteman III, is a tool, designed to do a job, the defense of the American people, which it does superbly. It’s not a toy to stroke the President’s ego, he gets enough of that without. We’ve got a few units for show, of course: The Honor Guard from the 3d Infantry, the Herald Trumpets, the Old Guard, things like that, but basically, the US Military reflects the US. Not much about show, but a whole lot about go, and do.

Suits me, and seems to suit most of us, very well.

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4 Responses to Minutemen on Guard

  1. Reblogged this on Boudica2015.

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  2. the unit says:

    Well, I wondered how the missile got its name. My guess was it had to do with the Revolutionary War. So I looked in on it. Nope. And no, not about sexual endurance either. Anyway it was because previous missiles were liquid fueled and took 2 hours to fuel up before launch. Not so good for the MAD strategy . This new missile used solid fuel and could be fired on a moments notice.
    Yep, Minutemen on Guard tonight! 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Yep, with a side dose of the Revolutionary War, which is what the said back in 1971 or so. 🙂

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