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  1. At one time, DoD was using over 450 different program languages. In the 70's they were getting overly concerned with the amount of languages in use, with most of them being obsolete and or hardware dependent. Which lead to the forming of HOLWG and eventually the establishment of MIl-STD-1815 and implementation of Ada as the DoD's only programming language in 83', by 91' DoD required Ada for all software. By 97' MIL-STD-1815 was shitcanned with the adoption of COTS software and hardware. The issue is, there are still systems in use designed prior to 83' and with the dropping of the Ada requirement in 97' you have systems running various versions of Win32 as well. Now, Ada is still regularly updated, but then you have legacy systems that are also controlled by a controller system, most of which are XP.
  2. That's the issue, as it always is. DoD puts out a decree department wide for all to meet said standard by said mandate (which is always pushed back) and everyone is left scrambling to meet said mandate, even if a system who's original manufacturer dissolved over two decades ago and the control system for the legacy hardware was implemented in 2000 and hasn't seen nary an upgrade or update since. The IT equivalent of ten pounds of shit and a five pound bag to put it in. Same shitshow is going on across all departments, from DoJ to HHS.
  3. Anything being used as an interface to run legacy systems/hardware due to cost prohibition or lack in capability. Silo interfaces/control points for our LGM-30s, critical systems on-board our SSN fleet, the FCS on the Abrams, some avionics packages, portions of the HF nets, some radar systems, ect... Mil-Embedded Systems has some good articles covering what DoD is doing to bridge the gap. NASA faced similar issues, nearly everything they utilized for the Space Shuttle program was designed in the 70's as a closed system, doing any soft of upgrading or restructuring would have been way to costly, so they stuff with the 70's era systems and components.
  4. A large portion of DoD control systems use XP still.
  6. I'm split on the event. I wanted Comey to hang around, because there are some unanswered questions, but I also feel his time had come to an end. This election if anything, has tossed the political compass in the air. Most Blue Dog and Moderate Democrats I know wanted Comey gone for the botched handling of various investigations, it's the hardliner Progressives and various media outlets such as CNN, Buzzfeed, HuffPo that have been playing the field back and forth over the pass months that shows a good level of yellow journalism and partisan politics. The worst offender is Occupy Democrats, they as bad, if not worse than some of the conservative political organizations with the nonsense that gets spread around, highlighting hysterical hyperbole. There is even a sizable contingent of conservatives upset with the firing of Comey, because he was a registered Republican up until last year, thus held conservative ideals. I completely agree there was a much better way to fire Comey, with some decorum and semblance of procedure. However, Trump is very crass and that's what huge swathes across both parties voted for, an opposition President that was outside the norm. I agree to a degree. I'd argue part of a President's position is to be a diplomat, but more so his position is to ensure the safety and prosperity of the American people on the global stage. I agree, that is how he's operating, but that is what he was. It's going to take a while for him to realize it's a democracy where compromises are met and it's not a corporate structure where policy is handed down, because in this business the other branches can hand it back and tell him to pound sand.
  7. Well, the investigation doesn't stop because Comey is gone, irregardless of what the media has to say about it. Only the AG can halt an investigation and even then the Director can tell the AG to stuff it and run a compartmentalized investigation. IMO a very through investigation across all parties is warranted, including Trump. I think the stories are a mix of media misreporting, conflicting information from internal sources, and a time-line of events. Trump very well could have had it in mind since his inauguration to sack Comey all along, but upon DoJ recommendation cut him loose early or for recently unveiled reasons. One thing we do have to keep in mind in information that isn't released for public consumption. While some people love to play partisan politics, there is a deeper reason as to why things happen. I want to know what went on with the Clinton Scandal, but that in itself my involve pertinent national security information that can't be release, even in the event of a trial...or it could have been a smoke screen to push out a mole in the State Dept, could have been to gauge international reaction, or it could simply be plain old government incompetence and corruption. Let's not forget that just a few months ago media pundits were calling for Comey's resignation and or firing for supposed election influencing and interfering after Trump's win of the election, some commentators going so far as to call Comey a "Russian puppet". Now, if Congress and the FBI want to lead a wild goose chase, then let them, I just want to hear the reasoning and excuses behind blowing tax payer monies on another fishing expedition.
  8. This is quite disappointing. Trump should have waited until a thorough investigation of Comey's involvement and role in the Clinton scandals and cover-up had been preformed.
  9. You'd be surprised how much nuclear/radioactive waste is on-board space debris.
  10. This is the case for every nuclear site in the US be it a production site or reactor site. There are some 63,000 cask of DUF6 by-product located at the PGDF facility just a little over 200mi from me. This is due to the of the Yucca Mountain Repository stalemate.
  11. It's not, it's a modified Saiga which is a sporterized version of the AK series platform. That particular platform has been modified back into a tactical setup. However, our good friend here is looking at committing a purchase with the intent of resale, which is a violation of federal law. Unless the sale is occurring within a state that allows a private sale between two individuals, then the sale requires a background check by state law. States that allow private sales limit them to between state residents only, with verification of state residency via state ID or driver license. Some states require private sales be done through an FFL for a cost of $25+ per firearm. Under federal law, if an FFL doesn't receive a return call from FBI NICS pertaining to a delayed 4473 within three days, he/she can sell the firearm, but if the background check comes back denied the FFL must notify FBI NICS and the State Police of the sale so the firearm can be recovered. I'm not too keen on the whole "nothing to hide" argument. It is akin to arguing that civil asset forfeiture is completely reasonable because "you have nothing to hide". Establishing a federal law that requires all private sales be process through an FFL will not stop or slow "gun violence" at all. An excellent example of this is California. California suffers more murders and shootings than some states with less restrictive gun laws. Criminals aren't scouring the internet looking for a private seller, they're visiting the guy down the street who's selling automatic weapons and controlled devices out of the trunk of his car, that he's bought by the case load from the cartels or arms dealers who're trafficking them out of Eastern Europe or South America. Even if California like legislation were established across the country, it's not going to stop crime. Omar Mateen, the Pulse Nightclub Shooter, possessed a concealed carry license, was bonded to carry firearms as a security guard, had passed psychological testing, passed a background check for employment, and had been under FBI investigation in 2013 and 2014 for connections with terrorism, but was removed from the Terrorist Screening Database, then Mateen was reported to the FBI by an employee of Lotus Gunworks an FFL in Florida when he tried to purchase 1,000 rounds of 9mm and body armor, but was denied because of his suspicious demeanor. Mateen legally purchased a SIG MPX and Glock 17 that he used to murder 49 patrons of the club. Then we have the purposeful action by the ATF to proliferate firearms through illegal straw sales using legally established FFLs and mentally defective individuals to track them with the end result of arresting cartel bosses. The "operations" lead to no arrests of cartel members, the proliferation of over 2,000 firearms into the arms of cartels of which only 710 have been recovered, a BCP agent killed with one of the proliferated rifles, and the FFL owners whom the ATF coerced were arrested and charged. Then the entire fiasco was covered up, the lead agent promoted and sent to the Chicago Field Office...that is until a fed up field agent blow the whistle which resulted in multiple Congressional investigations blowing the lid off the who thing, showing the AG knew of the existence of the operations and resulted in the President covering the ass of the AG by invoking Executive Privilege, and the Director of the ATF and Arizona AG resign.
  12. Thank dudes! Had a pretty great day! Pics of gifts to follow.
  13. We all get a good laugh out of the Norks and Lil' Kim, however...I'm sure we've all seen the "failed" Nork missile test. My advice to everyone, is do not assume this was a failure (or any Nork missile test for that matter). We have no idea what the Norks tested, but the best guess is altitude testing for avionics or like systems. Also, keep in mind while the Norks have limited power projection capabilities with land-based nukes, but they do possess SLBM and a sizable fleet of subs. One point to remember overall is that necessity is the mother of invention, which applies irregardless of an individuals or groups moral or political stance. Nuclear terrorism is a threat often overlooked. All it would take to throw the US (and in turn the world) economy into a shambles, would be a small tactical warhead detonated somewhere like the Port of LA. Something small that was smuggled into the PRC and hidden aboard some container ship, this something the DPRK is more than capable of undertaking. Now, a nuclear strike by the Norks, be it a missile barrage or a subversive nuclear terrorist attack against the, US, UK, Japan, Australia, ect... is a small margin, but a margin none the less and as time goes by that margin can and most assuredly will increase as the rhetoric climbs ever higher. (Eventually you've got to shit or get off the pot) What a very highly probable action is on the part of the Norks, is a military action against South Korea. Which could potentially involve nukes, weather they're missiles or man-portable devices. If, or rather when the day comes, the Norks will level most of South Korea's infrastructure. This is a rather well accepted event by the RoK and USFK, the Norks possess well over 8,000 artillery pieces, the majority of which sit in hardened placements, pre-sighted against targets in South Korea. We do not have the air or counter-battery assets in country or afloat to deal with that amount of fire, let alone at a time when airpower would be concentrated on hitting Nork C4I, nuclear sites, radar/SAM installations, and what does exist of the KPAAF (which isn't anything to snort at, they have enough credible combat aircraft to be a serious nuisance to air ops). Then factor in Nork invasion tunnels that RoK and USFK know exist, but can't locate (to date four have been unearth, with an estimated 16 others that have yet been located). Even if we lowball the Norks and say they only have eight tunnels, with a estimated capability of 30,000 troops per hour, that would put KPA 240,000 troopers into South Korean territory in the first hour and by hour four 960,000 KPA troops into South Korea. It's also a very high probability when the ball goes rolling, the Norks will task their sizable fleet of Romeo and Whiskey class subs to create as much havoc on the shipping lanes as possible. Last, but not last the mine threat, on both land and sea is extensive. The Norks have massive stockpiles of sea and land mines that it has expressed that it would be more than willing to use. The potential for serious collateral damage and human suffering here is immense.
  14. They do have a limited stockpile, but even a possible aggressor like Russia wouldn't lob masses of ICBMs, they're hit strategic points to reduce our response capabilities or strike our city centers. We'd certainly detect launches, especially with PAVE PAWS and COBRA series of radar, but nothing in our arsenal is designed to attack a ballistic missile during it's boost phase, but during mid-course or terminal phases. Terminal phase allows for a smaller kinetic-kill warhead, smaller radar requirement for detection, and Everything we have forward deployed is designed for intercept during the terminal phase and then is only capable of engaging smaller ballistic missiles due to the size requires and range in taking on a ICBM SIRV. Between the three systems forward deployed, none of them have the means to engage MIRVs, which isn't a big concern in this case because the Norks don't have MIRV capabilities, but could potentially launch multiple missiles, even some decoys to mess with tracking. It was highlighted in '15 during the SMDS by Gen. Mann (STRATCOM) that the GMD was the US' only defense against ICBM threats. This make a lot of sense because both the Army and Air Force took big strides in drastically reducing ABM systems when the Sentinel Program was met with heavy public disapproval, with that disapproval the follow-on Project Safeguard and NMD only provide protection for strategic locations, such as LGM-30 launch sites, Vandenberg AFB, and Ft. Greely/Elmendorf AFB. Coupled with drastic funding reductions under Clinton, the NMD reconcentrating it's efforts in protecting against nuclear terrorism the past two decades and Obama's decision in 09' to replace our long range ABM interceptors in Europe with short and mid-range systems, we're very late in the game. To help lessen public concern and provide some level of deterrence, we're pressing systems that were never intended to be capable of intercepting anything outside of TBM into these roles, but both THAAD and SM-3 have shown some promise in being capable of taking on limited threats against IRBM, but not against legit ICBMs. EDIT: Don't get me wrong, I highly doubt the Norks would try anything that desperate (though, stranger instances have happened). They're far more likely to use their strength in artillery and manpower against South Korea, where they know they have an upper-hand. My concern is the serious lack in US capabilities in combating missile threats, especially if the Norks in a last ditch effort decided to park a sub or container ship off the California coast (or Australia) and glass LA or San Francisco with one of their few SLBM or one of their IRBM.