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Right on! I spent my time in Okinawa, Thule Greenland, Kunsan Korea, Berlin and Bitburg. That was needed back when the Sovs could have launched a flat-footed attack. Now those instant-reaction bases are not needed under today's climate. And if tomorrow's climate changes, I see no reason why the affected powers would not roll out a red carpet for us to deploy. We can maintain a 'deployable' status right here in the US using our own indigenous 'remote' bases; we certainly have enough of those. Eglin/LeJeune areas make a pretty good hot humid area in the summer; Nellis/Indian Springs/Tonopah and Forts Irwin and Huachuca for desert, Drum, Carson and Richardson/Eielson for arctic - we're all set! Pull our guys back home. I only wish we could clean out the bases of all the goodies and bring that back too.
On a second train of thougght - how would you feel about setting up a repository for all the 'corporate knowledge' us guys who have been there came up with and yet somehow that has been forgotten or overlooked in the current active force? I told Al Huber about using CBU 24 as a 'shotgun' for CAS - it was new to him. basically it involves a 10-30* angle high speed (500-550) pass with the fuze set to open at about 800 AGL. Threw all 665 bomblets ahead like a giant shotgun. Used it during a heloevac at Dong Hoi (I think) to supress NVN MG fire interfering with the evac. Worked great. Only needed one can per hostile fire incident to keep them silenced. This is an example of a tactic that isn't in the books. I debriefed Intel and that was it. Doubtless in the archives someplace, but where, God only knows. Depending on old NCOS and word of mouth makes us keep re-inventing the wheel.
--- Bjorneby Walter
By 45 the germans had the tools they wanted for infantry, and considerable
That's certainly an option, but $3000 per four pound missile is a lot. I'd prefer at least 10 lbs. They weren't too specific about the guidance.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Brent Smith" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, September 26, 2002 5:04 PM
Subject: MPIM - Modern Infantry Squad
> Spike missile project?
> At 20 lbs, the MPIM is too heavy for your dedicated
> Rocker, IMHO. He can probably only carry two rounds,
> at most. The 4 lb Spike missile won't kill a tank but
> would be useful against softer targets. The biggest
> drawback I see is its daytime-only seeker. I'd ditch
> it and go back to some form of wireless SACLOS or
> MPIM-like inertial.
> Just my 2 cents..
> Thanks for the great site.
> -Brent Smith