Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thursday Submarine Tidbits 28 May 2015

Category:  An Intense Odor of PC Recruiting Woes for U.S. Navy

Last year the Navy spent $39.6 million on measured media, according to Kantar Media.

The U.S. Navy confirmed today that WPP’s Young & Rubicam is being awarded its new advertising and marketing services account in support of the Navy Recruiting Advertising Program.  In 2000, Y&R was acquired by the WPP Group, a London-based company.

The contract being awarded has an annual value of $84.4 million. The contract contains one “base year” and four one-year optional periods, which if exercised, would bring the contract’s cumulative value to $457,461,287source

Why the switch...?
"The U. S. Supreme Court said it would hear an appeal from Campbell-Ewald during which the agency will argue that federal contractors can't be sued under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

The court appearance stems from a campaign the agency created for the Navy that involved the sending of text messages through a subcontractor to thousands of cell phones, including one belonging to Jose Gomez. Gomez says he never consented to receiving the texts and filed a class-action lawsuit." [ibid].

Category:  The U.K.'s Faulty? Able Seamen Selection Woes - Part II 

 

Four years ago, M.E. had asked (Part I):  How could a rap musician (Reggie Moondogg) who wrote a series of violent rap lyrics ever be placed in the crew of a nuclear submarine crew in the first place? That question was even raised by a senior member of British Parliament, defense expert Mike Hancock.  here

May 2015 - (Part II):  Able Seaman McNeilly published 18 pages of 30 alleged security and safety flaws with the Trident submarine fleet.  Only one problem, barely qualified on a Vanguard-class submarine of the Royal Navy he is very junior, and hardly in a position to really know whereof he spoke.
"Concerns about Trident raised by Royal Navy submariner William McNeilly were either incorrect, the result of misunderstanding or based on historic events, and safety has not been compromised", Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said. Britain’s nuclear weapons on his mobile phone and appeared to have been learning Russian before he went absent without leave. here
Submarines are always silent and strange.







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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Kim Jong Un's Next Purge for the BLBM (Barge Launched Strategic Missile)

Background

 

Examples:
  • July 2014 - "Kim Jong-Un is currently trying to get China to take down a satirical video that shows the dictator dancing, running, and being hit by a rocket, in addition to being pranked by "President Obama" several times. Kim Jong-un is even depicted holding hands with Osama Bin Laden. The clip "seriously compromises Kim's dignity and authority," North Korean officials told The Chosun Ilbo."
  • April 2015 - "According to intelligence gathered by South Korean spies and shared with lawmakers in Seoul, Hyon was charged the next day with treason and later gruesomely executed by anti-aircraft gun fire. If confirmed, it would be the latest in a string of purges under North Korean leader Kim Jong Un."

Next Fury: May 2015

Then, Adm. James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Washington think tank on Tuesday that the North Koreans "have not gotten as far as their clever video editors and spinmeisters [color emphasis by M.E.] would have us believe." 

The North Korean SLBM missile was fired from a barge, a US expert says

WASHINGTON, May 12 (Yonhap) - North Korea would have made the recent test firing of a ballistic missile from a submarine submerged barge and not a submarine as the communist country has been claimed, said Tuesday Joseph Bermudez, a US expert on North Korean military matters. 


...photos of the launch were “strongly modified“, including reflections of the missile exhaust flame in the water which did not line up with the missile itselfsource

"If you look at the photos provided by the KCNA, some do not stick well," Bermudez remarked, referring to the Central Agency of North Korean press (KCNA).

"But the image, there is no visible flame. There is only smoke, water and steam, "he has observed. "This suggests that some of the images that were presented to the public suffered Photoshop retouching or have been manipulated so as to give them a different impression.

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P R E D I C T I O N   of   the   M O N T H
Obviously Kim Jong Un cannot excuse another purge by admission of his regime's flawed deceit in the DPRK's SLBM capability.  However, if he accuses the careless propaganda minister of sleeping, well there is already a stern precedent for handling inattentiveness to duty.  The only questions now are the identity of the scapegoat, the method of execution (bullet, is our guess), and how long before the world learns of the purge.

Submarines are always silent and strange. 


 

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