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    Anonymous

    great stuff. congratulations!

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    Divine

    The truth is that the USAF is the first airforce that recognized that the Dog fight is messy and they might come in second best if they went against the advances in aircraft and helmet cued IIR seeker missiles of the FSU.
    They have long since moved into an era that will see them take off their adversary at stand-off ranges with missiles like the AMRAAM and the upcoming european METEOR. Furthermore, they have invested heavily in soft kill technology – what the rest of the world will still call science fiction.
    Their airborne laser aircraft can eliminate enemy aircraft swiftly and from long distances, the AESA radars can deliver concentrated microwave energy into enemy aircraft that will burn out the electronics of the incoming aircraft or missile. They have electromagnetic pulse generating technology that will destroy all unprotected enemy electronics and disable aircraft, warships, communications, and all this without them even having to fire a shot!

    Carefully notice what the good admiral has said as also what he has not said.

    The US military is so far ahead of the game in matters military – and the rest of the world is still stuck in the obsolete paradigm of Nuclear Weapons as deterrence.

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    Aditya

    Nice article, Shiv.

    He was also immortalized in the movie thanks to one line during the climax; where Tom Cruise has just taken off to intercept – The CAG (bald guy smoking the cigar) says "Ready Willard and Simkin on Cats 3 & 4"

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    Anonymous

    Its not XO …but its written as Ex-O…pronounced the same way though.

    Shiv I suggest you do some classes or train for some time in those defence correspondents course or something like that

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    Anonymous

    Its not XO …but its written as Ex-O…pronounced the same way though.

    Shiv I suggest you do some classes or train for some time in those defence correspondents course or something like that

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    Anonymous

    It is appropriate to use XO as written shorthand, though when writing formally you may want to spell out “Executive Officer”.

    Aside from being a Top Gun, Admiral Willard is a visionary, an outstanding leader and a person I hope you and the media worldwide continue to watch. His contributions to the US Navy and to the Joint Warfighting community are to be studied and celebrated.

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