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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasselas View Post
    What portion of the world's weapons do we make?U.S. Arms Sales Spiked in 2014
    Russia is still a close second.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Engine-Ear View Post
    Russia is still a close second.
    We ARE the world's largest exporter of weapons of war. Period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    We ARE the world's largest exporter of weapons of war. Period.
    Good for us, seems to bother you. Most every source I found said we were at 31% and Russia was at 27%.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    What exactly had JFK accomplished as president?

    Besides getting us into Vietnam?
    He was a decorated World War Two navy hero.

    His leadership in the Cuban Missile Crisis was pretty good (though somewhat overrated)

    His support (although reluctant) of the U.S. space program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dayton3 View Post
    The one after that is the Enterprise IIRC. Late 2020s.
    yeah! and it'll even have sexy trekish systems on it such as Electric Armor, Photon Lasers, the Plasma Arc Waste Destruction System




    Each new technology and design feature integrated into the Ford-class aircraft carrier improves sortie generation, manning requirements, and operational capabilities. New defense systems, such as free-electron laser directed-energy weapons, dynamic armor, and tracking systems will require more power. "Only half of the electrical power-generation capability on CVN-78 is needed to run currently planned systems, including EMALS. CVN-78 will thus have the power reserves that the Nimitz class lacks to run lasers and dynamic armor. The addition of new technologies, power systems, design layout, and better control systems results in an increased sortie rate of 25% over the Nimitz-class and a 25% reduction in manpower required to operate.

    Breakthrough waste management technology will be deployed on Gerald R Ford. Co-developed with the Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, PyroGenesis Canada Inc., was in 2008 awarded the contract to outfit the ship with a Plasma Arc Waste Destruction System (PAWDS). This compact system will treat all combustible solid waste generated on board the ship.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald...rcraft_carrier
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    Nice of the canadians to contribute the evil sounding Plasma Arc Destruction System

    The electric armor is from the brits..

    Dynamic Armor or Electric Armour is a type of armor which has been proposed for the protection of ships from shaped charge weapons. The idea is that the system uses a strong electric field to disrupt the jet of ionized gas produced by the warhead. The system has been proposed as an upgrade to the Gerald R. Ford-class supercarriers.

    Electrically charged armour is a recent development in the United Kingdom by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. A vehicle is fitted with two thin shells, separated by insulating material. The outer shell holds an enormous electric charge, while the inner shell is at ground. If an incoming HEAT jet needle of a conductive metal, like copper, penetrates both shells, it forms a bridge between them, and the electrical energy discharges rapidly through the jet, disrupting it. Trials have so far been promising, and it is hoped that improved systems could protect against kinetic energy penetrators. Developers of the Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) series of armoured vehicles are considering this technology.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Engine-Ear View Post
    Russia is still a close second.
    So?

    Here's the problem I see with your argument: There is less organized state-sponsored violence now than at any point in human history because we have institutions around the world that discourage violence and help people solve conflicts without it. This is terrible news for anyone who makes weapons because it robs them of their market. People who make weapons--whatever their country--need for people to be killing each other and threatening each other at high rates in order to continue making profits. And the key in any industry is increasing profits at increasing rates.

    War is profitable. Anyone who makes arms wants to foment more of it. Maybe that's okay for Russia, since they have no cultural notion at all that they should do anything other than dominate whomever they can dominate. Is that also true for the US? I hope not, but I fear that our interest in the economic benefits of war will continue to outweigh what we think of ourselves as a nation. That implicates us more than Russia because part of our self-concept is that we're morally better than Russia. That puts the onus on us to change, not them.

    On the other hand if people murdering each other over power and resources doesn't bug you, then laissez les bons temps rouler!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasselas View Post
    So?
    So, the point is that the US is not the only bad guy when it comes to weapons proliferation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by publius3 View Post
    I feel so proud to live in a country that produces the largest aircraft carriers. NOT. I feel a lot poorer, I don't feel a wee bit safer. Of course we can now meddle in the South China Sea a bit easier.

    granted a USN fleet of 20 carriers (including the STOVL carriers) seems a bit excessive, but the oceans are the mainline of defense and trade route for the USA.


    Anyhooo ifn i was potus I would cut that by five and re-invest some of it towards speeding up carrier borne drone tech.

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    So, the point is that the US is not the only bad guy when it comes to weapons proliferation.
    We may be the only bad guys who think we're good guys.

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