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US Quietly Withdraws All Bombers From Guam [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2020-4-19 22:53:42 |Display all floors

  The US Air Force has quietly ended its 16-year-long continuous bomber deployment to the western Pacific island of Guam. When five B-52 Stratofortress bombers returned to the US on Thursday...

  The incident is all the more remarkable since the huge jets participated in an “elephant walk” show of force earlier this week – albeit without the one-by-one rapid takeoff...

  The B-52H Stratofortresses departed Guam on Thursday, ending the Continuous Bomber Presence Mission that began in 2004, according to the War Zone blog. They were spotted flying over to Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota...
    The redeployment was in line with the new National Defense Strategy, calling for the bombers to return to their permanent base and keep the forward deployments less predictable...



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Post time 2020-4-29 19:52:22 |Display all floors
They haven't been needed for quite some time.
You have at least one sub 201 miles off your coast.
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Post time 2020-5-2 12:02:03 |Display all floors
Saul Post time: 2020-4-29 19:52
They haven't been needed for quite some time.
You have at least one sub 201 miles off your coast.

I'm aware of that...

  Suddenly they figured out that too many flying foxes over there.
Them fox bats are nasty little creatures that last port call made them rather wary...

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Post time 2020-5-3 10:33:34 |Display all floors
Even if it could be a budget rationalization decision, it would be naive to think the US would concede an advantage without substitutes on hand.


Therefore one cannot discount the US abandoning its Continuous Bomber Presence doctrine in the Asia-Pacific must imply it is baiting for a firefight with other options on hand that will deliver a decisive counterblow to China's anti-base DF26 and submarine fleet on the premise it has enough technology to recharacterize its other enveloping bases as virtualized extensions of strike capabilities pulled together by integrating all their air-sea-land strikes in one combined direct-asymmetric blow.


If one is prepared for this scenario, one is prepared for any scenario so it's no waste of time to think about that possibility since (a) mobility is the key survivalist shield for evasive counterstrikes, (b) strike projectiles and beams control systems are these days self-aware AI machines that can target for themselves during flight and transmission without the need for space and land-radar interventions.


It could also mean they have managed to convert the Guam Thaad defense system into frontline offensive attack mode to complement a new focus on frigate-size anti-submarine platforms with autonomous sub-killer capabilities.


See how all this fits into their withdrawal of the INF treaty in order to create a bigger AsiaPacific counterpunch that will balance the costly maintenance of carrier readiness.

Don't be too confident. Remember how the US had waited for the counterstrike in Syria. Remember how Israel had waited for the counterstrike in Palestine. Remember how the show of cards with MIC25 and BRI was too soon without first achieving chip parity.





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Post time 2020-5-3 17:01:48 |Display all floors
markwu Post time: 2020-5-3 10:33
Even if it could be a budget rationalization decision, it would be naive to think the US would conce ...

re: "Don't be too confident. Remember how the US had waited for the counterstrike in Syria. Remember how Israel had waited for the counterstrike in Palestine"

   Western media would broadcast it such a way.
    Personally I'd look at history while uncle Sam was a major on the globe...
Nowadays, he's shitscarrred and and depend on fake news and threatening his allies to dot the line...

  Minors like Syria and Palestine I'd be ashamed to mention...  
      
   Afghanistan, Korea, Cuba, Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Venezuela and Syria succeeded to pull the devils tail...
     Mind you, not in unionism but such mice compared to uncle Sam's world power...

      The Middle Kingdom hasn't got a worry in the world should uncle Sam loose his mind...


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Post time 2020-5-3 22:18:09 |Display all floors
Interesting observation of the B52s withdrawal. In the Pacific theatre, B52 s are obsolete. Guam, no longer is a useful forward base, probably a rear echelon base. That leaves the US 7th Fleet with command and control out of Japan and that is a formidable piece of military force to be reckoned with.
Having said that, a severely disabled aircraft carrier will be good to send the USN packing and its game over. Just make sure, USN is unable to jam incoming hostile objects.

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