And What The Fuck could possibly go wrong with this shit???

Don’t Be Alarmed by the Drone Blimps Hovering Over D.C. They’re Here to Stop Cruise Missiles

If America is attacked, we might be saved by blimps. No, not state-of-the-art jet fighters that can fly well beyond the speed of sound. But blimps: lumbering, relatively jovial blimpsthe manatees of aviation.

Within a year, a pair of souped-up $2.7 billion blimps (price includes R&D) will be floated 10,000 feet above the District of Columbia and act as a 340-mile-wide eye in the sky, detecting incoming missiles and the like.

What are they gonna do?  Shove Weiners dick up Jerry Nadlers (Communist-NY) fat ass and pump him full of lighter-than-air bullshit?

Now, it is time for implementation. Or, as he puts it, “[We’re] getting away from the Ph.D. engineer types running the system to the 20- or 25-year-old soldier running the system.”

Great, are they going to use Microsoft Flight Simulator X for training?  Or is Obongo going to use the live feed of what goes on in the back alleys of DuPont Circle for his personal pleasure?  Kleenex and Astroglide provided by the US taxpayer.

Be sure to read the comments.  They’re priceless.

The sooner I get the fuck out of this insane asylum and back to the Upper Midwest the better.

 

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Fa Cube Itches
Fa Cube Itches

Blimps, huh? Sure hope the enemy doesn’t decide to attack in bad weather or high winds. Naaaah… that’ll never happen.
– Crews of the Akron, Macon, and Shenandoah

Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery
Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery

satellites? don’t we have satellites that can detect missile launches?

oh, I know…..this is all we can afford because of the eeeeeevil Republicans and their sequestration.

Terrapod
Terrapod

Light – if you are driving back to sanity (upper midwest) stop by my place in SW lower MI for a brewski and free meal I work in industry that sells to governments and it is not confined to this country – it is a world wide sickness with the two sides of the same coin – liberalism and Muslim… Read more »

Cougar1978
Cougar1978

Blimps? Yeah, the Hindenburg would have done great as a barrage balloon!

BOOM!

Oh the humanity!

LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondent
LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondent

Reading through the articles linked to – The key word here is OTH – or Over the Horizon radar coverage, that these things supposedly provide. It’s an Early Warning system that can also provide fire-control to GBI or Ground Based Interceptors. And Just like when you watch a drag race on TV or at your local strip…when it comes to… Read more »

LC Old Dog
LC Old Dog

LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondant @ #:
The precise type of boondoggle here is a “Contract Stretcher” to keep contractor jobs in somebodies district longer! :em02:

Draven32
Draven32

So they are suddenly concerned about someone using cruise missiles on DC? I thought everything was ok and tha werld lurrrved us because of pResident Zero.

LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondent
LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondent

LC Old Dog says: LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondant @ #: The precise type of boondoggle here is a “Contract Stretcher” to keep contractor jobs in somebodies district longer! Ding – Ding we have a winner. Within a year or so whaddya want to bet that the Military turns this entire thing over to Raytheon …lock stock and… Read more »

Fa Cube Itches
Fa Cube Itches

Now that I’ve had some time to think about it, anything that sets up a scenario whereby a blimp pilot could go rogue and pull a Black Sunday on one of the seats of power is kinda awesome.

rickn8or
rickn8or

Is this the same kind of radar-in-a-tethered-balloon thing that was used down on the border to spot illegals and such until it got to be too effective?

LC Beaker, Imperial Photographer
LC Beaker, Imperial Photographer

rickn8or says:

Is this the same kind of radar-in-a-tethered-balloon thing that was used down on the border to spot illegals and such until it got to be too effective?

That would explain why they can’t use it at the border. That kind of technology is inherently racist.

Tallulah
Tallulah

I may be just an English major — but I look at that thing and I think, “Gigantic Floating Target.” Johnny Jihad would just have to have a buddy close to the blimp to fire a SAM, and POP goes the weasel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSuR2IgnimA Raytheon Guys, y’all can do better than this (even tho I’m kinda partial to blimps and zeppelins).… Read more »

LC Old Dog
LC Old Dog

LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondant @ #: LC Beaker, Imperial Photographer @ #: CISSnarl5.7, I would bet you no more than six months to convert to full contractor status. Beaker, they are still flying at the Border locations just under a more deniable money pot! Tucson sector i can vouch for as flying every minute weather permits. The… Read more »

VAconservative
VAconservative

Personal experience, and decades of cynicism lead me to believe that clearing out the boondoggles/contract stretchers could do a lot to trim the DOD budget and actually increase effectiveness of our forces. They would not be tasked with manning such boondoggles. They would not be tied up wracking their little bureaucratic brains trying to write reports to justify the unjustifiable.

VonZorch Imperial Researcher
VonZorch Imperial Researcher

Pfft. This has nothing to do with detecting missiles, it’s an excuse to have visual surveillance on the serfs.

Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery
Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery

LC Old Dog says: LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondant @ #: LC Beaker, Imperial Photographer @ #: CISSnarl5.7, I would bet you no more than six months to convert to full contractor status. Beaker, they are still flying at the Border locations just under a more deniable money pot! Tucson sector i can vouch for as flying every… Read more »

Fa Cube Itches
Fa Cube Itches

Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery @ #:

but aren’t blimps kind of obvious? I mean, if I was an illegal, I’d go where the blimp ain’t…..

Just wait until there are high winds or storms.

LC Old Dog
LC Old Dog

Fa Cube Itches says: Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery @ #: but aren’t blimps kind of obvious? I mean, if I was an illegal, I’d go where the blimp ain’t….. Just wait until there are high winds or storms. Problem with dodging the blimp is that g-d awful radar! The storms are indeed the best bet to be sure.… Read more »

LC Spare Parts
LC Spare Parts

Methinks we could be getting the subtext on this all wrong. 1 Just Who does the Washington clique consider to be “the enemy?” Why they are the impoverished beleaguered former middle class who can’t afford to fly and the Social Conservatives who refuse to be groped and won’t. So the Beltway Cap is designed to spot Church buses, pickup trucks,… Read more »

Fa Cube Itches
Fa Cube Itches

LC Spare Parts @ #:

By the way. Remember the last time the Government got Really Scared of somebody Outside of I 495?

I remember lots of running and screaming in mid-Septemeber a dozen years ago, followed shortly thereafter by a certain reticence in opening mail.