The former chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency Michael Flynn has delivered a scathing analysis of the Obama administration’s Mideast policies. Flynn believes Iran has every intention of building a nuclear weapon. The literal fallout, he says, will shift the global balance of power.
Arguing that the White House’s approach towards Iran amounts to “wishful thinking,” Flynn says the U.S. has lost the trust of its allies in the region.
Flynn also criticized the Obama administration’s reluctance to name the enemy.
NASA suffered a further setback in its attempts to invent a more efficient system for landing large, bulky, heavy payloads on the surface of Mars. The LDSD (Low-density Supersonic Decelerator ) Parachute system once again failed to deploy properly. The ‘lander’ package under test landed in the Pacific Ocean off the Hawaiian Islands and was recovered in a damaged state.
The Mars Lander System is a multi stage decelerator that uses a conventional blunt re-entry system to initially slow an atmospheric entry vehicle, followed by a large diameter Supersonic Ringsail parachute and finally landing thrusters to safely land large payloads on Mars’ surface. The ‘Curiosity’ Mars research vehicle used a similar system, however the current research is vastly scaled up version of this technology.
Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Britain warned that “all options will be on the table” if a negotiated agreement does not prevent regional rival Iran from its nuclear pursuit, hinting that his country could work toward developing nuclear weapons of its own.
“We hope we receive the assurances that guarantee Iran will not pursue this kind of weapon,” Prince Mohammed bin Nawwaf bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, the Saudi ambassador to the U.K., told the Daily Telegraph in an interview published Monday. “But if this does not happen, then all options will be on the table for Saudi Arabia.”
Mohammed, who is also a senior member of the ruling family, told the newspaper that while Saudi Arabia has for years had a policy of not working to develop nuclear weapons, Iran’s reported pursuit of a doomsday weapon has “changed the whole outlook in the region.”
”The X-37 B Spaceplane has been launched on its fourth mission into low Earth orbit and the world wonders what it’s up to. There has been a mountain of speculation, both technological and strategic regarding the USAF’s (mini shuttle) reusable Space Plane the X-37B.
The latest launch in May 2015 OTV-4 has sparked a number of possible scenarios including a long duration spy mission to overhead key global flash-points on a regular basis. The orbits of past X-37B have been peculiar ranging from 43 to 38 degrees and at unusually low orbital altitudes. The latest X-37B 38 degree orbit also revisit the same tracks every 31, (ninety three minute) orbits over a 48 hour period. This gives the spaceplane surveillance persistence over regions of strategic interest.
Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average. The updated data contradict one of the most frequently asserted global warming claims – that global warming is causing the polar ice caps to recede.
The timing of the 1979 NASA satellite instrument launch could not have been better for global warming alarmists. The late 1970s marked the end of a 30-year cooling trend. As a result, the polar ice caps were quite likely more extensive than they had been since at least the 1920s. Nevertheless, this abnormally extensive 1979 polar ice extent would appear to be the “normal” baseline when comparing post-1979 polar ice extent.
Updated NASA satellite data show the polar ice caps remained at approximately their 1979 extent until the middle of the last decade. Beginning in 2005, however, polar ice modestly receded for several years. By 2012, polar sea ice had receded by approximately 10 percent from 1979 measurements. (Total polar ice area – factoring in both sea and land ice – had receded by much less than 10 percent, but alarmists focused on the sea ice loss as “proof” of a global warming crisis.)
NASA satellite measurements show the polar ice caps have not retreated at all.