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air forceSurpassing Goals of the Ford Aircraft Carrier Using UK Carriers

The main justification for the Gerald Ford Super aircraft carriers was to increase the sortie rate 25% over the Nimitz class and a 25% reduction in manpower required to operate. The Ford carriers are costing over $13 billion each and …

militaryFord Carrier is a Failure With Huge Radar, Elevator, Launch and Landing Problems

US Secretary Richard V. Spencer blames new multi-year delays for the next-generation Gerald Ford carrier on the budget cap limiting the spending to just over $13 billion. This is $2.5 billion over the original $10.5 billion budget. On 10 September …

moonNASA Director Wants to Waste NASA Budget to Justify Growing Budget Ten Times

Greg Autry – Director, SoCal Commercial Spaceflight Center debated Robert Zubrin about the Lunar Gateway. Greg Autry says that the Lunar Gateway will be part of a larger space infrastructure effort for going to moon, Mars and Deep Space. Autry …

militaryNext-generation Ford Carrier Deployment Delayed Until 2024

USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) may not be ready to deploy until 2024. It once had a 2018 planned deployment date. There is more testing (shock testing) and there are still technical issues. The Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) carrier has …

corruptionNASA Buying Ten SLS Rocket Launches Through 2035 in a Show of Washington Corruption

NASA has provided initial funding and authorization to Boeing to begin work toward the production of the third core stage and to order targeted long-lead materials and cost-efficient bulk purchases to support future builds of core stages. This action allows …

air pollutionIn the USA, Farms Now Cause More Air Pollution Than Coal and Natural Gas for Electricity

The quality of the air in the United States has improved substantially. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford have found that, US-economy-wide, gross external damage (GED) due to premature mortality has decreased by more than 20% from 2008 to …

energyUS Crude Oil and Oil Product Exports Exceeded Saudi Arabia’s Oil Exports

Saudi Arabia oil exports will dip for a few days because of the damage to oil handling infrastructure. Saudi Arabia oil exports were 7,371.537 Barrel/Day in Dec 2018 and 6,968.319 Barrel/Day in Dec 2017. US oil exports including non-crude oil …

businessChina Likely Will Agree to Trade Deal to Minimize Decoupling

The US administration has stopped talking about soybean-purchase agreements and begun talk of decoupling. Is it geopolitically prudent for a large part of the US industrial supply chain to be inside of China? Why are American companies allowed to transfer …

futureCurrent Betting Market Predictions for 2020 US Democratic Race

Prediction markets have Elizabeth Warren as the most likely to become the 2020 Democratic Presidential nominee. She is at 33 cents, while Biden is at 27 cents and Bernie is at 15 cents. Prediction markets have Andrew Yang tied with …

satellitesUS Spy Satellites at Diffraction Limit for Resolution Since 1971

The image tweeted by Trump was at about 10-centimeter resolution. It was likely a picture taken by the US224 satellite. This was one of the upgraded keyhole satellites that have the same mirror as the Hubble Telescope (2.4 meters). It …