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  1. Picdelamirand-oil

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    JSF: the simulacre become food & avatar
    The adventure of the JSF is like a Hollywood script : fascinating, exciting, yet consistent with what was expected. The JSF was designed to be secret to itself, we mean unconsciously but with a good active conscience , to be a disaster and it is actually a disaster .

    We are currently at Block 3F , nth version or rather sub-version of the mother-models, being trained as modifications / improvements are introduced. This is precisely the crux of the problem, these sub-versions piling up "as changes / improvements" are introduced. The catastrophe of the JSF has two facets, both of which refer to the hubris of modernity and technologism, and to the psychological traits originally of the homo americanus , transmitted in general to the homo postmodernicus : inculpability and especially indefectibility (incapacity to conceive otherwise than conquering in all things ).

    • The first is the decision to abandon the classic aviation formula of manufacturing a number of prototypes and then pre-production equipment, to test the concept, equipment, etc., identify faults, weaknesses, etc., correct them and include them directly in the production model. In the case of the JSF, it was so assured that the computerized machine had the key to the secret of the Grail that it was decided that the design would leave no errors or weaknesses, and that prototypes and the pre-production, to start immediately on production . Apart from being the world's best fighter aircraft in the future, the JSF was therefore a money-saving machine, a case of purification of profitability through postmodernity.

    • The second weakness follows from the first and is declined according to this absolute belief in the omnipotence of technology. This belief determined the bold process by which the JSF as designed by Lockheed Martin [LM] computer would be directly operational and combat ready, and destined to become the only "serious" of the 21st century.

    All these forecasts have obviously been completely erroneous because they are far too modest, and the JSFs already produced (more than 200) are currently subject to a vertiginous number of modifications, some structural ( 150 to 160 modifications in total according to the Admiral Winter, who commands the JSF Program Office [JPO] and remains very optimistic). The change program is so important that the "JSF gang" within the Pentagon is wondering whether it would be more beneficial to assign these "old" JSFs to ancillary tasks, training and assignment to units of "aggressors" (airplanes depicting the opponent in battle training campaigns, or "simulated combat", the supposedly loyal opponent in addition to being elegant, an aircraft that has none of the characteristics required to make a combat aircraft).

    The news Winter gives (September 19th speech at the biannual symposium of the Air Force Association [AFA]) and other "safe" sources such as LM oneself, are nonetheless brimming with optimism. For example, but an essential example, JSF production is accelerating: 46 in 2016, and a rate of 130 per year from 2018. In general, such a rhythm means full confidence in both architecture and the technical and technological equipment of the aircraft, both in its combat capabilities. It should be noted that this may be the case (we talk about trust).

    " In addition to this ," observes Jen DiMascio in the Aviation Week & Space Technology Aerospace Daily & Defense Report of September 20 , the program must "juggle" with multiple configurations of the aircraft, not only because there are three different versions [of the three weapons ...] , but also because production began before the test flights were completed. This problem, known as "competition", continues to undermine the military's ability to stabilize the program, as it will take a lot of work to bring the older F-35s [already produced] the ability to fight. "

    Admiral Winter, therefore, exposes these problems of "upgrading" which may not be made of the "old" JSFs, expressing it with a sort of technological and industrial appetite, as if it were a " a new challenge and new industrial and technological prowess: " Our modification program is almost as exciting [as our production program] and it is much more important. So, for this reason (?), We are considering these other options as discussed above, to use the "old" JSF for complementary tasks. (But there does not seem to be any question of going to the scrap yards, although the thing, however daring it may seem, would seem to us a remarkable innovation in the field of the profitability of technologism: to withdraw from the service an avatar who did not even deign to enter it ...)

    At the same symposium, General David Goldfein, the Chief of Staff of the USAF, explained to us that there was intense discussion with all JSF Air Force Chiefs of Staff ( UK, Japan, Israel, the Netherlands) , who are therefore asked not to use their beautiful toys which in any case do not work; we will see with them if they want to make the upgrades or, why not, buy new ones by affecting those that they already have at the school of glider of the corner. And Goldfein to make sure that a new kind of new job has emerged, which is that of JSF's retrofit specialist (" You're going to see what's going on in the business case of retrofit of these aircraft "). All this, of course, is it necessary to add it? - without any guarantees, strictly none, that the Block 3F is able to carry out combat missions with things that make "pan-pan", as in the movies of cowboys. It should not be forgotten that the JSF is a lottery, where only the exceptional believers have the chance to approach a copy that flies and that makes "pan-pan" in case of combat (but it is reported that it has already accomplished cete performance in a film directed by Bruce Willis, a Die Hard numbered).

    ... It should not be forgotten either that the JSF is a world in itself, a closed world, a simulacrum absolutely completed, drawn with a firm stroke and with a spirit overflowing with joy of life and hope in the future of our postmodern progress . Thus, finding dozens and dozens and dozens of modifications to be made during test flights following the start of production, to be more accurate than DiMascio ( but also because production began before the test flights [have begun] ... "), thus this fact becomes a kind of virtue of excellence, a proof of conformity with liberal-economic laws - since the modifications fall into the category of" competition "- and by no means, as the average beijing would believe, in the category" bullshit to change urgently ".

    (And, moreover, this must be repeated over and over again, without any guarantee that the modifications will be successful and sufficient: "post-modification tests" will tell us more about this. , in the category "competition", with the observation that further modifications would be necessary, - "modifications of modifications", or " retrofit's retrofit ", for future generations and generations.)

    Thus the simulacrum is duplicated of a second simulacrum, like a double armor to protect the program from the injustices of venomous commentators. There is the production program, now dubbed the program of modifications , as "exciting" as the production program and much more. The new function of " retrofit specialist" thus becomes much more important than that of the ordinary manager of production . The JSF program doubles as a super-program of a super-JSF retrofit , the "old" JSFs that were already fantastic are completely overwhelmed by super-JSF retrofits ... So for the price of a JSF will have- you right out the money needed to purchase a super-JSF retrofit paving the way for other purchases of the same becoming itself to retrofit urgently because not stealing nor doing "pan- pan "...

    The JSF leaves us with no voice or choice, because we have no voice, we who have shown a constant suspicion and a critical appraisal of this program, and that they have no choice, have ordered the thing. We have not understood that with the JSF, the simulacrum is not only perfect, but double and even beyond, and is as seductive and effective as perpetual motion . It will never be what the rumor claims it is (a fighter plane) because it reveals itself under its true face, from a sort of "perpetual motion" to reach the Grail of Combat Aviation, that is to say an F-35 which does not need to fly or pan-pan; as if he were a sort of Immaculate Conception of Combat Aviation. This ambition (flying and doing "pan-pan") was far too trivial and, if one can say for a fighter plane, too down-to-earth for this "production" which actually carries on a simulacrum that is in truth an Avatar, in the sense of Sanskrit which thus indicates a "divine incarnation" .

    In the meantime, and to avoid the hurry, as indicated by a reader-commentator and claw-without laughing from the article of DiMascio, instead of selling pseudo-JSF to the happy non-US beneficiaries, and not to push LM to bankruptcy, let us therefore sell the "F-35 mistakes" to foreign governments (" In order not to bankrupt Lockheed, sell the F35 mistake to foreign governments ").

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    https://sputniknews.com/military/201709261057691172-pentagon-considering-retiring-f35-early/

    The US Department of Defense is considering a change in direction with their fleet of F-35s, in which more than 100 fighters would be retired from combat rather than upgraded with a new software configuration.


    Of the 1,763 F-35s intended to enter service with the US Air Force, 108 are in need of a software upgrade from Block 2B platform to the combat-ready Block 3F. This configuration change would be time-consuming and expensive, with 150 modifications needed in every aircraft to bring them up to standards.

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    It might be cheaper to simply take the older F-35s in need of upgrades and use them for testing or training purposes instead. The USAF is currently conducting a business case analysis to determine which option is better for the budget.

    "What you're going to see is us continue to do a business case analysis of the cost to retrofit the older aircraft as we go forward. This is not a big dialogue," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein on September 19, downplaying the significance of the consideration. "We have actually had this dialogue with the F-16, we had this dialogue with the F-15, we had this dialogue with the F-22. We just haven't had it for a while."

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    In the case of the F-22, three dozen fighters were retired when it came time to upgrade, with the USAF opting to use them for training instead. The US Marine Corps and Navy also operate F-35s, and Goldfein says that he will be discussing how best to move forward with his counterparts in those branches.

    The 2018 Defense Authorization Bill calls for the purchase of 440 F-35s, a deal expected to be valued between $35 billion and $40 billion. The Pentagon, however, claims that the program continues to mount in cost.

    The ever-controversial F-35 has become infamous for its high price tag and numerous design flaws, including a faulty ejector seat. The plane is so expensive that Lockheed Martin has been awarded $200 million in contracts to attempt to halve the aircraft's cost.

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    It has also long been rumored that the F-35 costs too much to continuously modernize. A 2015 Pentagon report from an independent weapons tester found that the plane's "modifications may be unaffordable for the services as they consider the cost of upgrading these early lots of aircraft while the program continues to increase production rates in a fiscally constrained environment."

    "This may potentially result in left-behind aircraft with significant limitations for years to come."

    After a quarter century of development, the F-35 has yet to see combat even once. Full production is intended to start in 2018.
     
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    RAF increases F-35 risk rating

    The United Kingdom has increased its risk rating of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter because of delays in delivering representative simulators to the Royal Air Force (RAF).

    Details of the issues with the United Kingdom’s F-35 simulators were revealed in a supplementary memorandum to the March 2017 Delivery Carrier Strike study, which was released by the UK Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee on 9 October.

    The memorandum said the “the Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) for the UK’s Lightning II programme revised his programme delivery confidence, reflecting compression in the schedule, from amber to amber/red in June 2017.

    http://www.janes.com/article/74771/raf-increases-f-35-risk-rating

     
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    F-35: Can anything else go wrong with Britain’s fighter jet order?
    Published time: 10 Oct, 2017 11:14Edited time: 11 Oct, 2017 07:44
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    ‘Appallingly bad’ F-35 fighter jets to cost taxpayers even more as pound falls


    Although the British military is being asked to make an estimated £30 billion ($39 billion) in savings over the next decade, the government is showing signs of fumbling yet another billion-pound program.

    The confidence rating on the F-35 Lightning II program was downgraded by the MoD from amber in June to amber/red. Concerns about software, simulators and weapons could see the troubled jets delayed.

    A three-page note from the National Audit Office (NAO) was made for the parliamentary public accounts committee overseeing spending on the multibillion-pound program.

    Although the MoD insists the program will be kept on track, the man in charge has revised his “delivery confidence,” it said.

    “This reflected concerns that simulators to train UK pilots would not be representative of the UK aircraft standard, that there were delays to providing UK-specific software programming, and that the schedule to deliver the UK weapons program required further work,” the NAO said.

    “The department told us that the [official] revised his delivery confidence to ensure all stakeholders, and particularly Lockheed Martin, [the US defense manufacturer] are clear on the schedule challenge.”

    It is not the first problem to hit the F-35s.

    Government officials were blasted back in August when it was revealed they will pay an extra £80 million for F-35s which had already been hit with multiple performance problems.

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    A dip in the value of the pound means the jets, already riddled with errors, would cost much more.

    The long list of issues includes the maintenance software, problems with the ejection seat and the pilot helmet.

    The UK is purchasing 138 F-35s for use by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force (RAF) on two new aircraft carriers despite sweeping cuts which could see personnel numbers slashed.

    The first is planned to be in operation from HMS ‘Queen Elizabeth’ by the end of 2020.

    However, it is now being rumored the ‘Queen Elizabeth’ may be brought into service early to join a global effort against North Korea.

    Weapons experts have blasted the MoD’s £150 billion order, however, as the aircraft is plagued by an “unbelievably abnormal number of issues.”

    The US Government Accountability Office has raised concerns about the F-35 program in the US.

    https://www.rt.com/uk/406226-f35-fighter-jets-problems/
     
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    Secret F-35, P-8, C-130 data stolen in Australian defence contractor hack
    Around 30 gigabytes of ITAR-restricted aerospace and commercial data was exfiltrated by an unknown malicious actor during the months-long 'Alf's Mystery Happy Fun Time' attack.

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    In November 2016, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) was alerted by a "partner organisation" that an attacker had gained access to the network of a 50-person aerospace engineering firm that subcontracts to the Department of Defence.

    Restricted technical information on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, the C-130 transport aircraft, the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) smart bomb kit, and "a few Australian naval vessels" was among the sensitive data stolen from a small Australian defence contractor in 2016.

    The secret information was restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the US system designed to control the export of defence- and military-related technologies, according to Mitchell Clarke, an incident response manager at the ASD who worked on the case.

    One document was a wireframe diagram of "one of the navy's new ships". A viewer could "zoom in down to the captain's chair and see that it's, you know, 1 metre away from nav chair", Clarke said.

    The data theft was first reported on Tuesday as part of the 2017 Threat Report from the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC). Little information was given at the time. The victim was described as a "small Australian company with contracting links to national security projects". The attacker had "sustained access to the network for an extended period of time" and had stolen a "significant amount of data".

    Clarke provided significantly more detail in his presentation to the national conference of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) in Sydney on Wednesday.

    ASD named this advanced persistent threat (APT) actor "APT ALF", after a character in the long-running Australian TV soap opera Home and Away.

    The attacker had in fact been in the network since at least mid July 2016, with data exfiltration starting around two weeks later. ASD refers to the three months between the attacker gaining access, and the ASD becoming aware of it, as "Alf's Mystery Happy Fun Time".

    The attacker would have had little trouble gaining access.

    The victim's network was small. One person managed all IT-related functions, and they'd only been in the role for nine months. High staff turnover was typical.

    There was no protective DMZ network, no regular patching regime, and a common Local Administrator account password on all servers. Hosts had many internet-facing services.

    Access was initially gained by exploiting a 12-month-old vulnerability in the company's IT Helpdesk Portal, which was mounting the company's file server using the Domain Administrator account. Lateral movement using those same credentials eventually gave the attacker access to the domain controller and the remote desktop server, and to email and other sensitive information.

    "This isn't uncommon," Clarke said. "Only about 12 months old, if you look at government, that's not that out of date, unfortunately."

    The attacker needn't have bothered with that, however. The ASD's investigation found that internet-facing services still had their default passwords, admin::admin and guest::guest.

    An important aspect of this incident is that a small company, with resources that were clearly inadequate given the sensitivity of the data they held, still managed to obtain and hold ITAR certification.

    According to Clarke, an application for ITAR certification is usually only "two or three pages", and asks only basic questions about organisations' security posture.

    "One of the learning outcomes from this particular case study for at least the Australian government is that we need to find a way to start to be a little bit more granular in our contracting to mandate what type of security controls are required," Clarke said.

    "That's not for my team to answer, but that's going to be an outcome of this sort of thing."

    Clarke emphasised the importance of following best practices to secure networks, including the ASD's Essential Eight strategies to mitigate cybersecurity incidents.

    http://www.zdnet.com/article/secret...stolen-in-australian-defence-contractor-hack/
     
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