Bunker Talk: Let’s Chat About All The Stories We Did And Didn’t Report On This Week

This week, the annual Director of Operational Test and Evaluation’s report hit and we got an updated view of how some of the military’s highest profile weapons programs are developing. We also talked a bit about the A-12 spy plane’s little known potential as a clandestine space launch system. We were also able to offer an update on the Navy’s FFG(X) next generation frigate program as well as how the service plans to reorganize some of its assets into an experimental surface combatant squadron. There was also some puzzling words from the USAF’s head honcho to dissect and a look into the bowels of a Russian Akula class nuclear fast attack submarine. We even got to take a rare look at some modernized submarine propulsion technology, among other stories. 

Still, there were many subjects we didn’t get to. But it’s not too late.

Welcome to Bunker Talk!

This is a weekend open discussion post for the best commenting crew on the net, in which we can chat about all the stuff that went on this week that we didn’t get to. In other words, literally an off-topic thread.

We can all discuss this Malaysian Hornet pilot’s sweet gear:

Or what about this nice chart showing the USMC’s future rifle squad design:


Then there is this special D-Day anniversary paint job on one of RAF Lakenheath’s Mud Hens:

Also take look at what’s hanging out behind this Libyan MiG-23 pilot in Misrata—a KC-130T!:

Here’s a nice look through the helmet mounted display on a Turkish T129 attack chopper:

This week also saw the first ground run of the SB>1 Defiant:

Or forget all this military crap and just take in this sick Terminator theme cover:

Once again, this is an entirely open exercise, so let’s enjoy some pointed debate and have some laughs.

Let’s get after it!

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Tyler Rogoway


Tyler's passion is the study of military technology, strategy, and foreign policy and he has fostered a dominant voice on those topics in the defense media space. He was the creator of the hugely popular defense site Foxtrot Alpha before developing The War Zone.