Anything they can do, we can do better, but anything we do, they copy before we’re done. Over the years, I have personally conflicted with the idea of ​​sharing our university research with the general public.

For one thing, I want all the information I can wrap my brain around, and I know my taxpayers’ money partly funded it, so give it to me. On the other hand, I realize that these researchers want to publish immediately and speak at symposia around the world for their visibility and to keep their academic institution at the top of the heap. Unfortunately, this world of high-tech publish-and-die-on-the-fly science often has research that lends itself well to military technologies, which means the Russians, Chinese, or other nations building competing war toys get them for free; Again, I realize my tax dollar paid for it, so why is the taxpayer paying for the competition to have our military technologies?

There was an interesting article in Sino Defense News online on August 21, 2013 titled; “Type 022 Fast Attack Missile Craft (Houbei-class),” which spoke of his recently unveiled “Hobie Cat” catamaran-style naval warship. Interestingly, it appears that several designs were borrowed from the Aussies and one that was featured in a James Bond movie in the late 80s.

The blue camouflage baffled me, because if they use it off their own coast where there’s 460 square miles of dead zone (no oxygen) and pollution, then it’s the wrong color with that bright, glaring display of art on the side and top. They should have painted it a muddy gray if they wanted to blend in with all the ocean pollution there, but I digress, because I’m sure it will do the Emperor (Chinese communist president) proud in a naval parade of boats along the river.

In fact, I recently read a GAO report that recommended that the US Navy, which has ordered several of these platforms with mission-ready modular components, stop placing orders until it knows what it’s going to do with them. But if they tell the GAO, the GAO will publish it and the (too tough) enemy military competitors will know about it too. Do you see that point? Please consider all this and think about it.

Cite: Breaking Defense News Online – Article – “Navy Can’t Calculate Littoral Combat Ship Operating Costs, GAO Draft,” By Sydney J. Freeberg Jr. May 7, 2013.

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