The US Marines’ Love Affair with 3D Printing

The US Military is a logistics organization that happens to fight wars.

.. This is a great story about disruption. The Marines seem to be on top of trying to continue thinking outside the box. That turns out to be very difficult to do in any large, old organization. I heard an interview with the Commandant last week. They asked him what kind of tech he wanted most.

“Better batteries”

Bingo. Better batteries would change everything, not just the Marine Corps. There are few technologies like batteries. Cost-to-orbit tech is one of them. If we change those technologies, we change the entire rest of the economy. I believe the service used to call things like that “force multipliers”. It’s neat to see 3D printing _perhaps_ becoming a force multiplier in many areas.

Putin Unveils Nuclear Weapons He Claims Could Breach U.S. Defenses

Russia has developed nuclear weapons capable of penetrating U.S. defense systems, the country’s president, Vladimir Putin, said Thursday, sharpening rhetoric against the West and raising the prospect of a new arms race with Washington.

In language reminiscent of the Cold War, Mr. Putin used his annual state- of-the-union address to boast about Russia’s military prowess and show off a series of new armaments, including intercontinental ballistic missiles and underwater drones.

“Efforts to contain Russia have failed,” he said to Russia’s political elite gathered in the Kremlin’s St. George’s Hal

.. Mr. Putin said would consider any nuclear attack on its allies an attack on Russia and would launch an immediate response

..  “Russia’s growing military might is a reliable guarantee of peace on our planet because it ensures the strategic balance in the world.”

.. The Trump administration has warned that Russia and China are moving to modernize and expand their nuclear arsenals in a bid to “return to Great Power competition.”

.. The U.S., he said, had exploited Russia’s economic, political and military weakness after the collapse of the Soviet Union to ignore Moscow’s views, including by moving the North Atlantic Treaty Organization closer to Russia’s borders.

No one listened to us. Listen to us now,”

.. Mr. Putin said the Syria campaign had allowed the military to show off the results of a modernization program he launched in 2011. “The whole world knows the names of our newest airplanes, submarines, air-defense systems,” he said.

.. Ivan Konovalov, an independent defense analyst in Moscow, said the speech demonstrated how quickly Russia’s arms industry is developing.

“It is developing some of the best weapons in the world, and the United States, if they want to maintain parity, has to answer the challenge quickly,” he said.

With Budget Deal, the G.O.P. Tosses Out the Economics Textbooks

the Pentagon, which has spent years complaining about spending restraints that were introduced in 2011, will get an eighty-billion-dollar increase in its budget for this year, and an extra eighty-five billion dollars for next year.

.. All told, the deal authorizes about three hundred billion dollars in new spending over the next two years.

.. Gross domestic product .. is currently about twenty trillion dollars

.. the G.O.P. tax bill will reduce tax payments by about a hundred and thirty-five billion dollars in the 2018 fiscal year, and by two hundred and eighty billion dollars in the 2019 fiscal year.

.. If you add it to the additional spending in the budget deal, you’ve got a pretty big “Trump stimulus.”

.. the over-all effect of the tax bill and the spending deal would be about 1.25 per cent of G.D.P. for this calendar year, and two per cent for the next.

.. the Obama stimulus of 2009 through 2011 .. totalled about two per cent of G.D.P. each year

.. Many economics textbooks say this is the sort of environment in which the government should be balancing its books, and perhaps even paying down deb

.. in 2011 prompted members of the Party to refuse to raise the debt ceiling, is purely cynical.

.. The Reagan Administration and the George W. Bush Administration both raided the public purse to finance big tax cuts, and left the deficit much higher than they found it. The Trump Administration is merely following suit.

.. “As long as there is still slack in corners of the labor market, then this kind of fiscal stimulus of the economy near full employment is a kind of test I support.”