I was asked the other day by a friend: “Why do you always blog about the USA? What is this fascination with us?” It is a good question, one asked by many readers and so I will try to explain in a short blog which is more about setting a message in stone, being on the record, as being read. Many will know that my late wife was an American citizen (I claim no such links) and the best type of woman that a great nation can produce. Her list of important things in the world was: “God, America, the USS Ronald Reagan (an aircraft carrier), Ronald Reagan (the President), you Honey, kids!” But let me quote a few things for you to explain my “fascination:”
“In memory of our gallant South African comrades, it is hereby established, as a new policy that at all Retreat Ceremonies held by this Wing, the playing of our National Anthem shall be preceded by playing the introductory bars of the South African National Anthem, 'Die Stem van Suid-Afrika'. All personnel of this Wing will render the same honours to this Anthem as our own.” Commanding Officer of the USAF 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing at the end of the Korean War to honour 2 Squadron, South African Air Force (Taken from Code Name Blue Tang – the dogfight book where we discovered that NATO never had air supremacy in Europe during the 1980s.)
“It was a battle-wise outfit, bold and aggressive against the enemy, and willing to do whatever job was necessary. In fact, after a period of severe day and night fighting, the 6th had in an emergency gone into the line as infantrymen. When the snow stalled their armour they dug in their tanks and used them as artillery to make up for our shortage in heavy guns. Whenever I saw them, I was impressed by the large number of decorations and honours they had earned the hard way. Their attacks against strongly organised German positions were made with great élan and without regard for casualties. Despite their comparatively small numbers, they never complained about losses. Neither did Smuts (the South African Prime Minister, not admired by the Afrikaner), who made it clear that the Union of South Africa intended to do its part in the War – and it most certainly did.” (Taken from Code Name Devorah – where we dealt with armour being used in this theatre and that was interesting, South African armour has more than twice the range of any comparable NATO vehicle and much more.)
“For American readers, there is a small bronze plaque in the Simonstad Naval Base, reminding all that the CSS (Confederate States Ship) Alabama visited there during her war cruise in 1863 under command of the charismatic Raphael Semmes. From this, and one of the Alabama’s officers lay buried there, came an Afrikaner folk song still being sung to this day in schools and other events: “Daar kom die Alabama…” (Afrikaans, There comes the Alabama)” (Taken from Code Name Phantom and several other GMJ Books, the one where we looked at “Red Cell” operations, attacking your own bases to test security.)
So, it is safe to say that for the typical Afrikaner of my age, the USA is not seen as the enemy. We fought together in wars before and did so well enough to be recognised. The GMJ Books, as I state in each and every one, are warnings on what is perceived from the outside, and what is most certainly not reported by mainstream US media outlets, people with a wonderful agenda to assist terrorism from outright murder of a US President to allowing potential terrorists inside their country (see my blogs, I have good reasons to say the above). There is another saying or two which is important: “When America sneezes, the world get flu” and “America is the leader of the free world.”
Right, now that is the links - my late wife, the history between us and our traditional views which may not be what the new South Africa believe in but that part is also discussed in my books in great detail. I am talking about myself and probably many like me. If you say you are the “Leader of The Free World” and you do, every two minutes, you better not be making stupid statements regarding terrorist attacks as “workplace violence” when everyone knows it was not. Or to be found dancing the last tango in Argentine when France, an ally of 200 plus years, are under attack and burning. Or, and this came over very badly, take selfies at Nelson Mandela's funeral acting like a borderline juvenile delinquent. We don’t like disrespect and you may ask “so what? What do your care? What is this to you?”
Let me explain. The GMJ Books are used as training material for SWAT teams and read in Military Academies, they are that well researched. Many myths are exposed and warnings issued, not to humiliate but to say get your house in order. The warnings may read like follows:
“Another myth, if you think America’s, and by America I mean the entire NATO sphere, codes and ciphers cannot be broken by anyone, think again. The ciphers are broken often. See Code Name Odette where we dealt with this aspect, sadly, it got worse since then. The Chinese have super computers available, faster than what the ageing US computers can do, and so does Russia and other countries. Those super computers do not run medical insurance companies, no, they are used for war purposes as are those of the US. Because of this, they now have the ability to break your ciphers and, worse, design better weapons than the US and they are doing so – they can run highly complex simulations and use CAD and they reduce overhead costs dramatically. The average internet speeds are also faster in rural China than in the Midwest, how did that come about? Having said this, I know how the patriotic armchair warriors react to statements like the above. Yes, expect the same old parrot-like fashion denials of those exposed to the US mainstream liars all their lives and unable to look beyond “Made in America” logos. They state without any evidence in history that Chinese (actually anyone else’s) weapons are crap and behind the US Merchants of Death in technology, not to be feared nor respected. I wonder then, why is the US spending 4 times more on defence than the rest of the world? Why? Who and what is scaring you so much that you must overspend like that? The Russians with their crap weapons? The Chinese per chance, with their crap weapons? Let us look at history in what was used in Korea and Vietnam against you as well as in many other places with weapons as good as yours and today better in many fields than what the US Merchants of Death can produce. I warned of this before, see Code Name Lucy where we found that Chinese Aegis air defence destroyers will engage and down any US “stealth” aircraft at 200 plus miles since they are not stealth to begin with. We showed you how they operate, the Chinese Military, step by step and doing everything correctly and by doing so is winning hands down in Sub Saharan Africa, a place that is more important than what you may realise. In Code Name Mel’s Choice, we revealed the massive Chinese airbase in southern Zimbabwe, one that change the strategic setup in southern Africa and in Code Name Ghost, the massive Chinese naval base in Walfish Bay, Namibia. In Code Name Alphabet 32 we showed you how the Chinese are chasing their North Korean counterparts home, taking command for themselves in the above-mentioned countries, anywhere in fact, where they moved in slowly but surely, moving you out. Getting them to leave? Well, without a major war that is a forlorn thought and if you still think that the US has the so-called QME or Qualitative Military Edge Doctrine as is claimed by the mainstream liars, Congress, the Senate and the man on the moon, wake up and read Code Name Blue Tang and note who has the best short-range and soon medium-range air-to-air missile in the world... the DENEL V3E Agile Darter, not you, South Africa. See Code Name Alphabet 32 on who has the best anti-tank missile in the world... the DENEL Makopa ZT6, not you, South Africa and so I can continue since South Africa (as a BRICS Pact Nation) is selling that technology not to you but your enemies. As it is today in 2017, the Russians have the best air-to-surface missile system in the S-300 & S-400 (being sold to Iran and China) and best tank, the T-14 Armata. This tank is by all accounts a generation ahead in terms of defensive technology and will shoot out any Western tank it encounters (being sold to Egypt, China and India). If all the above sounds horrible to you, I am glad, wake up and do some research and start worrying instead of making idiotic super patriotic utterances. You have every reason in the book to be grim faced on what I just said. Shockingly, the US never had their so-called QME and most certainly don’t have it now, face facts and do something about it before it is too late. I am also on record in many GMJ Books that the vaunted Israeli Army lost its discipline, it is going to cost them severely in the next war and that is one country that cannot afford to lose a war, they will be wiped out to the last child. There will be no mercy.
A lack of true and verified intelligence will kill you in war... and peacetime if close to my future wife and soul, Angelique Dawson. With her you better be wide awake as she will not draw lines on the sand for the world to jeer at, no, she will react and react violently which is to say effectively in ending a threat. That is the only way in war and peace, you cannot be hesitant in acting but then again you cannot act effectively without intelligence showing you where to act, you must know exactly what to attack and you don’t, you seem clueless and worse, not even caring about that perception. That is why the US drone strikes are not surgical at all, they miss their intended target 96.5% of the time! Think about that and other suppressed by the mainstream liars’ statistic, 2 innocents are murdered for every 1 terrorist, do you call that surgical? You must be insane if you do and yet it is not the fault of the pilot releasing the missiles, they strike what they are aimed at, but the fault of the intelligence community unable to say what to hit when. That is where the entire problem lays, a lack of intelligence because the US IC (Intelligence Community) is in no way effective and not rated highly in my world, they have poor results and is generally seen as a failure. All they do well is spend money, write fake reports and show much technical expertise but none of the above is conducive to winning wars or preventing homeland attacks, I must ask, when last did the US Military win a war? The First Gulf War of 1991? And how can you blame the foot soldier, the grunt, walking around and used as live bait by terrorists for this? In a one-on-one encounter the terrorist will lose the fight every time but as North Vietnamese commissar Le Duc Tho said: “That is true, and it is irrelevant.” We also know that General Giap, the North Vietnamese commander, stated that even if the US Military kill 10 Vietnamese for every US casualty, he will still win the war and he did succeed in taking South Vietnam after the US went home, he won in the end even if not against the US as such but South Vietnam. Could it have been different? Well, let us look at history. In 1972 US airpower stopped a conventional North Vietnamese invasion in its tracks. In 1975, there was no US airpower committed to defend the new invasion based on Soviet Doctrine of surrounding their armour with surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft batteries (same as we saw in the Yom Kippur War in 1973, the Israeli Air Force took unsustainable losses, only American assistance saved the Jewish State, Angelique). The South Vietnamese pleaded for help to no avail, Demorat (we call the Democrats “Demorats” or “Dramarats” in GMJ Books, they don’t like that) Senators & Congressmen blocked all ideas in helping South Vietnam, the invasion succeeded, North Vietnam took Saigon and that was that, the myth that America lost the Vietnam War became liberal fact even when untrue (see Code Name Green 41 where we discussed many more Vietnam myths, Angelique). (Taken from Code Name One Alpha, the upcoming GMJ Book on CSAR – Combat Search and Rescue – not edited.)
I can and do give numerous examples as the few above highlighted. If you read the Intelligence Briefing, free on the website with 3 other GMJ Books, you will read many more hard facts that will make you sit upright in shock in what an “African” country did and can do as well as what is happening right now. Let me quote from Code Name Alphabet 32, a book on how to launch precision air strikes without killing innocents:
“Special Forces are supposed to be surgical strike capable because of their ability to mark targets for air and artillery strikes (see Code Name Anika how this is done in our world, Angelique). This gives the president a very valuable option to eliminate the targets, not murder kids and women by mistake, but it all comes down to being close enough to identify the target. Good, solid, intelligence then and what the West seems to be unable to do wherever they are conducting operations. Nor do they have the capability to check afterwards who were killed which is a major problem. Yet, as I said, this is what Special Forces and spies are created to do, not to drive around senselessly in lightly armoured, non-mine protected Humvees to be shot at. God knows what is wrong with US Generals if they cannot see this aspect, their greatest asset, Special Forces, are wasted needlessly. No wonder defeat is once again staring at them and with that, the end of American prestige in the world. The word “incompetence” and the Pentagon is practically indistinguishable in our world, sadly so. Men and women are dying because of this and it is no use denying what is obvious. But then, we read the David Petraeus FM 3-24 Counterinsurgency Manual when it came out first to great fanfare and we found nothing new in it. Same old obsolete Western Military thinking, known since the 1970s, looking at the British and French efforts (only 50 years out of date by then). Our own more recent spectacular successes in Angola and elsewhere were not even looked at in this manual, nothing, not a word was said. Yet, we hold a 1,000 to 1 enemy killing rate against the best the Soviet Union could do for 18 years. Rhodesia, that great learning school for counter insurgency I speak about so often to you? Not even mentioned once, yep, nothing, not a single word, go and research it. About the so called British and Australian contribution in counter insurgency, well, the less said the better, we don’t rate them highly at all. Africa is where Al-Qaeda is hiding and where he needs to be found and taken out, the place is going to be important to you. Then ask yourself, why are my books translated to Chinese unlawfully and read at Eastern Military Academies?
What may be equally shocking to you is that we rate General Petraeus far below Stanley McChrystal in counter insurgency / counter terrorism and the idea that David Petraeus is the world’s greatest counter insurgency expert as claimed, is plainly laughable to me, he is not even close to the top hundred general officers. His “surge” achieved nothing lasting and what may be even more shocking to you, Barack Obama was correct in withdrawing the troops when he did, there is no reason why US conventional troops should be doing what Iraqis and Afghanis should be doing themselves (with respect towards President Lyndon B Johnson’s quote on South Vietnam). I also state, based on my many years of experience, that conventional troops are close to useless in counter insurgency and totally useless in counter terrorism. The only US general that I know about that actually comprehends the proper use of Special Forces, is General Stanley McChrystal, not a Special Forces rated officer.” (Taken from Code Name Alphabet 32 and other GMJ Books.)
I always go into history to show you what happens today. It was US President Roosevelt that explained lend-lease as: “Suppose my neighbor’s home catches fire, and I have a length of garden hose four or five hundred feet away. If he can take my garden hose and connect it up with his hydrant, I may help him to put out his fire. Now, what do I do? I don’t say to him before that operation, “Neighbor, my garden hose cost me $15; you have to pay me $15 for it.” What is the transaction that goes on? I don’t want $15—I want my garden hose back after the fire is over. All right. If it goes through the fire all right, intact, without any damage to it, he gives it back to me and thanks me very much for the use of it. But suppose it gets smashed up—holes in it—during the fire; we don’t have to have too much formality about it, but I say to him, “I was glad to lend you that hose; I see I can’t use it any more, it’s all smashed up.” He says, “How many feet of it were there?” I tell him, “There were 150 feet of it.” He says, “All right, I will replace it.” Now, if I get a nice garden hose back, I am in pretty good shape.” (March 1941.)
The above is the entire point of the GMJ Books, to help, to assist and why 10% are free of charge. It is my duty to help, to warn, and to even shout at times. If something is not right, then it is wrong and you don’t even know it. But be warned, a horse cannot be made to drink water, I cannot make you take note nor listen, that is your decision, not mine. I am not on fire here, you are. GMJ
The Trump Administration is riddled with leaks, why? Well, it seems that a culture of leaks is prevalent in the US, it is actively promoted by mainstream media as a “good thing” and the “right thing to do” and this is dangerous for everyone. You may like to read juicy information in the newspapers of hear the latest fake news from CNN & NYT and WP (see the CIA link on all of them in Code Name Jen) but you must ask, where did they get that what they sprout so often? Fact is, it is easy. You will always find the weak fellow wanting to share what he knows, read or heard with the newspaper people (I hesitate in calling them “journalists” because they will never pass that bar these days). The leaker is actively encouraged to betray his country, the trust placed in him and his colleagues not falling for such shenanigans and it is done... why? Party politics from people that should be above such things? A dislike in the democratic system? Revenge for a lost presidential election? To feel accepted or just for the hell of it? Money? Fame? All the above and an entirely wrong idea on what patriotism is. They actually think they are doing good and there are many of them, way too many.
There is more than one million people in the US Government holding a security clearance. With that kind of numbers, leaks are guaranteed and it is something that used to be a no-go area... if caught leaking sensitive information, intelligence or classified material, you would have been prosecuted unless of course you are Hilarious Clinton (we call the former senator, former secretary of state and loser twice for the presidency, “Hilarious” in our books). The problem comes in when some pigs are more equal than others, where prosecution is done based on who the culprit is and by the way, the Obama Administration brought more leak cases to court than all his predecessors combined, another mainstream media myth that this never happened before. The question is against whom? Who was prosecuted? Certainly not the famous turds (what we call politicians in our books, they float in what they talk). “They may have down to a certainty who the leaker was, but if the leaker was a senator or congressman there is this reticence by DOJ to bring this,” Ron Hosko, a former assistant FBI director on leaks, recently. What a censure is that, just terrible. Now we know why Hilarious got away with her email server scandal where tens of thousands of leaks too place. We also lost all respect for the Clinton Federal White Wash Bureau and one James Comey.
I was asked the other day how to stop intelligence and other leaks, what needs to be done? I can write entire books on this subject but let us see what I wrote already. In Code Name Ghost, GMJ 31, I explained what is used commonly in counter espionage to find leaks: -
... Barium (Ba) has an atomic number of 56 and is a silvery-white metallic element. The learned folk will tell you it is a member of the alkaline-earth metals, whatever that means. Sir Humphry Davy discovered barium in 1808 already but before that it was widely used in witchcraft, it glows and hence was seen as magic by primitive people. In more recent times, California got themselves an official gemstone, the fluorescent blue mineral benitoite, containing barium. It is primarily used in the production of television sets but that was not what she meant. In espionage, a “barium meal” has an entirely different meaning.
The technique is standard with all counter espionage agencies but first came to fore in the book “Spycatcher” by Peter Wright, a former MI5 officer, hiding in Australia. The idea is to trap spies by checking to see if intelligence known to a select few, turns up on the other side and then to deduct who leaked it. It is also known as a “canary trap” (an advanced version, yes, Angelique) where you hide information in a document that uniquely identifies it. That means that copies of it can be traced and traced back to whoever had that unique document, sometimes they use a number on it, or a mark, or spelling mistake on whatever page. (We often do this with GMJ Books, noting where the illegal copy came from originally. There is nothing new about it, the counter espionage technique found its way into the publishing world, a deliberate mistake is made on say page 41 and a direct copy will have the same mistake at the same place and page, impossible to explain. Telephone books always have among the millions of numbers, a few fake ones, and so you can prove beyond doubt that copyright was infringed, Angelique). What she did here, was to deliberately give information out on the whereabouts of the SAS Manthatisi and herself and see if someone turns up. If and when the enemy turn up where they should not, you can be sure to know who knew about it and start your investigation there – in this case only three people knew – the South African Navy’s Flag Captain, the commanding officer of the SAS Isandlwana and Liam Dube himself (see Code Name Oath 19). One of them was reporting the movements of the submarine and it could not have been Liam Dube, he was on the submarine heading to danger. He was also underwater and not transmitting anything, we know, we were on the submarine with him. That left the flag captain and the Isandlwana’s boss, I could not believe my ears, surely not them. However, as you know, it is those that you trust most that bites you in the ass the quickest.
“Yes, and that is why I diverted the SAS Manthatisi away from Walvis Bay once we dived, towards the intelligence ship wreck, to search her, it had to be done anyway. I needed to know who she belonged to and I wanted to recover the Werz Papers that I heard was on her, wrongly as it turned out. The question is, did the Chinese go on a heightened state of awareness at Walvis Bay? If the submarine’s destination was leaked, they should have reacted and if they did, we would know who to ask why. Of course, that would have increased the risk against Liam Dube too and so, we went the other way, you get?”
All militaries are secretive in what they do. Often, what you read is what is leaked to the mainstream liars to publish, to reassure the public or to send a message to the enemy. The Soviets, Russians, call the last part a “maskirovka” or deception and they firmly believe in it. We too, a maskirovka was used with great success during Code Name Phoenix, ensuring that the gun battle between the EBS (Egg Breaker Ship – an internal joke, Angelique) Orlando and the South African frigate, SAS Amatola, takes place. (We spread rumours at the right places to ensure that the ship is “blown” as a mothership, a spy vessel, the frigate came to investigate and when in gun range, Foxtrot and company opened up, the rest is history, Angelique.) ... (Taken from Code Name Ghost.)
What you saw above was deliberate leaking of wrong information and also to very specific people, if anything then is published with that same story or there is an enemy reaction, you know, a process of elimination then, as well as access, who could have known? You can also use leaks offensively in espionage, as explained in the last paragraph and used during Code Name Phoenix, getting people to react in the way you wish them to do but it all starts with not entrusting the entire world to your secrets. There are way too many with security clearances, simple. And then storage, protecting the secrets. I often explain in GMJ Books how the we get to the book names, a code, all of them, and how such codes are worked out and how secrets should be stored: -
... Military code names have nothing in common with the actual operation taking place. It should not and it is silly to expect the name to mean anything or indicate anything in particular. Therefore, none of the GMJ Books have a name from which you can deduct the contents of the book and that is not by chance, it is written like that, it should be a hidden code, known only to those directly involved. But the code names used always had something to do with Angelique Dawson and it was always fascinating to me how she got to them. Unlike many other espionage agencies, no computer generates the code names at random in the South African Secret Service. They do so themselves and see if someone can guess what it means, if so, it is changed immediately. I like this system; it is fool proof. As an example - I have seen them sit at a pizza shop, look around, and decide the (entirely innocent) waiter is called whatever, and that “whatever” becomes the new code name. Unless you are there, you would never guess and that is the essence of a good code name, never to guess accurately the intentions behind it. Sometimes they even had personal code names referring to the official code name, you just don’t know what they meant and it is never on a computer, they do things by hand, writing it down because of security reasons, not backwardness. It is extremely easy to safeguard a paper file and almost impossible to do so with those made of ones and zeroes as we had seen in recent history when a low-level NSA employee like Edward Snowden can steal a memory disk of information and run away with it. ... (Taken from Code Name Moonlight but could have been from any GMJ Book, I explain the same in all of them – very few will read every GMJ Book, so I write them as if the explanation is needed everywhere, which it is).
You want this to end? Try professionalism in who you appoint to deal with your secrets. Act mercilessly against ALL leakers and reduce the number of access 1,000-fold. Use barium meals, do something and stop making silly excuses. It comes down to good and very easy investigations, there is nothing difficult nor new about this. Telling me that the Clinton Federal White Wash Bureau cannot get to the bottom of this is not an excuse easily acceptable to most and should not be. Then they are either as incompetent as I say they are in my books, sadly so, or they have ulterior motives, take your pick, it may even be both. Of course, this will never happen. You may expect the world to continue laughing at the leaks and guess what – next time a terrorist attack is not prevented – it is because you were not trusted with the information that could have prevented it. By my definition that makes the leaker and mainstream publisher guilty of terrorism. In case you still don’t understand, let me explain again - you cannot afford neutrality in counter terrorism nor leak what you were entrusted to by your friends, assets and intelligence. When you do, people will die because of your actions, it is that serious and shameful.
I am often astonished on what comes out during the research phases of writing a GMJ Novel. As I say to you, research what I state in my books, and you will find the same evidence (and unlike a Democrat I know the difference between evidence and vague accusations). In Code Name Jen, the latest GMJ Book, I had to find out that the scores obtained during Top Gun and Red Flag exercises were modified to reflect better for the US and NATO. This is where simulated Soviet aircraft, or actual ones, flew in ACM (Air Combat Manoeuvres – dogfighting) against US and NATO aircraft, a concept created by a South African fighter jock, Dick Lord, the idea is to create flight envelopes to win such an encounter. As you may imagine, this is serious, the aviators and pilots will meet those aircraft in combat. And yet, the scores were adapted to look better. In the book, which must be read with the other dogfighting book, Code Name Blue Tang, I use a character to underline the research:
… Unless you read GMJ Books, at least the Intelligence Briefing and hopefully Code Name Blue Tang, the missile part of his statement will bother you. Research, you will be surprised. Complacency will kill you. There is no QME anymore for NATO, it is doubted if there ever was and I see it as a US Merchants of Death propaganda stunt to satisfy the American public that, sadly, believe it to be true. I say again, do some research, you will be shocked.
“But how did they cheat, Sir Dennis?” Geelslang asked, fascinated.
He explained as follows, taking the long road. “You may recall that the Grumman F-14 Tomcat had only three claims to fame. First and always, it will be famous for 1986 CIA funded Top Gun movie of Tom Cruise fame. You will also know that the aggressor aircraft at the end of the movie, the black painted aircraft with the red stars on them, they called them MiG-30s or something, were in fact Northrop F-5E Tiger IIs.”
We nodded, we knew that and saw some of the more obvious mistakes in the movie. I always thought that Tom Cruise or his character rather, was a punk, way too immature as a naval aviator and too young for Kelly McGilles. His full length of about 5.7 feet is also much less than impressive in real life. In later years, as my technical knowledge grew, the movie became laughably bad but ageless, somehow (we like the music in it, nevertheless, Angelique).
“The second claim to fame of the Grumman F-14 Tomcat was the Phoenix BVR missile it carried. Yes, the ‘Beyond Visual Range’ missile never used in combat, not once. The only time that BVR was used in combat, was during the short Ethiopian / Eritrean War, 1998 to 2000, in Africa of all places. They were using Russian aircraft and missiles flown by Pakistanis on contract. I was there also, eh, observing and advising on the side. The problem here is who are you shooting at with those missiles? Unless you know who is who in combat, you cannot launch your own missiles, I will not launch a missile without knowing and risk shooting my own down. That should be damn well logical to anyone. Fighter pilots are not assassins by nature, the Israelis had a mutiny because of ground strikes in 2003 killing unintended civilians. (Yes, 27 F-16 and Blackhawk helicopter pilots signed an open letter stating they will not launch missiles at ground targets where the risk of killing innocents is too great. It caused shockwaves and split the country in two with some saying they are correct and others saying they are traitors. Most were fired on the spot as well they should have been; a military cannot afford such crap ideas. The mutiny came after the home of a Hamas military leader, Salah Shehade, was bombed. The explosion killed him and 14 members of his family, mostly children and many called it murder and assassination, Angelique.) The F-14s tried to overcome this lack of knowledge on who to shoot at, with a built-in telescopic camera lens to identify the enemy at long range, it did not work well, the airframe shook too much for clear vision. So, they could not launch the famed Phoenix missiles and since they could not dogfight for the reasons I mentioned before, they were dead when we closed in unharmed from any BVR missile.” He was saying virtually the same what we heard Amir, the Israeli Air Force fighter ace, say in Code Name Blue Tang. “Yes, if we got past the BVR they relied on, they were dead meat.” Sir Dennis repeated. “Which brings us to their third claim to fame, murder.”
“I know about this, it depends on command and control. If the Air Early Warning (AEW), of which the US has the Boeing E-3 Sentry and Northrop Grumman E-2 Hawkeye, can tell you who is where and who is approaching you before you could make visual contact, then only you are able to launch BVR with more confidence. I understand that everything is about AEW when it comes to BVR, the one cannot be without the other, it is that simple. Otherwise you cannot launch first and the approaching aircraft will engage you in a dogfight.” I explained my knowledge gained during Code Name Blue Tang.
“That is entirely correct, and the reason why Spetsnatz will destroy all Sentry aircraft, any AEW aircraft before the war actually kicks off. And if not, cruise missiles loaded with cluster bomb warheads, even tactical nuclear, will get them on their air fields. Not a single US based airbase is protected against cruise missile strikes nor against terrorism as we saw with Red Cell operations (this is where Special Forces “attacks” their own bases, acting as terrorists to test defences, see Code Name Phantom, Angelique). It would be an easy strike and if not, the fighter pilots will go after them ruthlessly, we (I suppose he meant the Soviets, Russians, whoever he was working for) know the threat that they represent and know how to defeat them electronically too, we will jam them from a long distance away. We have BVR missiles too and we have no hesitation in launching them at any aircraft since we know where we are, the rest must be the enemy and if not, tough. And we have better air-to-air missiles than the West, did so since the 1980s, we will win.”
Unless you read GMJ Books, at least the Intelligence Briefing and hopefully Code Name Blue Tang, the missile part of his statement will bother you. Research, you will be surprised. Complacency will kill you. There is no QME anymore for NATO, it is doubted if there ever was and I see it as a US Merchants of Death propaganda stunt to satisfy the American public that, sadly, believe it to be true. I say again, do some research, you will be shocked.
“But how did they cheat, Sir Dennis?” Geelslang asked, fascinated.
“You have to understand something, Geelslang. BVR is not overly hard to defeat if you know that the missiles are coming and you will, your threat receivers will be blaring away. Also, so will your own AEW, they will know and be warning you. You can defeat BVR by jamming or evasive manoeuvres etc. whilst closing in for guns and visual missile launches. That is why the Russian doctrine states, and I say again, that their missiles are as good as if not better than the US missiles, that the BVR missiles will be fired in salvos of two missiles at the same time, targeting the enemy, swamping him. In practice, we will fire a radio-frequency (RF) homing missile and an infrared (IR) ‘heat-seeking’ missile at you and they arrive just about simultaneously. Yet, we can dodge them if we know they are there and so can they, so the main thought is always to close in and if you can reduce the odds with BVR, why not, but as I said, there are many ways to dodge them, dive to the ground, climb towards the sun, jamming pods, shooting them down or simply turn and drop decoy flares. Many ways. The point is what happens when we get close? What if we survive the BVR launches and we will, and get close. You see, the old Phoenix missile argument is still with us to this very day and the latest MiGs and Sukhois are just as good aerodynamically as any NATO fighter, so it comes down to missiles and guns, we have better of both in my view.”
I recalled Angelique trying the same violent manoeuvres during Code Name OST-M when we were not shot down by a BVR missile, punching out decoy flares, turning us upside down (to hide the warm engines and a better view, Angelique) and into the coming missile, accelerating at full military emergency power towards it (giving it the smallest cross section possible, the coldest one too, Angelique) before trying to dive away at the very last second. Sadly, with us already burning because of the prior sabotage, the missile’s proximity fuse got us, exploding when in range, the shrapnel piercing her legs before she turned us the right way up and ejecting me first and then herself to safety. She came very close in dying on me that day, one of the few times I saw her unable to make her body do what she wanted, she seemed puzzled (Foxtrot pulled me bodily into my liferaft, my legs would not move, it was an odd sensation, I was bleeding out, dying, Angelique).
“They cheated, Geelslang, by falsifying the efficiency of their Phoenix BVR missiles, stating that since they got us long before we could get close. Stating that our results when we did get close, did not matter since we were already dead. It was a damn lie.” Sir Dennis was furious, a professional flyer, not impressed with people cooking the books. He angrily waved his hands, back in full fighter pilot mode. “Well, it depends how you look at it. Let me explain like this to you, when the new bunch of trainees arrived, and they came with their entire squadrons, for the first three weeks of the exercise, they would lose every single encounter. They would not listen and tried to engage us one on one, turning and twisting with guns and short range air-to-air missiles. In other words, World War Two tactics as if their Phoenix BVR missiles did not get us.” He stopped talking suddenly, then looked at us. “That part was in fact entirely realistic because the BVR missiles would not have gotten us, you understand? We would have gotten close, one on one and so that was realistic. And once close and spotted, which was another thing they really struggled with, they said we were too small but we were the same size as a MiG-21 when not in an actual MiG-21. They tried to dogfight us because they had no choice and they were young, firebrands, hotshots, patriotic, good lads but full of themselves. They had no real combat experience since Vietnam.” He suddenly broke into a wide grin, mischievous almost, a very likeable man. “They lost every single one of such engagements. They were hopelessly outclassed and totally demoralised, not even trying hard at the end. They realised that it was physically impossible, eh, like matching a Ford 4x4 truck against a Ferrari on a Formula One track. So much so that we started losing deliberately, which takes great skill and confidence, to build them up again. They would then, if they kept in the flight envelope we told them, the only known one that they could fly to win, they would get a 2:1 advantage, never better than that. So much so for the myth of 15:1 they spread around of them winning. You may be sure, I told my handlers the truth and demonstrated it to them when they did not believe me! Yes, I flew for both sides, I was the best aggressor pilot for both the Warsaw Pact and NATO…. “Undoubtedly I am the only man ever to have done that. Because of me and your Kukri helmet aiming system, we would have defeated NATO Air Forces if they ever attacked us. Yes, we knew exactly what to do and what to expect because of me.” He started laughing softly at the idea. “Do you know, Mrs Dawson, we purposely never told our Arab clients how to defeat the Jews with our aircraft. The Soviet pilots helping them were never trained by our aggressor schools on purpose. We kept the maskirovka alive, that NATO have air superiority and leading us in technology too. That was probably our greatest achievement then and today.”
He sounded proud and why not, it was one hell of a feat and unique in spying, no wonder Angelique admired him so much as one penetration agent to another. I got what he just said, it meant that for the first three weeks of any conventional war or until the pilots learned to listen to good advice, they would have been shot from the sky. The problem is this, how many would have survived that first three weeks, especially with their less than perfect ejection seats and a Red Army overrunning Europe, and thus ejecting into enemy territory behind enemy lines? That was the very reason for Top Gun and Red Flag training, to get past the first three weeks and now, to boost morale, it turned out the Pentagon lied, once again, on results obtained and for what? As Sir Dennis asked, the practical consequences would have been what they were at Miramar and Nellis AFB. I am afraid the words “dereliction of duty” do not give justice here, this was treachery of the worst kind in not facing the truth and doing something about it, falsifying statistics and reports are not the answer, better training is. As Sir Dennis said, once they kept to the envelopes and tactics known to work, they marginally, 2:1 started winning, still a pathetic ratio, it means that for every 3 sorties 1 one would be shot down. I must ask, what else was the US Military lying about and is lying about right now? Time will tell. If American and reading here, the above should annoy you since you cannot and will not win a conventional war without air superiority, something we took for granted during those times.
History is repeating, that is even worse. In Vietnam, the original McDonnel Douglas F-4 Phantom II did not have an internal cannon because air-to-air missiles would do the trick according to the US Merchants of Death, well, they did not (incredibly, the kill rate of such missiles in the 1960s and 1970s was approximately 8% to 10% in real life, today they are at 60% and higher, 90% plus, for the South African designed short range DENEL V3E Darter and European IRIS-T, Angelique). Now the US Merchants of Death are saying that the stealth fighters, the Lockheed F-22 and F-35, will never have to dogfight because they are stealthy and anyway, BVR will get the enemy long before they come close, no problem (the BVR missiles they are talking about has a 60% chance of a hit, that is under optimal conditions, they will miss 40% of the time, in real life, who knows, Angelique). Yet, Lockheed then hurriedly and at terrible cost overruns, added the GAU-22/A 25 mm gun on the new fighter jets, taken from the Marine’s British designed and built Harrier jets. That is after the stealth fighter came off second best against a 20-year-old F-16B and people like Pierre Sprey and other top rated fighter pilots started speaking out, only to be shouted down. And we know, I write and warn about this often in GMJ Books, that stealth does not work, not against the human eyeball nor against cutting-edge radars that came to the fore with the advances in computers (see Code Name Lucy where we explained what the Chinese Navy as well as Chinese AWACS will do with Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor / F-35 at a distance of more than 200 miles, Angelique). This is as good an argument as to take away the infantry’s assault rifles because mortars and artillery will get the enemy before they come close, stupid argument is it not? Ridiculous even. What if the mortars and artillery do not get them? What then? Another Vietnam Era cannon less Phantom II fiasco is approaching or perhaps will be prevented, only the future will tell.
What Sir Dennis also revealed now was that the Soviets knew exactly the West’s fighter tactics and flew their own envelopes to defeat them, after all, they got 41 complete, flying, Northrop F-5E Tiger II jets from South Vietnam to play with, after the 1975 surrender (they almost got the McDonnel Douglas Phantom II also, by a miracle the airframe was not given the South Vietnamese Air Force despite them asking for it, numerous times, Angelique). Having aggressor squadrons training against your own aircraft is not, repeat not, unique to the US and NATO. The Chinese Air Force, by far the most powerful Air Force in the world currently, yes, more so than the USAF, each fighter jock flying on average between 160 and 180 hours a month training against the 4 hours a month in the US version, has a Flight Test and Training Centre (FTTC) at Cangzhou. There they have three regiments of aggressor aircraft, all with the same in flight attributes as the US F-16 and F-18 Hornet and Super Hornet. Do you think that is by chance? If so, kindly note how I describe the Chinese Military in GMJ Books, working systematically towards their goals, it is frightening and then read again what I said about the BRICS Pact in the Intelligence Briefing, as always, I invite you to research my facts. Historically, the Soviets had several aggressor squadrons operating with US made equipment and the Russians carried on, honing their skills. We should realise that even our enemies can be good, pro-active and waiting, observing. Victory is never assured and complacency will kill you in war. I sometimes wish that the numerous Internet armchair generals and not so honourable Members of Congress would read my books and wake up to the reality that I describe at great risk to myself. Especially a senator called John McCain will do well to read GMJ and stop his warmongering talk unless he wants to be shot down again. He is long past his expiry date and is now undoing many years of good and honourable service, stuck in the Soviet Union-is-the-Enemy past and unable to grab modern technology. … (Taken from Code Name Jen, GMJ 32).
I don’t write books to insult anyone, but I do highlight what is known or what should be known by the public in order for changes to take place. Code Name Jen is available online, a good story, and it reveals other interesting facts too. If you cannot afford my books, contact me, I will help you within reason. Three are available for download free of charge anyway.
George M James is a pseudo name for the author and used for security reasons. He is an expert on counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations in sub Saharan Africa, a military and war historian and published author of 43 books. His late wife was an American Patriot that served with the U.S. Navy. His books are widely read among military veterans of many nations.