Welcome to the seventieth episode of the Lessons from the Cockpit podcast. This one is going to be a little different.
For a long time I’ve contemplated doing TWO podcasts; the current Lessons from the Cockpit on aviation and another called On the Nation’s DIME, looking at current events around the world analysed using The DIME. DIME is an acronymn for Diplomatic, Informational, Military and Economic… the elements of national power our government uses to analyse how powerful or weak a nation state or organization is based on those four elements. Our government also uses the DIME as a format for creating operations and plans called Flexible Deterrent Options or FDOs to stop potential conflicts from happening or begin movement of troops and material to a region if and when war seems likely. This episode takes a look at current events in North Korea, Russia and Ukraine and potential flexible deterrent options to keep from going to war.
This episode of the Lessons from the Cockpit podcast is financially supported by the book Tanker Pilot: Lessons from the Cockpit found in all four formats on Amazon: hardback, softback, kindle, and audile. The softack version has the pictures in color and kindle and audible have a extra file which downloads with the 32 pictures.
Aircraft involved in many Flexible Deterrent Options are available at Wall Pilot, custom aviation art for the walls of your home, office, or hanger. These very detailed aircraft profile illustrations are printed in four, six, and eight foot long prints on vinyl you can peel off and stick to any flat surface. Wall Pilot also creates custom aircraft profiles with your name, unit emlems, tail codes, and weapons loads in the same sizes. These prints are so detailed the AIM-9 Sidewinders have the stenciling and arming T-Handles on the missiles. Go to Wall Pilot and order one or two prints for your walls as this keeps the podcast funded.
US Air Force bombers showing up in your region sends a very clear message to our potential adversaries, particularly when teamed with other nations’ airpower. This B-1B Lancer is from the 77th Weapons Squadron, part of the US Air Force Weapons School at Nellis AF Nevada.
Low observable aircraft like the F-117 deployed to South Korea when Kim il Sung died in 1994 as a deterrent to his son Kim Jung il burying his Dad in Seoul. The F-117s flew missions in and around the Korean Peninsula for three weeks in the summer of 1994.
The F-22 Raptor is the best, ar none, air superiority fighter in the world. A squadron of Raptors showing up in your area can e a big deterrent to our adversaries. This F-22 Raptor is from the Hawaii Air National Guard.
Lockheed F-35s from the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill AF Utah are now flying missions in the Middle East, and one of their tasks is defending our Reaper drones from the Russian Air Force SU-27s and Iranian F-4 Phantoms. This F-35 is from the 34th Fighter Squadron “Rude Rams“, the first F-35 unit to deploy to the Middle East region.
Intelligence collection is the most important operation during a crisis. The US Air Force RC-135W Rivet Joint battlefield electronic warfare aircraft is always one of the first aircraft to show up in a region to prepare the for intelligence preparation of the battlefield. This RC-135 flies with the 343rd Reconnaissance Squadron based out of Offutt Air Force base near Omaha Nebraska.