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Former fighter pilot picked to lead British military’s space command

Old 16th Jan 2020, 14:00
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Former fighter pilot picked to lead British military’s space command

https://www.defensenews.com/global/e...space-command/

Got to love the picture; two Americans both dressed the same, five brits 4 different standards of dress. Not very 'Uniform' ( Also, why is it the older I get, the more I notice these things, I can't remember giving two hoots about it when I was younger!!!).
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I take personal pride in never dressing exactly the same as a colleague. Thrills me to the bone knowing it winds some up.....
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"Creation of a new Space Command and setting up of a Cabinet-level national space council are among the initiatives being pursued by the British.

On the capabilities front, new Skynet 6 communications satellites, planned new ballistic missile defense radars, the possible creation of a UK Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), surveillance and reconnaissance assets, and space-launch systems are on the agenda."

Where is the cash going to come form?
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Harry will be off the dole soon, that'll help with the finances.
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planned new ballistic missile defense radars




"Mavis, pop down stairs and tell Boris we have incoming...ohh and Mavis be a good dear and pop the kettle on while you're there, I have a feeling we are going to have a power cut."

The defense space portfolio is expected to be worth at least £7 billion, or roughly $9 billion, over the next 10 years as related capabilities move closer to the top of Britain’s military agenda.

Space operations will continue to be conducted by the Royal Air Force.
Surely it should be the Royal Airless Force.
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Harv Smyth is a great choice, a thoroughly nice bloke whose next appointment, without a doubt, will be CAS in 2.5 yrs time.
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I think there's precedent to variety in the uniforms though...



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You'd really expect more accuracy from the press, Smyth having never been a fighter pilot, he's only flown mud movers!
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The way people are voting with their feet, it will soon be the Royal Hairless Force.

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So, are people starting to call him "Buzz"?
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The way people are voting with their feet, it will soon be the Royal Hairless Force.

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Nope. You forgot he beards!
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Originally Posted by heights good View Post
Harv Smyth is a great choice, a thoroughly nice bloke whose next appointment, without a doubt, will be CAS in 2.5 yrs time.
Heights Good, are you Harv Smyth? Disgraceful self-promotion if you are...
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Originally Posted by Buster Hyman View Post
I think there's precedent to variety in the uniforms though...


Reminds me of the popular TV catchphrase at the time and Brize, when a RAF plod was spotted in Base hangar you would hear a lone voice holler out...... Pigs iiiin Baaaase.....
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Originally Posted by Sideshow Bob View Post
https://www.defensenews.com/global/e...space-command/

Got to love the picture; two Americans both dressed the same, six brits 4 different standards of dress. Not very 'Uniform' ( Also, why is it the older I get, the more I notice these things, I can't remember giving two hoots about it when I was younger!!!).
Fixed that for you, assuming you're counting the junior naval officer! More "types" than "standards" too imho....

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Heights Good, are you Harv Smyth? Disgraceful self-promotion if you are...
Haha!

No, I am not....I wouldn't mind his pay packet though.
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Originally Posted by bakseetblatherer View Post
You'd really expect more accuracy from the press, Smyth having never been a fighter pilot, he's only flown mud movers!
I guess they picked up on the 'F' in 3(F)... a fighter squadron flying mud movers of course!
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Should have appointed Kate Bush...




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Rumor has it the Nigerian Defense Space Administration is filing a complaint with the UK Foreign Minister re "poaching" of NDSA Staff by the UK Space Command.

Any truth to that?
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Harv Smyth is a great choice, a thoroughly nice bloke whose next appointment, without a doubt, will be CAS in 2.5 yrs time.
He’s a hell of a nice bloke. He has that certain ‘thing’ where you can’t help but like him.
Definitely the only quality, personnel minded 2 or 3 Star we have at the moment.
He was a great Sqn boss too. When a Sqn is happy they’ll do anything.
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CB,

Agreed. Although, with all the ‘Space’ work going on in the Cap area, I thought that there might have been another 2* lining himself up for that role....guess not!
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