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Russian Lemons and Other Fakes from Forbes. Part 2


WASHINGTON – February 25, 2019

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Forbes could already earn a diploma from the main fake sources like the Daily News or Buzzfeed but the business magazine is trying to at least make a decent representative in the media market. Indeed, very deservedly, a Statista analyst published in Forbes that the United States trails the rest of the world in a high-speed rail.

It would seem that a decent title could speak about the quality and truthfulness of the content, but not here.

A Statista infographic says China, Japan and Spain are leading in the presence of the longest high-speed railway. Germany holds fifth place according to the infographic. For some reason, the analysts missed that Russia still remains in the same fifth place, according to the International Union of Railways (UIC). The length of these roads is almost 930 miles.

According to Statista, the length of Germ railways is 606 miles (976 km), while in France it’s 1,087 miles (1,749 km). There’s quite a gap between these numbers.

And that’s not all. According to the same Statista, the longest railway (not high-speed) is in China, but its total length is not indicated anywhere. But everyone knows that the longest railway is recognized as the TRANS-Siberian railway.

The giant road was started in 1891. In those years it was called the Great Siberian Way. Despite that the construction was carried out since the nineteenth century, the railroad is modern enough. Its length is 5,5579 miles (9,300 km).

Here it is worth noting that almost all western media, from French to New Zealand, knows this and writes about it.

The longest railway in the USA

The oldest and one of the longest railroads in America is the transcontinental railroad, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Construction began in the days of President Lincoln and continued with great difficulty for a long time.

The opening took place in 1869. It took nearly 48 hours to get from San Francisco to New York. This connection between ports on both coasts became the impetus for the development of the US economy. By the end of the nineteenth century, three more transcontinental railways had appeared; today there are seven.

Due to the growing popularity of railways and its active construction, America became a world leader in railroad length (254,000 miles). Now there is a tendency towards significant reduction.

In 2001, the two roads were united in order to improve the country's economic situation and competitiveness. Thus was formed the longest system in the United States, which included 33,554 miles of one road and 32,932 miles of the other.

Defense and aviation. Since USA Really has decided to continue its series on Forbes reporting, we’ll now touch on the topic of defense and aviation.

US army officials have said they were preparing a plan for the future army state. Former Deputy Director of the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, Loren Thompson, also once taught at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and is now the author of an article on several strategically important aspects of the army’s future.

According to the article, since the United States still constantly sees a threat to its integrity by China and Russia, the expert believes that the army should not be limited to traditional means of combat.

"In the future, most air and ground vehicles may be unmanned or optionally manned, and equipped with artificial intelligence that bolsters resilience and response times. All land forces will be seamlessly connected by wireless networks that enemies can neither intercept nor jam," the article says.

The author is right that the nature of modern warfare differs, for example, from the period of the First and Second World Wars, but the events in Syria or Ukraine show the process is not much different from those years. Yes, a new principle of information warfare has come to the fore. Increasingly, people are hearing about the arms race, about the creation of newer and newer means of warfare, threatening figures and forecasts, but no one sees even a fraction of this process.

Sarah Rogers

"This has all been thought through in exquisite detail, with scores of programs delayed or terminated to make room for more pressing needs," the article reads.

Thompson is right: The army has to stick to a certain plan, a road map, so it doesn't end up somewhere lagging behind China.

In the coming years, "new challenges may appear in unexpected quarters in the years ahead, so having a flexible campaign plan could prove crucial to coping with strategic surprises," the author continues.

But there is one big nuance. Tell a clear, convincing story to outsiders. How should a simple person understand this? Why should army leaders persuade someone to allocate funds or persuade them to work, for example? This remains relevant, despite the government shutdown.

“This band of brothers will need all their skills of persuasion in the years ahead as budget walls begin to close in. Washington can’t keep running trillion-dollar annual deficits forever,” the article says.

But why, once again, should the army should wait until Trump or the government allocates funds? Why do they need to tell stories to convince us?

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld once said, "You are sending to war the army that you have." Rumsfeld was right. Wars are rarely won in one decisive battle or only at the expense of new technologies. The result of war is predetermined decades before its beginning.

Needless to say today that the US army is also its representation of the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO), but it has too many problem areas in the technical field. The strengths of each side are hardly worth describing. At the initial stage of such a hypothetical conflict, China or Russia may begin to shoot down missiles, drones, and planes of other countries, not to let their warships close to the shore. According to Tom Leo Clancy Jr. (an American novelist, best known for his technically detailed espionage and military science storylines set during and after the Cold War), the West will destroy ground systems and various control points in response.

In addition, the United States has a good variation of aviation, although it is outdated, according to the American media. And this is not the only problem for the US army. In general, the level of physical training in the army is declining, and they are looking for new ways to make soldiers healthy and physically fit.

- In this the military is influenced by sports science, biomechanics, and a healthy lifestyle.

- Sports coaches and instructors are brought in to reduce injuries among personnel.

A few weeks later, the joint military base of San Antonio (including the Lackland Air Base) contacted the University of Texas in Austin, offering the faculty of physiology of movements and medical education to analyze and make changes to the physical training program used at the initial stages of training at Lackland.

Even the suggestion that the troops should lower the standards of physical fitness in some areas could not but be condemned, especially by those who served. As a result, the faculty refused this study, but the base employees talk about the significant success of physical training.

They have made remarkable progress in their fields, including in work that has a tremendous impact on the military. For example, Professor Carl K. Klein, who came to the faculty in 1952 and worked there for 30 years, took part in federal studies on the prevention of injuries in sports, and the result of this work was that the military removed deep squats from physical training.

Then, about 10 years ago, the physiologist Edward Coyle, together with biochemist and neuroscientist Steve Kornguth, participated in a project funded by the Defense Ministry, investigating how sleep deprivation affects cognitive abilities and physical performance. In addition, Kornguth participated in other studies that resulted in the development of countermeasures against biological and chemical weapons. He is currently studying brain injuries and micro quakes in sports and the military.

Mike Knaak

Science-research and analytical work has significantly helped improve approaches to physical and combat training, as well as to reduce the consequences of hostilities and injuries for personnel.

But sports science is not only applied research. It helps the military solve the problems of physical training of recruits and personnel in active military service.

Now experts say the country is not only physically weakened, but it’s starting to lose its physical coordination. As a result, there are many more musculoskeletal injuries compared to the historical norm. For 15 years, the Marine Corps have been assigning physical trainers to the centers where recruits undergo their initial training. Now they have concluded that such trainers are necessary throughout the military. Over the next four years, the corps intend to allocate $8.6 million annually to provide each of the three marine expeditionary forces with an appropriate number of physical trainers.

But not only are the Marines aware of the importance of such coaches. All other armed forces and troops, including Special Forces, are provided with physical training instructors to carry out their tasks.

This attention to military physical training is nothing new. As early as 1860, the British army created the Royal Corps of army physical training (originally called the gymnastic staff) to eliminate the physical infirmity of British troops, which they demonstrated during the Crimean War.

Stew Smith

Given social trends and technological advances, it's safe to say that training and sports science will play an ever-increasing role in military operations.

The commander of the US army on procurement, logistics and technology Bruce Jett also decided that certain types of weapons can be transferred under the control of artificial intelligence, because this is the only way to defeat such powerful opponents as China and Russia.

But Jett noted that the restriction of defensive systems based on artificial intelligence is not quite correct. He explained that the United States is extremely quick to respond and to answer enemy attack. But conservative fears undermine these opportunities.

"Time is a weapon. If we fail to engage artificial intelligence in the effective management of defense systems, we will lose time in the long run. Let's say you're firing artillery at me. I can shoot down these shells, and you need a man in the chain of operations to carry out each new shot. But not enough people that the shooting happened quickly enough," explained the American military.

Jett's units, along with the newly-created Army Futures Command (AFC) unit, are trying to develop a roadmap for the use of artificial intelligence in combat. AFC develops artificial intelligence for the US army. To this end, the unit has established a special center in Carnegie Mellon.

In general, the situation is more than tense. Almost half of US troops believe that the United States will soon be drawn into a major war. The sharp increase in concern among the military is caused by global instability and the actions of Russia and China, in particular. This data is presented in the results of a survey about the mood in the operating forces of the United States.

About 46% of the soldiers who participated in the anonymous survey said that the United States will be drawn into a new war over the next year (that is this, 2019). This is a sharp increase from just 5% who expressed similar views in a survey conducted in September 2017.

Christina Animashaun

Another 50% believe next year there will be no major conflict in the country. But that number is declining compared to more than two-thirds of those surveyed last fall, who said that war is unlikely. The problem is that after years of service in the US Department of Defense's bureaucratic system, senior officers can still lecture on the battles of the past, but very few are ready to effectively apply their theoretical knowledge on the fields of future battles, even fewer are able to win.

The Cold War army didn't go through a deep reorganization; the Pentagon seeks to maintain the old structure. The US military leadership is trying to shove high-tech stuffing into the old organizational form to create the illusion of change.

Due to the fact that the implementation of ineffective programs of modernization of the US army took billions of dollars, senators can take the initiative to create a special organization that does not obey the military leadership and is designed to create new combat formations. This is very important because the army cannot reform itself.


Silly Forbes columns are actually a trifle in comparison with the affairs that actually settle the destiny of the world. Last week the insider was published, according to which the United States recognized Juan Guido as interim Venezuela President because opposition representatives convinced officials in Washington that this will be enough for the army and that the Maduro administration has fallen.

Mike MacKenzie

The diversification of information sources to get the most objective picture, the organization of a large-scale intelligence network, direct work with key local figures, the most complex operations of the CIA and other US intelligence agencies that for many decades provided the States with a very high level of influence in Latin America. All this was replaced with the formula of "a couple of locals told us and we believed them." And when something goes wrong, you can throw up your hands and say that all possible efforts were made, but no one is to blame and no one can be punished because it traumatizes the delicate mental organization of 35-year-old children.

And although such American failures, of course, cause slight gloating, to laugh at it is very risky, because now no one is immune from this, no developed country, abandoning the traditional methods of education of the young generation — with discipline, strict requirements and responsibility for their actions. This problem must be solved. These ridiculous publications in the media are the least of the evils here.

As a result, the thought doggedly climbs into your head: Since you can no longer flog children, maybe you should whip at least a few adults?

Author: USA Really