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  1. More AMX International AMX attack plane sales/Greater combat usage

    So the AMX international AMX attack plane is a somewhat interesting aircraft. In the late 70s/early 80s both Italy and Brazil found themselves looking for a replacement for their light ground attack/recon role. So oddly enough they formed a company specifically to design and produce the AMX...
  2. Possible survival of one or more of the independent Princely States in a post Partition India

    So the basic premise is is it possible for one or more of the Princely States to remain largely or totally independent in the event of a Raj that is partitioned resulting in some form of independent India and some form of independent Pakistan/Muslim majority state. Which of the princely states...
  3. Earliest possible US formal well organized civilian intelligence agencies

    So the question is what the earliest that a CIA and NSA like organization could be formed for the US. More importantly one that actually lasts versus one the dies out when the immediate need seems to dwindle (Like the Black Chamber in WW1 or the OSS in WW2).
  4. Artillerymen/Destroyermen

    I was wondering if their were any fellow fans of Taylor Andersons Destroyermen series? Or if anyone had read his new start of a prequel series to Destroyermen "Artillerymen". I read the first book and was pleasantly surprised. While I fealt the last few books of the Destroyermen series had...
  5. USS Monitor uses full powder loads at the Battle of Hampton Roads

    So the Battle of Hampton Roads is pretty famous. The Secesh ironclad CSS Virginia managed to utterly smash a squadron of USN wooden warships many of which would have been considered very powerful near Ships of the Line less then a decade before. Multiple ships were smashed or forced to beach and...
  6. Earlier Atomic Gardening

    So Atomic Gardening is a process involving exposing crop species to a radioactive material and repeatedly expose the mutated strains to radioactive materials over generations until ideally a ideal cultivar has been created. Started in the 50s since then over 200 commercially viable cultivars...
  7. Why did Firearms almost totally replace Crossbows/Bows and Arrows

    So it seems to be a relatively simple question on the surface. Why did when introduced firearms using gunpowder replace crossbows and bows and arrows almost totally long before repeating firearms firing self contained metallic cartridges containing a percussion cap, powder propellant, and...
  8. US adopts the F20 in some form

    So suppose the US military had adopted the F20 in some form by one of the Branches with at least several hundred procured by the US. Most likely obviously the USAF. How could t this happen and what would be effects of this? Would it have success in the export market? Who else might procure it...
  9. USN National Guard Equivalent?

    So in US history various states have had their own "State Naval Militias" basically a aquatic equivalent of the regular militia (which would evolve into the US National Guard). They generally were given older ships by the navy as stationary pier side trainers. Various states established and...
  10. Better US Army Weapons/Equipment in WW1

    Alright this occurred to me while reading "Doughboys in Camoflouge". Basically assuming the US Army had at the start of the war gotten a pretty signifigant budget increase and increase in troop strength from roughly 100K (some sources I find say 98K some say 130K) backed by 27K NG men into at...
  11. Ideal American Reconstruction

    In OTL after the end of the ACW their was a reconstruction period where the Federal government at various times tried to reform Southern society, rebuild the south, and ensure rights for former slaves. Ultimately it more or less failed utterly and Southern society remained unreformed and civil...
  12. How can you save Bethelhem Steel and Sparrow Point

    Bethelhem Steel was at one one of if not the largest steel companies in the world. Their Sparrow Point facility in Baltimore was also for years the single largest Steel Plant in the entire world. It had a variety of sectors including not just steel production but also things like manufacturing...
  13. US Snaps up the Remainder of the Spanish Pacific Empire in 1898

    So the purpose of this thread is two part 1) Why didn't the US include the entirety of the Spanish possessions in the Pacific when they forced the Spanish to accept the annexation of Guam, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico. In OTL besides Guam and the Philippines the Spanish had possessed a...
  14. Was the US Army/USMC Abandoning Heavy Artillery a Mistake?

    So during WW2, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, and the First Gulf War the US operated multiple systems of heavy tube artillery systems of 175mm and 203mm calibers. The Military decided to retire these systems and not develop replacements leaving the heaviest tube artillery available being either...
  15. Improve US Combat Rations both in WW2 and After

    So from WW2 to the present day the US has had some pretty terrible combat field rations. So the challenge is to improve US rations as much as feasibly, technologically, economically, and strategicly possible. So what do you change? What do you introduce tech wise and when? What styles do you go for.
  16. Post 1950 US version of the North Irish "Troubles"

    So the basic challenge is for someone to come up with a plausible way for their to be a decades long version of the Northern Irish "Troubles" involving a long running multi faceted insurgency with paramilitaries from different groups trying to target each other's paramilitaries and civilians...
  17. US military adopting the 1903 Springfield in 7.92 Mauser

    So it occurred to me what's the plausibility of the US Army chosing to instead of adopting a new home designed cartridge (30:06 Springfield) instead it had been decided to adopt the new rifle in the already established Mauser 7.92 cartridge. The 1903 Springfield already copied the Mauser action...
  18. Have the F106 see combat service

    So the basic premise is how can you have the F106 see combat service outside North America without involving WW3 between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. Similarly how can you make the F106 a better aircraft thats more diversified in its capabilities? Bonus points if you can get export sales outside...
  19. Replace the KC135 in USAF service Earlier

    So the venerable KC135 has been lumbering on for decades now and have needed a lot of maintenance to keep going. The air frames have a ton of miles on them. There have been several attempts to replace the KC 135 with only the most recent proving even borderline capable of replacing them all. In...
  20. Why Didn't Sweden Join NATO?

    So from what I understand Sweden was formally neutral throughout the Cold War (partially stemming from it's long term neutrality dating back to the Napoleonic wars). But from what I understand the Swedish government/military pretty much always implicitly assumed that in the event of a WW3...
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