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Spectrum Sequueze to K.O. B-2 Bomberís Radar?
www.defenseindustrydaily.com ^ | 24-Mar-2009 | N/A

Posted on 03/25/2009 11:34:12 AM PDT by Freeport

America’s 21 B-2A Spirit stealth bombers have been leaders in stealth technology and weapon support arrangements. Now, they’re a leader in a less desirable category. DTI’s Bill Sweetman reports that during a 2008 bandwidth auction, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission inadvertently sold the operating frequency band of the B-2 bomber’s Raytheon AN/APQ-181 radar to an obscure firm headed by a Russian-educated citizen of Mali. Installing new radar arrays on the 20 surviving jets will reportedly cost “well over $1 billion.”

Sweetman notes that this is just one side effect of spectrum allocation problems, and greater civilian appetites for its use. Patriot PAC-3 missiles that are critical to Japan’s missile defense system have problems there, because the radios used to link all the scattered firing units use frequencies assigned to the Japanese cell phone industry. The JTIDS predecessor to modern Link-16 MIDS-LVTs is currently the only way to get AWACS targeting data to an F-22, but it has “limited supportability outside the continental U.S.” because it was developed in an occupied band. Even flight testing and telemetry is beginning to have these problems.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: b2; fcc; rf
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1 posted on 03/25/2009 11:34:12 AM PDT by Freeport
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To: Freeport

inadvertently my A$$


2 posted on 03/25/2009 11:38:00 AM PDT by GoldMan (Never try to rationalize an irrational mind............)
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To: Freeport
Statement: "...inadvertently sold the operating frequency band of the B-2 bomber’s Raytheon AN/APQ-181 radar to an obscure firm headed by a Russian-educated citizen of Mali...."

Response: I sincerely doubt the sale was inadvertent.

3 posted on 03/25/2009 11:38:02 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: GoldMan

reminds me of Clinton, Loral and missle targeting intelligence.

TRAITORS!!!!!!!


4 posted on 03/25/2009 11:39:36 AM PDT by Vaquero ( "an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Freeport
The "Federal Communications Commission INADVERTENTLY sold the operating frequency ... to an OBSCURE firm headed by a RUSSIAN-educated citizen of Mali"

Inadvertently?

Sure. I'm willing to believe that.

And I'm sure that the Russian-educated citizen of Mali, INADVERTENTLY made the purchase.

5 posted on 03/25/2009 11:39:56 AM PDT by ChicagahAl (Don't blame me. I voted for Sarah.)
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To: Freeport

>> during a 2008 bandwidth auction, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission inadvertently sold the operating frequency band of the B-2 bomber’s Raytheon AN/APQ-181 radar to an obscure firm headed by a Russian-educated citizen of Mali.

Well, if I were in charge, first of all I would go to this “russian educated citizen of Mali” (yeah. right.), tell him I was taking my bandwidth back, here’s his money back. With interest. Any questions? We’ll send a B-2 bomber over to discuss it. Yeah, that’s harsh. Tough.

Second of all, I would find the lazy incompetent morons in the FCC that were responsible for this, and hang them in public with piano wire. Just as an example to the others. That’s harsh too. I’m just a harsh kind of guy.


6 posted on 03/25/2009 11:40:15 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Party? I don't have one anymore.)
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To: Freeport

Wasn’t the head of the FCC, Colin Powell’s son?


7 posted on 03/25/2009 11:41:16 AM PDT by ChicagahAl (Don't blame me. I voted for Sarah.)
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To: ChicagahAl
Wasn’t the head of the FCC, Colin Powell’s son?

Michael Powell quit in 2005. Brendan Fayles was chairman in 2008. The position is currently unfilled with Michael Copps serving as acting chairman.

8 posted on 03/25/2009 11:48:21 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: Freeport

This sounds like a problem with the ITU, not the FCC.

Every country allocates their band space differently. For international allocations you need to go through the ITU, don’t you? Not sure how defense is handled.


9 posted on 03/25/2009 11:48:56 AM PDT by Wiseghy ("You want to break this army? Then break your word to it.")
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To: Freeport
Void the sale. Give the money back if the transaction happened already and pay settlement if necessary.

If the guy causes any trouble, jam the hell out of all of his equipment. (I am interested in why he needs the frequencies anyway, and what kind of equipment he will be using).

When the USAF inadvertently sold some controlled items couple of decades ago (jet engines, I think), they were seized back at the point of a gun.

This is National Security for goodness sake!

If they can threaten to revoke a radio station's license for playing Rush Limbaugh, they certainly call this sale back!

10 posted on 03/25/2009 11:52:49 AM PDT by Never on my watch (What part of Socialism works and what part of Capitalism doesn't?)
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To: Freeport

This sale had to be illegal and it should be stopped.

LLS


11 posted on 03/25/2009 11:56:03 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my President... NEVER!!!)
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To: Never on my watch

Bomb any transmission on this frequency... problem solved.

LLS


12 posted on 03/25/2009 11:57:02 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my President... NEVER!!!)
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To: Freeport
Void the sale. Give the money back if the transaction happened already and pay settlement if necessary.

If the guy causes any trouble, jam the hell out of all of his equipment. (I am interested in why he needs the frequencies anyway, and what kind of equipment he will be using).

When the USAF inadvertently sold some controlled items couple of decades ago (jet engines, I think), they were seized back at the point of a gun.

This is National Security for goodness sake!

If they can threaten to revoke a radio station's license for playing Rush Limbaugh, they certainly call this sale back!

13 posted on 03/25/2009 11:59:31 AM PDT by Never on my watch (What part of Socialism works and what part of Capitalism doesn't?)
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To: Never on my watch

Sorry for the duplicate post. Computer locked up.

But it was worth saying twice!


14 posted on 03/25/2009 12:02:53 PM PDT by Never on my watch (What part of Socialism works and what part of Capitalism doesn't?)
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To: Nervous Tick
"I'm just a harsh kind of guy."

Harsh, effective, and great style.

15 posted on 03/25/2009 12:19:26 PM PDT by uncommonsense
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To: Freeport

Well, if the Mali dood can figure how to stop the B-2 from using that frequency band he’s welcome to try.


16 posted on 03/25/2009 12:32:52 PM PDT by CodeToad (Anyone wanting the government to take over medical care should stand in line at the post office)
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To: Nervous Tick
I would find the lazy incompetent morons in the FCC that were responsible for this, and hang them in public with piano wire. Just as an example to the others. That’s harsh too. I’m just a harsh kind of guy.

Well, you certainly won't have any repeat offenders that way.

17 posted on 03/25/2009 5:16:10 PM PDT by sionnsar (Iran Azadi | 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | ¬ďAlso sprach Telethustra¬Ē - NonValueAdded)
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To: Vaquero

It was intentional, in order to further their globalist aims.

No nationalist would have done this.


18 posted on 08/03/2009 7:20:24 PM PDT by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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