The Warthog of Tomorrow : The A-1000

The Warthog of Tomorrow : The A-1000

Or Designing Tomorrow’s A-10 Thunderbolt II / Warthog Anti-Tank Close Air Support Aircraft.

107th Fighter Squadron Returns to Normandy

Two A-10’s fly over France to celebrate the anniversary of D-Day. The A-10 on the left is painted to commemorate the anniversary, assuming the black and white stripes of some of the Allied aircraft flown on 6 June 1944 during the invasion of Normandy.  Photo:

I love the Terminator films.  Arnold was the T-1.  The next Terminator was the T-1000.  So why not make the next A-10 the A-1000?

For those of you perhaps unfamiliar with my favorite plane, and the world’s most awesome 30mm bullet-spewing flying anti-tank killer in the world, the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II, known more affectionately as the Warthog, is America’s premier tank busting aircraft.    Rather than let me go on about it for pages, you can browse these two web sites:

Here is a great YouTube video compilation of the A-10 shooting its incredible 30 mm GAU-8 rotary barrel (Gatling-gun like) gun.

Two aspects of the A-10 are relatively unique in terms of audio: first, the engines have a high-pitched whistling above the lower, bass roar.  This is partly to reduce its audio signature so that adversaries hear it as late as possible – preferably after it has already fired and turned away from its threat.  Second, when the gun shoots the first sound (the sound of a lot of a snare drum) is the bullets impacting and then one hears the higher-pitched sound of the bullets being fired (a brrrrr, or sound of canvas being ripped).  This is because of the speed of the bullets, sound, location of their impact, and location of the aircraft.  So you see and hear the bullets hitting their target before you hear them being fired.  Time travel!

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Ethiopia travel video

Here is my latest travel video, of Ethiopia.  Primarily Lalibela and Tigray.

Ethiopia has a fascinating religious history and follows relatively strict, old Orthodox Christian practices.  The country experiences all-too-frequent power outages, has some unpaved roads which compel one to crawl along, and there is a bit too much of a “tipping” culture. But the countryside is beautiful, and despite its relatively large population, the country seems quite empty.

There are a dozen fantastic places in Ethiopia that I did not have time to see.  In terms of sub-Saharan Africa, it has some of the most fascinating historic sites, and a lava lake (which I did not see).  To crown it all, the true Ark of the Covenant (famous from such works as the Bible and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) is reportedly in Axum – but no one but one priest is allowed to see it.


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Book review: Battlefield Ukraine


BATTLEFIELD UKRAINE: by James Rosone and Miranda Watson

Battlefield Ukraine is the type of novel I would not mind writing – and perhaps I will write one day.  So this is a high compliment (IMHO).  After over fifteen years of the war on terrorism, most novels are focused on counter-terrorism operations, Islamic extremism, espionage, and other small-unit / small scale conflict.  This novel aims to follow in the footsteps and style of Tom Clancy’s Red Storm Rising, Harold Coyle’s Team Yankee, Bob Forrest-Webb’s Chieftains, and Larry Bond novels.  It does a good job, bearing in mind this genre has some limitations.  Most importantly, while this novel has similarities with Red Storm Rising and similar books, it is an important political and technological update.  Red Storm Rising is quite dated with references to SM-1s, F-14s, F-19 stealth fighters, etc.  Also think about what that novel does not have: B-2 bombers, F-22s, F-35s, Javelins, GPS, JDAMs, etc.

These novels are action and equipment oriented and cover the whole spectrum of warfare, from the trench to the President.  They are not character driven except for a few characters who get a bit more page space than others.  This genre of novel simply cannot be a spiritual journey of redemption and discovery as they usually cover the perspectives of both sides and different military occupations (armor, infantry, aircraft pilot, intelligence analyst, spy, political leader, etc.).  And, frankly, I do not read these books for their “characters” but for the action and the fictional portrayal of force-on-force war.  Other books or types of books will cover one man’s search for himself amidst war and tragedy – but these will be focused on that person, and not cover dozens of aspects of warfare and geopolitics.

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My YouTube Channel

Dear blog friends, I’ve added a page for my YouTube channel, which has a bunch of 1080p travel videos from around the world (mostly Asia for the moment).  Enjoy!

My YouTube Page

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Operation Kaki Blue – An ASEAN War Short Story

My latest short story! Read here, or download!  Free for distribution.

This is a short story about the breakout of war in Southeast Asia.


Cover Operation Kaki Blue

Four hours and thirty minutes: that was how long it would be until she had been married a full day to Singapore navy Lieutenant Nengyi Yew, Myolie thought.  She had worn a traditional wedding gown, sleeveless with an open back; while he had worn his formal white naval uniform with brass buttons, black epaulets with two gold stripes—one thick, one thin—denoting his rank.  After exchanging vows, they had walked down the aisle of their local church in the Serangoon neighborhood, hand in hand, beneath an archway of sabres borne by Nengyi’s comrades from the RSS Tenacious.  The organ had boomed Handel’s Messiah as they had departed, celebrating their union through lead pipes.

For nearly an hour her focus had been on the ship where the very same men who had saluted the newlyweds with swords were afloat aboard their ship in the Singapore Strait, but some movement just beyond the Singaporean navy frigate caught her attention.  It was impossible to be certain, but it seemed like a very long and straight man with rounded limbs was hanging from a cable beneath a helicopter, being dropped into the warm waters of the Singapore Strait as if he was either being tortured to confess a crime or for the mere pleasure of hanging from the whirlybird and taking an occasional dip.  “It’s a sonobuoy,” Myolie heard a man who looked to be in his mid to late-thirties next to her explain to a little boy at his side.  “They are looking for submarines.”

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I have just entered a competition to propose ideas to NASA as part of their NASAiTech program.  My proposal is a study to identify and plan for an anti-matter propulsion infrastructure.  You can read the abstract below, and download the 5-page PDF.




By Liam H. Dooley




NASA requires a new approach to propulsion technologies that will provide rapid, efficient long distance space travel between planets within Earth’s solar system and beyond, as well as building and sustaining populations off of the planet whether in deep space or on terra firma.  NASA and space-faring companies and nations will require a lift capacity far beyond what is currently available.  This need would be best met with anti-matter based propulsion systems.  However, because anti-matter is not readily available naturally nor easily produced, NASA needs to foster the establishment of a national – or global – anti-matter production infrastructure.

This proposal 1) suggests NASA promote the establishment of an anti-matter propulsion fuel infrastructure through planning, programming, and budgeting; and 2) establish a study group to propose potential courses of action, national and globally, to create and establish an anti-matter propulsion fuel infrastructure.

Read the complete proposal here:

Anti-Matter Propulsion System Infrastructure Study PDF

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Paws in Persia – A Photo Illustrated Short Story

In celebration of the passing (which is really the non-annulment) of the Iran nuclear agreement, I have written a short story that incorporates cats, traveling, and international politics. And some nice photos taken by me! Enjoy…whether or not you agree with the agreement. It is downloadable and available below as well. Liam

Download here in PDF: Paws in Persia

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Paws in Persia

A Short Photo-Illustrated Story

by Liam H. Dooley

Published by Liam H. Dooley, Ireland

© 2015, all rights reserved

This short story and its accompanying photographs may be shared in excerpt or in its entirety in electronic, paper, or other format under the condition that it is properly credited, without the knowledge or consent of the author, Liam H. Dooley.

There once was a young girl named Brygida.  Brygida lived in Cappadocia, Turkey, during a time when Greeks and Turks lived together.

Amidst the thousands of chimney stone formations that appeared to be either an upside-down ice cream cone several stories high or a smokestack so large that they contained a family home or a Greek church, Brygida lived a tranquil childhood hunting for ancient treasures or carrying water up ladders to family and neighbors.  Her family lived in an especially large and luxurious two-level cave, just beneath the ten-story high fortress of Uchisar – itself carved out of a small mountain, appearing like a thousand-eyed, earth monster with a flat skull on which an Ottoman flag flew.There one was a young girl named Brygida.  Brygida lived in Cappadocia, Turkey, during a time when Greeks and Turks lived together.

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New Blog Theme

Since I really don’t have so much to say about wine…it’s all good, though some is better than others – I have decided to change the blog to “warfare”.  Why?  First, because I needed a theme that started with a “W” sound to go with Writing and Roaming.  Second, because it is an issue that interests me and that is a theme, writ-large, of my novels and short stories and poems (when I write them).  Indeed, one of my first poems I wrote was an Ode to the Normandy Invasion.  Warfare – or rather international security, diplomacy, national security, defense issues, military history, and foreign policy are all issues that interest me, end up in my creative writing, and are relevant to many on a daily basis.

I will be writing about tanks, planes, battles, non-fiction books, and current events.  But this does not mean an end to my travels, nor my creative writing.  And on occasion, including very soon, I will post writings that combine all three elements.

Goreme, Turkey

Göreme, Turkey in Cappadocia.  A simply amazing place

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Tehran, the Nuclear Deal, and The Holy Diamond

Just a week ago the the P5+1(+0.5) and the Islamic Republic of Iran signed a deal to limit the IR of Iran’s nuclear facilities, production capabilities, and potential to develop a nuclear weapon / limitations on the potential to have a nuclear weapons programme.  To celebrate this agreement, I would like to offer a photo of The Holy Diamond, a quick assessment of the agreement, and finally a creative touch to wrap it all up.

Just a note, the P5 are the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, the One is Germany, and the 0.5 is the European Union.  It means that basically three countries (UK, France, and Germany) get double representation… Now is that fair?

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The Holy Diamond Kindle Version in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

When 10,000 Nukes are More Than Zero

Did you ever hear of the SALT I, SALT II, START I, START II, and New START Treaties?  These are all nuclear weapons treaties signed between the US and USSR and then US and Russia.  Not all of them were ratified.  But some of them were or otherwise they were respected without ratification – and they all included the USSR/Russia keeping nuclear weapons.  And not just one or a dozen, but thousands!  If you think the Iranian deal was bad, then how does the US-USSR/Russia deal sound?

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The Holy Diamond Now (Finally) on iTunes/iBook!

The Holy Diamond is now on Apple’s iTunes and iBooks! 

It took me ages to figure out the correct formatting, the uploading process, and all that dull, administrivia stuff but it’s finally done!

All you have to do is search iTunes or iBooks for “The Holy Diamond” and it will come up on your results page (as below). BUT be sure you are registered in a country / iTunes account that allows ebooks/iBooks.  Not all of them do.  Don’t ask me why… welcome to Apple!

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Screen capture from Apple iBooks


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Thanks to all my friends, family, fans, supporters, and readers for your encouragement!


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