Thomas Wictor

Decoding secret military exercises

Decoding secret military exercises

My own opinion is that there’s nothing to fear from the American armed forces—unless you’re an enemy of the United States, foreign or domestic. When people hear about secret military exercises, they often wind themselves up into a frenzy of terror. It’s so unnecessary. Usually a few minutes of research will let you determine what’s really going on.

Today’s Sign That We’re Doomed.

Secret military operations to divert LAX planes for a week

Mysterious maneuvers over the Pacific are forcing a change in Los Angeles International Airport landings late at night, meaning noise for thousands of people in the flight path.

Instead of landing from the east over Inglewood, planes begin flying from the west and over the ocean to keep noise levels down, but due to secret military operations, the airspace over the Pacific is closed to incoming flights for the next week.

“We clearly understand that neighbors and communities east of the airport will experience noise and we apologize for that,” said Nancy Castles, LAX public relations director.

The military is not saying what exactly is causing the change, and LAX claims it’s also in the dark. Castles said all they know is planes can’t be flying at low altitudes to our west…

What’s going on this week is a mystery.

It’s not a mystery to me. First, here’s how not to take this news.


There has been no word from the administration on the “Top Secret” military operations being conducted out of Los Angles’ LAX airport over the next week.

The headline and the first sentence are both factually incorrect. The maneuvers are not being conducted in either Los Angeles or LAX.

[W]hat is going one now is anybody’s guess. It is possible that the operation is a holdover from the recently concluded Jade Helm 15 operations, or it could be connected with the increased tensions between the United States and China over events in the South China Sea. But whatever it is, one thing is certain, something is definitely going on in the waters off the coast of California that Uncle Obama doesn’t want you to know about.

As for area residents, one man had this to say about the operations, “And plus if it’s a military thing it’s a good thing, that means they’re making it safer for us so I wouldn’t let it bother me,” said Steve Devosion of Inglewood. “I’d be more interested in them not doing something about what’s going on than them doing something about what’s going on.”

Isn’t that what the German Jews said about Hitler’s military maneuvers just before they started being rounded up and shipped to concentration camps?

Hitler’s military maneuvers were rounded up and shipped to concentration camps?

And Jade Helm 15 involved a total of 1200 military personnel spread over nine states. The New York City Police Department has 34,500 uniformed members. Here’s a member of the NYPD Emergency Service Unit (ESU), the men and women who carry out special operations.

American police departments now have mine resistant ambush protected vehicles (MRAPs).

Any attempt by the federal government to impose a dictatorship by force would result in a decades-long civil war. The US would become Syria. China and Russia would supply heavy weapons to the “rebels” by any means possible. Our nonexistent border enforcement would allow entire armies to join the fight. The notion of dictatorship in the US is dead on arrival, unless the voters approve it. So it’s still a possibility.

The mental patients in the video below are the future. They’re upset over the possibility of being upset by Halloween costumes at Yale University.

Dictatorships are about control. More and more young Americans want to exercise absolute control over everything, including the thoughts of others, so I can’t make any predictions about where we’re headed. Luckily I won’t live to see the worst of it.

But what about this secret military exercise diverting flights from the Pacific Ocean west of Los Angeles International Airport?

Well, it took me less than three minutes to find the answer. What’s in the ocean west of Los Angeles (red arrow)?

A bunch of islands.

When we do a little more poking around, we find this.

San Nicolas Island is the most remote of California’s Channel Islands. It is part of Ventura County. The 14,562 acre (58.93 km² or 22.753 sq mi) island is currently controlled by the United States Navy and is used as a weapons testing and training facility, served by Naval Outlying Field San Nicolas Island.

Actually, San Nicholas Island is a little more interesting than that.

Shrouded in secrecy, San Nicolas Island is a remote spit of land in a vast, shimmering sea.

On this, the farthest flung of all eight Channel Islands, some of the world’s most sophisticated weapons are tested, sometimes just a few hundred yards from where elephant seals trumpet in lagoons and island foxes trot through chaparral.

Tomahawk, Harpoon, Sidewinder and Sparrow missiles routinely whiz overhead. Some skim in over the waves at 500 mph to clobber fake Scud launchers or dummy radar sites on shore. Because explosives are not used, workers dig the missiles from sand dunes and use them again.

Much of what happens on the island, 65 miles southwest of Point Mugu, is top secret…

The island, owned by the government since 1933, is a laboratory for the latest generation of weapons.

“The complexity of war has changed and you need a massive arena to evaluate systems,” [said Stephen Mendonca, director for test and evaluation for the island]. “There are very few weapon systems that don’t come through here.”

The testing area around San Nicolas is 36,000 square miles, enough air and ocean to accommodate the most powerful weapons. British, Norwegian, Japanese and Italian armed forces often conduct secret tests in and around the island as well.

San Nicolas, 10 miles long and three miles wide, has a 10,000-foot runway that can handle the largest aircraft.

Even that isn’t the full story. The island is ideal for training on beaches and mountains.

With a runway that long, you could fly in transports full of helicopter gunships and unmanned aerial vehicles, and then you could fly in battalions of special forces.

This is a place where they fire missiles all the time. The reason that airliners are being diverted for a week is that whatever’s going on must not be seen by anybody. It’s so secret that even those in LAX who regularly deal with the military have not been told anything.

That tells me what this is. It’s a rehearsal. My guess is that it’s an amphibious landing supported by air strikes, naval fire, and cruise missiles launched from submarines. Initially I thought that the high velocity penetrating weapon (HVPW) tested at Faj Attan on April 20, 2015, would be used first, and then after a pause for bomb-damage assessment (BDA), ground forces would go in afterward.

My thinking now is that the attacks on Iran, Hezbollah, the Islamic State, and al-Qaeda will be the most violent of the past fifty years. The enemies’ offensive capabilities have to be destroyed immediately. The Israeli Air Force reorganized; it now has the Expanding Attack Capacity (EAC), which allows it to destroy almost 2000 targets per day. The goal is to shorten the duration of wars and reduce the number of maneuvering ground forces required to finish the job. I’m sure that the Arab League air forces have this capability, since there are far fewer ground troops being used in Yemen than anybody expected.

Since Iran and Hezbollah have huge stocks of long-range missiles, I believe the attack will begin with the most destructive aerial bombardment in history, and out of the smoke will come Israelis, Arabs, Pakistanis, Turks, Azerbaijanis, Malaysians, Senegalese, Germans, Italians, Japanese, Chinese…

We’ll never know who took part. They’ll keep it a secret.

In 2006 I received permission to use a photo in my book German Flamethrower Pioneers of World War I. The grandson of the man in question sent me a copy of the image, which showed a member of the Pioneer Experimental Company (Pionier-Versuchs-Kompagnie). This unit was so secret that almost no photos exist. I finally bought one of my own on eBay. It shows a squad (Gruppe).

The “V” on the shoulder strap is nearly impossible to find.

According to the grandson, the former pioneer refused to discuss his wartime experiences, ever, except to say that he carried out missions behind enemy lines. All the references—including official German histories—say that the Pioneer Experimental Company was merely a testing unit based in Berlin, but I deduced that it was a special-forces company that evaluated new weapons in combat. And I was right. A handwritten note on the back of my photo says, “In memory of the veterans of the gunpowder smoke at Reau, the warriors of the Pioneer Experimental Company.”

A century later, all the “experts” say that this was not a combat unit, but one man’s grandfather and a postcard I bought on eBay disprove that claim.

The secrets of the coming war will last for much longer than a century.


Over Southern California last night.

Those are missiles. Of a new type. Being tested.

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