zzzptm Posted June 6, 2010 Report Share Posted June 6, 2010 The observer from the HAE hurried to his seat. [i]This blasted city and its traffic! I should have been here an hour ago![/i] As he slipped into his chair, his neighbor smiled from behind mirrored sunglasses and a neatly-trimmed handlebar mustache. "¡Hola, amigo! You're just in time for the fly-over." The sun glinted off his glasses and medals. He was the Himynamistan-HAE liaison officer. He pointed up at the HF-35 planes soaring overhead in flying V formation. "Brand new!" "Yes, they're nice." The HAE observer squinted and tried to make out what they were carrying. [i]External missiles, there... obviously not in stealth mode...[/i] The liaison interrupted the observer's squinting and scribbling. "Later today, you need to see the demonstration of the C-200. It's so powerful and accurate, yet so simple and reliable. Right here in our hands, today!" The observer wondered, [i]What is he getting at?[/i] The liaison smiled and spoke slower. "Keep it simple. That's our motto. Sure, we have some great technology. But we keep things elegant. We don't waste our time with heat-seeking bullets... or self-programmable UAVs... or... [i]energy weapons...[/i]" The liaison smiled broadly with that last item. The observer struggled to keep from letting his face betray a confidence. [i]Do they know about our FOB? How can they?... They must![/i] Trying to keep cool, the HAE observer said, "Well, ha ha... yes, all those things are tricky, to be sure. But figuring them out would be great breakthroughs in military technology." "Oh, sure." The liaison kept smiling. "But it takes much more sophistication to make them practical. The cannon was a breakthrough in the 13th century, but it wasn't reliable on the battlefield until the 17th. There's stuff from science fiction we can dream about one day using, but weapons research has to be the art of the possible, don't you agree?" The liaison waited just long enough for the observer to start an answer, then said over him, "That's the design philosophy we follow here in Himynamistan. Take what we have now, and bring it up-to-date. Make practical developments in basic equipment for greater efficiency and efficacy. Some new blaster that can't be controlled won't be nearly as useful as finding a way to make a boot half as heavy, but twice as durable." The HAE observer looked at the ground and started to speak again, only to be cut off. "You should see the maneuvers tomorrow." The liaison pulled out a flier with a schedule on it. "You'll see what a truly modern army looks like in action. Quite impressive, I assure you." The HAE observer smiled sheepishly and looked over the flier. [i]I hate coming to these shows. Every three months, I have to endure this insufferable Himynamistani and all his propaganda about their technology. It's frustrating, it's humiliating, and it's not fair I always draw this duty. What does my CO have against me, anyway?[/i] Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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