Bunker Talk: Let's Chat About All The Stories We Did And Didn't Report On This Week

We can talk about airport drone assaults, Mad Dog's manifesto, geopolitics, captured Chinese torpedoes, strategy—you know, no big whoop.

WAAF plotters pictured at work in the underground Operations Room at HQ Fighter Command, Bentley Priory, in north-west London. A senior officer studies the unfolding events from the viewing deck above...RAF Bentley Priory played a pivotal role during the Battle of Britain as Headquarters Fighter Command...From July 1936 to April 1968, Bentley Priory served as the Headquarters of Fighter Command, and from where the Battle of Britain was organised by Sir Hugh Dowding...From 1937 until 1940, Dowding’s Operations Room was in the converted Ante room of the Priory until the underground bunker was opened. It was in the Operations Rooms that Dowding monitored the intelligence required for his vital decision-making in the run-up to the Battle...*Some of these images have had some dodging and burning done and have been retouched to remove detritus and dust and scratch marks only*.
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The elves are doing the final preflight checks on the Santa's sleigh and the big man himself is deep in a briefing with his magical reindeer in advance of his ultra long-range global cheer projection mission. In the meantime, wow has it been a wild week in defense and national security reporting. Even the hottest heads seem stunned by the trifecta of shocking news that started with President Trump's order for a complete and rapid withdrawal from Syria, then SecDef Mattis' resignation, and that was quickly followed by the news that orders for a big drawdown of forces in Afghanistan is also likely imminent. While all this was going on, off-the-shelf drones were shutting down a major European airport

And that didn't even get us to Friday.

We sure have plenty to talk about, so let's get after it. 

Welcome to Bunker Talk!

This is a weekend open discussion post for the best commenting crew on the net, in which we can chat about all the stuff that went on this week that we didn't get to. In other words, literally an off-topic thread.

We need to talk about the Special Boat Service's (SBS) perfect nighttime raid to take back the cargo vessel Grande Tema whose crew was confronted by a group of previously discovered stowaways migrants. The ship came from Nigeria and was located in the Thames Estuary when four of the stowaways rushed the bridge with metal bars and demanded the crew take the ship close to shore so they could jump ship and get on land. 

This didn't happen. 

Operators from the SBS, among the finest frogmen in the world, ended the situation when they fast roped from Merlin helicopters onto the ship and successfully retook it without anyone being injured. The entire operation took less than half an hour to execute. 

Amazing work!

Or we can chat about the fact that our little bullet-shaped buddy has reappeared again in Victorville. It's now sporting big winglets. Has the time for a test flight finally arrived?

Or what about the surprisingly sexy lines on this Tornado!

Then there's the fact that there has been two arrests in the drone drama case at Gatwick Airport. It will be interesting to see exactly who was behind this. 

Common asshats or more nefarious actors?

Once again, this is an entirely open exercise, so let's enjoy some pointed debate and have some laughs.

Commence discussion! 

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