“Done Been Girled…”

A frequent link favorite at WRSA, our fellow Virginian and fellow Marine, Fred Reed is not everyone’s cup of tea, and truth be told sometimes he sends one out of the impact area. However, far more often than that he gets first-round effects on target. Better still, he doesn’t give a rat’s ass who gets wrapped around the axle about it. Record this as a target, and end of mission, “Done Been Girled: the Price of Matriarchy,” with my emphasis added in this one passage out of too many to quote– It is the nature of women to complain, endlessly, […]

CNO Publishes His Plan

In the plan Greenert explains the requirement to the four enduring functions around which the Navy has historically organized, trained and equipped: deterrence, sea control, power projection and maritime security, as well as capabilities related to a new fifth function, all domain access. The link to CNO’s plan is at the link. I’ll have to defer to our resident experts on the DON on whether the plan is ship-shape or pogey-bait for suckers. There is some news over where URR writes. XBradTCX posts on the return of 39 Marines killed during the battle for Tarawa. We’ll leave it to Jennifer […]

VA purging Vets from healthcare

Two stories from Military.com about the VA’s new initiatives in healthcare. Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA enrollment center in Atlanta, says 34,000 veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan lost their eligibility for healthcare after the VA sat on their applications until they expired. The applications were designated as pending because they lacked income information. However, combat veterans are not required to verify their income when applying for VA benefits. Keep in mind the massive infusions of taxpayer cash into the VA. Where did the money go? A GS-05, on orders from much senior people, set aside applications […]

So Tell Me Again Why the USAF Want to Retire the Warthog?

This says it all on why we need the A-10.

The Civilian Army in Our Midst

Congress authorizes our end strength, and the Services do what they are told.  We haven’t had a strong voiced service Chief in the Army since Shinseki told Rumsfeld you couldn’t invade Iraq with a “whambam thank you ma’am” strategy.  Which is what they attempted to do. . .many issues followed the invasion to be discussed ad nauseum later. But I came across this article in the Wall Street Journal that talks about how the civilian DoD work force has just exploded in support of the military.  Yet our troop numbers are beginning to dwindle, and the guys that wear suits […]

Food For Thought: Door-Kicking Police

Courtesy of Survival Blog, here’s an article that ought to command everyone’s attention. When I later visited the Fairfax County police station to gather details about what went wrong, I met the shift commander, Lt. Erik Rhoads. I asked why his officers hadn’t contacted management before they raided the apartment. Why did they classify the incident as a forced entry, when the information they had suggested something innocuous? Why not evaluate the situation before escalating it? Rhoads defended the procedure, calling the officers’ actions “on point.” It’s not standard to conduct investigations beforehand because that delays the apprehension of suspects, […]

Who shall guard our Guardians?

The Pentagon, never known for having having two neurons firing in sequence, is back at failing to understand a fundamental concept of warfare: selection of the battlefield. Now the Pentagon is actively aiding IS in winning that fight. Prompted by shootings at military facilities in the US, Americans have started showing up at military recruiting offices to stand guard with handguns and rifles. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the Defense Department appreciated the “outpouring of support” but warned that the volunteers might do more harm than good. “We ask that individuals not stand guard at recruiting offices as it could […]

Big pay packages for Virginia’s University leaders

From Watchdog.org, care of the Fairfax Times, a quick look at how much Virginia’s university leaders make. General Peay makes enough to fund Cold Beer Charlie. There’s problems that come with that. It’s common knowledge that university tuition nationally is increasing at a rate faster than inflation, but the increasing pay for university presidents may be about the only thing outpacing it. The Chronicle estimates university presidents’ pay rose about 7 percent from 2013 to 2014. Tuition at Virginia’s colleges and universities has increased 36 percent from 2008 to 2015, an average of a little more than 6 percent. Student debt […]

Dunford and Selva versus SQUIRREL!

There’s a sweeping transition happening at the highest level of American military leadership, and two of the new kids on the block – the nominees for chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — are already shaking things up. … “Is that opinion held by most of our military upper echelon?” asked Senator Joe Manchin, (Democrat, West Virginia) “We’re not hearing an awful lot of dialogue about this relationship or lack of relationship, and now two of our top people who basically are on the verge of being nominated to lead our military forces have identified it, […]

North Korea, North America

“It is ridiculous, the hairstyle he has, everything,” says Hyeonseo Lee. She is talking about Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea and in her old life, before her defection from the tightly controlled regime, saying such a thing would condemn her and her family to prison or to death. “I could kill three generations of my family,” she says. Lee defected at 17, embarking on a perilous journey. Now 34, she has finally written her account of life and escape from the Hermit Kingdom in a new book, The Girl With Seven Names. Please go read the whole […]