LTCOL P hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is an artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004. COL P came to OPFOR as a guest blogger, but has now joined the team full time. He also runs Rule 308, where he denounces gun control and other aspects of socialism, and proclaims the greatness of the United States.

From VMI Athletics: New Football Coach

“TM” wrote in to suggest that this deserved a look, saying, “AD Diles has been making some promising moves for Keydet athletics.” As you know I am not the man to speak to about VMI athletics, however this is after all a VMI-centric blog and we like to listen to our readership. Anyone more knowledgeable than I care to weigh in?


Well now, that’s a turn of events. I for one have long thought that the policy toward the communist shit-hole island prison Cuba needed to be reviewed and possibly changed. I’m not sure, though, that we have gotten the better end of the bargain. Forget the cracks about cigars and good rum and vintage cars and cheap vacations. This is serious business. Tell me what you think this means.

RIP, Lt Onoda

Might we say, a good man soldier in a (very) bad cause? A Japanese soldier who hunkered down in the jungles of the Philippines for nearly three decades, refusing to believe that World War II had ended, has died in Tokyo. Hiroo Onoda was 91 years old. In 1944, Onoda was sent to the small island of Lubang in the western Philippines to spy on U.S. forces in the area. Allied forces defeated the Japanese imperial army in the Philippines in the latter stages of the war, but Onoda, a lieutenant, evaded capture. While most of the Japanese troops on […]

75 Years Ago: The Winter War

We missed the anniversary of the start, so we’ll have to pick it up here. On 30 Nov, the Soviet Red Army invaded Finland to bring the glories of communism to the poor oppressed workers and peasants of the former czarist possession. The Finns declined the honor. “The Winter War” is a pretty good film on the subject, produced to coincide with the 50th anniversary. Good combat scenes and there’s even a little skin, if I remember right. (And thank God for sub-titles.) “Fire and Ice” is a very well-done documentary. (NRO has a good slide show this month too.) […]

A Report on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program

From the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence [sic], for your review and comment. (Here’s some not-so-fast criticism from someone in the know. And this, too. And THIS!) War is an ugly business, and it’s not for the faint of heart. What, now?  

A Force Adrift?

What say you on THIS? Chapter One leads with, “After 13 years of war, troops feel burned out and without a sense of mission. More doubt their leaders and their job security.” There’s a lot of information there. Please do read and lodge your comments.

“They Fired the Wrong Guy”

This just in from Cop-Turned-Bureaucrat, regarding Hagel etc., “Failure of State: They Fired the Wrong Guy”– The firing of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense raises more questions than it answers. Is it correct to blame military failures on the military establishment when the executive has not articulated a foreign policy based upon clear and sustainable national interests?  Is it proper to criticize the Secretary of Defense for discussing foreign policy issues when the Secretary of State has failed to bring forth a coherent foreign policy? The state of play in Washington, not only currently, but over the last decade, […]

Ricks* on Hagel: Why It Went South

Ouch. Not pretty but based on my personal experience (not first-hand, but hearing directly from those who did have first-hand experience, in oblique but unmistakeable terms), also not inaccurate. Spontaneous cheers could be heard in many Pentagon offices as the surprise news of Hagel’s resignation spread. Although Hagel’s predecessors, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, were hugely popular, few Pentagon wonks developed warm feelings for Hagel. Drawing on conversations from a mix of senior executives and mid-level officials, political appointees and career government servants, hawks and doves, and Republicans and Democrats, this post presents an insider view on why Hagel failed […]

The Last of the Pearl Harbor Survivors

Time takes its toll. In 1991, Davis was one of at least two dozen Pearl Harbor survivors living in Shreveport-Bossier City. Today, that number has dropped to three. “There’s not many of us left to think about it,” Davis told the paper. With Pearl Harbor survivors well into their 90s and some passing the century mark, their numbers are shrinking not just in Louisiana, but all over the United States. How many of the 60,000 or so survivors are left? Nobody seems to know, exactly. :-(

Nomination in for Next SecDef

Ashton Carter. His name is not unfamiliar to those of us who work in the building. What I found most impressive, however, are his credentials from his earlier uniformed service, such as this:   And this–   Holy shit!! Did you see that?? I had to read it again, just to be sure I got it right. I don’t know about you, but there’s a man I’d follow into battle. Just the man we need in times like these.