A great book review over at The New Republic on Elizabeth Samet’s No Man’s Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America; I know from previous conversations with Mike Burke he was a colleague of hers at the United States Military Academy. From the review I think this is a book worth reading.
Michael Hirsh 0ver Politico has a great article on Obama’s National Security Team and their amateurish approach to national security. A couple of quotes stand out: Despite an NSC staff that’s grown from 50 under George H.W. Bush to more than 300 under Obama—in part because White House support and Homeland Security staffs have been folded into the NSC—“there is a sense that the NSC is run a little like beehive ball soccer, where everyone storms to wherever the ball is moving around the field,” according to another recently departed senior administration official. “They are managing by crisis rather than […]
Not sure if I shall bother reading this new biography of George Marshall, but here is a review of it in the New Republic. Concluding paragraph says a lot about George Marshall the man: For a military man, Marshall’s heroism was peculiar. It did not arise from his conduct on the battlefield. It arose from his modesty, including “a modest daily schedule that often ended at three or four o’clock in the afternoon” and his avoidance “of lucrative corporate board memberships so commonly available to retired high military officers in our more avaricious times.” Most importantly, Marshall’s modesty flowed from […]
Good article over at the Daily Telegraph on life aboard a Royal Navy Monitor during the Gallipoli campaign.
According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, VMI along with UVA and VA Tech’s salaries are out of line with their peer institutions. VMI’s resident flack provided this answer to the Times Dispatch, None of the schools fits easily into the “cookie cutter” cohort used to make the comparisons, VMI spokesman Stewart MacInnis said in an interview. “The report’s trying to fit everybody into a certain hole. And we don’t fit more than others don’t fit.” The U.S. military academies are the only applicable comparison for VMI, which is the smallest of the state’s 15 four-year schools, with 1,700 cadets “who […]
SMA Chandler practicing what he preaches…
First time in five years in uniform, not bad!
Loyal OP-For readers and contributors, Bob Morris VMI Class of 79 is putting on a concert at the National Theater in Richmond Virginia on October 5 to honor those wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ian Anderson and Jetro Tull will be the headline group the VMI Commanders opening the concert.TULL_VMIAA_20140730_V4
There is a great story over at the Daily Kos about the actions taken by the Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve Roger Fergerson’s actions on September 11, 2001. His actions not only preserved the United States Economy but most probably stabilized the world economy. While they had no plan for something like 9-11; they had a plan for Y2K. As a result of that plan there were redundancies within the IT and communications networks of the Federal Reserve. From this plan, Ferguson was able to call audibles and move out to protect our economy. This is a reminder to […]