Failure To Lead: The Islamic State Ascends

I recently shared amongst the five of us the first dispatch from VICE News on the Islamic State.  If you don’t have HBO, fear not VICE News posts everything onto their website and youtube channel.  Where these guys go makes Michael Yon look an amateur of epic proportions.  They go and get the story, for you and I. Today the top American Advisor in Iraq, LTGEN Mick Bednarek, was quoted saying: “This is not just an Iraqi issue. This is not just a regional issue. This is a common enemy issue that we’ve got to address.” Remember the $100M that went […]

Douglas MacGregor: Make the Army even smaller!

Col (R) MacGregor is arguing that the Army needs to get smaller.  Supposedly members of congress are listening.  One thing I don’t agree with is the dismantling of the Brigade Combat team.  That transformation that took place under Rumsfeld although done very painfully is a good thing.  Brigades are self-sustaining.  The negative with that in the last decade of war you have not seen Division headquarters actually have to maneuver the entire formation.  But what is even more fun is that MacGregor wants to eliminate divisions and make small formations of “Battle Groups,”  the description sounds like a BCT to […]

Well Done

I usually have very little good to say about the USAF, but today I want to say they did it right.  Over at Tom Rick’s Best Defense a great piece about the proper farewell Iian Military Working Dog received.

New Market, From the Air

AirLand battle? My Brother Rat Rader, Major, USAF retired and fellow member of Mad-Dog Delta Company, flew over the reenactment and took some photos. That’s pretty neat. Speaking of the USAF and VMI, this was seen at the Pentagon visitor lot on 14 May… anyone know him?

Rest in Peace, A10 the “Hog”

There are two articles I recommend every ground pounder, Army and Marine Corps read.  The first at the Washington Post is about opposition to the retirement of the A10 “Hog” and the second over at Harper’s touching on the same subject, where the author Andrew Cockburn, who concludes: As I explain in my Harper’s feature, the Air Force’s decision to junk the A-10 while retaining the B-1 and the even more unwieldy B-52 bombers for close air support may seem inexplicable, but it is in reality quite logical. The service owes its independence from the army to its success in […]

Congratulations to Lieutenant General Darren W. McDew VMI ’82

The Secretary of Defense announced that: Air Force Lt. Gen. Darren W. McDew, nominated for appointment to the rank of general and for assignment as commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. McDew is currently serving as commander, Eighteenth Air Force, Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

A Reporter Gets It Wrong

Over at the National Journal, they apparently think the Army provides its own close air support, hence the headline Army Drops 500 lbs Bomb on Own Outpost.  While the Army is certainly capable of fratricide in this case if there had been casualties it would have been most likely the USAF.

Punk Journalism and the F-35

SMSgt Mac delivers a fisking of David Axe’s recent article on the F-35. It’s long and worth the read. Thank you SMSgt Mac!  I first encountered the term ‘Punk Journalism’ in the headline of a UK newspaper article online while surfing the web years ago. The article is currently preserved elsewhere, but it struck me at the time that it provided the keywords and framework for extracting a very workable definition of same: Punk Journalism:  \ˈpəŋk  jər-nə-ˌli-zəm’\  : Reporting or commentary that is sullied by scorn, prejudice and petulance, is wrong or distorted on the facts, and delivered in a […]

Pardo’s Push

During a discussion of Jed Babbin’s commentary on the SecAF, the talk changed from a discussion Captain Thomas J. Hudner’s attempt to save Ensign Jesse L. Brown to a comparison of MiGs and Sabre-jets over Korea to the air war over Vietnam and Pardo’s Push.

The Plane That Ate the Pentagon

Can we afford it? The Pentagon’s latest weapons testing report is not kind to the $400-billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the military’s biggest and arguably most troubled program. The annual report by the Office of the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation includes 20 pages listing the Lockheed Martin-built JSF’s ongoing problems. A jack-of-all-trades radar-evading jet meant to replace no fewer than 2,400 existing fighters in the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, the F-35 has been dogged by budget overruns, schedule delays and redesigns. Overly complex in order to satisfy the diverse needs of three military branches, the […]