If you give a plane a computer

…it will be hacked. From Ars Technica: He stated that he then overwrote code on the airplane’s Thrust Management Computer while aboard a flight. He stated that he successfully commanded the system he had accessed to issue the climb command. He stated that he thereby caused one of the airplane engines to climb resulting in a lateral or sideways movement of the plane during one of these flights. He also stated that he used Vortex software after compromising/exploiting or “hacking” the airplane’s networks. He used the software to monitor traffic from the cockpit system. Or have installation and configuration bugs. […]

Marine Corps IOC ends female integration program

Over the past three years under pressure from Congress to integrate women into the teeth of America’s fighting Force, the Marine Corps at the fore front opened the Infantry Officer Course at MCB Quantico to female volunteers.  The last two volunteers were dropped on 2 APR 15, Day 1 for this iteration of IOC.  Of the 90 men that began that day, 9 were also dropped due to their score on the Combat Endurance Course. Unlike IBOLC at Ft Benning the first day of IOC at MCB Quantico begins with the Combat Endurance Course, just so you know, the “E […]

Why airpower is too important to leave to the Air Force

“In order to act, you must be somewhat insane. A reasonably sensible man is satisfied with thinking.” – Georges Clemenceau I was enjoying the view atop Sandia Mountain last week when I realized Kirtland AFB lay just over the ridge. The thought struck me that Albuquerque is as rough and rustic an environment as any Airman has ever faced, outside of the Combat Controllers, ETAC and PJs. That thought coalesced into the conviction that Air Force leaders have zero experience with the nuts and bolts of combat. Because there is no experience, so-called ‘thought experiments’ and book-learning replaces the uncommon sense of ground […]

The Lightning Strikes Again

I initially believed the reports of the enormous gap in time between the retirement of the A-10 and the Full Operational Capability for Close Air Support to be something from the Duffelblog or the Onion. But the Duffelblog takes national defense a bit more seriously than does our Air Force. “In many ways, it won’t have the some of the capabilities of our current platforms,” Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, head of the service’s Air Combat Command, acknowledged during a briefing with reporters on Friday at the Pentagon. While we’ve been distracted by marines playing with balls, and hazing at El Cid, […]

Fish rot from the head: Senior Officers Behaving Badly

Earlier today Townie directed us to an article praising Commandant of the Marine Corps General Dunford. It was good to see the general performing the physical fitness test. From the looks of things, being a leader AND a flag officer are becoming mutually exclusive. From XBradTC: If naval officers were guilty of bribery or other misconduct, by all means, haul them in front of a court martial or a federal court. But do not allow the process to become the punishment, particularly when that process is fouling the duties of others with no direct connection to the scandal. [emphasis added by author] […]

An American Air Force Hero: Master Sergeant T. E. Case, USAF

Thank you to BKPrice for this good news. Master Sgt. Thomas E. Case, an 18th Air Support Operations Group, Tactical Air Control Party member, will receive his second Silver Star during a ceremony Thursday at Pope Field. The Silver Star is the third-highest military combat decoration. The award will be presented to Case for his actions during combat operations against an armed enemy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on July 16 and 17, 2009. He is credited with directing combat aircraft engaged in close air support for a joint task force.  

I miss SAC

Warfare is deadly serious business. The Air Force is neither deadly nor serious about business. The world can’t wait for our Air Force to grow up or for Buttercup to learn to spell “You’re Fired.” Reduce the Air Force to the Civil Air Patrol and let’s get with securing the United States of America.

The Amazing B-17 Flying Fortress

Thanks to VFR Marine, we have THIS to present to you. Twelve thousand, seven hundred, thirty-one were built. Fewer than fifteen are still flying today. Wow. I remember seeing the movie, Memphis Belle, and saying to myself, “That’s America right there– American boys in American planes, dropping American bombs on America’s enemies.” BTW– we need an Air Force contributor. Any takers?

The Burden of War

Falleth not upon the Soldier, or Marine, or Sailor, or Airman.  But on the people who sent him to that beach without water.  Here‘s an interesting article by Sebastian Junger who has spent much of his journalistic career embedded among Soldiers to tell their story. The Soldier. . .is a tool.  When you hammer a nail as you build a bed frame, what take responsibility for it?  The hammer?  I would say no.  It must be the person hammering the nail.  To that effect, the Soldier is a tool, he should not bear the majority of the pain or blame […]

The Long War

When I was studying in France back in 2009 one of the many unique opportunities I had was to attend the Collogue Guerre Irreguliere/Irregular Warfare Conference at Camp Coetquidan.  And one of the things a British General said was that NATO knew Afghanistan would be a 20 year war.  That it would take an entire generation to fight and rebuild that country. The reason I bring this up, one of our categories here on OPFOR is The Long War.  I’ve had this sneaking suspicion that my generation’s war never ended.  That this irregular enemy, the non-state actor, would continue to […]