Hang Him

(If he’s proven guilty, that is.)

Leadership Failure

This article is very disturbing. In the late 1970’s my first assignment was as a training officer (Executive Officer XO) and later Company Commander of a Basic Training Company. I learned very quickly that being associated with a Basic Training Company was not a 9 to 5 job. Clearly there were leadership lapses, as a Training Officer I pulled Staff Duty Officer, it was an all night affair, and you were expected to go through the Brigade Area once before midnight and once after. I always made it a point to check in on one or two Charge of Quarters […]

Abolish West Point and the other Service Academies

Bruce Fleming presents an interesting argument in an article at Salon.* The service academies in the new millennium are little more than military Disneylands for tourists. They are also cash cows for the brass who send their own children there at taxpayer expense: the children of multiple current and past administrators have gotten this taxpayer-supported present, which looks to me like (illegal) nepotism. And far from “imbu[ing] them with the highest ideals,” the service academies are in fact the graveyards of the ideals of students who come looking for something that transcends the watery values of secular humanism that are […]

Scales on the M16

The other article, which was published in the current issue of the Atlantic, was by MG (RET) Roberts Scales entitle Gun Troubles. I thought it would be interesting if we each stated what we wanted in the next generation of military rifle.  There are two caveats:  Weight, of the the weapon and ammo v the burden on the soldier; and two universality e.g. the ability of the average soldier to use it successfully.  The M1 was a great rifle (I have one and love shooting it) however it was heavy, and the recoil was heavy, it was however rugged, reliable, […]

How the Sergeant Major Stole Christmas

I have to say this was pretty cool from the guys over at We Are the Mighty.  May all of you have a happy Christmas.

War What Is It Good For? It Allows the Army to Fight With the National Guard and Once Again Lose.

Aviation Restructuring Initiative or ARI is the Army’s program to right size it aviation assets.  It involves the getting rid of the OH58, replacing the Trainer at Fort Rucker with Lakota’s (which were bought for the Guard by General Coty), taking the AH64s out of the Guard, and transferring UH60A (the earliest model and most expensive to operate) to the Army Guard.  In order to accomplish this the Army is separating 350 Warrants Officers who OH58 pilots, has began the process of removing the OH58s out the active day formation, begun moving Lakota’s from the Guard and moving them to Fort […]

Interesting Course of Therapy

Very interesting story of the Army Lt who deserted, joined the Legion to overcome his demons.

Draftee Retires After Forty-Two Years

This is a great story. We salute you, sir. Well done.

Book Review: “No Man’s Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America”

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.

Book Review of George Marshall: A Biography

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 […]