Shakespeare, Updated

Lawfare: an experience in which an untrained, inexperienced attorney takes effective command and control of battle management away from men and women who’ve been doing combat for years. My experience with lawfare began with having my own personal lawyer assigned to me began in 1997, during my second rotation to Bosnia. I was the DivArty’s Targeting Officer and Field Artillery Intelligence Officer, and Plans Officer. Maybe it was the look in my eye that scared the CG, or maybe it was my boredom. There wasn’t a whole lot to do in Tusla Main even with Clinton White House interns running […]

SMA Leads By Example

SMA Chandler practicing what he preaches…

“Who’s Getting Riffed?”

Re the upcoming Army RIFs, Parker Longbaugh tossed this over the transom. Not being a member of the US Army, I have no business commenting so I’ll levy the expertise of our three (3) Army brethren plus all of you in commenter land. Thanks for serving your country, Major. Now hit the bricks. Have at it!

Someone Save the Army From Itself!!!!!

Here we are an Army that is too broke to send units to the National Training Center, but now we are going to get a new PT uniform.  Please save the Army from the SMA and his uniform foolish.  First Tattoos, second a new field uniform, and now this.  When will the foolishness end.

The Shape of the Drawdown

So far the shape of the drawdown only affects us the plebeians of the American Warrior Society: the junior and field grade officers, junior Soldiers and Lower Non-Commissioned officers.  What I’ve been saying is that the Army has not been serious like the Marine Corps has by offering Early retirement.  The current 15 year retirement only pertains to those with enlister and commissioned service.  The current Reduction In Force some could say was looked at strategically. I would say that it has not.  Just barely has it reached the Field Grade Level.  Majors and Lieutenant Colonels just had the OSBs […]

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 […]

The Army Could F^&K Up a Nocturnal Emission in a House of Ill Repute

The Army has been getting slapped stupid for giving “notices of separation” to Captains and Majors who are currently serving in Afghanistan and other hot spots (no I am not talking about German, Korea, or Italy!).  According to today’s Washington Post the Army said they had no choice.  According to the Stars and Stripes the number in Afghanistan was 48 and deployed (not specifically identified) was 87. This tells me that HRC and the Army G1 have inserted their head where the light don’t shine.  They should have known who was deployed in Hot Spots and worked it so they […]

When Will the Army Learn, When Will the Army Learn?

I am not surprised that it has come to this.  Having served in the Regular Army, the Army National Guard, and the United States Army Reserve I am well aware of the fear and loathing by the Regular Army and the Army National Guard towards each other. It is hardly a state secret that many Regular Army types do not care for the Reserve Components and in particular the Army National Guard.  For four years as a Department of the Army Civilian I had to listen to the Regular Army Colonel constantly put down the “fat National Guard and Reservists, […]

The Army 200 Years of Tradition; Unfazed by New Ideas or Progress

I have recently discovered a new military blog “War on the Rocks” which has some fascinating articles on National Defense. Colonel (RET) Robert Killebrew has a great article on the problem facing the Army in the era of declining budgets. In his article he makes a number of salient points.  First, the Chief of Staff or his spokesmen have to better explain the facts. Particularly with the sequester’s impact on readiness, 490,000 troops doesn’t give the U.S. that much rapidly-available combat power in addition to the logistics base about which Dr. Schake is rightly concerned.  As opposed to the […]

Hold on to Your Scabbards… For Now

Some of you have written in about THIS recent article: The U.S. Army War College, which molds future field generals, has begun discussing whether it should remove its portraits of Confederate generals — including those of Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Nestled in rural Pennsylvania on the 500-acre Carlisle Barracks, the war college is conducting an inventory of all its paintings and photographs with an eye for rehanging them in historical themes to tell a particular Army story. I ran it past one of my Brother Rats who is, even as we speak, a student at the War College […]