Budgetary Corruption and Missing Recruiting Goals

Is there a link between the putrescence of corruption and young folk not enlisting? The contradiction is the legacy of an emergency war fund, started in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, that has become a favorite Washington way to sidestep the impact of fiscal constraints on military spending. The Overseas Contingency Operations account, or OCO, has been tapped to fund tens of billions of dollars in programs with questionable links, or none, to wars, according to current and former U.S. officials, analysts and budget documents. The mutation of the fund’s original purpose has long been tolerated by […]

“Done Been Girled…”

A frequent link favorite at WRSA, our fellow Virginian and fellow Marine, Fred Reed is not everyone’s cup of tea, and truth be told sometimes he sends one out of the impact area. However, far more often than that he gets first-round effects on target. Better still, he doesn’t give a rat’s ass who gets wrapped around the axle about it. Record this as a target, and end of mission, “Done Been Girled: the Price of Matriarchy,” with my emphasis added in this one passage out of too many to quote– It is the nature of women to complain, endlessly, […]

The Civilian Army in Our Midst

Congress authorizes our end strength, and the Services do what they are told.  We haven’t had a strong voiced service Chief in the Army since Shinseki told Rumsfeld you couldn’t invade Iraq with a “whambam thank you ma’am” strategy.  Which is what they attempted to do. . .many issues followed the invasion to be discussed ad nauseum later. But I came across this article in the Wall Street Journal that talks about how the civilian DoD work force has just exploded in support of the military.  Yet our troop numbers are beginning to dwindle, and the guys that wear suits […]

Who shall guard our Guardians?

The Pentagon, never known for having having two neurons firing in sequence, is back at failing to understand a fundamental concept of warfare: selection of the battlefield. Now the Pentagon is actively aiding IS in winning that fight. Prompted by shootings at military facilities in the US, Americans have started showing up at military recruiting offices to stand guard with handguns and rifles. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the Defense Department appreciated the “outpouring of support” but warned that the volunteers might do more harm than good. “We ask that individuals not stand guard at recruiting offices as it could […]

Dunford and Selva versus SQUIRREL!

There’s a sweeping transition happening at the highest level of American military leadership, and two of the new kids on the block – the nominees for chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — are already shaking things up. … “Is that opinion held by most of our military upper echelon?” asked Senator Joe Manchin, (Democrat, West Virginia) “We’re not hearing an awful lot of dialogue about this relationship or lack of relationship, and now two of our top people who basically are on the verge of being nominated to lead our military forces have identified it, […]

Bushmills

Bushmills is a fine Irish whiskey – I just finished a shot. But I write to pose questions about another form of bushmill – the two adult dating (sex) sites that were hacked, the latest being Ashley Madison which promises affairs. We are told what happens in the bedroom is no one’s business, but that is a lie with the new hyper-prudish “Yes Means Yes” laws and their mandatory contracts of consent. When it comes to sleaze, America pays very close attention. 1. With the data taken in the on-going OPM hack, when compared to data stolen from less savory […]

The Return of the Hollow Force

As the youngest of us here on Op-For, I remain in service to Columbia. I signed that dotted line prior to my rat year at VMI, the War in Iraq was at its height, the surge going into full swing and there was an initiative from President Bush Called “Grow the Army.”  “Grow the Army” the Army reached a height of 570,000 Soldiers.  We all thought then, that all of us would be going to war.  Many of us have, yet most of us have not.  I would say we’re both lucky in different ways. There was an officer in […]

Like clockwork, a new old plan for military retirement

If it is a year beginning with “2,” like clockwork, a new old plan for military retirement. Army Colonel Steve Warren [VMI ’89, by the way], a Pentagon spokesman, said the proposal submitted to Congress would “achieve real tangible savings” of $8.1 billion over 10 years for the Defense Department. DoD and the rest of government NEVER save money, they just spend it elsewhere. $8.1 billion over 10 years (if a new plan isn’t adopted between today and 2025) will be spent in retention pay, proficiency pay (except for the warriors, pro-pay is for pilots and nuke folk) and very […]

No Shit Sherlock

Blinding Flash of the Freaking Obvious by Donald Rumsfeld. “I’m not one who thinks that our particular template of democracy is appropriate for other countries at every moment of their histories,” Rumsfeld told the Times. “The idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to me unrealistic. I was concerned about it when I first heard those words.” Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-rumsfeld-admits-that-expecting-a-democracy-in-iraq-was-unrealistic-2015-6#ixzz3cZ8t1nAE

Weapons of Mass Idiocy

USAToday is filled with happy Army stories. The Pentagon has learned that additional samples of live anthrax were sent to three laboratories in Canada, two Defense officials confirmed Monday evening. That means that specimens of the deadly Bacillus anthracis have been sent to labs in 12 states, the District of Columbia and three countries. The samples came from the U.S. Army lab at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. Scientists there thought they had been shipping inactive strains of the deadly spores for research purposes. Perhaps they should employ Miracle Max, who knows all about mostly-dead.