The Day Our World Stopped Turning

As the junior member of the group I haven’t really reflected on this today.  11 September 2001, I was in the seventh grade.  12 years old, mom almost kept us home, but the college decided they were going to push and she dropped us off at school.  I honestly don’t know if she got much work done that day. As much as my teachers may have wanted it to remain normal, they exacerbated the issue by not playing the news for us that day.  We’d all watched the beginning with the towers smoking, I didn’t see either collapse until that […]

100,000 Snowdens?

100,000 people is beyond big when it comes to security clearances. Thank you Mike Burke for reminding me of this article. Do I believe there are 100,000 Snowdens working as contractors? No, but then Snowden would have to be a Genius of Immense Magnitude to learn the NSA system, disable all internal monitoring, and download the Crown Jewels without leaving any traces as to just what was accessed in less than 3 months and escape out of the country when most experienced SysAdmin and DBA are still learning the environment in that time. Or the NSA is the F-35 of IT Security. […]

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 […]

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 […]

General Dempsey finds a fight he can win

The original editorial here. And the hat tip goes to the Washington Free Beacon, who’s translation is found here. It is a reasonable attempt at saying something, but beyond having Captain Obvious write the filler for him, what is Dempsey saying? Help me Obi Wan, I don’t speak Pentagonian! Interest paragraph: It would be difficult enough if all we had to grapple with was what Naím calls the “decay of power.” But the waypower relationships are changing varies greatly from region to region across the globe.  

Suicide-bomber donkey and the BRICS

Actually, I am not surprised. I think Hamas may have found a new, cost-effective way of delivering heavy artillery. No need for a pistol! Welcome to the beginning of the week!    

Safety brief

Thank you to our readers and our commenters – be safe! See you on Monday!     What… you expected a vehicle inspection and a powerpoint brief on “STD and YOU”?

Has the American Economy Hit the BRICS?

The American dollar is worth only what other countries will pay for it. Now it looks like a healthier alternative is available. So what happens when no one will buy US debt? Guess what pays for your military and Social Security retirements?

Re-writing the Declaration of Independence

Just in time for the 4th of July comes this question: of what value is a period? So what does punction, or lack thereof, mean in this case?