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 […]
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 […]
The esteemed Brother Rat Doc H sent this in, with the accompanying question, “What is the OPFOR position on weapons security??” Lawmakers are fuming over claims that Capitol Police officers left their service weapons in bathrooms and other spots across the Capitol complex three times this year. In one instance, a child visiting the Capitol reportedly found a loaded Glock. “The fact that dangerous weapons were left in the open, potentially within reach of the general public, is unacceptable,” said House Administration Committee Chairwoman Candice Miller, R-Mich., and Ranking Member Robert Brady, D-Pa., in a written statement. Our position (mine […]
The editor of the graduate newspaper of the City University of New York calls for armed violence under the cover of revenge for Eric Garner. There are a number of groups providing the infrastructure of armed insurrection against America. One of the better organized is A.N.S.W.E.R. They are getting better and recruiting, along with the NBPP and KKK at every protest. Meanwhile, our government is focused on enforcing it’s illegal Bill of Attainder against conservative/libertarian military veterans. That DHS Intel report published in 2009? Never rescinded. There is one policy pushed by the genuine and peaceful protests that I support: […]
Based on the untoward happenings in Dallas, et al., what analysis and commentary can you provide? What do we need to know that is either not being reported at all, or perhaps isn’t being well reported? I say this not out of alarm or panic, but to set out some facts and place them in context.
If not, you’d best be heading to procure some. And all manner of things thereunto belonging, which includes cold hard training in life-taking and life-saving. Do you understand what’s what? (Oh, and OF COURSE law enforcement said there’s no link to terrorism. To say otherwise would be to raise some ugly questions.) Mr Farnam gets it. Grand Master de Vallette would readily grasp the problem at hand, and would not be at a loss for a solution. And you?
Bumped. The recent paramilitary activity in Nevada seems to be confusing people as to what legal, armed protest against a predatory force wearing LEO uniforms looks like. In an earlier post, there was a too-brief discussion on the on-going blending of US military and the police forces of our governments from Federal to municipal. With many Reservists and Guardsmen and women serving in the police, their skills and knowledge of the green blend almost seamlessly with the blue. However efficient that relationship is, Americans have an inborn fear of using the Army to police the People. Likewise, while Americans understand […]
Not if we don’t secure the damn grid. “El Magnifico” (who works in the critical infrastructure realm) tossed this my way with the comment, “You think the Russians and the Chinese already know about this? Or maybe al Qaeda? We’re one major event away from being sent back to the 19th Century!” Crain, the owner of a small tech firm in Raleigh, N.C., along with a research partner, found penetrating transmission systems used by dozens of utilities to be startlingly easy. After they shared their discovery with beleaguered utility security officials, the Homeland Security Department began sending alerts to power […]
We shall see what it has in store. I’m betting, very little good. Oh, and as for 2013, did anyone take a good look at this? When U.S. officials warn about “attacks” on electric power facilities these days, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a computer hacker trying to shut the lights off in a city with malware. But a more traditional attack on a power station in California has U.S. officials puzzled and worried about the physical security of the the electrical grid–from attackers who come in with guns blazing. Around 1:00 AM on April 16, […]
This is not a pretty subject, but Greg Ellifritz of Active Response training (you’ll remember my AAR from his tac med course) highlights some of the major points from the official report. Here are my questions– How well secured is your children’s school? What is your school system’s SOP? How do your local boys in blue (or brown) plan to respond? And are they even remotely capable of doing such a thing? Does their union have a position? Are any teachers or staff permitted to carry discreetly? All good questions to ask, in open, public forums if necessary. No need […]