The Lieutenant Says-Draw Down

So the draw down will affect morale, so say some company grade officers.  The reality is that the draw down, which any of us knew was coming has had little effect on the Officer Corps.  And in reality, the scare once brought via the Army Times hasn’t occurred.  The OER has changed, honestly more in favor of the rated officer.  The Army has not gotten serious about the draw down by any means.  For the last two years the Marine Corps has offered a a voluntary severance package to their officers in the ranks of captain and major for specific […]

Going to war with the Army you have

While some national leaders focus on big defense issues, Mr.  Putin has taken a personal interest in one of the smallest: the rifle. Last  year, his government consolidated rifle manufacturing into one new firm, the  Kalashnikov Corp., named after the AK’s famous inventor, Mikhail  Kalashnikov. “Putin actually goes out and shoots  these things,” Gen. Scales said. More here

Blurred Lines: Soldiers versus Police

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 […]

I Rarely Get Pissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I rarely get pissed, but I did today when I saw a very well written, poorly argued, and flawed factually editorial in the New York Times.  I am not normally a reader of the New York Times as I have found it New York and Eastern establishment elitism hard to stomach. Today’s piece is over the top.  In this piece, the author, Dr. Kathleen Belew, attempts—albeit poorly to suggest that “but Vietnam veterans forged the first links between Klansman and Nazis since World War II.”  She goes on to suggest that it was the Vietnam Veteran who led these individuals […]

“Field of Lost Shoes” Premieres in Richmond

Not a review, but a report, HERE. Anyone go to see it? Parker Longbaugh? S**t-Eating Third? We’re very interested to hear from you.

Perspective is needed on Fort Hood

There is a lot of frothing at the mouth and hysteria regarding the most recent Fort Hood shooting. I would suggest that CNN, FOX et al quit hyping the story by cumming all over themselves and step back and ask in comparison to most American cities of equal size what is the percentage of violent crimes on a military base. The truth be known it is significantly less.

Some Thoughts on Russia, the Ukraine, the US, and NATO

Follow this link to an article I posted over at Sic Semper Tyrannis on the Ukraine. It would seem that our Intelligence Agencies believe that Russia will invaded Eastern Ukraine.  We should not be surprised.  After the President’s ill-advised dismal of Russia as a Regional power, Putin like a wounded bear will fight back.

How old is Commandant Amos?

With recent public behavior coming from or from the office  Gen Amos over the Marine Corps Times is quite funny.  This is more of an update to LtCol Ps post from earlier.  Here is his NPR interview. What I find interesting about this attitude coming from him is that the DoD sits on the board of Gannett.  So, the articles published in all of their .mil publications get run through a strict copy editing process.  And if that isn’t good enough for him, then it’s quite possible this guy hangs up his Mamluk sword for a golf club permanently.  

Field Rats…another bad decision.

I recently had the jalapeño beef patty, and I have to say I enjoyed that field burger.  Whoever got that thing to taste like that deserves an Drone Pilot Medal.  However, I’ve been paying attention to the geeks at Natick recently.  And this just screams as bad as the Vegetarian Omelette of yore that was discontinued in 2009, but yet when I went to LDAC in 2011 I found one, needless to say I skipped that meal. Shelf stable pizza, now, that is a very bad sign.  When a lot of food research out there is downplaying processed foods and […]

Some Thoughts on the Crisis in Missiles in the USAF

A good friend, and a recently retired USAF Missile officer sent me some thoughts on the on-going troubles in the USAF missile community. No need to walk down the list of ICBM cock ups. You’ve already seen ‘em and I don’t want to list them. So what’s happening out there in the cold white north? Like Patton said, ‘a blind man could see it.’ Leadership. Capital “L” leadership. ICBM commanders don’t practice it, they don’t live it, and they don’t love it. These clowns wouldn’t know leadership if it grabbed their wife on the ass.  Missileers are quality troops, smart, […]