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, […]
In the plan Greenert explains the requirement to the four enduring functions around which the Navy has historically organized, trained and equipped: deterrence, sea control, power projection and maritime security, as well as capabilities related to a new fifth function, all domain access. The link to CNO’s plan is at the link. I’ll have to defer to our resident experts on the DON on whether the plan is ship-shape or pogey-bait for suckers. There is some news over where URR writes. XBradTCX posts on the return of 39 Marines killed during the battle for Tarawa. We’ll leave it to Jennifer […]
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 […]
Commodore Matthew Perry’s first expedition to Japan. If I’m not mistaken his flagship, USS Susquehanna, was commanded by a Virginian named Captain Sydney Smith Lee, son of the great “Light Horse Harry” Lee and older brother to an Army officer… wait– are we still allowed to say the name? Anyone dare to guess?
Got a hot tip today that the next book by Ian Toll— author of the incomparable Six Frigates and Pacific Crucible— is due out soon. This masterful history encompasses the heart of the Pacific War―the period between mid-1942 and mid-1944―when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south of the equator washed over Japan’s far-flung island empire like a “conquering tide,” concluding with Japan’s irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas. It was the largest, bloodiest, most costly, most technically innovative and logistically complicated amphibious war in history… I think I need to sell another unit of blood plasma and order a copy.
One of the consistent principles of U.S. foreign policy, one of our age-old national interests is freedom of the seas. We have gone to war over it in the past. This post stems from a link reader (and my fellow Marine) R. M. Hollander gave us in a comment to a previous post. China means to assert dominance over vast swathes of international waters, at the expense of its smaller and weaker neighbors, many of whom are our allies, and to the detriment of free commerce across the ocean. Now, I believe China also wants to create in the South […]
China scores a major victory over the US Navy where it can’t fight. IBM shedding its server business creates a security concern for the U.S. Navy, which included the company’s x86 BladeCenter HT server in its Aegis Technical Insertion (TI) 12. The TI-12 hardware upgrades, along with Advanced Capability Build (ACB) 12 software upgrades, compose the Aegis Baseline 9 combat system upgrade that combines a ballistic missile defense capability with anti-air warfare (AAW) improvements for the Navy’s guided missile cruiser and destroyer fleets. Sales of US corporations to foreign governments, especially to our frenemy Communist China, are known well in […]
Are we going to do anything about this? A nation devoted to its sovereignty, attached to its interests, mindful of its obligations, and with a decent respect for civilized behavior would have an answer. An answer swift and sure. Who guarantees freedom of the seas? We do. And if not us, then who? Chaos at home, chaos abroad. Where are the statesmen? Ugly, ugly, and getting better no time soon.
Over the past three years under pressure from Congress to integrate women into the teeth of America’s fighting Force, the Marine Corps at the fore front opened the Infantry Officer Course at MCB Quantico to female volunteers. The last two volunteers were dropped on 2 APR 15, Day 1 for this iteration of IOC. Of the 90 men that began that day, 9 were also dropped due to their score on the Combat Endurance Course. Unlike IBOLC at Ft Benning the first day of IOC at MCB Quantico begins with the Combat Endurance Course, just so you know, the “E […]