Yesterday Senator James Webb announced an exploratory bid for the presidency. I honestly never thought of him as a Candidate for the job. The reality is that the bench on the Democratic side is extraordinarily slim. The Republicans have a few guys I’d take a look at. Many of you might recall him as the combat boot wearing candidate who ran for the Virginia Senate seat. Although it was in solidarity of his son who was deployed at the time. Webb, a Marine, is a Combat Veteran of Vietnam who was award for conspicuous gallantry on numerous occasions, an accomplished […]
Good article over at the Daily Telegraph on life aboard a Royal Navy Monitor during the Gallipoli campaign.
Any time something about race in the military comes up I amped up. This most recent article about the Army wanting to make the military and really the officer-corps more cosmopolitan gets my dander up. Why Slater, why would you say that? Well, when they first hit the nail “they,” and whoever “they” are is the enemy, talk about the percentage of black officers within the Army. The truth is, you can’t force an all-volunteer force into being something unless you make racial quotas and deny folks that are qualified for folks that are unqualified. That’s how you get things […]
Falleth not upon the Soldier, or Marine, or Sailor, or Airman. But on the people who sent him to that beach without water. Here‘s an interesting article by Sebastian Junger who has spent much of his journalistic career embedded among Soldiers to tell their story. The Soldier. . .is a tool. When you hammer a nail as you build a bed frame, what take responsibility for it? The hammer? I would say no. It must be the person hammering the nail. To that effect, the Soldier is a tool, he should not bear the majority of the pain or blame […]
15 September 1950. Amphibious landing, the way it ought to be done– a stunning stroke of operational art. Could we do it today? Not on that scale, we don’t have the amphib lift, nor do I think we have the true capability, even adjusting for improvements in ships and weapons systems. Check me if I’m wrong but be sure to justify your answer.
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 […]
From last week, our pal CDR Sal nails it again– http://cdrsalamander.blogspot.com/2014/07/diversity-thursday_17.html?m=1 Does this sort of activity help or hinder readiness? Readiness is, after all, the only thing that matters. Why, indeed?
Readiness, says the Admiral? Never heard of it. Because, as ETP0802 pointed out when he sent this over, “In a rational world, he’d be talking about readiness and not ‘female retention rates':” Moran called retaining women at a rate that allows the Navy to sustain the workforce one of the Navy’s most significant challenges. The poor retention rate is the same across ranks, Moran said, from officer to junior enlisted. Moran said commanders are talking to sailors to learn what changes could be made to encourage women to stay. “We’re looking at everything we can possibly do to change that […]
Not necessarily before it wreaks havoc, but eventually: Again, this pet vanity project of the Great Green Fleet beyond experimentation is a waste of money and personality based folly in the extreme. Most of the time, hard critique is not out of malice, but out of heartbreak. Let’s not speak of this anymore, m’kay? Our Navy needs the SECNAV’s attention elsewhere from here on out… (We’ll see if the good Mr Secretary gets the hint. Remember, economics always wins. Always.)
The Russian Naval Infantry has been in the news lately. Between it’s deployments to Syria and the Ukraine, the Russians are beginning to realize an expeditionary capability that complements Russia’s diplomatic and economic efforts. France says warship deal with Russia still alive Russian naval infantry will be soon equipped with floating bulletproof body armor Russian Naval Infantry: A Brief History After the Cold War