“Semper Why”

Thanks to USMC0802 for tossing this our way. (No block quoting, so go read it.) What say you?

Death to the Invasive Coconut Rhinoceros Beetles

Clearly the greatest threat we face. God help us.  

Walls

Over them, under them or through them, they’re not going to stop us. They didn’t at Chapultepec, they didn’t at Inchon, and they certainly didn’t in Afghanistan.

Green Amphibious Monster

From out of the sea it came. Interesting. And about damn time. The AAV is worn out, I think. Going ship to shore in such a craft is a hateful and hideous experience, but if it has to be done (and it does), best to do it in an updated conveyance.

(He Said “Balls”)

No, really– Robotic War Balls: A research team from Stamford, Conn. has developed an amphibious drone that they are currently testing with the Marines. The GuardBot is a robot ball that swims over water at about 4 miles per hour and then rolls along the beach, at as much as a 30-degree incline and 20 miles per hour. It uses a nine-axis stabilization, “pendulum motion” propulsion system, which moves the bot forward by shifting the center of gravity back and forth and a variety of steering algorithms.  It took creator Peter Muhlrad some seven years to develop, but now that it’s complete […]

Double Deserter

Guilty, and guilty again. I wonder how much intel he gave up during his extended absences? Too bad he’s not facing harsher penalties.   (Thanks to USMC0802 for the link.)

Sunday Clean-Up: Links and Notes

One of the most enjoyable aspects of this activity is to get suggestions and links from all of you, on a wide variety of topics. These below have piled up over the week from some of our most loyal readers; apologies, because I’m just now getting to them. From George W ’64, a great little piece on when to get out. There’s a lot of practical wisdom packed in there. Highly recommended. From MDL, a disturbing article on a once-great military and erstwhile bulwark of the Atlantic alliance. No wonder they want to avoid a confrontation over Ukraine. This does […]

Fish rot from the head: Senior Officers Behaving Badly

Earlier today Townie directed us to an article praising Commandant of the Marine Corps General Dunford. It was good to see the general performing the physical fitness test. From the looks of things, being a leader AND a flag officer are becoming mutually exclusive. From XBradTC: If naval officers were guilty of bribery or other misconduct, by all means, haul them in front of a court martial or a federal court. But do not allow the process to become the punishment, particularly when that process is fouling the duties of others with no direct connection to the scandal. [emphasis added by author] […]

Never a Dull Moment at Camp Lejeune

Well now, this isn’t something you see every day. And stranger still, she’s been arrested.   (Thanks to USMC0802 for the tip.)

Gun-Day Sunday: Old Rifle and In Defense of Snipers

This Old Gun.  “Who owned it? A luckless hunter or miner? Maybe an outlaw on the run? And how on earth did it get there?” Smearing Snipers: What Many Americans Don’t Get about Our Warrior Elite. About ten years ago, an employer of mine had an odd request: I needed to delete an aspect of my military career from my professional biography because it might “offend” a potential client or partner. Recon Marine, infantry Marine, service-disabled veteran . . . those were a boon. But “Scout Sniper,” one of the greatest accomplishments I had as a Marine — that had […]