Dragon [Hearts] Bear?

If so, that’s not good. As Russia’s relationship with the United States and its European allies grows worse, its ties to China have never been closer. On the eve of the parade last Friday, the two countries announced 32 separate bilateral agreements, including a non-aggression pledge in cyber warfare. The deals complement a $400 billion deal made last May, when Russia agreed to ship 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas each year between 2018 and 2048 to China. And next week, Russian and Chinese naval vessels will conduct live drills in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Whew! I thought this might be […]

Iran Seizes Container Ship?

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.

“May I Kiss You?”

More politically correct idiocy corroding the once-great American armed forces, courtesy of our loyal harbinger of doom, USMC0802: An issue that could “dramatically affect” the mission of the United States Armed Forces is telling soldiers when it is okay to kiss a girl. The Air Force is the latest branch to employ the services of Mike Domitrz, a speaker and author known for his “May I Kiss You?” training session, to teach service members about consent and sexual assault prevention. I’m sorry to see that Marines were involved too. To what end? How does this make our forces more ready […]

Marine Corps IOC ends female integration program

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 […]

Death to the Invasive Coconut Rhinoceros Beetles

Clearly the greatest threat we face. God help us.  

“[W]e are in need of a religious revolution”

So says Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. This speech is a truly remarkable for its direct assault on the heretofore unaccountable Muslim clerisy. The speech made by Egypt’s latest military strongman ensures he won’t die peacefully in his sleep of old age, but that said, the implications are enormous. Raymond Ibrahim provided the translation, which was picked up by Roger Simon at Pajamas Media. Michael Ledeen, also of PJ Media, notes the deafening silence. Key graph from Raymond Ibrahim’s translation: I say and repeat again that we are in need of a religious revolution. You, imams, are responsible before Allah. The entire world, I […]

HQDA and Congress need to stop

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 […]

The Long War

When I was studying in France back in 2009 one of the many unique opportunities I had was to attend the Collogue Guerre Irreguliere/Irregular Warfare Conference at Camp Coetquidan.  And one of the things a British General said was that NATO knew Afghanistan would be a 20 year war.  That it would take an entire generation to fight and rebuild that country. The reason I bring this up, one of our categories here on OPFOR is The Long War.  I’ve had this sneaking suspicion that my generation’s war never ended.  That this irregular enemy, the non-state actor, would continue to […]

“I Don’t Think We Should Reassure Our Enemy”

General Mattis and Ambassador Crocker weigh in on the emerging strategy to manage confront ISIS ISIL IS. There’s more to it than just that, so I enjoin you to read the whole thing. I had not yet heard Gen Mattis on the subject; as usual he’s very much worth listening to. As ETP0802 pointed out in a different forum, he has some experience in these matters.

Diversity Thursday: A Gaggle of Bigots??

Commander Sal nails it again. AGAIN. We have an all volunteer force. You get those who have the interest and entering qualifications to raise their right hand. Does [SecNav Mabus] think there is active discrimination against women and minorities in accessions and promotion? If so, who is being brought up on charges? I hope he doesn’t, because that would mean that he has led that gaggle of bigots for over half a decade – but don’t worry, he doesn’t. No, he is just trying to sound all aflutter because graphs don’t match. He wants them to – but to do […]