“Power” to the People??

Not if we don’t secure the damn grid. “El Magnifico” (who works in the critical infrastructure realm) tossed this my way with the comment, “You think the Russians and the Chinese already know about this? Or maybe al Qaeda? We’re one major event away from being sent back to the 19th Century!” Crain, the owner of a small tech firm in Raleigh, N.C., along with a research partner, found penetrating transmission systems used by dozens of utilities to be startlingly easy. After they shared their discovery with beleaguered utility security officials, the Homeland Security Department began sending alerts to power […]

Another Sign That We’re Swirling Down the Toilet

That elected officials would give one minute’s serious thought to this.

Adminstration to Kill Tomahawk and Hellfire Programs?

Seriously?? The Tomahawk missile program—known as “the world’s most advanced cruise missile”—is set to be cut by $128 million under Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal and completely eliminated by fiscal year 2016, according to budget documents released by the Navy. In addition to the monetary cuts to the program, the number of actual Tomahawk missiles acquired by the United States would drop significantly—from 196 last year to just 100 in 2015. The number will then drop to zero in 2016. The Navy will also be forced to cancel its acquisition of the well-regarded and highly effective Hellfire missiles in […]

“Women in the Infantry: A Common Sense Analysis”

Ronaldus Secundus and GW64 both sent this in: “Women in the Infantry: A Common Sense Analysis.” In its latest push to insert women into combat roles, the Marine Corps is instituting an experimental infantry unit composed of 25% women.  The proposed unit, which will mirror a scaled down Marine Air Ground Task Force, will be composed of 460 Marines, 120 of which will be women.  Marine leadership along with college researchers will spend months analyzing the experimental unit’s success in what will look a lot like a pre-deployment workup.  The goal is to find a “magic number” which will be […]

Seduced by Success?

This needed to be written, the question needed to be asked. In fact, the military conditions under which we’ve operated for the past two decades have been historically atypical. They have allowed too many in uniform to believe the hype. What happens when men whose whole professional life has known only success meet real challenges and the threat of defeat? The article is aimed at the Army, but applies to all the Services. And think too, of the coming austerity, the political correctness, the quotas, the feminization of combat arms, the punishments for anyone who speaks out. The worst is […]

“Mediocre, Talentless Ideological Fops”

URR brings something to our attention that needs our attention: Author and Middle East expert Barry Rubin gives an unvarnished appraisal of the Obama Administration’s embracing of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Faustian deal with Iran. It goes downhill from there. Or from here. As in, from here on out.

“Strategic Advice for Congress”

By way of BR F.– not to be confused with “BRF”– comes this: Good strategists always ask of any potential course of action two key questions.  First, what will this do for us?  And second, what will this do to us?  Given the dearth of statesmanly impulse at the national level in modern America, it is perhaps unsurprising that in crafting the recent budget, Paul Ryan and Patty Murray asked only the former question, leaving the latter for others to worry about. The provision at issue retroactively renegotiated the deferred compensation of more than two million military veterans – including […]

Three Pull-Ups– Can We Get Just Three Pull-Ups??

Realities intrude on utopian social engineering: WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half of female Marines in boot camp can’t do three pullups, the minimum standard that was supposed to take effect with the new year, prompting the Marine Corps to delay the requirement, part of the process of equalizing physical standards to integrate women into combat jobs. The delay rekindled sharp debate in the military on the question of whether women have the physical strength for some military jobs, as service branches move toward opening thousands of combat roles to them in 2016. “More than half can’t” is another way […]

Three views on the Ryan Murray Budget

Presenting three views on the Ryan Murray Budget compromise. Before we run around tearing our hair (or what’s left of it) out, we should remember Darth Vader’s words on the topic. Lawrence Korb presents an analysis on the depth of the impact on veterans. Korb knows a lot about DoD spending and DoD’s payroll, but he is a Progressive Activist with the Center for American Progress, and the Center for Defense Information. His message is tainted by his activism and opposition to a strong, capable defense of America. Elizabeth Harrington presents an opposing view.   Some points to consider:   1. […]

File Under “We’re Screwed”

And under the sub-heading, “How Great Nations Commit Suicide,” while you’re at it. A controversial 600-plus page manual used by the military to train its Equal Opportunity officers teaches that “healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian” men hold an unfair advantage over other races, and warns in great detail about a so-called “White Male Club.” “Simply put, a healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian male receives many unearned advantages of social privilege, whereas a black, homosexual, atheist female in poor health receives many unearned disadvantages of social privilege,” reads a statement in the manual created by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI). Over […]