A Man worth Following

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 […]

Veterans as Journalists, or how to find an answer

An article over at DefenseOne paints journalist-vets as the heroes of the effort to expose a military cover-up over the use of WMD in Iraq. Perhaps it takes veterans to cover the news since our newsies are curiously incurious. What they uncovered was astonishing: U.S. and Iraqi forces had secretly recovered about 5,000 chemical weapons during the eight-year war, with the first report documenting 17 American and seven Iraqi soldiers injured by mustard and nerve agents—including the only documented battlefield exposures to a nerve agent in U.S. military history. The Pentagon, later prompted by the story,revealed the number wounded as higher than […]

“Where is the Case for Co – Ed Ground Combat?”

The Center for Military Readiness published this earlier in the month. I just saw it today, courtesy of the Krampus. I recommend you read the exec summary at the very least. Here’s a little snippet: In the 155 mm Artillery Lift and Carry, a test simulating ordnance stowing, volunteers had to pick up a 95 lb. artillery round and carry it 50 meters in under 2 minutes. Noted the report, “Less than 1% of men, compared to 28.2% of women, could not complete the 155 mm artillery round lift and carry in the allotted time.” If trainees had to “shoulder […]

The Burden of War

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 […]

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 […]

The Day Our World Stopped Turning

As the junior member of the group I haven’t really reflected on this today.  11 September 2001, I was in the seventh grade.  12 years old, mom almost kept us home, but the college decided they were going to push and she dropped us off at school.  I honestly don’t know if she got much work done that day. As much as my teachers may have wanted it to remain normal, they exacerbated the issue by not playing the news for us that day.  We’d all watched the beginning with the towers smoking, I didn’t see either collapse until that […]

There is more to strategy than bombs

In an earlier post on the philosophy of grand strategy, there were five elements to strategy presented for your consideration. [The] five elements that when synchronized to achieve unity of effort creates grand strategy. These five elements are Diplomacy (external but also internal to the US population), Industry, Military, Economy and Will (DIME-W). President of the United States Obama stated he has no strategy for protecting America from ISIS. The latest statement from the POTUS describes his goal as making ISIS “manageable,” like ISIS is just a perm gone bad. The way ISIS is being handled brings to mind an […]

“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 […]