An Interesting Discussion On Uniforms

John Minehan a frequent commenter to this site recently sent this email to me, I asked if I could share it with the forum.  I will also share some comments from others once I receive their permission. I always thought it was odd how similar(but distinct) the Cadet uniform evolved at USMA, VMI, Citadel and the former PMC.  I also thought “outliers” like Norwich and VPI and A&M are kind of interesting. Specifically, why did PMC have the USMA “brass bullet” buttons on the coatee, when Citadel and VMI had buttons with the school seal?  PMC also had the one […]

The changing face of war

The greatest horror stories take place in your mind. H. P. Lovecraft planted suggestions, such as the renewed vigor of Robert Suydam that grew into terror at the discovery of mysterious clawmarks on the body of his wife in “The Horror at Red Hook.” Artillery is most effective because it invisible in action, but its affect morally devastates those who survive. We respect and fear snipers for this same reason. Facing your enemy decreases the senses of horror and helplessness. Whether in the boxing ring or on the battlefield, a face is humanizing, and humans can be defeated, especially non-Americans. But the […]

ISIS seize WMD that Certain People screamed were never there

Won’t W be surprised! Since these WMD never existed, according to certain people, where did this all come from. Darth Cheney is truly a Dark Master for pulling this off with his neo-con minions! 17.09 Chemical weapons produced at the Al Muthanna facility, which Isis today seized, are believed to have included mustard gas, Sarin, Tabun, and VX. Here is the CIA’s file on the complex. Stockpiles of chemical munitions are still stored there. The most dangerous ones have been declared to the UN and are sealed in bunkers. Although declared, the bunkers contents have yet to be confirmed. These […]

Punk Journalism and the F-35

SMSgt Mac delivers a fisking of David Axe’s recent article on the F-35. It’s long and worth the read. Thank you SMSgt Mac!  I first encountered the term ‘Punk Journalism’ in the headline of a UK newspaper article online while surfing the web years ago. The article is currently preserved elsewhere, but it struck me at the time that it provided the keywords and framework for extracting a very workable definition of same: Punk Journalism:  \ˈpəŋk  jər-nə-ˌli-zəm’\  : Reporting or commentary that is sullied by scorn, prejudice and petulance, is wrong or distorted on the facts, and delivered in a […]

Stray Shots from Across the Net

I haven’t done this in awhile, but scattering of articles gathered from across the Internet on all things military. Item 1:  This just proves that most in the Army are ham fisted when it comes to anything to do with dealing with Congress or the media.  An email sent to two people dealing with the opening of roles for women, is then forwarded to every Public Affairs Officer in TRADOC.  Did not the recipient before he hit send think about what he was doing?  Does it pass the Washington Post test (in this case the Politico test), will it stay […]


Bill Roggio and Lisa Lundquist ask some good questions. I’ll add one to their list: what if the US hits Syria’s WMD stocks? The British reporters seem to have caught on. The Wall Street Journal: Champion of OPSEC? With the WH broadcasting the basic plan, the USAF vs. Russian ADA fight is going to be intense. Meanwhile, cyber warfare continues. Hacking financial systems have more impact than Tomahawks and bombers.  

Gun-day Monday

When you can’t afford your own RPG, but still need to bring down troublesome Tyranosaurs, or wind down a sharknado, this is the gun for you!

“Hands-Free” Carrier Landing?!

Maybe I’ve been missing something, but I think THIS falls into the “Holy Shit!” category. The fact that they landed it by remote is interesting enough, but the really hair-raising part is this: A pilot and a flight officer were in the cockpit in case human intervention was needed, but the landing was “hands-free” – controlled by a linked computer network on the ship and the plane. The idea of unmanned naval aviation is intriguing– and not least because there are no bonuses or flight pay involved.

SmartPhones for the Masses!

Good article over at DoD Buzz on the whether the Army’s desire to provide SmartPhones to every soldier will survive the coming budget reductions or whether Congress will go along with its plan.  There is a link in the DoD Buzz article to the Army Web Site and the CSAs comments on SmartPhones.

Robots -what can't they do?

” …and my mom said all those years of playing video games would never pay off!” Great quote from a soldier trying out the latest in Army tech, robots that can fire weapons, remove ordinance, and perform ISR tasks, keeping troops out of harm’s way. Soldiers from the 519th Military Police Battalion, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, watched futuristic technology turn to reality during a demonstration at Range 9, here, Aug. 5. The presentation, by Foster-Miller Defense Technology Solutions, showcased the latest in Soldier-saving technology for the battlefield and urban environments. “These robots can replace Soldiers in dangerous situations,” said Adrian […]