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 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 […]

Douglas MacGregor: Make the Army even smaller!

Col (R) MacGregor is arguing that the Army needs to get smaller.  Supposedly members of congress are listening.  One thing I don’t agree with is the dismantling of the Brigade Combat team.  That transformation that took place under Rumsfeld although done very painfully is a good thing.  Brigades are self-sustaining.  The negative with that in the last decade of war you have not seen Division headquarters actually have to maneuver the entire formation.  But what is even more fun is that MacGregor wants to eliminate divisions and make small formations of “Battle Groups,”  the description sounds like a BCT to […]

Deserters: CPL Wassef Ali Hassoun surfaces.

Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, who has been declared a deserter on two separate occasions a decade ago, has turned himself in to U.S. custody and will face charges, the Marines confirmed. The 34-year-old arrived in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday and is scheduled to go Monday to Camp Lejeune, N.C., where his case will be adjudicated, according to a Marine spokesman. He had been in the Middle East, the spokesman said. I must say summer is a crazy time of year.  Bring one home and another wants to come back.  Should he be found guilty, he faces a maximum penalty […]

TAPS: Ericsson Davis ’10

I think I’ve written too many of these in the past year, or it just feels that way. This afternoon I was informed by a fellow alumnus that is in my unit a fellow Blood and Guts Golf Company alumnus had passed away.  I did not know Ericsson Davis well, but I knew him.  Golf Company was always very close, we all knew each other.  So this one, it hits the bone. Ericsson was a Third Classmen when yours truly was a rat.  I can tell you a few things from that perspective.  He maintained a quiet outward demeanor, but […]

Interesting Article by Tom Ricks

Ricks has written a interesting article on the relationship between Marshall and Lejeune.

Speech by General (Retired) Mattis

Follow this link, great speech by“Mad Dog” Mattis.  Link is now fixed.

New Army Camouflage!

According to Military.com the Army will begin looking a lot like the USMC!  Thoughts?

Scrap the JLTV Program, or start over.

Currently I’m stationed at Ft Bliss, TX. I see M-ATVs everywhere.  The Army talked of scrapping a lot of MRAPs, well here we see M-ATVs having replaced almost all of the HMMWVs in the 1 AD BCTs.  In fact the amount of M-ATVs here is a bit on the ridiculous side. When it comes to the JLTV program it’s something I’ve followed relatively close for the last  five years.  In 2008 the there was a down-select to three platforms [from seven],  which were offered: the BAE Valanx, GTV Eagle, LockMart JLTV, for the engineering and manufacturing development phase.  Of those […]

Donald Rumsfeld, A Documentary

I ran across the trailer for the Documentary: The Unknown Known.  The title of the documentary comes from a DoD briefing in February of 2002 when he famously said: “There are known knowns.”  It was directed by Academy Award winner Errol Morris whom also directed The Fog of War, which was an excellent documentary about the life of Robert McNamara. I’m unsure how I will take this, I grew up in the shadow of war following, 11 SEP 2001.  However, I will say I was well read, knowing of the Neo-Conservative movement and all of the folks that were in […]