While the Army dithers and tries to come up with a way to form contingency forces for the Combatant Commands, the USMC has figured out a way to station a couple of Osprey’s, some C130s, and about Battalion (-) (JPP will set me straight) of Marine Riflemen in Rota Spain to support AFRICACOM. Granted the Army doesn’t own its own airplanes, would have if the USAF had convinced DoD to take the C27 away from the Army and then cancel it!!!!! (I won’t tell you I was thinking of calling them lying bastards but decided to be nice.) If you [...]
In today’s Washington-Post former Secretary of the Air Force and later Defense Harold Brown proffers a provocative argument that there is no longer a need for the service secretaries e.g Secretary’s of the Army, Navy, and Air Force. That they are redundant and that the service Chiefs would remain under Civilian Control as they would continue to report to the Secretary of Defense. Several questions immediately come to mind: Who will be the independent political voice (vice military) who will challenge the programming and budgeting decisions of Department of Defense? Would this result in the diminishing of service parochialism? Would [...]
A woman Marine Officer has questioned the wisdom of allowing women in combat units. What say our loyal readers. Before you comment please read her article, thanks.
He was a member of the greatest generation. On his gravestone it will say “Colonel, United States Marine Corps Reserve”. That should say it all, but it doesn’t. He was a teacher, but that is not sufficient. He was more than a teacher. He was a mentor, a guide, a friend, a counselor. Cadets for over thirty came through his office, came under his spell, learned from his experience as a student and a participant. In short he was the quintessential VMI man. But he was not a graduate of VMI, but in those thirty years of teaching he became [...]
Just read that long time Professor of Military History at VMI, Colonel Tyson “Ty Ty” Wilson died on December 21, 2011. Here is the link to his Obit . I have a plefora of Ty Ty stories. He was a real character, a great professor, and a Marine through and through. Ask all VMI graduates who knew to share a story. He was one of the greats. May he Rest in Peace. So long faithful warrior and teacher.
Five Year men are a reality at VMI; for those who are not graduates they are Cadets who for academic, disciplinary, or other reasons do not graduate with their class and end up graduating with a class who matriculated after they did. This article in the RTD gives new meaning to the term Five Year Man. Not sure I could do what these three have done!
There are several posts over at Battleland’s that I recommend that you read; they are on a variety of subjects, and are worthy to be read, think about and discuss. First article, on the possibly of a return to a draft. Highly unlikely. However, given the rising personnel cost, would a return to the draft allow initial military compensation to be lower. Not sure, since I am not a numbers guy, someone else will have to figure that out. An aside note on the draft, according to some information I was recently reviewing, that when the All Volunteer Force (or [...]
Good article over at Slate by Fred Kaplan on the post 9-11 military. I agree with his analysis to a point that the Army and USMC are flexible, learning organizations. He cites three big changes to the military since 9-11: · The basic Army formation is now the Brigade not a Division. · There are some branches in the Army that are dead men walking: Field Artillery and Armor; with a caveat you still need cannon cockers and tanks, but on a smaller scale. There is no need for massed fires of a Corps Artillery Group however at the BCT [...]
For those who are uninitiated into the ways of Washington DC; this article in the 11 July 2011 Wall Street Journal is the opening salvo in the coming Pentagon Budget Wars which will pit the United States Air Force and the United States Navy and their air-sea concept of power projection against the United States Army land base expeditionary concept of power projection. I don’t know what is right for the United States, there is great pressure in Congress to achieve real savings in the Defense Budget, one area which is increasingly getting scrutiny from Congress are United States bases [...]