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 […]

Stray Shots from Across the Net–Thursday Edition

Stray Shots From Around the Web.  I took three days of leave this week, I was suppose to go to Pennsylvania on some personnel business, however my wife’s mother is ill so instead I put her on an airplane.  So I have had time to wander the web so to speak in the morning and find some interesting articles as I drink coffee and eat breakfast while I take care of our eleven cats (yes I said eleven we are the crazy cat people at the end of the cul du sac)  and two dogs. Item 1:  Our USAF Missile […]

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 […]

Breaking Story–Two General’s Fired for Security Laspes

This from the Washington-Post; the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps has fired the two Senior Commanders of Camp Bastion for their failures that allow the base to be successfully attacked.  Stunning News–of course one would expect no less from the USMC unlike the Army who promotes them or allows them to retire with their reputations intact.

Food For Thought: Reflections on Counter-Insurgency

As I was checking my email, I looked at my linkedIn discussions, a title hooked me in from the US Army Armor and Cavalry group. The discussion is about the “Myth of the Savior Generals” and  the adoption of counter-insurgency tactics and how General Petraeus became that savior.  As you dig deeper into the review of COL Gian Gentile’s book on his use of Counter-Insurgency doctrine: Then-Lt. Col. Gentile referred to FM 3-24 as a “superb piece of doctrinal writing”, and felt that its middle chapters were particularly useful for commanders in Iraq.  However, he heaped scorn upon a section of the […]

Schooling the CMC

As they say, ‘discovery is a b*tch.’

The USMC Kicks The Army’s Ass Again

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 […]

Do We Need Service Secretaries?

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 […]

Picture says it all

Women in Combat Units

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.