“Huge Paratrooper Jump Today [sic] Over Bragg”

Not today, but rather yesterday, 13 April. Still, highly motivating: More than 2,100 American and British paratroopers will jump into Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Monday for the start of a massive exercise that marks the next step forward in a unique relationship between the two nations’ airborne units. The Combined Joint Operational Access Exercise is the largest U.S.-U.K. bilateral airborne training operation to take place on Fort Bragg in the last 20 years. It will feature paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team and about 900 paratroopers from the United Kingdom’s 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, […]

“May I Kiss You?”

More politically correct idiocy corroding the once-great American armed forces, courtesy of our loyal harbinger of doom, USMC0802: An issue that could “dramatically affect” the mission of the United States Armed Forces is telling soldiers when it is okay to kiss a girl. The Air Force is the latest branch to employ the services of Mike Domitrz, a speaker and author known for his “May I Kiss You?” training session, to teach service members about consent and sexual assault prevention. I’m sorry to see that Marines were involved too. To what end? How does this make our forces more ready […]

April 9th 1865

He had not slept well the night before. A third or more of his Army had been captured by Federal Forces when they crossed the “T” as they pursued his beleaguered forces from Petersburg westward. Now he would attempt what he was famous for, maneuvering his forces away from Grant’s force. He envisioned a short battle that would permit him and the soldiers of the Army of Northern Virginia to escape once again, to secure supplies, and link up with Joe Johnson and to continue the fight. Robert Edward Lee of Virginia rose as was his custom, trimmed his beard […]

Goldwater-Nichols, an answer: the Roles for Organizations

The is the second in a series of responses to Townie’s post “More Thoughts on Goldwater-Nichols 1986.” Earlier, I posted a response concerning the questions on the roles of people. Before we begin this response, let’s recap the definition of role: “Role” is the discrete responsibility that can only be performed by the person assigned that role. If you have to get the kids to football practice, your role is “Driver.” Organizations have roles that are equally discrete. An infantry company (Army or Marine) has the role of destroying the enemy through dismounted firepower and movement (maneuver). That’s it. An infantry […]

Goldwater-Nichols, an answer: the Roles for People

This is the first in a series of posts answering Townie’s excellent post “More Thoughts on Goldwater-Nichols 1986.” Looking at the list of Townie’s questions, they can be broken down into three areas: What is the proper roles for people? What are the proper roles for organizations? Are the legal authorities correct for this new era? This post will look at the first question by examing three of Townie’s questions: As currently defined, is the role of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff too broad, narrow, or just right (see 10 USC 153)? Upon assuming the role of the Chairman […]

Marine Corps IOC ends female integration program

Over the past three years under pressure from Congress to integrate women into the teeth of America’s fighting Force, the Marine Corps at the fore front opened the Infantry Officer Course at MCB Quantico to female volunteers.  The last two volunteers were dropped on 2 APR 15, Day 1 for this iteration of IOC.  Of the 90 men that began that day, 9 were also dropped due to their score on the Combat Endurance Course. Unlike IBOLC at Ft Benning the first day of IOC at MCB Quantico begins with the Combat Endurance Course, just so you know, the “E […]

Social Justice Warriors and VMI

Social Justice Warriors, or SJW in the common vernacular, have been at VMI for a long time because of VMI’s quintessence. Social justice is defined as “…justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.” The term social justice began in the 1840s as an entry argument made by the Roman Catholic Church into the culture wars between unhinged capitalism and equally unhinged socialism. That Social Justice, the one developed by Fathers Luigi Taparelli, SJ, and Antonio Rosmini-Serbati, IC, isn’t found in America. Instead we have to deal with Thomas Pogge’s version: Thomas Pogge’s arguments pertain […]

More Untoward Goings-On

Ragnar Lothbrok and Parker Longbaugh and USMC0802 have recently sent me a raft of depressing links to evidence of the continuing decline in the state of VMI and the Department of Defense. The items on VMI I cannot bring myself to post, I’m sorry to say– call me a coward– but I will put up the one from USMC0802: Just as we have seen with African-Americans, women, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, an important piece of the equal rights fight in the United States is allowing people who were previously denied access to the military in — […]

More Thoughts on Goldwater-Nichols 1986

As many know I posted something about Goldwater-Nichols last week, below is an article and some comments to an article on reforming Goldwater-Nichols.  I had originally intended to post this as a comment, but decided at the last minute to post it here for our OP-FOR community.  You will note that I have asked questions.  I think this the only appropriate way to approach the future of shaping our National Security Strategy and our the future organization shaping our National Security organizations.  To state conclusions upfront is to limit debate. Over at Breaking Defense, there are some very interesting comments […]

Marine Corps PFT Humor

THIS is great: “THREE pull-ups! Hah hah haaaa…” I’m still laughing.