Happy Birthday, C-130!

Sixty years old! Here’s a great vid of the landing on the carrier (starts at about :30)– I’ve ridden a C-130 from 29 Palms to Cherry Point, another from Bagram to Kabul, I’ve jumped out of a few, and I’ve watched one pound the shit out of Fallujah in 2004. It’s a pretty nifty piece of gear, and I don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon.  

Colonel A.C. Volant ’88 Takes Command

Another fair specimen of a citizen-soldier! “Col. Adam C. Volant [L] takes command of the Fairfax-based Information Operations Support Center…” Congrats on the command and the recent promotion!  

“Who’s Getting Riffed?”

Re the upcoming Army RIFs, Parker Longbaugh tossed this over the transom. Not being a member of the US Army, I have no business commenting so I’ll levy the expertise of our three (3) Army brethren plus all of you in commenter land. Thanks for serving your country, Major. Now hit the bricks. Have at it!

Blind Hog Finds an Acorn

While I generally find William Lind a horse rear end, he nevertheless is capable at times of great insight, his comment on the Officer Corps I think hits the nail on the head particularly in the Army. At Boyd’s next level, the mental, our officers are not professionals. They are merely craftsman. They have learned what they do on a monkey-see, monkey-do basis and know no more. What defines a professional—historically there were only three professions, law, medicine, and theology—is that he has read, studied, and knows the literature of his field. The vast majority of our officers read no […]

“Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the Theory and Practice of Jihad”

Well worth a look: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is not a formally trained military commander. However, he is not illiterate or a common thug such as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi who led al Qaeda in Iraq until his death in 2006. Al-Baghdadi holds a doctorate in theology from a theological seminary and appears to be a keen student of American tactics as they were passed on to the Iraqi Army, as well as the military practices of his Syrian Baathist opponents. Whether he is a military prodigy or merely a very talented student and practitioner of military art is irrelevant. To date, […]

“To the Shores of Kurd-i-stan…”

Interesting: ABOARD MILITARY AIRCRAFT, OVER THE BERING SEA — The military has sent 130 advisers to northern Iraq to plan for the evacuation of refugees under siege by Islamic militants, according to a senior Defense Department official. The Marines and special operations forces have been sent to the city of Irbil in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq to assess the humanitarian crisis in the Sinjar mountains and ways to end it, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity because officials were not authorized to speak publicly about the mission. Too little, too late? What say you?

Someone Save the Army From Itself!!!!!

Here we are an Army that is too broke to send units to the National Training Center, but now we are going to get a new PT uniform.  Please save the Army from the SMA and his uniform foolish.  First Tattoos, second a new field uniform, and now this.  When will the foolishness end.

ISIS/ISIL wants to plant the Black Flag in the Oval Office

Might as well. It’s unoccupied. The Won used to teach Alinksy and Cloward-Piven in his days before the Presidency, when he just used to just golf and give speeches. We will find out in 5 months whether his foreign policy is by design, or purely accidental.   h/t Slater for the video link  

Coup in Baghdad?

Something is going on.

What is the philosophy of grand strategy?

**Updated** The times make the man, and the men who defined strategy for the past two hundred years have been shaped by near-constant or very long wars, and informed by philosophies that brought perspective to the question of what assures victory in war? Clauswitz spent his years fighting, learning and teaching about Napoleon. The French Emperor at the time was more a force of nature, and master of the operational and tactical arts. While Napoleon owned the battlefield, he failed France and Europe in terms of economy, diplomacy, and industry. France’s strategic force, its navy, was expended in futile combat with the […]