Looking waaaaay back into the Op-For archives to the Russian encroachment on Georgia in 2008, we have this– Dug In. Now, Georgia (the country, not the state) was and is far removed from the US/NATO orbit. But Ukraine directly borders NATO states. Remember who the “champion digger” is.
Nothing good is happening. Russia did not respond directly to charges of new troop movements, saying only that any action it was taking was within the confines of existing Russia-Ukraine agreements to protect Russia’s Crimean naval base at Sevastapol. “As you know, we have an agreement with Ukraine on the presence of the Russian Black Sea Fleet,” said Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s U.N. ambassador. “We are acting within the framework of that agreement.” This just in– SecDef plans massive cuts to Army!
(Link has been fixed!) OUCH. Foreign Policy lays out the turmoil on “Tamer.” But with less than a year left in Amos’s tenure as commandant, it is his own ethics that have been called into question by everyone from rank-and-file troops to members of Congress. The accusations range from abuse of power, to illegally classifying evidence to cover up mistakes, to squashing Marines with the temerity to protest. The office of the commandant, typically revered by Marines across the world and many on Capitol Hill, remains under investigation by the Defense Department’s inspector general and is being battered by the [...]
America does not have a strategy, and has not had one since the USSR died in December of 1991, and Russia was reborn with the Alma-Ata Protocol of 1992. At the time, the Pax Americana was proclaimed and US strategy went from a coherent ‘defeat the USSR’ to ‘oh crap, maybe we just protect our international markets or something.’ In these times, what should America’s strategy be? I offer this: “Retrench.” Diplomatically, our foreign service officers need to understand that America always wins, always. A number of smart folks have commented that our treaties and agreements resemble Europe’s of June 28, 1914. [...]
According to Military.com the Army will begin looking a lot like the USMC! Thoughts?
A very interesting and instructive article: Really, it turned medieval. Protesters shot fireworks with makeshift launchers. In combination with throwing stones and using slingshots, they overwhelmed disoriented Berkut special forces units, who were pelted with flying objects as fireworks exploded around them. Protesters wore military helmets and carried makeshift—or captured—shields. Wooden boards were used to protect their lower legs from shrapnel the police taped to exploding stun grenades. It’s not how I’d like to locate and close with, but it’s very effective especially when coupled by the volunteer auxiliary corps, as described further in the article. The ostensibly weaker side [...]
The author contends that reducing the Army will make it and the military stronger; I ask is he right or wrong? I do ask you read the article first before commenting. Thanks
My wife pointed the site of the British Legion out to me, believe me I was overwhelmed. The sentiments are sincere and reflect the loss that is still felt in the United Kingdom today. I share a poem dedicated to our Brothers and Sisters in Arms of the Naval Services: IN WATERS DEEP In ocean wastes no poppies blow, No crosses stand in ordered row, Their young hearts sleep… beneath the wave… The spirited, the good, the brave, But stars a constant vigil keep, For them who lie beneath the deep. ‘Tis true you cannot kneel in prayer On certain [...]
There has been a spate of articles on the state of the Army in the past several weeks, which I have been desirous of commenting upon. There have been too many things of greater importance that have distracted me, but these two which both appeared in the Washington Post within the last two days. The first entitled “Why The Army Should Fire some Generals and Promote Some Captains” is I believe spot on. I am of the generation or half generation ahead of the bunch he proposes firing. We are baby boomers, we believe we are infallible, that we posses [...]
Very probably not a very good idea: “Pentagon Plans to Shrink Army to Pre-World War II Level.” In fact, a very bad idea. Here’s the money quote, the one excerpt (among several) that lets you in on the woolly thinking of the progressive left with regard to the defense of the Republic: “We’re still going to have a very significant-sized Army,” the official said. “But it’s going to be agile. It will be capable. It will be modern. It will be trained.” Is the Army now lethargic? Incapable? Outdated? Ill-trained? If yes to any or all, will making it smaller [...]