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Retired Army Officer; Currently a Defense Analyst focused on Cyberspace Operations
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Obama hands Perry the GOP Nomination on a platter and Perry punts. *facepalm*
Toggle Commented 7 hours ago on Texas Governor Perry wimps out at BLACKFIVE
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First Twitter shot is fired.... Hashag #BigStick
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Bring the fun to National Review at BLACKFIVE
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That kind of takes away the effect if i give away the surprise up front. I also read the mystery novel from cover to cover. But i think you got the point... :) Cheers...
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... This would be surreal: After returning home Taylor Harrington was browsing videos of IED attacks in Iraq to use for a training course, when he came across the video of the actual strike on his vehicle. Check Out the Video Here Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at BLACKFIVE
An interesting OpEd in the New York Times that asks some very cogent questions as we ponder the threats we face, an uncertain fiscal situation, and a populace weary of the in-fighting. After seven years on the Senate Armed Services Committee, I am convinced that we are well along the road to repeating the French mistake. It has been more than 30 years since the last clear-cut American victory, the brilliant and audacious landing at Inchon. Vietnam, the Pyrrhic victory in the Mayaguez affair and the failed Iranian rescue attempt all attest to some deep-seated problems in our armed services. Yet our national defense debate, in Congress and in the press, continues to revolve largely around how much to spend. New ideas, from inside or outside the services, are seldom heard and less often welcomed. A growing number of my Congressional colleagues have come to feel that there is something profoundly wrong. We have joined in what amounts to a military reform movement, an alliance of (mostly younger) military officers, civilian defense analysts and members of Congress. The reformers' goal is to bring our defense priorities back into line with what history tells us is important in winning - and, therefore, deterring - wars. In seeking to determine where we have gone wrong, we must start by looking at the basic building blocks of any military - (1) personnel, (2) tactics and strategy and (3) hardware. Personnel questions are usually discussed in terms of pay, service entrance tests, and so on. But these issues miss many of the most critical aspects of military personnel policy. What's truly remarkable about it is that it was written in 1982. Read the whole piece at the link here: What's Wrong With The Military Hat tip to "Doctrineman" Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at BLACKFIVE
The following is a message by Jack Tobin, President of the Special Forces Association, that he posted coincident with Independence Day weekend. I think it will resonate with many B5 readers: What Do I Say? As I watch the news, each day it seems the Republic sinks deeper into the abyss that has taken so many great countries. Each day another of our freedoms disappears, taken by faceless bureaucrats, controlled by those who disregard our laws. A neighbor’s son, just graduated from high school, ask about joining the military, I was in a hurry and ask him to come back, what do I say? Two of my son’s, both wounded veterans ask me on Father’s Day, “Dad, was what we did worth it? What do I say? I think of one day seeing my Father, Uncles, Grandfather’s all veterans, and they ask what happened to the Republic they passed on to our generation. What do I Say? Growing up near Valley Forge I think of those men in that terrible winter dying of starvation, cold and disease, if they could ask was our sacrifice worth it? What do I say? When I see a Gold Star Mother, and she asks of her son, was his sacrifice worth it? What do I say? Generations of Americans have fought and died not for empire nor plunder, but for a Republic based on a document, not a king or emperor, but a Document, a Document that specified a government of laws, a government “of the PEOPLE, by the PEOPLE, for the PEOPLE”, that proscribed a unique form of government, each branch with specified duties, a system of checks and balances, to ensure that no monarch, no oligarchy could abandon the principles set down in this Constitution. When these generations that sacrificed so much for so long scream, down the hall of history, “What happened? What do I Say? Has the world’s last best hope become like the Arizona Memorial, the Alamo, yes, even Valley Forge, a site of greatness, now merely a faded symbol. I don’t know, I can only reach back in history and quote a document that George Washington thought so important that he had it read to his army as they stood in the freezing wind, the snow soaked with the blood of their rag covered feet, veterans who had suffered every deprivation, that he needed so badly.. 23 December 1776 “These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”……* After this was read, he asked them to stay the course, and led them to the victory at Trenton, and then on to independence. That is what I say, especially to you, all veterans, men who can lead communities, organizations that can reverse the course and rebuild that which is so badly damaged. “Stay the course.” http://www.ushistory.org/PAINE/commonsense/singlehtml.htm DOL Jack Tobin "Croich Honorah" Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at BLACKFIVE
When you do it right, it's really quick and boring. Which is why there are far fewer D-Force movies this Century than others..
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Apparently Obama thinks D-boys plan like the SEALs do.. rookie mistake.
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Beyond that...US Army Special Forces rarely, if ever, gather in that large a group for one fight. The only time i can think of in recent history is Pecora River Bridge in Panama in 1989. So the number is deceptive on so many levels. And, for you conspiracy nuts out there, I truly doubt that Obama went to McRaven and said, "Admiral, it has to be 300....don't question me on why...it just has to be that many." Sorry, but it's laughably silly.
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Let me disabuse anyone who thinks Mattis is the panacea to what ails the VA... He was the commander of US Joint Forces Command, and vowed to fix that organization... Ultimately, rather that fix it...or set the conditions for a measured downsizing or closure, he bailed.... And he didn't even have the temerity to stay in town for the announcement....he shuffled off on the Friday before the Tuesday announcement of its closure. He left a mess and the "fix" afterward is still struggling to remain relevant because of major mistakes like failing to properly revamp the Unified Command Plan. I do not think Mattis would be any more able an administrator than the incumbent. He'll just make more noise...
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Ok...Time to get the creative juices flowing.... And.....GO! Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at BLACKFIVE
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Ok.the Olympics is over and TV shows are back to their new episode line ups. Enlisted on Fox is back tonight at 9PM Eastern/8 Central. To pique your interest, the show is running a contest. You can win a custom duffel bag. All you have to do is tune in to Enlisted on Fox at 9pm eastern, 8pm central and answer a question that we will ask here on our Facebook page after the episode airs. You’ll have three and a half hours to e-mail the response to enlistedsendsyoustuff@gmail.com. I posted an initial review of the show here. Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at BLACKFIVE
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A few days ago I posted about Kelli Serio, a Navy Vet who is a Pinup Model for Pinups For The Troops. Now i have the honor of presenting Gina Elise - the creator of this wonderful veterans outreach effort. She was featured on an AOL Entertainment Segement called "You've Got...." For those that haven't seen Gina's work, this is a wonderful introduction. And so, You've Got....Gina Elise! Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at BLACKFIVE
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Awesome pic from the underside of a C-130 over a drop zone on Fort Bragg, NC Yeah...I still miss it.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at BLACKFIVE
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For those of you familiar with the great work of Gina Elise and Pinups for Vets, you know she has a bevy of gals who reenact the elegant days of WW2 Pinups. (Including period costumes, music, etc). Among their number is Kelli Serio. Smart and beautiful and fully in keeping with all things "PinUp". The bonus? She's also a Veteran. She's posted a biographic piece on Pinups For Vets, chronicling her transition from the US Navy to a Pin Up, Model and fledgling actress. What's great about her is that she's down to earth and fully appreciative of the wonderful things that are happening with her new career. It is clear that she never forgets her military past and Service folks. She's a wonderful person I've gotten to know a bit over the last few months. Gentle readers, I present Kelli Serio - From Petty Officer to Pin Up Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at BLACKFIVE
"To liberals, the charge that Obama threatens American exceptionalism is daft. He is, after all, fond of declaring, "In no other country on Earth is my story even possible." " And if we knew what that story actually was, we might be impressed.
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Not only blame conservatives, but act "shocked..SHOCKED" that this was the result. Or, to quote Urkel: "Did I do that?"
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I've passed the link on to two NYC Councilmen and a NY State Senator with whom i am acquainted: Rory Lancman and Eric Ulrich on the Council and Joe Addabbo Jr on the NY State Senate. (The latter gent is the son of a former (and now deceased) US Congressman from NYC who, during his House tenure was a strong backer of Defense/Service personnel.)
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2014 on Mission: VALOR at BLACKFIVE
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Solomon: You will find that i am no milquetoast or liberal, so there is no reason to hold back on response. And, if it merits a response, one will be forthcoming. As to your question regarding players behaving a certain way, it bears reminding that: (1) The Patriots were cited for spying on another team and there's been a belief that it has occurred before and since. (2) The Steelers coach this past season was sanctioned for on-field interference and, in previous seasons had one of the most fined defensive players for unsportsmanlike hits. (3) The Saints are recovering from a recent scandal that had their head coach and defensive coordinator suspended for a season and several players sanctioned for 2-8 games. Please, share with the assembled how Sherman's actions compare against these examples. If you think you possess the stones to do so, you may initiate an intervention. You would do well to do your homework first. Cheers.
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This may be a bit afield from normal Blackfive fare, but we are all affected by the issues raised when this occurred. To quickly recap; at the end of the rather exciting SF 49ers/Seattle Seahawks NFC Championship game, Seatle defensive back Richard Sherman, who made the game ending play, was interviewed by Erin Andrews. In it, he was rather unkind to the receiver he just defensed and said so. The subsequent and immediate reaction was quite negative toward Sherman in particular and the Seahawks/football players/and other categories in general. There were firestorms in both sports and regular media. What did not occur much was a consideration of the actual person. And those that did (and were not previously familiar with Sherman) were surprised to learn that he's actually a much more robust personality than perceived. Isaac Saul of the Huffington Post wrote a piece on what the incident "taught" America. It is well done, and worth your time to read. What Richard Sherman Taught Us About America For me, the concluding paragraph was spot on: when Richard Sherman went on his rant to Erin Andrews, most of America thought they were learning about the arrogance of another NFL player. But in reality, what Richard Sherman did was teach us about ourselves. He taught us that we're still a country that isn't ready for lower-class Americans from neighborhoods like Compton to succeed. We're still a country that can't decipher a person's character. But most of all, he taught us that no matter what you overcome in your life, we're still a country that can't accept someone if they're a little louder, a little prouder, or a little different from the people we surround ourselves with. As an aside, and to lighten the mood a tad: I am agnostic on this from a fan perspective. But the first time I saw this video, i became much more of a Richard Sherman fan (and the young fan is adorable). Richard Sherman Meets Littlest Big Fan Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at BLACKFIVE
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Two Weeks ago, an Australian Soldier on leave in the US went missing. An massive search in the Upstate NY area near Plattsburgh, NY ensued. Sadly his body was discovered on Wednesday (Jan 15). I'm glad that his body was found, although clearly I'd rather it be happier ending. Requiescat In Pace, Digger. RAYBROOK, N.Y. —Police say a nearly two-week search for a missing Australian solider is over. Saranac Lake Police and New York state Forest Rangers have been searching the woods for 31-year-old Paul McKay for nearly a week. A 31-year-old Australian man went missing on New Year's Eve. The body of 31-year-old Paul John McKay was discovered Wednesday morning on Scarface Mountain. McKay was in the Adirondacks after taking leave from the Australian army. Police add they have no idea why McKay came to northern New York. He was last spotted on Jan 4th at the train tracks on Route 86 near the correctional facility in Ray Brook. ----- Another link here: http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/20807127/us-authorities-find-body-of-missing-australian-soldier-paul-mckay/ Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at BLACKFIVE
We agree on Firefly. I never understood why that was never renewed.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2013 on Enlisted - The new comedy on Fox... at BLACKFIVE
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Hey Drill SGT...sequence is scored and you are out of sequence. Attention to detail.
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We discussed that with the show's creators in the interview and they are, in fact, looking at DoctrineMan, Duffelblog, and other similar sites for ideas.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2013 on Enlisted - The new comedy on Fox... at BLACKFIVE
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I find it hard to believe that "owning it up front" will make any difference, and I see this effort only as a reaction to the backlash that resulted. I'd say that the initial reactions DIRECTLY LED to the adjustments. That's a good thing. But if your manner is to view things as half-empty, i can't stop you. And again, thanks for making my point regarding manufactured offense.
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