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I'd agree with this, save for one problem: Pakistan has us by the scrotum in terms of logistics. Of course, if we withdrew from Afghanistan, they'd have zero influence on US foreign policy...
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2011 on Treat Pakistan Like The Enemy It Is at Attackerman
This is a damn catchy song. Too bad Youtube Germany bans the video :(
This was a difficult one: 10th CAB was rotating back to the US. 1SG Siercks would have been home in a few short days, working right next door to my old company. A heartbreaking loss.
Whenever I think of "Paranoid", I think of Shirley Manson and Garbage. Well, them and Julian Assange.
Exactly. The American public doesn't complain when local national contractors are killed in attacks on convoys.
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2010 on Logistics! at Rethinking Security
There is a great disturbance in the Force. Qadaffi and Berlusconi must not form a Balling alliance.
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2010 on Blogging Fail at Rethinking Security
I'd be curious to see statistics on this, but I would assume that the AEF would have consisted of newly-assigned draftees, who had less than a year in service before being sent to Europe. That might also explain the initial difficulties of fielding such a force.
Dare I say that serious?
Sounds like it was interesting.
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2010 on CNAS Future of Iraq at Rethinking Security
Reminds me of the Wikileaks debacle. US military personnel will be punished if they download the data onto their computers, but the general public can download it all they want.
The Army has actually made attempts to "flatten" information-sharing by promoting an idea blog. Here, soldiers can submit ideas, where they're debated upon and ultimately read by commanders. However, it seems to be flawed in practice, as soldiers rarely take the time to submit ideas to the idea blog. For many soldiers, it's much more fun to sit around and complain to one another than to write a thoughtful "issue, discussion, recommendation" paper. Still, I was surprised to see it get as much use as it did.
Toggle Commented Aug 14, 2010 on Overstaffed? at Rethinking Security
I can haz schwerpunkt?
Toggle Commented Aug 10, 2010 on Twenty Years' War at Rethinking Security
Ugh, that didn't work. However, it's worth noting that the Captcha included the letters "KBR".
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2010 on Twenty Years' War at Rethinking Security
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2010 on Twenty Years' War at Rethinking Security
Fouche beat me to it. For every Wikipedia-style research project, there are about a million LOLcats, Encyclopedia Dramaticas, and (if you're REALLY old-school), "Mr. T Ate My Balls" homepages. Of course, I don't think I would have entered blogging if I hadn't learned HTML making my very own Geocities Wing Commander page back in the 90s, so maybe it pans out.
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2010 on Cognitive Surplus? at Rethinking Security
Ahem, the rampant droidism inherent in Star Wars ("Your droids, we don't serve their kind here, they'll have to wait outside") is notably absent. Though, it must be said, C-3PO is quite the racist himself, when he refers to Jawas as "disgusting creatures".
Drones have been used in some form or another since the 1920s (typically as aerial targets). In fact, a young Marilyn Monroe worked at a plant which built Firebee drones during the Second World War. (Her first big break was a picture in which she poses with the propellor of a Firebee drone). Looking at the new Raven drone, it's virtually indistinguishable, aside from the camera, from most hobby airplanes.
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2010 on DIY Auto-Drones at Rethinking Security
I've always been leery of planners who claim to have identified a center of gravity in a campaign. Planning checklists almost seem to beg planners to identify a COG, with many planners almost haphazardly inserting their all-purpose, magic-bullet solution. The truth is that you are right, we need to review our use of "center of gravity" in operational thought. is now following The Typepad Team
Feb 9, 2010