Monthly Archives: January 2016

The thin veneer of civilization…

Civilization is little more than manners. Treating others with respect, treating their property with respect. The laws of a land cannot stop the thin veneer of civilization from being scraped away to reveal the raw humanity underneath any more than … Continue reading

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Russia’s “new” warfare isn’t that new

There is really no cutting edge technology going on in eastern Ukraine right now, at least not at the base layer. It’s older tanks, older infantry carriers, older artillery. There have been upgrades to systems on those vehicles such as … Continue reading

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Female Rangers

The Army spread the call far and wide looking for the cream of the crop to send to Ranger school. Hundreds volunteered. Three made it. Three exceptional women who went through hell to earn their 2 dollar piece of cloth. … Continue reading

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Ground Force Upgrades

There are some things that the Army can do right away that will increase readiness more than others, especially after the lessons every nation is quietly taking home from Ukraine. First up, there is the valid criticism that a Stryker … Continue reading

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Maneuverability

Yesterdays post talked about COL Boyd’s energy maneuverability theory. While the bulk of aircraft lost in Vietnam is around 1,000 less than 10% of that number was due to dogfighting or air to air combat. The remaining 91% (approximate) were … Continue reading

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“What Ifs” are not “war gaming”

This post is going to meander a bit. I’ll start with a pro F-35 scenario, then dig into some of the assumptions behind that, then dig into some of the theory that supports those assumptions, and then close it up … Continue reading

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Malheur Wildlife Refuge

The outcome of the occupation of the Malheur wildlife refuge center was never in doubt. The Feds will come in with overwhelming force and the occupiers will go to jail or be killed in the application of overwhelming force. I … Continue reading

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