Category: military

MI Wusses Out

DI Olsen, a merciless chop-buster and the first guy to recognize that I might actually have what it takes to lead. He was not entirely incorrect. Sad that they’re moving away form leadership and towards management.

New media and the surge

Kilcullen surges against the Guardian at SWJ (H/T Zenpundit): Today’s Guardian article (“Military Chiefs Give US Six Months to Win Iraq War”) misrepresents the Baghdad advisers. So much so, it makes me doubt the reliability of the single, unidentified source…

War: easy when you always win

From Inside the Army (subscription required): The top civilian and uniformed leaders of the Army told a House committee last week that recent war games have proved the effectiveness of the Future Combat System as a counterinsurgency tool, and pushed…

Inside Dope

Don’t know this particular person, but I know his brothers and sisters and their song remains the same (courtesy of Small Wars Journal): Morale has become bad enough in the Iraq office that DIA has had to drop the requirement…

Open Source Reform

Thanks to John for pointing this out: Gen. David H. Petraeus, the new U.S. commander in Iraq, is assembling a small band of warrior-intellectuals — including a quirky Australian anthropologist, a Princeton economist who is the son of a former…

Sword, double-edged, one-each

Bloody hell: Google is talking with military agencies in Iraq after learning that terrorists attacking British bases in Basra appear to have been using aerial footage from Google Earth to pinpoint strikes … Among documents seized in raids on insurgents’…

Draw Weapon, Aim at Foot

A depressing bit of news from the front: I’m working tactical HUMINT in Iraq and could not agree more with your post about inefficiencies in intel. Got any idea how many separate intel-related databases there are here in-country? Me neither.…

Danger in Stretching the Metaphor

In the midst of pre-election excitement this gem went largely unnoticed outside of the parallel geek world I also inhabit: During a media conference here Nov. 2, Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne said the 8th Air Force…