Category: military

Cyber Stars

/* Warning: Extensive over-use of the word “cyber” ahead. */   The other day my old friend and colleague Bob Gourley Tweeted: Random thought: There are 24 four-star flag officers in the U.S. military. Every 4 star I have ever…

The Lessons of PFC Manning

The tragedy here is not that we were undone by a shit-bird GI who didn’t have his head screwed on straight, it’s that we will ignore what he is teaching us.

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…

underrattelser – US style

Ralph Peters’ latest report on improvements in MI. Money graph: Appropriate technologies can help us – but no database or collection system is a substitute for seasoned human judgment. The key task in intelligence is understanding the enemy. Machines do…

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…