Category: military

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.…

Two Vets Walk into a Bar

At the end of a long day I break out of my zombie-like march when I recognize a face I have not seen in a decade. We were introduced on day-one and indoctrinated into the ways of the big green…

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…

Media Trumps Interrogations

“Captured” media that is. In case you wondered why so many of us VRWC-types are behind continued analysis of what we found in Iraq. You’re not down with water-boarding? Fine, then can you get behind an effort that avoids the…

Concern on the Pointy End

The Defense Department’s  plan to expand Army special operations forces is spreading waves of unease throughout the Special Forces community. The plan calls for a one-third expansion in the tactical units of all Army ground combat special operations forces: Special…