Tag Archive for Defense

i knew him when

Imagine merging 11 companies’ IT departments, creating a standard communications platform that can withstand battlefield conditions, and launching an SOA effort all at the same time. And having it in operation just two years later. That was the challenge Robert…

guiding the pointy end

An update on The Surge that is right up our alley: What tactics are working? "We got down at the people level and are staying," [Gen Petraeus] said flatly. "Once the people know we are going to be around, then…

mission first, people always

Not going to repeat the now well-worn story of Walter Reed-related issues, merely wanted to take a minute to point out a trend and offer up a lesson. There was a time when, while serving on active duty, the Army…

rifles: pointy-end woes

A long but worthwhile article about the state of our small arms and those responsible for putting them into actual arms (none of whom are likely to have to fire a shot in anger the rest of their careers).

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…

more uniforms, please

Fellow national security-issue blogger William Arkin is troubled: The White House announcement last week that it was nominating Dell L. Dailey of South Dakota to be the State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism immediately caught my attention. Dailey, who is hardly…