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Who are you guys going to invade? :p

Why has elegance found so little following? Elegance has the disadvantage that hard work is needed to achieve it and a good education to appreciate it. - Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

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Who are you guys going to invade? :p

 

No one, scouts honor!

 

On a more serious note the armaments are primary defensive (MIG-29s aren't that good as offensive aircraft and are primarily used to secure borders). This whole charade started when Croatia announced that they are going to acquire a rocket system from the US that could easily be converted to longer range missiles, ie. they could target Serbia.

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National Interest; the Buzz - Insane US Army missile will spew clusters of deadly quadcopters

 

And to steal someone's comment in regards to this..:

 


As an infantryman, I see this as a logistics support thingy....

You're forward and are in a situation where a bunch of drones, for surveillance or as kamikazis or both, would be really useful.

Be super nice if you didn't have to pack them in on your back or as additional crap in your vehicle.

'Arty, we need some drone support, over.'
'Type, over?'
'Recon/attack multi-use, over. Got some Jerry's Kids in bunkers and can't quite winkle 'em out.'
'Grid?'
'There.'
'Shot, over.
'Shot, out.'
'Splash, over.
'Link established. Thanks, arty.'
'Please consider us for all your future mayhem delivery needs...'

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A German pal sent this to me:

 

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Translation-

 

1. Soldier

2. Special Forces Commando

3. Sergeant on the way back from the NCO mess

4. Lieutenant with compass.

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"Turned wrong way round, the relentless unforeseen was what we schoolchildren studied as 'History,' harmless history, where everything unexpected in its own time is chronicled on the page as inevitable. The terror of the unforeseen is what the science of history hides, turning a disaster into an epic.”

 

-Philip Roth, The Plot Against America

 

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-James Fallows

 

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For the satire...

 

Valentine's Day Ruined by Fort Bragg Prostitution Sting

 

As someone said..

 


There is, sadly, so much reality to this satire. Here's the thing with Bragg and most Army bases. They're set near relatively small cities with a limited selection of viable ladies. In the case of Bragg there are approximately 30,000, mostly relatively in shape to very in shape, single males between the ages of 18 and 25. There are at any time about 2,000 single, unattached, females of any look, age or form. It is literally a ten to one ratio. So if you want to have a good time on Valentine's Day, or any other day, chances are it's going to involve sex with a minor, infidelity or an exchange of cash. Frequently all three if the lady in question has a full set of teeth. That is simply the sad, sorry, reality of towns like Fayetteville NC, Killeen TX, Great Bend, NY or Columbus, GA. Full disclosure: All the ladies I 'dated' in Fayetteville had a full set of teeth.

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http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/army-usawc/mcmaster_foundation.pdf

 

time to hit the books, so to speak.  

 

HA! Good Fun!

 

ps  only through first 50 pages, but

 

"In briefings and working sessions, the language of transformation, when combined with PowerPoint slides, seems to lull what otherwise might be critical audiences into passivity. PowerPoint’s “bulletizing” of ideas leads to
shallow analysis. Color graphics and contrived charts substitute for thought and logic, yet create a facade of analytic credibility. The briefing dynamic often betrays an unspoken agreement between presenter and audience to give a higher priority to getting through the slides than examining the ideas and proposals that those slides represent. "
 
one can foresee how mcmaster may have difficulty communicating important info to his new boss. 
 
pps we read the full paper.  for folks not wanting the full 102 page analysis, much o' the points made in the paper is repeated in a nyt opinion piece written a decade later. 
 
 
will check out the following recording as well
 
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"If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."Justice Louis Brandeis, Concurring, Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927)

"Im indifferent to almost any murder as long as it doesn't affect me or mine."--Gfted1 (September 30, 2019)

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am knowing it is gauche to post 2x in same thread, but the following link is also informational and half as long as our previous video link.  ppps might be going a bit too far, eh?

 

 

for those wishing to hear mcmaster views regarding russia, we highly recommend the csis video/audio.

 

HA! Good Fun!

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"If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."Justice Louis Brandeis, Concurring, Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927)

"Im indifferent to almost any murder as long as it doesn't affect me or mine."--Gfted1 (September 30, 2019)

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http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/02/21/federal-hiring-freeze-suspends-army-child-care-programs.html

 

gosh, who woulda' thunk the hiring freeze would have unexpected and disproportionate impact 'pon those least able to deal with shortfalls from services 'pon which they depend?

 

HA! Good Fun!

"If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."Justice Louis Brandeis, Concurring, Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927)

"Im indifferent to almost any murder as long as it doesn't affect me or mine."--Gfted1 (September 30, 2019)

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Re: The CSIS talk

 

 

 

Think about what the picture looked like for South Korea in 1953. It looked pretty bleak. And so this shows, I think, how important it is to have sustained efforts over time, and how important it is for the joint force and the U.S. Army in particular to view consolidation of military gains politically – by developing partner capability, sustained efforts over time economically, reform efforts that really didn’t kick in in South Korea till the 1980s – that sustained effort – there are no short-term solutions to long-term problems, basically. And the Army plays a very important role in setting conditions and facilitating those long-term security solutions.

 

...

 

So what are the implications of these threats from a – from a defense perspective broadly? First of all, allies are pretty darn important, right, especially at these far reaches of American power, especially when hoping to deter these revisionist powers. And so really what we want to do is prevent conflict, and our allies are essential to doing that.

 

I think this stands in pretty sharp contrast to Trump's predilection for big, flashy symbols rather than long-term achievement (but hey, perhaps this is one of the few areas he has common ground with the overwhelming proportion of political operators). Transactional "deals" rather than long-term partnerships with allies. A big wall that is unlikely to stem illegal immigration without a substantially bigger Border Patrol force (military tactics 101: An unsupervised obstacle may as well not even be there, Or as Patton put it: "Static fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man"). And a travel ban that will do zilch to prevent the next big massacre that is more likely to originate from within (Timothy McVeigh and Dylan Root may have different stated objectives from Omar Mateen and Rizwan Farook, but they all draw from the same well of grievances against civil society).

 

Flim-flam, razzle-dazzle I suppose.

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"Turned wrong way round, the relentless unforeseen was what we schoolchildren studied as 'History,' harmless history, where everything unexpected in its own time is chronicled on the page as inevitable. The terror of the unforeseen is what the science of history hides, turning a disaster into an epic.”

 

-Philip Roth, The Plot Against America

 

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-James Fallows

 

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Heh. Military Sci-Fi author posted this:
 
 
 

So for all you guys, gals and other serving, here's a replacement pic for your official unit SECDEF portrait.
I'll give a redshirt to the first three persons who can sneak a copy into the official portrait in their unit and get a picture of it.
1f642.png:-)
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Bonus points if you can prove it's part of the official photos.
You don't have to keep it there. But if you're on CQ or something, sneaking it in in the middle of the night then switching back counts.
Try to get a pic of it as part of the official photo wall.
 
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* Redshirt = Author using your name and description for one of the random collateral deaths in his books.



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The US Marines are considering retiring the M4 in favor of the full auto M27. It has a great reputation for durability, something no one ever accused the M-16 family (which the M4 is a varaint of) of having. I'm dubious of the value of full auto in an infantry weapon in any situation ofther than close combat. Full auto fire is inaccurate, wastes ammunition (always a finite resource) and is hard on fire discipline. The M-16 family did not use it. It did have a selector switch to toggle between single shot and 3 round burst. But as anyone who has ever had to clear a misfeed on an M-16 wouid agree the simplified feed system and solid rod design are a considerable improvement.

 

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/dollar3000-rifle-could-make-the-marines-even-more-lethal/ar-BBzk05f?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp

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Not that surprising, is so heavy and far more powerful than needed looking at some of the conflicts the US has been. Probably was overkill for this, but this will sell well with the "bomb the **** out of them" meshback jerkoffs :p

Why has elegance found so little following? Elegance has the disadvantage that hard work is needed to achieve it and a good education to appreciate it. - Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

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-Philip Roth, The Plot Against America

 

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Marine Drill Instructor makes time for a tea party with his daughter:

 

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OOORAH SSgt Porter!

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"Turned wrong way round, the relentless unforeseen was what we schoolchildren studied as 'History,' harmless history, where everything unexpected in its own time is chronicled on the page as inevitable. The terror of the unforeseen is what the science of history hides, turning a disaster into an epic.”

 

-Philip Roth, The Plot Against America

 

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-James Fallows

 

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