Archive For The “Military Strategy” Category

Crap or get off the pot

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Crap or get off the pot

That was a saying I grew up hearing my Dad say many times. If you have never heard it before, it is fairly simple, Do something or get out, but don’t just sit there and waste time. It is implying the same thing as the famous quote, “Lead, follow or get out of the way”….

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Bring back the War Department

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Bring back the War Department

Will someone let me know when war is easy and uncomplicated? I have tried to write about the complexities, the milli-second decision making, the wide gray area between right and wrong when it comes to war. In fact I just wrote about it some the other day. You can watch war movies all day, and…

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The US Army did the right thing

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The US Army did the right thing

Who knows if it was Rep. Hunter (who is two for two on helping out soldiers being railroaded), the media pressure and publicity, or if there are truly leaders in the right places that care more about doing the hard right rather than the easy (politically correct) wrong. Either way, great news came out tonight…

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This stuff is complicated

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This stuff is complicated

If only complex foreign policy decisions could be as easy as they sound like when they are being talked about on the campaign trail or in a debate. If only they were as quick as they seem during a 30 second news soundbite. Top U.S. military commanders, who only a few months ago were planning…

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Refreshing and encouraging

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Refreshing and encouraging

It is refreshing and encouraging to see a military leader put some of the civilian leadership in check and do the hard right (putting his career on the line with this administration) vs. the easy wrong (let the OPSEC violations continue to go unchecked). Gen. Joseph Votel, the chief of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM)…

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This is why…

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This is why…

…the BBC is reporting this morning that the Taliban now controls more of Afghanistan than ever, since 2001. Also why now there are reports like this, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/01/26/the-u-s-was-supposed-to-leave-afghanistan-by-2017-now-it-might-take-decades/  

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This really isn’t “good” news

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This really isn’t “good” news

It is a sad state of affairs for our military when “allowing” them to kill the enemy is considered “good” news. The Obama administration has loosened the rules of engagement for U.S. forces striking the Islamic State and affiliated groups in Afghanistan, allowing them to target militants just for being associated with the terror network,…..

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Camp Phoenix in its new life

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Camp Phoenix in its new life

For those of us who served as ETT’s or PMT’s up to 2009, we worked for Task Force Phoenix.  TF Phoenix was headquartered at Camp Phoenix in Kabul.  After TF Phoenix I, each succeeding iteration was staffed by a National Guard brigade, augmented with teams gathered from the National Guard and the Regular Army.  Bouhammer…

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