Tag Archives: Military

DADT Repealed

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The Good ‘Ol Days…

I recently met and spoke with a British military officer who is on the verge of retirement after more than 38 years in the service of Her Majesty. I was interested to hear his opinion on serving in the military, … Continue reading

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It took us Nine Years to Figure this Out?

The M-4 is an updated version of the M-16, and the U.S. military’s workhorse rifle. It has been used in battle for the last 40 years and was designed for close combat in Vietnam. It worked well in Iraq, where … Continue reading

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Army visits Apple

My two worlds come together in this article from Ars: Army officials get VIP tour of Apple, talk mobile tech. Here is the key quote: Our job, as stewards of the taxpayer’s dollar, is to adopt and adapt appropriate commercial … Continue reading

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Kaplan in Tokyo Report, Part 2: Reception

Part 2 of my obsessive compulsory coverage of Robert D. Kaplan’s trip to Tokyo. Yours truly with Robert Kaplan, Tokyo, 12 March 2010 After Robert D. Kaplan spoke at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, I approached him and he graciously invited … Continue reading

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Facebook for COIN

I was thinking about a reverse Facebook, an unFacebook . The key difference is that this is not a social network that is populated by willing participants, but populated with people by information gatherers. For example, I meet you, and … Continue reading

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Britain and America’s Future Strategies

The Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), the review by the Defense Secretary of America’s military strategy, was released at the Pentagon a few days ago. The highlights of the review are as follows: * The military should move away from the … Continue reading

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Weird weapons

Bat bombs, corkscew tanks, guns that shoot around corners, aircraft carriers made out of ice and wood pulp or landing strips built on top of zeppelins. Crazy stuff that goes beyond war tubas but ranks up there with the First … Continue reading

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Solving Afghanistan, one PPT slide at a time

Look at this powerpoint slide! I haven’t seen that many arrows since Agincourt. From Marginal revolution: It’s all in this military powerpoint, apparently official.  On the positive side they are aware the problem is complex. In the Novum Organum, published … Continue reading

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Kaplan: Make way for China

Robert D. Kaplan supplies a chapter on Chinese naval strategy to a Center for a New American Security report entitled China’s Arrival: A Strategic Framework for a Global Relationship. Much of the chapter is based on his previous work in … Continue reading

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