Monthly Archives: October 2017

The Buck Stops With the CSA

A lot of noise and smoke over the photo’s of the Security Force Assistance Brigade Beret and Patch.  The CSA makes it clear it is not taking anything away from SF and that they will not be called the legion.

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To Drain the Defense Acquisition Swamp, First Get Rid of the Water

An interesting fact: the people who break the rules of Defense Acquisition – FOGO, Acquisition officers (uniformed and career civil servants), and the contractors who advise them – don’t pay one thin dime. We do. We always do. The problems … Continue reading

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Bergdahl, Russia, and Discipline

Leading off is a very incendiary editorial calling the Army’s treatment of members of SGT Bergdahl’s unit into question. I have to admit, what about this affair at that unit’s level required a Non-Disclosure Agreement with threats of punishment – … Continue reading

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The CSAF Get’s It

So why does the Chief of Staff of the USAF have to help an airman get in touch with his family in Puerto Rico.  What about his Chain of Command.

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A Supply Corps, A Marine Corps, and a Victory Corps?

A friend is conducting an inquiry into family history, and shared a screenshot of her father’s High School yearbook, from some school in St. Louis in 1944, featuring the usual batch of faces and clubs and quotes from Tennyson and … Continue reading

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If It Is Happening at West Point

Then VMI is not far behind. It’s never far behind the latest educational fad. From these articles, it looks like America’s military service academies are toast. It may take 30 years or more to flush the trash from the leadership … Continue reading

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Ken Burns’s Vietnam: A Closing Commentary

What I have to say won’t be as eloquent as the lives of hundreds of thousands of American men and women who returned from Vietnam and lived well. They didn’t fall into drug addiction, domestic violence, and raised families and … Continue reading

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