Author Archives: DaveO

About DaveO

Retired soldier, micro-farmer, raconteur and pet owner from the great state of Oklahoma. Wandered in as a frequent commenter and have been enjoying blogging ever since.

Novel Ideas

Hat tip to Townie to commented on this novel idea in another forum: training Surface Warfare Officers before they are turned loose on the fleet. Meanwhile, over in the Army, the USAR activates the 2nd Space Battalion. I remain hopeful … Continue reading

Posted in Air Force, Army Reserve, Navy | 1 Comment

Living with Pigs

I had a good vacation, the first since 2002. Two weeks of no computer, news feeds, and work intruding. I liked it so much I’m doing it again next month around Thanksgiving. You’re welcome! The title doesn’t refer to riding … Continue reading

Posted in Cyberwar, Idiocy, Readiness, Stray Voltage, Veterans' Issues, VMI | 5 Comments

Good, Evil, and Kneeling During the National Anthem

Hello Readers of InTheOldCorps. I was called away to work in lovely New Mexico – and it is lovely. This is a temporary change of scenery, but welcome all the same. The change prevented me from viewing the rest of … Continue reading

Posted in Insurgency & Counterinsurgency, Resistance, VMI | 3 Comments

Ken Burns’s Vietnam, Part 5

There’s a saying in the Pentagon: “No horse is too dead to beat.” Ken Burns proves himself eager to box the pony with the best of them. He entitled this episode “This Is What We Do.” A better title may be “Welcome … Continue reading

Posted in History, Insurgency & Counterinsurgency, Strategy | 1 Comment

Ken Burns’s Vietnam, Part 4

This episode’s theme was ‘The Home Front.’ The experiences of North and South Vietnam and the US were presented as equivalent in their social violence, but these are false equivalents. Burns presents the North as undergoing the ravages of bombing. … Continue reading

Posted in Defending the Homeland, History, Leadership, Strategy | 3 Comments

Ken Burns’s Vietnam, Part 3

Ken Burns presents the US escalation of involvement in Vietnam as a couple living together: committed to remain uncommitted. As is the norm, whomever goes all in wins. Maybe VMI’s football team could learn a thing or two from that. … Continue reading

Posted in Elements of National Power, History, Insurgency & Counterinsurgency, Leadership | 1 Comment

Ken Burns’s Vietnam, Part 2

Part 2 could well be titled “A Tale of 5 Leaders” as Burns compares the effects of the different styles of leadership on the combatants. Uncle Ho and John Paul Vann as usual get a pass, while Kennedy and General … Continue reading

Posted in History, Leadership, Strategy | 4 Comments