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What this general heard from General Kelly about America — and didn’t hear
I will give Bob Killebrew the credit and thanks he deserves for his military service to the nation.
10 questions from a veteran Special Operator about that night in Niger
How did this happen?
Reliefs, firings, misdeeds, crashes, affairs, drug use and other military mischief
A big Halloween roundup
A Best Defense fiction special for Halloween: ‘An Occurrence at Khan Hill’
His eyes bulged out, as the tip of the pistol slammed into the back wall of his throat.
A letter from 4th deployment purgatory
An officer wards off boredom with bad food, booze, and Russia Today during a layover in Al Udeid.
A Marine sergeant on how much he learned from being in an OPFOR
“Having served as an infantryman for four and a half years, I learned more about tactics and how to employ Marines more effectively in the 10 days spent at the experiment in the desert than I did in
Quote of the day: Dubik on winning wars
"Battles and campaigns are won by fighting; wars are won by what happens after the fighting.”
Edgar on Strategy (Part VIII): Reagan, Reykjavik, and strategic imagination
Imagination and fiction are essential elements of strategy.
Sailors rescue Zeus
A sea dog gets some relief.
Quote of the day: David Ignatius comments on what a good spy looks like
A quick glimpse of David Ignatius's new novel.
The beginning of ‘Band of Brothers’ as a primer on good military leadership
Band of Brothers is a miniseries about the exploits of the soldiers of E Company, 2/506 PIR (Parachute Infantry Regiment) from their initial training until the end of World War II in Europe.
Fiction: We often use it to make the strange more familiar, as in spy novels
Spy novels introduce us to unusual or technical information, potentially confusing events, and unfamiliar social or professional customs.
My Modest Proposal For a New Professional U.S. Military Magazine
I’d call my new military magazine PIVOT: The Journal of Conventional Military Wisdom.
Girls Scouts & Cybersecurity
I read recently in a new publication, ‘Rand Review,’ that the Girl Scouts now have a cybersecurity badge.
Book excerpt: What you’ll hear about the future aboard a Chinese navy ship
Officers throughout the Chinese navy believe that China will soon end the United States’ decades-long naval hegemony in the Western Pacific.
Travels with Mattis: Finnish Edition
From the transcript of a “Media Availability with Secretary Mattis” yesterday:
Lepore’s assertion on war
The names of war
Book Excerpt: ‘Destination Casablanca’
The naval battle of Casablanca began with airplanes.
Edgar on Strategy (Part IX): To what end? The frequently missing ‘why’ of strategy
Policymakers must articulate the “why” informing a strategy and periodically revaluate whether it is achievable and what ought to come next.
Veterans’ Day Special: An Afghan War Casualty Looks Back and Wonders Why
I am neither old and wise, nor am I an impressively decorated combat veteran.