Category National Guard

The Secret Of Churchill’s Darkest Hour: An American General In London

The Secret Of Churchill’s Darkest Hour: An American General In London By Clive Irving, www.thedailybeast.com View Original October 14th, 2017 LONDON—In the 19 months between Winston Churchill becoming prime minister and Pearl Harbor, fascism came as close as it ever would to world domination. We are being newly awakened—in a timely way—to those months of peril not […]

S. Korea, U.S. To Draft Plan For Future Alliance Command

The comments highlighted in blue below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell’s Comment:  Sigh…. There is still no understanding of the command structure.  The US does not have have OPCON of Korean forces.  The ROK/US Combined Forces Command will have […]

SecDef Mattis At AUSA: The Threats The U.S. Military Must Be Prepared For

Secretary Mattis at AUSA: The Threats the US Military Must be Prepared For – Modern War Institute mwi.usma.edu · by Liam Collins · October 12, 2017 Secretary of Defense James Mattis kicked off the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on Monday. The meeting is billed as the “largest landpower exposition and professional development […]

“The Scar On America’s Soul:”  As A Major New Documentary Relives The Horror Of Vietnam, British Historian Max Hastings, Who Reported On The War, Says The U.S. Still Hasn’t Learned The Lessons Of Its Disasters Abroad

The Scar On America’s Soul:  As A Major New Documentary Relives The Horror Of Vietnam, British Historian Max Hastings, Who Reported On The War, Says The U.S. Still Hasn’t Learned The Lessons Of Its Disasters Abroad   www.fortunascorner.com         World-renowned British war historian Max Hastings, has an article with the title above in […]

Missing From Ken Burns’ ‘Vietnam’: The Patriotism And Pride Of Those Who Fought

Missing from Ken Burns’ ‘Vietnam’: the patriotism and pride of those who fought New York Post · by Bing West · September 20, 2017 To understand Ken Burns’ 18-hour Vietnam documentary, listen to the music. The haunting score tells you: This will be a tale of misery. And indeed, Burns and his co-author Geoffrey C. Ward conclude their script […]

2018 Budget Fight Delayed, Pentagon Pivots To 2019 Request

2018 Budget Fight Delayed, Pentagon Pivots To 2019 Request By Sandra Erwin, www.realcleardefense.com View Original September 8th, 2017 The deal that President Trump cut with congressional Democrats this week — to fund the government until December, expedite disaster relief for Texas and raise the debt ceiling — has set the stage for all-out war later in the […]

Federal Officials Say Privately They Are ‘Pretty Certain’ Layoffs Are Coming

David Maxwell’s comment:  Note the planning timeline.  We are probably two years from implementation.  I imagine we might see federal employees start leaving for other civilian non-government jobs before this is implemented (unless they expect that there will be some kind of attractive severance package that employees might wait for). OMB is reviewing the preliminary agency reform […]

Top U.S. General Hints At Military Action Against North Korea In A ‘Few More Months’

Top U.S. General Hints At Military Action Against North Korea In A ‘Few More Months’ By Gordon G. Chang, www.thedailybeast.com View Original July 25th, 2017 Several media outlets have reported that Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said over the weekend that war with North Korea was not “unimaginable.” What has gone unreported is that […]

The Generals Can’t Save Us — And We Shouldn’t Want Them To

Excerpts: But relying on generals to determine questions of war and peace creates unrealistic — and troubling — expectations for those same generals to craft policy and oversee, unchecked, a military that was intentionally designed to follow the command of a civilian.   Nowhere were these civil-military relations issues more evident than in the aftermath […]

The Privatization Of Security Is Coming. The U.S. Must Start Preparing For It

Excerpt: With a long tradition of citizen soldiers, the United States has normally been skeptical of mercenaries. But the idea of outsourcing security operations has cropped up in the past. In the early 1990s, Rod Paschall, a retired U.S. Army colonel and former Delta Force commander, argued that the United States should hire former special […]