Analyzing America’s future, and our place in it

Let me begin by saying that in my sixty-something years on the planet, I’ve seen and done a lot – far more than most people, relatively speaking.  (I’ve written about some of my experiences on this blog from time to time.)  That wasn’t of my choice;  it was forced on me by an accident of birth (location and time) and a series of circumstances far beyond my control.  I wish I hadn’t experienced many of those things/places/people, but nobody asked me for my input!  I learned a great deal the hard way, and learned also that the same issues very often result in the same

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Challenging conventional wisdom about Special Forces

I’m very interested to see the debate currently going on in the US Marine Corps about its Special Forces component (MARSOC), their contribution to SOCOM, and the mission and future of the Corps itself.  Military.com reports: Dakota Wood, who worked as a strategist at Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command from 2012-2013, released a 60-page report on Thursday titled “Rebuilding America’s Military: The United States Marine Corps.” It was published by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think tank where Wood serves as senior research fellow for defense programs. Facing relentless operational tempo and ongoing budget woes, the Marine Corps should reevaluate

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Are bureaucrats and their red tape the best anti-war measure ever?

I wasn’t surprised to read this report – I’ve had more than enough experience with military and civilian bureaucracies to last me a lifetime! – but it highlights one of the more serious issues related to military preparedness during peacetime. When NATO expanded eastwards a unique set of logistical problems were encountered. These new problems were not fully appreciated until 2015 when the United States decided to send military units by road (and railroad) to the easternmost new NATO members. . . . While the armed forces available to NATO far outnumber those of Russia, there is a major impediment to assembling

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