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    Meh, I dunno: I've done all three points of the...

    Meh, I dunno: I've done all three points of the triangle (KO, PM, user), and I find the tripod to be one unstable structure. Suckitude of just one leg results in pain. For what it's worth, Army...
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    Sounds like you're getting bad advice. You're OK...

    Sounds like you're getting bad advice. You're OK to talk to the vendor, so long as both you and the vendor know that you (as the user) don't have any actual, apparent or implied authority to enter...
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    I thought this was virtually done already. I...

    I thought this was virtually done already. I would welcome the return of the extended Specialist grades.
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    My experiences with Blackwater have not been...

    My experiences with Blackwater have not been good. They really took on way too much work, and now hire just about anyone that can make their OIF rotation at Victory as a spoon sound sexy on a CV. If...
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    By the way, the FAR is heavy enough to beat a man...

    By the way, the FAR is heavy enough to beat a man to death with. That, plus the Defense supplement to the FAR, is enough to make me cry on a nigh-daily basis.

    I liked reading that blog until the...
  6. Ahh, this brings us to the ratification process,...

    Ahh, this brings us to the ratification process, the oft-unused method by which the Government attempts to make an unauthorized commitment all-OK in the eyes of fiscal and contract law.

    In the...
  7. And doubtless the majority are, man. I know this...

    And doubtless the majority are, man. I know this to be true, as well. Like the Army, a "few bad apples", etc.

    Where a problem seems to exist with regards to support contractors is out-of-scope...
  8. Perhaps the issue is rather: "Are contractors...

    Perhaps the issue is rather: "Are contractors utilized appropriately, for non-governmental functions and within the scope, terms and conditions of the contract under which they are employed?". It's...
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    I tend to think that UCMJ is a weapon of last...

    I tend to think that UCMJ is a weapon of last resort, especially with Field Grade Article 15s. After all, if you're throwing a guy into the breech and priming him up for the Battalion Commander to...
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    I have had little success in hiring contractors...

    I have had little success in hiring contractors based on the "keyword search" method employed by some of our support companies. It's even worse when applicants don't fully read the position...
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    You could also try each service's special...

    You could also try each service's special operations command (like USASOC/NAVSPECWAR/AFSOC/MARSOC). They might be more inclined to help.

    It might be obvious, but I'd urge caution with former...
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    Great suggestion. I've gone this route a couple...

    Great suggestion. I've gone this route a couple of times, myself. I've always found it remarkable that Red Cross volunteers will put out more energy and effort than paid AER reps.
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    Say it ain't so! This very well may be the case...

    Say it ain't so! This very well may be the case of an overzealous General Staff officer or just a General Officer who hasn't learned to not vocalize his/her inner monologue.
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    I cannot agree more. It's a good mix of daily...

    I cannot agree more. It's a good mix of daily conditions, TTPs and a testament to the soldier's exposure to chickensh*t in multiple forms. It reads like a diary. Good stuff.
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    Listen to this guy. He knows quite a few things. ...

    Listen to this guy. He knows quite a few things.

    What you'll find is that there's a really bad perception in the rest of the Army that SOF is where you go if you want to do your own thing/be a...
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    It's not a code: they just assumed that they were...

    It's not a code: they just assumed that they were entitled to some kind of kitwhore version of a fruit basket for getting off the aircraft. Cool kid gear is overrated, but I don't think they got told...
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    My second trip out, two new PSYOPers attached to...

    My second trip out, two new PSYOPers attached to us reported directly to the J-4 and asked: "Can we have some knives and watches?" A couple of days later, they put each other in for CABs when a bird...
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    I cannot agree more on this. In a SOF...

    I cannot agree more on this. In a SOF organization, the RIGHT fit is always the way to go. Technical or tactical competence only gets your foot in the door to the organization. If you're technically...
  19. Let's see if I can summarize this thread. I'm not...

    Let's see if I can summarize this thread. I'm not quite sure if I understand it, so bear with me.

    OP: This satellite ILE site is pretty jacked-up in terms of chow and transportation conditions....
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    I'd argue it's not TTP. Rather, it's TTP (and...

    I'd argue it's not TTP. Rather, it's TTP (and materiel)-driven. Complex systems (and tactics that use them) require more support. We went through a brief infatuation with "FedEx Logistics", which was...
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    I think it still is. Fad logsitics concepts (JIT,...

    I think it still is. Fad logsitics concepts (JIT, et al) that are wildly successful in corporate environments fail when LOCs/LOSs are under fire or don't have the structure set up to make them work....
  22. Marshall had it right all along. As an officer,...

    Marshall had it right all along. As an officer, it's OK (and maybe even important) to know how politics and government work, but taking sides is foolish vanity.
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    Sorry, guys, but I just can't see what all the...

    Sorry, guys, but I just can't see what all the fuss is about. I'd take McKenna's offer more seriously if it brought actual anthropology into the discussion. Politics and anthropology are...
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    I have some experience with State in this regard....

    I have some experience with State in this regard. The ones I've met either:

    1) are strictly academics, who want to work only in diplomacy-related, office-type stuff, or

    2) want desperately to...
  25. The 450th CA Battalion's based out of Riverdale...

    The 450th CA Battalion's based out of Riverdale Park. You should check them out. Since there's only one Regular Army CA brigade, the reserve units have really carried the lion's share of the work.
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