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Forum: PMCs and Entrepreneurs 01-04-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 26,183
Posted By sandbag
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...
Forum: PMCs and Entrepreneurs 01-04-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 26,183
Posted By sandbag
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...
Forum: Military - Other 01-04-2010
Replies: 65
Views: 51,475
Posted By sandbag
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.
Forum: PMCs and Entrepreneurs 01-04-2010
Replies: 317
Views: 287,589
Posted By sandbag
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...
Forum: PMCs and Entrepreneurs 01-04-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 26,183
Posted By sandbag
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...
Forum: PMCs and Entrepreneurs 09-08-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 65,419
Posted By sandbag
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...
Forum: PMCs and Entrepreneurs 09-07-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 65,419
Posted By sandbag
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...
Forum: PMCs and Entrepreneurs 09-07-2009
Replies: 28
Views: 65,419
Posted By sandbag
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...
Forum: Military - Other 04-02-2009
Replies: 53
Views: 42,501
Posted By sandbag
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...
Forum: PMCs and Entrepreneurs 03-27-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 27,932
Posted By sandbag
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...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 03-18-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 3,157
Posted By sandbag
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...
Forum: The Whole News 03-13-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 5,784
Posted By sandbag
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.
Forum: The Whole News 02-27-2009
Replies: 79
Views: 14,408
Posted By sandbag
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.
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 01-28-2009
Replies: 283
Views: 35,997
Posted By sandbag
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.
Forum: Military - Other 01-22-2009
Replies: 104
Views: 33,574
Posted By sandbag
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...
Forum: Military - Other 01-22-2009
Replies: 104
Views: 33,574
Posted By sandbag
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...
Forum: Military - Other 01-22-2009
Replies: 104
Views: 33,574
Posted By sandbag
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...
Forum: Military - Other 12-30-2008
Replies: 104
Views: 33,574
Posted By sandbag
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...
Forum: Military - Other 06-28-2008
Replies: 66
Views: 28,289
Posted By sandbag
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....
Forum: Europe 06-08-2008
Replies: 82
Views: 76,306
Posted By sandbag
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...
Forum: Europe 06-07-2008
Replies: 82
Views: 76,306
Posted By sandbag
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....
Forum: Politics In the Rear 06-06-2008
Replies: 31
Views: 33,195
Posted By sandbag
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.
Forum: Training & Education 06-06-2008
Replies: 95
Views: 32,894
Posted By sandbag
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...
Forum: Government Agencies & Officials 05-31-2008
Replies: 39
Views: 15,871
Posted By sandbag
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...
Forum: Military - Other 05-26-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 8,488
Posted By sandbag
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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