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    Wow. So much for the FFG(X) band-aid. And I doubt...

    Wow. So much for the FFG(X) band-aid. And I doubt any heads roll over this ongoing disaster, as the taxpayer continues to get gouged. We're a long way from pour encourager les autres...
  2. Great stuff, thanks. I highly recommend CIMSEC's...

    Great stuff, thanks. I highly recommend CIMSEC's long (10 parter?) series of podcasts on the Falklands, interviews with many Royal Marine officers, "Sharky" Ward, and others. Available free on...
  3. Nice find David.

    Nice find David.
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    Reopened for a nauseating postscript: ...

    Reopened for a nauseating postscript:



    http://www.si.com/more-sports/2017/01/19/sports-us-military-connection

    The whole article is worth reading, in a bad way.
  5. Funny you mention that... ...

    Funny you mention that...
    ...
  6. We had a thread years ago, "What Are You...

    We had a thread years ago, "What Are You Currently Watching?", that may have covered some of this ground before. Two recent shows that apply:

    1. The Wire. The best show on counter-insurgency I've...
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    Moreman's book on Frontier warfare is good, but...

    Moreman's book on Frontier warfare is good, but tough to find for under $120. Sir Andrew Skeen's Frontier classic, "Passing It On," was reprinted a couple years ago under a different title. And Field...
  8. Comment on Tom Ricks' blog

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    As those of us opposed to this lunacy have long claimed, lower standards were always going to be part of the deal.
  9. Right on schedule

    Behold the OPAT:

    http://weaponsman.com/?p=35670
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    I just ordered this a couple days ago, looks...

    I just ordered this a couple days ago, looks pretty good:
    ...
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    Good find, thanks David. "The Junior Officer's...

    Good find, thanks David.

    "The Junior Officer's Reading Club" (and many other Helmand memoirs, I'm sure) includes some stories of how dire things were for over-extended British units in 2006.
  12. That's certainly the direction we're heading.

    That's certainly the direction we're heading.
  13. Looks like the Army thinks the answer is "no."

    http://www.stripes.com/army-looks-to-deactivate-long-range-surveillance-companies-1.419337
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    A cri de coeur from one of those young, highly...

    A cri de coeur from one of those young, highly educated voters who represent Progress and so deserved to win:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/26/opinion/sunday/hell-is-other-britons.html?_r=0
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    Senate Proposes 25% Cut to Generals

    http://time.com/4336563/military-generals-congress/?xid=fbshare

    Long overdue, and a good incremental step to fixing our military.
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    Weaponsman

    http://weaponsman.com/

    Great blog by a retired long-serving Army SF Weapons Sergeant. Lots of posts on guns and planes, and tons of good history and SF/UW lore as well. Highly recommended.
  17. http://cimsec.org/sea-control-97-falklands-w-shark...

    http://cimsec.org/sea-control-97-falklands-w-sharkey-ward/19236

    Their whole series on the Falklands is great, worth getting on iTunes.
  18. CIMSEC did a podcast series on the Falklands War...

    CIMSEC did a podcast series on the Falklands War recently, the one with "Sharky" Ward has a good bit near the end with him savaging the UK's new carrier/F-35B foolishness.
  19. The US services' implementation plans are out: ...

    The US services' implementation plans are out:

    http://weaponsman.com/?p=30437
  20. Never mind that the physical concerns with...

    Never mind that the physical concerns with integration pale in comparison to those of cohesion, fraternization, pregnancy, and injury. Tell your tale of exoskeletons and miniaturization to:
    -A...
  21. Makes sense to me. A return to SF's Lodge...

    Makes sense to me. A return to SF's Lodge Act/American Foreign Legion roots.
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    Why the Saudis are going solar

    In an article in the Atlantic I was reading the other day, a crazy statistic caught my eye:



    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/07/saudis-solar-energy/395315/
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    Peter Hitchens on renewing Trident

    http://hitchensblog.mailonsunday.co.uk/2016/01/the-bearded-pacifists-are-righttrident-is-a-waste-of-money.html

    Pretty persuasive to this Yank.
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    Lions, Donkeys, and Dinosaurs

    If you haven't read that pretty devastating polemic on British defense procurement and BAE, I urge you to do so.
  25. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/12/03/...

    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/12/03/458319524/pentagon-will-allow-women-in-frontline-ground-combat-positions

    As anticipated.
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