Attritionist Letter #1 – The US Marines turn away from the future

Leadership as Chess

Summary: Sixteen years of the War on Terror have made our jihadist foes stronger, more virulent, and more widely spread -- few Americans realize that America's internal divisions are mirrored by equally serious problems within the US military. The "Attritionist Letters" described one facet of that conflict, written by Marine Corps officers. We should listen to … Continue reading Attritionist Letter #1 – The US Marines turn away from the future

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While America’s infrastructure rots, we build the most expensive weapon ever

F-35

Summary: While America's infrastructure rots, we will spend $1.5 trillion on the F-35. The most expensive weapon ever built, it's probably as obsolete as battleships in 1940. Here is the tale of how this garbage fire of America's cash began and while it burns out of our control. See the dismal status reports at the … Continue reading While America’s infrastructure rots, we build the most expensive weapon ever

Martin van Creveld: women are a problem in the military, not the cure

Summary: Martin van Creveld examines the reason behind the Israel Defense Forces' enthusiasm to recruit women. It's the same reason for the enthusiasm of the US military. Men are increasingly unable or unwilling to serve. He discusses some of the likely consequences of this experiment.   “Military Women Are Not the Cure, They Are the Disease” By … Continue reading Martin van Creveld: women are a problem in the military, not the cure

A Marine Captain explains our failure in the Long War, & how to win

Summary: Our long war, with its failure to achieve its objectives despite the expenditure of so much money and blood, has been marked by serving officers protesting the madness of our tactics -- as we copy tactics of other foreign armies defeated by local insurgents using fourth generation war. Here is another, by Captain Waddell … Continue reading A Marine Captain explains our failure in the Long War, & how to win

Stratfor: The Unstoppable Spread of Armed Drones

Summary:  America has played a special role in the post-WWII era, repeatedly unleashing horrors on the world. We started the nuclear arms race by bombing Japan, staged the first cyberattack on Iran (we now live in fear of the next being on us), and now we're flooding the world with armed drones. Here Stratfor explains … Continue reading Stratfor: The Unstoppable Spread of Armed Drones

Martin van Creveld introduces his new radical book: “Pussycats”

Summary: Martin van Creveld has published another book, perhaps his most controversial yet (however difficult to imagine). He tackles the great enigma of our wars since 9/11: how western armies -- certainly the most powerful every fielded by almost every metric -- have been unable to defeat poorly trained, poorly equipped, almost unfinanced armies of … Continue reading Martin van Creveld introduces his new radical book: “Pussycats”

Another assassination of a jihadist leader. Here’s what comes next…

Summary: Another week, another assassination of a top jihadist leader, the usual glowing stories in the news. Next comes amnesia, as the wonderful results fail to appear -- and the jihadist movement continues to spread across the world. Perhaps someday we will connect the dots and learn the ineffectiveness of this tactic (part of the … Continue reading Another assassination of a jihadist leader. Here’s what comes next…