Attritionist Letter #10: Commanders today are too busy to develop subordinates!

Summary:   We lavishly fund our military services (although these sums are in turn dwarfed by the demands of the profitless but growing American Empire).  But decent pay and expensive machines does not create a powerful force.  That comes from the people we recruit and train, especially the leaders.  It's the single most important task of our … Continue reading Attritionist Letter #10: Commanders today are too busy to develop subordinates!

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Europe’s rescue plan meets reality. Which will win?

Summary: The dream of the latest Euro-rescue plan lasted for one week. Already painful reality emerges to confront the bold but baseless claims of Europe's leaders. Only with exceptional skill and determination can they make this work. Contents Greece introduces democracy into the rescue process Red lights on the dashboard The BRIC rescuers sound wary … Continue reading Europe’s rescue plan meets reality. Which will win?

Attritionist Letter #9: the hidden reason behind DoD’s organization (it makes sense once you understand)

Summary:   Enlisted Marines and their junior officers often find the USMC system byzantine, even irrational.  In fact there are deep reasons for its procedures, a hidden rationality seldom explicitly discussed.  In letter #9 General Wormwood explains these things to his nephew, using logistics as an example. Contents Introduction from the Marine Corps Gazette's Editor Letter … Continue reading Attritionist Letter #9: the hidden reason behind DoD’s organization (it makes sense once you understand)