Recommended reading: an autopsy of the 2002 Millennium Challenge war games

Lt. General Paul van Ripper

War games rigged?  General says Millennium Challenge 02 ‘was almost entirely scripted', By Sean D. Naylor in the Army Times (16 August 2002). Vignettes like this illustrate the structural ills of our defense apparatus better than any theoretical analysis can. The most elaborate war game the U.S. military has ever held was rigged so that it appeared … Continue reading Recommended reading: an autopsy of the 2002 Millennium Challenge war games

4GW at work in a community near you

Part V of this series provoked many emails requesting more symptoms showing the decline of the State (DOTS) in America. I wish all the questions I received were so easy to answer. This essay will give some general background and a specific example. The ur-text for DOTS is Martin van Creveld's The Rise and Decline … Continue reading 4GW at work in a community near you

Lessons Learned from the American Expedition to Iraq

The mainstream media remains focused on assigning blame for the war, with occasional reports on current events and discussions of exit strategies.  Let's attempt to see the bigger picture. Defeat seems the appropriate description for the American expedition to Iraq. Consider the cost!  Hundreds of billions of dollars spent, all in effect borrowed from Asia.  … Continue reading Lessons Learned from the American Expedition to Iraq