American Combat Troops inevitable return to Iraq Part II

US ARMY SOLDIER LOOKS TOWARDS BAGHDAD FROM THE SOUTH OF NAJAF

In Part I of this essay I laid out the path that led to the current situation in Iraq.   I discussed the most commonly mentioned intervention approaches i.e. having partners fight ISIS and/or expanded use of airstrikes and how neither is likely to be successful.  Most importantly, I explained that without a very clear and …

Holosun Micro Red Dot Sight Review

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UPDATED 21:02 EST 4 Sep ’14 I’ve been searching for a quality micro red dot for my AR15 and just couldn’t justify spending around $600 for the outstanding and battle proven Aimpoint Micro H-1 red dot sight.  I discovered the Holosun PARALOW HS403A Red Dot Sight and after two weeks of kicking the tires I …

American Combat Troops inevitable return to Iraq Part I

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod

We will be sending troops into ground combat in Iraq.  It’s just a matter of when.  I predicted long ago on Military.com that after our withdrawal from Iraq we would return just like MacArthur did to the Philippines.  Unlike the Philippines, it would be to a less friendly Iraq with less friendly Iraqis, in a …

What isn’t being asked about the failed Foley rescue?

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In an uncharacteristic and incredibly coincidental revelation, the US government acknowledged it attempted to rescue the subsequently beheaded American journalist James Foley.  The government’s justification for acknowledging the raid is that it was about to be reported by several news organizations.  Huh?  Whatever happened to “neither can confirm nor deny”?   Instead of potentially vague …

Numerous coincidences presage latest Russian buildup on Ukraine border

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Russia is going to invade Ukraine.  The only question is when.  Not that Russia needs it, but Russia has orchestrated a number of incidents designed to intimidate the US. Reuters reported that Russian news cited an unnamed Russian Navy Main Staff spokesman as stating a supposedly U.S. Navy Virginia-class submarine, was detected in the Barents …

Israel introduces anti-RPG technology in Gaza & US implications

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I read in FoxtrotAlpha.jalopnik.com an essay on Israel’s first combat employment of the Trophy active protection system (APS).  This immediately caught my eye because of my experience modeling the system in 2003.  The system is mounted on Israeli Merkava 4 tanks and Namer infantry carriers.  It consists of fixed array radar to pick up incoming …

“The Snakes Are Smoking” The Brazilian Expeditionary Force in WW2

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Essay by Yankee Papa and published for him on GRUNTSandCo (All rights Reserved) Corporal Antonio Pessoa* stepped out of his bunker into the snow.  While the American uniforms were excellent, none of the men of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force (FEB) ever felt really warm in the mountains.  When the Force was first discussed it was …

Army Looking at New Pistol

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There’s been a flurry of news lately about the potential demise of the Army’s M9 9mm pistol.  It’s a bit premature.  The Army recently concluded the Individual Carbine Competition to evaluate potential replacements for the M4 carbine.  It concluded without a clear winner or Army decision to replace the M4 though the Army has decided …

Bowe Bergdahl returns to duty. That’s not the shocking part.

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CNN is reporting Bowe Bergdahl is returning to duty.  The investigation into his alleged desertion continues and while most will be drawn into a discussion of his reintegration into civilization or the correctness of Bergdahl being assigned duties (seems inefficient to have to assign two supervisors to a soldier returning to duty) or getting $350k …

Current assessment of the state of the Iraqi Army

Iraqi soldiers take a break during a mission with Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division in Mahmudiyah. August 14, 2007 Photo by SGT Jacob Smith

Political cronyism seems to be the cause of much of the lost Iraqi combat capability as Prime Minister Maliki’s administration replaced many competent officers with politically reliable ones since US military force left Iraq.  Recent reports tell of soldiers finding themselves under attack by ISIS learn that commanders at higher headquarters have fled.  The immediate …