“Fury” Movie Review

Fury Movie

  Saw “Fury” on its opening night.  It’s well worth seeing.  It is a brutal, realistic, violent portrayal of tank warfare, a story not often told let alone told so well.  This is likely the best movie I’ve ever seen or heard of that focuses on the subject.  The emotional roller coaster is wrought with …

Making US Troops More Vulnerable, Banning AP Mines

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At the Third Review Conference of States Parties to the Ottawa Convention (also known as the Ottawa Convention or the UN’s ban on landmine treaty) on June 27th US Ambassador Griffiths stated the US promised not to produce or buy anti-personnel landmines.  September 23rd the administration announced the US would destroy US anti-personnel mines not …

When Domestic Politics and Medals Collide

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Didn’t make a big splash in the news which is no surprise but until very recently troops deployed to fight ISIS in the current no end date “No Name” operations in Iraq and Syria were not authorized recognition for their service.  The Iraq Campaign Medal is limited to troops that served there from 2003 to …

Maneuver Conference 2014

M2A3 Bradley Maneuver Conference 2014 Photo by Author

I attended the Maneuver Conference at Ft. Benning about a week ago and wanted to share some of the highlights.  Sadly sequestration is having an impact on the joint Infantry/ Armor Conference at Ft. Benning.  Many of the government organizations that attend these events weren’t present.  Most notable was Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier, the …

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 …