Israel introduces anti-RPG technology in Gaza & US implications

RPG29 vs Trophy APS

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

Brazilian Infantry in Italian mountains...

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

Photo by Spc. Evan D. Marcy

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.

bergdahl flag backdrop

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 …

Happy Birthday US Army & Infantry

Ft. Benning Infantry Graphic opt

On June 14 1775  the Continental Congress called for the formation of ten companies of expert rifleman.   These riflemen came from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia and comprised the 1st Continental Regiment.  Their standard weapon was the rifled long rifle also known as the Kentucky rifle.   The longer range and marksmanship of the 1st Continental …

D-Day 70 years ago

Photo taken by Robert Capa on D-Day at Omaha Beach

70 years ago today 150 thousand troops were flung across the English Channel in an extremely risky operation to land on the continent, open a second front and rid the world of Nazisim.  There are a myriad of great books and movies out there.  “The Longest Day”, the “Band of Brothers” miniseries and excerpts of …

Memorial Day, Remember?

Graves_at_Arlington_on_Memorial_Day

As we enjoy our long weekend, the unofficial beginning of summer and some really great sales opportunities I just wanted to remind everyone to take a moment and meditate on what the holiday is really about. Memorial Day, is a specific United States federal holiday formerly known as Decoration Day. Unlike Veteran’s Day which celebrates …

Wheels for the Airborne & Light Infantry?

Flyer Defense/General Dynamics GDOTS Flyer Advanced Light Strike Vehicle (ALSV) a possible ULCV candidate

Next month the Army will be testing potential vehicles at Ft. Bragg to fit the Ultra Light Combat Vehicle (ULCV) concept.  This is an old (and good) idea that is new again.  The concept is for a light vehicle that can be chopped to Airborne and Light Infantry units to enhance their mobility.  After a …

Ukraine is lost, what next?

Troops stand guard at government building in Simferopol, Ukraine

The Ukraine is lost.  It’s no longer a question of if the Ukraine will lose its sovereignty but when.  The West doesn’t have the military capability to halt Russian aggression and more importantly, the will is absent.  When the US can’t send more than MRE’s any discussion of Ukraine standing against Russia is a short …