Christmas Gift 1776, a cautionary tale…

Americans crossing Delaware

During this joyous time of year military history appropriately takes a back seat to Christmas shopping, family and most importantly the reason for the season.  That said and wishing all of you the best holiday I’d like to shine a spotlight on a seminal event often forgotten in our military history, the largest, riskiest and …

Cadets, a Limo & Delta Force; Stealing the Navy Goat, a True Story

Evan Habeeb/ US Presswire

It’s Army-Navy week where the MILITARY Academy and the Naval Academy (there’s a reason behind the names) ramp up school spirit culminating at the annual Army-Navy football game.  One of the more spectacular pranks is mascot stealing of which much has been written.  I was personally involved in the most obscure and largely unreported mascot …

Russian Plane Shot Down, the Analysis not happening

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There’s been a tremendous amount written on the startling news of Turkey’s shoot down of a Russian fighter.  Just as surprising is the superficial analysis and stunning lack of discussion of the background events leading to this event.  Numerous media analysts and pundits have characterized Turkey’s shoot down of a Russian fighter as an overreaction …

On Veteran’s Day, Thank You to Vets & Americans

Enlistment Oath

  There are 22 million vets in America today, 7% of the US population.  Veteran’s Day is America’s way of celebrating her living veterans.  A veteran is an American who at one point or the other served in our armed forces during war or peace.  Most are volunteers, some were draftees.  They all took an …

The Carson West Point “Scholarship” Hoopla

IJR video screenshot of Dr. Ben Carson

Recently the media alleged that presidential candidate Ben Carson lied about receiving a “scholarship” to West Point as a teenager.  My intent here is to explain the very unique process one goes through to get into the Academy so as one reads the various reports one is better educated than the overwhelming majority reporting on …

Marines Adopt M4

Photo by Lance Cpl. Orlando Perez, U.S. Marine Corps

Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller approved making the M4 the primary rifle for all infantry battalions.  The Marines are adopting the M4 as its primary Infantry rifle something the US Army did for its light Infantry in the late 90’s and for the rest of its combat arms troops in 2006.  I presaged this decision …

What do Poland and Syria have in common?

,L – Warsaw Uprising August 1944 (PD-Polish), R – Syrian Civil War October 2015 (Reuters)

What do Poland and Syria have in common?  Both have been playgrounds for Russian adventurism and political manipulation by the application of brute (sometimes brutal) military force. History tells us of the product of the Molotov-Ribbentrop meeting.  Ribbentrop  was Hitler’s foreign minister and Molotov was Stalin’s representative.  At the meeting they agreed to invade and …