U.S.: Senior leader of al-Qaida in Iraq killed
The posting seems to be a temporary assignment.
Are the French Looking to Sling Lead for NATO?
French military back in NATO after over 40 years? What do you think?
Can’t Win With ‘Em, Can’t Go To War Without ‘Em (26-page .pdf)
PW Singer’s report for Brookings on private military contractors.
On Private Military Companies and Contractors
Grim at Blackfive comments on Singer’s paper.
Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry
Singer’s 2003 book on the industry. A must-read.
Blackwater faced bedlam, U.S. Embassy finds
Meanwhile, the details of the latest incident continue to trickle in.
France offers to send anti-piracy warship off Somalia
Seems that the new leadership in France is walking the talk.
First troops in drawdown plan now out of Iraq
13th Marine Expeditionary Unit on its way home.
Dr. Who: What is the Appeal?
I enjoyed Dr. Who back in the day and now my kids do, too. 3rd and 4th Doctors, mostly. Haven’t watched the new ones at all.
Iraq and Afghanistan: ‘The political problem of hindsight bias’
I used to point out the hindsight thing quite often.
Alaska’s Strykers take on global task
Soon to become the Army’s designated Global Response Force unit.
New Bases, Barracks, Buildings Foster Iraqi Prosperity
I don’t think there can be too much of this sort of thing. One of the biggest mistakes we’ve made is not making enough petty cash type money available to be used by locals.
The Nuclear Renaissance Begins
Bring. It. On.
Red Dawn paintball – 11/14/2007
Wolverines vs. Rooskies and Cubans. Murdoc hasn’t paintballed in over a decade.
OK to spy on kidnappers took 9 hours
Last spring, with insurgents apparently holding three American soldiers in Iraq, it took the U.S. government more than nine hours to begin emergency surveillance of some of the kidnappers’ electronic communications.
Huntsville’s Bomb Cave
In case we need to hide. Complete with bats.
Australia Buying 24 Super Hornets As Interim Gap-Filler to JSF
This isn’t surprising. I haven’t heard if this means the Aussie order for F-35s will be cut.
Band of Brothers
Watching it again. It’s too awesome for words.
Swastika-shaped US Navy building
This will no doubt convince many that the US government really is a bunch of Nazis.
He notes that they’re going to fix the swastika building for $600,000.
Blue Angels picture gallery
The Most Powerful Bomb Ever Constructed
Ivan the Tsar Bomba at Damn Interesting.
TN Cigarette Revenuers Crossing State Lines
Don’t stock up over state lines.