Day in the life of a Rebel Alliance Tower Guard on Yavin 4

  Secret Base on [REDACTED] Dear Mom, Taking a moment to drop you a line. As you know, life here in the Rebel Alliance has been kind of crazy of late, what with the whole Death Star business and everything. You hear about Alderaan? I’m not even sure if I believe the news, sounds like … Continue reading Day in the life of a Rebel Alliance Tower Guard on Yavin 4

Tommy and the Road to Stanley: A Bedtime Story of the Falklands Conflict

By Dan Kim Author’s note: This is the second in a series of conflicts adapted into a children’s bedtime story, aided and abetted by both Angry Staff Officer and Toby Dickinson.  Toby, I can’t thank you enough.  I apologise in advance to any member of two particular regiments who may take offence to my portrayal; with … Continue reading Tommy and the Road to Stanley: A Bedtime Story of the Falklands Conflict

World War I Stands as a Lesson Against a “Bloody Nose” Strike on North Korea

How do you solve a problem like North Korea? This is the song that Pentagon planners have been singing for decades now. We’re told that there are plans to use a limited strike on a North Korean target that would send a message to the dictator that the U.S. isn’t playing around. A strike that … Continue reading World War I Stands as a Lesson Against a “Bloody Nose” Strike on North Korea

Predictions for 2018

So 2017 is over, and what a year it has been. We’ve had drama, scandal, disasters, wars, outbreaks, and diseases, and I think that was just in August alone. I recall after 2016 we all said, "Well, we sure aren’t gonna do THAT again” and apparently we didn’t mean it. Still, with all the latent … Continue reading Predictions for 2018

A Leadership Vacuum: “The Last Jedi” and Mission Failure

SPOILERS AHEAD. Most determine the great struggle in Star Wars to be that between the Light and Dark sides of the Force. But from a military perspective it has always been between a highly regimented Empire and a loosely organized Rebel force. And even within these communities there have been contentions as to how best … Continue reading A Leadership Vacuum: “The Last Jedi” and Mission Failure

What is Worth Fighting For?

It's a simple sentence. Deceptively simple. And yet, it's one that people resist answering or get awkward if it gets brought up. What is worth fighting for? And further, what is worth dying for? Home? Family? Religion? Way of life? Economic pursuits? Safety and security? How about this one: what is worth killing for? Yes, … Continue reading What is Worth Fighting For?

Guest Post: Military Scrutiny Isn’t a Bad Thing; In Fact, We Need More

Today’s guest post comes from Major John Q. Bolton. Maj. Bolton is an officer deployed to Afghanistan. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy, an MBA from American Military University, and a Master of Military Arts and Sciences from the Command and General Staff College. An Army Aviator (AH-64D/E), his … Continue reading Guest Post: Military Scrutiny Isn’t a Bad Thing; In Fact, We Need More

The Force Awakens to High Risk HUMINT

By Lt. Col. Jim Davitch The Star Wars storyline divides neatly into two sides: good and evil. The latter possess a qualitative and quantitative edge in terms of military hardware and personnel. The former clings to intangible advantages in pluck, optimism, and desperation. It is desperation that encourages the scrappy underdogs to take chances they … Continue reading The Force Awakens to High Risk HUMINT

The Schoolyard Bully: A Bedtime Story of the Iran-Iraq Conflict

By Dan Kim Author's note: This fantastical post is the brainchild of a friend who joked about me reading a story to my daughter, but instead wanted me to read him a bedtime story about the Iran-Iraq War.  After a few lines, the friend and ASO planted the seed, like, why not turn one of … Continue reading The Schoolyard Bully: A Bedtime Story of the Iran-Iraq Conflict

I Didn’t Know

She had a senior non-commissioned officer buy her lingerie, passing it off as a joke. I didn’t know. She was mentally broken down and denigrated, day after day, by a male officer who was her command and who felt threatened by her presence. I didn’t know. She was propositioned - openly - by higher ranking … Continue reading I Didn’t Know