No More Task Force Rogue Ones: A Tactical Analysis of the Raid on Scarif

Disclaimer: this should not be read as not wanting more Rogue One-type movies; we need more Star Wars films like this. There's a common phrase that you're apt to hear in discussions on Army readiness: "No more Task Force Smiths." For reference, Task Force Smith was a rapidly cobbled together unit of infantry and artillery that was … Continue reading No More Task Force Rogue Ones: A Tactical Analysis of the Raid on Scarif

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Warfighter: Toad Hall

How Wind in the Willows can teach us about small unit actions in warfare. That sound? Oh, that’s just the clunking of heads hitting desks, as people react to their beloved childhood book being brought under the scrutiny of the military microscope. But really, we’d be doing an injustice to that mighty asymmetric warfighter, the … Continue reading Warfighter: Toad Hall

War as a Human Endeavor: How do we train for that?

“War is a human endeavor—a fundamentally human clash of wills often fought among populations. It is not a mechanical process that can be controlled precisely, or even mostly, by machines, statistics, or laws that cover operations in carefully controlled and predictable environments. Fundamentally, all war is about changing human behavior. It is both a contest … Continue reading War as a Human Endeavor: How do we train for that?

Jedi Council After Action Review

Scene: the ghostly apparitions of the Jedi Council can be seen seated around the room in the familiar circle of the Jedi council. Yoda shifts uneasily in his small seat, which is odd, because he's a ghost . Yoda: "So, wondering as to why we are here, you are." Qui-Gon Jinn: "We've gathered the Joint … Continue reading Jedi Council After Action Review

Not in our Time: A Warning

Time is a strange thing. This coming April 6, World War I and the United States turn 100. 100 years since Congress declared war on the German Empire. 100 years since U.S. Doughboys, carrying automatic weapons and wearing steel helmets, marched off to war in France, in Belgium, in Italy, and in Siberia.  These troops … Continue reading Not in our Time: A Warning

Imperial Maintenance Memo: Circle X’d AT-ATs

501-AR-XO   MEMORANDUM FOR SEE DISTRIBUTION SUBJECT: Maintenance Operations on Heavy and Light Armored Vehicles   1.  It has come to the commander’s attention that in the most recent maintenance 026 Report, the company’s complement of AT-AT and AT-ST Imperial Walkers were all listed as Fully Mission Capable (FMC). However, during my walk through inspection … Continue reading Imperial Maintenance Memo: Circle X’d AT-ATs

When the United States Army Went to War Armed with French Weapons

France. What a silly place, am I right? They eat frogs, they're on their, like, millionth government since the Revolution, and they keep needing us 'Muricans to save them during world wars. Well, that is one way of viewing the Franco-American narrative, I suppose, if one were to overlook the incredibly vital French aid during the American … Continue reading When the United States Army Went to War Armed with French Weapons

Guest Post: Stormtrooper Performance in Contemporary Operations

My fellow Imperial Officers and classmates, I hope this communique finds you well, I've enjoyed reading the updates from my classmates from Coruscant to the Outer Rim. I apologize for being offline for the past few years. In my last three years in Fleet Strike Force 2, the pace of action has often prevented me … Continue reading Guest Post: Stormtrooper Performance in Contemporary Operations

Taking Care of Soldiers: What Does that Mean?

Cover photo: Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, U.S. Army Pacific commanding general speaks with a Soldier currently training on the Gulkana Glacier near Black Rapids, Alaska, March 10, 2015. (Sean Callahan/US Army) Taking care of Soldiers. That’s a favorite catch-phrase used by leaders, usually of the sergeants major variety, to describe any number of things: extra duty, … Continue reading Taking Care of Soldiers: What Does that Mean?

Thank You: No, Really, I Mean It

Hey all, I realize you're all in your post-2016/pre-2017 drunken stupors, because really, who wouldn't be? If I could drop in for one quick second to steal a moment of time where you could be drinking, I'd appreciate it. I've said a lot of things this year. Over fifty pieces, actually, which means that I … Continue reading Thank You: No, Really, I Mean It