Guest Post: The Warfighter’s Desire

This is a guest post from Peter Lucier. Peter is a Marine veteran (2008-2013) and student at Montana State University. He writes as a member of the Council of Former Enlisted for The Best Defense blog, and is the editor of the soon to be launched Return to Base (rtbmag.com) You can follow him on Twitter … Continue reading Guest Post: The Warfighter’s Desire

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Leaning into the Belt of Obedience, or, How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Reflective Belt

Author's note: At the current moment, the world is in a state of fraying tempers, dangerous actors, and uncertain agreements. Suffice to say, the news can be stressful. With that in mind, this week's post is ludicrously silly.  It’s well known that we have a serious problem in the military: how to quit our addiction … Continue reading Leaning into the Belt of Obedience, or, How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Reflective Belt

Hashtag 6: the Social Media Wars

In the future, will wars be fought with non-conventional means? Will engines designed for bringing people together and opening lines of communication be used for destruction instead? Some might say that they already are - all we need to do now is to militarize them. Like this. “Sir, we’ve got enemy movement, possibly up to … Continue reading Hashtag 6: the Social Media Wars

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

Top Gun 2: What Might Have Been

Okay, so I’ve got a confession: I’m a veteran and a military nerd who doesn’t care for war movies. And it’s not because I’m anti-war, or because Hollywood doesn’t “get” us vets, or because the movies trigger PTSD: no, I just don’t care for them because they’re too obvious and in your face. We get … Continue reading Top Gun 2: What Might Have Been

The Donald Meets The Bard: If Trump were Henry V

Last week, presidential candidate and Republican nominee-presumptive Donald Trump decided to put on a more presidential tone. He gave a speech on foreign policy, won some primaries, and knocked the other Republican candidates out of the race. So it seems that through the will of the People, he has a shot at being President of … Continue reading The Donald Meets The Bard: If Trump were Henry V

Ballad of a Young Staff Officer

One Friday night, dark and dreary, At my desk I slumped, weak and weary. A late-night tasker, come my way, Too “urgent” to wait just one more day. “See here, LT,” the S-3 had said, “This suspense can’t wait, don’t mark as read, “Write WARNO, write FRAGO, pen the order, And ensure your slides have … Continue reading Ballad of a Young Staff Officer

The Gettysburg Address – the Donald Trump Version

The Gettysburg Address, as it might have been delivered by Donald Trump. You're welcome. It was a long time ago – I don’t think anyone can even remember, but I can remember, I have a great memory, I’ve got the best memory ever. These guys, they made the most special thing, really, really special. Where … Continue reading The Gettysburg Address – the Donald Trump Version

Classic Military Quotes Brought into the Modern Era

Military doctrine is updated every few years, to reflect the changes in technology, tactics, operations, and strategy, as well as to keep several thousand doctrine writers employed. Next to military doctrine, famous quotes from past military leaders are the most commonly cited source when two strategists are arguing. But although we update our doctrine, we … Continue reading Classic Military Quotes Brought into the Modern Era

“Of the Highest Order:” June 16, 1918

He bent low. His back ached. He could smell the earth below his face, the stinking, ever-present mud. Mercifully, free of gas. For now. The soft lip of the trench - or, what had been a trench before German artillery had blasted it to ever-living hell - was a dim reflection in the early morning … Continue reading “Of the Highest Order:” June 16, 1918