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. Also: SPOILERS. 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 … Continue reading No More Task Force Rogue Ones: A Tactical Analysis of the Raid on Scarif

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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

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

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

Error Message: Rogue One and Realistic Military Operating Systems

If Jyn's data transmission in Rogue One was realistic to military operating systems. WARNING: Mild spoilers below Jyn rushes to terminal uplink on the top of the archives tower on Scarif and slides in the data files. Director Krennic appears on scene and is shot by Cassian Andor. Jyn turns to the terminal. Comms link … Continue reading Error Message: Rogue One and Realistic Military Operating Systems

Galactic Email: Sustainment Issues for Director Krennic’s Shuttle

Today's guest post comes from Eamon Hamilton. Eamon Hamilton (@eamonhamilton) likes Star Wars and is a military air mobility enthusiast, and enjoys bringing the two together on occasion. His blog is here: http://eamonh.wordpress.com.  Received: 14:42b  17/11/88 From: <Executive Officer Shuttle Sustainment Office> To: <Chief Engineer Shuttle Sustainment Office> <Officer Commanding Shuttle Sustainment Office> Subject: Concern re: Director … Continue reading Galactic Email: Sustainment Issues for Director Krennic’s Shuttle

Mandatory Briefings: the Imperial Edition

This is an excerpt from First Order Center for Lessons Learned Publication, Light Infantry Operations in Forested Terrain and Treatment of Indigenous Peoples. Scene: Imperial stormtroopers are seated in rows of benches as a hologram of the Forest Moon of Endor looms over them. Their company commander steps forward to begin the briefing. Captain: "Listen up, troopers, … Continue reading Mandatory Briefings: the Imperial Edition

Skywalker on Trial: the Galactic Code of Military Justice

Scene: Galactic Courtroom. Defendant seems blissfully unaware of what’s going on, keeps talking about his training with a “Yoda.” Judge: “Commander Skywalker, let’s walk through the events that occurred during the Battle of Hoth, shall we?” Commander Skywalker: “Sure, it’s all the same to me, but I’m kind of busy and --” Judge: “Commander, this … Continue reading Skywalker on Trial: the Galactic Code of Military Justice

Star Wars Reading List

Updated March 3, 2017. May the Force be with you. It comes as no surprise to frequent readers that I enjoy making Star Wars and national security comparisons. As we live in a world where there are new Star Wars movies every year, here is a handy reading list of all my Star Wars-related blog posts. … Continue reading Star Wars Reading List