First Order Change of Command

Scene: Interior of a First Order Star Destroyer. A First Order Army officer takes a seat at a desk, apparently well pleased. There’s a knock at the door and another officer walks in. Captain Arlis: Come on in XO, how are you today? Lieutenant Fivret: Good morning, sir, I’m fitter than a Mandalorian helmet, thanks. … Continue reading First Order Change of Command

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If “Firefly” Characters were in the U.S. Military

If you’re like me, you discovered the TV show Firefly well after the time it first ran in 2003. While we were spared the original heartbreak that came when the show was not renewed for a second season - damn you, Fox - we are still reminded of our loss every time we watch the … Continue reading If “Firefly” Characters were in the U.S. Military

Guest Post: The Flag, the Military, and Patriotism

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: The Flag, the Military, and Patriotism

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

Deconstructing the Reconciliation Narrative of the Civil War

In 1913, Union and Confederate veterans held a touching reunion at Gettysburg. Now in their 70s, the veterans flocked to the small Pennsylvania town by the thousands. It was here that they shared stories, recreated memories, and celebrated the reconciled Union. Worn Union men shook hands with grizzled old foes across the stone wall on … Continue reading Deconstructing the Reconciliation Narrative of the Civil War

Warfighter: Bunker Hill

When trying to understand Army doctrine, we tend to get too tied up in the gritty little details of doctrine itself. An example of this would be any number of the required briefings that come with with Military Decision Making Process (MDMP). Staffs spend more time formatting the briefing products - whether on PowerPoint or … Continue reading Warfighter: Bunker Hill

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

Guest Post: a Current Officer’s Thoughts on Robert E. Lee

By Butters' Bars In the aftermath of the abhorrent racism and bigotry put on display in Charlottesville, Virginia three weeks ago, it is easy to lose sight of the root cause of this violent outburst. The question at the center of Charlottesville is whether or not General Robert E. Lee, most famous for his role … Continue reading Guest Post: a Current Officer’s Thoughts on Robert E. Lee

Guest Post: Celebrating the Army’s Positive Past

With racial tensions growing since the events in Charlottesville, the debate of the U.S. military's continued use of Confederate names has been brought back in the limelight. The Chief of Staff of the Army General Mark Milley tweeted out “ The Army doesn’t tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks.”  https://twitter.com/ArmyChiefStaff/status/897742317897093121 However, there still … Continue reading Guest Post: Celebrating the Army’s Positive Past