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

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Stormtrooper Goes on Veterans Day Rant

Scene: a bar on the back-end of the galaxy. “Look, I've got some stuff to say. I was a proud servant of the Empire for a full 20 years. And I saw some serious shit. Hi, yes, my name is NL-689, but all my mates called me Null. Served all over the galaxy and it … Continue reading Stormtrooper Goes on Veterans Day Rant

The Star Wars Bomber Gap

The Last Jedi promises something not seen before - a Star Wars equivalent of a strategic heavy bomber. To date, the Star Wars Universe has provided a science fiction examples to many real-life military roles (with varying degrees of artistic licence). Imperial Star Destroyers have largely stood in for the Navy, whilst the Army and … Continue reading The Star Wars Bomber Gap

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

Here’s Some Memes, Go See a Star War

With the recent news that Arrested Development creator Ron Howard will be directing the new Star Wars one-off movie about Han Solo, we would be negligent if we did not consider what that could look like. So, without any more introduction, I give you... Now the story of a family of dysfunctional Jedi who lost everything and the one … Continue reading Here’s Some Memes, Go See a Star War

How the U.S. Military Celebrated Star Wars Day

It's no secret that we in the U.S. military love us some Star Wars. If you needed a concrete example, however, one need look no further that the Twitter feeds of various Department of Defense agencies, units, and installations on May 4, otherwise known as #StarWarsDay, or #MaytheFourthbeWithYou. The parent organization, the Department of Defense, … Continue reading How the U.S. Military Celebrated Star Wars Day

Galactic Staff Officers: Battle Staff as Star Wars Characters

Look, we’ve all been there. It’s staff call. Your mind wanders. You start imagining the staff primaries wearing silly hats. Now you imagine the XO as an animal - possibly a frog, sitting on a lilypad. Right around the time that the S-4 is briefing how they can’t possibly move a shipping container from one … Continue reading Galactic Staff Officers: Battle Staff as Star Wars Characters

Imperial News Update from Scarif

Information Management Chief hopes databanks may still come out on top after Scarif Posted 49 minutes ago By staff writers at Imperial Navy Headquarters, Coruscant “Moving forward, I think it’s an exciting opportunity for us to re-invigorate how we approach our information management for major weapons systems,” said Imperial Adm. Geddard Fenn, Director of Imperial … Continue reading Imperial News Update from Scarif

Star Wars by Other Means: Rogue One and Foreign Policy

Carl von Clausewitz famously wrote, “War is the continuation of politics by other means.” In today’s climate, it would be truer to say, “Star Wars is the representation of politics by other means.” From the echoes of Vietnam in A New Hope and company in the 1970s and ‘80s to the heavy-handed anti-imperialistic tones of … Continue reading Star Wars by Other Means: Rogue One and Foreign Policy