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  • honordads 1:11 pm on 02/16/2015 Permalink
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    Art of Manliness Podcast #101: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War With Robert Coram

    John Boyd is one of the greatest military strategists that hardly anyone knows about. Unmatched in the cockpit during the Korean War, his mind was also without rival. He was not simply a warrior of combat, but a warrior-engineer and warrior-philosopher. Boyd wrote “Aerial Attack Study,” which codified the best dogfighting tactics for the first time, helped design the legendary F-15, F-16, and A-10 aircraft, and developed the strategic tool known as the OODA Loop.

    Robert Coram, who wrote Boyd’s biography, argues that the OODA Loop made Boyd “the most influential military thinker since Sun Tzu.” In today’s podcast I talk to Mr. Coram about his book Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War, and about the life and career of this fascinating warrior-philosopher and what we can learn from him on how to be better men.

     
  • honordads 10:24 am on 02/12/2015 Permalink
    Tags: defense, , manpower management,   

    The Military Machine as a Management Wreck

    The military is perhaps as selfless an institution as our society has produced. But in its current form, Mr. Kane says, it stifles the aspirations of the best who seek to serve it and pushes them out. “In terms of attracting and training innovative leaders, the U.S. military is unparalleled,” he writes. “In terms of managing talent, the U.S. military is doing everything wrong.”

    The core problem, he argues, is that while the military may be “all volunteer” on the first day, it is thoroughly coercive every day thereafter. In particular, it dictates the jobs, promotions and careers of the millions in its ranks through a centralized, top-down, one-size-fits-almost-all system that drives many talented officers to resign in frustration. They leave, he says, because they believe that “the military personnel system — every aspect of it — is nearly blind to merit.”

    Related: Military pensions are bloated for a reason.

     
  • honordads 6:34 pm on 02/10/2015 Permalink
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    Alcohol redefined as ‘weapon’ in sexual assault cases by prosecutors, military officials.

    Alcohol for years has been seen as a contributing factor in rapes, and it is thought to play a role in nearly half of the almost 6,000 sexual assaults reported across the Defense Department last year. But the role alcohol plays has been succinctly redefined.

    “It’s a weapon,” said Katharina Booth, chief trial deputy and chief of the Boulder District Attorney’s Office sexual assault unit.

    Booth said the change comes from the realization that perpetrators are more likely to use alcohol to subdue their sexual assault victims than guns, threats and fists.

    Alcohol’s ties to sexual assault came into focus again in January with the arrest of Air Force Academy junior cadet Daniel Ryerson. He’s charged in state court with sexually assaulting an inebriated female classmate after a night of party-hopping in Boulder on Nov. 1. Ryerson, 21, who police say is linked to the case by DNA evidence, is due in court this month.

    In a December Pentagon report, the military calls alcohol a weapon in its latest sexual assault prevention guidance for commanders, echoing a statement made by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in May.

    If you have kids in the military or at college, don’t fail to make them aware of this.

     
  • honordads 10:30 pm on 01/16/2015 Permalink
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    DOD: Single fathers outnumber single mothers in the military, and more of them suffer hardships. Why don’t we hear anything about this?

    Beyond financial hardship commonly experienced by single parents, 53 % of single military mothers and 55 % of single military fathers have reported difficulty managing work and family stress. Research indicates few differences among single military mothers and fathers and occupational stress. However, one difference shown for single fathers was that as the number of years in the military grew, the number of supportive people in their lives decreased. Within the civilian population, there are more single mothers. In the military, however, there are more single fathers. In fact, for every single military mother, there are 2.8 single military fathers.

     
  • honordads 10:08 am on 11/10/2014 Permalink
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    Toby Keith rocks the troops (via)

    In three decades with the military I’ve visited a couple dozen USOs around the world, whether for a quick snack and email check between flights, a recharge after travelling halfway around the world, or a last-minute place to crash overnight when weather cancelled a flight.

    Then there were unforgettable concerts and comedy shows that brought a slice of home to a foreign place. Hard to convey what those were like – performers used to being the center of attention becoming genuinely humbled as they stared into that camo covered sea of 20-year-old faces. Concerts transform into a gift, then into fellowship. There’s a reason guys like Toby Keith have done 9 of these.

    United Service Organizations have a long history of serving those who serve our country. As this wiki describes it – the USO is a GI’s home away from home. The USO has over 160 locations around the world in 14 countries (including the U.S.) and 27 states. USO centers serve more than 8 million active duty military, vets, retirees, and their family members each each year. 

    Veteran’s Day isn’t just a day off. It’s a chance to stop and acknowledge vets everywhere. Donating to the USO today is a practical way you can bless our vets directly. And you won’t find a better run organization: 85 cents of every dollar raised goes directly into USO operations. The USO has a paid staff of 300, but it’s the 44,000 smiling USO volunteers that keep the centers open, providing hundreds of thousands of hours of service annually.

    I just made my donation. Won’t you join me?

     
  • honordads 8:28 am on 10/14/2014 Permalink
    Tags: defense, ebola,   

    James Carafano: The White House has declared Ebola to be a top national-security concern. That ought to worry Americans. The last time a president tried to make a disease a national-security issue, he helped trigger a global pandemic that killed 50 million people.

    Hey, how about praying today for our Soldiers in the 101st Airborne who are preparing to deploy to Liberia, and our SEABEEs of Naval Construction Battalion 113 who are already boots-on-ground there. And pray for the AFRICOM and USARAF Commanders and staffs who are tasked with sorting all this out.

    Then pray for the rest of us.

     
  • honordads 8:20 am on 10/03/2014 Permalink
    Tags: defense,   

    GWOT: Did Washington invent an imminent threat so we could bomb Syria?

    As the Obama Administration prepared to bomb Syria without congressional or U.N. authorization, it faced two problems. The first was the difficulty of sustaining public support for a new years-long war against ISIS, a group that clearly posed no imminent threat to the “homeland.” A second was the lack of legal justification for launching a new bombing campaign with no viable claim of self-defense or U.N. approval.

    The solution to both problems was found in the wholesale concoction of a brand new terror threat that was branded “The Khorasan Group.” After spending weeks depicting ISIS as an unprecedented threat — too radical even for Al Qaeda! — administration officials suddenly began spoon-feeding their favorite media organizations and national security journalists tales of a secret group that was even scarier and more threatening than ISIS, one that posed a direct and immediate threat to the American Homeland. Seemingly out of nowhere, a new terror group was created in media lore.

    Hmmm…

     
  • honordads 8:10 am on 09/24/2014 Permalink
    Tags: defense, intelligence, ,   

    Spy vs Spy: 10 Fascinating Articles From the CIA’s Secret Employee Magazine

     
  • honordads 7:03 pm on 09/09/2014 Permalink
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    What if we rebuilt the US Navy from scratch?

     
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