Monatsarchiv: September 2017

Good, Evil, and Kneeling During the National Anthem

Hello Readers of InTheOldCorps. I was called away to work in lovely New Mexico – and it is lovely. This is a temporary change of scenery, but welcome all the same. The change prevented me from viewing the rest of … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Insurgency & Counterinsurgency, Resistance, VMI | 3 Kommentare

Why I Served

I served in the United States Army, the Army National Guard, and the United States Army Reserves for over thirty years.  I retired as a Colonel.  I consider myself, like my father before me, a quiet Patriot.  I stand and … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Constitution, Uncategorized | 6 Kommentare

Ken Burns’s Vietnam, Part 5

There’s a saying in the Pentagon: “No horse is too dead to beat.” Ken Burns proves himself eager to box the pony with the best of them. He entitled this episode “This Is What We Do.” A better title may be “Welcome … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter History, Insurgency & Counterinsurgency, Strategy | 1 Kommentar

Ken Burns’s Vietnam, Part 4

This episode’s theme was ‚The Home Front.‘ The experiences of North and South Vietnam and the US were presented as equivalent in their social violence, but these are false equivalents. Burns presents the North as undergoing the ravages of bombing. … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Defending the Homeland, History, Leadership, Strategy | 3 Kommentare

The Sergeant Major of the Army Is At It Again

I won’t comment on all the ideas, I have not had time to digest them.  Off the top of my head I think Up or Out for NCOs is stupid, just like I think it is stupid for well performing … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Army, Idiocy, Sergeant Majors being stupid | 2 Kommentare

Ken Burns’s Vietnam, Part 3

Ken Burns presents the US escalation of involvement in Vietnam as a couple living together: committed to remain uncommitted. As is the norm, whomever goes all in wins. Maybe VMI’s football team could learn a thing or two from that. … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Elements of National Power, History, Insurgency & Counterinsurgency, Leadership | 1 Kommentar

Ken Burns’s Vietnam, Part 2

Part 2 could well be titled “A Tale of 5 Leaders” as Burns compares the effects of the different styles of leadership on the combatants. Uncle Ho and John Paul Vann as usual get a pass, while Kennedy and General … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter History, Leadership, Strategy | 4 Kommentare

Vietnam by Ken Burns: a Review of Part 1

There’s a saying: “[w]henever text taken out of context there is a pretext.” In Part I of Ken Burns’s documentary on Vietnam, the text – what was presented to you – left out context. So, what is the pretext? I’m … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter History, Strategy | 1 Kommentar

Friday Techday: a Game of Clouds

Most of you have heard about the latest outrageous computer hack – this time of Equifax. There is no database system that can’t be hacked, either from the inside or the outside. Information Security is a misnomer since no data … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Air Force, Aviation, Cyberwar, Marine Corps, Navy | 2 Kommentare

Change in 16 Years

Lt. Col. P requested status on America on the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The status is not good. Opportunism and Evil became a virtue while Patriotism became the worst vice. The hippies and draft dodgers of the Vietnam … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Chaos, Insurgency & Counterinsurgency | 1 Kommentar