Archiv des Autors: DaveO

Über DaveO

Retired soldier, micro-farmer, raconteur and pet owner from the great state of Oklahoma. Wandered in as a frequent commenter and have been enjoying blogging ever since.

Friday Thoughts on “A World Apart”

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn was many things in his day: soldier, prisoner, writer, and activist, but his particular skill was his observation of people as they are, as opposed to how he and they wished people to be. As we are spectators … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Stray Voltage, VMI | 1 Kommentar

Sailing on a Learner’s Permit

There’s probably only one feeling worse than being a 15 year old with a new girlfriend and no wheels. That’s being a brand new ensign with a freshly signed-off Qualifications Book and not knowing port from left. Now, as a … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Navy, VMI | 1 Kommentar

D-Day 2018

On the 74th anniversary of D-Day, one wonders why a sapper from the Stonewall Brigade took a different approach to commuting to work, and if the Institute was heard from today? Considering the insanity going on inside the Beltway – … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Army National Guard, Friends & Allies, Great Britain and the Empire, History, VMI | Kommentar hinterlassen

Rebuilding Our Navy

The big news is Newport News – 2 aircraft carriers to be built! With the carriers comes the rest of the materiel and personnel, unless 2 or more older carriers are retired and sold off. The big questions in my … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Air Force, Navy, Readiness | 2 Kommentare

Titan Rain

Old and yet still current news. While we’re being guided to look very almost closely at Russia, a far more dedicated and successful cyber enemy taking advantage. “[Shawn] Carpenter had uncovered Titan Rain – the biggest cyber espionage campaign in … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter China, VMI | Kommentar hinterlassen

Domestic Terrorism in the USA

Thank you to MDL for the corrections! A terrorist attack struck our Marines at 8th & I. The attack was a letter filled with white powder, with 11 people taken to the hospital. 3 Marines have returned to duty, but … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Arms and the Citizen, Chaos, Defending the Homeland, History, Insurgency & Counterinsurgency, The Long War | 1 Kommentar

Busty Puller, USMC

Quelle surprise! But don’t worry gents, you can pack your lace doilies and the latest Esquire and be a smashing success too! One supposes combat has returned to a state akin to the First Battle of Bull Run, in which … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Marine Corps, Mattis | Kommentar hinterlassen

A Byzantine War Heats Up

From Michael Totten, America and the West’s premier war correspondent – the best since Ernie Pyle at least – an account of Russians and Americans fighting and killing each other. You probably didn’t hear this because few media organizations have … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Russia, Strategy, Syria, The Long War | Kommentar hinterlassen

The Army Returning to Its Roots?

Interesting concept: train to the standard to meet the standard. Also calls to mind a corollary borrowed from JFK: don’t change the standard before learning why it was created in the first place.

Veröffentlicht unter Uncategorized | 1 Kommentar

Creating an Arms Race

Not since America’s children contributed one penny to fund the building of six frigates has America’s naval capabilities been in such straits. Like those days, plenty of Americans recognize their peril and have begun to reclaim our great Nation from … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Mattis, Navy, Total Force, VMI | Kommentar hinterlassen