Posts tagged ‘White House’

May 26, 2011

New Joint Chief: Congrats to Gen. Dempsey

I’ve been critical of Gen. Dempsey for his devotion to doctrine, which I believe a poor approach to the complexities of non-linear dynamics and future uncertainty. However, good luck to a patriot and good man.

His elevation to chairman of the Joint Chiefs, just a few months after being named Army chief of staff, came as a surprise to many. Some speculated it was the Army’s turn, the last soldier who held the post being Gen. Hugh Shelton back in 2001. The frontrunner for chairman, Marine Gen. James Cartwright, was derailed because of allegations of sexual misconduct, despite being cleared by the Pentagon inspector general.

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May 18, 2011

Commander in Chief Clouseau

After the White House‘s non-stop, goat rodeo of incompetence following the bin Laden hit, the mind wanders back to this 2008 Daniel Craig interview in Parade magazine. In it, the latest 007 was asked who would make the better Bond, then presidential candidate Obama or McCain?

May 16, 2011

China’s Hubris

Back to blogging after supporting a military exercise in Japan. Working as a defense contractor with our allies provides insight you don’t get from the media or foreign policy journals. Most of us, however, do it to reconnect with our armed forces, active and retired.

Discussing China, Tom S., a retired Marine colonel, related his war college trip to Peking in 2000. The soldiers in the elite, palace guard unit in the capital, set up static displays of weapons and equipment for the class. Being a light armored vehicle guy, Tom snuck around the guard and looked inside an armored personnel carrier. He was amazed at how primitive and lacking were the internals. So bad, in fact, he concluded the thing was probably towed to the site. A classmate and Navy captain, the CAG of an aircraft carrier, had similar observations about the Chicoms’ answer to the F-16. Looking at the controls, he found seventies era avionics and a disjointed cockpit layout.

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