Monthly Archives: August 2012

Asymmetric War: Countering Airpower

Changing tactics… Employing new armaments… Penetrating centers of gravity… Adaptive insurgent warfare…

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Feedback from edged weapon principles…

Not contesting for space… Not defending fixed points (Castle Defense)… Responding to feedback… Internalized efficiency… Training works wonders…    

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Wierdness & Militants in the Caucusus

Russia is obsessed with controlling its near abroad in order to secure the core homeland.  The strategic calculus from the Russian perspective requires their sphere of influence over the Caucusus Mountains.  It is for this reason that Russian leaders despise … Continue reading

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Incentive Dissonance: statistical corruption and federal grants.

At present, government holds the ultimate monopoly on the provision of policing, protection and defense services.  Despite the appearance of differing levels of government, such as county, state or federal administrations, the result is the same: revenues are expropriated from tax … Continue reading

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The Historic Chinese Admiral & Explorer

The Chinese Admiral Zheng He led several expeditions between 1405 and 1433.  Up to 300 ships and 28,000 men travelled all across Asia, Africa, the Pacific and even the Americas.  The travels were not of conquest, but trade, diplomacy and discovery.  … Continue reading

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Disclosure: on the use of secret information

Sun Tzu, Chapter 13: “”If a secret piece of news is divulged by a spy before the time is ripe, he must be put to death together with the man to whom the secret was told.” Clausewitz said that war … Continue reading

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Israel’s Strategic Challenges…

“The Israeli Crisis is republished with permission of Stratfor.” “Israel now finds itself in a long-term crisis in which it is struggling to develop a strategy and foreign policy to deal with a new reality.” “How to preserve its superiority … Continue reading

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Statistics fraud, federal grants and border security…

In yet another demonstration of the misuse of governmental statistics, which are usually the byproduct of other, equally superfluous, governmental activity: “The federal crime reporting system relies on local law enforcement to accurately report the crimes taking place in their communities. … Continue reading

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AFRICOM General disciplined for fraud, waste & abuse…

Former US Africa Command Commanding General, William “Kip” Ward, has been given “a room with a view” at the Pentagon while he awaits disciplinary action on allegations of fraud, waste and abuse: “…the inspector general found several instances in which … Continue reading

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Border Patrol Union boss indicted…

For 33 years, Terence J. Bonner was paid to be a Border Patrol Agent.  Rather than fulfilling his duties as a law enforcement officer, for 22 of those years, his full time job was to act as the head of the National … Continue reading

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