October 9, 2010 – The debate rages on! A couple of fellows weigh in on the flawed testing procedures and unusual sweetheart deal with Interceptor body armor.
October 9, 2010 – Business as usual for a company in bankruptcy.
October 9, 2010 – We already have over two years of data captured by these sensors. Why not analyze it now?
October 9, 2010 – Honestly, can’t we waste taxpayer money a little more efficiently? To paraphrase Gordon Gecko, “green is good,” as long as someone else is footing the bill.
October 9, 2010 – Robotic bomb disposal contract.
October 9, 2010 – Very good news indeed.
October 9, 2010 – What in the hell is an “indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract? Must be nice.
October 9, 2010 – Click through to read the entire blog posting. The synopsis doesn’t do it justice. Confused objectives cost lives of brave military men and women. Did we have the right strategy to confront the enemy? Who is the enemy? Failure to clearly define the mission results in impromtu rules of engagement to fit the consequences of the situation not the desired results.
October 9, 2010 – The numbers of military veterans living with TBI keeps climbing. Could this have been avoided with better helmets, protective gear and earlier treatment?
October 2, 2010 – This sad story never seems to go away.
October 2, 2010 – When military contractors talk about “add-ons” and “customization” features I see extra costs. Is this a serious piece of protective gear or just a promotional piece?
October 2, 2010 – Good question. Despite its age and inadequacies, not sure there is the commitment to change.
October 2, 2010 – New grenade launcher.
October 2, 2010 – Not sure I understand the mission: ARCYBER’s mission is to plan, coordinate, integrate, synchronize, direct, and conduct network operations and defense of all Army networks. When directed, ARCYBER will conduct cyberspace operations in support of full spectrum operations to ensure U.S. and allied freedom of action in cyberspace, and to deny the same to adversaries.
Does each military branch need their own cyber security?
October 2, 2010 – This is certainly not good news.
October 2, 2010 – Interesting perspective from Secretary Gates on attracting and retaining qualified officers for the military.
October 2, 2010 – The cost of committing US troops to combat has long term consequences that are often overlooked when determining whether the “costs” justify the intended security benefits.
September 28, 2010 – Can’t wait to get a copy of Bob Woodward’s book. Not convinced the military brass sand-bagged the President. If you seek a “military solution” then it it probably best to consult our military leadership. If you are looking for a “diplomatic” or “political” solution, then it might be better to seek counsel from other sources. Most importantly, if you are seeking to determine whether American lives lost (and maimed) and the countless billions of dollars of scare resources are worth the hoped for military, diplomatic or political “solution,” then please seek counsel from history and trusted advisors and friends who put our country’s long-term well-being ahead of any particular agenda. In other words, don’t ask the pastry chef to give you menu options.
September 25, 2010 – Let’s hope that spare parts are not deficient.
September 25, 2010 – Looks like an upgrade in the works.
September 25, 2010 – Interesting and worrisome! Just because the guy is wearing a suit rather than a uniform doesn’t mean we have “peace and stability.”
September 25, 2010 – Totally agree! Planning built on today’s military/political landscape will probably leave us unprepared for the next conflict.
September 25, 2010 – Maybe I’m reading between the lines, but General Chairelli seems to think our military procurement system is working OK, but our troops are exhausted from long deployments. Will that change? It’s a shame that he was addressing military equipment vendors. Who is the lobbyist for our troops?
September 25, 2010 – Hey Washington, we have a problem! It does seem that the US Army military leadership has taken the bull by the horns and is beginning to address the “unintended consequences” of war and the difficulties associated with diagnosing TBI. We hope that our brave men and women in uniform will get the proper treatment.
September 25, 2010 – Is this just another example of a new feeding frenzy for “mentors,” “lobbyists” and other “connected” vendors at taxpayer expense? The military industrial complex seems to be alive and well. Please,”Say it ain’t so, GI Joe!”
September 25, 2010 – We concur with John McHugh, Secretary of the Army, “There is simply no excuse.”
September 25, 2010 – Let’s keep our focus and make sure that the young men and women serving in harm’s way have the best combat gear and protective gear available, regardless of their sexual orientation.
September 25, 2010 – I see nothing wrong with a “heated” debate when you commit US troops to combat. I would expect nothing less and, indeed, it is reassuring that passionate debate ensues before making these difficult decisions.
September 25, 2010 – Ah! Now I understand. I didn’t realize that we were in the third phase of a “three phase war.” Did President’s Bush and Obama realize this? Did the American public understand? Please, cut the sophistry.
September 20, 2010 – This is an interesting article.
September 18, 2010 – For the sake of our men and women in uniform, we do hope the “truth” will soon emerge.
September 18, 2010 – Is this the end of the story or just the beginning?
September 18, 2010 – Excellent article discussing the alternatives to the M-4 carbine and test results.
September 18, 2010 – Terribly sad. Just another of the “unintended consequences” of war. Let’s hope that we can give these young men and women the help and support they need to transition back to a near normal life.
September 18, 2010 – Portable solar power system could prove useful.
September 18, 2010 – This Congressional hearing should be interesting. Many are not happy with the current situation which places a terrible strain on our brave warriors. Nevertheless, not convinced that Congressional hearings is the “right” precedent to opine and attempt to micro-manage military operational strategy.
September 18, 2010 – Doubtful that airpower alone – no matter how surgical – can bring about a negotiated settlement. Interesting article on Pakistani initiatives.
September 11, 2010 – Interesting how a company in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy continues to get awarded body armor contracts. Can’t we do better?
September 11, 2010 – It seems that we opted for the Beretta M9 just to appease our European NATO allies. Not sure that we have the guts to change to a more reliable sidearm.
September 11, 2010 – Absolutely spot on! The Defense Acquisition Board, Congress and military and civilian leaders are not doing an adequate job monitoring how taxpayer funds are being used to fund military programs. The GAO consistently picks up the pieces of inadequate test procedures, contracts awarded without bids and outright lies and misrepresentations by military contractors. This is a shame, but who wants to deal with Beltway corruption? Our troops in the field bear the brunt of this “broken” procurement process and taxpayers foot the bill to the joy of military contractors. Such a shame.
September 11, 2010 – Even with a 350 page report documenting the tragic effects of BTI on military personnel, some of our brass still doesn’t want to understand the tragic “unintended consequences” of war. Such a pity.
September 11, 2010 – Ummmmm . . . I thought Wikileaks had exposed most of the Afghan War secrets. Obviously, the US Army censors couldn’t recognize a “secret” if it was served up on a silver platter. At least the author got his royalties.
September 11, 2010 – Gosh, it took the military brass quite some time to see the difference. Delighted that our brave women in service will finally get uniforms that fit.
September 11, 2010 – Probably not a bad idea. Too bad acupuncture is not covered under my medical insurance policy. What will the drug lobby and medical profession say about this?
September 11, 2010 – Please! I know we experimented with drugs to alter troop behavior(unsuccessfully and with awful side-effects) so surely this can’t be true. How about some Mozart to stimulate “little grey cells.” If the Army wants to program something, how about robots?
September 11, 2010 – “Curiouser and curiouser,” cried Alice (Alice in Wonderland)
September 11, 2010 – You honor the men and women who serve in harm’s way.
September 9, 2010 – Quite agree. I don’t have much confidence.
September 9, 2010 – How can we be surprised?
September 9, 2010 – Insights into the thought process and decisions of military and civilian leaders on the Afghanistan War from Bob Woodward.
September 9, 2010 – The abrupt resignation of British Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Sherard Cowper-Coles, has already created anti-war protests in the UK and I suspect this will intensify in the coming weeks.
September 9, 2010 – Interesting concept, but don’t helicopters work better? Did we really need to to fund a test track at Aberdeen? Curious.
September 8, 2010 – Interesting “memoir” on how Tony Blair and Gordon Brown were not on the same page when it came to deploying UK troops. Clearly, the military suffered.
September 8, 2010 – Iraq is still dangerous for the 50,000 US military still serving in harm’s way.
September 8, 2010 – SFTT salutes this brave hero.
September 8, 2010 – Synopsis of various books circulating around the DC Beltway on military leadership. Conspiracy theory abound as our military leadership is being forced to voice their opinions publically. Their job is to provide “wise counsel” to our civilian leadership and not be used as a media vehicle to promote dissent. Most difficult in an “open” society.
September 8, 2010 – Yemen now on the radar. Pretty frightenting.
September 4, 2010 – We salute you and honor you and other heroes serving in harms way. Our heart-felt sympathy to your family and friends.
September 4, 2010 – Granted these vehicles have a serious lead-time (7 years), but wouldn’t it be great if we could get it “right” the first time?
September 4, 2010 – Mr Haass raises important “questions” for which the answers are still somewhat vague. Just because you declare and “end to combat operations” doesn’t mean combat is over. The 50,000 troops we have in Iraq are not Peace Corps volunteers.
September 4, 2010 – Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Tough call regardless of your views on Afghanistan. All the more reason for the Afghanistan government and those that support “the better angels” to get on board and learn to take care of themselves.
September 4, 2010 – “Western media” to blame for corruption in Afghanistan. I think not! It’s a sad commentary when we are shedding American blood in a country where you are never confident if the leadership has your back.
September 4, 2010 – This is a topic that can’t be swept under the carpet. Let’s make sure our troops have the best care possible.
September 4, 2010 – Pat Tillman was a hero and an inspiration to all who serve our courtry. It is a shame that our military brass was involved in a cover-up that casts doubts on the integrity and honesty of our military leadership.
August 28, 2010 – There is help out there. Let’s make sure our brave heroes have the best medical care possible.
August 27, 2010 – Quite a thoughtful article on the risks of ceding effective control of our US military to private contractors. It is often simply question of loyalty and integrity vs. a tradeoff of efficiency and secrecy. How are public interests best served? I certainly don’t have the answers, but I am fearful of “shadow” contractors who operate outside the limits of public scrutiny.
August 27, 2010 – I echo the author’s sentiments: “Wonder if the Army brass cares that it looks like a bunch of knuckleheads. I’m betting not.” No need to continue shooting yourself in the foot.
August 27, 2010 – Yet another story of the serious after-effects of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Don’t our troops deserve better care and treatment?
August 27, 2010 – Is this the changing face of modern warfare. Clearly, recent attempts by the Chinese and Russians (not verified or, at least, not disclosed to the public) to compromise our communications networks is quite sobering. Not sure the military is the “right” answer, but it does appear that we are vulnerable.
August 27, 2010 – More on the debate about the future of the USMC. Very difficult choices in an era of budget austerity.
August 27, 2010 – The threat of weapons of mass destruction is still very real. Are we prepared? This articles casts a very grim picture of well equipped we are to deal with this very real threat.
August 27, 2010 – Good overall analysis of the debate on the future of the Marine Corps. Clearly, with a raging budget deficit and Secretary Gates’ desire to reign in military spending, there are no more sacred cows. Can a solution be reached which preserves the rich traditions and valiant service rendered by the USMC?
August 26, 2010 – Is this the new face of warfare? As our military becomes more techie, we become exposed to a new type of warfare. Pretty frightening.
August 24, 2010 – Suicide prevention and dealing with brain trauma injuries and mental stress for military personnel is finally receiving the attention it deserves.
August 24, 2010 – Smaller IEDs, but still effective. Taliban and Al Qaeda improvise.
August 24, 2010 – Interesting Canadian perspective on NATO’s frustrating response to the war in Afghanistan.
August 21, 2010 – Looks like our British allies have been afflicted by the same military procurement virus that has devastated the US military procurement system. Is there anyone we can fully trust?
August 21, 2010 – Significant upgrade in communications security for our troops.
August 21, 2010 – Enhanced Night Vision Goggle’s should aid troops.
August 21, 2010 – Plan B or changing policy to fit the circumstances? When people talk of “core US interests” I smell political expediency. With growing public disenchantment with the war in Afghanistan, Plan B is certainly a plausible scenario to declare “Mission Accomplished” in Afghanistan.
August 21, 2010 – While thrilled that troop exposure has been reduced in Iraq, it is no time to rejoice. As this Washington Post article points out, there are still a number of pitfalls as Iraq struggles to create a “safe” political environment.
August 21, 2010 – “Good enough” might be acceptable for elementary school, but it is not “good enough” for the frontline troops serving in harm’s way. Fuzzy goals cost lives.
August 14, 2010 – Not sure it makes a lot of sense for the Marine Corps to redefine their mission. Isn’t that the responsibility of the Secreatry of Defense in consultation with the other military service components, Congress and other govenment Departments and agencies?
August 14, 2010 – Excellent point. Despite the wind-down in Irag our brave heroes are still exposed to constant danger. SFTT salutes Spc. Faith Hinkley and extend our heartfelt condolences to her friends and family.
August 12, 2010 – We salute you and welcome you home.
August 12, 2010 – What have they got to hide? What is the difference between a “mentor” and a “lobbyist”? With countless GAO studies suggesting an unhealthy relationship between vendors and the military procurement process, the least Secretary Gates can do is to require vendors to publically disclose all former military and DOD civilian officials who have received more that $10,000 in commissions or non-salary compensation. Similary, the military should do the same for Mentors or Consultants. Make those 1099s public.
August 12, 2010 – We often take our brave young heroes for granted, but clearly there are serious “unintended consequences” of prolonged deployments, short rotation periods and the rigors of fighting wars in Afghanistand and Iraq. SFTT applauds the recent disclosures and initiatives taken by the military leadership to deal with the mental and physical well-being of our men and women in uniform.
August 12, 2010 – This is very good news. Clearly, shortened rotations were cited in the recent US Army Report on Suicide Prevention as a factor in contributing to high stress among our men and women in uniform.
August 7, 2010 – The development and deployment of light and effective body armor is to be applauded. Nevertheless, considering the US Army’s and DoD’s shoddy test procedures and questionable contract awards as documented in GAO studies, we are hopeful that all new military protective gear is properly tested and its suppliers vetted.
August 7, 2010 – A recurring tragedy that ravishes the families of the brave heroes who serve in harm’s way. With recent release of the US Army report on Suicide Prevention, we are hopeful that our frontline troops get the medical and psychiatric attention they deserve to deal with this serious problem.
August 7, 2010 – This is welcome news indeed, give the level of stress and uncertainty that this placing on the young men and women serving in harm’s way.
August 7, 2010 – Surely you must be kidding me? Lots of jokes come to mind – like the mushroom in the basement – but obviously quite a few Pentagon staffers were out doing their inane version of damage control. Doesn’t it seem fair that our troops deserve the same level of intelligence that our enenmies have or do we feel compelled to provide them with a sanitized version?
August 7, 2010 – While there is no question that safeguarding the lives and safety of non-combatant civilians is a critical component of any military operation, it places a huge strain on on US forces policing what has now become a civil or tribal war in Afghanistan. When you insert a clause that permit US troops to respond aggressively in self-defense, you are advocating a military doctrine that is open to interpretation and pretty much useless.