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Retention Bonuses

By lex, on January 21st, 2009

Ward’s team * notices some interesting disparities between the Army and Marine Corps captain retention incentives:

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Catch and Release

 

By lex, on November 8th, 2010

The Kenyan court system practices it:

A Kenyan court on Friday freed 17 Somali men detained by the U.S. Navy at sea and accused of piracy, saying the Navy didn’t provide the necessary evidence to convict the suspects.

The decision has left authorities in a dilemma over what to do with the Somali men since the court did not order them repatriated back to their country, the men’s lawyer said.

Attorney Jared Magolo said a magistrate’s court in the coastal town of Mombasa ruled that there was insufficient evidence to prove that the Somali men attacked the MV Amira, an Egyptian-flagged ship, in May 2009.

Magolo said the magistrate blamed the loss of the case on the U.S. Navy, who captured the Somalis, for not providing video and photographic proof that the Navy claimed to have.

A whiff of grapeshot next time.

It’s cheaper than video.

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Censorship

By lex, on April 15th, 2010

Back when Dubya was fighting his “Global War on Terror”, the criticism was that you don’t make war on “terror” – that being a tactic – but upon those who would use that tactic. In World War II, by contrast, we didn’t wage a “Pacific War on Aircraft Carriers – we fought the Japanese.

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Tough nut

Posted by Lex, on March 24th, 2008 · 36 Comments · GWOT, Military

As contrasted to his predecessor, SecDef Gates may have proven a more congenial boss, but it’s clear he’s no pushover. The Secretary is turning the screws on elements within the 5-sided wind tunnel that, in his opinion, haven’t fully transitioned to a “war footing.” He’s come down hard on the Army for the Walter Reed mess, and the ground forces generally on the topic of mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles – MRAPs.

Now he’s apparently turning his attention to UAVs – and the Air Force is pushing back:

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Personal

By lex, on March 17th, 2010

As promised, the Company has reached out and touched someone:

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Tarnished gold

By lex, on August 17th, 2008

In high school, back before I took up the ancient and honorable sport of sabre fencing, I was a swimmer, albeit a swimmer of no great distinction. With that precarious purchase, I claim the faintest glimmerings of insight into the athletic life of swimmer Michael Phelps. I know that he is doubtlessly genetically gifted, just like everyone else in the cube at Beijing. I know also that the difference between gifted and be-medaled at the Olympic level is Herculean dedication, a willingness to abide more pain for a longer period than those on either side.

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Cause and effect

 

By lex, on July 4th, 2008

The UK media have a wonderful genius for understatement. I particularly remember a memorial to the pianist Liberace, in which the author noted with deadpan grace that “Mr. Liberace never married.”

Thus the conclusion to the complaint of UK MP Shahid Malik that Muslims in Britain feel like “the jews of Europe.”

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